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Too bad the book is dead

via firecat and lorres

1) What author do you own the most books by?

Marsh? Pratchett? Appleton II? I'm something of a completist.
(If you count gutenberg, it's PG Wodehouse, because I downloaded everything they had, but much of that is the same book with different names.)

2) What book do you own the most copies of?

Probably a ngaio marsh that the publisher keeps putting new covers on.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
A little. It just seems infelicitous.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Too many to count. Probably starting with Leigh Brackett's Mouse.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
Big Red Barn. fsvo "read". Most real books I read just once. Some comfortable bilge, like EE Smith's Skylark series, I like to reread.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
If I hadn't gotten to the hobbit by then, it was Gods of Mars.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Not counting all the bad 19th-century detective fiction from Gutenberg (which is at least enjoyable in a certain way), I didn't actually finish Zettel's Playing God. It's not so bad per se, but I kept wanting to shout "I don't care about your stupid protagonist's whiny inner voice and annoying problems!".

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Stross's Family Trade, I think. It would be Under the Banner of Heaven, but I don't have the stomach or energy to finish it. Although my favorite is Elizabeth David's Christmas.

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
Probably Alexei Panshin's Rite of Passage. Of course you have to be of a certain age and mindset to get anything out of it, and lots of people probably don't need it at all, but what the heck.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
No clue.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Too many choices, but just for the heck of it, Seetee (another book that I like to reread).

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Ulysses. 30 pages of Joyce is about right for a two-hour movie.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I had gotten somewhere outside the observable universe, and coming back involved writing passages which then happened. But they had to be written so they worked in context. And while I was dreaming, I could see the pages and read the words.This is what happens when you read too much Cordwainer Smith and don't get enough sleep.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
No idea. But at my former employer I had the office next to the book-review editor, and the slush pile included (some publicist should have been commended for being really stupid but at least trying) regular helpins of time-travel romance.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Ulysses. Possible only because my then-SO was working on a book about Joyce and Woolf. (Which, some time after she got tenure, became two connected books.)

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
Winter's Tale, unless the Henry's are more obscure.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French

18) Roth or Updike?
Who? Never got through more than a few dozen pages of either.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Chaucer. Haven't really read enough Shakespeare. (And I once did most of the set and lighting design for Samson Agonistes)

21) Austen or Eliot?
I've avoided both - I could never hack them.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
No serious novels to speak of post 1860 or so.


23) What is your favorite novel?
I have no clue. For language it might be Gormenghast/Titus Groan. But I haven't reread in so very long.

24) Play?
Cloud Nine

25) Poem?
It used to be Lines to be Mumbled at Ovington's, but I've moved on.

26) Essay?
Is Chatwin's Songlines short enough to count?

27) Short story?
Something by Neil Gaiman, couldn't tell you which.  But I know the short story I hate with a cold, abiding passion: The Cold Equations.

28) Work of nonfiction?
Curve of Binding Energy

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Terry Pratchett, I think.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
No clue

31) What is your desert island book?
The Lord of the Rings

32) And… what are you reading right now?

Strange Attractors (ebook), Victory Conditions

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