Nope. Not a meme. Unh-uh. I just happened to feel like doing a list of my own.
Anyway, that’s my story. and I’m sticking to it.
- One book that changed your life: One? One? Crap. Pick anything by Robert A. Heinlein. To narrow it down: Stranger in a Strange Land. Time Enough for Love. Glory Road. Starship Troopers. Those are the four books that shaped my tender little teenaged mind. Even if I didn’t understand everything in them the first time, I did later.
- One book that you’ve read more than once: See above. Although the record is probably held by the Lord of the Rings Trilogy… I lost track around the 13th or 14th re-read.
- One book you’d want on a desert island: How To Get Off Desert Islands For Dummies.
- One book that made you laugh: Well, of course Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy. Too ordinary an answer, but none else come to mind right now, aside from the sequel to The Mouse that Roared. What was it, The Mouse That Flew to the Moon? Or maybe any of the last ten or so Dirk Pitt novels by Clive Cussler. I don’t think laughter was what he was aiming for, but it’s what I had. What a formula.
- One book that made you cry. Podkayne of Mars. God, that book had me depressed for two solid weeks. I have never re-read it, and have no desire to.
- One book that you wish had been written: The 2005 List of Winning Lottery Numbers, 2006-2010. One copy only, please.
- One book that you wish had never been written: Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying. Ok, seriously? The Chronicles of the Elders of Zion. That might not be exactly right — I can’t remember, but it’s that damned zionist conspiricy book the Tsar had written to help keep the lid on Russia by stirring up anti-Jewish sentiment. That p.o.s. keeps cropping up in one way or another as so-called “historical evidence.” If history is not true, what can we learn from it? Anyone that deliberately fucks up real history for his or her own purposes deserves to be shot. In the knee. (I’d say in the hands, but with voice-activated software, it’s not enough.)
- One book you’re currently reading: Well, if you mean currently as in “not finished”, amazingly my answer is the same as Shamus’ answer for #9: Baroque Cycle.Â Except I’ll never finish it becasue it’s the most boring book I have ever been facinated by. Yes, I knowthat’s a contradiction. But that was exactly my reaction. The style, the characters, the world, all were facinating and incredibly well-written. I felt like I was right there with all those famous scientists of yore, making their discoveries alongside them. But nothing was happening. Well, unless you count history. Lots of that happening. Just very slowly and in tiny, incremental bits, the way it does in reality.Â Booooorinnnnnnng.
- One book you’ve been meaning to read: The Guaranteed Plan to Make Ubu Roi Filthy Rich Without Any Effort. Unfortunately, no one has written it yet.
- Tag 5 people: I don’t think I’ve read that book, so I will pass on commenting about it.