Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lemming, Lemming, Lemming of the BDA...

This little meme is raging through the blogosphere like swine flu through a news room, so who am I to buck the trend:

1. What author do you own the most books by?
I'd have to say either Arthur C. Clarke or Issac Asimov.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
I can't think of any multiple copies off hand.

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
What did you ask me that for?

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Robert Heinlein's Friday.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life?

6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Runaway Robot by Lester Del Rey. I still have a copy. It was the first non-Star Trek Sci Fi I ever read.

7. What is the worst book you’ve read?
How Much for Just the Planet. It's a Star Trek novel and is simply horrible.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Good Omens by Neil Gaimon and Terry Pratchett. Only this pair could make Armageddon so funny.

10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
I am woefully unqualified to answer that.

11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I have recently come to the conclusion that it is impossible for anyone other than Peter Jackson to make a satisfying book-to-movie translation, therefore I humbly request that no more books be made into movies.

12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
See above.

13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
If I have had such a dream I don't remember it.

14. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I don't consider any book to be 'lowbrow'. The act of reading is, in and of itself, highbrow.

15. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Anne Rice's 'Mayfair Witches' books. God, what a slog!

16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
The Compleat Works of Wilm. Shkspr., abridged by The Reduced Shakespeare Company.

17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I don't know anyone from either country.

18. Roth or Updike?
I am not programmed to respond in this area.

19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
I've seen Sedaris on TV.

20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?'s actually easier to read

21. Austen or Eliot?
I have enjoyed the movies based on Jane Austin books I've seen, but I've not read either.

22. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I have read what I have wanted to read since I left school, I feel no shame over what I have or haven't read.

23. What is your favorite novel?
Friday by Robert Henilein.

24. Play?
Sure, what shall we play? But seriously, folks, my favorite play of all time is The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

25. Poem?
There once was a man from Nantucket... Just kidding. This is my favorite poem:
Abou Ben Adhem
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An Angel writing in a book of gold:

Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the Presence in the room he said,
"What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."

"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one who loves his fellow men."

The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

26. Essay?
Uhhhh, can I buy a vowel?

27. Short story?
The Star by Arthur C. Clarke

28. Work of non-fiction?
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

29. Who is your favorite writer?
Some of my faves are Clarke, Asimov, Dan Simmons, and Roger Zelazny.

30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Once I've read them all I'll let you know.

31. What is your desert island book?

32. And … what are you reading right now?
Ilium by Dan Simmons and Dawn of Destiny by Lee Stephen.


flurrious said...

I keep picking up A Short History of Nearly Everything in the bookstore and then setting it down again. I love Bryson, but that book in particular looks fairly daunting.

Monkey said...

Great list! Glad you did this, even if it is lemming-esque.

your fellow lemming

Marius said...

flurrious-The next time you feel like you might want to pick it up, I highly recommend it. It is a wonderful, funny, and accessible depiction of the development of human knowledge of the physical world. Hell, I'll send you my copy if you'd like. :-)

Stinkypaw said...

Man, happy to see I'm not the only one with... or without... you know, that thing...?!?

P.S. You're such a geek! ;-)

Marius said...

I cannot possibly argue your final point, Mdme. Paw, for a geek I trule am (;-) but I'm not quite sure I follow the rest of your comment.

celebhith said...

So glad to see you included Good Omens as a must-read book. . . it's still my fave book after all these years. . . ditto on The Importance of Being Earnest. . . I adore that show! But I'd have to say, for me, it's a tie between that, The Fantasticks and Noises Off. . .all 3 are so very special in their own ways.

Alysoun said...

That's also my *dad's* favorite poem, by the way. I remember many childhood evenings listening to him recite it. Thanks for the memory!