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Answering TheFerrett's survey [Apr. 19th, 2003|02:28 pm]
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I'm not about to bury this much effort behind a response on theferrett's journal. You can look there for his answers to his survey.

What books are your comfort reading - the ones you slink back to in times of stress? My life at this point doesn't allow for a lot of slink-back -- there is always too much necessary reading to be doing. When I have time to read, I'm so far behind in the stuff I want to get through that I haven't tended to reread. Instead, I tend to go to nonfiction, topical goodies - gardening books or pagan books. When I did have time for rereading, it was Mists of Avalon and The Chronicles of Narnia

What was your favorite book as a child, and why?
Everything Louisa May Alcott, but particularly Eight Cousins. I was fascinated by genteel, loving families that pulled together. So different from mine.

What was your favorite book as an adolescent, and why?
The Lord of the Rings, without a doubt. I loved the fantasy aspect of it, it was when I really fell in love with fantasy literature.

What is the most-unread category of books gathering dust on your bookshelf - the books you've bought but just never got around to reading?
I'm such a brutal weeder of books that there really isn't a category of books on my shelf that as a category have gone unread. I have several large categories of books within which there are unread selections, but I've at least bitten into the apple pretty consistently. Otherwise, out they go. The most unused selection of books that I haven't been able to bear getting rid of is books on writing -- I still harbor hopes that I will tap into the talent and bring determination to bear and actually complete something worthy.

What kind of books would you like to say you read, but never do?
Roleplaying books. I never do get around to reading them thoroughly, and as a result I am still struggling to truly grok the rules, nothing about magic casting is natural to me, I forget to do stuff and regularly get hosed.

What's the oddest book you ever read?
"Odd" by whose standards? Some people might consider the reading on midwifery that I did a while back to be odd. When I was only 8 years old I slogged through the lengthy and scholarly The Sinking of the Bismark, which my mother kept on top of the TV as part of the seascape decor. My whole family thought I was pretty odd for working my way through that.

Then there were all those books on building log cabins....

What's the book you were never able to get through, despite the recommendations of people you respect?
Anything by James Joyce. I don't get it.

What's the book it took you a couple of tries to get into, but was as good as people promised once you finally made it?
Vanity Fair. Loved it when I finally read it. Also Pride and Prejudice. It all goes back to that same love of Louisa May Alcott as a kid, I suppose. I'm sure I will think of other, better answers for this question and the last one soon.

What's your favorite short story... Or do you even have one?
I'm not that keen on short fiction. I like more character development. I only remember vague bits of them from highschool.

The desert island. Three books (and collected works don't count; if you want Lord of the Rings, it'll cost you all three slots). Go.
The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - both because they are long and intricate and have fascinating characters - and the unabridged Golden Bough by James Frazier because it's LONG.

And this whole thing has made me feel very illiterate - my reading is lawschool-based these days. sigh.

[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2003-04-19 02:10 pm (UTC)


Mists is great. But you might get called for cheating on "The Golden Bough" in it's entirety. *giggle*

Maybe I'll have to reread Mists soon....

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-04-19 06:35 pm (UTC)

Re: *grin*

But you might get called for cheating on "The Golden Bough" in it's entirety


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[User Picture]From: force_of_will
2003-04-22 10:16 am (UTC)

Touch of commonality...

I read "The Sinking of the Bismark" but then probably my favorite gradeschool book was "Air War Over Hitler's Germany".

Sometime about a year ago I stalled on "The Golden Bough". After reading just about everything by Joseph Campbell I found that I pretty much had gone over most of what it was saying.

Ever notice the copy of it near the end of "Apocalypse Now"?

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-04-24 11:22 am (UTC)

Re: Touch of commonality...

No, I never did. Will watch for it!
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