A writer meme thing

Terry Pratchett auf der Elf Fantasy Fair in de...

Terry Pratchett auf der Elf Fantasy Fair in den Niederlanden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shannon did this one and I read it and thought, What the fuck, right?

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

Terry Pratchett

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

The Hobbit.  I know of three copies for sure.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

Why would it?

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

Storm Silverhand, Arilyn Moonblade, Lapis Lazuli & Lorelei Lee Long, Tony Stark, Malcom Reynolds, Kaylee Frye, Susan Sto Helit

4a) What fictional character would you most like to be?


4b) What fictional character do you think most resembles you?

Uhmm … none come immediately to mind.

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

Uhmm … best guess is either The Hobbit or Dragondoom

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

The Hobbit

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

I don’t read bad books, I close them and verbally abuse the author to Shannon.  Tried to read?  Probably Twilight, unless that wasn’t in the past year.  I lose track of time.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Uhmm … that might have to be this Penny Palabras graphic serial I’m reading or virtually anything by Seanan McGuire that fits in this whole “past year” timeframe.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?

Tagged?  Blah tagging.
My own books would be super awesome, especially if they paid for them.  Otherwise I’d have to say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s) Stone.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?

There’s a Nobel Prize for literature?  Neat, I wonder if I’ve ever heard of anyone who’s won it. [Googling] Not since 1954!  And ewwwwwww!  Faulkner and Hemmingway ~gags~ Didn’t know Churchill wrote anything, I might have to check that out.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

Any of my own or Shannon’s writing … or Discount Armageddon

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

Twilight & 50 Shades of Grey.  Too late, I know, but that doesn’t change my answer.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

This assumes I am aware of dreaming, let alone the contents of the dreams, and that the contents of those dreams involve such details.  That is a lot of assumptions Herr/Faulein Meme Writing Person.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?

Define “lowbrow” because by pretentious lit major asshole sorts … everything I ever read, write, and ever will read.  By more sensible standards … Power Twins, I think.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Difficult how?  I found Lord of the Rings a bit hard to get through because after Fellowship it gets more than a little dull.  Some people might consider Beowulf difficult.  Twilight‘s difficult in a torturous meaning.  I’m reading another book for my review site that’s not badly written, just hard for me to get into.  This is an almost meaningless question without context.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?

Shakespeare has obscure plays?  Are they better than the one’s everyone knows about?

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

What about them?  French make good wine, but so does half of Europe.  Russians seem to have a talent for making beautiful women.  French make interesting desserts, but for food I’ll go with Italy or Germany any day.  If you mean writing, well, neither … I don’t know how to read Russian or French, though I read a translation of Three Musketeers once; I prefer the Disney movie with Charlie Sheen and Tim Curry.

18) Roth or Updike?

Those sound like beers, or archaic words for something.  I’m pretty sure it’s spelt wroth, however.  I wonder what they are [Googling] hmmm roth is an IRA, and Updike is a person who wrote a bunch of stuff I’ve never heard of unless you count Witches of Eastwick which I only know as a movie and can’t recall if I saw or if I did see if I liked.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

Dunno … who’re they?  I can’t say I care enough to ask Google.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?

Chaucer, I guess, because Shakespeare is overrated and I can’t honestly say I can remember which one Milton is nor if I ever read anything he wrote.

21) Austen or Eliot?

Hmmm … depends on printer details, but I’m going to guess both for different reasons.  The Eliots I’ve seen would be better for holding a table steady, and Austen could prop a door open a treat.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

I haven’t finished reading all of the Tiffany Aching books by Sir Terry Pratchett.

23) What is your favorite novel?

Just one?  Fuck that.  In no order whatsoever:

  • Discount Armageddon
  • The Hobbit
  • Dragondoom
  • Time Enough for Love
  • All of the Tiffany Aching books I’ve read
  • Anything else that says “Discworld” especially Thief of Time
  • Elfshadow

24) Play?

Oooohh, toughy.  The Doctor In Spite of Himself or Man From La Mancha, I think.

25) Poem?

Uhmm Beowulf or They Odyssey probably, or lots of stuff by Kipling or Service.

26) Essay?

A Modest Proposal was good.  And I rather liked most of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s stuff.

27) Short story?

Melancholy Elephants and anything in the Realms short stories collection with Elminster at the Magefare that is by Elaine Cunningham, Ed Greenwood, or Jeff Grubb.

28) Work of non-fiction?

Father Goose and Gilligan’s Island 0=)  In the fullest extent of my knowledge I have never read a work of non-fiction that left any profound impression on me deep enough to recall anything but individual bits of fact that I found spiffy.

29) Who is your favorite writer?

This would be a very long list.  The ones that come immediately to mind to when I start drawing a blank due to puppy distraction:

  • Ed Greenwood
  • Elaine Cunningham
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Dennis McKiernan
  • Robert Heinlein
  • Spider Robinson
  • Terry Pratchett
  • A A Milne
  • C S Lewis
  • L Frank Baum
  • Douglas Adams

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

Stephenie Meyer

31) What is your desert island book?

Just ONE!?  Fine The Complete Works of Sir Terry Pratchett (unabridged)

32) And … what are you reading right now?

A computer screen.
I’m supposed to be working on Under the Light of Vega, another episode of Penny Palabras, and some stuff by John Holdt but I haven’t had the attention span lately – Georgia summers suck.


Oh, good.  I’m done.  That wasn’t as much fun as I hoped it’d be.


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