Thursday, January 31, 2008

Book Meme

The Tara-rist has tagged me with the Book Meme. Here goes.

1) Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Any philosophical treatise by John Paul II. I know, heresy. But, phenomenology and existentialism give me headaches

2) If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be? (Assuming that these characters are fictional.) Patrick O'Brien's Dr. Stephen Maturin (since he would bring his friend Captain Jack Aubrey, I would get two for the price of one), Bram Stoker's Dr. Abraham van Helsing, and Tolkein's Elrond. This would be for a nice eight course dinner followed by Port and Cigars.

3) (Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for a while, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave? I have to agree with Tara, The Book of Mormon--the most boring fictional novel ever written.

4) Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it? I used to say War and Peace, but I buckled down and read it when I was in Mexico studying Spanish and suffering with Giardia.

5) You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? Nonfiction: Burke's Reflection on the Revolution in France. (It helped get my head on straight regarding politics.) Fiction: The Lord of the Rings. Great story, characters, and ideas.

6) A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with? Greek. A good fairy is the only way I could learn a language written in funny letters.

7) A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick? St. Augustine's City of God.

8) I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)? Nothing really.

9) That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leather bound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free. Some Victorian monstrosity with rolling ladders to get to the higher shelves. Overstuffed comfy leather chairs. Oh, and a kick-ass stereo.

I tag all those readers who do not kick puppies. (You don't kick puppies do you?)

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