Thursday, April 07, 2005

Books: They Aren't Just for Packing

I've seen this around a few places now, and you know I can never resist a book meme. So:

In Farenheit 451, volunteers memorise entire books, to preserve the text from burning: what text would you learn and save?

I remember pondering this when I first read that book, and deciding on The Hobbit. That still seems like a pretty good choice to me.

Have you ever had a crush on a character in a book?

Erm... R. Daneel Olivaw, from Asimov's books. Yes, I have robot lust. It is my secret shame.

The last book you bought is:

I just ordered The Importance of Being Earnest. I needed something that cost about a dollar to bump my Amazon order up enough to qualify for the free shipping, and I've been meaning to read more Wilde.

The last book you finished is:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. And, man, reading about real-life cruelty and oppression has the capacity to depress me in ways that fiction never can.

What are you currently reading:

The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams. A good read, if perhaps a little overlong.

Five desert island books:

God, I always hate this question. I can settle on a one-book collection of Lord of the Rings and the biggest single-volume encyclopedia I can find, but after that it gets impossible to pick.

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