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Two Literature Memes

Stolen from pax_athena


1) What author do you own the most books by?
Lemony Snicket, followed closely by Chuck Palahniuk.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Lord of the Flies. Each copy is more battered than the last, but I have some nice volumes, too (like the 50th year hardcover). I like to collect them in different covers, no matter what the condition.

3) What fictional character in a book are you secretly in love with?
Captain James M. Hook, of course. Is it a secret, though?

4) What book have you read more than any other?
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

5) What was your favorite book when you were 10-years-old?
I didn't really read much when I was a kid.

6) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
War of the Worlds.

7) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

8) If you could tell everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman (or) Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk

9) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Milton's Paradise Lost or Dante's Inferno in English... La Mécanique du Cœur in French.

10) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Tough question, because a good number of comics I love are French, but I have read more Russian novels (and there is Nabokov whom I love who is Russian, but incorporates a lot of French in his writing).

11) Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?

12) Austen Or Eliot?
Neither :P (However, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has recently been added to my library)

13) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I don't really have noticeable gaps (at least not to me... someone else would have to point it out if I did)

14) What is your favorite novel?
Lord of the Flies, 1984, Neverwhere, Lolita, and Starship Troopers

15) Play?
I don't read many plays... the only one that stands out is The Vagina Monologues.

16) Poem?
", Said the Shotgun to the Head" by Saul Williams

17) Essay?
I wonder if Crimes Against Logic (by Jamie Whyte) counts as an essay.

18) Short story?
Many. Favourite short story authors are Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, Neil Gaiman, Laurie Notaro... But I think if I had to pick just one, it would be The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

19) Non-fiction?
Disco Bloodbath, by James St. James

20) Graphic novel?
Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan

21) Memoir?
Isn't that pretty much the same as non-fiction?

22) History?
Don't really know what counts as history. There are stories that take place during important events in history, there are stories that made history...

23) Mystery or noir?
Not a huge fan of either.

24) Science fiction?
I love sci-fi! I took a course in Science-Fiction Literature and loved that, too :)

25) Who is your favorite writer?
*deep breath* Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, Lemony Snicket, Irvine Welsh, Ryu Murakami, Poppy Z. Brite, Laurie Notaro, Vladimir Nabokov, Novala Takemoto, George Orwell, Laurie Halse Anderson, James St. James, William Golding, Crispin Glover, Henry James, Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Voltaire...

26) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyer

27) What are you reading right now?
La Mécanique du Cœur, by Mathias Malzieu
And I have an on-again, off-again relationship with Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita (only because I am constantly being distracted from it).


01. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
nuts, prezels, or popcorn

02. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I beat and batter them, mark and (accidentally) tear them, write in them, highlight them, break the shit out of their spines... If there's a sentence or a sentence I love, I will underline/highlight it so I can come back later and copy it into my commonplace book.

03. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmarks (or bookmark-like things) usually, or I'll lay it flat open if I'll only be away a moment. Dog-ears tend to rip the corners eventually.

04. Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I tend toward fiction, but a fascinating non-fiction is nice, too.

05. Hard copy or audiobooks?
Hard copy. But if I want to read it in a hurry, I'll read along with the audiobook on double-speed (or if I want to just read along for some background sound, I'll play it with the audiobook, but will never just listen to the audio alone unless they're short stories).

06. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
End of chapters. Or those double-spaced breaks on the page if necessary.

07. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? Write it down to look it up later? Just try to infer what it means from the rest of the sentence?
I try to infer it. Odds are, it will probably make more sense in context.

08. What are you currently reading?
See above.

09. What is the last book you bought?
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith)
and some mangas.

10. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can read more than one at a time?
Sometimes just one, and sometimes up to 3 at once (but the more I read at once, the slower I take on them)

11. Do you like re-reading books?
Yes. The ones I re-read most are Neverwhere, Lord of the Flies, and 1984, among others.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
Lolita is something I still need to read. I actually started it once, but at that point my English wasn't good enough... And it has been ages since I read Heinlein for the first time, but his ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ impressed me a lot at some point!

I just added ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ to my wishlist. I need more good short stories to read and this one sounds like something I'll love.
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
I've been reading Lolita for almost two years >_< I get so distracted from it with comics and other books and activities, but it is very good.
I've been meaning to pick up Stranger in a Strange Land.
Oh, here is a copy: http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/wallpaper.html
Though, in the version I originally read, it wasn't separated each sentence, but perhaps that's how it should have been. Either way, it's very interesting :)
My old roommate gave me her Woman's Literature" textbook to read while I was sick in bed with mono, ages ago, because I said I was going crazy from staying in bed all the time.
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
Oh, I know the feeling of being distracted from reading XD

Great that there is an online version. Will read it at home today!

I read Austen's Emma when I had mono - therefore I still don't know what to think of the book. It was a great read while I was ill, but I'm not sure I'd like it when healthy and in full control of my mind...
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Well if you ever decide to read it again, let me know how it is. Emma is probably the only Jane Austen I'd consider reading, but all the others were terribly boring to me (I was forced to watch Pride and Prejudice and kept falling asleep).
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