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March 29, 2005

Book Meme

I stole this from Roxanne. It's another book meme. Just copy the questions and give your own answers if you plan to do this one.

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

I want to be "The Catcher In The Rye." I know a great big pile of me will go up in flames and everyone will be watching me, but the underground will make sure I'm circulated so that I'll be even more widely read than I would have been if I hadn't been banned.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

I admit it. I'm one of those crazy women who had a crush on Severus Snape in the Harry Potter books. Yes, he's despicable. That's why I loved him.

The last book you bought is:

"In All Sincerity ... Peter Cushing"

The last book you read:

"The Handmaid's Tale"

What are you currently reading?

Right now, nothing. I just finished "The Handmaid's Tale." "In All Sincerity ... Peter Cushing" just arrived in my mailbox, so I'll start that one today.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

1. "Ghosts," by Hans Holzer.

2. "Best Bisexual Erotica," edited by Bill brent and Carol Queen. Forward by Cecilia Tan.

3. "Unexplained! 347 Strange, Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena," by Jerome Clark.

4. "Field and Forest Handy Book." In particular the chapter about how to build a raft and a cheap boat.

5. "The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel." Includes instructions on how to find water on a deserted island, how to catch fish without a rod, how to survive a tsumani, how to survive when lost in the jungle, how to survive a volcanic eruption, how to make animal traps, and how to cross a piranha-infested river.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons)? And Why?

I don't see a reason to pass this meme on because bloggers will read it. They can choose to do their own as they see fit.

Posted on March 29, 2005 at 08:41 AM | Permalink

Comments

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

i think this may refer to the practice of the resistance in Fahrenheit of adopting books to memorize, doesn't it? in any case, i will choose John Crowley's Little, Big - one of the grandest fairy tales ever penned (no, really).

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Pippi Longstocking. also, Molly Millions.

The last book you bought is:

The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons
by Abe Ignacio
(sobering to read in light of current imperial adventures by our beloved leaders - bringing civilization to the heathens, doncha know)

The last book you read:

The Speed of Dark
by Elizabeth Moon
(re-read, that is - i very highly recommend this amazing book)

What are you currently reading?

In the Land of Temple Caves: From St. Emilion to Paris's St. Sulpice
by Frederick Turner
(just started it)

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

this all depends on the trip, don't it? i mean, does this mean 5 books you take to a deserted island from which you'll NEVER RETURN, or is it more of a vacation-y type of thing? 5 days & 4 nights on your very own deserted island, complete with wet bar & entertainment center! each possibility would create very different lists....

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons)? And Why?

what stick? i see no stick. is this some relay race metaphor? in any case, no chainlettering for me, thanks. i like Trish's method - post it up & let freaks like me babble in the comments. ;)

Posted by: jam at Mar 29, 2005 10:29:56 AM

Oh my god. You mean I'm NOT the only woman who has a crush on Snape? This is so distressing!

He's mine, by the way. Hands off.

Posted by: Jody at Mar 29, 2005 12:07:41 PM

You can have Snape if you let me have Lucius Malfoy. Jason Isaacs played him in the movie. Yum. ;)

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 29, 2005 12:11:27 PM

Jam: "i think this may refer to the practice of the resistance in Fahrenheit of adopting books to memorize, doesn't it?"

I haven't read the book in so long that I don't remember the details. I think you're right here. I'd still prefer to be "The Catcher In The Rye," for your reason and mine.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 29, 2005 12:12:39 PM

I read "The Handmaid's Tale" last year and it freaked me out, especially when I heard the author, Margaret Atwood, talking on public radio about how much closer our society is moving in that direction. She said when she wrote it she believed that nothing like it could ever happen, but now she thinks elements of the story could come to be.

Scary.

Posted by: Sid at Mar 29, 2005 7:42:03 PM

I am suck a sucker for these things...

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh AND By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Yes loads. Starting with a bit of Heathcliff, right through to a lot of Edna in Kate Chopin's The Awakening.

The last book you bought is:

Time Out guide to Prague (going at the weekend if I can get out of the office)

The last book you read:

And finished? Been a while! Collected Poems by Stevie Smith.

What are you currently reading?

About eight books at once, mostly educational: Time Out guide to Prague, The Right Way To Play Chess, What To Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed, Colour (by Victoria Finlay), David Attenborough's Life Of Mammals & accompanying study textbook, Joyce Grenfell's autobiography.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

1 The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
2 Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
3 By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
4 The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
5 Some sort of how-to-build-a-boat book.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons)? And Why?

I'm not. Why should I?

Posted by: Cruella at Mar 30, 2005 4:14:22 AM

Hey, Trish- I like your list for the desert island. I'll have to check those out.

I have to ask, though - why Catcher in the Rye? That was one of a few classics I missed in school, and I just read it last year. I hated it. I've asked several people to tell me why they liked it so much, but no one has given me an answer. Help me out?

Posted by: Morgaine Swann at Mar 30, 2005 4:29:06 AM