Tuesday, 26 May 2009


This is a 'meme' about books that's been doing the blog rounds.  Read, paste, delete my answers and pass it on....

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

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Slapstick, by Kurt Vonnegut.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Other things better occupy my bother slots.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Sally Lockhart from Philip Pullman's Victorian pastiche detective series.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
The Once and Future King, I think.

6) What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?
I have no idea.

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Capuchin Classics' very own Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (no, honestly).

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Kurt Vonnegut, posthumously.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I look forward to having one.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
A forgotten Star Trek novel.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Possibly (and ironically, as they're children's books)
The Stone Book Quartet, by Alan Garner.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I've only seen the blockbusters.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
For what?

18) Roth or Updike?
Have read neither, shamefully.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
As above.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare is the colossus of not only the literary but possibly any cultural world.

21) Austen or Eliot?

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

23) What is your favourite novel?
The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien.

24) Play?
Endgame by Beckett.

25) Poem?
The Sunlight on the Garden by Louis MacNeice.

26) Essay?

27) Short story?
Anything from
On Becoming a Fairy Godmother, by Sara Maitland.

28) Work of nonfiction?
Fermat's Last Theorem, by Simon Singh, and any Ordnance Survey map.

29) Who is your favourite writer?
Kurt Vonnegut.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
JK Rowling.

31) What is your desert island book?
The Bible.

32) And... what are you reading right now?

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