Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Hopping on the bandwagon

Never one to pass up an opportunity to talk about books, here is the latest meme:

Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror?
Yes, please.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
The small and cheap ones, which I suppose are the mass market paperbacks. I just buy too many books to get larger, more expensive ones.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?

The A&R household place big orders from Amazon every month or two, but we still go into every book store we run across.

Barnes and Noble or Borders?
Either. We're here for the books.

Hitchhiker or Discworld?

Discworld all the way. They consistently make me laugh out loud.

Bookmark or Dog-ear?

Bookmark, though I did go through a brief dog-earing period.

Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction
I'd have to say Fantasy & Science Fiction, though I will in fact read anything.

Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or random?
Alphabetize by author (and then ordered chronologically if it matters), however comic books and manga are kept on separate book shelves and textbooks are just stored at the bottom of the bookshelves (lest they topple our cheap Flarkes).

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?

Keep. We then loan them out to friends (and recommend books to each other)

Keep dust-jacket or toss it?

Keep, though I will occasionally take them off while reading a book. Of course, owning mostly paperbacks pretty much eliminates this problem.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?

Either, depending on how much it is getting in the way.

Short story or novel?
I like both, but I wind up reading more novels. Short stories are just over too quickly.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Having not read more than a couple of pages of Lemony Snicket, I'll have to say Harry Potter. It is on my reading list, though, so we'll just have to see.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Unless I'm about to pass out (about which time I become unable to remember what I just read) I try to get to the chapter break. However, after having read so many Discworld books (which don't have chapters), I've become more comfortable with stopping at any break in the text.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time?”

I don't know about a book that start that way seriously, but I'd love one that starts that way in jest. If you want a good one that starts with "Long and long ago," I would recommend The Ordinary Princess.

Buy or Borrow?
If I don't buy it, how can I foist it on other people?

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?

All, though recommendations are probably the most prevalent influence. R has excellent taste in books, so I read everything that he buys (some day I will make it through his backlog of sci-fi books, but at the rate he keeps buying new books that won't actually happen for a very long time. Luckily, I read faster than him, and for longer periods of time, so there is hope of some day catching up).

Lewis or Tolkien?
I was so depressed when I got to the last book in the Narnia series. It just seemed like such a cop out (though my mom, the religious one, found it comforting when she read the books at about the same age. Go figure). Really, though, I like them both.

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Collection, though I'm always up for a good anthology (Literature from the Axis of Evil was rather interesting).

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?

I like there to be an ending, but I'm willing to wait many, many books to get to it.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
All day, every day.

Standalone or Series?
I really like the sheer depth of plot and character development that a series can get into, but standalone books also have their merits.

New or used?
I generally buy new, but if someone wants to give me a used book I certainly wouldn't say no.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (yes, the Discworld guy). Nothing quite as funny as the end of the world (and an evil car that turns every cassette tape in it into Queen's Greatest Hits).

Top 5 favorite genre books of all time?
I'm not completely sure what is meant by genre books, but I think my top 5 books of all time (so far) are:
1. Good Omens
2. A Game of Thrones
3. The Fairy Tale Book (I have a copy from the 50's which I think was my mother's. They've since changed the name, but the cover illustration is still the same)
4. The Diamond Age
5. The Selfish Gene

Favorite genre series?
The Discworld series (Fantasy/Comedy), though I'm also rather fond of Fruits Basket (shojou manga).

Currently Reading?
House of Leaves.

Laura and Mrs. Chili already succumbed, perhaps you will be the next to fall to the power of the meme?


Lara said...

i posted this one earlier today as well! :) it was a fun one, eh?

susan said...

I found some great fiction book reviews. You can also see those reviews in Fiction short story