Sunday, April 15, 2007

Book Tag (From Nat, a while ago)

1. One book that changed your life: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. Mainly because it served as a sort of "gateway drug" for me to read the rest of Twain's works.

2. One book you've read more than once: I don't read many books more than once. I'll say Beroul's The Romance of Tristan.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: I've heard Dubliners is such a book, since it can be read so many different ways. Unfortunately, all the ways it can be read are depressing. I'll say a copy of the Bible bound with The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy. ;-)

4. One book that made you laugh: The Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain).

5. One book that made you cry: No comment. No comment at all about Ecclesiastes in the Old King James.

6. One book that you wish had been written: The end of The Last Tycoon.

7. One book that you wish had never been written: I'm going to say it. It's Eragon. If for no other reason than that it provided a bunch of middle-aged parents otherwise ignorant of fantasy (and other ignorant people) with a view of fantasy as cliche-ridden, childish, and imbecilic.

8. One book you're currently reading: Magic for Beginners (by Kelly Link). Best fantasy short stories I've read since.... Lord Dunsany. And besides that, some of the best speculative fiction I've read period.

9. One book you've been meaning to read: Elantris (Brandon Sanderson). I meant to start it, but I seem to have misplaced my copy. Grr.

10. Scariest book you've ever read: The Mysterious Stranger, by Mark Twain, was pretty creepy, but it's more of a novella. I'll think of something scary that's actually a book later.

I will tag Aaron, since he needs to post. :P Anyone else who wishes to be tagged, you may run in front of my oustretched hand and consider yourself so.


Homosexual Christmas tin soldier said...

my favorite book is Frog and Toad are Friends.

Heidi said...

I looked for 'The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy' but our library system doesn't have it.

This line made me laugh: "Anyone else who wishes to be tagged, you may run in front of my oustretched hand and consider yourself so." :D

Aaron hasn't been getting around to reading blogs at all lately. You might have to poke him.

Ethan said...

Heidi: That makes your library system a travesty and a sham. :P There are a couple other names it might be under... try looking for Laurence Sterne (the author).

... I just might poke Aaron...

Bob son of Bob said...

"The Mysterious Stranger"? ethan,
READ POE!!!! you obviously haven't read enough Poe. or H.P. Lovecraft. read POe and Lovecraft. now.

Ethan said...

Poe has some creepy stuff, aye, but not out-and-out scary. Mysterious Stranger, at least one version of it, went more towards making me cower in fear than anything by Poe.

Lovecraft... Lovercraft is more gross-out, takes-an-iron-stomach-to-read than actually scary.

Brandon Sanderson said...

Hope you figure out where you put Elantris! Let me know what you think of it.

Ethan said...

Hey, cool, I will! :D

I actually found my copy the other day, and am reading it now.

Heidi said...

EEEEeeeeeee!!!! That was Brandon Sanderson!

craziness said...

oh yay! i'm back! btw, this is trekkie craziness....... anyway, so yeah, does being tagged mean i have to tell you all that about books? because I don't read very much, to my great shame and dishonor among smart people. email me. bye bye.

craziness said...

and yes, i AM at school at the moment...... supposed to be working. ;) \\// bye now

Sir N said...

You should have told me about this tag when you saw me in person and you and Heidi could have tortured me. ;-)

I think I'm going to have to look up some Brandon Sanderson books. I'm mildly literary; maybe I can start getting authors to comment on my blog too. I'm also going to have to make Heidi give me your copy of Tristram Shandy since she found she has access to another one.

There are few books that can truly be counted scary. That is the sole thing movies are better for. Books can move you, but the best film are better for scaring.

Sir N said...

PS. I agree with Heidi. That closing line about tags was awesome. :D

...Why is my word verification for this post "ownup"? <_<

Ethan said...

Drat! I should have! An opportunity missed... <_<

hehe... Everybody's jealous. :P Nat was going to do a post about Ray Bradbury, his favorite author, until he realized that supposedly Bradbury doesn't use the internet.

As to books/movies and scary, you are perfectly right.

And thank you for that.

Well, y' need to ownup, man. It's what I've been trying to tell you. No? Don't think so? Bring it! *thumps chest*


Sir N said...

**shoots Ethan with a grenade launcher**


Ethan said...


**Burns Aaron to a crisp with a flamethrower**

Don't use your pagan words with me!

Sir N said...

Sxgqobko! 'Tis no pagan word! It's is a sacred word given me by all-powerful Blogger, one of the Google gods! ..*cough* Okay, so maybe I'm making it pagan now!

*was holding a canister of gasoline*
*gas explodes*
*Ethan is burned to a crisp too*
Care to start a Crisps Club? :P