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April 8th, 2005


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05:19 pm - Here's a cool book meme
I might as well, I am a book!geek when all the chips are down.


In Farenheit 451, volunteers memorise entire books, to preserve the text from burning: what text would you learn and save?

If we’re not being strictly practical, which would mean a book of the Bible (either the Psalms or the Book of John), then The Lord of the Rings. What? It’s a book (*hugs leather-bound single volume tightly*). And it’s not like I don’t have a scattered third of it memorized already.

Have you ever had a crush on a character in a book?

Yep. Morpheus, King of Dream from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels; and Johnny Smith, from Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.

The last book you bought is:

An old edition of Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, edited by some random academic whose opinion I don’t value. *snarks at annoying commentary essay*

The last book you finished is:

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snickett. These books are short, easy reads, and a bit repetitive, but oh boy are they amusing. The narrator has his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, but he never slips out of his somber, sorrowful, teller-of-tales persona.

What are you currently reading:

Re-reading The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin.

Five desert island books:

I’m going to leave out LotR, since assuming I memorized it, I could while away a few hours reciting it to myself. *grin*

1) The Bible (NAS translation, probably)
2) Phantastes, by George MacDonald
3) Watership Down, by Richard Adams (yes, I have been watching too much LOST, but it would be a great book to have)
4) Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers
5) The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende

Hmm. I'd thought I was picking those for language use and possibly for richly textured worldbuilding. Instead, I think I was going for characters I will never get sick of.

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From:vertigozooropa
Date:April 9th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)

that's sick!

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You know, they say women go for bad boys, but Morpheus? Does the name, "Nada," ring a bell?

Yeah, because you really wanna be Kai'ckul's ex.

And I'm really curious how you managed to get a crush on Johnny "The Atrophied Human Jigsaw" Smith, of all fictional people.

Maybe you like 'em damaged?
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 10th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)

Re: that's sick!

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You know, they say women go for bad boys, but Morpheus? Does the name, "Nada," ring a bell?

Yeah, I know, I'm not the first to fall for Dream. Yeah, I know, he's arrogant and high-handed and holds a grudge like nobody else possibly could.

But I like him in spite of it all. He's beautiful and sexy and creative, and he *does* love people, and learn from his mistakes, if not quickly enough to prevent what happens in The Kindly Ones and The Wake.

And I'm really curious how you managed to get a crush on Johnny "The Atrophied Human Jigsaw" Smith, of all fictional people.

Maybe you like 'em damaged?


The "Atrophied Human Jigsaw"? *raises eyebrow* I'm assuming you have read the book, then. It's not that I like them damaged--I fell for Johnny in the first couple chapters, when he's a sweet, ordinary, intelligent man. The scene at the Wheel of Fortune is so creepy *because* Johnny himself is so ordinary at that point.

And I kept on liking him because he struggled so hard and so well with this "gift" he wakes up with, because he sees the consequences of acting/not acting and has to figure out what to do with the moral dilemma this puts him in.

It's not the damage--it's the struggle I go for.
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:April 10th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)

Dead Zone

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Well, it was a spectacular book. Enough so that the TV series offends me.

I really should rent the Christopher Walken movie.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 10th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Dead Zone

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Well, it was a spectacular book. Enough so that the TV series offends me.

I so agree. I actually saw some of the TV series first, and while there was stuff I liked, I couldn't figure out why I didn't like the main character! :-) I thought maybe if I read the book I could figure it out.

Read book; fell totally in love with said main character.

I don't like the TV Johnny because he has no sense of humor, and also no real character arc.

Whereas the book is a character study.

I really should rent the Christopher Walken movie.

Oh, yes, you really should. Quite excellent, even if they managed to leave out some of the most cinematic scenes. Walken is just splendid in the role.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 9th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
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3) Watership Down, by Richard Adams (yes, I have been watching too much LOST, but it would be a great book to have)

"Lost" is a show I've never watched, and I don't intend to start now, considering how much I would have to catch up on, but:
"There are Watership Down references in Lost?" she said with wide eyes.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 10th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Yes, there are, though they're not blatant. In a few early episodes, a character named Sawyer is reading the book. After fans first noted this, it became obvious that there are some pretty strong parallels between the life these stranded people are trying to carve out and Hazel's group in Watership Down. There are even character correlations: Locke and his mystical stuff remind me of Fiver; Charlie--Pipkin, perhaps?; and Jack is so very much Hazel.

Anyway...yeah. And it was intentional, I'm quite sure.

[ps, now Sawyer is reading A Wrinkle In Time. In spite of being a brat, the guy has good taste.]

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