I get back from holiday, I log in, and I find that Sheweevil has set me some homework ... finally, here are my 'Book Stick' answers:
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?:
Probably too many to mention. However, Francis Crawford of Lymond, the creation of Dorothy Dunnett, turns my knees to water! He's the ultimate Renaissance Man, educated, literate, enquiring, ruthless and sensitive. He can sword fight whilst quoting the greek poets, is flawlessly dressed AND there are a whole six volumes of him.
I will also confess to a crush on Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L Sayers' detective hero.
The last book you bought is:
The Road to Nab End by William Woodruff. I am trying to read more stuff that isn't science fiction.
The last book you read:
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Seigfried Sassoon . Depressing but absorbing account of life for a young officer in the trenches of the first world war.
Five books you would take to a deserted island:
- Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett - The finale of the Lymond series.
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - Ender is a small boy who joins the 'battle school' - a space station school that teaches children strategy and tactics for a war that the Earth fears is coming with 'The Buggers'.
- The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White - Always by my bed. It's strangely soothing to read about the mating habits of hedgehogs whilst trying to get to sleep.
- Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson - A novel about data havens and cryptography.
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin - My all time favourite book. It is set on a planet where the inhabitants are gender neutral and uses that to explore gender roles and stereotypes, as well as being a brilliant read.