Swiped from Steg, who swiped from Kate, who swiped from Diddums:
1. One book that changed your life.
It's a cliche, but 'Stranger in a Strange Land' by Robert Heinlen. It brought to my notice that there were people out there for whom nuclear families were not the norm. That and Marion Zimmer Bradley's 'Darkover' series, which also has a society composed of a variety of different family units. Darkover also provided me with the bridge between reading fantasy and reading science fiction - the novels encompass aspects of both.
2. One book you've read more than once.
Lots and lots to choose from here. I re-read pretty much everything I enjoy. And I am a book-hoarder. At the moment, I am re-reading 'A Deepness in the Sky' by Vernor Vinge. He writes really, really good science-fiction. Not 'big space ships and bigger guns' type stuff (the kind of thing that 'smells of boy'), but really thoughtful and well constructed speculative fiction based on various 'what would people do in THIS particular situation'-type hypotheses. I recommend.
3. One book you'd want on a desert island.
Can I have a series? If so, I'd like Dorothy Dunnett's 'Lymond' novels. There are six of them and they are the most complex, engaging and entertaining set of historical novels that I have ever read. They're set in Europe in the first half of the sixteenth century. Francis Crawford of Lymond would certainly be useful to have on on a desert island and I would like him as a companion, even if only to quote poetry at me as I was starving to death. Or if I can't have them, I would like 'The Left Hand of Darkness' by Ursula Le Guin, which in my opinion is one of the best books ever written.
4. One book that made you laugh.
I have just been given 'Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance' by Martin Gurdon. It made both B and I laugh aloud.
5. One book that made you cry.
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I was in floods and floods at the end.
6. One book you wish you had written.
Probably The Time Traveller's Wife, actually. B has a theory that it might have been written as part of some kind of grieving process. Some of it was so powerful that it left me with a physical weight on my chest.
7. One book you wish had never been written.
'Lord Foul's Bane' and the subsequent series by Stephen Donaldson. The protaganist is a thoroughly unlikeable person, the writing and the plot are unwieldy, badly constructed and hard to follow and the whole thing is depressing in the extreme. They are the only series of books that I have ever thrown away - I felt that it wasn't fair to give them to Oxfam in case someone bought them and felt they had to read them. I would also like to nominate anything by Terry Brooks ('Magic Kingdom for Sale') or Terry Goodkind as being repetitive, clumsy, tripe.
*removes ranting hat and subsides in to seat, palpitating*
8. One book you are currently reading.
'A Deepness in the Sky' by Verner Vinge - re-reading, as above. I'm also reading 'The Englishwoman's Diary' by Harriet Blodgett (really). Made up of various excerpts from womens' diaries from about sixteen hundred onwards, with a little commentary about who the women were.
9 One book you have been meaning to read.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Suzannah Clarke. People keep telling me how good it is and I have got as far as getting out of the library (Did I mention I'd joined the library? It comes once a fortnight and parks down by the flats, and there are now five of us in the village who use it.). But I have not yet started it and the library comes back tomorrow; although I think I can renew.
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In other news:
- I can't catch the bloody cat to look at his head OR to take him to the vet. He sees me coming and legs it up the road.
- Adoption session was cancelled - we hadn't done enough of our homework to make it worthwhile - and I get the impression she was quite relieved to be able to re-arrange anyway.
- My parents have left. It was lovely to see them. I am pleased they have gone again. And I hope they come again soon - but maybe only for four nights, rather than five.
- The two chicks I thought were malformed seem to be sorting themselves out. I think that their legs splayed on the slippery floor of the incubator and they now seem to be getting about much more easily. Yay!
- B has gone to Edinburgh for a couple of nights.
- I am about to drink the rest of the elderberry wine.