May 10, 2005

I've Been Memed!

By Tony, which means I have to do it--a girl feels strangely obligated to fulfill obligations to former 5th grade classmates, you know. Plus, it's a bookish-type thingy. So here goes...

1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?
The Riverside Shakespeare. Yeah, I'm ambitious, but subsequent generations shouldn't be deprived of the ability to call one another "clotpoles." Failing that, The Chronicles of Narnia.

2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
I had a passing crush on Fitzwilliam Darcy, but I don't count that because it didn't develop fully until after I saw Colin Firth playing the character. I have often wanted to be fictional characters, though, starting with Nancy Drew and culminating with Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Hopefully I'll be a clever, crotchety old woman one day. I'm already practicing my "Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!"

3. The last book you bought was...?
How Few Remain, by Harry Turtledove. I loved The Guns of the South, and his alternate histories are so believeable--all the little character details...they're awesome! Also, Flyboys by James Bradley. I've got a serious WWII history jones.

4. The last book you read was...?
The Virgin's Lover, by Philippa Gregory. Again, fictionalized history. I am detecting a theme. Philippa Gregory does British history very well, although I was a bit disappointed with her characterization of Elizabeth--she wouldn't have been quite so callow when she took the throne. There were too many people with vested interests in her success to have left her so utterly untutored. The Other Boleyn Girl was a better effort, I think, but that might just be my preconceived notions about Elizabeth I talking...

5. What are you currently reading?
Currently finishing up How Few Remain, then Flyboys, then I plan to re-read book 5 of Harry Potter before book 6 comes out. I also want to get around to reading Wicked, which has been on my shelf for years...I have a bad habit of buying tons of books and then losing interest or forgetting about them for months at a time and then reading all of them in two weeks--lather, rinse, repeat. Speaking of, I think I have a Patricia Cornwell book languishing on the shelf, as well as the latest Tom Wolfe. Ah well, summer is upon us, and I'll have lots of reading time.

6. Five books you would take to a desert island...
Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion because I never tire of Mr. Darcy or Captain Wentworth. Return of the King because it's the best of the Tolkien trilogy, and Prince Caspian, because it's my favorite of the Narnia books and I can re-read it ad infinitum. Finally, De Tocqueville's Democracy in America, because I keep meaning to read it but never have time. On a desert island I'd definitely have time...

7. Who are you passing this stick on to and why?
My pal Feral Girl, because she's great to borrow books from and I need some new reading ideas!

Posted by Big Arm Woman at May 10, 2005 02:56 PM
Comments

Don't worry dear, you'll be a crotchety old woman for sure.

Oh, wait... you said CLEVER and crotchety.

Posted by: Husband of BAW at May 10, 2005 03:14 PM

Item 2: Rima the Bird Girl. I will never read "Green Mansions" again because once you've read it as a fifteen-year-old it can't get any better but it might get worse.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at May 10, 2005 09:45 PM

If you like alternate histories, you might want to try the Belisarius series by Eric Flint and David Drake.

Posted by: holly at May 10, 2005 11:39 PM

Although I don't have you pictured as Nanny Ogg, I'd figure that you'd be more likely to sing the "Hedgehog Song" than Esme Weatherwax.

Posted by: John at May 11, 2005 01:32 PM

Thank you for honoring the blood oath of allegiance we took years ago at the pointed end of my protractor.

Posted by: Tony at May 11, 2005 02:37 PM

I meant compass. If we'd tried to use a protractor to draw blood, we'd still be sitting crammed into those little desks, sawing away at our palms.

Note to self: put shortcut to www.dictionary.com on IE toolbar...

Posted by: Tony at May 11, 2005 02:40 PM

I love that Philippa Gregory! I received the prequel? to "The Other Boelyn Girl" for my birthday, and gave "The Virgin's Lover" to a few folks for Christmas. Loan it to me, would ya?

And you know I'm in complete agreement about all comments Austenesque in this post. I re-read P&P a month ago and all depressive thoughts vanished. Austen: she's better than Wellbutrin!

Posted by: Belle at May 12, 2005 03:55 PM