Saturday, April 4, 2009

I'm not dead!
Just rather bleh and not up for much writing right now; and I should be doing some work on various things...
(picture very related; Vanyel, O how I was one with you and your angst as a teen...)

You have received this note because someone thinks you are a literary geek. Copy the questions into your own note, answer the questions, and tag any friends who would appreciate the quiz, including the person who sent you this. Don’t bother trying to italicize your book titles. We know you want to.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Hands down, K. A. Applegate. I own the entire Animorphs series which is *checks wiki* a total of 64 books. Not only do I own all of the books, but I also have copies on my computer (been working on rereading them in between fanfics).

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Into the Land of the Unicorns. I read my paperback copy so much the pages started falling out so my mom got me a hardcover copy; I still have the paperback one after all these years because I cannot bring myself to throw away a book.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Umm...secretly? ...the ones I haven't been obvious about would be Ax, Uchiha Itachi, George Cooper & the God Kyprioth (from Tamora Pierce's Tortall books).

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Any of Tamora Pierce's books and many of Mercedes Lackey's books; don't know which one has been read the most.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Probably the Animorphs books.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
I attempted to reread one of Ann Rice's books (don't remember which one). Yet I loved them in middle school...

8)What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Not counting the ones I reread; I liked Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Any of Tamora Pierce's books. They are amazing and so is she.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Tamora Pierce (can you tell who my favorite author is?). Her books teach great morals (work hard, be kind to animals, girls are just as awesome as guys, etc), have amazing characters, are very entertaining, and despite many being about warriors they do not glorify war (though they show that sometimes war is necessary, it is not shown as being romantic or the best course and it is shown to be devastating to everyone involved including civilians).

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Any of Bruce Coville's books or short stories. I think they are great and would make great movies pretty easily.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Tamora Pierce's books. Because I just know they would destroy them far worse than how they destroyed Ella Enchanted.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I don't ever recall dreams.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Does fanfiction count? -_-;;

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Milton's Paradise Lost (though I still haven't finished it; poetry makes me wander off).

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
Haven't seen much Shakespeare; I've just seen the Scottish tragedy and Richard II.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

18) Roth or Updike?
No idea who they are.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
See above.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?

21) Austen or Eliot?

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Umm...I haven't read many actual books since I went to high school and stopped having money/time for books. Mostly I read manga and fanfiction now.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Do I have to pick one?

24) Play?
I loved Bury the Dead; we performed it in high school and it was the first play I was lights head for. ^_^It was written between the World Wars and is set "A year into the war that could start tomorrow". It's about five dead soldiers who refuse to lay down in their grave and how the Generals try to make them lay down (it's also about how useless and destructive most wars are).

25) Poem?
I'm not much for poetry, but I like To the Virgins to Make Much of Time.

26) Essay?
Does little light's seam of skin and scales count? Or maybe Cedar's Beyond Inclusion. ^_^

27) Short story?
Probably "Homeward Bound," by Bruce Coville.

28) Work of nonfiction?
Whipping Girl by Julia Serano.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Tamora Pierce; though Mercedes Lackey and Bruce Coville are also great.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
JK Rowling. I loved some of the characters, loved the world she created...but the plots were really contrived and had huge plot holes and she didn't do much with the characters and concepts she introduced. I far prefer fanfiction to the actual books.

31) What is your desert island book?
Can't I just have my laptop? It has a ton of my favorite books and fanfics on it...

32) And… what are you reading right now?
The 4th Animorphs book, When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, & Return of the King (rereading all of them).


Ruth Moss said...

I haven't read even half of those books or heard of the authors. I feel I'm missing out!!!

Oh, nice to have you back!!

Drakyn said...

Well, most of them are Young Adult books... (notice the tags on this post ^_^;;)
Ebay has a ton of them for cheap though; Bertie might like some of them when he gets a bit older. ^.~
Seriously, I read Coville's books back when I was 8ish (mind you, I was a quick reader).
Pierce's Tortall series is somewhat more mature than the Circle series (the Tortallian books deal with war and some sex, Circle just has some fighting). She's also a feminist and her books have main characters who are really awesome girls (from mages who use thread/sewing to work magic to lady-knights).
Both are still great reads now that I'm in my twenties though. ^_^;;

Animorphs is more of a nostalgia read for me, and rereading them makes me wonder why people let 8 year olds read Animorphs deals with war and the issues that war brings up (like is it okay to kill your enemies when they are defenseless).

Thanks! ^_^

Ruth Moss said...

Have you ever read The Mists of Avalon? I've a feeling you'd love it.

T som i Timortinel said...

Delurking to say I'm glad you're back, and hoping you will post more often.

Drakyn said...

No Ruth I haven't read that yet, I'll keep an eye out for it though!

Thanks T som i Timortinel!
I noticed you had videos/pictures of Naruto characters, if you're interested in Naruto fanfic, Askerian is great (she does mostly Sasuke/Naruto and Sakura/Sasuke/Naruto). ^_^

ArrogantWorm said...

Ooooo, The Mists of Avalon was good for fantasy, though I've heard a few complaints with regards to ...accuracy? I emember animorphs, I had about thirty of 'em, but then gave 'em t the library, if memory serves. I particularly liked Coville's Magic Shop series, found it in elementary school. I'd like to find those again, never got to read 'em all.

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