Saturday, 13 December 2008

Book meme....

I've stolen this book meme from Meghna's writing pages. I'm a sucker for doing this sort of stuff, so here goes....

What was the last book you bought?
Night in the Lonesome October by Richard Laymon. I'm looking to get back into horror, and I thought I'd read a favourite horror author. I did a Google search later for him, and was devastated to find he'd died nearly eight years ago.

Name a book you have read MORE than once
The Secret History by Donna Tartt. A perennial favourite.

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal. It opened my eyes to language. I thanked David Crystal for it when I met him.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
Title, cover, summary of the plot on the cover, etc. If someone recommends it, that's good too.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Until recently, I would rather have gone to bed with a copy of a Danish grammar, but I'm getting back into fiction. I need to read more fiction anyway.

What's more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Plot, definitely. Let me name an author as an example: Richard Adams. His novel Watership Down was brilliant. Another novel of his, Shardik, is filled with cleverly crafted prose, but is a badly written and plotted book. Too flowery.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Henry Winter in the afore-mentioned Donna Tartt opus, The Secret History.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
I have a number of books there:
Umberto Eco: Mouse or Rat?
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
Richard Laymon: Body Rides
Laroux: The Phantom of the Opera
Tolstoy: War and Peace
Shaw: Pygmalion
Stoker: Dracula
Shelley: Frankenstein
Tim Lebbon: Faith in the Flesh
Elizabeth Kostova: The Historian
Pauline Réage: Story of O

What was the last book you've read, and when was it?
I read several books at once. This week I finished reading (or rereading):
Tim Lebbon: Faith in the Flesh
Gary Greenwood: The Dreaming Pool
Richard Laymon: Night in the Lonesome October
Stephen King: On Writing

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes. War and Peace. I will finish it one day though.