Meme with Relish redux.

A little while ago felow unbounder popped up with a Meme. Several people have done it since and I figured I really ought to share mine.

One book that changed your life

I suppose ‘Monster’ by Christopher Pike would be one that changed my life. Not because it’s the best book ever, it’s very competant and entertaining but it’s not mind blowingly amazing, but because it was the first time horror really captured my imagination. From Monster came Brian Lumley’s ‘Necroscope’ and eventually ‘Cabal’ by Clive Barker, which moved me gradually into fantasy and eventually to where I am now, a genre fan read all kinds of speculative and fantastic fiction. Pike was the start of that, he spelled the end for books about girls with ponies (hey I was young and had a pony, totally acceptable) and Sweet Valley (I can offer no excuse for that) and a move to darker and more mature writing.

One book you have to read more than once

I re read a lot of books, any time I feel too stressed to focus on something entirely new I re read an old favourite, or maybe read a new relase in a well worn series. One I have read many times, pretty much once a year in fact, whenever I feel a little burnt out, if ‘Good Omens’ by Pratchett and Gaiman. It’s my reset book. It’s a single afternoon curled up on the sofa and I feel ready to deal with the world again.

One book you’d want on a desert island

Weaveworld by Clive Barker. That’s easy. I could not imagine not having that book around. I often site it as a favourite book and it is. Barker’s novels are wonderfully complex so I could never remember everything no matter how many times I read it (about a dozen so far). It’s not his easiest book and it’s slow to start but the core principle of the book for me is in the quote ‘That which is imagined can never be lost.’ I reckon stuck on a desert island i’d need to remind myself of that from time to time.

Two books that made you laugh

Christopher Moore’s ‘Practical Demonkeeping’. Actually all of Moore’s books make me laugh but Demonkeeping has a special place in my heart.

One that’s been making me laugh for years is Douglas Adam’s ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’. I love the Hitchhiker’s books, but there is something about the Dirk Gently books that means I possobly love them even more. I also think of it everytime anyone mentions 3D modelling, makes me wish we’d done a sofa in my CAD class.

One book that made you cry

Most recently The final part of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy, I can’t tell you more go read them. I used to cry very easily at books, less now, although I expect I would still cry when Ginger dies in ‘Black Beauty’ out of habit.

One book you wish you’d written

This is hard, I don’t want to write a book so which one i’d want ot have written is kind of a moot point. Nope, I am clearly too content to let others do the hard work and I will read it.

One book you wish was never written

Oh this is really hard. I think all books have value. That said, I think there are plenty of books the world wouldn’t really miss. I am going to go for Z for Zachariah, because it depressed the living hell out of me at school and wasn’t good enough to my mind to justify putting me through that.

Two books you are currently reading

Free Agent by Jeremy Duns and Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brockman. I am enjoying both immensly.

One book you’ve been meaning to read

I have shelves and shelves of books i’ve been meaning to read, I shall get to them eventually.For the sake of picking one i’m going to say MArk Charan Newton’s first book, The Reef, it’s in the stack and i’ve been trying to get to it since I picked it up.

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