Q: What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.
A: I have a pile (explained here). In the same way that I am unable to buy just one pair of shoes, rent just one movie or borrow just one book from a library (or, in recent times, buy just one), I am also unable to read just one book at a time. (I call it an 'admiration of variety'; others may call it an attention deficiency.) Currently the pile is out of control. I'll give you the names, but—although I could theoretically do it—I will not even start to 'tell you about it'. We would be here until tomorrow. Here goes: Aaron's Rod; Bones are Forever; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (again); 1Q84: Books 1 and 2; Don Quixote; War and Peace; David Copperfield; This Side of Paradise; The Quiet American (those make up the Classics corner), Antigone (in French, wanker), Primal Body, Primal Mind; Turn of the Century; The Lotus Eaters; Up Country; The Secret Teachings of All Ages; The Book of Secrets; Midwinter Sacrifice; Diamond in the Rough (of course); The Bat; and; The Age of Chivalry. Phew! Mad. Just mad.
Q: Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and my favourite thing to fantazise is liying in hammock with a good book. What are your top three fave 'summer' reads?
A: In terms of books I would read again. I suppose the HP's would be top of the list. I have been through all seven Harry Potters four or five times. I am reading the Millenium series again at the moment, and I would consider doing the Hunger Games again. But, otherwise. I would rather go forward to try and get some of the other's done. The Library of Congress adds eleven thousand things to it's collection every day—mostly, I would imagine, books. There are untold numbers of books for me to try and get to before the end. The big end, not Summer.
Q: What are your top three summer 'to reads'?
A: Maybe I will answer this by going on-line now and choosing three books for my psuedo-summer (tropical holiday in a week's time). Back in a tick and I will let you know what I got. Typical. I got four: Ann Funder's, All that I Am; Daniel Keyes', Flowers for Algernon, The Girl on the Stairs: A Masterful Psychological Thriller by Louise Welsh; and; George RR Martin's The Game of Thrones. Reasons in order: loved Stasiland; always wanted to; recommended (but why do authors feel this need to explain what it is you are holding in your hand; every book I looked at was subtitled 'A Novel'. It was borderline annoying.); societal pressure.
Q: What book do you wish they would make into a movie?
A: I know it is a possibility already, but I had also heard that due to the first one not doing so well, the second and third Americanised Millenium movies where not a guaranteed go-ahead. I would prefer they did. I would like to spend time comparing them to the Swedish. And more Daniel Craig is never a bad thing.
Q: Has your favourite author published a book lately or going to publish a book soon. Tell us about it.
A: I saw an interview yesterday with Ian Rankin. I love him. He is so down to earth. I have the series ready to go for when (if ever) I get through the Reichs' series (stop writing so quickly already!!), and so I haven't actually read any of them. But I get a good feeling, and an even better one after seeing him. So I am really excited he has brought Rebus back. Standing in Another Man's Grave. I should get to it sometime in the next ten years.
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