Q: What are you currently reading? Tell us a bit about it!
A: Usually I spare you the time consuming list of craziness that is my 'current reading pile' in favour of just letting you know what has been added in any given month. But sometimes we need to take stock and see what is happening, big picture. The pile
Q: What are your five most recent book purchases?
A: I bought The Book Against God by James Wood and Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable (and there is a Wonderous Words Wednesday post (e.g) just in the title) for my latest challenge (mentioned above). I bought Bill Bryson's Down Under and the True Blood Omnibus, Books One through Three of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris because the dodgy copy of the former I had was, well, dodgy, and I didn't realise I had the latter already on my device—she fails Shopping 101! And I bought Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk because I'm researching researching my Research degree and this is meant to better than the original, Invisible Monsters (I'm excited about this one).
Q: Have you ever named/nicknamed anything (person, pet or thing) after a character? Who and why?
A: Bear with me in this logic labyrinth: Lollii (my dog) needed a name—before she was Lollii. She is a Staffy/Whippet cross. Staffies come from Staffordshire originally, so I googled novels set in Staffordshire, or some such (because, do you think I can replicate it now!!), and up came a book about someone who had a dog called Sandwich. Maybe, we thought, we could name her after a food item. And after some bandying about 'lollipop' came up. A supermodel like Lollii, all legs with a big, smiley, Staffy head, finds no better name than Lollipop. But, sorry, for the life of me I can't find the book. If anyone knows it, please let me know.
Q: If you could live in one book, all of its characters and in the town, which would it be?
A: There are the obvious choices: East or West Egg, if there wasn't the deep down sadness and will to self-destruct; Hogwarts, as long as the dementors are not around; a slew of Northern East and West Coast of the US and Canada locations for the colorful oddities who live there: The Yiddish Policeman's Union, The Shipping News, Passage to Juneau—or maybe it's for the cold climate. To take on a whole book of characters and locations though, maybe I would go with that apartment building full of unusual people in the XVII'th arrondissement of Paris that is home to Georges Perec's Life: A User's Manual. I would never be bored, and I might even get social.
Q: Can you think of a book you read that taught you something concrete that you've never forgotten? Tell us about it
A: I don't think I could narrow it down. I'm like a bowerbird where incidental and obscure facts, ideas and words are my blue. I line my nest with them and use it to attract a mate. Oh, actually, not quite like that. But silly facts do pop out of the walls of the nest occassionally, like the fact that Burke and Wills took a Chinese gong and a Stationary Cabinet with them on a many-month foray of exploration across the Australian outback. Um! What the? Useless for them; useless for me.
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