I was tagged for a literary meme.
1. One book that changed your life
I’m struggling a bit to think of anything, but if I had to nominate something, I’d probably say Ben Elton’s Gridlock. It’s not an earthshattering philosophical work, but I think it (subconsciously) triggered a lot of my thinking about issues I’m now actively involved in campaigning on. (Where I talked about it previously)
2. One book you have read more than once.
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers books.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island.
Something long, engrossing, and thought-provoking.
4. One book that made you giddy?
Christopher Koch’s Year of Living Dangerously. There’s nothing like reading a well-regarded text and realising that what you’ve been told is true — one of the characters really is based on your own father. (My review)
5. One book that you wish had been written
I’d love to read a history of my family on my father’s side. Okay, so it’s very personal, but I think it’s sad that so few people know the personal details of their own ancestors. (There’s already been a history written of mum’s side.) I think my uncle is working on something, though I don’t know how much detail there’ll be. It leaves me wanting to ensure that what I write in this blog is kept for my descendants to read.
6. One book that wracked you with sobs?
I’ve read some moving books, but I don’t recall any that had that effect on me. Unlike, say, the Father’s Day episode of Doctor Who the first time I saw it. As its author, Paul Cornell recently wrote: Drama isn’t your puppy, it’s a tiger. It’s not meant to make you comfortable. It’s meant to make you feel alive. Something applicable to books as well as TV, I reckon.
7. One book you wish had never been written
Having sampled Angels and Demons, I can honestly say the world would be no worse off if Dan Brown hadn’t bothered. (My review)
8. One book you’re currently reading
Doug Grant’s Incompetance. It’s amusing enough, but there’s little thought-provoking or devastatingly intelligent about it.
I’ve just read the bit with the railway station that was served by no trains. As ridiculous as it sounds, in outer-SE Melbourne there’s a hospital with a bus stop which is served by no buses. (They’re fixing it sometime soon.)
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read.
Three books really: Neal Stephenson’s Baroque trilogy is high on my list.
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