Wednesday, March 23, 2005

I’m It

Tagged by Crosblog:

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I’ve never read it since I’ve found Ray Bradbury to be more pretentious than enjoyable and thought-provoking. If you’re asking which book I would burn, I’ll go with any of the translations of the bible. There’s been enough damage caused in its name, and that cheap onionskin paper they’re made of burns easily.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Pretty much all the female characters in Marvel comics, especially Rogue (Southern charm with a punk rock streak in her hair) and Viper (green outfit, green jackboots, green hair, and poisonous green lipstick). The guys who draw those things obviously didn’t date much in high school.

The last book you bought is:
Catholicism for Dummies, the 2005 Novel & Short Story Market, and The Stingray Shuffle by Stephen Dorsey. I also ordered a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on CD at the same time.

The last book you read:
The Jesus Thief by J. R. Lankford. It’s a tale of a Jew raised as a Catholic who pilfers some DNA from the shroud of turin in order to recreate jesus. It would have made a better zombie book than the morality tale that it is. It’s filled with hypocritical xtians who pray a lot, sin periodically, and get involved in a shootout with people trying to abort the 2nd coming. At the end, the author wimped out and claimed all major spiritual leaders were children of the same god (jesus, mohammed, Confucius, you name him).
What are you currently reading?
Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen, The Dark Tower VI –Song of Susannah by Stephen King, and the 2005 Novel & Short Story Market.

Five books you would take to a deserted island.
1. The Stand by Stephen King, because it’s really long and I’ll be plenty bored.
2. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King, because it’s my favorite read.
3. Final Exit by Derek Humphry, because under those circumstances I’ll probably want to commit suicide.
4. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, because I read the first two and want to read it next.
5. The bible, because I’ll need something at which to chuckle derisively, and something that burns easily if I want a fire at night.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Sarcasmo, who is a fellow book geek and may enjoy another chance to prove it.
Randi, who digs the X-Men even more than me and may share my attraction to Rogue, at least on some level.
Nobius Black, who has a strong affinity with comics and darkness, two of my favorite things.


Nobius said...

Grant...I like this one. I'll get it up soon on my BLOG. Great minds think alike evidently.

Valkyrie said...

My version (and psychological) explanation of Rogue's beginnings can be found here.

I think this is where I will be posting stories now and then. I might even look for contributors. I don't know yet.

Gib said...

Viper? Dude, that's just not healthy.

Also, how is Carl Hiassen? I've been meaning to read a book or two of his, but just haven't gotten around to it. Any recommendations for my next break-the-bank trip to Media Play?

Grant said...

Carl Hiaasen isn't bad - low key humor mixed with a journalist's background and exposure to the oddities of the world. I recommend Sick Puppy.
I like Time Dorsey better. They have similar backgrounds (Florida journalists), but Dorsey's books are funnier, more kinetic, and tend to have a darker edge. Orange Crush is a good choice; Triggerfish Twist is better, but it is the start of a series.
Also, if you like fantasy at all, get George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. Everybody I know who has read it enjoyed it, regardless of their other tastes in books.

Nobius said...

I promised you I'd blog this.

Better LATE than never.