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World Book Day Meme

The book I am reading:

It's a secret (re-read for an anonymous fic challenge). But I also just finished vol. 4 of the manga Black Butler. I think the last non-manga work of fiction I finished was N.K. Jemison's The Broken Kingdoms.

The book I am writing:

I don't write books! But I am committed to writing 3 short fics and a Fandom Grammar feature in the next 3 weeks. Wish me luck ... .

The book I love most:

You know, it really depends on my mood. The Witches of Karres by James K. Schmitz, King and Joker by Peter Dickinson, Dark of the Moon by P.C. Hodgell (vol. 2 of the Chronicles of the Kencyrath), Hellburner by C.J. Cherryh, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Summer Book by Tove Jansson are all favorites

The last book I received as a gift:

Either N.K. Jemison's The Broken Kingdoms or Catherynne Valente's Palimpsest (received both for Hanukah).

The last book I gave as a gift:

Well, I don't remember what order the kids opened things at late Xmas in January, but I gave The Witches of Karres, Half Magic by Edward Eager, and the complete Chanur series (as the two recent omnibus volumes) by C.J. Cherryh. I also gave one of my sisters-in-law a book on violin-making,

The nearest book on my desk:

LOL, I have two Carl Hiaasen novels under my keyboard to raise it up to a better height: Nature Girl and Basket Case. Hiaasen is great vacation reading - I think I bought these for two summers ago.

The last book I bought for myself:

I bought a humongous stack of manga at Katsucon two weeks ago. The last work of regular fiction was probably Walter Mosley's A Red Death, which I bought sometime last fall.

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lawless523
Mar. 5th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
You read pulp/noir fiction! I never would have guessed. I like the classics I've read so far (I've only read Hammett, though) but not the contemporary ones, though Hiaasen's not bad. Mosley doesn't appeal to me as much.

What did you think of Jemison's series so far? I'm thinking of looking for the first book at the library. And although I read little to no fantasy anymore, many -- maybe most -- of the books I read as a child were fantasy or had fantasy elements, including Half Magic and Magic or Not. Go figure.
chomiji
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)

LOL - I've never thought of it as noire, really, although I know Mosley is (among other things). Yes, I read mysteries sometimes! I read through all the Agatha Christies in my teens (damned if I can remember any of the plots now), and then went on to Heron Carvic's "Miss Seeton" series, Peter Dickinson's mysteries (both the James Pibble series and the other miscellaneous ones), Donald Westlake's caper stories, and later, police procedurals by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö and Ed McBain - although the McBains eventually got too gruesome for me.

I figure these reading habits are directly responsible for my enjoyment of the manga FAKE ... ;-)

lawless523
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I headed in a different direction from you after Christie - to the mostly Golden Age tea cozy mystery writers -- Marsh, Tey, Allingham, and Sayers. I read female mystery/detective novelists almost exclusively. Thriller and suspense is a different matter.

Miss Seeton sounds familiar, though. I might have read one a long time ago.
vom_marlowe
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to read the Witches of Karres, but I hear it's important to get the right version. Is that true?
chomiji
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)

The most recent edition was edited by Eric Flint, and I can't imagine why it needed editing in the first place. So that may be what you're hearing. Try to get one of the ones that doesn't have his name on it.

I have not been able to make myself read the sequels by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer. I admire Lackey for what she has done for queer teens over the years, and I enjoyed a few of her books early on, but her writing style is completely different from Schmitz' mildly wry, matter-of-fact tone, and I had never heard of the other two guys at all until this came up. I'm furious that anyone thought they could just up and write sequels to this book. I know that Schmitz thought of doing so himself - the book ends with a hook for a future story - but that doesn't mean I feel like someone else should try to fill that place.

(It's funny: if they were writing fanfiction, I wouldn't mind. But they're making money from Schmitz.)

smillaraaq
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Whoa, does that mean somebody got their Hanukkah gifts to you even later than I did? Now I feel a little better. XD
chomiji
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)

No, it means your nee-chan is losing her mind, because the beautiful book you gave me is upstairs next to my bed, waiting (like Book of Friends) for me to finish the current batch of challenge reading/writing.

feels deeply guilty

(That's the Dogs guy, right?)

smillaraaq
Mar. 6th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
No no no, please don't feel guilty! I was seriously wondering if someone was even slower than me, not trying to make you feel bad -- heck, that exchange was so long after the fact it makes sense you wouldn't directly associate it with the holidays in your memory! *hugs*

Did you get a chance to read Not Love But Delicious Foods... yet? That's so fluffy and episodic it seems like it might be a nice palate cleanser to read one or two chapters after you've gone through a big chunk of [SPOILER REDACTED] rereading...

(Yep, that's poor sad-sack Badou! Megan posting on the manga finally gave me the nudge I needed to upload the DOGS icons I made. After the backstory in the latest volume about his big brother, it's getting harder and harder not to think of him as a sort of very AU distant counterpart to Gojyo.)
despina_moon
Mar. 5th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
I loooooove Dark of the Moon! And To Kill a Mockingbird.
chomiji
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)

My favorite bit in Dark of the Moon is when Jame meets her old mentor in the Master's house.

I love the characterization and dialog and viewpoint in To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout is a really comfortable fit for me, even though she's far more physically active than I was as a kid.

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