The I Dare You Tag

Last week I was tagged by Emma over at bluchickenninja to do the I Dare You book tag and here it is. You should go check out her blog, it’s really cool.

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

“Time Enough for Love” by Robert Heinlein. I got the paperback when it first came out and it is still on my shelf. Unless you count comix. I still have The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers from the late 60s.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

Current read is “Halting State” by Charles Stross. Last read was “The Hot Gate” by John Ringo. Next read is “The Magicians” by Live Grossman.

3. What book(s) did everyone like and you hated?

Just about anything from Nora Roberts.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

“The Hollows Insider” by Kim Harrison has been sitting on my bookshelf for more than two years.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement”?

Already retired and I try to absorb at least two novels a week.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?

I never could understand the logic to reading the ending first. Never have done it and won’t. If the book is that boring, it hits the donation pile, unread.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

I read them only to find editor and publisher names and usually skip the long ones.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Tyler Vernon in John Ringo’s “Troy Rising” series.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

“The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge” by Carlos Castaneda. Don’t ask.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

Back in the 90s, I was working the Atlanta Comedex convention and, as we were packing up the booth, I took a break to grab a drink. On the way back across the huge hall, a fellow tapped me on the shoulder, handed me a $40 server book that I needed. I looked down at it, said “Thank you!” and when I looked up, the guy was gone! I have no idea where he came from of where he went since I was standing in the middle of an open space. It was a spooky experience.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

When my one granddaughter became interested in photography, I gave her my dog-eared copy of John Hedgecoe’s book.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?

I’d have to say my collection of underground comix from the late 60s and early 70s.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Not that I can think of. I only really hated one book in high school, Moby Dick. And to this day, I still think it sux!

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

A doodle on a scrap of paper that I stuck in a James Michner tale I was reading in the Navy. I found it about twenty years later.

15. Used or brand new?

Almost equally both. Although lately, I’ve been dealing exclusively with eBooks. I’m currently thinning the dead-tree library in an attempt to downsize.

16. Have you ever read a Dan Brown?

Yes. And enjoyed his style.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was better than the comic.

18. A book that NEVER should have been published.

Almost any of them that haven’t been proofread or edited to remove misspellings, typos, and poor grammar.

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?

Don’t recall any. But it makes sense.

20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Most of my friends have really diverse tastes and I’m running about 50/50 on taking their advice. These days, I find I have better luck following the advice of my favorite authors, such as, John Ringo, David Weber, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Illona Andrews, or Gail Carriger.

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