Saturday, January 8, 2011

A book lover's reader questionairre: Part 2



The final part of the Questionnaire is a little longer, the questions get more involved. I liked that.


26. Favorite cookbook?I have this Chicken cookbook, but I can't remember the title. I'm a chicken fiend so I always look to it.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I will say, a non-fiction called 'Stop whining and start living' by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I loved it so much I bought my own copy. Fiction would be, hmm, I think the Moon crash series i spoke of, because it put your mind in perspective of a disaster and forced you to think, okay, how would I handle myself and take care of my family or friends? What resources do I need and what would I be willing to do to get them? (Story two goes deeper into that)

28. Favorite reading snack?
I can't eat when I'm into a good book. It distracts me.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I don't tend to read books that are hyped. But there are some books that are so hyped, i REFUSE to read them, if that makes sense. Like the Twilight series (not into it) or even 'Eat, Pray, love,' or any of those ridiculous Jane Austen inspired books. Ughh. Pride and Pejudice meets Zombies? What kind of nonsense is that? Or sea monsters? Oh, zombies and witches are extremely overrated these days too. And the zombie craze just started. It's not that any of these books aren't written well, I'm just tired of hearing about them.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Only if I read the book first, then the critique. I don't tend to go by the critics, I have to see/read for myself.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I don't necessarily like to, but sometimes I do because of sheer jealousy. haha. If this person wrote crap and gets paid for it and I wasted a certain amount of my precious life reading it, well, they need to know they wrote crap. And sometimes, when an author writes sequels or trilogies, they get lazy by the 2nd or third book, well, I'm not having that either. Fanfiction is very different, we are all struggling writers who have a story to tell. I give the dreaded 'constructive criticism' and even then I'm light. If I have something that's very pressing in my mind about the story or contents, I will send the person a private message and offer detailed suggestion rather than spam up their review box. lol. However, you can read all my thoughts on that matter on my fanfic profile here

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
French. They have some fabulous authors like Guy de Maupaussant and Victor Hugo, and when you read translations you can't help but wonder what's lost in it. But that probably goes for any international author. Also Japanese and Chinese, i know from their dramas that they have astounding books too.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I don't know really. There's this book called 'The Alienist.' I's everything I love — a mystery set in turn of the century old New York! But then I get to a certain part of it and i just have to drop it. I've done that twice already. I feel the author spends too much time on every detailed button of the collar and shoes and how skanky the lower east side is, (And that's coming from someone who harps on details!) and there's not enough time developing characters. Or rather, they are developed but you have to sift through all the tenement dirt to make them out. Plus, the crimes committed are disturbing and too violent for my current tastes.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
I've never read War and Peace! But I don't plan to. Even still, just the other day I saw yet another NEW 'definitive' translation in the new book section of the library. I would say I'm afraid to read the sequels to 'A child called IT' because mental illness or not, I really dislike that man's mother and don't want to read about her again. But she's dead now and she paid for her sins. SAD. I'm not giving away the reasons behind it all in case anyone else wants to start that series, just be warned-have a big box of tissues and don't read near anything that can be easily damaged. I have a really, really long fuse when it comes to matters but that book went flying out of my hands more than once. Purposefully.

35. Favorite Poet?
Not much into Poetry, but I'd say and Shel Silverstein. And those bound books of anonymous and some famous poetry that you find. I love those.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Wow, 5-10.

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
A few times a month because I realize I just don't have the time and if I really wanted to read it I would have dove into it on the first day!

38. Favorite fictional character? Okay, Phineas Bogg and Superboy don't count here. lol. Jonas from 'The Giver.' I WISH Lois Lowery would have just continued with his story instead of writing these 'pretend' sequels that only scarcely connect to him and then only seem to get more fantastical than sci-fi orientated.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
I've never given this one much thought. I'm not into villains and 'Drake' from Voyagers don't count either. I'd say Inspector Javert from Les Miserables, that man was RELENTLESS. Javert was someone who lived by a severe law code with little room for compassion and made it his personal mission to ruin one man's life. It sounds familiar doesn't it? ;)  I tend to use Javert's line in a few of my Voyagers stories-'Good, bad, or indifferent...(history has to stay on course.)' oh wait, that's probably just the movie version, I forget if it's in the book. I sincerely believe Voyager Drake was modeled after this character now.
The movie line was: "No, we might as well understand each other, Monsieur Madeliene. I administer the law - good, bad, or indifferent - it's no business of mine, but the law to the letter!

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?Paperbacks that are easy reads, maybe a mystery or something. I still want to enjoy the vacation.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Probably a few months, now I'm ALWAYS reading something. Actually finishing the book is another story.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
See my answer to 33. Oh, and this one Dean Koontz book where the crime situations got so brutal to me, it just left a bad feeling so I dropped it.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
The blinking lights of my computer and screensaver, all these little green and red lights from the electronics around the room like my cable box, dvd player, alarm clock..arr! It disturbs my sleep too so I wear an eye mask, haha. Otherwise, it's like being in Frankenstein's lab. Also I can't have any noise, tv or radio on when I'm reading, it breaks my concentration, even if it is classical music because then my mind drifts. I do like to hear the soft hum of a fan or air conditioner though. I'm a New Yorker, we can't be without some kind of noise.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
There is a version of Frankenstein made in 2006 and I find it to be very faithful to the novel, if just a little choppy in the editing. It recently became one of my favorites. With Luke Goss as the sensitive creature, Alec Newman as the doctor and Donald Sutherland as the explorer who finds the doctor in the arctic. And then there was 'The Whole Wide world' an adaptation of 'One who walked alone' It stared Vincent D'onofrio and Rene Zellweiger, and they were just brilliant in their roles of Bob Howard and Novalyn Price. It's one of my favorite movies. And The Road-a real post-apocalyptic tear jerker that is just stunningly realistic and nearly exact to the book. But don't expect to watch it and feel good. I'm warning you. The Chosen, starring Robby Benson as a Hasidic young man who yearns to experience life outside of his tight community post-WW2. Rod Steiger is a standout as his strict, Hasidic father. The entire cast was great. The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Charles Laughton (Even though it strays from the original, I like it!) Jane Eyre with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine and Les Miserables with Frederic March from 1935-All strays, but wonderful films nonetheless.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Hard to pick, because many films are 'inspired by' rather than trying to be completely accurate. That's how the director gets away with using his own vision rather than the author's. I'm still waiting for them to do a proper version of 'The Wizard of Oz' believe it or not! The one that actually came darn near close was 'Return to Oz.' It was dark and moody and suspenseful and I liked that. And I want to see a good adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and will somebody PLEASE make 'The Giver' ??? It's PERFECT.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Probably about 50 bucks.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I try not too, but I have to see if I like the author's voice, or writing style. Sometimes I skim for content, because like one of my blog readers mentioned, you get these surprises that could change the whole story.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I keep putting it down to do something else like go online or I find myself shaking my head in disbelief at the events or characters, even if it is a fiction. Beware the dreaded Mary Sues and Gary Stus, they are not just in fanfic. Haha!

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Since working in the library, I keep my books arranged by subject and genre at home. :D Classics with Classics, etc.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I only buy books I really, really like and know I will read again. I also love to collect history books. But I prefer to keep books, because being a writer you never know when an idea or something will inspire you from them.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
I'm avoiding the newer Stephen King and Dean Koontz books because I have read nearly all their books in the past and I don't read horror anymore, but it's very tempting to stray back to that genre.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Oooh, aside from 'A child called IT' probably 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison. Maybe I was just too disgusted by what went on in it when I read it in H.S. I think if I read it today, I wouldn't get riled up. I just don't like to read things that smack TOO MUCH of real life. For example: Everyone loves the movie and book 'Precious'. And I'm sure they are great, I even peeked through the book to see they hype and it was interesting. But really, please, all I have to do is take the NY subway and I see a ton of women like Precious. Why should I want to be entertained by those sad, gritty situations? Unless it's a real 'rags to riches' story that impresses me.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Believe it or not, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, only I never did get to finish it, did he? haha.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
I expected to really like 'This world we live in' the final book in the Moon crash series, but I was sorely disappointed. It was like reading cluttered fanfic and you could tell the author was winding down and losing focus. Bringing in characters for convenience and adding silly situations with no forethought. and the 1st person point of view didn't help, it was like things just went POOF! and happened, and you had no character motivation, so strong characters like Alex in book 2 are reduced to what I call 'plot convenience playhouse' players for the main girl. 1st person worked for the 1st book, but that's it. She shouldn't have jumped from 1st to 3rd and back to 1st.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Hmm...I'd say classic books and novels, you can't beat those. Mine is Agatha Christie! :D

6 comments:

  1. My favorite fictional characters are, Atticus Finch and Mr. Darcy . I think the best film adaptation of a book was To Kill a Mockingbird. I love that movie! A book that made me angry was The Independence of Mary Bennet it was awful. I do not like those Pride and Predjudice for Zombies and Sense and Sensebitiy for Sea Monsters , I think they are written for men who do not like Jane Austen. I could easily spend 50 dollars at a bookstore.If I had a favorite poet it would be Emily Dickenson because I like her poem about Hope is the thing with feathers. EmilyW.

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  2. Forget Koontz and forget his book “What the Night Knows” (a ghost vengeance story, been there, done that), instead read a book that’s been BANNED like “America Deceived II” by E.A. Blayre III.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

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  3. Amazon.com are cheerfully selling that book for $11. That's a funny kind of banned.

    More interesting questions here.

    Ughh. Pride and Pejudice meets Zombies? What kind of nonsense is that?

    Whatever it is, it's got to be better than the original. :p

    Most inspirational book I've read this year?! Give me a chance. I'm only halfway through this year's first book!

    And people have favourite cook books?!

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  4. You would think Amazon would have more consideration for people's lives selling this book. LOL..Hey, if you are interested in that P&P&Z there is also a graphic novel version I saw. The Bennett Sisters are Zombie hunters, rarr. Yeah, I really couldn't pick much, so I went back to early 2010. And I was a little stumped by the cookbook question myself, so I just picked a book that I used more than twice to cook with. lol.

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  5. Favorite cookbook: Anything written BEFORE so-called "heart-healthy" eating became a national obsession.

    Favorite reading snack: Cheese Doodles (AKA Cheez Puffs in some parts of the country.)

    How often do you agree with critics? Almost never. If they pan it, I love it; if they praise it, I'm better off avoiding it like the plague.

    Giving bad reviews: Depends on the reasons. Some things just aren't worth commenting about, since they're just matters of opinion; however, if it's a glaring error in facts, continuity, etc., I can't NOT comment; that sort of thing just sets my teeth on edge!

    Favorite fictional character: Miles Vorkosigan, hands down!

    Name a book that you could/would not finish. I can't remember the name of it, but it was the first one in a ten-volume series by L. Ron Hubbard. I disliked it to the point that now I won't read ANYTHING by him.

    What distracts you easily when you're readings? NOTHING! When I get into a good book, I won't even hear the phone ring!

    What was the most you spent in a bookstore in one trip? I'll routinely drop between $100 and $200 at a pop, largely because, if I buy a hardcopy book, I want it in hardcover.

    OMG, I LOVED "The Alienist"! There's a sequel to that one, too, that was just as good. Personally, I loved the details. One in particular I remember was the fact that the apartments in back buildings had no windows at all in them; that explained a very old law that I understand is still on the books in the city. It states that every room in a building MUST have at least one window; it doesn't matter if that wall is facing another wall, there has to be a window. It explained the fact that my bedroom in the building I grew up in, had a window that just looked out on the wall of the next building, so close that you could reach out and touch it without even extending your arm all the way.

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  6. Great answers! I heard of the Alienist sequel. The poor book is still on my shelf. One of these days I will delve back into it. I should have guessed you would have greatly appreciated the details in that. I did too, but I found myself getting lost back and forth. That old law reminds me of the basement housing law, that you cannot rent the basement if there isn't at least one window. lol. Fat chance that anyone in BKLYN follows that law!

    I had to google your favorite character..omg, what a character! LOL.

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