Sunday, October 15, 2006

Bookin' It

I got tagged a while back for this quiz by Jason. Here goes nothing...

A book that didn't change my life:
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. C'mon, it's mass-market fiction, not a classic masterpiece.

A book I’ve read more than once:

I don't know if this counts, but I've read Herge's Tintin books multiple times. Witty dialogue, fun plot lines, and fantastic drawings. Highly recommended.

A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island:

The Best, Worst, & Most Unusual by Bruce Felton and Mark Fowler. This book is full of all kinds of fascinating stuff. A brief excerpt:
Worst Cosmology: One day in 1870 the truth came to Cyrus Teed in a vision...Teed concluded that what we call our "planet" is actually a small, globular bubble, an imperfection, in an infinite universe of solid rock...

The sun, moon, and stars, said Teed, float in a dark blue cloud at the center of the bubble, and the continents and oceans are distributed on the concave surface encompassing them. Night and day are produced by the rotation of the sun, which alternately displays its light and dark side to us. And as for gravity, it is simply centrifugal force produced by the slow, steady turning of the rocky universe...

Incredibly, Teed's heresy survived his death in 1909 and the dispersal of his disciples; it was resurrected for a time by the German Admiralty and Adolf Hitler himself. [According to Teed] theoretically, one could use sophisticated infrared sighting devices to peer over the horizon and locate the British fleet moored in British ports. -Taken from The Best, Worst, & Most Unusual, pg 455-456
According to the authors, Hitler actually tried spying on the British fleet from Germany by looking into the sky. Seriously. The book is full of great anecdotes like this one. Highly recommended.

A book that made me laugh:

Boogers are my Beat: More Lies, but some Actual Journalism! by Dave Barry. When I read this a few years back, I laughed my butt off. Good stuff.

A book that made me cry:

I have yet to crying over a book, or at least I have yet to remember crying over a book. Though, when ****** died in the fourth Harry Potter book, I was seriously bummed out.

A book that I wish I had written:

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. I read that this summer and realized that there was no point in writing a book of my own. He completely captures everything I would want to say.

A book that I wish had never been written:

Two Treatises of Government by John Locke. Blech. Makes my constitutional law book feel like pleasure reading.

A book I’ve been meaning to read:

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

I’m currently reading:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (good stuff) and a whole bunch of mandatory textbooks (not so good stuff).

What's in your library?
I don't want to burden any bloggers who are too busy, or are in the midst of other things, but if ManNMotion needs some material for his new "a post a day" policy, here's an idea. Also, while only a select few will be able to read it, I'd love to hear Tim's take. And I haven't heard from Steve's blog in a while...


ManNMotion said...

Mmmm...Dandelion Wine...I'll have to check that one out, I used to read Ray Bradbury when I was in middle school. Yes, I realize it's hard to believe that I'm not in middle school now.

Jason Hill said...

Nice list. I totally forgot about R Bradbury, he kept me interested in some pretty dull high-school lit courses.

You should totally read Mere Christianity.

Tim Nance said...

Ah! Very nice list. And an excellent idea. I'll imitate shortly. Good to see Tintin in there!

Anonymous said...

Ray Bradbury is pretty much the man.

Tim, I definitely owe you for getting me hooked on Tintin.

Tim Nance said...

The nice thing about this quiz is that it's succinct. The unfortunate thing about this quiz is the fact that my love of books runs too deep to express in such a succinct manner.