Friday, 23 May 2008

Book Meme

The 'rules' are as follows:
Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
Open the book to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences.

The nearest book to hand is the book I just finished reading.

Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow A Dante Valentine Novel.

page 123 ends on the 5th sentence so I will type in the next 3 sentences of the next page the start of chapter 12

"Jace stood in the living room, his arms folded, the portable holovid player bathing the room in its spectral pink glow. He hit the mute button as soon as I appeared. I held the cloak over my arm, a long fall of sable velvet; I'd managed a tolerable French twist with my recalcitrant hair. "

The novel is the Second book in the Dante Valentine series, it is dark futuristic fantasy, think the Jetson cars hovering about in a city filled with demons, witches, cops, and a psionic murderer. good clean fun then.

what genre of books do you read? and why? Good question, I mainly read sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, or some combination of the three. The why of it is in part as simple as that is what I started reading when I graduated from children's books, and an obsession with the Little House on the Prairie Novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder (yes I watched every episode of the tv series as well). My dad was my influence for my love of books and reading, he gave me all his Stephen Kings to read when I was about 10 or 11. Stephen King's The Stand remains one my my favourite novels to this day. I enjoy books that transport you somewhere else to expierince things beyond the realm of this reality.

What books do you dislike? I cannot stand books of the "this is my horrible life read all about how terrible it was and feel guilty" , reading is meant to be a pleasure not something horrible and unpalatable. I'm not too keen on modern romance, we live in the now why would I want to read about it?

favourite children's books?
The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson is a beautiful book and H loves it and must read it at least once or twice a week. One of my special favourites are the Shel Silverstein poetry books, I would get them at Christmas and sit all afternoon reading them and giggling to myself.

favourite classic novel? Pride and Prejudice of course, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, I should really read more classics but I think High School cramming the likes of Jane Eyre, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Catcher in the Rye down my throat it rather put me off classic novels for a very long time.

all time favourite book? or author? I have many, a lot depends on the mood that I am in, I like Laurel K Hamilton, Stephen King, Bill Bryson, Julie E. Czerneda, Lilith Saintcrow, Anne Bishop, many many more.

what is the next book you will read? I have a stack of novels to get through near the top are The Devils Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow (book 3), Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder, and I have no idea its a big stack and its upstairs, and I am not.

what will your next book purchase be? either the next Laurel K Hamilton, or some crafting books on beading, or on learning to sew/embroidery for complete morons type of thing.

favourite place for reading? I love to read in the garden or sitting in a cafe with a good latte and a piece of cake, and if its a coffee shop in a book shop even better. I think I may be addicted to the smell of books and coffee.

tag 5 people. I don't know who to tag for this so I will say if you read this meme and feel like filling it out then leave a comment and I will visit your blog and read your answers! Have fun.


Hells said...

Meri - I think we may have the same bookshelf!!! I'm very much looking forward to the next Laurell K Hamilton (or the next one I get as I'm a bit behind!) Are you a Meredith Gentry or Anita Blake fan? I will be looking out for the Dante Valentine series they look right up my (dark) alley. (ooh that sounds rude!!)

Meridian Ariel said...

*LOL* ... I like both the Anita Blake and the Meredeth Gentry series, though some of the books are a bit more "pulp" and not as strong as the other ones. I have read all of them, a few mroe than once. I really like the Dante Valentine books so far, its a nice mix of gothic and future. We will have to start a book and craft exchange. Handmade bookmarks, and book covers.. *grin*

Meg said...

Hey, I did this little meme in my meme blog. Why I have so many blogs, I don't know. *L*

Frizbe said...

Yikes more memes to do!

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