I was bitten by a hannaconda on the hannacondablog to do this tag and talk about some books that I’ve liked, not liked, etc.
I don’t specifically want to tag people and force participation, but I am going to tag some of my favorite people on WordPress and point out their good stuff.
The Good Stuff
First, there’s always Tom Darby, who I chat with frequently and who wrote a FUNNY story that I absolutely adored earlier this week.
There’s E. Kathryn, who invited me to beta-read for her and tagged me in a post earlier (and whose debut novel is scheduled to come out soon!). Also, in the middle of WRITING THIS, she tagged me in something else! I laughed at the irony and look forward to responding to that one (probably coming out Wednesday).
There’s also Joanne the Geek, author of The Sky-Pirates of Durn. It’s only 8 chapters in, so if you want to get on the bandwagon and read her story, you don’t have too much to catch up on!
Rebecca Alasdair has a WIP that I’m interested in seeing her finish. I only found her stuff recently, but here goes to seeming like a creeper and tagging her!
On With the Questionnaire!
Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I rarely leave a book unfinished when I start it, and I’m having to reach pretty far back to get to this one. With Game of Thrones, I found the ‘grit’ and ‘reality’ of the book to be immersion breaking. I never felt as invested in the characters as I think you have to be in order to get into the series. I just didn’t like it. I’ve tried multiple times to get into it now, but I just can’t dig it.
Which book is your guilty pleasure?
The Deathgate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
I thought about this one, and I realized that the only romances I’ve ever read were Wuthering Heights (loose interpretation of ‘romance’) and The Merchant of Venice from when I was in high school. I’ve never read Romeo and Juliet or most of the truly famous romances. So I’m not sure I have a true ‘guilty pleasure.’
Instead I’m going with my favorite series by famous D&D style authors, Weis and Hickman. Deathgate Cycle is 7 long books, the first four of which are astounding and the last three of which meld together in sort of a stupid whirl. Book 3, Fire Sea, was my absolute favorite of the set. It gave you this uncanny-valley feeling, which I love. It had a tale that really grabbed me. At the same time, I think all Weis and Hickman books have this weird, low-quality writing that’s a lot like D&D flavor text, so I’ll call it a guilty pleasure.
Which book do you love to hate?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I read this because an IRL friend liked it. I really hated it, and right now it’s popular enough that I tell other people about how much I hated it. In times past, you could have placed the Twilight Saga here, but really that’s so easy and cheap that complaining about the book is like punching a baby.*
Which book would you throw into the sea?
The Cocker Brothers Series of erotic fiction by Farleena Hopkins
I’m assuming that this means ‘the book will never be read by anyone else ever,’ and I really don’t like the idea of banning books. I have nothing against erotic fiction, though I don’t really get much from it, but I have been reading online about how this author is screwing up everything (thanks to Diane Tibert for posting that info). That’s a dangerous precedent, copyrighting a word so common in her genre, and I seriously hope that she’s stopped. It’s ridiculous. Here’s an article in The Guardian about this BS so that you know it’s not fake news.
I must put the caveat here that Hannah J. Russel of the hannacondablog pointed out a good candidate when she mentioned C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra. That thing was vile indeed, but I guess I’d not nominate it for this section due to my hatred of book banning.
Which book have you read the most?
Watership Down by Richard Adams
I read this the first time in 7th grade for school, and I’ve probably read it at least a dozen times since then. Definitely my favorite book of all time. I made a review recently, which I’d encourage you to read but it’s basically just a long-winded version of this paragraph.
Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood by Piper and Grudem
Anyone who gives this to me obviously has an agenda. The book is degrading to both sexes and gives so little leniency. It’s a poopy manual, and its hermeneutical discussion lacks historical context. People know I hate this book, and they’d probably only give it to me if they thought it was worth it to cut off our friendship.
Which book could you not live without?
Perry’s Chemical Engineering Handbook by a whole boatload of people
Honestly, any book can be done without, but this one is important for both my job, the well-being of America, and the chemical industry. I think it is appropriate for this question despite that I think this is supposed to be about novels.
Which book made you the angriest?
Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood by Piper and Grudem
Alright, I’ll explain more about this trash heap… At a church I went to in California, the men of the congregation would go to the Iron Sharpens Iron men’s conferences and the women would go to in-house Bible studies. One thing the spouse and I both noticed was that these separations of the sexes influenced both of us to feel superior to the other, but at the same time really depressed us about who we were. This book was suggested to me by the pastor, who didn’t like my relationship with the spouse. A lot of the trash they float around concerning how to be married and how to bow to your church can be found in this book as well as the subsequent books in the series.
Well, the spouse and I stood up for women’s voices in church one day, and that went over very poorly. This book caused me and the spouse more heartache than I could imagine. I hate it with a fiery passion. At the same time, to lose sight of what people have believed is a good interpretation of scripture for thousands of years is a shame, so I don’t nominate it for ‘throw to the sea.’
Which book made you cry the most?
Which book cover do you hate the most?
I hate the library book covers that feel like canvas with jesso and a buttload of horse-hoof glue slathered all over it. You know the kind – they’re often gray, and they even make new books smell like ick. (Pro-tip: smell your books before reading them, you won’t regret it).
If we’re talking about specific cover art, though… I’ll go with the Piper and Grudem book. I mean look at this trash. Any book that has a picture of a book on the cover is probably weird. It’s not even explicitly a Bible, though you can assume it based off the gold-leaf edges. God knows I hate this book.
* I have never punched a baby, this is for comparison’s sake only. Don’t judge.