Hello everybody. I’ve been tagged by Embuhlee at Embuhleeliest to participate in the 20 Questions Tag. Thanks Embuhlee! I CAN FEEL THE PEER PRESSURE.
- How many books is too many books in a series?
Having more than 6 books is really pushing it. 6 can be separated in two trilogies and that’s a fine number to tell a great tale. But a 7th book is dangerous. There is no end after that.
- How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Occasionally they work. I think they work best if they are only a sentence long. Something like “and then the aliens showed up.” And just end the chapter there. Don’t overuse it though.
- Hardback or paperback?
Paperback. I want them to be handy, and dustcovers are a pain in the ass. I never know what to do with them.
- Favorite book?
Haha. Next question.
- Least favorite book?
Perhaps Dan Brown’s Origin. But that was just lazy writing. The last time I was really mad at a book was Jim Butcher’s Summer Knight. The author mentions coca cola about 20 times in the novel, and his main character was such an annoying Nice Guy.
- Love triangles: Yes or no?
Absolutely not. It may just be that most romance in fantasy and SF novels is really bad. The personal baggage of the writers often shines through.
- The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
I have had real trouble with Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant. It was so, so slow, and the characters annoyed me so much. I pushed through but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
- A book you’re currently reading?
Two actually. Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment and B. Catling’s The Cloven. Which is the final part of his stunning Vorrh trilogy.
- The last book you recommended to someone?
Scott Hawkins’ The Library at Mount Char. A crazy, crazy story about some kind of pantheon of gods on the American countryside. Sounds similar to American Gods, but much greater and weirder.
- Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?
That would be the Epic of Gilgamesh, written around 4000 years ago. I didn’t read it in the original cuneiform though.
- Newest book you’ve read by publication date?
Peter Watts’ The Freeze-Frame Revolution, published in June 2018.
- Favorite author?
Oh, very difficult question. Some of my favorites: China Mieville, Jeff Vandermeer, Jack Vance, Frank Herbert and Iain M. Banks.
- Buying books or borrowing books?
Buying books. Most of all because I like checking out new books in stores.
- A book that you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
The Name of the Wind. I have no interest in reading another angsty book about magic university. The story meandered in all directions and ultimately went nowhere.
- Bookmarks or Dog-Ears?
Bookmarks. I should get a personalized one.
- A book you can always reread?
The Lord of the Rings.
- Can you read while hearing music?
Only very soft ambient chillout music.
- One or multiple POVs?
One. Preferably in first person.
- Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Haha, I don’t think I would be able to read a book in a single sitting. I need about a week. Can’t read more than 100 pages on a single day before my attention wavers.
- A book you’ve read because of the cover?
Dan Simmons’ Ilium.
Oh now I should picks others, right?