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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I got tagged again!
Sarcastro tagged me for this meme about books. Since we all know I loooooooove books and can't get enough when it comes to the reading, I was excited to get to play along. (I also had this Sally Field like moment where I kept saying, "You like me, you really like me!")

[1]
Name 5 of your favorite books

The Stand - And not just that wimpy edited version. I'm talking the full, unexpigated version of the book. A perfect combination of all the elements that make Stephen King books great in one book. It's great. If you've only seen the mini-series, you are missing out!

The Bible - Yeah, it's an easy answer. But you know what, I love reading it, studying it, digging into it, reading more about it. I'm fascinated by it, engaged by it, and I can hear God speaking directly to me through it. It's got it all and more.

Dune - Considered by many to be the greatest sci-fi novel ever written and its hard to argue. Dune is one of those books where a small plot point on page three will come back into play on page 189 or even in the next book beyond it. What Frank Herbert did was create a living, breathing universe with living, breathing characters. He also assumed the reader was smart enough to keep up with things and not have to recap events every 100 pages. If you've only seen the movies, go and read the book!

Caves of Steel - Sure, Issac Asimov wrote those Foundation books and they're good. But I far prefer the Robot trilogy to the Foundation. The story of Lije Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw is great stuff. It's part sci-fi, part mystery and a great read. Asimov deals with predjuice and actually has real characters inhabit his pages. This along with Naked Sun and Robots of Dawn mark a trilogy of books I'd both love and hate to see made into movies.

New Frontier seires - I love Peter David's Trek novels. I'd have to say Imzadi is on of those great books that if you like TNG, you just have to read. Q Squared is also good. But I will say that I adore his own little corner of the Trek universe in the New Frontier series. I eagerly await each next installment and then have to force myself to not read it too quickly. But it's crack with pages, I tell you. I just can't stop. And sure these aren't great literature and years from now, no one will sit around debating their merits. But who cares? David's writing style and his characters win the day and part of it is the memories of how much I enjoyed each installment the first time I read it. That's part of what counts in the reading--the process and the experience .

[2] What was the last book you bought?

Star Trek: New Frontier - Missing in Action. Yeah, I have it on reserve at the library, but it was sitting in the bookstore, begging me for a good home...and that new book smell gets me every time.

[3] What was the last book you read?
Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton - If you only know Wheaton from his work on TNG, you need to read this book. Frank, honest and unflinchingly self-deprecating this is a great read.

[4] Name five books that are particularly meaningful for you.

The Bible

The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey

To Kill A Mockingbird

Where the Red Fern Grows

Hamilton Duck - my mom read it to me all the time growing up and we've still go my old copy.

[5] Three books you are dying to read but just haven't yet.

Star Trek: New Frontier - Missing In Action

The entire Dune saga - I wouldn't say dying so much as I feel like I should read them all so I can call myself a real sci-fi fan.

The next Elizabeth George novel - OK, don't know what it'll be called or when it will come out, but when it does, I am so there.

[6] Tag five people to go through this same ordeal.

Barry, Tish, Michelle (Comment Tater), Chip, Rachael

posted by Michael Hickerson at 2/28/2006 02:53:00 PM | |
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