Saturday, 19 August 2006


Witchface has gone on holiday and left me (the Host) with this meme from Qenny. For which I must thank him (Qenny, not IDV), otherwise I wouldn't have anything to blog about. And now, I will subject you to my nefarious reading preferences!

Mwah hah hah ha!

* ahem *

1. One book you have read more than once: Good Omens - The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett). Funnily enough, I liked this book better before IDV arrived on the scene. The bit where Aziraphale takes up residence in Madam Tracy's body as they ride to avert the apocalypse on Madam Tracy's elderly scooter (complete with Witch Finder Sergeant Shadwell on board), is now quite poignant...

2. One book you would want on a desert island: The Big Book of Desserts?

3. One book that made you laugh: Calvin & Hobbes - The Revenge of the Baby-Sat (Bill Watterson). Calvin & Hobbes always make me laugh. I only chose this particular book because I like the front cover better than the others. Well, I like the expression on Calvin's face.

4. One book that made you cry: Watership Down (Richard Adams). Somewhat obviously, the bit where Hazel dies. There was another book that I read quite recently that had me sobbing and snivelling but I can't for the life of me remember what it was. How diabolical.

5. One book you wish you had written: The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger). This book is just beyond compare. Truly magnificent in its extraordinary ordinary-ness. I would try to convey more, maybe use some more synonyms but I appear to have lost my perspicacity. IDV must have taken it by mistake. Just a warning, though: If you're going to read the book, don't read the link - you'll spoil the ending. In fact, the whole book will be ruined.

6. One book you wish had never been written: I'm going to have to steal Qenny's answer and go with all those religious tomes that cause blinkered righteousness, hatred and war. Well, either those or Gillian McKeith's You Are What You Eat. Cow!

7. One book you are currently reading: Star Trek Vanguard - Summon The Thunder (Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore). I've only just started this one but, so far, Memory Alpha's description of it is spot on. I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, Harbinger, so my hopes are high.

8. One book you have been meaning to read: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon). This book has been beside my bed for months now, if not a year. I borrowed it from a friend who raved about it, but I just haven't got around to starting it. I always seem to have something else to read. Or accidently buy a new book...

9. One Book That Changed Your Life: The Necrotelicomnicom. It was the book I was reading when IDV dropped in - I think it acted as a beacon or conduit. It has a lot to answer for!

10. Now Tag 5 bloggers: Imogen/Toby, Dora & Tina, Miss Haversham, m'Lady and Tim. Do your worst, my pretties.

Mwah hah hah ha!

Ooh. There's that nervous tic again...


  1. Anonymous19/8/06 19:37

    would say something witty, but i'm still laughing at summon the thunder. Hur.

  2. It's very good! It's not 'old campy Star Trek as we know it'...

  3. Anonymous19/8/06 19:39

    I'm first! Boo-ya etc.

  4. Why, I ought to phaser you into oblivion! Of course, my gold velour shirt might get ripped a little during our tussle.

  5. You tag Imogen/Toby? C'mon, she's still not back yet, so does this mean it falls on me to uphold the literary mantle? Good lord.
    I hope you realise reading Summon the Thunder makes you worse than me? High hopes indeed :-) Although, just what is wrong with 'Old campy Star Trek as we know it'?

    T x x

  6. Secretly, I was hoping it would be you, Toby. I couldn't remember when Im said she'd be back, anyway. And she kind of tagged herself a while ago with a 'Pick a Letter' type meme and Never. Did. A. Post. About. It!

    There's nothing wrong with Old Campy Star Trek - It's just that this book isn't it. They do wear the same Old Campy Uniforms, though - fantastic!

  7. Eeek! I forgot this:

    Love, IDV (well, the Host, actually) xx

  8. Wheeee! I got tagged for the first time! I am looking forward to using this as a procrastination device as I plan for my peeps all day!

  9. How COULD you forget to send me kisses!!!!?
    (Five exclamation marks; a sign of instability. Or something. Your mention of Terry Pratchett has me remembering snippets from the Diskworld books.)

    Now, the Pick A Letter Meme is in her drafts- so I'll post it. See? You have influence :-)

    T x x x

  10. What startlingly good choice in books! I loved Good Omens - in fact, it's the only Terry Pratchett book I kept when I moved!

    Calvin and Hobbes = awesome.

    And I've been watching the Vanguard series from afar, unsure whether to jump in or not. I've been massively disappointed with all the recent Trek novels I've read to the point that I haven't actually picked one up in about a year, but this new series has an interesting premise and appeals to my Kirk-era sensibilities...

    Oh, and like Miss Haversham this is my first tag - I'm off to do it now!

  11. IDV I really enjoyed "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". It is a very easy read and quite funny in parts.

    Going to do my tag, but can't promise it's going to be done today as I have many, many episodes of Futurama to get through.

  12. Can I just say... best tag ever.

  13. Hi IDV. Nice list you got there. On no. 8, I'd say 'don't bother'. I bought that book based on all the raving and was disappointed.It was good but not worth the hype. But maybe that's just me.

    good to see you again :-)

  14. Get Funny thing to take that test, she reads more than she blinks!

  15. Star Trek is an inspired choice. In fact, I have recently written a poem about William Shatner.

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    Kind Regards

  16. Interesting... I'm going to have to give Good Omens a shot.

    Sounds like fun.

  17. Anonymous22/8/06 09:36

    Marvellous list, darling. You did it proud, methinks. I think a couple of my tagees might not do it, but I had fun at it, and I get the impression you did, too. Excellent.

  18. Good Omens was excellent.

  19. So was Eric which I just finished. I love me a Rincewind book.

  20. Apparently, Mr Pratchett is writing a new Rincewind book. Jope it's out soon.


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