Monday, 21 October 2013

A - Z Book list Survey

I ruthlessly pinched this idea from another blog, Glue in the Carpet, who had already pinched it from another blog, so i don't feel quite so guilty...

Here is my A-Z book list survey:

Author you've read the most books from

David Gemmell, I have read all of his books, whether they be Gritty Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic or detective fiction (White Knight Black Swan written by Gemmell using the pen-name Ross Harding). I am happy to say that at least half of them are signed Mr Gemmell himself. I have read a lot of Terry Pratchett too, but I lost track of his books somewhere around Hogfather.

Best sequel ever:

The King Beyond The Gate, Gemmell's sequel to his first novel Legend. Mainly as it confirmed DG as more than a one hit wonder.

Currently reading:

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis. A Weird War novel with superhuman Germans and British warlocks)
The Mongoliad Vol.1 by Neal Stephenson (amongst others). The story of a group of Knights fighting the Mongol invasion of Europe.

Drink of choice whilst reading

Decaf Tea with a splash of skimmed milk.

E-reader or physical book:

Both. I still love real books, both paperback and hardback, but I also have a Nook HD+ on which i use the Kindle app for most of my reading!

Fictional character you would probably have dated in high school:

Oh, I don't really know for that one...

Glad you gave this book a chance

Conan of Cimmeria.Bought in 1977 from a second-hand bookshop, while in full Star Wars fan mode. It changed my reading list completely...

Hidden book gem?

The Berlin Memorandum (Aka The Quiller Memorandum) by Adam Hall. Not so much of a hidden gem as a forgotten one. Spy fiction at it's best!

Important moment in your book life

Dune by Frank Herbert, my first serious Sci-Fi novel, the longest book that I had read at the time and I wolfed it down in less than a week.

Just finished:
Path of the Warrior by Gav Thorpe

Kind of book you won't read

I would say biographies of celebrities, as I have tried a couple recently that I should have enjoyed but I couldn't get into - Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg for example, it just didn't click with me. However I have read a couple in the past that I enjoyed and just this morning I bought the kindle edition of a Horatio Nelson biography (OK probably more of a history book than a biography).

Longest book you've read

I imagine that this would be The Lord of the Rings, followed closely by a couple of Peter F. Hamilton's space operas.

Major book hangover because of

The Winds of Gath by E.C. Tubb, the book just end with no real conclusion, still at least it was a light read.

Number of bookcases you own:
One, most of my books are stored in boxes. I hope to correct this soon and gt a decent book case for the living room so that I can at least display some of my favourite books

One book you've read multiple times:

Dune by Frank Herbert and Legend by David Gemmell both read three times.

Preferred place to read:

I usually read as I commute, but my preferred place to read is in bed at night. I can't sleep without reading every night. Even if it is only half a page, before I drop the book!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read

Not a clue on this one...

Reading regret

Not enough time to read all I want to, in fact probably not enough time to read all the books I own let alone the ones I would like to read...

Series you started and need to finish

Stephen Hunt's Jackelian steampunk fantasy series, I have all six so far and have read the first three, which i love. I really must read the rest soon.

Three of your all-time favourite books:

Dune by Frank Herbert, The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt, Reilly Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart

Unapologetic fanboy for:

Robert E. Howard, David Gemmell, Stephen Hunt, Adam Hall and Jonathan Green

Very excited for this release:

Jonathan Green's next Pax Britannia novel

Worst bookish habit:

Buying books on a whim and then forgetting about them. I have many, many unread books because of that. (This is lifted from Glue in the Carpets list, but I can't really re-write it any differently).

X marks the spot - Start at the top left of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:

I am not at home I am going for the 27th book in my Kindle account. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercombie. An aothur I have been meaning to try out for a couple of years now...

Your latest book purchase:

Horatio Nelson by Tom Pocock (Amazon 99p book of the day on Amazon today).

Zzz snatcher book (the last book that kept you up waay too late)

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

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