Seven Heavenly Book Virtues (Tag)

Pio and Ola took the Seven Deadly Book Sins tag and being Good Catholics (ha) have done a tag from the Other Perspective. So without further ado, here is their tag with my answers. Enjoy.

 

CHASTITY: WHICH AUTHOR/BOOK/SERIES YOU WISH YOU HAD NEVER READ?

Man, let me tell you. I wish I had never read the Ware tetralogy by Rucker. I did a “Surviving a Bad Book” post about the 3rd book, Freeware,  and even now, it just grosses me out.

 

TEMPERANCE: WHICH BOOK/SERIES DID YOU FIND SO GOOD, THAT YOU DIDN’T WANT TO READ IT ALL AT ONCE, AND YOU READ IT IN DOSES JUST TO MAKE THE PLEASURE LAST LONGER?

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga.  Of course, it helped that I was reading it from the library and could only check out so many at a time.

 

CHARITY: WHICH BOOK/SERIES/AUTHOR DO YOU TIRELESSLY PUSH TO OTHERS, TELLING THEM ABOUT IT OR EVEN GIVING AWAY SPARE COPIES BOUGHT FOR THAT REASON?

I’m not a real pusher. Probably the book to come closest to this though would be Dune. If someone mentions that they’re going to read it, I’m definitely there in the comments cheering them on. I do love Dune.

 

DILIGENCE: WHICH SERIES/AUTHOR DO YOU FOLLOW NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS AND HOW LONG YOU HAVE TO WAIT?

Adrian Tchaikovsky.  He had me with his Shadows of the Apt Decalogy. It helps that he’s almost the equal of Brandon Sanderson in terms of output. The man is a machine and just churns out the books year after year.

 

PATIENCE: IS THERE AN AUTHOR/BOOK/SERIES YOU’VE READ THAT IMPROVED WITH TIME THE MOST, STARTING OUT UNPROMISING, BUT ULTIMATELY PROVING REWARDING?

MHI is an urban fantasy series that has definitely improved as the series progressed and the author became more skilled. The first book, Monster Hunter International, I only gave 3 stars to back in ’12 and claimed I’d never re-read it. I’m planning on starting a re-read of the MHI series next year 😀

 

KINDNESS: WHICH FICTITIOUS CHARACTER WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR ROLE-MODEL IN THE HASSLE OF EVERYDAY LIFE?

Jerome from Way-Farer.  I can’t begin to describe how I see my younger self in that young man.  The good and the bad.

 

HUMILITY: WHICH BOOK/SERIES/AUTHOR DO YOU FIND MOST UNDER-RATED?

Anything by Patricia McKillip. That woman writes poetry in prose and her books always transport me. Her re-release of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld was a chance for the next generation to get some quality writing into their steady diet of YA pablum. Unfortunately,  they eschewed quality and chose the drivel. I do not see her surviving as a “named author” in 100 years.

 

And that wraps that up. I’d like to thank Pio and Ola for taking the time to create this.  Great job!

 

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27 thoughts on “Seven Heavenly Book Virtues (Tag)

  1. piotrek says:

    Well, first of all, I’m no catholic and I have a stamped piece of paper to prove it 😉

    Thanks for joining us in this godly enterprise, though!

    I definitely share you sentiments about Dune, Czajkowski and McKillip. MHI I already have written down as something to try one day, after one of your previous reviews. As for Gundam, I did not get there while I was reading a lot of manga, but I heard good things. Maybe one day I will decide to go into manga gain?

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  2. Man, that description for “Temperance” really hits home. I’ve been rationing the Murderbot Diaries series because I’ve been enjoying them so much, but I’m down to the last of the four novellas.

    Fun tag!

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  3. I definitely hope to get my hands on those Mobile Suit Gundam books, especially the deluxe editions. With your praise for it and my enjoyment of Gundam in general, I think it’ll be a blast! I definitely look forward to reading Dune later this month. Can’t wait to see what the hype is all about!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I think the MSG:Origin books were ONLY in hardcover? I do know the msrp was $30 per book, so it was a big deal to get all 12 🙂

      I came to Dune in my highschool years so it’ll be interesting to see what you think coming to it later in life.

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  4. Ola G says:

    Yeah, I don’t have a paper yet, but all things considered I could be truthfully called Catholic only in terms of bureaucratic categorization… That said, I still know a bit about religion 😉

    Czajkowski and Dune – totally agree! As for McKillip, I’m willing to give her a second chance 😉 MHI, though – absolute and very emphatic NO. I know the first book is probably the worst of the lot, and it held some promise, especially in the worldbuilding department, but definitely not enough.

    Thanks for the shout-out! I’m really glad you did this tag, seems you had quite a lot of fun with it 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      So if you’re not officially excommunicated, does that impact anything in your life? After Pio’s description, just wondering what the point is?

      About McKillip. I have to admit that I doubt a second chance is going to change anything. But this is one case I would be very glad to be wrong about 🙂

      I did have fun, thank you 😀

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      • Ola G says:

        Well, I now live in a country where nobody looks into my religious beliefs and isn’t trying to put tenets of one religion as a compulsory subject in schools… So this doesn’t have much impact. But in Poland it actually can have, more politically than religiously, as a public declaration, as the Church is currently embroiled in multiple scandals and also is trying to take an active role on the political scene.

        I don’t know, I enjoyed her writing, she’s a masterful spinner of mood and mystery. My problem is with plot 😉 So not sure if another book by her will change my opinion, but I’m willing to try. Any suggestions?

        You’re very welcome 😀

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  5. Please keep bugging me to read Dune. I’ve meant to for AGES. But other books get in the way ….. and life …. and stuff …. You’ve made me very curious about McKillip too. If you could send some more reading time my way, that would be good too. 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      More reading time, your way? Ha, it is becoming a precious commodity for myself. Not a minute to spare! 😉

      I don’t know if it will help any, but I do consider Dune a modern classic. I really have no idea if it will ever move into The Classics though. Sadly, I’ll be dead by then 😀

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  6. ooh fun tag! I really need to get on and read McKillip- I think I’d really like her books.

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