Bookwyrm Knits did this association thing this month and I figured I’d try my hand at it. It was pretty fun making the connections.
I read the Outsiders, along with Rumblefish, back in my middleschool days. I don’t remember much about the books except thinking what a bunch of sad people the stories revolved around. The local library, where I volunteered in highschool had several of her books.
The local library was where I found Way-Farer, one of my favorite books of all time and one I still rave about today. That cover, with that sword, that was just pure teen boy magnet. I’ve written quite a few posts on Way-Farer, so no need to go on here.
A sword on the cover leads to the next book, King’s Dragon by Kate Elliott. That was the first of seven in her Crown of Stars series. A 7 books series was not the longest series I had read, nor would it be the last, but it was the one that I realized that a long series isn’t always a good series. I finished it but ended up selling the hardcovers soon afterwards.
The opposite of a long series is not a short series. No, the opposite is the Standalone. A standalone that I really enjoyed in 2006 was Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates. Dealing with time travel, history and time paradoxes that aren’t time paradoxes, The Anubis Gates was fun, interesting and had just enough history to show that Powers was a fan of history but not afraid to play around behind the scenes. He’s writing like history isn’t real.
What is real though, is war. What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes was one of the few non-fiction books I read in 2011, if not the ONLY non-fiction book of that year. Getting a soldier’s perspective is a good thing for civilians, as we just don’t know jack-squat about what they are dealing with. Marlantes being a Rhodes scholar as well as a Vietnam vet upped his credibility in my eyes.
The American Civil War was vastly different from the Vietnam War. His Sombre Rivals by Edward Payson Roe is set during that time. A bromance where 2 guys both love the same woman but the unsuccessful one doesn’t whine or allow his feelings to destroy the friendship he has with both his friend and the woman. True Manliness. Probably the best book I read in 2015.
There you have it, 6 book associations from the early 90’s up until 2015. You can see all the rules and blabberywhatnot the creators/hosters of this association thing put up (seems like almost everyone who starts something like this can’t resist making everyone else goosestep to their tune). I’ll probably check in at the original place every couple of months and see what another starting book is. It is fun to make these links 🙂
(’cause tags stink)
MY BLOG’S NAME IN BOOKS
1) Spell out your blog’s name.(this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)
2) Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)
Goodreads is Evil. There is no getting around that. So, as an Avatar of Justice and Righteousness, with the cleansing flames of destruction roundabout me, I will choose books from my Calibre library that have the TBR tag.
The Bear and the Serpent
Echoes of the Fall #2
Odyssey One #6
Old Tin Sorrows
Garret, P.I. #4
King of the Dead
Shadow of what was Lost
Licanius Trilogy #1
Matt Helm #16
On the Steel Breeze
Poseidon’s Children #2
cOunt to Infinity
Count to the Eschaton #6
The Great Hunt
Wheel of Time #2
Escape from Olympus
Falken Chronicles #2
Wow, with all those O’s, I feel like I’m a bowl of Cheerios or something!
As it was, I didn’t have enough actual “O” books so I had to cheat! I hang my head in shame. Piotrek, Olag, can I join you in the “Cheater’s Corner”?
All of these books will be started within the next year or so. And it is wicked good I didn’t have to include my little byline: “Without a Good Book, Life’s Road is Hell”. My goodness, with that, this post alone would probably push me over the WordPress storage limit with adding pictures for so many words.
Also, I think this might be a new record for me. Two (Tag) posts within 2 weeks? CRAAAAAAZY!
Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for putting this across my radar.
JUSTICE LEAGUE TAG
I’m Bookstooge, I don’t follow the rules * spoken in gravely Christian Bale voice *
BATMAN: YOUR FAVORITE ANTIHERO
Elric of Melnibone. Because nothing says anti-hero like a drug addicted, broody sorcerer who killed his own love interest due to the machinations of his usurper cousin.
AQUAMAN: A BOOK OR CHARACTER THAT TURNED OUT TO BE BETTER THAN YOU EXPECTED (BECAUSE LET’S BE REAL, WE DID NOT EXPECT KHAL DROGO TO MAKE AQUAMAN COOL)
Edward Cullen. I thought Twilight was going to be all girly and sappy but my goodness, sparkly? I did not see that coming!
WONDER WOMAN: MOST BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER (NOT NECESSARILY IN A PHYSICAL SENSE)
Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. When Anne went totally Rambo and geared up with the shotguns, you could have knocked me over with a feather!
(Most googled pictures of a female Rambo were not deemed appropriate for this blog)
CYBORG: FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Doom. Because the video game from 1993 will NEVER be surpassed.
THE FLASH: A BOOK YOU SPED THROUGH
War and Peace. That baby only took me 6 months to get through. If that isn’t fast, I don’t know what is!
SUPERMAN: SADDEST CHARACTER DEATH (ALTHOUGH WE ALL KNOW THERE’S NO WAY SUPERMAN IS GOING TO STAY DEAD)
Moiraine from the Wheel of Time. I cried because I knew she was never, ever, ever, EVER coming back. * very sad face *
THAT WAS A LOT OF FUN- I TAG:
A big thanks to Mr & Mrs NavigatingWorlds for tagging me last month. I kind of changed the name of the tag and whatnot, but I DID use their questions, so it’s all good.
1 ) You need a team of 3 people to help you overthrow an emperor. Which fictional characters would you recruit and why?
Superman. Pretty self-explanatory
Tisamon from Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt series. Awesome swordsman and willing to kill, where Superman isn’t.
Any character from a Terry Brooks’ Shannara book. They’d be the sacrifice so it didn’t seem as easy as it was.
2 ) What is the most surprising twist you have come across in a novel?
I can’t remember, honestly. I know there have been several times that a point of view was revealed to be a 180 from what the reader was led to expect, but no specific title springs to mind.
3 )You are hunting for a house to buy with your family. The only places available are Northern Westeros (north of the wall), Mordor, and Arrakis. At which location will you purchase a home?
Arrakis. I’d be a rich water merchant and live in comfort in Arrakeen * wink *
4 ) If you had to attend a fictional school of magic, which one would you select?
I’d take the one on one lessons from Kulgan in Raymond Feist’s Magician series.
5 ) You are the likable, but slightly useless, best friend to the main character. What one skill keeps you out of trouble?
Not being afraid to piss in the woods. Nothing is scarier to Alpha Predators than the ferocious scent of a Bookstooge, especially a slightly useless one.
6 ) If you had to read every single book by one author, which author would you pick?
No contest. Dickens. There is a reason the man’s writings are “Classic”.
7 ) Which is the best country in the world?
Kyrgyzstan Forever!!! Any country with a “K” and a “Y” AND a “Z” has got to be awesome. And by the way, I see you, my secret Kyrgyztanian friend, lurking around.
8 ) You are on an epic quest to save the world. You can take either a phoenix, a dragon, or an old bearded man. Which do you choose?
Dragon. I can BE the old bearded man.
9 ) Wine or beer?
Teetotaler here, so I’m going with “Energy Drink”, preferably VPX Bang.
10 ) You have struck it lucky and book blogging is your full-time pursuit but you need a co-author for your blog. Who do you choose and why?
Nobody. I explain why here:
Now I’m supposed to come up with my own questions and threaten you all with bad luck or something unless you do the tag in 10 days.
Feeling VERY contrary this evening. Hence my answers.
A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE:
A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE:
AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE:
A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.:
A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE:
A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO:
A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING:
A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING:
THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK:
Orangutan Librarian tagged me. So to show my happiness, I promised her I’d subvert the tag. THAT’LL TEACH HER!!!!!!
WHO IS THE ONE PERSON THAT IS THE
SUNSHINE CLOUD IN YOUR LIFE?
My brother. He plays Magic: The Gathering with me when nobody else will. What a jerk!
DO YOU PREFER ALL
HAPPY SAD MOVIES, OR OCCASIONAL SAD ANNOYING MOVIES?
Movies are all evil. They take away from my reading time.
WHAT IS THE ONE FOOD THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU
Scrambled eggs with wheatgerm. My dad made this one weekend for us kids when Mom was away. I think we all cried. And I still remember the incident.
WHAT IS THE
SUNSHINE RAINCLOUD ON YOUR BLOG?
All those commentors who leave words on my posts like deer poop! Ewwwwww.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WACKY “
FUN SAD” DAY?
Being forced to have my picture taken with some group of people. People, grrrrrr….
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU
LOVE HATE ABOUT YOURSELF?
My hugely muscular body. Breaking through doorways because I don’t fit? Doesn’t endear me to many businesses.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU
LOVE ABHOR ABOUT THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY?
All those followers who don’t like or comment. How am I supposed to tell them how wrong they are if they never comment?
WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU
SMILE FROWN THE MOST?
WHERE IS YOUR
CORNER RECTANGLE OF SUNSHINE MISERY IN YOUR HOME?
On my Kindle Oasis.
WHAT IS YOUR
FAVORITE MOST LOATHED COLOR?
Puce. Nothing like blood and squashed fleas on your linens!
WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE (OR DRAMA) THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU
HAPPY LAUGH MANIACALLY?
Diehard! Ol’ Hans falling off the building? Priceless!
Consider yourself not tagged. You’re probably not Hard Core Enough to do this anyway.