Guilty Reader Tag

Saw this at Re-enchantment Of The World. I was sure I had done it before, but before I commented on Ola and Piotre’s post, I went searching and couldn’t find it on my site. So here I am!

HAVE YOU EVER RE-GIFTED A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Not to my knowledge. Most people I know aren’t as big readers as I am. Also, my family only buys me the books I put on my lists.


HAVE YOU EVER SAID YOU’VE READ A BOOK WHEN YOU HAVEN’T?

Maybe in elementary or middleschool? Once I hit my teens, I liked to read. And if I think a book isn’t worth my time, I won’t read it.


HAVE YOU EVER BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT?

Yes. When I was in elementary school we visited some relatives who lived very far away (6hrs is practically a life time when you’re that age) and I was in the middle of reading one of the Little House on the Prairie books and asked if I could take it with me. If it ever got back to them, it was a miracle.


HAVE YOU EVER READ A SERIES OUT OF ORDER?

Yes. But not purpose. Or because some barstard had ordered it chronologically instead of by Publication Date. Read it how the author wrote it, you dumb git!


HAVE YOU EVER SPOILED A BOOK FOR SOMEONE?

I think the more accurate question would be, have I never NOT spoiled a book? Before devilreads was a thing, I really didn’t discuss the books I read very much with others. One or two friends, who read the same stuff as me was about it so we really couldn’t spoil books because we inhaled them. Once online, my attitude became a “read MY review at YOUR risk”.


HAVE YOU EVER DOG-EARED A BOOK?

Yes I have. Not everyone has the privilege of always reading at home or in a house or civilized stuff like that. Sometimes you’re out in the woods and you’ve lost your bookmark fending off rampaging hordes of bears (who, by the way, I don’t recommend punching in the face). What are you going to do? Just hope you “remember” where you let off reading? that way lies madness!


HAVE YOU EVER TOLD SOMEONE YOU DON’T OWN A BOOK WHEN YOU DO?

Yes. When Xi Jingping autographed my copy of The Communist Cannibal’s Cookbook, I took a solemn oath to never let anyone know. So, everyone who reads this, you need to make an appointment with me so I can keep that oath. Besides old Xi gets really hungry during those Chinese winters!


HAVE YOU EVER SKIPPED A CHAPTER OR A SECTION OF A BOOK?

All the time. My most memorable time though was when I skipped the radio speech by John Gault/Galt(?) in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I am not a proponent of Determinism. While some aspects intersect with Christianity, at it’s heart Determinism is as anti-Christ as Communism.


HAVE YOU EVER BAD MOUTHED A BOOK YOU ACTUALLY LIKED?

Just because you like a book doesn’t mean you think it is perfect. A n0n-perfect book is always a valid target for criticism. Twilight is the perfect example of this principle in action. I enjoyed my time reading it but I’ll slag that book with the best of them!

The LibraryThing Tag

This was making the rounds at Librarything over at the Green Dragon, the one group I hang out at on LT. Figured it was worth a shot as I haven’t done a tag in a bit. A shoutout to Karlstar (Jim) and YouKneek for both doing this and getting me motivated.


1. Name any book you read at any time that was published in the year you turned 18:

The Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip.

2. Name a book you have on your TBR pile that is over 500 pages long:

Out of the 180 books in my TBR list on Calibre, a measly 16 are over 500 pages. And 5 of those are omnibus editions or “Collected Works”, so I feel like I’m really slipping in the Tome department.

I do have the Best Science Fiction of the Year, Vol 5 on my shelf though. Edited by Neil Clarke, its weighing in at a modest 610 pages.

3. What is the last book you read with a mostly blue cover?

Shakespeare’s King John. THAT was a blue cover!

4. What is the last book you didn’t finish (and why didn’t you finish it?)

Blackwing by Ed McDonald is my latest DNF. I didn’t finish it because of some of the subject matter.

6. Name the book that you read either this year or last year that takes place geographically closest to where you live? How close would you estimate it was?

I read Passion & Purity this year and in it Elizabeth Elliot goes to New Hampshire. I don’t remember what town she mentioned though. So, an hour or two at most?

7.What were the topics of the last two nonfiction books you read?

The Bible
Freemasonry

8. Name a recent book you read which could be considered a popular book?

Crap. I had to really think about this. I don’t tend to read “popular” books. The idea that my tastes might align with those of the hoi poloi is highly distasteful to me.

I guess Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was pretty popular? Everyone I knew seemed to enjoy it.

9. What was the last book you gave a rating of 5-stars to? And when did you read it?

I’m not going to count the Yotsuba manga, so I guess it is Dombey & Son by Dickens. Surprise!

10. Name a book you read that led you to specifically to read another book (and what was the other book, and what was the connection)

Come on, I’m supposed to remember stuff like that? Ok, after some Calibre research, I came up with To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I read that in 2003. 16 YEARS later that led me to try Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog). I might be slow but I’m dogged (hahahaha. Mrs B appreciates the word plays anyway!)

11. Name the author you have most recently become infatuated with.

If you include “being a fanboy of” as part of “infatuated” then it’s Charles Dickens. If you don’t, then I’m not. My official “reviewing stance” is that authors aren’t people. They are names on books that I read. Once they become people is when all that messy stuff occurs. I prefer to avoid that as much as possible.

12. What is the setting of the first novel you read this year?

The Infinity Engine, a Polity novel by Neal Asher was the first book I read in 2020. So I guess the setting was outerspace?

13. What is the last book you read, fiction or nonfiction, that featured a war in some way (and what war was it)?

The Armour of Contempt takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 Universe and it’s byline is “In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war.”

14. What was the last book you acquired or borrowed based on an LTer’s review or casual recommendation?

War in Heaven by Charles Williams.

15. What the last book you read that involved the future in some way?

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that whoever created this Tag wasn’t a big non-fiction or SFF reader. Too many of these questions are more like “name the latest book you read” in regards to the subject matter that I read. But taking off my Grumpy Pants for a minute (and don’t worry, my Bookstooge Boxers provide complete modesty for the viewing audience), I’d go with Turning Point by Anspach and Cole.

16. Name the last book you read that featured a body of water, river, marsh, or significant rainfall?

Ha! I’m going to be clever with this one.

Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers. They find a BODY in a BATHTUB, ie a BODY of WATER!
Oh my, I am just so clever. Feel free to send me money to keep up that quality of humor on the blog.

17. What is last book you read by an author from the Southern Hemisphere?

Without Warning by John Birmingham. He’s australian, mate, so you don’t get much more Southern Hemisphere than that. Unless Crocodile Dundee ever happens to write a book anyway.

18. What is the last book you read that you thought had a terrible cover?

The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan. I showcased the new bland as poop covers for the series with this book. Why the publishers did that is beyond me. NOBODY is going to want to read a 14 books series where ALL the covers look like that.

19. Who was the most recent dead author you read? And what year did they die?

See my earlier response about authors as people. I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff. The one that sticks in my mind is Robert Jordan, because he died part way through writing the Wheel of Time series in 2007.

20. What was the last children’s book (not YA) you read?

The Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy. Good stuff!

21. What was the name of the detective or crime-solver in the most recent crime novel you read?

Lord Peter Wimsey in Whose Body?

22. What was the shortest book of any kind you’ve read so far this year?

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell was only 21 pages.

23. Name the last book that you struggled with (and what do you think was behind the struggle?)

Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. Without the historical context of living through that period in that specific place (ie, Moscow), or without having read a bajillion history books, this made zero sense to me and I didn’t enjoy it at all.

24. What is the most recent book you added to your library here on LT?

Full Assault Mode by Dalton Fury.

25. Name a book you read this year that had a visual component (i.e. illustrations, photos, art, comics)

You mean like any of the Manga I read this year? Kare Kano: His & Her Circumstances #2 was the first volume of manga I read in 2020

BONUS QUESTION!
26. What is the title and year of the oldest book in your physical library that you have reviewed on LT?

Mrs B has reminded me that there are 3 ways to look at this question:

  • 1) The Oldest Book by when it was written
  • 2) The Oldest Book by when I bought it
  • 3) The Oldest Book edition that I own

I am going with Door #3. That would be an 1899 edition of the Pickwick Papers by Dickens. I have quite a few other old Dickens’ books as well, but none of them have dates and their binding styles lead me to believe they were published after the 19Teens.

The “Tag” Tag

Rules are important. blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. These seem less draconian than some of the other ridiculous rules I’ve seen floating around.

1: HOW MANY TAGS DO YOU HAVE?

1026. Which, if you divide by two, is 513. All three of those numbers are Prime Numbers. So if you do the math, I’m 6 times as Prime as you. Which makes me Awesome.

2: WHAT TAG HAS THE GREATEST NUMBER?

Fantasy at 814

3: WHAT IS YOUR FIRST & LAST TAG?

#Afro-Samurai & Zones of Thought

4: DO YOU HAVE A TAG THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHY YOU HAVE IT?

Yes. I have one called “C;a”. Not a freaking clue why and considering it has zero posts with it, I’m guessing some sort of accidental button pushing. Or the Monkey Conspiracy is real.

5: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TAG?

Extreme Prejudice. I’ve only used it once.

6: WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE TAG?

DNF. Because that means the author completely failed me.

7: WOULD YOU REDO YOUR TAG SYSTEM IF A GENIE PROMISED TO DO IT FOR FREE?

You better believe it! I wish I had added the Author and Series tag to each review post right from the get-go.

8: DO YOU EVEN USE TAGS, BRO?

You caught me. I’ve completely lied in every single question before this. My blog is a giant messy mish mash with no organization at all.
/sarcasm

9: DO YOU USE YOUR BLINKER TO MAKE A TURN WHEN DRIVING?

Only evil cannibal barbarian nazi’s don’t use their blinker. And people from Massachusetts.

10: IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN USING A “POOP PIZZA IS MY FAVORITE” TAG AND A “MY GRANDMA EATS POOP” TAG, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? (CHOOSE CAREFULLY, DARTH VADER KILLS A KITTEN EVERY TIME YOU LIE ABOUT THIS!)

Ha, I choose neither, you can’t blackmail me!
…… Oh no, Darth, don’t, no, I was just kidding ….
….. meoooowwwwww*sizzle* ……

Well, wasn’t that just a boatload of fun. I love having boatloads of fun. It’s cheaper and more economical.

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“What My Favorite Characters Would Be Doing in Quarantine” Tag

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The inestimable Mrs Mugrage recently tagged me in her own “Favorite Character Quarantine” post.  There were some rules, but I obviously threw them out the window as I always do.

So let’s see what happens when I put some of my favorite fictional characters into illegal lockdown!

 

Kensho Quarantine

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Jerome, now a master swordsman and follower of the Way, would resign his position as head of the Order, strap on his sword, put on his cloak and take a journey.  To New York State where he would behead the Governor, one Andrew Cuomo, for his tyrannical, despotic and illegal actions. He would then be gunned down by a cadre of corrupt New York police officers for “resisting arrest”.

 

Phantom Tollbooth Quarantine

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Milo, from the The Phantom Tollbooth, would simply get in his little car and drive through the tollbooth and enter another land until it was all over.  He’d have some wonderful adventures and come back fully refreshed and ready to take on the world. Lucky guy!

 

Yotsuba Quarantine

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Yotsuba, only being 5, would quickly go crazy and her dad would have to find things for her to do so she wouldn’t drive HIM crazy.  He’d probably have her clean the house, every day!

 

Black Stallion Quarantine

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I think we ALL know what would happen to the Black Stallion …..
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Enchanted Forest Chronicles Quarantine

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Princess Cimorene,  now Queen Cimorene, would tirelessly help out the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest as they came down with the virus. Sadly, she would succumb herself and die a slow, lingering and agonizing death.  Mendenbarr, her husband and King of the Enchanted Forest with all of its powers at his command becomes unhinged and declares war on the wizards who he blames for the virus. The wizards, being sneaky no-good scum, drag the dragons into things. Mendenbarr destroys the wizards but also hurt the dragons who try to burn down the Enchanted Forest in retaliation. They fail but end up killing Mendenbarr. Because he is crazy from Cimorene’s death he unleashes one final blast of magic that destroys the world as he dies.  Truly tragic.

 

Ahhh, good times! What a great tag.

 

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“Would You Rather” Tag

From Chuckles at Blogspot. I’ve been doing a few more tag style posts than usual in the last couple of months. They’re so easy.

1) Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

This is a tough one indeed. Well, I’ve always been a morning person and if I couldn’t see the sun anymore, I don’t think I’d want to live. So I guess I’m building myself a cage!

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2) Would you rather use magic or technology for an easier life?

How about both? Can I choose Techno-Mage? Sure I can. I’m the one answering these questions! But to be fair, I won’t choose both again. Call this a one time get out of jail free choice 😉

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3) Would you rather be invisible or able to fly?

A picture is worth 1000 words.

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4) Would you rather have gas or electricity?

Without electricity, no amount of gas in the world will do you any good.  I choose you, turbino! (that’s a very rare pokemon!)

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5) Would you rather read fiction or non fiction?

While truth might be stranger than fiction, fiction is definitely a lot more fun to read!

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6) Would you rather have sweet or savoury snacks?

Man, these questions are killing me! While I love things like smartfood popcorn and cheeto puffs, I think I love icecream more.  And icecream with cherries is the best!

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7) Would you rather have Indian or Italian food?

Spaghetti and sauce with a 1/4lb of grated parmesan cheese, perfecto!

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8) Would you rather have a beachside house or a riverside cabin in the woods?

I’m going with a riverside cabin. Beachfront property sounds popular, with a lot of neighbors and stuff. Not a huge fan of that. A river sounds nice and peaceful too.

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9) Would you rather visit Asia or Africa?

I’d rather visit Asia. Mrs B likes those tikky sticks and we’d buy like a years supply and take them home. Tikky is like giant pocky sticks.

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10) If you could only read one genre for a year, what would it be?

That is an easy one. Fantasy. I already read in that genre so cutting out the extraneous ones for a year wouldn’t be hard at all.

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Well, I enjoyed finding the pictures for all of these. Sometimes I think the pictures are just as fun as the actual answers!


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ps, this is the first post I fully wrote with the new editor and it was enough to drive me to kill someone. While I tried to utilize the classic block, it wouldn’t do what I wanted and kept switching to the paragraph block. If I wasn’t already bald I would have pulled out all of my hair.

Real Neat Blog Award

Lashaan tagged me last month and since my well of inspiration was running dry this month, I figured I’d play along. Plus, after my last abysmal bad attitude tag, it just seemed right to do one wholeheartedly.

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1. IF YOU COULD DO SOMETHING BETTER THAN YOU’RE ALREADY DOING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Well, my record of getting caught while robbing banks is spotless. I have NEVER been caught while carrying out a bank heist. To improve on that, upon consideration, would be to actually carry out a bank heist. Of course, maybe I need to work on my mystical kung fu skills if I’m going to try this:

No one ever tried to rob the Samurai Bank.

 

2. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THIS NEW DECADE (2020-2029) TO BRING TO YOUR LIFE?

The Rapture. Seriously. While I don’t actually believe in the Rapture (being a 7th Day Adventist), it is one of those theological issues I would love to be wrong about.

 

3. IS THERE A SEQUEL TO SOMETHING THAT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO?

The movie John Hobo 2: Chop (Stick) Suey. While the first John Hobo movie I ended up calling a total piece of trash, I think this second movie might be able to pull the franchise out of the gutter and at least into a low income housing strata.

 

4. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE STORIES IN ANY MEDIUM (COMICS, BOOKS, SHOWS, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES, ETC.)?

I think the book Way-Farer has almost all of my favorite storyline tropes in it. Hero Quest, The Chosen One, One Man holding the fate of an entire world in his hands, Training Scenes, a Tragic Love Story. Yep, this book encapsulates them all!

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5. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR LEAST FAVOURITES STORIES IN ANY MEDIUM (COMICS, BOOKS, SHOWS, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES, ETC.)?

Deconstructionism. Where the authors take an already existing story, character or idea and destroy it. Is something noble, is something good, is something pure? Let’s twist and bend and break until it stands for everything opposite it was originally meant to. The very idea simply disgusts me and can get me on a soapbox quicker than you can say Jack Sprat.

A good example of this is Frank Miller’s graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight and his treatment of Superman. You don’t mess with my Superman like that!

 

6. WHAT DOES BLOGGING BRING TO YOUR LIFE?

A much needed outlet for words. I talked about this very thing in A History of ….. Journaling post a couple of years ago. Blogging also gets me all the socialization I need and can handle. As a misanthropic introvert, the internet gives me just enough space so I deal with everyone and not completely be a hermit.

 

7. IF THERE’S SOMETHING YOU COULD CHANGE OF THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

If former President Obama had Nationalized Subway instead of doing that stupid healthcare thing, I think the world would be a much better place. Just walk in and order a free sub. Imagine how America’s Morale would soar if every American knew that each Friday they could look forward to a free tasty sub. I like a good spicy italian while Mrs B always gets the veggie delight.  We’re happy now, but free subs would make us even happier.

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Make it so, Number One!

 

8. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD EAT RIGHT NOW?

I’m going to give you ONE guess ….. and caviar is not on the list.

 

9. IF THERE WAS ONE MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE THAT COULD EVER EXIST IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I was going to go with “An Intelligent Human” but decided I’d try to be more down to earth. No need to go that far astray from reality!

I think that Basilisks would top my list. Here’s an Old School magic the gathering card that portrays it well and gives me nostalgia vibes.

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10. DO YOU THINK THERE’S A CURE FOR STUPIDITY?

You’d think that I’d say “no” because of certain comments I made in the questions above, but the truth of the matter is I do believe there is a cure for stupidity; it’s just not palatable to most people.

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That was good fun. If you ever feel dry feel free to give this to yourself and use Lashaan’s questions. I’m not going to bother making up 10 questions of my own.

 

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Random Tag

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This tag has been sitting in my draft folder for over a year, so it was time to kill it, one way or another.  I don’t even know who tagged me, sigh.  My apologies.

 

#1 Do you believe in ghosts?  Not in the traditional sense, ie, the spirits of dead humans

#2 Have you ever sneaked out of the house to go to a party in your wild teen years?
Does sneaking out of the dorm one night at summer camp count? And even that was just to go for a midnight swim with the other guys. Otherwise, no.

#3 What’s your take on flowery food? (Lavender biscuits, wild flowers in salads, and so on). Yay or nay?
Do I look like a pansy to you?

#4 What’s a book that you thought was kind of trashy but you still enjoyed?
Gugenheimer’s Guided Tour into the Mind of Celebrity
Trash by Dr Bingo Gugenheimer, PhD, MA, MD, BA, CPA, LCP, CC, MHC, LMNOP, XYZ

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#5 Imagine it’s time for a cookie. Do you dip it in milk, sip coffee with it, or munch on it in its dry glory?
If you eat dry cookies, you deserve every bit of misery coming your way.

#6 Would you say you are a morning person?
Absolutely. 5am rolls around and I’m up. Not necessarily awake and ready to go until 6am, but I’m there at 5!

#7 Winter sports. Yay or nay?
Sports in general, nay.


#8 Has it ever happened that you liked a film or series adaptation of a book? If so, which book was it?

You mean somebody might actually like a Book AND a Movie? Say it ain’t so!!!  Of course I’ve like movies based on books *grumps*  But since this supposed happenstance is so rare and mystical (according to the tone of the question), it sounds more like a miracle and I don’t know if you all are worthy of hearing about MY miracles. Saint Bookstooge castigates you!


#9 Do you find house chores (cleaning, dish-washing, etc.) relaxing, or necessary evil?

What about just plain evil?

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#10 Do you chill in your pjs all day when you don’t need to leave the house?
I try not to. I always have a better day when I “do” things, even such small things as getting dressed for the day.


#11 What was the last book that knocked your socks off?

Our dryer’s manual.

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Well, that was stupid.  I suspect it has more to do with my mood than the tag itself.  I make no apologies though. If I have to be in a bad mood, then you have to be a bad mood too. That’s how the internet works you know.

 

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The Wanderlust Book Tag

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The last time I did a tag was back in October, so when Ola and Pio Bushwhacked me and threatened to skin me alive in their Wanderlust Book Tag, I (being the cultured and suave gentleman that I am, known in higher circles as Dr. Lord Bookstooge) acceded to their barbaric demands. Of course, I did draw the line at cannibalism, but every gentleman has a line he won’t cross, even when bushwhacked. So without further ado, lets jump into this hive of scum and villainy!

 

1. SECRETS AND LIES: A BOOK SET IN A SLEEPY SMALL TOWN

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I think that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow fits this perfectly! It even has “sleepy” in the title. I told myself I’d read this every year, as it was just a short story and fits into Halloween so perfectly.  Of course, I haven’t read it since 2014!

 

2. SALT AND SAND: A BOOK WITH A BEACH-SIDE COMMUNITY

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Jane Austen’s Persuasion slots in here nicely.  There is a nice dramatic scene where a young lady gives herself a coma while walking along a wall on the beach and it provides some necessary emotional push for one of the side male characters.  Persuasion has always been my favorite Austen book.

 

3. HERE THERE BE DRAGONS: A BOOK WITH A VOYAGE ON THE HIGH SEAS

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the 3rd book in the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Not only does the entire book take place on the Dawn Treader, but one of the characters, Eustace Scrubb, gets turned into a dragon for quite some time. Good stuff!

 

4. TREAD LIGHTLY: A BOOK SET DOWN A MURKY RIVER OR A JUNGLE

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My first though was The Heart of Darkness, but since Ola and Pio used that, I wanted to be a bit more original.  Lord of the Isles has the characters tramping all over the place, but one memorable scene has them in a jungle where a hard bitten old warrior mage commits an atrocious act of blood sacrifice (of the remaining soldiers, not himself) to save himself and his young protege.

 

5. FROZEN WASTES: A BOOK WITH A FROST BITTEN ATMOSPHERE

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Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster. Even the cover fits this description perfectly! Then the fact that it takes place on Tran-Ky-Ky, a world covered in ice, well that is just “icing” on the cake *ohohohoho*

 

6. THE BOONIES: A BOOK WITH ROUGH OR ISOLATED TERRAIN

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A Wizard of Earthsea starts out on the island of Gont, an island of mountains, cliffs and fog. Young Ged saves his village from Kargish pirates using just those elements.

 

7. HINTERLANDS AND COWBOYS: A BOOK WITH A WESTERN-ESQUE SETTING

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Three by Jay Posey. Starts out So Western with the whole mysterious gunslinger vibe! The rest of the Duskwalker trilogy was fantastic too. I don’t talk too much about this series in general because it seems that Posey has dropped off the radar after starting, but not continuing, a Mil-SF series 😦

 

8. LOOK LIVELY: A BOOK SET ACROSS SWEEPING DESERT SANDS

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Dune by Frank Herbert. The quintessential Desert book if there ever was one. Being a Chosen One myself, I understand Paul Atreides better than most readers do. We have a bond of responsibility and duty that mere mortals simply cannot comprehend.

 

9. WILD AND UNTAMED: A BOOK SET IN THE HEART OF THE WOODS

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The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia McKillip. I had to get at least ONE McKillip book onto this list and the fact that it has a Kinuko Craft cover just makes it perfect.  I am not a poetic kind of guy, but McKillip’s book bring out the one drop of poetry my soul possesses.

 

10. WILDEST DREAMS: A WHIMSICAL BOOK SHROUDED IN MAGIC

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Jones. While I watched the Miyazaki anime film first, I was glad to read this. Anime is better though 😉

 

And that’s a wrap. I like doing these tags as it allows me to show some of the older books that I’ve read/reviewed that some of you might not have seen from me.  Plus, it helps me organize my blog, which really needs all the help it can get! Feel free to do this yourself if you so desire.

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award – Part Shnayim

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Well oy vey, look at me being so linguistically cultured! I was recently tagged by Mrs Mugrage to do a Sunshine Blogger Award because of my sunshiney personality and happy-go-lucky reviews that are filled with nothing but rainbows and unicorns.  I did this Award about 2 years ago, but it was Dark and Twisty and Pointy, so I wanted to re-do this to restore everyone’s faith in positive vibes and power of believing in yourself. In fact, just this week at Weight Watchers I saw a poster on their wall that said I could do anything if I just believed in myself. So I told Mrs B that I could eat TWO pizzas, because I REALLY believed in myself. Amazing.

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What kinds of non-fiction are you most likely to read?

Christian Theology and Philosophy. I’m hoping to add some “General Knowledge” books to the pool sometime next year too.

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General Knowledge is pretty much like General Tso’s Chicken, except not as tasty.

 

What is your culture crush? If you are a book blogger, you must have at least one. But please feel free to list more than one.

I had to go look this up on Urban Dictionary and I believe it means what culture do you love.  Being a world traveler, with such exotic places like Massachusetts and even California under my belt, I can state unequivocally, I LOVE AMERICA! Commie pinkos need not apply.

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Bandit Keith is All American, IN AMERICA!

 

What one currently living writer would you most like to have lunch, a beer, or coffee with?  (Pastors count if they have written a good book or two. Bonus points if it’s a pastor you could have a beer with.)

Being a teetoaler, that cuts out beer.  And considering how I feel about authors in general, that cuts out everything else too! So I guess I’d lock them in a room and not let them out until they’ve written the book. Huh, I bet that would make a great story!

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The Bookstooge Crew:  No You Aren’t.

 

What genre do you think is not your favorite, but find yourself picking up again and again?

Franchise Fiction. From Star Wars to D&D to Forgotten Realms to Warhammer, I just can’t seem to kick the sub-genre as a whole.

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Sex scenes: poetic, explicit, or none at all?

None.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You must not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I tell you that if a man looks at a woman and wants to sin sexually with her, he has already committed that sin with her in his mind.

Matthew 5: 27-28 (Easy to Read Version)

 

Favorite animal protagonist from a book or series?

Grumpy Cat! Now there’s a Cat who knows how to have a good time.

 

Have you ever stopped identifying with the point-of-view character in a novel, and what caused it?

When a character does something incredibly stupid because the author is stupid and uses it as a plot device instead of how the character SHOULD have reacted based on their previous actions.

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Did you then finish the book, or put it down?

I’m trying to think if I ever DNF’d a book JUST because of a stupid character. I don’t think so but that type of thing would definitely be a contributing factor if I did DNF a book.

 

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Dream vehicle from real life or fiction.

In real life, I’d go for some kind of Lamborghini.

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From a fictional universe, nothing but an Executor Class Super Star Destroyer would be grand enough for Lord Bookstooge. Regular Star Destroyers are for losers, like Admiral Piett. He showed he couldn’t even handle a Super Star Destroyer, the plebe!

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If you currently have a Work in Progress (or are pitching a recently finished one out), give us your one-sentence hook for it.

Lord Bookstooge tells ALL!

From my memoirs that I plan on writing (someday).

 

Post a favorite poem or fragment of poetry. If you don’t read poetry, then song lyrics count.

Bookstooge in Nature

He stepped in elephant poop

“Well, crap” he remarked

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I don’t tag people, but feel free to do this if you’d like. Put your personal spin on things of course.

 

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Quick Fire Fantasy (Tag)

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Bookstooge IS the Fire!

Joelendil tagged me with this and since it was his first time doing a tag on his blog, I wanted to make sure to actually do this instead of letting it languish in my “saved drafts” like the 3 other tags I currently have sitting in there.  I guess the point of this tag is to just react quickly to the questions with fantasy titles and not think, like a flame of fire racing along dried wood, devouring everything in its path.

Hope you have your s’mores ready!

 

5 STAR BOOK

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The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen. One of the few times that the art overpowered me & one of the few graphic novels that impressed the ever-living daylights out of me.

 

ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

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Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher.  This is the first book in the Codex Alera series and the whole series is just fantastic.  Never could get into Dresden and almost gave up on Butcher, until I tried this. Now I am a fan of the author, just not Dresden.

 

OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ

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The Warlock Holmes books (to date). I’m saving them to read until the series finishes. That is how I roll, yo, power to the people! #englishlivesmatter

 

WOULD READ IT AGAIN

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Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Not only WOULD I read this book again, but I WILL be reading this book, and series, again. Hopefully by the end of year if not a little sooner.

 

IN ANOTHER WORLD

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While MOST fantasy does take place on another world already, the book that sprang to mind was Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold! by Terry Brooks. Ben buys a magic kingdom in a cataloge, thinking it’s a joke. Only to have it turn out to be a Real Magic Kingdom in another world and he is king indeed.

 

BACK ON EARTH

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The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede.  The Frontier Magic trilogy by Wrede takes place in an Alternate American West.  Wrede is one those female writers who doesn’t write warrior women grrrl power books and hence seems to not have caught the wave of social pukeitude sweeping the world. This is middle grade, so while it isn’t deeply complex, neither is it simplistic. Wrede is too good a writer for that!

 

I don’t tag people, just in case you didn’t know. But if you want something quick and easy, this definitely fits the category.  I will leave you now with the words from a song that are very apropos, even if I have nothing good whatsoever to say about the band.

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

 

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