Fall Book Tag

It is that time of year again here in North America. The temperatures are slowly falling, the air has a zing to it that it hasn’t had before and that wretched “pumpkin spice” is now invading every eatable that it possibly can!

CRISP FALL AIR – A BOOK THAT FELT FRESH AND NEW:

The Tar-Aiym Krang by Alan Dean Foster. This was the start of the Pip & Flinx series and at this first book, the whole universe was fresh and new. We won’t talk about the later books :-/

HOWLING WINDS – AN ENDING THAT BLEW YOU AWAY:

Corum: The Prince with the Silver Hand by Michael Moorcock. This was the precursor to Grimdark and when the happy ending didn’t happen even though the hero had done everything he was supposed to, it did blow my mind. That’s not how stories were supposed to go. I’ve experienced a lot in the 20+ years since I read Corum but I’ll not forget that initial feeling.

COMFY SWEATERS – A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU THE WARM AND FUZZY’S:

Galactic Odyssey by Keith Laumer. For me, this is the SF equivalent of the Hobbit. I re-read it on a semi-regular basis and enjoy it over and over again. It is a comforting story of a young man fighting overwhelming odds and winning.

BRIGHT COLOURS – A COVER WITH RED, ORANGE, OR YELLOW:

Sentenced to Prism by Alan Dean Foster (again). Not only is the cover colorful, but the essence of the story is filled with prismatic colors as well.

LEAF FIGHT – A BOOK WITH NON STOP ACTION:

War Against the Mafia by Don Pendleton. The first book in the Mack Bolan/Executioner series. This was the series that caused me to create the Ultra-Violence tag.

PUMPKIN SPICE – YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED READ:

Right now, probably Jack Four by Neal Asher. The latest in his Polity series. I auto-read anything by Asher as his mix of Sf and violence is right up my alley.

And that wraps up this tag. Well, after that I think I’m ready for Spring. I don’t mind skipping Winter one bit!

The Adventure Book Tag

I am not sure if aliens threw up or if some yarn was having a mutant baby, but that picture is what we get for this tag. I’m guessing trying to figure it out is the Adventure?

Which character would you love to go on an adventure with?

Asterix and Obelix. What could be more fun than a couple of fun loving Gauls who happen to be nigh invincible?

If you could be any character for the day, who would you be and why?

Corran Horn, a most honorable Jedi. He was the main character in the novel I, Jedi and played a large role in the New Jedi Order series. Flying an X-Wing starfighter sounds like an adventure to me. Doing it while swinging a lightsaber just sounds awesome.

What book  is on your TBR bucket list? 

No One Like Him by John Feinberg. I started this back in ’18 and realized by the end of the introduction that I simply wasn’t ready for this. Feinberg’s thesis on the nature of God is not lightly undertaken.

Which book has a contemporary setting you would love to go to?

Kingfisher by Patricia McKillip. A world in which knights ride motorcycles and beam weapons are wielded against dragons? Yes please!

Which book has a fantasy/fictional setting you would love to go to? 

Talion: Revenant was the quintessential fantasy book for me growing up. Nothing like a medieval setting to make the dreams flow!

What book or book edition would you do anything to get your hands on? 

The Original 10 Commandments. Talk about a collectors item!

Name a character who is very adventurous and daring. 

Percy Jackson from the Lightning Thief. This boy knows how to find trouble without even trying.

Name the craziest or weirdest place you’ve ever read a book.

You know, I really don’t do crazy or weird. In fact, I don’t do “Adventures”. It’s a running joke between Mrs B and I now how much I hate new things because they always turn into “adventures”. I prefer my adventures to stay inside the books where it’s nice and safe. For me.

Cheers!

Life in Books Tag

1. Find a book for each of your initials

B: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle #3)

S: Salute the Dark by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt #4)

2. Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?

You’ll notice the question states Bookshelf, singular. For me, that is simply ridiculous. With 10 and counting, it all depends on I where I feel like starting. But to play along with this naive little question….

43: The Harmony of the Four Gospels by Joseph B Harriman (a unique take on harmonizing the Four Gospels into a One Year Ministry instead of the traditional 3 year ministry)

3. A book set in your city/country

USA: Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo. Military SF at its finest!

4. A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Albion: The Paradise War by Stephen Lawhead. A world where magic is real and the warrior ethos is alive and well.

5. A book that’s your favorite color

Green: Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold! by Terry Brooks.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Way-Farer by Dennis Schmidt. I end up mentioning this book almost every other tag it feels like but man, it has just been one of those books for me ever since my formative teen years.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

The Many Faces of Evil by John Feinberg. Took me many months to slowly work my way this excellent book. Probably about time for a re-read just to refresh myself.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

New Evidences that Demand a Verdict by Josh McDowell. Read this back in the 90’s and reading it again has really helped strengthen my Christian Faith.


Thank goodness I was able to actually complete this tag. After the Complete Failure of the Relationshipping Tag post I was a little worried that my tagging days were over and that I would be relegated to sitting on my rocker yelling at the kids to stop doing such dumbass tags AND to get off my lawn.

But nope, I still got it!

The Relationshipping Book Tag

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THE RULES

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!
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QUESTIONS

  • Who was your first book crush?
  • Who was your most recent book crush?
  • What popular ship do you sink?
  • Which unpopular ship do you actually love?
  • Do you have a favorite friends to lovers ship?
  • What ship reminds you of your relationship? Or the relationship you would like to have?
  • What ship was just unnecessary?
  • Imagine your favorite ship 10 years in the future (from when their book ends)… where are they now?
  • Which book do you want to see adapted to TV/Movie? Who would you cast to bring your ship to life?
  • What is a relationship that you wish happened?
  • What character(s) have broken your heart?

I’ll be honest, I chose this one because it was at the top of the 100 tags list and because I thought I could have fun ripping it to shreds. But after reading the questions and the answers on the blog it was listed, I can’t even make fun of it because it is so pathetic.

If it was just 15 year old girls squee’ing about things, I could probably brush it off as “that time of life”. But I’ve seen grown women give this subject “serious thought”. I’ve also seen skinny jean wearing boyz do the same. Grow up, get your gonads in gear, grow some balls. I can’t even turn this into an amusing rant because there is nothing amusing about adults acting like children with no sense of shame or embarrassment.

Sigh. Well, this tag was a complete failure. 99 more to try!

The Re-read Tag

Saw this at Zezee’s.

A CHILDHOOD FAVOURITE THAT YOU COULD READ 100 TIMES AND STILL LOVE

The Chronicles of Narnia series. My mom read these to me before I could read myself and I’ve read them myself several times and own them.

A BOOK YOU DNF’D BUT WOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE A SECOND CHANCE TO

Moby Dick. Mainly because I don’t want to admit that ANY classic can beat me. Some day Cap’n Ahab, someday!

A NEWER FAVORITE YOU WOULD REREAD

The Legends of the Duskwalker trilogy by Jay Posey. 2014 counts as “newer” right?

A BOOK YOU HATED AND NEVER WANT TO READ AGAIN

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. If there was only one dose of Immortality Elixir, I’d give it to the author and then chain him up in a dungeon so Austen fans could torture him for as long as time lasted.

A CLASSIC YOU READ IN SCHOOL BUT WANT TO TRY AGAIN

Thinking about it, I enjoyed almost all the classics I read in school. I know I hated John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony but I have no desire to read it again. So I guess, zero? I included this cover because it has the word “zero” in the title.

AN AUTHOR YOU WOULD REREAD ANYTHING FROM

Probably Larry Correia. While his Monster Hunters International series is what hooked me, his Grimnoir Chronicles, starting with Hard Magic, is what really made me a fan.

A SERIES YOU WANT TO REREAD FOR THE FUN OF IT

The Bone comics by Jeff Smith.

A BOOK YOU’VE READ BUT WANT TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK

Not a fan of audio books. But maybe the Curdie books by George MacDonald? It seems like children’s books are more geared toward being read aloud than anything else.

And that does it for this particular tag.

Outstanding Blogger Award 2021

(Thanks to Cupcakes&Machetes for nominating me. Nothing I say below reflects on her in ANY way.)

The Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2029, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2029 Outstanding Blogger Award! And everyone else can wallow in being a total loser.

Gosh, The Bookstooge is just so, like, you know, totally honored?!? * swoon * When The Bookstooge was a little boy in elementary school and everybody else was saying they wanted to be nurses, or firemen or astronauts, The Bookstooge wanted to be an Outstanding Blogger. Never mind that the internet as we know it didn’t exist and blogs sure as shooting didn’t exist, The Bookstooge knew what he wanted and I had a Dream!

So today is the proudest day of The Bookstooge’s life. My Dream realized and my very life justified. Some random stranger made up a popularity contest and by mere chance The Bookstooge was selected. * cries into hankee * The Bookstooge would like to thank nobody but myself, as the Academy has done squat all for me and my dream.

Second, those “Rules”. What is with bloggers acting like little Castro’s every time they vomit up another meme/tag/award? You are nobody and nobody cares about you, or your flipping rules and adding “important” reminds me of a 3 year old saying “and this is vewy importnt!” Stop trying to micromanage how I do posts on my own blog. Needless to say, I am ignoring Das Rulez. I mean, The Bookstooge is doing all of that, not me.

With all the crankiness and vitriol now out of my system, I can actually begin this post. Aye yi yi!


Would you rather travel to the deep sea or outer space?

Outer space. My couch is not designed for underwater excursions.

Are you artistic?

100%!!!! You should have seen the stick figure drawings I did in Bibleschool. Van Gogh would have cut off his other ear in pure jealously if he was still alive.

How many books did you read last year?

156. I could have easily read at least 10x that amount, but Certain Movie Blogs I follow are always tempting me down the path of movieness. Shame, shame, shame!

If you could live any one historical figures life, which would you choose?

Which? Are people now things? Is someone’s life more important than the person themselves? WHO I would choose is George Washington. Then, because Washington was a Free Mason (and we know they hold all the secrets of everything), I would time travel to now and lead a Second American Revolution. I’d have my portrait painted of me standing on a tank that was crossing the Delaware. Snazzy, eh?

Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?

Definitely Fall. I like the air to be cool enough that I need a light jacket to keep my body heat in but not cold enough to need a hat.

Which character in a book would you most like to be?

Captain Wentworth from Persuasion maybe? While I enjoy reading ABOUT the characters in my SFF books, I would not want to experience what they deal with. Wentworth at least, I think I could deal with the situations Austen puts him in.

Since I have done this, I am now an Outstanding Blogger. Shower me with adulation and gifts (preferably cash) and I might deign to notice your pitiful existence!

Navel Gazing in Books Tag

saw this over at Chuckles Book Cave. The rules are incredibly simple: answer the questions with books read from 2020. Now we’ll have to see if simple is “easy” or not 😉

Describe Yourself

Ageing. And some mornings I feel every day of it!

How Do You Feel?

The Soldier. Sometimes the Culture War seems more brutal than an actual war 😦

Describe Where You Currently Live

Castle in the Air. While not exactly a castle, our third story condo is high enough when we have to carry the groceries up.

If You Could Go Anywhere, Where Would It Be?

The Tempest. I wouldn’t mind living on a deserted island right now with my every need catered to by invisible servants.

Favorite Form of Transportation

I would love to be able to fly around on a broomstick like Margarita in The Master & Margarita. That’ll beat an electric car hollow for gas mileage!

Your Best Friend Is …..

…..Above the Law and yet Mrs B STILL won’t rob a bank with me. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Maybe a Couples Therapy book would help?

You and Your Friends Are …..

NPC’s. Might as well be with various governing agencies acting like fascists and trying to control our every thought and deed!

What’s the Weather Like?

New Spring. Ha, that’s a lie! More like in the heart of winter right now!

You Fear …..

Mind Games. Seriously. I can handle bad physical things but someone messes with my mind, I’m liable to shoot them just to put an end to their douchebaggery.

What Is the Best Advice You Have To Give?

Invest in ammunition; because the world is a Target Rich Environment (Vol 2) full of idiots.

Thought For the Day?

Live Life on Full Assault Mode because only newbs play on Pansy Level. Ooh rah!

My Soul’s Present Condition?

No where near Hell’s Gate! I might not be a Saint (Tommy, NYPD) but I’m not a Hell Spawn, that’s for sure!

Well, that was MUCH easier than I expected. Feel free to use this at your discretion.

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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