for Ian

Because the poor man requests posts so often, and how can I refuse someone who praises my writing so consistently?

Because March is National Reading Month, and he’d like me to answer the daily questions that Amazon’s been posting on Facebook.

What is the first line of the book you’re currently reading? ‘It was starting to end, after what seemed most of eternity to me.’ I just started reading The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny. It’s all ten volumes of his fantasy saga of the Amber Chronicles. I’m about five chapters in, and enjoying myself so far.

What book had the largest impact on you as a child? Anne of Green Gables. I can’t really narrow it down to only one book, so I have to choose the whole series. Anne is always so joyful and full of life. Ever the optimist. Definitely not like me, but I’ve always admired her vivaciousness and boldness. The qualities that shy little me could never embrace in real life.

Have you ever read an entire book in one sitting? What was the last one? Oh, lordy, plenty of times! The Borrowers, at my parents’ house last time we visited. Most of my childhood favorites are still on their shelves, and I love to revisit them while we’re there. You did mean reading for myself, right? Otherwise it’s Dr Seuss’ The Foot Book.

Who is your favorite author? John Varley.

What is your favorite series and why? John Varley’s Gaean Trilogy: Titan, Wizard, and Demon. I love the adventure, the passion, the science fiction, the whole new world that’s actually within reach as it orbits Jupiter. I love the scheming, the trickery, the plotting and planning and treason. I love the passion and determination of the characters. I love these books.

What is the best book you read last year? We Need to Talk About Kevin was really, really good.

What is one book you’d wish more people would read? Ha! The Bible. Read it thoroughly, and stop misquoting and misinterpreting.

What is the first and last book to make you cry? Why? I think the last was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Honestly, I can’t even guess at the first. Probably a Narnian novel.

What was the last book to make you lol? I think I lol’d at Hellstrom’s Hive; I know I lol’d at The Law of Nines.

What is your favorite book title? Not book but title. I adore Harlan Ellison’s titular creations. Stalking the Nightmare. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. All the Lies That Are My Life. ‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman. Memos from Purgatory. Just one? Stalking the Nightmare. It’s so vividly evocative.

Who do you credit with your love of reading? My parents. They’re both readers, and I didn’t have any playmates on the boat, so I entertained myself with books.

What is the best book you’ve received as a gift been? I had a certain boxed set of Narnia books as a kid, and they didn’t stand the test of time. Ian found me an identical set, box and all, a few years ago. Thank you, sweetie!

What is the first chapter book you remember reading? Probably The Jungle Book. And really, it wasn’t Mowgli and his drama that I enjoyed the most, it was Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The White Seal that I loved and read and reread so many times.

If you could have a dinner party with 5 authors, who would they be? When Ian first read me these questions, we had a jolly old time making up guest lists with pairings like Jane Austen and Stephenie Meyer. But seriously? I’ll keep Ian’s contribution of Hunter S. Thompson and add Kurt Vonnegut, Harlan Ellison, John Varley, and Douglas Adams. I think I’d have to stock plenty of booze.

4 Comments on “for Ian”

  1. Kate says:

    I ❤ The Chronicles of Narnia, too. And I used to be a reader. Hoping my kindle can help out there, although all my spare time seems to be taken up with napping/sleeping or my Bible study. And some crap tv like tonight. I gave up Facebook during the day for Lent and it has been so liberating. In fact, I only check it here and there some evenings. I need to do the same with tv. I am addicted and I don't like it. But the process is going to suck. Ugh.

    Thank you for all the warm and wonderful comments on my posts. You're the best!

    • April says:

      I’m definitely not the reader I used to be, either, but it seems that I find more pleasure in it now that I’m not reading a book or two every day. I don’t take it for granted.

      What would our selves of 15-20 years ago think of the things we can give up for Lent now? Lol!

      And you are so welcome! I love reading your posts.

  2. Kathy says:

    Awesome! I too love/d Anne of Green Gables! The Foot Book is a fav in our house too! 😉 What a fun post and interesting Q & A!

    • April says:

      Anne’s story is interesting to think about now that we’re the ones looking to ‘take in an orphan’. Funny how people still use the same horror stories today to try to warn us off.

      And don’t forget The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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