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A book meme

Time for a book meme I think as I haven't done one in ages. Snagged from nakeisha.

1. What was your favourite book during childhood?

I tended towards favourite authors rather than favourite books to be honest: Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis were two. But there was one book I took out of the library time after time and it's this one:

Minnow on the Say by Philippa Pearce. It's a gorgeous summer adventure about two boys looking for treasure on a river. I read it again in 2008 and my review is here.

2.What is your favourite book now?

Again I do tend towards favourite authors so naming just one favourite book is very hard. I shall name *one* of my favourite books and that is Drood by Dan Simmons.

Opinions are sharply divided on this book and I had no idea which side I would come down on. Turns out I absolutely adored it.

3. What is your favourite movie adaptation of a book?

Excellent question. Generally speaking the book is nearly always better than the film. In one case it was not though. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper was turned into a fabulous film. The book? Truly awful. The writing was so dense and over-written I couldn't get past page 50. I thought it was a tragedy. It would, however, win a prize for best cover:

How gorgeous is that? Truthfully... I would buy that book for that cover if I ever came across it.

4. Do you prefer checking out books from the library or buying them?

I do both with gay abandon.

5. Have you ever been let down by a book that was highly recommended to you?

I suppose there must've been plenty of occasions but only one springs to mind and that was The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I finished it and didn't hate it precisely. But I didn't love it like members of my family and just about every review I'd read, and that was really because I didn't give a monkey's about Henry and whatever her name was. Just didn't care. Ah well, life would be boring if we all liked the same books.


I totally agree with you about The Last of the Mohicans. I tried reading it after seeing the film with Daniel Day-Lewis and was bored to tears. It's hard to imagine there was a series of wildly popular books.

But my experience with Drood was the opposite of yours. I loved Simmons' The Terror so was really looking forward to his next book. I struggled through a hundred pages before finally giving up. I just couldn't get interested in what was going on. But, as you say, opinions are sharply divided about the book.
'Bored to tears' is about right. I found myself having to reread sentence after sentence to get the gist of it. What was he thinking? LOL!

Yup... it seems Drood is one of those love it/hate it books. It's the only one I've read by him so have nothing to compare it with. I must read some more. I fancy Hyperion and The Abominable and maybe The Terror. I've also been told there's a new book, due out or about to be out, which features Sherlock Holmes and Henry James. Sounds intriguing.
As I said, I loved The Terror, but found The Abominable only okay. But I did also love Summer of Night, Children of the Night, and A Winter Haunting. I have, but haven't got to, the Hyperion/Endymion books. The new one is called The Fifth Heart. It does sound interesting.
I've heard the Hyperion books are rather good and I do love a good sci-fi series. *g* I want to read The Abominable as I seem to be into books about mountains and mountaineering at the moment and I think it's all about that rather than anything supernatural. Is that right?
That's right, which was something of a surprise for me, since that was part of what drew me to it. That, and that I've developed an interest in the exploration of cold places, mostly the Arctic and Antarctic.
Oh lovely, someone else interested in reading about cold, wintery places. *g* I'm fascinated but have tended to concentrate on non-arctic regions so far - The Himalayas, The Alps, winter seasons in N. America that kind of thing. I suddenly realised that this month I've read five such books and am halfway through the sixth. I'm wondering if this is overkill. I even opened a Goodreads shelf for mountains. LOL!

Have you read Dark Matter by Michele Paver? It's ghost story set in 1937 on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic. It's an arctic winter tale. I thought it was quite good.
Oh, I remember when I got the bug. It was after reading The Terror. Now, it doesn't matter if it's fiction or non-fiction, I'm there, so I completely understand. *g*

I didn't know about making shelves on Goodreads. I'd love to see it.

And, yes, I've read Dark Matter! I loved it.
Yep, I'm enjoying both fiction and non-fiction... anything really. I went to the library today and inspired by you I checked the arctic/antarctic section and brought home Call of the White by Felicity Aston. Do you know that one?

My Goodreads 'mountain' shelf is here:


It's mostly non-fic but includes a couple of fiction.

And here's a Goodreads 'Best mountain books' list:


Oh good, I'm glad you found Dark Matter and enjoyed it.
Thanks for the lists. More books to add to my list! *g* The only one I've read is A Walk In the Woods, which I loved. Really, really funny, but it certainly put me off giving it a try, though I wouldn't mind hiking part of the trail.

Hadn't heard of Call of the White. Another book I'll have to look into!
I'm really glad you did this.

Hmmm, I haven't come across Drood. I must see if it's Kindled if so I can't d/l a sample.

And yes, life would indeed be boring if we all liked the same books.
Yes, download a sample by all means but don't buy it outright as I'm not sure it's your kind of thing. It's all about Dickens and Wilkie Collins and I have a feeling you're not much of a Dickens fan?

It would indeed.
I have d/l the sample, so I'll try that.

Thank you. You're spot on, I am not a fan of Dickens.
Yeay - book meme! *g* Although I'm not sure I can do this one, I'd find it impossible to narrow down the first question, for a start!

I don't know Minnow on the Say at all, though I've come across Philippa Pearce more recently - I shall have to look that one up, it sounds nice... and I must get on with Drood too - I put it down in a rush of books, as I sometimes do, and that's deadly. I wasn't particularly bored with it or anything, it just didn't catch me straight away - the Aubrey/Maturin books were like that for me too though, and now they're very much one of my favourite series, so that doesn't mean I won't like Drood next time. And I'm quite curious to find out... *g*

I was yawning all through typing that - do excuse me - so I think I'm off to tuck up with a book now, in fact! Such bliss!
I didn't even try to it narrow down, tbh, just naming one book I liked. One I would like to have included has been lost in the mists of time... set in Scotland, a supernatural tale, that I loved but can no longer remember the title and author. It grieves me.

Minnow on the Say is a gorgeous little book. As a child I was smitten with its sense of the school holidays stretching forever as they seem to when you're young. And the search for the treasure along the river seemed very intense.

Perhaps you could pick Drood up again for RIP in the autumn?