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Bookworm

Took this from several people: NB, RW, and Kal, off the top of my head. I know there were a couple more. I added a few more questions, because this meme seemed woefully bare.

1. One book that changed your life: Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. It’s actually a four-issue graphic novel about the future of superheroes in the DC Universe. This book introduced me to comics at the old age of 16 and even though I didn’t get into comics again until I was in my 20s, it’s always stood as the pinnacle of comics to me.

2. One book you have read more than once: I read most books that I enjoy more than once – that’s why I have a library of over 2,000 books. I can read the Fletch series by Gregory MacDonald, over and over again, and have done so.

3. One book you would want on a desert island: How to Make a Raft, by Bob Vila.

4. One book that made you cry: Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. When those dogs die, I just couldn’t take it. Of course, I was 10, but I’m sure it would have the same effect today.

5. One book that made you laugh: I’ll go back to the Fletch series. Those books are tremendous.

6. One book you wish had been written: The Prison Rape, by Franklin W. Dixon, in which the Hardy Boys find out that going undercover at the prison to uncover corruption carries some nasty surprises. One of the Hardy Boys won’t ever be the same again.

7. One book you wish had never been written: Vector Prime, by R.A. Salvatore, from the New Jedi Order series. Why? Fucking Chewbacca dies, man.

8. One book you are currently reading: I’m currently reading three books simultaneously – one by J.A. Jance, one by Dean Koontz, and one by Philip Margolin.

9. One book you have been meaning to read: There’s no book that I’ve been meaning to read. I’ve just gone ahead and actually read them.

10. Favorite author: Stephen King. Second place, Robert B. Parker. Third place, Dean Koontz.

11. Favorite ongoing series: The Spenser Novels, by Robert B. Parker. I dare you to try to find better told stories with concise, razor-sharp dialogue and full, solid plotting.

12. Favorite defunct series: The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Talk about an opus. This was an amazing run, and watching King grow as an author gave me even more respect for him.

13. Book that everyone raved about but you couldn’t get into: First, there’s the Da Vinci Code. People, that book was predictable, the little “puzzles” were obvious to anyone who wasn’t retarded, and the plotting was clunky at best. Second place goes to The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon. People tell me that I should give it a few chapters before it gets interesting, but if he can’t hook me in the first chapter, it’s not as amazing as everyone says.

14. Book you wish you wrote: Harry Potter. Duh.

15. Your favorite style of book: I read to escape, so I enjoy horror, mystery, suspense, scifi, supernatural, detective, thriller, and comedy books. I don’t read non-fiction – I find it dreadful and devoid of purpose.

16. If Avitable wrote a book, would it be porn, twisted comedy, or horror? Probably some mixture of all three.

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