21 February 2007


Okay, here we go...

Straight Historical, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Historical Romance, or Time Travel?

Hmm... Straight historical I guess. I haven't really read much historical fantasy, romance or mystery.

Historical Figures as Main Characters or Purely Fictional Characters in Historical Settings as Main Characters?
It depends on the story. Some stories work better with historical figures, others need fictional characters.

Hardback, Trade Paperback, or Mass Market Paperback?
I love hardbacks! Especially when they have beautiful covers with gold letters and gold edges and those nifty ribbons you can use as bookmarks *drools* Unfortunately they're usually too expensive, so most of my books are paperbacks. Cheap paperbacks.

Philippa Gregory or Margaret George?
Haven't read any of their books, sorry.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
None, I usually buy my books on play.com or in one of the bookstores in Trondheim if they're having a sale.

Bernard Cornwell or Sharon Penman?
Again, I haven't read any of their books.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
We don't have them in Norway. Ark, Norli and Øksendal are my favourite bookstores here :)

First Historical Novel You Ever Remember Reading?
I'm not completely sure. It might be "Kruistocht in spijkerbroek" (Crusade in jeans) by Thea Beckman, or Ivanhoe (an abridged children's edition. Ugh. But I have a cheap "complete & unabridged" paperback now!)

Alphabetize by Author, Alphabetize by Title, or Random?
I'm not sure. I mostly sort my books by subject, but sometimes also by author, size, title or how much I like them. Tolkien gets an entire shelf for himself :)

Keep, Throw Away, or Sell?
Keep them! You don't throw away books!

Jean Plaidy or Norah Lofts?
I haven't read any of their books...

Read with Dust Jacket or Remove It?
Usually with dust jacket

Stop Reading When Tired or at Chapter Breaks?
Chapter breaks. Or the end of the book.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
I dunno. "It was a dark and stormy night”, I guess.

Buy or Borrow?
I usually buy my books. The library here isn't exactly brilliant (my friend wanted to borrow The Iliad once, and after 3 months they got her a Danish edition... 18th century Danish too.)

Buying Choice: Book Reviews, Recommendations, or Browsing?
Usually book recommendations, though I browse when I have the chance.

Dorothy Dunnett or Anya Seton?
Haven't read any of their books. Again. I seem illiterate now, don't I? Lol...

Tidy Ending or Cliffhanger?
I'm not very fond of cliffhangers. They're okay if it's a series and you know there'll be a part 2, but cliffhangers at the very end of a story are just annoying. I think open endings are my favourite. The Lord of the Rings has a *perfect* ending.

Sticking Close to Known Historical Fact, or Using Historical Fact as Wallpaper?

Morning Reading, Afternoon Reading or Nighttime Reading?

Series or Standalone?
It doesn't matter, I like both.

Favorite Book of Which Nobody Else Has Heard?
Define "nobody"! Lol... Uhm... let's see... Nobody in my class has heard of Beowulf or The Histories (Tacitus), and I think I have only met one other person who has read "Kinderen van Moeder Aarde" by Thea Beckman.

Aaaand I have to get back to my homework. Apparently there's a French test tomorrow. I haven't done *anything* to prepare myself for it, because there was a physics test yesterday and I had to practice for that. I wrote 80 pages last weekend so I'd better get a good grade.

Also, I didn't get a job in the bookstore. That means I'll have to spend eight weeks in the supermarket this summer. Curses.


Gabriele C. said...

Thank you for playing along.

You should try Bernard Cornwell, esp. his Arthur and Saxon books. They have interesting characters and some good battle scenes. Dorothy Dunnett is not an easy read, but King Hereafter, the story of Macbeth, should be worth a try - after all, you've braved the Illiad, lol.

I'm sorry to hear about the job in the bookstore.

Celedë Anthaas said...

I'll have to try all of those authors, lol. I have to wait until some bookstore decides to sell them really cheap though, because I just sorta spent two months of pocket money on a very handsome edition of Heimskringla... And a week ago I *also* bought a stack of books, and two weeks before that as well... :P

Carla said...

Bad luck about the job in the bookshop. Is there a library near you that might have some of the books you want to try, maybe through inter-library loan? It was the school and town libraries that got me hooked on reading; the shops in the local town didn't have much choice and I didn't have much money.
I second The Lord of the Rings as a great ending! Someone else had already beaten me to it when I was posting my list of favourite endings.