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books meme

Golly, it's been a while since I did a meme, but this is one I like (thanks for the tag, amjhawk, and sorry for the delay). So many book memes are about favorites, which is impossible with so many great books out there.

PS: Can you tell my cable is off? (I mostly wrote this last night.) Ahem. On with the memage:

1. One book that changed your life:
This is really hard, selecting only one. So many have. Let's see, here is one each from several genres:
. Anthology: An early "Best of" collection (anyone remember which one contained the alien-world story, "Grandpa"?), where I read my first SF and realized that this is the genre for me.
. Novel: A Wrinkle in Time, because it was my first novel and opened up the realm of novel-reading.
. Nonfiction: Probably my first full book-read was one about dinosaurs. Big, cool aliens on Earth.
. Essay collection: Inside Science Fiction by James Gunn.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
I don't re-read novels very often, but I re-read More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon right after finishing it.

3. EDIT: Right, I missed 3. What should it be?

4. One book that made you laugh:
Most good books have parts that make me laugh. Recently? Let's see... I recall laughing aloud during The Narrows by Alexander Irvine.

5. One book that made you cry:
Again, most recently: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. One of the best books I've ever read.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
Oh, this happens a lot. Hmm, just one? How about Dune: A wonderful best-seller that launched its own genre.
EDIT: This is funny; I read this as "you wish you had written.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
How about all of the competing religious tomes. What if all major religions used the same book, instead?

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Superhuman: The Awesome Power Within, a BBC book that documents an array of cutting-edge human transformation.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Too many to list! I'll get to 10% of them one day, but only 10, because new ones are always being printed!

Now I'm supposed to tag three others to keep the meme alive. I find tagging to be irritating, so if this is interesting to you, you're tagged! Let me know here if you're doing this so I remember to check (I read LJ only in fits and bursts lately).

Best,
Chris

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stefbester
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
book meme
Hey Chris - ok, I'm tagged, and I'll put up my list when I come with all the answers! um, what's a meme? I've been looking at various things on the web that define it, but I haven't wrapped my mind around it.
mckitterick
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Hi, Stef!

A "meme" can be thought of as a self-propogating idea. Let's see... here's a definition from Wikipedia.

Good to hear from you!
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mckitterick
Sep. 7th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: book meme
I hear ya! Which is why I try to avoid the tagging thing.
stefbester
Sep. 7th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Whoa. I read about half of the Wikipedia entry before I got a headache. There's a lot written about "pieces of thought."
florilegia
Sep. 6th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Fascinating choices!

All the major Western religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) DO use the same book, with variations: the Torah. The Eastern religions rely on similar texts as well, but for some reason haven't gotten so goddamed sectarian about their interpretations... ;-)
mckitterick
Sep. 7th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Well, yeah they use the same basic book, but good luck convincing them of that. Now, if they really used the exact same book, they'd have to find another reason for hating each other.
stefbester
Sep. 7th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Was going through the book meme and tyring to answer them. Noticed that you numbered them and that #3 is missing. Is there one missing?
mckitterick
Sep. 7th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Interesting... the person from whom I got it must have left one off!
blzblack
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Cool list!

While I agree it would be nice, asking for one religious text is a little like asking for one political party. That said, there are even different persons with different philosophies who study these religious texts, so even if there were only one book, their approaches can feel very different.
mckitterick
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
That is so true: See Martin Luther!
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