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5 questions with Emerian Rich

This time we called on our friend, author and podcaster, Emerian Rich who also writes teen romance under the name Emmy Z Madrigal. We bribed her with a promise of a link to her site from our prestigious organ and then put her to the questions.

The Questions

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

It was actually something silly. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. I did enjoy it though! I like to alternate between YA books and horror. It tends to make me less bored of what I am reading. The adult one I am reading that is fabulous (but I haven’t finished it yet) is the 3rd book of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies titled Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith.

What is a favorite book from childhood?

My first love of books started when I came across the S. E. Hinton series. The Outsiders; Rumblefish; That Was Then, This Is Now, etc… Ponyboy and Sodapop were my heroes! I also loved how S. E. Hinton weaved her stories into one another. Characters from one book might make an appearance in the other, much like my college-age favorite, Anne Rice. I love it when an author does that!

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

Some will say I am sacrilegious, but the true answer is, the Bible. I am not against Christianity, but growing up a minister’s child, the Bible was always a mandatory item. As a child I hated always having to memorize passages!

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

All of the above. I love reading and I love books. Actually, I’m packing up my home library now and am finding it hard to let some go.

What book would you recommend to others?

Besides my own? Hehhee.
New – The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies books, the two written by Steve Hockensmith (not the 1st one).
Old – Anything Jane Austen or Anne Rice
YA- The Blue Bloods vampire series by Melissa De La Cruz

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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5 Questions with Viv Trafalgar

Viv Trafalgar, photographed by PJ Trenton

The talented, lovely, and very busy Viv Trafalgar too a few minutes to answer five questions about her reading habits.Based on her answers, I have a couple of new books to add to my to-be-read stack.

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

I have just finished Embassytown by China Mieville, and Mechanique by Genevive Valentine.

What is a favorite book from childhood?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

I’m sorry, I do not understand this question.

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

Yes, Yes, and Yes.  I love books, lend them (and hunt them down when they don’t come back), suggest them relentlessly, and order them in dark of night from used and online bookstores.  I have a fantasy bookshelf league, much as some people purportedly do with soccer or baseball.

What book would you recommend to others?

Certainly Mechanique, also Feed, by Mira Grant. Really, there are so many good books out these days, and so many lovely ones from all over, it’s hard to pick.  Zoo City by Lauren Bukes and Dervish House by Ian McDonald, Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin all came out last year and they’re wonderful too.  What?  Time to stop? I was just getting sta….

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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Five Questions with MK Hobson

MK Hobson was a recent Off the Shelf guest whom Simeon cornered for an additional 5 Questions. Hobson is up for a Nebula Award for her novel The Native Star, and her second book in the series, The Hidden Goddess, was just released. (I must say, she and I share a similar opinion on Mr Wordsworth.)

The Questions.

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

“Money” by Martin Amis

What is a favorite book from childhood?

The “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

As an English major in college I had to read the poetry of Wordsworth, which resulted in a loathing I retain to this day.

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

I collect reference books, especially old books on etiquette and manners. Being that I live in Portland, I am a frequent patron of Powell’s for both new and used books.

What book would you recommend to others?

“Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis. Or “Main Street”. Or basically just anything by Sinclair Lewis.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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5 Questions with Jandai Writer

Jandai Writer is, of course, the person on the Bookstacks team who compiles the quiz questions. She is also creator of the Myst-inspired puzzle island, Crux Isle, located in Second Life (slurl). It seem though she does not like answering questions herself. Still I persisted and this is the result.

The Questions.

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

The Fourth Bear by Jasper FForde

What is a favorite book from childhood?

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

I have spent many hours in counseling to forget such a travesty of the written word and do not wish to revisit such memories.

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

Book collector

What book would you recommend to others?

It depends on their taste. :P

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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Five Questions with Barbara Hambly

You may remember when Simeon Beresford answered these five question, he mentioned Barbara Hambly’s Bride of the Rat God twice. It and several of the author’s other works have just become available as ebooks. Her publishers sent us a video of her talking about her work, and it got us thinking. We decide we would have to ask her those five questions.

The Questions.

Last book I read?

1776 by David McCullough.

Favorite book from childhood?

Gosh, there were so many, but I’d have to go with Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (#4 of the series, counting Wonderful Wizard as #1).

Book I absolutely hated and was forced to read?

(Other than the math textbooks in High School?) Old Mother West-Wind (again, a kid’s book. Mostly since the age of about 10 I read fast enough that I didn’t really HATE books, I just got through the ones I found tedious).

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

I collect books idiosyncratically – both for research and for reading pleasure. I don’t have much time to read, and when I’m overworked and emotionally exhausted (as I have been since about 2006) I tend to re-read favorite fiction: it’s like having the emotional equivalent of a fluttery stomach, which will only tolerate certain things.

What book would I recommend to others?

WHICH others? Who are we talking about? Some people I think really should read Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog, or Georgette Heyer’s A Civil Contract, or Fred Pohl’s Gateway; others really need to read The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous before they go any further.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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5 Questions with Simeon Beresford

This is the first of an irregular series of questions we will ask people as the fancy takes us. First with the answers is, um me, Simeon Beresford.

The Questions.

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

I just finished a reread of an old favourite Bride of the Rat God By Barbara Hambly

What is a favorite book from childhood?

There are so many but A Bear called Paddington is hard to beat.

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

The Lord of the Flies –  I could not face it already knowing how it would end badly.

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

I keep all my books I do not collect them, which to my mind means I look after them. I use libraries on occasion, but right now second hand from Amazon is my acquisition mode of choice.

What book would you recommend to others?

I hear that the ebook rights to the long out-of-print Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly have just been acquired. Grab it when it appears!

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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