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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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