Monday, November 21, 2011

An Extremely Stolen Idea.

1) What are you reading at the moment?  Peter Green. "The Greco-Persian Wars" .300 was such bollocks, the real story is way better.
2) As a child, what did you read under the covers? I don't remember ever doing this. Probably "William" books would have been addictive enough for me to do it.
3) Has a book ever made you cry, and if so which one? No I don't think so. English writer Alan Coren has made me cry with laughter, however.
4) You are about to be put into solitary confinement for a year and allowed to take three books. What would you choose? One of Shelby Footes History of the American Civil war, Michael King's History of New Zealand and Don Quixote
5) Which literary character would you most like to sleep with? Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher. Never a dull moment and plenty of Champagne
6) If you could write a self-help book, what would you call it? _Procrastinate your way to somewhere or other_
7) Which book, which play, and which poem would you make compulsory reading in high school English classes?
Book: Riddley Walker
Play: Henry IV part one
Poem: The Turnip Snedder- Seamus Heaney
8) Which party from literature would you most like to have attended? All's Well That Ends Well" party
9) What would you title your memoirs? "What I really meant was..."
10) If you were an actor, which literary character do you dream of playing? Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead,


And you?

30 comments:

vacuumslayer said...

1) Reading? LOOXURY!!

2.) I was HUGELY into the Noel Streatfeild "Shoes" books.

3.) "The Once and Future King" made me cry. The Accidental Touristmade me sob.

4.) "The Once and Future King," "The Mists of Avalon," and probably some hot-cheesy romance novel.

5.) Sebastian Wroth from...Well, you ASKED.

6.) "Living with Depression"

7.) Ya know, my brain is so shot, I can't answer this question.

8.) See #7.

9.) "I'm Funny, Too, Dad!!!"

10.) Morgaine LeFay from "The Mists of Avalon."

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Don't have time for a proper response this morning, so I'll just post a couple of riffs:

300 was such bollocks, the real story is way better.

Yeah, the Spartans were awful, awful people, and fascist Frank Miller really gave the Thespians short shrift!

You are about to be put into solitary confinement for a year and allowed to take three books. What would you choose?

One of the books would have to be "Jailbreaks Made Easy".

What would you title your memoirs?

"F*** the Courtesy Flush"

vacuumslayer said...

It always comes back to POOP with this crowd.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Read? You mean like BOOKS?

vacuumslayer said...

AK is one o' dem dere smarty furriners.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

It always comes back to POOP with this crowd.

"Comes back to" implies that it leaves.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Who wrote the Book of Poop?
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Another Kiwi said...

Rush Limbaugh

Another Kiwi said...

Mrs. Kiwi is big Streatfeild fan, VS.

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

1. Riddled. Also, IESO Charge Types and Equations. Bad question to answer at work.

2. Pulp Golden Age SF.

3. Don't recall. Probably some Douglas Adams has made me cry with laughter.

4. - How To Escape From Solitary Confinement With Nothing But Your Wits And A Very Sophisticated Tunneling Machine
- This Book Is Actually A Very Sophisticated Tunneling Machine
- Le Comte de Monte-Cristo

5. Theodolinda Bonner.

6. UR DOIN IT RONG.

7. Book - Who Has Seen The Wind. Because If I had to read that godawful piece of shit then everybody- uh, no. I am against compulsory reading lists. I think the people who are pro-compulsory reading lists should nevar get to decide what book they read next.

8. The Tavern in Omar Khayan's Rubaiyat. Demanding to be let in at dawn to make the most out of the precious few hours.

9. Wasted Potential

10. Pizza Delivery Boy. Bow-chikka-wow-wow.

vacuumslayer said...

IMPORTANT QUESTION: Does Louise from "Bob's Burgers" count as a literary figure? AFAF.

Von said...

AND
I'm going to have to steal this for a post.
Thanking you in advance.

Smut Clyde said...

3) Has a book ever made you cry, and if so which one?

When you drop Wheeler's "Gravitation" on your toe it feckin' HURTS.

Smut Clyde said...

4) You are about to be put into solitary confinement for a year and allowed to take three books. What would you choose?

I can has 3 blank books plz? Peace at last! Time to write!

9) What would you title your memoirs?

"A Year in Solitary Confinement".

Substance McGravitas said...

I'd want a book you could beat someone to death with.

Another Kiwi said...

Feckin' Philistanians! if you don't want to say that you wanted to sleep with Noddy and Bigears, you don't have to!

Laura said...

Hmmm... I don't think I've read much that isn't a trashy romance novel.
I'm a shallow, shallow woman. :)

((Hugs))
Laura

vacuumslayer said...

Substance...so TENDER!

And...just thinkin' here...but I'm thinking in the right hands a "Black House" by Stephen King and that other dude could probably clock somebody pretty good.

mikey said...

1) What are you reading at the moment? Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken”. And wassamattah, you never HEARD of Steven Pressfield?
2) As a child, what did you read under the covers? Don’t remember doing this either. I had a little Wards “Airline” transistor radio that I’d hide under the pillow and listen to Giants games, and when they were over and I was jonesing for more, I could sometimes bring in KFI Los Angeles and hear the end of dodger games. This solution failed whenever the Giants were playing the Dodgers.
3) Has a book ever made you cry, and if so which one? Aww hell, it’s a near endless list, from Siverberg’s “Dying Inside” to Marlantes’ “Matterhorn”. I’d say if a book hasn’t made you cry you’re not human, but there’s a Rick Perry feel to that I’d prefer to avoid, so I’ll go with the theory that some of us are just criers...
4) You are about to be put into solitary confinement for a year and allowed to take three books. What would you choose? Wouldn’t want to stop with three, but maybe Stephen Hunter’s “Point of Impact”, Justin Scott’s “Shipkiller” and Larry Heinemann’s “Close Quarters”. Or maybe Wilbur Smith’s “Hungry as the sea”. I dunno. Three’s not enough.
5) Which literary character would you most like to sleep with? The Italian whore that kept hitting Orr on the head with her shoe in Rome
6) If you could write a self-help book, what would you call it? “You can’t kill everyone who annoys you, but you can frighten them into silence”
7) Which book, which play, and which poem would you make compulsory reading in high school English classes?
Book: Catch 22
Play: The Rocky Horror Show
Poem: Tie: Houseman’s “Terrence this is Stupid Stuff” and Kipling’s “Gunga Din” Both contain lessons that are not readily apparent, and therefore require analysis, thought and process.
8) Which party from literature would you most like to have attended? Pretty much anything from Thorne Smith
9) What would you title your memoirs? "Ooooppppss. I was drunk and it was an accident”
10) If you were an actor, which literary character do you dream of playing? Adrian Yossarian. He was an Assyrian, y'know...

Smut Clyde said...

Pretty much anything from Thorne Smith
Requires a high tolerance for fish.

Another Kiwi said...

The lovely Phryne.

tigris said...

Which party from literature would you most like to have attended?

The Curious Sofa.

mikey said...

Requires a high tolerance for fish.

And pitchers of cocktails. And firemen.

Smut Clyde said...

The Curious Sofa.

When tigris saw what was about to happen, she began to scream uncontrollably...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Requires a high tolerance for fish.

And pitchers of cocktails. And firemen.

I already have a high tolerance for Fish, so regarding the other items, particularly the non-fireman one, I would like to subscribe to your newsletter and, hopefully, receive deliveries.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Party?

One night, long ago, a band of drunken astro-engineers of the first generation clambered round the building digging this, fixing that, banging very hard on the other and when the sun rose the following morning, it was startled to find itself shining on a building full of happy drunken people which was now floating like a young and uncertain bird over the treetops.

Not only that, but the flying party had also managed to arm itself rather heavily. If they were going to get involved in any petty arguments with wine merchants, they wanted to make sure they had might on their side.

The transition from full-time cocktail party to part-time raiding party came with ease, and did much to add that extra bit of zest and swing to the whole affair which was badly needed at this point because of the enormous number of times that the band had already played all the numbers it knew over the years.


That one.

fish said...

Requires a high tolerance for fish.

Is that really so hard?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...


Is that really so hard?



Some people are not Friends of Fish like I am.

El Manquécito said...

Up to our knees in bees here but that means the middle of the day is available for machine repair and facebook quizzes on Riddled.

1. London, the Biography by Peter Akroyd

2. animal books: "Biography of a Grizzly" by Ernest Thompson Seton was a fave and the Jack London stuff

3. Richard Powers' "Operation: Wandering Soul" was hard to finish it made me cry so much.

4. How many books is "A La Recherche du Temps Perdus" ? I've read it in anglais but a year would give me time to sort out the subtleties of the past conditional.

5. Don't like sleeping with literary characters.

6. Beeherenow

7. Book: The English Passengers
Play: Timon of Athens
Poem: The Star Apple Kingdom (Derek Walcott)

8. The pleasure cruise 60% of the way through Gravity's Rainbow.

9. Bajo el Volcan

10. Sherlock Holmes would be fun.

Smut Clyde said...

5. Don't like sleeping with literary characters.

I worry about the children.