<$BlogRSDURL$> < link rel="DCTERMS.replaces" href="http://agirlfromhome.blogspot.com" /> < meta name="DC.Identifier" content="http://agfh.blogspot.com">

The life of a porn addicted housewife.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

What Would You Choose? 

Thanks to THL for giving me something nifty to write about today!
She posted a list of literary related questions and stated that we were supposed to use them also.


Q: “You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be saved?”
A: This one was kind of tough, but in the end I went with Dashiell Hammett : Complete Novels. I guess in all honesty this was kind of a cheat answer because it is multiple novels, but since they are bound into one cover I will go with it. It is a single book that contains 5 of the greatest noir detective novels ever written including “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”. The 5 novels were written between 1929 and 1934 and set the stage for future “hardboiled detective/crime” authors. I consider all 5 novels to be must reads. While I am sure most of you have seen movie “The Maltese Falcon” starring Humphrey Bogart (or at least I hope you have since it is one of the greatest movies of all time!), make sure to read the book because even though the movie is a classic, the book is far superior.

Q: Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
A: The answer to this question depends on what age I was at the time. When I was 8-12 years old I thought Nancy Drew was just the coolest girl on the planet. I wanted to be her or be with her, either one would have made me happy.
When I got a little older I fell completely in love with Travis Mcgee. Travis was the “hero” of 25 of John D. MacDonald’s novels. JDM was another noir crime author, this time based mainly in Florida. Travis was a rogue who lived on a houseboat and managed to fall into the most detectivey type situations.
Now I am infatuated with “Serge” the antihero of Tim Dorsey’s series of novels. Serge is a complete psycho, but there is just something so real about him.

Q: The last book you purchased?
A: This is another multi-answer because, as I mentioned a few days ago, I went all out on my last book store trip.
I bought 2 books by Martha Grimes (The Winds Of Change and Foul Matter), 2 books by Robert Parker (Cold Service and Bad Business), 2 books by Jane Haddam (Conspiracy Theory and Somebody Else’s Music), 1 book by Tim Dorsey (Torpedo Juice), and finally 1 book by Andrew Vachss (Blue Belle).

Q: What are you currently reading?
A: ”Torpedo Juice” by Tim Dorsey.

Q: Five books you would take to a deserted island?
A: Another toughie!
Of course I would take Dashiell Hammett : Complete Novels, 5 for the price of one!
Next I would take ”S*E*V*E*N”, ”The Good Old Stuff”, ”More Good Old Stuff”, and ”End Of The Tiger And Other Stories”. All of these are short story collections written by John D. MacDonald.
Finally I chose ”Raymond Chandler : Stories and Early Novels : Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window “. This is another collection of novels bound up together so it counts as one book in my opinion.
If I had had one more choice I would have chosen the second edition of the Raymond Chandler collections “Later Novels”


I guess you can probably see a theme to my book choices. I am such a creature of habit!
I’ve tried reading other types of books, and while I can get into some, most other genres just leave me feeling empty.
I wish you could see my collection. Ap0k really is a saint to let me keep all of these books!
<< Home