One-book answers

I’ve never been tagged for one of these memes before, but now I have, so I have obviously arrived somewhere. Or even set off.  Kimbofo at Reading Matters says:

"This ‘one book meme’ has been doing the round for weeks, although it seemed to bypass me completely until Janelle, at the always interesting Eclectic Closet, tagged me."

I’ll give it a go. (With thanks to Kim; please see this link for her answers).

1. One book that changed your life
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.

2. One book you have read more than once?
Emma (or any other book by) Jane Austen

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
Something very long. Proust (A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu) is the longest book I’ve heard of, so that, I guess. But if I’m allowed a collection, I’d prefer Shakespeare’s complete works.

4. One book that made you cry?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, mirror of erised scene.

5. One book that made you laugh?
e by Matthew Beaumont

6. One book you wish had been written?
My as-yet unwritten novel

7. One book you wish had never had been written?
Any of the books I’ve put down half-way through as being bad.

8. One book you are currently reading?
Can’t reveal this just now.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?
Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. (Am taking on holiday)

10. Now tag five people

Is there anyone who hasn’t done or been sent and refused to do this meme yet?

I tag: Karen M of Eurocrime, Lee of Lowebrow, James of New Tammany College, CrimeFicReader of It’s a Crime! and Debra of deblog —- with apologies if you’ve already done the meme — it isn’t that I wouldn’t have read your answers, just that I won’t have remembered them.

Pearls from the sea of blogs

Amy at Books, Words, and Writing lists "the authors who dominate my shelves" See her post for the rules of inclusion.

Tricking the publisher’s computer into thinking you are a debut author? The depths to which people are forced to stoop! Read all about it on Galleycat.

Nice post by Joe Wickert on "the potentially longer tail opportunity for independent bookstores". As he says: "Two valuable aspects of the local independent still really jump out at you: A sense of community and an incredible depth of selection. The latter is limited to certain topic areas and local interest segments, of course, but it’s still an attribute that’s not as impressive in the chains."

Omit needless commas, says Mark Liberman of Language Log. He forgot to add a (not) to his post title. "In a recent Wired interview, Bart Kosko explains why he’s given up commas:

Q: I noticed there aren’t any commas in your book. Is this your way of cutting back on punctuation noise?
A: Commas are a kind of channel noise. You’re not getting to the verb fast enough. Why make us wait? The comma is on its way out. Use small words. The perfect illustration is a swear phrase: Go to hell! Screw you!

Hell, why not leave out the spaces, too, andgettothoseverbsevenfaster?"  Read on at Language Log.

Scream! More tempting reviews from Paperback Mysteries. It’s not fair! The force that through the green fuse (I am Welsh enough to know where that quote comes from) highlights Forcing Amaryllis, a debut novel by Louise Ure. Someone else must have recommended this book as I am pretty sure it is in my massive Amazon "waiting for paperback" basket. And two other new (to me) writers of legal thrillers, Reed Arvin and David Ellis. Please help me!

Susan Hill’s blog now features rss, so I highly recommend signing up to it. She features a book bloggers’ book prize, what a great idea, so please head on over and make your nominations. (Susan has written before, and movingly, about her experiences of motherhood. Her most recent post on the topic is one with which I, for one, can identify.)

I was going to be quite clever and "rounded", ending as I had begun with another nice list. But I’ve lost the list I was going to link to. So that will have to do.

For Debra (again): a bad sign

From today’s Times:

Cyclists in Penarth, near Cardiff, were perturbed when roadwork signs in Welsh told them "Your bladder disease has returned". A computer translation, with confusion between the words cyclists and cystitis, was being blamed for the mistake. The signs should have told riders to get off their bikes.

The Times 16 August 2006, p 20 (last in column of briefs, no online version).

Polygon 16 August

Polygon puzzle
Using the given letters no more than once, make as many words as possible of three or more letters, always including the central letter. Capitalised words, plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives and superlatives are disallowed.

How you rate: 13 words, average; 17, good; 21, very good; 26, excellent.

Source: the Times

Click here for rules and tips on how to play Polygon

Answers on the continuation page.

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