Seven Deadly Sins

Which I grabbed off M.J. Fifield’s blog. I’m supposed to be writing, but . . .

What’s your most expensive book?

I feel like I should have a handy answer to this, and my guess is it’s one of these Sherlock Holmes books, or maybe one of my various special editions, but I really have no idea.

Your most inexpensive?

Cheap paperbacks from Half Price Books and free e-books.

With which author do you have a love/hate relationship?

I’m not sure what is meant by this question. I loved the first few books of Herbert’s Dune series but couldn’t get through them all because it sort of went off the rails. Is that what is meant? I love much of Stephen King’s work, but not all of it. No one can really be expected to love everything by an author, though, can they? I really abhor the kinds of fans that lack discernment and the ability to say, “No, I love you and your work, but this is shite.” Maybe I have a love/hate with Koontz and Crichton. There was a while there (around 5th grade or so) when I devoured all their books like candy, but looking back I realize it was all empty calories.


Speaking of devouring . . .

What book have you devoured over and over again without shame?

I’ve read Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Pandora and Merrick several times over, even though there were other, newer books I knew I could have been reading. I’ve also re-read many a Victoria Holt novel. Du Maurier’s Rebecca. Watership Down. And pretty much anything by Shakespeare. Conan Doyle. Also, I re-read favorite childhood books fairly often.


Which book have you neglected reading out of laziness?

There are many books friends have said they were required to read in school that I somehow managed to sidestep. (But then again, I was in a special program, so our curriculum was quite different.) I’ve never read any Ernest Hemingway . . . And I seem unlikely to do so. I haven’t read Lord of the Flies. I also haven’t read most popular fiction (Hunger Games, Fifty Shades, etc.).


What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

If I do this, I am unaware of it. I simply talk about books I like, or don’t like. And because I have a degree in media studies, and another in literature, I feel capable of talking about pretty much anything intellectually. But I don’t aim to “sound intellectual.” I aim to have a good and interesting conversation. There, my friends, is my pride.


What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

Ha! I write the men I find attractive: tall and slim, with messy hair and green or blue eyes. (I think some part of me never got over Nicholas Rowe in Young Sherlock Holmes.) For women, if I must, a petite redhead with a fun personality. Which is to say, a better version of me.


What book would you most like to receive for a gift?

How is this envy? Because someone else has the book and I don’t? Um, well, I’d like a folio of Shakespeare. And I’m always up for difficult-to-find Sherlock Holmes books. I’ve got some other, easier to locate books on my Amazon wish list, too. And a birthday coming up . . .

No, I’m not tagging anyone. If you want to do this, feel free to lift and carry to your own blog or site.

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5 thoughts on “Seven Deadly Sins”

  1. Great answers! Hmmm….I may have to give this some thought. Got to agree with you about envy, though. Lousy question. The appropriate question is, “Which book do you wish you’d written?”

    1. Salem’s Lot and The Dead Zone are two of my favorites from his earlier work. More recently I’ve loved Duma Key and Bag of Bones.

  2. You know, this IS a great idea for a post. And if I DO do it, I will follow your (excellent) example and not tag anyone, either. I like the pressure-free variety 🙂 Oh and I envy other people’s Shakespeare Folios, so yeah, I’d say that counts.

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