Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

In lieu of a real update, have some memes.

You are Wash. Not only are you a great pilot, you
are also the joker of the group. Your devotion
to your wife is admirable, though you sometimes
feel insecure. Thank god you shaved off your

Which Firefly character are you?
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Book meme, tagged from apis_mellifera.
1. Total number of books I've owned:

...quite a few. Well over five hundred, and that's just over the last ten years or so. If we count the total number of books I've owned throughout the last thirty years of my life, then I'd say well over a thousand.

2. Last book I bought:

The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara, which I bought from my favoritest used bookstore ever.

3. Last book I read:

Naked, David Sedaris. I can't decide which of his books I like most--this one or Me Talk Pretty One Day.

4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:

Hoo lordy, let's see...

Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo. This, so far, is the only book that has ever managed to give me nightmares. I read this in college about ten years ago. Anyone who's seen the video for "One" by Metallica will know what this book's about. I read it straight through in about three hours-- I wanted to put it down, so badly; I wanted to put it down and walk away and forget about it, and yet, I couldn't do anything but keep reading it. It was so horrible and so disturbing and I could not leave it alone until it was over. I hope I never read it again.

Mister Roberts, Thomas Heggen. This, I think, is the best novel that ever came out of World War Two-- if it isn't the best, it certainly deserves a place in the top five. It's a war novel in which not a shot is fired in anger, and it is also screamingly, touchingly, gut-shatteringly funny. It is a novel that contains the unmistakable ring of truth.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. When I first read this book, I felt the same way that other people describe during their first times of reading, say, Alice in Wonderland, or Tolkien. It opened me up to a new world--a world not only of strange and wonderful things, but a world of sophisticated nonsense as well.

Cosmos, Carl Sagan. I can't remember when I first read it, or even if I saw the PBS series before I read the book. But this book... the best way I can describe it is that I felt the same way reading it as I felt when I was very young and out in rural Michigan, far away from any cities or lights or congestion, looking up at the night sky, and it was as if I was looking into a bottomless chasm full of lights. This book brought to me the sense of infinity.

The Fireside Treasury of American Humor, ed. Al Sarrantonio. I received this book as a birthday present when I turned 13. All I can say is... if it was not for this book, I never would have known about Dorothy Parker, S.J. Perelman, Michael O'Donoghue, Hunter S. Thompson, or Stephen Leacock. ...well, maybe I would have found out about them eventually, but I wouldn't have found out about them when I was young enough to seek out their works eagerly.

5. Five people to take up the meme and answer in their own lj.

Let's see.... lilyblack, kallah, erin_c_1978, lasafara, luckycanucky. But I suppose if you really want to do it and I didn't mention you, I won't mind overmuch if you do it.
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