2 - The first book you remember reading
Same again: Kim Aldany’s “Les manges-forêts”. You often keep fond memories of your first, I guess.
(Only going for the novel right now… Because there was comics, but there… No idea…)
3 - A book that you wish had never been made into a movie
Hard one, this is usually not something I give a lot of attention and I rarely seek to see movie adapted from books I read, or vice versa.
I would have to say Solaris, but only the Soderbergh’s version. The Tarkovski’s one is a masterpiece, but once you have read the book (also a masterpiece), the Soderbergh’s one does clearly appears as a huge mistake.
4 - A book you really wish was made into a movie
Hum… McDevitt’s Deepsix could a great survival Scifi I think.
But a well made adaptation of Furakawa’s Soundtracks could be a great watch. After seeing Tokyo Tribe, I would say that Sion Sono could be the man to put it into a movie, but it is a tricky one.
5 - A book that wasn’t as good as its movie
Yet again, not something I give a lot of attention…
Tbh… I am not sure the short story “Do androids dream of electric sheeps” is anywhere as great as Blade runner. I mean, the short story is only one of the many very intersting Dick’s short stories, while Blade Runner… Well, it’s Blade Runner.
7 - Best book someone recommended to you
I don’t read recommandation.
Like… 8 years ago a friend boughts a trilogy, saying to me “you’re going to love it”. I haven’t read them yet. I hate it when someone says something like “you should read/watch/listen to xxx”, and make a point of not doing it.
Ok, to give a title anyway, one interesting book I did read after discussing about it with someone was Alessandro Baricco’s Seta.
8 - Worst book someone recommanded to you
I have to go with Hervé Bazin’s Vipère au poing.
A suggestion from my mother.
Couldn’t read more than a few pages.
9 - A book you have been meaning to read for a long time but haven’t yet
I am not going to give an inventory of half the books that are in my room…
Yeah, too many of them, really too many.
10 - A book you wish your friend would read already
I don’t care much about my friends readings books I have liked tbh, I don’t want to be that guy annoy people by saying what they should read, I dislike those person.
If asked for suggestion: anything by Silvia Avallone, Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah, Soundtrack by Hideo Furukawa, Double starts by Heinlein and so many others… There is so many great books outdoor, it always so hard to pinpoint one…
11 - A recommandation you’re probably not going to read
As a librarian, I receive a lot of recommandations from the users of library. Many of them, I don’t care about because I don’t care about recommandations anyway, and because it is way off my interests…
Like… No, I am not interested into chick lit romance, sorry madam.
13 - The book you have re-read the most
I am not sure. I think it has to be one of Santiago by Mike Resnick and the Edmond Hamilton’s Starwolf trilogy (especially the first volume The weapon from beyong that I have had for decades), maybe Poul Anderson’s Agent of the Terran Empire would be in the mix?
14 - The last book you loaned to someone
Apart from the fact that this is my everyday job, let’s go personal. Very personal in fact. I loaned Daniel Pennac’s Comme un roman (a must-read for anyone who works as a literture teacher, librarian, or something like that) to that girl I liked. But as it happened, we had some disagreament, and basically stopped talking to each other. Never got that book back.
15 - A book you avoided because of the cover art
I can’t remember it happening, if it happened it was because it was a unimpressive cover art then, because if it was beautiful, I would check it, but also if it was ugly.
Ok, tbh I can now guess some genre thanks to the cover, and chick lit-style covers don’t get my attention, that’s for sure.
16 - A book you felt kind of bad for liking
Not one that I can remember. Tbh, I wont feel bad about enjoying a book, although I guess at rereading some now I would say to myself “I hadn’t noticed that it was carrying that shitty ideology” in some cases, or stuff like that, but it won’t make me feel bad for liking those when I first read it. Hard to pinpoint a book in particular then. I have mentioned Anderson earlier, Heinlein as well, great scifi… Not sure about their political ideas though…
17 - A book you loved but then realized it is actually terrible
I have stopped rereading for a while now, I have too many new books to read to spend time rereading… There could be some, but nothing somes to my mind.
18 - A book you loved as a kid, and still do.
No idea honestly. I re-read Les mange-forêts recently, but wouldn’t say I still love it. I don’t re-read a lot, so hard to pinpoint any book like that.
19 - A book you never want to read again
It was a school reading.
I didn’t like any of those, but that one was one I really had a hard time with. Strangely, I was the only one in my class who disliked it.
Also: Tobie des marais, by Sylvie Germain. Another schoold reading, couldn’t finished it for the scheduled date. Forced myself to read it for the exam in case I was asked about it, and I was.
20 — Your favorite character from a book.
So many for so many reasons…
One that always comes to mind quickly is Santiago, from Mike Resnick’s novel with the same title, is one I like (and yes, there is a catch there) and find very interesting. But it may be because it one of the few books I have read more than 2 times.
21 — Literary character you would want to be your best friend.
Just kidding, I clearly wouldn’t want him for a friend!
Tbh, I have never seen it that way, reading and living closely to the characters, so kinda hard to think about that one. I have read so many books with so many great characters…
Also, I am a looner, friends aren’t exactly a thing I especially look for in general.
22 — Literary character you absolutely hate.
Why do I think of Holden Caulfield again?
23 — A book you totally destroyed your sleep schedule to finish.
I have 2:
Radiance of tomorrow, by Ishmael Beah. A wonderful book. But it is soul-shattering, I had a few really bad night of sleep because of soul-shattering it was, so one evening I decided to finish it whatever time it would take me, because I couldn’t sleep anymore.
Marina Bellezza, by Sylvia Avallone. I started the book… And didn’t close it until I finished it ~4am. Same thing happened to a colleague to whom I recommended it.
@Julia He is a spoiled brat, no question there. Although I give him a little bit of credit for doing a little bit more than many big mouth spoiled brat would.
Thing is, I read the book as a young adult, and it embodied so much of the dumb part of adolescence I had just left behind… And I could hate myself thinking that, a few years earlier I would have loved that book, and Caulfield, rather than finding it a very interesting piece of literature. Kind of a mirror play somewhere. 😁
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