Spent Thanksgiving with my family in California.
Much fun was had by all.
I like Q&A memes. This one's from Fred, who got it from Betty.
Hardback or Paperback? Paperback or eBook. Hardbacks leave marks on my tummy.
Highlight or Underline? Neither, ever. It's a greater hindrance than taking no notes at all, since you highlight instead of read.
Lewis or Tolkien? Let's see... Read Narnia 5 times; read LOtR... well... I've got a bookmark in one of 'em.
E.B. White or A.A. Milne? I think Charlotte and Pooh would be friends, don't you?
T.S. Eliot or e.e. cummings? e.e. cummings.
Stephen King or Dean Koontz? Stephen King.
Barnes & Noble or Borders? Waldenbooks or B. Dalton? BookPeople, BookPeople, BookPeople.
Fantasy or Science Fiction? Fantasy is a plotline that gets mistaken for a genre. Waste of my time. Sci-fi for me, baby.
Horror or Suspense? Horror.
Bookmark or Dogear? Bookmark, envelope, bank receipt, business card, Toastmasters ribbon, magazine postcard, bacon...
Hemingway or Faulkner? I am so not erudite enough.
Fitzgerald or Steinbeck? I remember suffering through Steinbeck in high school, while finding Fitzgerald rather readable. That was ages ago, though.
John Irving or John Updike? See above, re erudite.
Homer or Plato? Homer.
Geoffrey Chaucer or Edmund Spenser? Literary people are name-droppers, if you ask me. How much Stephen Hawking, Roger Penrose, Kip Thorne, or Albert Einstein have you read, eh?
Pen or Pencil? Papermate Comfortmate retractable ballpoint pen.
Looseleaf or Notebook? Moleskine notebook, like what Hemmingway used. (Nyeah.)
Alphabetize: By Author or By Title? My books are arranged by height.
Dustjacket: On or Off? On, and it makes me faintly crazy when Jon takes them off and allows them to get creased.
Novella or Epic? My fave is the sci-fi short-short. But I've been known to read epics. I lean away from them, though, because that seems to be the mainstay of sloppy writing and lazy editing in the fantasy genre. Ask yourself: Does this story have to be this long?
John Grisham or Scott Turow? I read modern hype authors even less than I read old classics. I'm at least making an effort towards the latter.
J.K. Rowling or Lemony Snicket? Lemony Snicket is the better wordsmith. Rowling is telling an engaging story, though.
Fiction or Non-fiction? Chocolate or steak?
Historical Biography or Historical Romance? Biography.
A Few Pages per Sitting or Finish at Least a Chapter? At least a chapter, which keeps making me late to work.
Short Story or Creative Non-fiction Essay? Cupcakes or pie? Depends on the piece.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"? Neil Gaiman has it right: Once upon a dark and stormy time...
Buy or Borrow? Borrow. I hold library cards in Austin and in Pflugerville.
Book Reviews or Word of Mouth? Recommendations from people I respect. Also, sitting on the floor and picking things off the shelf that catch my eye. I found Salamander that way.