August 31, 2006

That book meme

Matt has tagged me with that annoying book meme. Oh well here goes.

1. One book that changed your life - the hardest question first.
Unfortunantly I cannot actually remember it's name. It was a small book on the workings of the EU, I was vaguely pro-EU at the time. I was flipping through and came to a section on the European elections where it outlined how badly they where attended but how little power the elected representatives had so it didn't matter. This seemed an account of such a poor state of affairs that it had to be the result of a bias in the book, so I started looking more deeply into the EU to see if this was true. Soon I found it wasn't, but by then was also looking for the reasons for the EU. That was the start my journey to the Dark Side.

2. One book that you've read more than once
I read most of my books more than once. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson never looses it's power.

3. One book that you'd want on a desert island
The Koran or the Bible. Desert islands are not generally known for their abundance of loo paper.

4. One book that made you laugh
Catch 22

5. One book that made you cry
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

6. One book that you wish you had written
The Da Vinci Code. It's not a particually good book, but the royalties would make up for that. A less cynical answer would be Neuromancer by William Gibson, a great book and it's not everyday that you become the touchstone of an entire sub-genre.

7. One book you wish had never been written
Well there are so many that I could choose. The Koran, The Bible, or the Torah so that neither of the other two would have been writen. Maybe the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or (moving from fiction) The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kamph. But the answer is none of them. There is no book that I wish had never been written. It is just that I wish that people would not act in the murderous way some do after reading the above.

8. One book that you are reading at the moment
Secrets and Lies by Bruce Schneier

9. One book that you've been meaning to read
Too many to name, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality by Michael Walzer is pretty high on the list.

10. Five others that you’d like to do this
Tom di Giovanni, Bishop Hill, The Longrider, Martine Martin and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran


Blogger tomdg said...

I just noticed this :) Thanks!


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