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Balt’s answers to Stein Shilova’s Literary Meme:

1) What author do you own the most books by?


2) What book do you own the most copies of?

Atlas Shrugged

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

why should it?

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

Jasper from the Thursday Next Series

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?

Atlas Shrugged, took me three attempts to get all the way through. I don’t typically reread books

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

i don’t remember if i had a favorite

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

hmmm I would say Atlas Shrugged, although the philosophy behind the book is totally wrong.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?

Shame By Salman Rushdie

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?

Haruki Murakami, twisted turn on life

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

Thursday Next series

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

Um I don’t really like book movies

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

If it ever happened I don’t remember

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?

Twilight *hisses*

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?

12th Night

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?


18) Roth or Updike?

never read

19) Hemingway or Faulkner?


20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?


21) Austen or Eliot?


22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?


23) What is your favorite novel?

That always is a tough answer. hmmmm Anything by Jasper Fforde

24) Play? From what century or major literary era?

A Streetcar Named Desire 1950s

25) Poem?

Emily Dickenson’s one about Death coming to collect the speaker

26) Essay?

Emile Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

27) Short story?

The Next Thing by Steven Millhauser in Harper’s May 08 issue

28) Work of non-fiction?

Global Pentecostalism by Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori

29) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

Dean Koontz (yeah, I cheated and used Ryker’s answer. But she’s right.)

31) What is your desert island book?


32) And … what are you reading right now?

Hubert’s Freaks by Gregory Gibson
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Elementry Forms of the Religious Life by Emile Durkheim
The Anthropology of Religion by Fiona Bowie (More of a textbook but still it is a good read.)