It is not true that I was disappointed when Southern Dave didn’t tag me for the film meme. I would hard pressed to come up with answers for that one. Books, on the other hand….

1) Total number of books owned: I looked in at my catalogue and I have 400 books listed. Maybe I have a third to a half as many for various reasons that I haven’t listed.

2) Last book I bought: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. Have yet to get a copy of The Amber Spyglass or Lyra’s Guide to Oxford.

3) Last book I read: Rocks of Ages by Stephen Jay Gould.

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me:

The Lord of the Rings, by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. I used to read this yearly. If I dedicated all my spare time to it I could read it in a week. Now the only volume I own is The Fellowship of the Ring and it took me half a year to read it last time.
Agent of Byzantium, by Harry Turtledove. An alternative history where the Eastern Roman Empire survived the end of the Middle Ages. The point of departure is historic within this collection of stories: Mohammed converts to Christianity, dies as a bishop and is canonised by the eastern church as the patron saint of changes. It is the book I always cite when I’m discussing science fiction with others. I have lost my original copy as I forgotten to whom I had loaned it. Sadly I find I have diminishing returns from Turtledove’s most recent novels. Good alternative history ideas don’t necessarily mean good writing.
Broken God, by David Zindell. This book influenced me by introducing the Fravashi philosophy of sympathy in understanding opposing ideas. The writing is beautiful, an insight into human suffering. The story about how new religions can emerge in future histories means that for me this is the book Dune should have been.
Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville. The author’s first novel set in the fantastic city of New Crobuzon, my favorite so far. It’s shocking in its grotesquerie, a flight of language. In a city where science and thaumaturgy co-exist an inventor accepts a commission that releases a danger on the city that could ultimately destroy him and his company of friends. Despite the author being avowedly allergic to Tolkien the endings are similar in consequence. New Weird Fiction.
Wordcraft, by Stephen Pollington. One non-fiction book to complete the list. A dictionary of English-Englisc translation. Before I started blogging I used this dictionary to write a journal in a language based on Old English. I sometimes miss it. I am no longer currently writing in it. I write faster in English although I can still parse my journal when I read it, especially common words.

That leaves out about the same amount of books I could have chosen.

5) Tag 5 people and have them fill this out on their LJs:


That’s a diverse choice.

Now, the comics meme….