July 18th, 2003



1. What books are your comfort reading -- the ones you slink back to in times of stress?
The Little White Horse, A Little Princess
2. What was your favorite book as a child, and why?
The Anne of Green Gables series. They're still among my favorites.
3. What was your favorite book as an adolescent, and why?
I really got into Mary Higgins Clark around middle school or so.
4. What is the most-unread category of books gathering dust on your bookshelf -- the books you've bought but just never got around to reading?
the Agatha Christies
5. What kind of books would you like to say you read, but never do?
More books on ancient Egypt.
6. What's the oddest book you ever read?
If plays count, By the Skin of Our Teeth by Thorton Wilder.
7. What book were you never able to get through, despite the recommendations of people you respect?
8. What's the book it took you a couple of tries to get into, but was as good as promised once you finally made it?
Hrm...probably the Odyssey.
9. What's your favorite short story . . . or do you even have one?
Actually, a collection of Neil Gaiman's stuff (Smoke and Mirrors).
10. The desert island. Three books (and collected works don't count; if you want *Lord of the Rings* it'll cost you all three slots). Go:
1) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (such goodness...)
2) The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov (translated by Mirra Ginsburg - the good translation)
3) The Odyssey (the Fagles translation), just to study the beauty of the language. Man, I'm a geek.
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