Book Survey! Part 2 of 5

Welcome to part two of the big old book survey. If you want to read part one, just keep going.

Let’s get comfortable. Here’s part two …

Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. No flow. No plot I could find. A whiner of a protagonist.

For comics, possibly Stormwatch #1. Partly because it was bad, partly because I had such high hopes for it. I’ve only read the Ellis and Millar days of those characters, so I was excited for something new. I was disappointed.

Favorite book you’ve read this year?

Greg Rucka - AlphaNovel was probably Rucka’s Alpha. I really like the idea of Disney World. Add guns and military operations and you’ve got something great. From the history of Wilsonville to the layout of the park, Rucka’s world building in that book is staggering.



Birds of Prey #1Comics could be Batman, but that’s an easy answer. Invincible Iron Man has been strong post-Fear Itself. The single issues that stick out in my head are issue #1 of Birds of Prey and the Sandbaggers-esque issue #3 of Warren Ellis and Cary Nord’s Ultimate Human from years back.


How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

When someone says, “Read this.” For example, Tipping the Velvet was suggested by a friend; I don’t think I’d have picked up a lesbian historical novel on my own. And the Heart Says Whatever was picked out of a box of books my sister was getting rid of.

Nick Abadzis - LaikaTerry Moore - Strangers in ParadiseComics, being as expensive as they are, it’s really only if something catches my eye at the library. Sometimes you get a great surprise like Laika or Strangers in Paradise.



What is your reading comfort zone?

Things with spies or criminals or superheroes. I put a premium on character though, so not just mindless action.

Can you read on the bus? What bus?

“What bus?” indeed.

Favorite place to read?

My CouchMostly on my couch, fighting the urge to lie down (and thus fall asleep). And in bed before sleepytime.

Here’s the scene. I’m sitting up. A few pages in, I lie down, get comfortable. Then the darkness creeps in. I drop the book on my chest a couple times. Then I give up. Glasses go on the table. I reach back and turn the lamp off. Hours later, I wake up with a sore neck. Damn you couch!

What is your policy on book lending?

Sometimes you just have to look in someone’s eyes, place a book in their palm, and say “Read this.” I just hope they don’t do anything stupid like dog-ear pages or crack the spine. And I’d never be surprised if I never get it back.


Do you read before bed? Or does reading just put you to sleep? Sound off in the comments.

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  1. Least favorite book this year: The Women, by T.C. Boyle. Trying to do too much all in one book, scattered narration, unlikeable characters, and this weird, telling the story in revers thing so there’s not even the wondering what happens next to keep you reading.

    Favorite book this year: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. It’s pretty much like the movie, but with more time to flesh out the complexities of the characters and situations. Oh and a sad but more realistic ending.

    How often do you read out of your comfort zone: Whenever Bells makes me read a comic. (I always handle them with care and return them in a timely fashion.)

    What is your Comfort Zone: Fiction where the characters are more important than the setting.

    Can you read on the bus? Sometimes I get car sick if I read for too long on the bus. That’s what the audiobooks are for.

    Favorite place to read: My porch.

    Policy on Book Lending: No.

    Reading in bed > watching TV in bed. Sometimes it puts me to sleep, but I least I don’t hear the DVD menu music over and over in my dreams.

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