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?
Novel 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.
Comics 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.
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?
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.