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Summer seems to have finally gone into full swing - nights are now just as miserably warm and humid as days.  This means I've been spending much more time downstairs playing games or leaving the house in search of air-conditioning, and thus, there has been less time for writing.  Sadness.  :(

In the absence of a fic, here's an interesting meme I stole from thephoenixboy</lj> .

1. What's your name?
Penname is Sinnatious. But if you’re here, you already know that, right?

2. Do you read a lot?
A fair bit. Heaps if you count online reading.

3. What's your favorite genre?
Shonen Jump is a genre, right? Oh, okay, if we’re talking anything that isn’t manga it would be SciFI/Fantasy.

+++FANTASY AND SCI-FI+++

4. Do you prefer fantasy or science fiction?
I have to choose?! …Science fiction.

5. What's your favorite fantasy book/series?
The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan.

6. Who's your favorite fantasy author?
Probably Trudi Canavan.

7. What's your favorite science fiction book/series?
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ‘Trilogy’ by Douglas Adams.


8. Favorite sci-fi author?
Isaac Asimov.

+++MYSTERY, HORROR, AND THRILLERS+++

9. Which do you prefer: a puzzling mystery, or a terrifying thriller?
Mystery.

10. Do you have a favorite mystery novel?

Hmm, I do, but the name and author have completely escaped my memory at this stage, and the book is too deeply buried to dig back up.

11. A favorite horror novel?
Don’t really read horror.

+++ROMANCE+++

12. Do you read romance novels?
Nope.

13. How about gay romance novels?
No. But I could probably be convinced. :P


14. What's your favorite?
NA.

+++CHILDREN'S AND YA+++

15. What's your favorite children's book?
’Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr Seuss.


16. Is it the same book that was your favorite when you were a kid?
…Why would it change? O__o


17. What's your favorite YA book?
’Rowan of Rin’ by Emily Rodda.

18. Did you actually read it as a YA?
I was probably about nine. How old do you have to be to be YA?


19. In general, do you prefer children's books over grown-up books?
Not Children’s books, but generally I find that YA books tend to be very efficient with their words, and I like that in my fiction.


+++CLASSICS AND GENERAL FICTION+++

20. What's your favorite classic novel?
Classic is a wonderfully vague term… um, probably ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens.

21. What about general fiction?
’He Died With a Felafel in His Hand’ by John Birmingham.  Wait, that's actually non-fiction!  ...But it's in the general fiction section.  (shrugs)

22. What classic novel do you just *not* *get*?
Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring. I’m sorry, but that journey over the mountains? Bored me to tears.


23. Do you have a favorite play or drama?
Do musicals count? I’m rather fond of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.

24. What do you think of Shakespeare?
I think he was pretty brilliant for his time, and I rather liked Hamlet and King Lear, but I also think he’s become a tad overrated.


+++POETRY+++

25. Could you pick a favorite poem?
Can I pick a Japanese one? Iroha by Kuuki (well, maybe by Kuuki). It impresses me so much.


26. What about a favorite poetry collection?
…I’m not a bit fan of poetry for the most part, so I don’t really have one.

27. Who's your favorite poet?
Edgar Allan Poe.


+++COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS+++

28. Do you read comics or graphic novels?
Both, but graphic novels moreso.

29. Do you have a favorite series?
aslkfjskfj I’m being forced to choose again? Fine, Death Note.

30. A favorite book?
A single book? Easier. ‘Calling You’ (Kimi ni shika kikoenai). SO TRAGIC.

+++SHORT STORIES AND NOVELLAS+++

31. Do you prefer short stories (or short novels) over full-length novels?
I prefer short stories, but I think that’s more because it’s all I seem to have time for these days.

32. What's your favorite short story?
’The Pre-Persons’ by Philip K. Dick. Even if I may disagree with the stance on the issue.

33. Favorite short story collection?
’The Complete Robot’ by Isaac Asimov.

34. Do you have a favorite short story author?
Ooo, probably a tie between Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov. 

+++NONFICTION+++

35. What kind of nonfiction do you usually read?
Hmm, mostly text books and journal articles.

36. Do you have a favorite nonfiction book?
’The Day After To-morrow’ by Philip Gibbs, but I’m not sure if that counts since it is sort of ancient.


37. Read any interesting biographies?
’Boy’ by Roald Dahl is the only one I’ve ever enjoyed.


38. History books?
I guess ‘The Day After To-morrow’ could count there.


39. Politics?
Fahrenheit 911 is probably more in the conspiracy category than the non-fiction section. Probably ‘Introduction to International Relations and Communications’, for simply being the only textbook of its kind that wasn’t so dry you would die of thirst reading it.

40. Religious texts?
No. Not with a twenty foot pole.

41. How about books on mythology, fairy-tales, or other cultural stories?
I rather like anything on Norse Mythology, but no specific books.

+++ELEMENTS OF FICTION+++

42. What's the most important element of a novel? Plot? Characterization? Style? Themes? Happy ending?
I would say characters. I think that if you have a good cast of characters, everything else will fall into place naturally.  And sometimes even in the absence of plot, good characters can carry you through.

43. What kind of plot interests you the most?
Secret identities! When done right, it never gets old.

44. What kind of characters usually appeal to you?
Usually the quietly capable ones.

45. What is your favorite book overall?
‘Checkers’ by John Marsden.

+++PASS IT ON+++

46. What's the last book you read?
'The Religion War' by Scott Adams.


47. What are you reading now?
’The Priestess of White’ by Trudi Canavan.

48. What are you going to read next?
Probably ‘Last of the Wilds’ by Trudi Canavan.

49. Is there a book you would recommend to everyone on your friends list?
Gosh, that’s sort of impossible? Everyone would have such different tastes… ‘God’s Debris’ by Scott Adams I suppose, if only because it will make you think. And he even made it available for free online!

50. Tag five people to fill out this meme:
I don’t really know who reads and who doesn’t… so if you read a lot, I’d be quite curious to see your responses (also, I am mining for new authors to follow at the moment). I won’t tag anyone directly. 


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thephoenixboy
Nov. 28th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'd almost forgotten 'Rowan of Rin' (and the sequels).

Black Magician trilogy was really good too but I didn't get into her other series as much.

/snags the link for God's Debris/
sinnatious
Nov. 29th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Same! I sort of rediscovered it when I found a collection with all five books in hardcover. Until then I'd been unaware there was a fifth book! Then I remember how much I loved it back during school days, and my affection has been rekindled.

Yes, I too am finding the new trilogy far less compelling than the Black Magician Trilogy so far. Hopefully the new book coming out in Feburary will reverse this trend. :(

Let me know what you think of God's Debris! It's a bit of controversial book, but I liked some of the ideas, and it was definitely a one-of-a-kind.
argentum_luna
Nov. 28th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
7. TOTALLY AGREE! So many quotable lines.
sinnatious
Nov. 29th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
It taught us the secret to flying! Not even the bible did that. ;)
aventria
Nov. 29th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
40. Religious texts?
No. Not with a twenty foot pole.


Why Sinn, XD will it burn you if you do?
sinnatious
Nov. 29th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Possibly! But more like I will burn it. :D
reighost
May. 3rd, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
OMFG! I was lurking around your archive waiting for the next update of ActV when i decided to look around your 'Meme's'

It never occured to me before this and now i wont ever be able to stop thinking about it but i think i should share cause i found it hilarious.

I thought about how i would go about pronouncing it and tried Me-me as in the Mee Mee right?

So anyway that didn't sound right so i thought to myself that maybe it would sound better if i read it out as if it was Romaji...

I don't think i have *ever* spat a drink out so hard that it hit the screen of my laptop without even *touching* my keyboard.

I spent the next twenty minutes trying to breathe around my stupefied giggles (still haven't stopped and it really shouldn't be that funny but...)

It wouldn't have made *any* sense if i hadn't been born in a Turkish family and being such an anima/manga/game otaku that i learnt the phonetics of the Japanese language.

God... Meme, said with Japanese phonetics means 'boob' in turkish.

>_<

Feel free to laugh now.
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