Thursday, October 12, 2006


I was tagged for The Book Meme by Candace.

1) One book that changed your life:

Alas Babylon.

2) One book that you’ve read more than once:

Gone With The Wind

3) One book you’d want on a deserted island:

Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats

4) One book that made you laugh:

To Kill A Mockingbird

5) One book that made you cry:

The Horse Whisperer

6) One book you wish you’d written:


7) One book you wish had never been written:

The Good Mother. I pitched that damn thing across the room when I finished, and haven’t read any more from her.

Another book I tossed, when I got to the end, was Cold Mountain. Literary novelists can drive a person to the brink. The movie was better. So there!

And while I’m on it, Story by Robert McKee. It’s complicated the lives of screenwriters near and far.

8) One book you're currently reading:

I just finished Creepers by David Morrell. Oh my, that book got scarier and scarier. Just when Poor Reader thought the worst had happened, something completely new and much worse occurred. I’m going to read all his books now.

Search Angel by Mark Nykanen and The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood by Joe Esterhas.

Yes, hard to believe. Sensitive woman that I be, reading Esterhas.

Well, for one thing, as I have ascertained by page 119, he hates McKee. I read an interview in Newsweek in which the interviewer mocked Nasty Old Joe and his work. I saw a great quote once along the lines of – - Critics are like those small snappy dogs that impede the progress of those doing the real work -- so I decided to read Devil’s Guide because the Newsweek interviewer was a snot.

9) One book you've been meaning to read:

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway.

10) Tag five people:

Dare I be so bold?


I don’t think I know five people online. But, if you’re reading this and want to respond, consider yourself tagged.


  1. Wow, thanks for playing along, Cynthia. Now I have to go to Amazon and read up on The Good Mother (never heard of it) just to see what it's about, plus check out Alas Babylon (never heard of that, either), AND put The Horse Whisperer on my "been meaning to read" list. See, this is what I love about book memes. You find out about other books you might never have heard of from people whose opinions you respect.

  2. Thanks. I love memes.

    Alas Babylon is an old scifi about the end of the world.

    The Good Mother - I hope that was the name - is a literary novel about a women who loses custody of her daughter because Mom makes idiotic choices. Jeez, that book pissed me off.

    The last pages of Horse Whisperer took my breath away. I love that. It happens to me more frequently in a movie (not lately, though). It's amazing when a book can do it.

  3. Funny about Alas Babylon. People love it or hate it. I've never read it.

    Oh. Wait. I'm confusing it with Atlas Shrugged, which I never read, either.

  4. Stella8:55 PM

    ooo alas babylon was so good thats one of my favorite books, definitly. brave new world also. i threw 'the red pony' across the room, and anything new stephen king has written when he promised he would stop. but cried reading 'of mice and men' i remember. im ordering 'the electric koolaid acid test' by tom wolfe right now;)

  5. All good books. Poor Pony.

    I should have mentioned some Steinbeck.

  6. Anonymous5:50 PM

    thanks for the reminder about the Ezterhuas book, his other one about Hollywood was great

  7. I didn't read his other one. I always thought he was a pig ... but ... this one is so deliciously bitchy I couldn't resist. Haven't finished it yet.

  8. I just started Alas Babylon. Lovin it so far!


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