You guys know it's going to take me a while to get to all of these, right? Here are the book questions, grouped together.kate_nepveu
: Of the Aubrey-Maturin books you've read so far, which is your favorite and least favorite? Or, if that's too difficult, most memorable/lingering and least?
The Aubrey-Maturin books are so clearly chapters in the same long novel, rather than separate books, that I have great difficulty keeping track of what happens in which book. If I had to choose by whole novels, I think I'd say that Master and Commander
might be my favorite. I love the beginning of Jack and Stephen's relationship, and Jack's first experiences of command. Least favorite: the last two books. I think O'Brian started to lose his touch about when to show and when to tell, and also in many ways he was just rewriting earlier bits; ( spoilers! )
Sumana: Are you missing any Cherry Ames books you wish people would send you?
It turns out that there's a sharp drop-off in quality after the first few books. The first four take you through Cherry's training, her efforts to decide between military service and civilian nursing, and her military career. Cherry Ames, Chief Nurse
takes place in jungle hospitals on Pacific islands and is quite harrowing. I'm interested in the next one after that, Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse
, because it continues the wartime setting, but judging from the poor quality of the later Cherry Ameses I've read, I have no interest in seeking out titles like Cherry Ames, Department Store Nurse.marydell
: What's your all-time favorite book, and why?
I can't do a singular favorite book! Hmm... it's totally cliche to say Pride and Prejudice
, isn't it, but Jane Austen's books are ones that I never get sick of rereading, and P&P is my favorite of them. But yeah, total cliche. Jeez. Okay, the other book that comes to mind is Lois McMaster Bujold, either Barrayar
I'd say that Barrayar
stands better on its own. I love the way it examines womanhood and motherhood from so many different angles, through so many different characters, and I love Cordelia. Memory
is an even better book in some ways, but it needs the rest of the series to give it full resonance.moobabe
: What's your favorite nonfiction book?
If I had to pick one nonfiction book to have on a desert island, it would be the Norton Anthology of Women's Lives
, which is a huge collection of excerpts from women's autobiographies.ororo
: What's the last book you read for your own pleasure? What did you like best about it?
It was Georgette Heyer's Cotillion
. No, wait, it was Jennifer Crusie's Fast Women
. That's not the best Crusie by any means, but I like that, like all her books, it has strong secondary characters who are important in their own rights - not just as appendages to the protagonists - and because there is much more going on than just the romance. Cotillion
is the book I read just before Fast Women
. It's my very favorite Heyer. The first time I read it, I misinterpreted the signals and thought the hero was gay. Not in a slash sense - I thought I was supposed
to read the hero as gay. Boy, did the ending surprise me.