Sunday, April 22, 2018

Book Tag

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1.  How many books are too many in a series?
     If each book is a stand-alone, it can go on for as long as the author can think of good stories.  If it's a series that requires one to read each book in order, I probably won't read any of them. 

2.  How do you feel about cliffhangers?
     At the end of a chapter?  I feel good.  At the end of a book?  I feel unhappy.

3.  Hardback or paperback?
     Paperback.  Lighter, more portable, easier to hold whilst on my back in bed. 

4.  Favorite books?
     The Long Good-Bye - Raymond Chandler
     The Spy Who Came In from the Cold - John Le Carre
     An Equal Music - Vikram Seth
     Mother Night - Kurt Vonnegut
     The Long Walk - Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
     Vox - Nicholson Baker
     On the Road - Jack Kerouac

5.  Least favorite books?
     Long ones, books that are p.c. just to be p.c., needlessly intellectual ones, and books in genres I don't like.

6.  Love triangles? Yes or no?
     Well, I did just mention a love triangle as one of my favorite books.  I think it can be done well and it can be done badly. The love triangles I like tend to involve single men in love with married women.

7.  The most recent book you didn't finish?
     Sugar - Jenna Jameson and Hope Tarr

8.  A book you are currently reading?
     Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult - Bohumil Hrabal

9.  Last book you recommended to someone?
     I don't know.  I recommend books to A.J. when she asks for recommendations from her readers.

10.  Oldest book you've read?
       Meh. I read The Odyssey and Oedipus Rex.

11.  Newest book you've read?
       When We Were Ghouls - Amy Wallen  (March 1, 2018)

12.  Favorite Authors?
       Dead ones?  Ha.  Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Kurt Vonnegut, John Le Carre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Bernard Malamud, Elmore Leonard

13.  Buying books or borrowing books?
       Borrowing from the library.  I can no longer afford nice things.

14.  A book you dislike that everybody seems to love?
       Any popular book that is too long.  A lot of poetry collections, because my standards are weird.

15.  Bookmarks or dog-ears?

16.  A book you can always re-read?
       Hmm. I am not a re-reader.

17.  Can you read while listening to music?
       Kind of?  I read at the coffee house where there's background music. But at home, the music has to be instrumental.

18.  One point-of-view or multiple?
       Either.  I liked B. Monkey and The Collector, and more recently The Word Exchange.  Those are two POV novels.  I liked The Year of Silence, which has a chapter each for several POV.  But most of the books I read are one POV.

19.  Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
       Multiple days usually.  I've read poetry collections and graphic novels in one sitting, but having recently been forced to cut back on my coffee I think those days are over.  Because I'm not staying at the coffee houses as long with only buying one cup.

20.  A book you read because of the cover?
       The Washingtonienne - Jessica Cutler

Anyway, consider yourself tagged.  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A to Z Challenge: S

Aired:  1989 - 1998 (nine seasons)
Vague Description:  Four single friends in New York City.
Starred:  Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Why Watch:  It's the smartest, funniest sit-com in TV history.

Aired:  1998 - 2004 (six seasons)
Vague Description:  Four female friends in New York City.
Starred:  Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis
Why Watch:  Its portrayal of relationships and how people are flawed, messy creatures yet can still be likeable.
Dissenting Opinion:  It sometimes focused on its target audience a bit too much.

Aired:  1989 - Current (29 seasons)
Vague Description:  Animated show about a family in Springfield.
Stars:  Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright
Why Watch:  Its combination of cartoonish fun and adult suitability.

Aired:  1999 - 2007 (six seasons)
Vague Description:  A New Jersey mobster, his family, and his "family".
Starred:  James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli
Why Watch:  It took one of the best film genres and made it a long-format HBO show.
Honorable Mention:  Drea de Matteo

Note:  This is another heavy letter.  Shows that missed the cut include: SNL, Scrubs, and Star Trek.

Friday, April 20, 2018

A to Z Challenge: R

Aired:  1982 - 1987 (five seasons)
Vague Description:  Female detective and the man who portrays her fictitious male superior.
Starred:  Pierce Brosnan, Stephanie Zimbalist
Why Watch:  Its blend of comedy and crime fighting. Zimbalist.

Aired:  1987 - 1990 (five seasons)
Vague Description:  Pop culture game show that aired on MTV.
Starred:  Ken Ober, Colin Quinn
Why Watch:  It's the game show that defined a generation.
Honorable Mentions:  Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Kari Wuhrer

Aired:  2010 - 2015 (six seasons)
Vague Description:  Canadian police drama.
Starred:  Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith
Why Watch:  Arguably the best Canadian TV show ever.  Peregrym.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A to Z Challenge: Q

Aired:  1989 - 1993 (five seasons)
Vague Description:  A physicist leaps through space-time to correct historical mistakes.
Starred:  Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell
Why Watch:  It's a decent blend of sci-fi, humor, and drama.
Dissenting Opinion:  I don't think I watched much of it, because I remember watching it but I don't remember the second co-star.  So maybe it's a mediocre show that lucked out by starting with 'Q'.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A to Z Challenge: P

Aired:  2009 - 2015 (seven seasons)
Vague Description:  The Parks Department of Pawneee, Indiana.
Starred:  Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman
Why Watch:  Aubrey Plaza, Offerman

Aired:  1997 - 2004 (eight seasons)
Vague Description:  Boston lawyers.
Starred:  Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams
Why Watch:  Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, if you like legal dramas.
Dissenting Opinion:  It went downhill near the end due to left-wing politics and a silly story arc involving James Spader.

Aired:  2007 - 2009 (two seasons)
Vague Description:  A pie-maker, who can bring dead things back to life, helps solve murder cases.
Starred:  Anna Friel, Lee Pace
Why Watch:  Its whimsy.  Its blending of various genres. Friel. 
Honorable Mention:  Jim Dale's narration.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Barbara Bush

A to Z Challenge: O

Aired:  2005 - 2013 (nine seasons)
Vague Description:  The lives of the employees of a Scranton paper company.
Starred:  Steve Carell (seasons 1 -7), Rainn Wilson
Why Watch:  The goofiness of Michael (Carell) and the fascinating complexity of Dwight (Wilson).
Honorable Mentions:  Ellie Kemper (seasons 6 - 9).  "That's what she said."
Note:  Based on the BBC series of the same name.