*photo by Brady Harris, 1959.
I got the idea of the Book Tag from Anita Rodger’s blog. It seemed like a fun idea to try on this rather cool and rainy Sunday in my proverbial neck of the woods.
E-Book or Physical Book?
Lately, I’ve been reading physical books. I find them aesthetically pleasing, the smell and texture of the paper. The older I get the more I like tangible things, things built to last. A physical book is a perfect example. That being said, I do read e-books when it comes to small indie publishers or self-published books/stories. I just prefer not to stare at a screen for too long these days.
Paperback or Hardback?
I’ve always liked paperbacks. They’re easy to throw in a pack and take to school/work. Easier to hold. Not as costly.
Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
I enjoy going to brick and mortar bookshops, especially independent ones like City Lights in San Fransisco and Tattered Cover in Denver, CO. When traveling I make it a point to check out any indie bookstore I spot. I enjoy the aroma of books and coffee mingling together, and you don’t get that online. That being said, if need be I do order online but its not the enjoyable experience like in person.
Trilogies or Series?
I’ve read numerous trilogies, but never a series. I’ve never found one that really hooked me into it for the long haul.
Heroes or Villains?
As long as they’re well developed characters, I enjoy both. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as ‘hating’ a great villain or routing for a well rounded hero.
A book you want everyone to read?
I haven’t wrote it, yet.
Recommend an underrated book?
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. A lot of people know him because of On The Road, but Dharma Bums really resonated with me.
The last book you bought?
Broken Moon, Vol 1 by Steve Niles and Nat Jones
Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
Not sure, I normally dog-ear the pages.
Used Books: Yes or No?
I love used book stores and library book sales. My home town had a library book sale each summer where you could fill a grocery bag for under ten bucks. I acquired a lot of great stuff that way over the years.
Top three favorite genres?
Supernatural horror, (Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Laird Barron, etc). American History (colonial era up to WWI, with an emphasis on the American West). True Crime.
Borrow or Buy?
Characters or Plot?
I’ll cheat and say both, but a good plot draws me in a lot quicker and stronger than drawn out character development and backstory.
Long or Short Books?
As long as its not full of filler and drawn out scenes, any length is good. That being said each word, each scene, each character should propel the plot/characters.
Long or Short Chapters?
Short chapters. It makes me feel more connected to the action in the story.
Name the first three books you can think of
Imajica, Call of Cthulhu, Return of the King
Books that make you laugh or cry?
An emotional connection is important either way.
Our World or Fictional Worlds?
Audio books: Yes or No?
I’ve never listened to an entire audio book, but I have listened to short fiction in audio form which can be enjoyable depending on the narrator. There’s a group out there that does radio plays of Lovecraft and other weird fiction authors which is quite good.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Of course, there’s some really shitty covers out there, but in general I pay more heed to the synopsis on the back cover rather than the ‘endorsements’ on the front cover by King or whoever or the flashy artwork.
A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
How about you? How would you answer to these questions? Feel free to tell me in the comments or consider yourself tagged and do your own version of the post.