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03 August 2006


There is not enough time in the day. I would very much like to crawl under my desk and fall asleep. That’s my excuse for this meme, instead of a proper post.

(oh and because READING GETS YOU LAID)

  1. One book that changed your life?
    Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. (I know, that’s three books. Whatever)
  1. One book you have read more than once?
    Fire and Hemlock
    , by Diana Wynne Jones. I try and read it once a year.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
The Last Samurai
, by Helen DeWitt (entirely unrelated to the evil Tom Cruise movie). Or Winnie the Pooh.

4. One book that made you laugh?
Doing It, by Melvin Burgess

5. One book that made you cry?
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Heaven Eyes by David Almond.

6. One book you wish had been written?
The last book in the Obernewtyn series by Isobelle Carmody.

7. One book you wish had never had been written?
Barbara Baynton’s Bush Studies.

8. One book you are currently reading?
Wicked, by Gregory Maguire. Preperation before I see the musical in London. I am never going to be able to watch The Wizard of Oz again. Glinda is a MOLE.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?
*looks timidly at menacingly high pile of unread books*
Erm. I don't want to pick one, in case the others get angry.

10. Now I’m supposed to tag five people, but as I’m tired, you can bloody well tag yourselves…


Little Willow said...

Ooh, you must tell me how the London cast is, please. :) I have a love/hate relationship with Wicked. I like the concept, as I like the ORIGINAL Oz books (It's not ALL about Dorothy, people!). I liked 1/3rd of the book Wicked. I like Idina Menzel. I like the soundtrack. I like 2/3rds of the play. I hate the ending with a fiery passion. I have never seen it live.

Byron said...

Oh Lili...

Don't go expecting much when you see Wicked.

The disneyfied and distorted stage version is lovely if you've never read the book. If you have, it will incite rage in even the most placid person.

The ending of the musical will most likely make you wish you could cut Winnie Holzman with something jagged and blunt. Slowly. Actually, the whole thing will.

Or maybe it's just me.

lili said...

I am on purpose seeing Wicked first and Avenue Q second - because I know that I will like Avenue Q more.

However, I am encouraged by the fact that the Wizard is played by Nigel Planer (Neil from The Young Ones).

But about the book... I have bought it, and started it, but should I wait to read it all until AFTER I've seen the musical?

Justine Larbalestier said...

Back off from Barbara Bayton's Bush Studies! I love that book.

lili said...

you might not if you had studied it in year eleven, and had to write short stories "in her style".

shudder. way to turn kids off australian literature.

Amanda said...

This is random and out-of-date - but your blog makes me very happy. I have such a deep love for YA fiction and children's books - and you've read The Last Samurai! (I thought I was the only one; everyone gives me strange 'OMG you like Tom Cruise' looks when I mention it) And I read half of How I Live Now in Dymocks the other day while waiting for Jasper Fforde to sign my book - it was good to see you recommending it, it really captured me and I need to go back and buy it.

Anyway. I will definitely be back to read your blog. Cheers.

lili said...

Oh, Amanda! The Last Samurai is so amazing.

I actually tried to watch the tom cruise movie last week in a hotel room. i couldn't do it.

thanks for stopping by!