26 February 2014

+JMJ+

Filler!

When Mrs. Darwin posted her answers to the Immediate Book Meme, I didn't share my own in her combox because I realised that I might have to use the meme as blog fodder. If only to drive Bat batty. =P

And I was right! So here are six books that let me answer six questions . . .



And these are the six questions that I have honestly and accurately answered . . .

1) What book are you reading now?
2) What book did you just finish?
3) What do you plan to read next?
4) What book do you keep meaning to finish?
5) What book do you keep meaning to start?
6) What is your current reading trend?

Just for fun, I'm not going to say which book is which, but a regular reader would easily get two answers right. =)

PS -- I had "six-word memoirs" for each book, but removed them when I realised they already made a nice six-image mosaic.

Image Sources: a) Coma by Robin Cook, b) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, c) State of Fear by Michael Crichton, d) Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson, e) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, f) Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas by Jules Verne

11 comments:

Belfry Bat said...

=, as you say, P

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

So about that phone call?

Belfry Bat said...

=)

In any case,

1) What book are you reading now?
in parallel:
Complex Cobordism and Stable Homotopy Groups Of Spheres by D.C. Ravenel;
Lord of the Rings; and my Missal --- the latter two are ongoing recurring projects.

2) What book did you just finish?
Ceremony of Innocence; very readable, indeed a thriller.

3) What do you plan to read next?
plan?

4) What book do you keep meaning to finish?
Our Mutual Friend

5) What book do you keep meaning to start?
The Everlasting Man

6) What is your current reading trend?
Maths and Distractions ... which are not disjoint sets.

mrsdarwin said...

Okay, let me play along:

1. State of Fear
2. Lord of the World
3. Cruel Beauty (my crystal ball tells me that Saturday you will receive a tall dark package from a foreign land...)
4. Three Musketeers
5. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
6. Coma -- you're reading thrillers

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Batty Bat -- By the way, what existing word would you use for what we non-mathematicians call "memes"? (I have a vague memory of asking you this before, so forgive me for not remembering your answer!)

Would you recommend Ceremony of Innocence?

Mrs. Darwin -- Your crystal ball may be right about the future, but not the past! ;-) It's actually The Three Musketeers which I've been meaning to start for the longest time, and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas which has been neglected on my desk for over a year and a half. =(

Belfry Bat said...

... I'm sure there are mathematicians who call them "memes", too...

I think I've said that sometimes "games" will do, as here (again, ;-) not the mathematical usage, but MU is only for maths anyways!) I don't know what word to use for the captionpictures (as in "memebase"... and who do you suppose wrote memebase.js?) although I'm sure cartoonists or old print circular editors know a word for them. Oh, a-propos of nothing, here's a funny one!

The pretend-to-be-a-lexicographer in me says "let them have their word", because most everyone who uses it understands this usage; my real concern is that it maybe makes it difficult to talk about memes when everyone thinks of memes instead, if you see what I mean; it's become a strong meme, that.

Belfry Bat said...

Oh, yes, it's book that catches you and insists on being finished, and it has its intricacies without becoming bewildering... though I can't quite figure out what the title has to do with... well, anyways.

I detect notes of Evelyn Waugh, John le Carré, and the infamous Inner Child (well, that one isn't surprising), in a setting that is at once strange and familiar.

Sheila said...

I would recommend Ceremony of Innocence, for sure. (I read it, but it was a borrowed copy, so I don't want to tell Seraphic because she says borrowing a book is stealing! I certainly would have bought it if I could afford to; I'd love to support her.)

It was pretty exciting, also deep in places. I disagreed with the author in places. I was a bit dissatisfied at the end, but not exactly in a bad way.

mrsdarwin said...

Ah, I lost the coin flip on those two books!

I read Ceremony of Innocence, and thought it was a good yarn. I had a few personal quibbles with it, but they didn't have anything to do with the story as told. It held up well.

DMS said...

How fun! I took a guess and did pretty well (now that I saw the answers from reading the comments). ;) I have Coma and have been meaning to read it. Hope you get to The Three Musketeers soon.
~Jess

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Bat -- It sounds promising, but I really don't know when I'll feel like getting to it. (I've been putting off reading The Three Musketeers for about five years!)

Sheila -- Well, I hope she was being tongue-in-cheek when she said it was stealing! If not, she'd have a bunch of librarians and maybe even used bookstore owners to sue. LOL!

Mrs. Darwin -- Hmmmm. I may turn out to be the only person in my blogging circle not to have read Ceremony of Innocence yet. (On the other hand, there's that wildcard LTG . . . ROFL!)

Jess -- And I have The Three Musketeers and have been meaning to read it for yonks! But I'm a firm believer in reading "the right book at the right time," so I'm okay with waiting until the time feels right. =)