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I got book-tagged by Arun Simha, over at Bhrigu’s question. Arun and I are old quiz familiars. Quizzing is a worthy topic for subsequent blogging, methinks. I was a nationally ranked quizzer, and our team “Mustafa & the Fat-Bottomed Girls” did pretty well. (Here’s a quiz we won at the Karnataka Quiz Association)

Total number of Books I own: I have been reading and collecting books since I was a kid. I’d say I have well over 1000 back in India. The alt.binaries.e-books newsgroups have provided e-versions more recently, apart from all the Amazon purchases.

Last book I bought: My Amazon history tells me it was Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C S Lewis&#8212a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Joining Amazon Prime has made my book purchasing experience almost effortless. One is buying more single books than one did earlier.

Last Book I Read: At any given time, I am reading 4-5 books. I am currently plowing through an absorbing look at Money Laundering called The Washing Machine: How Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Soils Us. I just finished Esau by Philip Kerr, a speculative look at the Yeti.

Five Books That Mean a Lot to Me: Truly difficult, but here goes:

  • The Adventures, and novels of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Lord Of The Rings – J R R Tolkien
  • The Mahabharata – the Indian Epic
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • The Terry Pratchett “Discworld” novels

Tag five people and have them do this on their blogs:


  1. swingingpuss
  2. Temple Stark
  3. Kamat of Kamat’s Anthoblogy
  4. DrPat
  5. Cory Doctorow&#8212fine writer

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  • Ohhhhh, you posted this here, too.

    Well, um ….

    Last book I read completely, “Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom” by Ben Hammersley. In the middle of “Digital Audio Essentials: A comprehensive guide to creating, recording, editing, and sharing music and other audio”

    Five books that mean a lot to me (in no particular order (We’re talking fiction right?):

    1. The DragonLance series by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman (particularly Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning and Dragons of Autumn Twilight with Raistlin and Caramon and Tasslehoff (They called him TAS and those are my initials). The whole series of books really but these three in particular.

    2. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle (The first book I ever learned to read when I was about four. Taught by father).

    3. Sherlock Holmes. Yep. Particularly, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Scandal In Bohemia (and “Irene Adler”. To Sherlock Holmes, she was always thewoman), The Speckled Band and the Red-Headed League were great.

    4. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The original middle English. No, just joking. Modern English.

    5. The Warlock series (about 12) by Christopher Stasheff

    — Last book I bought – Jesus Freaks by DC.

    — Total number of books I own? Well, I have a storage unit to house them as they don’t fit in my apartment (comfortably). Well, about 24 books a box X about 56 (I remember lifting every one as we just moved storage units last month and they all have BOOKS written on the top and I did the rough count because I wondered) = er about 1,340.

    — Favorite authors I don’t read enough of: Poe and Twain. (What, that wasn’t a question?)

    — Most hyped and shittiest book ever read: James Redfield’s “The Celestine Prophecy.” God that was just !@#$% bad writing. (What, that wasn’t a question either?)

    — The only book I wasn’t ever able to get through? “The Name of the Rose by Umberto Uco. Course I was eight and it just read like a slow slow slow story. Robinson Crusoe was a struggle as well. I was never so shocked to discover that he was rescued about half way through. The rest of it seemed an anti-climax.

    Five people? when I think of them I’ll put them on my blog. Most of the people I’d be interested to know don’t have blogs.

    I’ll probably have a less rushed version of this there too.

  • And damn your quiz. I got 12 out of 26 – 1,5,7,8,10,11,12,14,18,19,22 and 25.

    Thank you.

  • I’ve been book tagged by Aaman and it seems like a civilized version of chain mail. Being a book lover I will definitely forward it.

    Total number of books I own : I own about 600 books; they are an amalgamation of classics, pulp action novels, romantic novels and autobiographies. Also throw in some religious books belonging to a period before I became a cynical humanist.

    Last book I read : The Hunted by L.A. Banks. Currently I’m reading another vampire book called Slave To My Thirst. It’s Vampire Festival; also leafing through a book called Art and Auschwitz

    Last book I bought:The Hunted by L.A. Banks and One by One by Daisaku Ikeda. Finished the first, staring at the second.

    Five Books that mean a lot to me:

    Double Gulp on this one. But here goes-

    Human Revolution- Daisaku Ikeda

    Autobiography of a Yogi – P. Yogananda

    The Dark Tower Series- Stephen King

    Disc World Novels- Terry Pratchett

    Crime and Punishment- F. Dostoyevsky

  • Interesting selections – how about any one else?

    Temple, that’s a good score.

  • Total number of books I own: Upwards of 5000. (“I have boxes of them in the attic.”) I regularly reread 200 of them, but they’re all grist for the mill.

    Last book I purchased: Science, Sex, and Sacred Cows (ed.) James V. McConnell and Marlys Schultjer.

    Last book I read: The Confusion by Neil Stephenson.

    Five Books That Mean a Lot to Me:

    • On Basilisk Station, David Weber
    • Stand On Zanzibar, John Brunner
    • Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
    • Stranger In a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
    • The Importance of Living, Lin Yutang

    (Please note: these are not necessarily my favorite books, nor are they necessarily my nominees for the best books ever – they just mean a lot to me.)

  • Total number of books I own: Upwards of 5000. (“I have boxes of them in the attic.”) I regularly reread 200 of them, but they’re all grist for the mill.

    Sometimes I wonder about the cheap paper quality of recent books. Within three to four years the color of the pages start turning yellow.

    My great grandfather’s books on the other hand still seem to be fairing better than my books which are only ten years old.

  • That might be why most books have a reprinting cycle of about 3-4 years. Makes you wonder.