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Meme the first [May. 14th, 2005|10:18 am]
I've been tagged by druidsfire and swami_bob. I guess I'm it.

  1. Total number of books I've owned: Somewhere north of 1200, I think. There are (at a rough estimate) about 800 on the shelves in my library right now, another 100 or so in boxes, then there are the bookshelves in my office, the books still at my parents' house, and the ones given away along the way.
  2. The last book I bought: Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey.
  3. The last book I read: Let's see. Last book I finished: Pattern Recognition, William Gibson. Currently in progress: Raising the Stones, Sheri Tepper.
  4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:

    1. Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
    2. The Sandman, Neil Gaiman. If I have to choose a single volume I'll go for The Wake.
    3. Griffin and Sabine, Nick Bantock. Again, if I have to choose one... the first one, I suppose.
    4. A House Like a Lotus, Madeleine L'Engle.
    5. The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula Le Guin.

  5. 6 people who I'd like to see fill this out: sylke, willowisp, sc_angel72, erish, raira, clubjuggler

[User Picture]From: tyee
2005-05-15 12:45 am (UTC)
What did you think of Pattern Recognition?
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2005-05-15 04:22 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it a lot. I found it a lot easier to get into than Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties.
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2005-05-15 08:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't read All Tomorrow's Parties, yet, but I found it comparable to Idoru. There was something about Pattern Recognition that seemed...flat somehow to me. Like we were following the characters through a preconceived path, but I didn't feel like the world around them was described quite enough, and the plot felt a bit too contrived. I enjoyed it nonetheless because the plot was quite interesting and I found the characters compelling.

(bah, html! :)
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2005-06-01 02:02 pm (UTC)
When I read it, that sense of determinism came across pretty strongly, but from a different angle: Cayce was caught up in events that were way beyond her control. That echoed how I felt about my life rather strongly: for the last 10 months I've been hanging on for dear life, not knowing what was coming next and almost dreading the thought that I'd find out.

Having said that, I can see how the preconceived path would be distracting. I really enjoyed the book, and I believe the acronym LOMBARD is a significant contribution to the language. :)
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