Daily Archives: 28 December 2007
Darla tagged me with her virtual tag gun. Now I’m forced to answer questions on my reading habits or face the prospect of setting off alarms in books shops for the rest of my life.
01. One book that changed your life Ah now there’s the crux. By the very definition every decision I make has some bearing on my life and therefore changes my life to some extent. However I’d have to say that the book that really changed my life most significantly wasn’t a book at all but a play. That play was William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and it showed me that there is magic in words.
02. One book that you have read more than once Another tricky question. I read most books more than once which is why I keep them after all. I suppose that The Color Purple is one that I read every few years. It really gets to me and I can see hope rising out of such cruelty whenever I read it. The film, while excellent, didn’t do the book justice.
03. One book you would want on a deserted Island It’d have to be something long and something that I’ve never read. War and Peace. The Hildy keeps telling me to read it and one day I just might.
04. One book that made you laugh I’m not the fruitcake that laughs out loud on trains while reading. Really I’m not. One book that is packed full of giggles is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett. It’s also one that I keep meaning to reread. Another was Making Waves by David Hasselhoff. OK it wasn’t supposed to be funny but it had me in stitches from the beginning.
05. One book that made you cry I’m really not the sort of person who cries. No, no, I am far too manly for such things. Other than The Color Purple mentioned above I’d have to say that Lovely Bones was one book that was certainly sentimental enough to make me blink a few times.
06. One book that you wish had been written All of them. Every book that I read. Recently I wish I’d written American Gods but I’m not Neil Gaiman. I’d have loved to have spent a year researching it though. It was fascinating.
07. One book that you wish had never been written Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Honestly I studied this book for a degree course and it was so very dull and so packed full of obvious stereotypical characters who were just there to be sneered at. I hated it. Alternatively the Bible. It just seems to be an excuse for all sorts of unpleasantness that humanity gets to inflict on itself. Yeah, yeah, there are good bits too but someone gave away the ending and I’ve disliked it ever since.
08. One book you are currently reading Sadly I am currently reading IT Governance: A Manager’s Guide to Data Security and BS 7799 / ISO 17799. I won’t give away the ending though.
09. One book you have been meaning to read Oh so many. The Book Thief is definitely high on my list.
10. Now I am suppose to tag 5 people Oh I don’t know. Anyone who wants to play.
It seems that Spam bots don’t take time off for Christmas. Come the Robot Uprising we won’t get time off either.
Our anti-spam software stats show that of 41,501 emails processed 41,025 were automatically deleted as Spam. It’s the 476 that weren’t that concern me. Presumably most were automated messages from server to person but someone out there actually got up on Crimbo Day and did something work related enough to email someone here.
I find that a little sad.
One more cup of coffee and then I’m off to work.
Why oh why can’t we get a month off to celebrate Every Culture On the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice Sure Hope we Don’t Freeze Or Starve Before Spring Ritual Co-opted to Christian Birth of Founder Celebration Co-opted to Consume As Much Electricity, Food and Manufactured Goods as Humanly Possible Day. It just isn’t fair.
Seriously one more cup. It’s going in my new mug. The one I got for Christmas.