GREED: What is your most expensive book? What is your least expensive book?
I have quite a few biology text books which are quite expensive. I bought one, the Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids more out of interest (at full price) so I suspect that is my most expensive book, or it might be The Dinosauria or
The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs which were between £40 – £50 each. There is probably a textbook that is more expensive than that, but because it was required reading, it probably doesn’t really count! I also do have a copy of The Lord of the Rings which is worth £50, but I only paid £20 for it.
My least expensive is a Star Trek book I got about Seven of Nine, which was free!
WRATH: Which author do you have a love-hate relationship with?
Kelley Armstorng, maybe? Her earilier stuff from Bitten to No Humans Involved I loved, as I do the Nadia Stafford books, and the Darkest Powers Trilogy and of course, the Subpress book, Hidden. But some of her more recent stuff I’ve not enjoyed as much, partly because she concentrates too much on extra stuff these days which I think means that sometimes it feels like there is something missing in her main books and also because she has too many projects on the go at anyone time.
GLUTTONY: Which book have you deliciously devoured over and over again with no shame whatsoever?
I think it would have to be Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann, Michael A. Stackpole’s X-Wing series and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. It has been a while since I read these books, but they are the ones which I’ve read over and over again!
SLOTH: What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?
I have several which I think could fall into this category. The one which stands out most I think must be Stan Nicolls’ Orcs. I’ve had that book a number of years now and haven’t got round to reading it, even though I’ve meant to read it on several occasions!
PRIDE: What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
I suspect it would have to be The Lord of the Rings, or maybe Tolkien in general….
LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?
I think I am attracted to characters which I can relate to, either in their background or what they like. Though is probably doesn’t count because the character was based on a real person, one of my crushes at the moment has got to be Callum Buchanan from All Creatures Great and Small – the guy’s love of wildlife means that I must like him. In Star Wars, I think Kyp Durron, even after all these years makes me swoon! So for me to like a character, they must have a tragic past in some way, because I can relate to that, but be redeemable if they go off the rails, or those that stand up for their beliefs in some way. Worf the Klingon from Star Trek the Next Generation/Deep Space Nine, Wolverine from the X-Men, Quinlan Vos from the EU Star Wars literature, Marcus Cole from Babylon Five, Harry Dresden and Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars all fall into this category. I like characters with a Nordic origin as well. Even though I am probably attracted to the rebels on the side of good, or those trying to do the right thing, I am not attracted at all to down right nastiness and I also don’t like characters that are an ass by being too good which then look down their noses at other characters – I think Scott Summers, though a good guy, would fall into that category… or even the young Obi-Wan Kenobi…
ENVY: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
After getting the Hardback edition of Hidden from Subpress, I think it will have to be any book of authors that I enjoy reading that have had a limited edition of their main work published by them – The Dresden Files would be such an example. Come on, these books are brilliant, they deserve to be presented in a manner that they deserve, not in those cheap, horrible bound paperbacks that fall to bits after the first few readings of them. I think A Song of Fire and Ice also comes under that as well – even after being careful reading it, my copy of A Game of Thrones has started to look worn just because it took so long to read it…