Saturday, August 12, 2006

Books, books, books!

I got tagged for this by Chief Biscuit, (tut tut)

1.One book that changed your life? Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman
2.One book you've read more than once? The Fionavar Tapestry (trilogy)
3.One book you'd want on a desert island? The Lord of the Rings
4.One book that made you laugh? Wyrd Sisters
5.One book that made you cry? The ending of The Portrait of A Lady
6.One book that you wish you had written? Paradise
7.One book you wish had never been written? I can't think of any!?!
8.One book you are currently reading? The Awakening/Dracula/Paradise/Wat Whitman
9.One book you have been meaning to read? To The Lighthouse
10.Five people I am tagging: Becoming Amethyst
Apprentice, RobMac, Blank Paige and Carter's Little Pill
although I know they won't thank me - sorry!

10 comments:

chiefbiscuit said...

Well a lot of books I've never heard of ... Irish I take it? Whenever I hear of books I haven't heard of - I want to read them! BTW enjoying reading little bits of your poetry book - but haven't had the time to really sit down and read it thoroughly and absorb it yet. A treat in store!

Julie Carter said...

Tagged! Sneaky. That means I actually have to think, which is scary.

Cailleach said...

Hi CB, well not really:
Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman is written by John and Caitlin Matthews who are something of'experts'in the celtic/shaman/Arhturian field in the UK.
The Fionavar Tapestry(trilogy)is by Guy Gavriel Kay, a Canadian fantasy author. He once worked with Christopher Tolkien for a year researching material for the History of Middlearth/Silmarillion
The Lord of the Rings - don't think I need explain that one!
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett, UK, the modern day Dickens.
The Portrait of A Lady - Henry James, about whom so much has been published in the last year, he is having something of a revival, again one of the novels on my courses this year.
Paradise - Abdulrazak Gurnah, born in Zanzibar, East Africa but lives in the UK. Again another course discovery.
To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf, who I used to hate but since the course this year I get on much better with her writing.

Julie - sorry for tagging you, but I think it'll make for interesting reading!

bb said...

many i haven't heard of here - but i highly recommend 'to the lighthouse'- one of my absolute favourites and the only woolf novel i've managed to complete :-)

and it's a delight to be tagged - i love waxing lyrical about books!

Kult said...

You know the more I think about 'Paradise' the more I'm disspointed by it. Individual taste and all that - but there were so many other postcolonial options.

Nevermind, I'm doing the essay on masculinity, now that's a question!

apprentice said...

Ooh I'm tagged!! How does that work, I'm I under curfew after 9.30pm ;)

I'll get on to it next week

C. E. Chaffin said...

My, I feel ignorant reading your list.

A book I wish had never been written? Two actually: Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. LOL!

Rob Mackenzie said...

Tagged? You know, I usually quietly ignore tags, but I might get to this one over the next few days.

Minx said...

Great choices Cailleach, think we must visit the same fantastical library. TP's Wyrd Sisters is great as is any of his books involving Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (Carpe Jugulum does it for me - every time!)

Please make time for 'To The Lighthouse' - well worth it!

The Wandering Author said...

I'll have to check out those books, they look interesting.

I can think of one book I wish had never been written: Mein Kampf. Clearly the top choice in that category.