Introducing… The Divine Ms. Em!

Favorite Book Genre(s):

Mysteries

SciFi / Fantasy

These kinds of questions are very difficult for me, as I am most fickle, and what I would consider my “favorite book genre” actually depends on the hour, day, year, and decade.  I do love all kinds of fiction, with my favorite being Mysteries – preferably those set in another time (either turn of the century or in the future).

Least Favorite Book Genre(s):

Non-Fiction, but…

I am not overly-thrilled by most non-fiction, although I do love a good biography and the occasional bit of history.  I would say anything non-fictional pertaining to politics, social science, business, or religion.

Five Favorite Books of all Time:

Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry

Harry Potter (series), by J. K. Rowling

Odd Thomas, by Dean Koontz

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

Centennial, by James Michener

Again, being a lady of a rather fickle nature, this question might have been answered quite differently in the past and will no doubt be answered quite differently if asked in the future.

Three Least Favorite Books of all Time:

Lassie Come Home, by Eric Knight

Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

This is a difficult question to answer, as I do my best to block really bad books from my memory – or I simply don’t finish them at all.   I chose Lassie Come Home based on the fact that 45 years have passed since I first heard that horribly sad story, and it still gives me that sick, twisted-gut feeling.  I avoided ever reading the other two I’ve mentioned here – the pattern should be fairly obvious.  I can read books such as Emma and essentially forget them, as they’re neither truly bad or terribly traumatic.

Favorite Author(s):

Larry McMurtry

Taylor Caldwell

James Michener

Patrick Rothfuss

Another hard question – again, the high price of being fickle.  I think J. Taylor Caldwell is an amazing writer, and James Michener is totally awesome; Rothfuss is amazing, though he is a procrastinator and has dragged out the release of the final book in his Kingkiller trilogy.  McMurtry is my favorite, though.

Favorite Literary Quote:

… perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.  Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”  – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Coffee or Tea:

Coffee.

Hobbies:

I am a video game junkie.  I also love to draw and doodle.

If you could interview any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Larry McMurtry, though I’d be so very intimidated!  I love his writing style and the way he develops his characters – he lives, feels, and breathes his creations, and he simply cannot let them go, having a tendency instead to write several prequels and sequels to his favorite novels in order to extend the lives of his characters.  His stories are so multi-layered and well-written, keeping you engrossed and reading until the very last page – and still so hungry for more!  His books are roller coaster rides, taking you from happy to horrified to sad, then back up to happy.  I don’t typically like Westerns, but my favorite book of all time is one of his: the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Lonesome Dove.  He’s also the mastermind behind Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show (as well as their sequels, of course), and he’s written so many other amazing books!

A Lil’ Something Extra:

The word “nerd” was first documented by Dr. Seuss in If I Ran the Zoo.

Mario – of Super Mario Bros. – first appeared in the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong.  His original name was Jumpman, but it was changed to Mario in order to honor the landlord of Nintendo of America: Mario Segale.

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