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Joining the flock

God, I'm tired.

Total number of films I own on DVD/video: Wow, no idea at all. A lot. Far more on VHS than DVD, but that's slowly altering. Probably more than I should own, considering my budget, but I'm a shopping whore.

The last film I bought:
Let me think... The last MOVIE I think I bought was Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind or Paint Your Wagon -- they came around the same time, I think. The last DVDs I bought were Sunday in the Park with George and Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii.

The last film I watched:
The Godfather, parts II and III; Kiki's Delivery Service; Finding Nemo; and I know there was something else in there that forced us to watch Nemo again to get the bad taste out of our mouths, but I don't remember now what it was.

Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:
Wow, only five. Hmmm. African Queen; True Grit; Finding Nemo; Dogma; The Quiet Man; Big Jake; The Lion King; Amadeus...

I ate like a horse today and couldn't get up the energy to do more than a few stretches. My throat hurts. I'll be willing to bet I've destroyed all that lovely weight loss I worked so hard at. {heavy sigh}

Prose or Poetry?

Book(s) you're reading now:
Let's see... Drink Down The Moon by Charles DeLint; Cat in a Leopard Spot by Carole Nelson Douglas; and I've finally at least gotten a start on Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and I just picked up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again because I haven't read it in about 20 years. Oh, and I'm still not done with Moby Dick or Bleak House.

Last book you've read:
Candyfreak by Steve Almond & Cat in a Kiwi Con by Carole Nelson Douglas.

Next book you're going to buy/read:
I just don't have any idea. Although undoubtedly I'll move right on to Cat in a Midnight Choir when I finish Leopard Spot.

Book you've read the most times:
Probably Gone With the Wind, although Lord of the Rings may run it a real close second, or all seven of The Chronicles of Narnia (and in the CORRECT order, with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe FIRST).

Longest book you've read:
Probably Lord of the Rings, if you count it as one book (and the appendixes), although Jonathan Strange is almost 800 pages. Moby Dick FEELs like the longest book I've ever read.

Book you've read in the shortest time (relative to the number of pages):
Possibly Gone With the Wind. I was twelve years old and read it in three days. Then I turned to page one and read it over again immediately.

One book you wanted to read that disappointed you:
The Cat Who... books just kept getting worse and worse until I finally gave up on them, even though I had eagerly looked forward to new ones when I first discovered them; Order of the Phoenix was pretty disappointing. Oh, and Streets of Laredo, the sequel to Lonesome Dove. Yikes.

Have you read books in a language different from yours?
Nope. I am very sadly mono-lingual. I'm not even geeky enough to read Silvan or Klingon.

Writer you've read the most books from:
John Saul, Carole Nelson Douglas, Lois McMaster Bujold, Larry McMurtry, Lillian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown, Amanda Quick

Some books you like (not necessarily your faves):
I like a lot of books. :)
Everything I've read by Charles Dickens I love.
Pride & Prejudice
The entire Miles Vorkosigan series
The Hobbit
"The Other" by Thomas Tryon
"Anything for Billy" by Larry McMurtry
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Harry Potter books
Little Women
The Once and Future King

3 books you don't like:
The Great Gatsby (although to be fair, I should try it again)
Moving On by Larry McMurtry (it's a 700-page "slice of life" that would be good if it had, oh, a story or something -- I don't think even I meander around that much)
Uncle Tom's Cabin


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May. 6th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
<< The Chronicles of Narnia (and in the CORRECT order, with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe FIRST). >>

What book do other people mistakenly think comes first? And why? I had no idea there was any confusion about this.
May. 6th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
All the new editions, whether bound as one volume or seven-book sets, are putting "The Magician's Nephew" first and "Lion" second, with "Horse and His Boy" third. To me, that takes so much of the magic out of the first book, if you read it in "chronological" order -- the mysteries of "Lion" are a huge part of what's so captivating about the series (and I was so blissfully ignorant that I was in college before I was told it was an alagory). My old editions finally completely gave up the ghost and I bought a new one, plus the great big illustrated edition with the color plates in hardback, but both of them put "The Magician's Nephew" first. It just irritates me...
May. 7th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
How utterly bizarre. And insulting, since whoever made that decision must think people are awfully damn stupid.
May. 6th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
Don't you mean The Godfather, Parts I and II? I'm sure I'd have remembered The Godfather III, after Lorne's description and all.

Didn't we watch Finding Nemo after seeing Shark Tales?
May. 6th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Did I say III? Oops, I sure did. Well, I said I was tired. :) I meant parts I and II, of course. :)

I think we watched "Nemo" after "Hitchhiker's Guide," which I'd also totally forgotten. We may have watched it after "Shark's Tale," too -- it's a very soothing film that way ("Ah, they can still make good movies!"). ;)
May. 6th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, we watched it after that, too. I was thinking of movies we rented on DVD. I think we watched Finding Nemo after A Shark's Tale. It was either that or Nausicca, I think.
May. 6th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)
(((hugs))) about the sore throat. I still have my ear infection, so I feel for you. It's getting better, but it's swollen enough that I can hardly hear anything, which really puts me off. Bugs me that it's the other ear this time...
May. 6th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
I hate ear infections! {{{HUG}}} I don't know if it's allergies or the leading edge of a cold -- I've never had a cough associated with allergies before but it's a cough that's been staying in my throat so it doesn't feel cold-like.

On the plus side, while I did indeed put back on a pound or two, I'm still at around 170, so even when I'm slacking I'm managing to maintain, knock wood.
May. 7th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks. That cough is from the allergies! I still have it, Steve has it and Puimond has it. It's lingering on...

Good on the weight! I can't work out again until get over the ear infection. Did get in a bit of a walk down Melrose today.
May. 6th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
Bleah! I hope you recover soon. I had a dream the other night that I was visiting and you and Steve were showing me around L.A. Miss ya!
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