1. What are three of your favorite books and why do you like them so much?
You Are Special by Max Lucado, Sergio Martinez (Illustrator) -
I have never read this book actually, it was read to me and the rest of a group at a religious retreat. This book is just fab though. Aside from being a rather amazing metaphor for Christianity, it also is very well illustrated and a greatly written children's book. Go check it out.
Curfew by Phil Rickman
It's just an amazingly well written horror novel. Your basic good vs. evil scenario plunged into the England-Wales borderlands. If you like horror fiction or just books where theres more plot then gore, you might wanna locate a copy. Or ask me to borrow mine.
I can share. :o)
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norman Juster
I too was in this play, as an extra and stage crew. I finally got around to reading the book this year and loved it. The scene where Milo conducts the colors alone is worth the reading of this book. Go grab a copy.
2. What particular genres (fantasy, romance, sci-fi, etc.) do you read the most?
Like my man Andrew I don't normally fly towards one genre...unless "comic books" is a genre. :o)
Otherwise my taste tends to focus on urban fantasy (Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Ann Scarrbough), horror (Stephen King, Phil Rickman), humorous sci-fi and fantasy (Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams) and whatnot. *nods*
3. What is a book that you absolutely hated and why didn't you like it?
Er....I don't hate. A book I highly dislike is Superstitious by R.L. Stine.
R.L. Stine attempts to write good adult fiction and fails horribly. A decent mystery gets thrown into a blender with a horror novel concept John Saul would turn down and is set to puree. The result? An ill flavored concoction that should be destroyed.
Avoid this book.
4. What are five to ten authors whose books you really like?
Neil Gaiman, (Sandman, American Gods, Neverwhere)
Terry Pratchett, (Guards! Guards!, Hogfather, Soul Music)
Douglas Adams, (The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy five part trilogy, the two book Dirk Gentley saga [Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul)
Harlan Ellison, (Shatterday)
Chris Van Allsburg, (The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Wretched Stone , Jumanji, The Z Was Zapped : A Play in Twenty-Six Acts, The Polar Express)
Dr. Seuss, (The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham)
Mark Waid (Kingdom Come)
Grant Morrison (JLA: American Dreams, New X-Men : Imperial)
David Wiesner (Tuesday, June 29, 1999)
and Dave Barry (Sooooooo many books including Big Trouble and Tricky Buisness and numerous essay collections.)
5. What do you consider to fall into the category of "children's literature"? What about "YA literature"?
Childrens literature is books that deal with concepts designed for and understandable to children.
Young adult is stuff designed for teens and all the shit they deal with during adolescence.
As such I think childrens books can be enjoyed by a whole range of people while young adult for the most part tends to only appeal to its target audience, since it has such a specific subject matter.
6. What are the last three to five books that you read for pleasure and, briefly, what did you think of them?
Well, fell free to check out my list....
Anyhoo, counting backwards:
23, Grant Morrison & various illustrators - New X-Men: Imperial
A fascinating revamping of one of the greatest comic books ever. A must read for fans of the X.
22, Dr. Seuss - Daisy-Head Mayzie
A tounge twister and a half, I've been reading this out during story hour. Kids reactions are mixed while I think its a fairly amusing book.
21, Douglas Wood & Doug Cushman - What Teachers Can't Do
A cute kids book showing how teachers have limitations too. Always a nice thing for kids to understand.
20, Ken Wilson-Max - L Is for Loving: An ABC for the Way You Feel
An alaphet of emotions. This book has great accompying illustrains to really make things understandable, but deals with some really big words considering its designed for little kids. A good read none the less.
19, David Wiesner - The Three Pigs
Not Dave's best but still pretty cool. The illustraitions really sell it. And it's about time the pigs beat the wolf!!
7. Would you have any problem with writing up semi-detailed coverage on any books you read (synopsis, comments, recommensation, etc.)
No of course not. Everyone who knows me says I never shut up. :o)
8. Why do you want to help out with Dodecahedron, how much time can you put into it, and how long do you think that you'll be able to help out?
I'll help out with whatver writing you want me to do, As You Like, The Bookshelf, Book Reviews, The Top Five, whatever.
I can put in alot of time and I'll help out as long as possible.
9. What kind of "job" would you like to have with Dodecahedron - reading, reviewing, articles, interviews, etc. (put down whatever comes to mind - everyone has brilliant ideas, no matter how cheesy they may sound).
As I said before, writing stuff. I love to write.
10. Please tell me anything else you'd like me to know - it doesn't have to be books related and could be written in list style for all I care. +smile+
uh.....I'm Patrick. I read comic books. And I'm cool. :o)
11. What is your name (first with last initial), birthday (month/day/year), and location (city, state/province, country)?
Patrick J, 11/13/83, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, USA
12. What is your e-mail address?
Have a nice day y'all.