The Emperor's Babe, by Bernadine Evaristo - I'm a sucker for novels in verse, and this one is about a streetwise daughter of African immigrants to the Roman outpost town of Londinium who gets married off against her will to an old, fat Roman.
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones - This is the best book ever involving a hat shop, an evil wizard and the poetry of John Donne. And it makes you wish there were more books in that category.
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller - Ah, such complex dark humour...
2. What particular genres (fantasy, romance, sci-fi, etc.) do you read the most?
Fantasy. If there's a dragon on the cover, I've probably read it. Also I read a lot of historical detective fiction (such as stuff by Ellis Peters, Lindsay Davis, Elizabeth Peters or Dorothy Sayers.)
3. What is a book that you absolutely hated and why didn't you like it?
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. It is dark, dreary and depressing, but it's got this sudden completely happy ending that comes out of nowhere. I can never understand why people think it's a classic.
4. What are five to ten authors whose books you really like?
Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett, Steven Brust, Alister MacLeod, Tove Jansson, Gordon Korman
5. What do you consider to fall into the catagory of "children's literature"? What about "YA literature"?
I think people are too concerned by categories that are only neccessary for shelving purposes. Children and young adults ought to be allowed to read whatever they want, and too often people in authority use those categories to keep young readers from books that are supposedly too mature. I think no one should be discouraged from reading.
At the age of 7, I was secretly reading my dad's thriller novels. Those books were full of graphic sex and imminent nuclear meltdowns -- but I didn't catch any of the sex or a lot of the plot points until re-reading the books many years later. I was absolutely petrified by fear of worldwide nuclear disaster for a while, though.
That said, I can tell children's/YA books from adult books when I read them -- and I still do love reading them.
6. What are the last three to five books that you read for pleasure and, briefly, what did you think of them?
The Burning of Bridget Cleary, by Angela Bourke - A wonderfully detailed non-fiction account of a grusome murder & subsequent trial in rural Ireland in 1895. The participants blamed the killing on the fairies. The book examines the clash of belief systems in an even-handed way that is so refreshing to see.
The Last Unicorn, by Peter Beagle - Meh. Overrated.
The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant - A retelling of a Bible story, from a woman's perspective. And without the god bits. Plus her description of ancient life is so vivid I'd swear she's been there.
7. Would you have any problem with writing up semi-detailed coverage on any books you read (synopsis, comments, recommensation, etc.)
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 already write book reviews, and inflict them on my friends. Right now I have a lot of spare time, but I'm hoping to have less in the near future.
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).
I have some ideas for reviews - how about reviews of books translated into English from other languages (like Tove Jansson's Moomin series, or Roch Carrier's "The Hockey Sweater")?
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+
Am I really the oldest person on here? Oh dear... Apart from books, I love: being a radio dj, cooking, travelling, cats, arguing about the nature of the universe, writing and dancing.
11. What is your name (first with last initial), birthday (month/day/year), and location (city, state/province, country)?
Joyce M., 08/10/79 (yes, 24 tomorrow), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
12. What is your e-mail address?