Book meme

So, I came across a book meme that I thought I'd contribute to. What was the last book you bought?

A Canticle for Liebowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr.

Extraordinary Engines, edited by Nick Gevers

Name a book you have read MORE than once

Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

Not fundamentally, but there's a great deal that has changed the way I think.

How do you choose a book - eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

Recommendations, reviews, and awards definitely have an impact. The publication history of an author, or similarities to another author already on my reading list helps as well.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I prefer fiction, but I catch the odd non-fiction as well.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

This is an interesting question, as entirely different styles of writing can be considered beautiful. There is ornately crafted prose, heavy with imagery, as well as simple but effective prose. Plots can be unique, or run of the mill, but still interesting. What I need most in novels that I read is an interesting idea or concept. Something that keeps me thinking about it after I'm done reading.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

Alessan from Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay. Definitely a memorable character.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

Blindness, by Jose Saramago

Neuromancer, by William Gibson

Steampunk, edited by Vandermeer and Vandermeer

Extraordinary Engines, edited by Nick Gevers

The Savage Humanists, edited by Fiona Kelleghan

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

This happens on occasion. Since I usually read more than one book at a time, the more compelling books are finished first. A few books never make it back to the top of the queue.

Your Turn

What are your favorite books? Play the meme if you want to (by copying the questions and answering them on your own blog). Or answer here.