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A Non-Fictional Book

Just the one? But there are so many more books that are real than ones that aren't. Um. I'm going to take this to mean "Non-Fiction book", I'm going to recommend Mike Everhart's Oceans of Kansas, a book that owes much to his website of the same name. There are lots of lovely photos of specimens, the spectacularly weird pterosaur Nyctosaurus, which has no fingers- and just look at that crest, mosasaurs that were clearly eaten by sharks, Sabre toothed "herring",
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"birds with teeth", and one of the largest turtles ever.

Each chapter begins with a little fictional vignette of life in the Kansas Seaway, describing moments in the life (and death) of its inhabitants, and several are backed up with fossil evidence (the famous fish-within-a-fish fossil for instance) Its wonderfully illustrated by Dan Varner, and I recommend it to everyone with an interest in fossils. More importantly its not a technical book, so everyone can enjoy it.
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What author do you own the most books by?
Terry Pratchett.

What book do you own the most copies of?
I've two copies of "Helechos de los Cafetales d'El Salvador", but I did work on it so that's only to be expected. Other than that? Nothing I can think of. I have many books, but they're all different.

Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Meh. Its a meme. I don't look for literary style.

What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Fenchurch from Hitchhiker's.

What books have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?
The Hound of the Morrigan - Pat O'Shea.

What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
A Kevin J. Anderson/ Brian Herbert Dune sequel.

What is the best book you've read in the past year
Space Captain Smith - Toby Frost. Hilarious steampunk awesomness.

If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
The Call of Cthulhu - H. P. Lovecraft

Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Most of my favourite authors are dead. Either Pterry or Iain M. Banks.

What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

No idea. Most of what I like is almost unfilmable.

What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Anything by Iain M. Banks. I just don't think its possible do do it justice. It would have to be in IMAX and fifteen hours long.

Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Nope. Don't think I've had them.

What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Some of Kevin J. Anderson's "Saga of Seven Suns" stuff.

What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
The Grand Strategy of Evolution - William Patten, it tries to find an evolutionary justification for 1920's American values of cooperation, self-restraint, etc, using a fundamentally flawed version of evolution and phylogeny. Its just weird.

What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Much Ado About Nothing

Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I've read more French than Russian. Jules Verne FTW

Roth or Updike?
Never read either.

David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Who?

Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. One day I'll read Milton.

Austen or Eliot?
Never read either. Have no plans to either.

What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I'm sure some people will think I should read some dreary modern literary fiction.

What is your favourite novel?
Excession

Play?
Macbeth - Shakespeare

Poem?
Flannan Isle - Wilfred Wilson Gibson

Essay?
Stick a pin in a Stephen Jay Gould book. I'm sure you'll find something.

Short story?
The Shadow Out Of Time - H.P. Lovecraft

Work of nonfiction?
The Origin of Species - Darwin.

Who is your favorite writer?
Terry Pratchett

Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyer. (I'm keeping SB's one on this)

What is your desert island book?
A complete works of Charles Darwin. It doesn't exist, but I'd love it too.

And... what are you reading right now?
The Purple Cloud - M.P. Schiel

 
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davegodfrey: Coelacanth (Science)
[livejournal.com profile] ginasketch has invented a meme of which I heartily approve.
-Choose a book genre
-Choose five books from that genre
-Tell me why I should read them.
Some people have chosen history, others philosophy. I don't really have a choice but to choose science do I?

1. On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin.

How very foolish not to have thought of that )

2. The Earth, An Intimate History - Richard Fortey


Geology Rocks! )

3. The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
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Gene Machines )

4. Wonderful Life - Stephen Jay Gould

The Burgess Shale )

5. Larval Forms - Walter Garstang

Embryological Verse )

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I have no real idea what kind of car this blog would be. Any suggestions?
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