Shelf Awareness’ Q&A

On your nightstand right now:

Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, thanks to an essay in William Gibson’s Distrust that Particular Flavor.

Favorite book when you were a child:

Strangely, it was probably The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.  I grew up in a house where my father’s science fiction novels dominated every bookshelf — and there were a lot of bookshelves.  I didn’t understand a tenth of what was really going on in the book, but I read it over and over all the same.

Your top five authors:

In no particular order, Michael Swanwick, William Gibson, Joe Haldeman, Elmore Leonard, and Terry Pratchett.  I like literate SF/F, I like quick, clean prose, and I like to laugh.

Book you’re an evangelist for:

Stations of the Tide, by Michael Swanwick.  It’s the tale of a bureaucrat tasked with chasing down a magician who is spreading proscribed technology on a world about to be consumed by a great flood, and it’s based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It also features tantric sex lessons from a witch.

Book you’ve faked reading:

Hmmm.  I never managed to finish The Da Vinci Code; I went to see the movie just to see if I had missed anything. (Nope.)

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard.  It was the first novel of his that I read.  I was hooked by the end of the first scene.

Favorite line from a book:

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”  — The Gunslinger, by Stephen King.  Coming in at a very close second:  “We realize this means the destruction of solar systems, but consider the alternative.”  — A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge.  And:  “The bureaucrat fell from the sky.”  — Stations of the Tide, by Michael Swanwick

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

The entirety of Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga.