Meanwhile, book meme grabbed from thistlerose!
* Three books that have marked your childhood...
-Illustrated Poems For Children- When I say to someone, "this is just to say i have eaten the ben 'n' jerry's that was in the freezer and which you were probably craving at two a.m...." and they DON'T GET IT I am floored. I just assumed that everyone read this collection as a child, that it was standard for English-speaking parents to give this to their kids and you did not get out of childhood without knowing all of these.
-From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg- Did anyone read this and not start planning what they would take if they hid out at a museum for two weeks? I call it The Novel That Teaches You How To Pack.
-Junior Great Books Series Two: Stories, Tales, and Fables- By the time I read this I was old enough to know that not everyone would have read this along with me, but that only made me feel sorry for them. How can anyone exist without knowing the tale of Vassilisa the Beautiful, or The Cow-Tail Switch? *shakes head*
* ... and your teenagehood :
-Arrows of the Queen, Mercedes Lackey-First mainstream novel I'd read that demonstrated an innocent tolerance of sexual orientation. It made me a better person.
-Princess Daisy, Judith Krantz- That lesbian scene? Formative, baby.
-The Beauty Books, Anne Rice- I discovered that my kink was not unique and evil and dreadful, not if a mainstream author could write about it (even if under a pseudonym) and get it published.
(Yes, the teenage years are all about sex. Duh.)
* Your three favourite books (only 3, even if it's hard!):
Okay, favorite in the sense of "classic favorites in my heart," rather than "books I'm not tired of and would still choose as 'desert island' books," because these are no longer those books:
-The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (It's ONE book. It is.)
-The Princess Bride, William Goldman- The movie is a completely different animal. This book has two of the best plotwise fake-outs you'll ever come upon, not to mention its whole "tale within a tale" fake-out.
The Silver Metal Lover, Tanith Lee- My first Tanith Lee and so the first of hers in my heart. And I haven't quite read all of her books but I've read a lot.
* Three books you could read again and again without growing weary of it :
-Archangel, Sharon Shinn- Most things by Sharon Shinn, actually. Any book in that series, along with Heart of Gold and Summers at Castle Auburn.
-Komarr, Lois McMaster Bujold- I love so many of hers; this is one I am capable of reading and eating up without feeling like my heart has been taken from me and kept away for several days. I can actually go on with my day after I've put it down. Bujold also performs the monumental task of taking a beloved series with a beloved hero who still doesn't have a steady sweetie despite a number of interesting past girlfriends, and newly introducing the woman he'll fall for immediately and who'll become his wife one book later--and making the reader like her. Rowling, you still have a lot to learn from this woman.
-The Fresco, Sherri Tepper- There's something about Tepper's "let's make these radical misogynists get what they deserve" dystopias that I eat up. This one (along with The Gate to Women's Country) is one of my most frequent rereads.
* Three books you've read or are reading recently :
-Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War, Naomi Novik- I couldn't read these until the next one was released, because if I read them I would have no more of the series waiting for me to be read at any time. So as of September and the release of Empire of Ivory I decided to go ahead. And I have no idea how I'm managing to keep my hands off of Empire so far.
-Flora Segunda, Isabeau Wilce- Recommended by sarahtales, and I'm thrilled she did. A clever fantasy universe, AU-ish from our own and slightly steampunkian, with clever characters and especially fun slang. I've been calling my sandwiches "sandwies" since reading it.
* Three books that you'll read soon :
-Empire of Ivory, Naomi Novik -The flesh is weak. I'll probably read it in November.
-Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West; Louis Meyer -Has anyone read this series? The Bloody Jack series? Omigod, so much fun. It's the old saw of "girl disguises self as boy to run off to sea" but so very very well done. A first-person narrative that's delightful, and the books get better with each, how about that.
-The Robe of Skulls, Vivian French- Picked this up at Waterstone's when I was in England. It really looks like fun.
* And one special, fetish book that you'd keep with yourself all the time :
Right now it's the first seventy-seven pages of His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. Unless you really mean fetish in which case it's Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey.
I'll probably be all "No, wait! I want to change my answer!" in two hours, but I'll let these stand. I tag everyone else! I want to hear all about the books in your lives!