What’s the first book you remember reading?
The children’s books Rackey-Boom and Rootie Kazootie.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading three books, although that’s unusual. I’m pretty much a one book at a time reader. I’m rereading Valhalla by Jere Peacock. I’m also reading The Gentleman From Japan, an Inspector O novel by James Church. I’m not enjoying it as much as I did the first couple of books in the series. And Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. All three of these books are outside of my usual reading genres, which tend toward Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy, some Sci-Fi, and Post Apocalypse.
Why did you choose that book?
I read Valhalla multiple times years ago, when I was in the Marine Corps, and I wanted to see what I thought of it now. It’s bringing back memories, but positive and negative, so I don’t know if I’ll continue reading it. I have read the previous Inspector O novels. I find North Korea interesting for some reason. And the Murakami book just caught my eye on the New Releases shelf at my public library in Key West.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Bad Basil Harwar or Percy Snow, characters from Sterling Hayden’s book Voyage. They were such strong, but flawed, personalities. And, of course, Stephen King. I like to see if his real-life voice is similar to his “writing” voice. If it is, he speaks my lingo and the lingo of the people closest to me my entire life. It’s a voice, and a way of expressing things, that I benefit from being around. I mean his “voice” not his oft-used New Englander accents.
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
I have read each of the following books multiple times, and would again. The first one I’ve probably read seven times! The Stand, by Stephen King. Voyage: A Novel of 1896, by Sterling Hayden. Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. The Drifters, by James Michener (although I haven’t read this one in years, so I don’t know how it would hold up for me) I can’t think of a fifth book that has been instrumental in my reading life, but a book that has stuck with me, even though I’ve only read it once, is Evolution by Stephen Baxter. I should probably read it again. Wait a minute, here’s a taste of non-fiction that I just thought of! It’s another book I’ve read multiple times and would read again: Dear Mom, I’m Alive–Letters Home from Blackwidow 25 by Randolph Mains. And, of course, Catcher in the Rye was important to me too, but Good Times, Bad Times, by James Kirkwood, may have had an even greater impact on me at the time. (I guess I can’t follow rules, but I had to mention more than five books. Please don’t let me come back and add to this or I surely will!)
I am a mix of contradictions: a combination of creative/neurotic type and Marine Corps NCO. I truly love being lost in a good book, and I love being lost singing a song. https://www.facebook.com/TheHelperNovel/
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