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30-Day Meme - Day 4: Favourite Book

4.  Favourite Book

ACK x 1000!!!  Seriously - how on earth do you choose just one book as a favourite???  *sigh*

Okay, if I have to choose a favourite book of the moment, then it would be Thud! - Terry Pratchett (oh, Sam Vimes...) with Guards! Guards!  an incredibly close second (Oh, Sam Vimes x 2 - you started in the gutter (literally) and now look at you...I love you madly. Madly!)

Where was I??

Oh, yes.  

I love Thud! because I find the message to be incredibly complex and thought provoking. What happens when the hatred between species is so ancient that no one can really remember the truth of it anymore? And then one of the species finds “the truth”? In this case, the ancient hatred between the trolls and the dwarfs stems (in part) from the Battle of Koom Valley where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs – or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls...it depends on who's telling the story, really.  Then there's the Summoning Dark which is a bit...creepy to think about, actually. Then, of course, there's Sir Samuel Vimes. There aren't enough words to describe how madly I adore Sam Vimes. He's so flawed, so damaged in so many ways, and yet, at his core, he's idealistic (there is right and there is wrong) and just...a guy trying to do his best. He's both bigoted and a complete equalist (he hates pretty much everybody but being a copper transcends species; in fact, it even transcends whether you're living or the living dead). Vetinari seems to play Vimes like a two dollar fiddle but sometimes you wonder....

Erm.  Ahem.  *cough cough*

I seem to have digressed into why I love the character rather than why I love the book(s).  Sorry about that...

So, to sum up: My favourite Discworld character, Vimes, plays a central role. It's a complex, thought-provoking, well-crafted tale. It's Terry Pratchett. 'Nuff said.

Other favourites (in no particular order):

I also love Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! because it introduces us to the Night Watch (and Sam Vimes – have I mentioned how much I love Samuel Vimes? No? :D ). The book is just a wonderful romp. Vimes: broken and alcoholic and yet, and yet – still a good copper in spite of himself (and circumstances). Fred Colon: just trying to get by without getting too hurt or expending too much energy. Nobby Nobbs: who has to carry a paper signed by Vetinari that swears Nobby is human although even then people have doubts. Carrot Ironfoundersson: the young, idealistic, literal-minded six-foot-six dwarf. Thanks to him, everything changes. We-ell, him and the dragon, of course. And Lady Sybil. And the fact that, together, the Night Watch saves the world. “It's a million to one shot – but it just might work.” :D

The Stand – Stephen King - Because I love post-apocalyptic books. Because I love the world he builds in this novel. Because I love the characters (I had such a crush on Stu and Nick when I read this for the first time in grade 8). I also love the way he takes perfectly ordinary things and turns them surreal or ominous with only a word or two.

Sorcery and Cecelia – Patricia C. Wrede/Caroline Stevermer - A regency romance set in a world where magic works. Told in the form of letters (ulp! O.O ) that started as a game between the two authors, and it's utterly, utterly charming. The Mysterious Marquis is (surprise!) dark and mysterious; James is heroic and brooding; Kate is quirky and earnest and Cecelia is bright and resourceful. Although I've always wondered just what, exactly, Kate and Cecelia did with Squire Bryant's goat...

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman - Dear God – I love this book. So. Much. It's about the Apocalypse. Yep, THAT one. It's about a demon and an angel. It's about the Antichrist and the Four Horsemen and the Them. It's about good and evil and the end of days. And it's about a hellhound named Dog...who's small, with a turned out ear - and is a little bit afraid of the cat down the street. I mean, how can you not love a book where the Antichrist gets...ummmm...misplaced...Oh, and did I mention the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter (a witch) which are actually not that nice (in the modern meaning of the word) but are always, always accurate and so specific as to be virtually useless? And did you know the world will end next Saturday? Right after tea... Sigh. I think it's time for my annual re-read of this book....

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (A Trilogy in Five Parts) – Douglas Adams - “Don't Panic” in nice friendly letters. The answer to life, the universe and everything. Earth: Mostly Harmless. Never travel without your towel. The secret to flying is learning how to miss the ground. Zaphod Beeblebrox. Ford Prefect. Arthur Dent. Marvin the Paranoid Android. “I wonder if it will be my friend...SPLAT!” Mice!! Fjords!!! The Restaurant at the End of the Universe!!!! Seriously - what's not to love??? Unfortunately, I lent my #1 nephew my omnibus copy of the books and it's disappeared. :( I really do need to replace them and read them again. Darn! The sacrifices I must make!!! :D

30-Day Meme:

  1. Favourite Song - July 9. 2010
  2. Favourite Movie - July 10, 2010
  3. Favourite TV Program - July 11, 2010
  4. Favourite Book - July 12, 2010
  5. Favourite Quotes
  6. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  7. Photo that makes you happy.
  8. Photo that makes you angry/sad.
  9. Photo you took.
  10. Photo of you taken over 10 years ago.
  11. Photo of you taken recently.
  12. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  13. A fictional book
  14. A non-fictional book
  15. A fanfic
  16. A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
  17. An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
  18. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  19. A talent of yours
  20. Missing – so, whatever tickles your fancy.
  21. A recipe.
  22. A website.
  23. A YouTube Video
  24. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  25. Your day in great detail
  26. Your week in great detail.
  27. This month in great detail
  28. This year in great detail.
  29. Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.
  30. Whatever tickles your fancy.

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"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need...fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little --"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

-- Susan and Death in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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"And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based."

-- Lord Vetinari in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

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They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library.

-- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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As a wizard, it was something that Ponder had only before encountered in acorns: a tiny soundless voice which said, yes, I am but a small, green, simple object - but I dream about forests.

-- Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

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In the 24th century, there will be no hunger. There will be no greed. And every child will know how to read.

-- Gene Roddenberry, as repeated by Jonathan Frakes in the documentary How William Shatner Changed the World

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We've got two lives, one we're given and the other one we make
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Hard Way from the album Come On, Come On

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Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.

-- John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change from the album Continuum

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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher, as seen in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire

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I never loved the soldier
Until there was a war.
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor.
I only talk to God
When somebody's about to die.
I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights

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It may sound absurd: but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream

-- Five for Fighting, Superman (It's Not Easy) from the album American Town

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Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost
These are the things that terrify me the most.
No alien, psychopath or MTV host
Scares me like vampires,mummies and the Holy Ghost.

-- Jimmy Buffett, Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost from the album Fruitcakes

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"I want to believe that... the dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us... as part of something greater than us - greater than any alien force. And if you and I are powerless now, I want to believe that if we listen, to what's speaking, it can give us the power to save ourselves."

-- Fox Mulder, The X-Files from the episode The Truth, pt. 2
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