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Authors Answer 97 – Memorable School Reads

You either love or hate English class in school. When reading books, you’re asked to interpret them in ways you would never think of. What does the author mean? Does that blue curtain mean something? Or is it just a blue curtain? Sometimes, it’s enough to cause students to hate reading. But there are some books that stand out to us and become favourites.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 97 – What book did you read in school that you loved?

Paul B. Spence

Hmm. I read lots of books while in school. For school? Le Morte D’Arthur was always a favorite.

D. T. Nova

James and the Giant Peach comes to mind. Later on, The Odyssey.

Elizabeth Rhodes

Not a book, but a play. Once I gave Romeo & Juliet a serious chance I loved it. Knowing it’s not a love story at all went a long way toward appreciating the story and not the romanticizing of “star-crossed lovers.”

Eric Wood

I remember reading “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes in high school. I didn’t completely get it back then. I got the main idea and what was going on and all. I really liked it regardless. Then I read it again in my twenties and it all clicked and made more sense. I loved the connection between Charlie Gordon and Algernon the mouse. It’s also a great story about mental health issues, even if it is science fiction.

Gregory S. Close

I read lots and lots of books in high school that I loved.  Mostly, they just weren’t the books that I was assigned to read.  I think I was one of the few that enjoyed CHESAPEAKE by James Michener.  And CENTENNIAL, too (although I remember the mini-series better).

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Okay, this is probably going to come as a major shock to a lot of people, but…I don’t really remember reading many books in school. I mean, I read TONS of books throughout school, but as far as a book that was actually assigned to us to read? There weren’t too many. Our system was more of a personalized thing. The kids picked their own books (approved by the teacher, of course) and wrote book reports on them. Usually when we were doing a specific tale it was a play or something really old, like Beowulf.

I do, however, remember reading two specific books for class in junior high, and they were 1984 and Animal Farm. I can’t honestly say I remember that much about 1984 other than the general overall theme, but Animal Farm really stuck with me. It creeped me out when I read it (for all the right reasons), and it left me with a healthy distaste for authority and government.

Jean Davis

I read a lot in school, especially when I wasn’t supposed to be reading. I hid fiction books in my text books in most every class, but especially in History. These poor kids with their school assigned computers in class now don’t have a chance at getting away with that anymore. While I can’t say that I loved any of the books I was supposed to be reading, I was quite into the Thieves’ World anthology series at the time. I’m happy to say I still have all those books on my shelf. I’d love to make time to read them all again someday.

H. Anthe Davis

There were two books that I kept reading in school, and kept writing book reports on — not out of laziness but from a constant interest in the themes!  I picked new angles for each report, I swear.  Anyway, they were My Antonia by Willa Cather, and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  I remember writing one essay comparing Heart of Darkness to Dante’s Inferno in themes and characters….that was a good essay.

Linda G. Hill

Dracula. It’s an amazing gothic love story.

Beth Aman

I read My Name is Asher Lev in 10th grade American Lit class.  I loved the way the story was told, the characters, and also the parts about art and painting.  (As a bit of an artist myself, I was fascinated.)

C E Aylett

I didn’t get on in school particularly well for various reasons, so I don’t really remember much of what we studied. And school was a looooong time ago for me — a distant blot on the horizon. But early books that captured my attention were fun books. Nothing too serious. I’m a sucker for a good (not teenage) vampire story, so Brian Lumley’s Necroscope (and the rest of the series) was enthralling. Proper vamps, ghosts, blood and terror. Mohahahahaaaa! Dragonlance was a book I plucked from my brother’s room and loved, too.  Oh – hang on. One book that does stand out — and this is from when I was in primary school — is Funny Bones. ‘On a dark, dark hill there was a dark, dark town…’ I loved that so much I bought it for my kids and it’s now my daughter’s favourite book (and I still love it, too).

Cyrus Keith

We didn’t cover much in the way of novels when I was in high school. We did cover Shakespeare, and after we read the scripts, we usually saw a movie of the play. Franco Zefirelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet, with Olivia Hussey as Juliet, blew my mind, and made me fall in love with Shakespeare. Books that affected me were Native Son by Richard Wright, and two short stories I read in one of those anthologies they put together for schools. I can’t remember the title of the collection, but the stories were The Soul of Caliban  by Emma-Lindsay Squier, and Brightside Crossing by Alan E. Nourse. Both of these came alive in my brain in so many ways, and fueled my thirst for for reading. Strangely enough, neither of these were selected for study in class. And I thought they were the best stories in the whole book.

Jay Dee Archer

Early on, remember having trouble holding in my laughter while reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator in grade 6. That was a favourite from elementary school. However, later on, I fell in love with Shakespeare’s plays. I especially enjoyed Hamlet. I also really enjoyed The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. That was my first exposure to far future post-apocalyptic science fiction. I found it fascinating.

How about you?

What are some books you really enjoyed reading in school? Let us know in the comments below.

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What’s the Best Science Fiction Novel, Series, and Author?

I asked these questions before with fantasy, which I still invite you to answer. Like I said before, I love reading fantasy, but I prefer writing science fiction more. However, I still love reading science fiction. So, please answer these questions in the comments:

  1. What’s your favourite science fiction novel?
  2. What’s your favourite science fiction series?
  3. Who’s your favourite science fiction author?

Thanks for answering! I look forward to hearing what you say.

What’s the Best Fantasy Novel, Series, and Author?

I’m a big fan of reading fantasy novels. I think I like reading them more than science fiction, even though I prefer writing science fiction. But I’d like to know your opinions about fantasy novels. So, please answer these three questions in the comments section:

  1. What’s your favourite fantasy novel?
  2. What’s your favourite fantasy series?
  3. Who’s your favourite fantasy author?

I look forward to your answers.

Getting to Know You – Favourites

I like to know my readers. It’s a great way to make new friends, and discuss things that we like. So, I’m asking a few questions about you. What are your favourites?

  • What’s your favourite colour?
  • What’s your favourite food?
  • What’s your favourite hot dog condiment?
  • What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
  • What’s your favourite TV show?
  • What’s your favourite movie?
  • What’s your favourite fruit?
  • What’s your favourite fish?
  • Who’s your favourite actor?
  • What’s your favourite drink?

My answers:

  • Colour – Blue. Especially cobalt blue. I loved looking at Copper II Sulfate.
  • Food – Difficult to answer. Maybe beef stew. But I also love sushi.
  • Hot dog condiment – Relish. I don’t like ketchup on my hot dog.
  • Ice cream flavour – Mint chocolate chip. Chocolate is close behind.
  • TV show – Star Trek: The Next Generation. Love rewatching it.
  • Movie – The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Absolutely incredible.
  • Fruit – Blueberries. Or raspberries. Or saskatoons.
  • Fish – Salmon. Wild Pacific salmon.
  • Actor – Robin Williams. I was shocked when he died.
  • Drink – Iced tea, or as they call it in Japan, lemon tea.

So, what are your answers? Looking forward to seeing them.

Star Trek Favourites

A lot of people debate amongst other fans of Star Trek about their favourites. Sometimes, they can be so passionate that arguments start. So, if any passionate fans want to disagree with me, go ahead!

Here are some of my favourites from Star Trek.

Favourite Star Trek Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation. This was the one I grew up watching, and it’s always been my favourite. It also has other favourites, but that’s for later in this post.

Honourable Mention: Deep Space Nine

Favourite Captain

Definitely Jean-Luc Picard. Great Captain, great actor.

Honourable Mention: Jonathan Archer. Just because we share the same last name. Nah, I just find him likeable.

Favourite Enterprise

Enterprise D. Luxury, holodecks, incredible size. Also, powerful. I have the technical manual, so I know it better than the others, as well.

Honourable Mention: Original refit Enterprise or Enterprise A. I love the classic movie design.

Favourite Original Cast Movie

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. It’s just plain funny, and the one I enjoyed re-watching so many times.

Honourable Mention: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It’s a classic and has some of the greatest moments in Star Trek.

Favourite Next Generation Movie

Star Trek: First Contact. You can’t beat this Next Gen movie. Great action, the Borg, and Zephram Cochrane.

Honourable Mention: This is so difficult to decide, but probably an unpopular choice… Star Trek Generations. Picard and Kirk together.

Favourite Science Officer

Data! Although he’s not technically a science officer, he’s about the closest you get in Next Generation.

Honourable Mention: Spock. What’s great is that he and Data met.

Favourite Doctor

Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy. He’s always been my favourite with his catch phrases.

Honourable Mention: Doctor Julian Bashir. Not sure exactly why, but I just liked him.

Favourite Chief Engineer

Lt. Commander Geordie LaForge. Maybe it’s because I watched a lot of Reading Rainbow. I just liked the actor.

Honourable Mention: Commander Montgomery Scott. I met James Doohan! He’s actually very close behind LaForge.

Favourite Timeline

The original one containing all the TV series and the non-Abrams movies.

Honourable Mention: Mirror Universe. I guess you could call it an alternate timeline. The reboot movies are an actual alternate timeline, but I’m not a big fan of them. I don’t know, they just don’t feel right.

How about you? What are your favourites?