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1) Total number of books owned
Lots. I have, um, 3 6 foot bookcases full, plus some in boxes. The garage and spare room are covered. If this gives you any idea, I think I have 10 or so on my nightstand.

2) The last book I bought
2 - The Drawing of the Three, Stephen King and Faith of the Fallen, Terry Goodkind

3) The last book I read?
Last weekend I finished The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three and am currently in the middle of The Eyes of the Dragon (also King). I'm also reading a Roald Dahl Omnibus and King, Warrior, Magician, Lover : Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine. Some day, I will finish this book.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me
This is really hard. How do I pick 5? Let's see, off the top of my head:
American Gods - introduced me to Neil Gaiman (Love his writing! Love, love, love it!)
The Gunslinger - introduced me to Stephen King in a good way
The Snow Queen, Vinge - got me out of a rut of trash novels in college. It was like a breath of fresh air.
Who Moved My Cheese - I know, it's a terrible title and a horrific story. But it reminds me that goals change and living in the past is a recipe for disaster.
The Black Stallion - I loved these books as a kid. In fact, I never could give them up. They're still sitting on a shelf, waiting for the next generation.

5) Tag some people to fill this out on their LJs.
Hmmmm. If you want to...

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Eh, I'll just fill it out here

1) Total number of books owned
A ridiculous amount. When I was 16 (until I was 18 and moved to Seattle), I worked in a bookstore. As such, I got TONS of freebies and whatnot, plus I bought about half of my paycheck in reading material every other week. In Boulder, I only have about 3/4 of a shelf worth of strictly reading books, with another half a shelf of reference books and a full shelf of various RPG books. In WA, though, I've got several cabinets of stuff. The issue really comes down to how often I reread things - I don't, really. I remember books well enough that, after a read or two, I'm more or less done eith the book. Eh.

2) The last book I bought
A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin. Someone told me long ago to get into it, so now I am and it's pretty darn good.

3) The last book I read?
I'm currently reading the afformentioned Game of Thrones. Previously, I read Dave Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day and China Mieville's The Scar. Both were pretty good in very different ways, but both were too short.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland - without this book, I probably wouldn't have lived through high school.
Insomnia and It by Stephen King - some of his better works. I like how both also tie into his Gunslinger series, though having now finished the series I'm not too thrilled with how Ser King wrote the last 3 books.
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken - Sorta kicked me in the ass and made me look at pollitcs more.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - heavily influenced how my sense of humor grew as a kid.
Call of the Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft - inspired the dark side of my imagination.

Re: Eh, I'll just fill it out here

Game of Thrones sounds familiar. Do you remember who recommended it?

Re: Eh, I'll just fill it out here

My own girl-creature, for starters. Several other people - I think Mike?

1) Total number of books owned
I think between whiskeyjack and myself we have a small library. 3 6 foot shelves and some in the garage sounds about comparable. Plus some old textbooks in my dad's house :-)

2) The last book I bought
Higher-Order PERL. Yes, a programming book. It's a good one though. The last fiction was Bill Moyers "The language of Life"

3) The last book I read?
Same as #2, unless you count books I read to my daughter, in which case it was "Do Princesses Kiss Frogs?"

4) Five books that mean a lot to me

In no particular order:

  • Dune (a plot within a plot wrapped in an enigma and smothered in secret sauce, or something)
  • Enders Game (I hear they're ruining it into a movie)
  • American Gods (glad you also liked it)
  • The Foundation Trilogy (packaged as a book, it's still smaller than some modern novels)
  • Atlas Shrugged (despite disagreements with the author)

You actually made it through Atlas Shrugged? Wait, what am I talking about? You're reading a PERL book for FUN.

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