Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Random Number Survey

I got this idea from the blog, "A Great Book Study"
and I thought it sounded like fun.

Here's how the Random Number Survey works.

1) Pick a number in your head (I picked five).

2) Count that number across your bookshelf (so, I picked the fifth book on my bookshelf). Answer the first question with that book.

3) Count the same number of books from where you left off and answer the second question.

4) Continue until the questions are complete. There are 15 questions.

Here we go...

1. What do you think of the cover?

The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

I rather like the simplicity of the C. S. Lewis signature classics, which is why I choose to collect that particular set. The weigh scales seem like a good fit for The Abolition of Man, because it deals with objective value and our judgment of it. Thumbs up.

2. Write a review in 140 characters or less

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

First book of LOTR "trilogy". Tolkien's classic remains the standard for modern fantasy. Brilliant storytelling and world-builiding. In one word: epic.

3. How or where did you get this book?

Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney

I bought this book at Chapters a few months ago.

4. Who's your favourite character in this book and why?

Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Rescue by Kathryn Lasky

OTULISSA! Otulissa is my favourite character in the entire series. For some weird reason, I tend to be partial towards somewhat snobby, aristocratic characters and Otulissa is one of them. Otulissa's love of books and knowledge, pretentiousness, blood thirsty warrior mentality, bravery, and principles combine to make Otulissa the most well developed character in the series and one of my favourite characters of all time.

5. Recommend this book to a fellow blogger you think would like it

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Well... I can't really recommend this because... I haven't actually read it yet. *cough*

I will say that my literature teacher told the few boys in our class (I being one of them), that reading this book is a great way to win a girl's heart. So, I recommend this book to anyone interested in that end.

6. How long ago did you read this book?

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

*checks previous blog entries*

August 2013.

7. Name a favourite scene from this book (no SPOILERS)

Akiko and the Intergalactic Zoo by Mark Crilley

Man, I haven't read this book in years, so it's hard to remember which scenes were my favourite. I'll say any scene where Spuckler and Mr. Beeba are arguing, because it's hilarious.

8. Open to page 87 and pick a random quote to share

Chretien de Troyes' Arthurian Romances

"Then I can truly say to you that the flower that buds from such a graft should be very beautiful and attractive, and the fruit from it all the better to pick; for the product of excellence has a sweet fragrance. Enide is beautiful, and it is right and proper she should be so; for her mother is a most beautiful lady, and in her father one sees a handsome knight. She does not fail to live up to them in any respects, for she closely follows and takes after them both in many ways."

9. How did you hear about or discover this book?

The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Long story. When I was about 11 or 12, I was a huge fan of LOTR (I had only seen the movies at that point) when I read a description of "The Chronicles of Narnia". I thought it sounded a lot like LOTR (silly me) and I decided to read it. I picked up The Magician's Nephew, because it looked like it was Book One (once again, silly me). I didn't like it and didn't continue reading the series. I blame this partly on reading The Magician's Nephew as Book One a la chronological order when I should have read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first a la publication order and partly on my bad taste back then (I now love The Magician's Nephew). About a year later, I randomly watched the BBC adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, expecting to dislike it. I laugh at the BBC movies nowadays, but the original story shone through enough to make me LOVE it the first time I saw it. I soon rediscovered the book series and the rest is history. I don't like telling this story, because it's long and somewhat embarrassing in hindsight, but there you have it.

10. If you could redesign the cover, what would you do?

The Dark Sea Annals: The Errant King by Wayne Thomas Batson

I actually really like the overall design of this cover. All I would do is try to make it look a little more professional. Something about it looks a little cheap to me, but I'm not sure what exactly.

11. Name your least favourite character in this book and why

Watchmen by Alan Moore

This is a hard question, because not many of the characters in this graphic novel are that likeable, but they are all very interesting (much like the graphic novel itself), so... I'm not sure if the question is which character is the least likeable or the least interesting. Of the main characters, I will say that Edward Blake aka the Comedian is the least likeable to me because he is a rapist and I'll say that Laurie Juspeczyk aka the Silk Spectre is the least interesting to me, because... she is (though that isn't saying much because all of the main characters are very interesting).

12. Fill in the blank. If you like _____ then you should try (your book)

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snickett

If you like the previous books in the series, then you should try The Grim Grotto. Not very imaginative, I know, but this is another book I haven't read in years and, from what I remember from my re-read the biggest flaw in these books is how similar they are to each other. The first so many books follow essentially the same plot structure, just in a different setting. Snickett also uses continuing phrases in each book (I'm not saying this as a complaint necessarily, it's actually kind of charming, but it doesn't help the similarity of each book).

13. Name one cool thing about this book (under the dust jacket, map, font, photograph, etc.)

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers by Beatrix Potter

Potter's illustrations, especially the ones coloured with water colours. They remind me of my childhood.

14. Where is it set and would you ever want to visit that world/place?

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (graphic novel) 

A long time ago in a galaxy far,
far away...

Would I want to visit it? Not particularly. It would be cool to be a Jedi, but if I wasn't endowed with the correct Midichlorian count, I'd probably take a pass.

15. Who is it dedicated to?

Greek Realities: Life and Thought In Ancient Greece by Finley Hooper (one of my nonfiction books got mixed in with my fiction)

Finley Hooper dedicates this book to his mother, Lola Allison Hooper.


  1. Hi, Adam,
    I'm reading through Chrétien's Arthurian Romances right now! I love anything King Arthur, or most things Medieval.