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1. Book I'm too lazy or bored to read: The decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. I'm not really sure why I've been so disinclined to read this classic, as I'm an avid student of Classical History. I think, perhaps, it's the dense, 18th Century style of writing, though I enjoy political writing, essays, and sermons of the era. Then again, it could be, as an American, I'm prejudiced by Gibbons anti-colonial stance during that unfortunate business with the colonies. 😉
2. What book made you swoon? Lord of the Rings. The majesty and grace abounding in Tolkien's epic tale of good and evil is astounding in its focus on the importance of the ordinary virtues as a bulwark against the dark.
3. What book left you with a reading hangover? I'd have to say Autobiography of a werewolf hunter by Brian Easton. This is Heart of Darkness meets Dog soldier meets monster. It's a brutal exploration of how obsession, violence, hatred, can make the man as terrible as the thing he hunts. This book blew me away.
4. What book would you recommend to others? Well, aside from the books mentioned in numbers 2 & 3, anything by Jonathan Maberry; action meets horror. I'll read it up in droves. Also, House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski; this book, though surreal in places, still scared the heck out of me in its subtle, documentary, academic approach to the story.
5. What book do you come back to again and again? The Great Tradition by Richard Gamble. In an age where training in instrumental or utilitarian knowledge is mistaken for education, this book is a trumpet call to rediscover the joys of a classical education and First Principles.
6. Favorite male author: CJ Henderson, Jonathan Maberry, Tolkien, Lewis, Brian Easton, Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron, Paul Tremblay.
7. Favorite female author: Ania Ahlborn, Lauren Beukes, Sara Gran
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