October 20th, 2003

breaking bad

Nice day for it

You can vote in the BBC's 'best loved book' competition here.

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I voted for the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy because:

- I wanted to vote for SF, so this was the only choice
- It's probably the book that comes to my thoughts most frquently, of all the 21 options
- It's more experimental in form than any of the others

I was tempted by Pride and Prejudice and His Dark Materials. I suspect that LotR will win, because it is the single obvious choice of a particular group of readers, whereas the votes of a different type of reader will be dispersed between P&P, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre, for example.

PS, Philip Pullman should have named the third book in his trilogy 'That Just About Wraps It Up For God' thus neatly tying the metaphysical ends of existence into a nice neat bow.
breaking bad

That guy with the pins sticking out his face

Clive Barker
Which Ghost Story Author Are You?

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This doesn't show up very well does it? The words read:

Clive Barker. Demon to some, Angel to others, you tend to go on a bit and your forays into the further reaches of experience have left you spattered with blood and semen. But your unkempt appearance hides an insightful mind unafraid to plumb the abyss of the human soul.

It's uncanny.