On Reading Reflections

As seen on Julio Angel Ortiz‘s website:

  • What are you reading right now?
    • Le Morte d’Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Buried Age, Chris Bennett
  • Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
  • What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?
  • What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?
    Forced to read? The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. What a dreadful piece of shit.
  • What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
    David Gerrold’s Worlds of Wonder. It’s his book on writing science fiction, but I’ve found his ideas applicable to everything.
  • Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?
    Nope. When was I last in a library?
  • Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all?
    I found K.W. Jeter’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel Warped to be a good, challenging piece of work — Star Trek mixed with a phildickian mindfuck, basically — but it’s pretty much hated across the board and has been blamed for starvation in Africa and ethnic cleansings in Freedonia the last time I checked. I wouldn’t say I loved the book, but it’s nowhere near as bad as its reputation.
  • Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving?
    Yes. No. Yes. Yes. Yes. How would that work? No.
  • When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?
    I was little?
  • What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
    Star Trek: Crucible: McCoy: Provenance of Shadows, by David R. George III.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On Reading Reflections

  1. I want to know why my copy of Warped is a special edition. What’s special about it? I’ve been wondering that for years…

    I love John Steinbeck but I haven’t read The Pearl.

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