Thursday, August 07, 2008

Booking Through Thursday--Other Worlds

Are there any particular worlds in books where you’d like to live? Or where you certainly would NOT want to live? What about authors? If you were a character, who would you trust to write your life?

I'm one of those rather boring readers who like to keep at least one foot in the recognizable world. You know...a world where trees look and behave like trees, dogs look and behave like dogs, and humans look and behave like humans. Yes, I have branched off into the world of elves, wizards and giants, but dragons are about as other-worldly as I want to go. Besides, those elves and wizards and giants still look human, I just have to take care not to get zapped, spelled or stomped.

I like to read books set in medieval England. Would I want to live there? Uh...NO! I like my computer, daily showers, books, and other creature comforts. I like to read post-apocalyptic fiction. Would I want to live in a world like that? Uh...NO! I like to read mysteries, but I wouldn't really want to live in that sort of world because I'm just the sort of character who'd stick her nose in the wrong place while searching for clues and wind up getting that pug nose of hers blown off. So...I'd be content to continue living in this present-day, flawed world and just take short hops in a time machine. I'm a coward, aren't I?

As for being a character and trusting one certain author to "get it right", I'd choose Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire mystery series. I love the way he portrays all his characters. Supposedly "simple folk", they're anything but when Johnson gets through with them. They're filled with humor, insight...they're real. Johnson's gift of nuance is incredible. Yup. He could write me in as a character any day.


  1. There is a certain comfort in knowing that when you put your book down, you are returning to the familiar and relative safety of home. :-)

    Craig Johnson is a great choice for an author to write you into a book. I wouldn't mind living in his neck of the woods.

  2. You've convinced me to read Craig Johnson's The Cold Dish.

  3. Wonderful! I have yet to see someone NOT enjoy his books, so I hope you continue the trend.


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