The Baton!

So General Ape passed me the baton which is “…a less-irritating-than-usual web log quiz meme all about music, but, somewhere along the way, it morphed into being all about books”

Books Owned
I have a lot of books; a lot of them are kept now in storage up in my new attic. They are a mixture of sci fi/fantasy…..crime… books….horror and social work text books. I hoard books and to be honest I think some books can be judged my their cover, but then again some covers look crap and are still good……but hey that’s life 🙂

When I get Amazon gift certificates through people buying books that I recommend i get damned exited as it means I get a free book. When that happens I take great pains to choose a book that actually has something to do with fishing, it’s like a little gift from my website to me ….weird eh?

Last Book Bought
Now that I come to think about it, hmmmm possibly the last book I bought may actually have been a social work text book horrifyingly enough. I have been bought a lot of books by people for my birthday and at Christmas so usually have a vast collection of books waiting to be read…..actually in writing this I think I remember what the last book was…..I bought “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson. It was later made into a terrible film called “The Omega Man” with Charlton Heston.

It is a much better book! It also has a rather good cover!

Last Book I Read

A book I have just finished after reading for around the 10th time is “Consider Phlebas”

A fantastic book and the first in the “Culture” series. One of those books where you are thinking who are the goodies and who are the baddies 🙂

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction. Consider Phlebas – a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination.

Which is about as far away from fly fishing for trout that you can actually get!

I am currently reading “Otherland” by Tad Williams which is actually turning out to be quite good……a kind of matrix meets anti racism fantasy novel 🙂
I am trying to stay away from fishing books until the close season so that I have a few to read to keep me occupied in those long winter nights……eak!

Five Books That Mean A Lot To Me

My first John Gierach book and still the best! Also one that I stole from the library…..well I didn’t actually steal it I just did not take it back……it wasn’t even my card that I borrowed it on!

I read it and did not really “get it”. Then when I started fly fishing pretty much full time I read it again……fantastic

Consider Phlebas…see above…my first Culture novel!


Not so much a book but a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot….contains “The Waste Land”


The fourth is Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”…..if there was ever a reason for me wanting to work with vulnerable people this is it!


I really couldn’t pick a fifth book out of all my favourite books……if i have a favourite book it means something to me 🙂

I’m passing this on to…

Tom at A View From the Bridge

Dharma at The Dharma Blog

Edward at Mind the Shark

Mike at MX4

and finally

Jason at