serious

Bookmemething

1. Total number of books owned?

No idea. Too many. Enough to fill several sets of shelves.

2. The last book I bought?

All fun and games until somebody loses an eye, by Christopher Brookmyre.

3. The last book I read?

Billie Morgan, by Joolz Denby.

1. With pictures?

100 Suns. Actually, though, that's all pictures, pretty much. Currently 15 quid from Transreal.

2. Nonfiction?

100 Suns, I guess.

4. 5 books that mean a lot to me?

The book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe
If this is a man - Primo Levi
My friend Mr Leakey - JBS Haldane
Darwin's Dangerous Idea - Dan Dennett
Scenes from the lives of the great socialists - Martin Rowson and Kevin Killane

5. 5 folks I'd like to see answer this meme (assuming they haven't already)?

Errr . . . well, anybody who wants to, really. No pressure.
Scenes from the lives of the great socialists - Martin Rowson and Kevin Killane

I've not heard of this -- sounds interesting. Care to say a little more about it?
Sure.

It's a book of Martin Rowson's cartoons from the New Statesman in the eighties. Kevin Killane added a short commentary on each one (sometimes serious, sometimes not) at the back. Many of the cartoons are based on truly dreadful puns. This is what the cover looks like - you should be able to identify Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Trotsky and Guevara there. They all feature heavily inside.
Ah... thanks for that. (To my shame, I'd not recognise Engels except for by a process of elimination).
He's not as distinctive, is he? He doesn't get as many good lines in the cartoons either.
How's the new Chris Brookmyre? I was being tempted in Borders the other day.

Was it George Bernard Shaw who gets wallpapered over? I always forget...
Was it George Bernard Shaw who gets wallpapered over?

By William Morris, yes.

The Brookmyre's good, so far, but I'm not spedning a great deal of time reading at the mo, so I'm not far into it.
The book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe

What a great choice!
Have you read the books of the Long Sun and Short Sun? I thought the latter was one of the most wonderful things I have ever read, and have been trying to force it on others. Some seem to balk on the fact that they need nine prequels for context, but it's their loss.
I have, but only once. I have to find time to reread them.

A friend of mine read Short Sun and said it was one of the best things he'd ever read, and as he's a degree in English Lit I assume he's read some terrific stuff in his time. And this after saying a few years previously that he thought Citadel of the Autarch could safely not have been written as it didn't advance things.

Oh yes. Fine stuff.