What was the last book you bought?
I think probably 'The Execution Channel' by Ken McLeod
Name a book you have read more than once
Probably hundreds, but recently 'The Kindness of Women' by J G Ballard, 'Earth Abides', by George R Stewart, 'In the Wet' by Nevil Shute, 'Cyteen' by C J Cherryh, 'The Illuminatus Trilogy' by Shea and Wilson and more generally I keep going back to Dickens, Wodehouse, Heinlein
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Yes at the risk of repeating myself - Architecture: City Sense, by Theo Crosby did just that. There have been many books since that have brought me up with a jolt, but nothing has had the impact of this one.
How do you choose a book? e.g., by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
I find them in all sorts of ways - book lists, blog posts, reviews, 'others bought this' on Amazon.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
What's more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
It needs to hang together - good writing on its own isn't enough for me - it has to be saying something. A gripping plot on the other hand is great for the times you don't want to be mentally engaged, but diverted. Having said that of course without good writing a gripping plotline is easily thrown away.
Most loved/memorable character
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
What was the last book you've read, and when was it?
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
I see no point in persisting with fiction I am not enjoying, but I tend simply to lose interest rather than actively saying 'No'. Non-fiction is slightly different, but even then since I no longer have to read anything, I will give up if the writing is bad. I don't give up because I disagree however.