1. What is the name of the Princess of Pixies?
This was so easy that if you didn't get it right you got disqualified.
correct answer: Sha'el
2. Which regular commenter writes westerns?
Some pretty hilarious offerings here including:
That truckdriver chick Hawkeye?
I think it's Kittty.
Er...Bill E. Goat? (Bill E. got two votes...and he writes paranormal goat romance not westerns)
And some of you fumbled but eventually came close:
2. Brady Westminster? or Westhammer? Westmorland? West?
2. Brady Westwood?
Correct answer: Brady Westwater (7 correct answers, 8 if f you include a rather sweet "moi?" from Mr. W himself)
3. What magazine is fortunate to claim MG Tarquini as a contributing editor?
Some wishful thinking included: The New Yorker, Paris Review, and three people who think the Bunions is a magazine (if it is, it's news to me...but so much is these days)
and 17 of you got the correct answer: Spinetingler
and two of you had some fun thinking what Tarquini meant:
---It always makes me think of a tall alcoholic drink with ice. I'm sure it's not quite as good as gin though.
----but i love the name tarquini. it sounds like a delicious gin-based cocktail someone named tarquin might make for their friends.
4. Name as many of Miss Snark's relatives as you can
Entirely too many of you named Killer Yapp, who I must tell you is REALLY offended you think he'd lower himself to claiming kin with creatures that are delusional about their superiority given they have ONLY two legs, no sense of smell, and a curious inhibition about pooping in the park.
Most of you got Grandmother Snark but only
one of you got Shyster Snark; and
one of you got Card Shark Snark.
Everyone missed Abacus Snark
Winner here is Bethany who got one I'd totally forgotten about:
Pappa (Father) Snark (with the Pentagon-days stamp that reads: Hogwash)
and one of you is looking for clues in very very strange places:
If it is true that "Miss Snark is the long lost love child of Joyce Maynard and JD Salinger," then that stipulates her parentage.
5. Who is Pat Walsh and why does Miss Snark talk about him in reverent tones?
Almost all of you got some variation of this. Mostly I wanted to again mention his book.
6. Who are Ann, Victoria and Dave and why does Miss Snark mention them?
You mostly got this right, but a few of you have real hang ups on how to spell Dave's name.
You'll notice I don't include it either.
7. What are three things Miss Genoese and Miss Snark share?
Let's remind everyone that Miss Genoese is NOT an agent. She's an editor.
A lot of you are soaking her in gin, and dropping ciggie ash on MY head but really the correct answers are:
devotion to Mr. Clooney
devotion to Mr. Clooney
devotion to Mr. Clooney
and the fact that NO ONE got it ALL right is really cause for great alarm.
In fact, let's just have a little reminder, right here:
8. When Miss Snark mentions her hair, what is she doing with it?
Almost everyone got the correct answer: setting it on fire.
There were a few who thought I was pulling it out but really, why do that when you can self combust.
9. There are six reasons to scream at a client. Which is your favorite?
Some of you thought I asked when it's ok to scream at an agent. No no, this was from a very early post wherein someone's (now blessedly former) agent had screamed at her.
No one got this right except the people who googled.
Herein the list:
The six reasons are as follows:
1. Client's hair is on fire;
2. Client has stepped into traffic on Third Avenue, forgetting it goes both directions at 14th Street;
3. Client has won the Edgar and the applause makes it hard to hear;
4. Client has swilled the very very last bottle of gin;
5. Client is getting ready to sit upon [a] chair that is occupied by a reptile; or
6. Client has eloped with George Clooney.
Winners here are Georgiana, and Maya, for choosing my favorite: #5
10. Miss Snark recommends books from time to time. Name any three.
Well, here's where we hit the motherlode. Many of you confuse my recommendations on the blog with the books I list on library thing. The books on library thing are ones I've read. No recommendation implied, although a lot of them are darn good.
Herewith what you remember:
Chang-Rae Lee's Native Speaker. I read it on your recommendation and enjoyed it a lot. I also followed up on Jane Kenyon and Candas Dorsey because of your suggestions. Thanks!
The Amulet of Samarkand... there's more in the library link on the right of your blog.
Gay Talese A Writers Life
Jon ? Motherless Brooklyn (like I say, I'm not googling!)
Pat Walsh as above - no that's cheating...
Um... Anything by Laura Lippman
Hey, cool, you like Dick Francis. I think I read every one, and suspect that his wife really wrote them.
The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud;
Baby Proof, Emily Giffin.
Slicky Boys by Martin Limon,
The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt and
Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial by Ronald Kidd
Timothy, or, notes of an abject reptile;
Kirsch's Guide to the Book Contract
PERSUADER by Lee Child
BELLY by Lisa Selin Davis
RAINFALL by Barry Eisler
Other recommended authors: Michael Connolly, James Lee Burke, Frederick Busch, Laurie King and Sara Paretsky
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (I finally bought it)
Rainfall by Barry Eisler
Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King
Portraits, by Michael Kimmelman;
The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp;
Motherless Brooklyn, by Jon Letham
Motherless Brooklyn by Jon Letham,
Persuader by Lee Child
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
10. Alan Furst, Larry Brown (thanks for that one), and I think I got James Lee Burke from you, about a year ago. I also think you mentioned Dennis Lehane some time back.
Elements of Style,
Bleak House - Charles Dickens,
Saints at the River - Ron Rash;
Last Night - James Salter
10 Percent of Nothing: The Case of the Literary Agent from Hell by Jim Fisher
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper
Telling Lies for Fun and Profit,
Gay Talese's writing book,
Kirsch's Guide to the Book Contract,
78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might is worth reading
'78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might', 'Confederacy of Dunces',
'The Lovely Bones'.
I know you've recommended Michael Connely, Dick Francis, and any of the Spenser novels up until recently when Parker starts repeating himself.
The Amulet of Samarkand,
Jenna Glatzer's book, and.
.. Augusten Burroughs' Running With Scissors?
And you didn't perticularly like Jonothan Stange and Mrs. Norrell (no kidding!)
Buried Alive; the Biography of Janis Joplin, by Myra Friedman
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
What Remains : A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love, by Carole Radziwill
Amulet of Samarkand by Stroud,
A writer's life by Gay Talese,
Timothy: or notes of an abject reptile
Writer's Guide to Literary Agents,
Chicago Manual of Style
"The Amulet of Samarkand,"
"Tropic of Night,"
"So Yesterday"; all were fabulous; thanks for the recommendations. Also, Steven King's "On Writing." My recommendation backatcha: listen to Simon JonesÂs performance of ÂAmuletÂ; itÂs a treat.
What Is Life Worth, Kenneth R Feinberg
Saints at the River, Ron Rash
Last Night, James Salter
Hitman by Lawrence Block (just read it and the follow up Hit List, one per day - great books!)
A Writers Life
11. Bonus points: for which phrase has Miss Snark applied for a patent?
Yanno, everyone got that right except the people who quibbled that it's a word not a phrase. Those people are disqualified of course for not knowing that 'you know' is a phrase.
and a quick word to everyone who is in some sort of snit about this:
Get over yourself.
If, on the first Sunday in October, I decide to see what kinds of things people remember over the course of fifteen months and three thousand posts, don't get your knickers in a twist.
If you thought this was related to the crapometer, you need your head examined. Also a remedial course in reading retention.
But of course, if at any time you are unsatisified with the customer service provided here, I'll be glad to provide you with a complete refund of all your entry fees. Step right up to make your claim.