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« Reply #100 on: 27 Jul 2005, 08:16 »

Kings not the best writer out there, but i like alot of his books.
His last book (thankfully, as his recent stuff was shit) was alright, but his best works imo are The Stand and IT
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« Reply #101 on: 27 Jul 2005, 08:19 »

Honestly I think that King is a bit overrated. I actually have a friend that reads everything by King that she can get her hands on because he is the author. That is her main reason for reading those books. Frustrating to no end. That being said I do enjoy some of his books. Some of his stuff is very interesting. Anyway...
It was good but very disturbing *shudder*
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« Reply #102 on: 27 Jul 2005, 08:25 »

reading a book because you know and like the author makes perfect sense to me. i read books just cause Anthony wrote them, and they've never disappointed. however, since King sucks (except IT which still scares the bejeezus outa me) i think i understand your point. it's not cause he's good, it's cause he's known
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« Reply #103 on: 27 Jul 2005, 09:10 »

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I can guarantee that of those of you who decide to read a Tom Robbins book based on a this or my own recommendation, at least half will refer to him as your "favorite author" after a couple of books.
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« Reply #104 on: 27 Jul 2005, 10:46 »

For everyone who has listed Gaiman, he's got a new book coming out in September, I think.  It sounds like it's pretty much rehashing American Gods, though.  I really think his books tend to have the same basic theme and plot by the end.

Another thought that is totally unrelated....anyone read anything by William Golding besides Lord of the Flies?  I've read a few other things by him, and really, they were brilliant.  Pincher Martin comes to mind.
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« Reply #105 on: 27 Jul 2005, 10:50 »

There is only /one/ name worth remembering in the fantasy genre, and it is neither JK Rowling /nor/ JRR Tolkien.


No, ladies and gentlemen, the best fantasy on the planet would be from the combined efforts of David and Leigh Eddings, author power-couple supreme!

The Belgariad.

YOU MUST READ THE BELGARIAD.

And its sister series, The Malloreon.

Do it now.
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« Reply #106 on: 27 Jul 2005, 10:53 »

I DID SO

MANY MANY YEARS AGO.

Aphi, those books are terrible.

But I love them sooo.....
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« Reply #107 on: 27 Jul 2005, 10:54 »

^^

I know.

The writing is not particularly good, but it sucks you in, doesn't it?

If ever there was a good /character/ writer, it's David Eddings.


I would not, however, reccommend that anyone read The Elenium or The Tamuli, as they're both terrible.
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« Reply #108 on: 27 Jul 2005, 10:55 »

What?

Bigger explosion, more violence, exsessive ladys?

More like AWESOME
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« Reply #109 on: 27 Jul 2005, 10:58 »

Ah, but the Elenium and the Tamuli didn't have Prince Kheldar,  now did they?



Note: Silk/Ambar of Kotu/Radek of Boktor/Prince Kheldar of Drasnia is Aph's favourite fictional character /ever/, so she may be a little biased.
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« Reply #110 on: 27 Jul 2005, 11:00 »

I'm sorry, but Elenium/Tamuli > Belgariad/Malloreon.

This is because Sparhawk is a proper ass-kicking fantasy protagonist who doesn't spend the first quarter of his run of books blubbling. Also, Polgara was getting on my 'effin nerves by about book 3 of the Malloreon.
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« Reply #111 on: 27 Jul 2005, 11:02 »

Yeah.

You can take the "Independent wo-man" thing a little to far sometimes....

Silk is by far the greatest character. Followed closely by Sparhawk.

Anyone read Redemption of Althalus?
I love it.
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« Reply #112 on: 27 Jul 2005, 11:04 »

Iunno, Sparhawk was a little /too/ chivalrous for me.

See, I think we can all tell why I prefer Belgarath/Silk to Sparhawk/Iunno, say..Mandorallen?


Fine.


Belgariad/Malloreon=Elenium/Tamuli


Do you think all our unusual words are weirding out the people who haven't read them?
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« Reply #113 on: 27 Jul 2005, 11:07 »

pffffft
nah

They're probably jelous of us.
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« Reply #114 on: 27 Jul 2005, 11:09 »

^^ Absolutely.



Hey, you confused folk. If you /read/

The Belgariad, The Malloreon, the Elenium and the Tamuli(in that order),


/then/ you can make fun of us.



(I'll say one bad thing about the Belgariad-- Mandorallen. All those 'thees' and 'thous' were /really/ getting to me.)
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« Reply #115 on: 27 Jul 2005, 12:04 »

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say..Mandorallen?


My backpack has got jets?


I like the Dragonlance books that I've read.  It's been years though.  I am almost done with Wyrrd Sisters by Pratchett and am not sure what I will read next.

Edited for packback, hurr.
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« Reply #116 on: 27 Jul 2005, 12:06 »

=laughs=
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« Reply #117 on: 27 Jul 2005, 12:14 »

Xanth! you shall read Xanth! ..if you haven't already...
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« Reply #118 on: 27 Jul 2005, 12:23 »

I don't know.  I like to switch from genre to genre and I've read two Discworld books in a row (as they are engrossingly quick reads.)

Wasn't the Big Labowski losely based off a book?
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« Reply #119 on: 27 Jul 2005, 12:37 »

for some excellent sci-fi, go for Orson Scott Card's "Ender" series. truely excellent. guy's got quite a brain in him.
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« Reply #120 on: 27 Jul 2005, 12:42 »

I've read Ender's Game.  I'm not sure about continuing with the series though just 'cause it feels like it was going of into some sort of weird direction in a similar fashion as the Dune series.
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« Reply #121 on: 27 Jul 2005, 13:03 »

i agree with aphi about the belgariad/mallorean over the elenium/tamuli.  
i was really really creeped out by sparhawk marrying ehlana and it took me ten years to finally go, "eh. i guess i can read the tamuli, despite the fact that sparhawk's a damn pedophile"

i just finished a nifty book by catherine orenstein called red riding hood uncloaked: sex, morality, and the evolution of a fairy tale
it's kind of a gender studies thing, and i think she probably used two of the chapters as a dissertation, but it's pretty readable for being a gender/women's studies book.

also, when i was in junior high, my favorite fantasy/humor author was robert asprin and his myth series.  those kicked seven kinds of ass, and i got to meet him once when he was still living in ann arbor michigan.  he looked like he could be awkward silence and omar's dad.  and he was trying to quit smoking, so he was sucking down some capris, and he shrugged and said it was like smoking a q-tip.

right now i'm going through a virginia woolf phase.  i'm re-reading a room of one's own, and i'm also plowing through common reader and moments of being.  her writing makes me hap-hap-happy.

plus i agree with anyone who recommended salinger, especially franny and zooey or his other short stories (like teddy).  i used to say catcher in the rye was overrated, but i think it depends on who is reading it.  it's like the glass family, except for normal people.  each one of the glass children is an extreme of one human characteristic - they're like five fingers on a hand, and holden is those fingers and hand balled up in a fist.  he's like the watered down combo version of the glass kids.  i prefer the exaggerated personalities of the glass family myself, but i know a lot of people who think catcher is a universal novel, and i can see their point too.

has anyone read any joyce maynard?  the only thing of hers i ran across accidentally was that movie to die for, and i haven't ever bothered to read any of her stuff.  i'd like to see what kind of expose she wrote about salinger though
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« Reply #122 on: 27 Jul 2005, 13:11 »

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I felt like Anna Karenina was overall very good, but sometimes I felt like I was literally reading a minute-by-minute account of the characters' lives.


Tolstoy is like that.  He is an intensely detailed author who loves to tell you everything about the characters & the back drop right down to the design of the shoe buckles and the texture of the wall paper.  I sometimes find it boring but the truth is one could not ask for a more detailed explination of life in Tsarist Russia, how the social caste system worked, how they dressed, how they interacted, etc...
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« Reply #123 on: 27 Jul 2005, 17:02 »

Oerdin: Funny thing is that Tolstoy was (historically) very heavily criticized among historians for warping historical facts to fit the theory that he champions: that inevitable social forces and not great men shape history.  Most famously, he gave a very revisionist portrayal of the Russian general Kutuzov.

Khar: I'm fond of Eco, but I can't say that I'm a fan.  Name of the Rose (which I think was his first novel!) was of course incredible.  But Foucault's Pendulum, I thought, was unforgivably baroque with an ending that, as ironic as it might have been, was completely unfulfilling.  Haven't read the most recent novels nor any of the short stories, I was so peeved.  But I will certainly seek out Granita, I'm intrigued.

Aphi: I remember, years ago, going through the Eddings phase, reading all four cycles (the Tamuli as it came out) and then the Belgarath & Polgara prequels.  The prequels were unforgivably bad cynical attempts to cash in, and I don't think there's any debate about that.  As for Tamuli/Elenium vs. Belgariad/Malloreon -- weren't they all pretty much the same?  I mean . . . same plot (large group of heroes have to chase something or someone dies/the earth is destroyed).  Same characters (the funny one (Kalten/Silk), the silent & sturdy (Durnik/Kurik); the mother figure (Polgara/Sephrenia) . . . etc.  Same godlike powers given to half the party.  As into it as I was, in retrospect, the whole series seems like a well-edited fanfic of a better series.

I'm not going to say that Harry Potter is psychologically complex -- but at least there's some uncertainty about what's going to happen.  Whereas at the end of the Tamuli you had Sparhawk (god), his daughter Aphrael (god), his animated stone Bhellium (super-god), the Shining Ones (extraordinarily powerful, good friends with a god), Sarabian (emperor) . . . .  How many advantages does this guy need?  And the ending -- through the god-stone into the mouth of the angry monster?

And it's not as if Belgariad/Mallareon was any better.  Ending to Mallereon was hinged on the Seeress picking good over incredible evil.  Was there anyone reading that thinking to themselves "Gee I hope she doesn't pick Zandramas because . . . you know . . . she might be into bitch demon-queens allied with hell . . ."  I mean, 30 incredibly cool characters with special abilities are neat, and I'm sure that Eddings could make a great FF style video game, but at a certain point don't you start craving -- I don't know -- themes, moral ambiguity, and maybe even a little uncertainty.  

Also . . . resurrecting Durnik??  And replacing Kurik with his son who was like him in every way?  Gimme a break.

Seriously, put that junk away and read 100 Years of Solitude.  It's full of fantasy, and awesome.

Sorry for the rant :).

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« Reply #124 on: 27 Jul 2005, 18:14 »

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If ever there was a good /character/ writer, it's David Eddings.


If ever there was a /wrong/ statement, that was it.

I'm sorry, but Eddings is a mediocre writer (characters or otherwise) when held against, gosh, most of the fantasy that has been published in the last twenty years. His worlds are oversimplistic and lacking any kind of believability, and his characters are wooden, one-dimensional, and cookie-cutter versions of each other to boot. (Zakath vs. the emperor in the Tamuli? Polgara vs. Sephrenia?) Eddings serves as a kind of Dick And Jane primer to real fantasy - he has his place, but that doesn't make him amazing.

If you want a REAL character writer in fantasy, you should read Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb. That, or A Game Of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin.
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« Reply #125 on: 28 Jul 2005, 03:02 »

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Tolstoy is like that.  He is an intensely detailed author who loves to tell you everything about the characters & the back drop right down to the design of the shoe buckles and the texture of the wall paper.  I sometimes find it boring but the truth is one could not ask for a more detailed explination of life in Tsarist Russia, how the social caste system worked, how they dressed, how they interacted, etc...


If you value Anna Karenina for it's historical relevance, Father's and Sons by Turgenev, while not providing such detailed descriptions as how many whiskers are on a character's mustache, describes a generational conflict centering on new and radical political philosophies that were becoming popular among youth around the mid-1800s.
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« Reply #126 on: 28 Jul 2005, 05:58 »

I'm still in the stage in life where I'm /allowed/ to like crappy fiction, am I not?


=pouts sullenly=

And I was not at all bothered by Sparhawk/What EVER the hell her name was, 'cause I didn't bother reading it more than once.


So he's a lot older. So what?


=/Needs/ to read some new books=
I only got my hands on them because they were in a bin of old books my father's read. =is much too young to have read them when they came out=
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« Reply #127 on: 28 Jul 2005, 08:21 »

The only thing my dad will read is Stephen King, which is really fucking annoying.

My sister and I offered to pay for his coffee for a week if he'd read the Life of Pi, and he still wouldnt.

He'll read King, some Mary Higgins Clarke, and John Grisham...

thats. it.
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« Reply #128 on: 28 Jul 2005, 08:52 »

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I'm still in the stage in life where I'm /allowed/ to like crappy fiction, am I not?


Sure, everyone's always allowed to like anything that's crappy. People just get on your back when you try to evangelize or sing its praises.

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I felt like Anna Karenina was overall very good, but sometimes I felt like I was literally reading a minute-by-minute account of the characters' lives.


I just finished Anna Karenina a couple months ago too, and I totally agree. At some points it just crawled.

Right now I'm reading The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. It's God damned amazing. At this point it's so dated that it's not really relevant to today's problems anymore, but that's just because of how far we've come since the housewife culture of the '50s.

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also, when i was in junior high, my favorite fantasy/humor author was robert asprin and his myth series. those kicked seven kinds of ass, and i got to meet him once when he was still living in ann arbor michigan.


That's fucking awesome. I loved those books too when I was in... some school or another. Shame he seemed to have stopped writing them at some random point... I think I saw a book he wrote recently, actually, that looked like it was part of the Myth series again. As I recall, he said in the introduction that it was to try to 'warm up' and get a feel for the characters again before he dived back into the series proper, but I could have just dreamed it.

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« Reply #129 on: 28 Jul 2005, 10:28 »

i think friedan's seminal book still has relevance in today's society.  and i think that women have not come nearly as far as we should have in the forty years since its publication.  the ERA failed, thanks to reagan, and we've still got phyllis schlafly acting like a moron in public.  
plus today's "equality" isn't that equal - men still expect the womenfolk to do all the women-type things AND hold a 40 hour a week job.
nuts to that.
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« Reply #130 on: 28 Jul 2005, 15:29 »

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Awesome.  Also yeah, nuts to the 40 hour week plus the whole women-folk jobs.  I say nuts and dongs to a lot of that crap.
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« Reply #131 on: 28 Jul 2005, 20:25 »

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Finally, a kindred spirit!

I can guarantee that of those of you who decide to read a Tom Robbins book based on a this or my own recommendation, at least half will refer to him as your "favorite author" after a couple of books.


Are you very excited for Aug. 30? I reallhy hope he does a book tour.

On a side note, I am reading Holy Blood, Holy Grail. As someone who is fairly religious, I don't take it too seriously, but it's fun to read all the theories. Fascinating, even.
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« Reply #132 on: 28 Jul 2005, 20:32 »

I have that entire MC Chris song memorized. I also own all his albums, and a t-shirt.

I'm personally a huge fan of Harry Turtledove.  Granted, you just have to read the right books.  He writes excellent alternate history books, and he's got his shit down.  His big book was Guns of the South, set during the civil war, but somehow the assholes from south africa managed to come back in time, and give the south AK-47s.  Aside from the somewhat ridiculous set-up, its an extremely interesting experiment in "what if"s.

Also, you should read The Tesseract by Alex Garland.  It's very good, but DO NOT SEE THE MOVIE!!!one!!!eleven!!!!

They pretty much took the book, raped it, took out the compelling characters, and changed the plot entirely, making the main character a shady drug dealer instead of a merchant-type guy.  It's a quick read, yet makes you think.

Aside from that, most everything else has been covered.  I'm currently on my 5th readthrough of Life of Pi, and I think I'm starting to get it.  Has anyone read Yann Martel's other books? and if so, are they as good as Life of Pi?
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« Reply #133 on: 28 Jul 2005, 20:34 »

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He'll read King, some Mary Higgins Clarke, and John Grisham...

thats. it.


What is sad is that you read one Girsham you don't need to read the others to know what the books are about, what will happen, and who the characters are. Only the names have changed.
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« Reply #134 on: 28 Jul 2005, 20:45 »

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Also, you should read The Tesseract by Alex Garland.  It's very good, but DO NOT SEE THE MOVIE!!!one!!!eleven!!!!


What? They made a movie of The Tesseract? When the hell?

Great book, actually - Garland came through with the goods. The Beach is great on-the-train reading, but The Tesseract made me think a bit more.

EDIT: And I keep meaning to read more Turtledove. I read World War: In The Balance, enjoyed it, and still haven't gotten around to the rest of the series.
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« Reply #135 on: 28 Jul 2005, 21:32 »

I have this quote from Billy Connoly memorised that pretty much sums up my view on feminism and political correctness:

"They're called manholes because they are the holes that a man goes down to work in the Sewerage department of a city. And when women start expressing a burning desire to be up to their knees in shit, then we can start calling them personhole covers"

To elaborate, I certainly believe equality is a good idea, but if feminists want to stop living to the old wife/cook/mother stereotype, that posits that someone else will have to start living it, ie men. And lets face it,that isn't going to happen. Equality, if we can achieve it, would be a complex balanced affair due to the pressures of society. We'd probably need to get to Crowleys 'Age of the Child' first, where we'd all be bisexual communists and gender wouldn't matter. Hell, I'm not really knocking feminism/gender studies, I already mentioned that 'The Left Hand of Darkness', which is a VASTLY thought-provoking novel about gender issues and I suppose feminism, is one of my favourite ever books. What I do knock is the highly reactionary form of feminism, the anti-chauvanism mode. It's like opposing Christianity with theistic Satanism.

Damn, this is one of those posts where I forgot where I was going. I'm sure there's some points up there somewhere though.
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« Reply #136 on: 29 Jul 2005, 08:27 »

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What? They made a movie of The Tesseract? When the hell?


Yeah, that's what I said.  It was on some movie channel at a hotel I was staying at, I don't remember which.  But it really is terrible, and made me want to find anyone involved with the film and rape them with the VHS version of the movie.

*aherm*

Another good Turtledove series is the Darkness series, which replays the entirety of World War II, but instead of airplanes and submarines, there are dragons and giant sea turtles, and, y'knoiw, magic.  It's extremely long, though, he's on something like the 6th or 7th book, and it's looking like he's going to take a couple more to wrap it up.  The series starts with Into the Darkness, but I don't remember any of the rest.
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« Reply #137 on: 29 Jul 2005, 09:02 »

I like awful books ..... there I said it yep amongst my recently read (and you can blame my mother for ALL of these) are
- Stephen king
-Dan Brown
-Clive Cussler
-Barbara Taylor Bradford (ok that one makes me truly shudder)
-VC Andrews (oooh just as bad as the one above)
- John Grisham (yay for law stuent cliches)

but to sort of try and redeem myself (actually i know it wont happen) amongst my fave books/authors are
-Thomas Harris (yay for Hannibal)
- Jostein Gardner
- Shakespeare (yay an oldy but a goody)
- Tess of the D'urbervilles (read it in high school and it stuck for some reason)
- William Gibson (but of course)
- L Ron Hubbard (lol the man who wrote science fiction and then created a religion based oh whimsical thoughts YAY)
-I also like japanese type books like "Memoirs of a Geisha and Autumn Bridge'

So pretty much my bookshelf is the craziest mis-matched floor to cieling thing you have ever seen with Gibson next to Shakespeare and the Book of Budha's next to the holy bible and Law textbooks next to Thomas Harris, Machiavelli and Sun Tsu's The Art of War

and yes I read way to much and devour any book at the speed of light (possibly half the reason i read crappy books is so i at least have something to read)
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« Reply #138 on: 29 Jul 2005, 09:05 »

I HATED TESS OF THE D'UBERVILLES!!!
god i thought that book sucked. my friend and i spent most of the class discussion having "tess fights" which mainly consisted of throwing the book s at eachother
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« Reply #139 on: 29 Jul 2005, 09:11 »

But but its a CLASSIC! It had such beautiful sweeping passages and it made me cry dammit! *hides in croner with her books* its ok my pretty he didnt really mean it
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« Reply #140 on: 29 Jul 2005, 10:58 »

yes i did. it was boring as hell. but i did read it for school so that makes a difference
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« Reply #141 on: 29 Jul 2005, 23:21 »

Laser eye surgery recently so reading is painful (and yet I'm still posting to the boards . . .go figure).  So listening to books on tape.  Of Mice & Men, narrated by Gary Sinise . . . . R0X0RS!!

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« Reply #142 on: 29 Jul 2005, 23:23 »

Laser Eye Surgery!? Traitor! SPEX TIL DEATH!
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« Reply #143 on: 30 Jul 2005, 01:10 »

But the shot frickin lasers into my frickin eyes!  Doing it without valium is neat because nightmares no longer seem scary.  Sort of ups the ante as it were.

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« Reply #144 on: 30 Jul 2005, 08:12 »

I used to read a lot when I was younger, but then around 14 I stopped because I didn't know what I should read anymore.  That was tough - I felt too old for most of the stuff written for young adults and when I tried to read 1984, I couldn't get through it.  However, I've started reading again recently:

Life of Pi
1984
The Thurber Carnival (a collection of James Thurber's work)
The Umbrella Man (short stories by Roald Dahl)
Siddhartha (school assignment; I'm learning a lot from it)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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« Reply #145 on: 30 Jul 2005, 08:31 »

My one word reviews:

Quote from: StrikeThePostman
Life of Pi

Yay!

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1984

Yay!


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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Double-yay!

Soon as I can read again, Jose Saramago's "The Cave" is next.

Who would be into a QC forum bookclub?

Seriously!

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« Reply #146 on: 30 Jul 2005, 13:28 »

I'm currently enthralled in Mary Stewart's Merlin/Arthur stories.  I just finished The Hollow Hills yesterday and once I get to the bookstore, I'll start The Last Enchantment.

Anyone else ever read these?  The books are a nice take on the classic King Arthur tale.  Stewart, however, takes Merlin as the narrator and central character.  The first book, The Crystal Cave focuses on his childhood and how he gets his "powers."  It ends with him helping Uther to bed Ygraine, and ultimately conceiving Arthur.  The Hollow Hills deals with Arthur's childhood & upbringing and ends with him becoming King after Uther's death.  The stories are well told and Stewart does a great job depicting the classic tale from another point of view.  

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« Reply #147 on: 30 Jul 2005, 13:31 »

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Siddhartha (school assignment; I'm learning a lot from it)


What a fantastic book!  It is one of my all-time favorites.  Like you, I had to read it for class (11th grade AP English).  It is a nice short read and the story is magnificent.  It is one of those books that I could read over and over and not get bored with.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did/do.

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« Reply #148 on: 30 Jul 2005, 20:33 »

I'm currently nearing the end of Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone by James Baldwin - one of my absolute favourite authors.  After that I'll probably read Waxwings by Jonathan Raban, a hardcover copy of which I picked up at a local bookstore recently remaindered to A$17.
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« Reply #149 on: 30 Jul 2005, 21:09 »

I'm reading Arrow from Earth, a sci fi type book. I'm not sure if i like it yet.
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