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Old 04-12-2009, 10:21 PM
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sounds like something Douglass would do. Though there are plenty of other authors whose books always feature some very buff and half-naked man on the cover.

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Old 04-13-2009, 05:21 AM
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Mostly romance novels, which is why I was leery of reading it in the first place

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Old 04-13-2009, 03:55 PM
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The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek. First published in 1930. A great satire on WWI. Opening paragraph:

Schweik, the Good Soldier, Intervenes in the Great War

'So, they've killed Ferdinand,' said the charwoman to Mr Schweik who, having left the army many years before, when a military medical board had declared him to be chronically feeble-minded, earned a livelihood by the sale of dogs -repulsive mongrel monstrosities for whom he forged pedigrees. Apart from this occupation, he was afflicted with rheumatism, and was just rubbing his knees with embrocation.

Yes, I have strange reading habits. Heh.
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:33 PM
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And that guy has weird writing habits He segues from Mr. Schweik's leaving the army to dogs in one big honkin' sentence!

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Now reading The Mao Case by Qiu Xiaolong. The politics thus far is a bit over the top. I hope it improves.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:20 PM
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Sara Douglass is not worth reading.

I picked one up, several years after having a bad experience with another. This time, a friend assured me it was good. And - it wasn't.
I met her at a book signing she did at Macquarie Centre in Sydney, and no one was around except for her spruiker and the Dymocks staff. When the spruiker announced her name my brother and I cheered, and it embarrassed everyone.

We bought her book and it was pretty weak.

But anyways, I'm reading legal papers at the moment. How frightfully fun.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:23 PM
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Howl's Moving Castle.

So far, pretty awesome.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:57 AM
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Ooh, I saw 5 minutes of that once, travelling on a boat. Weird, I know, but these things happen.

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Old 04-18-2009, 07:28 AM
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I read it a long time ago, but I remember it being really good

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Old 04-21-2009, 06:31 PM
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I'm now reading the book I'm required to read for summer classes. So far it's pretty interesting; I would recommend it for casual reading too

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Old 04-22-2009, 06:26 AM
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Lord of Snow and Shadows - Sarah Ash

It's very good--you have to read it twice to appreciate it, but it's worth it!
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:24 AM
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling
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Die Trying by Lee Child. Quite interesting, but not keen on Child's blunt style.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:42 PM
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Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Ditto Winterbite. (Can you tell we're in the same literature-study-group...?)
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:28 PM
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Crime and Punishment... hah!

A thick read. Not very compelling.

Yes, the literary geniuses say, it was a marvel.

Well, I disagreed (and still do). But...
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the literary geniuses must always be argued with. Atlas Shrugged wasn't nearly as interesting as they said it was.

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The Hobbit. It never gets old.
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Hey, was reading April edition of Nat Geo, too.

See the Aussie article? Well, I'll break it to you: not all Aussie kids are lifted, crying, out of trucks in the middle of a desert by a hardcore farmer father. Not all of us are old farmers (not that there's anything wrong, mind) who go to country meetings. Not all of us have lots and lots of freckles all over us and scowl a lot. And Australia isn't completely covered in dust and drought.
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well that's comforting Now if only they would do an article about Las Vegas so I could rant about how wrong they are

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Crime and Punishment... hah!

A thick read. Not very compelling.

Yes, the literary geniuses say, it was a marvel.

Well, I disagreed (and still do). But...
I completely agree with you. It was a terrible thing for our curriculum to do to young high school students, making us read that monster. The only one that was worse was Death of a Salesman and having to study it twice.

That aside - I'm currently reading Xenocide by OSC. Not as strong as some of his earlier work so far, but very enjoyable.
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What do you think of it so far, Winterstorm?

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I haven't been on this thread in a while--must've missed about five books I've read

Currently: Children of the Serpent Gate by Sarah Ash. Fantasy fans owe it to themselves to pick up this series. It is one of my absolutely favourites, bar none. She's a genius of a writer, tapping different cultures for her own, very real, very tangible world. Great characters, awesome story... read it!
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Originally Posted by Winterbite View Post
I haven't been on this thread in a while--must've missed about five books I've read

Currently: Children of the Serpent Gate by Sarah Ash. Fantasy fans owe it to themselves to pick up this series. It is one of my absolutely favourites, bar none. She's a genius of a writer, tapping different cultures for her own, very real, very tangible world. Great characters, awesome story... read it!
I'll put it on my list of Books to Consider Next.

I just got Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce, and finished it in two evenings. Honestly, not as good as the first, but the first one, Terrier, was good enough that this isn't really too bad of a criticism! I'd definitely recommend both to fantasy fans.

Next, onto book two of the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb. Old series, interesting way of writing. In Book One, Assassin's Apprentice, I almost found myself thrown off by it in the beginning, but something tugged my attention enough to get to the climax - which was fantastic. Woven together beautifully. Now it's looking like it might be the same for book two. Hard to start, but easy to finish.
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu AND the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction.
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I am currently reading Dracula by Bram Stoker again and also The Talisman co written by Stephen King and Peter Straub.
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