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Warrior
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I recently finished Beowulf, by... somebody, and Mostrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. They were quite alright.

I'm trying some Thomas Covenant the Ubeliever right now, and I'm not too sure about it. If it does not begin to pick up in the next few chapters, I may forget about it.

So, what've you all been reading these days? Anything to recommend?

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Not hear? When noise was everywhere! it tolled
Increasing like a bell. Names in my ears
Of all the lost adventurers, my peers -
How such a one was strong, and such was bold,
And such was fortunate, yet each of old
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Law Bringer
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Yay, it's that time of the year again! :)

Sadly, I don't have much spare time left for reading these days. Still occasionally re-reading Hitchhiker's Guide and Lord of the Rings, same old stuff over and over.

I've just finished Richard Feynman's biography ("Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman") - great book by the way.

Other than that, Terry Pratchett holds my attention (I've been trying to get my hands on the latest book, but no time so far - I forget the title, might be the one mentioned above).

These days, I read much more online than on paper, and being that nervous about politics, it's mostly news and discussion (read the Bush/Kerry debate transcript yesterday, and look forward to seeing a recording).

For books that I recommend, check out the free online version of Rick Cook's The WizBiz series. It's utterly fantastic reading.

Also, the Santharian Dream has some great fantasy stories available for reading.

But I need to cut short my post here, 'cause the book I now need to read is my Math textbook, for the exam tomorrow. :rolleyes:

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I just finished reading Terry Pratchetts "The Thief of Time" and began reading Dan Browns "Deception Point". They are both very advisable in my opinion.

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I'm trying to get through Lord of the Rings in English, but it's painful. It was so much more interesting in Finnish. I guess it's supposed to be proper english, but it seems a bit weird and I'm not used to it and it keeps distracting me. Also, I may have over-estimated my talents. Simpler stories must do.

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They just updated the Baen Free Library on Ocotber 1, 2004 on the web and I am reading Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson from there http://www.baen.com/library/. I am also reading the Complete Idiots Guide to Meditation and finished reading Mockeymen by Ian Watson-- this book has a kind of an odd plot to it.

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I just finished The Tawny Man 1: Fool's Errand, by Robin Hobb. Unfortunately, the rest two books haven't yet been translated to Finnish (****). So meh, I guess I'll have to get the English versions and like.. well, not understand what happens. ^^

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I seem to be reading more at one time than I usually do. My main reading is usually a novel — in this case, I just finished reading the *Doctor Who* novel *Vanderdeken's Children* by Christopher Bulis, which ended up being a huge time paradox story which I just love.

I'm also slowly reading through Mackay's *Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds*, and just recently got my own copy of *The World's Writing Systems* edited by Peter T. Daniels & William Bright. It's most expensive book I've ever purchased, but well worth it — it sets out in great detail the history and orthography of every writing systems in the world.

My bedtime reading it, ironically, the H.P. Lovecraft collection of stories *The Loved Dead*, which he wrote with a variety of other authors.

I highly recommend all these books to anyone who would enjoy such things.

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Smoke and Mirrors, by Neil Gaiman. Very good (although not suitable for the young)

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quote:
Originally written by Teh Dragon's Victim:

I'm trying to get through Lord of the Rings in English, but it's painful. It was so much more interesting in Finnish. I guess it's supposed to be proper english, but it seems a bit weird and I'm not used to it and it keeps distracting me. Also, I may have over-estimated my talents. Simpler stories must do.
For once, that ain't your fault, young lass. JRR Tolkien is almost universally cited as one of the most awkward rhetoricians in modern literature- in fact, the Book of Mormon is said to have a cleaner and smoother narrative.

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The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge by Franklin W. Dixon.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (we have to in English class).

Astronomy Magazine

Anything else interesting I can get my hands on.

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Tree And Leaf, by Tolkien.

Sadly, I don't have much time to read, except on holidays.

(Oh yeah, and right now a Data Structures and Algorithms hand-out. I have an exam today morning. :( )

Donaldson's Thomas Covenant isn't bad, though it's been a long time... but I liked The Mirror of Her Dreams better.

Unfortunately, the translation of the first Thomas Covenant book in Finnish was a bit too... ambitious. Its language and/or style was really strange. The other books never came out.

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The Woman in White. I loved it.

I have been struggling for the past month or so through Infinite Jest. And if but not.

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I don't think I've read a book in months.

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I read very little nowadays, and the only books I can get myself to read through are Agatha Christie murder mysteries. Nothing else is consistently interesting enough to hold my shrunken attention span.

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The last twenty books or so I've read were all Stephen King. I've finished The Dark Towers I-III, and I'm currently reading Wizard and Glass. Very good.

[ Sunday, October 03, 2004 17:13: Message edited by: Jonah Zolohahni ]

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All Quiet on the Western Front and Huckleberry Finn.

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I just read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Good book, although it's out side of my usual genre of reading.
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quote:
Originally written by Jonah Zolohahni:

The last twenty books or so I've read were all Stephen King. I've finished The Dark Towers I-III, and I'm currently reading Wizard and Glass. Very good.
Why am I not surprised. Good lord- this is the man who helped make Shawshank Redemption. Why he wastes his time with this faux-intellectual rubbish is beyond me. Oh wait, that's right- money.

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Says the man who uses 'The Great Gatsby' as a stock reference.

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Redwall by Brian Jacques to refresh my memory before I try to turn it into a scenario.

Edit: BoE scenario that is.

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Good luck with that kind of stuff... I tried to do a Lord of the Rings scenario a year ago. Gave up, and not just for technical reasons. Book plot just don't fit into scenarios, and nor do movie scripts. It's another kind of medium.

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"Jag har sett dem", a collection of poems by Bo Carpelan. I should read more, but Vvardefell takes up a lot of my reading time.

Oh, and TM = teh bigwig.

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quote:
Originally written by Gizmo:

Redwall by Brian Jacques to refresh my memory before I try to turn it into a scenario.

Edit: BoE scenario that is.

You're prepared to painstakingly make or acquire all the hundreds of custom mouse, hedgehog, badger, otter, weasel, rat, and fox graphics that would be required for such a venture? If so, all power to you, I suppose.

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She's made some already. They're not bad.

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Hope he gets the scenario(s) ready, since I never got to read chapters 4- of the Redwall.. Our library is like, sooo poor and bad. ^^

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