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I hate the Redwall series. Those mise, hedehogs, badgers and others are a bunch of vicious, bloodthirsty hypocrites. The writer is a racist, and he portrays his feelings through the innocent animals! Remember, the ONLY 'good' rat was a complete idiot. Apparently all the sane ones are OMG OMG EVOL.

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I wouldn't know. I was like 13 at the time I read the first ones.

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Having just finished a two month hiatus in order to study for the LSAT, I'm now back on the Book Reading Wagon, starting up the second half of the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey-Maturin series with "The Reverse of the Medal." I heartily endorse the portion of the series that I've read so far(ten out of twenty books...), though strongly advise that one start it at the beginning with "Master and Commander."

EDIT: Oh, and I've never quite made it through "Crime and Punishment" myself, though I've been trying to for years. However, I did make it through "The Brothers Karamazov."

Favorite book ever? "Les Miserables."

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I've got a lot of reading on my plate, with this being university application time and my usual habit of having several books on the go.

The full list (although I may have forgotten some) is:
Laxdaela Saga - it's an Icelandic Saga. 'Nuff said.
A Guide to Old English 6th Edition - teaching yourself a language from a book can be painful.
Line of Polity by Neal Asher - fairly disorienting sci-fi.
The Peasants' Revolt by Alastair Dunn - If I walk into a bookshop with money, I'm almost certain to walk out with a book.
Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin - this one I can finish off in a few days.
From the Gracchi to Nero by H.H. Scullard - more historical stuff.
Asser's Life of King Alfred - ditto.
Aristophanes' plays - it's obscene and fond of puns, but it's 2500 year old drama. So is it low or high culture? Who cares. It's readable.

Once I work my way through that, I'm going to be moving onto the new Terry Pratchett, Bede's Ecclesiastical History, Gildas' De Excidio Britanniae, Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum, Vernadsky's Kievan Russia and The Beginnings of Rome by Tim Cornell. The latter ones will probably wound my wallet and then allowing for reading a few novels in between, I should eventually get round to finishing Paradise Lost and making a start on The Republic.

As you can tell, I'm a bibliophile in a family of bibliophiles. Problem is that there really is nowhere else to put bookshelves and if I don't watch myself I can be reading in bed until 1AM.

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If you're interested in ancient Rome, Michael Rostovtzeff's "Rome", though a little dated in its language, is one of the best relatively brief historical survey texts, and available in paperback.
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Or how bout a Ancient Roman novel,
Like I Claudius and Claudius The God Those were enjoyable when I read them a couple years ago.

As for me I am slowy making my way through some Tolstoy novels- However I can't remember how to spell most of them at the time. I just finished the Brothers K., The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, and The Underground Notes.
On a different note I'm reading A Brief history of Time, and 300 Years of Gravity by Steven Hawkings, some random Lord Peter novels by Dorothy L. Sayers, and The House of Morgan (A financial history of the U.S.) by Ron Chernow
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I'd post what I like reading, but it would be like preaching Zoroastrianism in the First Baptist Church. (For an idea of what I choose to read, just try bearing through what I choose to write.)

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Practicing to become a Catholic, I see. Good show. Your persecution complex is already doing great.

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I read a few of Brian Jacques's novels, and I thought they were pretty good actually. Let's see here, I've read Mattimeo, Mossflower, Martin the Warrior, and part of Mariel of Redwall. I'll get around to finishing it sometime.

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I've read almost all of them, although I haven't yet gotten around to the latest two or three. They're fun and quick reads, and are well-written for their content. However, those seeking character development, moral depth or philosophical complexity would be better off looking elsewhere.

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Remember, the ONLY 'good' rat was a complete idiot. Apparently all the sane ones are OMG OMG EVOL.
Is this not how we also view goblins, orcs, ogres? We are all hypocrites I suppose... The rats of Redwall are not all together evil, just greedy. They only fight to follow Cluny for promise of plunder, and if you have read the book, you will remember that all the local rats, stoats, and weasels were pressed into duty under threat of death if they didn't join. Prior to Cluny they had lived peacefully in Mossflower.

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I am currently reading the Earthsea books.
Has anyone here read those?

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Frustration at genuine illiteracy ain't persecution complex. There's an audience with a brain for critically reading; I'm just not in its number yet, and won't be for a year or somesuch similar.

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Right now I am reading "Shadowmancer" by G.P. Taylor.

It's a homework assignment.

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I'm attempting to read The Illiad in Greek.

Wish me luck.

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My daddy's trying to translate it. In iambic pentameter and all. He has been for the last seven years. I think he's managed a few stanzas.

[ Tuesday, October 05, 2004 03:34: Message edited by: Mewse ]

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quote:
Originally written by Gizmo:

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Remember, the ONLY 'good' rat was a complete idiot. Apparently all the sane ones are OMG OMG EVOL.
Is this not how we also view goblins, orcs, ogres?

I was struck by Drizzt viewing orcs in exactly that way, despite being unhappy at people assuming that all drow are evil.

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Originally written by Bobo Returns:

I am currently reading the Earthsea books.
Has anyone here read those?

o/

It's a few years since I read them (just 4 books, right?). I was to loan them from the library just half an hour ago, but the two first parts weren't there for me..! :(

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Originally there were three, and I read those when I was about 12. But now, she came out with two new additions, the second of which I am now reading.

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Nothing right now.

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Did someone say Earthsea? I rather liked the first one, but I can't find the other two for the life of me.

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I think the fourth Earthsea book has been out for some time, although I've never read it. A friend of mine is reading the fifth one, which has just come out. If I borrow it any time soon, I'll give you my report.

I've translated the first half of book VI of the Odyssey. I actually found it quite fun, far more so than trying to translate Sophocles, for example. Oh, and Homer didn't write in iambic pentameter, Shakespeare did. The Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and every other ancient epic written in the Greco-Roman culture were written in hexameters.

EDIT: Also, I picked up Microserfs by Douglas Coupland and Dark Light by Ken Macleod. I never learn.

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The first three Earthsea books were my favorites. Tehanu just confused and bored me. Tales from Earthsea was a mixed bag, and The Other Wind was almost back to the level of the first three.

—Alorael, who has just picked up The Erasers. In English, not French.
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When I was a little kid, I didn't like Tehanu because it made Sparrowhawk seem considerably less bad-ass. I told Ursula this, and she seemed kind of amused. I like it now, trippy though it be.

Ursula Le Guin is probably my favorite sci-fi/fantasy author; The Lathe Of Heaven may be my favorite sci-fi book. I remember SCREAMING at the TV movie version of it.

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Eh, the Other Wind didn't come close to the first three. The story in it didn't really even finish.

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