What have you been reading lately?

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Law Bringer
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Getting back on topic -

Reading Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter. There's nothing like seeing a reprint of a classic.
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By Committee
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Started reading "Perdido Street Station" by China Mieville after hearing good things about it. Not sure what I think about "steampunk" as a genre...
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Law Bringer
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I'm reading one of those annual sci-fi anthologies, at a snail's pace due to classes... Year's Best SF - 9. Not exactly a title that inspires confidence, but most of it's decent.

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Infiltrator
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I'm reading 'The Brothers Karamazov' for the second time, but in Russian this time. I'm not quite sure what it adds to read it in the original language, but reading books in a language sure seems to help me learn the grammar and vocab.

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Guardian
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School sucks... I haven't read a work of fiction for months.

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Agent
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I just read the Iraq Study Group Report. It was a very disappointing watered down document. A lot of it was rhetoric-- which didn't say much at all. Because it is bipartisan, many of the things in the document would be only implemented by Republicans, and many of the things would only be implemented by Democrats. The document read like it was split down the middle. I can't imagine that it will actually make a huge amount of impact, no matter who is in office. Too much of it is unimplementable.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

Star Bright, Star Light, Oh I Wish I May, I Wish Might, Wish For One Star Tonight.

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Lifecrafter
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Political Speeches of the 90's was absolutely hilarious.

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Agent
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I am starting The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke. The best part of this collection of short stories is the illustrator, Charles Vess, who does fantastic fairy tale style illustrations in the victorian tradition.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

Star Bright, Star Light, Oh I Wish I May, I Wish Might, Wish For One Star Tonight.

Add your one star vote to my tally.
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Agent
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I am currently reading the Space Opera Renaissance, Edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. It is a collection of short stories and novellas. It is 940 pages long and contains a lot of classic and good quality space opera. Among my favorite stories so far are The Remoras, Enchantress of Venus by Leigh Brackett, The Game of Rat and Dragon by Cordwainer Smith, Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany, Donald Kingsbury-- The Survivor, and Recording Angel by Paul J Mcauley. This book has a lot of really good space opera in it.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

Star Bright, Star Light, Oh I Wish I May, I Wish Might, Wish For One Star Tonight.

Add your one star vote to my tally.
Posts: 1084 | Registered: Thursday, November 7 2002 08:00
Canned
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(gah, double posting)
I am just reading stuff for school.
I really should get to my homwork...

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Posts: 1799 | Registered: Sunday, February 4 2007 08:00
Agent
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I'm reading a book called White Rhino Hotel. It's pretty boring, and if it doesn't get better soon I'll put it down.

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Agent
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Having read a lot of miscellaneous oddments, I've now moved on to Endymion the third book in the hyperion cantos by Dan Simmons. This truly is an excellent series, I absolutely would recommend anyone to read at least the first book (Hyperion).

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I just finished reading A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by ishmael beah. It is a rather interesting story about survival in Sierra Leone, first boy gets his family killed by rebel soldiers, he wanders trying to stay alive then gets recruited at 12 to join the army, then wanders through the forest fighting rebel groups, then he gets sent to un rehab, and eventually escapes Sierra Leone when civil war restarts.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

Star Bright, Star Light, Oh I Wish I May, I Wish Might, Wish For One Star Tonight.

Add your one star vote to my tally.
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Agent
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A truly excellent read is Every Inch A King by Harry Turtledove. It is a nice humorous fantasy about a circus acrobat and his friend who is a sword swallower passing themselves off as a king and his aide de camp, for several days then absconding with a large portion of the royal treasury. Lots of memorable moments, a sea serpent swalling a vampires coffin, a werewolf putting on gloves to pick up silver coin, and many other memorable pieces.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

Star Bright, Star Light, Oh I Wish I May, I Wish Might, Wish For One Star Tonight.

Add your one star vote to my tally.
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By Committee
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Okay, I've now read all of China Mieville's "Bas-Lag" novels - "Perdido Street Station," "The Scar," and "Iron Council," and I think out of them, I liked "The Scar" the best. I think you have to read the first one though in order to truly understand his setting, but it was a pretty entertaining ride in its own right, if a bit gritty/Dickens-esque. Certainly a heckuva lot better than other run of the mill fantasy stuff out there, like the Eddings books.
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Warrior
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I don't know if anyone has said this yet because I havn't been keeping up with the boards, but I've been reading Everworld. It's reaaally good!!

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Agent
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I finished A Clockwork Orange a few weeks ago. Very awesome. You have to read it if you haven't already.

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Warrior
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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams.
The movie is very good too, starring
Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

Still, most of my time goes to boring books about maths, physics and social studies.
Posts: 57 | Registered: Monday, December 20 2004 08:00
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I'm slowly working my way through the LotR trilogy. Alas, I've been too busy and have barely had time to finish the first book.
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Agent
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I have started China Mieville's new book Un Lun Dun. It is illustrated by China so it is a bit better than the other books. The illustrations are wonderful and strange so it is worth looking at even if you find his writing a bit off putting.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

Star Bright, Star Light, Oh I Wish I May, I Wish Might, Wish For One Star Tonight.

Add your one star vote to my tally.
Posts: 1084 | Registered: Thursday, November 7 2002 08:00
Guardian
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Finished A Clash of Kings a day ago. I refuse to read the remaining two books of the series until I catch up on homework.

Yeah, right.

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Apprentice
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Foundation - Isaac Asimov (it is a sheer masterpiece)

The Saga Of Seven Suns - Kevin J. Anderson (well written space opera)

First and Only - Dan Abnett (Very interesting book in a heavily detailed universe)

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Posts: 19 | Registered: Thursday, February 1 2007 08:00
Cartographer
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I've read a bunch of books and stuff since I last posted, but I won't make a long list.

Only lately, I reread Pratchett's Going Postal. And then there was some other book which I read before that, but I don't actually remember what it was anymore. I have a few books from the library waiting by until I have a long enough moment to spend reading. It seems I have all kinds of other things to do, all the time, other than reading, which is kind of sad. In a way. :\

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Posts: 1308 | Registered: Sunday, September 8 2002 07:00
Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Dintiradan:

Finished A Clash of Kings a day ago. I refuse to read the remaining two books of the series until I catch up on homework.

Yeah, right.

I will make it even harder for you by revealing that A Storm of Swords is definitely the best book in the series. :P

[ Thursday, March 29, 2007 14:53: Message edited by: Tyranicus ]

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I fell hard for Stephenson back when Crypto came out. Since then I've completed the cycle, and sum, of his works. He is either brilliant, has a remarkable personal assistant, or is a deeply disturbed human being.

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