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The topic is dead! Long live the topic!

—Alorael, who will throw in The Ringmaster's Daughter, a relatively normal and therefore still quite unusual novel by Jostein Gaarder. Unlike Sophie's World and therefore like his other books, it's definitely a novel and not a textbook. Like much of what he's written, it's very much concerned with the fiction.
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It's sad to see the end of the old topic :(

I just read Century Rain, most enjoyable. Also trying to get through a backlog of Accountancy Magazines (snooze...)

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I recently read "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne on a lark. Completely silly given what we know these days, but still a very enjoyable adventure tale.

I also recently read the graphic novel version of "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman. I have to say, I actually preferred the movie version.

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You know, having read three works by Gaiman - "Neverwhere," "American Gods," and "Stardust," I'm finding myself a little underwhelmed by him, and not understanding what all the hype is about. He's okay at telling what happens, but not very good at describing it. "Tristram and Yvaine had many adventures on their way back to Wall." Great. A lot of that detail would have been nice to flesh out the story a bit further. I think this problem may come from the fact that he got his big start with "Sandman," which had great artwork to describe all the details he omits.

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Gaiman's stories never seem to be about the stories he tells, really. It's the peripheral characters and the world or cosmology that make his writing interesting. That works well for world-building junkies (like me) and less for anyone who wants to read a novel.

[Edit: The great niper makes no typos.]

—Alorael, who thinks American Gods is just plain different enough to deserve hype, Good Omens is fantastic but heavily Pratchettized, and Neverwhere is a very mediocre story with a fantastic setting.

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Originally written by Eggs don't belong on panels:

Gaiman's stories never seem to be about the stories he tells, really. It's the peripheral characters and the world or cosmology that make his writing interesting. That works well for world-building junkies (like me) and less for anyone who wants to read a novel.

—Alorael, who thinks i]American Gods[/i] is just plain different enough to deserve hype, Good Omens is fantastic but heavily Pratchettized, and Neverwhere is a very mediocre story with a fantastic setting.

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The Dune prequels, and after those, the sequels.

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Originally written by Nija:

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Grow up.

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Currently, Pragmatism, Minima Moralia, and a thick but unintimidating summary of psychology of religion.
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Path to Power, by Robert Caro - the first part of the story of LBJ

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quote:
Originally written by Drakefyre:

Path to Power, by Robert Caro - the first part of the story of LBJ
Ever since his crappy presidency, people don't give the man the credit he deserves for being the brilliant politician that he really was. Let me know if it's an interesting read.

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It was *great*. I'm moving on to Means of Ascent soon.

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The Legend of Drizzt Parts 1 and 2.

Looking for number three. Best darn fiction I've ever read.

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I have arisen from the toaster freshly buttered on a clean white china plate. Behold :)

I am reading The Wood Wife by Terri windling. It is a Mythopoeic award winning book. I have Neil Gaiman's Stardust waiting to read, I intend to read the book, then immediately watch the film afterward.

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The book and the movie were definitely pretty different. I actually think that I prefer the film.
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I recently finished Ian McDonald's Scissors cut paper wrap stone. Now I'm browsing through random "how to create your character" threads on Ninja RPG forums.

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I'm in the process of rereading "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham.

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I read Stardust, not realizing there was a graphic novel. My opinion was "meh," especially since I had thought American Gods was the standard. He is not an author I spend a lot of time looking for now. Recently I read 1632. That would make a good movie.

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Trying to find time to read Mr. Baggins and Return to Bag-End by John D. Rateliff. It's quite hobbit forming.

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I'm finally reading for enjoyment again (a bit), and just finished Ray Bradbury's Farewell Summer. Now, I'm back on one of my favorite authors, reading Jack McDevitt's Odyssey.

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Naruto (vols 1 - 19)
Dragon Ball (vols 1 - 3)

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Animal Farm and Brave New World simultaneously. I'll through Nineteen Eighty-Four in the mix eventually. If only our societies were like that...

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Ah, high school reading. Next stop for you: discovering the fascinating world of Ayn Rand, and then hopefully getting over it before college. :)
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Hipsters read Rand nowadays? Well, I suppose it's preferable to Coulter.
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I don't think Drew is a hipster. He was in law school last time I heard.
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Originally written by Drew:

Ah, high school reading. Next stop for you: discovering the fascinating world of Ayn Rand, and then hopefully getting over it before college. :)
Nope. High school reading would be the great Latin classics.

EDIT: The reason I'm reading the books now is simple, I'm planning. Using these books as a foundation for my One World State...

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