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I eagerly await the next Song of Ice and Fire book, A Dance With Dragons. Expected to come out in 2006. :rolleyes:

Amazing. Just amazing. And worth the wait, I'm sure. But until then, maybe I'll get with the times and read the Harry Potter books.

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I just re-read the Lone Wolf books. They were my original introduction to fantasy literature at about age 5, and they're now free online at Project Aon. Freakin' awesome.

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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

I just re-read the Lone Wolf books. They were my original introduction to fantasy literature at about age 5, and they're now free online at Project Aon. Freakin' awesome.
Yeah, they're pretty well-written and well-balanced as gamebooks go, at least most of the time. Just... don't think too hard about the racial undertones in some of them. (Undertones? Ha ha. More like overtones.) Joe Dever's probably a BNP voter now. :(

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I recently finished A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by some Briton named Julian Barnes. It's a fictional account of the earth's history - how things "actually" went down, from Noah to now, and why our history books tell us what they do. Relatively unknown, but terrific. I recommend it, but it won't be easy to find.

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Just put down E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros. Amazing, and a quite new adventure for me, being one of the first books I;ve read written in that type of archaic English.

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Rereading through my Chichton collection right now. Just finished Prey , hoping to grab Sphere and State of Fear while I'm home for spring break.

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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

Just... don't think too hard about the racial undertones in some of them. (Undertones? Ha ha. More like overtones.) Joe Dever's probably a BNP voter now. :(
I took it as typical fantasy fare; Tolkien's just as bad or worse, and that's trickled down into lots of other authors as a result.

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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

I just re-read the Lone Wolf books. They were my original introduction to fantasy literature at about age 5, and they're now free online at Project Aon. Freakin' awesome.
Kel - you are awesome for finding that link - thanks so much! I have many fond memories of feeling grateful for hanging on to the firesphere from Book 3(?) through the whole series... :)

[ Monday, February 25, 2008 13:08: Message edited by: Drew ]
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Ouroboros is indeed great. I re-read it every few years. Eddison's other novels aren't as good; similar in style, but where Ouroboros is a rollicking yarn with a few spooky ideas for fun, the others are trying too hard to represent some obscure theme about dark-light symmetry or something, and too many characters are lifeless.

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quote:
Originally written by Drew:

the firesphere from Book 3(?)
Given that it was the Kalte Firesphere, yes, it had to have been from Book 3. :P

[ Monday, February 25, 2008 15:26: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Hey man, given that I'm remembering those books from 21 years ago or so, I think I'm doing pretty well. Plus, having now gone through the first 6 books online today, I believe it was only ever referred to as a "firesphere" - no "Kalte" included. :)

[ Monday, February 25, 2008 17:53: Message edited by: Drew ]
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I just read a short book of political humor containing mostly pictures titled Bad President. It made my day.

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quote:
Originally written by JadeWolf:

Just put down E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros. Amazing, and a quite new adventure for me, being one of the first books I;ve read written in that type of archaic English.
Was it about immortality, as the title suggests? Or alchemy?

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The title does refer to a somewhat peculiar form of immortality, but that isn't really what the story is about.

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I'm reading the Pellinor-Series, may seem clee-shay, but thats because 80% of it was stolen and put into Eragon, that bastard.

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quote:
Originally written by Drew:

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.
Journey to the Centre of Avernum, more like. It is an excellent book, and a surprisingly okay movie as well. :)

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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...
I'm reading The Republic by Plato in class. You should check out his "ideal state" if you aren't familiar with it. So far it looks like Sparta being taken over by Big Brother.

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Now lessee...

Right now I'm rereading A Song of Ice and Fire. Right now I'm in A Storm of Swords. In the last few months I've read at least:

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (which was an okay first book of yet another fantasy trilogy with good characters and dark humor, but a weakish overall plot.)

Domes of Fire by David Eddings (because I hadn't read anything by Eddings before. I was not impressed)

A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan (I'm pleased to report that absolutely nothing happened in it!)

Making Money by Terry Pratchett (It was okay, I guess.)

I also might have finished rere(possibly-re)reading the Prince of Nothing trilogy by R Scott Bakker (Things still didn't turn out well for Drusas or Cnaiur.)

That about covers what I've been reading (excluding school-related reading) since December.

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Kel: actually, it was referred to as a Kalte firesphere in later books. :) Currently back from vacation; moving on to the ones I never read...

20,000 Leagues under the Sea - not as good as Journey to the Centre of the Earth, in my opinion. While the 19th century take on the science stuff was fun, I don't know if he ever quite succeeded in developing the enigma of Captain Nemo quite enough. Still though - a fun ride.

[ Wednesday, March 05, 2008 13:33: Message edited by: Drew ]
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I have been reading Ian Bank's Matter, it is part of the culture series. I am enjoying it a great deal. It just came out in February 2008

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I've just read 'The Curious Incindent of the Dog in the Night-time' by Mark Haddon. I recommend this book to anybody who likes... uh... to read.

Before that it was 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' by Jonathan Safran Foer, an equally heart-breaking and heart-warming story. Also by the same author, the wonderful 'Everything is Illuminated', made into a fine movie with Frodo Baggins. Lovely.

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We recently finished Macbeth in English, which now replaces Romeo and Juliet in my mind as the worst story I've ever read. I think the only other literature I haven't liked is Fallen Dragon, which says a lot.

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I just finished re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, throughly enjoyed it.

It's funny to get some adult perspective on books you read as a kid....I guess the same goes for movies too.

Next up I'm going to read "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel, I've heard it's good.

I don't seem to have as much time as I used to for reading books, I guess I'm on the computer too much, playing spiderweb software games :P

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Not to question an adult perspective, but by "adult perspective" I assume you mean "perspective of having the most rudimentary of religious indoctrination"?

For clarity's sake, you understand.
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Presumably he means that, as an adult, she is aware of the religious indoctrination, while as a child it was subliminal.

Meanwhile I have finally got around to reading Dune. It's only taken me 14 years since deciding to read it, to actually open the thing. Ah the joys of procrastination...

Edit: corrected. Apologies to TobyLinn

[ Monday, March 31, 2008 20:46: Message edited by: Micawber ]

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quote:
Originally written by Micawber:

Presumably he means that, as an adult, he is aware of the religious indoctrination, while as a child it was subliminal.

Yes that is what I meant...and I'm a she by the way :D

As an adult you are aware of the religious/christian aspects of the book, while when a child it sails right over your head. Actually I try not to pay attention to the religious aspect anyways, and just think of it a good fantasy story.

By the way I hope you like Dune, I read it last about 10 years ago and have to re-read it one of these days....this time I have the other four books (I only want to read the ones by Frank Herbert) and can read the rest of the series.

[ Monday, March 31, 2008 15:02: Message edited by: TobyLinn ]

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