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10/30/2008 21:58:49   

Heh, I just realized that I never told you guys about what happened with Sailing to Sarantium like I promised, lol.

Well, the dude took 50 pages as opposed to 100 pages to die. I think the whole book would've been better if it didn't have a prologue altogether. The chapters were long, the characters were many, and I think he focused much more on the world rather than the plot. Not altogether a bad story if this type of fantasy is your cup of tea, but it's not really my type. I'm debating reading the second book of the series. I think I actually will, if I don't forget about it (it wasn't the most memorable story, imo).

I finished The Host by Stephenie Meyer a few days before I finished Sailing to Sarantium. I actually liked Twilight better than The Host for no reason that I can explain other than the fact that I kept laughing like a maniac during Twilight.

I've currently got One Hundred Years of Solitude (thanks, Eukara, for the recommendation!) and American Gods in my possession. I think I'll start the former first due to shorter length and because the person who recommended the latter to me admitted that the plot meandered in the beginning, lol.
AQ  Post #: 26
10/30/2008 22:40:08   

I'm currently reading a short story collection put together by Isaac Asimov (not all his work, mind). At the moment, I am reading the last story of the first volume, "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov. I recommend it for sci-fi fans, and people who have questions as to the future. The collection is Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury.
AQ  Post #: 27
10/31/2008 0:11:25   

I think I've read that! Like, five years ago! xD
Post #: 28
10/31/2008 17:25:41   

I currently finished reading the Children of Hurin by J.R.R./Christopher Tolkein. My next task will be to re-read the Silmarillion.
Post #: 29
11/8/2008 9:25:45   

Well, I just finished reading The Death Gene by Malcom Rose. I'll have to say it was an interesting plot, though the end was a huge surprise with

Damian dying

Inkspell and the Max Ride series? Finished those long ago. They were pretty entertaining though the MR series, to me, was like one of those books that is an interesting read the first time and then, it grows boring when you try to re-read it. I'm right now re-reading Where the Red Fern Grows, Antarktos Rising, the Darren Shan Saga, and Demonata series. I've been described as a speed-reader.

Also, I plan to read Temple by Matthew Reilly. I completely adore his books. Jack West Jr. and Shane Schofield are practically my heroes. Started reading Reilly when I was ten. When my mom found out, she almost yelled the roof off. Reminds me of the time when I read anything Stephen King. Heh.

Anyway, my ultimate goal is to actually finish the book that my teacher gave me to read. Do you ever get that feeling when you are assigned a book, it's boring but when you read it for yourself, it's interesting? I get that feeling all the time.
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 30
11/8/2008 9:29:13   
Lost BlueStar

Well, right now i'm reading some historical fiction called Sparrowhawk, and Great expectations. As to on my own reading, anything fantasy and sci-fi!
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 31
11/8/2008 10:42:24   

Heh, I sometimes don't finish class reading, to be honest. I actually scraped by on The Mouse that Roared test without finishing the book and did a presentation on Through the Looking Glass without finishing even the first chapter, lol. On the other hand, the two other books we read for the satire unit last year (Animal Farm and Planet of the Apes) I completely devoured.

I finished One Hundred Years of Solitude around a day or two after I made the above post. I'm currently reading American Gods. Though, I haven't had a lotta time for it in the past few days, so I'm still around on page 50 or something, though I really like the foreshadowing so far. Technical writing wasn't as impressive, or maybe it's just me and my obsession with sentence length and variation.


AQ  Post #: 32
11/8/2008 16:27:21   
Fleur Du Mal

Hmm. I did a little browsing through this thread and found out that many of the books you guys are reading I've never even heard of and many of them I've already read. Maybe this is because there are those internationally known classics and then those book that can be totally unknown in countries that speak different languages. Not sure really. Why I'm babbling about this is because since I come from a relatively small country, there isn't an incomprehensible amount of books published each year in here. So when I converse with my RL-friends about the literature they read, I usually have already heard of the pieces.

Anyways to the topic. I'm currently reading a non-fiction book loosely translated into English as Evil - What Literature and Art Reveal about the Essence of Evil It gives very good analyses on how art mirrors the different sides of evil and how different kinds of evil (absurd evil, horrifying evil, evil rising from stupidity) are portrayed in literature. It's a relatively new book (printed this year) and not yet (if ever) available in English, although I'm pretty certain that similar ones are available in English as well.

The book is very interesting and informative and opens new views not only on literature but also on the Western/European history as well.
DF  Post #: 33
11/10/2008 1:57:29   

I have lots of books on my to-read list (my room is covered in unread books! D:), but right now I'm making my way through How To Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard. Very interesting book, if any of you are interested. For school, I'm reading Othello and The Earth in the Attic (book of poetry).

< Message edited by Bballman23 -- 11/10/2008 1:58:16 >
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 34
11/10/2008 19:19:16   

I just finished reading DragonLance's The New Adventures series.
Right now I'm looking for a series to start.

Other series I am waiting for new books are:
Chris d'Lacey's Fire Within
Inheritance Cycle
CHERUB series
Warriors by Erin Hunter

Post #: 35
11/13/2008 21:06:40   

I am not currently reading them, but Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell books are great.
MQ  Post #: 36
11/26/2008 19:56:44   

I'm currently reading Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I can't get my hands on the second book of the series yet, so chronological order = out the window. <_< I just finished The Live-Forever Machine by Kenneth Oppel (the writing style was awesome, just as I expected from Oppel, and he makes very interesting villains, though the ending would've been better if, well, *spoiler*) and The Gunslinger by Stephen King (great action, powerful characters, the later parts surpass the earlier parts by miles).
AQ  Post #: 37
11/26/2008 20:13:58   

I just finished readin Margaret Haddix's Found novel. The series will be continued, and I am eagerly awaiting the next release. Margeret Haddix also wrote the Children of the Shadows series.

Post #: 38
11/26/2008 20:14:05   

I am was reading Homer's epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey. I've begun to notice a lot more Homeric similes popping into my writing.

Kidd Below: That's the reason I started reading it! What a coincidence!

< Message edited by Necromander -- 11/27/2008 14:44:01 >
DF MQ  Post #: 39
11/27/2008 14:41:54   
Captain Kidd

The Odyssey for English Class.
AQ  Post #: 40
11/27/2008 14:43:21   

I am reading Of Mice And Men for English at the moment.
MQ  Post #: 41
11/27/2008 17:30:16   

I read that and watched the movie in English class a few years back. It was a beautiful book; I really loved it, though it has a lotta swearing and controversial concepts. But I liked the point it communicated.
AQ  Post #: 42
11/27/2008 17:55:23   

We saw the first part of the movie today. The one with that guy from CSI as George. When I imagined Lennie and George in my head I saw the TF2 Heavy and Sniper, which is very different to what the film was like. Although, Lennie was kinda funny in it. Back to the book, I like the play on words for all teh names. For example, Soledad (name of the town they went to) means Lonliness (or something of hte sort) in Spanish (or something of the sort).
MQ  Post #: 43
12/6/2008 2:54:14   
Legendary Artist!

Tortilla Curtain by T.C Boyle. At first it starts off dry and boring, but sooner in the book WOW. Some much tension, racism, people finally discovering their true feelings, angst, hatred, etc. It's about two sides/personal views of a Delaney who is a writer and writes columns about nature and happens to be white. While it's also about Candido and America who're trying to make a simple living in the US and to put a roof over the soon arriving baby. One couple lives in a house and has a nice life, while the others live outside and eat from whatever garbage they can find.

So yeah, good read though it is at times completely to the point even in the dirtier of parts.
Post #: 44
12/6/2008 13:25:33   

I (finally) finished The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I was kinda stalling, 'cause I knew what the ending was but didn't want it to happen. <_< I won't say more so I don't spoil it. Anyways, it's a very powerful piece that combines many different storytelling methods (first person, third person, retell, on the spot, varying chapter/part lengths, poetry ect.). While it wasn't as "OMG, I can't put it down!" as Interview with the Vampire, it's a bit more solid and full of substance.

I'll now begin to read Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood. We're supposed to do a book report on a Canadian novel by Monday, and I haven't even read past the first chapter. <_< Let's see if my speedreading will save me...
AQ  Post #: 45
12/23/2008 10:40:50   
Sir Nicholas

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Novel. Its a great story, and as soon as I finish, I'm going to get back into Writing here myself. I know the glory days I had are gone, but hey, the best years of my life are still ahead!

In honor of those who have been lost.


We are the pure among the corrupt.
We are the innocent among the guilty.
We are the sword and shield of the Divine, and forever shall we serve.
AQ  Post #: 46
12/23/2008 11:00:19   

Man, I'm trying to read too many times at once. I guess this is my current list (in a "sorta" order because I'm somewhat alternating).

- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (This changed my view on the Twilight series, even if I haven't finished yet. While I'm not feeling zomgawesomelove yet, I have to say that my opinion has shifted to the positive side once I started taking a different POV when looking at Bella's character. I do not claim that all her decisions are correct [and nor does Meyer herself], but I liked how Meyer successfully pulled off the feelings of love. Not that I really think love should be the major point of a person's character, but seeing it in fiction actually does appeal to my idealistic side. Plus, I think New Moon has a kind of tightness of plot that appeals to me more than Twilight's meandering).
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Harry Turtledove (One question: "What if Germany won WWII?" That immediately drew me in to reading this. So far, I'm loving the writing and not loving the chapter length, but I think a good alternative history can make me stomach longer chapters)
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Read the prologue a while ago. I dunno when I'll go back to it. I think I remember enough to not need to reread).
- Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman (A collection of short stories and poetry. I read this mainly at my leisure whenever I don't think I have enough time to keep reading a novel, or when I have to go to bed real soon. Very interesting stuff; I think they're more well written than Gaiman's novels).

I've also got the first four Dark Tower books by Stephen King in my possession, but I will not touch them 'til after Christmas. I might try reading The Wheel of Time series again, even though I gave up on it a while ago.

EDIT: Ahhhhh, stupid Twilight movie merchandise commercial at the bottom of the page! Grr, I swear, if there wasn't such a big fuss about it, I'd like the book way more. =P

< Message edited by Firefly -- 12/23/2008 11:01:38 >
AQ  Post #: 47
12/23/2008 13:20:59   

I just finished "I Know What You Did Last Summer" by Lois Duncan - I felt it was brilliantly written. There were many plot twists, and sometimes a bit of sharp wit tossed around in there. All in all, one of the best books I've read in a long time.

I started "The Word for World is Forest" by Ursula K. LeGuin; it's amazing. I'll type out what's on the back of the book for ya. That's what got me hooked. What I love is her description methods. My grandpa loved this author before he passed.

"The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence. Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans without a flicker of humanity. The Athsheans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate...."

Also, I really want to read Tortilla Curtain - Looks very interesting, and I happen to enjoy informational books that will deliver some powerful message. Or, at least, that's how I perceive that book's story.

A flurry of Ted Dekker books is my biggest wish for Christmas - I am, indeed, copius with his work already, whether it be with Frank Peretti or on his own. Still. He's my favorite author, with John Grisham being a close second. The books I want are: Skin, In The Blink Of An Eye, and Adam.

AQ DF  Post #: 48
12/23/2008 18:34:17   

Well I was reading Sorcerer of The North, but then I finished it today(started yesterday) and then I read Tales Of Beetle The Bard, and finished it today as well, then I read The Burning Bridge.I decided to take a break for a bit, because it's the holidays and I want to relax...and plunge myself knee-deep into presents.
DF MQ  Post #: 49
12/23/2008 18:43:43   

I'm not, which really annoys me. I haven't picked up a book optionally for a good half a year. I just don't have the money at the moment to buy anything, especially not enough to spend 10 on a book. I might pick up the Twilight series on boxing day at the 1/8th price sales. Yes, that was a joke. I heard the Twilight series is good, from an avid reader friend, and my philosophy is hate the fangirls, not the book.
MQ  Post #: 50
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