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sly_guy
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posted 11-26-08 01:45 AM CT (US)         
In this thread, you can post about book that you've read, want to read, or ask other people for suggestions/make suggestions. Heck, you can discuss anything you want, as long as it's related to literature.

So, let's get started. I've been struggling to get through Michael Crichton's Next for nearly a month now; I just can't seem to get into the plotline. Not to say that I don't enjoy his style of writing (I've enjoyed many of his earlier novels), there's just something about it that keeps me from immersing myself into it.

How bout'chu guys?

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Evil Tailor
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posted 11-26-08 02:01 AM CT (US)     1 / 49       
I tried to read Goethe's Faustus but I failed. I was too interested in the computer game Beyond Good & Evil. (Awesome game by the way. One of the very best I've ever played. DEFINITELY on my top 3 of all games.) Plus I forgot to return it to the library and I got fined 10 euros for that. Thanks for nothing, Goethe!

Next I'm going to try Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, since I loved Treasure Island. Man, I've got so many classics yet to read I think I won't ever get to the inferior ones.

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Gwame
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posted 11-26-08 09:19 AM CT (US)     2 / 49       
The last books I read were the Dexter series, by Jeff Lindsay. Maybe some of you know the TV show adaption (it's brilliant). I started The Art of War by Sun Tzu a while ago, but got busy and stopped, and I haven't read anything since. I also must admit that I've read all of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, and was quite disappointed at the ending, yet intrigued by the series as a whole. The movie was complete shit, though. Next on my list of books to read is It, by Stephen King - that one about Pennywise, the clown (yes I know that's a huge oversimplification).

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posted 11-26-08 11:11 AM CT (US)     3 / 49       
I'm reading Heart of Darkness, but very, very slowly. I have a tendency to blow through books without a second thought, and I really want to get the meaning in this one.

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morgoth bauglir
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posted 11-26-08 11:20 AM CT (US)     4 / 49       
Ah, Heart Of Darkness, basis to Apocalypse Now? I've been meaning to read it.

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posted 11-26-08 12:45 PM CT (US)     5 / 49       
I'm a real book hog -.-

ATM I'm reading Agatha Christies "Why didn't they ask Evans?"

Before this I read John Grisham's book (can't remember the name, nor do I know it in English) and before it the eleven "The Wheel of Time" series' books and the two other books that go with them.

Dunno what I'm going to read next, I'm all out of new books to read (yet again)


I've read through my "library" (around 100-200 books) all too many times. Maybe I'll go rummage through my parent's library (Over thousand books (probably more))

Or maybe I'll just ask my mum to pick me one she thinks suitable


Yeah, our family reads a lot

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posted 11-26-08 05:13 PM CT (US)     6 / 49       
I've got so many classics yet to read I think I won't ever get to the inferior ones.
Heh, I know the feeling. I've got pages worth of lists scribbled out, but I can't remember the last time I read a book that wasn't required for class.

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posted 11-26-08 10:28 PM CT (US)     7 / 49       
I really recommend David Gemmell's books. They're fantasy, but they have loads of action and great characters. Why no-one's made an AoK campaign about one of them of is a mystery to me.
I also must admit that I've read all of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, and was quite disappointed at the ending, yet intrigued by the series as a whole
Same here. The whole series ran out of steam halfway through, and by book 10 it had become almost painfully bad, but I kept reading just because I wanted to find out what happened. And when I got to the end...damn you, Lemony Snicket!
Aro
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posted 11-27-08 01:09 AM CT (US)     8 / 49       
Just started reading the book "Arena" again, a Magic: The Gathering novel. I started reading it back in high school and most of the series is actually pretty good. You just have to fight through the fictional and "card-battle-gaming" aspects.
Heh, I know the feeling. I've got pages worth of lists scribbled out, but I can't remember the last time I read a book that wasn't required for class.
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Evil Tailor
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posted 11-27-08 02:52 AM CT (US)     9 / 49       
Can we recommend books here? As a Finn I must at least recommend Mika Waltari's The Egyptian. It's super mega great.

Then there's Orson Scott Card's Alvin series. It's amazing. The second book (Red Prophet) was emintently prime. Had me crying a couple of times. (You just have to forget what a nut Card is as a person.)
You just have to fight through the fictional and "card-battle-gaming" aspects.
Man, I get movies made out of games but books? Anyone read the Doom novels? Me neither. (They're wacky) I enjoy reading game manuals, though.

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KayanZ
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posted 11-27-08 01:49 PM CT (US)     10 / 49       
Hey, good thread.

Just finished Cantar de Mío Cid. Pretty epic.
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posted 11-27-08 02:23 PM CT (US)     11 / 49       
I truly love "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Dumas. I also enjoyed Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises", "For whom the Bell Tolls" and "To Have and Have Not". I really like his dialogue-rich and simple writing style. At the moment I'm reading Yasar Kemal's "The Sea-Crossed Fisherman".

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posted 11-27-08 05:07 PM CT (US)     12 / 49       
I've been struggling to get through Michael Crichton's Next for nearly a month now;
Hmmm... that wouldn't happen to have been made into a film, eh? I just saw my brother trash a film with the same title.

Not a fictitious book, but I just finished reading The Great War by Les Carlyon, number one national best-seller with huge acclaim in Australia, New Zealand and England. Primarily told from an Australian perspective on the Western Front, the book is about over a 1000 pages long, taking me countless slow months to finish.

Anyway, excellent book, good details and descriptions of the major battles Australia fought in. Nothing but slaughter after slaughter after bad decisions from British generals. I was almost compelled to spend $35 on Les Carlyon's earlier work Gallipoli.
Gwame
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posted 11-27-08 08:23 PM CT (US)     13 / 49       
Does anyone here listen to audiobooks? I find them to be quite relaxing, and they tend to remain in my memory longer than if I had physically read the book. Plus, given a talented reader, the book can really be brought to life. For instance, whoever did the audiobooks for A Series of Unfortunate Events was quite talented. A lot of work must go into preparation for the reading of a Lemony Snicket book - they're quite unique and somewhat... insane?

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posted 11-28-08 01:41 AM CT (US)     14 / 49       
Ilmarinen
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posted 11-28-08 03:42 AM CT (US)     15 / 49       
I have read the Odyssey and the Ilias in two weeks 8-]

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posted 11-28-08 09:59 AM CT (US)     16 / 49       
I'm reading Heart of Darkness, but very, very slowly. I have a tendency to blow through books without a second thought, and I really want to get the meaning in this one.
One of my favourite books ever, one of the very very few that actually succeeds in capturing moods and bringing them across to the reader. The book, like the film Apocalypse Now, was more about the feelings than about the actual story.

I'm reading too many books at present. Apart from a handful about radical enlightenment (where I read only preface & postscript sections to ease the pain), there's a number on Dutch religious mission to Indonesia, particularly in the 30-50's; and then there's a few I read for fun, not study, including 'The Struggle for Mastery', an excellent monography on British history 1066-1284, and a book with various articles on the Dutch Reynaert epic, and last but not least I'm reading a 15th century edition of the 'Historie van den Vier Heemskinderen', a Middle-Dutch prose edition of the 13th century French epic poem on Renaud de Montauban.
Oh, and I attempt to read at least one poem a day from Komrij's selection of Middle-Dutch poetry.

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Gwame
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posted 11-28-08 10:02 AM CT (US)     17 / 49       
Talk about a history fanatic . Really though, I'd love to be that interested in something.

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morgoth bauglir
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posted 11-28-08 10:27 AM CT (US)     18 / 49       
Well, I mainly read military history, especially specific details of battles and such.

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posted 11-28-08 10:52 AM CT (US)     19 / 49       
I just found my dad's PG Wodehouse omnibus. It's pretty awesome. I'm halfway through Piccadilly Jim right now.
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posted 11-28-08 11:39 AM CT (US)     20 / 49       
Well, I mainly read military history, especially specific details of battles and such.
That reminds me, I finished Eric Christiansen's The Northern Crusades a few weeks ago, dealing with the crusades on the Baltic, from the Wendish crusades to the Swedish crusade against Novgorod and the demise of the Teutonic order. (Review here.)
Talk about a history fanatic . Really though, I'd love to be that interested in something.
Yeah, I know, it's pretty mad. I'm fairly exceptional in my year, too (though not unique) but I think it will give me an advantage at job interviews etc (I intend to stay in the academic world as a historian, obviously) so it serves a greater purpose than just general interest.
I just found my dad's PG Wodehouse omnibus. It's pretty awesome. I'm halfway through Piccadilly Jim right now.
I've wanted to read Wodehouse for ages now, but unfortunately the books are a little too expensive over here. *envy*

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Wellent ich gugk, so hindert mich / köstlicher ziere sinder,
Der ich e pflag, da für ich sich / Neur kelber, gaiss, böck, rinder,
Und knospot leut, swarz, hässeleich, / Vast rüssig gen dem winder;
Die geben müt als sackwein vich. / Vor angst slach ich mein kinder
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Julius999
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posted 11-28-08 11:44 AM CT (US)     21 / 49       
I just found my dad's PG Wodehouse omnibus. It's pretty awesome. I'm halfway through Piccadilly Jim right now.
Excellent taste. Find stories with Psmith or Ukridge if you can, they're two of his best characters.

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morgoth bauglir
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posted 11-28-08 12:02 PM CT (US)     22 / 49       
That reminds me, I finished Eric Christiansen's The Northern Crusades a few weeks ago, dealing with the crusades on the Baltic, from the Wendish crusades to the Swedish crusade against Novgorod and the demise of the Teutonic order. (Review here.)
Well, mainly a bit more... modern. But I don't
neglect the ancient wise men either.

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posted 11-28-08 12:19 PM CT (US)     23 / 49       
I've been struggling with Gary Jennings Aztec for a few months now, but I'm barely on like page 200 of a total of almost 900. It's... quite dense.
Ilmarinen
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posted 11-29-08 02:03 PM CT (US)     24 / 49       
Kor, if you're such a history fanatic, why not read Scott's most renowned work on the Age of Chivalry, Ivanhoe?

I just finished reading it, "complete and unabridged" the Penguin Pocket version, and it was quite nice

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posted 11-30-08 04:40 PM CT (US)     25 / 49       
Just went through Conn Iggulden's trilogy on Genghis Khan. Very entertaining historical fiction for all of you who are interested in history but who cannot be bothered with all the heavy detail.

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