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1quasar Første besked:
okt 16, 2006, 2:03am

I figured this might be the idea subject for the first thread.

Whilst I haven't started yet (my continuing chest cold drama is keeping me from getting the mood to read), I did recently get The Princess Bride. Never even seen it in a local library before, let alone read it. Will be interesting to see how different it is from the beloved film.

2dparrot Første besked:
okt 16, 2006, 11:29am

I just got done with The Ultimates: Tomorrow Men by Micheal Jan Friedman. Not a bad book, and it makes the Ultimates a little more Human than Millar tends to.

3quasar
okt 18, 2006, 6:50pm

Really? I didn't even know Marvel was doing prose adaptions of Ultimate books.

And Michael Jan Friedman..theres a name I haven't heard for years...since I was reading a bit of Trek stuff back in the '90s.

4JapaG Første besked:
okt 21, 2006, 12:40pm

I just finished We Did Nothing, which was very interesting. It truly opened my eyes to some points of UN peacekeeping operations...

After that I wanted to have something a bit more light, and my gf suggested Momo. I haven't started it yet, but am very much looking forward to it... :)

5trmika Første besked:
nov 6, 2006, 4:00am

This weekend I read James Ellroy's The Big Nowhere, finally finishing his L.A. Quartet. Took me long enough, as I started with L.A. Confidential around the time the film was released... Luckily my random reading order and long pauses did not hurt the experience.

A monstrous achievement, this quartet; I'm gonna miss the 1950s setting. Not that the ongoing series isn't good.

6Uqbarian Første besked:
nov 15, 2006, 6:59pm

I've just finished We Need to Talk about Kevin, which was rather heavy going. I'm moving on to Raisins and Almonds, one of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries; I'm not actually all that fond of Greenwood, but I was looking for something relatively light and easy after Shriver's book and that was closest to hand.

7Rymbeld Første besked:
apr 15, 2007, 2:10am

I'm reading The Book of Lost Tales I for fun, plus a lot of stuff for school.

8quasar
jun 7, 2007, 5:43am

I just started Children of Hurin. Really nice so far...of course I knew that going in having previously enjoyed the fragments already published.

9MaskedBrute Første besked:
jan 4, 2008, 8:11pm

Right now I'm reading The Real History of the American Revolution: A New Look at the Past, which isn't as revisionist as the title might make it sound. It's a full-color partially-illustrated examination of the Revolutionary War, the people involved, what led up to it, the movements during the war, why certain battles turned out the way they did, popular culture notes on the time period, and more.

Very nice little book.

10alanhaley Første besked:
feb 3, 2008, 2:50pm

Right now I'm reading:

Anthem by Ayn Rand
So far, I'm not exactly blown away. It's a short work and Rand's ideology is a bit much (though all of her books seem this way).

Dragons of War by Christopher Rowley.
I've found that my favorite fantasy stories are supported by well-formed characters, and the broketail dragon and his dragonboy sort of click with me. Although I found the first book in the series both gritty and compelling, the second was a weak follow-up and seemed like filler. Let's hope that this third installment picks back up.

Finally, I'm slowly digesting Spycraft 2.0. No rush on this one, as there's no sign of having the opportunity to actually play it anytime soon.

WorldEater

11MisfitKotLD
mar 10, 2009, 9:01pm

I'm working on The Origins of Biblical Monotheism, partly because it's just good stuff and partly for a research paper I'm slowly working on. Then there's my textbook for the same class (Old Testament) and an umpteenth rereading of Kushiel's Dart.

12quasar
mar 20, 2009, 7:45pm

Kushiels Dart. I've just added to to my reading queue. hopefully I'll enjoy it.

Of course first I have to get done with the Codex Alera titles I just got :)

13MisfitKotLD
mar 21, 2009, 10:09am

Take the Princess Bride and add BDSM and a slew of religious lore Carey's taken liberties with and you have the series. As my education has progressed, I've found more bits I've covered in school tweaked and buried in the Kushiel series. In the beginning of Kushiel's Avatar, I found Merkavah, a form of Jewish mysticism dating from around the first century CE.

14Crayne
apr 27, 2010, 7:19am

Currently reading Charles De Lint's Trader after finishing up William Gibson's Spook Country. Also reading The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin.

15quasar
apr 27, 2010, 9:14am

So what did you think about spook country? I haven't read any gibson in years. Nothing since Idoru I don't think.

16Crayne
Redigeret: apr 28, 2010, 2:26pm

Both Pattern Recognition and Spook Country (they consitute not so much a series as a shared universe) are - to me - very interesting in terms of subject matter, but also because they show a certain maturity for lack of a better word. When contrasted with his 'pure' cyberpunk novels, those two lack the crude coolness factor of his protagonists and worldbuilding of his earlier work. They have their own coolness, subtle and intelligent, a world just outside our grasp. Like this could be your neighbour he was writing about. Your neighbour who tracks the whereabouts of a container as it makes its way across the ports of the world. Or who is obsessed with untitled little film fragments being released onto the internet, trying to unravel their meaning and the mystery surrounding them.

Personally I loved those two books even more than I love his Bridge and Sprawl Trilogies. :)

17Crayne
maj 21, 2010, 9:22am

Finished Trader since then (review on here) and after that Dan Brown's Digital Fortress. *twitch* (review also on here.) Then finished The Rule of Four. Guess what? Review also on here. ;)

Now reading Robert Rankin's 'The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse'.

18alanhaley
jun 8, 2010, 7:19pm

The Children of Húrin by Tolkien. I'm finding it to be very much in the style of classic narratives such as the Odyssey. Rather surprised that my local library had it.

19quasar
aug 4, 2010, 11:59pm

Really? Most libraries around here have well stocked Tolkien collections so it being 'new' Tolkien it was grabbed quite quickly.

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