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Cour_Delafleur
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  18:30:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm working my way through Pride and Prejudice now. I loved the movie so I bought the book. I also bought The Alchemist and will read it after I'm done with P&P


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"I think she's magic," said Nor.
________"You, you think everything's magic," Manek said. "Stupid girl."
____"Well, everything is," said Nor. - Wicked

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Myf
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  18:43:00  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I've never read The Alchemist - it seems like something that everyone has read. I've read one other thing by Paulo Coelho (Veronica Decides to Die) and I am STILL wondering how it got published. It was dreadful.

Needless to say, I am no longer tempted by anything else he's done.

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she-dog
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213 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2006 :  03:05:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished both of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently books, and I realised that Dirk is my soulmate. That chapter that describes the morning in his apartment - he's the only man I can ever be happy with. >sniff<

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Bee
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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  06:52:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ah, Dirk Gently is brilliant.

I think I'm supposed to be reading The Alchemist for some book club I'm supposedly joining. Have you finished it, Cour? Is it worth bothering with?

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 08/20/2006 :  19:29:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
shhh... don't tell anyone on the Reading Narnia thread...
I've been reading Madeline Albright's memoir Madam Secretary. She is a very interesting person. The book is veryreadable-- not at all boring or pretensious.

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IrishCal24
Giddy

USA
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Posted - 06/07/2007 :  11:38:48  Show Profile  Visit IrishCal24's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The last books I read were His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, and The Black Powder War by Naomi Novik. I practically devoured them, I enjoyed them so much. I first became interested in them when Peter Jackson announced he'd bought the film rights to them. The first book is simply titled Temeraire in the UK

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Danny Butterman: Who?
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Danny Butterman: Same person.

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Myf
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Posted - 06/07/2007 :  18:47:39  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I've stopped reading. Now I listen to audiobooks. I'm addicted! I listened to The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins) and the whole of the His Dark Materials trilogy (Philip Pullman), just to annoy Diri. Then the whole of A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson). Now I'm listening to about 3 things at once: The Ancestor's Tale (Dawkins again), The Lost Continent: Travels Around Small-Town America (Bryson again) and the Sally Lockhart books (Pullman again). Then I have plenty of Stephen Fry to be getting on with.

I did read Colm Toibin's The Blackwater Lightship (enjoyed that), March by Geraldine Brooks (very good) and didn't manage to get very far into The Secret River by Kate Grenville - my inability to read Australian books strikes again.

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Cour_Delafleur
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Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2007 :  20:28:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished _City of Darkness, City of Light_ which was about the French Revolution. I love history so I liked it. I was constantly consulting Wikipedia because it's been a few years since I studied it and couldn't remember dates and some names.

I also finished a book a few months ago that is now one of my favourites. _The Good Earth_ by Pearl S Buck. I loved it.

I'm now looking for another book to read. I have a bunch of books that I brought to school with me and never read, but unfortunately they're buried in a box that I haven't unpacked yet.

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____"Well, everything is," said Nor. - Wicked

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Starling
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Posted - 06/09/2007 :  17:21:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm currently finishing off Krabat (aka The Satanic Mill) and I've started reading Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers, which is delightfully silly.

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U-No-Poo
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133 Posts

Posted - 07/31/2007 :  19:25:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's not easy to get English books where I come from. Coming to England was a great opportunity to stock up on English books I've always wanted to read. I'm very enthusiastic about all the 21 titles I've acquired, so I thought I'd share them and give some ideas. I'd love to hear your thought on them, too.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
2. Peter Pan in Scarlet, Geraldine McCaughrean
3. The Dark is Rising Sequence, Susan Cooper
4. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
5. The Science of Doctor Who, Paul Parsons
6. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
7. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
8. Three Men in a Boat, Jerone K. Jerome
9. The Artemis Fowl Files, Eoin Colfer
10. Oxford Paperback Dictionary Thesaurus and Wordpower Guide
11. Midnight is a Place, Joan Aiken
12. The Whispering Mountain, Joan Aiken
13. Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957, W. H. Auden
14. Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allan Poe
15. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
16. Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut
17. Casino Royale, Ian Flemming
18. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card
19. The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
20. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
21. The Books of Magic, Neil Gaiman

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Myf
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Posted - 07/31/2007 :  22:14:34  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Hooray hooray for numbers 1, 3, 6, 9, 14, 15, 18 and 19. There are lots of others on your list that I'd like to read too.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2007 :  00:04:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just can't get into Eoin Colfer's work. I've tried to read Artemis Fowl and just can't get through it.

U-No-Poo, I'd start with Poe. There's nothing like a good Edgar Allen Poe short story to scare the crap out of you.

A local store has the hardback "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" for practically nothing. I know some of you read it a few years ago, is it a worthy read?

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Myf
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Posted - 08/01/2007 :  02:23:56  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I really liked it, Jo, but it's a hefty read. If you can stick with it, it's very rewarding. (I know some people had difficulty getting into it, but I was swept away from the start.)

Can't wait to re-read it, actually.

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U-No-Poo
Addled

133 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2007 :  16:53:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I adored Jonathan Stange and Mr. Norrel. It's one of my favourites. Us HP fans should be more than used to hefty books by now! It feels like a bit of a mixture between Harry Potter and Jane Austen. You get the incredible, imaginative magical side as well as the clever, social humour. I'm reading the Ladies of Grace Adieu now and enjoying it as well.
Now I've got to add the Wind on Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson and Holes by Louis Sachar to my list, and I'm still on the lookout for Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet.
I've got eight kilos worth of books to haul back home

Edit: What am I talking about?! Eight kilos worth of books!

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Emmmma
Barmy

293 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2007 :  23:29:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another vote for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell! Most definitely worth a try and I bet you'll be hooked, Jokelly. I wish I was reading it again for the first time.



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Ah, Dirk Gently is brilliant.


I tried to go through Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy and never got too far with it. Should I still try Dirk Gently? (same author, right? i hope I'm not embarrasing myself )

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Myf
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Posted - 08/02/2007 :  00:21:22  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
You're totally embarrassing yourself, Emma! :) Try them too, but they're more... obtuse that Hitchhiker's. I like the second one more (Long Dark Teatime of the Soul) and you can read it without having tried the first one.

I never knew someone who couldn't get through Hitchhiker's!

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2007 :  00:37:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought the Hitchhiker's anthology, but never read it. It's sitting in the bottom of my cabinet. I have good intentions of pulling it out someday and reading it.

I plan on rereading CoS and then I was cleaning out my one bookcase and found my Anne of Green Gables books and I have this desire now to reread some of them. My favorite was Anne of the Island where she goes away to University. They really should have done this as a movie and not combine the 2nd and 4th books as the sequel.

U-Noo-Poo, Louis Sacher's Holes is a great book. You'll love it.

Next time I'm shopping I'll pick up Jonathan Strange. You know something odd, I have a great-great-great grandfather by that name that lived around the same time period the book takes place. That alone is enough to make me want to read the book. Of course, Jonathan is common name, but I don't know about Strange.


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Emmmma
Barmy

293 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2007 :  23:21:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Strange is strange indeed.


Myf, I don't know what was my problem with Hitchhiker's. I loved, loved, adored the beginning -the house demolition and the pub stuff. But when the more sci-fi thing began I couldn't go through more than a few pages. It didn't feel as funny and inspired. But I only tried twice, and a few years ago. I'll try the teatime book and maybe will once again start the galaxy book as well... I'm looking for good funny adventure books now.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/06/2007 :  18:24:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Long Dark Teatime of the Soul what a great name for a book!
It's been years (as in 16) since I read it.

Just finished reading V for Vendetta in collection format. Great comic book.

I checked Stardust by Neil Gaiman out of the library, but have yet to start it.

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Bee
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Posted - 08/06/2007 :  21:29:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another vote for Jonathan Strange! I loved that book and I hardly ever read. I'm not sure if that gives my opinion more or less weight.

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Unicorn8
Barmy

Germany
319 Posts

Posted - 08/09/2007 :  12:41:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am currently reading book 3 of the Nightrunner Series, which I can very much recommend to all fans of fantasy books.

Afterwards I will read the new Charlie Bone book. I just orered it from amazon.

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gimu
Addled

Ireland
209 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2007 :  03:37:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alright, I will read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell too - you have talked me into it - I did buy it about 6 months ago, but never quite got round to reading it, what with all my HP rereading and all that jazz.

I have read a trilogy in the last two weeks - I think I am a bit mad actually. I really loved http://www.robinhobb.com/books-main.html Farseer/Assassin, MadShip and Tawny Man/Fool books (that's 9 books in all) by RObin Hobb (an American lady whose books always get published in the UK first...) SO anyway, I read her latest trilogy, "the soldier's son" trilogy. It was quite good as you might have gathered, with me reading all three books in 2 weeks.

HINTIf I were new to Robin Hobb though, I would read the trilogy's in order!!! The assassin books first, then the Mad ship books, and then the fool books. This is important!!!
I hope someone else has read them so that I can chat about it...

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Unicorn8
Barmy

Germany
319 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2007 :  15:21:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am now reading the newest installment of the "Three Investigators". This series has long since died out in the USA, but in Germany it is still a success. There are about 135 books now. It is supposed to be a children's book series, but most fans are adults (sounds familiar, doesn't it?).

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Starling
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Posted - 08/20/2007 :  16:22:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It took me years to read Jonathan Strange, I was that bored. But I had to finish it, cos I always finish books on principle (except when they revolt me). You may hit me now.

Looking forward to the new Cornelia Funke, out in September (I hope).

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Unicorn8
Barmy

Germany
319 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2007 :  06:19:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am going to take "Inkheart" with me on the fligh to Costa Rica. I haven't read it before, but I am pretty sure that I'll like it. After all, I loved Dragon Rider.

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msulizzy11
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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  22:23:14  Show Profile  Click to see msulizzy11's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I'm totally butting-in on this thread.

I just finished the audio books of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and Laura Zigman's Animal Husbandry.

Of Course I loved DGHDA especially since it was read by Douglas Adams himself! I listen to it in my car whilst commuting to/from work. I laughed a lot and probably freaked out other drivers.

AH was only okay. I wasn't sure what it was about before I checked it out from the lib. I'll never get back those hours of drive time, but whatev. It was better than listening to bad radio. I guess because I'm not really relationship-literate I could have cared less about the story. I give it a *shrug*.

What else have I read, oh DH again - it held up the 2nd time for me, so I'm pleased with that. I'm forcing myself to read Wicked by Gregory Macguire. And by 'forcing' I mean getting through part 1 without stopping and then taking a break for four days and then getting through one chapter of part 2...how much further?! Ugh. It's sort of vulgar (which doesn't bug me, but it does) which is a surprise, but it's also disjointed. I didn't understand why half of what happened, happened and I've only read like, 100 pages.

I recently read Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars which I really enjoyed. I couldn't put it down. I've read some mixed reviews about it, but I felt it was engaging and extremely smooth sailing. I think Maguire should take some tips from Beddor because he really knows how to write alternative background stories. Seeing Redd is the 2nd in the triolgy planned. I'm not sure that Beddor has enough story for three books, but we shall see.

I've set a goal for myself to read 50 books by the end of the year. Books I Have Read This Year and Books I Plan To Read Soon. I feel like this has been a year of lots of re-reading books I liked.

Borders had Jonathan Norris on super-duper sale and I almost bought it, but it's quite thick and that scares me.

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Cour_Delafleur
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Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2007 :  10:31:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
msulizzy - I read _Wicked_ last year. I agree it's a lot darker and more vulgar than I expected, and it's quite a slow read, but I enjoyed it.

I'm about half-way through Bryce Courtenay's latest book (I think) called _Whitethorn_. It's his first book since the _Power of One_ series that's based in Africa. I wish I'd started it earlier last week when I had more time because it's one of those books that I get really into and then look up and four hours have passed without my realizing it. But now that I'm into classes I can't read it as much as I'd like to. Anyway, so far the protaganist's life and situation are very similar to Peekay's, without the boxing. But it doesn't have what I loved most about the Power of One (I was going to shorten that but realized it would be PoO) which was the vivid imagery. The Power of One went into intense detail about the scenery of South Africa and music, etc. This one is written as a first-person narrative, almost like a 700 page one-sided conversation (he often starts paragraphs with "I suppose you're wondering what blah blah blah" etc.) so we get more insight into his character rather than the surroundings. I'm still really, really enjoying it though.

"I think she's magic," said Nor.
________"You, you think everything's magic," Manek said. "Stupid girl."
____"Well, everything is," said Nor. - Wicked

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gimu
Addled

Ireland
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Posted - 09/19/2007 :  17:22:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
just to say... I am finding it very difficult to keep going with Jonathan strange & Mr Norrell. It doesn't help that my other half decided to bring it to Germany with him on a business trip. It's not exactly a book that sucks you in, but its not unreadable. Perhaps it's a book for a certain mood - it might be nice to read around christmas time...
Otherwise, I am going to read Paolo Coelho's Zahir. Going to start right now actually.
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Cour_Delafleur
Confunded

Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2007 :  18:21:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my mom bought the audio version of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and said she was able to enjoy it a lot better by listening.

"I think she's magic," said Nor.
________"You, you think everything's magic," Manek said. "Stupid girl."
____"Well, everything is," said Nor. - Wicked

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Unicorn8
Barmy

Germany
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Posted - 09/23/2007 :  09:52:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I 'll be starting Lynn Flewelling's "Tamir Trilogy" soon. A friend recommended it to me. I have read other books from Lynn Flewelling and I like her style.

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