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Books I have recently bought:

- Bored of the Rings (must read it soon)
- The colour of magic - Pratchett (the Luggage is absolutely hilarious!)
- Garfield pockets 4 and 14 ( Very Big Grin Smilie )

Books I have recently read:

- The Return of Sherlock Holmes (A.C. Doyle) Fantastic!
- The Three Musketeers (Dumas) Brilliant!

Going to start Bored of the Rings and going to finish Pratchett soon! Read Smilie Read Smilie
GRRRRRRR I hate Raymomd Fiest. How dare they compare him to Tolkien!! So Angry Smilie

- I actually met Mr Fiest once. Very rude and arrogant. Wouldn't be a bit surprised if it was his idea. Shaking Head Smilie
I could not have said it better myself Taz and Allyssa. I couldn't get past volume 1 of the Riftwar Saga. The sad thing is Feist will manage to sell a lot of books to innocents with this marketing ploy. So Angry Smilie
TOO ALL NEWBIES OUT THERE----Let this be a WARNING to you:

BEWARE of all books WHOSE BLURBS COMPARE THEM TO THE WORKS OF TOLKIEN Exclamation Smilie

BEFORE YOU BUY A BOOK
based on this PHONEY PRAISE ask someone who has read them! Exclamation Smilie
Thanks for the advice Grondy. I love your notice.
I wholeheartedly agree with you Taz. And well done to all of you reading Bored of the Rings, may you be as confused by the jokes as any others who don't remember late '60s USA pop culture.
Me, I'm reading Blake's "Marriage of Heaven and Hell" again for a bit.
I'm reading Sax Rohmers 1936 pot boiler President Fu Manchu at night while slowly (I'm now in chapter 5) working my way through The Silmarillion while waiting for a cab or at the doctors' office. My new paperback version should arrive by the end of the week; meanwhile, to preclude any damage to the gold lettering on the cover, I've been carrying my leatherbound copy in a plactic one-gallon zip-lock freezer bag. Smile Smilie
I picked up the Tolkien Reader while stateside last week. I have been trying to get a copy because I have wanted to read Leaf by Niggle for quite some time but have not been able to find it around here. So that is what I am reading in between textbook reading assignments. Tongue Smilie
Reading Pratchett's the colour of magic. Soo funny! Big Laugh Smilie

Bored of the Rings is next on my list. Tongue Smilie And the trusty Garfield pocket of course. Read one before I go to bed every day. Tongue Smilie
Thought I'd have another crack at The Two Towers (some of you may remember I got bored of it about a year ago, and haven't read any of LOTR since) but it's sooooo poncy, and the jokes aren't funny, and LOTR is to big to hold in one hand while you're smoking a cig, and... and... I'm not making any friends here am I? Wink Smilie There's a copy of the first Spidey and Doc Octopus comic inside my Lotr now, I think it's staying there.
Tonight, or at least at bedtime, I will start Terry Pratchett's Interesting Times.
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Thought I'd have another crack at The Two Towers (some of you may remember I got bored of it about a year ago, and haven't read any of LOTR since)
Thought I'd have another crack at The Two Towers (some of you may remember I got bored of it about a year ago, and haven't read any of LOTR since) I don't believe what I am hearing Platic... I means seeing Tongue Smilie

[Edited on 8/10/2002 by Taz]
Turns out I haven't got the attention span for it anymore. I've stuck a Fantastic Four Comic inside it now, it's very good.
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I could not have said it better myself Taz and Allyssa. I couldn't get past volume 1 of the Riftwar Saga. The sad thing is Feist will manage to sell a lot of books to innocents with this marketing ploy
Well, I was never an innocent who fell for Mr Feists marketing ploy, but I do own the full set of his books :elfembar:

He's no where near as good as Tolkien or Katherine Kerr (my favourite two writers), but I really liked the Riftwar Saga. Darkness at Sethanon is one of my favourite books. He seemed to go through a lean patch with King's Buccaneer, and Princes of the Blood, but the Shadow of an Emerald Queen, I thought was back on form again. The three that he wrote with Janny Wertz, the Daughter, Mistress, Servant of the Empire, I thought were excellant. Sadly, he seems to have become very much a formular writer recently and has even resurrected his old characters from the Riftwar period. I'll still buy this recent one though... Thanks for letting me know it was out, Taz.
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Anyway, we have railroaded the subject well off it's original theme...
Just a query really.... Would you like me to move these last few posts into another thread so you can continue your conversation without taking this one off topic?

Moderator Smilie I have just moved a section of these posts to the Golden Perch Tavern/ Music. Moderator Smilie


And to keep this post on topic, I am currently reading the Silmarillion in triplicate, three or four chapters at a time so I can pretend to know what I am talking about in the Simarillion Reading Group.


[Edited on 30/11/2002 by Valedhelgwath]
Hmmm, well, I did try to bring it back to it's original focus. I don't think that we went off topic for too long. But I am just a newbie, it is up to moderators, such as yourself, to figure out how to organize this hodge-podge of thought. Sorry about that. I would hope that you'd keep the part where I mention the Kalevala as it is on topic and I think it can be a great resource for Myth/Tolkien interests.

Oh, and let me add two more Books that I am presently reading for school:
Who's Who In Medieval England by Tyerman
The War of the Roses by Alison Weir

These are both for that research paper on Primogeniture. Both very readable and enjoyable. Alison Weir is a fantastic writer of history and the Who's Who is nice because it is divided into small sections focusing on important people in the political scene from William the Conquerer through Henry II. I love British history. I want to see/visit/experience Great Britain, more than any other place in the world. I spend so much of my time reading the myths and history of the Isles. I want to see the places where they came to be.
And now I'm going back through my 1978 Marvel Star Wars Weekly collection, still stuck inside my LOTR to look like I'm making the effort you understand.
I just finished Terry Pratchett's Interesting Times. My O My, I think that was the funniest one yet.
My synopsis: How the land of Hunghung was conquered by Ghenghiz Cohen, who becomes Emperor in The Forbidden City, with the help of the Barbarian Hoard, the Great Wizzard (Rincewind), and the entire Red Army (well actually it was terracotta). We also get to meet again Twoflower, the Luggage, their families, and a new character, one D.M.H. (Disembowel-Meself-Honorably) Dibhala who is in the same vocation as his counterpart on the opposite side of the Diskworld.
Orc With Thumbs Up Smilie

Tonight I start The High King, the fifth and final book in Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles.

[Edited on 18/10/2002 by Grondmaster]
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Tonight I start The High King, the fifth and final book in Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles

I loved that series! I hated what Disney did to The Black Caldron.
I have trying to intice some of the Harry Potter readers to read it, however, the books are old and do not have flashy covers so they tend to turn their noses up. Sad Smilie
Just as soon as I finish Essential the Amazing Spiderman vol. 1 (extremely good VFM series I might point out) then I'm moving onto Meditations on Middle Earth which I was recently given by a good friend of mine, in the hopes that it rekindles my interest on Tolkien by the time the movie comes out.
"The colour of magic" was really good. Big Laugh Smilie

"Bored of the Rings" was ok, but not as funny as I thought it would be. But some parts were freaking good! Very Big Grin Smilie

We *have* to read George Orwell's 1984 for English. Dead Smilie
Nothing wrong with 1984. . I'm thinking we Americans are starting to live in those times now. Not quite, but almost. Orc Going Huh Smilie
1984 is the single greatest book ever written Tommy. Okay? You're lucky.
And we Brits aren't far off it, even my quiet little country town has cameras in the streets now.
Everybody: You have just got to try reading : Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn.

Great book and well written. It is semi-fantasy set in medieval Japan with Japanese mythology woven in. I have found the insight into Japanese culture fascinating and the prose easy flowing, even if the plot line is not all that original (although I have not finished the book yet, so I could be wrong on that one).
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1984 is the single greatest book ever written Tommy


That and Farenheit 451, Squirrel!
Scarry look at the future? It is beginning to look that way. Good reason for us to make sure we don't let governments decide what is in our best interest.
Still haven't read fahrenheit 451 Nell, don't shoot me, just haven't ever come across it in a musty old bookshop yet. I think I'm really going to have to though aren't I?
I am currently reading a number of selections:

I have just started Book V of The Lord of the Rings (that's in The Two Towers, you know).
About to start The Silmarillion for the first time.
Readings for Rednell's class

Star Wars: Dark Tide I: Onslaught in the New Jedi Order series
The Templatrs by Piers Paul Read
Western Civilization textbook for Western Civ class I am taking.

whew, I think that is it.
At bedtime, have started Meditaions on Middle-earth, edited by Karen Habor and illustrated by John Howe. The writters of the essays are current, if not recently deceased writters of fantasy/sci-fi, including Terry Pratchet, Ursula Le Guinn, Harry Turtledove, and Douglas Adams. The many illustrations are full page pencil sketches of scenes from Lord of the Rings: the book. Cool Elf Smilie
How odd Grondy, I'm reading that as well, Hmmmm... now how could that have happened.

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I have just started Book V of The Lord of the Rings (that's in The Two Towers, you know).


I hate being picky, but I always am, book V is the first part of the Return of the King, surely you mean book IV?
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How odd Grondy, I'm reading that as well, Hmmmm... now how could that have happened


Hmmmmmmm me, too. Big Smile Smilie
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How odd Grondy, I'm reading that as well, Hmmmm... now how could that have happened.
Ummm... Funny enough, me too.

I think our friendly, fluffy, fraggle's out to brainwash us all Big Smile Smilie
Sshh! (That someone's ship may not have docked yet.) Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
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1984 is the single greatest book ever written Tommy. Okay?


Okay... Paranoid Smilie

It's just that most people I come across can't stand the book, but if you say it's one of the best ones ever written, I'll start to hope again. Big Smile Smilie

I'm reading Groucho Marx' autobiography now. Smoke Smilie

Hey, Tommy. You should open your copy of the Silmarillion (at the front this time) and join us in the new Silmarillion Reading Discussion Group.
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Hey, Tommy. You should open your copy of the Silmarillion (at the front this time) and join us in the new Silmarillion Reading Discussion Group.
Amen. And the discussions are very good too, I haven't butt-in because my comments weren't needed to keep the ball rolling, but I am following along because this is only my third time through the Silmarillion. Val is a good instructor. Orc With Thumbs Up Smilie
I'm reading the discussions, still no need for me to butt in either (not reading the book along though)

Just got a nice shiny new copy of Night Watch, the latest and just published instalment in the Discworld series WOOHOO! Sam Vimes goes a time travelling apparently, should be good. I'm off out in a minute to go buy some nice new Vinyl sos I can spend the afternoon listening to smooth grooves and hanging out in Ankh-Morpork. Happiness is assured!
Tonight I start Maskerade the number umpteenth in TP's Discworld series. I don't know what it is about because I have yet to retrieve it from my ever growing stack of 'to be read when I get a round tuit books'--I have stumbled upon ever so many square and triangular ones, but seldom come across any round ones. Elf Winking Smilie
I used to own a round tuit. Seriously, someone got me a mug that claimed to be a round tuit, because they believed that my catchphrase "When I get around to it" would finally be stopped. Needless to say this just got annoying after a while, well, after the 999999999th time they said, "But you've got one now." And once it had been thrown at the wall, I think they got the postBody (we no longer speak, if you're wondering).

Btw. Nightwatch is really, really good. A lot more thoughtful and clever again, less laugh-a-minute than usual, but great plot. Perhaps Pterry is getting a bit sensible in his old age?
I just finished reading Sax Rohmers 1957 pot boiler Re-enter Dr. Fu Manchu. Fast Asleep Smilie

Will start TP's Feet of Clay next.
Read Groucho Marx' autobiography and it's just LMAO!!! Big Laugh Smilie

Going to read 1984 next. And I have joined the discussion group Val, so I'm reading the Sil too now (yes, finally). With the help of Val and the others, I think I might get it through this time... Big Smile Smilie
I just read a really good book. I was very surprised, and did not expect to like it. I am not a big comic book fan, much less Spiderman. But Matthew bought the new Spiderman Novel based on the Movie. It was a pretty good story, and well written. I was pleasanly surprised.

He also go the Spiderman movie but that if for Robbie for Christmas. So, I have not gotten to see it yet.
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I am not a big comic book fan, much less Spiderman.


What! Really? Surely that's not possible?
Actually, my best mate is exactly the same, and he has always been exasperated at my obsession with the ol' web head. But I dragged him to see the movie (at a preview) and he said he realy enjoyed it, even though he isn't really into Movies, or Comics or Spidey at all.
Matthew and Robbie are the Spiderman fans in our house. But I was very pleased with the book, and am looking forward to seeing the movie. Who knows, I may even go back and read some of Matthew's comics now. I was very intrigued.
Hooray! Maybe they'll convert you. "With Great power, Comes great responsiblity"
Ok at the moment I am reading Bored of the Rings (Acctually Funny), Terry Goodking Debt of bones (not as good as his other but ok), I'm always reading the silmarrilion and a book on accountancy (WAH-BIFFING-HEY!!!!!!!!!!)
Okay, I read the first 5 chapters of 1984, and guess what: it's actually pretty good. Big Smile Smilie The only thing I wonder about is what the rest of the book is gonna be about. About the same thing, I know, but he's said pretty much everything in those 5 chapters... I think... Disturbed Smilie
Finished TP's Feet of Clay in the early hour of this morning. I'm not sure if it is my favorite in the Discworld 'Guards' series, but it is right up among the leaders. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie

Next I had better read Rednell's assignment for Sunday's lesson, which can be found under Tolkien Weekly Courses as Week 6 - The Ents". Come and join us Sunday at 9 PM GMT (9 PM UK time, 4 PM Eastern time US). Cool Elf Smilie
I have just started Salvatore's new book "The Thousand Orcs". Hmm, I wonder where he got the title? Read Smilie
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Okay, I read the first 5 chapters of 1984, and guess what: it's actually pretty good. Big Smile Smilie The only thing I wonder about is what the rest of the book is gonna be about. About the same thing, I know, but he's said pretty much everything in those 5 chapters... I think... Disturbed Smilie


Man! Are you in for a surprise....
I tried to start PT's Hogfather In the wee hours of the morning, but I fell asleep before I finished the first page. Not the book's fault, I was tired; will try again tonight. However, judging the book by its cover, maybe I should postpone for a month, until we are closer to Christmas, for the cover shows a red suited Death seated in a sleigh pulled by some flying reindeer--I didn't check the nose color of the one in the lead. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie

:elfembar: Oops! The reindeer turned out to be flying hogs, so now I can expect something untowards to happen, because we all know that such things don't happen until "pigs can fly".

All the above is just based on the book's cover. So far all I have read is that persons or spirits unknown have taken out a contract Deal Smilie with the Assasins' Guild to find Serching Smilie the fat guy in the red suit Merry Christmas Smilie and put him out of circulation.

[Edited on 23/11/2002 by Grondmaster]
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