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Man! Are you in for a surprise....


Yes, I was. It's totally different from what I expected it to be, and I actually thought it was pretty good. It's a good story after all. I was afraid there was going to be not much of a story, but there is. And there's the deeper meaning of it all and the thoughts and stuff. I think it's really good. And that's not just to please you.

Next on my reading list is Pat Barker's Regeneration.
a pile of books waiting to open:
Homer: The Odyssey
Virgil: The Aeneid
Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Goethe: Faust
Dante: Hell
Cervantes: Don Quixote

Which one to start on?
Just finished another pile, all reasonable modern classics, nothing wonderful enough to write about.
I noticed someone mentioned 'Lady of Sorrows', that too is sitting waiting to be opened with its sequel. Too many books too little time Sad Smilie
/me misses reading. I should never have bought this damn computer...

Actually, I just started LotR for the nth time. I wanna get through it before December 18th...

And I'm hoping someone picks up on all the hints I've been dropping and gets me all four volumes of Tad William's Otherland series for Christmas Read Smilie

[Edited on 11/24/2002 by ProgHead777]
Reading 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' by David Sedaris...funny stuff - I'm very much enjoying it.
Too many booooooooooooooooooks!!! Aigh! Very Sad Smilie Sorry, getting to the end of a semester does that to me sometimes. Well, I am read quite a few things, write now, for school and for pleasure Most of it all very cool.

For school:
Class: Shakespeare Lit
Lot's o' stuff pertaining to the development of Primogeniture due to the Norman Conquest and the ramifications leading to the events in The Tragedy of Richard II, The Tragedy of Richard II, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, (I just saw my first proffessional Rendition of a Shakespeare play, too, Much Ado. It rocked!!!)

Class: Intro to Music Theory
The Music Kit - a good resource text for IMT.

For Pleasure:
The Silmarillion, my 2nd time (I haven't read it nearly enough and I plan to get all the way through this time.)
Teach Yourself Celtic Myth (a nice, plain language breakdown of predominately Irish and Welsh Myth)
Celtic Myth and Legend (an incredibly broad and indepth encyclopedia of Celtic Myth)
Tolkien's World From A To Z: The Complete Guide to ME (I love that book. Jammed packed with info.)
An introduction to Elvish (The best Tolkien Langage ref that I have found on the market.)
Beowulf (trans. by Seamus Heany. Absolutly fantastic!)
And Finally, Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement (a fantastic walk through the halls of US Gov't conspiracy and those within who try to fight off the Evil of the Cthulhu Mythos)
You want to visit Great Britain. It's quite dull, we've all becom e to civillised. Though if you are going to visit the best places are Cornwall, Devon, the north of england, Scotland and the most wonderous of them all Wales!
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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.
Like Ross says, much has changed since those days. What was once a medieval court is now perhaps a supermarket, quaint villages are now suburbs being swallowed by cities, and the ancient oak forests now only survive in patches between the maze of moterways. Find the ruin of a castle with an untouched village nearby and you might just get a moments peace in which your imagination can take you back a thousand years... then a few seconds later it will be shattered as a jet roars overhead. Sad Smilie
Wow. What a disapointment to hear that. Ancient Britain is one of the places that I dream the most about. I mean I know that it's had thousands of years of developement but still... Damn. Still, you all have some of the most famous castles and histories to you lands. I'd like to walk whatever land I could that might not be so urbanized and find a quiet spot to sit and think of ages past and what might have happened. Take a walk around Glastonbury Tor. Maybe visit Wales and contemplate the story of Bran the Blessed. I love my country, but if re-incarnation is the deal, I think my soul spent a lot of lives in the Isles of Britain. Wink Smilie
Oops, we really ought to take this latest discussion to Music under The Golden Perch since this is supposed to be about the books we are reading.

I'm still reading Hogfather and I just remembered a bit I read last night that I must post under Gandalf the? under The Forsaken Inn.
It's Ok we'll return to the normal subject, maybe. All the topics seem to end up going off at tangent's.
Moderator Smilie I have moved a number of posts that were going off topic from this thread to the Golden Perch Tavern/ Music.

This post will auto destruct in a week or so Exploding Head Smilie
And to remain on topic for once, I'm reading Schindler's List again, and also a book about the Hitlerjugend. Don't ask me why. It simply fascinates me how one man can manipulate a whole people into the destruction of another.
Thanks Val, I should have moved them.

Tonight (it is still Saturday) reading of Hogfather is postponed while I'm reading the assignment for Sunday's Planet-Tolkien class about the Elves inhabiting the LOTR. See you Sunday at 9 PM GMT in the Bilbo's-Study chat room.

For the assignment see Week 8 - Elves under Tolkien Weekly Courses.
Went to the bookshop yesterday. They had no (repeat: NO) English books at all! Exploding Head Smilie What kind of a bookshop is that?! A well-known and rather big one, but NO English books! I went totally crazy. For once I had some money, and I wanted to buy The Hobbit in English and also the new video of LOTR but they didn't have either. So Angry Smilie So instead I bought a book about Hitler and a small book about Winnie the Pooh. But still, it's just not fair is it? Jumping Flame Smilie
The Kalevala sounds like an interesting read, Glorfinel, I will put it on my 'to look for list', in fact I might ask my daughter to buy it for my Christmas gift. Do you have the postAuthorID of the English translation and the ISBN number for the book; does it come in parperback or just hardcover?
Hey Grondy! Sure, let me put that out. It is called The Kalevala or Poems of the Kalevala District, compiled by Elias Lonnrot, Translated by Francis Peabody Magoun, Jr. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England. ISBN: 0-674-50010-5

Also, for Tolkien enthusiasts of an academic bent I must recommend the DVD of National Geographic Beyond the Movie Lord of the Rings. It has great information about the formative parts of his life and how the Finnish Language, myth and song affected his work on LOTR.
I made a mention earlier about a book that I was reading in an earlier post here, but it unfortunately got removed in the house cleaning. So, I am just going to throw it out again 'cause I think it may be of interest to others.

I am presently reading parts of the Kalevala. It is the Finnish Myth cycle collected as a series of ancient songs. It is really beautiful stuff. I feel it is a great thing to read for those heavy into knowing what influenced Tolkien in his writing the stories of Middle Earth. Finnish Myth was a very big influence on the stories and the languages that he created.

The first edition of the Kalevala appeared in 1835, compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot on the basis of the epic folk poems he had collected in Finland and Karelia. The main charcter is an ancient wizard named Vainamoinen, who uses songs to make magic and change reality. He was apart of many of the Finnish creation myths. At times, he teams up with other heroes and they have many epic adventures.

The most available translation is by Francis Peabody Magoun and is pretty much a direct translation of the songs. It's not the most gripping read but it is a fascinating look at a beautiful mythic culture and connections to Tolkien's work are easy to make.

If you think you might want to know more about it, check this site out: http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/kaleva.html It has a really good overview.
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Hey is it possibel for one of you supers to put the d in the poor lads name he said it was a mistake missing it out?
Without cancelling your existing account and then starting a new one, I'm afraid it's not possible to change your nickname. Unfortunately, this would lose you your tally of posts too. Sad Smilie
Thanks Glorfinel. Happy Elf Smilie
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Thanks Glorfinel


Hey is it possibel for one of you supers to put the d in the poor lads name he said it was a mistake missing it out?
Well, I've given up on LotR before the 18th, so I picked up something else...a couple something elses, that is.

First is Timeline by Michael Crichton. I started reading it ages ago but it just didn't grab me so I put it down. I was looking at my bookshelves the other day for an easy read and figured I'd give it another shot. I started from the beginning again and wouldn't you know it, I'm almost finished!

The other thing is a book called Naked Came The Manatee which is a single novel written by thirteen different people... from Dave Barry (one of the funniest human beings on earth) to Elmore Leonard. Sort of a literary experiment. Each postAuthorID wrote a chapter and then passed it on to the next... and on and on. I'm only on the second chapter but so far I've been LMAO.
I finished PT's Hogfather last night and now am trying to decide whether to re-read Neil Gaiman's American Gods or start on Volume 3 of HOME, The Lays of Beleriand.
Do the short story's in playboy count as book's, if so my brother is a literary genius!
They must be good he reads alot of them

[Edited on 6/12/2002 by Ross]
I have been trying to read Volume 3 of HOME, The Lays of Beleriand; however, as it starts out with the story (in verse form) of Turin Turambar and as I have been reading the Silmarillion while waiting for taxis and in Doctors' offices and as his wife/sister Nienor has just thrown herself over the brink of Cabed-en-Aras in that book, I have decided to postpone the Lay until a while after I complete my re-reading of the Sil. I just can't take all that sadness all over again so soon.

So I guess it will be American Gods tonight. Happy Elf Smilie
I'm reading a book on Russia now (very interesting) and a book on Sagalassos, a lost city somewhere in Turkey, a Roman city, which was discovered in teh early 80's I think.
Hey Grondy, would that be American Gods by Neil Gaiman? I've had my eye on that for a while. Let me know how it is.
Viola! I have finally finished The Shadow Rising - By Robert Jordan!

This fourth installment of Robert Jordan's blockbuster fantasy series may be categorized as the best (and longest) one yet.

While the series, soon to witness its ninth sequel, has begun to slow in recent books, The Shadow Rising still follows the original structure of tortoise-pace beginnings and lightning fast finishes packed with action and surprising events.

Delving into Jordan's complex world, the Arthurian/Messianic hero Rand Al'Thor travels to the land of the Aiel - a people who share many traits with Western Native American culture - to find his roots as well as an invincible army with which defend his world from the Shadow.

With him comes his entourage from home including Mat Cauthon and Egwene Al'Vere - both whom manage to become influential characters in their own right through their endeavors. Meanwhile, Perrin and his new love return to where the series all began to save their home from a more immediate danger.

All told, The Shadow Rising is an exciting addition to the Wheel of Time phenomenon before Jordan gave up on climactic storytelling and the main character list passed the century mark. If you've started the first one, you'll be pleased to make it this far.

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Hey Grondy, would that be American Gods by Neil Gaiman? I've had my eye on that for a while. Let me know how it is.
Yes it is Prog. I read it last Spring or winter maybe. It is about what happens to the gods that all the immigrant bring to the new world and then abandon for the new god of technology. Can't remember much more than that at the present, but it was a good read a page turner. I forgot to move the book into my bedroom, so last night I ended up starting another book from the Fu Manchu Omnibus, Vol. 5.
Just now I am mostly reading...

Tolkien, Author of the Century by Tom Shippey. Really good on the themes of Tolkien's work, the language, and the works that inspired him.

Nightwatch by Terry Pratchett. PTerry gets a bit darker in this book. Fewer laughs, but still a great story. If you are new to PTerry best start at the beginning. The Colour of Magic + Light Fantastic are verry funny parodies of Tolkein (far better than bored of the rings). After that he really branched out. His best books IMHO are Guards, Guards, Mort and Wyrd Sisters (but you must have read Macbeth to understand Wyrd Sisters).

A History of Britain by Simon Schama. Anyone who can make history interesting and readable to me is doing well. Sure it's long (3 volumes) but there's a lot of history!

A few posts up Valhed were saying that Medieval Britain is lost to suburbs and shopping centres. There's still some left, honest! I live in Scotland and there is still a good deal of untouched wilderness. Many times have I stood on the battlements of Medieval castles, dreaming of ancient lands and stirred to recite lines from that great epic Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of Elderberries!" Big Smile Smilie
I can't remember what I was going to say...

Oh yeah, Fetchez La Vache!
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A few posts up Valhed were saying that Medieval Britain is lost to suburbs and shopping centres. There's still some left, honest! I live in Scotland and there is still a good deal of untouched wilderness


I said that scoltland the north the south-west and wales still had places like that!
Go away before I taunt you one more time, Kiniget!
I have another plan, we build a large wooden Badger....
I'm starting to get the sense that those Monty Python skits were non-fiction...
okay, the Fu Manchu book has been finished (reminded me slightly of Dr. No ) and finally started the reread of American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Reading quite a lot (chiefly my courses of course :boringSmile Smilie. Bedside literature:

The Sil: to catch up with the reading group. No comments needed I think!

Hart of Darkness: terrific book! Great story about the Belgian way of colonization in Congo. I really like that ironical/cynical writing of Conrad.

De verlossing: ('The release') book by Belgian postAuthorID Willem Elsschot. If you can find it translated in English somewhere you definitely should buy it. His sarcastic view on society stays unparallelled.

Beowulf: no need to tell anything about this. If you are a Tolkien reader you can't leave this aside.
I am reading now the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. I never liked them as a child (too sad...) but now I can at last appreciate them. Some of them are simply awesome. The story of the little toy soldier - just a few pages of a very simple, ironical prose - is one of the most powerful tales ever written about human destiny: courage, steadfastness, love and death.
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just a few pages of a very simple, ironical prose
I find this one of the bonuses of growing older. I can now look at some works that I found uninteresting as a child in a new light and really appreciate exactly what I overlooked in them the first time I read them.
Sounds like everyone's reading lots of good books! Big Smile Smilie
I agree with you Eryan about the Hans Christian Anderson tale. I am currently reading The Silmarillion, and a translation of Beowulf.
I am thinking about buying Treasure Island as I have never read it, Is it any good?
I have read treasure Island and it is actually a okay book. Has anyone else ever read Orson Scott Card before (an outhor not a book)?
Never actually read any of it, but I've heard nothing but good things about him, and I do keep meaning to give some of it a go.

Currently reading Essential Spiderman vol. 3, and hoping somebody will have got my hints and got me vols 2 and 4 for Xmas....
I jsut finished eht Anne Rcie book BLackwood farm. oops gotta go. feleing woozy agnia.
I am reading books by R.A. Salvatore, I am reading 'The Crystal Shard' right now.
I really liked his stories about the inhabitants of Icewind Dale and its surroundings. The Dark Elf is cool.
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I am reading books by R.A. Salvatore, I am reading 'The Crystal Shard' right now.


Was a big fan of Mr. Salvatore myself a few years back, Stonehelm. I think you will enjoy his books very much.
Right now, I'm reading:

The Sorceress of Darshiva (4th book in Malloreon series) - David Edding (I want to know what everyone's going on about! I suspect, however, that it would have helped to read the 1st, 2nd and 3rd books first - good thing I read the Belgariad)

Small Gods - Terry Pratchett (and anything else by him - I love his sense of humour)

Through the Darkness (second book in this series that I can't remember, can't remember the postAuthorID either and can't be bothered to go find out - its not so good - I just picked it up because it looked interesting I guess)

LOTR - 16th time now! Tongue Smilie

and any other good fantasy books I come across... and I'm reading them all practically simultaneously, i.e. I read half of this book then a quarter of that one then I skip to another book... (called cooperative multitasking - according to my brain Wink Smilie )
Gilvala, I have read the Malloreon series and I really liked them, I though they were good books. They tend to go on and on though, and Polgara gets on my nerves! Other than that they were great! Big Smile Smilie

Reading 'Sea of Swords' now and yes Allyssa I really like Salvatore. He uses almost every Tolkien being except Ents!
oh, my I just noticed my last post. Please pardon the typos. I was taking a lot of pain pills at the time.

It is suppose to read: I have just finished the Anne Rice book Blackwood Farm.

But since then I have aslo finished Book of Lost Tales I.

I have also started the Tolkien Reader and Lays of Beleriand.
I am reading the hobbit again (lost count) stillas good though.

I think I may have won the quickest ever read of the lord of the rings though. I was thirteen my appendix had just exploded spreading gangreene through my body, then had to have it all removed. Then with me being a tough northerner and refusing to have any morphine (nothing to do with me being scared of needles and already having a drip in my vein) Sad Smilie I decided to be productive and read the lord of the rings in one day.
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