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Last night I finished Neil Gaiman's "American God's" and will start Terry Pratchett's "Jingo" tonight.
I asked for one or two of the History of Middle Earth series for Christmas and received the full set. I think I'll have to break them up with something lighter though.
The whole History of Middle Earth series? Cool.

Yeah, if you don't take a break every once in a while whem you are reading them your brain will melt. Big Smile Smilie
Reading "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein now...last time I read it was 3rd grade...I forgot how great it is Big Smile Smilie

Also reading "The Case for Faith" by an postAuthorID that I can't remember just now. It's interesting...not something I would have gotten for myself, but my roommate was going to throw it out, so I figured I'd give it a read.
I like 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' chika. Big Smile Smilie Though I also have not read it since I was in third grade.
I got The Unfinished Tales for Christmas so hopefully will be reading that, as well as Canterbury Tales.
I still have The Portable Chaucer, which I think I borrowed from my ex-sister-in-law some thirty years ago. I give the Tales a read about every five years. They are more earthy than Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, which I also re-read about as frequently. Happy Elf Smilie
Thanks Grondy I cant remeber what I was babling about but now I am intrigued
Iíve finally gotten around to reading the Silmarillion, and I absolutely love it! Iím also currently finishing up the Miles Davis autobiography, which I highly recommend for any fellow music lovers out there (especially Jazz, and Jazz history devotees).
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Elfstone, if the Silmarillion is still fresh in your mind, have a look at our Silmarillion Reading Discussion group. We are only about ten chapters in, but some of the points being raised are excellant. Your own contributions would be more than welcome.
Val, thanks for the invite, I was hoping you might say that! Funny thing, it was actually discovering the discussion group that finally sparked me to get around to reading it. I had purchased my copy about a year ago, but I had other books I was reading, and I also kept reading LOTR again, and again. I'm still reading it now, and it's going to work out perfect, because I'm pretty much right where the group is, and I have been following what's been going on in the group.
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Just finished 'The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents' by Terry Pratchett. Good book - enjoyed it thoroughly Smile Smilie
Hey y'all get a load of this!

Did you know you can download ebooks through file sharing progs like KaZaA and iMesh? Wicked, huh?! My library just doubled in the last twenty four hours Big Laugh Smilie

Now I just need one of those handheld ebook reader thingies so I don't have to spend even MORE time planted in front of this computer...
No, I did not know that Prog, it sounds interesting, I think my mom tried something like that but it didn't work for her...but that's probably 'cause we have an evil computer. Elfstone, I would also love to have you in the discussion group. Right now I have just started to read To Kill A Mockingbird for school.
I dont really like reading on a screen, but it's free if somewhat illegal.
I also dont like the fact that theese book shops like Waterstones dont smell like book shops, they should be musty and dank not clean and bright!
Hi, everyone! I was really surprised when I read this thread that I did not see anyone mention George R. R. Martin's current series: A Song of Ice and Fire. This is the best new fantasy series that I have read in a long time and it has quickly become one of my favorites!

Also, I saw that a couple of people mentioned the Wheel of Time books - it definitely should have ended after five or six! I couldn't even bear to read anymore! Yikes!
Tyrion, I definitely agree with you about the Wheel of Time books...they were fun to begin with, but talk about a drag... Boring Smilie

In other news, just finished "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr...really great book. I started it and just couldn't put it down.
I have finished Terry Pratchett's Jingo in which I had to pick myself up off the floor on numerous occasions. It is another book staring "Watchmen of Ankh-Morpork" and all their hilarious antics. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie

I had better start Bob Woodward's Bush at War before it becomes outdated by the Korean problem. God bless G. W. Bush and his advisors, keep them from causing irreparable damage to this nation and the world. Elf Rolling Eyes Smilie
Well, despite the fact that I already have literally dozens of books on deck, I took some of my Christmas money and ordered me a book from Amazon.com. It's called Clans of the Alphane Moon by Phillip K. Dick (as in Richard Big Laugh Smilie ) I've been told that PKD's books are an acquired taste. We'll see how well I acquire it... In the meantime, has anyone here read a PKD book that can let me know what I'm in for? From what I've read and heard, he was quite insane... literally insane.. certifiably insane, by the time of his death.

Belonged-in-a-padded-cell-insane.

Anyhoo, I was also looking at another book called Perdido Street Station by China Mieville but it's won so many awards I was afraid it would turn out to be snobby, nonsensical, post-modern drivel with no plot (like most books that win awards these days)... or at least, no plot worth 700 pages. Has anyone read it? I'm very curious...
Hey Grondy how come Colin Powell is pronounced Coalin? Was it just that his parents couldn't spell or is he just mad!
I dunno, why do some people pronounce aluminum, aluminium?

I say tom-ay-toe, you say tom-ah-toe... how's that?

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Hey Grondy how come Colin Powell is pronounced Coalin? Was it just that his parents couldn't spell or is he just mad!
Probably when they were signing him up for a nickname on some Website's forum, they mis-typed his name and he has been stuck with it since. Or maybe they just wanted to be different. Either way, it was their call and I will respect him no matter how his name is pronounced. Elf Winking Smilie
I just started 'The Rover' by Mel Odom, has anyone else read it? If you have what did you think??
I finished The Night Boat by Robert R. McCammon which was a bit of horror fluff about a U-boat resurfacing in the early eighties with a bunch of Nazi zombies on board. Gratuitous in every department but entertaining none the less.

I'm about halfway through They Thirst by the same postAuthorID. It's about vampires over-running Los Angeles. Again, gratuitous but entertaining thus far. Seems to be taking a little longer to get moving though... And I'm told ( I received it as a Christmas present) that it was a very difficult book to track down because it's been out of print for fifteen years. Not sure what to make of that...

Next I think I'll read I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. It's supposed to be one of the best novels in the vampire genre, ranking easily with the likes of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. We'll see...

Anyhoo, obviously I'm on a horror kick which might explain my darkening mood lately...

Dune.
House Atreides
Right now I'm reading Gone with the Wind, and I really like it.
elentari, I love Gone With the Wind...one of my all-time favorites Big Smile Smilie

I've just started Anna Karennina, but it looks as though I'll have to set it aside till spring break when I've got more time...

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I am reading Dragons of a Lost Moon , anyone else read it?
I am waiting for the second Hunter Blade book, reading the series for the third time, on Servant of The Shard right now.
Non fantasy I'm reading The Jew of Malta, and some other works by one Christopher Marlow. Good stuff...

-Diaz Soulbern
I just finished Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor. I will finish R.A. Salvatore's Streams of Silver (Icewind Dale book 2) tonight or tomorrow.

I am also slowing going through Letters of JRR Tolkien and I will start Mission: Compromised by Oliver North this weekend.

I have set a personal goal of reading at least 52 books this year. I will have finished 4 after finishing SoS. I want to concentrate on Fiction (mainly fantasy) to broaden my fantasy reading list. I have never read a lot of fantasy except for Tolkien.

2003 Books Read:
Fiction:
The Diamond Throne -- David Eddings
The Silmarillion -- Tolkien
Streams of Silver -- Salvatore

Non-Fiction:
The O'Reilly Factor -- O'Reilly

bain
Musicimprovedme posted on 3/2/2003 at 03:31 in the nature of hobbits under Characters
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So what else do you guys enjoy reading? I have only recently picked up fantasy, it kind of started with the whole Harry Potter thing (I'm a nanny so it's an occupational hazard, I also know many Pokemon characters and a few Wiggles songs!) and now I'm waiting for the fifth book like everyone else! Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series is good as well. Read Narnia last year and CRIED AND CRIED AND CRIED, that is such a beautiful story. As for other genres, I love crime fiction and American southern fiction such as Barbara Kingsolver. Trying to get my claws into the American naturalists like Thoreau.
I read excerpts of Walden in school last year. I liked it, though it is heavy. Aldo Leopold is one of my favorite 'American naturalist writers'. Big Smile Smilie
Bain, it is nice to see you here again. I have missed seeing your posts. I hope all is going well, at home. Good luck on your reading list.

I am unhappy to report that my reading has come to an almost complete halt lately. I have started several books and have not finished any of them lately.

My goal for this year is to finish the HOME series. ( I am still working on Lays of Beleriand, Shaping of Middle Earrh and The Russia House.)

I guess, I have too much going on to acutally read.
Mellie, the same thing always happens to me. Right now, however, I have just finished To Kill A Mockingbird. It is a wonderful book, I recommend it to everyone! Big Smile Smilie I am just starting the Diary Of Anne Frank for school, it seems I am going to be reading a lot of depressing books this quater...
recently i've been reading "handwriting" by michael ondaatje, the play "no exit" by sartre, the play "short eyes" by miguel pinero, and anything by borges. Smoke Smilie
Finished my third time through The Silmarillion today, waiting for a taxi. Will start UT Friday as my next waiting room and taxi reading book.
I started reading Terry Pratchett's The Last Continent last night. So far it seems to about the goings-on of the wizards of Unseen University with the Librarian being indisposed and the faculties' endeavor towards returning Rincewind to his post as assistant librarian, as soon as they can figure out to where they had magically sent him at the end of their last escapade. And obviously he does not wish to return, for doing their work is far more dangerous than his present job of being lost and wandering around in the desert almost being eaten alive and falling into waterholes daily.
Grondy that sounds like an...interesting book? Wink Smilie
I am just currently reading The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson. A strange sounding book, I know, but I think it's smashing.
I am reading TTT right now.
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Right now I have just started to read To Kill A Mockingbird for school.


To Kill a Mockingbird was my first "grownup" novel, read it my first year of high school at the age of about 15...and it has a permanent place in my heart. Actually, it was unchallenged as my favorite book until I read the Chronicles of Narnia just last year. Mock made me really love reading. Gotta love Scout!

I agree: EVERYBODY READ TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

Funny little story? I used to work with delinquent kids at a residential therapeutic wilderness camp. (If you don't follow me, think Boy Scout surroundings with boot camp kids.) My conversations with kids sometimes rolled around to books and this once this kid asked me what my favorite book was. I told him To Kill a Mockingbird, and he said, yeah, that must be all about getting drunk. I said, HUH? and he proceeds to tell me that he's always thought the book was called "TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD"!!! We had a good laugh over that one.

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...proceeds to tell me that he's always thought the book was called "TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD"!!!


OMG!! ROFLMAOSOIPSISMP!!!
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Gotta love Scout!


Yes I agree! I love the part in the book when she is talking to Mr. Cunnigham...Tequila Mockingbird? LOL. My cousin thought it was 'The Killer Mockingbird'...
Einar, how is TTT going?
I am also reading UT now. It is a great book. There are stories there, such as Turin Turamber, that are told in the Sil. but are much more detailed in UT.
I'm reading the Children of Dune right now. It's the 3rd book in the series, I loved Dune so much that I figured I'd read the other ones even if they aren't as good as the original, (which they aren't, but I still consider them to be good books).
I really enjoyed Dune as well. I've got the others but haven't read them yet.
You should! Like I said, they're pretty good, though quite different from the 1st one.
Right now I'm reading The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, a very....interesting, weird and funny book.
I found HHGttG to be a truly hilarious series. And don't miss the fourth and fifth volumes of the trilogy either. I liked the fourth one the best.
Thanks Grondy, I'll make sure to read them! I laughed so hard my eyes started running yesterday! Big Smile Smilie Good to know I'm not spending time reading books that aren't worth a glance Smoke Smilie
I finished Sharan Newman's To Wear the White Cloak in the not so wee hours this morning. That I read so long rather than falling asleep, means this twelth century murder mystery, the seventh in the series about Catherine LeVandeur and her family, was another page turner. I kept saying, "Just one more chapter and I'll turn out the light." And then there were none, and I did. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
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