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Started TP's Carp Jugulum last night. Appears to be another hilarious tale of the three witches against this time, a family of vampyres. Cool Elf Smilie
Some french magasine that I have'nt got a clue what it's saying, nice pictures though!
Rhodry - I also read Pillars of the Earth recently! An excellent book! I really enjoyed the insight into the difficulties of life in the 13th century... yikes! Super Scared Smilie

Also, eagerly awaiting the 4th in George R. R. Martin's fantasy series, but the pub date has been pushed back again... Mad Smilie
I downloaded a Brian Herbet short story thats a prelude to the Butleterian Jihad last night, it was Ok but there's a bit to much coincedence in all his prelude to dune books. It's almost as if he's scarred to make up new places or people like in House Harkonen Gurney Halleck meets Liet Kynes, yet in Dune he's ready to kill him for touching the Duke because he's a stranger.
Still worth reading them though, but only if you're a Dune fan!
Hmm...What book am I reading. I am reading Willow, bby V.C.Andrews. She's in the Horror section. I never knew why, but i guess they are creepy if you think about it. O well!
I've just started reading "Remembering Satan" for my psych class...it's pretty good and very creepy.
I forgot to take a new book to bed last night so I ended up reading a short story by Rudyard Kipling entitled, At the End of the Passage, which is one of his India stories about a British Civil Servant to whom the summer heat and the isolation were just too much for him to handle.

Tonight I must reread The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapters 9, 10, and 11 of Book I for Sunday's 9 PM GMT Bilbos-Study chat room class. The lesson will cover the hobbits' arrival in Bree through the Nazgul's stabbing of Frodo on Weathertop.
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'What do they (midges) live on when they the can't get hobbit?' asked Sam, scratching his neck.
That line by Sam is one of my favorites. The poems from those chapters are also very good; like Aragorn's tale of Beren and Luthien, Sam's rendition of 'Gilgalad was...,' and Frodo's non-sense song and dance 'The Man in the Moon Stayed up too Late'.
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Change in plan from the above: We will save Chapter 11 and cover it next week along with Chapter 12, thus completing the first of the six LotR books at that time.

[Edited on 8/3/2003 by Grondmaster]
merci, moi petit poubles!
I'm reading The Strange Will another of the books with the diabolical convoluted plots of Harry Stephen Keeler with his wife Hazel Goodwin Keeler.
I'm currently reading a very interesting book I picked up in the shop at Tate Modern yesterday, it's called "The Internet:// a philosophical inquiry" by Gordon Graham, and it's really fascinating stuff.
Sounds interesting!
Ahahaha! The whale! The policemen! Eddie! Know what I mean Grondy? Big Laugh Smilie I've bought all the books, I'm just waiting for the delivery guy Smile Smilie And I'm also reading LotR and am about to start on The Silmarillion once more Read Smilie
Every time I go to the bookstore I end up getting a really horrible book based on what other people think...

Last book I read was Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

I'm sorry to everyone who loves the series but I really can't stand the way he writes. I honestly feel like the time I spent wasting reading that repetitive book should be reimbursed by Mr. Goodkind himself.

So I recently picked up a copy of Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King. I don't get to go to the movies often so I love when I can read the books before they come out on DVD. I read the first page and now it's collecting dust on my bookshelf waiting to be sold on Half.com From the fist page I gathered that it was written by an 11 year old and lost interest completely with the unnecessary use of fowl language almost every other word

So right now I'm searching for something that's worth reading for myself and in the mean time I'm reading Chronicals of Narnia every night before bed to my 2 year old.

Kaimelar: I think there exist some websites where you can read the first page of the books they sell to get an idea if it would suit you. As far as following the advice of what other prople like, you have to find people who like similar books as you; you can't just go by what readers of Tolkien say, because most everybody likes Tolkien. If you like to laugh and don't mind puns, Terry Pratchet and Piers Anthony are good. Moving from the realm of fantasy comedy to space opera comedy, you can't beat Douglas Adams. It all depends on your cup of tea.

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Ahahaha! The whale! The policemen! Eddie! Know what I mean Grondy? Big Laugh Smilie I've bought all the books, I'm just waiting for the delivery guy Smile Smilie
Sorry, I'm not with you there Celebrian, you have lost me. Oh wait, I got it! The not so mythical planet of Magrathea is the common denominator: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
uh.. I'm reading Planet-Tolkien threads....
Tonight I start Terry Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant. I hope I don't have Ungoliant's bad experiance with this book,as it turned her against TP and took her years before she would try reading another of his hilarious stories. Shocked Elf Smilie
Finished TP's The Fifth Elephant early this morning. Don't know what got Ungoliant's goat.

Tonight I will start Harry Stephan Keeler's The Riddle of the Travelling Skull published in 1934.
Yes!Yes!I love this topic! Super Wow Smilie
I am now reading Jane Eyre(I think that is how you spell it),by one the Bronte sisters.Its wonderful!I reccomend it to anyone.It is a beautiful mixture of Romance,Drama,ect...
I have on hand another book I want to read called Amistad.It looks good.If anyone here has read any 2 of these books tell me how you like it.
God Be With Us.
I'm just reading Life Of Pi by Yann Martel. I find it hilarous.
Feawen, who is Amistad by? I might have heard of it.
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Feawen, who is Amistad by? I might have heard of it.
Isn't Amistad about the mutiny on the slave ship or was that a movie by a similar name?
I am reading the latest Robert Jordan book Sleeping Smilie not that good.
Really? Which one? Everything I've read by Robert Jordan has been great.
I haven`t read anything by Robert Jordan.

Currently I`m reading FOTR and it`s excellent!

Has anyone read My Story Collection?It consists of, A Child Called It, The Lost Boy and aA Man Named Dave. They are wrote by Dave Pelzer

They are all true stories about him being abused by his mother and everything else. It`s really sad. I shouldn`t be reading them at my age but my mum let me and they`re really great books. They make you realise how lucky you are to have such good parents.

He also has wrote two other books, Help Yourself and something else I can`t remember it`s name. The last two books I named he tells you about getting help and surving through being abused if you are afraid to get any help. Everything like that is in those books.
Spawn vol 3 (just wish I had vols 1 and 2 now...)
At bedtime I'm reading Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn, which is Book Two of the Thieves World series edited by Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey.

A friend loaned me his twelve volume set of this series.

Each book in the series contains Swords and Sorcery type short stories by different postAuthorIDs that take place in and around the city of Sanctuary and may make use of many of the same characters with the rule that if one postAuthorID creates a character, another postAuthorID can use him as long as he stays in character and doesn't get killed off. The postAuthorIDs of the stories are well known in the field of Fantasy/Sci-Fi.
The Butlerian Jihad.
I'm stumbling through some poetry my arabic teacher gave me...I have a rough enough time with poetry in english, this arabic nonsense is making me crazy Tongue Smilie

I went over to my grandparents' house the other day, and my grandfather had found a big old box of books somewhere that he said I could have...lots of stuff I never heard of before...the goal of this summer is to work my way through the whole box.
That's a good goal Chika! What exactly are the Arabic poems? Is the Rubiyat of Omar somebody-or-other an Arabic poem? I picked up a copy of it at a yardsale last summer, haven't read it, but it looks Arabic. Wink Smilie
Right now I've just finished reading The Member of the Wedding by Carson MacCullers. Very strange book.
I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Thief of Time another one with Susan, Death's grandaughter. I'm finding it hillarious, like all TP's work.

The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam. Yes, I think he was an Arabian rather than a Persian. All I remember is it is a bunch of long poems and one contains the bit about ...
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A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.
The thief of time is very good Mr Soak.

I'm now on House Corrino, much to Golly disgust!
Defenders #109, slow connection, have to do something while I wait for the pages to load.
That's why I don't read e-books: too impatient... Big Laugh Smilie
Right now I'm reading A Seperate Peace by John Knowles for school. My poor family cannot get me to talk to them very much now.
I just started.. Hero of Everest: Tenzing

Its a biography of Tenzing Norgay, who along with Sir Edmund Hillary were the first men on Mount Everest.
Dune Messiah.
When Thief Meets Thief by Harry Stephan Keeler having finished Candace Robb's A Spy for the Redeemer, her eighth, 14th century, Owen Archer mystery.
The Sticklepath Strangler by Michael Jecks. Another in his series of 14th century mysteries set in Devonshire.
A whole stack of past research reports, I'm afraid Sad Smilie
Tonight I will start HP and the Order of the Phoenix of which three copies arrived today, I only remember ordering one back in February, but see I ordered another in March, don't know how the third came about. At least they were 40% off the list price and my grandson will want the second one. I'll probably offer the third to the Library.

I was rereading TP's The Colour of Magic, which will now get postponed for 870 pages.

[Edited on 21/6/2003 by Grondmaster]
Iím currently reading Unfinished Tales, and The Letterís of J.R.R. Tolkien, both for the first time. Obviously both are amazing! The great thing about those two books is that you can kind of pick them up whenever you want, and jump around if you wish.

Iíve also been poking around in my copy of Karen Wynn Fonstadís The Altas Of Middle Earth that I got a couple of months ago, which is excellent, and a must have for any serious Tolkien fan.

I just re-read ROTK cover to cover again about a month ago, and even though Iíve basically read The Silmarillion cover to cover twice now, Iím planning on re-reading that again soon.

Other than the newspaper, or various magazines that I read, I just canít seem (or want) to pull away from Tolkien right now. All of the other books Iíve been meaning to read are stacking up! I do read liner notes from albums all the time though; Iím a liner note fiend! Do those count?
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Isn't Amistad about the mutiny on the slave ship or was that a movie by a similar name?


Yes , and it was also made into a movie....and at the moment I am reading so much...that I completely forgot what im reading...
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Tonight I will start HP and the Order of the Phoenix of which three copies arrived today
Grondy, my mates in Liverpool could have got you a copy of that a week ago!
I started HP and the Order of the Phoenix at 1230 AM, read the first 179 pages, and turned out the light just before 0400 AM. (I'm a slow reader and like to get my money's worth) Elf With a Big Grin Smilie

J.K. Rowlling has writen another barn burner (page turner); three times I said, "Just one more chapter." Fast Asleep Smilie
Need to get home to pick up my HP book, need to get home and pick up my HP book... (repeat ad infinitum)
Nearly went and bought it in Exeter yesterday, but restrained myself, and bought Essential Fantastic Four #1 and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 1. Once again had to restrain myself from buying the new boxed hardback LOEG for £60, it looks so pretty, and it's got Alan Moore's full scripts in it as well, looks fantastic. I'm reading the FF at the minute, and will hit the LOEG tonight I'd imagine.
At the moment I am re-reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy,im on The Two Towers. And an intresting facts book. +Aesop's Fables
And then im trying to find another Zane Grey book to read but havent found one.
*LadyFeawen*
lotr, fotr
Back at The Color of Magic now that HP is finished.

I was so relieved that the person Rowling killed off wasn't one of the students, that who it was didn't really bother me. If someone thinks this needs a spoiler alert, say so; however, the media have been saying for weeks that she bumps off a main character. I think that so long as we don't tell who it is we shouldn't be spilling the beans.
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the media have been saying for weeks that she bumps off a main character. I think that so long as we don't tell who it is we shouldn't be spilling the beans.


Very true Grondy. I have not gotten to that part in the book yet, but I already know who it was that dies. Littleirena told Robbie, and he told me yesterday. I guess, I am prepared for it now though.

I have been teasing her about spoiling it, just a tad too. heheheee.

Ok, I have not been on line much, so I have been doing a lot of reading.

I have read:

1) Tolkien's Roverandom. That was really cute.

2) David Gemmel's (sp?) Legend. Excellent stroy

3) " " King Beyond the Gate.

4) Harry Potter Year 5

5) Laurell K. Hamilotn's Guilty Pleasures. It is a vampire book, and I love stories about vampires. I think this one is sooooo cool. Completely different from Anne Rice's novels and not quite as good, but still very enjoyable.

6) Terry Pratchett's Color of Magic

7) " " Light Fantastic

8) " " Equal Rites (I am in the middle of it now and will probably finish it this weekend if I have time to read.

I have the 2nd book The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton, to start.

I think I got everything, but I have no real clue. I just know I have been reading a lot lately.



[Edited on 7/5/2003 by MelliotSandybanks]
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I was so relieved that the person Rowling killed off wasn't one of the students, that who it was didn't really bother me. If someone thinks this needs a spoiler alert, say so; however, the media have been saying for weeks that she bumps off a main character. I think that so long as we don't tell who it is we shouldn't be spilling the beans.


I haven't read the book yet but I am glad to know that Grondy. I heard a rumor that Harry Potter may die in the last book, anyone else heard that?
No, I had not, heard that. I hope he does not die, in the last book, that would be just too sad. Harry is a nice kid. I tend to get attached to my characters, and by the end of the series, I would be really upset if Harry, Ron or Hermione were to die. I mean it was bad enough when Cedric died. I did not get to read much last night, but this is a really good book, and it gets better and better with each page.

[Edited on 7/5/2003 by MelliotSandybanks]
Right now I am reading:

Great Expectations (one of the best books ever, except for the lacking plot)

Lotr: FotR

The Silmarillion (third time through--just keeps on getting better!)

Unfinished Tales

Romeo and Juliet (finally got around to reading it after it spent three years on my 'to read' list!)

Left Behind: the Remnant

The Three Musketeers (First time through, so far so good)

Crime and Punishment (read it once before, but I got a new translation: I hate the ending.)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (classic Shakespearean comedy!)

Uncle Tom's Cabin

And I can't wait for the Order of the Phoenix to get to the library--they ordered it, but it won't be there for a while. I'm third on the hold list.

I thought The Goblet of Fire was somewhat..well...interesting. Ghosts coming out of somebody's wand and all. But the whole Voldemort thing was a good plot turn. Rowling has a knack for making suspenseful plots, along with astonishingly real characters.



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