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I've just finished '1421: The year China discovered the world'. It was fairly conclusive, I think, but I'm easily led. It's worth a read but about one third of it went over my head because it was explaining different things to do with navigation and calculating longitude and latitude. Dunce Smilie
i just finished The Giver by Lois Lowry
it may be easy, but that book is soo cool, it gives you a whole different perspective on life, and really showed me how lucky we are to be different. Its weird at first, but i really got into it, and finished it in a day. Its really touching. Read Smilie you should read it.
that book freaked me out,the concept of people not knowing they need to stand up for themselves is the scariest thing ive ever heard of,i couldnt even get halfway throught it,the headaches from thinking about it to much are what did me in,you should read the sequel,i was to afraid to read any of it myself,im rereading the fellowship and then the other two in the trilogy,after that im going to read all the tolkien books on the history of middle earth
Will Self's, "How the Dead Live"

Nasty, Ascerbic, Witty and Surreal. Quality adult book, recommend it to any who are fans of satirical writing and (loosely) the occult.

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I am in the process of re-reading the LOTR starting with the Hobbit and I am also on my yearly journey through the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice I am on the Vampire Lestat right now but it is slow going since I am reading LOTR more often. I am just loving the Hobbit it has been too long since I read that book. I will look through all of these and see if there are any books here that might interest me as well. I did just finish Anna Karenina before I started LOTR that was a task let me tell you. But in the end I really enjoyed the book and the story as a whole. If there is anyone here that has not read this book I would reccomend the book to anyone do not be daunted by the fact that it is the Russian lit grab the Sparks notes and go to it, I may read it again in a few months. Also as cheesy as it sounds I am really following the "new" Oprah book club she is recomending the classics now so I want to see what else she chooses becuase some of those books that were in the earlier book club were nothing but depressing there were some good ones (like one or two)

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Ashley276
I'm currently reading my dog-eared, much beloved copy of Doctor Syn, by Russell Thorndike. And, keeping in the swash-buckleing theme, I'm also re-reading all my Nikolai Dante comics, cuz swash-buckeling russians rock!!
Anyone else read Doctor Syn? Or am I the only one? Elf Confused Smilie
These day i am reading The Shaping of Middle-Earth book four of the twelve in the history o middle earth but i am almsot done. Before that i read BoLT 1 and 2 and the lays of Beleriand. But the best book i've read recently is Ths Silmarillion.
I have just read a mystery-novel called THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Hadon. It is told in the first person by an autistic boy, who has an amazingly logical mind and is a genius in math and science, but nonetheless doesn't understand emotion, and can't stand to be touched. The way it is written is superb, and I loved it especially because there are a lot of supposedly antagonistic characters but the way this boy writes about only their actions (because of his non-emotional state) it really leaves it up to you to judge if they are really "bad" or not.
Does anyone have a opinion on the author H. R. Lovecraft? I have heard things, and would like to get more opinions.

I am reading The Visitation by Frank Peretti at the moment. My reading list seems to be getting longer and longer. This thread isn't helping either.

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I have a Lovecraft book - can't say I enjoy his writing but I like playing the Cthululululu RPG.
I am reading a book of Edgar Allen Poe's short stories, they are very good, everyone should read Poe. They are great weird/horror stories.
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I'm reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. (I hope that's the right name, a bit in doubt)
Catch 22. What a great book.

I've just read No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - very good, tho not as funny as I thought it was meant to be. Now re-reading Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse, the best of the Jeeves and Wooster books, I reckon
I have never read Catch 22 what is that about. I have just finished re-reading LoTR and I have started on a new vampire series by Jeanne Kalogridis there are three books in the Series the first one is Covenant with the Vampire: The Diaries of the Family Dracul, the next one is The Children of the Vampire and the last one is The Lord of The Vampires. I guess sthat the author wanted to do a what if there was a prequel to Dracula. I figured that I would give them a spin. If anyone has ever read these before let me know what you think.

Ashley276
Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters, which is the umpteenth book in the turn of the nineteenth century Amelia Peabody, Archeologist series. This one takes place after WW I is over and I have decided her writing is rather boiler-plate, but I'm only a third of the way through it and can put it down to go to sleep in the middle of a chapter, rather than waiting until the end of one and then reading just one more until it is 10 AM and I've suddenly run out of book. This one is definitely not a barn burner (page turner).
Okay, so Children of the Storm started out slow, but it ended fast and furious. Not her best work by far, but it was still fun to see how the family has grown.

Will probably start Life, the Universe, and Everything tonight for the umpteenth time.
"Observational Astrophysics", Léna, Lebrun & Mignard. Definetly NOT a page turner, but interesting none the less. Smile Smilie
I'm reading 4 books, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, The Soft Room by Karen Heuler, The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard, and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
Actually, I just finished The Soft Room, it was very very good, I highly recommend it Big Smile Smilie Thumbs Up Smilie
Im still rereading the LOTR and ive finally managed to block the movie from my mind and see MY view of the characters again where aragorn has no beard and hobbits are as chubby as Tolkien said they were!not weighing only ten pounds in hobbit form like elijah wood or whats-his-face monaghan.(sorry thats just the main thing that bothered me about the movies,next to the exclusion of Bombadil,hobbits are supposed to be fat!or at least chubby!)
I just finished several Lovecraft books, I enjoyed them, good classic horror. I liked The Lurker at the Threshold the best.
A hat full of sky.
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A hat full of sky.
Is that the memoirs of an airhead?
Nae, t'is aboot hiver's, crivens. An' the wee hag, ya spavie.
well im reading the secret country trilogy by pamela dean
I just got my copy of Neal Gaiman's Neverwhere back from a friend, so I'm going to start re-reading it tonight.
I'm reading The Sword of Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks. I like Terry Brooks, and I've read about A Hat full of Sky, I wish I had it to read, it sounds like a good book.


I'm with Icy, I am re-reading The Wishsong of Shannara. It is quite good. Terry Brooks is a great fantasy writer.
I'm in the middle of The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. Smile Smilie

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Solomon Kane
Mike713 Posted Monday 19th July 2004 (02:46am)

Hey, y'all I just picked up this book The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane it's by Robert E. Howard the man who created Conan it's a great read

I have finally bought the Dirk Gently omnibus, now reading it. It's hilarious so far, and I've only read the first three chapters. Big Smile Smilie
I'm back to my reread of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

And yes Tommie, Douglas Adams' books starring Svlad Jelly are very funny. I thought Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was the better of the two, though the bumbling Thor in The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul was also funny, albeit pathetic. The gods' status in this book was a forerunner of that written by Neil Gaiman in his American Gods. I suppose I should reread Terry Prachett's Small Gods to see if this theme was continued by him as well.
No Dark Place by Joan Wolf, a 12th century historical murder mystery novel. I assume most of it is fiction except for the conflict between King Stephan and Empress Matilda.
Pratchett and Gaiman also wrote 'Good Omens' together. I enjoyed that one.
Yes, Good Omens was excellent; always good to see the powers that be skewered by their underlings. And I especially enjoyed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding in on their Harleys.
I'm currently reading The Mosquito Coast, by Paul Theroux, and enjoying it immensely.
I'm reading A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett. I haven't got far enough into it to form an opinion. I'm hoping it will maintain his normal standard of punny.
This Pratchett sounds interesting...I will look into it.

Currently, I am rereading The Complete Works Of Robert Frost, and it is so moving and graceful, like the words themselves are alive...
I just finished Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia and am re-reading the Silmarillian. Elf Sticking Tounge Out Smilie
I just finished a book called Playing Away by Adele Parks and I am currently looking for something else
Well I finished that series that was a prequel to Dracula (sort of) it was alright nothing that I would re-read but it was alright. I am not sure what I am going to pick up now, I am re-reading LoTR beucase I have also gotten to a point in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles that I want a little break from the Undead if you know what I mean. I picked up a few books from the used book store that I go to all the time. I got the Al Franken Lies and the Lying Liars that tell them (a Fair and Balanced look at the Right) I also picked up Richard Clarke's Against All Enemies I may start one of those or one of the Nelson DeMille novels that I picked up not sure yet. I try to read different stuff but sometimes I just stick to the authors that I know and like. I also like some of the classics as well I did read Last of the Mohicans this summer and I really enjoyed that book although it was a tough read at times. I also bought Band Of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose and I really hope that one is good. So currently I am at a loss as to "The Return of just what are you reading now"

Ashley276
I'm rereading LOTR. I'm now on page 877, The Two Towers chapter X "The choices of Master Samwise."
Ah, yes. Definitely one of the most supenseful chapters in the book. Even after several rereads it holds its Edge-of-Your-Seat quality.

As of yesterday, I have gone on a (literary) quest for knowledge, due to a certain thread here that I cannot now recall pertaining to the Knights Templar. I have checked out Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln. So far, so good. Very interesting story that somehow in the idiocy of my earlier years I had overlooked( thank you, Grondy.Smile Smilie )
I'm currently re-reading The War of Powers - Itzu Returns, a lusty fantasy tale about a floating city, eagle riders and a long dead spirit in a jar. It's not exactly LotR, but an interesting diversion from most fantasy themes.
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. This is the fourth book in his Ender's Game series
Beowulf, I just started it and I am liking it so far. I finished 1984 the other day, it was a pretty good book.
No way, Stoney!!!! I'm reading that too, for my lit class. I'm on line 1817, btu I just started it today. Are you enjoying it? I think it's really interesting. I also just finished reading "Straight" by Dick Francis. It was really good.
Reading it too, Arwen? Cool! Yeah, I did like it, I thought it was an excellent story. I picked it up kind of off the cuff at the library the other day. I was walking through the Classics section and I thought I'd give it a try. Glad I did.

It's neat when you find bits in old stories that have been used again in recent writing. The part about the cup being stolen from the dragon being the obvious one!
Hehe, I had come to ask if anyone knew of a good classic book/ playwright for my lit class and it seems I've found it, thanks Arwen and Stoney!
No problem, glad we could help(even if we did it w/o realizing it.).
I am currently reading The Silmarillion. I've attempted it in the past but gave up halfway through the first chapter. This time I bought an old copy of the book to read at my leisure. I took the advice of other PT members and started with a chapter that's slightly familiar, namely Of Beren and Luthien. My goal is to not give up on the book this time and finish it. Wish me luck!
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