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Now on to Ringworld Engineers. And waiting for the next Harry Potter book. Sad Smilie
My feeling is that JKR has enough money, so she doen't feel the need to hurry with her books, and the publishers cant make her. Lucky Duck Smilie
Aren't we all... I'm gonna chance Children of the Jedi later, and hope it's not crap.
What do you want to bet ole JKR has been working on the screenplay for HP and the Secret Chamber (or did that also get retitled for the States) instead of working on her fifth book?
Aren't we all...

No, we're not. :P Ha Ha Ha Smilie

I'm reading Silence of the Lambs right now, and it's killing me! Wary Smilie
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I'm reading Silence of the Lambs right now, and it's killing me!
It doesn't seem to have caused any lessening in the number of your posts. Big Smile Smilie
Nothing but my absence can cause my number of posts decreasing! Very Evil Smilie
You should know me by now, Grondy. (scarily enough you do! :disturbedSmile Smilie Animated Wink Smilie
Psssst! Grondy, why don't you delete all her irrelevances? That'd really nark her off. *laugh* And JKR no longer has to rush, it's true, which is a shame, it looks like it'll show up in Autumn now, though of course they said that last year...
read "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell today in my lit class...was pretty good, though kind of gross at the end...Mad Smilie (I know this is the crazy smiley, but to me it looks kind of sick, so I'm using it for that...)
Yeah!!!! Orwell!! The greatest writer ever to pick up a pen! Nice one!
Plastic: Grondy won't do that, won't you, Grondy? *sweet look* Kiss Smilie :P

No seriously, if I get too irrelevant, delete them, please do... But do the same for Plastic... Very Evil Smilie
Bernard Cornwell-Stonehenge. Kind of hard going so far, but it is meant to get better......
I was reading Mapping the Deep for work and a Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse book for fun. Since joining this forum last week, however, I've put them both down and have started reading the Silmarillion again.
Thanks folks
What do you mean, thanks folks? The inspector Morse books are pretty good actually. I've read about six or seven of 'em. Very Big Grin Smilie

I'm reading Hannibal by Thomas Harris now. You know, The silence of the lambs continued. I don't know about the films, but the books are equally good. Lecter is so great!!! Wary Smilie
Today I received my copy of just published The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams. Sadly, obtaining an autographed copy has been next to impossible, as he will no longer be making the book tours and can no longer hold a pen. Very Sad Smilie

The book appears to be a compilation of things from Dougy's four Mac computers: an autobiography, short stories, articles, speeches, interviews, letters, and about 80 pages of his unfinished third Dirk Gently novel, as well as a few tributes by others. Read Smilie

Tonight I will start the reading in earnest. Cool Smilie
I better rush out and buy that then...
I finally finished Children of the Jedi (had to really force myself, steer well clear.) Force, Jedi, get it?
So I'm re-reading Moving Pictures again, WOOHOO!
Magician-Raymond E Feist
still great Smile Smilie
And apart from the bad pun does that mean Children of the Jedi was good or bad?
Bad doesn't even come close to decribing how incredibly dire it was, complete and utter sh*te!
I bet it wasn't as bad a Crystal Star or something....that was bad.
Never read it, but if you want really bad SW books try Splinter of the minds eye, where Vader has a blue Lightsaber and Luke tries to get it on with Leia. (It was written in 1978 though)
I finally read the 'Science of Discworld' Plastic. Brilliant that, bloody hilarious. Loved it.

Can't remember 'Splinter' although I know I've got it at home. Ugh - dunno which is worse - blue lightsaber for Vader or Leia & Luke bonking. All the Lando adventures were lousy too. Dead Smilie
Shocked Smilie This will shock you all I guess. I found out that my library has no books by Douglas Adams. Shocked Smilie They don't have the discworld novels either. Shocked Smilie

I've just started with A clockwork orange, btw. Big Smile Smilie

[Edited on 16/5/2002 by TomBombadillo]
I was starting to read a clockwork orange a while ago, but my dad saw it and took it away from me. He said it was trash...Rolling Eyes Smilie

reading 'Things Fall Apart' for class now, and 'East Wind, West Wind' just for the heck of it...
Clockwork Orange yay!!! And your Library sucks Tommy. DSM, I told you you'd like it didn't I? now go read The Last Hero....
Your library is truly terrible Tom. Shaking Head Smilie

Now reading the truly wonderful Dune by Frank Herbert. Read Smilie One of the very, very, very bestest books ever!
You are so very right 42, very right indeed.
I'm reading Bored of the Rings right now (and laughing my arse off all the way through) and then I've got a nice shiny new copy of the Salmon of Doubt to work my way through as well.
I'm half-way through Douglas Adams' Salmon of Doubt and haven't found much to laugh about. Seems he grew up and got religion: not the God fearing type as he was a self-confessed atheist, but more of the environmentalist type. I think he burned out with humor; it got old for him; it is also a tough act to keep up. His essays are good, as are his explanations of things, and I expect to find some humor near the end. Very Big Grin Smilie
Now halfway through Dune Messiah and I've just found that my copy has been lent out a few too many times and is missing three pages So Angry Smilie I guess I am off to the library tomorrow.....
That's a bummer, I hate it when that happens. Disturbed Smilie

A friend of mine is republishing Harry Stephen Keeler's novels in 4-1/4 by 5-3/4 inch paperbacks. When I found a paragraph missing on a partially blank page. He emailed the missing text, I reformatted it to fit, and made the paste in correction. He said the text was still in his computer so the omission was caused by his laser printer. He assembles each book by hand.
If you haven't yet read Dune, then you should read it. If you read it in Dutch for your exam, then to see how the translation stacked up with the original, you should soon after read it again in English. Cool Smilie

Can you think in English? In any other or all of your foreign or non-native languages? Smile Smilie
What pages 42? I could always scan 'em and send 'em over to you?
I'm also halfway through the Salmon of Doubt Grondy, and I think Mr Adams wit was firmly intact in his razor sharp observations of modern life. I'm still laughing as much as I ever did.
Ok have a tough choice on here, folks: what to read for my last examination of Dutch?

1) Dune - Frank Herbert
2) Terry Brooks (and if yes, what?)
3) Silence of the lambs or Hannibal - Thomas Harris
4) Tolkien is not an option, have read that for my essay
5) Tom Sharpe is not an option either, read him for my first book review
6) What other books do you advise?
7) Didn't really like clockwork orange, didn't finish it, got about 20 pages far

Any wise advises? Big Smile Smilie
Can you think in English? In any other or all of your foreign or non-native languages? Smile Smilie

What do you mean by this Grondy? Whether she first thinks of what to say in Dutch and then translates it to English (or French or German) or whether she thinks of what to say in the language she wants to say it in? Whas this just a question or is it necessary to read Dune in English?
Have you read "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein, Tom? It is a great a book. You could do quite a commentary on it too. I couldn't get into Clockwork Orange either, too surreal for me. I liked "Chrysalids" by Wyndym, "Mists of Avalon" by Bradley, "The Redemption of Althalus" by David Eddings. Oh, what the hey, I like Harry Potter, too
Good luck with this paper, Tom. I'm sure you will do well!
What do you mean by this Grondy? Whether she first thinks of what to say in Dutch and then translates it to English (or French or German) or whether she thinks of what to say in the language she wants to say it in? Was this just a question or is it necessary to read Dune in English?
It was just a question. What I meant was, when you are, say writing something in English, French, German, Sanskrit, or Vulcan, can you think what you want to say in that language or do you have to think it in Dutch or Flemish first and then translate it to the non-native language as you write it down?

Sorry if I confused anyone with these piles of bull-shift. I suppose this just shows how ignorant I am about dual or multiple learned languages. I would assume that when one is proficient in a second language, one can think in it with very few stumbles due to insufficient vocabulary. I find Tommy's command of English is better than a lot of my fellow Americans. Smile Smilie

It shouldn't be necessary to read Dune in English; however, by reading any work in the original language you get the postAuthorID's best shot at it, rather than reading it through the eyes and any limitations of the translator. Then again, if your command of the original language is less than that of the translator's, you may as well rely on the translation.

Thanks Plastic, I managed to get them off a friend though, copied and stuck them back into mine. Now I just need to find the person who lost them...... So Angry Smilie.......

And Tom, if you haven't read Dune-go for it! Truly awesome book. The only other book I could think of off hand would be Larry Nivens Ringworld. Good Luck!

Now I am reading Kingdom Come by Carl Huberman, I have about 20 pages left to go and I'm not sure it's worth reading them. Not really recomended.
It has been my experience with French as a second language that I had to let go of English and think in French. Literal translation just messed me up and resulted in very strange looks from my francophone friends. The same with reading, I don't translate into English I just understand (or don't understand) what is written on the page. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to speak French in the last 3 years and I find it very difficult to change gears now. Like they say, "use it or lose it."
Okay, that makes much sense for use in conversation and when you get that far, then the writing aspect should be easier. Thanks Rednell.
I try to think in the language I have to speak or write in. Try to, because sometimes I don’t know the right words and I have to look them up. I have send a few private postBodys to Tommy in Dutch (or Flemish if you want) and I had some trouble with expressing myself because I am used to write in English on PT. However, a friend of mine thinks my English is very funny because I write Dutch sentences with English words.
I’m not so good at French (shame on me!) because I don’t have to use it regularly. I live in the Flemish part, work in at a Flemish company, so I seldom meet French speaking people. So it takes longer to actually start thinking in French. A few years ago I followed an intensive French course. During one month we had to speak nothing else but French for two hours a day, five days a week. After every session, when I went home, I was speaking French to myself. And when I read a book in English or French, I don’t translate what I read.

I never heard of the book 'Dune'. What's it about?
I can think (and write) in three languages but I simply have three independent vocabularies. I cannot easily cross-translate even my own writing!!!!
I am reading now... "Good wives" of Louisa Alcott, a sequel to "Little women", IMHO very much better.

[Edited on 3/6/2002 by Eryan]
Just started reading "The Shelters of Stone" by Jean M. Auel.

Does anyone know why this writer waited 15 years to publish this book?
I'm currently re-reading "Someplace to Fly" by Charles De Lint. If you like magic thrown into a modern day setting, he's an postAuthorID worth reading. (Try Moonheart, Greenmantle and Trader too)
Thanks people, you make use of multiple languages sound operatioal, as long as one continues to expand ones vocabulary and have daily opportunities for practice.

I never heard of the book 'Dune'. What's it about?
I should let one of the others answer this; however, since I'm here I'll give it a try:

Dune was written by Frank Herbert and has been described as
Machiavellis in spaceships meet the biggest nightcrawlers you've ever seen...
Actually it is the start of an epic space opera with religious overtones of how the hero becomes a demi-god amid inter-family squabbles on a planetary scale with a devious Galactic Emperor, a counterbalancing council of business men, a sisterhood of political witches, and the drug snorting mutant operators of the spacefleet.

There have been numerous follow-on books which IMHO aren't nearly as good as the original. There have been one movie and one mini-series produced based on the original book; each of which has its followers and detractors.
Dune is incredible, a truly awesome book-saying what it is about doesn't really mean much. But it's very political with some issues with religion, genetic manipulation, and mans impact on the environment.....and heaps more really.....and even with all of this, it's still a great story. Yeah, I guess you just have to read it!

Read Smilie

Right now I am reading Joe Haldemans "Forever Peace" Another very good postAuthorID, who wrote a lot of very good books Smile Smilie
My old boss decided to spoil my long vacation by ordering me to start work next month Sad Smilie so I'm re-reading "The Handbook of Heat Treatment of Steels by Prabunov".

I've just finished The Salmon of Doubt, which was inciteful witty genius and only spoiled by the fact that I will never know how it ends, or what the significance of the wonderfully named Daveland was...
Now I'm re-reading The Last Hero by Mr Pratchett in dribbly anticipation of his next book....
Oh 'eck, who wants to lend me 12 quid? I just found out that the Science of Discworld 2, The Globe, has just come out and I'm skint. But then it is my birthday soon, hmmmm..... must drop a few hints around....
... the Science of Discworld 2, The Globe, ...
Is that the title of Terry's new story about thespians with the hero being one Billy Shakesword, or is it laxative textbook concerning how things work on the back of a turtle?
I'd imagine it will be not unlike the first science of Discworld which was a very interesting book about the science of our own world, cleverly disguised as a funny story about wizards. I believe Mr. Ridcully et al will be messing about in our history in this one.
Two more to read then. Cool Smilie
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