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Good luck! *just in case, she hands her a 4-leaf clover, rabbit foot, adn other miscellaneous items thought to bring good luck!*
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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!


The Reading Discussion Group section of the Message Board was a regular discussion about the Silmarillion for new readers. Although the group finished the book a long time ago, the questions raised for discussion do act as a good guide of the book for new readers. In addition, at the beginning of each assignment I posted a list of names etc which occured in each chapter to make it easier for new readers of the book to understand. Feel free to raise other questions too, if you feel there was an area we did not cover at the time.
Thanks for the good wishes Arwen, and for the suggestion Val on the Silmarillion postings. I have started to read them, but they take some time. They do seem to be a valuable resource, though. Thanks again everyone.
Laurie R. King's Justice Hall the sixth book in her series starring Marry Russell and her husband and partner in sleuthing, Sherlock Holmes. I loved the first books in the series and hope the standard of this one is comparable. Serching Smilie
I'm reading "Weapons Of Peace" by Raj Chengappa

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Weapons Of Peace is the explosive story
of the triumphs and the travails, the intrigues and the goof ups, the closed-door decisions and the deceptions behind the thick veil of secrecy that shrouded India's quest to build an awesome nuclear arsenal.

The book is a compelling narrative full of rich and never before published human, scientific, military and political details based on 200 revealing interviews of former prime ministers and presidents, military generals and key bureaucrats and scores of scientists, both known and unknown. It graphically recreates the unparalleled drama that shook the world and is the definitive history of India's 50-year saga to build nuclear weapons


That is the back page of the book.

Anyone from India, I recommend this one.
Still on Dante's Divina Comedie (in Paradise at the moment, not just figurately speaking!)... Though I have at last finished "The Letters of JRR Tolkien" which were great!
Tonight I will start another of Sax Rohmer's potboilers about the hunt for the arch-criminal Dr. Fu Manchu. This one's titled The Wrath of Fu Manchu.
I don't know if any of you are Chuck Palahniuk fans ("Fight Club", "Choke") but I'm reading his latest book, which is strangely enough a collection of non-fiction stories called "Stranger Than Fiction". I am about to finish that book though and go to C.S. Lewis's good friend of Tolkien mind you) "The Screwtape Letters", which I'm sure many of you have read.
Ooo Fight Club was a good book and movie!
I'm reading four books: The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sarah by Marek Halter
Four Corners by Diane Freund
and Eat Me by Linda Jaivin
Has any1 read any books by Jack Higgins, like T hunder Point or Eye of the Storm?Read Smilie
I read the house of seven gables this summer. What do you think of it Andrea?
Last night I started Barbara Hamby's Days of the Dead, the seventh Benjamin January mystery.
I'm about to finish Dante's Paradise... (slow reader?! nah, try it first, then we'll talk about it! hehe)
Anyway, I've read some PDF with essays on Middle-earth (Parma Endorion, I think!)... Found out some interesting things... most of them acccurate. (like... did you know Elros and the entire royal line of Numenor had fair hair?!)

Namarie!
Is anybody here a Ray Bradbury fan? If so, I suggest reading his short story collection book called, "The Cat's Pajamas" It is Bradbury at his best, a facinating read.
I love Ray Bradbury. I haven't read that one though, i'll have to check it out. I"m reading "The Man From Monticello". It's about the life of thomas Jefferson. can't remember who it's by.
I've just finished reading 'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood. I can't say that I enjoyed it particularly although it is very well written. I found it a bit gloomy and it left me wanting to know more, which I suppose is a good thing because I tend to judge books by whether they made me think after I'd stopped reading them. This one did but now I need to find something more light hearted.
The Bartimeas trilogy is pretty darn good
I am re-reading Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett.
I have just quit reading Dearly Beloved.. *shivers* Not my kind of thing, plus I didn't enjoy the writing style much.
I'm looking for something to read. Any suggestions? Smile Smilie
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(Parma Endorion, I think!)...

I think you mean Parma Eldalamberon . But what have I been reading? like a true Tolkien fan I have been reading: DRUMROLL Unfinished Tales.
Finished Dante, re-read The Hobbit, read Dune: House Atreides... Now I'm on the Unfinished Tales again!
I was reading the Left Behind books in school, but I decided to leave the rest for my later High School years. So now I'm reading:

The Body of Christopher Creed
By: Carol Plum-Ucci

Just finished Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men and have now started rereading J.R.R.Tolkien's Smith of Wooton Major now that I've bought another copy to replace the one from the 70s that I've misplaced.
Now I'm rereading Ăgidius Ahenobarbus Julius Agricola de Hammo* which is also included in the volume containing Smith of Wooton Major as well as being in the Tolkien Reader.


* Commonly known as Farmer Giles of Ham.
I'm rereading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series for the third time.
Yay!!!!! I finally found:
Drumroll please...

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring!!!!

Yay!!! I've never read it before.


Right now I┤m reading "Killing Mr. Griffin" for English @ school :p
I picked up To Kill A Mockingbird recently-it is very interesting to reread as an adult. I was twelve or so when I read it last. It was in fact a very controversial novel at the time it was written, and I think a tad dated now, but still holds the interest.
**Warning** This book has very strong(and horrible) racial issues in the undercurrent-not for the easily offended, but tame by today's standards.
The Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien
The Things They Carried (O'Brien), House on Mango Street (Cisneros) and The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence (Anna Freud) -- these are all for my classes; there is no pleasure reading during the semester...even though these have all been quite enjoyable...and heartbreaking. Teacher Smilie
I'm currently reading:

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,
The Hobbit,
The Silmarillion,
Unfinished Tales,
Some weird book I need to read for school but I don't want to and I'm still on page 2 and it has to be finished this week.
*gasp*
Books!!! *gasp*

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring
Cascading Style Sheets: the designers edge
Het boek Eva (Evas bok or in english most likely the book of Eve) by Marianne Fredriksson
Medieval English Verse
Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon
The Lost Road and other writings
Sauron Defeated


Let me add a very very capticating book that I bought a week ago and cannot put down (and what has been keeping me away from the pc Wink Smilie ):
A Leap of Faith: Memoir of an Unexpected Life ~ Queen of Jordan Noor

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I am saving Tolkien for when the study sessions start again. At the moment I am reading Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Tilogy) by Robin Hobb (keep wanting to type Robin hood!) and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Recently finished Lyonesse Trilogy by Jack Vance and didn't like that much. I took a break in the middle of reading that and read Big Fish - from which the film was made. Good book!

I started reading autobiography of Klaus Klinski not so long ago but a friend borrowed it....
Currently reading the Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, just as fantastic as you'd expect, really.
Anyhbody else read Terry Pratchett's latest Going Postal yet? A welcome return to form after the abysmal Monstrous Regiment, still now as funny as he used to be though.
I'm reading first-hand accounts of survivors from the Titanic, can't remember what it's called so I'll put in later...
I want Pratchett's Going Postal!

I have just ifnished reading The Farseer Tilogy - Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest - by Robin Hobb.

A very enjoyable series although like many trilogies there did seem to a quite a bit of repetition when I wanted it to get on with things. Having said that I couldn't put them down. I stayed up until about 3am last night to finish the last one and the ending was not disappointing. No quick fixes, no resetting the red button, no happy every after. A good fantasy book. Well worth reading.
I bought Duncton Wood for my son at the weekend, but could not resist re-reading it myself just one more time while he finishes the Hobbit. For those of you who haven't read it, it's a kind of a LotR story, but the characters are all moles. It is very well done.
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Currently reading the Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, just as fantastic as you'd expect


Hey, I read that this year. It was a great book, I really enjoyed it.

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Currently reading the Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, just as fantastic as you'd expect
I enjoyed all of Dr. Watson's books. I have a paper back, two volume set of his Complete Novels and Short Stories. I assume these are the same as the Complete Sherlock Holmes.
Absolutely my Dear Grondy. Very cool stuff. btw. read Going POstal, did I already say that? Great book, really.
I'll wait until TP's Going Postal comes out in paperback. One-quarter of the fun is in the anticipation. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
Still reading Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. For some reason I can't read more than a few pages at a time. It is very interesting, but just not a barn burner, nor page turner even.
I liked the Letters of Tolkien a lot, but I agree it's a bit slow. Once you get past the begininning letters though, it gets very interesting, as Tolkien has some long letters to his readers explaining some obscurer parts of the story such as the origins of Gandalf and Bombadil, and some just beautiful explanations of the concept of dark and light and predestination in Arda.
Me on the other hand am reading Angela's Ashes now Big Smile Smilie
I'm sure most people at PT have read this, but Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are amazing! I am re-reading them from my childhood, and just as all those books (e.g. Chronicles of Narnia) you pick up on so much more and realize the true beauty of it all. I am mesmerized by it when i read it, really. So if any of you guys have read your ration of Lewis Carroll, go do it, now!
Right now I am reading The Dark Tower, by Stephan King. Since it is the last book in the series, I have been putting it off. I waited so long for it to come out, and now that I have it, I don't want to know how it ends. . . Elf Confused Smilie
Tonight I will start Stephen Mitchell's new English version of Gilgamesh. I have never read the story before and when I heard this book reviewed on NPR I decided it was time.
I just finished reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Read Smilie
Here's a description from Amazon.com:
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An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvases of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject-the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

Really it is all that and more. I almost forgot it was a novel and not a memoir. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in an amazing read.
Has anyone read the Sword Of Shannara series by Terry Brooks?
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Has anyone read the Sword Of Shannara series by Terry Brooks?


I've read the first three. They're alright but the first one just seems to be a rehash of LotR to me. The third one, Wishsong of Shannara, I liked quite a lot. Brooks seemed to have come up with some better characters and ideas by then.
Ya, my dad and I feel the same way,but my friend keeps finding others that Terry has published and he keeps getting me to read them,my personal favorites are the Voyage trilogies,they seem to copy the Lord Of The Rings the least. I told my friend to come and check out PT but I don't think he has yet.You should really read the other eleven they're even better.
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