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'Lifeless' by Mark Billingham
I'm a bit of a fan of detective novels, not so much thrillers but the likes of Ian Rankin and Colin Dexter. I'll let you know what I think of the book once i've finished it!
I often wonder if i've picked up certain character traits from each of the detetive books - i'm a real ale snob like Morse and a Single Malt fan like Rebus. I wonder what i get from DI Thorne. Anyone else find odd bits off favorite books in their character?
I've found I can be a bit full of myself and overly sneaky like Mat Cuathon (Wheel of Time,) not to mention having a fascination with military strategy and tactics. Ask me how p----d i was at how Jackson did the Battle of Pellenor Field? You just don't turn a formation of pikemen 180’ in an instant; when cavalry suddenlty show up on the flank of pike, pike die, quickly and painfully, amid charge-wheel-repeat until they're all dead or they break and you run 'em down and THEN they're all dead. Whole libraries have been written on the "turning movement" to change infrantys orientation on the march (which is about the only way it could be done,) and his skill in its execution (largely due to the first regularly drilled army) were a large part of Alexanders success.
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Last night I started a reread of The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. I received this beautiful book from my daughter a couple years ago for Christmas and have since forgotten what it was about, which is why I am reading it again. I have found Gaiman's other Sandman series of graphic novels very interesting; loved his Neverwhere
and the one he co-authored with Terry Pratchet Good Omens
, as well as his American Gods
Friday afternoon my foot surgeon stopped by with his copy of Dan Browns Special Illustrated Edition of Angels & Demons
as I had previously loaned him my copy of C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy.
These books are Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra,
and That hiddious Strength.
But back to Angels & Demons,
I took it to bed for my bedtime story at 1 am Saturday thinking it would put me to sleep in a few minutes, even though it was very heavy (weight-wise) for reading in bed. It was a horrible read causing me mush loss of sleep,
for I kept saying "Just one more chapter," time and again. I finished this 500 page barn-burner (page-turner) 10 hours later at 11 am.
Now I'll have to find The Da Vinci Code.
Now I'm rereading Saint Liebowitz and the Wild Horse Woman by Walter M. Miller, Jr., which was written as a sequel, 38 years after the publication of A Canticle for Leibowitz.
It tells the story of Brother Brownpony St. George, a Monk in the Brotherhood of Saint Liebowitz in the 34th century. He is suffering a crisis in his faith beween the paganism of his Nomadic fore bearers and his religious vows. Trying get him around this crisis, he is sent as translator for his uncle Cardinal Brownbony, who is traveling to New Rome for the election of a new Pope. There he is subjected to forbidden secular temptations and the vortexes of political intrique.
I'd much rather discuss this appealing work despite knowing nothing about it. I can't tell you in detail what I think of Dan Browns work other than to note that the Priory of Zion is ancient organization almost a decade older than me, whose founder did time in a French prison for mail fraud. When I told my mother this in a discussion of the Da Vinci Code here response was "So he's a con-artist?" Yep.
I have real issues with Mr. Browns whole this-is-a-work-of-fiction-based-on-proven-fact disclaimer when in FACT those "facts" are anything but. Given statements elsewhere I can't get into now they would create more questions than they answer if they WERE true.
And besides, aren't you supposed to be starting The Eye of the World soon?
Countdown to October (if you have no life at all and read nothing else you might be caught up by then) continues; Demandred's out there somewhere, and his self control has to give out soon....
At the moment I'm rereading LT2 and reflecting on how it's been so long since I have that there isn't even any loose tobacco in the spine between pages. Great was the fall of Gondolin indeed, and HoME still lures me the way it always has: if you want LotR like detail on such matters rather than a few sentences, that's the place to go. Soon, however, I'll have to dedictate a few obsessive weeks to Lord of Chaos through Crossroads of Twilight to refamiliarize myself in time for Knife of Dreams. In the interim I've learned that the Borderlander saying "Death is lighter than a feather; duty is heavier than a mountain" was actually one of the Kamikazes mantras. It fits, in a lot of ways.
right now im reading Eragon, alot of kids my age say its like the best book! haha yeah right. Well sometimes i get really frustrated while reading it because on the map some names look as if they were taken right from tolkien! GRRRRRRR!! They have like an Arwen River or something close to it and it just boils my blood! i mean how can people get away with that kind of thing? its crazy. well its a pretty easy read and I'm just trying to get through it so i can read The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien or maybe There and Back Again an Actors Tale by Sean Astin (or something to that effect hehe)
I can't tell you in detail what I think of Dan Browns work ...
Oh man, I am so glad that I am not the only one to hate Dan Brown's work. I read The DaVinci Code
, (silly, silly girl), because everyone was raving about it. I have not read a book that was so poorly written in, well...in a long time (and when I say poorly written, I mean sentence structure -- of which I pretend to be no master -- but I certainly recognize complex sentence structure when I see it). I heard Angels and Demons
is better (and I'll trust Grondy that it's a good read), but I still will not support it after reading The DaVinci Code
...*gag*. The stupid clues he gave, I figured out in about two seconds, and was wondering why the so-called professor couldn't (hey, they were like your backwards writing, Morambar). And don't even get me started on the inconspicuous albino. A friend of mind hates when I say this, but I'm going to say it anyway....WHATEVER!
As for taking on character traits, I try to be honorable like the good Horatio Hornblower, try to be fit like Aragorn, try to brood sometimes like Harry Haller (from Steppenwolf
) and Holgrave (from The House of the Seven Gables
), and I try to be unpredictable like Hermine (also from Steppenwolf
what is the DaVinci Code about anyway. one of my fellow pupils (haha i sound so smart) read it this past year and said it was good but i just kinda lost on what its about? haha
Tonight I sideline Saint Liebowitz and the Wild Horse Woman and unwrap my brand spanking new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I hope I'll be able to fall asleep and save some for tomorrow night and maybe the next. HP and the Order of Pheonix only lasted two nights.
Speaking of Harry Potter, has anyone already noticed Lord_aragorn86 is missing?
He's been travelling but he was on chat yesterday.
Right now im reading the Silmarilion for the 3rd time and after that i will read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which i got yesterday.
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. Strongly written and hard to put down. I surely can imagine he why he won the Pullitzer price with this book.
I'm just having my tolkien weeks...
last week I read tales from the perilous realm and UT, and two days ago I started reading LotR, for the first time in english, I'm so excited...
Tonight I will probably start Elizabeth Peters's Guardian of the Horizon, which another in the Amelia Peabody (and family) archeological murder mysteries. This one was new last year and back tracks to cover the 1907-8 period of their lives. I just got it in paperback, for I seldom ever buy a hardcover book of the murder mystery genre. I figure I can wait and if it wasn't good enough to bring out in paperback, I probably won't miss reading it.
I'm reading a few books right now...
- The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (of course).
- Wind, Sand and Stars, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
- & Never Call Retreat, Lee & Grant: The Final Victory, by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen.
Speaking of Wind, Sand and Stars, has anyone else read it before? It's a very difficult book to read, and I have to have it done by the time school starts at the end of August. I need some help!!!
I just finished Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
and being the girl that I am, I nearly cried. It only lasted three days; Order of The Pheonix
lasted three days also. Tomorrow, I'm going pick R. A. Salvatore's The Cleric Quintet
back up (I dropped it for Harry Potter
4 me Hairy Potty only lasted 1 day...
now im reading The Shadow Within
by Karen Hancock
it is a very good book and i like it. it is the second in the Legends of the Guardian-King.
after that i will be out of books
i might just go boom
but then again i will have to go the library!
For a change in pace I started yet another reread of something called The Fellowship of the Ring written by some dusty old English Professor. I haven't read it in total since Rednell held classes on it a couple years ago; though I have another copy of it open for fact checking just about daily.
Prince Caspian, a book of the chronicles of narnia by C.S. Lewis...=)
I rereading The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.
Ive just started Unfinished tales having read the silmarillion
I just started H G Wells' 'The Time Machine' having finished 'The War of the Worlds'
"How to seduce the woman of your dreams", by Hugh Hefner.
The Eye of the Word by Robert Jordan
The Invisible Man by HG Wells having also finished The War of the Worlds
The Silmarillion, The Two Towers, and Eldest(By Christopher Paolini), are what fill up my time these days. :P Yes, I can read three books simultaneously.
I've just finished the Da Vinci Code Amazing! It really lived up to its reviews on the Internet! Now I'm just savouring it, rereading bits of it here and there, y'know, milking out all the flavour I can get.
The Da Vinci Code is next on my reading list and though I am currently reading FotR for the umpteenth times I really can't get into it as much as before. That might have something to do with my and knowing or at least having the general idea of what the chartacters are next going do and say, as well as my being here and in the books everyday. Reading them has become sort of a busman's holiday.
Anyway, I've now gotten Frodo stabbed and well on his way meet the three trolls, but I think when I get Frodo across the Ford of Bruinen at the end of Book One, I'll set it aside and start the Da Vinci Code.
I finished the Da Vinci Code and feel his Angels and Demons was better. Now I'm reading The Man Who Changed His Skin by Harry Stephan Keeler. It was written in 1959 and published only in Spain in 1966. It's about a man who takes a drug in 1855 Boston and wakes up with black skin.
just finished three men in a boat by jerome k. jerome. a very funny and enjoyable read...
the next one is most likely to be the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne (I think that was his name...), or maybe the history of all those german gods.
Just finished The Secret Country by Pamela Dean, and I’m going crazy because it’s going to take me a while to get a hold of the second two books of the trilogy, which is apparently all one story (kind of like LotR, except I don’t think this was originally meant to be published as one book’) It really grabbed hold of me like only new Terry Pratchett books have been wont to do lately (not that this is necessarily on the same level, but it moves along well, and the world is interesting). I was lucky I even read it; I normally don’t try things by authors I don’t know unless they’re recommended to me or they’re new. But I liked the premise, which is: five cousins have been playing a make-believe game every summer for years. The summer of the book, their made up land becomes real.
I'm back into LotR and finished 'The Council of Elrond' last night.
I just finished Dashiell Hammet's 'Red Harvest'. I thought I had read it before; however, this was a much different story from what I remembered, so it was a new experience for me. It is about a P.I. coming to a 1920s town and cleaning it up by turning the gangsters against each other, while trying to stay alive and out of the crooked cops' jail.
I'm currently rereading the Dune saga, by Frank Herbert (arguably the JRRT of science fiction).
der zerbrochne krug - a drama by heinrich von kleist. it's quite funny.
I finished the Da Vinci Code and feel his Angels and Demons was better.
Absolutely agree with you,Grondy. Recently I read them both. They're bestsellers now and I agree when people say that they're "unputdownable", but I don't feel like rereading them ever again.
Finishing Galsworthy's "Forsyte Saga". Got contradictory feelings. From one side it really has much interesting social and domestic points of that very time, but Goodness, it is DISASTROUSLY LONG and that only plays against it.
Forgot to ask. Who likes Paulo Cohello?
I have to say I never read anything by him before, but a friend of mine adores his books... so I think I'll try and read one some time... do you like him? if so, which book would you recommend me??? (sorry for going a bit off topic here)
Try "The Alchemist" firstly. It is very beautiful. Almost all of his books are really good, but this one I particularly adore. I hope you'll like it.
ok, I'll read it, maybe during the christmas holidays. before I have to read two books for reports...
I'm currently reading Tolkien in the Land of Heroes by Anne C. Petty.
im reading "The Salmon of Doubt" by Douglas Adams...it is a collection of essays by the master.
I'm reading Whispers by Dean Koontz;
I've discovered that I love his books, but that can be blamed all on Phantoms...
I've been reading three crime novels by an austrian author within the last 6 days, and a few italian short stories. hey, I've got a little freetime at the moment. the name of the crime novel author is Wolf Haas, and if anyone of you ever happen to come across one of his books - read it!!! only I'm not quite sure if his books are translated into english....
Of course i am reading the all time best The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
I am reading The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code by Sharan Newman. It is written as an encyclopedia covering the people, places and things in Dan Brown's popular book and reveals the historical truths and myths behind them.
Ms. Newman is an academic in the field of Medieval History and is one of my favorite authors of historical murder mysteries. She wrote the award winning Catherine LeVendeur series set in 12th century France, which started with Death Comes as Epiphany.
historical murder mysteries... that really sounds interesting. you made me want to read something by this author...
at the moment I'm reading another Wolf-Haas-novel called Silenzium.
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I'm now reading The Chapel of Bones by Michael Jecks. It is the sixteenth book in his historical murder mystery series featuring Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and Bailiff Simon Puttock and which takes place in 14th century England, this time in Exeter.