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I'm considering reading tonight, or rather starting, Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh a New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery based on the characters created by Dorothy L. Sayers.
Tonight, after I finish reading Stephen Briggs's stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment, I'll start The Battle for Skandia, Book Four of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice Series. The Play is a much simplified abridgment of the book, but with the stage directions, one gets the jist of the story. And I had already read the book twice. Lots of things you can do with a rolled pair of sox. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
Have only been reading the works of Tolkien's nemesis, Michael Moorcock. Just finished The Fortress of the Pearl.
I am trying to read Farmer Giles of Ham. I like it so far. Garm reminds me a lot of our dog Zorro. Smile Smilie
Still, it's not easy finding the time to sit down in peace and read these days.
Well one of these days Amari’, you will start reading little EV to sleep and you will have tyo memorize the stories, because she will have and will let you know when you mess up. I used to sing some of the stories to my kids. I especially remember doing it to the Barenstiens B Book. "Big Brown Bear, Blue Bug, Biking backwards, Brother Bob's baseball Bus....." Wiggle Smilie

In the book of my post above, the Vikings called Scandians, had horns on their helms and had to watch the rigging to keep their helms from being knocked off from contact between a line and a horn.

I'm considering again reading Angie Sage's second book in the Septimus Heap Saga. It is titled Flyte. Read Smilie

I tried reading Michael Moorcock about 10 years ago, but could never get into it...

At the moment I'm reading The Riddle by Alison Croggon.
That is around the time I read about a half-dozen Michael Moorcock books concerning Elric and his soul sucking sword. I enjoyed them but couldn't find any more of the books.
Tonight I will probably start Michael Jecks's Dispensation of Death another in his Knights Templar series of 13th century murder mysteries.
Now I'm reading Jonathan Kellerman's The Murder Book, a modern mystery featuring an LA police detective and a civilian psychologist-detective as they try to track-down the person(s) responsible for the brutal murder of a young woman twenty years ago. A very cold case.
In preparation for Queste the forth coming fourth book of Angie Sage's, 'Septimus Heap' fantasy series, I'm reading for the second time the third book, Physik.
Now I'm reading Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. It is an epic saga of the world on the other side of the Riftwar and is the first in a trilogy.
I'm into the world of Joe Abercrombie. His world of bows, sword and sorcery is a fantasy new to me. The First Law, book one "The Blade Itself", book two "Before They are Hanged" are intriguing and very hard to close before the last page is read.
I'm now reading Queste, the fourth volume in Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, which has just been published.
I have just recently finished the fourth Ranger's Apprentice book, by John Flanagan(?). I am a huge fan of this series, and highly recommend it to any Tolkien fans.
At the moment our English PAP class has started reading The Adventures of Hucleberry Finn, and I must say it is a better book than I first thought.
Gimili_man43: Yes, the Ranger's Apprentise series is a very good one, I reported on the fourth book in my above post of 22 March. I received Huckleberry Finn from my father for my tenth birthday way back when. It remains a good read and I've seen it in a couple movies and a play, as well as a TV mini-series.
I was reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller in the library, and the bell rang, on a Friday, when I had only thirty pages left to go. I was very irritated. It's definitely one of my favorite books, though. At one point I had to put my head down and wait, shaking all over, until I had forced down the convulsive laughter. After I thought it was gone, I saw the the same statement again in the book and a shorter spell of laughter had to be dealt with. The very next sentence had the same effect as well.

"There was only one catch, and that was Catch-22."
If you think you are crazy enough to be discharged from military service on a Section 8, then you aren't crazy and thus it may not be done. Is that the catch? I've never read the book; though I think I've seen a bit of the movie.
Now I'm reading Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. It is the second book in a epic trilogy.that takes place on the world on the other side of the Riftwar. I see a parallel to the Samurai history.
Tonight I may start a reread of R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf Triogy , which begins with Homeland and is about the early years of Drizzt Do'Urden.
Now I'm reading for the second time R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf Triogy, and am in the second book which is Exile about Drizzt Do'Urden when he ran away from his family and the evil Dark Elf city of his birth.
The name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

An AMAZING book and I'm only on the second day....
Yes, The Name of the Rose is great; I.ve4 read it twice and seen the movie about three times. Happy Elf Smilie
THERE'S A MOVIE???!!!!!!!!!! Super Wow Smilie
Yes in 1986. it starred Sean Connery as William of Baskerville
And Christian Slater as the apprentice who picks the rose.
I MUST watch the movie!
And I just finished the book, too.

I KNEW it was either Jorge or the abbot! I mean, the murderer had to be someone venerable and connected to the library, and Alinardo was never given as much gravity as Jorge. I did suspect the abbot for some time, but then, Jorge showed himself...

That was one good mystery...and a lotta twisted minds (and of course, Vir, not all the roses in that abbey were feminine)
Tonight I may start reading Mistress of the Empire the conclusion of the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.
I finished Mistress of the Empire late this morning.

Tonight I may start the third bookfor the second time in R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf Triogy, which is Sojourn about Drizzt Do'Urden after he ran away from the Underdark to the surface and encounters new friends.
Having finished Sojourn last night, I will start Margery Allingham's Flowers for the Judge, another in her Albert Campion mystery series .
Now I'm reading for the second time R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard, the first book of his Icewind Dale Trilogy.
I am thinking of reading for the second time, one of Sax Rohmer's pot-boilers entitled, The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu, which he wrote in 1913. It can now be found in The Fu Manchu Omnibus, Volume 1, published in 1995 by Allison & Busby Ltd London. I believe I have all three volumes of this Omnibus, each containing three novels.
I am currently reading 'The Emperor- Kings deaths' by Conn Iggulden. Its mainly about Julius Ceasar's life and doings. A very good read for a roman nerd like myself Wink Smilie
I finished the first Fu Manch last night, will probably start the next Drizzt book tonight, the one that comes after The Crystal Shard.
I finished the second Drizzt book and am now reading The Devil Doctor the second potboiler novel from Volume 1 of The Fu Manchu Omnibus.
That last 'Fu Manchu' story book didn't grab my fancy; it wasn't a barn-burner, or a page-turner even. I could only read one or two short chapters a night before desiring to turn out the light.

Tonight I'll start The Halflings Gem the third volume in R. A. Salvatore's Icewind Dale Trilogy.
Having rescued Regis from the Pasha Pook; and tossed the Duegaur out of the Mithri Hall on their ears, this morning, I will next start Robert Asprin's Another Fine Myth, which I assume will be a comic fantasy, but I'm not sure. Read Smilie
I've finished reading Lewis' Perelandra yesterday, and didn't find it to be as interesting as the first book in the Space trilogy... I will not be reading the third book (I've already read through a sypnosis of it anyhow)
I just finished reading the first Wheel of Time book, titled Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. It was good, but it had a very Dungeons and Dragons feel about it, and I prefer things to be either more classically epic or dead-sprint, swords-drawn adventurous. As though that sentence could possibly give you any vague idea of what I mean. I'm about to, at long last, get around to finishing that series of merchand...errr ...books, by Ms. or Mrs. Rowling. (You may think I'm uninformed, but I'm arguing that her personal life is none of my concern.)
I decided to re-read the first four books a year ago, and I am currently still re-reading the fourth book, which is as far as I've ever gotten.

I haven't used smilies in a while...
Very Mad Smilie Very Evil Smilie Shocked Smilie
And one that is actually logical in this post and thread: Read Smilie

On a side note, do you believe that contractions have any place in the realm of literature? Or are they merely a product of the modern, relaxed/pseudo-uneducated trend? Because it's much easier to write with them than without them.
Quote: you believe that contractions have any place in the realm of literature?

I think written contractions in literature should only appear when used in colloquial conversation. Most English speaking people talk using contractions, because it is faster and normally nothing is lost They shouldn't be used in technical writing in order to maintain clarity.

However I usually now use them flagrantly whenever I write, especially here. But I don't write literature, only the occasional letter to the editor, where I try to refrain from using them, feeling my arguments might then be better received. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
Contractions and colloquilisms (spelling?)! This reminds me of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques (which I happened to be an ardent fan of about three years ago). He was a master of accents and in his case, the contractions and sloppy spelling added to the fun of reading his books.
I haven't yet tried the Redwall series. I just ordered the first four of Raymond Feist's Riftwar series. I did enjoy the Empire trilogy he wrote with Janny Wurts.

The Wheel of Time series is good, but we are still waiting for the author to write posthumously the twelfth and final volume in the series to wrap it all up and tie it with a pretty blue bow. Hopefully the wife of Robert Jordan will provide his notes to a proven author for an authorized finale.
See Wheel of Time through ACoS for our discussion of this series.
Tonight I will start Raymond E. Feist's Magician: Apprentice, the first book in his Riftwar Saga.
That was a good read. Next I will try Michael Moorcock's Elric at the End of Time, which I don't think I have read before, though I have read the rest of the series.
I'm reading the new Artemis Fowl book: The Time Paradox. It's the sixth in the series. It's one of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi series.
I like all Feist's Riftwar books, but what comes afterward not so much (the entire Serpentwar).

I've been reading Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey and can say it was more than excellent.
I am reading Raymond E. Feist's Magician: Master, the second book in his Riftwar Saga. He has rewritten at least the first two books in the series to add paragraphs and info the editors left out and make a few minor changes to jibe with the Riftwar Empire Series. Having read the last series first, I'm really enjoying Magician: Master, recognizing precursers of things to come; and that hasn't been a wet-blanket for me, but instead a benefit keeping me reading to see how it all works out.
Tonight I start Jeff Shaara's The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II covering the build-up for and invasion of Normandy. I enjoyed reading his The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II which covered the American campaign in North Africa.
Well, Monty again played too cautious, and the German armor again escaped Bradley's trap and Rommel gave up his life like the good soldier he was. And now I'll have to read the third of Jeff Shaara's WW II trilogy when it is released.

Tonight I will start the second book in the 'Beyond the Siderwick Chronicles' trilogy, which is entitled A Giant Problem by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. I love the illustrations. Read Smilie
Ghostsitters, The fifth book in the Araminta Spookie series by Angie Sage.
I have been so restless for the past couple of months and so my reading has been all over the place and several books at a time .

I read all the Redwall books I could but I stopped befofe finishing the series because of the fact that a world with absolutely no humans in it got to me. I cannot explain why, for the books were marvellously crafted. I prefer books that have a mix of humans and animals when I read that sort of work, I again cannot explain why. It to me is like being on an endless sea with no hope of ever seeing land to be in a world of only animals endowed with human feelings and thought.

I am now on an Agatha Christie jag once more and really enjoyed her Tell Me How You Live, the true chronicles of her accompanying her husband Max Mallorman the famous Catholic archaologist. Enthralling if exhausting read. Exhausting because of the to me at least dreadful time spent in the desert with so many issues to face.

One thing she mentioned was her first night in the middle of no where near a promising Tell and she got into bed with Max and then felt something. She turned on the light and there were literally hundreds of mice and cock roaches running about the room and over them. All Max said was for her to go to sleep and disregard them. shudder.

At the moment I am reading Agatha's The Blue Train. Like it so far. The only trouble I have with her books is a tendency to have figured things out by the end of the first or second chapter. That is depressing somehow.And I just finished for the third time my all time favorite Agatha Christie story They Came To Bagdad.
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