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Old 2014-04-07, 15:52   Link #2241
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finished reading the book called Red Seas Under Red Skies(#2, gentlemen bastards), what a good book it is, really really good. never seen friendship this good in this way in any books that i have read

now reading Bartimeaus:Ptolemy's gate(#3,Batimaeus trilogy), read 70 pages and so far so good.
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Old 2014-04-09, 21:56   Link #2242
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1984 - one of the books I enjoyed this year. I enjoyed it so much I finished it by the deadline. But yeah, the nice worldbuilding, the way the inventions and devices fit together, the way how Orwell masterfully executes it, and the decent romance scenes, won me over.
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Old 2014-04-10, 00:49   Link #2243
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The Sheriff of Ramadi, by Dick Couch. Fascinating look at how a victory was achieved in Anbar - victory that was repeatedly reported by the media as a loss.
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Old 2014-05-29, 02:06   Link #2244
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I started reading Artemis Fowl Book 04: The Opal Deception, I'm really loving this nostalgic trip into my childhood (I was obsessed with the series when I was a teen).
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Old 2014-05-29, 06:07   Link #2245
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At the moment, Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. I'm liking it, but not quite as much as I thought I would, unfortunately.
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Old 2014-05-29, 10:31   Link #2246
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Finished Cro-Magnon - Brian Fagan.

The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films - Doug Adams

How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Thomas Foster

Currently returning to 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas now that I have a better translation. Man are there a lot of lists of scientific publications and fish
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Old 2014-05-30, 13:02   Link #2247
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I started reading Artemis Fowl Book 04: The Opal Deception, I'm really loving this nostalgic trip into my childhood (I was obsessed with the series when I was a teen).
i have read it, it is really good.

finished reading Bartimeaus:Ptolemy's gate(#3,Batimaeus trilogy) some weeks ago, now looking forward to reading Prince of Thorns(#1, Broken Empire)
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Old 2014-06-17, 01:34   Link #2248
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Recently finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, and Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow. They were all pretty good, though if you could only read one, I would recommend Haddon. It's written in the perspective of an autistic teenager, so the writing style is incredibly unique compared to other novels I have read. However, at the same time, this could be viewed as a drawback because the way it jumps around and makes it hard to understand at some points. So it is definitely not for everyone.
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Old 2014-06-17, 09:56   Link #2249
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read the cuckoo's calling on about of 100 pages or so.

not easy. i love read mystery book, but this book is, just perfect and slow explanation.
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Old 2014-06-17, 13:46   Link #2250
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finished reading Bartimeaus:Ptolemy's gate(#3,Batimaeus trilogy) some weeks ago, now looking forward to reading Prince of Thorns(#1, Broken Empire)
Finished reading Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence xD

Very well-planned story, I really liked the characters in the end, because the protagonist's actions are fully explained and despite my early disapproval of him, things took a turn for the better halfway through. Definitely getting the other two when they're released here...
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Old 2014-08-28, 05:34   Link #2251
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Going to get this book.

The Invisible Force - A Photobook On The Gurkhas of Singapore

Legacy of peace forged by pioneer Gurkhas: Book extract from The Invisible Force
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Old 2014-08-28, 07:30   Link #2252
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Fault in our Stars by John Green
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Excellent reads the both of them; in the former the romance is beautifully written and in both of the books the themes are presented in a way that isn't preachy and just makes you think. 10/10 will read again.
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Old 2014-08-28, 14:53   Link #2253
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Finished reading Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence xD

Very well-planned story, I really liked the characters in the end, because the protagonist's actions are fully explained and despite my early disapproval of him, things took a turn for the better halfway through. Definitely getting the other two when they're released here...
yes it is a very nice read, i like a dark protagonist like him and his darkness is given a proper built, it's not just for the sake of it.
of all the books i have read till now, i think this is the most where the mental and psyche of character is most explored.

now reading Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony
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Old 2014-08-28, 15:17   Link #2254
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Recently finished Bank's Hydrogen Sonata and Corey's Abaddon's Gate. God damn brilliant scifi.

Now I'm just waiting for my next batch, especially looking forward to Project Itoh's Harmony. Tried to get his first book, but it was sold out before I could manage.
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Old 2014-08-30, 12:22   Link #2255
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The books I've finished within the past few months: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, Stormlight Atchives #2

Also on this list are Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt. Now, I'm currently reading The Dragon Reborn... or in other words, yes, I'm out the read through all the Wheel of Time books, and I welcome this challenge. Granted, Lord of Chaos and Crossroads of Twilight are going to be the two hardest books to get through, and possibly Knife of Dreams. Lord of Chaos because until the end, I'm going to have to quell my rage, and Crossroads because it's the most boring book that I'd read in the series... and not sure how Knife of Dreams will be, because I actully haven't read anything beyond Crossroads.
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Old 2014-08-30, 12:30   Link #2256
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The god delusion and The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins. This really guy really deserves his fame.
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Old 2014-08-31, 09:59   Link #2257
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Jane Smiley's A thousand Acres, is what I'm currently reading. For those of you who like a bit of family dramas, I strongly recommend this book.


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The books I've finished within the past few months: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, Stormlight Atchives #2

Also on this list are Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt. Now, I'm currently reading The Dragon Reborn... or in other words, yes, I'm out the read through all the Wheel of Time books, and I welcome this challenge. Granted, Lord of Chaos and Crossroads of Twilight are going to be the two hardest books to get through, and possibly Knife of Dreams. Lord of Chaos because until the end, I'm going to have to quell my rage, and Crossroads because it's the most boring book that I'd read in the series... and not sure how Knife of Dreams will be, because I actully haven't read anything beyond Crossroads.
Do you like Elayne? If yes, the books after COT won't be too bad. OTOH, if your answer is no...tough. You're going to be seeing alot of her and somehow when she finds out that
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she gets horrible. When I say "horrible", I mean she takes the most insane and unnecessary risks and all for the sake of pride and/or kicks. She does not seem to understand that 'alive' ≠ 'un-raped', 'un-maimed', 'un-scarred', etc. Nor does she understand that just because she is
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that her protection does not necessarily extend to the people around her. It just takes the
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On the plus side, Perrin and Matt's group get some great development.
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Old 2014-08-31, 23:12   Link #2258
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Elayne I personally enjoy as a character, so that shouldn't be too bad. I also spoiled myself on events up to the end of whichever one is #13 (I'm getting Towers of Midnight and Gathering Storm switched around, not remembering which came first), and all I can say is that once Brandon Sanderson took over, it sounds like WoT really kicks into high gear. However, I also know part of the ending to the series, and it's a case of "Dammit, Rand."

And while WoT is going to take a few months to work through, and then I have LNs to read through as well... finding more high quality high fantasy is going to be the next challenge, since not much has appeared within the past 5 years or so
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Old 2014-09-01, 04:26   Link #2259
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Elayne I personally enjoy as a character, so that shouldn't be too bad. I also spoiled myself on events up to the end of whichever one is #13 (I'm getting Towers of Midnight and Gathering Storm switched around, not remembering which came first), and all I can say is that once Brandon Sanderson took over, it sounds like WoT really kicks into high gear. However, I also know part of the ending to the series, and it's a case of "Dammit, Rand."

And while WoT is going to take a few months to work through, and then I have LNs to read through as well... finding more high quality high fantasy is going to be the next challenge, since not much has appeared within the past 5 years or so
If you haven't checked her out yet, do so immediately. I'm talking 'bout Robin Hobb. Seriously, get on that sh*t. I personally prefer her work with Bingtown/
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but her Fitz and the Fool books are really quite good.

Crown of the Stars is really quite good as well, for many of the same reasons as The Elderling Saga(Robin Hobb's name for her collected works set in Fitz's world). Strong dialogue, powerful character development, excellent world building, etc.

The Sword of Shadows series. Despite it is not some generic high fantasy Tolkien clone.(:" Get the Ri-Sword, it must be destroyed else all will be lost etc.) No. It is grim and dark without being lol-grimdark. The protag is, to some extent, one of the peasant boys destined to save the world but the de-construction of that trope is so subtle in this book that frankly, you will never want to put it down. OTOH If we apply current morality there are no good guys. For example: In his youth the
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once destroyed a Trenchlander settlement that was too close to
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territory and so he took 200 men and went to slaughter them. Those women he did not kill he let his men rape. Granted, he didn't participate but not because of any moral compunction against doing so. Rather it was because the rape was - and I quote - "for his men."

Compared to some of the other characters he is a saint.
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Old 2014-09-03, 22:50   Link #2260
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Last book I read (finished it last week) was Dead of a writer, by Michael Collins, wich I picked up because the excerpt on the back-cover made it sound like a good investigation novel... Ended up being a disscusion on the artistic value of writing and several ethical and writing dillemas (Does the tainting of an author's motive for writing affects the artistic value of said writing?), coupled with just a dash of investigation, all ambiented on a very cynical world, can't say I liked it too much, too many mistakes on the execution of what the writer was trying to achieve, but it's an interesting reading.
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