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I just started "Fevre Dream" ( I know, I have GRRM withdrawals), also "Day By Day Armageddon", a great zombie apocalypse book.

The Steve Jobs autobiography and "Tales From Development Hell", a great exploration of how complicated it is to get a movie made in Hollywood.

What about you guys?



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oe DNA check out World War Z by Max Brooke and Walking dead: the Governor!

Currently reading Azincourt, (yes still had to take a break) The Dark Tower: the Gunslinger, the Batman and Superman: Earth One Comics, the Star Wars Republic Series and of course busy with a re-read of ASOS.

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Ummmm.... I 've read of lot of literature but nothing recently. Is it okay to mention any " books"
in this thread ?? Some of it has Non Literary Swearwords. :D :D :D

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I 've read all of Octavia E. Butler , science fiction and fantasy And Edwidge Danticat , a young Haitienne
writer I've met. My family knows hers.

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Right now I'm in the middle of Terry Brooks' Wards of Faerie the first in his latest Shannara trilogy.

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Interesting Cary. What's it about ?

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"It is the story set 100 years after the events of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, where the people of the Four Lands have become largely distrusting of magic after the failed Third Council of Druids. But when a Druid stumbles upon information that might lead to the re-discovery of the lost Elfstones of Faerie, Ard Rhys of Paranor Khyber Elessedil must decide to undertake the most dangerous of missions to acquire them—at all costs."

Druids gather representatives from humankind, elfkind and the other beings of the Four Lands, and they set out on a quest.

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Interesting and absorbing. I wouldn't have a better sense unless I read a few paragraphs.

On a different note, Dr Who encountered the Daleks a few seasons ago masked as Druids at the
familiar historical site. Gotta love those Time lords.

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Right now, "Herbal Medicine of the American Southwest" by Charles Kane and "Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2" by Brad Lancaster.  Exciting stuff.



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Sounds interesting. Is Kane a Native American ? Rainwater harvesting would be practical knowledge
for the dry SouthWest, whether put to use or not. Both books are something I'd be interested in
looking up.

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I was trying to re read ADWD but no way... I just can´t. The truth is that I enjoy reading what I'm reading if only to study but I can´t recommend books, I will bore you to death.



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WildSeed, the biographical information doesn't say whether Kane is Native. He doesn't look like a member of any southwestern tribes, but it's hard to say. And yes, they are interesting and practical books that I will put to use in the coming months.

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WildSeed wrote:

Interesting and absorbing. I wouldn't have a better sense unless I read a few paragraphs.

On a different note, Dr Who encountered the Daleks a few seasons ago masked as Druids at the
familiar historical site. Gotta love those Time lords.


The books are quite easy to read.  Absorbing too, I think. Sometimes a bit too simple, mind you, the characters are generally either good or bad, and sometimes they start bad but turn good...not deep at all. And I can often predict what's going to happen; and I'm not sure he intends that, but I've got a writer's mind. 

You would really need to read from the beginning. And order of books, which is not chronological (The stories go back as well as forward.) Just bear in mind when reading that the fantasy world of Shannara is actually post-apocalyptic Earth. Brooks is quite creative about it. 

The first book is Sword of Shannara.  



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Well I tend to read 5+ books at a time, just because I can't keep my hands of them, and I lack discipline in that department.
So now I'm currently reading:

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Endymion by Dan Simmons
Spectacular power in the Greek and Roman City
The Seven-per-cent solution by Nicholas Meyer

and re-readind ADwD. Phew!

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WOW. Aegon the king said the same of his reading habits.

Personally I prefer one book to become engrossed in. If there's a series I purchase all or most and keep
a journal. These are for pleasure so I want to focus and relish every word and imaginative thought.
I've always read Shakespeare and various literary classics, historical and some philosophy.

When it comes to work or Continuing Educ ( CEU ) I have several journals and text open at a time. Often I
like to keep up with changing aspects of the field. This is all I ever did for years as I take great pleasure
in this too, I have to attend Symposiums as well. One day one of my colleques pressed a used copy
of Harry Potter #1 in my hands and told me to get a life and lighten up a little. I've never been the same
after that. Now I read for pleasure and as if I'm starving.

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I've read some Salmon Rushdie excerpts but never purchased his books.

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I absolutely loved the Potter series, even though I came to it much later than everyone else. I actually re-read the series a couple of years back, just because it's one of those perfect 'take your mind off things' read. I grew up reading my grandparent's collection of Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas, and even now I still pick up Dumas' books once in a while, even though I find them terribly naive. Same with Conan Doyle, I re-read the complete Sherlock Holmes just last year and sometimes I would just find myself laughing at how bad the writing is - compared to the style we're used to now. But I still love them, because they just put me in a state of mind where everything is warm and fuzzy.



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I'm also reading the Complete Sherlock Holmes. Though on and off. I have the Special Limited Edition, got it for my 21st from a friend. The book is huge and double printed like the Bible so its really dificult to read it for long cause of the bulk. But every now and again I immerse myself in the adventures of the great detective.

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Aegon - is that The Geddes & Grosset edition? If so, I have the same one, love it. smile Too bad Paget's illustrations are not included. 



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No I don't think so seeing as mine has all the original illustrations.

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This is the one I have.



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Aegon - Oh that looks so cool! Yeah, it's different from the one I've got. 
I remembered I wanted to recommend you an author, I think you'd like his works - Amin Maalouf. The First Century after Beatrice is vaguely related to one of the themes present in the novel you're currently working on, and Balthasar's Odyssey I'd highly recommend to anyone, it's engaging and wonderfully written. He also has a great non-fiction historical essay, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, which is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the crusades. 

Oh and did I mention one of my favourite writers is your compatriot  J.M. Coetzee? Absolutely love his works. 



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J.M. Coetzee? Actually never heard of him, what does he write?
Oh the Crusades one sound awesome! I'm a crusades nut! Richard the Lionheart is one of my favourite medieval characters and I don't believe he gets enought credit or respect.

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Wow, guys, I don't know how you manage with so many books at a time. I can read as many informative/research/non-story and non-character based fiction as I want, but when it comes to story/character based fiction... I need to go one by one. I need to see it unfold from beginning to end before I'm able to start a new one.

Right now, on the fiction front, I'm reading Anne Perry's "A sunless sea". Pretty good so far.

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Macha, did you read "Memory of Ulysses, Tales of the frontier in ancient Greece" ("Mémoire d´Ulisse. Récits sur la frontière en Grèce ancienne") by Francois Hartog?



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Aegon - You haven't heard of Coetzee? Wow, this is surprising, he even won the Nobel prize. Well, he is know to be very reclusive by nature, so perhaps he doesn't appear in the media there as often as one might expect. I highly recommend Waiting for the Barbarians, inspired by Dino Buzatti's The Tartar Steppe.

andrea - No, I've only read The Mirror of Herodotus\by Francois Hartog, though "Tales of the frontier in Ancient Greece" sounds very good to my ears. smile The frontiere is one of my favourite themes in literature (see my response to Aegon above). 



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I'll see if I can get my hands on a copy.

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Aegon - You haven't heard of Coetzee? Wow, this is surprising, he even won the Nobel prize. Well, he is know to be very reclusive by nature, so perhaps he doesn't appear in the media there as often as one might expect. I highly recommend Waiting for the Barbarians, inspired by Dino Buzatti's The Tartar Steppe.

andrea - No, I've only read The Mirror of Herodotus\by Francois Hartog, though "Tales of the frontier in Ancient Greece" sounds very good to my ears. smile The frontiere is one of my favourite themes in literature (see my response to Aegon above). 


 I´ll try your spanish because I´m a lazy ass:

"Si consideramos a la identidad como una suerte de hogar virtual al que nos referimos para explicar ciertas cosas, podemos afirmar que Ulises traza los contornos de una identidad griega. En su regreso, sin cesar contrariado y diferido, marca fronteras entre lo humano y lo divino, es en sí mismo un hombre-frontera y un hombre-memoria. Llega a los más remoto, el punto del que no habría retorno posible: el mundo de Abajho, donde reina Hades."

I haven´t read Coetzee, I must check.



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By the way, my new favorite author is Neal Stephenson. He's as in depth and character based as GRRM (but considerably less abusive of his characters). Also, more Sci-fi and historical fantasy than strict fantasy. Look him up. I think anyone who enjoys GRRM will enjoy him.

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Thanks for that, andrea, will definitely look it up!

Keep the book recommendations coming, everyone. I didn't need a life anyway.  



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Anyone interested in choosing a book for a separate thread? Any most of you have read and want to
share insights and colorful descriptions ?

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Anyone ever read Sharon Penman's historical novels?

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nop, I like historical novels but apart from Robert Graves I've only readArgentine historical novels



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Sharon Penman is in a league of her own, I've never read a novel that was as well researched, as true to history with such accurate rendering of historical characters. Her depiction of Richard the Lionheart during the third crusade was awe inspiring

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Have you tried Robert Harris, Aegon? He has a few good ones. (Fatherland, Pompeii and a few others)

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Nope I have not.
I have a love for historical fiction, but someone who can take that actual facts and make a good story out of that without doing the Hollywood deviation has a special place in my heart.
Anybody read Steven Pressfield? I want to read his Gates of Fire so badly but can't find it anywhere!

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WildSeed wrote:

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 what you have in mind?



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Currently rereading Bossypants by Tina Fey. Saw World War Z mentioned upthread: excellent book.

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Yes it was I re World war Z, has a couple of intense chapters. Really hope they don't screw up the book.

edit screw up the movie

 



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Aegon the Conqueror wrote:

Yes it was I re World war Z, has a couple of intense chapters. Really hope they don't screw up the book.


 Oh, boy I guess you havent read the news reports.



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Gee, in the book I'm reading, there's this sweet inoffensive woman called.... wait for it... MELISANDE. Oh, man, every time she stokes the fire I can't help an inwards giggle!

It's totally ruined the experience for me. evileye



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The servants of light are never far. What are you reading?

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Macha wrote:

The servants of light are never far. What are you reading?


 Anne Perry's new Monk novel "A sunless sea". It's about the opium trade in Victorian England.

Not liking it as much as I usually do, though. Might be Melisande's fault :P



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There's another series I'm reading. Pseudo Historical fiction called the Mongoliad. It's a collaboration by several great authors.

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Reading ASOS again.

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I read Jerome's 'Lives of the Saints', my chosen texts for my Masters; got Lauren Kate's Fallen series as a gift. It's ok-ish, I suppose.

Come Aegon, never heard of J. M. Coetzee? I need to finish Elizabeth Costello.

How else adores Terry Pratchet?

Macha, what's Midnight's Children like? I have it, just need time to read it. And Pompeii is an awesome read.

I almost went and bought aFfC today, but alas, I need the time :(

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Mags Giantsbabe wrote:

How else adores Terry Pratchet?


Me!! Here! How else would you explain my signature?



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I'm still reading Midnight's Children, but it's widely considered as one of the best novels of the 20th century. The adaptation should be out this year as well, looks lovely. Much to my shame, I always kept postponing reading Salman Rushdie, so I'm trying to catch up.

Anybody here a fan of Javier Marias?

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