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It's the middle-of-July reading thread!
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Jul 17 2014, 12:58pm

Post #26 of 32 (59 views)
"Gentleman Bastard" series -- The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies [In reply to] Can't Post

I've read these before a few years ago and enjoyed them. Good the second time around too. The third book, The Republic of Thieves, is finally out now, and I'll be getting the paperback version of that soon.

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars, and so on -- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man, for precisely the same reasons. -- Douglas Adams


Jul 17 2014, 2:34pm

Post #27 of 32 (49 views)
for me [In reply to] Can't Post

it's the description of how Ista is healed of all her guilt and regrets over the past:

It seemed to her that some great black glacier, some ice dam in her soul, was melting, as if a hundred summers' heat had fallen on it in an hour. Cracking, coming apart. And that in the mile-deep, mile-long lake of icy green water backing it up, an expectant surge rippled from bank to bank, from the surface to the uttermost depths. troubling the waters . . .

The ice dam exploded. A wall of water towered, bent, and broke, thundering forward, bursting its banks, blasting her soul wide, wider, scouring and flushing a lifetime of stones, rubble, rotted and clotted trash before it. Boiling, roaring outward. Ista spread her arms wide, and opened her mouth, and let it go.

Every time I read this I feel like I let something go, too. Her prose is so powerful, I am carried along with it.

To be sane we must recognize our beliefs as fictions.

- James Hillman, Healing Fiction

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967

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Jul 17 2014, 4:37pm

Post #28 of 32 (49 views)
I realize that it was published earlier [In reply to] Can't Post

and then Cornwell decided to fill in Sharpe's earlier history by starting his story in India, so chronologically one should start at the "beginning" with Sharpe's Tiger, continuing up through, Triumph, Fortress, Trafalgar and Fury, before the time of Sharpe's Rifles, set in Portugal. I actually think those named books were better written than some of the earlier ones.

The TV series did well with what they had, which was very low production values.

"There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark."


Jul 18 2014, 12:46am

Post #29 of 32 (39 views)
I'm halfway through Sharpe's Trafalgar now. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd heard most of the novels can stand alone, and this one was at the library. It does seem better written than Eagle. I'm particularly entertained by the naval characters. Big surprise, aye?

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.

Cuwen Maegmacil

Jul 18 2014, 2:04am

Post #30 of 32 (42 views)
The Jedi Doth Return [In reply to] Can't Post

I love those books!! I haven't picked up the latest one yet but me and one of friends are eagerly waiting to devour it after falling in love with the first two!!
What was your favorite part of The Empire Striketh Back? I loved that the space slug, wampa and AT-AT's all talked!! Ian Doescher is a brilliant writer!! :)

"The Ring is Mine!" ~ Frodo Baggins

It is our fight!~ Tauriel

I fear neither death nor pain! ~Eowyn

Cuwen Maegmacil

Jul 18 2014, 2:13am

Post #31 of 32 (42 views)
Three this month and hopefully more!!! :) [In reply to] Can't Post

The Great Gatsby which in my opinion was a waste of paper. I guess it's just not my kind of book! :P
Right now I'm working on King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. I'm actually thoroughly enjoying it; I love medieval tales!! :)
I finally finished The Iliad and that I REALLY didn't like!! I'd rather read Gatsby than the Iliad again! :P

"The Ring is Mine!" ~ Frodo Baggins

It is our fight!~ Tauriel

I fear neither death nor pain! ~Eowyn

(This post was edited by Cuwen Maegmacil on Jul 18 2014, 2:14am)


Aug 5 2014, 3:11pm

Post #32 of 32 (18 views)
The Sunne in Splendour [In reply to] Can't Post

By Sharon Penman. I started lt week, but haven't got far yet, because I keep getting interrupted by my family Tongue

It's a huge book, but I like it. Always liked historical subjects, and Richard III is definitely worth the time.

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