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acheron
Gondor


Jan 29 2013, 11:42pm

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Still on "A Memory of Light" (Wheel of Time) [In reply to] Can't Post

About halfway through now. If I were reading it myself I would probably have stayed up all night sometime last week and finished it, but my wife and I are reading it out loud, so it takes rather longer. I'm certainly excited to see how it ends.

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


Patty
Immortal


Jan 30 2013, 12:55am

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I'm trying to get through The House on the Strand... [In reply to] Can't Post

but I'm having a tough time getting into it.

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Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Jan 30 2013, 2:44am

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The next two books are worth reading. [In reply to] Can't Post

What I particularly appreciate is the consistency of Katniss's character: She was shaped by the death of her father when she was so young and the necessity of keeping her family alive when her mother was incapable of doing so, and that echoes in all of her decisions and reactions throughout the series.

Katniss, given her background, makes sense to me - and I'm often unable to say that about main characters in books who instead react in ways that are suitable for the plot.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Magpie
Immortal


Jan 30 2013, 4:34am

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Finally finished Game of Thrones [In reply to] Can't Post

I really enjoyed it a lot. I like that the writing is pretty straight forward, not all arty and pretentious. But there are passages that were so well written I had to read them outloud to my husband (who cares not a whit about it).

I had seen the first season of the show on DVD which follows the first book so I knew what was going to happen. I enjoyed putting a face to many characters. My favorites are Jon Snow, Tyrion, and Arya.

And the book made connections for me that I had missed from the show (or maybe they never attempted to make those connections).

A very satisfying read.

Now, I have to choose from a pile of books I've gotten as gifts in the last few months. I think I have about a dozen. I got a pile of Dresden Files books, a book on plants in Middle-earth (which I started at breakfast this morning and found pretty interesting), a book on the origin of the Hobbit (There and Back Again) and two mysteries by Lillian Stewart Carl. :-)


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Starling
Half-elven


Jan 30 2013, 8:16am

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Eek! [In reply to] Can't Post

Every time that book is mentioned a little voice in my head says, "Sharpen a stick at both ends". Shocked
Wow, I love that book so much. It's one of the top three books that had the biggest impact on me in my formative years.
Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye, and Animal Farm. I must have read each of them 10 times.

We had Lord of the Flies as a compulsory book in the 4th form. I was the teacher's dream, because I was the only person who had any interest in it. I got 97% in the test. It was my sole achievement at school that year. Laugh


BoromirOfWinterfell
Rohan


Jan 30 2013, 12:14pm

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It's really great. [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the book - Along with LotR it got me into reading. Also, English is about the only subject in school that I care for.

Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg - that has passed, so may this.


Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Jan 30 2013, 2:48pm

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Yes [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the movie version of Kidnapped from some years ago (I looked it up---1971!?!), with Michael Caine as Alan, incorporated a lot of the material from Catriona, such as, well, the character of Catriona.

I thought I had a paper copy of Kidnapped here, but I don't. I do have a couple of books dealing with the real-life murder that inspired the story.




Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Jan 30 2013, 2:51pm

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Funny how many books... [In reply to] Can't Post

...fall apart after a promising beginning. I suspect the author spends a lot of time refining the early chapters, then faces a deadline for the rest.

I saw that same factoid about the color blue in a book I read several weeks ago, The Anthropology of Turquoise. I wonder why "blue" came so late, when everyone had the blue sky overhead even if everyone did not have a blue sea?




Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Jan 30 2013, 2:56pm

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The Hobbit---the gift that keeps on giving! [In reply to] Can't Post

You've had a very nice convergence of the stars, haven't you? I'll have to look for the Heyer books read by RA---although I get impatient with audio books because I can read so much faster for myself.

As for the Pre-Raphaelites, I really like their work, hokey as some of it is, and their personal stories are the stuff of soap opera. AT as Rosetti? I can see that. Not that I really need to see him Blush

Your library sounds like a real treasure trove! Here, funding for libraries is being cut and cut and cut again, sigh.




Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Jan 30 2013, 2:58pm

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I hear quite often... [In reply to] Can't Post

...of spouses reading aloud to each other. One couple I knew did all of LotR. Sounds like a lovely way to spend an evening.




Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Jan 30 2013, 2:59pm

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Hmmm [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember being enthralled by it, so much so I read it at one sitting, but this was many, many years ago. I saw my old copy just yesterday, while I was searching for Kidnapped, and thought I might pick it up again and see if my opinion remains the same.




Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Jan 30 2013, 3:01pm

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"A satisfying read" is a good recommendation [In reply to] Can't Post

Although there are other aspects of the Martin books that have convinced me they're not for me.

Isn't it nice to have a pile of books waiting for you? Although I'm not so sure about those mysteries... Cool




One Ringer
Tol Eressea


Jan 30 2013, 4:36pm

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From what I've found [In reply to] Can't Post

the sequel sounds like a much more grounded read, but still plenty eventful (a good portion of romance this time around).

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"You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain."


One Ringer
Tol Eressea


Jan 30 2013, 4:38pm

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Canadian resident here, [In reply to] Can't Post

I would definitely order from amazon.com, but the shipping prices on that are enormous (which is a pain considering how cheap a lot of their BBC DVDs are). It also grinds my gears on account of the fact that I live right across the border, too. Tongue Meanwhile at .ca there's none in stock. I'll have to do some major snooping around at bookstores big and small.

FOTR 10th Anniversary Music Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33xJU3AIwsg

"You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain."


Kassandros
Rohan


Jan 30 2013, 4:55pm

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Wow, I didn't know anyone else did this. [In reply to] Can't Post

My ex and I used to do this a lot.

LotR, The Hobbit, Silmarillion, Children of Hurin, over the years, as well as non-Tolkien stuff.

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...


Patty
Immortal


Jan 30 2013, 5:15pm

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The beginning reminds me an awful lot of Rebecca... [In reply to] Can't Post

So much time is spent on descriptions that I can't get into the story. And this is unabridged copy of an audiobook.

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acheron
Gondor


Jan 30 2013, 5:24pm

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Yes, we did much of LOTR too [In reply to] Can't Post

Gave me a chance to work on my Sindarin pronunciations. Wink

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


guitarzankansasfan
Lorien


Jan 31 2013, 2:35am

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I read that one a long time ago [In reply to] Can't Post

I think I read that when I was around 12 or 13 years old, after seeing the trailer for the movie on TV, I became interested in the story and checked out the book. It was very thought-provoking.


guitarzankansasfan
Lorien


Jan 31 2013, 2:38am

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe [In reply to] Can't Post

Tonight I just started reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to my 5-year old son, Peter. He seemed somewhat interested, through chapter one, we'll see how it goes.

...a far green country under a swift sunrise. As the ship approached the edge of the world and the undying lands came into view, Frodo could not help but wonder: "How long? How long? How long to the Point of Know Return?


Starling
Half-elven


Jan 31 2013, 6:59am

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Oh wow, you are still at school [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the interesting mix of people here. Cool


sherlock
Gondor


Jan 31 2013, 11:18am

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I started to read it shortly after [In reply to] Can't Post

I watched the first season of Game of Thrones but couldn't really get into it. Maybe I'll try again.


BoromirOfWinterfell
Rohan


Jan 31 2013, 12:14pm

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It's great that these books [In reply to] Can't Post

Have brought together so many different people. Smile

Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg - that has passed, so may this.


Annael
Half-elven


Jan 31 2013, 3:47pm

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almost done with The Last Chronicle of Barset [In reply to] Can't Post

Have been thoroughly enjoying this. Who knows, I may even attempt the Palliser novels.

But next up is Addicted to Danger by Jim Wickwire. I know a lot of mountain climbers, including some very famous ones, and I've thought for years that they suffer from a kind of addiction. Many of them promise loved ones repeatedly that "this mountain is the last one" . . . but it never is. So I'm interested in what Wickwire, himself a noted mountaineer, has to say about that.

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

- James Hillman, Healing Fiction

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macfalk
Valinor


Jan 31 2013, 10:23pm

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A Storm of Swords [In reply to] Can't Post

The third book in George Martins's epic series. My aim is to finish the book before the end of March when season 3 of Game of Thrones premiers.



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


macfalk
Valinor


Jan 31 2013, 10:26pm

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You know [In reply to] Can't Post

The first time I saw the picture on your profile, it reminded me of Arya Smile



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

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