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Postby The Nameless Thing » Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:18 pm

Just finished Tom Clancy's last book, 'Command Authority''. Quite amazing actually. The plot of the book is like reading the news the past few months. Russia's premier invades Crimea. The plot details the population in Crimea supporting the Russian invasion, the west's lack of response (even with Jack Ryan as president). It goes on to describe the precarious position of Ukraine's government. Of course our hero saves the day in the end, but in any case I found myself saying, 'son of a female canine' after every page in admiration of Clancy's geo-political vision.
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Postby Canamarth » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:47 am

Vampire: The Masquerade. Core rulebook in the revised edition from 1998. Actually thinking about GMing a round ...
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Postby Arlaug » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:34 pm

I am re-re-re-reading Pamuk's Snow, along with ACD's Adventures of SH.
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Postby Novice » Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:31 pm

I've just started Proust was a neuroscientist. Interesting so far.
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Postby Canamarth » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:08 am

L'étranger by Albert Camus. Ok, I admit: It's in the US translation by Ward. :)
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Postby PatriotBlade » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:56 am

The mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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Postby Canamarth » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:47 am

Das Einsteinmädchen (orig.: The Einstein Girl) by Philip Sington. Totally fascinated so far with the story set in 1932 troubled Berlin.
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Postby Arlaug » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:17 am

Did you like the Stranger?
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Postby PatriotBlade » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:05 pm

The Immortal Instruments: The City of Bones
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:59 am

I'm currently reading Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #6: Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers by Louise Rennison and Colin McCool & The Vampire Dwarf by M.D. Massey.
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Postby Whirling_Dervish » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:52 am

Recently finished reading, Augustus by John Williams. It is a fantastic novel told in the epistolary format about the 1st Roman emperor. It won the National Book Award back in 1973 and deservedly so, IMO. Highly recommended!...Being fascinated with all things Roman I am now 1/2 way through I, Claudius, by Robert Graves. Enjoying it very much but I doubt it will beat out Augustus for me.
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Postby MeadowForest » Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:33 am

Bernard Cornwall - The Winter King (first of a trilogy)

Liking it so far. :)
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Postby earendil81 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:39 am

Currently reading a number of things

Kushiel's Mercy, by Jacqueline Carey final book in her second trilogy in Terre d'Ange. The one that I had not purchased. I borrowed it from a friend and have finished it. Not as compelling to me as the other two trilogies but maybe because I was more in the mood for other things lately. I skipped some chapters to finish it - something I so very rarely do :? not sure why I did it with that one - and now am going through it again to see what I missed.

Silver's Edge by Anne Kelleher. I read the last of that trilogy some years ago not knowing it was part of a series but then never found paperback copies of the first two. Much as I resisted it I finally got an e-reader and procured (for a minimal price) both Silver's Edge and Silver's Lure to know what I missed :P . So far so good.

Now to the true reason to be getting an e-reader; I have lived in English speaking Canada for a number of years now and I cannot seem to get my hands on French books without having to spend a fortune (even if I buy on amazon and the likes). The e-reader was great because I got all of Emile Zola's and Victor Hugo's work for a grand total of $1.49 :D :D and I'm now reading in my native language again :D :D

Le Dernier Jour d'Un Condamne, Hugo's argument against death penalty published in 1829 (France abolished the death penalty in 1981). It's written in the first person, like a diary and relates the last 24 hours in the life of a man who has been sentenced to death. It's gripping and intense.

Germinal by Emile Zola. A book I first read back in 1995 (same as LOTR) and a dark, gritty and true description of the lives of the mine workers in France in the Industrial revolution. Positively amazing. I love French literature :D :D ; I had missed it.
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Postby Morwenna » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:34 am

Just finished Pratchett's Raising Steam; now reading a collection of Jane Yolen's stories, essays, and poems, Once Upon a Time (she said).
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Postby GlassHouse » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:27 am

I just finished 2 Pratchett books. Nation, which I highly recommend, especially for young adults, is going on my Best of Pratchett list. Funny, though not as unrelentingly silly as Disc World. It's really a good adventure story with very likable characters and some deeper ideas worked in so you'd hardly notice them. A very fun read. I'm really trying to get my daughter to read it this summer.

The Long Earth (co-authored with science fiction author, Steven Baxter) is all concept, little plot and no ending. I kept thinking, "where are they going with this?" Looks to me like they had the same question and never quite figured it out.
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Postby portia » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:34 am

I am reading (!!) again. This is "Killing Custer" about the murder of a Custer impersonator in a parade, by, apparently, one of a group of Arapahoes also in the parade.
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Postby notlistening » Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:13 pm

I'm 866 pages into Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance. It's fabulous, I can barely put it down, except it weighs a tonne. Getting very exciting as we approach the reveal of who the other Knights Radiance are.

This is the 2nd book in his Stormlight Archives series, which I believe is going to be 10 books (yes, he's gone all Robert Jordan on us, probably after he helped finish the Wheel of Time series.) but this is much better than WOT.

He is fast approaching the top of my favourite author list. (He'll never dethrone Anne McCaffrey though.) I've read most of his other works, the Mistborn series being another favourite, but not so much his young adult series, well not yet. (Steelheart was good though.)
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Postby Arlaug » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:44 am

Hounds of Baskervilles and Brave New World.
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Postby Morwenna » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:46 am

A full re-read of LOTR.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:18 pm

I'm reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It's really good.
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Postby Canamarth » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:29 am

Arlaug wrote:Did you like the Stranger?


I did actually. Reading this today, it seems clear that the protagonist needs to be diagnosed with Asperger's or a similar form of autism. I can imagine, though, that at the time of writing this, the reception of this seemingly heartless character must have been quite different ...

Now totally immersed in China Miéville's Perdido Street Station. Highly, highly recommended (for the mature readers amongst us)! I have read his The City and the City and Kraken and was quite pleased but this one is simply great so far! Fantasy, horror, SciFi, steampunk all rolled into one captivating story.
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Postby portia » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:19 pm

I have started "Lawrence in Arabia" which appears to be a study of several spies (Germany, USA, Britain and Zionist) who were all operating in Palestine/Syria/Arabia at the same time.
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Postby portia » Fri May 02, 2014 9:26 am

Parts of "Lawrence" were interesting, but--overall- it was too much detail, and not enough relevance to what I was inteested in.

So. . . .on to Evanovich's latest.
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Postby MeadowForest » Fri May 02, 2014 10:01 am

Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project

Needed something light after my last book, so it's good this came to me just a few days before.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Sat May 03, 2014 10:31 pm

I'm reading The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones, it is wonderful so far. And rereading Howl's Moving Castle which is also by Diana Wynne Jones.
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Postby Canamarth » Tue May 06, 2014 6:35 am

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower I) by Stephen King. Start of one of the best fantasy epics ever written!

And what a wonderful introduction to the revised and extended version from 2003, giving kudos to Tolkien and why King waited a bit after reading the professor before writing his own fantasy epic.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Thu May 08, 2014 11:32 pm

I've started reading The Second Bend in the River by Ann Rinaldi.
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Postby Canamarth » Fri May 09, 2014 5:50 am

The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower II) by Stephen King.
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Postby Frelga » Sat May 17, 2014 5:33 pm

Long Earth and Long War by Pratchett and Baxter. I did not expect to like it, but I did, a lot. Solid science fiction, and I found that the second book was much better than the first, which is encouraging.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Tue May 20, 2014 1:14 am

I'm currently reading Full Moon O pickle jars Volume 2 by Arina Tanemura.
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