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Old Jan 14, 2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Read Any Good Books Lately?

I just started Eragon- a boy and his dragon. I am surprised how young the author is/was when he wrote it. Am liking it so much I just ordered two more from Amazon.

Prior to this I just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo trilogy. Hard to believe it has been in the top ten books for the last year, but it is good enough for me to recommend.
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I just started Eragon- a boy and his dragon. I am surprised how young the author is/was when he wrote it. Am liking it so much I just ordered two more from Amazon.
Ah yes I quite enjoyed Eragon when I read that a few years back.

I used to read a lot of books but now unfortunately I just don't find the time, with Year 12 this year, a part-time job, and Facebook of course.

However I have just started reading Shakespeare's Hamlet as part of English. Have only finished the first act so far, and can't say it has been interesting nor do I hold high hopes for the rest. I guess we will see how that goes.
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However I have just started reading Shakespeare's Hamlet as part of English. Have only finished the first act so far, and can't say it has been interesting nor do I hold high hopes for the rest. I guess we will see how that goes.
Really? Hamlet is an awesome play!
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Really? Hamlet is an awesome play!
Haha okay well hopefully it improves, Shakespeare has never really been my kind of thing.
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Haha okay well hopefully it improves, Shakespeare has never really been my kind of thing.
Yeah, the writing is hard to understand, but the themes are awesome.
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Prior to this I just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Hard to believe it has been in the top ten books for the last year, but it is good enough for me to recommend.
I want to read that, but the library only has one of the trilogy, and it's not he first.

Thanks for resurrecting a 'what are you reading thread.' It's been done but kind of dies out.
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I want to read that, but the library only has one of the trilogy, and it's not he first.

Thanks for resurrecting a 'what are you reading thread.' It's been done but kind of dies out.
I looked for it but a search did not locate so...

Regarding TGWTDT you need to start with the first one. Regarding the mention of Shakespeare above, I enjoyed A Midsumer Night's Dream.

Here is a quick short reading list of mine. I tend to gravitate towards action, fantasy, adventure, but can read many genres. Feel free to post your lists.

1. The Hobbit + Lord of the Rings Trilogy- outstanding if you like fantasy. Start with the Hobbit to test the waters.
2. Shibumi + The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian- excellent adventure.
3. Lonesome Dove- Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Possibly the best western you'll ever read.
4. Killer Angels- Another Pulitzer Prize winning novel amazing narrative of the Battle of Gettysburg. It reads like a novel. A series of 3 books the last two were written by Shara's son.
5. Dead Until Dark Series by Charlain Harris. True Blood on HBO is based on this series, but this is 20X better. Not Pulitzer prize material, but highly enjoyable vampire reading.
6. The Borne Identity- outstanding thriller, better than the movie imo.
7. Dracula- the original, an outstanding Victorian vampire adventure. Hard to believe how old this book is.
8. The Martian Chronicles- by Ray Bradbury. Science fiction at it's best. A story framework tied together as short stories. Incredible and emotional.
9. For Whom the Bell Tolls- outstanding Hemingway set in the Spanish Civil War.
10. [b]Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Outstanding Thomas Hardy, heavy in irony. Not everyone will dig this.
11. The Three Muskateers and The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexander Dumas. Great adventure reads.
12. The Right Stuff- Outstanding reading on the early 1960's U.S. space program.
13. Salem's Lot and The Shining- yes I love vampires and Stephen King.
14.To Kill a Mockingbird- great Pulitzer prize story set in the early 20th century South.
15. Gone With the Wind- the best Civil War story every told.
16. Skeleton Crew and Night Shift- some of Stephen King's best short stories.
17.Red Storm Rising The best WWIII story by Tom Clancy. Non stop action and explosions too!
18.Winds of War + War and Remeberance- Herman Wouk outstanding WWII.
19. The Caine Mutiny- outstanding military courtroom drama.
20. Harry Potter Series- it's pretty good and gets darker and better as it goes, but you all have read it all ready.
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I really have to be in the mood to read and that mood only strikes about once ever 3 months or so, I wish it weren't that way.
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-Adam Carolla's new book
-paper Tiger
-Buddhism: plain and simple
-Freakanomics


I really have to be in the mood to read and that mood only strikes about once ever 3 months or so, I wish it weren't that way.
Just finished paper tiger and it was pretty good...it's really interesting to get that kind of perspective into a lifestyle that so few get to enjoy! Hope you enjoy it!
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4. Killer Angels- Another Pulitzer Prize winning novel amazing narrative of the Battle of Gettysburg. It reads like a novel. A series of 3 books the last two were written by Shara's son.
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Interesting that although Michael Shaara won the Pulitzer, his son Jeff is a much more prolific author. It blows me away is that he just picked up where his dad left off. I just finished his trilogy about the European theater of WWII and have just picked up The Final Storm which is written from the perspectives of those in the Pacific.
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Interesting that although Michael Shaara won the Pulitzer, his son Jeff is a much more prolific author. It blows me away is that he just picked up where his dad left off. I just finished his trilogy about the European theater of WWII and have just picked up The Final Storm which is written from the perspectives of those in the Pacific.
Yes, I might have to read this. Does it include fictional characters along with historical players?

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Yes, I might have to read this. Does it include fictional characters along with historical players?

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Folks like Patton, Eisenhower, Benson, Buckley, Hitler, Von Rundstedt, are of course there. I would think there would have to be bit parts that are unnamed in the correspondence or accounts that the books are based on but are necessary to the telling of the story. And Shaara does his typical roundup at the end which tells what became of the characters after the war, good stuff.
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Currently in the Harry Potter series for the first time.
If you are "susceptible" to fantasy you can't go wrong with HP and you won't be disappointed. If you like the first book, they get better all the way to the end. BTW, have you read The Hobbit/LOTR? If not, you should consider it but be sure to start with the Hobbit.

I've got an M-Theory thread floating around here at MR and am considering digging up a good M-Theory book to read if one exists.
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If you are "susceptible" to fantasy you can't go wrong with HP and you won't be disappointed. If you like the first book, they get better all the way to the end.
Unfortunately, many people end up dropping the series before they get half way through the first book (it doesn't start getting real interesting until half way through the book when Harry goes to wizardry school). If you are going to read the series, please read the entire first book (the first one isn't that long) before deciding if you are going to continue reading the series.
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Same also Harry Potter series .........I like it
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