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Old Jan 16, 2011, 08:36 AM   #26
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 09:05 AM   #27
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 09:08 AM   #28
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Prattchet: The Fifth Elefant
Westerfield: Leviathan (yeah a teenager book but actually really fast paced fun)
Strugatzki brothers: the 3 Maxim books ... really interesting scifi
Lem: The Star Diaries: hilariously fun, yet deeply philsophical, and thought provoking at

german only so far but for me the book of the last year:
Bernd Perplies - Magierdämmerung: Band 1: Für die Krone
simply fantastic steampunk-fantasy in victorian england
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 08:46 AM   #32
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 09:05 AM   #33
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Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay.

Absolutely stellar book. It's absolutely no surprise that it's been named by at least 5 publications as "best fiction of 2010." It's about an alternate 8th century China, where a young man can suddenly influence the future of an empire. The story is riveting and doesn't let you go. The characters are ALL developed incredibly well. Main characters and minor characters all are fleshed out. An amazing book, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction..


as an aside, I didn't know until I looked him up that Guy Gavriel Kay was the guy who edited Tolkien's stuff after he died. no wonder he's so amazing. I'm definitely going to pick up some of his other books now, when I get the time.
Kay is an awesome writer. This is not his best work by any means. I have read every novel he has written. You should start with the Fionavar Tapestry. They all tie in, albeit tenuously.

Currently I am reading "Across the Face of the World" by Russell Kirkpatrick.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 12:23 AM   #38
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Re-reading the Harry Potter series. I'm currently on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

And just ordered Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro to read after I finish HP. I watched the movie before reading the book (I usually try not to, but Andrew Garfield!), and I really wanted it to go into more detail, so I needed to buy it.
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I am reading a Mishmash from Norton Reader from school 30 years ago from English 101 class (I am glad I kept that one book as all others from then were tossed or given away).
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Am a big fan of danielle steel's novels, I am hooked with her mainstream drama novels. I used to ask a friend to lend me a book to read, or borrow from a library. Now I just download some of the novels online. Currently reading Lightning.
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I am reading a Mishmash from Norton Reader from school 30 years ago from English 101 class (I am glad I kept that one book as all others from then were tossed or given away).
I've done that before, it's a lot of fun. American or British Lit?
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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. 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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I've done that before, it's a lot of fun. American or British Lit?
I can't remember which class it was. Anyway, one author is Shakespeare, yet one author is an American professor. But that's what is in the book but I don't know what class it was attached to other than a first year English class.

Anyway, it's such a great anthology it could be used for several different types of classes.
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