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ricree101
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On one of the other forums I regularly read, it has become a tradition to have a forum topic dedicated to listing the books that people have read throughout the year. Since the folks at Hatrack have a passing familiarity or so with reading, I thought that this might go over well here.

My list so far is as follows:

01. Wheel of Time 8: The Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan
02. The Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson, translated by Arthur Brodeur
03. The Serpent Mage, Greg Bear
04. Stardust, Neil Gaiman

[ January 27, 2009, 01:58 PM: Message edited by: ricree101 ]

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Do articles count? If so:

1. "Socrates on Disobeying the Law" -Woozley
2. "Civil Disobedience in the Modern World" -Feinberg
3. "Socrates on Disobedience to the Law" -Martin
4. "In Defense of Socrates" -Wade
5. "Socrates on Civil Disobedience and Rebellion" -James
6. Socrates and Legal Obligation-Allen
7. Meditations on First Philosophy -Descartes
8. I and Thou -Buber
9. Interpreting Plato's Dialogues -Corlett
10. The Complete Works of Plato -Trans. Cooper (In Progress-I intend to read the entire thing over the span of this semester, partly because it's one of my course requirements)
11. Zimmern, Alfred. The Greek Commonwealth Politics and Economics in Fifth Century Athens, (Oxford, England: Claredon Press, 1911)
12. Woozley, A.D. Law and Obedience: The Arguments of Plato's Crito. London: Duckworth, 1979
13. Rawls, J. 1964. “Legal Obligation and the Duty of Fair Play,” in Samuel Freeman (ed.), John Rawls: Collected Papers, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
14. Hart, H.L.A. 1955. “Are There Any Natural Rights?”, The Philosophical Review, 64:
175-91.
15. Hanna, Nathan. “Socrates and Superiority.” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XLV, No. 2 (Summer 2007): 251-268.
16. Vlastos, G. 1974. “Socrates on Political Obedience and Disobedience.” Yale Review, 63:
517-34.

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1.Double Cross
2.And Then There Were None
3.The Last Lecture
4.A Thousand Splendid Suns

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I have Ph.D. exams this week on a reading list of about 170 books. I'm not going to inflict the whole thing on all Hatrack, though.

Besides, I've only read about 50 of them this year. [Smile]

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JonHecht, what is "I and Thou" like? I have been tempted to read it for a while.

Not counting works for class, my reading so far in 2009 has been

Georgy Girl by Margaret Forster
The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
As You Do by Richard Hammond
The Swimming Pool Season by Rose Tremain
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok (for about the 5th time, I think)

Plus I've re-read the Little Women series again.

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I'm liking it so far. It's not really my type of philosophy, but still quite interesting; well worth the read. I'm planning on finishing it tomorrow when I have some free time, and I will be able to give a better report then.
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Life of Pi
Chronicles of Amber
Starting The Somnambulist
Space Cadet

I must say, I’m glad to see other people with longer lists than me so far this year.

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Most of my reading is in the form of a cassette player as I drive across the Great American Deseret. So far this year, I have listened to the first three Stephanie Plum novels. One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to get Deadly. I picked the first one based on the length of the tape (8 hours) but it was kind of cool so I did the next two on the next trip. Years of commute have cut deeply into the list of tapes in our little library. So, I am down to mysteries now.
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So far, the books I was given as Christmas presents:

Ender in Exile (by you-know-who)
Neverwhere (by you-also-know-who)
Walking the Gobi (by Helen Thayer)

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I'll do this and update as I can... Two types of books, Leisure reading, and professional reading / studying. Now divided by a line!

The Wounded Land - Stephen R. Donaldson
The One Tree - Stephen R. Donaldson

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Building Design & Construction Systems - Hornbostel & Wertheimer

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Fun idea. I don't read nearly as many books as I used to before my current job and birth of my daughter, but this year so far:

The First Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Second Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Third Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen

Edited to add:

Truth, Lies and Advertising: The Art of Account Planning - Jon Steel
Making Money - Terry Pratchett

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quote:
Originally posted by Architraz Warden:
I'll do this and update as I can... Two types of books, Leisure reading, and professional reading / studying. Now divided by a line!

The Wounded Land - Stephen R. Donaldson
The One Tree - Stephen R. Donaldson

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Building Design & Construction Systems - Hornbostel & Wertheimer

So which type is which?
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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Parallel Myths by J.F. Bierlein
Making Peace by George Mitchell
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Just started rereading The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse.

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Benhabib, Seyla and Fred Dallmayr, eds. The Communicative Ethics Controversy
Gonzalez, Michelle A. Created in God’s Image: An Introduction to Feminist Theological Anthropology
Hopkins, Dwight N. Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion
Niebuhr, Reinhold. Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation—Volume 1: Human Nature
Pannenberg, Wolfhart. Anthropology in Theological Perspective
Skinner, Quentin. Visions of Politics: Volume 1—Regarding Method

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami (started this one in December)
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (barely started, but will get around to reading real soon now)

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Ender in Exile
Anansi Boys, Neil Gaimen
Kol Dodi Dofek (The Voice of my Beloved Knocketh aka Fate and Destiny) Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik
The Fort at Rivers Bend (book 5 of the Camulod Chronicles/a Dream of Eagles) Jack Whyte
Senrid, Sherwood Smith

I'm also rereading the hegemon books

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1. The Year's Best Science Fiction, volume 25, ed. Gardner Dozois
2. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
3. Foundation, Isaac Asimov
4. Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov
5. Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov
6. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
7. Dracula, Bram Stoker
8. The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
9. Hyperion, Dan Simmons
10. The Fall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons
11. Endymion, Dan Simmons
12. The Rise of Endymion, Dan Simmons
13. The First World War: A Complete History, Martin Gilbert
14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling
15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
21. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
22. The Great War: American Front, Harry Turtledove
23. The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

currently reading:

The Great War: Walk in Hell, Harry Turtledove
Dune, Frank Herbert
The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True History of Styx, Sterling Whitaker
Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson

I'm a little behind where I wanted to be.

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Eclipse - Stephanie Meyer
Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyer
Leaves of Faith - Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein
Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind

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quote:
Originally posted by Godric 2.0:
Fun idea. I don't read nearly as many books as I used to before my current job and birth of my daughter, but this year so far:

The First Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Second Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Third Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen

I've always really loved this series(including the 8 Lost Swords books). I haven't read them in many years, but I think about them often.

So far this year:

Lila
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Salmon of Doubt

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As an update in response to Amira: It is a very fun/interesting read. Very poetic and well written... philosophically... I am analytic so I don't have much good to say about it. I think that the idea of I-Thou relationships are interesting, but not significant enough to be worth more than a footnote. What was most interesting was when I discussed it with a professor, because he was completely wrong about how I-Thou relationships worked. He thought that they could only exist between man and God.
Anyway, it's a relatively quick read; I got through it in an afternoon at Starbucks, so it's worth it. Of course, I probably didn't understand it nearly as thoroughly as it could be, but I wasn't particularly interested in gaining a deep understanding of it.

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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Spin was incredible.

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Chainfire by Terry Goodkind
Phantom by Terry Goodkind
Confessor by Terry Goodkind
Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
The Dirk Gently Omnibus by Douglas Adams
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Odd Thomas by Dean R. Koontz
Forever Odd by Dean R. Koontz
Brother Odd by Dean R. Koontz
Odd Hours by Dean R. Koontz
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe
Illusions by Richard Bach
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
Ghost In The Shell SAC: White Maze by Junichi Fujisaku
The Book of The Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton
Rides A Dread Legion by Raymond E. Feist
Emphyrio by Jack Vance
Wizard And Glass by Stephen King
Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
Wyrms by Orson Scott Card
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
Planet of Adventure by Jack Vance
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
One by Richard Bach
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
Archers by Maria Stahlie
The A B C Murders by Agatha Christie
The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson
The Chaos Balance by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (reread)
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Liar by Stephen Fry (reread)
Station Araminta by Jack Vance (reread)
Ecce & Old Earth by Jack Vance (reread)

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Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Ellix Katz
Forest Gardening, by Robert Hart
Permaculture, by Bill Mollison

--Mel

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1. Ender's Shadow
2. Preacher Volume 6

Reading The Naked Sun (Isaac Amisov) and Shadow of the Hegemon.

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quote:
Originally posted by Strider:
quote:
Originally posted by Godric 2.0:
Fun idea. I don't read nearly as many books as I used to before my current job and birth of my daughter, but this year so far:

The First Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Second Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Third Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen

I've always really loved this series(including the 8 Lost Swords books). I haven't read them in many years, but I think about them often.


I'll ditto that.
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I'm working on:

The Kite Runner [Heard great things about it, just getting to it so far.]
Re-reading the Two Towers by Tolkien [How could I not? It's been excellent.]
Citizen of the Galaxy-Heinlein
I Will Fear No Evil-Also Heinlein
Ender's Shadow-God-what was that guy's NAME?

I've finished another but it's too dreadful to mention. Has anyone ever heard of the Sweep series? It makes me weep inside.


I'm planning on working on a lot more Heinlein, Asimov, H.G. Wells, finishing off the Gunslinger series, working on a lot more Card works, and many others.

Can anyone recommend good science fiction or classic novels, also anything gothic-nouveau?

I'm particularly low on resources, living in a small town, and no one here has any discernably good taste in books, so I'm a little drained for ideas-or, maybe it's more that I don't know where to start?

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I just started The Kite Runner last night myself.
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I'm wishing that I'd started keeping track on January first. I'm not sure what things I was reading in December of last year, and what things I've been reading just this year.

Last Light of the Sun - Guy Gavriel Kay
Poems of the Elder Edda - Charles W. Dunn and Patricia Terry (translators, of course)(reread)
An Autumn War - Daniel Abraham
Fledgling - Octavia Butler (reread)
The Guns of August - Barbara Tuchman (in progress)
Intimate Voices from the First World War - Svetlana Palmer and Sarah Wallis (editors) (in progress)
The Year's Best Science Fiction: 25th Annual Collection - Gardener Dozois (editor) (in progress)
Animals Make Us Human - Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
The Faces of World War I - Max Arthur
Busted Flush - George R. R. Martin (editor)
Animals in Translation - Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson (in progress)
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Wildseed - Octavia Butler (reread)
Wild Cards - George R. R. Martin (editor)
Wild Cards II - Aces High - George R. R. Martin (editor)
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand - Carrie Vaughn
Mind of My Mind - Octavia Butler
Clay's Ark - Octavia Butler
Patternmaster - Octavia Butler
Wildcards III: Jokers Wild - George R. R. Martin (editor)
The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (And How to Do Them) - Peter Sagal
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town - Cory Doctorow
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
Zoe's Tale - John Scalzi
Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
Overclocked - Cory Doctorow
Black Orchid (graphic novel) - Neil Gaiman
Cairo (graphic novel) - G. Willow Wilson
Y: The Last Man Vol X: Whys and Wherefores (graphic novel) - Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
The Living and the Dead (graphic novel) - Jason
Pocket Full of Rain (graphic novel) - Jason
The Left Bank Gang (graphic novel) - Jason
I Killed Adolph Hitler (graphic novel) - Jason
Why Are You Doing This (graphic novel) - Jason
Fell Vol. 1: Feral City (graphic novel) - Warren Ellis
Ex Machina Vol. 6: Power Down (graphic novel) - Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, Jim Clark, and J.D. Mettler
Hey, Wait (graphic novel) - Jason
Berlin City of Stones Book One (graphic novel) - Jason Lutes
Berlin City of Smoke Book Two (graphic novel) - Jason Lutes
Black Sun Rising C.S. Friedman.
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse (graphic novel) Ben Templesmith
When True Darkness Falls C.S. Friedman
Crown of Shadows C.S. Friedman
Other Worlds, Better Lives: Selected Long Fiction 1989-2003 - Howard Waldrop
Otherland Vol. One: City of Golden Shadow (reread) - Tad Williams
Otherland Vol. Two: River of Blue Fire (reread) - Tad Williams
The Price of Spring - Daniel Abraham
Infinite Dreams - Joe Haldeman
Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher
Old Twentieth - Joe Haldeman
Dealing in Futures - Joe Haldeman
Will the Last Person to Leave Please Shut Off the Sun? - Mike Resnick
Doctor Who: The Eyeless Lance Parkin
A Miracle of Rare Design - Mike Resnick
The Prince of Nothing Book 1: The Darkness that Comes Before - R. Scott Bakker
The Prince of Nothing Book 2 - The Warrior Prophet - R. Scott Bakker
The Prince of Nothing Book 3 - The Thousandfold Thought - R. Scott Bakker
Nano Comes to Clifford Falls - Nancy Kress
Origin of PCs - Rich Burlew
Start of Darkness - Rich Berlew

Gah! What else have I read? I know I read a couple of light, fluffy novels to recover from the ass kicking delivered by Daniel Abraham's book, but they're slipping my mind. I've also been reading a couple of folktale collections, but not in any kind of systematic way; just a story here and there as I'm waiting for my computer to come up or the pasta I'm stirring to finish cooking.

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quote:
Originally posted by Vyrus:

Can anyone recommend good science fiction or classic novels, also anything gothic-nouveau?

George R. R. Martin's Fevre Dream is quite good. If your library doesn't have a copy, it's worth getting through inter-library loan.

His A Song of Ice and Fire series (currently incomplete--we're waiting on book 5 at the moment) is breath-takingly good fantasy. If he's able to maintain the quality of the firs three books in the remaining three, Martin will have written a true masterpiece. I've known a few people with otherwise good taste ( [Wink] )who haven't cared for it, but they're in the minority.

Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet is probably the best fantasy from a relatively new author that I've read in some time, and the series (which begins very strongly) gets better with each book.

On the SF end of things, Maureen McHugh's debut novel China Mountain Zhang is phenomenal, and her third novel, Mission Child is well worth reading (though the pacing is a little off--it sags a bit in the middle).

Octavia Butler's fantastic. I'd probably start with Wild Seed, but the Xenogenesis trilogy would be a good place to start too. Or for that matter, her last novel, Fledgling isn't a bad place to start. It's a stand alone novel, and shows Butler at her best. The ideas that she explores in that novel are ones that she'd been turning over in her mind and her fiction for decades, and they're as smooth and polished as river rocks in this outing.

If you are familiar with (and fond of) The Iliad and The Tempest, you will likely love Dan Simmons' Ilium. Ideally you'd want to be familiar with Proust too, but I'm not at all, and was still able to enjoy the book thoroughly.

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quote:
Originally posted by Godric 2.0:
Fun idea. I don't read nearly as many books as I used to before my current job and birth of my daughter, but this year so far:

The First Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Second Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Third Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen

I haven't read any of these books, but I MUST say the man has a gift.. a GIFT! for titles.

Anyway, I second anything by Octavia Butler. I'm so MAD at her for dying! She never wrote a bad book. I wish she had written more.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Pixiest:
quote:
Originally posted by Godric 2.0:
Fun idea. I don't read nearly as many books as I used to before my current job and birth of my daughter, but this year so far:

The First Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Second Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Third Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen

I haven't read any of these books, but I MUST say the man has a gift.. a GIFT! for titles.


You'll never guess what the compilation book I have which contains all three books is called. Wait for it....The Complete Book of Swords.
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quote:
Originally posted by The Pixiest:
quote:
Originally posted by Godric 2.0:
Fun idea. I don't read nearly as many books as I used to before my current job and birth of my daughter, but this year so far:

The First Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Second Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
The Third Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen

I haven't read any of these books, but I MUST say the man has a gift.. a GIFT! for titles.
:: snicker ::

quote:
Anyway, I second anything by Octavia Butler. I'm so MAD at her for dying! She never wrote a bad book. I wish she had written more.
Some of her early stuff is kind of rough, but she certainly has a better track record than most authors.
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I'm wishing that I'd started keeping track on January first. I'm not sure what things I was reading in December of last year, and what things I've been reading just this year.

*whisper* GoodReads!
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Abhorsen Trilogy (In process)- Garth Nix
Ender in Exile - Orson Scott Card
When Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
How to Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way - Bruce Campbell
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

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I've been going back and re-reading all of the Ender and Shadow series in order, but unfortunately EiE came out after I'd already started this. So it gets bumped to the end of the list.

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Ender in Exile - Orson Scott Card
Memoirs of a Geisha - Aurthur Golden

and for fun:
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead - Max Brooks

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Partners in Crime - Agatha Christie
Ender in Exile
Princep's Fury - Jim Butcher

In audio form:
forgot one - Cards on the Table - Agatha Christie
WoT #4: The Shadow Rising - Robert Jordan
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Tamsin - Peter S. Beagle (in progress)
Prentice Alvin (also in progress)

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quote:
Originally posted by BelladonnaOrchid:
and for fun:
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead - Max Brooks

That book cracks me up!!

Uh oh, I'm wearing loose clothing today.

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That's funny ... I just finished World War Z this morning. It's like the last chapter of the Survival Guide, only cooler.
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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:


His A Song of Ice and Fire series (currently incomplete--we're waiting on book 5 at the moment) is breath-takingly good fantasy. If he's able to maintain the quality of the firs three books in the remaining three, Martin will have written a true masterpiece. I've known a few people with otherwise good taste ( [Wink] )who haven't cared for it, but they're in the minority.


You should be prepared to wait awhile. I would recommend waiting until at least the penultimate one is printed before starting to read them. They are quality, though.
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If a person were to wait, I'd recommend waiting until the last one had been published, myself. He's gotten slow enough at getting these things written that even if one were to wait until the penultimate book were released, there would [i]still be a several year wait on the final book.
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Noemon, how are you liking the book by Tuchman so far? I've thought about reading some of her stuff, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

I'm currently reading The Glorious Cause : The American Revolution by Robert Middlekauff.

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Hey! Good to see you, zgator! I'm only about 9 chapters in, but so far I've been loving the Tuchman book. I didn't go into it knowing a whole lot about WWI (beyond what you learn in high school, that is), though, so I don't have the context to know if she's ever interpreting events differently than is typical.
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I keep forgetting to look for Tuchman in the library when I'm there.
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I didn't go into it knowing a whole lot about WWI (beyond what you learn in high school, that is)
Wow, you learned about that. I think we got a little past the Civil War in high school. I've been in an American Revolution mode for a few years ago.

BTW, a while back in a thread like this you recommended Peter Watts. His stuff was out of print (although I think they're about to be reissued), but for some reason, I decided I had to read something of his. I finally went to his website and everything he's done is available for free under the creative commons license. Starfish was really good - very different.

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quote:
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Originally posted by Vyrus:

Can anyone recommend good science fiction or classic novels, also anything gothic-nouveau?

George R. R. Martin's Fevre Dream is quite good. If your library doesn't have a copy, it's worth getting through inter-library loan.

His A Song of Ice and Fire series (currently incomplete--we're waiting on book 5 at the moment) is breath-takingly good fantasy. If he's able to maintain the quality of the firs three books in the remaining three, Martin will have written a true masterpiece. I've known a few people with otherwise good taste ( [Wink] )who haven't cared for it, but they're in the minority.

Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet is probably the best fantasy from a relatively new author that I've read in some time, and the series (which begins very strongly) gets better with each book.

On the SF end of things, Maureen McHugh's debut novel China Mountain Zhang is phenomenal, and her third novel, Mission Child is well worth reading (though the pacing is a little off--it sags a bit in the middle).

Octavia Butler's fantastic. I'd probably start with Wild Seed, but the Xenogenesis trilogy would be a good place to start too. Or for that matter, her last novel, Fledgling isn't a bad place to start. It's a stand alone novel, and shows Butler at her best. The ideas that she explores in that novel are ones that she'd been turning over in her mind and her fiction for decades, and they're as smooth and polished as river rocks in this outing.

If you are familiar with (and fond of) The Iliad and The Tempest, you will likely love Dan Simmons' Ilium. Ideally you'd want to be familiar with Proust too, but I'm not at all, and was still able to enjoy the book thoroughly.

Sounds good-I believe I began reading Fledging a couple years ago, but didn't finish reading it for whatever reason. [I was too young to understand the ideas, or at least to apathetic to care.]

*Writes down names of authors* *Brings to school library*

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I have already read about 14 books....I like this idea, so I'll post them when I can. Other than textbooks, of course. [Big Grin]
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Octavia Butler's Fledgling! That's one of the books I read after Daniel Abraham's book! Now what was the other?

:: off to edit my original post ::

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quote:
Originally posted by Strider:
I've always really loved this series(including the 8 Lost Swords books). I haven't read them in many years, but I think about them often.

I didn't realize until I started the third book that it continues with 8 more. I had picked up these three at a used book store a few years ago, excited to find a complete series at such a low price... [Wall Bash]
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quote:
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I keep forgetting to look for Tuchman in the library when I'm there.

I often get to the library, realize that I have no idea what I was going after, and end up coming home with a completely unexpected stack of books. It's fun.

You know what I really enjoy? Going to a tiny little library that has such a limited selection that I'm forced to check out stuff that I wouldn't ordinarily give a second glance to. I haven't had the opportunity to do that in a long time.

I got word from the library that the copy of Tuchman's The Proud Tower I'd requested has come in, so I need to hurry up and finish Guns of August. The big plan for tomorrow is to get together with my partner to sit and read, possibly at her apartment, possibly at a coffee shop, so I should be able to make significant headway in it.

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Wow, you learned about that. I think we got a little past the Civil War in high school. I've been in an American Revolution mode for a few years ago.
I think that we only actually made it to WWI once, in a history class I had my sophomore year of high school. Mostly we'd just make it to Reconstruction before the classes ended. I tended to read ahead, though, so I had the opportunity to read over the sanitized version of what the war was more than once.

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BTW, a while back in a thread like this you recommended Peter Watts. His stuff was out of print (although I think they're about to be reissued), but for some reason, I decided I had to read something of his. I finally went to his website and everything he's done is available for free under the creative commons license. Starfish was really good - very different.
It's great that he makes all of that available on his site, isn't it? I haven't been t here in ages, which is a shame because in general it's a very interesting website.

I liked Starfish too, but not as much as I liked Blindsight. The two novels are actually quite a bit alike.

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quote:
Originally posted by Traceria:
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Originally posted by BelladonnaOrchid:
and for fun:
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead - Max Brooks

That book cracks me up!!

Uh oh, I'm wearing loose clothing today.

Glad to hear that it's worth the read. I've been wanting to pick it up for awhile, but just haven't gotten to it.

On another note: I have a step-father who drives me nuts when we're watching horror movies. He's constantly giving out 'this is what you should do in this situation' as opposed to what's happening on the screen. He's especially bad with zombie movies. I'm pretty sure that if I read this book I will have something to come back at him with the next time we put one on. [Smile]

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I was curious, has anyone else read Stephen Colbert's book, I am America and So Can You! I thought it was really funny, and might read it again this year if I can uncover it from my bookshelf of doom.

Books go in and never come back...

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