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Offline Clarius

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1860 on: January 12, 2015, 02:33:09 PM »
I would add Harry Potter to the list but they are too big (for me at least) to manage in a week.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1861 on: January 12, 2015, 03:49:35 PM »
Today, I finally finished Isabel Allende's "The house of the spirits", which I was instructed to read for the upcoming school semester. I can somewhat understand why it's gotten so much praise, (the reason, I believe, being how it touches certain controversial topics in a rather clever manner), but I for one, found it to be terrible. Three pages in, I wanted to put it down, mainly because of the immensely lengthy descriptions and the bucket loads of exposition for characters who, in the end, would serve no real purpose in the plot (this means you "Jean of Satigny"). There's also the first/third-person narrative, which hands the storytelling over to the absolute most unlikable character in the entire novel. Honestly, despite the book's best efforts, I could not feel sorry for the guy in the end, and I consider it a shame that he had so much involvement in the plot. All in all, I'm glad to be done with it.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1862 on: January 12, 2015, 04:13:16 PM »
The Rithmatist  by Brandon Sanderson.

I'm enjoying it so far, and I do like the odd magic system of chalk lines. And all the clockwork mechanisms. :D
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1863 on: January 13, 2015, 02:22:32 AM »
The Underground Girls of Kabul - Jenny Nordberg

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1864 on: January 13, 2015, 10:09:44 PM »
 

 "Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather"- by Pierre Szalowski.

 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1865 on: January 14, 2015, 08:32:01 AM »
Only one I ever gave up on was Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Maybe it's me, but I keep thinking he needs beat about the head with a copy of 100 Years of Solitude until he gets the point.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1866 on: January 14, 2015, 08:56:55 AM »
The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson

I like the descriptions, which at first felt overwhelming. I realised they had a suited purpose that though seemingly seemed to border on too much, in the end felt just right.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1867 on: January 14, 2015, 06:30:12 PM »
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1868 on: January 16, 2015, 03:50:18 PM »
On to week #3 of my 52 books/52 weeks New Year resolution. Hombre(Leonard) was a quick read, so now into The Road(McCarthy). Yay?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1869 on: January 16, 2015, 05:31:38 PM »
I've never read any McCarthy, though he's definitely on my to-read list.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1870 on: January 17, 2015, 05:18:28 AM »
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson  :D 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1871 on: January 19, 2015, 01:54:31 PM »
Thought I'd share this link to the BBC web-site for those who won't have seen it. One of my favourite singers talking about one of my favourite books.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30846163
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1872 on: January 20, 2015, 02:02:32 PM »
So, I finished The Road(McCarthy) ahead of schedule in my book a week New Year challenge. Strangely engaging - bleakest thing I've read since The Grapes of Wrath(Steinbeck) - despite its disregard for so many conventions. On now to Trainspotting(Welsh) which, judging by the first chapter, will require a tame Scotsman on hand to translate.  :o
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1873 on: January 23, 2015, 09:50:05 PM »
I'm on the third book of Martin's Fire and Ice series.
Loved book 1.
Book 2, meh. Too much political maneuvering (which I enjoy, but in smaller doses) and not enough action for me.
Book 3 has started out well.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1874 on: January 24, 2015, 06:48:14 PM »
I'm on the third book of Martin's Fire and Ice series.
Loved book 1.
Book 2, meh. Too much political maneuvering (which I enjoy, but in smaller doses) and not enough action for me.
Book 3 has started out well.


Book 3 is really good.
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