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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1935 on: February 25, 2015, 12:03:32 PM »
George MacDonald, Phantastes (Re-read). George MacDonald has been an inspiration to fantasy writers for years. Up there with Barron, Tolkien, Lewis and many others.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1936 on: February 28, 2015, 10:02:02 AM »
I recently re=read Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin.  This was the original Inspector Rebus story and at the time Rankin had no idea it was going to lead to a series.  In fact he intended Rebus to die at the end.  When you read it you can see how it was left open to interpretation.

It makes me wonder how many other long-running series were originally written as stand-alones.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1937 on: February 28, 2015, 01:53:30 PM »
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1938 on: March 01, 2015, 04:58:10 AM »
Week #9, Book #9. Fludd by Hilary Mantel.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1939 on: March 01, 2015, 01:45:41 PM »
It makes me wonder how many other long-running series were originally written as stand-alones.

Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter was a minor character in Red Dragon. He was meant to be little more than a cypher, a sounding board, through which the protagonist could explore some psychiatry. In an effort to create an interesting character Harris quite literally created a monster.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1940 on: March 01, 2015, 02:29:18 PM »
Yes.  Hannibal certainly came to life on the pages.  Even in Red Dragon he had a awful fascination, long before Harris really let him off the leash.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1941 on: March 01, 2015, 04:22:58 PM »
Yes.  Hannibal certainly came to life on the pages.  Even in Red Dragon he had a awful fascination, long before Harris really let him off the leash.

I have the feeling that Harris, like Conan Doyle, created a rod for his own back.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1942 on: March 01, 2015, 08:03:48 PM »
Yes.  Hannibal certainly came to life on the pages.  Even in Red Dragon he had a awful fascination, long before Harris really let him off the leash.

Oh... I get chills up my spine even thinking of those books. I have read them, although a decade or two ago.

I am, on the other hand, about to start the third book in Jennifer Worth's "Call the Midwife" series. Still muddling through the fourth Harry Potter book, and "If I Fall, If I Die" by Michael Christie as well. I find it hard to be a one-book girl  :P
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1943 on: March 01, 2015, 10:59:56 PM »
Finished the Foundation trilogy and now starting on book 4, Foundation's Edge, by Isaac Asimov.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1944 on: March 01, 2015, 11:01:32 PM »
Asimov! That makes for a good day  :)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1945 on: March 02, 2015, 05:12:49 AM »
Neverwinter by R A Salvatore

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Re: What are you reading? Star Wars spoiler alert - maybe.
« Reply #1946 on: March 02, 2015, 08:29:54 AM »
Do Androids Dream... was my first book this year. I see in the press Harrison Ford's coming back for a movie sequel to Bladerunner, probably 'cause he won't have much to do in Star Wars 8 or 9.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1947 on: March 03, 2015, 10:07:36 AM »
"The Inner Circle"  by Brad Meltzer
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1948 on: March 07, 2015, 07:37:05 AM »
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Highly recommend.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1949 on: March 07, 2015, 02:09:27 PM »
Week #10/Book #10. Dark Sky by Cyan Brodie.
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