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Post 61

weakpun

"The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson. Again. Totally mind-blowing, yet somehow still utterly believable. I am certain that the man can do no wrong.

Also for the umpteenth time, "Valis", Philip K. Dick's semi-autobiographical masterwork. Very possibly my very very favourite book. I think you should all read it, so nyersmiley - tongueout.


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Post 62

owlmeister

I have nearly finished 'The Two Towers' Tolkein.

I got side tracked by 'Harry Potter' which was fun.

My copy of 'The Return of the King' has gone AWOL so I have ordered another for a ten hour stopover in Stanstead on Tuesday.


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Post 63

Hati

The White Hotel, D.M. Thomas


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Post 64

Crescent

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (I think, book four anyhoo smiley - smiley)
BCNU - Crescent


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Post 65

cafram - in the states.

oooh - Crescent - that's a good one smiley - biggrin

But then they all are smiley - winkeye


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Post 66

Crescent

Since I finished Ash, I have read all the others, the first one was OK, and the next was better, but the third was really good smiley - smiley I have reports that this one is a lot darker, and about time too smiley - smiley Well until later....
BCNU - Crescent


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Post 67

Abi

She is very clever, her writing style develops as her audience ages...

Finished Ash which was great. Now following Ekki into Piece of Cake smiley - cake


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Post 68

Colin the Goldfish

Finished the second Thomas Covenant trilogy by Steven Donaldson a few weeks ago and its still with me. What a great read. Nobody else I speak to has heard of them though. smiley - sadface


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Post 69

Steviebab (Squad No. 8)

I started the first book a couple of times but never got anywhere with it


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Post 70

Andy

Just started Junk by Melvin Burgess. My 13y/o daughter read it and found it a little hard going.


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Post 71

Crescent

Harry Potter was really good smiley - smiley Now reading Marrow, by Robert Reed....
BCNU - Crescent


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Post 72

Crescent

Marrow was fairly good, but didn't seem to have the edge that Iain Banks brings to describing truely huge structures, which would have helped. A fairly good premise, and followed through fairly well. The main problem was time scales, immortal characters would tend to use different time scales, but it just ended up treating 100 years as just a day, nothing really intresting happening in it, all relationships are just the same as before. Well maybe it is just me. Now on the Magi'i of Cyandor, L.E. Modisett Jnr. Until later...
BCNU - Crescent


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Post 73

DoctorGonzo

Tsk, I just spent at least two minutes trying to figure out which was the author and which was the title in "BCNU - Crescent" smiley - laugh

At the moment, No Logo - as I've just bought tickets for the Edinburgh Book Festival event with Naomi Klein. I can't do the "6 books at once" thing, but I've got Captive State by George Monbiot, and Crime and Punishment queued up to read. And I recommend Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser - but not if you're eating smiley - winkeye

smiley - cheers

DG


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Post 74

Emily 'Twa Bui' Ultramarine

Just finishing 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley, and half-way through 'Lolita' by Nabokov. And reading 'Persuasion' at my head teacher's insistence. smiley - biggrin


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Post 75

unremarkable: Lurker, OMFC, LPAS

brave new world freaked me out for a week after i finished it....


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Post 76

paulh. Bunnies are cute (There, I've said it)

Colin:

I read all the Donaldson "Thomas Covenant" books about
10 or 15 years ago. I had heard that there were supposed to be
9 books in all eventually, but the last 3 never turned up.
Maybe this has something to do with the protagonist's death
at the end of book 6? smiley - smiley

Right now, I'm just starting the fourth "Harry Potter" book.
I'm bemused by the negative reaction to Harry Potter from
the religious right fringe groups, who worry that impressionable
young children will decide they want to be witches or wizards
after they read H.P. This is silly, because even in the Harry
Potter books no one can become witches or wizards unless
they (1.) are born with magical powers, and then (2.)
spend 7 years studying at Hogwarts. In the real world,
real magical power is nonexistent, and so are schools
like Hogwarts. So, kids, you can't do "real" magic even if you
try!
there is no Hogwarts, and


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Post 77

Emily 'Twa Bui' Ultramarine

Damn it - I meant 'Brave New World Revisited' the 'it's all coming true' book. 'Brave New World' freaked me out too - I wasn't quite prepared for the end... smiley - erm


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Post 78

Andy

Just acquired Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham from my local library.


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Post 79

unremarkable: Lurker, OMFC, LPAS

Emily... I know! that whole north, north west, west...etc etc sentence...*shudder* was worse because i didnt figure it out till the end of the paragraph...


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Post 80

Dragonfly. "A poet can survive everything but a misprint"-- Oscar Wilde

::butting in, like a poorly placed bookmark... hahahaaa...::

"Grendel", by John Gardner!!! YES!!! The story of Beowulf as told by the monster!!! YAY!!! smiley - monster

I read "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West", which was hundreds of pages longer(same idea), and didn't get good until about 100 pages in....

I can't decide which (witch... hahahaaa) one is the better of the two, though!!! smiley - sadface Grendel's cool, and I love reading the name HROTHGAR, but you really can't beat The Land of Oz, or can you!?? Herrrmmm.... smiley - tongueoutsmiley - silly


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