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Unread post by GormanGhaste » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:17 pm

I mentioned earlier in this thread how much I enjoyed reading Seraphina, and I just realized I've missed the publication date of its sequel, Shadow Scale, by over a month. I think it's an interesting take on dragons, and I know there are a lot of dragon fans here!
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Unread post by Tårnfalk » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:00 pm

I just finished reading "The Hobbit" which i found to be really like the movie (except that Gandalf and the Dwarves knew about the ring the whole time).. ANd now im into chapter 8 of the first "lord of the ring book" sooooo UNLIKE the movie... part of me is going hmmm why make the movie SO much different from the book!! I really love the movie dont get me wrong.. but man its different from the book!!

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Unread post by Karathyriel » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:29 am

It's different because it had to be shortened.
I love to read TLotR, but I always skip things like songs or poems.
I think they are boring and bring no info for the story whatsoever.

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Unread post by Rawr » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:12 pm

So after I found the joy and wonder of Audible, I have been eating up books left and right. Recently I finished the Divine Dungeon Series as well as the first two books of the Completionist Series, both written by the say guy. :D :mrgreen:

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Unread post by Tårnfalk » Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:06 pm

I set a goal to read the bible in a year. I started january 1st and atm I am almost through the book of Joshua. I think I will try to do this every year. I meditate in what I read and study too so I get the meaning of the things I read.

Previouslly I have read the bible once every 3rd year but I wanted to do it once a year and I really enjoy it

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Unread post by Dewclaw » Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:12 pm

Stephen King Desperation.

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Unread post by GormanGhaste » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:39 pm

Just finished reading Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and am in the middle of the sequel, Bring up the Bodies. They take place during the reign of Henry VIII from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell. Recommend.

Also reading Semiosis by Sue Burke. Science fiction on a planet with intelligent plants.
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Unread post by Wain » Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:26 am

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Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:39 pm
Just finished reading Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and am in the middle of the sequel, Bring up the Bodies. They take place during the reign of Henry VIII from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell. Recommend.

Also reading Semiosis by Sue Burke. Science fiction on a planet with intelligent plants.
Wolf Hall sounds pretty interesting! I'll look for it.

I'm currently reading The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, which is slow reading but I have a weird interest in earlier English literature, and this poem was deliberately archaic even for its time (late 1500s). Until you get used to it the spelling makes reading cumbersome - for example Spenser frequently uses "u" for "v" and vice versa, "y" is used in some places we'd use an "i", extraneous final "e"s (that often don't seem to have a historical basis), and many other oddities. Like, I had to stare at the word "yuie" for a minute before I realized it was "ivy" (!). But once you get used to that, it gets easier. It's also cool in that Spenser uses a number of English words that haven't survived to modern times, but are related to words in other Germanic languages, like "eke" for "also" (like German auch, Dutch ook, etc.), and "hight" for "named" (Dutch "heet", German "heisse"). It's weird, but I enjoy that kind of thing :)
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Unread post by GormanGhaste » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:13 am

Mantel update: now that I've finished Bring up the Bodies, I would recommend reading Wolf Hall and just stopping there :)

I like reading older works too--I'd like to sit down and read Canterbury Tales all the way through someday.
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Unread post by Wain » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:20 am

GormanGhaste wrote:
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Mantel update: now that I've finished Bring up the Bodies, I would recommend reading Wolf Hall and just stopping there :)

I like reading older works too--I'd like to sit down and read Canterbury Tales all the way through someday.
Please do! If you love that kind of thing it's a great experience :) It's also a pretty amazing depiction of the different social and religious strata of the 1300s. Chaucer seems to have had a very good understanding of people from all walks of life in England, as well as being a very talented storyteller, in a time when neither would have been common. Granted, he did borrow a lot of his story ideas from the Decameron ;)
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Unread post by Gannon Green » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:03 am

I'm reading now "Journey to the End of the Night" by Louis-Ferdinand Celine. This book has shown me a lot, revealed the concept and philosophy of rational selfishness and the opposition of the individual to capitalism, the perfection of the Mind before prejudices. The book revealed in front of me all the cruelties of the capitalist and imperialist system, showed the power of human life and its importance before patriotism, nationalism, the monetary system, and so on. I want to read the books of the author that preceded this book.

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Unread post by GormanGhaste » Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:59 am

Just finished re-reading Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy (starts with God's War). Not sure what it says about me that I turned to those books when I needed a comfort read :)

Canterbury update: have a nice edition on my bedside table now--we'll see how long it takes me!
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Unread post by JonWalter » Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:37 am

Just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern and it was phenomenal. I had a couple I read before this one, but did not enjoy them all that much. I would highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for something new.
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Unread post by GormanGhaste » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:49 am

Yes, I also recommend Night Circus. I read her second book, The Starless Sea, and didn't like it as much as I had hoped I would.
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Unread post by Wain » Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:02 pm

I loved the Night Circus so much! I'd heard that her newer book wasn't as well liked, but haven't yet read it myself.

I'm actually just reading the Gormenghast trilogy for the first time. I'm only part way through the first book and am loving it. Everything is so cleverly described, with a great deal of nuance and metaphor. I'm finding it requires a lot more concentration than the average novel, which makes it a slightly slower read, but in an enjoyable way.
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Unread post by GormanGhaste » Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:37 pm

Scrolled up the thread a bit to refresh myself, and now have Spenser's Faerie Queene on my tbr list.

I'm not sure I've finished the third Gormenghast novel; I consider it a duology. The third novel was published posthumously, written from his notes. It just seems a completely different beast. I do love the books, they are rambling dilapidated building porn :) Combine that with quirky characters, and it's like they were written for me!

Just finished re-reading Walton's Tooth and Claw for our book club. It's like an Austen or Trollope novel, except the characters are dragons instead of humans :)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread post by Wain » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:30 am

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Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:37 pm
Scrolled up the thread a bit to refresh myself, and now have Spenser's Faerie Queene on my tbr list.

I'm not sure I've finished the third Gormenghast novel; I consider it a duology. The third novel was published posthumously, written from his notes. It just seems a completely different beast. I do love the books, they are rambling dilapidated building porn :) Combine that with quirky characters, and it's like they were written for me!

Just finished re-reading Walton's Tooth and Claw for our book club. It's like an Austen or Trollope novel, except the characters are dragons instead of humans :)
I bought an e-book version of the "illustrated" Gorgmenghast, which means it's sparsely peppered with doodles and sketches from the author's notes. It was packaged as a trilogy, so I guess I'll see how the third book compares :)

As for the Faerie Queene, I ended up reading the first two books (of 6), which were combined in the one volume. And I felt that was really enough for me. It was actually marketed as all six books but by half of the way through I came to the depressing realization I had barely made a dint in the entire set. It was interesting, but I also found it tiresome after a while and couldn't have endured finishing all six. Maybe you'll feel differently about it :)
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