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post May 31 2004, 08:22 AM
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I had to stop reading the Wheel of Time series, around about the 5th or 6th book. I forget which... I just got burnt out on those, I'll hopefully get back to them soon.

Anyone read the Terry Goodkind series, "The Sword of Truth", starts with Wizard's First Rule and gets amazingly deeper from there. That's an excellent series.


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post May 31 2004, 08:50 AM
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I really like The Sword Of Truth, but Goodkind seems to be losing his grip on it. Towards the end, I think from Faith of the Fallen, the books start to dissolve into rants against communism. I mean, I don't like communism either, but I know I don't like it and I know why, Richard can stop making speeches on the rights of the individual to succeed now because it's the same speech he made three chapters ago. The Pillars of Creation does this some more, mainly through straw-man arguments rather than Richard's preaching, though he does get some preaching in towards the end. I hear Naked Empire is more of the same, so I'm not buying it.


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post May 31 2004, 06:05 PM
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had to stop reading the Wheel of Time series, around about the 5th or 6th book. I forget which... I just got burnt out on those, I'll hopefully get back to them soon.


They are hard work. I read the first eight in a row and then just stopped - I really wasn't enjoying the series at all. I find that what he has done in nine books (and then some I believe) other authors have done in less and better.

I love Terry Goodkind - although I do agree that The Pillars of Creation did seem to lose it a bit. I have Naked Empire but I haven't yet got around to reading it. I'm undecided on whether to bother or not?


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post May 31 2004, 06:36 PM
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I'm back to an old one, but a good one. Magician, by Raymond E. Feist, and all the Midkemia and Empire books that follow. Read a good portion of them before, but I wanted to pick them up again, so started with Magician again. Fun times!

Who knew that I would miss reading for pleasure this much!


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post May 31 2004, 07:34 PM
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QUOTE (Snugglebum the Destroyer @ May 31 2004, 07:04 PM)
I love Terry Goodkind - although I do agree that The Pillars of Creation did seem to lose it a bit. I have Naked Empire but I haven't yet got around to reading it. I'm undecided on whether to bother or not?

Well, apparently recaps of past plotlines and rants against communism take up most of it...


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post May 31 2004, 09:27 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ May 31 2004, 07:33 PM)
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I love Terry Goodkind - although I do agree that The Pillars of Creation did seem to lose it a bit.  I have Naked Empire but I haven't yet got around to reading it.  I'm undecided on whether to bother or not?

Well, apparently recaps of past plotlines and rants against communism take up most of it...

Damn i was looking forward to that myself.

Currently reading Porno by Irvine Welsh, Damn funny so far.
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post May 31 2004, 10:05 PM
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Currently reading Porno by Irvine Welsh, Damn funny so far.


Good man *pats Spacehappy*

Have you read Filth? I think it has to be my favourite, a really interesting concept.


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post Jun 1 2004, 12:29 PM
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That's so true about Goodkind's books but, if you can read around that there's a lot more to them. I mean, yeah, Richard does come off sounding like Captain Kirk sometimes but, so? I mean, that never stopped Star Trek from being fun. smile.gif

Magician was one of the first novels I read in one sitting, that's a good book. Although after the 3rd book I lost interest. I guess that happens a lot with long series of books. Well, except for Anne Rice, I could just keep reading her books forever. smile.gif

If you want to read something that is almost a 180 of Goodkind's rants try reading some Spider Robinson. Stardancers is almost the opposite (and it's sci-fi rather than fantasy). smile.gif


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post Jun 1 2004, 11:28 PM
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i guess i'll put my two cents in...

wizards first rule was excellent, couldn't put it down. the next two were also quite good, and i loved them. after that.... it was like goodkind's thinking process was "ok, i know the characters have already suffered emensly, but how can i make their lives just that much worse? oh, and how can i rant about how much stalinist style communism sucks?"

and i'm all for introducing new characters, but "faith of the fallen" ends with richard and kahlan in the heart of enemy territory... so for all of "pillars of creation" i'm waiting to find out what happened to them. they don't bloody show up until like the last chapter! and the plot was so predictable, it wasn't even funny!

i didn't even know there was a new one out, i doubt i'll bother getting it.


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post Jun 2 2004, 12:51 AM
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"Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss

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post Jun 2 2004, 03:43 AM
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I love to read books..

Here is a list of books I would like to finish reading over the summer:

Ghosts Across Kentucky-William Lynwood Montell
Arabian Nights-Translated by Hussain Haddaway
The Obstinate Muse of Freedom: on the Poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt-Krisztina Szalay
A Brief History of Time-Stephen Hawking
Osiris & the Egyptian Ressurection-E. A. Wallis Budge
The Muslim Discovery of Europe- Bernard Lewis
The Antichrist- Frederick Nietzsche
The Norse Myths- Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
At the Table of the Grail edited by John Matthews
The Holy Kingdom by Adrian Gilbert-Alan Wilson and Baram Blacket (A book about finding the real King Aurthur.)
The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Books I know I won't finish over the summer:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose


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post Jun 2 2004, 07:15 AM
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QUOTE (gothictheysay @ Jun 2 2004, 01:50 AM)
"Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss

really funny. tongue.gif

Don't you mean "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves"? tongue.gif

Yeah, I really enjoyed that book; it was good fun for a pedant like me.


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post Jun 2 2004, 04:25 PM
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Hm..... A really good book I read a little while ago called "Exodus" (I dunno who wrote it though) is a very good book, and I suggest it to many. Some parts you might want to skip depending on the level of gore and such you can handle (I skipped the part about the nazi's camps.... Very distuisting).


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post Jun 4 2004, 01:55 AM
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Don't you mean "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves"?


Ahhh! It's the Oxford Comma!

I got the book of all the books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series to read!


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post Jun 10 2004, 03:39 AM
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Went to the library - still reading douglas adams - but picked up about 26 books. They will go fast, dude.

The Gospel According to Gracey - Susan Kingsbury

And Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury again happy.gif


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my dad is reading the "The Dark Tower" series... he likes them.


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They're brilliant. Stephen King has managed to tie up all his books into one series. Amazing stuff!!


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post Jun 15 2004, 03:25 PM
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Chris Wooding - The Skein of Lament.

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Ms Wyoming by Douglas Coupland. but it just doent seem to hit me like Gen X, Micro Serfs and Shampoo planet. are his other books soo, hmm easy to put down?- I still have Girlfriend in a Coma on my book shelf gathering dust.


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Right now I'm reading Memmnoch the Devil.. I've been stuck on page 385 for a few weeks. I haven't read much for a while. >< My favorite book of all time would have to be The Witching Hour. I <3 that book.


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