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Both McCaffrey and the Eddingses are excellent authors; I have very much enjoyed what I've read of their stuff.

 

If you haven't read her already, you may also enjoy Robin Hobb (aka Megan Lindholm); her trilogy on the Liveship Traders is particularly good.

 

(As an aside, I've now moved these posts over to the books thread from the film thread where the discussion originated)

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Both McCaffrey and the Eddingses are excellent authors; I have very much enjoyed what I've read of their stuff.

 

Sorry, I can't agree with you there. Bits of Eddings' Belgariad were inspired and on occasion hugely funny, however, in subsequent books I started to see the same structures appearing with different names. Disappointing really. I do agree though that early McCaffrey Dragon material is excellent; tailled off some (yes pun, albeit bad, intended) in later offerings.

 

Just finished Dr Robert Lomas' latest "Turning the Templar Key" - IMHO a must for those interested in Freemasonry, ritual and arcane history. Also re-read Robert Harris' marvellous "Enigma" closely followed by a re-read of "Fatherland". As to what I'll read next week, well I guess I'll have to see what Santa brings me.

 

Happy Holidays everyone.

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Well, if I'm totally honest, I haven't read huge quantities... not as a percentage of what exists anyway. I still enjoyed everything I did read though, but maybe I would share your opinion if I'd read more.

 

However, I have noticed that quite a few authors can have that effect after a while. I guess the same is true for musicians and artists also...

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Just finished "The Life of Pi". Its the best book I've read in a while. One of those books that you feel a bit sad once you've finished and think *Oh God, what if I never ever find another book this good again, ever*.

 

Also read "Instruction Manual for Swallowing" recently. A collection of the most bizarre and hillarious short stories I've ever read, all written by a guy called Adam Marek. Highly recommended.

 

Just starting "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and The Bible (the New International Version). Although the Bible's not exactly got a gripping storyline so far, I kindo feel lik it deserves a read. I'll let you know how I get on :wink:

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Halfway through "What's science ever done for us?" Subtitled

"What the Simpsons can teach us about physics, robots, life' and the universe"

 

It's very good but would probably make more sense if I was familiar with the Simpsons (never watched it)

 

I'm just about to start "Torquemada & the inquisitors" by John Edwards. Should be plenty of blood guts and horror in there. :shock:

 

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Although the Bible's not exactly got a gripping storyline so far, I kindo feel like it deserves a read. I'll let you know how I get on

Oh it's definitely worth a read, as a turn off to religion it beats Richard Dawkins "The God Delusion" hands down. :lol: It is heavy going though.
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ADMISSION: Probably 70% of the books I read are science-fiction, so you can probably see that I have a certain amount of geeky bias.

 

But anyway......

 

Just finished Iain Banks latest offering "Matter".

It's the latest in his Culture based series and incorporates his usual high-end technology pan-human Utopia coupled with the sort of bloodthirsty medieaval society he seems to enjoy bringing into his stories. Every time I get hold of his latest book I seem to race into it to the detriment of other more normal things that I should be doing, but then I suffer a sort of summer holiday type malaise when I realise that I've passed half way and the end is nearer than the beginning. For any Banks fans who haven't read it yet - it's not his best bt it's pretty good with a decent balance between the two converging storylines/technologies and a semi-satisfying ending.

 

For me, he's never written anything to match "Excession" so far but that's because I'm a big fan of the Minds and the absolutely inhuman speeds at which he has them operate. Still, can't wait for the next one....

 

 

PS I'm now about 100 pages into "The Time Ships", Stephen Baxters official sequel to HG Wells "Time machine" and it's proving to be a far better book than I expected it to be.

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...The Bible (the New International Version). Although the Bible's not exactly got a gripping storyline so far, I kindo feel lik it deserves a read. I'll let you know how I get on :wink:

 

Can I recommend the manga version.

Got a manga version for my daughter from the bible shop in town, not the issue I'd been looking for but still quite good. To be honest reading it in cartoon style helps with the more boring bits. The teenage version has more cartoon style pages than the children's.

Only problem is it's no good for her sunday school homework as the language is rather different to the king james.

 

Just checked amazon and there are rather a few more than I realised.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=manga+bible&Go.x=10&Go.y=5

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Currently reading 'Fast Food Nation' by Eric Schlosser - would recommend it to anyone but be warned, there are a lot of rather terrifying home truths about fast food. I'm hoping I'll stick to the chippy after I've finished it...

 

In case it's not already been said, can I also recommend the 'No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' books by Alexander McCall Smith. Thoroughly absorbing reads :)

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The Neverending Story

 

 

I'm just going to take a few days off from reality and revisit a favourite childhood place. I only found out the other day that the film was based on a book and then I found the book (the first UK edition hardback to boot!) on Ebay. Goodbye real world!

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Neverending_Story

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I remember the book well. Tried on many occations to read it. Failed every time, it really did seem never ending. Will have to try and dig it out and try again

Very sad I know, but looking forward to the new kim harrison, just got card from shetland times saying it's in :D

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Great thread - many good ideas what to read next! (If I ever get through the books I have at home waiting to be read...)

 

I just finished reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, a novel based on the village Eyam in the Peak District, which had a self-imposed quarantine in 17th century to keep the plague from spreading out of the village.

 

I've visited the village couple of times and really enjoyed reading the book! If you like historical novels & great reads, I can truly recommend it!

 

.. and if anyone has suggestions of other good reads of historical novels (e.g. located in Shetland?!), I'd love to hear of them

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