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JohnJay-
Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:24:13 PM

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I'm reading two completely different type of novels right now; the first one is Narcissus by Jonathan Shaw. He is one of the greatest beat movement icons. The other one is The Iron King, the first book of a well known serie of historical novels named The Cursed Kings written by the freanch author Maurice Druon.
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JohnJay- wrote:
I'm reading two completely different type of novels right now; the first one is Narcissus by Jonathan Shaw. He is one of the greatest beat movement icons. The other one is The Iron King, the first book of a well known serie of historical novels named The Cursed Kings written by the French author Maurice Druon.

That last sounds good - I know the history of the period well (from the British viewpoint) but reading the French view of it would be interesting - particularly as GRR Martin says he used this series of books as the inspiration for "Game of Thrones".


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Black Adder
Posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 3:58:38 PM
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I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I also want to watch the eponymous series after finishing the book. I'm interested in mythology and I like this novel. My favorite characters are Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, maybe because I like Egyptian myths more than others. I also love Mad Sweeney!
Drag0nspeaker
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Black Adder wrote:
I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I also want to watch the eponymous series after finishing the book. I'm interested in mythology and I like this novel. My favorite characters are Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, maybe because I like Egyptian myths more than others. I also love Mad Sweeney!

A very unusual book (as are most of Gaiman's!).
I enjoyed particularly the characterisations of 'degenerate' historical gods and spotting who was who (Mr Wednesday = Odin; Low-Key Lyesmith = Loki and so on)
The portrayal of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel as modern-day funeral directors is great.

For full appreciation of the book, a 'working knowledge' of mythology (from Egyptian to Germanic and African to Icelandic) plus American culture helps!

Try "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - great fun!
It might help if you read the Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse) first.


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Black Adder
Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2017 7:01:19 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:


Try "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - great fun!
It might help if you read the Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse) first.


I've already read "Good Omens"! It's hilarious book! I'm in love with Crowley and Aziraphale and I think it's great idea to portray angel and demon as friends. I like the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse and the Four Other Riders of the Apocalypse, despite the fact that I've never read the Book of Revelation. They remind me of the Four Horsemen of Apocralypse from the Discworld. I also like that "Good Omens" Death resembles Discworld Death which is my favorite Pratchett character.

Black Adder
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 3:21:02 PM
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I've finished reading American Gods recently and now I'm reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I've already seen the Dark Tower movie and I liked it, especially Matthew McConaughey's performance. I know that some book series fans are disapointed by the movie, but watching the screen adaptation made me interested in reading the books. I've already read The Gunslinger, the first novel in the Dark Tower series. I'm fascinated by the story and I can't wait to read the next novel, The Drawing of the Three.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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Right now I'm in the halfway of reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

I strongly recommend this book to everyone interested in where we came from, how we became like this, and where are we heading to.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Misida
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. just WOW! It's amazing!

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” - Mark Twain
kitman
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Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds
Classified Woman is a book that does three difficult things at once – it makes a historically significant contribution to our understanding of the domestic political roots of our foreign policy, it identifies flaws in our systems of justice and accountability that should be addressed, and it does so in a way that makes for a good day or two at the beach for every individual reader.
Eric Newton
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I am reading blogs about essay writing help because I need quick guide how to complete my assignment.
Andrew Schultz
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:16:01 AM

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I just started the Ribblestop series by Andy Mulligan. It was listed along with some other series I enjoyed in a small quiz ("match the character with the academy") including Nigel Molesworth and Quentin Coldwater (The Magicians).

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In Praise of Profanity
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almo 1
Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 4:32:16 PM
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I'm reading about "Orphan", because I wached the movie

and I wanted to know more about it.



www.imdb.com/title/Orphan




Horror



Ella Deker
Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:36:42 AM

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My main problem is that I love reading very much but I can not write anything. When asked to give a book description to me, this becomes a real problem. I constantly use various essays-service.com, I try to write something similar, but I still get it bad. How to learn to write on your own?
almo 1
Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:10:52 AM
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest



Nurse Ratched is like a dictator
with absolute authority in the hospital.
She does not like McMurphy because he is not meek.

Finally she lobotomizes McMurphy - makes him vegetable.
That is crueller than killing in a way.











Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 10:42:38 AM

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almo 1 wrote:
Finally she lobotomizes McMurphy - makes him vegetable.
That is crueller than killing in a way.


It's easier to do it with drugs than lobotomy these days.



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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 7:00:16 AM

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I've just started reading a book by Dean Koontz - "One Door Away From Heaven".

I don't know how it is (I've only read a couple of chapters), but judging by others I have read, it will be good.
"Ashley Bell" and "Innocence" were great stand-alone novels which kept me guessing till near the end.
Who was Ashley Bell?
What was it about the boy which made everyone tremble and automatically want him dead as soon as they saw him?

The Frankenstein series was clever, and the pace of the stories suited me.

This is one short bit from the current one - just the protagonist's first impressions of a bar he walked into in LA, in July. It's very 'dry' and makes great use of language and imagery:

Quote:
The long bar lay to the right of the door. In a row down the center of the room, each of eight plank-top tables bore a candle in an amber-glass holder.

Fewer than half the stools and chairs were occupied. Several guys and one woman wore cowboy hats, as though they had been abducted and then displaced in space or time by meddling extraterrestrials.

The concrete floor, painted ruby-red, appeared to have been mopped at least a couple of times since Christmas, and underlying the stale-beer smell was a faint scent of disinfectant. If the place had cockroaches, they would probably be small enough that Noah might just be able to wrestle them into submission.
. . .
He ordered a beer from a waitress who had evidently sewn herself into her faded peg-legged jeans and red checkered shirt. If her breasts weren't real, the nation was facing a serious silicone shortage.
"You want a glass?" she asked.
"The bottle's probably cleaner."
"Has to be" she agreed and headed for the bar.




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Articulate Dreamer
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:04:52 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
almo 1 wrote:
Finally she lobotomizes McMurphy - makes him vegetable.
That is crueller than killing in a way.


It's easier to do it with drugs than lobotomy these days.


As a practising and conscientious psychiatrist I feel that's rather an overstatement, DragO.


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 2:18:57 PM

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Hello.

My apologies if I seemed to be insulting you - I'm sure you are conscientious and work to help people.


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lauralee1
Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:43:58 PM

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"Misery" by Stephen King.
Stasy
Posted: Monday, April 2, 2018 9:33:44 AM
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I finished reading the book "To live, improving the world" I advise you to read, after reading quite differently I treat society and new priorities have appeared: 27:.
This book is for those who want to change people's lives for the better and leave a memory behind.
The book describes how rich people take part in charity and how it affects their business and society. There is a rating of national millionaires who can improve the lives of people in their country. Questions such as: What needs to be changed, what would change the world and people's lives for the better? The new idea of ​​Alexei Tolkachev "cherished Ukraine", as with the help of the sign of social responsibility can reduce poverty in the world, who becomes and remains wealthy, the history of money relations and the development of mankind.

The book is designed for those who are not indifferent to society and everything that surrounds it, who is looking for the true meaning of life, to do good!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:45:29 AM

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I recently started a new novel called "Provenance" by Ann Leckie.
The story seems quite good (I've only read a quarter of it so far).

However the thing which caught my attention immediately was the invention of a whole new set of pronouns and possessives. These are the 'ungendered' or 'of unknown gender' singulars.
It was a little distracting for the first couple of chapters, but soon became quite natural and I can read without pausing to think - so it's less 'jarring' than sentences like "A student answered. They said . . ."

The list is:
he - she - e - it (I pronounce "e" long, ee)
him - her - em - it
his - her - eir - its
his - hers - eirs - its

The 'indeterminate' ones are used in places where modern English uses the singular "they,them, their, theirs", but also for all children (saves upsetting a parent by saying "What a lovely baby. How old is it?" d'oh!



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Sarrriesfan
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I am reading Mythos by Stephen Fry, his retellong of the Greek myth.

He has written it in a very conversational style, almost as if he was telling you a series of anecdotes about the Greek deities and heros, rather than a academic tome.

I lack the imagination for a witty signature.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:22:27 PM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
I am reading Mythos by Stephen Fry, his retellong of the Greek myth.
He has written it in a very conversational style, almost as if he was telling you a series of anecdotes about the Greek deities and heros, rather than a academic tome.

That sounds quite good.
I'll see if my local library will order it.


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Nelson Cerqueira
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If you’re going to write anything about literature, check it out! I’m reading Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism, a wonderful guide to Literary interpretation. Enjoy it.
hACKme
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I'm currently reading One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Tiago Kondageski
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War and Peace, by Tolstoy
Lotje1000
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Welcome to Night Vale, by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink
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I'm now reading The glass bead game, Hermann Hesse ! Pray
Sophia Addison
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I am reading the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling.
This is one of the most sought-after novels of the present generation and will surely grab the interest of all. This is harry potters most captivating adventure yet where he meets his most loyal and his father's friend Severus. The novel is beautifully crafted and as enough plot and settings to grab the interest of all.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:52:02 AM

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Hello Sophia.

Welcome to the forum.
JK Rowling also writes crime novels (writing as Robert Galbraith).
These books (the Cormoran Strike series) are serious crime novels (with a few murders and deaths) but contain quite a bit of humour.

I've enjoyed the two I have read.


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Orson Burleigh
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Currently reading Pieter Judson's 'The Habsburg Empire: A New History.' This is a somewhat deeper dive into the 'whys' and 'with what results' of a region (Middle Europe) and a period (Late Holy Roman Empire - Austria-Hungary) where I have hitherto had only a superficial sort of 'who shot John' (or rather, who shot Franz-Ferdinand) knowledge.
Johnny Smoked
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At the moment I am reading the book "Atlas shrugged" and it seems to me that this is the best book that I have only read and could read in our time. You know, she's so honest about what's going on in our time, I can't tell you what other book might impress you more. I strongly advise you to read this book.
RuthP
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Johnny Smoked wrote:
At the moment I am reading the book "Atlas shrugged" and it seems to me that this is the best book that I have only read and could read in our time. You know, she's so honest about what's going on in our time, I can't tell you what other book might impress you more. I strongly advise you to read this book.

I am fascinated that you like this book. In college (back in the dark ages) I had a boyfriend who also thought it was the best book ever. Of course I read it.

I detested the book. It seemed to me the author just assumed that of course Right and Truth (whatever that means) would triumph, and if you are poor it is because you are lazy and unworthy and if you are rich you deserve it. That is a circular definition: it is true because you define it as true. The rich person is worthy, the poor person is unworthy. How do you know this? Why, because the rich person is rich, therefore he must be worthy. This rather ignores how the world works.

I read the book in, I think, 1971. At that time, Glass-Steagall had not yet been repealed and, though weakened by the early `70s, the effects of banking risks had not yet been felt. Union membership was still high, though the decline was probably starting. High union membership meant workers had some effective say in pay, and wages were generally high enough (if you were white and male, at least) to support a family. I knew something about the Gilded Age, Progressives and trust busting, 1920s market, and the Depression, just because that time period interested me, so I was aware that Right and Truth are slipperier than Ms. Rand thinks. (Ms. Rand has neither training nor experience in economics, nor in government. She is a novelist.)

I did not, at that time, know about the earlier development of corporations, or really the earlier dislocations of technological change in employment and markets. Of course, at that point, I had had no experience with the recurring problem of invention of new kinds of (risky) financial instruments or the confounding of savings banks and investment banks, or the rewriting of market regulation to funnel profits to CEOs and investment bankers, or the effects of technology on trading. In 1971, that was all still in the future.

The thing that really irritated me then was that she had no respect for her reader. The entire book was "Here is my thesis!" "Here is my thesis!" "Here is my thesis!" "HERE is MY THESIS!" "HERE IS MY THESIS!" AND just in case you didn't get it (stupid reader), let my hero sum up MY THESIS in a fifty page monologue at the end of the book.

Yeah. I didn't like the book.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 1:56:32 PM

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Yes, Ruth - there's the thesis . .

But . . . were there any good bits in it - exciting chases, that sort of thing?


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