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antonia31h
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Post by antonia31h » 25 Nov 2009, 02:55

[QUOTE=absolutely][QUOTE=Magnetolives2]I am thinking about starting 1984 very soon. Would anyone suggest otherwise? [/QUOTE]
 
I'd definitely suggest that you try it. It's not really a fun read, but it is thought-provoking.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, that is indeed a good book! You could also try Animal Farm, it was more fun for me than 1984.

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Post by Ruth » 25 Nov 2009, 13:05

[QUOTE=Magnetolives2]I am thinking about starting 1984 very soon. Would anyone suggest otherwise? [/QUOTE]
I put off reading it at school, because the teachers recommended i so much. But when I later read it at uni, I found it is really great.

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Post by Crutey Anth » 25 Nov 2009, 17:00

I must warn you 1984 is an odd book. The characters aren't interestin, likeable or 3D characters. The story isn't interesting or compelling...the book however and the world it builds, the ideas it has etc are phenomenal.

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Post by absolutely » 25 Nov 2009, 20:07

I just finished reading Евге́ний Оне́гин (Yevgeniy (or Eugene, I've seen it both ways ) Onegin) by A. Pushkin for Russian class. It was really fantastic, and I would definitely suggest it; even in translation, it's an intriguing work. It's a novel in verse that really exemplifies the Russian style. Don't know if there are any other fans of Russian lit. here, but if you aren't already, Onegin would be a great place to start...

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Post by antonia31h » 26 Nov 2009, 02:44

Russian literature is absolutely superb! Just think about Tolstoi, Dostoievski, Cehov and not to mention Puskin! These authors have such a depth and psychological richness in their novels and plays, it really places them at the very top of world literary masters!

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Post by dandoruinn » 30 Nov 2009, 13:39

[QUOTE=absolutely]I'm being forced to read Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway  for my lit. class right now. Maybe it's just because I'm reading it for school, but for some reason I'm finding this novel both interminably long and mind-numbingly dull.


I look forward to reading for pleasure again.[/QUOTE]Haha, I liked it, but it is VERY dry and very difficult to trudge through.  The Lady Woolf is very descriptive.Right now I'm reading Helen of Troy by Margaret George.  It's amazing.  I usually look at Helen like a deceptive, skanky buttmuch, but this book paints her in a good light and as a pawn of the gods rather than her own individual choice.I'm about to start Hunger Games, which I've been dying to read.  So many books to read!!!!!!

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Post by Crawler » 30 Nov 2009, 14:49

I took a break from the middle of Needful Things to read Marvel's What if...? Secret Wars TPB. And can you blame me? Needful Things is sloooooow, but I'm going to finish it nonetheless.

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Post by das_boot » 01 Dec 2009, 01:02

I'm re-reading White Night at the moment in the Dresden Files series... potentially my second-to-least favourite in the series thus far, but I'm waiting for my copy of the fifth book in the same author's fantasy series to be delivered. Hopefully tomorrow so I can read it on my days off :)

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Post by Crawler » 01 Dec 2009, 01:03

[QUOTE=das_boot]I'm re-reading White Night at the moment in the Dresden Files series... potentially my second-to-least favourite in the series thus far, but I'm waiting for my copy of the fifth book in the same author's fantasy series to be delivered. Hopefully tomorrow so I can read it on my days off :)
[/QUOTE]The Dresden Files are gold. Every single one of them.

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Post by das_boot » 01 Dec 2009, 01:10

I know, I'm re-reading them all now... but White Night... Poor Lash! Oh Crawler, we need to have a discussion regarding who we think the Black Council consists of. I have theories. And I'm about 100% 50/50 that I know who Cowl and his female assistant are. Actually, more like 70/30, but still... We need to hijack the book club and make people read these. Have you read any of the Codex Alera yet? I don't normally like fantasy novels in the classic style, but these I'm really enjoying. 

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Post by smaug007 » 01 Dec 2009, 02:40

Thanks das_boot and Crawler, I had a look at it very briefly on wikipedia, and it looks like something to add to my 'to read' list...

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Post by das_boot » 01 Dec 2009, 08:12

Oh, smaug, you'll love it, as long as you stay the hell away from the piss-poor tv series they made a few years back. I watched about three episodes, it upset me and so I had to change the channel. 

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Post by smaug007 » 01 Dec 2009, 11:35

Duly noted.

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Post by Chazwinski » 06 Dec 2009, 22:05

I've started reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I'm certainly not Buddhist, so this will be interesting. I'll try to be open-minded...I heard it is a great book that really makes you think about the way that people behave. I'm more like one of the people that the narrator can't relate to, so it's interesting to see someone else's take on the way life works.

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Post by das_boot » 06 Dec 2009, 22:10

I've always meant to read that since apparently it's not about Motorcycles. Unless I've been lied to, in which case I now feel like a moron. 

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Post by Crawler » 06 Dec 2009, 22:29

[QUOTE=das_boot]I know, I'm re-reading them all now... but White Night... Poor Lash! Oh Crawler, we need to have a discussion regarding who we think the Black Council consists of. I have theories. And I'm about 100% 50/50 that I know who Cowl and his female assistant are. Actually, more like 70/30, but still... We need to hijack the book club and make people read these. Have you read any of the Codex Alera yet? I don't normally like fantasy novels in the classic style, but these I'm really enjoying. 
[/QUOTE]A second book club? I'm in. It'll force me to finally buy copies of the first two books. I honestly feel clueless as to who the Black Council is. I'd love to talk about it.Crawler2009-12-06 22:31:23

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Post by Laudo » 06 Dec 2009, 23:58

I was actually going to suggest an intermission from Lewis once we're done with Prince Caspian, das. Maybe we could do this book(s) I've never heard of next?

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Post by Crawler » 07 Dec 2009, 00:27

Start at Storm Front by Jim Butcher. It's a $7.99 paperback in the United States, 25% off if you can find it in your Walmart's book section. It sucked me in completely.

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Post by sixhoursoflucy » 07 Dec 2009, 01:20

[QUOTE=Laudo]I was actually going to suggest an intermission from Lewis once we're done with Prince Caspian, das. Maybe we could do this book(s) I've never heard of next?[/QUOTE]Bitch, that's the first I've heard of this... although I'd be down because I'm intrigued by these so-called "Dresden Files".

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Post by Peter Luzifer » 07 Dec 2009, 06:02

Errm.... you know, if I didn't know you personally, I'd now post a reprimand about calling another poster "bitch". Please keep in mind that not everyone on this board knows you and Laudo are on good terms and merely like to tease each other.... and how you might come across to others who don't have that inside knowledge. Thank you.
[Unless, of course, Laudo's real name is "Mitch" and the above was a mere typo... ;-) ] Peter Luzifer2009-12-07 13:59:58

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Post by Laudo » 07 Dec 2009, 09:34

If it makes a difference, I wasn't offended. And if you want, I can say my name is Mitch.



@Six - It's the first you heard because I said I was going to suggest it. I think the Narnia discussions have lost some steam, so no reason we couldn't take a quick break to read these...other things.

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Post by sixhoursoflucy » 07 Dec 2009, 12:28

Whoa, what's this? Laudo and I are tight! But point taken. 

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Post by Chazwinski » 07 Dec 2009, 15:36

[QUOTE=das_boot]I've always meant to read that since apparently it's not about Motorcycles. Unless I've been lied to, in which case I now feel like a moron.  [/QUOTE]
 
Well, the characters are on a motorcycle trip and the narrator uses his upkeep of the motorcycle as an example of how to approach life's dilemmas...but it's all deeper than just that. For example...the narrator fixes his own ride, but anytime he tries to show his friend how to fix something, his friend doesn't want to learn anything about it. His friend had rather take the bike to a shop despite the fact that he's probably smarter than the mechanic and it would only take him a minute to learn what to do himself. This leads to all sorts of deep thoughts... Why does the friend have such an aversion to technology? What are his underlying reasons for not wanting to be bothered by it? Why are some people more mechanically inclined than others? Why are some only concerned with logic and others only concerned with emotion? and so on.

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Post by Magnetolives2 » 07 Dec 2009, 18:59

Move on from Lewis? Heresy! We haven't even touched upon the significance of each of his forests as an element of mythology! LoL. Magnetolives22009-12-07 19:00:32

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Post by antonia31h » 08 Dec 2009, 03:08

Anyone interested in talking about Tolkien and his works? From my point of view his works are better than The Narnia Chronicles, at least when mythology is concerned.

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