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#101 | Back to Top02-01-2007 09:23:42 PM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

I just finished reading Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett. It was awesome just like all of his Tiffany Aching books, well the Disc World novels in generally are happy things. And if that Disc World novle happens to have Death or his grandaughter Susan all the better. emot-biggrin

On my list of things i should really read is The Looking Glass Wars by Frankbeddor. I have it I just need to start reading.


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#102 | Back to Top02-01-2007 09:47:50 PM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

I've just picked up The Hobbit (I doubt I need to tell anyone here the author emot-tongue ) and am finally reading it for the first time.  I'm horrible I know.  Then, I will go through the entire LOTR trilogy.  With any luck, I'll finish all four before the year is out.  Not because I read slowly (quite the contrary), it's just that I never have the time I want to sit down and read for a while every day. emot-redface


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#103 | Back to Top02-09-2007 09:20:26 PM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

I'm currently reading Gayle Greeno's The Ghatti's Tale trilogy. Now... these books are a happy gooshyfest for me, for one reason: BIG TELEPATHIC KITTIES. The author also seems to be a bit more in love with her telepathic kitties than she should be, but if you don't mind that, you'll like these books. Other than that, the books are a little easy to predict, but they're also well written, with sympathetic characters and an interesting take on a colony society on a planet other than Earth. The history is pretty well thought out, and the books seem honestly more like fantasy than science fiction.


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#104 | Back to Top02-09-2007 09:38:20 PM

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I finallly started reading the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. Actually, I'm about halfway through it already. Seems I can tear through a book each week, so I can finish the series by Easter, most likely. If you liked Buffy, you'll love this. If you hate Buffy, you'll still love it. Lots of sex, lots of angst, lots of violence, plus there's a plot. And it's not one of those series where the heroine has to fall for some guy in every book. She is, however, being relentlessly chased by a centuries-old French vampire who behaves like an undead Pepe Le Pew.


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#105 | Back to Top02-10-2007 01:24:57 AM

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Raven Nightshade wrote:

I finallly started reading the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. Actually, I'm about halfway through it already. Seems I can tear through a book each week, so I can finish the series by Easter, most likely. If you liked Buffy, you'll love this. If you hate Buffy, you'll still love it. Lots of sex, lots of angst, lots of violence, plus there's a plot. And it's not one of those series where the heroine has to fall for some guy in every book. She is, however, being relentlessly chased by a centuries-old French vampire who behaves like an undead Pepe Le Pew.

Jean-Claude is much like Pepe Le Pew, yes. However, I still have to confess, I find him the hottest character in there because he won't take no for an answer. Those books are fun to read, but after a while I got annoyed with the way she repeats descriptions... and I wasn't satisfied with the later books.


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#106 | Back to Top02-10-2007 10:36:33 AM

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*raises hand shemfully* I'm, um...re-reading my entire collection of Animorphs books.


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#107 | Back to Top02-10-2007 12:49:21 PM

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Yasha wrote:

Jean-Claude is much like Pepe Le Pew, yes. However, I still have to confess, I find him the hottest character in there because he won't take no for an answer. Those books are fun to read, but after a while I got annoyed with the way she repeats descriptions... and I wasn't satisfied with the later books.

I'm reading Blue Moon at the moment. And I have to agree, the descriptions are almost verbatim in every book. I just kind of scan them, although to be honest, most of them don't have faces to me. Anita's the only one that actually has one, but it keeps bouncing between random brunette and Faith from BtVS even though Anita looks NOTHING like her. I almost hope it never gets picked up for a movie or TV series because the casting would only piss me off.

Did your dissatisfaction have any connection to the moment where you started yelling at the top of your lungs, "Damn it, Anita, shut the hell up and do what they tell you for once?!"

Oh, and I'm at the part where Richard keeps accidentally ripping his shirt from all the muscles. etc-wankgirl


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#108 | Back to Top02-10-2007 01:45:01 PM

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Actually, I had the same problem with her faerie series-- later on, it gets to be a lot of sex and very little plot advancement. I was upset by that, because if I want to have a wank, I'll go have a wank instead of read a book. The faerie series has that problem from the very beginning, though, and the Anita Blake series doesn't get it until later. There's some good and interesting plot in those books, I just wish it didn't keep getting covered up. I like sex, don't get me wrong, but there is such a thing as too much.


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#109 | Back to Top02-10-2007 01:46:38 PM

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I'm reading Elizabeth & Mary. ...and hell, for someone who loathed history in high school, since moving to England I seem to read nothing BUT historical fiction and outright history textbooks. emot-gonk

(...and er, that book is about Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. Depressing as hell, really, but slightly less so than reading obsessively about Katherine of Aragon. emot-mad)


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#110 | Back to Top02-10-2007 02:50:40 PM

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I have a secret to confess-- I'm a whore for biographies. emot-frown

Especially of queens and other powerful women. emot-frown

Eva Peron, Marie Antionette, Queen Elizabeth, Athenais... more, more! etc-wankgirl


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#111 | Back to Top02-10-2007 03:13:58 PM

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Yasha wrote:

I have a secret to confess-- I'm a whore for biographies. emot-frown

Especially of queens and other powerful women. emot-frown

Eva Peron, Marie Antionette, Queen Elizabeth, Athenais... more, more! etc-wankgirl

I got into trouble at the York Castle Museum the other day because they had statuettes of Henry VIII's wives, and I wanted Anne of Cleves, Anne Boleyn, Catalina d'Aragon and Katherine Parr. But I couldn't have even carried one home so now I have none.

...and yet I am still considering going back to York expressly to get Catalina. Damn you books look what you make me do! emot-mad


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#112 | Back to Top02-10-2007 03:31:18 PM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

Clarice wrote:

...and hell, for someone who loathed history in high school, since moving to England I seem to read nothing BUT historical fiction and outright history textbooks. emot-gonk

There is a vast, vast ocean of difference between any subject studied in school and any subject you make it your interest to pursue. school-eng101

Science nerd? Put me in a chemistry class or a microbiology class and there's a 99% chance I'm miserable and want to leave. emot-mad As for historical fiction, me like. Recommend some, plz! I also quite like biographies, although I have a slight preference for historical fiction. When they're done right they give you a glimpse of what life was like in a period of time in a way straight educational texts usually don't. etc-love

Right now I'm reading this. It's one of those neato two-for-one books, I read Babel-17 some time back, and loved it enough not to railroad into reading Empire Star because I didn't wanna finish that quickly. emot-frown I'll probably finish it tonight, but I have already decided I'm a whore for Samuel Delany and will probably at some point read just about everything of his that I can get my hands on. I've always had a love-hate relationship with science fiction, which is to say I hate it when it's just science fiction about LOLLER ALIENS AND LOLLER BIG WEAPONS LOLLER, but god damn do I love thoughtful sci-fi. This fellow seems to accomplish that beautifully since I feel like there's a blender in my skull and I'm loving every minute of it. etc-love It's hard to really describe this story, or the other one in the book for that matter, I'd just end up stumbling around like an idiot. What appeals though, for me, is how easy he makes it to accept very alien worlds and ideas. In Empire Star, slaves of a certain sort, the most valuable commodity in the world, are protected by a barrier of sadness. If you walk near them, you feel unbearably sad, if you purchase one, you feel that all the time. In most places I would stop to consider this or whether I thought it was odd, but Delany approaches things like it in a way that makes me accept it entirely right when I read it. It's kinda like Gaiman, I totally accept the whole 'every god interacting with every other god' thing and then I put the book down and notice that's pretty weird (awesome). For something even closer to home, I accept without a second thought when planets fill the huge windows overlooking Utena and Anthy's bed. Akio jumping over the god damn windshield makes perfect sense to me until I stop watching and realize that's a god damn weird/stupid/wtfwtf thing to do. I love when fiction does that; I don't just want to be wowed by neat ideas and cool ways of looking at things and strange ideas of reality, I want to be so absorbed in it that I don't realize there's anything amazing or different or in Akio's case fucking weird about it until after the fact.

Wow I rambled a bit. But if anyone can think of any authors like that, science fiction or not, do tell me. I can't say I have a favorite genre but I have a favorite type of story and that's it. Neil Gaiman, Italo Calvino, Robert Heinlein, and this one, Samuel Delany, have really grabbed me in this way. I'ma be sad when I read all their books. emot-frown


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#113 | Back to Top02-10-2007 03:47:25 PM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

Yasha wrote:

Eva Peron

I've read a biography on the life of Eva Peron, but at the moment, I can't remember what it was called. I was just rewatching the movie "Evita" a few moments ago. I'm not among those who think that she's a saint, but I've always loved the music in the movie, so I wanted to learn more about her, so that I could understand the movie a little better.

She certainly did live an interesting life. My music teacher described her as, "A whore who slept her way to the top and scammed over an entire country," so I was surprised to see that she had actually done a lot of really good things. It's also ironic how in the movie they have a song called, "You Must Love Me," which is about how even when she was dying and useless to Peron, he still loved her, though in reality he completely ignored her when she was dying.

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#114 | Back to Top02-10-2007 08:04:40 PM

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I thought the worst part was what they did to her corpse afterward. *shudders* Lots of hate taken out on that lump of meat.


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#115 | Back to Top02-10-2007 08:24:16 PM

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At the end of the play, it says, "Money was raised to build a tomb, a monument to Evita... But as soon as the pedestal was completed, Evita's body disappeared, for seventeen years." I didn't know what had happened until I read that biography, and that was just plain disturbing.

I recall finding how her husband gave school children red mopeds in exchange for sex to be rather disturbing as well, but after watching SKU, all I can think is, "Why don't Utena and Touga get mopeds?" emot-mad

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#116 | Back to Top02-10-2007 08:45:47 PM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

Razara wrote:

"Why don't Utena and Touga get mopeds?"

...well Touga has that motorcycle...

...with a sidecar for Saionji...? emot-confused


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#117 | Back to Top02-10-2007 11:47:57 PM

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Means Saionji wouldn't take it in the ass. emot-keke


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#118 | Back to Top02-14-2007 03:40:22 AM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

The two manga I have read today was The Day of Revolution

The Day of Revolution is the story of the protagonist, Kei who was a 'normal' boy in high school until a doctor informs him and his parents that he is genetically female. This shocking realization takes his entire family through a loop though in the end brings them closer together when Kei determines that he's going to restart his life as a girl named Megumi, but it's not as easy as she thinks.

Kei, now Megumi, takes a leave from school for six months in order to have his body worked on in order to appear more feminine. In order to make the transition easier for Megumi, she was sent back a year and started high school off as a new entering first year student. However, there is not enough money to send her to a different school.

I won't spoil it by telling you any more.

It was the premise of the manga that got my attention as it deals with someone who also changed gender like me even thou it was the opposite change, the fact that this person unlike me, Kei had to go back to the same school after just 6 months as as the new gender perked my interest as well.

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#119 | Back to Top02-16-2007 04:54:58 AM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

I just finished reading A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin, book four of the Song of Ice and Fire series. Best. Fantasy. Ever. No goodie-two-shoe hero, no good vs. evil, no happy sappy love story of joy. And interesting sex scenes, short but graphic, several lesbain ones included. school-devil

I also recently finished The Last Unicorn by Petere S. Beagle. I'm now starting The Princess Bride.


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#120 | Back to Top02-16-2007 08:39:27 AM

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YamPuff wrote:

The Last Unicorn

You know, there's nothing to say about that book except 'emot-frown emot-frown emot-frown emot-gonk emot-gonk emot-gonk emot-gonk emot-gonk etc-love'

YamPuff wrote:

The Princess Bride.

Oh oh, thanks for reminded me this was on my reading list. emot-biggrin Right now I'm reading Lord of the Flies. Oh it's so funny what kids do without adult supervision. At least the kids in SKU managed to groom themselves properly.


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#121 | Back to Top02-16-2007 10:19:26 AM

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Giovanna wrote:

Right now I'm reading Lord of the Flies. Oh it's so funny what kids do without adult supervision.

I taught it'd be a lot rougher than it was - the modern media has made me numb to sufferings of novel characters...

I felt my classic bone tingling and dug out Dumas' good old Count of Monte Cristo. I didn't remember the book directly compared the Count to a Byronian vampire...


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#122 | Back to Top02-16-2007 10:49:08 AM

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I've been reading a lot of Neil Gaiman lately. etc-love I just finished reading Stardust and Fragile Things and I'm moving on to American Gods.

Also I just reread Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison. It's so fantastic and the artwork is amazing. It's the first graphic novel which used a lot of symbolism in it. emot-dance

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#123 | Back to Top02-16-2007 01:44:06 PM

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In between reading sessions of The Hobbit, I am reading the manga version of Alien Nine by Hitoshi Tomizawa.  Now, I've already watched the anime version, and that was delightfully weird, even mind trippy at times.  The manga is proving to be just as much so.  It's got a few more details (as I expected), so this has been just as interesting a read as it was to watch.  I'm almost done with volume one, with two volumes to go.   I have noticed that there's a sequel manga that's just one volume, so I'll probably have to get that soon as well!


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#124 | Back to Top02-17-2007 11:45:20 AM

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Re: Favorite books/Books you are currently reading

Some of my fave books: Watership Down, Anne of Green Gables (all seven books), A Tale of Two Cities, The Phantom Tollbooth

Ivy-chan wrote:

*raises hand shemfully* I'm, um...re-reading my entire collection of Animorphs books.

Shamefully? Are you kidding? The Animorphs rock. Ax is teh man...or alien creature...>.>

Did the series ever come to an end? You know, get wrapped up and problems solved an all??


Giovanna wrote:

YamPuff wrote:

The Princess Bride.

Oh oh, thanks for reminded me this was on my reading list. emot-biggrin Right now I'm reading Lord of the Flies. Oh it's so funny what kids do without adult supervision. At least the kids in SKU managed to groom themselves properly.

The Princess Bride is fun. If anything, read it for the Fezzik/ Inigo undertones. etc-love I dare anyone (with a reasonably perverted mind) to read it and not pick up on Fezzik/ Inigo undertones!!


The kids in SKU have to groom or else they won't get laid. etc-wankdude etc-wankgirl

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#125 | Back to Top02-17-2007 09:19:55 PM

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Giovanna wrote:

Oh, and because it was such fun, the last book I read was At Home with the Marquis de Sade, by Francine du Plessix Gray. A biography about, well, a very kinky dude. emot-wink I honestly rather liked the Marquis de Sade before (Quills is one of my favorite movies), but by the end of this biography I liked him a whole lot more. He's been demonized by history, and not without reason because he's quite a pervert and does pretty nasty things aside from writing all that smut, but about halfway into the book you just start forgiving him. He turns out a childish result of the hideous spoiling awarded to the French aristocracy at the time, plus, well hey. Naughty priests go back a long way. Also I found his ruthless food snobbing to be quite adorable.

(Hey, links to the amazon.com pages would be awesome, even if you don't buy on amazon they put a lot of info on their pages like page number, blanket price, publisher, etc., and a lot of books have a few pages you can sample read.)

Ah, yes, I've read a book by Marquis de Sade. Crazy stuff. It's called Francon Duclos: The Memoirs of a Paris Madame. It's got it all: whipping, pedophilia, and, what I found very surprising, shit eating (which kinda grossed me out a little).

As for my favorites, I love reading Sherlock Holmes stories. I also had a think for Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles for a while a couple years ago. Right now, I'm reading Memnoch the Devil, which is believed to be the most popular of the Chronicles.

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