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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: October 20, 2006, 03:27:38 AM
Well, Redwall was fun, as I expected. A decade since I last read it certainly brought up a few "that seemed more gruesome when I first read it" and similarily themed moments but the story still enchants.

Afterwords I picked up The Eye of The Golem and Ptolemy's Gate, the next two in The Bartimaeus Trilogy and quickly read through them both. I tried to explain my reaction to its completion to my roommate(who doesn't really read) and the best I could come up with was: "I hated the ending at first, but that usually means I think about it forever and end up liking it". Ending aside, the whole journey was a joy, and I'd recommend it to just about anyone.... not my roommate.

Sooooo, after that, largely having to do with my snail's pace through False Memory by Mr. Koontz, I picked up a three book set of the Artemis Fowl series. Look, I like psychological thrillers at certain times, but I read through 200 pages of this first Artemis Fowl book faster than it took me to trod through 50 of this blooming mind-fuck Mr. Koontz wants to lay on me. I know I've heard this Fowl name before, whether on this board or elsewhere, and its starting off as fairly promising, though I'm a little weary of the "real life/magical world living together but seperate" trend.
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: October 01, 2006, 01:31:19 AM
Lesse... lately I've been filling the time with spy novels and books by Dean Koontz, Micheal Connelly, occasionally interrupted by a children's fantasy story(Eragon, Eldest, then The Thief Lord). Nothing special to say about those; Mike, Dean, and authors such as Vince Flynn are often the conductors, the two children's fantasies were really read just to see what they were all about. I was seriously dissappointed by The Thief Lord.

The book I juuuuuusst finished and am really quite satisfied with is The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Probably also considered more a children's fantasy, I was lulled along by the somewhat different and more genesistical(huh?) avenue the story took. Plus, Bartimaeus, the namesake of The Bartimaeus Trilogy of which this is the first, constantly refers to ancient events/people(Atlantis/Ptolemy) with a wonderful mix of historical accuracy and character viewpoint. I'm definitely going to pick up the next two.

After finishing The Amulet of Samarkand and before starting on False Memory by Mr. Koontz, I discovered my roommate owns a copy of Redwall, by Brian Jacques(ya know, the mice, moles, badgers and shit? It's fucking great). Well.... last time I read that jewel was in middle school and I just couldn't resist.

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