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Re: Book Thread Continued
« Reply #450 on: September 26, 2008, 01:36:00 PM »
Reading The Holy Science by Sri Yukteshwar, and rereading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

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« Reply #451 on: September 27, 2008, 11:20:26 AM »
How was it? I have it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Lisey's Story?  It was pretty decent, but I felt like it went on too long.  There was too much time and build up before she finally figured out the big mystery thing, and too much wind down after the big climax.
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« Reply #452 on: September 29, 2008, 04:29:33 PM »
So

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Everyone but Susannah dies. Susannah gets a replacement Eddie. Roland starts his quest all over.
Fucking weak.
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« Reply #453 on: September 29, 2008, 06:49:47 PM »
^ Yeah man, I spent most of my teenage/adult life reading those books and that ending was not cool.  To be fair, I can't imagine ANY ending to the series that would satisfy me.  It's also funny how he devoted a paragraph explaining it and saying to readers. "Don't send my any fucking hate mail over this!"
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« Reply #454 on: September 29, 2008, 08:16:20 PM »
I think Susannah's ending bugged me the most. She simply gave up and accepted
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a copy of Eddie instead of going on the quest to the end.

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« Reply #455 on: September 29, 2008, 11:18:16 PM »
Yeah - I was actually pretty OK with Roland's ending situation, but everyone else...

Reading Guns of the South and am liking it quite a bit, despite not being into Civil War stuff at all.  It's an "alternate history" book where some guys come back and give the South AK47s, allowing them to win the Civil War.  It's not a total slam dunk, and the war's over well before halfway into the book, which I like.  Seems well-written and well-researched.
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« Reply #456 on: October 01, 2008, 04:00:06 PM »
Started reading "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro recently. I'm liking it so far.

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« Reply #457 on: October 01, 2008, 06:59:14 PM »
I just finished "The White Plague" by Frank Herbert.  I liked the overall idea of it (scientist's family gets killed by the IRA, so he creates a virus that only kills women and sets it loose), but it kinda went nowhere after the halfway mark.

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« Reply #458 on: October 07, 2008, 10:23:11 PM »
Just finished Night of Knives by Ian C Esselmont, it's a book in the Malazan series that I've been reading for awhile, he co-created the world with Steven Erikson. Although Erikson's books are far more involved in a way I enjoyed this book more as it is much smaller (400 compared to 800 pages) and takes place over a single night. It's basically: shit happens, people need to get it resolved, shit gets resolved. Much nicer than shit happens, events cause 8000 other things to happen, wait 3 years for two books later to explain it.

It also helps that the book fully explains events that were only kinda explained at happening in the main series which made everything all the better.

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« Reply #459 on: October 09, 2008, 04:51:18 PM »
I just finished re-reading "Olalla", a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I generally like his short stories more than his longer shit, and this one is my favorite.

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« Reply #460 on: October 10, 2008, 01:11:21 PM »
I'm reading Lord Valentine's Castle.  It's pretty good stuff.  I tried to read Imajica by Clive Barker a while back and had to give up probably 25% of the way through because I just hated it so much.  Now, I'm reading Lord Valentine's Castle, and it makes me feel like Imajica was just a really twisted knockoff of it.
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« Reply #461 on: October 23, 2008, 09:01:48 PM »
Finished Othello yesterday. The more I think about the story and characters, the more I like it. Definitely one of those things I like better because I'm actually studying it for class. It would've taken me a little longer to grow fond of Othello if I had read it independently.

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« Reply #462 on: October 24, 2008, 04:42:02 PM »
I'm reading a fictional book about Shakespeare right now - Ruled Britannia, another alternate history book by Harry Turtledove.  In this one, England is under Spanish control during Shakespeare's time.  He's the main character.  Wish I knew enough about their real history to know what really happened, so I would know the "trigger" for the differences in this history.
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« Reply #463 on: October 27, 2008, 07:56:01 PM »
Does Shakespeare still go on to write masterpieces in that reality? o_O

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« Reply #464 on: October 27, 2008, 08:49:41 PM »
Yeah, he does.  He writes two over the course of the book that he didn't write in real life, and he makes a promise to another character to write one of the Henry plays.
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