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    "Emperor: The Gates of Rome" by Conn Iggulden.

    Not a bad book, although not as exciting as some other historical novels I've read. It has a reputation for bad history, however.
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    "Godel, Escher, Back: Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas R. Hofstadter. It's a pretty cool essay exploring various concepts in logic and number theory, and applying them to music, art, and other aspects of real life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade View Post
    "Emperor: The Gates of Rome" by Conn Iggulden.

    Not a bad book, although not as exciting as some other historical novels I've read. It has a reputation for bad history, however.
    Hey, cool, I read the first two and half of the third a while back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wormerwing View Post
    "Godel, Escher, Back: Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas R. Hofstadter. It's a pretty cool essay exploring various concepts in logic and number theory, and applying them to music, art, and other aspects of real life.
    Heck yes. Great to see someone else enjoy that.

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    Comedy of Errors, by you know who.

    Loves Labour's Lost, same as above.

    Avalon, by Stephen Lawhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferahgo the Assassin View Post
    1984 is one of my favorite novels for that very reason. Orwell is a master at unhappy, poignant endings, and the way 1984 ends is grim on a level that I've seen few other stories accomplish. The book also helped inspire a story idea in me that deals with the concept of what happens when people lose things they didn't even realize they could lose.
    Indeed. They certainly don't leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. It's more like a "What a terrible, horrible, awesome way to end it", type feeling. 1984 nearly made me cry, but as I was staring in shock/horror at the last page, I was interrupted by Grandparents who wanted to take me out for Ice Cream.
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    Ice cream makes everything better. Even Big Brother.

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    Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzface View Post
    I was interrupted by Grandparents who wanted to take me out for Ice Cream.
    Ice cream makes everything better. Even Big Brother.

    I've been too lazy to read actual books for the past couple weeks, but lately I've been reading a bunch of stories from a book Bladeswift got me for Christmas, Maps in a Mirror by Orson Scott Card. It's basically a huge collection of Card's short fiction. Ironically enough, all of the ones I've chosen (at random) to read so far involve most or even all of the main characters dying. I think it may be a sign...
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    I'm reading Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge. It kind of has very little action, but I like the unique twist the author puts on everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferahgo the Assassin View Post
    Ice cream makes everything better. Even Big Brother.
    After three nearly consecutive hours (I got called to supper. I didn't want to eat, I just wanted to finish it. The first time I ever rushed through steak) of Big Brother, Ice cream is needed. And a good Hitchcock movie to watch AFTER the ice cream.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrie
    I've been too lazy to read actual books for the past couple weeks, but lately I've been reading a bunch of stories from a book Bladeswift got me for Christmas, Maps in a Mirror by Orson Scott Card. It's basically a huge collection of Card's short fiction. Ironically enough, all of the ones I've chosen (at random) to read so far involve most or even all of the main characters dying. I think it may be a sign...
    Sweet. Now I REALLY need to read that. Even if it ends up depressing me. Better stock up on Ice cream. I've been wanting to read that for a while because it's been sitting on that shelf in the library calling me, but it's a large book, and most of the stuff on my summer reading list is long, and the only thing on said list I've finished is 1984 and The Restuarant at the end of the Galaxy. I'm about a fourth of the way through for Whom the Bell Tolls, and about a third through Mien Kampf. The Vicomte de Something in French that starts with a "b" just came in, but I haven't started it. And I found out that there's two other books between Vicomte and Iron Mask, but luckily one of them is in the same book as Vicomte. But that just legnthens my list, and I really should read those books instead of writing this post and watching Monty Python on Youtube. Although I think I'll need the Python after Mien Kampf and For Whom the Bell Tolls. It's some weighty stuff...
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    Ice cream makes everything better. Even Big Brother.

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    Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.

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    The latest I had read is "The Mistmantle Chronicles : The Heir of Mistmantle" this series is kind of like Redwall

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    I finnished "The Vicomte de Bragelonne". Now onto "Ten Years after"

    I'm currently reading Don Quixote and Maps in a Mirror: the Short fiction of Orson Scott Card. It had been sitting on the library shelf far to long, and I absolutely had to read it.

    Oh, and I'm reading "The Prophecy of the Stones". So far, it's pretty lousy, but what did I expect from a kid author?
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    Ice cream makes everything better. Even Big Brother.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen King
    Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.

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    I'm reading this series called Dragons in our Midst! The author is Bryan Davis. They are really good books and really adventurous!!
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    Currently reading as many Discworld books as I can get my hands on. (unfortunately, not many, because the library is seriously devoid of them.)

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    Title: Rome 1960
    Author: David Maraniss
    What's it about? The 1960 Olympics-what can I say, I'm in a good Olympics mood right now. Anyone care to guess where they were held?
    My opinion: Pretty good. Some of it was shocking and upsetting (well, one section, anyway), but that eventually passes. A lot of Maraniss' best prose is towards the end, when he describes the atmosphere leading up to the field hockey final as well as an entire chapter on the marathon.


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    Title: Genesis Alpha
    Author: Rune Michaels
    What's it about? The little brother of an accused murderer. Josh and Max go way back-they play Genesis Alpha, their favorite computer game, together-and Josh's stem cells saved Max's life. But Max has just been arrested for murder, which sort of puts a damper on things.
    My opinion: Excellent. Grapples with free will and determinism very well, alludes to sibling rivalry and computer games like some other well-written books, and more SFy than expected. Highly recommended.


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