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Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Mythopoet, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Just borrowed from the local library A Wizard of Earth Sea and two Clancy novels. Excited to read some stuff that isn't school related.
     
  2. Chessie

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    A Spoonful Of Poison by M.C. Beaton.
     
  3. Does it make the medicine come up?

     
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    LOL. This book is not what I was expecting. Usually it's one murder and then somewhere down the line another. I'm still in chapter 1 and numerous people have already died. Bomb.
     
  5. Geo

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    I think that all who want to read good prose, actually great prose, should read Ursula LeGuin. The five book of Earth Sea not only show her skill as a writer but also her abilities in defining cultures. I hope you like it.
     
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  6. Russ

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    Out of curiousity which Clancy novels?
     
  7. Without remorse and patriot games.
     
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    Classics, excellent choices both.
     
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  10. Just finished the Le Guin book. I liked it.
     
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    There are 4 more in that cycle: The Tombs of Atuan (which I find much more intriguing than the first), The Farthest Shore, Tehanu (which kind of surprises me each time I read it) and The other wind, plus two more books than belong to the Earth Sea but don't follow the plot set by Ged.

    If you can get your hands on them read them, and enjoy the superb prose, great plot, and great characters. I would also suggest you to pay attention at how LeGuin keeps the cycle strong by giving you a new main character in each book, but without creating a dislocation in the plot line.

    Anyhow, as you can see I'm a LeGuin enthusiasm, so I will always recommend her books, both fantasy and Sci fi.
     
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    Just finished Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids and loved it - its almost like fantasy noir (I kept thinking of the Big Sleep), and had just the right amount of humor.

    Next up is Axe and the Throne, only about 20 pages in but really impressed so far.
     
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    A book of short stories called "Labyrinth," by Jorge Luis Borges. The cat wrote some odd fiction, but it's quite good. A certain Lovecraftian vibe runs through some of it.
     
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    Borges is great -- is Funes the Memorious in that one?
     
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    Indeed it does. I haven't got to that one yet.
     
  17. Chessie

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    Appointment With Death, Agatha Christie 1938. I read 7 chapters just last night. Granted, they're not very long chapters but sigh...I absolutely love her style. Everytime I open up one of her books it's like I've come home.

    I've got a handful of fantasy novels waiting for me after this. What's nice is that now, the Alaskan sun is out until around 10pm, which means it's super bright all day and I'm more inspired to read on my free time than play video games. Alas, my Fallout 4 youtube channel is withering away because I just don't care right now. All I want to do is read.
     
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    My mother is a hard-core fan of Agatha Christie. She has all her novels and plays (~90 books), many of them both in Spanish and English. When I was little, those books were the only non-academic books we had at home (besides, of course, young children literature). I started reading them age 11 or 12, and finished before leaving for college. Kind of crazy to think my mother never said anything, since reading about murders and crime seems a very bad idea for a kid's psyche, but I'm not even sure she ever knew. Anyhow, just a comment seeing how much you like her.

    At the moment I'm reading Dan Simmons Hyperion. Quite interesting.
     
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    Just finished the latest novel from my good friend Robert J Sawyer and was super happy with it.

    It is one of the rare SF books that grapples head on with the question of evil, executes a key plot twist in classic form with such aplomb that I did a face palm when it hit me, the solution was so simple and elegant, but utterly surprising, and the ending has the protagonist facing a massive moral dilemna and the way he tackles it will leave we thinking about the ethical and moral implications for months.

    Great book.
     
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    Recently finished Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl which I LOVED and Stephen King's Misery which was different than I was expecting. I think up next will be Slaughterhouse Five because I have yet to read anything by Vonnegut.
     
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