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Recent Books I've Been Reading
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Recent Books I've Been Reading
I decided to just make it that, because I've been reading SO many lately <3. Among them is:

-The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
-The Troy Game by Sara Douglass (I'm about to start reading the wayfarer redemption or something series as well)
-The Rhapsody series/trilogy (Child of Blood, Child of Earth, Child of Sky) by Elizabeth Hayden
-People of the _____ (I forgot who wrote it, it's two people and PHENOMENAL READING!). This is a HUGE series and starts out with People of the Wolf and goes on with things like People of the Earth, People of the River, People of the ___ etc. Ive read the first 4 and am working on collecting the other ones at garage sales etc.
-Many books by Charles De Lint. I find his way of putting things quite fascinating, and I personally find him to be absolutely phenomenal as well. I've read The Onion Girl, Spirits in the Wires and am working on Widdershins now.

What have *you* been reading lately, and have you read any of those lately?
2008-07-11 14:17
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

All three wonderful books. :3

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2008-07-11 14:49
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I have to agree with hamlet, what are the other two about? ^_^

The Troy Game is a very interesting take on the Game between Ariadne and her brother, Asterion in the Greek (I believe?) culture. The series goes on with them in four different lifetimes, with the same group of people, adding new people, etc. It's phenomenal and I kinda wonder if it has slight otherkin undertones.

Now, the Rhapsody series.. that I'm almost sure does, same with Wheel of Time. I've been reading books for a long time (to make a point, my first word was BOOK!) and these books practically scream it, just with slight differences of course. Neither come right out and say the word but I've found that Tor Fantasy tends to have books that take place in areas I remember.

I even named my kitten Rhapsody after the main character ^_^ acts just like her too.

The people of the ____ series has some extremely interesting points in it philosophically. It gets me in a very "otherkin" mood but for different reasons- It follows native americans and the "Path of the One", which is a parallel to a belief of mine. And actually it's in quantum physics too apparently, I just forgot the term.
2008-07-11 15:04
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The 10th Kingdom (for like the third time!) by Kathryn Wesley

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2008-07-11 15:16
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The Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
God's Debris by Scott Adams

I've got all of these going at once, and I love them all for completely different reasons (although Discworld and the Guide have pretty similar humor)

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2008-07-11 16:26
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flarablaze Wrote:I have to agree with hamlet, what are the other two about? ^_^

I've only just started The Handmaid's Tale, but so far it reads a lot like 1984 by George Orwell (which is an amazing book; quite unnerving, but amazing) so if you've read the latter, you may like the former.

Jane Eyre is a Victorian life-story of an honest young woman set in her beliefs, brought up by her relatives and sent away to a school. She eventually gets a job, makes friends and co-workers, falls in love, etc. The storyline also deals with mental health issues, illness and death, too, so it's not all cheerful, but it's still a very good read. I'm about three-quarters of the way through it now. ^_~

Also, I'll have to read Regeneration by Pat Barker for A2 English Literature - is it any good?


Ohh, and while I'm here and nearly finishing my first year of college, here's what I read for AS Level English Literature:
Spies by Michael Frayn - I wasn't too keen on this book, admittedly. I'm going to try and read some of Frayn's other works sometime, but Spies wasn't really my cup of tea. It's strange 'cause I usually like World War Two stories (for example, Goodnight Mister Tom and Private Peaceful).

The Tempest by William Shakespeare - I really liked studying this play, I thought it was great. The film adaptation we watched was a bit ... strange, but I still enjoyed it.

The World's Wife [poetry anthology] by Carol Ann Duffy - There are some awesome poems in that book, so if you get a chance to read it, I urge you to!

A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde - Um ... I wasn't quite sure what to think about this one. I'd quite like to see how it would be performed live, definitely. It was controversial when it first came out, because of the portrayal on gender inequality and social class. I think research into Wilde's life and into the society at the time will definitely help understanding, if anyone decides to read or study it. ^^;

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2008-07-11 16:38
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Good stuff listed thus far (specifically the 10th Kingdom and anything by Pratchett)

Recently I’ve moved into reading comics more then anything else, though the latest series a friend dragged me into was the Mercy Thompson novels by Patricia Briggs. Currently I’m slowly finishing up the third book, Iron kissed, since the fourth’s not due till February. One can’t go wrong with a sexy, sassy, half Indian all shape shifting coyote mechanic along with her gay cowboy werewolf of a best friend.

Comic wise I’m still really big on:
Bill Willingham’s Fables (characters from fairytales have been living in down town NYC for the past 200 years),
the Luna Brother’s The Sword (Modern day adventure/fantasy that is refreshingly unpredictable),
and Alex Grecian’s Proof (basically, Bigfoot works for ther CIA).

I’m reading a bunch of others also, but those are the top three I dive for every time a new issue comes out.

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2008-07-13 0:31
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haha man, pretty soon here I'm goin to have to get a piece of paper out and write down all the titles.

BTW, I HIGHLY recommend the book By The Light Of The Moon by Dean Koontz, and The Taking by him as well.

I LOVE The Stand by Stephen King

Nora Roberts isn't bad in moderation but after a while her books seem the same (I only read the ones that have something to do with magick in them, the rest are a dime a dozen to me XD)

I've noticed that I only like romances that are NOT by Harlequinn and Silhouette (sp) and are done by different publishers. I love a lot of books by Tor Fantasy and haven't had any complaints yet.. hmmm... OH and the Dragonlance series of the twins and the seasons were good.
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I just read the first 3 books in the Twilight Saga...and adored them. I also read The Historian recently and loved it...read Laurell K. Hamilton's Blood Noir which was far too short! and now I'm on to one of the newer Kathy Reichs books (breaking my vampire trend <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink --> )

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And back to my love of teen fantasy novels. (Long, long explanation as to why I prefer them: it's an English major thing. ^_~) Now I picked up the first in a trilogy that I read in high school and adored: The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce. *claps* I did love that book, and the world she created. *grumbles* Of course, A Gathering of Gargoyles is still sitting there at Hastings, mocking my empty wallet. Mocking it!!!

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