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The Gates of Horn and Ivory

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  1. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    That sounds very interesting!
     
  2. mediumrare

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    The book unfortunately seems to have had an effect on the level of language I try to use while writing. Sorry for the floridity there.
     
  3. Crazy Dave Number 23

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    Haha, that's no trouble. I used to pride myself in writing and speaking in such a way myself, but I am years out of practice and amenable company. It is refreshing to see.
     
  4. Umaeril

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    I can't read that kind of stuff. I am very impatient with dense words that are there for the sake of imparting some sense of depth. I used to be able to read all sorts of things, anything, I was avid about reading. Now I just study Hindi in my spare time instead of reading. That being said, I wish I could read a book like that now. Perhaps when I retire and have all the last of my time in this world I will pursue dense "literary" books again. I know there are many I will read over for sure.
     
  5. Entervixen

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    So A Game of Thrones, while good, is taking a back seat to On Basilisk Station because I really need a science fiction fix right now. And it's military science fiction, my personal favorite, with a truly badass female lead. I started the book ages ago but hadn't gotten around to finishing. So I downloaded it for free (legally! God bless the Baen free library) and blew through a quarter of the book in two days. I'm nearing the end now, and I'm really enjoying it.

    As far as A Game of Thrones is going, I'm enjoying the book a lot more than the tv series. It's well written; you can tell it was written by an intelligent, well educated man. My only complaint is trying to keep track of all the characters, but that will get easier as I read more. I definitely approve so far.
     
  6. EthanDirtch

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    OMG YOU MUST FINISH A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE (series name of Game of Thrones, which is now the accepted series name for all the NEWBIES introduced by the HBO series)

    Right now been reading the series, 'Malazan Book of the Fallen', and I'm now on the fourth book, "The House of Chains". High-fantasy series by Steven Erikson.
     
  7. Umaeril

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    Right now I am reading PS Your Cat is Dead.
     
  8. hiyayaywhopee

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    Finished A Dance with Dragons, which is the fifth book of ASoIaF, a little while ago. I'm starting to become desensitized to George RR Martin doing terrible things to his characters. I can't form an emotional connection with you you'll just die anyway
     
  9. Crazy Dave Number 23

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    I am still slowly going over The Great Big Book of Horrible Things by Matthew White, which basically goes over every loss of life of over 250k people that has documentation. I followed his website for around a decade and always found it interesting, so decided to support him by buying his book. There isn't much in here that isn't familiar to me because I've read a lot of history, but there are interesting bits that apply to modern times I wasn't aware of. I have had it for a few months, but only read it while eating breakfast.

    I also just got Soldaten in the mail, which is a particular account of German WWII POWs. I guess sometime in the past decade or two, some guys stumbled upon all the American and British recordings of POWs. There have been a few books of things over the years, but this latest one supposedly captures casual conversation (because the recordings were secret according to the authors) and is supposed to capture what the common German soldier felt. Like what he felt about the war, about Hitler, about the Jews... it is supposed to get into their mentality and reveal why they behaved as they did. And from there support or deny the theories floating around. Just following orders vs. embodying the social idea of a soldier vs. embracing the dark side of human nature, etc. I've only so far read the intro/ preface stuff, since I am busy trying to catch up in my classes.
     
  10. Entervixen

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    So I finished reading On Basilisk Station by David Weber and damn that was a good book. Honor Harrington (the main character) is a freaking badass. I want to be her when I grow up. The second book is available for free as well as the first, so I snagged that one from the website too. Still working on A Game of Thrones. It's great until my brain gets full, and words start dropping out my ears. Then I have to take a break. Maybe I'll finish it by end of next year lol.
     
  11. Umaeril

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    What is the Weber book about, is that science fiction? I am sure I have heard that, I think I read that actually!!!!!! Is she like military? I read that book it's a good one.

    I confess I am reading that first True Blood book, the first and most likely the only one I will read. It's clever but not great writing. I don't know what I'll read next.
     
  12. Entervixen

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    David Weber does military science fiction. Honor Harrington is a commander in the Royal Manticoran Navy and gets "demoted" to the worst patrol in Manticoran space, and then fucks shit up for the people trying to fuck shit up in that region of space. :D I really loved it, I love strong female characters, and I love military science fiction, so it's a natural fit. I actually had plans to join the navy when I turned 18 actually. That got shut down when I was diagnosed bipolar, though.

    I tried reading the first True Blood book years ago. I screamed and threw it after about fifty pages and didn't pick it back up. The problem I had was the concept was interesting, I just *hated* the execution. *gag*
     
  13. Umaeril

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    I was in the Naval Reserves. :)

    I finished the first True Blood book, I'm not going to read any more of them, they are not very good, at least that one is not. I took out the Hunger Games from the Kindle lending library so it's free. I'll read that and then skip on to something else. I thought Weber did a great job on Honor Harrington. That book left an impression on me. I'd read it again, I have it in paperback in the library downstairs I am pretty sure.
     
  14. Entervixen

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    That's awesome. :) I wanted to join because my grandpapa (my dad's dad) served in the Navy for a long time, 42 years total I think is what my aunt said. And while my dad might not have been the greatest influence in my life, I always looked up to Grandpapa and wanted to do him proud. Having said that, he was proud of me regardless. :)

    So I picked up a bunch of books for my kindle a couple days ago and I'm currently reading through The Phantom Tollbooth, heh. Other books I got that day include: The Secret Books of Paradys (complete) By Tannith Lee, The Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee, Alanna The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. A few teen books in there, the two by Tamora Pierce are among my favorite books still and I never read A Wrinkle in Time so I decided to give it a try.
     
  15. Umaeril

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    I remember A Wrinkle in Time, I loved that book as a kid. No idea how it stands up as an adult, you'll have to let me know. I have read they Paradys books or one of them. Have you read Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee or Biting the Sun? Those are better books. But I like most of her work. Let me know what you think about what you are reading.
     
  16. Entervixen

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    I will let you know what I think when I read that one. Out of the new stuff I started with The Phantom Tollbooth, and it's actually taught me a few words I didn't know (and one I had run across before but didn't know the meaning to). I felt both stupid and excited. Stupid because I feel like I should have known those words (it's a kids book after all) but also excited because words are awesome and I love learning new ones.

    As for Tanith Lee, I haven't read much of her work, but I have enjoyed that which I have had to opportunity to. I've read all the Paradys books, Black Unicorn, most of another one of the Unicorn books in that series (I would have finished it but I didn't get the chance, it was borrowed from the library while staying with my aunt years ago), and Electric Forest, which is my favorite by her so far and one of my favorite books overall in fact. Fun fact about that one; my father-in-law and I have remarkably similar tastes in books, and that is a favorite for both of us. Whenever we see each other I'm guaranteed at least another good recommendation, and oftentimes a few books for me to read too. He was really excited when he first found out what kinds of books I enjoy, because my husband doesn't usually read science fiction, and certainly not military science fiction, and my mother-in-law isn't much of a reader at all (neither is my sister-in-law, now that I think about it).
     
  17. Murf

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    I started reading a wrinkle in time like once when I was in 6th grade but somehow never finished it, oh well.

    I just finished reading To the Other which is a nice introductory text to Emmanuel Levinas.
     
  18. Umaeril

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    I just finished the the Hunger Games trilogy. Wow, it was really good. Had some flaws but overall, very good for the genre.
     
  19. Crazy Dave Number 23

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    I am trying to rad The Grapes of Wrath. Too busy with other reading though. In HUM 160 (Holocaust Lit) I've read Wiesel's Night and Levi's Survival in Aushwitz. Curious about reading the sequel to that one, about his journey from the concentration camp back home to Italy. And read most of A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide. That one is typical 'Murica stuff that no one enjoys reading. Now were are going into film, then poetry, and lastly we will read the graphic novel Maus. Not getting depressed because this class doesn't get as historically deep as my own reading did. This is mostly about what people wrote about their experience which just, uh, tragically sounds like typical (in)human behavior.
     
  20. Entervixen

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    I'm slowly but surely working my way through Game of Thrones and Starship Troopers, but I am almost done with The Phantom Tollbooth. It's really cute, I am actually enjoying it quite a bit. I got a free copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on my kindle just now, adding that to the top of my to read list once The Phantom Tollbooth is done with. As far as Game of Thrones is considered, I'm loving it, and as far as Starship Troopers is concerned, well the awesomeness of the book is driving home how abysmal the movie was. Damn that was a bad movie.
     

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