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    I finished "LOTR - The return of the king" yesterday

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    I've read "Can You Keep A Secret" by Sophie Kinsella
    Not bad at all

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    im reading the first lotr book. what a fairy tale. the movie looked so "realistic" but some details are just hilarious.
    yes dear, i'll be home later

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    lol-that is so true!!!
    anyway, I am working on The Possessed by Dostoevsky:
    "The third of Dostoevsky's five major novels, Devils (1871-2), also known as The Possessed, is at once a powerful political tract and a profound study of atheism, depicting the disarray that follows the appearance of a band of modish radicals in a small provincial town. This new translation includes the chapter "Stavrogin's confession," initially censored by Dostoevsky's publisher"

    that about says it-very interesting, disturbing, and compelling in a strange way


    I recently finished Isaac Singer's "The Slave"-basically about a polish Jew and his forbidden love affair with a gentile woman. Very moving and interesting-I plan to read some more Singer soon, now that I've gotten in to it
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    "Emperor of ocean park" by steven l.carter is a good book.
    "Whattaya lookin' at? You're all a bunch of ****ing assholes. You know why? 'Cause you don't have the guts to be what you wanna be. You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your ****ing fingers, and say "that's the bad guy." So, what dat make you? Good? You're not good; you just know how to hide. Howda lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth--even when I lie. So say goodnight to the bad guy. Come on; the last time you gonna see a bad guy like this, let me tell ya. Come on, make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through; you better get outta his way!"

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    "A Short History of Nearly Everything"
    By Bill Bryson

    A big book which breaks what we know about geology, physics, chemistry, evolution, paleontology and a few more subjects into very clear terms, even to those with only a passing interest in science. It also tells many of the stories of the men who discovered these things, with loads of amusing anecdotes. Highly recommended.
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    I was wondering about buying it....sounds worth it
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    ++ [ originally posted by HWIENIAWSKI ] ++
    I was wondering about buying it....sounds worth it
    I think it is. The stories are really fantastic - science has attracted so many eccentric charactors.
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    wel then I will get it as soon as possible and yes, there are loads of very strange characters in science!
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    anyone who wants to know about eragon can go to www.alagaesia.com

    its fascinating, really. quite similar to LOTR but less heavy usage of english and a slightly different plot.

    what's even better is that the author wrote this when he was only a teenager, and now it's becoming a best seller

    I find it fantastic !!
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    The Forever War
    (SF Masterworks No1)
    by Joe Haldeman


    (First published 1974; this edition published 21 January 1999.)

    "Only a writer as skillful as Haldeman could use war's dark glamour to lure the reader in and then deploy that same fascination to show the effect of this orchestrated barbarism on the human soul. A book about corruption, atrocity, hope, stupidity, and triumph. Throw in faultless advanced military technology, fascinating aliens, and a dangerously believable future Earth, and you have a book that's near perfect."
    - Peter Hamilton (on the back cover of the book)

    He's got it about right too. I bought this wondering if it would just be another Starship Troopers, and to be fair, there was bound to be a certain level of similarity, but it stands alone as a really great SF book, well worthy of being the first book in Orion's SF Masterworks series.

    To sumarise, the story follows a man called Willaim Mandella who is conscripted into the United Nations Expeditionary Force to fight in Earth's first interstellar war. The thing is, relativity tells us that someone moving at close to the speed of light (as he is in between planets) experiences time much more slowly than normal. As such, he comes home to find his civilisation has changed enormously. In an effort to get away from it all, he re-enlists, and winds up fighting again. Because of the huge casualty rate, he quickly becomes a very senior officer, and we get to watch him command as well as soldier.

    The science is very realisticly explained (and generally quite plausable), the charactors are as well-fleshed as necessary without any slowing of the narrative, and the love story is well-written. Haldeman is a Vietnam vetern, and as such writes very convincing battle scenes. The effects of war on the human mind are explored in a story that really is amoung the best anti-war pieces I've ever read. Well-recommended.


    Part of another review:
    First published in book form in 1974, The Forever War had previously been serialised in Analog. The magazine's editor, Ben Bova, rejected the original middle section as too grim for his readers; Haldeman wrote a milder alternative, which became incorporated into the earlier book versions of the novel. Although the excised section had been published independently elsewhere, it wasn't until 1991 that the original version of the novel was published -- the author's cut, if you will -- and this SF Masterworks edition is the first time the definitive version of the book has been published in the UK.

    The Forever War is a Vietnam War novel set in space, although Haldeman accepts that most of today's readers won't make the connection. Regardless of its historical context, the novel stands independently as one of the finest polemical works in science fiction. Through relentless extrapolation of a single science-fictional idea, Haldeman illustrates the grand futility of warfare, the often random chains of events that lead to unthinkable costs (in both financial and human terms).

    Opening in what was, at the time of 'Nam, the near future -- the late 1990s -- the novel has now become a kind of alternative-future history, but it loses little with the passage of time. At first, the story appears to be straight military sf: after discovery of the 'collapsar jump' has made long-distance space travel possible, a colony ship is apparently destroyed by hostile aliens and the Forever War of the title begins. Space exploration immediately becomes a military endeavour, with elite conscripts staking out territory on planets orbiting the collapsars, looking for confrontation with the enemy. Pretty soon, our protagonist, Private William Mandella, is in the thick of the action, a reluctant warrior who just happens to have a knack for survival.

    And then, the big idea kicks in: all that travelling at near the speed of light means that relativistic time dilation carries the soldiers into the future. Every interstellar journey takes the soldiers into a future where the aliens might have had time to develop vastly superior technologies. Every time the soldiers get some R&R they encounter a human society transformed from the one they had known: the equivalent of neolithic hominids thrown into the 20th century.

    And yes, as Peter Hamilton says, the book is near perfect, suffering only a little from the passage of time, and a little more from a sparseness of characterisation that may have been intentional but at times has a distancing effect between protagonist and reader.


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    A prayer for Owen Meany

    By John Irving

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    Come on Nick, post a short blurb at least. What's it about? Did you like it?
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    Miguel Delibes - La Hoja Roja
    *mixed feelings about football at the moment*

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    ++ [ originally posted by mikhail ] ++
    Come on Nick, post a short blurb at least. What's it about? Did you like it?
    Its a John Irving novel: too hard to summarize....

    it made me..laugh out loud.

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    has anyone read 'I know this much is true' by Wally Lamb, its a best seller and everyone said it really gets you going and its extremely good?
    pavel nedved, david trezeguet and mauro camoranesi, you will be sorely missed.
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    From a Buick 8

    From a Buick 8
    King isn't amoung my favourite authors, and I opened this with some reservations, which were totally unfounded. The basic premise isn't that promising. The story revolves around a strange, buick-like thing, stored in a garage at the back of a small police station in Pennsylvania, which occasionally east people and spews out alien creatures. Oh, and the son of a dead cop is curious. Still not convinced? I'm not surprised, but stick with me.
    The narrative device used is interesting. A number of officers tell the young man the story of how his father found the 'Buick', and of his study of it. It's striking how well King wrote the dialogue. Despite the odd laboured effort to inflict the accent on the reader, the stories really leap off the page. I wasn't initially convinced that it could hold my attention, but it did, right up to the point where the narrative reached the present day.
    King's story is an interesting exploration of the very human trait of unsated curiosity. "Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back," is the motto of Curt, the dead officer who's son is being told the tale. His obsession with the 'Buick' would have been easy to overdo, but I like how it was handled.
    As I said, the real weakness of the story is when it reaches the present day. Sandy, our main narrator, waxes lyrical about how some stories don't really have a satisfactory ending to them. I was satisfied at that, ready for another chapter or two along the lines of the actual final chapter. That would have been a good, rounded story, but King, or maybe his editor, decided that a little action was needed. It spoils the shape of the story, and runs contrary to the tone up to then. It just feels like it was put in for the sake of Kings regualr readers, who like their climax to the story to be good and horrifying.
    That said, From a Buick 8 is a good story, with fine dialogue, and a good level of suspense. A decent page-turner.
    3/5
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    Anyone read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown?

    I dont really like reading translated stuff (thats why I read mostly latin/iberic literature), but this one seems really interesting so Im gonna read it in english

    Ive heard its very interesting
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    Ahh i've heard about the Da Vinci Code. Sounds interesting, but i've heard that were some dubious parts of it. I guess i'll have to find out for myself

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    It's rubbish Graham. It insists the same garbage as the Bible Code - that there are messages hidden in a body of literature, whatever it is this time.

    They've applied the same techniques to War and Peace and gotten results - it's random bulls**t.
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