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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41

I could never get through READING Foucault's Pendulum, but I listen to the audio book. And, as a bonus, it's read by Tim Curry.

I love Robert Anton Wilson, so I wouldn't lump him in with the rest of the Templar Conspiracy crap. Someday, I hope to find out there are more volumes of the Historical Illuminatus books.

For cool new version of said stuff, I'd encourage people to check out the comic Rex Mundi from Image Comics. Not only is it all that wacky stuff, but it's set in an alternate timeline where the French still have Kings and what not.



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.10
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    There is???!? Wow, do you know when? I'd have to say it is in my top four or five series of book ever (along with LOTR, Foundation, Belgarad/Mallareon, Ringworld and Dragons of Pern. (maybe that's 5 or 6)
    I loved the concept of the helpless impotentperson getting all that power and the imagry of the second series and the cult like nature of the people bending the sun to their will through the sacrifice of their own bodies.


Actually, according to the author (stephenrdonaldson.com), it's already out and I forgot to mention it in my last post. I've been struggling with whether to pick it up because I hate waiting for the next book in a series, and Donaldson says this one will be a tetralogy and it about killed me waiting for the books in his Gap series. The Land has always fascinated me and I'd rate it second only to Middle-Earth in my list of favorite series. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Covenant's ex-wife and their son and their relationship to Lord Foul as well as how Linden Avery is going to return to the land and use Covenant's white gold ring. Personally, the teaser material up on the website is some of the best stuff I've seen in quite some time and has me hoping that this series is as good as the first 2.

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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.29
    Originally posted by rinberg
    I'm anxiously awaiting the last two books in the Wheel of Time series of books.

Wheel of Time. I don't know how I should feel about this. I'll probably read the next one when it comes out, but I feel a little cheated.

I don't know if you know for sure if the next two are the last, or if you're assuming that it it'll be over soon. All I know is that if the Last Battle happens in the next book, I'd be shocked. There are too many plot threads that are just getting started, and no sign that any closure is about to happen (but frankly, hardly anything has happened in the last 3 books combined, so maybe that's why). I'm genuinely afraid that Robert Jordan will die before he finishes these books. And I know I'm not the only one who has been disappointed with the last couple, looking at how amazon.com's rankings have gone over the last couple books (from 4 stars for book 7 to 1 1/2 stars for book 10).

Oh, good call on the Foundation series.

I've been reading as much as I can by Douglas Adams. I recently read the book that was made from pieceing together unifinished things on his hard drive The Salmon Of Doubt. There were some things I really liked in there. I especially liked some of the parts of the Dirk Gently novel that he was writing when he died. I've read everything in the Hitchhiker's Series (soon to be a major motion picture), as well as Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, but I didn't really understand that until my second time through reading it. I expect I'll read Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul at some point, and I'd also like to read his non-fiction book Last Chance To See.

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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.96

    Originally posted by dragonmount
    There are some tidbits on Robert Jordan in Orbit-Ezine # 75. The first is confirmation that Book 12 will conclude the main sequence.

    "One question we get asked on a weekly basis is 'How long is The Wheel of Time series going to be?' Well, it appears that we might be able to shed some light on that particular issue at last. Latest information from the man himself, Mr Robert Jordan, suggests that book 12 will be the final book of The Wheel of Time."


I didn't really care for the last two books the first time I read them, but after rereading the entire series they seemed to fit a little better. They are still my least favorite of the series, but maybe the margin is a little narrower than before.



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.88
I just finished reading through the FINAL book in the Left Behind series; entitled GLORIOUS APPEARING. While it wasn't what I expected, it was more entertaining than the middle books of the series.



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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.33
AMMENDIUM: Just finished reading Margret Atwood's "Onyx and Crake". It was my first Atwood book I've read, and I have to say the woman writes one cracked out book. I was honestly creeped out by some of the things happening in the book.


SOK, how many books are in the Left Behind series? I've read the first couple, but haven't been able to find the others. I'm interested to see how the ending plays out, especially with the title of the final book being as you said.



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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.88
    Originally posted by El Nastio
    AMMENDIUM: Just finished reading Margret Atwood's "Onyx and Crake". It was my first Atwood book I've read, and I have to say the woman writes one cracked out book. I was honestly creeped out by some of the things happening in the book.


    SOK, how many books are in the Left Behind series? I've read the first couple, but haven't been able to find the others. I'm interested to see how the ending plays out, especially with the title of the final book being as you said.
The final book was number twelve. Yup. They could have done it in six, but they had too many details, too many characters, plot lines, what have you.

While everyone serves its purpose, the middle ones (from Nicolae to The Remnant) all plot at a very very slow pace; I wasn't impressed.

The best two, in my eyes, are the first two.



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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.36
I just finished my M.A. comprehensive exams, so everything I've been reading for the last six months was off a reading list. I've got Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment on deck, though.
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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.43
    Originally posted by bash91
      Originally posted by AWArulz
      There is???!? Wow, do you know when? I'd have to say it is in my top four or five series of book ever (along with LOTR, Foundation, Belgarad/Mallareon, Ringworld and Dragons of Pern. (maybe that's 5 or 6)
      I loved the concept of the helpless impotentperson getting all that power and the imagry of the second series and the cult like nature of the people bending the sun to their will through the sacrifice of their own bodies.


    Actually, according to the author (stephenrdonaldson.com), it's already out and I forgot to mention it in my last post. I've been struggling with whether to pick it up because I hate waiting for the next book in a series, and Donaldson says this one will be a tetralogy and it about killed me waiting for the books in his Gap series. The Land has always fascinated me and I'd rate it second only to Middle-Earth in my list of favorite series. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Covenant's ex-wife and their son and their relationship to Lord Foul as well as how Linden Avery is going to return to the land and use Covenant's white gold ring. Personally, the teaser material up on the website is some of the best stuff I've seen in quite some time and has me hoping that this series is as good as the first 2.

    Tim


Finished it a while ago. It's really quite good. I was afraid it'd be a case of David Eddings Disease, where an author keeps revisiting his popular series not because he has any real stories to tell, but because he doesn't know what else to do -- but it's fresh and innovative enough to settle my fears on that score.

Donaldson does spend a lot of time retelling / re-hashing what happened in the first couple of trilogies, but given how much time has passed in the real world since White Gold Wielder was published, I think that's forgivable.

Anyway, I just finished Guns, Germs, and Steel and I'm about 200 pages into Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which is really very terrific and which you should be reading now.



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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
I've been trying to shy away from in-progress series lately as I've got the Wheel of Time, Lord of the Isles and Sword of Truth all waiting on the next paperback. All are enjoyable, but I've started looking to new (at least to me) authors, even if I'm looking at 2-3 day reads. A few recent ones I've enjoyed:

"Dhampir", "Theif of Lives" by Barb & JC Hendee. The back cover says it all: Lord of the Rings meets Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Fun stuff.

"Dead Witch Walking" by Kim Harrison. Set in Cincinnati (yay!), a witch becomes a bounty hunter with a vampire and a pixy as partners.

"Heroics for Beginners" by John Moore. Very, very quick read. A pretty much Monty Python take on Hero challenges the Evil Overlord to save the kingdom and win the girl with the help of the Handbook of Practical Heroics.

"Through Wolf's Eyes", "Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart", "Dragon of Despair" by Jane Lindskold. Fun story about a girl raised by wolves and has a talent to talk to animals.

I still also read the Redwall books as they come out in paperback.



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.96
    Originally posted by HairRaiser
    I've been trying to shy away from in-progress series lately as I've got the Wheel of Time, Lord of the Isles and Sword of Truth all waiting on the next paperback. *SNIP*


I liked the Sword of Truth series when I started it, but it seemed like the last two or three books were a little preachy for my tastes. Terry Pratchett started a good thing, but he should have known to stop a couple back.

Now, Wheel of Time seems to have plenty of story left, but Jordan is just having trouble getting to all of it. Hopefully, the next book will be as action-packed as it is rumored to be.

I hadn't heard of Lord of the Isles, but based on your taste in books I'll have to give it a try.

Has anybody read George R.R. Martin's series? I've heard some good things about it, but I don't know the literary preferences of the people recommending it. I think I can get a better feel for what you guys like than I can some completely anonymous person.



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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.26
    Originally posted by El Nastio
    AMMENDIUM: Just finished reading Margret Atwood's "Onyx and Crake". It was my first Atwood book I've read, and I have to say the woman writes one cracked out book. I was honestly creeped out by some of the things happening in the book.


I just finished reading Oryx and Crake... it blew my mind. Easily my favourite novel by Atwood. A must read for anyone who likes Dystopian literature.

(edited by Stilton on 8.12.04 0320)


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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.33
    Originally posted by SOK
      Originally posted by El Nastio
      AMMENDIUM: Just finished reading Margret Atwood's "Onyx and Crake". It was my first Atwood book I've read, and I have to say the woman writes one cracked out book. I was honestly creeped out by some of the things happening in the book.


      SOK, how many books are in the Left Behind series? I've read the first couple, but haven't been able to find the others. I'm interested to see how the ending plays out, especially with the title of the final book being as you said.
    The final book was number twelve. Yup. They could have done it in six, but they had too many details, too many characters, plot lines, what have you.

    While everyone serves its purpose, the middle ones (from Nicolae to The Remnant) all plot at a very very slow pace; I wasn't impressed.

    The best two, in my eyes, are the first two.


*grumble*. I just finished listening to Nicolae last night. My first foray into audio books has been this series. As I was listening to Nicolae, I was thinking can we please stop with all the recapping already. Now as I get ready to listen to Soul Harvest sounds like I'm in for the same.

I tried reading the Wheel of Time series and got about 200 pages in and just couldn't stand it anymore, as I felt the pace was terrible. Maybe I could break through the barrier but from talking to a friend who is current with the series, the one problem Jordan has is pacing, so I'm not sure I want to.

For off the wall material the two authors I've enjoyed most this year would be Dave Barry (his two fiction books) and Christopher Moore (with titles like "The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Island", "Island of the Sequined Love Nun", and the one I've just started reading "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal")

I also really enjoy the Matthew Scudder and Bernie Rodenbahr stuff from Lawrence Block. The one exception to that is "Hope Dies" (his most recent Scudder novel) which I thought was terrible.





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