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#51 Professor Trelawney

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 09:12 PM

View PostSirius Black, on 17 August 2010 - 08:37 PM, said:

The Robin Hood trilogy of Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck, by Stephen Lawhead. And Harry Potter, or course  :grin: . Do we have any readers of Harry Potter fanfics here?


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:31 PM

I haven't heard of that Robin Hood trilogy. Is it any good?

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 09:35 PM

A friend of mine recomended
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The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket

by Richard Holmes.

He was so kind to lend me his copy and I finished it in less than a week, and it's I recommend it to all you Pirate fans and history buffs  :pir_laugh2:.

It's set the "age of brown bess" from roughly 1700 till the Indian mutiny of 1857.
The book covers everything from tactics and weapons, through everyday life and even the "camp followers" :wink:.

The book is built around (and spiced with) personal diary accounts of individual soldiers of the age.

This book is a a must-read!
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Posted 19 August 2010 - 09:45 PM

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:08 AM

I just finished reading Star Wars: Fatal Alliance, an Old Republic book set during the time frame of the upcoming Old Republic MMO. It wasn't bad for a SW book but I have my doubts any of the characters will appear anywhere else.

Now I'm trying to read through my backlog of Forgotten Realms books. I just started the Cleric Quintet by Salvatore and I'm about halfway through the first book.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 05:11 PM

Currently, I'm reading Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind for the sixth time. I love the Sword of Truth series. are there any Terry Goodkind fans on here?

But I just recently finished Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird for school. IMHO, I like the latter much more. LOTF was alright, but WAY below my expectations.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 04:57 PM

I'm almost finsihed reading the creepily realistic, fo- history book "World War Z" by Max Brooks. It's an excellent read for it's social commentary, realism, and is especially great for those who like zombies or horror novels. Max Brooks also wrote "The Zombie Survival Guide" which is also startingly realistic and very logical in the case of a zombie outbreak.

I also am nearly finished with the Star Wars novel "Republic commando: Hard Contact" for the third time :sweet:


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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:59 PM

I'm halfway through "Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter", the fifth of the six Lucky Starr books by Isaac Asimov. The next will be "Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn".

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 11:35 PM

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 12:46 PM

I finished The Years of Salt and Rice by Kim Stanley Robinson last week, and I loved it.  Some of the last 200 pages became a slog to me, but it had to do with the time-line.  The book took place between 1300-2080 AD, so as the world grew more complicated, the story became more about outlining what had happened.  Still, a fantastic piece of work, and if I were younger-def, who knew little about Asian history, or about world religions, this book would have been in my absolute top 10.  It's strange how alterna-history is lumped in with sci-fi, though there's nothing sciency about it.  Pick it up if you don't know the writer.  It was good enough for me to put the first book of his Mars trilogy in my Amazon cart.  What if 99% of Europe died in the Black Plague?... isn't that interesting?

This week, I dove through a short novel, Philip K. Dick's Now We Wait for Last Year, and it was good.  It's currently published in the U.K.'s Sci-fi masterpiece series, and it probably belongs there.  Dick specialized in paranoid, often drug-addled, near future stories.  This ties a lot of his themes together.  In 2055, Earth is in an alliance with the losing side of an interstellar war.  An incredibly debilitating and addictive drug, JJ-180, allows the user to shift through time.  What does the U.N. leader really know?  Why are there three of him?  Should the protagonist stand by his harpy wife as she suffers a slow death from narcotics?  It's pretty messed up, and the kind of stuff that made sci-fi books feel transversive  in the 60's.  These days, drugs and psychoses in novels are passe.  Not as good as Dick's best (The Man in the High Castle, Ubik, Valis, A Scanner Darkly), but better than a lot of his reissued stuff.  btw, if you didn't know already, he wrote the original stories for Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall, and a pile of other schlock sci-fi movies, and a bunch yet to be made.  Read him now!

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 01:14 PM

View PostSirius Black, on 17 August 2010 - 08:37 PM, said:

Do we have any readers of Harry Potter fanfics here?

Yes!
I currently reading "Harry Potter and the Spiritus Crystalus" on FanFiction.net  :sweet:
It is the sequel to "Harry Potter and Dumbledore's Army" which are both so-called 'alternate universes' of Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. They were also written before HBP came out.
I really recommend it to HP fans :classic:
There's a lot of gore, angst and some 'hints at sex(ual behaviour)', though.

As for 'real books' I'm reading "Star Wars The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance"
I'm not sure in what time it is placed. If it is before or during the game, so to speak.
But I love how the author (Sean Williams) kind of shows the classes from the game, and really sort of explains what it means to be an Imperial Spy, or a Republic trooper for example. It really gives you a clear idea of what to expect when we can finally play the game.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 02:32 AM

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As for 'real books' I'm reading "Star Wars The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance"
I'm not sure in what time it is placed. If it is before or during the game, so to speak.
But I love how the author (Sean Williams) kind of shows the classes from the game, and really sort of explains what it means to be an Imperial Spy, or a Republic trooper for example. It really gives you a clear idea of what to expect when we can finally play the game.

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I am wondering if we will see any of the characters any place else. I know Paul Kemp has an Old Republic book coming out set in the same time frame, but I have no idea if it is a follow up to this one or a stand alone. Also, I wonder if the Jedi Master (forgot her first name) is related to Bastilla Shan (from KotoR)? I thought the droids were an interesting idea though (not overly original, just nothing like them in SW before now).

As for what I am reading, I just finished the second Forgotten Realms Cleric Quintet book, In Sylvan Shadows. That's the 5th Salvatore book in a row so I think I will switch to the Elminster series for now. I've read 67 FR books, but I've got 20 or so sitting around that I haven't read yet.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 10:57 AM

View PostTyrant, on 01 September 2010 - 02:32 AM, said:

I am wondering if we will see any of the characters any place else. I know Paul Kemp has an Old Republic book coming out set in the same time frame, but I have no idea if it is a follow up to this one or a stand alone. Also, I wonder if the Jedi Master (forgot her first name) is related to Bastilla Shan (from KotoR)? I thought the droids were an interesting idea though (not overly original, just nothing like them in SW before now).

I think it's very possible we will come across some of the characters in the game. If that's what you mean at least.
At least Satale Shan (who is indeed related to Bastila), since she is a Grand Master of the Jedi Council, so you may get some quests for her or something. And there is a small profile of her, on the game's official website, so I'd say she's a pretty important character.
And the novel from Paul Kemp, would that be "Deceived", about Darth Malgus from the CGI trailer also called 'Deceived', or the third novel in the making, that has no title and stuff yet?

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:25 PM

I've just finished reading 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy. Depressing and dark (both in setting and tone), regardless I found it a good read. Some describe it as a story of parental love. I'm not a parent - so I couldn't really relate to that aspect of it. However I do work with patients with a terminal illness, so from that perspective, I found the book to be an interesting analogy as to why they continue to go on, despite both their time and hope being limited.

'The Road' gave me some mega nightmares, so now I'm reading some Star Trek Voyager books - 'Homecoming' and 'The Farther Shore' (both by Christie Golden). They are both set after Voyager has returned to the Alpha Quadrant. So far I am finding them light and fluffy, but very enjoyable.

After that I thought I might revisit Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. I realised the other day that I haven't re-read any of them for approximately fifteen years. I love reading! :classic:

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I've just finished reading 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy. Depressing and dark (both in setting and tone), regardless I found it a good read. Some describe it as a story of parental love. I'm not a parent - so I couldn't really relate to that aspect of it. However I do work with patients with a terminal illness, so from that perspective, I found the book to be an interesting analogy as to why they continue to go on, despite both their time and hope being limited.es. I realised the other day that I haven't re-read any of them for approximately fifteen years. I love reading! :classic:

I really like that book.  I was kind of so-so about it for the first 50 pages, then I just loved it.  It's utterly bleak, but beyond that, it becomes an incredible mediation on parental love.  The father does everything possible to nurse hope in his child despite having given up hop himself. There's a relief to me at the end when the situation changes, and the kid can grow.  It's a beautiful book, and I should read more McCarthy books.  I've only read this and No Country

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 03:54 PM

View Postdef, on 01 September 2010 - 03:43 PM, said:

I really like that book.  I was kind of so-so about it for the first 50 pages, then I just loved it.  It's utterly bleak, but beyond that, it becomes an incredible mediation on parental love.  The father does everything possible to nurse hope in his child despite having given up hop himself. There's a relief to me at the end when the situation changes, and the kid can grow.  It's a beautiful book, and I should read more McCarthy books.  I've only read this and No Country

Hey that's how I felt as well. It took me about three days to read the first couple of chapters. I think that if it wasn't written in short paragraphs (almost prose like at times), I might have put it down permenantly. Did you enjoy 'No Country for Old Men'? I thought I might add that too my "to read" list as well.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 03:57 PM

View PostMr McGow, on 01 September 2010 - 03:54 PM, said:

Did you enjoy 'No Country for Old Men'? I thought I might add that too my "to read" list as well.
I enjoyed No Country, but I read it after I saw the film, so it was hard not to see the actors in the roles.  The road is so abstract in its characters (The Man, The Boy) that the imagery was really pure in my head.

What I got of McCormac's writing from the two books is that it is really in the 'show, don't tell' school, never telling you what to think about a scene, just showing it, letting it happen.  It was pretty unique among the fiction I read.  Anyway, the two books made me want to follow him up.  Up until then, I wasn't too interested in neo-western as a genre at all.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:23 PM

View PostCF WeaZZel, on 01 September 2010 - 10:57 AM, said:

I think it's very possible we will come across some of the characters in the game. If that's what you mean at least.
At least Satale Shan (who is indeed related to Bastila), since she is a Grand Master of the Jedi Council, so you may get some quests for her or something. And there is a small profile of her, on the game's official website, so I'd say she's a pretty important character.
And the novel from Paul Kemp, would that be "Deceived", about Darth Malgus from the CGI trailer also called 'Deceived', or the third novel in the making, that has no title and stuff yet?

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I was meaning are we going to see them in other books. If not, it's hard to become interested in them because the book is open ended. I know the open endedness is intentional because the book is a way to introduce people to time frame of the new MMO. It's just that with other characters in the various SW books they either show up again (and again and again) or they have some kind of resolution (or die). Here, not so much. It doesn't make it a bad book if it's viewed as a chunk of the lives of people in this time period in the SW universe, but it's nice to have resolution.

I haven't really looked into the new game that much, but it is nice to know her name isn't just a coincidence. Do they explain who any of her other ancestors were (who hooked up with Bastilla, for instance)?

Yeah, the book with Darth Malgus on the cover is the one I am talking about.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 09:03 AM

View PostTyrant, on 02 September 2010 - 10:23 PM, said:

I was meaning are we going to see them in other books. If not, it's hard to become interested in them because the book is open ended. I know the open endedness is intentional because the book is a way to introduce people to time frame of the new MMO. It's just that with other characters in the various SW books they either show up again (and again and again) or they have some kind of resolution (or die). Here, not so much. It doesn't make it a bad book if it's viewed as a chunk of the lives of people in this time period in the SW universe, but it's nice to have resolution.

I haven't really looked into the new game that much, but it is nice to know her name isn't just a coincidence. Do they explain who any of her other ancestors were (who hooked up with Bastilla, for instance)?

Yeah, the book with Darth Malgus on the cover is the one I am talking about.

Well, in the case of the characters will appear in other books, I have no idea. Sorry. But I do know that "Deceived" will be a prequel to "Fatal Alliance" but I'm not sure that means we will see the characters of FA in it  :sceptic:

And the only possible ancestor I can think of for Satele Shan, would be Revan. But since Bastilla was a very strict Jedi, it doesn't seem she would've hooked up with him, so...

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:32 PM

Just recently bought and read Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex. It's the seventh book in the series, and I highly recommend the series as a whole. My brother has books 1-6 in e-book form on Nintendo DS, and I flip through those occasionally (although I much prefer paper form, carrying a large stack of books to college, many of which are hardcover, is a bit ridiculous).

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 10:55 PM

I finally picked up the last of the Thrawn trilogy, The Last Command. It's pretty good so far, but is sort of contradicted by Attack of the Clones.

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