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Thread: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Well, I've just finished reading "Eragon"

    Eragon:-
    One boy...
    One dragon...
    A world of adventure.

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will but his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
    Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    "A compelling and action-filled adventure... a galloping good example of its genre" Daily Telegraph

    "This book is an achivement. Readers... will be transported" Sunday Times

    "A stirring fantasy of epic proportions" The Bookseller

    "A portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon... Paolini writes like someone gripped by his own story" Guardian

    Basically, it's about a boy who flies around on his dragon who can do crazy stuff and use magic. He's trying to overthrow the King Galbatorix. Who has controlled the Empire for over a hundred years, Galbatorix was so powerful, he killed all other dragon riders, or they could choose to join him. It's set in an alternate world, with dwarves, elves, and stuff of the sort... xP

    Now, I'm looking for the continuation of Eragon; Eldest... as soon as I find it, I'll post some information about the book..
    Until then, may your swords stay sharp!


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    currently reding Rey Bradbury's "The Sound of Thunder and other stories" (forgive misspellings XP the book isn't in fron of me...lol) It is good so far. The lighthouse story is sad. T_T I( jut love the sound of thunder though. I read it as a junior in HS and never forgot it. So powerful!

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I like all Dan Brown 's novels:

    * The Da Vinci code
    * Angels and Demons (one of the best book I have ever read)
    * Deception Point
    * Digital Fortress

    Also crime detective novels by Agatha Christie (I have almost read and collected about 60 novels) and Erle Stanley Gardner


    And.. Harry Potter of course

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by you_know_who
    [color=navy][color=navy]* Angels and Demons (one of the best book I have ever read)
    I read that one as well and I loved it. The best thing about that book is that the suspense lasted until the very end. I most certainly did not expect that person to be responsible for the whole ordeal.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Just read the Da Vinci code...i thought it fell short of the hype. moving on to digital fortress next.


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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by Bibichan
    I read that one as well and I loved it. The best thing about that book is that the suspense lasted until the very end. I most certainly did not expect that person to be responsible for the whole ordeal.
    Yes, i know, thanks to Khal for recommending it to you and stuff

    i m rereading it in english right now actually ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khal
    Yes, i know, thanks to Khal for recommending it to you and stuff
    And I'm deeply thankful for your recommendation.

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    i m rereading it in english right now actually ^^
    That's good. That means we can discuss it even better and you'll know why I said "Hassassin" and not "Assassin".
    You never get the meaning of something better than in its oroginal language. Plus, I prefer reading English books anyway.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    How long did it take to finish "Angels and Demons" ?
    Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.<br /><br />

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by Rampages
    How long did it take to finish "Angels and Demons" ?
    well it depends. i finished it in 2 weeks, but a friend finished it in 3 days

    but you sure HAVE to read it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rampages
    How long did it take to finish "Angels and Demons" ?
    Normally, I would've needed two or three days to read it, but I had too much stuff to do, so it took me around two weeks. And it probably depends on whether you read it in your mother tongue or not.

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    Ohh...Yeah a friend recommended it to me yesterday, that's why I decided to give this thread a look to see if I would find it ^^

    She said it was better than the Da Vinci Code too, which I haven't read. What's the general theme of Angels and Demons ? What kind of mood does it set ? Depending on your anwser, I might go get it soon

    Ahhh I hate to be lazy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rampages
    Ohh...Yeah a friend recommended it to me yesterday, that's why I decided to give this thread a look to see if I would find it ^^

    She said it was better than the Da Vinci Code too, which I haven't read. What's the general theme of Angels and Demons ? What kind of mood does it set ?
    oh yeah it is..

    but not more controversial than da vinci code of course.

    angels and demons is a story about an organization called Illuminati, which has been trying to destroy vatican for ages.

    and apparently, it's the time now.

    i too, strongly recommend u and the others too read this one;
    believe me, the way the story develops is awesome, u'll be surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by you_know_who
    believe me, the way the story develops is awesome, u'll be surprised.
    More than once.

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    A short history of nearly everything - Bill Bryson

    A very readable intro to science and stuff. If you've always wondered about the Theory of Relativity or Big Bang or Dinosaurs but can't be bothered to read those big & thick text books, then this is a great read. Bill Bryson has even managed to make history of rocks amusing and entertaining.

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    Books, gotta love books.

    Hmm...

    At the moment, I'm reading The Rainbow Opera by Elizabeth Knox. It's pretty good so far.

    The other day I read Stargirl by Jerry Spinnelli. It's a fabulous book, the concept of being different was really appealing and quite heart-warming. It's an easy read (I read it on the ways to my Mum's- 3/4 hours) and certainly well worth a look at.

    I've read the Harry Potter books. Am disappointed. Although, to be fair, J.K.Rowling has encouraged hundreds of children to read... although most of them only read her books

    Poison and The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray are brilliant books by my hero, Chris Wooding <3

    Read Doctor Zhivago about a month ago and, yes it's a good moral book and yet it was disappoitning after seeing the film (which is amazing, by the way) there was almost too much of the political communist aura, which I think undermined all the romance and stuff.

    His Dark Materials and The Sally Lockhart Books by Philip Pullman are well worth a look at, too. He's another book-writing hero of mine x3

    Aww, I fell in love with the Tales of the Otori Trilogy by Lean Hearn. They're hawt. I wish she'd write something else T.T

    Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paollini, fabulous books again, not my style generally, but still very well-written. Aren't they making a film?

    Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis, some of the best children's fanatsy ever written.

    Ooh! Malorie Blackman! The wonderful woman behind the Naughts and Crosses Trilogy! I swear, that lady should be given the nobel prize for literature, they're a work of art.

    When I was younger, I read all of Jacqueline Wilson's books. Now they're a little too young, but still heart-warming to read occasionally. Dustbin Baby and The Illustrated Mum were her best. At about that time, I also aprreciated horesy books, like The Silver Brumby and Spellhorn oh, those were the days x3

    And never forget the classics... The Phoenix and the Carpet, Little Women, Treasure Island, Black Beauty, Moonfleet, Robinson Crusoe...

    Ooh, the Austin novels for something light-hearted like, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility All wonderful.

    Never got into Brian Jacques *shrugs*

    I enjoyed Orwell's stuff, Nineteen-eighty-four and Animal Farm

    Lord of the Flies was... interesting. Can't remember the author's name --;;;

    I've only read Memnoch by Anne Rice, 'twas strange.

    Dracula was interesting. Truly started a phase, neh? xD

    Ah! The Bridget Jones' Diary was brilliantly funny! I was skeptical at first, but it really is geniously funny x3

    Tried reading Asimov's works... got bored. Father is trying to get me to read Foundation and the other stuff... but, well, tried and failed. He likes Dune as well.

    Green Mile By Stephen King was O.O Wow. I want to find Carrie T.T

    Howl's Moving Castle! By Dianne Wynne-Jones! To DIE for! Lovely book x3

    Memoires of a Geisha was good, although after the War, I thought it lacked... a lot. Oh well. Haven't seen the film yet.

    Geisha by Liza Dalby, it's a factual book all about the Geisha culture. Fascinating to read.

    The Dan Brown books have never appealed to me.

    Generally, chick-flicks like The Princess Diaries make me frown. Bleh.

    *Gasp* How could I almost forget Eva Ibbotson! She's behind The Journey to the River Sea and The Star of Kazan (also by Kevin Hawkes) fabulous books.

    Umm... can't thnik of anything else yet, oh well =^.^=

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