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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? )

    for me, it was just too wordy, even the bloody scenes or action scenes still felt like words describing it (this probably doesn't make sense, meh, but I don't know how else to describe it), lol. Also, it's vocabulary is quite challenging hehe.

    a good name to use for the creature, and which is used in the book, is (the) "Wretch".

    (sadly, most adaptations of Frankenstein get it completely wrong, thinking that Frankenstein is the creature, sighs)

    (the) creature: the "Wretch", the victim of Humanity's evil...

    Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein, the HUMAN scientist, the real monster of the story...

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    I bought and own/have the book, so I can look up anything at any time, so my failing memory isn't too big of a deal as I can refresh myself on whatever topic or chapter-page number, hehe.
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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein book is so cool - some time ago it was my favourite book but I'm writing this post <maybe I will go a little offtopic, so very sorry> because the movie adaptation of this book <and there's at least one major difference between the book and the movie but it doesn't diminish anything, without spoilers> I consider in my list of book adaptions as EQUAL to the original, that is book. Also, if someone is fan of De Niro, he plays.. "Frankenstein"'s creature. This is probably one of the few such occurences when I recommend both ^^
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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    speaking of humanity's evil and stuff, or monster-people, has anyone here read "The Picture Of Dorian Gray"?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by baboysai View Post
    speaking of humanity's evil and stuff, or monster-people, has anyone here read "The Picture Of Dorian Gray"?
    I haven't read it, no. Do you recommend it? And it sounds so familiar, as though I might have picked it up on a shelf before. Is it a classic?

    And YES, juUnior, you have that right. I absolutely loved Frankenstein as well. I was hooked from the very first chapter when I read it last year around Halloween. You mentioned the film, but I've never seen it. I don't think I would want to spoil the image I have in my mind though, so I might just skip on it unless you insist.

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    Started Reading "Grimm's Fairy Tails" by the brothers Grimm...wow the Fairy Tales of the childhood are quite cool and unexpected =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naomidee View Post
    I haven't read it, no. Do you recommend it? And it sounds so familiar, as though I might have picked it up on a shelf before. Is it a classic?
    I think it's a classic, yeah. It's a mindf*ck for me, but maybe because I'm stupid, lol. It's supposed to have all these underlying meanings about corruption of morality, etc. How one becomes something truly dark from being so beautiful at the start, or something to that effect.

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    speaking of Grimm's Fairy Tales, when you do read them, the original versions, you'd think "why did they ever tell these to children?" because they're quite dark and creepy and violent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboysai View Post
    speaking of Grimm's Fairy Tales, when you do read them, the original versions, you'd think "why did they ever tell these to children?" because they're quite dark and creepy and violent.
    Different ages me would guess, at the time they were written the children were more mature and less sheltered than today, so Walt Disney decided to make them more appropiate but I have to say the brothers werent called Grimm for nothing, and they really know how to use paper and pen

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    I'll put The Picture of Dorian Gray on my list then. From the way you describe it, the book seems to be something I would enjoy.

    I've started a novel called Lolita by a Russian author. I'm just in the first chapter, but I like the writing so far.

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    I've finished Blue Bloods and Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz. So far only those two books available here on my country from that series. I gotta continue with the third book of Mysterious Benedict Society, but well, kinda dragged it for this time. ^^"

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    Naomi, Lolita is a classic, I believe. ^^

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    Reading Darke by Angie Heap. Anyone here reading Septimus Heap series?
    The story is kinda childish, I know but it's great in unique ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yukihime03 View Post
    Reading Darke by Angie Heap. Anyone here reading Septimus Heap series?
    The story is kinda childish, I know but it's great in unique ways.
    I am reading septimus heap page whatnot of the first book but i cant seem to get involved in it, written in a beautiful way and my friend loves it so she lent it to me but its so tiring and sometimes the writing seems to not flow. But it is quite imaginative so im not giving up on it yet...the funny thing is that the adults seem to act more childishly than the kids

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    Quote Originally Posted by yukihime03 View Post
    Reading Darke by Angie Heap. Anyone here reading Septimus Heap series?
    The story is kinda childish, I know but it's great in unique ways.
    I just read some Septimus Heap books last week, (Magik, Flyte, and Physk). I liked what i read but i didn't get the feeling that the plot was really going anywhere. I'd be interested to hear what you think of the books after those(in vague terms of course). Should i continue reading?

    I'm not to picky about what section of of the bookstore something comes from. Kid's Books, Adult Books, it's all the same to me. If a story is good and the characters are good i want to read it.

    I've been reading through looking for decent fantasy books of all kinds to fill the Harry Potter void lately. Here's some of what i've read and my thoughts on each one.

    (note: There are no actual spoilers in those tag's i just did made those to prevent this post from consuming a whole forum page)

    Spoiler: Dresden Files series show

    Spoiler: Ranger's Apprentice series show


    Spoiler: Codex of Alera series show


    Spoiler: The Bartimaeus Trilogy show


    Spoiler: Sword of Truth series show


    Spoiler: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series show


    Spoiler: The Kane Chronicles Series show


    Spoiler: Inheritance Cycle series show


    Spoiler: Artemis Fowl show


    Spoiler: Seven Realms series show


    Spoiler: Nightside series show


    Spoiler: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel show


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    So those are the series i've been through recently if anybody knows of any other good books, preferably witty ones with a decent amount of humor, but anything with likeable characters will do.. Please let me know, i read to fast for my own good. And, though i generally prefer fantasy, i read Sci-Fi too.

    Though I generally don't like fantasy books that are all drama and political intrigue("Game of Thrones" for example). Kinda cuts into the sense of fun and adventure that i like in a good book.
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    of all those, I only read Artemis fowl up to the 5th book. I do love the series. I love the protagonist Artemis. And though it would be excellent unique movie material, people are scared that children might emulate his example. That he is a young teenager that decides to kidnap and hold someone for ransom is just not... ideal. Very interesting and refreshing.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by baboysai View Post
    of all those, I only read Artemis fowl up to the 5th book. I do love the series. I love the protagonist Artemis. And though it would be excellent unique movie material, people are scared that children might emulate his example. That he is a young teenager that decides to kidnap and hold someone for ransom is just not... ideal. Very interesting and refreshing.
    Yeah, those books are definitely worth a movie adaptation. I think people who are worried about children emulating him are just being silly. After all much of the story is Artemus's grappling with his own morality, if anything i would think that would be a good example for young children.

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    A few other series i forgot to put on my other list....
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    Spoiler: The Last Apprentice series show


    Spoiler: Chronicles of Black Company series show
    Last edited by Jammin; July 19, 2011 at 11:29 AM.
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