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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? )

    ^ been reading the songs of ice and fire as well. can't believe what GRRM did in the last book.
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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I'm currently reading Rodger Jelazny's Amber Cronicles. Currently reading Merlin's cicle and particularly the Sign of Chaos. I really like these books. Absolutely classics of fantasy.
    The only thing that I regret is the absense of Corvin in the last books.

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    I recently purchased The Boredom, The Sigh, and also The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, so currently I'm re-reading The Melancholy. When I first got the book I wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a very well-written and fun book to read! I also really like the minimalist cover design the English translations of the books recieved!

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    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is easily my favorite book of all time. I would describe it is realistic fantasy. Rothfuss sticks to the rules of his universe and has never dug himself into a hole that couldn't be explained by the cannon. It has magic, romance, and wonderful secrets. Most of his time revolves around his tenor at the University. This isn't Harry Potter, it's much better.

    The Dresden Files is a series of books by Jim Butcher. Butcher is very witty and funny in his writing though the plot remains serious and dark. It is about a wizard turned private investigator and although there are some deus ex machina involved in some of the novels, all in all it is a very pleasant romp.

    The Codex Alera is another series by Jim Butcher that has a very, very mediocre beginning. Thankfully the books get better and better, I'm talking about exponentially so. At the end of the seven book series I would easily declare it one of the best series I've ever read along with The Dark Tower series and The Harry Potter series. A guess at the plot? The series was concieved when a fan of Butcher asked him to write a book by mixing the movie 300 with Pokemon. The main character Tavi is the only boy in the known world without any special abilities...it's great.

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    Ive been reading les miserable but its so tiring i have to take some time on it meanwhile Diana Wynne Jones books are keeping me company

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ashher View Post
    ^ been reading the songs of ice and fire as well. can't believe what GRRM did in the last book.
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    I was about about 2/3 way through the Wind-up Bird Chronicles, before leaving to travel. Now that I'm back I've put it on hold for South of the Border, West of the Sun, Also by Murakami. Which shouldn't take long.

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    Finished Eona, didn't end as nicely as i would have wanted, left a bit of question marks but it was overall a very brilliant read.

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

    I'm reading a lot of mysteries lately. Right now I'm almost finished with The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell. I know it's the last book in the series, but it was the only one the library near my work had. (The bigger library has several more novels in stock but is further away.) I find the pace to be rather slow, and personally I felt that it could have been shorter by cutting superfluous descriptions.

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    I finished Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella Bird and have started on Chrysanthemum and the Sword by Ruth Benedict.

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

    I bought The Trial by Franz Kafka for my father today and read a little before the bus arrived. A very interesting book, I'm definitely going to read it when he's done with it!
    Last edited by Crude; September 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM.

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    I almost finsihed The Power of Three from Dianna Wynne Jones and I am already mind blown by it's genius

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CrudeCross View Post
    I bought The Trial by Franz Kafka for my father today and read a little before the bus arrived. A very interesting book, I'm definitely going to read it when he's done with it!
    Please notify me when you finish it, I am so eager to discuss my favorite book with someone.

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    Oh, yeah I finished the The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, the best thing since The Trial for me, if anyone is looking for these things combined in one thing should certainly try this out: satire, religion, romance, philosophy, Cats.

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    ^ I noticed that your username is the name of the The Trial's main character.

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

    Stumbled upon William Gibson by chance...his idea of cyberpunk definitely appeals to me, but I have to see what he has to offer story-wise...never knew he wrote Johhny Mnemonic though, I was surprised

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    A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords. I'm about half-way through it. Awesome series although sometimes a little melancholic at times. I'm already worried about that long gaps between novels Martin has for when I catch up to the 5th one.

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