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    You were dissapointed by this one, but not dissapointed enough with the last 4 to realise the next was not worth picking up?

    The first book was somewhat interesting. The next 5 were a travelogue, inventors diary, and literature pornography rolled into one bloated, oversized turd.

    And a little piece of me dies inside when someone says they are reading Goodkind because they like it. Those books are meant to be taken seriously, you know. You wouldn't be the only person who has read them for fun, thinking they were a joke or parody. They arn't. They are 100% suffocatingly serious. Jaw-kickingly serious.

    Anyway, im just starting my re-read of Red Seas Under Red Skies, because Scott Lynch is awesome. Seriously. On par with GRRM and the other top dudes out there, but under-appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazaroz View Post
    Right now I'm reading Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud, when I'm done with that I'll probably read Harry Potter 7 again, before I watch the movie, then I'll read Brisingr again and then Inheritance. After that I might take a look at the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Oh, and I'm probably also gonna read some of the wow books.

    I got it all planned out.
    That reads somewhat like ''Okay, i'm going to go to Macdonalds for some fries, and then after that il probably get another cheeseburger, before i go to KFC and get some chicken. Then il get some Taco Bell, and after that i might dine at my 5 star hotel. Oh, and il probably buy some nachos too.''
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    Quote Originally Posted by Migey View Post
    You were dissapointed by this one, but not dissapointed enough with the last 4 to realise the next was not worth picking up?

    The first book was somewhat interesting. The next 5 were a travelogue, inventors diary, and literature pornography rolled into one bloated, oversized turd.
    I was (vainly) hoping that she might find her way back to how good the first book was. Which I did thoroughly enjoy. Oh well, the books were borrowed anyway, so nothing ventured, nothing gained. Disappointing nonetheless.

    Literature snobbery does make me chuckle a bit.
    In this day and age I'm just happy to see people still enjoying reading, especially youngsters. It's not much encouragement when someone starts looking down their nose at the choice of reading material though.
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    Currently reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and this far (350 pages) it's amazing. Actually a long time ago I read a book this interesting and well-written. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't already read it.

    After this one I will probably continue with World Without End (same author) or perhaps I will give Game of Thrones a shot

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    Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_of_the_Plains

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    I am currently rereading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

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    Just got done reading Choke by Chuck Palahniuk.

    I'm reading Watership Down by Richard Adams now. It's pretty good so far. It's about a group of rabbits fleeing from the intrusion of men who destroyed their home, and their struggle to survive against all the predators that want to eat them and find a place safe enough to make a new home.

    The next book on my list is The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaitlack View Post
    Currently reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and this far (350 pages) it's amazing. Actually a long time ago I read a book this interesting and well-written. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't already read it.

    After this one I will probably continue with World Without End (same author) or perhaps I will give Game of Thrones a shot
    I loved Pillars of The Earth and World Without End. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did
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    Just finished 1984 and Clockwork Orange, i'm rather enjoying my dystopian fictions, can anyone recommend me another?

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    You could try "The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham (the chap who wrote Day of the Triffids, if you aren't familar with him). I read it quite a few years ago, and liked it very much. I think it fits the bill as "dystopian", but apologies if I've missed the mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arlee View Post
    I am currently rereading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
    Ender's Game is one of my favorite scifi books. The second one in the series, Speaker for the Dead is really good too.

    Just finished 1984 and Clockwork Orange, i'm rather enjoying my dystopian fictions, can anyone recommend me another?
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, is pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerath View Post
    I loved Pillars of The Earth and World Without End. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did
    I will be very pleased even if World Without End turns out to be only half as good as Pillars of the Earth has been this far It's a masterpiece!

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    I've just finished The Hobbit & The Silmarillion by Tolkien for the second time and I'm now reading The Feynman Lectures on Physics part 3 for the second time (science book but fun to read imo)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerath View Post

    Literature snobbery does make me chuckle a bit.
    In this day and age I'm just happy to see people still enjoying reading, especially youngsters. It's not much encouragement when someone starts looking down their nose at the choice of reading material though.
    I too am sad at how few people i know who read. And i'm definately the youngest i know of.

    I know it is a little snobby to insult some books, and i try to refrain from it under most circumstances, but there are some exceptions, Meyers, Paolini, and Goodkind being at the forefront of the list. I saw somebody comparing thoroughly mediocre literature with ASOIAF, which, while the latest book has been dissapointing, is easily at the top of the fantasy genre, so i took the opportunity to joke a little bit. I don't truly begrudge people the right to read what they want. Only to say that Goodkind is intelligent and that Meyers can write. (And yeah, i know they were not really comparing the books)

    Edit : How good is World Without End compared to PotE? I enjoyed the first very much (even though Follett may or may not have some sort of rape fetish) but didn't get round to the second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enders View Post
    Finished A Dance With Dragons a week and a half ago, and decided to start reading the Wheel of Time ​series. On the first book right now.

    Edit: Just went back and read the rest of the thread, and holy crap, lot of people are reading ASoIaF right now.
    Yep. The TV series has been a massive boost to sales, which has only multiplied the amount of people religiously suggesting the series to thier friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Migey View Post
    I too am sad at how few people i know who read. And i'm definately the youngest i know of.

    I know it is a little snobby to insult some books, and i try to refrain from it under most circumstances, but there are some exceptions, Meyers, Paolini, and Goodkind being at the forefront of the list. I saw somebody comparing thoroughly mediocre literature with ASOIAF, which, while the latest book has been dissapointing, is easily at the top of the fantasy genre, so i took the opportunity to joke a little bit. I don't truly begrudge people the right to read what they want. Only to say that Goodkind is intelligent and that Meyers can write. (And yeah, i know they were not really comparing the books)

    Edit : How good is World Without End compared to PotE? I enjoyed the first very much (even though Follett may or may not have some sort of rape fetish) but didn't get round to the second.
    Lol, fair enough, we're all entitled to our opinions. I just get a bit... Prickly
    Personally I'm able to enjoy all sorts of books, some with far less literary merit than others

    World Without End compared to Pillars of The Earth... That's a tough one, actually.
    What made PoTE particularly awesome (as far as I'm concerned), was that the premise and backdrop were pretty unique. So, when you pick up World Without End, it doesn't have that novelty factor going for it (it's also based around the building of a cathedral - I can say that much without giving anything away). But the story and characters are just as engaging. Overall, definitely worth picking up, imo. Follett really is good at making me absolutely loathe and detest his bad guys. (have to agree about the rather alarming... fixation O.o )
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    Lets see, right now I am rereading The Hobbit. Have not read it since middle school. Then I might reread American Gods or maybe start the Foundation series by Asimov. Maybe something lighter like Jasper Fforde's 2nd Thursday Next book or The Antipope by Robert Rankin. I have sadly ran out of Christopher Moore books.

    Seems most people here are more into fantasy, not really my thing. More into Sci-Fi or comedy.

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    Not much of a reader,but he was one of my favorite AFL players and it's actually pretty interesting.

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    Paradise Lost and good God it's complex ._.

    (the way it's written)

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    Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park funnily enough. Saw the movie when it first came out decades ago but never actually read the book. Glad to say that the book is miles better and darker than the movie in every aspect.

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    I am reading Warcraft War of the Ancients Archive

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    How did I not know there is a book section.......
    I read a ton (law student, but not only law books). Especially now when it's summer and I can read whatever I want.

    Anyway just now I am reading Stieg Larsson's trilogy called Millenium aswell, just like the OP. It's world wide known. And also it seems to be one of the very few crime/mystery books that came out recently and are actually better than barely average.

    I am about 60% through the last (3rd) book. Dunno which page, I read on Kindle. I must say that I have mixed feelings. I try to never read critics on books before I read them so there is no influence on my judgement (at the very least I am not "looking for" the wrongs some critic described).
    The first book was amazing, the second wasn't *that* great but it was still above average. The last book is just annoying, something that could happen on 15 pages takes up 600. It seems way too long for what it actually offers to the reader and kinda bores me.

    Next I will go for We by Yevgeny Zamyatin because I am a big fan of anti-utopian literature (think Orwell's 1984) and this book is supposed to be one that actually inspired most if not all of the authors (the wiki page says that too). I have no idea how I missed that in literature classes in High school. But no harm done, got all my life to read . Let good books coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerv View Post
    Just finished 1984 and Clockwork Orange, i'm rather enjoying my dystopian fictions, can anyone recommend me another?
    Look at that, just couple posts above me another fan of the same genre! Anyway just to quote what I'm mentioning above:

    Through We, Yevgeny Zamyatin has directly inspired
    - George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.[10]
    - Ayn Rand
    's Anthem,[11]
    - Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed,[12]
    - Aldous Huxley's Brave New World[13]
    - Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano.[14]


    I am about to read We, it's supposed to be great and inspiration for the rest so I guess go for that 1st . I have never heard of The Dispossessed. I read the rest, they are amazing (especially Huxley's Brave New World).
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