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post May 5 2007, 09:53 PM
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Title explains it all. Follow this format please:

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Title: Dance Dance Dance
Author: Haruki Murakami
Pg #: Close to 300-ish
Opinions: Oh god this is a fantastic book. I've only read one Murakami book in the past (Norwegian Wood) and this is FAR trippier! Absolutely stunning and crazy. He just has the most amazing ability to create these insane worlds in Japan that FEEL so normal but...aren't? Well, I love it and suggest everyone to check out Murakami's work!!!!


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post May 5 2007, 09:58 PM
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Suppose for a Literature Forum, this is the kinda thing should be stickied.

Title: Executive Order
Author: Tom Clancy
Current pg. number: 1100ish
Opinions thus far: Well this is my second read through - its about 1250 pages. Awesome book in an awesome series. Just looking for the ones my dad doesn't have now really.


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post May 6 2007, 02:42 PM
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Title: One door away from heaven
Author: Dean Koontz
Current pg. number: 248
Opinions thus far: i've taken ages to read this book, mainley cause i have been putting college and work before it, but i have reading spurts. I love it basically, his books are so gripping and interesting, this doesnt differ one bit.


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post May 6 2007, 06:43 PM
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Title: Halo - First strike
Author: Eric Nylund
Current pg. number: 213
Opinions thus far: Pretty good, I preffer Eric (Fall of reach, first strike, ghosts of onyx) to William (The flood) so I'm generally rather pleased with it so far.
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post May 6 2007, 11:26 PM
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Title: Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country.
Author: Rosalind Miles
Pg. #: 1 :3
Opinions: Well, I haven't officially started it but I've read past Miles work and enjoyed it quite immensly. She writes English historical fiction which is something I just gobble up whenever I have the chance. I also REALLY love Arthurian mythology.
Last book finished: Dance dance dance by Haruki Murakami. Fucking amazing. I might have to reread it to really understand what happened--it is that insane and awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on his other works.


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post May 7 2007, 12:28 AM
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Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Current pg. number: 160
Opinions thus far: I don't like it just like any other book that I have to read for school. >.>
Last book finished: Don't remember.


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post May 7 2007, 12:34 AM
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Title: Ice Station
Author: Matthew Reilly
Current pg. number: 401
Opinions thus far:

One of the best books I've ever read. READ IT if you already havn't. Its an action thriller with all the stuff you'd expect from a hollywood blockbuster (mysteries, never-ending-action) but its MUCH longer and much more intricate.

Last book finished: Halo : The Fall of Reach


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post May 7 2007, 02:02 PM
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Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult
Current pg. number: 100
Opinions thus far: I thumb through the book quickly on my first read and now I'm reading through it once again page by page. Currently, I'm on a reading spree for Picoult's books. I wanted somethig simple to read and focuses on relationship, so I pick out this book randomly from the bookstore. A pretty good read with an unexpected twist in the end.

Last book finished: Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Another book I'm definitely re-reading after I'm done with this one. Though the movie wasn't bad but the literary value of the book was way better.


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post May 8 2007, 12:51 AM
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Title: Bag of Bones
Author:Stephen King
Current pg. number:??
Opinions thus far:...im re-reading some pages since i never finished it but its ok...not that interesting still, but it'll get better...hopefully
Last book finished:dont remember...i think it was the portrait/picture of dorian grey (oscar wilde)...



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post May 8 2007, 01:00 AM
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Aorin: I've heard a lot about that book and have seen it on the Bestseller's shelf over at Barnes and Noble...is it purchase worthy or just library worthy?


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post May 8 2007, 07:22 AM
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Title: Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm
Author: Murray Bookchin
Current page number: 36
Opinion thus far: It's great. The constant ass-ripping and brutal pwnage of the reactionary, pseudo-anarchist, lifestylist garbage that Bookchin commits throughout the course of the book is quite enjoyable.
Last book finished: I believe it was Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory and Practice by Rudolph Rocker


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post May 8 2007, 10:32 AM
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Reading two books at a time: one fiction and one non-fiction

Title: "Young Adam"
Author: Alexander Trocchi
Page number: 76

Opinion thus far: I find it good, although not as captivating as the movie adaptation (a rare thing). The style is excellent at times (I thought the first paragraphs where daring and pretty close to genius, especially after having read Camus' "The Outsider" which present several similarities, in particular regarding the use of first person narration), but gets sloppy at others. It's difficult to know if it should be recommended or not to others: it's the kind of story you'll either love or hate, and it's much more an intellectual journey than an emotional one, again not everyone's cup of tea (that's where the movie is stronger than the book, IMO)

Last book finished: "The Outsider" by Albert Camus


Title: "Jomon Reflections: Forager Life and Culture in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago"
Author: Tatsuo Kobayashi
Page number: half-way through the book
Opinion thus far: there are very little accessible and up-to-date sources in English on Japanese prehistory, but this one is one of the few exceptions. It's better to have some basic knowledge of the Jomon period as it is not as systematic examination of it, but rather it tries, starting from observations on Jomon's most popular feature, its pottery, to draw the portrait of the ancestors of the Japanese people

Last book finished: "Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web (3rd edition)" by Hakon Wium Lie and Bert Bos
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post May 8 2007, 04:31 PM
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QUOTE(Michiko @ May 8 2007, 01:00 AM) *

Aorin: I've heard a lot about that book and have seen it on the Bestseller's shelf over at Barnes and Noble...is it purchase worthy or just library worthy?

I take it you are refering to Perfume. IMO, it is purchase worthy, and I wouldn't mind such a book to be in my personal library. Like most literary work, it has good imagery, realistic description, though don't expect too much action within the book and it feels as through it is being narrate to us. The story focal point is to explore how fundamental is scent to us, and to see to through the eyes of man who places the importance of olfactic above all others senses. An interesting topic to explore as we mostly perceive the world through sight, touch and hearing. Otherwise it explores themes of identity and human morality.

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post May 8 2007, 08:34 PM
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Oh, I'm sorry for not specifying before! I actually meant the Picoult book!


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post May 9 2007, 04:09 AM
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Hehe... sorry, I went through the list of books that you've read and I thought Perfume is more of your taste. My bad XP

Hmm.. for Picoult's book. I'm quite on the fence for this particular novel. I would consider her other books library-worthy and something you should pick and read for once or twice but not actually buying it. But this one is a little different, mainly because I regard this as her best book by far. Quite a light read, nothing too complicated but plot was engaging, gripping and makes you want to continue reading -- which is why I skim through the book as fast as I could on my first run. A heart-wrenching story about family ties within a dysfunctional and tragic family who truly strive to work as a unit, but sufferes from a lot of complications. We get to look at the perspective of each character individually whether the children or the parents. Such stories almost work fine with me cause I can identify with many of the themes easily.

Thus I consider this book purchase-worthy, as for her others, they are interesting read as well but not as good as this one.


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post May 10 2007, 07:15 AM
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I finished Ice Station. Once again, I recommend it to anyone who likes any sort of action in a novel. smile.gif

I've been trying to get Halo : First Strike for a while now, but I can't find it. I'll move on to HP5 for now. I want to read 5 and 6 again before 7 comes out. Not long to go. biggrin.gif


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post May 12 2007, 09:28 AM
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Title: LOTR trilogy (3 books in one)
Author: J.R.R Tolkien
Current pg number: Cba to go upstairs and check, but im towards the end of the two towers.

Opinions so far: It is incredibly well written, with a great sense of description and storytelling. However, the first half of the the fellowship.. is not that engaging but once the fellowship has been formed the book really starts to take off. The highlight for me at this point has been the battle at helms deep. I love the movie but the book is definitely superior.


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post May 12 2007, 04:13 PM
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Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Current page number: 149
Opinion so far: Not what I had expected. Rather boring.


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post May 12 2007, 09:37 PM
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I actually liked Brave New World!! It's got some neat things. I like 1984 by George Orwell better though---it's along the same lines.

@Marblefirst: I LOVED the first book out of the trilogy but I could not stand all the battle scenes in the rest of the books so I gave up. I don't like action books.


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Title: Gerald's Game
Author: Stephen King
Current pg. number: 280ish
Opinions thus far: King has put out better works, but still an entertaining read. I just finished reading an extremely gore-filled part of the book, it was a lot even for traditional King material. I want to read all of his works eventually. I've done about 25 or so now.
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