Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by TheCanadian, Feb 12, 2012.
You will have to wait now, he takes a long time.
Did I read "Winter's Heart"?
Like about dream worlds in icy lands, green opulets, battle for power, girl bosses, .....?
It's the 11th book of "The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan. Oddly enough it does contain some of those things.
Thanks for the info on the last three books.
Maybe HBO will encourage him to write a little faster.
Like a really LONG book, maybe 700 pages?
Got into it heavy by page 30, great read. Gotta look up Jordan in Border's books.
Yep, it is that long. I can't imagine reading it not having read the preceding 10. I would have been totally lost.
Here is a link to information on the series:
The first four books were riveting for me. Then it tapered off a bit.
I hope so, the wait for the last one was torturous.
I completely agree. There were times when I was frustrated. By book 8 I was very ready to pack it in. I have not come across anyone who was disappointed by the last three.
It figures I gave up too soon.
Another series I came late to the party too was David Eddings The Belgariad. I think it was like book four or five, when I started. Then I had to wait every year for what seems like twenty years for each consecutive book. I still read them along with the Lord of the Rings almost every year.
I last read "Ready Player One", one of my all time favorite books.
The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss. Had been reading it on/off since 2009 and finally decided to read it over the past few weeks. Very readable history book, Strauss has a nice clean writing style.
Now waiting on my copy of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr.
The Silmarillion -- J. R. R. Tolkien.
Lolita. Satirical, comedic, but also very gloomy and tragic. I enjoyed it, although it rambled a little too often.
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr. The first half of the book is decent, but the second half is incredible. Would still put Everything Matters as Currie's best work.
Now reading Triumph of the City.
Emerging Topics in Physical Virology
Don't have the time to read fiction
I exclusively watch REALITY TV and read Emerging Topics in Actuarial Studies.
I've tried twice to read The Silmarillion but could never make it past the beginning few chapters about creation, iirc.
Maybe i should make a third attempt and skip that portion.
The last book I read was possibly The Neuromancer. I did start Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash recently but could not get past Chapter 2 or 3.
The exact same thing happened to me with The Silmarillion.
A Silmarill thing happened to me.
I thought you only read Francis Bacon
I devour anything by Bacon.
voracious reader, eh ?
Just finished "Four Fish" by Paul Greenberg and am now reading "Cod" (reference from the Greenberg book) by Mark Kurlansky.
relentless by tim grover.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.
Who I Am, by Pete Townshend. It was alittle better than McCartney's book, and a lot more insightful than Keith Richards' and Bill Wyman's book. Jagger says he'll never write one.
Report of the Warren Commission.
Re-read "Life of Pi" recently (4 months ago). Just one of the reasons the book was so much better than the movie:
"He died quickly, the life drained out of him like the liquid from his leg. The cook promptly butchered him. The leg had made for poor bait. The dead flesh was too decayed to hold on to the fishing hook; it simply dissolved in the water. Nothing went to waste with this monster. He cut up everything, including the sailor's skin and every inch of his intestines. He even prepared his genitals. When he had finished with his torso, he moved on to his arms and shoulders and to his legs. Mother and I rocked with pain and horror. Mother shrieked at the cook, 'How can you do this, you monster? Where is your humanity? Have you no decency? What did the poor boy do to you? You monster! You monster!' The cook replied with unbelievable vulgarity.
"'At least cover his face for God's sake!' cried my mother. It was unbearable to have that beautiful face, so noble and serene, connected to such a sight below. The cook threw himself upon the sailor's head and before our very eyes scalped him and pulled off his face. Mother and I vomited."
And perhaps the most brutal paragraph of the entire book:
"He killed her. The cook killed my mother. We were starving. I was weak. I couldn't hold on to a turtle. Because of me we lost it. He hit me. Mother hit him. He hit her back. She turned to me and said, 'Go!' pushing me towards the raft. I jumped for it. I thought she was coming with me. I landed in the water. I scrambled aboard the raft. They were fighting. I did nothing but watch. My mother was fighting an adult man. He was mean and muscular. He caught her by the wrist and twisted it. She shrieked and fell. He moved over her. The knife appeared. He raised it in the air. It came down. Next it was up - it was red. It went up and down repeatedly. I couldn't see her. She was at the bottom of the boat. I only saw him. He stopped. He raised his head and looked at me. He hurled something my way. A line of blood struck me across the face. No whip could have inflicted a more painful lash. I held my mother's head in my hands. I let it go. It sank in a cloud of blood, her tress trailing like a tail. Fish spiralled down towards it until a shark's long grey shadow cut across its path and it vanished. I looked up. I couldn't see him. He was hiding at the bottom of the boat. He appeared when he threw my mother's body overboard. His mouth was red. The water boiled with fish."
Not quite Kosher of you, eh? I picture you in the AM at a Mickey D's wrestling with the moral dilemma of a buy-one-get-one-free offer on Egg McMuffins! BTW, does anyone know what makes a piece of ham into Canadian Bacon???
Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution.
The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity.
Yes, this is really great. I bought and read it when it first came out, but I was young then, and thought it a snore, and read it again about a year ago, finding it fascinating.
Perhaps it's good to get a bit of time and distance from the Lord of the Rings and hobbit stuff.
Have been reading military history books lately. Watched in interesting history channel episode and started getting interested in the genre. Finished Outlaw platoon and almost done with Black Hawk down.
I'm waiting for the movie to come out.
It took me 15 or so years, but I finally finished "1984". I can't believe I put it down all those years ago. What an incredible novel! I always loved "Animal Farm", but I'd have to say this is my favourite Orwell book. I am reminded of the North Korean story, "Escape from Camp 14" which I read last summer.
Ann Coulter's Mugged. Believe it or not, it's pretty good.
Recently read "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"- a very nicely written novel by Aimee Bender. Found it at a thrift shop. The title caught my attention.
Sometimes at a large mall or in a diner, I will look at all the people and wonder about their dreams, fears, failures, happy moments, loves, frustrations and so on- in a kind of casual way. In this novel, a young girl senses those very sorts of things when she eats some food that they prepared. She cannot avoid thos feelings.
I suppose this book is about many things, but, mostly about how people deal with, reject, protect themselves from being overwelmed by the vast ocean of human suffering. The book has a quiet, surreal, undertone. Here is a short Passage.
It can feel so lonely to see strangers out in the day, shopping on a day that is not a good one. On this one: the day I returned from the emergency room after having a fit about winting to remove my mouth. Not an easy day to look at people in their vivid clothes, in their shining hair, pointing and smiling at colorful woven sweaters.
"Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules", a collection of short stories picked by David Sedaris. After each story I think, "So what?" Even though they're short stories I still think they're way too long. All the writers seem a bit pompous, like they're saying, "See how smart I am?"
Now I've started with Jack Handey's (yes, that Jack Handey) "What I Would Tell the Martians". Some pieces are funny. At least he doesn't seem like he's caught up in his own ego.
Claudia and the New Girl by Ann Martin
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, I enjoyed it very much
Dawn on the Coast
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