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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: October 23rd, 2015, 12:24 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: October 27th, 2015, 11:45 am 
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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: October 28th, 2015, 5:24 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: November 10th, 2015, 2:40 am 
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I'm reading Villette by Charlotte Bronte.

I just love the Bronte sisters books. I'm in the process of attempting to read all their books. Villette is part of a collected novels book, containing three of Charlotte's; Jane Eyre, Villette and The Professor, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and two of Anne's; Agnes Grey and The Tennet of Wildfell Hall.

I had already read Jane Eyre before I got it. Also read Wuthering Heights before starting Villette.

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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: November 10th, 2015, 8:17 am 
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Currently I am reading through a book called Shepperding a Child's Heart. Has some good advice on parenting and how to train children in a loving way.

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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: November 25th, 2015, 1:12 pm 
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Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.

Much better than Twilight. I prefer Beau and Edythe to Bella and Edward.

Bella and Edward's relationship, and the whole thing with the wolfpack sets off way too many triggers for me. Knowing that won't happen allows me to actually enjoy the story of Life and Death.

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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: November 26th, 2015, 11:56 am 
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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: November 29th, 2015, 6:45 pm 
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I am reading Rock Star by Jackie Collins

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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
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I've finally started rereading the Lord of the Rings

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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: February 9th, 2016, 1:14 am 
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Erulissë, what is that book like? What is its genre, target age range, and so on? And most importantly, how would you rate it out of 10?

I'm currently reading several books, since a few got jumbled about and misplaced over the holidays and I've only just found them again.

Firstly, I'm reading The White Rose, by Glen Cook. It is the third volume of The Chronicles of the Black Company, which are in turn the first trilogy dealing with the adventures of the company of that name. It's been recommended on AU before, and it's really fun. It's a grittier, more chaotic sort of fantasy story following the exploits of a group of mercenaries who are employed by the story's villain. That's right, they fight for the bad guys, and they even know it. Over the trilogy there is internal drama as not all of them are pleased to be on the wrong side of the conquering, and exactly none of them are figures of great power. They're a relatively ingenious group of soldiers who are involved in matters way out of their class and have to use their wits to survive and succeed in a world where enemies and allies have the ability to melt them where they stand, or vaporize them with a passing thought, etc. Glen Cook was deeply influenced by the style of writing in many Vietnam War memoirs and novels, such as The Things They Carried, and it leads to a nearly-unique sort of fantasy story. It has quite a few mature themes, not least of those being wanton violence and horrific crimes of war (often described with significant detail). Still, I'd give it easily 8/10 stars.

I'm also reading Stephen R. Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: the Unbeliever, and that is also a riveting read. Donaldson, along with Robin Hobb and precious few others, is one of the most masterful authors whom I've ever read at character development. Generally speaking, his books tend to feature characters whom you will feel strongly about one way or another. Thomas Covenant is a character whom most of us despise. He is just not a nice human in any way. This series is one of the older examples of Portal Fantasy, but it's also written for a much older/more-serious demographic than most of the books published at around the same time. Covenant does horrible things early on, and witnesses other horrible things being done, and much of the driving force in any Donaldson book is how people can do horrible things to each other but ultimately still be good people. I really enjoy these books, but they're the furthest thing from "cheery." I'm not finished yet, but I'd give them 7.5/10 stars.

Lastly (as far as fiction goes) I'm reading The Curse of the Mistwraith, which is the first book of The Wars of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts. I absolutely adore this series and this author. Some of you may know her for her collaborative work with Raymond E. Feist on The Empire Cycle. TWoLaS is her on-going epic series (nine books out of eleven are published so far), and I'm reading it after several extremely favourable reviews by readers whose opinions I hold in high esteem. I'm told that the plot expands to be quite nuanced and complicated with regards to politics, emotions, and sorceries, so I'm very much looking forward to it. As it stands, this book (I'm actually re-reading it, since I first read it more than a decade ago and then couldn't read its sequels before I'd forgotten that the series existed) is about two half-brothers of wildly disparate backgrounds, thrust together in an unfamiliar world which their ancestors apparently fled long ago. They're the prophesied heroes who will save the land from the evil besetting it, but (quite, quite early in the book) they are cursed in the process to forever hate and despise each other--however irrational that might be. So far as I've gotten in this book, the stage has been set for its two prophesied heroes to tear the land apart in a civil war worse than any evil which they had overcome. It's a very strong beginning for a series, and I can't wait to see how it progresses! So far I'm giving this book 8.9/10 stars, and it has my full endorsement.

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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: February 12th, 2016, 8:49 pm 
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Erulissë, what is that book like? What is its genre, target age range, and so on? And most importantly, how would you rate it out of 10?

It's absolutely wonderful. The genre is hard to pin-point I think. Historical realism but fictional? Per Anders Fogelström's books always take place in Stockholm, Sweden in the past (ranging from the 18th century to the mid 20th century), but his characters are made up. So historical events, the changing times and most importantly the city of Stockholm as it was back then, act as a backdrop to these fictional characters and their stories. Most of the characters tend to be poor, working class people. This book in particular is set in the 1880s-1910s and follows a young woman named Lilly who becomes pregnant without being married. It's excellent so far, and even though I haven't finished it, I would rate it a 9/10. There isn't a specific target age range, but I think young adults and adults would get the most out of it.


I would highly, highly recommend his City Series and its prequel the Children Series, where you get to follow the same families and their descendants through all the triumphs, trials and tribulations in a forever changing city and society (spanning the years 1749-1968, including the prequels). Easily 10/10.

Mina Drömmars Stad (City of My Dreams) 1860-1880
Barn Av Sin Stad (Children of Their City) 1880-1900
Minns Du Den Stad (Remember The City) 1900-1925
I En Förvandlad Stad (In a City Transformed) 1925-1945
Stad i Världen (City in the World) 1945-1968

Vävarnas Barn (Children of the Weavers) 1749–1779
Krigens Barn (Children of the Wars) 1788-1814
Vita Bergens Barn (Children of Vita Bergen*) 1821-1860
*Vita Bergen (literally "The White Mountains") is a rocky park-like area in Stockholm where a lot of poor people lived in the 1700s and 1800s).

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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: February 13th, 2016, 10:45 am 
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I have read so many books. I read fan fiction because many of the books I have read are written on such a sophomoric level. I love sci-fi fantasy. Many of them are so cookie-cutter.

I can recommend a book I read in college. The Egyptian by Mika Waltari The book was written in 1945 and the movie was made in 1954. Read the Wiki page on both the book and the movie. You will enjoy your time.

The book, I reread was the Jalna Series or the White Oak Chronicles. It reminds me of a Canadian Gone With the Wind.There is a great house with a strong female character lead. Mazo de la Roche was able to weave a great amount of history into the book. Some of it is quite shocking. I think there are 14 books in the series. Yep, that is what I recommend. In the latter books, the sons become the prominent character. There is something for men and women in this recommendation. I think that the historical information is what will shock today's reader.


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 Post subject: Re: the "What are you reading?" thread
PostPosted: February 25th, 2016, 2:44 pm 
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I just read a Star Wars fan fic "The Cell" by Obaona. It was awesome, and I recommend it. It is about Obi-Wan and Padmé being held prisoner by Palpatine.

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