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Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:21:02
Foolz said:

Here the libraries are connected at the minimum by council jurisdictions so it doesn't matter if a single library has a small collection, because you can order the book you're after from another library from your local library.

Small county here with two libraries.  I visit the largest one....still a skimpy selection.   The next county library is twenty-five/thirty minutes away.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:44:40

I've recently read Beyond the Pale by Mark Anthony (liked it less than I did when I was 16), A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, The Fog and The Jonah by James Herbert, One Day by David Nicholls, and The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:26:42

Now I've read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. If only I had opinions on anything.

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:47:40
Té_Rojo said:

Now I've read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. If only I had opinions on anything.

Like me on Howl's Moving Castle?

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:40:38

You have a wrong opinion.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:26:16

At least it's an opinion. Sad

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:19:25

But you said you didn't have one.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:21:07
Té_Rojo said:

But you said you didn't have one.

/nobro

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:27:16

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami and Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb are the latest two I've finished. Now I have to decide on something else instead of going through samples on Kindle.

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Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:54:24
Té_Rojo said:

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami and Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb are the latest two I've finished. Now I have to decide on something else instead of going through samples on Kindle.

Was Kafka any good?

I have to update here in a bit, I've chomped through a fair few books lately.


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Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:05:28

I'm reading The Man in the High Castle. It's funny how American media always has to project its own flavour of racism onto the Nazis.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 00:56:39

Since I am awful at games like The Witcher, I decided to go with the next best thing:

The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher

The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher. The first book in The Witcher book series. I'm currently 50 pages in, and it's quite entertaining.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 11:49:46

I'm reading "Stone Mattress" by Margaret Atwood. Interesting so far. It makes me want to write a short story collection.

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:43:51

I'm reading The Way of Kings. It's revived my interest in fantasy. It's good to read something that has all these new concepts instead of relying on all the old fantasy tropes.

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:51:42
Té_Rojo said:

I'm reading The Way of Kings. It's revived my interest in fantasy. It's good to read something that has all these new concepts instead of relying on all the old fantasy tropes.

I haven't read anyting in a long while now.  I used to read a lot of fantasy, but kinda got burnt out on it because it was as if I had already read all the good stuff.  Perhaps I should try to find a copy of this 'The way of kings'.  Is it one book or is it a series?

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:33:47
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I haven't read anyting in a long while now.  I used to read a lot of fantasy, but kinda got burnt out on it because it was as if I had already read all the good stuff.  Perhaps I should try to find a copy of this 'The way of kings'.  Is it one book or is it a series?

The author is quite popular, his name is Brandon Sanderson. He was the one who completed The Wheel of Time (which I haven't read) after Robert Jordan died. The Way of Kings is the first book of The Stormlight Archives, which is a planned ten book series (although each of the first two has been split into two for the UK releases). There are currently two out and a third coming soon. He's a really quick writer too. I don't know how he keeps up. He's currently also writing novels in at least one other series called Mistborn which is set in the same universe as The Stormlight Archives, but set in a very different place.

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:06:05

I've now finished the second part of The Way of Kings. I'll read something else before moving on to Words of Radiance.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:32:27
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Was Kafka any good?

I somehow missed this question... 3+ years ago. I quite liked it. It was a weird story from what I remember of it. Only my second Haruki Murakami book. I should get around to reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

2017 has been my best ever year for reading. I've been going through all of Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere books (including re-reads of The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance), plus trying some other fantasy such as The Powder Mage Trilogy (Brian McClellan), Uprooted (Naomi Novik) and The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison AKA Sarah Monette). Read four John Steinbeck books, To a God Unknown and Cannery Row being my favourites. I also read three books involving past wars (WWI, WWII, Ukrainian War of Independence). There was also some contemporary fiction, horror and non-fiction (one about the United States, one about the English language and one about translation). I hope I can keep it up next year.

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Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:51:00

I'm reading Paul Dirac's biography "A Strangest Man" by Graham Farmelo.  Dirac is probably my favourite physicist, if one is allowed to have such a thing.  Today he would most certainly have been diagnosed as autistic.  This is a great book about one of the purest geniuses and most incredible people the world has ever known.

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Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:51:10

I thought I was doomed to be the only one posting here. Let's see what I've read since last time...

  1. "Oathbringer" by Brandon Sanderson - Excellent fantasy and my favourite of his books since The Way of Kings.
  2. "The MIniaturist" by Jessie Burton - Surprisingly easy to get through and interesting historical details (whether or not they're entirely accurate).
  3. "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster - As a child I had trouble re-reading this. I thought I was just unable to re-read novels, but it may just be because it was best the first time.
  4. "30-Second Mythology" by Robert A. Segal (and others) - I'm not adding the full, excessively long title. It's a good enough book for giving some foundational knowledge of Greek/Roman mythology.
  5. "Dune" by Frank Herbert - As many people have said, it's got great worldbuilding. The story was enjoyable too.
  6. "Siege of Tilpur"  by Brian McClellan - A novelette set before the Powder Mage trilogy. Pretty good.
  7. "Murder at the Kinnen Hotel" by Brian McClellan - A novella set before the Powder Mage trilogy. Even better.
  8. "Half a King" by Joe Abercrombie - I liked it but I wonder if I should have started with his other novels.
  9. "Kings of the Wyld" by Nicholas Eames - Fun fantasy novel but few negative consequences within the story. Everything works out in the end. Maybe that's a good thing sometimes.
  10. "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel - Weird, annoying and occasionally interesting.
  11. "Nevernight" by Jay Kristoff - Weird, annoying and often interesting.
  12. "Pacific: The Once and Future Ocean" by Simon Winchester - It's got a few titles. Simon Winchester isn't the smoothest read for me but his books are always full of good information.
  13. "Sabriel" by Garth Nix - Reminiscent in ways of a less adult Nevernight, somehow. About equal in enjoyment.
  14. "The Penguin History of New Zealand" by Michael King - It was about time I got around to this. I borrowed it from my grandmother a while ago. It's good to improve my knowledge of where I live.
  15. "An Armchair Traveller's History of Finland" by Jonathon Clements - I saw this at the library and got it out on a whim. It was pretty interesting and amusing. A bit short.

I'm currently reading "Ten Days That Shook the World" by John Reed about the October Revolution. Written in 1919, which is quite interesting.

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