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Postby Lost Traveler » Sat Jun 14, 2003 1:13 am

Nothing... just in one post i said i tended to stay away from it. Im more of the universe as a machine grinding us down into blood pulp.
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Postby Deucalion » Sun Jun 22, 2003 1:36 pm

Hm. Science fiction and fantasy appears to be popular on this board. I've dabbled a bit into science fiction, dug it a little, but I got my start in literature with fantasy, which is still a guilty pleasure. Someone mentioned C.S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy a moment ago; I particularly enjoyed that series, which was an interesting mixture of both genres, although I didn't particularly care for Crown of Shadows.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I'm currently reading Soviet Foreign Policy After World War II, by Alvin Rubinstein, and Niccolo Machiavelli's classic The Prince. It's my second go-round with ol' Nicc; as with Sun Tzu, I can read his little lifestyle hintbooks over and over.
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Postby Ladybee » Sun Jun 22, 2003 9:55 pm

I'm reading Under the Black Flag: the Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly. It's a nonfiction exploration of what the origins of the modern "pirate" archetype were. So far it's totally engrossing.
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Postby Lost Traveler » Tue Jun 24, 2003 3:32 pm

It happened Im reading J.K. rowlings "Harry Potter, and the sorceres(spell) stone". Yes it is sort of an act of conformity, all the hype got me curious :oops:
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Postby SeeingI » Thu Jun 26, 2003 9:17 am

Now I'm reading the new Harry Potter and really enjoying it. I'm about halfway through.
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Postby Hardcoregirl » Thu Jun 26, 2003 10:08 am

I'm reading about a million things...but mostly Nabokov's Lolita.
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Postby JaNell » Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:50 am

From The Dust Returned, Ray Bradbury.

It ain't lookin' pretty, folks.
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Postby miz kitty » Sat Jul 05, 2003 5:37 pm

I just finished Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. It is a nonfiction book about Jack the Ripper. Cornwell presents forensic evidence that would have brought forth murder charges had the technology been available at the time. It is a good read, but be warned the pictuers are disturbing.
Prior to that I read Zodiac Unmasked about the Zodiac killer. It is a similar exposee. The cases are eerily similar. Zodiac was a slick mother.
It's too bad neither criminal was ever brought to justice, but its makes for interesting reading material if you are into the true crime genre.
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Postby Hardcoregirl » Sat Jul 05, 2003 8:01 pm

I really liked Case Closed too, but I didn't finish it, because after 3/4 of the book, I was more than convinced that she was right about who she says was Jack. Some of the coincidences are uncanny, I wonder why no one made all her connections before. I'd like to see another Ripper expert challenge her theories, just to see if maybe she was wrong on anything. It was funny, I had images from "From Hell" in my head throughout reading it...(not that this was a bad thing ;)

The Zodiac book you mention I own but haven't read it yet. I did a report on him for a crime class I took. Interesting fellow.

I love true crime. Any other fans?
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Postby JaNell » Sun Jul 06, 2003 11:09 am

I just finished Kissing The Witch by Emma Donoghue, and thanks to Ziggy, am now reading Perdido Street Station by the wonderful China Mieville.
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Postby keltora » Mon Jul 07, 2003 10:18 am

Recently Finished:

TOMORROW LOG by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
WITCHES ABROAD by Terry Pratchett

Still In Progress:

The first Kendrigern collection by John Morresey

Getting Ready To Start:

THE FALL OF KINGS by Sherman and Kushner
THE WIZARD HUNTERS by Martha Wells

Like I really have TIME to read anymore... :P

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Black Hunters, Demons and Bogies--Oh, MY!
ChRONICLES OF THE LAST WAR available from Yard Dog Press
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Postby Ladybee » Mon Jul 07, 2003 11:28 am

I'm reading The Years of Rice and Salt, by Kim Stanley Robinson. So far it seems to be an alternate history of what would happen if western culture had been obliterated by the Black Plague and instead Indian and Chinese culture had been the predominant surviving peoples. It follows a group of "souls" through generations of reincarnations. Interesting so far, but some elements of the writer's style are annoying to me.
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Postby JaNell » Sun Aug 03, 2003 10:23 am

Karl Edward Wagner - local horror writer and caretaker of the horror genre.

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Postby The Fallen » Sun Aug 03, 2003 3:08 pm

Ladybee wrote:I'm reading The Years of Rice and Salt, by Kim Stanley Robinson. So far it seems to be an alternate history of what would happen if western culture had been obliterated by the Black Plague and instead Indian and Chinese culture had been the predominant surviving peoples. It follows a group of "souls" through generations of reincarnations. Interesting so far, but some elements of the writer's style are annoying to me.


Yeah I've read a few of KSR's alternative future/past books like The Wild Shore, and his style is a bit hard to get used to...
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Postby The Fallen » Sun Aug 03, 2003 3:09 pm

Currently reading the Harry Potter books, mainly out of boredom and something new to read. Books are becoming quite expensive nowadays, tho on my list to read soon are the new Jack Ryan, Sword of Truth and Shannara books...
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Postby scarecrow » Sun Aug 03, 2003 3:45 pm

Currently reading: KG Forums by Dark Vader
“That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow; and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.â€
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Postby Lost Traveler » Mon Aug 04, 2003 10:55 am

Just finished The Coming of the Quantum Cats and have started Home Coming both by Fredrick Phol. Yes a little dated but interesting stuff. A little dissapointed by the ending of the cats but hes always a "end in a wimper instead ofa bang" type guy.
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Postby white_darkness » Wed Dec 31, 2003 3:26 pm

Currently on River of Blue Fire by Tad Williams


I wish I'd known about the Otherland series sooner.
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Postby Lost Traveler » Wed Dec 31, 2003 3:29 pm

ROBOTA

and #5 in the darktower series (the wolf calls or something like that)
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Postby Ladybee » Thu Jan 01, 2004 7:04 pm

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien. Strange writing style, but full of enough homoerotic undertones to keep me gigglingly reading.
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