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Hey I'm a newbie too and I just thought I'd say hi!
I think it's pretty obvious that I love books seeing as I joined this comm but if you hadn't already guessed, hey I love books!
I live for the love of books! Does that even make sense???Collapse )

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Hi! Just thought I'd say hi. Really should not be looking at this community, because all it's going to make me want to do is buy more books. Which isn't neccesarily a bad thing, it's just that I have about 14 books that I haven't read. So to add more is a bad thing.

I'm currently reading 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' by Susanna Clarke. I'm really enjoying it.

I tried to think of what my favourite book would be, but I can't - I have so many that I love. I can't even think of a favourite author for the same reason.

Au Revoir...

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So i have been reading constantly, a few old favorites such as The Tomorrow series by John Marsden (getting set to read Incurable, second in the Ellie Chronicles) Which of course, i loved immensly, and wished they could go on forever.

I'm really into the whole Magical fantasy, Warriors on horses type of books, and i recently read a trilogy called the Quickening by Fiona McIntosh. I lurved this trilogy, first book called "Myrren's Gift" the next "Blood and Memory" and the conclusion to the series was called "Bridge of Souls". It follows the tale of Wyl Thirsk, and it's a great read. Robin Hobb, whom i idolise, was quoted as saying "...I am seldom taken by suprise at a plot turn... Fiona McIntosh's books move quickly and unpredictably..." he was certainly right in this respect, but it gives the books more... flavour i suppose, and otherwise, i would have been bored with this Trilogy as i have with others in the past.

Well, i havent read much else of late, but sadly, i never have as much time as i would prefer!

A few short reviews...

I've actually finished a few books lately and kept meaning to review them...I have to leave for work in a little while, so these reviews won't be extremely detailed, but here goes:

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein: This book was less science fiction and more military, in my opinion. If you can mire through all the military details (and there are a LOT of them), though, the book has some very interesting points about current society and what it could lead to in the far future.

Teacher Man by Frank McCourt: Once again, Frank McCourt amazed me. I've loved all of his books, and while 'Tis is still my favorite, this book was still very good...it would be an especially good read for anyone that is a teacher or wants to become one.

The Rising by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: If anyone has read the Left Behind series, this book is the first of three prequels to it. It wasn't a bad book, although it lacked a lot of the Christian views that the original twelve books contain. I'm personally looking forward to reading the other two to see exactly how they return to their previous writing style...

Pre-WWII books

I'm in a play in which I play a bookworm in the early 40s, and my director and I were talking and decided it would be cool if I read some more books from the period to help get into character. I've read quite a few already, but I was wondering if anyone had any favorites to suggest?

Thanks, guys!
~Leia

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Jan. 27th, 2006

Hey hey. I just came across this community via interest search, and thought it was a really good idea and will probably be a place I post a lot. So...I'm Pisciculus, which is Latin for Little Fish (even though it's the masculine form...and I'm not a guy...we can all ignore that, can't we? ^_^), and pretty much everyone calls me Fish. Perhaps I should start off with some of my favorite books...



OK...favorite books...favorite books...



Do you have a few years to read this list? Cause it'd be really long if I stated every book. You can all understand, I'm sure. So:



1984 by George Orwell. The reason I no longer use netspeak, actually...o_O Most people laugh at me, but that book touched some of my nerves. But it is definitely worth reading.

Animal Farm by George Orwell. It's too early to be sensing a pattern, isn't it? Anyway. I just plain, flat-out love this book because it's realistic, creepy, and not quite so frightening as 1984. I dunno...I'm a huge fan of horrid endings that still teach you lessons. Lessons that need to be learned. *glares at 3/4ths the country*

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Brey, followed by its sequel, Rebel Angels. Both of these books are dark and have a really gothic feel to them, being set in the Victorian era. The writing is beautiful and Miss Gemma Doyle is an amazingly faulted little creature...

The Harry Potter series. *sighs* I hate that it got swallowed by the media, and I hate what they've become, but I can't pull away from the world I found here online way back in 1999. Not my favorite books, but definitely my favorite fandom. If that makes sense.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. 'Nuff said.

Wicked. I unfortunately have not read Son of a Witch, but I really, really want to. I saw the musical on broadway back in 2003 and have been addicted to it ever since.

RENT. I know. It's not a book. Shoot me. X_X

And...

Almost anything by Garth Nix, Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchet, Orson Scott Card, Terry Goodkind (actually, he's not among my favorite authors, but his Sword of Truth series is still worth reading, even if it is overtly moralistic), Laura Ingles Wilder, and...um...there are more. But I should shut up now before I get too carried away.



Anyway...oh! I just finished reading Memoirs of a Geisha, which was really good, considering that historical fiction isn't usually my genre. It was just...mind-boggling. I would give a detailed review, but this post is getting really long, for an introductory post without an lj-cut, anyway, and I have important matters such as sleep *distasteful frown* to attend to.



Caio. *waves*

Hey, i'd do a long intro, but really, just check my LJ and its all there! Anyway, i'll just give you a list of my ALL TIME favorite books/series, (im mostly into fantasy/heroine/warrior/magic types, but i still enjoy most other books just as well)

Harry Potter. say no more. I'm absoloutly obbsessed!! (love Luna and Ron!!)

All of Tamora Pierce's works, such as The Protector of the Small quartet, the Trickster series (two books) and the Wild Magic quartet.

Steven Donaldson's series of books about Thomas Covenant. (again, magic, but its a little darker, and the main characer has Leprosy (interesting twist!)) they are called The First (and second) Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Awesome in my opinion, love the characters Lestat and Louis. (my name is a quote, modifyed slightly)

Memoirs of a Geisha. I wanted to read it before i saw the movie (seeing it friday) and i loved it. It was a very good read!

I loved Pride and Predjudice too. My favorite character was Darcy, but also Jane.

Well, over the holidays, i have done no reading, except for the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Geisha. I can't wait to get to the school library, already i have planned to borrow out at least seven books! :)

ciao!

Gregory Maguire

Just wondering if anyone else on here has read Son of a Witch, the sequel to Wicked? I was actually really impressed by it...I mean, it's not as good as the original (how could it be, Elphaba was the best character, and she died)...but as sequels go, it was outstanding. What about any other Gregory Maguire books? I've pretty much only ever heard that none of them live up to Wicked...

Jennifer Weiner

Not sure if anyone else has read any of Jennifer Weiner's books...I read Good In Bed a couple years ago and wasn't impressed. It just seemed too cliche...fat girl is insulted by ex-boyfriend, ex-boyfriend's father dies and fat girl sleeps with him out of sympathy, fat girl gets pregnant, ends up going to Hollywood, has baby, loses weight, falls in love with weight-loss doctor. There didn't seem to be any real meaning in the book, and it wasn't even funny enough to make up for that. I told myself I wouldn't ever read one of Jennifer Weiner's books again, but then I kept seeing the previews for the movie version of In Her Shoes, and I became curious. I just finished reading the book, and I have to admit, it was pretty good. I felt like the beginning was kinda dragged out, and the ending was a little rushed, but it was definitely better than Good In Bed.

Other books I've read lately: I wasn't too big on As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. It felt like he was forcing the whole novel. Babylon Rising by Timothy Lahaye was good, very DaVinci Code meets Left Behind.

As always, if anyone has any good books to recommend, please post!

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