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Postby Swatopluk » Thu May 11, 2006 6:58 am

A book of collected papers from a conference on piracy in 2000.
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Postby Dr. Otis Lansa » Thu May 11, 2006 1:22 pm

KingLackLuster wrote:we have. theres a topic for it too.

1-6 are good. 7-10 are weak. 11 is terrific. just a heads up


(WoT) 7-10 aren't awful, if you can stand going through a 1000 page book without a mention of one of the MAIN PROTAGONISTS (8 and 9?). By that point in the series, there's about 20 plot lines going on concurrently. 11 starts to bring them together, but can't see how he's going to shut it down in 12.
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Postby Poincare's Stepchild » Thu May 11, 2006 3:59 pm

I am just finishing Crichton's The Lost World. Not a bad read, though Crichton gets a little carried away with his ideas on chaos theory.

Just got The Wee Free Men on inter-library loan, so that will be started tonight or tomarrow. And I put A Hat Full of Sky on order at the library.

I think that will catch me up on all of the Discworld novels.
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Postby Duke » Thu May 11, 2006 4:28 pm

I just got the latest Time Magazine, and I'm reading about autism.


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Postby Swatopluk » Thu May 11, 2006 6:29 pm

Expecting a history book by Edward O'Donnell "Ship ablaze" about an especially nasty shipping accident in the US with a thousand dead (most of them citizens of German descent).
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Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Thu May 11, 2006 7:20 pm

Shattered Mirror - Ameila Atwater-Rhodes.
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Postby SpisBoy » Thu May 11, 2006 8:49 pm

Night by Elie Weisel, for school. Very good Holocaust book, somewhat depressing.

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov, haven't started it yet. Looks interesting...
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Postby Swatopluk » Fri May 12, 2006 6:34 am

The morning papers
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Postby Grey » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:15 pm

Mexifornia by Victor David Hanson, and The Language Police by Diana Something-or-other
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Postby kat » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:48 pm

Just finished Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan (no relation that I know of.)

Okay, so now I acknowledge the existance of five living worthwhile scifi writers, of which 1 has not written much worthwhile in 10 years, 1 in 4 years, 1 in 2 years and the other is Jack McDevitt.
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Postby Swatopluk » Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:01 pm

The Workers of the Sea by Victor Hugo (first complete German edition, I only knew the abridged versions up till now)
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Postby Shooting Star » Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:43 pm

I was rereading "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel because the main character reminded me of someone that I have been conversing with in another forum. However, a highly recommended book came in today for me at the library, "The Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell. So I'll be starting that tonight.
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Postby Swatopluk » Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:23 am

The morning papers (what a sad world we live in :cry: )
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Postby Goat Starer » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:14 am

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

very dissapointed that the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not make an appearance alongside a cast of characters including Odin, Anansi et al.
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Postby Swatopluk » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:57 am

Just read an announcement that Terry Pratchett will visit Berlin in September to read from his new novel :D :D :D
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