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Old 09-24-17, 04:26 AM   #4241
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How did i miss this post? Ready Player One is a book that i've seen recommended by a ton of people whose opinions i value, but i've still never read it. I don't think i've ever even seen it anywhere.

I'm thrilled that you love Discworld. I like the Lancre Coven stories best overall myself, though Mort was favorite early book and some of the later Sam Vimes books are right up there too. He did a very fun spinoff Young Adult series based in Discworld too. I think i found Discworld's origin story in one of his first published novels, too. Now that there will sadly be no more of his novels being written, i spent a while checking out some of his other stuff. One standout was a collaboration with Stephen Baxter called The Long Earth. It was very different but i enjoyed it a lot. There are four more books in that series that i also hope to some day devour. So much left to read in this world and it often seems like the lists only get longer, but it's a labour of love.

I think it's worth noting that Pratchett also once collaborated with Neil Gaiman on a book called Good Omens, which i think neatly captures the best of both authors, who are each among my favorites, and Warthawg1 is close to finishing what is probably the most epic First Read thread Of All Time based on Gaiman's Magnum Opus, Sandman (or at least i like to think of it as his magnum opus).

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I was fortunate enough to have a really great English teacher the year i read Canterbury Tales, so even though i found actually reading them to be a bit laborious, i was given an understanding and deep appreciation for what he'd accomplished. That definitely leant a lot to my enjoyment of Hyperion in spite of the fact that i felt that the structural homage to Chaucer made it a more challenging read than i felt it needed to be; by the time i was getting to the last couple tales i was forgetting parts of the early ones, just because they were so detached. Anyway, it was a really cool concept and probably as well-executed as something like that could have been done.

But. If the characters and 'verse of Hyperion interested you anywhere near as much as the nimbly adept Chaucer homage did, i gotta say the books just keep getting better. If Hyperion gets 8.5/10, i'd give Fall of Hyperion an 8.8/10, Endymion a 9.1, and Rise of Endymion a 9.5. Just my opinions for what they're worth. The way it all comes together in the fourth book was really something special for me, but i'm sure not everybody would agree.
English literature was one English class I was interested in taking and from what I remember I enjoyed reading the Canterbury Tales. I'm not sure how long after taking that class it was before I read Hyperion. Probably at least 10 years. I just liked the idea of the Canterbury tales and recognized it pretty quickly in Hyperion.

My problem is that I'm much more slanted to the math/science side of things. And while I enjoy reading, I don't retain a great deal for very long. It does make rereading things much more enjoyable than it might be for others though. I remember my poor absorption/retention was pretty bad even on SAT style essay analyses, I'm just not wired that way I guess. but i do know what I like and my mind sort of crams all of the various characters in fantasy epics into my head while I'm reading.

I mostly just remember how I felt reading Books and I'm horrendous at remembering quotes from Books, TV or Movies.

Anyway, reading has sort of been put to the side at this point. But a reread of Hyperion is probably high on my list as well as reading the following two novels.

I'll almost certainly reread ASOIAF starting a couple of months before WOW is announced to release. I do believe it will come out in 2018 but I don't believe any other novels will come out in the series At least not unless he changes his mind and allows someone else to complete it.
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Old 09-24-17, 04:31 AM   #4242
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I've not read Good Omens or anything that Pratchett has attached his name to. But I did run across a picture of David Tennant and another actor dressed for their roles in a TV version of the book. Apparently filming only started recently.


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Old 10-02-17, 06:57 PM   #4243
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In addition to the previously mentioned Into The Forest and The Iron Tower, i'm now also reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies. I picked it up during an otherwise boring moment at my mom's, and she insisted i take it with me after learning that i'd never read it.
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Ooooh enjoy!

I finished Burntown, by an author I usually enjoy, but this book didn't do it for me. Finished listening to two psychological suspense novels by KL Slater. The first one I listened to, Liar, was really good. Kept me guessing.

Now I'm listening to The Cottage in the Wood and reading a novel called June.
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In addition to the previously mentioned Into The Forest and The Iron Tower, i'm now also reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies. I picked it up during an otherwise boring moment at my mom's, and she insisted i take it with me after learning that i'd never read it.
.... I thought literally EVERYONE had to read that in school.
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In addition to the previously mentioned Into The Forest and The Iron Tower, i'm now also reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies. I picked it up during an otherwise boring moment at my mom's, and she insisted i take it with me after learning that i'd never read it.
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.... I thought literally EVERYONE had to read that in school.
Right. Lord of the Flies, Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, The Scarlet Letter, and Romeo and Juliet (or another Shakespeare play) - books/stories everyone in America reads sometime during middle/high school

I'm reading Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden which as I read made me think, Isn't this like The Secret Garden? (one of my favorite children's books), and then Morton has Frances Hodgson Burnett (author of The Secret Garden) make a cameo in the novel which I thought was a clever inside joke. (And maybe she has a bigger role - I haven't finished the book yet.)
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Re: What are you reading?

My kid is reading The Scarlet Letter right now. He's not as excited about it as I was.

I liked The Forgotten Garden, but it wasn't my favorite Morton. And I missed the Easter egg

The book I'm reading now is a little like Morton's style...a woman who inherits millions from a very old actor and starts trying to figure out how she's related to him/what happened in the past.
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It'e entirely possible that i was supposed to read it for school a long time ago. I didn't always do all my homework back then, and a book like this would've been a fairly easy skip for me.

Never heard of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.
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Never heard of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.
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It's a short story, google and read it now. It's great.
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Okay, i did. It was pretty great.
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