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Discussion in 'Nevermore' started by Captain Beard, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Malergion

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    I agree reading is better than not reading. First novel I ever read was "The Adventures of Dr. Doolittle"
     
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    Lord Foul I don't spank men

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    There was a pretty solid amount of great children/young adult fiction when I was that age, but I guess kids only read the recent stuff now. Shame really. Anyone ever read Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series?
     
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    Hell yeah!

    That kept me entertained much as a child.
     
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    Lord Foul I don't spank men

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    Man, now I wanna go read those again. And I still have a ton of Alexander, Cooper, LeGuin, Bellairs, Yolen and whatnot boxed up somewhere.

    But, I just started a reread of The Sandman so other things will have to wait.
     
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    I don't know Bellairs or Yolen, but I know the other three quite well.
     
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    fuckin' love the potter books. FUN.
     
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    Lloyd Alexander was fucking awesome.

    David Eddings was also great intro-to-fantasy kinda stuff.
     
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    In my opinion the Elenium and its follow up series Tamuli are Eddings' best work hands down.

    Incidentally, I saw a work by the Eddings' in the general fiction section called Regina's Song which looks pretty new.
     
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    I finally got around to picking up Kafka's Metamorphosis at Barnes and Noble the other night. Haven't had too much reading time though.
     
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    EricT Don't you ever get...

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    Oh, and a collection of Twain short stories, which I have yet to dive into yet.

    Got a lot of books on the queue, but no time to read.
     
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    Bierce and Twain are the pinnacle of 19th century American fiction, yo.
     
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    Haven't read any Bierce. Any suggestions?
     
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    He basically wrote short fiction, but the Devil's Dictionary is classic.

    His short fiction I'd say you *must* read An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge if you read any Bierce at all.

    If you want to have a look at his stuff you can go to http://www.gutenberg.net and search for "Ambrose Bierce" I tend to avoid Gutenberg for anything long because of eye strain issues.
     
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    Will do!

    Trying to get into the habit of reading every night again, so the more to read, the better.
     
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    I've been trying to get myself to read more for the last 2 years... I'm such a procrastinator.
     
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    I agree. Which isn't to say they are by any standards great work, or even "good" to be honest, but when it comes to enjoyable light reading in the SF field they just have some fantastic frigging dialogue. Plus the Elenium has the best opening scene of any fantasy book ever; so film noir and generally awesome.

    Gateway books are the bomb.
     
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    The dialogue makes it a great work of fiction. Some of the things said by the thieves in those novels are just fantastic. Belgariad: Standard fare.

    edit: Platime is my favorite character.
     
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    Meh, it's a very flawed work. No real compelling moral issues are addressed, the worldbuilding is the usual stereotyped Eddings fare, the characters are almost entirely two-dimensional cardboard cutouts (with the exception of Stragen ) who exhibit no growth or change (with the exception of Berit), and the dialogue, while snappy and entertaining, is mostly just a series of gags and one-liners. I imagine it's what the Eddings dinner table sounded like.

    Fun stuff, and I'm forever in debt to Eddings for introducing me to SF. But he's a far cry from George RR Martin, Guy Gavriel Kay, Greg Keyes, R. Scott Bakker, and suchlike.
     
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    Elitist Jew.

    If I didn't like Martin, I'd call you worse! Believe me!

    Also, since when are real compelling moral issues addressed in everyday conversation?

    Yet another edit:

    Reuben, have you read any of the Runelords series? Even David likes that one.
     

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