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Best book you\'ve read recently.

Postby Kuurg » Fri Jan 04, 2002 8:23 am

Always looking for different authors, so post the best book you've read recently.

I'll start.

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (fiction)

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Postby Shevarash » Fri Jan 04, 2002 8:46 am

Strange Victory - Hitler's Conquest of France

by Edward May.


Fascinating read.

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Postby Corth » Fri Jan 04, 2002 11:46 am

Kuurg identified with the dodo bird serial killer..

I'm halfway through LOTR now.. seems pretty good, I'll go with that.

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Postby Iltavera » Fri Jan 04, 2002 1:10 pm

Finished reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, now reading the sequel A Clash of Kings, Excellent novels! Fantasy of course.
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Postby Taegost » Fri Jan 04, 2002 1:15 pm

Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is excellent...
I also just finished Desperation by Steven King a little while ago, EXCELLENT book...
As well as Terminal Man by Michael Crichton

But, my most favoritest book of all times has to be Galatea in 2d by.... OMG, I can't remember his name.... Aaron Allston... EXCELLENT book Image

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Postby Blarr » Fri Jan 04, 2002 1:45 pm

Grats on finishing Gravity's Rainbow Image Try Mason and Dixon Image Last book I read was The Illuminatus Trilogy. Now I KNOW they're out to get me. Fnord.

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Postby azzixxenae » Fri Jan 04, 2002 1:46 pm

Black Hawk Down!

If the movie is anything like the book, it's gonna rock.
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Postby Gort » Fri Jan 04, 2002 3:38 pm

Illuminatus Trilogy... amusing book...


My most recent one for ammusement was one that involves the Darwin awards.

Darwin's Blade- Dan Simmons

Darwin Minor is an accident investigator formerly of the NTSB, he is involved in a series of accident investigations some of which mirror the Darwin awards. The story is much deeper than that, but I won't get into it.

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Postby Nokie » Fri Jan 04, 2002 3:53 pm

Neuromancer by William Gibson
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0441569595/qid=1010158597/sr=8 -1/ref=sr_8_67_1/107-8354943-0005310
Is one of my most favorite books of all times.

While the DragonLance Chronicles and Legends trillogies ( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0786926813/qid=1010158706/sr=2 -1/ref=sr_2_11_1/107-8354943-0005310) are a close second.

RECENTLY (in the past year and a half) I have read all of Salvatores FR books and ate them up like candy. I just finished his latest Sea of Swords book ( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0786918985/qid=1010159103/sr=2 -1/ref=sr_2_75_1/107-8354943-0005310 ) a month ago.

VERY RECENTLY I just began reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan ( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0812511816/qid=1010159179/sr=2 -1/ref=sr_2_79_1/107-8354943-0005310 ) and have to say that it's really gripping and well worth the read!

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Postby Blarr » Fri Jan 04, 2002 9:31 pm

Btw, just wanted to also recommend George R. R. Martin's books (nicknamed the Fire and Ice saga). I am still into Robert Jordan, but quite frankly, Martin's books are far more real, viscerally pleasing, sophisticated, and adult oriented than Jordan's WoT could hope to be. Definitely pick it up.

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Postby Zrax » Fri Jan 04, 2002 9:41 pm

Blarr is that the series that starts with the book "A game of thrones"? If so that series is very well done. Wheel of time is good but very very boring in places, Dumani Wells is the most amazing battle scene i have read to date.

"Ashaman raise the barrier 2 spans"

"Ashaman kill"

"Ashaman rolling ring of earth and fire"
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Postby Guest » Fri Jan 04, 2002 9:43 pm

"Show of Evil" by William Diehl

Sequel to "Primal Fear", excellent read.
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Postby Lalsed » Fri Jan 04, 2002 10:05 pm

I love David Eddings and just finished reading The Redemption of Althalus. It's an excellent book and not part of a series, so if you don't have time you aren't stuck with a whole series you can't finish. Image

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Postby Kerath » Fri Jan 04, 2002 10:27 pm

Rereading God Emperor of Dune. Man I love this book. Leto II has got to be one of my favourite literary characters ever. Granted, Dune is not fantasy per se, it's more sci-fi. But still, if you're the least bit interested in any sort of political theory and corresponding philosophies, this is a book you have to read. The entire Dune series is great (though yes, there are slow parts, if you're the action-seeker type), but Frank Herbert's sheer force of imagination is awe-inspiring at times.
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Postby Nikelon » Fri Jan 04, 2002 10:37 pm

Forgotten Realms, DragonLance, and Jordan's WoT series arer all great, but nobody has mentioned the series The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper!

This has to be one of the best book series ever, though I can't say the best...I have read way too many books in my life to be able to choose just one series...I guess I just read too fast...

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Postby Jegzed » Fri Jan 04, 2002 11:00 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Zrax:
<B>"Ashaman raise the barrier 2 spans"

"Ashaman kill"

"Ashaman rolling ring of earth and fire"
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I always liked Mazrim Taim. He and Asmodeus were my fave wot chars.
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Postby combatmedic » Sat Jan 05, 2002 12:14 am

Intellectual reading: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

Fantasy: The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Sci Fi: Rogue Squadron Series in the Star Wars universe

Western: Louis La'Amour books...grew up on them...sad isn't it?

Best book of all time: The Bible, kept everyone semi decent around me when i used to commercial fish...Can't really flash those nudie magazines to a 14 yr old when the "Good Book" is sliding side to side on the table.

Currently working on the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye. It's pretty good

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Postby Selias » Sat Jan 05, 2002 12:36 am

I'm almost done "It" by Stephen King, and I have to say it's a great book!

I used to be a sucker for any FR book, but these days they just dont' interest me like they used to, but I am looking forward to reading sea of swords... how was it nokie?

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Postby moritheil » Sat Jan 05, 2002 2:13 am

I never did quite understand why they made Taim so much like Demandred... it was too obvious.

I read something but lent it to Xyr, so I don't know the title :P
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Postby Malacar » Sat Jan 05, 2002 5:50 am

As hokey or gay as it might sound...

The Harry Potter series of books. Easy reads, but very entertaining and they draw you in bigtime!
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Postby Yayaril » Sat Jan 05, 2002 7:43 am

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl.

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Postby Grintor » Sat Jan 05, 2002 7:49 am

Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

not his best work i feel, but the man is a god.
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Postby Elisten » Sun Jan 06, 2002 7:17 pm

Currently.. The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch.

I have read all of the books by Terry Brooks. And this one is just as good as the others.

Of course. David Eddings and Robert Jordan are great reads as well!

(Nikelon - I so agree with you! TOO many books in my life have I read, none to call my favorite cause there are so many good ones!)
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Postby Tasan » Sun Jan 06, 2002 8:33 pm

Timeline - Micheal Chrichton

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Postby Taegost » Sun Jan 06, 2002 9:05 pm

And interesting question...
Anyone ever read the "Lone Wolf" twist-a-plot books?
I used to be hooked on them in middle school. We even had our own group that would create items 'n stuff to use, we had optional rules 'n stuff...
I still like taking them out every now and then for nostalgic purposes Image

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Postby Grungar » Sun Jan 06, 2002 11:10 pm

Uhhh. Reading, heh. "Watchmen" (it's a comic book) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons was pretty keen. So was "Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters" by Matt Ridley. I know, I'm a nerd.

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Postby efeh » Mon Jan 07, 2002 12:07 am

Enders Game series (orson card)
-they get better, and better!

Hyperion series (dan simmons)

Neuromancer (will gibson)

Dune (frank herbert)

Death Gate Cycle (M. Weiss)

Enchantment (orson card)

Eyes of the Dragon (stephen king)

NARNIA!!! YEA!
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Postby Fezbozz » Mon Jan 07, 2002 1:35 am

I really enjoyed the Runelords series by David Farland.My Favorite series is probably at this moment The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. At least for now.
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Postby Xyd » Mon Jan 07, 2002 4:15 am

Best book I read last year: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur S. Golden. Very well-written book that will keep you awake until you finish it. Fiction that reads like non-fiction.

Timeline by Crichton! Excellent book.

Harry Potter series -- all very easy reads that completely pull you in.

All things Terry Brooks or David Eddings.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. If nothing else, read the Foreward.

Also, DNS & BIND by Albitz and Liu. Just necessary reading.

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Postby Nitania » Mon Jan 07, 2002 4:34 am

The script from "Strange Brew". Highly enlightening.

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Postby Bopple » Mon Jan 07, 2002 4:43 am

Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
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Postby Dezzex » Mon Jan 07, 2002 12:15 pm

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid ... for the second time... too provocative for me to put down.
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Postby Jasix Prowlingwolf » Mon Jan 07, 2002 4:29 pm

The local phone book.

I'm looking for a new chick to stalk...
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Postby Gort » Mon Jan 07, 2002 4:32 pm

Efeh,

I loved the Hyperion series, much better in print than the origional handwritten manuscript. He was actually my 6th grade teacher, and one of the more influential people in my life. I still talk to him occasionally, and he's come a long way.

A bit of trivia very few people know. He has a life sized sculpture of the Shrike in his yard courtesy of another of his former students. He's still a great guy, very friendly, and deep down, I think, still a teacher to some extent.

He's also branched out into several different genres, his Carrion Comfort was a really good Horror novel, and he's done one on Hemmingway called "The Crook Factory" that was pretty good. Haven't read his new one, its a suspense novel, but will likely pick it up soon.


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Postby Vipplin » Mon Jan 07, 2002 5:08 pm

'Lord of the Rings' goes without saying as incredible. Some people get a bit bored by the detail, just relax and immerse yourself Image

'Neuromancer' by William Gibson was where the word 'cyberspace' was coined. Excellent book. If you think you're l33t you'd better read it.

'Snow Crash' (Can't remember author) was similar and also a cool read.

'Armor' by John Steakly is hard to find but really good. I couldn't put it down. If you like reading about badasses and fighting read it. Wonder which was written first, this or Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen (kinda similar background theme).

'Stranger in a Strange Land' by Robert Heinlen was excellent.

The 'Dune' series of 6 books by Frank Herbert I loved. Slow in parts but as previously stated, amazingly imagined.

The 'Lone Wolf' series! Hahahaha! I have about 3 of those books and also look at them now and again for nostalgia. Fun stuff.

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Postby Taegost » Tue Jan 08, 2002 12:12 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Vipplin:
<B>The 'Lone Wolf' series! Hahahaha! I have about 3 of those books and also look at them now and again for nostalgia. Fun stuff.

Vadian</B></font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have the whole series Image
Matter of fact, last night when I was looking for my extra memory chips, I found my notebook, too Image
It has like, 30 pages of notes, good discipline combos/where enemies are/where to find uber eq Image
The other section has my re-write of the HeroQuest rules and my Advanced War card game Image

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Postby Ruagh » Tue Jan 08, 2002 2:06 pm

Dragonlance is great.
Forgotten Realms are entertaining as well as Riftwar saga but... Well... IMO the first 3D RPG (and still my favourite one) "Betrayal At Krondor" was damn fun, but the books were kinda... "reading chewing gum". Too much lost cities and forgotten treasures and blablabla.... Last books in Dragonlance have smth similar to this too Image
LOTR - no comments. MUST-READ for everybody. Including Silmarillion (though it is damn hard to read at the beginning - Ive read it fully only on 3rd attempt)

Actually, Im a freak, but Im enjoying reading not only fantasy but serious books on the history of ancient weaponry and armorcraft as well as history of chivalry. If anybody interested, I can throw in some information on great books.

And of couse real Norse sagas are fun! I mean not only Edda, but some historical ones.


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Postby Ashiwi » Tue Jan 08, 2002 3:51 pm

Best book I ever read... after "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" of course, would have to be Dante's "Inferno." A lot of it is politically motivated, but the symbolism is unbelievable.
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Postby Zrax » Tue Jan 08, 2002 4:01 pm

THE gateway to the city of Doom. Through me
The entrance to the Everlasting Pain.
The Gateway of the Lost. The Eternal Three
Justice impelled to build me. Here ye see
Wisdom Supreme at work, and Primal Power,
And Love Supernal in their dawnless day.
Ere from their thought creation rose in flower
Eternal first were all things fixed as they.
Of Increate Power infinite formed am I
That deathless as themselves I do not die.
Justice divine has weighed: the doom is clear.
All hope renounce, ye lost, who enter here.


Inferno kicks ass, Ashiwi you are dangerously close to me actually thinking you are cool.
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Postby Haurnguim » Tue Jan 08, 2002 4:05 pm

Some other good authors/books/series:

* Fritz Leiber - all of the "Fafhrd and Grey Mouser" stories taking place in Lankhmar (Nehwon).
http://www.lankhmar.demon.co.uk/

* Hugh Cook - "Chronicles of an Age of Darkness".
http://www.colin-smythe.com/authors/hughck1.htm

* Robin Hobb - "The Farseer (Assassin)" trilogy.
http://www.hoh.se/fantasyfinder/hobb1.html
http://www.hoh.se/fantasyfinder/hobb2.html
http://www.hoh.se/fantasyfinder/hobb3.html

* A sentimental one...Gary Gygax - all of the "Gord the Rogue" books.
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Postby Kuurg » Tue Jan 08, 2002 9:25 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Vipplin:
<B>'Snow Crash' (Can't remember author) was similar and also a cool read.

Vadian</B></font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

neal stephenson. I agree, it was a pretty good book. diamond age wasn't as good, but had some interesting ideas. Haven't read cryptonomicon yet.

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Postby Kuurg » Tue Jan 08, 2002 9:34 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Ashiwi:
Best book I ever read... after "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" of course, would have to be Dante's "Inferno." A lot of it is politically motivated, but the symbolism is unbelievable.</font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Zrax is right, ashiwi is cool.

For any sci-fi fan who has also enjoyed The Inferno, I would recommend Pournelle and Niven's collaborative effort 'Inferno.' Very poignant yet amusing stuff. a Modern day adaptation of Dante's classic.


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Postby Blarr » Tue Jan 08, 2002 9:37 pm

Gene Wolfe. Period. He's almost the poet laureate of Fantasy/Sci Fiction, acclaimed by the true luminaries of the field. His first. Start with The Shadow of the Torturer and Claw of the Conciliator. I mean, it's amazing, the words he uses, and the situations he crafts. Amazing stuff.

Also, if you get brave, read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English. Amazing stuff - get the Riverside Chaucer to help you out with the double entendres, historical references, and puns.

Also, anyone ever read Terry Pratchett's Discworld stuff? Aside from being pretty damned funny and witty, he's also probably one of the better satirists in literature today Image
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Postby Shaylot » Tue Jan 08, 2002 10:28 pm

Winnie the ImagePooh Image and his Tao. (I read it in danish though).

It took me an evening to read.

People that think philosophy is geek only stuff should read it.
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Postby Jasix Prowlingwolf » Wed Jan 09, 2002 8:38 am

At the momnet I am reading "Rich dad, poor dad" by Robert Kyosaki.

I live in a fantasy world so i dont need any more maidens in distress or enemies to occupy my mind. I need to get my head fixed up and make a serious living and be the rich old long haired tattooed Millionaire i set out to be before I first logged onto the mud.

Tho some of my fav books are The Dragonlance series (main ones not the off shoots with no regard to the original events)
Anything and everything by David Eddings, the man is a legend (helped keep me mildly sane during a 3.5 week hospital stay)

Most of the Raymond E Feist books (riftwar saga, Kings Buceneer?? etc etc) , 'Price of the blood' has a cool place I wanna live at (hmm bath girls!)

All the Thomas Covernant books (man i hated that prick but had to finish reading them all)

And of course I read the first 9 books of the R A Salvator books (in 23 days- was not able to mud so i read Mogr's books)
Aswell as all the other books Mogr leaves at my house to read. I've read many more but they are some of my favourites.

For a silly guy that was kicked out of high school and barely read a single book before then, I sure chewed up a few since being introduced to books about Magic and dragons. With out these books I could be working in a McDonalds washing toilets instead of wasting my life away mudding....
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Postby Vipplin » Wed Jan 09, 2002 9:08 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Jasix Prowlingwolf:
<B>All the Thomas Covernant books (man i hated that prick but had to finish reading them all)
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Whoa I forgot about those. I read them umm... like 13 years ago or something. You're right, I read them all too, and it's funny how much you can enjoy the books despite thinking the main character is a total ass. The first book in the series was Lord Foul's Bane if I remember right.

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Postby Gort » Wed Jan 09, 2002 2:32 pm

Jasix,

Met the guy, nice guy, great for getting a concept out there, and has a really good game, the 202 version is pretty sweet.

I do find that he tends to repeat his stories in his later books, and significantly lacks in any illustration of how he did any of the financing that he glosses over in the books.

That said, they are generally good reads, and can help provide focus.


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Postby Ashiwi » Wed Jan 09, 2002 3:10 pm

I got to "The One Tree" in the Covenant books, found myself rereading the first chapter over and over (got to page 92 four times, I think) then just stopped reading them. They started out great then just became tedious repetition. Oh, and I HATE insipid characters that focus so hard on their inabilities, I prefer stories where the disability is a twist to the norm, instead of the focus of the character's conscious thought.

That said, I still thought the other story he wrote was awesome, one of the best I've ever read, and something I've reread and reread. I think the name of the duology was something to do with "Mordant," but the title of one of the books was "A Man Rides Through." Still a bit heavy on the screwy phychology of the main character, but not so overdone as Thomas Covenant was.
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Postby Jasix Prowlingwolf » Mon Jan 14, 2002 12:36 am

I thnk i was compeled to finish the Tom Cov books, either because when i start something I have to finish it or I just get too frustrated, or because i was really hoping he would die a horrible death for what he did to the mother of his daughter... (*snort HATE rockspiders and rapests with a passion!!) Then his bastard daughter wanting to mate with him... errrrrr

I think it was a very interesting concept tho, a screwed up reclusive leper that in another world held ultimate power.. I think there are a few Tom's on Sojourn...

Hyle Troy (going on a drug fried 12 year memory) gave it yet another prick to hate. I did like the idea of a blind man sitting in a think tank planning wars and shit without ever seeing a map.

6 (?) long ass books of pain and agrovation, "just friggin' die already Thomas" I had to read the Dragon lance saga again to clear my head after that ordeal...
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Postby Gormal » Mon Jan 14, 2002 1:16 am

I'm currently re-reading WoT. I've always loved it, and read it many times through.

I have the whole clive cussler series..but i disagree with whoever said vahalla rising was good..im seriously dissapointed with his last few. I'm just to stubborn to not get them all.

I still read the Redwall stuff as they were my favorites so long ago.

I don't much like the new shannara books.

I did enjoy the Harry Potter series...its like candy they are so easy to read and the plot is pretty good.

Fools War, I think it was called...best scifi book i've read...i have a hard time getting into most of them.

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