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Old 12-09-2012, 02:50 AM
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Oh, 7 habits! I remember that one because it was required reading in sixth grade for us.

...it's not that interesting, if I remember correctly.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:31 PM
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Flickan som lekte med elden. Second part of the Millenium Trilogy.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:50 AM
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Just finished Interview with the Vampire. I really enjoyed the latter part of the book when Louis is in Paris, although Louis himself isn't a particularly enjoyable character until he has his "revelation" near the end of the book.

The Vampire Chronicles are also interesting in that they depict homosexual love between prominent characters, but, since they're vampires, it's a much different kind of love, like mutual admiration, it's actually a little complicated to explain, but Louis and Armand's relationship, as well as the reasons why Armand loved Louis, were very interesting. In my mind they even overshadowed the strong bond between Louis and Claudia, which was another intriguing relationship, and never sexual because Claudia was, well, a child.

The book is much deeper than I expected, I enjoyed it thoroughly! Hope "The Vampire Lestat" is even better.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Finished Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. It wasn't bad but not as amazing as people have told me it would be :U Still gonna get the rest of the trilogy though ahahaha.
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Finished Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. It wasn't bad but not as amazing as people have told me it would be :U Still gonna get the rest of the trilogy though ahahaha.
His other series (The Stormlight Archives, first book The Way of Kings) is quite a bit better. In general Sanderson has been getting better and better, so his recent stuff is always the best.

But do finish Mistborn. It's a lot of fun.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Oh dear, this book. I see why people see it as good literature (my teacher raves about it), but I have never honestly had to read harder in my entire life just to understand what the hell was happening in a book, and I've never enjoyed a book less. Maybe it's improved in the original Spanish, I dunno.

Just finished Beloved for the same class, and it was an interesting read.
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Oh dear, this book. I see why people see it as good literature (my teacher raves about it), but I have never honestly had to read harder in my entire life just to understand what the hell was happening in a book, and I've never enjoyed a book less. Maybe it's improved in the original Spanish, I dunno.
I'm a veteran of magical realism and I liked the first couple of pages, so my hopes are high. :D
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Oh dear, this book. I see why people see it as good literature (my teacher raves about it), but I have never honestly had to read harder in my entire life just to understand what the hell was happening in a book, and I've never enjoyed a book less. Maybe it's improved in the original Spanish, I dunno.

Just finished Beloved for the same class, and it was an interesting read.
I don't know how the translation was for Gabriel García Marquez's books, but when translating from an Anglo-Saxon/Germanic language to a Latin one, the translation has to be really good. In some cases the "feel" of the book is lost with translation. I can't even imagine how it is to read a classic Brazilian book (by Machado de Assis for example), in another language. In many cases the language in which a book is written is part of the "culture" of the book, and this is something that's arguably impossible to "convert" to a foreign language.

The only books I read in English were Casino Royale by Ian Fleming and a bit of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Therefore, one original English and a translated one. I felt the translated one had maybe lost a bit of the aura of the original, while Casino Royale was at its best in, obviously, English.
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just got Everlost by Neal Shusterman on my Kindle :D
the reason why i wanted to get this book is cause there's a Zelda reference but I quickly became more intrigued and compelled to read it for the book itself.
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Piers Anthony. He's all I'll read lately for some reason. I've discovered more recent literature frankly sucks.
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just got Everlost by Neal Shusterman on my Kindle :D
the reason why i wanted to get this book is cause there's a Zelda reference but I quickly became more intrigued and compelled to read it for the book itself.
...That book has a Zelda reference? Where?
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Chapter 8, I believe.
Some one is playing a game boy and Lief (i think) is like 'who's this Zelda person?' or something.
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Rereading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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The Conversion Bureau: Option Gamma
I legitimately feel like I took it home from the bookstore when I read it.
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I am currently going through a Lovecraftian binge right now, since Wikisource has all his works up.
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Just finished This book is full of spiders by David Wong, which was as awesome as I expected it to be. I'm making my way through Life of Pi now. I picked it up on my Kindle for 20p, which was a pretty sweet deal.

Also downloaded The Jungle Book to read afterwards.
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I'm a veteran of magical realism and I liked the first couple of pages, so my hopes are high. :D
So I finished. The last twenty pages were the most powerful I have ever read. Heartily recommended.

Now I shall start Roadside Picnic, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.

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I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. I found it fun but largely insubstantial.
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I'm reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs again for the 8th time. I love this book :)
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I'm just about to start One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, then I'm going to try and eat Life of Pi and The Great Gatsby, and re-eat The Hobbit, before I watch their respective movies.
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