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    Commodore con Forza Tûrwethiel's Avatar
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    Thanks for resurrecting this thread, Mat. I hadn't realised it was here.

    I'm a bit of a bookworm and have read quite a few of those already mentioned - and put together a shopping list containing others I haven't read!

    I really agree about Contact. A most excellent book that didn't receive the treatment it deserved. Joanne Harris' Chocolat was also butchered in the movie studio.

    My all-time favourites would have to be Lord of the Rings, which I've read regularly since childhood, and Pride and Prejudice (I've had a crush on Mr Darcy since my early teens!).

    I'm currently reading Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye and enjoying her writing style very much.

    I'm lucky enough to work near a bargain-basement book shop that encourages me to read all sorts of things as the books are soooo cheap. Recent favourites include Treasure Island and Kidnapped which I didn't read as a child because they were deemed to be boys' books!

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    Hey Turwethiel, no problem.

    I like to read a good book, too. Usually, though, I ain't got much time to do so. I am currently looking for a Polish edition of Rimski-Korsakov's Principles Of Orchestration. Apparently, it's not that easy to find this book... But I sincerley hope that Podstawy instrumentacji by Józef Pawłowski will do as well.
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    Colleen McCollough is a naughty person - http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/s...003424,00.html

    I saw an ad for the book on the back of a bus and ran straight to the nearest book shop. It was released here in early October and will be in the US, in early December.

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    I just finished reading A Perfect Friend by Martin Suter.

    I'm currently reading Tig Hague: Zona 22.
    Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
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    I've been trying to read "The Shack" since I had the
    book. I just can't get myself to get into it and read.
    This story is supposed to compare to the book of
    Job in the Bible with a modern twist. Oh well, never
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    judy tooley

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    Currently reading a book on Political Analysis entitled *Мы - Русские - С Нами Бог*(We - Russians - God Is With Us).
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    I've just finished reading a few Agatha Christie novels - 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' and 'Murder on the Links'

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    *The Bronze Horseman* by Pushkin.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    I tend to read quite a mixture, mostly from the local library, I've noticed that their stock these days seems to follow anything the media plugs. (why does that not surprise me)

    A number of my favourite authors have fallen by the wayside so to speak, Ernest K Gann, Piers Anthony, Wilbur Smith, Nevil Shute, many works written by each, lucky to find 1 or 2 on the shelves.

    One work I have followed and reread the existing volumes a number of times is Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, an on going work started in 1980 set in the ice age exceedingly well researched.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_M._Auel

    The next volume is provisionally due in 2011 so you have time to find and read the previous 5 volumes.

    Other authors I look for, Anne McCaffery, Lee Childs, Asimov, Charles Clarke, I tend to look for trilogies/series, Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy started out OK but not so much since they started farming out their work, (generate an outline then employ a hack to fill in the gaps)
    Cheers MIKE.

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    I am slowly working my way through a list of books, some of which I have promised myself I would since I was a kid. Struggling a bit with Coldcomfort Farm, mainly because I do not find it that funny. Paradise Lost is next on the list, followed by Brave New World. In between I read quite a broad range on fiction and nonfiction i.e. Beekeeping for Idiots etc. I do not tend to read romantic novels although I did read some Bertha Ruck, but mainly because she was a neighbour in Wales.

    teddy

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    Finished Eric Claptons autobiog. He certainly had a dark life for a while what with drink and drugs but a fastinating read given my interest in music. Recommended.

    teddy

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    The series 'Mordant's Need' by Stephen Donaldson

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    Just starting on Paradise Lost by Milton. Rather apt with my operations looming

    teddy

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    Glad to see Sagan, Clarke and Adams getting a mention. Sagan's Contact and Clarke's Rama novels were indeed cracking good reads. In the past, I've picked up anything by Douglas Adams simply because he's so damn clever (and funny with it).
    And for all the criticism he's received (a lot of it for the wrong reasons), I actually find Dan Brown's prose tolerable, but then I'm generally easily pleased when it comes to books. I liked Demons and Angels for example.

    But I genuinely can't actually recall the last time I read a fiction novel and I used to love them. Have primarily been picking at Non-fiction over the past few years. Lately have been re-reading some Jung and have also started Richard Dawkins The God Delusion.
    Music is made to transform the states of the soul, for an hour or an instant (J. Alain)

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    First Circle by Solzhenitsyn.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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