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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #220 on: February 18, 2009, 09:30:18 AM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #221 on: February 18, 2009, 10:50:01 AM »
I nearly started the Twilight series, but then I thought to myself, "No...  I'd rather drive dozens of needles into my eyeballs than subject my mind to such utter tripe!"

I mean seriously.  Teenaged emo vampires who SPARKLE in sunlight?  If it wasn't already a book series and feature film, I'd think it was a prank!
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« Reply #222 on: February 18, 2009, 05:02:35 PM »
I nearly started the Twilight series, but then I thought to myself, "No...  I'd rather drive dozens of needles into my eyeballs than subject my mind to such utter tripe!"

I mean seriously.  Teenaged emo vampires who SPARKLE in sunlight?  If it wasn't already a book series and feature film, I'd think it was a prank!

Wait....they sparkle?  Seriously!?!?!  And to think that I once ranted about how Bram Stoker got it wrong....
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #223 on: February 18, 2009, 06:18:43 PM »
except Stoker's Dracula has become so synonymous with vampires in the public's imagination that if vampires don't conform to his standards, then they're wrong.  God help us if that becomes true for twilight.

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« Reply #224 on: February 18, 2009, 06:20:28 PM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #225 on: February 18, 2009, 06:49:08 PM »
Thats an awesome idea, veekie.  I think I'm gonna do that next time I read 'em.... which will probably be my 4th or 5th trip.

Speaking overly drawn out novels that make you want to kill yourself, has anyone ever attempted Tad Williams' "Otherland" series?  3500 pages, and I could not complete the last 500.  Seriously.

Finished it. Overly wordy, but worthwhile read, imo. I just wish he'd tightened it up.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #226 on: February 20, 2009, 11:16:42 AM »
Cyrano de Bergerac.
Did you read that in French or in some other language ? I really wonder what a translation could be like...

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #227 on: February 20, 2009, 10:42:44 PM »
Hero of the Shadows - David Gemmell. One of the Waylander books.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #228 on: February 21, 2009, 01:35:35 AM »
Cyrano de Bergerac.
Did you read that in French or in some other language ? I really wonder what a translation could be like...

In French, but I've read a decent translation before.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #229 on: February 21, 2009, 01:52:17 AM »
Death of a Salesman and Hamlet for school.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #230 on: February 21, 2009, 02:10:26 AM »
The former is awesome, the latter sucks.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #231 on: February 21, 2009, 02:12:42 AM »
Really? I quite enjoy Hamlet, and Shakespeare in general, and find Death of a Salesman to be borderline tedious.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #232 on: February 21, 2009, 02:13:56 AM »
I dislike Shakespeare. He sure uses a lot of words, but that doesn't really make up the lack of actual content. I just can't read Shakespeare without falling asleep.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #233 on: February 21, 2009, 03:02:49 AM »
You want content?  Read Titus Andronicus.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #234 on: February 21, 2009, 04:49:32 AM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #235 on: February 21, 2009, 05:07:06 AM »
I'm rereading the Sword of Truth series, just finished book one earlier today.  It's interesting that the only part that I really remembered was the extreme Dominant/ Submissive relationship towards the end...
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« Reply #236 on: February 21, 2009, 05:15:13 AM »
I keep meaning to try again with that series. I've made it most of the way through book one twice and then...I don't know? I hear that it's good, I like the parts that I remember, I don't know what keeps stopping me. I'll put it back on my to read list, may have to wait a while though.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #237 on: February 21, 2009, 10:29:10 AM »
I'm rereading the Sword of Truth series, just finished book one earlier today.  It's interesting that the only part that I really remembered was the extreme Dominant/ Submissive relationship towards the end...

That, "This was no chicken. This was evil manifest." and that speech about "Fire is bad", are all I can recall of the series.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #238 on: February 21, 2009, 08:36:08 PM »
I don't think that the chicken line was in the first book, I don't remember it.  And yeah, "Fire is bad" is all over book one, heh.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #239 on: February 21, 2009, 09:37:18 PM »
The chicken line was in, I think the book with the chimes, whatitsname again. The one with the super killgongs.
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