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What are you reading these days?
« on: March 08, 2006, 11:55:30 am »

Every other week, I go to the school library and pick out three books from their selection to read. I usually love one, like another, and can't get into the third, but I digress. Those of us who read on a daily basis usually have a book that they're working on at the moment. What is that book?

I recently finished reading a novel called Daniel Half-Human and the Good Nazi, about pre-WWII Germany (obviously, judging from the title). It was about Daniel, a young, impressionable German child who got caught up in the fervor of the Nazi movement, and even wanted to join the Hitlerjugend... until he found out that he was part Jew. His best friend joins the HJ and rises in the ranks, but still doesn't let Daniel's lineage interfere with their friendship. I the years leading to 1939, however, Daniel's friend begins harboring doubts about staying with the Nazis, leading up to an exciting climactic scene.

The book I'm reading now is also set in Germany, but 51 years later, as the Wall was coming down. This book, The Student Conductor is a bit (read: lot) more mature than the other, although that was pretty mature as well.

Both are excellent, and are worth a look.

So, now, the question is obvious. What are you reading at this time?
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2006, 01:39:35 pm »

For school, we're reading The Great Gatsby, which I find rather enjoyable.

For not-school, I'm reading "Dragonlance: The Annotated Chronicles." The first three Dragonlance books compounded into a 1300 page brick of words including previously cut scenes and authors commentary.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2006, 02:56:03 pm »

I recenty picked up a couple books by Dave Barry, who's always hilarious. Then there's Good Omens, by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. It's amazingly awesome, and I reccomend it to all. That's about it for now, but I read quickly, so expect an update soon.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2006, 03:26:25 pm »

I recenty picked up a couple books by Dave Barry, who's always hilarious. Then there's Good Omens, by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. It's amazingly awesome, and I reccomend it to all. That's about it for now, but I read quickly, so expect an update soon.

I already read Good Omens. It's a very good book.
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2006, 04:03:15 pm »

I recenty picked up a couple books by Dave Barry, who's always hilarious.


Oh man, I got Dave Barry In Cyberspace from the library before, and it was fantastic.

I've been pretty into Stephen King lately. Right now I'm reading Carrie. For school, we're reading Great Expectations. I don't want to say that it's a bad novel, but it's just so hard to get into.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2006, 05:06:50 pm »

I'm reading The War of the Worlds. Nothing like the films. Great book.

Has anyone besides me here read 'Twisted Tales from Shakespeare'? That book is hilarious. For those of you who haven't read it, it's basically parodies of various Shakespearian plays. It's hilarious.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2006, 06:34:29 pm »

Right now I've just started reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  So far they both seem pretty good, Brave New World is what I'm furthest into and its a pretty interesting science fiction work depicting a typical-among-writers "futuristic dystopia" where people in the future lead dehumanized lives.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2006, 11:17:21 pm »

There's two I'm trying to read right now. The first is a 24: Declassified novel. Those books are well written, with twists (one in the last book baffled me) and great suspense. Second is Eragon, which I'm borrowing from a coworker, who's currently got my copy of HBP to read. I haven't started Eragon yet, but I've been trying to get started. Problem is, I want to just sit down and read it, but I don't wanna take the time lol.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2006, 11:26:05 am »

There's two I'm trying to read right now. The first is a 24: Declassified novel. Those books are well written, with twists (one in the last book baffled me) and great suspense. Second is Eragon, which I'm borrowing from a coworker, who's currently got my copy of HBP to read. I haven't started Eragon yet, but I've been trying to get started. Problem is, I want to just sit down and read it, but I don't wanna take the time lol.

Eragon is definitely a must-read for fantasy lovers. It a simple, well-constructed tale with all sorts of cool elements, like the Ancient Language and junk. I'm trying to secure a copy of Eldest, but something does not want me to read it. Rrrrgh.

Who knew it would be so hard to secure one copy of a book? FROM A LIBRARY?
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2006, 09:18:37 pm »

I've basically planned out what I'm going to read for the entire school year. During the summer, I have a tradition of reading one really long book for all three months. This year, I'm deciding between The Oddessey, The Golden Compass, The Sirens of Titan, Moby Dick, or Kidnapped.
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2006, 09:21:02 pm »

The Golden Compass
VERY YES. That series is teh total bomb.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2006, 09:24:09 pm »

VERY YES. That series is teh total bomb.

I usually read a classic. (eg. in '04, I read Beowulf.) Though I have read some contemparary books. (eg. in '05, I read The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide.) So I don't really know.
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2006, 04:16:43 pm »

I'm thinking about picking up Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead next time I'm in the library. Spring Break's coming up, so I don't think I'll get it next week.
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2006, 04:18:56 pm »

I'm probably going to read the Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle next.
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2006, 06:08:27 pm »

I usually read a classic. (eg. in '04, I read Beowulf.) Though I have read some contemparary books. (eg. in '05, I read The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide.) So I don't really know.

Beowulf?

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Nah, but whatever floats your boat man. You should pick up a copy in Old English.
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