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    I'm just finishing Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson, and I got screwed...this is the one-off standalone that doesn't include the other two books King Of The Vagabonds and Odalisque from the regular Baroque Cycle Volume 1.

    Buyer beware! Don't buy the little silver pocket version.

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    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru

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    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and some Artemis Fowl books.

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    The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber
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    just finished 'Growth of the Soil' by Knut Hamsun and if someone could recommand me similar books i'd be very pleased!

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    I've been reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay on an on and off basis over the past two months or so. For some reason, I tend to do this a lot. It's a great book, though.

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    Catch 22. Im gonna finish it this time, goddammit!

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury) Two boys in a small town find something sinister about an autumn carnival, but may be powerless to stop it. The 1983 movie (screenplay by Bradbury) has long been a favorite, so I finally got around to reading the book. Very creepy, even moreso than the movie, with the metaphor-heavy writing lending a nightmarish, semi-lucid air to the story. A bit slow going now and again, and ultimately I liked the movie a little more, but still a good book.

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    Dragon Keeper, Book 1 of the Rain Wilds Chronicles (Robin Hobb) A sequel to Hobb's brilliant Liveship Traders trilogy (in the world of the Farseer Saga/Tawny Man trilogy) takes up the story of the sea serpents - in truth larval dragons - as they finally emerge from their cases to take to the skies as the Lords of the Three Realms... only something has gone horribly wrong. Instead of fully-formed dragons, the hatchlings are underdeveloped and crippled, some being little more than dumb animals. The humans who made a pact with the dragon Tintaglia never bargained on this, on having to be caretakers to dragonlings who will never be able to survive on their own; suddenly, the extravagant bounties offered by outsiders for dragon flesh to make miracle cures seem more and more tempting, and even Tintaglia seems to have given up on their survival. Ancestral memories tell the dragonlings of a lost Elderling city - if there is to be any hope of their long-term survival, it will be among the relics of the lost civilization where dragons and humanlike Elderlings coexisted in peace. But they cannot make the journey without humans to help them survive the trip.
    So far, it's holding up well compared to my very fond memories of the Liveship Traders. I've just reach the point where the dragonlings are about to set out, with a collection of human companions who were chosen for their expendability rather than their competence. Looking forward to the rest of the book... and the second volume, which is already available.

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    <The Lovely Bones unabridged edition>written by Alice Sebold.
    A bit of weird for me to go on reading.

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    Just finished a Guiman short story collection.

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    "What is Time?" and "Quantum"

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    Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne Tang View Post
    <The Lovely Bones unabridged edition>written by Alice Sebold.
    A bit of weird for me to go on reading.
    Just wondering how it is? I was thinking of adding it to my pile.

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    Oh, and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "Life of Pi," "The Gargoyle."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bethany K. View Post
    I thought it was a decent read, except the ending was horrible.

    Right now I'm reading The Iliad.
    Was it the same ending as the movie?

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    Lolita and Portrait of an artist, a biography of Georgia O'keeffe

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    "Evil for Evil", second in the Engineer Trilogy by K.G. Parker.

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    Currently reading "Heart of a Dog", a short novel by Mihhail Bulgakov, do recommend.
    Also reading "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami, but find it kinda hard to get into the story and it's a pretty fat book, so I might drop it.
    Also took "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick from the library today.

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    Currently reading "Heart of a Dog", a short novel by Mihhail Bulgakov, do recommend.
    Also reading "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami, but find it kinda hard to get into the story and it's a pretty fat book, so I might drop it.
    Also took "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick from the library today.

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    I have a huge to-read pile which seems to be getting bigger, whether it's new books ro ones I want to eventually re-read. I've just finished reading Enduring Love by Ian McEwan... what a brilliant book.

    Currently I'm reading:
    - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    - Tigers Are Better Looking by Jean Rhys
    - Othello by William Shakespeare (for my English literature class)
    - The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

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    Not reading any novels right now. I'm reading short fiction. Asimov's, Analog and Fantasy and Science Fiction magazines.

    I have also found that I really like listening to audio PodCasts on the web of short fiction. Mostly Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. Some fine podCasts for this are Escape Pod, Pod Castle, Pseudo Pod and Starship Sofa which is a Pod Cast Magazine that has poetry, stories and science fact articles in audio. Also Starship Sofa is the first Podcast to win a Hugo Award. It's worth looking into.

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    Now also reading Anton Hansen Tammsaare's "Truth and Justice" volumes I, II and IV for literature class, what a pain.

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    Just finished reading The God Engines by John Scalzi (I think I've read almost everything by this guy now.)
    Currently reading Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.

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    Eh, been a while, might as well update. (Update, procrastinate... po-tay-to, po-tah-to...)

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    Rampant, by Diana Peterfreund. Most storybooks portray unicorns as wise and gentle, even sparkly and whimsical. Astrid's mother, however, insists that they were in fact bloodthirsty carnivores with venomous horns - further insisting that one of their ancestors led the last great unicorn hunt that wiped them out a couple hundred years ago. So who's right? Astrid, a high school sophomore, learns the hard way, when a unicorn nearly kills her boyfriend. Needless to say, it wasn't the least bit gentle or in any way whimsical. Before she knows it, she's shipped off to Rome, where a desperate attempt to locate worthy hunters - virgin females descended from specific ancestors, who display preternatural skills in dealing with the beasts - is underway.
    Worth reading for the concept - which draws on global unicorn mythos, in which unicorns were often far less sweet and gentle than modern media depicts them - though the story itself hit some lulls and hitches.

    Just Started:
    Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest. Steampunk, zombies, and turn-of-the-century Seattle, according to the cover and reviews... I just started it, so it's much too early to say just how I feel about it. I have read books that started faster, though, I'll say that much...

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    Currently reading Metro 2033.

    Btw, is Russian very hard to translate to English? Because the sentence structures seem a bit off most of the time.

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    The books I read now are:

    - "Veniss Underground" by Jeff VanderMeer
    - "The Son of the Light" by Christian Jacq

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    Just finished The Mystery of the Yellow Room. Currently re-reading Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum.

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