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    Interesting and entertaining, read recently ::
    . Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin
    . Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
    . Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis
    . The Journals of Eugene Delacroix
    . Spook Country by William Gibson

    Always recommended ::
    . The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    . Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Gandhi
    . The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav


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    Just finished His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman.

    Currently reading Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China.
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    Recently Read:
    Ironhand (Book 2 of a trilogy), by Charlie Fletcher - A London boy finds himself in the middle of the city's unseen war between the statues and the gargoyles. Fast-paced, quick reading, highly recommended. (Book 1 is Stoneheart, now out in paperback.)

    Bitterwood (Book 1 of probable trilogy), by James Maxey - Dragons rule over and enslave humans, but when a dragon slayer kills the heir to the crown, the dragon king decides to eradicate humanity altogether. A few glimmers of originality, but overall nothing special, and occasionally downright tedious and/or lame.

    Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements - A 15-year-old boy wakes up one morning and discovers he's invisible. Surprisingly intelligent and quick-reading, with no stupid characters bogging things down.

    Reading Now:
    Inkdeath (Book 3 of a trilogy), by Cornelia Funke - It started when Meggie's father accidentally discovered he could read characters out of books, unwittingly unleashing the villainous Capricorn upon our own world while his wife was sucked into the book. In this third volume, most everyone is in the Inkworld, the setting of the first book Mo read characters out of (Inkheart, which is also the name of the first book in Funke's trilogy), where the original tale has gone wildly off-track. Even the book's author, stuck also in the Inkworld, can't seem to turn things around. So far, it's not bad, but every time I pick the book up I get interrupted, and this is a trilogy that takes more than marginal attention. I also distract myself by thinking I ought to go back and reread the first two books, as the summary at the start of Inkdeath glosses over some important elements and downright messes a few others up, if my memory can be trusted.

    Next up:
    My reading backlog's well into the double digits, so I cannot begin to speculate which one I'll plough into next. Hopefully, I'll find something that isn't part of a trilogy...
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    (just finished) Lord Loss - Darren shan

    (currently) Demon thief - Darren shan

    Re-re-re-re-reeading the saga again lol

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    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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    Currently Reading:
    - 4 Arguments for the Elimination of Television (Mander)
    - The Omnivore's Dilemma (Polan)
    - The Unknown Craftsman, a Japanese Insight into Beauty (Soetsu Yanagi)

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    Reading: Dune - Frank Herbert (again... f'ing brilliant)

    Listening to: Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand (it's making me evil )

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    Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is the best book I've read since For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.

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    For a Few Demons More - Kim Harrison
    My So-Called Freelance Life - Michele Goodman
    Castle Roogna - Piers Anthony (xanth series)

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    The Pornographer of Vienna - By Lewis Crofts

    It's a Novelisation of Egon Schiele's life, it's quite interesting actually. Before that I was reading Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which I hated with a passion it's sexist, racist, machoist bullshit.

    I'm hoping to read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar after The Pornographer of Vienna, and then Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace.
    My sketchbook, if you really want to see it...

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    Recently finished:

    Dune - Why the hell am I only getting around to this now?
    Sepulchre - by Kate Mosse, very cool supernatural mystery, takes place in two timelines. Love the photos of the settings and drawings of the Tarot cards at the end.

    Now reading:
    Labyrinth - Also by Kate Mosse. I really liked Sepulchre so I found this one, but her use of present tense in the prologue is really wearing thin.

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    Dune - Why the hell am I only getting around to this now?
    Dune is sweet but don't under any circumstances read the prequels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, they're attrocious.

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    Dune is sweet but don't under any circumstances read the prequels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, they're attrocious.
    Thanks, I'll consider myself forewarned.

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    just got the works of Josephus, should be interesting.

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