Discussion in 'Community' started by droideka27, Aug 31, 2005.
LOL, well it's a free book (public domain) from the 18th century by Charles Rollin.
Well I do think The Unseen Queen has a cool cover anyway.
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On to the 3rd book. Donaldson books are page turners.
I am reading two books:
The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls Jr., by Nancy Bartley (appropriate to read at work)
Wicked Intentions, by Elizabeth Hoyt (not appropriate to read at work)
@SWpants666. Scoundrels is good so far. It is an Ocean's Eleven type of plot. I'm not too far along though, so it might take a bad turn. I think if you like Tim Zahn's books you will like Scoundrels.
*nods* I enjoyed it quite a bit. Because I knew it was an Ocean's Eleven-ish book going in, I found it more enjoyable than I think I might have not knowing it.
Zahn is spectacular
Scoundrels is still on my to-read list. It's sitting on my Kindle and everything, I just haven't gotten up to it yet.
Currently I'm reading Les Miserables because I recently wrapped up some Dickens and decided I needed to torture myself some more with another master of verbosity.
Done with the Dark Nest Trilogy. Thank god no more bugs until the end of FOTJ. Alema and Raynar by themselves in LOTF and FOTJ are amazing to read to read about.
All the pretty horses. This is going to be the summer of Cormac, just cuz.
THE IDEA FACTORY: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner. It is a tragedy.
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. As a Frenchman traveling in the United States only about fifty years into its existence, Tocqueville was fascinated by American society, especially its trailblazing political arrangements, and wrote this massive work of political theory both to analyze democratic society in America and to draw broader lessons for application in Europe, especially France, where the French Revolution had turned into tragedy but society was continuing to liberalize. It gives him an absolutely fascinating perspective, and it's interesting to read his take on American politics, culture, and social order. His conception of the movement of history is a bit too Whiggish, and he's reduced to using a lot of generalization as he tries to draw out larger principles, but it's still a hugely valuable, insightful outsider commentary packed with a ton of really perceptive observations. As a whole, it's too big and dry for the general reader, but there are a couple chapters that everyone really ought to read.
That's very depressing.
Mary Blair, Disney heroine.
The Comedy of Errors. I've read several of Shakespeare's plays, but nowhere near all of them, and I figured I'd go through his work. The Comedy of Errors is relatively light stuff, a silly mistaken-identity plot loaded with wordplay and slapstick. I'm always impressed with the density of wordplay in Shakespeare.
Wildflowers b Schledia Benefield
C.S Friedman's A feast for souls, which is the first part of her Magister trilogy. So far it's a bit slow, but very interesting.
Chaos And Order The Gap Into Madness
Inferno by Dan Brown. I'm not that far into it, but its not bad so far. My only quibble with it is that there seems to be no character progression from one book to the next. I mean Langdon has gotten mixed up with the Vatican twice, along with the Louvre, CERN, the Knights Templar, the CIA, and the Freemasons. Shouldn't he have some contacts that he can call on when he gets into a jam. For the fourth time.
I tried reading Dan Brown once.
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
@Chancellor_Ewok Ugh that's how I felt with the last one. But still...Brown writes intriguing stories filled with the mysteries of the world.
X-Wing: Wraith Squadron: Iron Fist.
Yeah I keep coming back to Dan Brown's books because he's really good at dropping Robert Langdon into a random European city and then creating a puzzle for Langdon to solve, usually at gun point. I just don't think its too much to ask to see Langdon develop as a character from one book to the next.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Castles, Palaces & Stately Houses of Britain & Ireland.
My parents have just returned from the British Isles and got me the book whilst they were over there. Lovely pretty pictures.
The Passage by Justin Cronin. I had picked up The Twelve by him and then found out that the story starts here. I've got the new Dan Brown in the reading pile as well.
The Taming of the Shrew. Once you get past the politically incorrect subject matter, there's a decent zany comedy here, with multiple competing suitors, an endless succession of disguised characters, quarrelsome servants, and Petruchio acting goofy. It's undermined by a weak ending, though -- Petruchio is a lot less funny once he's actually married, and the play rushes into an ending too quickly, and doesn't give Kate enough of an arc. It could be really good, but the ending really limits it.