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  1. I'm re-re(-re?)-reading Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. It's interesting enough that I can read through it every few years.
  2. Rereading Patrick Rothfuss's books. Wouldn't mind reading about ylides. Organic chemistry final in one week.
  3. Since my last post here, I have finished The Lord of the Rings. I'm now rereading Candide and enjoying it even more the second time through.
  4. I'm on book 4 of The Lord of the Rings. I'm doing much better this attempt than my first time, where I got to about chapter 4.
  5. This seems relevant. And to contribute a little, although not on the original topic: I'm in my second year undergraduate in the States. I've really enjoyed some of the core requirement classes. It's really nice to expand my horizons beyond the scope of grade school. I'm better able to understand and appreciate things from other disciplines.
  6. How can you definitively declare that someone is "evil"? It's hard enough to define evil, let alone use it as a concrete factor in determining someone's right to live.
  7. Sy, did you get lightning superpowers? If not, keep trying.
  8. I was never really bothered by Kvothe's legendary skills. I plan to read the books again this summer, so we'll see if it sticks out more on a second or third read through. Also, we really don't know much about what will happen in Day Three. There could be an explanation there.
  9. I must have forgotten the part in HP where Harry lives as a "street rat" in a big city struggling to stay alive.
  10. I'm nearly positive that unstable creations are hard coded, and I'm sure it's been discussed before. There is also probably a text file in the scripts with all the tooltips, provided that they too are not hard coded.
  11. Originally Posted By: HOUSE of S "Fanfic of" "Based on" "Inspired by the same mythology as" ...these are totally different terms. Don't throw them around as if they are one and the same. As Alorael said, neither Wagner's nor Tolkien's works would qualify as fanfics or even as being "based on" previous stories. Fair enough. The Inheritance series certainly draws heavily on Tolkien's work. Of that there is no doubt. I won't go into details for two reasons: I haven't read LotR, only seen the movies, and I don't want to give any spoilers.
  12. I just finished Inheritance. The entire series has so much drawn from LotR that I feel like I'm reading a fanfiction. A good fanfic, but still something created from something else. Then again, LotR is based on Wagner's Ring, so I'm reading a fanfic of a fanfic? Anyway, I know that people have criticized the writing in the Eragon books, and that's fine with me. They were fun reads. Now I'm off to read either A) Pride and Prejudice for school or The Hobbit in preparation for the movie.
  13. Yes. The general strategy involves spreading out your characters and having one or two smash Redbears with everything they have whenever the other characters get rid of the round of souljars.
  14. I never found that section to be tedious, but maybe my little boy hormones messed with my judgment. One thing that I have noticed is that there are very few pre-laid plot twists. Some authors plan things books in advance, and only after reading further do you understand why something earlier happened. Perhaps because these are his first novels, Rothfuss simply didn't plan that way. I read an interview where he claims to have just sat down with a story idea and wrote. While his writing does lack some of the more intricate and hidden twists, I certainly feel that these books are some of the b
  15. Is it Nikki's birthday? If that's in his local time, we have the same one! Scary. I finally finished The Wise Man's Fear, and I loved it. Very different from the first book, but just as good. I can't wait for the third.
  16. What Aran doesn't say, though, is that most of the newbies are really just more Aranbots coming in to pollute the IP address pool.
  17. Finally, after finished both Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray in about three days, I was able to start reading The Wise Man's Fear. So far, I'm really enjoying it. Rothfuss has done some great bits of humor, and I really enjoy his writing.
  18. Just finished Shelley's Frankenstein. It wasn't at all what I was expecting based on popular myth, but it was still a very good book. It just took a long time to get into it. I have less than 2 days now to read The Picture of Dorian Gray and Le Petit Prince. Here's hoping that the hurricane delays school openings.
  19. General wasn't cleaned out at all in 2010? I'm surprised that this is still here, not that I was ever involved. Slarty-induced necromancy. Is this what Retrioactivity is all about? Getting everyone to find an old thread to resurrect?
  20. Originally Posted By: Student of Trinity "Serious" fiction tends to be either tedious or disturbing. I think the authors all aim for disturbing, and accept tedious as a risk. Even the least tedious are rarely entirely tedium-free. Some fail to achieve disturbing by being so tedious that you just don't care about anything that happens in the book For me, even those serious works of fiction that manage to be more intriguing (or disturbing, by your view) than tedious aren't worth it. I rarely agree with the author's message and would much rather read about, and enter into, a fictional land a
  21. Originally Posted By: Slarty Also, there is no The in the title. I just copied what's on the list. Or are you refering to the rule that I once heard that states that any leading articles in titles are omitted when following "[author]'s" Originally Posted By: Dikiyoba You had to buy books for high school classes? (Or did you just like them so much you bought them afterwards?) We have to buy some, others are given to us. Annotation is fun... not. I may post about my previous experience with school reading later, after I go check out which books from pairs 2 and 5 I have and how lon
  22. So with two and half weeks until my final year of high school begins, I have decided to pick and then read my summer reading selections. Of course, there are 14 pairs of books, and I've only heard of a few of them. So, what I'm asking is this: for those of you who have read any of these books, please let me know if they are interesting and can be power-read in a few days. They are paired specifically, so I can't pick any two. Click to reveal.. 1. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys' The Wide Sargasso Sea 2. Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhous
  23. We read the first chapter in class at the end of last year, and aside from learning vocab, the reading was pretty easy. We had done a few other excerpts from well-known French lit, and this was the easiest by far.
  24. Originally Posted By: HOUSE of S first post! Again - inexpressible joy. And this thread reminds me that I have to read 3 books for school in the next month. I know that I have to read Le Petit Prince for French, and then I have to decide which pair of English Lit books to read.
  25. And readers don't play. And I foolishly assumed that people would look for help before asking. Silly me.
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