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Old 01-08-2013, 07:14 AM   #76
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I find that since I started with electronic readers that I do not get intimidated by any of them since I never get to see the physical size of the book. Small or large they all look the same on the reader, thus no intimidation.
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I finally completed my first book of 2013: A Scanner Darkly. I think I may just watch the movie. Its available free of charge to Prime Members on Amazon.
Hubby and I sat down to watch the movie last night. 1. Its out of sequence with the book, actually announcing a few early spoilers; 2. I fell asleep (Partly out of being tired and partly out of disgust at the movie futzing with the story line).

Anyway, I'm now reading Among Others . If I can finish by Saturday I'll be right on track with my goal.
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I find that since I started with electronic readers that I do not get intimidated by any of them since I never get to see the physical size of the book. Small or large they all look the same on the reader, thus no intimidation.
The Kindle has a trail of dots under each book title which gives a rough indication of the length. I know enough to be wary of the ones that stretch way across the page, like Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell, or almost everything by Peter F. Hamilton or Neal Stephenson.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:48 AM   #79
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This is why I picked mostly a page goal where I would not think of avoiding books because they are too long. It gives a little more freedom.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #80
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I never participated is a reading challenge, and I don't have the slightest idea if my goal of 50 books is realistic ( at least 10 in Dutch, and not more than 25 crime/mystery/thriller).

I already finished the first Dutch book ('Tonio, een requiemroman' by A.F.Th. van der Heijden), and one mystery by Agatha Christie.

However, I wonder if I will be able to keep up that pace. I had a week off from work after all, and during a average workweek, I seldom have more than an hour a day for reading...
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:38 AM   #81
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The Kindle has a trail of dots under each book title which gives a rough indication of the length. I know enough to be wary of the ones that stretch way across the page, like Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell, or almost everything by Peter F. Hamilton or Neal Stephenson.
Yes, this.

I don't mind 600-800 page books in series that I already know and anticipate liking, but otherwise I sort of find myself dreading starting a book that will take me a week at best and - if it turns out to be less exciting - even longer.

Oddly enough I didn't have that issue when I was younger, in my teens or early 20s.
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I never participated is a reading challenge, and I don't have the slightest idea if my goal of 50 books is realistic ( at least 10 in Dutch, and not more than 25 crime/mystery/thriller).

I already finished the first Dutch book ('Tonio, een requiemroman' by A.F.Th. van der Heijden), and one mystery by Agatha Christie.

However, I wonder if I will be able to keep up that pace. I had a week off from work after all, and during a average workweek, I seldom have more than an hour a day for reading...
Welcome to the 2013 Reading Challenge.

If you can finish one book a week, you'll accomplish your goal.

Good Luck & Have fun!
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Hubby and I sat down to watch the movie last night. 1. Its out of sequence with the book, actually announcing a few early spoilers; 2. I fell asleep (Partly out of being tired and partly out of disgust at the movie futzing with the story line).

Anyway, I'm now reading Among Others . If I can finish by Saturday I'll be right on track with my goal.
I might give Among Others a go after I finish with Running with the Demon and then head back to book 2 of the Word & Void series.
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^How are you liking The Word & Void series? Definitely my favourite sub-series within Brooks' piles.
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So far, it's mostly setup. But it's not bad so far. I'm thinking once John Ross gets to town, things will become more interesting.

I'm really curious how Brooks managed to make this part of the Shannara world and do so such that it's taking place first. But the only way to find out is to keep reading.
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So far, it's mostly setup. But it's not bad so far. I'm thinking once John Ross gets to town, things will become more interesting.

I'm really curious how Brooks managed to make this part of the Shannara world and do so such that it's taking place first. But the only way to find out is to keep reading.
The Word & Void is a sub series of which series?

As to Among Others, I've only read a little bit so far, but I like it.
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On Word & Void and how it links to other Brooks' series
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It, along with the Genesis of Shannara are the prequels to the entire Shannara series. I thought the link was a little cheesy, but it was fun and The Word & Void and Genesis of Shannara series were both very entertaining. I went back to read the original Shannara series and I found it a little flat and I had loved it when I first read it.
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So far, it's mostly setup. But it's not bad so far. I'm thinking once John Ross gets to town, things will become more interesting.

I'm really curious how Brooks managed to make this part of the Shannara world and do so such that it's taking place first. But the only way to find out is to keep reading.
I liked the link even if it ended up a little cheesy in the end, but you'll have to read Genesis as well to get the full story. That hateful Brooks just making me buy more books. That said I enjoyed both Word and Genesis a lot.
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It, along with the Genesis of Shannara are the prequels to the entire Shannara series. I thought the link was a little cheesy, but it was fun and The Word & Void and Genesis of Shannara series were both very entertaining. I went back to read the original Shannara series and I found it a little flat and I had loved it when I first read it.
Thanks. I've not read any Terry Brooks, at all.
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Consider yourself lucky. While I enjoyed a few of the sets along the way, I think I spent too much time (26 books) that could have been spent elsewhere.
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