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Old 05-08-2007, 09:55 AM   #61
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... you might like Christopher Stasheff's Warlock In Spite of Himself and sequels.
I found I preferred Her Majesty's Wizard and the first several sequels (Wizard In Rhyme series). After the first few, they seemed to lose something, though. But the (current) last one The Feline Wizard (if I remember rightly), was quite good.

I really wish that Stasheff would go back to his Starship Troupers series -- a repertory theater company on space-ships is actually quite amusing, and the last published book clearly anticipated another installment, but it's been 13 years, so I suppose I hope in vain. :sigh:
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:03 PM   #62
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:32 AM   #63
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Long time I didn't post here.

I have finished The Dark Tower series a few weeks ago. Fantastic saga. Don't care that there are so many people moans about the last 3 books and about the ending of the story. I believe the books are brilliant and the ending could not be different as King said.

Just finished The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. A real page turner. However, I believe it is not as good as Tigana or The Last Light of the Sun. Too many time gaps in the story that I wish were filled in and I am not happy with the ending but nonetheless the book is very enjoyable.

Now I am supposed to be ashamed because I started to read for the first time in my life Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. So far, I am not impressed...
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:15 AM   #64
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Now I am supposed to be ashamed because I started to read for the first time in my life Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. So far, I am not impressed...
If you don't like one of the Earthsea books, skip ahead to the next one. I myself think the first one was a bit slow. But I really liked Tehanu and The Other Wind, her recent additions to this set of books, and Tehanu wouldn't make nearly as much sense without having first read The Tombs of Atuan, while similarly, The Other Wind is really best read after The Farthest Shore. There is also a set of short stories that could be read at any time, and you might find that you enjoy the other books better if you read the short stories first.

A Wizard of Earthsea was probably considered such a great book partly because of the time in which it was published-- up to that point, most fantasy was still imitating Tolkein, and additionally, the year after A Wizard of Earthsea, Le Guin published The Left Hand of Darkness, which won both a Hugo and a Nebula.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:52 AM   #65
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Just finished "L'Homme qui devint Dieu" from Gérald Messadié in paper. It's a novel I'd read in 87 when in came out about the life of Jesus. It was very controversial at that time. At this reread it seems dated in the theological discoveries. Unfortunately I found no trace of a translation to English. It should be.

Just started the whole of Steve Jordan's self published ebooks! Enjoying it so far, he's got a good 'esthetist' feel to it!
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:03 PM   #66
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If you don't like one of the Earthsea books, skip ahead to the next one. I myself think the first one was a bit slow. But I really liked Tehanu and The Other Wind, her recent additions to this set of books, and Tehanu wouldn't make nearly as much sense without having first read The Tombs of Atuan, while similarly, The Other Wind is really best read after The Farthest Shore. There is also a set of short stories that could be read at any time, and you might find that you enjoy the other books better if you read the short stories first.

A Wizard of Earthsea was probably considered such a great book partly because of the time in which it was published-- up to that point, most fantasy was still imitating Tolkein, and additionally, the year after A Wizard of Earthsea, Le Guin published The Left Hand of Darkness, which won both a Hugo and a Nebula.
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I think I will go through book 1 and book 2. If I don't like them I stop.
I have not read any HP books yet but I have seen movies and reading A Wizard of Earthsea feels like a the first HP movie was based on this book Small buy, no parents, natural talents, goes to far away school to learn magic, rivals in school...I think Rowling is a big fan of Earthsea
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:51 PM   #67
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Still in Asimov's 'Foundation' 15book series.
Where did you get all 15 e-books , I've only found 3
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:24 PM   #68
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Started to read The Road by McCarthy. A very gloomy and depressing story about a father and a son who try to survive in an Utopian America.
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Started to read The Road by McCarthy. A very gloomy and depressing story about a father and a son who try to survive in an Utopian America.
I just finished it! What a great novel! It really touched me. I can understand all the fuss about it.

By the way, it reminded me of Parable of the Sower, a science fiction novel by Octavia Butler where the characters had to travel through a California devastated by the global warming. And I thought that Octavia Butler was being pessimistic!
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Started to read The Road by McCarthy. A very gloomy and depressing story about a father and a son who try to survive in an Utopian America.
Have heard a lot about it and decided to postpone reading the book for a while. Don't want to read grim books after The Dark Tower series and The Lions of Al-Rassan. Need something lighter
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Old 06-16-2007, 07:31 PM   #71
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In newly published books I just finished I'll Sleep When I'm Dead by Crystal Zevon. It is described as "The dirty life and times of Warren Zevon."

For those of you who may not know, the late Warren Zevon was a musician. His most famous songs were "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Hasten Down the Wind", and "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me." Crystal Zevon was his ex-wife. He approved the project before his death under the provision that she tell the truth, "warts and all."

As a long time Zevon fan I was interested in the material and found it to be a fascinating read -- warts and all.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:13 AM   #72
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Still in Asimov's 'Foundation' 15book series. Looking forward to CJ Cherryh's 'Company Wars'.
Where did you get all 15 e-books , I've only found 3
I think he's referring to the other books in that universe. They could be considered part of the Foundation series or not, depending on how you want to look at it. If you interpret it really strictly, then they're not, but it's not really that much of a stretch to pull them in, as there is, indeed a common over-plot in the lot.

Here's a list of them, and a slightly different list here that includes some 'Foundation' books not written by Asimov.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:21 AM   #73
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Nah there are 7 books in the Foundation series From Prelude to forward the foundation. Then there are the robot (Earth) books. Asimov did try to combine the two series later in his life, but to me those efforts (Foundation and earth and robots and empire) have always seemed artificial.
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Which illustrates my point that it's a matter of how you interpret what makes up the series very nicely.
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