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I'm still reading #11 "At All Costs" by David Weber.
I started #3 "Consequences" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch last night. I'm not finding it quite as good as the first two but I'm only 50 pages into it.
I need to start that Harry Potter book pretty soon. It's due back at the library on the 22nd. I've put holds on for the possible Nov. book club reads and a couple of Christopher Priest's that edroxy was recommending. I'm hoping that "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini doesn't make it as a book read for Nov. I'm #181 hold at the library for it. I may get it in Jan. if I'm lucky!

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edroxy
Nov. 5th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini doesn't make it as a book read for Nov.

nah, don't worry... Anansi Boys is going to win it all! I didn't vote for this one because I intend to read it anyway... just as soon as my bank account let's me lol!

I'm #181 hold at the library for it. I may get it in Jan. if I'm lucky!

Yeah, I see what you mean... I've been waiting for ages for Umberto Eco's The mysterious Queen Loana (somehting like that, I don't know the exact translation)... dunno if you've heard about it... it's about an amnesic guy... he's forgotten all of life, wife, kids, the whole thing (duh! you'll tell me! that's the whole point of being amnesic! Yes... but, but, but...) he still remembers the books that he's read. And so he tries recovering his memory thanks to that, starting with the book and then trying to remember the state of mind he was in while reading it and all the events that came with it...

I like the concept because I often associate a particular book with the mood I was feeling in when I was reading it, or also with a CD I was listenning to... it's kinda like those persons who transform a mood into a color, or a smell into a color... with me, everything usually ends up being a book lol!
katsurian
Nov. 5th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
nah, don't worry... Anansi Boys is going to win it all! I didn't vote for this one because I intend to read it anyway

I'll leave it on hold just in case they vote for it in Feb. Several people in the newsgroups I read have recommended the series & I planned on at least looking at them; I just have too much else to read right now! My TBR shelf has overflowed & Christmas is coming! And it's being held at my house again this year! Last year for Nov. & Dec. I read half of my usual monthly quota. I have no time during the Hoildays. Must make Time.
(Insert picture of person dropping things in a smoking cauldron cackling, "A little Sun, a little snow, a large rosebud, a fallen leaf for the Seasons; a small Moon and some sea water for the Tides of Change. Don't worry Dearie, I'll make you some Time.")

it's about an amnesic guy... he's forgotten all of life, wife, kids, the whole thing (duh! you'll tell me! that's the whole point of being amnesic! Yes... but, but, but...) he still remembers the books that he's read. And so he tries recovering his memory thanks to that, starting with the book and then trying to remember the state of mind he was in while reading it and all the events that came with it...

No, haven't heard of that one. It sounds interesting. The one "amnesiac" book I remember was Sleep Well, Christine by Alice Brennan about a woman who wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. There's a man by her side that the Dr. tells her is her husband. He's going to take her home where they live with her husband's brother, his wife & a couple other relatives.
The only thing she remembers of her past...someone in that house tried to kill her.

I like the concept because I often associate a particular book with the mood I was feeling in when I was reading it

A good book usually ends up changing my mood. So when I'm feeling really rotten I know just what book to pull off the shelf! :-)
edroxy
Nov. 6th, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
Lol! I'm also experiencing a little time problem... I have to read in priority research books for University and that gives me little time for anyhting else but I don't think I'll be able to stand it for more than a week!!! I've been dying to read Tim Powers' "Anubis Gates" and I can hear it calling to me from the top of my shelf lol! not only am I hearing voices, books are talking to me! this confirms the madness point lol!

haven't heard about the book you've mentioned... to get back to Paolini, I've only read Eragon and it was nice if a little bit classic at times I might say. I also think there are too many descriptions which kinda slow the general pace of the book even though there is a lot of action. I had the feeling though, and I wasn't the only one because I've discussed this with others, that you could feel Paolini's writing skills evolve and get better with the progression of the book. I think if that goes on in the coming volumes then this could be one of those series that start off as young adult and ends up just adults. But you have to give Paolini some credit though because he was really young when he started writing. I'll keep an eye out for anything he might publish after his Inheritance trilogy.

Geez that was a long comment, don't get me talking about books lol!
katsurian
Nov. 6th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)
not only am I hearing voices, books are talking to me! this confirms the madness point lol!

I've gotten some very strange looks for talking to the characters in my books.

That book was an old (early 1970's) gothic romance.
A couple things that has stopped me from reading Paolini is that the books are so thick and they deal with dwarfs & elves. Dwarfs, elves, fairies, etc. are not my usual type of fantasy book, I tend to shy away from them unless they're from an author I've previously read. Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series is an exception to the rule! Plus the books are so thick when I've already got too many books on my TBR shelf now. Sort of like the new Harry Potter book. I was going to wait until it came out in trade paperback to read until I actually saw it on the shelf at the library. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the series but it's a take-it-or-leave-it series for me. I don't HAVE to read it right away! It's not one of those books that call me from the TBR shelf! :)

I can also talk about books all day. :)
edroxy
Nov. 6th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm also not a big fans of elves, dwarves and all that stuff (I can make an exception for fairies though) because I always have this horrible feeling that I'm reading some LOTR fanfiction (a lot less good obviously). I also strongly disagree with those (usually people who know nothing about the fantasy genre) who think that this is all fantasy is about, that in the end, it's a very closed genre, in which you're always retelling or rereading the same story told a bit differently. True that there is a part of the genre that is like that but that's not all of it and to judge the fantasy genre only on that portion would be a mistake in my sense (and not only because you would never get to read Gaiman lol!). It's like saying that all of SF is space opera! Fantasy is not an old boring genre that deals with problems that will never happen in real life... on the contrary, I think it can be quite modern and only use the genre to express feelings that you get to experience in everyday life. I don't think fantasy would work if to a certain extent, the readers couldn't identify to the characters (you talking to the characters for example lol). I'm getting a bit carried away here lol, but it's because in the past year, I've really developed a sorta passion for fantasy ;)

I understand what you mean about the HP series... I was really into it a few years ago, I was on different mailings, forums, read fanfics all day... fortunately, it all calmed down lol! and I did wait two weeks to read the sixth volume (something that would've been unimaginable a few years back! anyway it might only take you a few hours! it's a lot thinner than the previous one fortunately). I think what happened is that I started discovering this whole new world around me in which HP was only the immersed part of the iceberg (meaning the most mediatized part of fantasy). I could never say that I dislike or hate that series because that's how I was introduced to fantasy in the first place... that and the LOTR lol! how did you get into it?

I also loved the Artemis Fowl series... I've only read the first three though, I'm waiting for the fourth one to come out in paperback. have you read it?
katsurian
Nov. 6th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
I also strongly disagree with those (usually people who know nothing about the fantasy genre) who think that this is all fantasy is about, that in the end, it's a very closed genre, in which you're always retelling or rereading the same story told a bit differently. True that there is a part of the genre that is like that but that's not all of it and to judge the fantasy genre only on that portion would be a mistake

In a sense though, you can make that case about any genre, not just Fantasy.
Mystery: Oh, it's a whodunit. Someone gets killed & the detective stupidly puts him/herself in harms way solving the case;
Science Fiction: Oh, it's about spaceships and outer space or time travel;
Westerns: Good guy vs. Bad guy and ends in a shootout;
Romance: Girl gets Guy in the end;
Fantasy: Elves, Dwarfs, Faeries or magic in medieval times.

Then what’s the point of reading books? It’s because you can’t categorize them like that. It’s not what they’re all like, be it mystery, fantasy or whatever you’re reading. Granted, some authors can retell the same story over and over just changing details and names but you don’t have to continue reading their books! :) I sure don’t. lol
I think most of these people don’t read books period.

Fantasy is not an old boring genre that deals with problems that will never happen in real life... on the contrary, I think it can be quite modern and only use the genre to express feelings that you get to experience in everyday life. I don't think fantasy would work if to a certain extent, the readers couldn't identify to the characters

I think that books from any genre can have subject matter(s) that deals with reality unless, of course, it’s a total fluff piece. True, some authors hit you with a brick but others make you see a different way of looking at it that you might not have thought about before. That’s what separates a good book from just an entertaining one, it engages your emotions.

As for fantasy, I've never read either Tolkien or Gaiman! I can see that absolutely shocked expression of yours! It’s the same as everyone else’s when I admit to never having read Tolkien. lol I have seen the LOTR movies [it didn’t make me want to go out and read the books] and it looks like I'll be reading Anansi Boys this month.) Tolkien does not have the sort of universe that appeals to me. I’ve only heard of Neil Gaiman recently and haven’t looked closely at his books. George R. R. Martin & Robert Jordan were two others that have been recommended to me within the last few years. I will not read another Martin book. I did not like his books at all. Robert Jordan I haven’t tried because they tell me that after the fourth or fifth he’s gone stale. Same ole, same ole.

I started out reading science fiction and since libraries and bookstores shelve fantasy with SF it was only a matter of time before I picked up a fantasy masquerading as science fiction; plus the fact that some authors write both.

I’m doing the same as you in regards to the Artemis Fowl series and the same with Garth Nix. He’s got a volume of short stories about the Old Kingdom from the Abhorsen series that’s out in hardback. The paperback edition is Aug 2006, so it’ll be awhile. I’m not sure about Drowned Wednesday but hopefully soon!

I didn't mean to go on so long. I did tell you I could talk about books all day, didn't I? :-)
edroxy
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:10 am (UTC)
lol! no I'm not shocked when you say you haven't read Tolkien... I've actually come accross a lot of people on the internet who haven't read Tolkien but are fantasy fans anyway. Some have started out with Brooks, Eddings, Feist... or other authors that start writing what is often refered to as heroic fantasy.

Anyway, I haven't read anything by Robert Jordan. I think I will at least read the first book of his series to see what it's like but I've also been told that it starts to drag on and on and on after first five or six books. Concerning Martin, I've only read half of a Game of Throne (because for some reason, French editors like to cut big books in two as if the French readership might be scared by very long books...) so its kinda hard to judge, I was intrigued though and am going to read the second book (which is the equivalent of the second half of the first book... still with me here? lol)

I don't know anyhting about Garth Nix except that he's an Australian author... what are his books about?
katsurian
Nov. 7th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
Concerning Martin, I've only read half of a Game of Throne (because for some reason, French editors like to cut big books in two as if the French readership might be scared by very long books...) so its kinda hard to judge, I was intrigued though and am going to read the second book (which is the equivalent of the second half of the first book... still with me here? lol)

So a 6 book series is actually 12 books over there. Gotcha! :-)
Which means you probably couldn't get the David Weber books even if you wanted to since his books all seem to be 600 to 800 pages long. But that begs the question...Did they do that to Rowlings too? lol Although taking a look at HBP, it's 200 pages less than the book I just finished! Course, I don't remember how thick the Martin books were either, just that I didn't finish the 2nd one.

The Garth Nix books, the Abhorsen series: The first book is about a teenage girl in her last year of college in a country where Magic doesn’t work. But it’s near the Border of the Old Kingdom, where it does. Her father is a highly skilled necromancer in the Old Kingdom while she basically has just book knowledge. Her father is trapped in Death but manages to send Sabriel a message. Now it’s up to Sabriel to rescue him. Fortunately, she meets up with some strange characters that help her on her quest.
It's more my type of Fantasy than just a war set in medieval times (which is about all I got out of the Martin books! lol).
We're on a QUEST. We must save (person, place or thing) from great evil, or at least harm. Whether we have magical abilities or not (or can learn them or not) matters not at all. They MUST be rescued & there is no one else to do it. We MUST! :)

It is kind of funny, now that I think about it. I can't stand Martin's medieval warfare fantasy but David Weber's science fiction space warfare I can't get enough of. Try & figure that one out!! lol
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