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To my fellow book worms here is a place where we can exchange our insights and ideas, share our current reads and lastly, manifest our love for books! So yeah, ill start it off with simple questions then later on we can progress with other questions revolving around topics which we have delved into.

here are a few guide questions which you may or may not answer. you can skip some of the questions that you don't want to answer.it all depends on how you wanna tell us your love for books.

1. what's the usual genre/s that you read? why do you love this/these genre/s.
2. Give us a few books of your usual genre.
3. Your all time favorite authors. runner ups and 1 all time favorite.
4. Your all time favorite book/book series. runner ups and 1 all time favorite.
5. Your current read.

ok ill give it a start.

1. my usual reading genre is fantasy. aside from some chick flicks and teen stuff(only the good ones) that my female friends drop on my table. i picked fantasy because i love stories. i want to read something from medieval times. something that we cannot have today, such as swords, trebuchets, ballistas, wild creatures from beyond, and of course an all out war with lots of casualties. magic is a plus too.

2. hmmm. Lord of the Rings series. Game of thrones series. Lightbringer series. Shadows Edge series.keys to the kingdom series. Gardens of the moon. Brotherband series.

3. All time favorite author:
Steve Rune Lundin / Steven Erikson(pseudo name)
- a plot under a plot under a plot. one of the best for me.

Runner ups:
Brent Weeks : You sir are a literary genius. i would gladly be your errand boy just to be the first to read your books.turning normal every day things into awesomeness.
George Martin : thanks for giving me the joys of reading a book where killing a lot of the characters is perfectly sane. Also thank you for having a great plot.
Tolkien : you are tolkien. who doesn't love tolkien.
Salvatorre : one of the greats.
Garth Nix: i really like your books but sometimes something is a bit off for me.
John Flanaggan: your books bring out the boy in me.
Eion Colfer:
Riordan:

4. All time favorite:
Book of the fallen, Tale of the malazan empire series.

runner ups:
Nightangel series.
Lightbringer series.
Percy Jackson series.
Game of thrones series.
Keys to the kingdom series.
Sabrael, Lirael and Abhorsen.
Ranger's Apprentice Series.
Brotherband Series.
Eragon series.
Artemis fowl series.
forgot the other ones :|

5. im currently reading mark of athena by riordan.
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Quite a few things. During my military time i read alot of stieg larsson.
I also enjoyed Dune when i was younger.

something that i l iked as a kid and still hugeley rever is the Series of Books by Walter Moers, but if you aint from germany or austria you probably dont know his stuff, his books never got popular beyond the german speaking world, and i guess alot of the humor wouldnt come through.
Its a rather unique take on what can be in the broadest sense be considered fantasy.
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isn't sig larsson the one who wrote the "the girl series". i dunno what they're called. had them on my ebook reader but never read them :|.

well the lines defining fantasy are a bit vague and blurry :>
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well yess he is.

and well. see it just has NO ties to tolkien. he just made it up from original german folklore. and its... weird. but great. It also invovles stuff like Dinosaurs that are all poets, Yeti raiders. People from Hel that build cities and wait till they get populated and then abduct the population...
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This is a great idea Shadow, I was contemplating making one of these!

1. I can read a LOT. There are few genres I truly dislike, I judge a book individually, not by it's genre/cover ;) Novels, fiction, historical thrillers, fantasy, biographies... If it's in a setting or about a topic I'm interested in, I'll read it. I do have a soft spot for historical settings and obviously fantasy, though I do think the latter is about as common as magazines these past ten years, so it's about picking the gems out of the bunch.

2. There are a lot of books by Dutch authors you probably never heard of /hipster. I'll go through my shelves to give you a few titles of international writers.

Christian Jacq's series about Ramses are great. I have all five of them and he has managed to make one of the most famous rulers in history as human and touchable as your neighbour. If you're into historical novels with a pinch of thriller, give it a try.

Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, I don't need to explain this one, I believe. Tolkien's style of writing could be deemed mediocre at best by a lot of publishers (and since I "work in the business" I agree), but there are few people who ever managed to create a world with such depth and detail. I'm a huge LotR-freak, and I read the trilogy and The Silmarillion at least once a year.

I also really love the novels of Isabel Allende. She's a great novelist from Latin-America. She has the balance between emotion and humour just right.

3. I can't answer this, I don't have one favourite author, I simply have to broad an interest in reading xD I think the books I mentioned above are written by authors that are all high on my list.

4. The Lord of the Rings, obviously. Definitely a favourite simply because of its depth. There's a load of Dutch titles I absolutely love as well, but to put them in a ranked list would be too hard xD

5. At the moment I'm reading The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. What can I say - I loved The Witcher 2, and the world and setting peaked my interest, so I ordered the books :D I really love it so far, the gritty and deadpan sense of humour combined with the setting makes it one of those books you just read in one go.
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Richard A Knaak's writings, Tad Williams's Otherland & Memory,Sorrow,Thorn. Acutally, I must say I enjoyed The Dragonbone Chair (1st novel of Memory,sorrow & thorn) more than tolkien's.


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tried reading divergent.looks pretty good, except for the uber emotional parts
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I intend to reply properly to exact questions asked, but I gotta get ready to catch a train!

In the meantime I will throw this link out there for those who read a bit, feel free to add me!

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5444876-anex


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Starship Troopers from Henlein (please ignore the movie, its nothing like that)

Considering that book has been written half a century ago, I still think its the best scifi ever and I must have read it dozen times over already. Dialogs of Henleins characters regarding morality as simply something ... epic


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and by that you mean autoritarian?
some of his ideas are insane. some are less insane. but definitly something a bit too spicey for todays politics.
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Im not going into arguments with infamous Sordak, tho I do agree with most of his ideas. Sokrates already knew democracy is really shitty and hey, most of the world still praise it. It comes to personal opinions I belive. I do like how Heinlein reason his :)


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i can see your points on democracy... im certainly convinced that it doesnt work with regulations.
But how far should regulations go? The only thing i know is that i am not qualified to answer this question. and to stretch it even more: is anyone?

I think there need to be regulations about corruption as it is what eats up democracy. Many of Heinleins arguments about Democracy are based on the fact "democrazy is slow, and they are all based on their own gain" wich is half true.
It is true that most politicians in a democratic system are looking pretty much till the next elections and thats it. However i doubt that military expirience realy gives you any better view on the matter at all.
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This is a very interesting topic and would deserve it's own thread, if we all just weren't so touchy when it comes to politics. Back on topic, please!


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1. what's the usual genre/s that you read? why do you love this/these genre/s.
Historical fiction and nonfiction, Usually stories from a female perspective.

I like to learn thing about past times, traditions from a variety of cultures.

2. Give us a few books of your usual genre.
Peony in Love, Shanghai girls, Snow flower and the Secret fan, Memoirs of Cleopatra, The Bonesetter's Daughter, Shadow Princess, The Twentieth wife.
3. Your all time favorite authors. runner ups and 1 all time favorite.
1. Indu sundaresan, 2. Lisa See & 3. Amy Tan
4. Your all time favorite book/book series. runner ups and 1 all time favorite.
1.The Taj Mahal Trilogy
5. Your current read.
The Bonesetter's Daughter



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bump! just finished the whole gone series by michael grant.
This post was last modified: April 15th 2013 04:25 AM by Shadowthrone
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