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Started reading Game of Thrones.

Same here. Haven't seen the TV show yet, but it was the only title I recognised in the airport book store :sorcerer:

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Started reading Game of Thrones.

Same here. Haven't seen the TV show yet, but it was the only title I recognised in the airport book store :sorcerer:


I enjoyed the first book.. the second was entertaining but nothing brilliant. And then somewhere around the third or fourth book I just hit a wall and couldn't read anymore of that series.. Maybe one of these days I'll make another attempt, but eh..

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The third book kicks all the other books' asses combined, so much awesomeness.

Edited by Purkake, 27 May 2011 - 04:21 PM.


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Started reading Game of Thrones.

Same here. Haven't seen the TV show yet, but it was the only title I recognised in the airport book store :)


I enjoyed the first book.. the second was entertaining but nothing brilliant. And then somewhere around the third or fourth book I just hit a wall and couldn't read anymore of that series.. Maybe one of these days I'll make another attempt, but eh..


Having read the wheel of time series several times, I have no worries, I can read anything...

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I enjoyed the first book.. the second was entertaining but nothing brilliant. And then somewhere around the third or fourth book I just hit a wall and couldn't read anymore of that series.. Maybe one of these days I'll make another attempt, but eh..


Having read the wheel of time series several times, I have no worries, I can read anything...


Ah, but I've read all the Wheel of Time so far, and actually enjoyed that with no problem.. :shifty:

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I enjoyed the first book.. the second was entertaining but nothing brilliant. And then somewhere around the third or fourth book I just hit a wall and couldn't read anymore of that series.. Maybe one of these days I'll make another attempt, but eh..


Having read the wheel of time series several times, I have no worries, I can read anything...


Ah, but I've read all the Wheel of Time so far, and actually enjoyed that with no problem.. :shifty:


really? even the tenth book?
the one that is almost entirely made up of irrelevant side character's plotlines? -_-

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I hate to say this but Sanderson taking over has been a good thing for the WoT series. Jordan should have wrapped this thing up four books ago. Books eight and ten did nothing to advance the story they should have been cut by 70-80% with the remaining stuff rolled into books 9 & 11. Books three, four and five could have been combined into two books with no loss. The whole Shiado plot should have been wrapped up after their defeat in book four but it languished on for six more books. The whole Ebou Dar thing went on far too long. I could go on.

Edited by Guard Dog, 28 May 2011 - 02:39 PM.


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Nice to see a long-running series actually getting an end.

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Started reading Game of Thrones.

Same here. Haven't seen the TV show yet, but it was the only title I recognised in the airport book store :wacko:


I enjoyed the first book.. the second was entertaining but nothing brilliant. And then somewhere around the third or fourth book I just hit a wall and couldn't read anymore of that series.. Maybe one of these days I'll make another attempt, but eh..


Just as well, given that you were likely reading at the time when he had to stop for a bit.

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really? even the tenth book?
the one that is almost entirely made up of irrelevant side character's plotlines? :p


I have to admit, it's an odd balance. On the one hand I can see that it doesn't always heighten the story effectively and could have been lost.. but on the other, it actually makes the world as a whole more believable and adds depth to the various other characters encountered.

Call me crazy, but I enjoyed reading them.. they certainly didn't have the draggy over-detailed feel that I get in LoTR :wacko:

But then I'm one of those guys that can sit down for a solid chunk of time and read a book in one go. Not get stuck puttering in and out a few chapters at a time over the course of several weeks. Which I think certainly affects my perception of what I do read.

Heh, although I do have fond memories of one half-term when I was a kid, curling up in the airing cupboard with a copy of Shogun over several days.

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really? even the tenth book?
the one that is almost entirely made up of irrelevant side character's plotlines? :p


I have to admit, it's an odd balance. On the one hand I can see that it doesn't always heighten the story effectively and could have been lost.. but on the other, it actually makes the world as a whole more believable and adds depth to the various other characters encountered.

Call me crazy, but I enjoyed reading them.. they certainly didn't have the draggy over-detailed feel that I get in LoTR :)

But then I'm one of those guys that can sit down for a solid chunk of time and read a book in one go. Not get stuck puttering in and out a few chapters at a time over the course of several weeks. Which I think certainly affects my perception of what I do read.

Heh, although I do have fond memories of one half-term when I was a kid, curling up in the airing cupboard with a copy of Shogun over several days.


Well... So far my experience with GoT is that its a badly written good story *shrugs*.

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Now reading The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. I was not sure what to expect but it is light and entertaining reading. After this I'll give the game another go.

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Still wading through Robert Fisk's Great War for Civilisation.

Contemptible. Utterly contemptible.

Latest objection: hagiographic quality of his description of Khomeini. Still more ludicrously, he casts America's behaviour in Iraq as BOTH sides in Iran in almost adjacent paragraphs.

To have been present at so many interesting incidents, and to have produced such pointless monomaniacal drivel is almost enough to make one weep.

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I'm reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

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Still wading through Robert Fisk's Great War for Civilisation.


For the love of God, why?

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Well, Monte. For the simple reason that I made a promise that I would and I always keep my promises. Even when I'm drunk.

Am now at p179-180. the man sounds like the nuttier characters on this board. Notably Onur. he repeatedly slanders US/UK forces without one shred of evidence offerred, while at the same time offerring evidence on other topics. Nearly a thousand pages yet to go, but I want to use it as loo roll immediately.

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Apparently I'm the only one who reads Gene Wolfe because one of my favorite bookstores has most of his stuff on discount.

Bought "Strange Travelers", short story collection.

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Well, Monte. For the simple reason that I made a promise that I would and I always keep my promises. Even when I'm drunk.

Am now at p179-180. the man sounds like the nuttier characters on this board. Notably Onur. he repeatedly slanders US/UK forces without one shred of evidence offerred, while at the same time offerring evidence on other topics. Nearly a thousand pages yet to go, but I want to use it as loo roll immediately.


You've done enough, man, for God's sake. Walk away from the Fisk. Just walk away.

FFS the man has an internet trend based on de-bunking poorly-sourced arguments named after him.

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Now reading Through My Eyes by NFL Quarterback and former Florida Gator Tim Tebow. It's about what you'd expect. Writing an autobiography at the age of 26 is not an act of humility. Therefore it defies reason that a man who does it should try to come off as humble in his book. But somehow he does it.

Also reading Islands in the Stream by Hemingway. He is one of my favorite writers but this is not his best stuff.

Also re-reading A Clash of Kings, by you know who. Getting refreshed for the bigh release of Dance with Dragons next month.

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Six Armies in Normandy by John Keegan.

Read it twice before, but y'know.

GD, Ernest Hemingway's adventures with Leclerc's brigade during the liberation of Paris deserves a book of it's own.




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