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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #135 on: April 24, 2015, 10:00:55 PM »
Book Club is reading World War Z, so I guess I'm rereading that? I'm also reading Child 44, which if you're as into Soviet-era Russia as I am, is a total hoot.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #136 on: April 25, 2015, 01:43:33 AM »
Finished with Byzantines (for a little while, I'm not abandoning them forever!), back to reading Archaic Greek poetry...
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #137 on: May 01, 2015, 07:15:40 AM »
Been reading Tolkien's Tales of the Perilous Realm for the first time, regret not doing this sooner.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #138 on: May 01, 2015, 02:31:25 PM »
It's very good :)

More Herodotus here :/
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #139 on: May 11, 2015, 11:41:01 AM »
Started re-reading Catcher in the Rye to honour my soon-to-be JD Salinger-related tattoo <3
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #140 on: December 26, 2015, 06:22:19 PM »
I just read the Shepherd's Crown - the last Pratchett book - this morning, it was great :) Though really really sad to know that it's the last of them.  :'(

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #141 on: December 26, 2015, 06:45:18 PM »
Got Walden from my unit for Xmas.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #142 on: December 26, 2015, 07:07:15 PM »
The Wood Beyond The World, by William Morris. It was published in 1895, and is perhaps the first modern fantasy novel. I have some more Morris books with me for the weekend.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #143 on: December 26, 2015, 07:18:04 PM »
^ These both look/sound like things I should read!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #144 on: February 26, 2016, 10:24:39 PM »
I'm in the process of reading a few things at the moment.
Really getting into the Agatha Christies - I'm reading 'The Clocks' currently. Also reading the movie novelization of Crimson Peak before I see the film - I want to mentally prepare myself! SotK got me a sort-of companion to Crimson Peak as well call 'The Art of Darkness' which is sort-of a making of etc. which is a gorgeous book.


I also finished The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester a while ago - I loved it - right down my street! :D


AND I have the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series to start!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #145 on: February 26, 2016, 11:02:12 PM »
Those Morris books do sound like something I'd enjoy. Currently reading nothing except a physiology text book. Fun fun.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #146 on: April 16, 2016, 10:54:41 PM »
I'm reading Donald Rayfield's "History of Georgia", which I just bought for myself - it's really very well written, in terms of focus it skews to the modern but it's big enough to incorporate several chapters on the middle ages which are very good. Would recommend, though keeping track of the different names (especially if you don't know the geography) is a tad tough! :)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #147 on: May 22, 2016, 11:19:43 PM »
I've just finished a re-read of Diana Wynne Jones' The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. It's written as a sort of generic travel guide to the worlds found in a lot of modern fantasy, and consists mostly of a series of encyclopedia-style entries describing all the features that the tourist might expect to find during a visit to Fantasyland. There are some unexpected insights - for example, that Fantasyland horses appear to breed by pollination, and that the staple diet seems to be stew.

As I heard the story, Diana Wynne Jones read a lot of generic fantasy to write entries for the Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and she then wrote the Tough Guide to get the experience out of her system. It's all done quite humorously, but the Guide points out many features of fantasy writing that have been repeated somewhat mindlessly by a lot of authors. I'm reasonably confident that at least one author changed various aspects of their fantasy world after reading the Guide.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #148 on: May 22, 2016, 11:54:02 PM »
That sounds like a fun read, I should look out for it...

I don't think I've ever made characters eat stew in anything I've written. Possibly because I'm not a great fan of stews myself!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #149 on: May 23, 2016, 12:29:11 AM »
That sounds like a fun read, I should look out for it...
Yes, I recommend it. Unfortunately, it's very probably out of print - it was first published in 1996 and I haven't seen it in bookshops for a long time. It probably won't often appear for sale second-hand either.