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OK, so instead of reviving an ancient thread that's sunk to the absolute depths of the board I figured it'd be best to just start a new one. That and I got distracted while searching for it by stumbling upon and re-reading the Book of Justin. I lost all searching motivation after that.

Anyhoo, the title is self-explanatory, inspired by some recent comments in the Potterdom thread. By an amazing coincidence I'm actually plowing through the HP series again, I'm almost done with CoS to be exact. But since oh, the start of the summer, I've read:

The Silmarillion- Tolkien

The Unfinished Tales- Tolkien

John Adams- David McCullough

1776- David McCullough

Harry Truman- David McCullough

John- who's curious to see the 14 and 8 books in Marc and Mark's stacks

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Oh thank you for making a new one, I've been wanting to revive the old one for a while.

Well the only latest ones I've been reading and have finished have been just for college, mostly Lumet's Making Movies and The Making of Casablanca.

Last books I bought for recreation were Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things and American Gods which I'm still in the process of reading.

So the last book I actually finished for recreation was my second run through of Vengeance, which I highly reccomend.

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The Teeth Of The Tiger - Tom Clancy

Red Rabbit - Tom Clancy

Rainbow Six - Tom Clancy

Stars & Strife (Dallas Cowboys 1992 season) - Mike Fisher

Living A Dream - Dick Vitale

Mind Games - Phil Jackson

Primal Waters - Steve Alten

I May Be Wrong.... - Charles Barkley

I love reading Tom Clancy and Sport Autobiographies.

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I recently finished Marley & Me, which follows the life of an endearingly mischevious dog and the family who owned him. It's a true story, which makes it fun, and it's just a really warm, lighthearted, funny, and ultimately moving book. Definitely a must for any dog or pet lovers out there.

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Ray Barnsbury

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Recently finished:

George Orwell - 1984

Ian Fleming - Casino Royale

Ian Fleming - Live and Let Die

Ian Fleming - Moonraker

Ian Fleming - Diamonds are Forever

Ian Fleming - From Russia with Love

Ian Fleming - Dr No

I am currently about 100 pages (out of about 250) into Goldfinger.

John- who's curious to see the 14 and 8 books in Marc and Mark's stacks

Here's my "to read" pile of books that are actually already in my posession (or have been ordered and are on their way now):

Ian Fleming - For Your Eyes Only

Ian Fleming - Thunderball

Ian Fleming - The Spy Who Loved Me

Ian Fleming - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Ian Fleming - You Only Live Twice

Ian Fleming - The Man with the Golden Gun

Ian Fleming - Octopussy and The Living Daylights

Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe and Everything

Douglas Adams - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes

So that's 13, actually.

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After seeing the film, I re-read Casino Royale (Ian Fleming).

The film is good, but the book is much better.

I've also been reading Making Movies by Sidney Lumet - I think it was Morlock who recommended this... whoever it was, THANK YOU. :)

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Just finished my u,pteenth readin of "The Andromeda Strain"....love most of Crichton's books, but this is the one so far to rule them all.....

Greg - who also bought the DVD today - never seen the movie, but I gather it's good....

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George Orwell - 1984

One of my favorites. I read it in high school and was pretty much the only one in class who liked it. At the time I thought it was great sci-fi, now I see it as the great political commentary it is.

Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe and Everything

Douglas Adams - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

Yes, I need to finish that also. I read Hitchhiker's and The Restaurant around the time the movie came out but I never finished the series.

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They are all good, although I found Mostly Harmless to be a bit odd. The characters seemed to be a bit out of sorts. Ford seemed to be nastier than in previous books, and Arthur and Trillian didn't seem to gel in the same way. I felt that Douglas had forgotten his characters a little in between writing the last two books. Even so, some marvellous moments. I love the "perfectly normal beasts".

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That and I got distracted while searching for it by stumbling upon and re-reading the Book of Justin. I lost all searching motivation after that.

The proud legacy lives on...

Finished recently...

The Lord of The Flies (William Golding)

A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)

In the midst of...

Contact (Carl Sagan)

Just got from the library...

A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin)

Shadow of The Giant (Orson Scott Card)

Justin

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George Orwell - 1984

One of my favorites. I read it in high school and was pretty much the only one in class who liked it. At the time I thought it was great sci-fi, now I see it as the great political commentary it is.

It's brilliant. Loved reading it.

Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe and Everything

Douglas Adams - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

Yes, I need to finish that also. I read Hitchhiker's and The Restaurant around the time the movie came out but I never finished the series.

I read the first one as an ebook (hmyes, I know) before the film came out. Got a nifty 5-book set that includes the film tie-in edition of the first one and the commemorative editions of the other four for lesst han 10 Euros last week. :music:

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I was inspired to read this by last year's movie, which I love. I found it to be a charming and endearing tale, and I quite like Lewis's style.

The End

The last book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and not at all the kind of ending I expected. I didn't find out as much as I may have liked about all the countless mysteries of the series, but I really liked it regardless. As always, I enjoyed Snicket's delightful style and wit. And it was good to finally find out who exactly Beatrice is.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy - Book 1: The Amulet of Samarkand

I am currently re-reading this for a second time. I read the first two books of the trilogy a while ago, and I got the last for my birthday, but I never read it. Since it's been so long since I read the first two, I'm re-reading them before finishing the sereis. They're both absolutely wonderful, extremely engaging. Part mystery, part smart comedy, part coming-of-age story, these books are magnificent, and I can't wait to finish the trilogy.

I started reading Narnia in February, but stopped to read Ark Angel: An Alex Rider Adventure. Then I began to read Bartimaeus in the summer, but stopped to finish Narnia after watching the movie again. Hardly able to find where I left off, I just read the last 30 or so pages and called it a night, so that I was able to read The End. After that I began to re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone after watching the movie, but stopped to read the Bartimaeus trilogy, and I am planning on completing it, having picked up where I left off in the first during the summer.

It's been a weird year for reading. :music:

The End - "Lemony Snicket"

How did you like it? I found the part about being "in the dark" to be hilarious. LOL

~Sturgis

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The End

The last book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and not at all the kind of ending I expected.  I didn't find out as much as I may have liked about all the countless mysteries of the series, but I really liked it regardless.  As always, I enjoyed Snicket's delightful style and wit.  And it was good to finally find out who exactly Beatrice is.

Come to think of it, there seem to be many things left unanswered in the series. But it was still a good book. I love his wit, and yes, the In The Dark part was ridiculous. He frequently manages to reveal some of the hilarious flaws in the English language.

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Da Vinci Code and Forrest Gump

They were the only books in english , I found in my book shelf.

So I read them to improve my language.

While his novels are thrilling (Angels & Demons more so than DVC), I wouldn't read Dan Brown to improve my English skills.

Ok. But I'm that bad in english , that I can learn from Dan a lot. :|

What I ment was more like vocabulary...

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Tom Sharpe's Wilt. Loved it. Commas are overrated anyways.

I need to read that. I think we have all of Sharpe's books, but they're all translated. I'd rather read them in English.

The Lemony Snicket books sound like they might be fun too.

- Marc, who'll apparently have plenty to read the coming year...

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The Teeth Of The Tiger - Tom Clancy

Red Rabbit - Tom Clancy

Rainbow Six - Tom Clancy

I liked Rainbow Six a lot. Haven't read the first two- how are they?

Morlock- who loves The Sum of All Fears, Executive Orders and especially Debt of Honor

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I'm just getting started on both, Red Rabbit takes place in between Patriot Games and The Hunt For Red October. I bought them when they were first released but just getting around to reading them.

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Just finished - The End, The Beatrice Letters - Lemony Snicket

Currently reading - Lisey's Story - Stephen King

Up next - Equus - Peter Shafer

Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

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Erm...Voyage of the Dawn Treader (CS Lewis)

No need to Erm!!!! Bloody good book......

Whoever said that Andromeda Strain Movie was like TMP......yeah, it was a bit....ending was a bit screwy and badly done "New" location/time captions tended to spoil it a bit....but emjoyed it nonetheless....

Greg - who has just finished another Crichton - "The Terminal Man", before he embarks on "Prey" and "State of Fear" in preparation for "Next"......

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Greg - who has just finished another Crichton - "The Terminal Man", before he embarks on "Prey" and "State of Fear" in preparation for "Next"......

I remember thinking Terminal Man was simply ok, Prey was good until it turned into a (highlight) body snatcher rip off with a weird climaxmy brother is currently reading and he's enjoying it so far.

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One of the last books I read was Dorris Kearns-Goodwin's A Team of Rivals, about Lincoln, which Spielberg plans to make a film of. I strongly recommend it, it was a wonderful read. Sure, like any biography it probably beautifies it's main character a bit, but still, it is a marvelous portrait of the man, and it is a fascinating history of the makeup of his cabinet, man for man. I don't know how it could make a good movie....but casting Liam Neeson certainly is a step in the right direction.

Morlock- who, aside from anything else, didn't know about some of the facts described in the book, such as the fact that Lincoln's assassination was in fact one of three planned for that night, the other two being the assassinations of Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State Seward.

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The Name of the Rose. Stunning book and very eloquent. Dan Brown could learn a lot from Umberto Eco about incorporating some historical accounts into the fictional world. And it is so much better than the film, by the way.

I will probably read more of Eco's books.

Karol

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Greg - who has just finished another Crichton - "The Terminal Man"' date=' before he embarks on "Prey" and "State of Fear" in preparation for "Next"......[/quote']

I remember thinking Terminal Man was simply ok, Prey was good until it turned into a (highlight) ...............................

I enjoyed Terminal Man - which must hold the disctinction of having the worst movie adaptation of all time.....

Prey was as much of a page-turner as I remember it (Crichton at his best....). Now "State of Fear" - which I have not yet read.....

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The Name of the Rose. Stunning book and very eloquent. Dan Brown could learn a lot from Umberto Eco about incorporating some historical accounts into the fictional world. And it is so much better than the film, by the way.

I will probably read more of Eco's books.

Karol

Read Focault's Pendulum, now that's the book that puts Da Vinci Code to shame.

Romao, who also thinks Name of the Rose is a breathtaking book.

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Read Focault's Pendulum, now that's the book that puts Da Vinci Code to shame.

I'm reading that right now. Well, I got to around page 60 so far - as fascinating as it seems so far, it's a very tedious read. In fact, I'm currently taking a break from it by reading The Lost World.

Marian - noticing that he's reading two novels by the two most often mentioned authors in this thread's recent posts.

:) Home Alone

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