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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    Quote Originally Posted by inudesu View Post
    1. Have you started the Silmarillion yet?
    2. I can't believe there was a post that mentioned Ray Bradbury that you haven't commented on yet.
    1. not yet. just started superego by frank fleming so that i can listen to the audible version of the sequel, which he gave me for free.
    2. you know i love me some bradbury, but i have not read the martian chronicles. i think i've read a couple of the stories contained in it, but not the whole selection.

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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    I have started reading a series of books...volumes! on Napoleon. It covers every detail of his life, and every aspect of his tenure as emperor of France. It also includes ALL the side stories of his relatives and friends he placed in positions of power, naming them governors of various places, like regions in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, etc... It is four volumes totaling nearly 3,000 pages of texts, charts, graphs, maps...

    It's gonna take me some time to get through it all. I am not as young as I used to be, when I could start and finish a 400-page historical book in one weekend. Now, my eyes get tired, and all of that.

    Here's a tidbit...between 1796 and 1815, his reign as at least a general of an army, his armies included a total of 820,000 "foreigners" who were, ahem, convinced to serve in the Army of France. For instance, in his ill-advised invasion of Russia in 1812, his 630,000-man Grand Army included nearly 200,000 foreign nationals. His southern covering army on that march was 28,000 Austrians, 5,000 Italians, and one division of Frenchmen, 10,000 men.

    Napoleon's economic policies are fascinating and he was way ahead of his times with innovative laws that encouraged entrepreneurship and rewarded such endeavors. Of course, all of it contributing to the greater good of the vast French Empire.

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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    I decided to read Good Omens. Somewhat interesting story, but rather disappointing overall. For one thing, it feels like the authors read Douglas Adams one too many times. The style and feel is like Adams on steroids. It also has the problem of too many story lines. I’ve been tempted to check out the series, but I’m not sure it’s a good enough story to warrant it.

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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechDawgMc View Post
    I decided to read Good Omens. Somewhat interesting story, but rather disappointing overall. For one thing, it feels like the authors read Douglas Adams one too many times. The style and feel is like Adams on steroids. It also has the problem of too many story lines. I’ve been tempted to check out the series, but I’m not sure it’s a good enough story to warrant it.
    I love Neil Gaiman and Iike Good Omens, but The Ocean at the End of the Lane is my favorite by him.

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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnylightnin View Post
    I love Neil Gaiman and Iike Good Omens, but The Ocean at the End of the Lane is my favorite by him.
    The only other one I've read by him was American Gods -- which I think might be the better of the two.

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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechDawgMc View Post
    The only other one I've read by him was American Gods -- which I think might be the better of the two.
    Of the ones Iíve read, American Gods just felt different...less light and fun. Took me a few tries to get into American Gods. If you do audiobooks, check out one of the ones that he (Gaiman) reads.

    If you have youngish kids, ďFortunately the MilkĒ is a lot of fun.

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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnylightnin View Post
    I always read horror around this time of year. Any recommendations?
    You ever get around to reading Annihilation or The Hike?

    I ordered a Clive Barker book this week but it looks to be more fantasy than horror (which is fine with me). I also ordered Coraline for the 10 year old and Fortunately the Milk for just a little October spookiness (not sure if the later is scary at all, but given the author, it'll at least be unusual).

    Have you or yours read the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson? My big ones and I are reading them (separately) and really liking them so far. I spotted a Wendell Berry reference in like the 4th chapter (the barber shop in town is run by J. Bird - that's got to be Jayber Crow, right!).

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    Re: What are you reading currently?

    Quote Originally Posted by inudesu View Post
    You ever get around to reading Annihilation or The Hike?

    I ordered a Clive Barker book this week but it looks to be more fantasy than horror (which fine with me). I also ordered Coraline for the 10 year old and Fortunately the Milk for just a little October spookiness (not sure if the later is scary at all, but given the author, it'll at least be unusual).

    Have you or yours read the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson? My big ones and I are reading them (separately) and really liking them so far. I spotted a Wendell Berry reference in like the 4th chapter (the barber shop in town is run by J. Bird - that's got to be Jayber Crow, right!).
    My son loves the Wingfeather Saga. I havenít read them. Iím going to look for Annihilation today!

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