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Old October 14th, 2010, 08:04 PM   #51 (permalink)
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It is also one of my top 3 favorite movies! It's based on a book called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. It is in the collection called Different Seasons, which contains three other 'novellas' The Body (which is what Stand By Me is based off of), Apt Pupil (also a movie with the same name) and a third one that I can't remember the name of it.

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Finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, just started Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Wow. What a weird, strange book. These are on Laputa, by the way. The screen on the Droid X is so much better for reading ebooks on than my old iPhone 3Gs, the extra screen size is so much better for this!
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im currently reading my dad recently bought me. it's titled "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", and i'm learning a lot from it.

I hear its a best seller, and i dont blame the people who made it such - it's such a good book!
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"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Finished reading "Neverwhere" a couple months ago and so far i'm liking American Gods even better.
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I just bid on a lot 14,500 magazines and assorted publications - from 1919 - 1948.

Guess I will be reading those. Ant Colliers fans here?

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I just finished reading Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs. The Fox TV show Bones is based of her books. I started reading Break No Bones by the same author today and am already 125 pages into it.

Both are really good if you like crime novels with a little bit of science in them
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started reading some quirky stories by a scifi writter called fredrich brown. from the 50 and 60's era.
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His story Arena is one of the reasons I got into SF at an early age. One of my all-time favorite SF shorts.
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Side note, I just finished James Rollin's The Doomsday Key. Sadly I think he has found his copy book. The last 2 books of his felt the same and this is a common thread I keep seeing with writers these days.

Its not bad, the plot twist near the end, you should see coming.
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So i just started 'The Sword of Truth' by Terry Goodkind.
Intriguing, books seem short, killed almost the hole first one in a few hours. Anyone read them?
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So i just started 'The Sword of Truth' by Terry Goodkind.
Intriguing, books seem short, killed almost the hole first one in a few hours. Anyone read them?
I have actually never read a Goodking book, which is weird, since he's one of the best fantasy writers around, from what I've heard. I remember trying to read one of his books years ago, and I never got passed the first couple of pages. I don't know why, but the book didn't capture my attention at the get go. That and his writing style might not have matched my reading style at that time.
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I have actually never read a Goodking book, which is weird, since he's one of the best fantasy writers around, from what I've heard. I remember trying to read one of his books years ago, and I never got passed the first couple of pages. I don't know why, but the book didn't capture my attention at the get go. That and his writing style might not have matched my reading style at that time.
That happens to me sometimes... Gotta draw me in quick when i'm starting something new!!
I hate trying to pick my next conquest, lol.

The 'prologue' book starts pretty interesting, wondering if all 10 books are so short. One i'm on is frikkin ruthless so far
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"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams.

Need something more jovial to counter the IT stress and networking reading.
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"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams.

Need something more jovial to counter the IT stress and networking reading.
best one of the series if you ask me. Not that any of there were bad, but I think that one is the best.
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I just have to mention them, Anyone here ever read the Dragon Riders of Pern series, can't think of the author's name right now. My dad read them all and loved them. I never could get into them, at the time. Thought about going back and trying again.

Also is someone in this group an Author by chance?
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"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Finished reading "Neverwhere" a couple months ago and so far i'm liking American Gods even better.
American Gods is a great read, I've been a Neil Gaiman ever since. The sort-of-follow up Anansi Boys is just as good, a bit funnier and more lighthearted. Managed to pick up an old copy of the Neverwhere TV series on video last year (yes I still have a VCR!) and really enjoyed it.

Just started reading the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo after getting hooked by the films.
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So what are those books about? I hadn't heard about them at all until a few months ago and suddenly all three of them are in the top 10s everywhere I look.
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American Gods is a great read, I've been a Neil Gaiman ever since. The sort-of-follow up Anansi Boys is just as good, a bit funnier and more lighthearted. Managed to pick up an old copy of the Neverwhere TV series on video last year (yes I still have a VCR!) and really enjoyed it.

Just started reading the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo after getting hooked by the films.
I actually watched "Neverwhere" series when I was in younger with my friend who had BBC channels and would tape-record every "odd-ball" series on VCR (thus I have watched every episode of Red-Dwarf!!!).

My friend has apparently moved those videos to digital fomat so I might have to borrow them as I can't remember the series at all.

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In a obscur reference I was a fan of the Tex Murphy PC Rom games when I was young and have a few books based on them "Under a Killing Moon" and the "The Pandora Directive" that I read a month or so back that I just love. Not the best writing, but I love the idea of a 30's style PI in a post-apocalyptic San Fran.
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I just have to mention them, Anyone here ever read the Dragon Riders of Pern series, can't think of the author's name right now. My dad read them all and loved them. I never could get into them, at the time. Thought about going back and trying again.
Yeah, it's Anne McCaffrey. I used to read some of her work. Her plot/settings are interesting. The only thing I started to dislike was her writing style. She was very detailed and descriptive with her characters and settings. I remember reading pages and pages of description, with the plot going nowhere.
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Yeah, it's Anne McCaffrey. I used to read some of her work. Her plot/settings are interesting. The only thing I started to dislike was her writing style. She was very detailed and descriptive with her characters and settings. I remember reading pages and pages of description, with the plot going nowhere.
Is that the series they made the terrible movie on... can't recall the name?
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Is that the series they made the terrible movie on... can't recall the name?
They are making a movie call, Dragonriders of Pern...it's TBA 2011.
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They are making a movie call, Dragonriders of Pern...it's TBA 2011.
Hrm... there's another "Dragonrider" movie that came out recently... must be based off a different series.
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I just have to mention them, Anyone here ever read the Dragon Riders of Pern series, can't think of the author's name right now. My dad read them all and loved them. I never could get into them, at the time. Thought about going back and trying again.

Also is someone in this group an Author by chance?
Author or writer?

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So what are those books about? I hadn't heard about them at all until a few months ago and suddenly all three of them are in the top 10s everywhere I look.
A wealthy industrialist supsects that someone in his familly is a murderer and hires middle aged investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (who I think is loosely based on the author) to investigate. But at the same time he also hires a young computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (who is being abused by her guardian/social worker), to spy on Blomkvist by hacking into his laptop. Eventually Blomkvist and Salander team up to solve the mystery together.

In a nutshell!

Its the character of Lisbeth Salander that really hooks people into the books/films I think.
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I actually watched "Neverwhere" series when I was in younger with my friend who had BBC channels and would tape-record every "odd-ball" series on VCR (thus I have watched every episode of Red-Dwarf!!!).
Neverwhere completely passed me by when it was first on telly but Red Dwarf was required viewing.
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My dad wants me to read that one too. Haven't gotten it yet.

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So the sword of truth series is turning out to be pretty good. Read the prologue book which was pretty short and killed a chunk of book 1 at work today. Have to wonder what is up with a 10 book series, don't think i've read one series with that many books along the same story line (i assume it is). Vampire Chronicles has that many books but each is its own story so that is not the same really.
Anyone read Sword of Truth? um... by... um.... whatshisface...
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Anyone read Sword of Truth? um... by... um.... whatshisface...
There's a series by a guy called Steven Erikson (I think. Spelling may be a bit off). He's supposed to be writing a 9/10/11 book series.
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10 books please.

Try 26.

The alphabet books by Sue Grafton. One for every letter in the set, I think the last one was T.

Have to give her some credit for sticking with a theme and keeping some concurrence. A is for Alibi and IIRC takes place in 81, published in 83. kept the same character and continued with the story. Letter her get older along the way, last book takes place in 2006 I think. I stopped reading them with M is for Malice. I wasn't that into them but was bored needing something to read.

Not the book a teenage boy should be that interested in, if you catch what I'm saying.
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just finished the night angel trilogy based off what others had said on here, read all three books last week. have to say they are one of the most enjoyable series to read that i have ever picked up.
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10 books please.

Try 26.

The alphabet books by Sue Grafton. One for every letter in the set, I think the last one was T.
26 10 just seems excessive, once i finish book one i will have a better idea of what to expect, now it just seems that there is NO WAY the plot could be stretched into 10 books. So far i am REALLY enjoying the first actual book, if by the end of book 10 their is a whole nother plot/characters i might not feel the same though. Guess i'll see
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I might have to pick up the Night Angel trilogy after this thread...
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I might have to pick up the Night Angel trilogy after this thread...

You wouldn't regret it... i've read A LOT of books, never read a series that surprised me like NightAngel. Author isn't afraid to go into gorry details (nothing over the top), drop the "F" bomb or otherwise completely throw you for a loop. Gonna do a re-read of it very soon... i usually wait at least a year to re-read a book/series but everytime i finish something i have to stop myself from reading it again...
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Just finished re-reading the last Harry Potter book lol had to rehash for the movie next month. Looking for something new to start now
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Can be slightly R rated though
I'm thinking more of a PG13 :P lol
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With all the F bombs??
Other than that yes...
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Other than that yes...
Yes, PG 13...swearing doesn't mean R rated. I see R rated contains full nudity/sex/rape/violence/gore/gruesome murders/deaths...
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Yes, PG 13...swearing doesn't mean R rated. I see R rated contains full nudity/sex/rape/violence/gore/gruesome murders/deaths...
Well you honestly can't drop many F bombs and still keep a pg-13 rating in a movie. And my only reason for saying it is there is A LOT of F bombs, ruthless beatings of children & prostitutes, murder, etc. Since there is no way to guess the age of members i wanted to make sure i wasn't suggesting this series to a 13/14 year old kid who might be in for a surprise...
That said this is IMHO a MUST read for any book lover
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Well you honestly can't drop many F bombs and still keep a pg-13 rating in a movie. And my only reason for saying it is there is A LOT of F bombs, ruthless beatings of children & prostitutes, murder, etc. Since there is no way to guess the age of members i wanted to make sure i wasn't suggesting this series to a 13/14 year old kid who might be in for a surprise...
That said this is IMHO a MUST read for any book lover
hmm...PG18 then? What's the difference between 18 and R rated? lol I guess I really enjoy reading these kind of books, so to me I find nothing strange/explicit about them. And comparing this to some of the other series I've read...it's pretty tamed, lol.
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hmm...PG18 then? What's the difference between 18 and R rated? lol I guess I really enjoy reading these kind of books, so to me I find nothing strange/explicit about them. And comparing this to some of the other series I've read...it's pretty tamed, lol.
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Well first R is the same as say... PG-17. (you have to be 17 to see a r rated film without parent) LOL
Secondly, i agree. Vampire Chronicles immediately comes to mind. That is R rated FOR SURE!! (the part with lestat and the nun at least nc-17)
Just wanted to make sure i wasn't gonna offend some 13/14 year old without fair warning.
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PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present.

R - Restricted - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or legal guardian. The person is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

NC-17 - No One 17 And Under Admitted - These films contain excessive graphic violence, intense or explicit sex, depraved, abhorrent behavior, explicit drug abuse, strong language, explicit nudity, or any other elements which, at present, most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children and teens.

So NightAngel would go under NC17, lol. Though...95% of the series is PG13 :P
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I'm liking The Way Of The Shadows so far It seems to be pretty fast paced, which I like. Occasionally he does go into the gory details a little, but I agree that its pretty tame so far. (Especially for a book about killing people :P ). I've been pretty busy lately and it seems to be taking me a while to get through. But then I'm reading it in eBook form and there are no fixed pages or page numbers. So it's kinda hard to judge how long the book is :P
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Lol, didn't mean to imply that it was grossly detailed. Though some crazy F'ed up shit goes on throughout the 3 books... but nothing TOO out there. That damn roze character would have you believe its pg-13
There are some semi-disturbing parts but thats all part of the story

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Well you honestly can't drop many F bombs and still keep a pg-13 rating in a movie. And my only reason for saying it is there is A LOT of F bombs, ruthless beatings of children & prostitutes, murder, etc. Since there is no way to guess the age of members i wanted to make sure i wasn't suggesting this series to a 13/14 year old kid who might be in for a surprise...
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You are allowed one F-Bomb and still keep a PG-13 rating
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