bilki
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February 19th, 2015, 3:33 pm #451

Has anyone read The Eye of the World or The Name of the Wind?
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KMInfinity
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February 19th, 2015, 6:16 pm #452

Geez that series went on longer than GoT and is now being continued by Sanderson. I think he just published the finale. I did not read Robert Jordan. I heard early on it was a 12 book series and I just decided I'd save that mess for my retirement. I've heard good things and bad things. Someday I'll catch up on it. Let me know what you think.

A good friend LOVES Rothfuss. I have two on my shelf waiting to be read this summer. I was going to wait until he finished the trilogy but he writes almost as slowly as GRRM, and has only finished two books in 6 years. And now I hear he's decided he needs at least FOUR books to tell his tale.

GRRM has a lot of sins on his soul to balance his brilliance. :P
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February 19th, 2015, 6:28 pm #453

I love the look and gimmick of Rothfuss' 'kids' books' that are Not Really For Children, but I haven't read them... I'm pretty sure I'd like them, though...
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bilki
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February 20th, 2015, 5:08 am #454

Interesting.

A friend of mine has all of The Wheel of Time books, so that's an option of no cost to me. I highly doubt I'd finish the series, though, knowing how I am.

Since I started looking for a new book in the fantasy genre, I've seen plenty of praise for The Name of the Wind, and I'm kinda leaning in that direction. But, I'm seeing more mixed reviews for the second book in that series. I don't know.
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February 20th, 2015, 5:42 am #455

Did you finish Brothers Karamazov? How was it?
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February 21st, 2015, 3:01 am #456

I loved the first two parts of Brothers Karamazov. It was like a philosophical soap opera with a bunch of psychologically damaged characters. The father was supposed to be a despicable guy but I found him rather amusing, especially his bickering with one of his in-laws.

I got a bit impatient and restless during the final two parts, which isn't that unusual for a book of such length. I skipped a couple of the "books" (it's divided into parts, books and chapters) by using the synopsis and analysis at SparkNotes. Overall, I enjoyed the book but probably would have been more frustrated if it hadn't been for my friend, SparkNotes. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.
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February 21st, 2015, 3:53 pm #457

>>>>>I got a bit impatient and restless during the final two parts, which isn't that unusual for a book of such length.
This came up in my grad studies when we were reading Middlemarch. We discussed how the length for Georgian and Victorian era novels was a result of the leisure time for reading, fewer distractions from other media, and the 'family reading time' when people would read aloud to each other after dinner. We also decided that in general, even the best novels of that type could stand some major editing and 'getting to the point' and 'stop beating the dead horse' syndrome. :P

I do notice my ability to immerse in a book for hours and days has become impaired. Partly age, partly eye strain, but largely, I am sure, sure to the 'vine' culture I am living in.
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February 23rd, 2015, 1:55 am #458

I hadn't really thought about it but easy access to other forms of media is certainly a source of my nagging restlessness while reading, with the ease of simply finding another book to read being the most prominent. I feel like once a book slows enough to start to lose my attention my mind starts wandering to how the next book might satisfy me in a way the current book seems to be failing. And all I have to do is click on the interwebs to start snooping around for the next meal for my mind.


I chose Dune for my next attempt. I read the first few pages of The Name of the Wind and it didn't grab me, so I decided to pass on it for now.
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May 29th, 2015, 8:27 pm #459

I would rather read than almost anything. I take my Kindle to the gym and it alone is why I can stay on that Godamn stepper 4 x week. Reading makes the time go faster than any TV show ever, and of course if I really loved a TV show, i would not be watching it at the gym anyhow.

I really do not sit in front of the computer that much. Talking to you guys in about it, other than shcecking Facebook a couple times a day.

Good books, or at least ones I like are hard to find. I don't feel I am up to re reading some of the classics but maybe I should try. I have been re reading Kings long ones and loving them as much as the first time around.

I am loving Wayward Pines, and really it is just quick paced sci fi drivel, but it is a page turner and I really am in suspense to see what happens.

Bilki, I loved Dune, but don't know if I would today. Maybe I will try again.
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June 4th, 2015, 1:18 am #460

I finsihed the Pines trilogy. I liked them and Gate might like them as well. They are not great literature, but quick reads, and I did want to see what the ending was.

I have Kings new book on the Kindle but may keep it a few weeks prior to reading it.
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