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Old 08-24-10, 01:45 PM
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Finished The Soldiers of Halla (Pendragon Book 10) by D. J. MacHale. Good ending to the series.

Finished Passage (The Sharing Knife, Book 3) by Lois McMaster Bujold. As with the first two, I really liked that one and have the last one, Horizon, on order from my library via ILL.

Currently reading The Renegades of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, which I picked off the library used book sale shelf (it had been weeded from the collection because it wasn't circulating anymore). I read the first half dozen volumes of the Pern series several decades ago and listened to The White Dragon on audio earlier this year, so I am familiar with the Pern world. Don't much care for this one so far since the main characters seem to be petty criminals that are hard to sympathize with.

Recently finished listening to the audio versionócourtesy of a sale at Audible.comóof The Honor of the Queen by David Weber. This second book of the Honor Harrington series is my favorite and I've read it a couple of times. Enjoyed the audio version a lot, as expected.
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Re: What are you reading? (August 2010)

Originally Posted by movieking
It's definitely aimed for the young adult audience, but I enjoyed the first couple of books and know of many other adults that enjoyed them as well (they also got positive reviews from Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer). Without giving too much away, basically it is part Battle Royale (the action) and part Twilight (the romantic subplot). The first two books were quick interesting reads so even if you didn't like it, you wouldn't have lost much time.
I'm almost done with the first and I can agree 100% with this.
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Just finished



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Just finished this great debut novel:


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Re: What are you reading? (August 2010)

Late last night, I finished Planet of the Apes. I felt the first 20 pages were kind of slow-going, and the final 10-15 pages were kind of rushed. Neither by itself is so bad, but combine both for a 128 page book and it does kind of detract from the novel. Still, I enjoyed it and am pleased to have read it. Once the Animation Challenge ends, I'll look into watching the first movie adaptation. (Or maybe I'll postpone that for next year's Sci-Fi Challenge!)
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Confessions of an Economic Hitman... John Perkins
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Re: What are you reading? (August 2010)

I finished Mockingjay and have to admit I was disappointed with it.

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The violence is ramped up, but it's not as riveting without the Hunger Games setting. When it gets to the end, Katniss doesn't end up choosing between Peeta and Gale, but ends up one more out of convenience than anything else (it seemed to be the lesser of two evils)


I'd be interested to hear what others thought as well.
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I've heard mixed reactions. I can let you know in a few weeks. Got a few things lined up before Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
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Re: What are you reading? (August 2010)

Originally Posted by Lemmy
I hope you like puke, because 90% of the book involves guys vomiting on each other -- including one memorable scene where pledges puke on each others' crotch. The remaining 10% is scenes from the movie that come off as incredibly creepy when they don't involve John Belushi.
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Finished:

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Originally Posted by Sean O'Hara
I hope you like puke, because 90% of the book involves guys vomiting on each other -- including one memorable scene where pledges puke on each others' crotch. The remaining 10% is scenes from the movie that come off as incredibly creepy when they don't involve John Belushi.
Y'know, I thought it was just me...but, I guess not!

I'm reading this book and realizing that even though some of the characters have the same names, and some occasional & very mild similiarites, I'm not enjoying this read even 15% as much as I enjoyed the "illustrated/over-sized" adaptation of the film itself, as released by National Lampoon.

I'm nearly halfway through. I'll muddle through the rest, but I'm not expecting anything "classic".
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Re: What are you reading? (August 2010)

I finally composed a review of Planet of the Apes if anyone's interested. For those who don't care to navigate away from here, this is the part that doesn't involve a summary:

Is the book an acceptance, or a rejection, of Darwin's theory of evolution? It's difficult to say. Ulysse reverently mentions God at a few points. The Atlantic Monthly review quoted on the back cover concludes that, "This novel is respectfully descended from Swift on one side, and Verne on the other." Boulle puts Ulysse through quite an ordeal; he is instantly a character to whom we relate and for whom we root...but there is a pervasive sense that Boulle is winking at every turn.

The sexuality of the novel is also interesting; Ulysse is quickly attached to a human woman whom he names Nova. There is no real communication between them; she lacks the capacity. In captivity, they are caged together and, in an act as much of resignation as desire--and shame--they copulate. The real tension lies between Ulysse and his chimpanzee observer, Zira. The interspecies attraction adds a tension beyond that of whether or not Ulysse will ever be more than a lab specimen, and I found myself confused; should I want to see man and she-ape unite? I'm still unsure. The novel wasn't the spectacle that the film was (certain iconic moments often referenced and parodied, for instance, were nowhere to be found). Its relative simplicity actually made it more compelling; the scale was more plausible and therefore more identifiable to me as a reader.

I wish I'd kept up with my studies of French so I could read Boulle's original version without the filter of translation. I found Planet of the Apes less simplistic than I found Bridge over the River Kwai, but it's difficult to say how much of the difference is due to the evolution of Boulle's craft and how much is due to the different translations.
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Is it a worthy follow up to "Big City, Bad Blood" (which I thought was excellent)? I like the Ray Dudgeon character.
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Is it a worthy follow up to "Big City, Bad Blood" (which I thought was excellent)? I like the Ray Dudgeon character.
Yes. I think Trigger City was even better than Big City, Bad Blood.
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