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posted 10-23-01 04:16 ET (US)   
The Discovery of Heaven, by Harry Mulish (or, as it's called in Dutch: De ontdekking van de hemel).

Mulish is probably one of Holland's better known authors and quite a few of his books have been translated into English, as I told Nutmegger a few weeks ago. One of his best known is probably De Aanslag, set during WW2, which was turned into a movie several years ago.

This book is also recently been filmed and features Stephen Fry as one of the main characters. The story is set in (a fictitious) Holland and concerns an action taken by a couple of angels and how they manipulate the lives of people to make sure a certain boy is born.

I'm currently at page 680 and I am slowly figuring out what the boy is supposed to do.

A most interesting read.

What are you reading?

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posted 10-23-01 04:21 ET (US)     1 / 1034  
That sounds really interesting. I want to read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but I can't find it here. I guess I haven't been looking long enough.
posted 10-23-01 05:32 ET (US)     2 / 1034  
I'm presently reading:

The Path of Daggers- book 8 of The Wheel of Time. By Robert Jordan.

I didn't read the previous 7 books, just happened to see this book and I bought it. I've only read about 30 pages and I got tired because the book is about 600 pages long!


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posted 10-23-01 09:08 ET (US)     3 / 1034  
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The Perfect Game, On Tom Seaver

From Simms to Mc-whatever-, On Simms and whatever the person who caught that pass's name was.

At least until tomarrow, when they'll be done...


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posted 10-23-01 10:33 ET (US)     4 / 1034  
Just finished the Mars trilogy - Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars (forgot who the author was) [edit] the athor was Kim Stanley Robinson[/edit] and am now reading Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings before the movie comes out December 19. I just started the Two Towers the other day

Then it's waiting on money for a few books that I want to read. Those include:

George R.R. Martin A song of ice and fire book 3 (A storm of swords) is out in hardcover

Tad Williams - Otherland series book 4 is out in hardcover

Raymond E. Feist - I am missing the last two books that came out in print on Krondor. I am still debating whether or not I actually want to buy them.

And of course I am waiting with bated breath for book 10 of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series.

[This message has been edited by Jaguar (edited 10-23-2001 @ 10:36 AM).]

posted 10-23-01 13:14 ET (US)     5 / 1034  
ZigZac possibly you could order the Lord of the Rings trilogy online. Or even have a local bookstore order for you.
Currently I am reading Michael Crichton's Timeline. Just finished The Black Unicorn from Terry Brook's Kingdom for Sale series.
posted 10-23-01 13:59 ET (US)     6 / 1034  
Just starting Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (recommended at SPSW for those who want to learn something about philosophy & are starting from a position of total ignorance - describes me completely )
posted 10-23-01 14:27 ET (US)     7 / 1034  
Good luck, Gill. I totally gave up on Sophie's World
posted 10-23-01 17:17 ET (US)     8 / 1034  
Noah's Castle by ???

I left the book at work and don't know the author, but it's a kids book. I love reading kid's books, the stories are so much more fun

Oh for.... Narnia

posted 10-23-01 18:00 ET (US)     9 / 1034  
Keep the Aspidastra Flting by Orwell, just finished Fight Club (again), and Winter's Heart and Path of Daggers (again again).

Di, u have to read the other 7 first or it makes no sense.

Jay, i hope u realise that this thread will be used so much we wont be able to have a decent convo on it...not like the old days in the test forum..*sigh*...back then evrything was good....melacholy

J


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posted 10-23-01 18:07 ET (US)     10 / 1034  
ahhh Narnia, those were the days. i liked the TV program best

Why does everyone think I killed Debbie?
posted 10-23-01 19:28 ET (US)     11 / 1034  
Right now I'm into CATCH-22; I love books that make me laugh out loud as I'm reading. After that I'll re-read one of Arturo Perez-Reverte's English translations---maybe The Flanders Panel. I highly recommend him to anyone who likes highly literate murder mysteries. Then----maybe LOTR for the tenth time. The Great Gatsby is on my list somewhere, along with P.G. Wodehouse. I'm going to sign-off now and start reading.
posted 10-23-01 20:05 ET (US)     12 / 1034  
I'm afraid Catch-22 is one of the few books I just couldn't get into. I've only read page 1 of S's W, Gustavia so I'm not sure whether I'll like it or not yet (but it only cost me 99p from a charity shop, so it's not desperate if I don't )

Don't worry about reading kids' books, Arith. My whole business is based round the fact that a large number of adults like reading children's books (me included )

posted 10-23-01 21:15 ET (US)     13 / 1034  
LOL No wonder I felt bored. John you must be right.

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posted 10-23-01 21:32 ET (US)     14 / 1034  
Here's a surprise, HMS Surprise that is. I'm just about to finish THE NUTMEG OF CONSOLATION by Patrick O'Brian. What's a landlubber like me doing reading a book about square-rigged frigates and other ships of the line? Never got seasick reading one.

Actually, one of my favorite all time series of stories was C.S. Forrester's Hornblower books. A few years ago my brother-in-law told me about O'Brian's series and so I gave it a try. Liked it just as much. So I'm about two-thirds through the series and going strong.

If you like historical fiction sea stories set during the Napoleonic Wars, give MASTER AND COMMANDER a try. It's the first book in the series and one of the best.

posted 10-24-01 02:58 ET (US)     15 / 1034  
Oh... don't get me wrong, I only read a few kids books.

I don't generally read fiction 'adult' novels though, must be getting boring...

posted 10-24-01 03:01 ET (US)     16 / 1034  
I liked The Chronicles of Narnia. They are some of my most favorite books. I also like To Kill A Mockingbird. That was a really good book. One of the few I would read again. Has anyone here read Ferinheit 451(excuse my poor spelling)? If not, then you should read it. It is definitely worth it.
posted 10-24-01 08:39 ET (US)     17 / 1034  
Narnia is fun, as is Wind in the Willows and Alice (both).
'kid' books are often on two levels, one for the kids and one for the grown-ups.
I have to admit having tons of fun with Harry Potter

Fahrenheit 451 is classic sci-fi story, Zac. Very much Golden Age.
If you want more titles from that area just yell.

Gill, I've seen that book, but haven't felt tempted to read it. A friend of mine studies philosophy (part-time) and is always available for 'consultation'.

Weave, I'm crious to see how long this thread survives.

posted 10-24-01 09:01 ET (US)     18 / 1034  
/me recalls Captain Pugwash
posted 10-24-01 09:39 ET (US)     19 / 1034  
The name rings a bell...

:: remembers the magic merry-go-round ::

posted 10-24-01 13:42 ET (US)     20 / 1034  
I'm currently reading My Three Years with Eisenhower by Captain Harry C. Butcher, USNR.

On my way to work, I generally listen to books on tape. The current selection is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

The next book that I am reading is Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett, who is probably my favorite living author.

posted 10-24-01 13:51 ET (US)     21 / 1034  
Wizard and Glass - 4th book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. (I feel the need for fantasy escapism at the moment)
posted 10-24-01 17:49 ET (US)     22 / 1034  
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posted 10-24-01 19:27 ET (US)     23 / 1034  
Narnia was good.....Harry Potter is silly but interesting.......I liked To Kill a Mockingbird as well.

I just finished The Scarlet Letter a few days ago, have to take part in a Mock Trial on it tommorrow.....


For when my outward action doth demonstrate/the native act and figure of my heart
In complement extern,
'tis not long after/But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at.
I am not what I am. (Iago.I.i.67-71)
posted 10-24-01 20:49 ET (US)     24 / 1034  
Wizard and Glass what a classic novel!! Although it does descend to merely being a cheap porn novel at some points. I think the est in the series has to be 'the Waste lands', although the 'gunslinger' does have an abstract charm.

Eddings and Gemmel and Feist of course, although those are more 'easy' reading(no thinking required)

Pratchett, what a king. I REALLY have lied his last few novels, i think hes matured as a writer, or maybe ive matured as a reader..who knows?

J

ps Jay, i think itll easily make 100 posts


Why does everyone think I killed Debbie?

[This message has been edited by WeaveCaesar (edited 10-25-2001 @ 07:31 PM).]

posted 10-25-01 03:23 ET (US)     25 / 1034  
I'll wait for the Thief of Time paperback to appear. I can be patient (having another 10 books to read helps )

Almost done with the Discovery. Very interesting read.

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