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Old 02-16-2012, 06:17 PM   #661 (permalink)
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it's really nothing like LOTR, imo. sure there are similarities initially but don't forget that this was written a long time ago and people weren't as familiar with fantasy to introducing it similar to the LOTR was smart.

though the prologue was fucking awesome imo, so I think that would have at least shown there was potential with the storyline.
Great point, good observation.
I wish I could remember the prologue of which you speak, but it was probably 15 years ago that I actually read the book. I really think I'm going to give it another shot, thanks Faraday and Mr.Mister.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:42 PM   #662 (permalink)
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I'm with Faraday. The prologue is great. It deals with Lews Therin Telamon and how he has the same power Rand will develop (there are other implications better left unsaid). Well it ends terribly for poor Lews in that prologue (and everyone else for that matter), so that's possible foreshadowing for how it will end with Rand. Either Rand saves the world, or he destroys it. That's the bottom line.

Wheel of Time is fantastic at its best, but really dull and plodding at its worst. Perhaps since the series is actually finished now, despite Jordan's death, it'll be easier for you to fight through the bad to get to the other side where it gets good again. I was reading them around when book 8 came out and there was no end in sight at all. That's the main reason I stopped.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:13 AM   #663 (permalink)
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I've meaning to read some Hemingway, I don't believe i've ever read any of his work.
I've read some Hemingway but not enough. I've got a small pile of his books waiting to be read, though. You should check out his short stories.

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I much prefer Steinbeck to Hemingway, but Hemingway is great too.
Me too. From what I've read, anyway. 'Cannery Row' by Steinbeck is one of my all time favourite books.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:33 AM   #664 (permalink)
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100 books seems a bit steep, doesn't it!? I can't back out now, though. I finished 'Heart of Darkness' - it was an interesting read, dark and quite thought provoking. I'm going to start the next book tomorrow - either 'The Old Man & The Sea' by Hemingway or 'The Pearl' by Steinbeck.
I can recommend Old Man and The Sea. Perfect for one sitting, and perhaps my favourite short story ever,

100 is steep, two a week can take up so much time. For me, if I read autobiographies I fly through them. In one week last year I read 2 Foley books, Alex James' book and both Peter Kay books, then tried to read so,e fiction and just
Sat reading a chapter a day at the most.

4 a month is good going I think.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:27 PM   #665 (permalink)
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I find myself reading autobiographies sparingly, if ever... Mainly b/c the people are usually still alive, so I know none of what I'm reading is likely to change, & they may be going through equally-interesting things while I read about their past.

I find this all a bit ironic, since the book I'm reading now is actually about the effect Internet use has on us... It goes much deeper than you might expect.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:49 PM   #666 (permalink)
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I find myself reading autobiographies sparingly, if ever... Mainly b/c the people are usually still alive, so I know none of what I'm reading is likely to change, & they may be going through equally-interesting things while I read about their past.

I find this all a bit ironic, since the book I'm reading now is actually about the effect Internet use has on us... It goes much deeper than you might expect.
The book you're currently reading sounds interesting. Could you give me the name of the title and author, please?
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The book you're currently reading sounds interesting. Could you give me the name of the title and author, please?
Sure... I'm often hesitant to post in threads like this, as I'm not sure if I didn't already post the info.

It's called "The Shallows" by Nicholas Carr. Also, it's apparently based on a magazine article he wrote a while back, & names a bunch of other sources in the writing, so no telling where I might go from here.
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Great point, good observation.
I wish I could remember the prologue of which you speak, but it was probably 15 years ago that I actually read the book. I really think I'm going to give it another shot, thanks Faraday and Mr.Mister.
The awesomeness of prologue can only be realized later, when you read further. Prologue is the only time you see Lewis therin as a sane person.
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I attempted to read more of Stephen King's "Regulators". I really can't put into words how sloppy and dull this book is. It's too convenient and as a result, cheesy. Cheese of the highest kind. The characters and plot are so utterly one dimensional that it makes an episode of Teletubbies look intriguing in comparison. King doesn't even know how to pace this novel. What a mess.
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Is that the follow up for Desperation? Because both were pretty messed up.
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