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I am currently reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" By Oscar Wilde. I can't say that I am entirely enamored with his philosophy of astheticism but I still find the book to be terribly interesting. Plus, it's very well written.
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"Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy. A very long and drawn out British novel for summer reading.
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Ahh! Ahh!

Changing Planes, by Ursula LeGuin. It's entertaining, but not much else. I'm also in the middle of a few books that are never going to be finished, including Nickel Mountain by John Gardener (of "Grendel" fame) and "The Age of American Unreason", which is requires such intellectual stimulation that it took me 3 months to read 70 pages. Bummer, and I was learning such great things.

I also just read "Blankets" by Craig Thompson, which is a graphic novel (I don't know if that counts). But it was superbly drawn and written, definite recommendation to anyone (especially fans of Menonomena's "Friend and Foe" album cover).
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The Science of the Discworld 2, tis good but it doesn't hold a candle to the first.
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Changing Planes, by Ursula LeGuin. It's entertaining, but not much else. ).
Agreed. I love LeGuin but was not much more than slightly interested in the stories. Read "The Dispossessed" when you get the chance. It's her at her best.
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Freakonomics...Not terribly great so far IMHO.
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The Zombie Survival Guide and just finished re-reading Wathmen. I'm gonna have to read V for Vendetta now, some sort of Alan Moore addiction.
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Kastere, have you read Max Brooks "World War Z"?

Its a great follow up to The Zombie Survival Guide but its a tad dry...much like the survival guide really

Anyway ATM i'm reading Gotrek and Felix Vampireslayer by William King, I am a large fan of Warhammer Fanatasy books and the series has lots of gore and sex, sprinkled with a bit of swearing to keep me entained.

My english teacher gave my class homework to read "To Kill A Mockingbird" over the summer hols so i'll be reading that aswell

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I'm reading that right now too! Granted, the sheer scope is not the same as the first, but that is because it's tackling humanity specifically. I love the insights, and the topic about free will (Free Won't) is exactly what I came up with about a year ago.
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I am currently reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" By Oscar Wilde. I can't say that I am entirely enamored with his philosophy of astheticism but I still find the book to be terribly interesting. Plus, it's very well written.
Yeah, I thought it was an interesting book, even if the story wasn't all that gripping. Plus it's really, really gay. In a good way.

Just started reading The Stone Key, which is the fifth book of the Obernewtyn series. I started reading it about 13 or 14 years ago, when only two books were out. Every succeeding book has taken longer and longer and she keeps on promising that the next one will be the last. This one came out at the beginning of the year and I reread the entire series up to this point so I'm extremely excited to be going forward, even if I'll probably be in my 30's before this thing is resolved.
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I am currently reading Rainbow 6 for the first time. It's good so far, but i guess it appeals to me because i am into military stuff

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Still ploughing my way through Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s only the second non-Dune, non-Discworld novel I’ve read in years, and it took me a while to get used to American spelling (I thought at first my library didn’t have it because it didn’t show up in my catalogue searches), but enjoying it greatly.

Which reminds me, I should renew it. Now is not the time for me to waste money.

Also working my way through Iain Simon’s Inside Game Design, because I bought it but never read it.
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Still ploughing my way through Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Also working my way through Iain Simon’s Inside Game Design, because I bought it but never read it.
Oh! We are so alike!

I'm reading The Time Traveler’s Wife at a snail's pace, but I've already finished Inside Game Design.

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I'm reading that right now too! Granted, the sheer scope is not the same as the first, but that is because it's tackling humanity specifically. I love the insights, and the topic about free will (Free Won't) is exactly what I came up with about a year ago.

I almost bought it to read on Holiday as well,but I still haven't read the first one yet.

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First time I tried to tackle them was a couple of years ago and I gave up on the second, purely because the hard science didn't grip me as much. You'll be pleased to know that now, with two years of social sciences under my back, I'm finding it far more interesting and enjoyable.
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One of my all time favourite Discworld books that, second only to Night Watch.
Hmmm, interesting. It didn't look that appealing to me, but after this news I'm looking forward to it. I loved Night Watch too, cracking book.
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Yeah, none of that. I finished reading Augusten Burrough's Wolf At the Table, a memoir of sorts. Good read if you read his previous books, (Dry and Running With Scissors). Slightly fucked up but I can pry myself from them.

Re-reading Animal Farm for the umpteenth time...

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I'm reading Gordon Ramsay's biography.

How trashy. ^_^ Trashy but good.

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Yeah, none of that. I finished reading Augusten Burrough's Wolf At the Table, a memoir of sorts. Good read if you read his previous books, (Dry and Running With Scissors). Slightly fucked up but I can pry myself from them.

Re-reading Animal Farm for the umpteenth time...

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I saw the running with Scissors movie, and thought it was great. Would I enjoy the book?
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I played a game by a company called Running with Scissors, listened to an album called called Running with Scissors and I actually ran with scissors...would I like the book?

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I played a game by a company called Running with Scissors, listened to an album called called Running with Scissors and I actually ran with scissors...would I like the book?
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Haven't read for a while, but the last realy decent books I read where english classics which I read because they were the one only things they had in english while I was in exchange in Italy, and after 5 weeks, I was gettig bored.
Read Frankenstein, oh my gosh it's depressing, typical of the period, and brilliant, but still you know it's all going to happen but it still so upsetting when it does.
A Christmas Carol however at least had some redemption, and was obviously well written, I liked it, despite my age, plus, it was my first almost white christmas.
Still read over 1984 over and over again when I'm bored, that book is brilliant, seriously, after reading it a first time I was a bit blank, but now I appreciate it more and more with every time I think about it, which is alot.
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I saw the running with Scissors movie, and thought it was great. Would I enjoy the book?
It's a more explicit version. Plus you can read it. I'd say so.
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King Solomon's Ring, again.

Freakin' win.

No, it's not fiction, either.
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I'm trying to read "Seeker" by... I don't know nor care but it's like one of those times where your not sure wether to laugh or not. It's not really my style but I'm giving it a chance because I like the plot but the way it's written isn't my taste. Add that with the confusing teleporting to other scenes and it becomes kind of annoying that you can't just continue with the main charactor.

But it's well done otherwise.
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Just rereading the Yotsuba@! manga.

I'm trying to get together some ideas for my own fantasy novel. It's a lucrative industry and it's basically an open-channel into the minds of young people, perfect for filling their heads with my ideals. =3
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If by "open channel into the minds of young people" you mean that it's a constant rehashing of unoriginal ideas and two dimensional characters then I completely agree.
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If by "open channel into the minds of young people" you mean that it's a constant rehashing of unoriginal ideas and two dimensional characters then I completely agree.
Exactally. What better way to subvert them then through something so familiar and comforting?
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