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Post by Dixie » Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:22 am

illusion wrote:right now I am reading ''Crime and Punishment'' by a Russian writer called Dostoyevski..
That book is very popular here. But I must say I haven't read it.

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Post by Francuzzo » Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:13 am

I have read a Micheal Crichton book the book's name was Congo

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Post by illusion » Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:18 am

Dixie wrote:
illusion wrote:right now I am reading ''Crime and Punishment'' by a Russian writer called Dostoyevski..
That book is very popular here. But I must say I haven't read it.
I think you should give it a try, Dixie. It's a reflective story about a guy that murders two innocent women... I find it quite strange as I don't read many of books concering those issues but this one seems really good.

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Post by Dixie » Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:47 pm

illusion wrote:I think you should give it a try, Dixie. It's a reflective story about a guy that murders two innocent women... I find it quite strange as I don't read many of books concering those issues but this one seems really good.
Thank you! I will try to look it up.

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Post by Marzieh » Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:48 am

The latest book I read was Al-quimista by Pauolo Coelho. It was great and I strongly recommend it to every one.I also hope to read Harry Potter and Half-blooded Prince soon! :!:

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Post by serenella » Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:11 pm

Marzieh wrote:The latest book I read was Al-quimista by Pauolo Coelho.
Have you read the last book by Paulo Coelho 'The Zahir'?
It's one of the latest books I read and I think it's the best one among all those written by him.

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Post by illusion » Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:27 pm

serenella wrote:
Marzieh wrote:The latest book I read was Al-quimista by Pauolo Coelho.
Have you read the last book by Paulo Coelho 'The Zahir'?
It's one of the latest books I read and I think it's the best one among all those written by him.
Oh I read the Zahir!!! I even made a post about it earlier but no one never replied so I guess not many people apart from us read it. But to be honest it's not my favourite Coehlo's book. I love the one ''Demon and Miss Prym'' or something like that...

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Post by pob » Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:25 pm

illusion wrote: I love the one ''Demon and Miss Prym'' or something like that...
What makes you love that book? It was so boring for me... I can't understand your love :)

I have read several books by Paulo Cohelo and I don't find them very interesting. I don't think he deserves the success he has achieved in selling his books.
On the other hand, I find his work in non-literature based works very interesting. :wink:

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Post by pob » Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:34 pm

I bought "Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy" in Moscow... I can't read Russian books yet, but I bought some children books in Russian :D

So that's the book I'm reading now. A dictionary... but it's quite interesting, and I learn an average of 10 words a page.

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Post by Pinay » Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:31 am

I've just read "Thick Face, Black Heart". It explains a bit about how to apply Chinese Philisophy to our daily struggles with Life.
I appreciate the explanation about 'allowing your dharma to unfold...' Before reading this book, I was such a driven personality. I had to set out the plans, map out the strategy, and prepare for the next battle. That is how I viewed life... and my career. Now, I simply plant the seeds and watch them unfurl their leaves. I allow my dharma to reveal itself to me. But I'm still new to this way of thinking so I have to consciously tell myself to pause, walk or meander for a while. Meandering can be pleasant (I'm learning), especially when I'm having a cup of good coffee and puffing on my slim capri cigarette from the small balcony of my little house.
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Post by Pinay » Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:35 am

pob wrote:
illusion wrote: I love the one ''Demon and Miss Prym'' or something like that...
What makes you love that book? It was so boring for me... I can't understand your love :)

I have read several books by Paulo Cohelo and I don't find them very interesting. I don't think he deserves the success he has achieved in selling his books.
On the other hand, I find his work in non-literature based works very interesting. :wink:
I love the way he uses simplicity with words to illustrate the most profound truths in life. Take for example the "crystal shop owner' who dreams of going on a pilgrimage to Mecca but remains in his store from year to year. This from his cult classic "The Alchemist". Maybe you have to read Coelho again and deeply...this time.
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Post by pob » Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:46 am

Pinay wrote: I love the way he uses simplicity with words to illustrate the most profound truths in life. Take for example the "crystal shop owner' who dreams of going on a pilgrimage to Mecca but remains in his store from year to year. This from his cult classic "The Alchemist". Maybe you have to read Coelho again and deeply...this time.
The most profound truths in life are not so profound, they are very simple, like life is.
You people make them profound by closing your eyes to them and so you need to read books like those by Coelho to open your eyes. :evil:

There is no deeply reading of Coelho, there is no deeply reading of our lives, everything is simple, you only have to open your eyes.

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Post by Pinay » Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:00 am

If you don't like Coelho, then you don't. But "People like you, blah... blah...blah.." is a sweeping statement isn't it? And a bit hostile? This wasn't an attack on you at all. It was meant to inspire a pleasant discussion. Or debate.
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Post by pob » Mon Sep 19, 2005 7:03 pm

Pinay wrote:If you don't like Coelho, then you don't. But "People like you, blah... blah...blah.." is a sweeping statement isn't it? And a bit hostile? This wasn't an attack on you at all. It was meant to inspire a pleasant discussion. Or debate.
I like Coelho, I don't like his books.

I haven't said "People like you, ..." but something different... but, oh, I remember you are not good at reading, so you find something to be read in Coelho's books :)

It was no hostile, but this time I allow myself to be a bit sarcastic :wink: don't get angry please.


You want to debate? Tell me why do you see truths so profound... why? Truths are so simple...

On the other hand you can love the way he expresses ideas by writting, and I can agree with you or accept that opinion since I don't care very much about stiles...
but please, is there any deeply reading?? You can find deeply readings in other writters, but in Coelho... please!! :lol:

If Coelho is for deeply reading, then we need a skin-diver suit to read books like, for instance, "Those spoke Zaratustra".


But on the other hand I'm open to debate, if I can participate... it was long time ago that I read Coelho's books... :?
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Post by Pinay » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:54 am

pob wrote:
Pinay wrote:If you don't like Coelho, then you don't. But "People like you, blah... blah...blah.." is a sweeping statement isn't it? And a bit hostile? This wasn't an attack on you at all. It was meant to inspire a pleasant discussion. Or debate.
I like Coelho, I don't like his books.

I haven't said "People like you, ..." but something different... but, oh, I remember you are not good at reading, so you find something to be read in Coelho's books :)

It was no hostile, but this time I allow myself to be a bit sarcastic :wink: don't get angry please.


You want to debate? Tell me why do you see truths so profound... why? Truths are so simple...

On the other hand you can love the way he expresses ideas by writting, and I can agree with you or accept that opinion since I don't care very much about stiles...
but please, is there any deeply reading?? You can find deeply readings in other writters, but in Coelho... please!! :lol:

If Coelho is for deeply reading, then we need a skin-diver suit to read books like, for instance, "Those spoke Zaratustra".


But on the other hand I'm open to debate, if I can participate... it was long time ago that I read Coelho's books... :?

I'm not angry. I don't think I know you well enough to be angry. But I accept that you don't like his style and that's the end of it I guess. And I agree that truths are profound in their simplicity.
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Post by Pinay » Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:23 am

You want to debate? Tell me why do you see truths so profound... why? Truths are so simple...

I was thinking about this for some time and I couldn't resist throwing this in for you to think about. I'm Asian...and for every perception there is always a cultural imperative... so to an Asian nothing is ever so simple, even simplicity itself. Take for example how a westerner would view an introspective Asian... he would think "shy or timid", perhaps(simple isn't it?). But to an Asian there are different degrees of stillness. I'm explaining reading Coelho from the point of view of an Asian and not preaching to you. So fire your sarcastic missiles! Fuego!
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Post by Pinay » Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:27 am

If Coelho is for deeply reading, then we need a skin-diver suit to read books like, for instance, "Those spoke Zaratustra".
I laughed out loud at this though, you are sarcastic...but funny, I have to admit.
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Post by pob » Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:52 pm

Pinay wrote: 1- I'm Asian...and for every perception there is always a cultural imperative...

2- Take for example how a westerner would view an introspective Asian...
1- I don't catch what do you mean, can you talk about that?

2- Nowadays, there is no so big difference between western people and Asian people... but still, that kind of topic is true many times.


I think a profound book could be for instance "Tao Te King". You can read it again and again, and reach different degrees of "understanding".
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Post by pob » Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:02 pm

Pinay wrote: 1- I don't think I know you well enough to be angry.

2- I agree that truths are profound in their simplicity.
1-Do you mean if you knew me well you could get angry? :)
I hope you don't, it's interesting talking with you. :wink:


2- And they are simple in their depth :) It's always a game of how you focus your mind...
...and I'd like to add that many people are not used to focus their minds (less in Asia than here) and so I meant about these people and not about "people like you" :wink:
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Post by illusion » Fri Sep 23, 2005 7:15 pm

I think Coehlo is a controversial author because he has achieved success by writing stories about simple human feelings and that's so deep about him. not everyone can understand his books because they're not usual even if they speak about ordinary matters. I think I loved Demon and Miss Prym because of the topic of the book which was the constant fight between good and evil and in the end a human had to choose... The book had a huge impact on me and I am aware that many people find it boring whereas for me it's my favourite one by Paulo Coehlo. Anyway what I wanted to say is that I think he really deserves the whole popularity he has because there isn't any other novellist who writes so simply but so beautifully. it's a gift not everyone can have...

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Post by quicksilver » Sun Sep 25, 2005 3:31 am

I have just finished " Not a penny more , Not a penny less "
It is a very good novel , It is written by Jeffrey Acher.
U should read it , American novel.

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Post by Shazzam » Sun Sep 25, 2005 5:02 am

I have just finished "Let's Roll". This was a book written by the widow of one of the men involved in foiling the 9/11 flight that crashed in Pennslyvania. It was a very sad story. Her husband and other members of the flight were very brave people.

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Post by Pinay » Tue Sep 27, 2005 3:24 am

1- I don't catch what do you mean, can you talk about that?

2- Nowadays, there is no so big difference between western people and Asian people... but still, that kind of topic is true many times.


I think a profound book could be for instance "Tao Te King". You can read it again and again, and reach different degrees of "understanding".[/quote]

1. Well, here goes... get your missiles ready... In my humble opinion, an Asian would prioritize differently from the Westerner. A Westerner values 'drive', 'ambition', 'goals', 'achievements'... therefore he would prefer a book that gets to the bottom of things more quickly, without further ado. An Asian values 'balance' 'peace of mind' 'self-restraint' so he/she would prefer a book that meanders, something more introspective, something more quiet. Coelho would be a good read to an Asian because of the simple yet profound way he opens one's eyes to how we choose to live our lives. We would find it profound because being 'Asian" isn't simple at all. There are many layers to being Asian and the simple act of unveiling is a complicated to someone like me.

2. Come to Asia. Maybe you'll change your mind. Stay for a longer time until you are immersed. Then talk to me about how similar we are... or not.
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Post by Pinay » Tue Sep 27, 2005 3:28 am

[1-Do you mean if you knew me well you could get angry? :)
I hope you don't, it's interesting talking with you. :wink:


1. If you can be sarcastic on the net with your written words, and there is no mistaking the sarcasm and mockery in your writing tone. How much more in person?! If we were having coffee and arguing about Coelho at a coffee shop...Oh! We would be arguing for sure...but we wouldn't kill each other...we'd live to argue another day. Ha ha
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Post by Jail4bird » Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:30 pm

I've just read up to the end "The Canterbury Tales" by Chaucer. Unfortunately, not in the original...A starnge one thing, but rather attractive...

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Post by Dixie » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:45 pm

Jail4bird wrote:I've just read up to the end "The Canterbury Tales" by Chaucer. Unfortunately, not in the original...A starnge one thing, but rather attractive...
A classic! I'd like to read it too. It's a must for any Philologist... Yeah, again... shame on me :roll: I know what topics the book deals with, when and by whom it was written, what it means... But haven't read it... :evil:

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Post by Jail4bird » Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:57 am

Dixie wrote: A classic! I'd like to read it too. It's a must for any Philologist... Yeah, again... shame on me :roll: I know what topics the book deals with, when and by whom it was written, what it means... But haven't read it... :evil:
Being a philologist myself i can agree, it's a must)) you should read)) It's worth...especailly in Old English :D

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Post by quicksilver » Thu Sep 29, 2005 11:54 am

I have just finished " Tradowata" it is from Poland . I dont know how to call it in English .
It is really nice .

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Post by danielle626 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:22 am

Over the summer I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Its a great book, well at least in my opinion. Its about a woman name Jane Eyre who had a missable childhood, but she strived and became a governess. Eventually she fell in love with Mr. Rochester her boss, who loved her too. There was a problem between them and so Jane left Mr. Rochester. She became poor again, but this book has a good ending so I encourage anyone to read it. It is an English literature, I think it would be great for anyone who likes romantic stories. This is my first time posting anything so Hi Everyone.

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danielle626 wrote:Over the summer I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Its a great book, well at least in my opinion. Its about a woman name Jane Eyre who had a missable childhood, but she strived and became a governess. Eventually she fell in love with Mr. Rochester her boss, who loved her too. There was a problem between them and so Jane left Mr. Rochester. She became poor again, but this book has a good ending so I encourage anyone to read it. It is an English literature, I think it would be great for anyone who likes romantic stories. This is my first time posting anything so Hi Everyone.
I read it in college, really a classic. We studied its symbolism deeply and every now and then the professors referred to it. A jewel.

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Post by quicksilver » Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:43 am

I also like Jane Eyre.
A romantic story with a happy ending.

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Lalee wrote:Today I started reading another book written by Charles Dickens. It's going smoothly so far. :)
His Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol are the best.

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Post by Rui » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:32 am

the last book that i have read was "Burned Alive", a very nice book about a real story, it's about the life of a women that survive to an attempt of murder by her brother in law, just because she was pregnant before the wedding, she tells wall the story of her life, what it was a shock to me to know that even today there's people living that way... a very nice book in my opinion,

Now i'm trying to start reading the "The Davinci Code" but it has been difficult because i don't have to much time... 8)

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Post by TearHere » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:55 am

i have finished lion's game by nelson deMille.i just found that book in my sister's room and started reading it..a suspense kinda thing..not really my type but found it to be very interesting and thrilling..
Rui wrote: Now i'm trying to start reading the "The Davinci Code" but it has been difficult because i don't have to much time... 8)
this controversial book eh?... haven't read it yet.. if i have time.i will.my friends told me that once you read it, your faith is really tested.. although it is a fictional book..<i'm basing on word of mouth here.. :roll: > though i should say this one's interesting.... 8)
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Post by Rui » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:13 am

well, i'm in the beginning of the book but it seems to be very interesting, and i need time because this one and the last that i had talked about were in english versions, so i need more time to read and underline some words that i can't understand.... but the first impression that i have of the book that i really never knew is the wealth of "Opus Day" and how powerful they are, it's something that i never had thought, but this it would be a very long story, so it's better go on with the book's that we have read :lol:

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Post by Dixie » Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:21 pm

If you have the chance to read it, do it! I can't wait to read it again.

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Post by Pixie » Mon Oct 17, 2005 3:34 pm

Just ended off with reading " Nous les Dieux " by Bernard Werber. It mostly talks about stuff that gods carry out. According to this book, Gods look after us and help us to reach the highest technology. They are about 144 gods and they have to prove how tactful they are (They put exercices into practice) until there's only one God alife, it's fairly interresting.

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Post by TearHere » Sun Oct 23, 2005 8:28 am

i've just read two suspence thrillers.. one is Moment of truth by lisa scottoline, a thrilling story.. it actually has law facts and stuff..about a lawyer who frames hinself for a murder that he didn't do..hires a not-so-good lawyer to defend him.. it has a lot of twists..like it.. and the other one is harvest by tess gerritsen.. i also like this one, it's a medical thriller.. has medical facts and stuff.. but i kind of hated the ending.. but enjoyed the read.. :wink:
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Post by trinity19 » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:20 am

hi! i've just finished "i'm charlotte simmons" by tom wolfe and i really enjoyed it. it really reflects the lifestyle in some university campus, a topic that, as a student, i'm interested in. i also admire the variety of vocabulary that tom wolfe is allowed to use (from the students slang to academic language) and he makes you develop a strong sympathy towards the main character. well, in some moments he extends too much some stories but anyway i loved the book :)

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Post by illusion » Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:31 pm

i'm about to start ''Master and Margarita'' (correct me if I misspelled the title);p

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Post by TearHere » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:45 am

i've just finished da vinci code.. nice one.. my faith wasn't shaken, though .. i like how brown plotted the events and the twists and some real facts.. like the opus dei.. but I absolutely take the whole book as a work fiction.. i'm starting on a work of his too.. angels and demons..can't wait to finish it.. 8)
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Post by Dixie » Wed Nov 02, 2005 8:45 am

TearHere wrote:i've just finished da vinci code.. nice one.. my faith wasn't shaken, though .. i like how brown plotted the events and the twists and some real facts.. like the opus dei.. but I absolutely take the whole book as a work fiction.. i'm starting on a work of his too.. angels and demons..can't wait to finish it.. 8)
I read Angels and Demons right after The Da Vinci Code, even though the story in the former happens before the latter. I liked Angels and Demons, but not as much as the other one. The first thing I noticed when I went throught the first lines of Angels and Demons was that it began the same way as The Da Vinci Code did. Didn't you think the same, TearHere?

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trinity19 wrote:hi! i've just finished "i'm charlotte simmons" by tom wolfe and i really enjoyed it. it really reflects the lifestyle in some university campus, a topic that, as a student, i'm interested in. i also admire the variety of vocabulary that tom wolfe is allowed to use (from the students slang to academic language) and he makes you develop a strong sympathy towards the main character. well, in some moments he extends too much some stories but anyway i loved the book :)
You should check out his other book, the bonfire of the vanities. It's pretty good, too. You can also either download or rent the movie; it's not as good as the book though since the perspective lens of the director is a bit different than I expected it should have turned out.

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Shazzam wrote:I have just finished "Let's Roll". This was a book written by the widow of one of the men involved in foiling the 9/11 flight that crashed in Pennslyvania. It was a very sad story. Her husband and other members of the flight were very brave people.
I remember I had to write an essay about that phrase, "let's keep America rolling!" that was used in ads. Around that period of time wherever you went or whatever you saw, most of them would be, "let's keep America rolling!" I think Chevy was the first one who started to use this phrase in their ad commercial (I'm not sure).

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Post by trinity19 » Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:48 pm

LennyeTran wrote:You should check out his other book, the bonfire of the vanities. It's pretty good, too. You can also either download or rent the movie; it's not as good as the book though since the perspective lens of the director is a bit different than I expected it should have turned out.
thank you for the advice, it was his most famous book, i'm sure it must be good. i really admire wolfe's capacity to write about different "worlds"

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trinity19 wrote: thank you for the advice, it was his most famous book, i'm sure it must be good. i really admire wolfe's capacity to write about different "worlds"
His writing is great; however, it's kinda unattractive to me. I couldn't finish the book I recommended you the first time. I had to try again to finish it all. Some people can use big words, correct grammar and stuff, but their work is just bo-ring. I mean, I don't deny his work is great. Everything is perfect. The way he opens and ends it, but I don't think I would ever sit back to read his books for another time.

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TearHere wrote:i've just finished da vinci code.. nice one.. my faith wasn't shaken, though .. i like how brown plotted the events and the twists and some real facts.. like the opus dei.. but I absolutely take the whole book as a work fiction.. i'm starting on a work of his too.. angels and demons..can't wait to finish it.. 8)
I read Angels and Demons right after The Da Vinci Code, even though the story in the former happens before the latter. I liked Angels and Demons, but not as much as the other one. The first thing I noticed when I went throught the first lines of Angels and Demons was that it began the same way as The Da Vinci Code did. Didn't you think the same, TearHere?
i agree dixie.. i unfortunately had to cut my reading due to alot of projects to be submitted this 2nd semester.. i know it's an irresistable book, but i'd best enjoy the read without any worries in mind..going back, i think it's brown's style, but i don't want to think that it'd(angels and demons) be predictable cause i really like his plotting of twists and events.. so i think i should be giving real time to finish the book, probably the month after next(geezz :oops:, i never did realise that i was this busy) 8) if i were to compare the introduction/ beginning of both stories, IMHO Da Vinci was better, but i bet, A&D has something to offer me too.. :wink:

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LennyeTran wrote:His writing is great; however, it's kinda unattractive to me. I couldn't finish the book I recommended you the first time. I had to try again to finish it all. Some people can use big words, correct grammar and stuff, but their work is just bo-ring. I mean, I don't deny his work is great. Everything is perfect. The way he opens and ends it, but I don't think I would ever sit back to read his books for another time.
well, i can't judge him cuz i've only read one book by him but, in the case of "i'm charlotte simmons", i was really interested in the world that the book reflects and in the story itself so i never got bored in any of the 900 pages that it has. besides, the student's language and the use of dialogues help a lot.

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trinity19 wrote: well, i can't judge him cuz i've only read one book by him but, in the case of "i'm charlotte simmons", i was really interested in the world that the book reflects and in the story itself so i never got bored in any of the 900 pages that it has. besides, the student's language and the use of dialogues help a lot.
Hmmmmmm... I have to reread that book then. I must say his books are really thick, and he doesn't have many books.

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the book I've recently read is The master and margarita by a Russian novelist Michal Bulhakow. I thing the book is wonderul and definitely worth reading...

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Post by hitchhiker » Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:28 am

Hello, everyone. I'm new here.
I finished reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , by Douglas Adams, about two months ago. It was such a humorous, imaginative and interesting science fiction that I could not but laugh every time I thought of the depressed robot Marvin and the Vogon poetry (you'll know what I mean after you read the book).
Actually, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxyis the first book of a five-volume series, followed by The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, So long, and thanks for all the fish, Mostly Harmless and Life, the Universe, and Everything (I'm not sure of the order).
The book has been adapted into a movie this year, and it was after I watched the movie that I read the book. I was amazed at the imagination and logic in the book and that's why I registered here with this name. I wanna be a hitchhiker myself.

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Post by hitchhiker » Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:08 am

By the way, does anyone here know where I can find the original of the Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice?
Thanks.

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Post by Dixie » Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:15 am

When I can't find books in bookstores, I try http://www.amazon.com ;)
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Post by hitchhiker » Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:41 am

Dixie wrote:When I can't find books in booksstores, I try http://www.amazon.com ;)
Thank you, Dixie. Amazon is great.
Actually, what I really want is a downloading free website, although that may not be fair to the authors and publishers. I always question why books are becoming more expensive everyday when there are so many poor people around the world. Anyhow, I don't think rich people are more willing to spend money on books than on other things.

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Post by MissLT » Fri Dec 16, 2005 12:31 pm

hitchhiker wrote: Thank you, Dixie. Amazon is great.
Actually, what I really want is a downloading free website, although that may not be fair to the authors and publishers. I always question why books are becoming more expensive everyday when there are so many poor people around the world. Anyhow, I don't think rich people are more willing to spend money on books than on other things.
This is actually a great opinion. Why don't you put it in a new thread so we could discuss about it? :wink:

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LennyeTran wrote:
hitchhiker wrote: Thank you, Dixie. Amazon is great.
Actually, what I really want is a downloading free website, although that may not be fair to the authors and publishers. I always question why books are becoming more expensive everyday when there are so many poor people around the world. Anyhow, I don't think rich people are more willing to spend money on books than on other things.
This is actually a great opinion. Why don't you put it in a new thread so we could discuss about it? :wink:
Thank you for supporting my point of view, LennyeTran. I am glad that I finally get access to the internet after so long a time. Merry Christmas to you and everybody in this forum (although it is late) and happy New Year.
OK, I will put it in a new thread, but I think it is just my personal opinion and other people may not agree with me.

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hitchhiker wrote:
Thank you for supporting my point of view, LennyeTran. I am glad that I finally get access to the internet after so long a time. Merry Christmas to you and everybody in this forum (although it is late) and happy New Year.
OK, I will put it in a new thread, but I think it is just my personal opinion and other people may not agree with me.
Merry belated Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, too. I know it's your personal opinion, that's why you should put it some where in general discussion or ideas and opinions forum. Most of the posts in these forums are self-opinions :wink: . Thus, it's okay if people have different opinions than yours. We might argue, but after an argument everything should be fine as long as people haven't crossed over the privacy line or take things personal just because of others' different opinions.

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Post by vimbo » Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:14 pm

Hi everyone! talking about authors and novels is always an exciting matter. When I was a teen I was not keen on reading books. The older I became the more I became bookish. My favourite author is Ken Follet! He's a master of suspense. I've read several novels by him and the style of writing is simply brilliant. My recent book called "The third twin" which was not bad but my favourite novels are "The pillars of the earth" (#1); "Eye of the needle" (#2) and "The key of Rebecca" (#3).
Ken Follet is really worth a try.

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I am just reading Girl with a Pearl Earring...

Post by tikay » Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:25 pm

The Girl With A Pearl Earring...It is good so far...just about on page 55...I liked the movie...and decided to for the first time read the book after the movie insted of before a movie was made about a book!
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Post by trinity19 » Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:50 pm

the last book i read was "the catcher in the rye". it's just fantastic, one of my favourites.
talking about books that became movies, i love "the notebook" film so now i'm reading the book. i will tell you if it's good! :wink:
i know "the pillars of the earth" is good but i'm too lazy to try! maybe in summer :lol:

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finished that book...it was nice

Post by tikay » Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:00 pm

Just finished the book about GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, it is a really easy to read book, quickly too, and a good story, it is better than the movie and definately a good story of the servent of the Vermeers in 1660's Dutch town. it has a sort of flavor that is hard to describe...but I liked it. A bit sad I guess and interesting history of that painters life/ways too. the painter VERMEER.
I am looking to find GLASS CASTLE which got lost in the messy room last week, it is very good!

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Post by tikay » Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:07 am

wow...that was along time ago.Since I wrote that post I read: Growing Up In Orange: My Life with the Guru, about the cult of Bagavan Shree Rashneesh...& I have since read The Glass Castle about a poor family...especially one middle childs life a young girl who is growing up with crazy type of parents, it is completely well written to the point you can relate to the person entirely and sympathize with the family. I read my amazon friend Keith Cymry's book...Hope In a Nutshell....he needed an editor to go over it but it is a fun romp through a quasi-imaginary, landscape... sort of like Tom Robbins. Sean Wisleys Oh The Glory Of It Alland have read a couple more since...the last one was The Immortal which is really good...and now I am reading Televisionary Oracle...pretty bizarre with a very feminist slant and intellectual wording I can hardly swallow. It makes me think of those folks whose vocabulary alone makes me feel like a fool...and (I THINK) I am actually fairly smart. So I dont know If I will be able to get into to it very much if I cant get the gist of it, pretty soon.
I will just point you to my book reviews on these books now...although I did not do one on a couple of them there are more reviews to look at....go to amazon.com and in-put
T.K. Faleofa and click on the name to search for the reviews.
Love to all of you! Happy reading. Oh the (wish) lists in amazon are my way of making guides for my friends (you all)....I could never shelve all those books!

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Post by quicksilver » Sat Mar 11, 2006 10:18 am

:cry: :cry: :cry:
Poor me , recently , i have read Shakespear's works: comedies, tragedies for my next essay :cry:
Im going to burn out with those works. :?
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I've been reading these two books,

Freedom From the Known--by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Five Stages of the Soul--by Harry R. Moody, David Carroll


I don't think I need to write more about these books here since the comments and the ratings from the sites do their justice.

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Post by Cypress » Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:45 am

hitchhiker wrote: I finished reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , by Douglas Adams, about two months ago. It was such a humorous, imaginative and interesting science fiction that I could not but laugh every time I thought of the depressed robot Marvin and the Vogon poetry (you'll know what I mean after you read the book).
Actually, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxyis the first book of a five-volume series, followed by The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, So long, and thanks for all the fish, Mostly Harmless and Life, the Universe, and Everything (I'm not sure of the order).
I’ve read Life, the Universe, and Everything about a month ago. I am not a big fan of science fiction, but I liked this book. It was so different from what I usually read. It was hilarious :lol: and easy to read. That’s a cool book :!:

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Post by Dixie » Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:45 am

vimbo wrote:Hi everyone! talking about authors and novels is always an exciting matter. When I was a teen I was not keen on reading books. The older I became the more I became bookish. My favourite author is Ken Follet! He's a master of suspense. I've read several novels by him and the style of writing is simply brilliant. My recent book called "The third twin" which was not bad but my favourite novels are "The pillars of the earth" (#1); "Eye of the needle" (#2) and "The key of Rebecca" (#3).
Ken Follet is really worth a try.

Ciao
I've got The Pillars of the Earth in my book queue :lol: I bought it a year ago and still haven't had time to read it.

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Post by JainaSolo » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:19 am

The last books I've read were "Emma" by Jane Austen and "Vanity Fair" by Thackeray.They are both so great that I'd like to read them again if I didn't have lots of other books waiting for me on my bedside table! Now I've started reading "Quo vadis?", H.Sienkiewicz's masterpiece, it's really involving!

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Goronman wrote:
trinity19 wrote:the last book i've read is 1984 by george orwell


I advise you, by George Orwell, Animal Farm (If you have not read it yet :wink: ). It's a deep critic or the USSR regim and Stalin's dictatory...

Yes, advise Anmal Farm. Really nice book and differs from all other books of the kind. :!:
But I'm afraid it's not just a deep critic of the USSR and Stalin... :x Smth very close and near. But not exactly this.

And 1984, I've read it just now. (Animal farm i like more of course :) ) And I'd like to read 1985 by A Burgess. It's announce as Orwell's book. But I can't find this book yet!
Smb read it? Is it worth to read?

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Post by JainaSolo » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:28 pm

illusion wrote:the book I've recently read is The master and margarita by a Russian novelist Michal Bulhakow. I thing the book is wonderul and definitely worth reading...
I had to read it for school two years ago and I didn't like it much except for some parts, maybe I was still too young to understand it.I think someday I'll read it a second time, I'm too curious to see if I'll like it more! :wink:

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Dixie wrote:
vimbo wrote:Hi everyone! talking about authors and novels is always an exciting matter. When I was a teen I was not keen on reading books. The older I became the more I became bookish. My favourite author is Ken Follet! He's a master of suspense. I've read several novels by him and the style of writing is simply brilliant. My recent book called "The third twin" which was not bad but my favourite novels are "The pillars of the earth" (#1); "Eye of the needle" (#2) and "The key of Rebecca" (#3).
Ken Follet is really worth a try.

Ciao
I've got The Pillars of the Earth in my book queue :lol: I bought it a year ago and still haven't had time to read it.
You're not alone in your intention! :oops: Actually the book remindes me of itself every time i wake up, the book-shelf is just opposote my bed... I will I'm sure, Ken Follett is not my Jane Austen... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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illusion wrote:the book I've recently read is The master and margarita by a Russian novelist Michal Bulhakow. I thing the book is wonderul and definitely worth reading...
I sign your words.. it is... :wink: :wink:

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So "Dog's heart" is great too!

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JainaSolo wrote:
illusion wrote:the book I've recently read is The master and margarita by a Russian novelist Michal Bulhakow. I thing the book is wonderul and definitely worth reading...
I had to read it for school two years ago and I didn't like it much except for some parts, maybe I was still too young to understand it.I think someday I'll read it a second time, I'm too curious to see if I'll like it more! :wink:
Yes, great book. One of my favourites!
And I really advise you to reread it oneday. 'Cos this book is one of that books that should be read several times to understand it and find all layer in it. And then maybe really enjoy it.
It's quite normal you find interesting only some parts of it. After second reading (after some time) you'll find the other parts is more interesting...
Always you open this book you find smth new... :)

Dog's heart...
Tearful book for me! :cry:
But really good of course!

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Post by Ksju » Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:34 am

If Bulgakov...

you should read White Guards too.

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Post by illusion » Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:44 am

I am reading now "Animal Farm" by George Orwell

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Post by tikay » Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:59 pm

Anonymous wrote:I've just finished reading a book called "The Color of Water:A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother" by James McBride. It's about,
The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Ruth McBride Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all.
(http://www.amazon.com)
This is a part in the book that I've found is truly inspiration.
"You're a human being," she snapped. "Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!"




this book sounds interesting and i am going to see if I can find it used (cheap) in amazon. i want to read it even though I think the mom sounds a bit cruel...if that was her speaking in the quotation marks!
I suppose "sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind"...like the saying goes.

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Cucumber wrote:So "Dog's heart" is great too!


Cucumber, please tell us what Dogs Heart is about ?
Or someone else ?
(i guess i can look it up)

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tikay wrote: this book sounds interesting and i am going to see if I can find it used (cheap) in amazon. i want to read it even though I think the mom sounds a bit cruel...if that was her speaking in the quotation marks!
I suppose "sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind"...like the saying goes.
You should also try Finding Fish by Antwone Q. Fisher. There's a movie about it, too, called Antwone Fisher. Denzel Washington is in it. :wink:

Finding Fish's review at amazon

The movie's info

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Post by tikay » Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:01 am

Been wanting to see that movie, so thanks for the book title.
I will see about that too.

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tikay wrote:Been wanting to see that movie, so thanks for the book title.
I will see about that too.
The movie was nice, but I didn't like the way Denzel kinda rewrote the story. I'm just not flexible with changes sometimes.

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tikay wrote:
Cucumber wrote:So "Dog's heart" is great too!


Cucumber, please tell us what Dogs Heart is about ?
Or someone else ?
(i guess i can look it up)
I'm not so experienced in English and i afraid that you will not be able to understand me. It's very difficult to me to retell stories or books writen by Bulgakhov. But in a general way this book is about a men, who was created as a result of experiment by transplantation human's hipothalamus to dog. It was in the begining of 20th century. Of course, this is a fantasy. This is a parody on possibility of creating " new soviet generation" from uneducated and benighted people by means of "party education" and slogans. Shorter, that gay obtained physical abilities of people but behavior and nature of a dog. This is very a interesting and funny story, but... there is a clear Russian humor there and for better understanding to this story it might be as well to know a Russian history a little.
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Post by TearHere » Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:19 am

borrowed this book from a friend, i'm currently reading paulo coelho's the alchemist.. i'm almost halfway through.. i wanna know what happens to santiago's journey..
When all else fails..don't stop.

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Post by illusion » Tue Apr 11, 2006 2:24 pm

TearHere wrote:borrowed this book from a friend, i'm currently reading paulo coelho's the alchemist.. i'm almost halfway through.. i wanna know what happens to santiago's journey..
It's one of my favourites :) I wanna re-read it some other time...

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Post by LeaV » Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:07 am

TearHere wrote:borrowed this book from a friend, i'm currently reading paulo coelho's the alchemist.. i'm almost halfway through.. i wanna know what happens to santiago's journey..
If I remember it right, He found what he was looking for all over the world when he came back home. It stayed all the time very close to his home, but he had to go through all his journey to find it.

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Post by Cypress » Wed May 31, 2006 5:07 pm

I just finished reading The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain. Some of them were very funny, others sad, yet others very difficult to read. The book was more than 600 pages long and it took me quite a while to finish it. But it was worth reading.

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Post by Laxuan » Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:15 am

Mark Twain is the most accomplished writter that I know, I adore 'The adventures of Tom Sawyer' as I have read it three times and I'm going to read it again

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Post by Tora » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:24 pm

Cypress wrote:I just finished reading The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain. Some of them were very funny, others sad, yet others very difficult to read. The book was more than 600 pages long and it took me quite a while to finish it. But it was worth reading.
Unfortunately, i read just a little after him, but there is a desire to have an introduction into Mark Twain's World! i bet it is amazing! have a feeling it's going to be suprisingly wonderful! But there are so many books i bought but haven't read yet! :cry:

I have a tendency to re-read books and re-watch films! i call it my summer nostalgie! Not a very small step to the forward made... in reading of course :P

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Post by illusion » Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:58 pm

I am reading now "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. It's a gripping story with lots of passion in it...

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Post by Dixie » Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:16 am

illusion wrote:I am reading now "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. It's a gripping story with lots of passion in it...
I read it last year :) Have you read Jane Eyre?

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Dixie wrote:
illusion wrote:I am reading now "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. It's a gripping story with lots of passion in it...
I read it last year :) Have you read Jane Eyre?
"Jane Eyre" is after Charlotte Bronte, isn't it? :roll:
I have... :P

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Post by illusion » Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:16 pm

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illusion wrote:I am reading now "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. It's a gripping story with lots of passion in it...
I read it last year :) Have you read Jane Eyre?
Not yet. Have you? If so, would you recommend it?

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Post by Dixie » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:27 am

Yes Tora, Jane Eyre's author is Charlotte Brontë. It was a compulsory reading in college :lol: We made a very deep analysis of the novel and all the symbolism in it. I wonder, though, why Wuthering Heights wasn't compulsory since it's another great classic of English Literature.

Yes Illusion I would recommend it, although I read it so many years ago I think I should try to read it again and draw my own conclusions - you know, when you read something for obligation, you don't read it as passionately as if you read it for your own pleasure.

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Post by Tora » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:06 am

Yes Dixie - compulsory reading kills passion and damages pleasure - at school compulsary reading is a part of education, the only book I did this way was War and Piece after Leo Tolstoy :oops:

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Post by MissLT » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:33 am

It's my aunt's favorite book. She's read it five times in Vietnamese, and I've read it twice (in Vietnamese and English just to see the differences). It's in the same group of the best classic books such as Frankenstein, Around the World in Eighty Days, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, the Grimm Brothers' tales, Ugly Duckling, and Scarlet Letter for me.

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Post by Masayuki » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:30 am

[i]Da Vinci Code[/i]

I read this 2 weeks ago. It is interesting for me. And now, I am trying to read [i]Historian.[/i]

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Post by MissLT » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:53 am

Oh God, I've heard it's one of the best books ever. I haven't tried to read it yet since the title sounds a bit boring to me. Tell me what you think of it when you're done, will you? :wink:

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Post by Dixie » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:12 am

I'm reading The Historian, too. It's really amazing. I'm in the middle of the story now.

Masayuki, there's a thread on this forum about this book, in case you'd like to discuss a little about it :D

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Post by Snapdragon » Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:42 pm

Hey,
I've just finished Deception Point by Dan Brown, which - I have to say - was really great.
Now I'm reading The Ultimative Hitchhikers Guide by Douglas Adams.

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Post by Dixie » Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:48 pm

Snapdragon wrote:Hey,
I've just finished Deception Point by Dan Brown, which - I have to say - was really great.
I didn't like it as much as the other three.

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Post by Snapdragon » Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:56 pm

I've read the other 3 books to and I've to say that they are all different, but all quite good.
I didn't like Angels and Demons that much, but I think thats because I read it after the da vinci code - where the Illuminati are shown from quite a different point of view.[/quote]

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