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Old 06-26-2016, 07:37 AM   #1
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"The Magicians" by Lev Grossman.

Thought it was intelligently plotted and written - a blend of Narnia, Harry Potter and a whole bunch of other fantasy stalwarts with a definite adult edge. However I personally didn't find the protagonist particularly likeable.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:23 PM   #2
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I've read a lot lately, mostly fiction. The last one though was F*ck Feelings, by Michael L Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett

The name caught me eye, but I actually got some practical ideas out of it.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:29 PM   #4
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I've always used reading as an escape, ever since I was 5. It can take you away from a bad situation and transport you to anywhere, any time period. Sometimes it makes reality easier to handle when going through rough times.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:42 PM   #5
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"Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno", which is not new, but then I prefer classics.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:11 PM   #6
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull ~ Richard Bach - re-read it..

It felt nicer in my 30s. I didn't like it this time around. Maybe I've become a cynic..
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:13 PM   #7
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It felt nicer in my 30s. I didn't like it this time around. Maybe I've become a cynic..
I love that book, I just read it again a few months ago. I still like it though
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Old 06-27-2016, 01:37 AM   #8
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Not the last book I've read, but one my thoughts randomly return to out of the blue since since I read it this winter is The Humans by Matt Haig-
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"The Magicians" by Lev Grossman.

Thought it was intelligently plotted and written - a blend of Narnia, Harry Potter and a whole bunch of other fantasy stalwarts with a definite adult edge. However I personally didn't find the protagonist particularly likeable.
^ That's a common complaint of that series. My daughter and I were talking about unlikable protagonists just yesterday. One of her characters she writes she considers him unlikable. But I see him viewed through his friends and family who love him, so I see the sides of him they see that make him difficult, but lovable. Writing an intentionally unlikable person has to have good balance.
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I love that book, I just read it again a few months ago. I still like it though
It felt very preachy this time around..
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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Marvellous writing with constantly shifting time lines and perspectives sketching out the life of a decent Englishman born around 1920 and how his life and the lives in the family around him developed before, through and after WW II, from birth to retirement home.
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Old 06-27-2016, 02:59 AM   #12
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I don't read. I can read but choose not to.
Ah, a conscientious objector, which is better than an unconscious septic tank tester. I think. Yep, Bryan, I follow a similar grind. The last full book I've read has to be an assigned text from my school days. I tried a little Harry Potter once, but I fell asleep. Of course, it was 3am at the time.
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I've always used reading as an escape, ever since I was 5. It can take you away from a bad situation and transport you to anywhere, any time period. Sometimes it makes reality easier to handle when going through rough times.
Totally agree. It's pure escapism. And it's a longer, more intimate experience than watching a movie. I didn't really have a 'tough' childhood as such, just a very boring and constricted one, and so found a much more exciting alternative in the worlds of books.

Though I've found getting too lost in imaginary worlds can have not-so-great consequences in the real world...
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As a teen I used to do a lot of reading but as I got older and my schedule got busier and busier, I had no time for reading.
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'The Slap' by Christos Tsiolkas while simultaneously watching TV series version of it. There are quite a few changes in the TV adaptation. The book is a billion times better!
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I'm a nerd, and enjoy non- fiction. Just read American Sniper, 13 Days in Benghazi, and The Big Short, while on vacation a few weeks ago.
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I'm only on chapter 2 it's pretty good so far.
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I'm a nerd, and enjoy non- fiction. Just read American Sniper, 13 Days in Benghazi, and The Big Short, while on vacation a few weeks ago.
Me too, I like non-fiction, but more on the science and mathematics end.

Apparently nerds makes good husbands, so I've heard...
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To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

I have read it numerous times since my teenage years and felt like reading it again. Now back to some sci-fi book I downloaded on my Kindle.
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I have read it numerous times since my teenage years and felt like reading it again. Now back to some sci-fi book I downloaded on my Kindle.
What scifi do you read
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Freedom of the Mask, by Robert McCammon.

A continuation of a series about a "Problem Solver" in 1700s America. Combination mystery, historical fiction, suspense, and thriller. McCammon is a great author.
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