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    We don't just see movies, do we?

    I usually read a lot books a year, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

    In the past two months I've read:

    Old Man's War (full saga) by John Scalzi.

    Best sci-fi I have read in some time. Reminds me to early Heinlein, just a bit lighter.

    Overall 8/10 (9/10 first book, 7/10 second, 9/10 third, 7/10 fourth)

    Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.

    Interesting and entertaining novel about a first contact with aliens using Hollywood to introduce them.
    7/10

    Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

    Really interesting story about the eternal war between light and darkness, placed in Moscow, filled with charismatic characters. Much better than the movie Night Watch, which adapts just 1/3 of the novel.

    8,5/10

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    Meg: Primal Waters by Steve Alten

    Third novel about the Giant Prehistoric Great White Shark.

    Characters are annoying and the plot sometimes is pure nonsense. Also the romantic subplots are boring as hell, and I really don't like the way Steve Alten writes (please, just stop writing with onomatopoeias).

    But, you know... the whole concept of the Giant Prehistoric Great White Shark in the modern era is just plain awesome; my 6 years old mind can't resist. And the pacing is great. One you pass the first half of the story everything starts getting better and better, and the chapters end up being filled with really strong images. Made me read the last 300 pages in just a night.

    7/10

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    The Host by Steph Meyer.
    Didn't like it very much... (I don't know really why did I read it, cuz I don't like much Meyer's stories).

    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.
    Yeah, I liked this one. Nice story, some suspense... Recommend it.

    The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Really, I cried with those both. The story has touch me deep inside (uh, this sounds too sentimental, but it's the truth).
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    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    I read this for my advanced placement English class. Great book.

    I am now reading my college textbook, "The Art of Public Speaking." It's probably the first textbook that I actually enjoy reading, and college hasn't even started yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailbreaker View Post
    I read this for my advanced placement English class. Great book.

    I am now reading my college textbook, "The Art of Public Speaking." It's probably the first textbook that I actually enjoy reading, and college hasn't even started yet!
    *nods interested*
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    Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

    Second novel on the story of the war between light and darkness who takes place in Russia. This time seen through the eyes of the side of the darkness.

    Some times I missed the old characters, but they are still there, but usually as enemies. What we still follow is the story of the main character of the first novel, but mainly at the end of this one.

    Really good one.

    8/10

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    Just re-read some Robert Heinlein (the first of the Cthulhu series) but most of what I read are what most people consider boring. I end up reading a lot of new history books that come out to keep up on my field. (I'm a historian) Just finished a book on Chinese Women in America. Pretty good.
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    HITMAN: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, by Bret "The Hitman Hart." If you are a wrestling fan this is a book worth reading.
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    The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum

    The last good non-fic I read was Red Moon Rising by Matthew Brzezinski and, yes, I did have to google it to spell his name correctly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsm View Post
    Meg: Primal Waters by Steve Alten
    7/10
    Very cool book indeed! I have read all 4 books of the Meg series. Recently finshed # 4 called Hell's Aquarium.Hell's Aquarium was even more epic than Primal Waters was! I have gone back to reread the original to refresh myself with the awesome series. I'm really looking forward to the day they finally make the film for this.Plus I am ready for book #5 he has said will be coming some day soon(possibly 2011),Night Stalkers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg:_A_...of_Deep_Terror

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardkore View Post
    Very cool book indeed! I have read all 4 books of the Meg series. Recently finshed # 4 called Hell's Aquarium.Hell's Aquarium was even more epic than Primal Waters was! I have gone back to reread the original to refresh myself with the awesome series. I'm really looking forward to the day they finally make the film for this.Plus I am ready for book #5 he has said will be coming some day soon(possibly 2011),Night Stalkers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg:_A_...of_Deep_Terror
    In Spain we don't have Hell's Aquarium yet. Primal Waters was released during July. Even First MEG was re-released in 2008 (first time, in 1997, was a failure and got discontinued), after Alten become famous thanks to his saga about the Mayas.

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    Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein

    Typical "late 50s-early 60s" Heinlein novel, about the first journey to the Earth of a young girl from Mars. More than an adventure book, it is really a novel of manners with a very strong ideological background (typical Heinlein). The action starts really near to the end (again, something usual in "late 50s-early 60s" Heinlein novels), and leads to a very touching ending.

    Part of the "magic" of the book is ruined by it's last page, imposed by the editor who didn't like the way Heinlein ended it. This mistake has been fixed in later editions, and can be easily ignored by just avoiding the last page.

    This is usually considered the last of his juvenile novels.

    8/10

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    Default Re: What books have you read lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexsm View Post
    We don't just see movies, do we?
    .. guilty :,<

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsm View Post
    after Alten become famous thanks to his saga about the Mayas.
    I suppose you are referring to Domain and Resurrection. Both are really good too.He plans to do another in the series called Phobos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardkore View Post
    I suppose you are referring to Domain and Resurrection. Both are really good too.He plans to do another in the series called Phobos.
    Yeah, here in Spain they are called:

    El Testamento Maya (The Mayan testament) - Domain
    La Resurrección Maya (The Mayan Resurrection) - Resurrection

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    Let The Right One In
    by John Ajive Linqvist: An excellent excellent vampire drama novel that isn't for teenagers and NO the vampires in this novel don't sparkle. This one inspired the brilliant film of the same name, even the author wrote the screenplay as well and i wonder if the American adaptation will live up to the book.

    Read it man, it's great, sad and violent.

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    Other Days, Other Eyes by Bob Shaw

    Really entertaining tale about a new innovation which changes our society, leading to an irreversible end of the privacy. Very recommendable, and can be read in a few hours.

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    Been catching up on my TFs lore etc. so I recently finished reading :

    Transformers Exodus ~ Alex Irvine

    I need to get some more books to read... I wuld much rather sit back and read a book then watch TV I am usually on my puter reading more times then not.
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    Mmm... I'm not reading any book right now. I'm writing one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcee99 View Post
    Mmm... I'm not reading any book right now. I'm writing one
    Same here, 42.000 words for now But a bit stuck right now, need to come back home to organize my ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsm View Post
    Same here, 42.000 words for now But a bit stuck right now, need to come back home to organize my ideas.
    Same here... a bit stuck because I often change my mind very quickly about the facts in the story I'm writing...
    -"Should I kill that character, or shouldn't I?"
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    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
    "I BELIEVE WHATEVER DOESN'T KILL YOU, SIMPLY MAKES YOU.....STRANGER."

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    What books have you read lately?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayhem View Post
    Bayhem.. that happens to be one of my favorite books .. Have re-read it a few times. Love Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
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    j/k, None at the moment, wish I had more time for books. (my wife is the avid reader in the house)

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