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Didn't you read Harry Potter?

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Didn't you read Harry Potter?

Harry Potter is fully Christian friendly, and includes much biblical symbolism and values. His Dark Materials was written as an atheist response to Narnia and an attack on the church.

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You would probably enjoy them Zwack. The anti-religious stuff is overblown. It’s more about how people can abuse the power given to them by religion.

And if you don’t wanna read it anyways.

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The real villain is the Metatron, who has overthrown and imprisoned the real God.

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Did you like Wise Man’s Fear? I loved Name of the Wind, and was really looking forward to it (I even bought vs getting from library) but felt that Fear was mostly an 800 page chore where nothing at all really happened.


I'd consider The Name of the Wind to be one of my favorite books ever, and one of the best books I've ever read. The Wise Man's Fear is great. I wouldn't call it better, exactly, but it's certainly worth checking out, especially if you loved the first book.

And I really, really want Rothfuss to finish the series. I'm not one of those fans that berate an author for taking long periods between releases (soon to be 10-years). And I'm not one of those fans that get annoyed, or angered, by an author going to seemingly every festival or convention possible, and appearing on countless live-streams or podcasts "instead of writing." I'm just worried he won't finish it, or that it'll end up being a "disappointing" conclusion.
Oh I have read it that's what I meant. I still really liked Rothfuss' writing style, and get that he was doing a road trip novel, but I dunno it just didn't work as well for me.

Name of the Wind is excellent though.

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His Dark Materials is a good series. I haven't watch the HBO series yet, but I've heard it's good and has been following the book(s) more closely. So, if anyone here has been enjoying the HBO series, I'd certainly recommend reading the books.

I bought the omnibus edition back when it was released before the film adaptation of the first novel, and it was up there as one of my favorite book series for a long time. I haven't read it in 10 or 11-years though, so I'll probably re-read it sometime next year.

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1. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
2. Fall of Giants, Ken Follett
3. The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell
4. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
5. The Collini Case, Ferdinand von Schirach
6. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
7. My Antonia, Willa Cather


Did you enjoy Where the Crawdads Sing?

Sales continue to be incredible, and it's currently discounted on Amazon, so I've considered buying it this month. (Or asking for it as a gift, since it's pretty cheap right now.)


I did enjoy it but I also think it's getting overpraised. Just one of the books that really caught on but doesn't fully manage to justify the hype.


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I went ahead and bought it. I still prefer to buy my books from actual book retailers, but Amazon's price on this one was still 40% less than the cheapest option I could find (40% off retail at BAM!). I'm actually curious to know where and how people buy their books these days, so I'm going to start a thread on it in a few.

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The Bible
Watchmen

I removed non productivity apps from my phone, so hopefully I'll read a lot more this year. I used to read a ton and I barley have in the last few years.

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Those two books are both eerily similar.

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Aiming for at least 12 this year.

1. Based On A True Story by Norm MacDonald - B+
2. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick - B+
3. Dune by Frank Herbert - A

Dune was freakin awesome. The movie turned me off from it for so long, but it was definitely worth the wait. It's very Thronesy for anyone who is looking for that fix. I watched the movie the day after finishing the book and it still sucks though.

I'm reading Burt Reynolds biography now and will go with a plague themed thriller in either Doomsday Book or Station Eleven afterwards.

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Well Rona has made my original goal of 12 seem kinda small now. Let's go for 20!

1. Based On A True Story by Norm MacDonald - B+
2. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick - B+
3. Dune by Frank Herbert - A
4. But Enough About Me by Burt Reynolds - B-
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - B

Graphic Novels:

1. Saga Vol. 7, Vol. 8 and Vol. 9 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples - A
2. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller - A-

Anyone wanna recommend another DC book while I still have the app? Only looking for limited series and I've already read all the Jeph Loeb ones like The Long Halloween.

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2019
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01. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, Book 3) by Cassandra Clare
02. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1) by Patrick Rothfuss [re-read]
03. The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) by Patrick Rothfuss [re-read]

04. Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin
05. The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1) by John Flanagan
06. The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2) by John Flanagan
07. The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 3) by John Flanagan
08. Oakleaf Bearers (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 4) by John Flanagan
09. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
10. The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book 2) by Rick Riordan
11. The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5) by John Flanagan
12. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
13. The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 6) by John Flanagan
14. The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Elder Curses Trilogy, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
15. American Gods, Volume 1: Shadows by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton (Ill.), Walt Simonson (Ill.)
16. The Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3) by Rick Riordan
17. A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) by Ursula K. Le Guin [re-read]
18. Carry On (Simon Snow, Book 1) by Rainbow Rowell
19. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


2020
01. Carry On (Simon Snow, Book 1) by Rainbow Rowell [re-read]
02. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, Book 2) by Rainbow Rowell
03. Blood of Elves (The Witcher, Book 1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
04. The Time of Contempt (The Witcher, Book 2) by Andrzei Sapkowski
05. Baptism of Fire (The Witcher, Book 3) by Andrzei Sapkowski
06. The Last Wish (The Witcher, Book 0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski
07. American Gods, Volume 2: My Ainsel by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, Rick Parket, Scott Hampton (Ill.)
08. The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2) by Ursula K. Le Guiu [re-read]
09. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, Book 1) by Sarah J. Mass
10. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, Book 2) by Sarah J. Mass
11. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, Book 3) by Sarah J. Mass


Currently reading (soon to be reading): Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, Book 4) by Sarah J. Mass, The Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher, Book 4) by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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Flava'd vs The World wrote:
Dune was freakin awesome. The movie turned me off from it for so long, but it was definitely worth the wait. It's very Thronesy for anyone who is looking for that fix. I watched the movie the day after finishing the book and it still sucks though.


I'm about halway through with Dune now and I like it a lot so far. Excited to see where the story goes.

The movie is going to be SPECTACULAR.


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2019
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01. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, Book 3) by Cassandra Clare
02. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1) by Patrick Rothfuss [re-read]
03. The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) by Patrick Rothfuss [re-read]

04. Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin
05. The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1) by John Flanagan
06. The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2) by John Flanagan
07. The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 3) by John Flanagan
08. Oakleaf Bearers (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 4) by John Flanagan
09. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
10. The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book 2) by Rick Riordan
11. The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5) by John Flanagan
12. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
13. The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 6) by John Flanagan
14. The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Elder Curses Trilogy, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
15. American Gods, Volume 1: Shadows by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton (Ill.), Walt Simonson (Ill.)
16. The Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3) by Rick Riordan
17. A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) by Ursula K. Le Guin [re-read]
18. Carry On (Simon Snow, Book 1) by Rainbow Rowell
19. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


2020
01. Carry On (Simon Snow, Book 1) by Rainbow Rowell [re-read]
02. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, Book 2) by Rainbow Rowell
03. Blood of Elves (The Witcher, Book 1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
04. The Time of Contempt (The Witcher, Book 2) by Andrzei Sapkowski
05. Baptism of Fire (The Witcher, Book 3) by Andrzei Sapkowski
06. The Last Wish (The Witcher, Book 0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski
07. American Gods, Volume 2: My Ainsel by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, Rick Parket, Scott Hampton (Ill.)
08. The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2) by Ursula K. Le Guiu [re-read]
09. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, Book 1) by Sarah J. Mass
10. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, Book 2) by Sarah J. Mass
11. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, Book 3) by Sarah J. Mass
12. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, Book 4) by Sarah J. Mass
13. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
14. The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2) by Rick Riordan


Currently reading/soon to be reading: The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3), Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, Book 5) by Sarah J. Mass, The Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher, Book 4) by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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"Paper is dead without words / Ink idle without a poem / All the world dead without stories."
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”


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1. Based On A True Story by Norm MacDonald - B+
2. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick - B+
3. Dune by Frank Herbert - A+
4. But Enough About Me by Burt Reynolds - B-
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - B
6. The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre - A
7. The Passage by Justin Cronin - A
8. Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell - A-
9. Artemis by Andy Weir - B+
10. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCartner - B

Graphic Novels:

1. Saga Vol. 7, Vol. 8 and Vol. 9 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples - A
2. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller - A-

The Passage is very cool, making a zombie/plague book with vampires. Highly recommend especially in these times. Will read the sequel before year’s end but there’s so much else to read too!

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