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Well its been like a year or maybe more since I was last on . I was playing WoW religiously so that kept me away from the game and then my computer went kaput about 3 months ago. So I fell back on old habits and started reading books again, here I will detail some books I've read in the last 3 months with a review about it more or less. In Joy!!!!

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James Clavell's Shogun: Is an amazing Novel (not a light read btw at around 1200 pages.)

Its about an English navigator of a Dutch ship that lands in feudal Japan. Fueled with stolen Portuguese rutters he manages to lead his crew around Magellan's straight and becomes the first non Spanish/Portuguese to land in Japan. He ends up crashing on shore with only 9 crew mates left out of five ships and has to fight for survival in this savage land of the gods. It paints an amazing picture of the Japanese culture as well as European and I know I became quite sure that regardless of the ships and guns the Europeans were indeed barbarians (as the Japanese called them) compared to the Japanese regardless of perceived lack of technology. I recently picked up another one of Clavells novels called Tai-Pan about China but havent read it yet looks good but not quite as long.

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Robert Ferrigno's Prayers for the Assassin: Picked this up in the library cause the cover looked kind of cool.

Ended up being badass. Sort of like Sci-Fi, political thriller where Islam has united after Zionists (Jews) Nuke Washington D.C., New York and Mecca. The story takes place after Islam under united rule has invaded and taken over most of the united states. Its like a eastern Indian "Fallout" game, based around a badass mofacka named Rakkim Epps, who was a Feyadeen "Shadow Assassin". Great book especially if you have a penchant for the whole "Jack Reacher" one man army-ish type book. After looking up the author to the book real quick I found that he wrote two sequel books so I requested them from the library just now, hopefully they don't suck. =D

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Lee Child's "Die Trying": Speaking of Jack Reacher my dad hooked me up with this book (as well as a few others you'll see here)

Its a good book definitely but to me it read like what all those romance novels would read like if they were about a guy that was badass and guns and other stuff related to being manly. Besides that its a very good book not as good as Prayers for the Assassin but it definitely seems like a good series and I intend on reading a few more since I kinda started in the middle not that it matters they aren't connected from what I saw.

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Patrick Rothfuss'The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One): This is hands down one of the best novels I have read, it's an amazing story and I don't even want to talk about it for fear I will spoil something. All I can say is read it and sit and drool and wait for the second book to finally come out. If you like fantasy or even just really good fiction read this book I demand it. This is the first book the guy has written and I very much look forward to the next two.


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Orson Scott Cards Homecoming Series: I read the first four and just never got around to buying the last one. i finally got a library card and got the last one.

This is an amazing 5 book series that melds together Sci-Fi with many genre's.

It has the typical in depth characterization of the human mind and character that Card often depicts in his novels. Based in a "Prince of Persia-esque-like" society with people that have long fancy mustaches and caravans. It revolves mostly around a family that is very receptive to a human engineered computer called the "Oversoul" that has spent 30 million years longer than intended to bring humans back to a ruined earth. Amazing series!

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Orson Scott Cards Shadow Series and Ender Series: I've read them before and decided to read them again, not much to say other than I read my first novel and it was Enders Game. I fell in love with Sci-Fi and reading as a whole because of it Card has been one of my sought out authors cause I just love the writing style.

The shadow series centers around Bean and Peter Wiggin, more so with the big game of political and military conquest so its not too sci-fi, but its still there in bits and pieces. Can't wait for shadows in flight, I need to read Ender in Exile perhaps but haven't got around to it yet.

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There's my book list I can't think if I read any others but I feel like I missed something. Die Trying, Shogun and The Name of the Wind were all lent to me by my dad, he also gave me a copy of Speaker for the Dead. So props to him for hookin up some amazing books each in their own right. For the Shadow series I'd like to thank Clackamas County library in Oregon and for the Ender's series and Prayers for the Assassin Fresno County Library in California. Library is the way to go, just remember to return your books on time. xD

Posted: 10/12/09 at 02:45 (459 views)


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doublejesus

doublejesus
There sure is a Shogun miniseries. Never actually saw it myself but I imagine it can't touch the book, not since that's usually how it goes, but mostly just because of the great impact the book had on me as I read it. Every waking chance I had I read the book it was just that engrossing. I doubt any film maker could do the book justice without omitting a part of the story and I feel like every word of the story was important to the overall piece of work.

Posted on 10/12/09 at 19:07
desteredre

desteredre
I remember when Shogun was on TV...a miniseries I think? I wonder how long ago that was...

And I like the Ender books, good stuff.

Posted on 10/12/09 at 19:07
DivineE

DivineE
OMG!! The Name of the Wind was a phenomenal book. I can't wait for the next one.

Posted on 10/12/09 at 08:08

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