Too bad its the last book in the series.
I also finished reading this one:
Might try to find the Wiedźmin books next.
Finished lotr finally, it was a slow read... but it was good nonetheless.
Fate Zero. Fourth volume. Fascinating book indeed.
Finnish translation of H.P. Lovecraft's only novel (novelette), The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward. The premise is good, but for those who're familiar with Lovecraft's style of writing, the gist of the "mystery" is already revealed in the introductory first chapter; as usual for Lovecraft, the prologue-like beginning is presented as written after the events of the story have taken place. Generally speaking, this is like almost any of Lovecraft's short stories, except longer, and the length seems to come more from excess repetition than an increased amount of twists, turns and plot devices. Worth a read for fans, but not his best work.
Also read an anthology by Finnish horror writer Kari Nenonen, called Noitarovio (With Pyre); some good ideas, one well-presented sci-fi/horror story with an interesting setting, and lots of clumsiness. I think this embodies the whole budding horror/dark fantasy-scene of the early 90's Finland: enthusiasm, good ideas, but unpolished writing and clumsy presentation. Decent amateurs but nothing more, with one or two notable exceptions. Sadly, these humble but not unpromising foundations never really blossomed into a world-class Finnish scene of horror writers, although a few significant dark fantasy/horror novels have been written by authors who originated from this "scene".
Hey all, how are things?
I haven't visited the forums in quite a while, but I'd recommend a book I'd just finished. I originally saw the movie, The Road, and found it quite good. But I just finished the book, by Cormac Mccarth, on which the movie is based on. And my god is it good. The movie is very similar to the book, in that most events in the book are portrayed in the movie. But it's way more intense than what you get on-screen.
Cormac Mccarthy - The Road
It about the travels of a father and son across a postapocaliptic landscape, trying to keep what whatever they have left of their humanity, to keep the fire safe as they put it, and trying not to succumb to what the majority of the remaining humans have succumbed to. Cannibalism, harvesting people for human meat, and even to the extremes of . It's quite gruesome, but even among all this bleakness the light of hope is being carried by the two as we partake in their journey.
It's really good, and even though I usually can never read any book for more than 3 or so hours at a time, I finished this one in 2 sittings. I highly recommend it.
I'm currently reading a book by Valerio Massimo Manfredi: Empire of the dragons. I just started the book so I have nothing to summarise at the moment.
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The Dark Elf Trilogy
I finished lotr some time ago so I started reading the dark elf, and I do have to say that so far it's very entertaining, I really like it a lot.
Hell yes. A must-read, absolutely. The movie was outstanding as well, and I'd actually recommend to watching the movie and reading the book back to back. A very thought-provoking, deep and poetic book.
Originally Posted by Danutz_plusplus
This is a pretty good trilogy; the first book is pretty non-standard fantasy, and although the trilogy does get progressively more cliché towards the end, it retains a pleasantly good level throughout. The first Drizzt-book, chronologically taking place after this second trilogy, is also good but definitely more standard run-of-the-mill fantasy, and after that the Drizzt-stories take a nosedive.
Originally Posted by Nefekto
I'm reading Gary Larsons' The Complete Far Side, two heavy and massive hardcover volumes containing all 4300+ (mainly) single panel comics ever published of this already classic, bizarre comic. I've been a fan ever since some time in the mid-nineties when I started understanding it, and obviously, the comic is best enjoyed in English. All in all, an essential item for Larson-fans, comic collectors and people with a bizarre sense of humour. Usually this one goes for a hefty price (obviously, since both volumes are THICK and the quality is very good), but I chanced upon a sale and got it for a laughable 60 euros.
Artemis Entreri, one of the best fantasy villains of all time. It's worth reading just because of how badass he is. Too bad the books were milked to death soon after the awesomeness wore off aka too soon.
I am reading at the moment:
Mustaine - A Life in Metal
It's not the kind of book that I usually read, but it's very good so far.
Just finished this little novel:
One of the most captivating and thought provoking novels I've read so far. Great atmosphere and style. Kafka is for sure one of the most important 20th century writers, no doubt about it.
I'm also reading Die Klavierspielerin by Elfriede Jelinek.
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finished Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Marquez for school
Kafka is an amazing author indeed, i read lots of his stories this summer, didn't get to the novels though
Just started reading The Castle by Kafka.
The eight book in legend of drizzt. So far it keeps me entertained but I'm wondering how long can Salvatore keep them going since they're slowly getting worse and worse.
I am writing my own book. It is a fantasy about the Minotaur of Greek legend. So far it is really good. The first chapter is from the point of view of a high class prostitute who falls in love with her client, the King of Lydia. Lydia is southwestern turkey these days. Its capital city is Saris, where the maze was located.
Later Poseidon lays a curse on the King of Lydia. In my version, it is because of his intrigues with the high dollar whore. Poseidon's curse is that the King's son is born horribly deformed, half man / half bull. I tell that part of the story from the point of view of the Minotaur's mom, the Queen of Lydia. After that, I will switch to Theseus, the Greek Hero who slays the Minotaur.
Like I said, so far it is pretty good. I hope to write 175 pages this next month!!!
"Don't throw stones at every dog that barks at you" George Silver