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    help need new crime author

    My favorites are Elizabeth George (Detective Lynley/Sergeant Havers series), Ruth Rendell (Wexford series) and PD James (Dagliesh series).
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    Umberto Eco

    I love Umberto Eco, but he takes himself very seriously. In the Postscript to The name of the Rose, he claims to design is books for the ideal reader. That is why he begins his books by long learned introductions designed to lose the non ideal reader along the way (however I find his elitism...
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    Now Reading

    I am reading "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown. I read "The DaVinci Code", from the same author and featuring the same main protagonist, a while ago.
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    Currently Reading

    I have finished "carrion comfort" by Dan Simmons (horror/ sci-fi), I liked it at first, but then I got bored, it was much too long... I am currently reading "Women of the Silk" by Gail Tsukiyama, a novel about a chinese girl who is "sold" by her family to a silk factory. I have read only...
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    has there been any movie that was......

    "Pride and Prejudice": not better but as good as the book!
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    "The Stand" from Stephen King is my favorite post-apocalyptic book, though not very realistic. I must say I haven't read many, though I like them. I also like post-apocalyptic movies like Terminator or pre-apocalyptic movies like Armageddon or Deep Impact... I recently read "Alas, Babylon" from...
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    2003 Book of the Month Choices

    "Carrion Comfort" by Dan Simmons
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    Currently Reading

    "Carrion Comfort" by Dan Simmons
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    Astronomy Books

    "Nightwatch, a practical guide to viewing the universe" by Terence Dickinson.
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    Wanted: Arturo Perez Reverte Fans to start an online fanclub.

    Well, everything about Alexandre Dumas was absent from the movie, and the main originality of the book was its double plot... The whole thing seemed like a pretext for Polanski to give a big part to his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner... I like Perez-Reverte a lot: I loved Club Dumas and the Flanders...
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    J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord Of The Rings

    I am confused too. In my edition, the appendix features the tale of Aragorn and Arwen. Arwen doesn't go West but goes to alone to the land of Lorien: "she laid herself to rest upon Cerin Amroth; and there is her green grave". So it is clear she dies there (after Aragorn has died). A little above...
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    J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord Of The Rings

    I had the same feeling than Dawn, I think they are dying. We are in Middle Earth, so the passage from life to death is bound to be something more symbolic than simply dying (not true for those who died in battle though). They sail away and if I am not mistaken that's how the passage from life...
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    J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord Of The Rings

    ... Maybe Tolkien wanted to show that there was someone, in Middle-earth, who, though very powerful, was not interested in power and was above other "human" (in the large sense, including elves, or other creatures of Middle-earth) preoccupations, a kind of "mystic" poet, interested only in...
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    J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord Of The Rings

    I've finished reading the 3 volumes, I felt like moving on to something else at times (mostly while reading the Two Towers), but I'm happy I didn't: it paid off... I really enjoyed it on the whole. I felt that the Two Towers was not so good as the Fellowship and the Return of the King, I wonder...
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    What other hobbies do you enjoy?

    Great to see there are other "Monks" fans out there, Jessica! In fact there at too many good TV series and it interferes with my reading;). I thought 24 would be a one season series and here I am, already hooked to the second season... I also love watching reruns of "Keeping up appearances"...
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    OUR book

    It was a cold evening in March. Bill Townsend tried to open the door of his car, but the lock was frozen. "Damn!" he muttered to himself. Already late, he gave the key a couple more jiggles, hoping to loosen it up. Nothing happened. If only he hadn't given up smoking, he'd at least have...
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    To start things off: Favorite books

    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Books (I wonder how many times I've read those!) Little Women Harry Potter The Neverending Story Can't think of anything else now...
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    J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit

    I've finished The Fellowship of the Ring and I'm taking a little break before starting The Two Towers. I agree with Dawn and Prolixic. In the Hobbit, Gandalf seems to be very friendly to Hobbits and spends a lot of time in the Shire just entertaining them, he does too in the beginning of FOTR...
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    Difficult books.

    Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (I don't know why I had so much difficulty reading this one, maybe because it bored me...) Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in medieval English :eek: ) Swift's "A Tale of a Tub" (this one was worth the effort) Sterne's "The Life and Opinion of Tristam Shandy" (I...
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    J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit

    I've started reading LOTR (a little ahead on the BOM schedule :)) and frankly I didn't expect to be so hooked ! I've read about 100 pages so far and have trouble putting it down... I was wondering how everybody is progressing? Have some of you read /reread "The Hobbit"? Did others start right...