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Old 02-19-2020, 10:27 PM   #1876
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I might not keep up my recent habit of reading the Ian Fleming Bond books for every other leisure read (I have so many other books I want to read), but I only have 5 left, really enjoyed the last one, and this one is kind-of short.

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Old 02-25-2020, 06:59 PM   #1877
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Yo.

am taking a break from bks 4 & 5 of The World to indulge myself in the following (which I just found last nite):








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Old 03-20-2020, 05:08 AM   #1879
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I should really be reading something else, as I've read the D'Artagnan Romances a few times over, but I recently got the Oxford World Classics editions to replace my mishmashed collection so that I have a consistent through line translation, and I've just been wanting to go through it all... so I am.

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Old 04-04-2020, 01:24 AM   #1880
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Star Trek: Web of the Romulans
by M.S. Murdock


Liked this one. I did not intend to read an ST book centering on a plague, but it was interesting to do so.

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I am ashamed (as a former lit major and a general book lover) that I have not read those. I’m not sure which I even have in my collection. I’ve been interested, but I think I was always hindered by their length and especially the idea that I’d have to read them all.
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:50 PM   #1881
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Decided to give the Dark Tower series a go, despite my general lack of liking the author's work. Not too far in, yet, but it is a bit better than I remember the other works of his that I have approached being. Who knows, maybe I'll really like these.



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I am ashamed (as a former lit major and a general book lover) that I have not read [The D'Artagnan Romances]. Iím not sure which I even have in my collection. Iíve been interested, but I think I was always hindered by their length and especially the idea that Iíd have to read them all.
Truly, you should give them a go. They are long (especially the third book, Victomte de Bragelonne, which is so lengthy that its translations are often separated into three books, itself), but they are fun and fairly easy to read. Well, most of them. The middle part of the third book (known as Louise de la Valiere) is actually quite dull, being a lull of slow movement in the center of the plot that culminates in the final part (known as The Man in the Iron Mask), which agains moves easily. As an old favorite of mine, I would recommend them to everyone, or at the very least the first two (The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After) and the finale of the third.
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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Decided to give the Dark Tower series a go, despite my general lack of liking the author's work. Not too far in, yet, but it is a bit better than I remember the other works of his that I have approached being. . .
I have a kind of love-hate relationship with King's work. My mother loves his stuff and I've read a lot, but he does do things I don't like and then I take a long break before returning.

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Well, I have Three Muskateers, so there's no reason not to.
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:02 AM   #1883
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I stumbled upon a series of mysteries centered around Dumas' famous four, and decided to check them out. I figure as I often enjoy films based on the characters that fail to hold to the original stories, I might also enjoy books that do the same. As such I hunted all five of them down, and added them to my collection. Here's hoping they're good.
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:42 AM   #1884
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Koran [Qur'an]
translated by J.M. Rodwell; edited by Alan Jones


Even though my schedule isn't that different on lockdown, I do have some more reading time due to a lack of classes to teach at my church; so I'm using the time to read some heftier volumes I had put off. I had read portions of this in my religions class in college, but wanted to read the whole thing and did.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:01 PM   #1885
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Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn


Everyone put this on the highest of pedestals. It did not deserve it. Not a bad book by any means but I didn't find anything special in it. I guess it was cool at the time because it was expanding the Star Wars universe but now all that seems passe.
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You Only Live Twice
by Ian Fleming


Read this, which is the last Bond book Fleming published in his life. There's two more to go (1 novel, 1 short story collection) published posthumously.

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Everyone put this on the highest of pedestals. It did not deserve it. Not a bad book by any means but I didn't find anything special in it. I guess it was cool at the time because it was expanding the Star Wars universe but now all that seems passe.
I remember reading those I think in Junior High or something; long before they announced the prequels. At the time, it was just so neat to have more Star Wars. Now, I very much wish it ended with RotJ. To this day, I try to work out how a culture's art could you give a significant insight in battle as per Thrawn's claim. I think it's BS, but it's an interesting idea.
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Old 05-16-2020, 03:56 AM   #1887
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Everyone put this on the highest of pedestals. It did not deserve it. Not a bad book by any means but I didn't find anything special in it. I guess it was cool at the time because it was expanding the Star Wars universe but now all that seems passe.
I think a lot of the raving for this trilogy came from the fact that George Lucas was said to have claimed in passing that they were essentially episodes 7-9. The truth of that claim is shoddy at best, as the internet has proven to have conflicting accounts thereof, but in the 90's, that was something fans took on faith. Personally, I always preferred the Jedi Academy trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, but such as it is.

None of them matter anymore.
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Institutes of the Christian Religion vol. 1

by John Calvin
translated by Ford Lewis Battles
edited by John T. McNeill

Had to read big chunks of this for seminary, but with some more downtime, I decided to go back and read the whole thing for fun. It's an important work in my church's history.
It is dense, though, so I may read something more leisurely between the volumes or alternating.
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Old 06-07-2020, 01:19 AM   #1889
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It's been a few years since I last read it, and it's a short easy read, so I figured I'd sit down with it again.
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^That's the edition I have/read.

I'm back to Calvin (book 2, but still physical vol. 1), but took a break to read the book that was part of the Beatles' Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Edition.


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