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Old August 29 2012, 09:49 PM   #76
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Re: What are you reading?

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Just started rereading a comprehensive book and guide on beagles. I've had my beagle for several years now but there's always something fresh and new you can learn about the breed no matter how long you've owned one of them.
D'aaaaawwwwww. I love beagles. Have you learned anything interesting from the book?
Well, I haven't made too much progress thus far. But a book this thick(for a dog guide, anyways)is bound to have some really fun and intriguing surprises buried between its covers. There's always something new to learn about your pets even if you've owned them for years. Dogs are far more complex creatures than some people like to give them credit for, and sometimes the most complex mammal in the room depending on who's there at any given moment.
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Old August 29 2012, 09:53 PM   #77
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^ I know what you mean.

I've always loved dogs and grew up with them (we always had 1 to 3, along with up to a half dozen cats), but I'm afraid I don't know much about them. I'd love to have a dog now, but I'm not really in the position to, sadly.
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Old September 7 2012, 08:50 PM   #78
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Hey, readers! I have a friend who works at a small, super poor high school in CA. They are trying to get 100 copies (used or new) of The Hunger Games so that the kids can all read it together. They have 40 so far. If anyone is interested in donating their copy (or buying one for the school), PM me!
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Old September 8 2012, 02:42 AM   #79
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Finished Pratchetts Soul Music last night... so I started reading The Truth.
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Old September 8 2012, 03:30 AM   #80
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About halfway through Asimov's Foundation. I really enjoyed the first chapter and was assuming that I would read at least the original trilogy, but I'm bogging down. Maybe it's just too much politics for me in the midst of the real-life election. Not sure. I know it's a classic, but I'm curious how other people actually feel about it...
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Old September 8 2012, 03:54 AM   #81
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^Honestly, I thought it sucked.
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Old September 8 2012, 04:07 AM   #82
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Old September 8 2012, 10:13 AM   #83
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I'm currently about a quarter of the way through Terra Fae by Sabrina Zbasnik. Very clever and even better than her first book.

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About halfway through Asimov's Foundation. I really enjoyed the first chapter and was assuming that I would read at least the original trilogy, but I'm bogging down. Maybe it's just too much politics for me in the midst of the real-life election. Not sure. I know it's a classic, but I'm curious how other people actually feel about it...
It's one of my favorites, both the original trilogy and the sequels that he wrote in the 80s. If you have to choose between the most classic of SF and the idiocy of real-life politics, I'd go with Asimov.
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Old September 8 2012, 10:18 AM   #84
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Some Douglas Reeman, since I just got back from Whitby last night...
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Old September 8 2012, 11:11 AM   #85
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About halfway through Asimov's Foundation. I really enjoyed the first chapter and was assuming that I would read at least the original trilogy, but I'm bogging down. Maybe it's just too much politics for me in the midst of the real-life election. Not sure. I know it's a classic, but I'm curious how other people actually feel about it...
The politics is one of the good things in the Empire/Foundation-stories imho, but I never really liked how Asimov writes women (of all ages) -his men were okay, I suppose, his boys too, but somehow he seems utterly unable to write women.

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Old September 9 2012, 03:43 PM   #86
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I have a book which collects all of Asimov's short stories and that's awesome.

I finished my Elvis biography the other day so I've moved on to another volume of Philip K. Dick short stories - Second Variety.
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Old September 9 2012, 05:21 PM   #87
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If you have to choose between the most classic of SF and the idiocy of real-life politics, I'd go with Asimov.
Well yeah. But, unfortunately, the real-life idiocy is hard to avoid.

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The politics is one of the good things in the Empire/Foundation-stories imho, but I never really liked how Asimov writes women (of all ages) -his men were okay, I suppose, his boys too, but somehow he seems utterly unable to write women.
So far there aren't any women. It'll be interesting to see what I think of them when they do come along.
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Old September 9 2012, 08:22 PM   #88
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^Asimov doesn't write any characters well in my opinion, which is one of the major reasons I disliked Foundation so much. Many of the ideas were fantastic, but there wasn't much to connect to on a human level. Also, I think the fact that he wrote that trilogy by throwing together a bunch of different short stories is irritatingly apparent.


Anyway, I want to thank the two lovely posters so far who have offered to mail their od copies of The Hunger Games to my teacher friend's school! Just a reminder, it's an impoverished school, so if you want to do a good deed and mail them your old copy (or buy them a new copy), pm me!
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Old September 9 2012, 09:56 PM   #89
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^Wish I could help, but I'm mostly going to the library these days.

I think you're right about Asimov's not writing any characters well. I gave up on Foundation.
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Old September 11 2012, 04:42 PM   #90
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^Also agree on Asimov characters vs ideas, esp Foundation trilogy. Maybe why film adaptation been so tricky so far. But I do like some of the Robot characters: Dr Susan Calvin, Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw.

Currently reading The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa. Weird, but beautifully and economically written.
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