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Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
12:16 pm - Quiet or is it just me?

drpestilence
I havn't noticed a post here in a while, though I could just be loseing it, very possible.. Anywho, Figured I'd share, I'm a pretty big fan of the world of fantasy but have never had much luck getting into any Fantasy books, Finally I broke down and gave it another try, with some lovley results.

I decided To give the Forgotten Realms books a go, they are by no means hugley complex, but they are wonderfully adventerous with great character development.

Some of the Seris's I've enjoyed.

Daughter of the Drow, (This is the name of the first book in the seris, the actual name of the seris escapes me at the moment.) It's a 3 part seris about a Dark Elf who flee's to the surface but is determined to keep her magic as a part of her, while trying to fight off her peoples evil goddess.

War of the Spider Queen.

Is a 6 part seris again about Dark Elvs, but these ones are by no means trying to be good, it's a neat story about the bad guys! Each part is written by a different author which seems to add an interesting flow to the over all feel of the books.

:D

current mood: amused

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Monday, April 4th, 2005
10:01 pm

rjsingstheblues
okay...

Last year, late 03 to early 04, there was this huge goings on in the senate. there was to be a 48 hour long mini-filibuster session, with each senator getting a half hour or so to speak, the point of which was a giant fuckoff stalemate between the Republican and Democratic parties; each had legislation to push through and was waiting for their counterpart to fall asleep during their shift to push it past.


as much as i recall, i can't remember the date. it wasn't on cspan; cspan ran a documentary on WWII and it got pushed to cspan2. but it was a huge deal at the time. does anyone remember the dates for it? i'm writing a paper and can't do so without actual "research"

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Thursday, March 24th, 2005
3:45 pm

rjsingstheblues
Sure. Book for april. It's probably not my turn, but it's my birthday in april so nyah.



The Corrections, By Jonathan Franzen. Read. Enjoy.

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Thursday, November 18th, 2004
10:11 am - So since its my turn n all.

drpestilence
I dont know if its bad mojo to sugest the same author as another so quickly bbuuttt.. well its just too neat.

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.

Synop: A convict gets out of jail a tad early for none too pleasnt reasons, then gets caught up in the most bizzare adventure with the very gods themselves. This book just nuked me its far too cool! The premise is amazing and I'm sure it will suck you in good!

Amazon.com said the following,

Amazon.com's Best of 2001
American Gods is Neil Gaiman's best and most ambitious novel yet, a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit. Gaiman tackles everything from the onslaught of the information age to the meaning of death, but he doesn't sacrifice the razor-sharp plotting and narrative style he's been delivering since his Sandman days.
Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired. Shadow agrees to help Wednesday, and they whirl through a psycho-spiritual storm that becomes all too real in its manifestations. For instance, Shadow's dead wife Laura keeps showing up, and not just as a ghost--the difficulty of their continuing relationship is by turns grim and darkly funny, just like the rest of the book.

Armed only with some coin tricks and a sense of purpose, Shadow travels through, around, and underneath the visible surface of things, digging up all the powerful myths Americans brought with them in their journeys to this land as well as the ones that were already here. Shadow's road story is the heart of the novel, and it's here that Gaiman offers up the details that make this such a cinematic book--the distinctly American foods and diversions, the bizarre roadside attractions, the decrepit gods reduced to shell games and prostitution. "This is a bad land for Gods," says Shadow.

More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country--our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what's real and what's not. --Therese Littleton

Happy reading all, hopefully I'll have time to catch up.

current mood: happy

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
1:52 pm - My Book Choice - December

mischief_bound
I have a thing for vampire movies and books on vampires no matter how cheesy they are. So, my choice for December is the following:

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com
Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law--as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees--with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting--to help figure out who and why.
Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along--yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters--both dead and alive.

Product Description:
Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover...

Enjoy!

current mood: predatory

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8:09 am - November's book selection

magicfuzzball
since it's my turn, and i've been dying to have everyone read this, my selection will be:

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett


for those who don't know, this is a comical look at the apocalypse. The book is hysterical, and had me actually laughing out loud every few pages when i was reading it the first time through.

Amazon.com has the following to say: Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to read the first time, and the second time, and the third time...

so that's my pick! i believe it's housed in the sci-fi/fantasy section, for easy reference. happy reading, and don't forget to place your comments and discussion as replies to this thread.

current mood: busy

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8:03 am

magicfuzzball
hello hello! i know we skipped october's book, and it's almost time to select november's. i don't know about everyone else, but i'm assuming everyone is at least as busy as i am, so i'm going to try a different approach here. i know those of us who are in school have a winter break coming up, and while we'll probably still be working through it, at least we won't be juggling work AND class.

so since we're coming up on a change in semester and a holiday season, i'd like to get the October, November, AND December selections now, that way i can get them all together and catch up. keeping this in mind, the following people need to select books:

October: drpestilence
November: magicfuzzball
December: mischief_bound


so the two of you that aren't me, make your selection and make a post about it; include the title and author, and a brief synopsis.

also, don't forget that you can always go back and start discussions on books we've already read!

current mood: busy

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
10:08 pm - Bones of the Moon

anamacha
Last night I finished Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll.

It was .... well, pretty interesting. There were two stories told; one in a dream-world, the other in the "real" world. The realworld stuff was great. Couldn't get enough of it. The dream world stuff was just pretty wierd. I know that in one's dreams, things don't always make sense; that's fine.But in here I just got a big sense of ... WTF?

That said, Carroll's descriptive abilities are very good. i like how he takes two ore more seemingly unrelated things and slams them together for a single metaphor. This much alone made it a rather enjoyable read; part of the book were almost poetic in their descriptions. I like that.

I shan't say any more, as I don't want to post spoilers.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
1:10 pm - my book selection

anamacha
OK, well, thanks magicfuzzball for the tip-off that I was next ... I joined the community but I hadn't put it on one of my friends-link-pages, so I never got to read anything that was on it.

ANYway, be that as it may ... my selection is Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll ... published by Orb/Tor, it was apparently well-received by the likes of Stephen King, Pat Conroy and Stanislaw Lem. It was written in 1987.

From the back of the book:
"Cullen James is a young woman whose life dictates her dreams -- and whose dreams control her life.
In her first dream, she found the perfect man -- and the same thing promptly happened in life. Now, though, she has begun to dream dreams set in Rodua, a fantasy world of high adventure, full of tests of her courage and strength. And slowly, quietly, her dream world is spilling over into her New York City reality and beginning to threaten everything she loves in life. Her freiends are gathered to help her -- but even her newfound courage may not be enough."

Right now I'm 40 pages into it, and it's mostly been character development thus far -- the relationship spoken of above.

The first sentence of the book, though, is really great. It's stuck with me, especially after I ran this little exercise in my journal some time ago:

"The Axe Boy lived downstairs."


What's not to like?

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
10:17 pm - STILL time to select Book #2...

magicfuzzball
since alyndria has passed because she doesn't feel right making a selection having not read/finished the first one, we'll pass the torch to anamacha, because he is both next in the alphabet, and talks about reading tons of cool stuff.

well? Anam, if you're up for the challenge, make a selection, and make a post with the title, author, and a brief synopsis. :)

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10:34 am - It's time for the selection of book #2...

magicfuzzball
so alyndria, take a day or two and make a new post with the title and author of your selection, plus a brief summary or teaser. :)

also, everyone who has finished Battle Royale should return to THIS entry and comment with your thoughts, comment on other people's thoughts, and get a discussion going. :)

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Friday, August 27th, 2004
10:35 am - My first pick is...

a_labyrinth
My choice will in fact be "Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami.

It is classified as Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but is more of a horror/chiller.

The book was published in 2000 and was very controversial, but the youth loved it.

the premise: "a class of high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are proovided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing."

I know this is most likely the wrong place for this, do I put this up in my own journal? huh? Anyway, I'll leave my thoughts on it in 2-3 weeks, I'll probably reread it.

Have fun.

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Monday, August 23rd, 2004
2:54 pm - Introductory post

magicfuzzball
Feel free to post your introductions here!

Name:
Age:
Location:
Favorite Writer:
Favorite Book(s):
Favorite Genres:
Anything else to say:

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2:38 pm - welcome to FEAR THE BOOK! the best book club name i could come up with in 30 seconds!

magicfuzzball
hello, welcome, etc. this is the much promised community. i threw together some basic rules on the info page; any suggestions to augment or modify can be made in this post. once most of the likely members have joined, we'll pick the first, alphabetical by username, and s/he will select the book that kicks us off!

so go ahead, submit for your membership, and when you're accepted, feel free to comment on here with some suggestions to kick things off.

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