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DesertRose 
Posted: 18-Dec-2007, 11:04 PM
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Hey Todd! Great to see you again! Been awhile! smile.gif


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Yeah it has! I've started getting busy again the last 3 weeks more or less.

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i just finished reading the second book of the eragon series, it's called eldest, boy i can hardly wait to see how they turn this one into a movie!!! this book is well worth the read!!


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I recently discovered a science fiction trilogy by John Twelve Hawks that my son and I both enjoyed. The first book was called "The Traveller" and the second "The Dark River". I assume the third book is probably underway, release date unknown.

The books are about two brothers who have the ability to use astral projection to visit other worlds (they are the Travellers) to gain power/information, their protectors (The Harlequins) who are trained assassins, and the people who wish to capture and control them (The Brethern or Tabula).

The books are well written, have a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and keep one up very late at night finding out what happens next. I usually don't care much for science fiction but these are worth reading.

I've seen reviews comparing these books to the likes of The Matrix, The Da Vinci Code, and others and feel that those are a fair comparison.
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I highly recommend the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

* 1700's * Scotland! * Men in Kilts!* Romance! * Gallant Men with long hair and bare chests! * Men in Kilts!* Oh, I said that once already.


um, maybe I am getting carried away. Where is that next book? LOL

Warning, her books run 850 to over 1000 pages EACH. Well worth the read though!

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Hello there, mythjulie!

If you love the Diana Galbadon's Outlander's Series so well. You might enjoy this thread in the Book Stop as well. Here is the link to come join us. Hope to see you there and discuss all things Jamie, Outlander, etc.!

http://www.celticradio.net/php/forums/inde...?showtopic=6310



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Brenda Joyce The Masters Of Time series. The one I read was Dark Embrace. If all the rest are like this one I don't think I will be reading anymore. I thought the story line was lame. I like time travel books but this one just didn't do it for me.


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Good morning, Harlot:

I just recently read Dark Embrace. I have also read Dark Rival and Dark Seduction. They are all about the same.

Have you noticed that when an author has a series going the first is good but the following go down in quality after that? I find the same with Karen Moning's books. Maybe they are pressured to write fast and furious to get the next one out.

Have you tried Katie MacAlister? They are not time travel but deal with modern day women along with archaic backgrounds. Men in Kilts was my favorite. I had many good laughs with each of her books. Corset Diaries and A Hard Day's Knight are the others.

Let me know if you try her.

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QUOTE (CelticCoalition @ 24-Jan-2006, 08:08 PM)
Man, there are so many. I'll tell you my favorite book I've ever read is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

It is the story of a young boy in the future who is a genius. He is drafted by the government to be trained as the officer of the last human defence against an alien race known as the buggers. It is a science fiction novel...however it is mainly about growing up and facing not only your fears, but learning to love your enemies.

It's a wonderful book, and there are many other books written after it in the same world, but this one was the best.

That is, without doubt, my favorite book and one I have read almost a dozen times. I also loved [and have reread a few times] The Belgariad and Mallorian series by David Eddings. While those are pretty much "High Fantasy" as described earlier in the thread, They are very engaging, or were to me. One book that, in a way, is more suitable for this genre is At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill. Part of the write-up from Wikipedia reads:

Set in Dublin before and during the 1916 Easter Rising, At Swim, Two Boys tells the love story of two young Irish men: Jim Mack, and Doyler Doyle. Jim goes to school on a scholarship (for which he is looked down upon) - he is quiet, studious, thoughtful, and nave. In contrast, Doyler is outspoken, rebellious, brave, and affectionate. Doyler might once have received a scholarship, like Jim, but Doyler withdrew from school to find work and support his impoverished family, leading them to grow apart. They have an additional connection through their fathers, who served in the army together during the Boer War, and were once best friends.
Jim attends a Catholic school, regularly visits church, and plays in the church's flute band, where he is the object of the parish priest's obsession. Brother Polycarp likes to have extra prayer sessions with him; Jim reminds him of his own past. Unbeknown to his father, Jim is offered the chance at a vocation, to join the brothers of the church. When Doyler enters the flute band, their old friendship is renewed. Doyler takes Jim out to the Forty Foot for a swim, a well known swimming area in Dublin Bay. The two boys make a pact: Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, on Easter Sunday, 1916, they will swim to the distant island of Muglins Rock and claim it for themselves. As their friendship grows, Jim reconsiders the vocation, ultimately refusing; Brother Polycarp is emotionally stricken and has to resign.

The book made me laugh and cry (and I mean sobbing) it is a touchy subject but written with such eloquence that the sexuality takes second place to the intense emotions. It is a historical novel that I was impressed with.

But do read Enders Game if you have a chance. The author's preferred edition has a bit of info from the author. The book is actually used by the military for leadership training theory. Well worth the read

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Posted: 06-Oct-2008, 10:11 PM
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QUOTE (sisterknight @ 19-Feb-2008, 03:12 PM)
i just finished reading the second book of the eragon series, it's called eldest, boy i can hardly wait to see how they turn this one into a movie!!! this book is well worth the read!!

The author also extended the series. Too much to happen for three books. Instead of a trilogy, it is a series (4 or 5 books). Here is a link to a video message from the author

http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m2F6U9ZVWMK0PQ

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QUOTE (j Padraig moore @ 05-Feb-2007, 03:08 PM)
I agree with CC. I just read Enders Game again recently. I have not read the follow up volumes, but was told they were not as good.

The parallel series I found to be well done and worth reading. The first book is Enders Shadow. It is basically the story from Beans perspective.

SPOILER alert SPOILER alert SPOILER alert SPOILER alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT A HINT ABOUT ENDERS GAME!!!!!!!






It follows Bean and the other Battle school grads through the wars following the end of the buggers war. Very good books, MUCH better than the rest of the first Ender saga. They just got too wierd. Speaking of Ender, there are new books out and the movie is once again being optioned. There are also more graphic novels in the works. Sweet!

There was also a press release about an upcoming video game.

Salt Lake City, Utah January 29, 2008 Chair Entertainment Group, an independent video game production company and creators of the award-winning Undertow, and bestselling author, Orson Scott Card, today announced their partnership to create the first-ever video games inspired by the legendary "Battle Room," featured in the beloved literary classic, Ender's Game. Ender's Game is an award-winning, international bestseller and one of the most popular science fiction novels ever written.


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I wanted to let everyone know about a website I found that offers reviews of paranormal romance books, Bitten by Books. For the month of May, 2009, they are running contests to celebrate their first birthday.

Check it out!


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