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NintenerdCentral

@RR529, Let's see, should I read The Hobbit again for the ninth time? Sure, why not! Sarcasm.

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Meowpheel

Sheesh no need to be like that.

Anyway. I shall decide a book for you and it will be not adventure/fantasy, because comfort zones and stuff.

You will read...

The Andromeda Strain.

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Tyranexx

I recently read through the Minish Cap manga. The plot had a few parallels to the actual story in The Minish Cap, but overall it didn't follow it to the letter (particularly the ending). It was quite a good read and did have plenty of lighter moments to counterbalance the darker ones.

I'm currently reading the third book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus pentalogy, The Mark of Athena. With how busy I've been, I'm expecting this one to take awhile.

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shaneoh

Finished the Star Wars book "Revan" last night. Should probably have been called "Scourge" instead. Completely dissatisfied with the ending, I know it's supposed to tie into the MMO, but killing off Meetra and (basically) Revan feels like a huge middle finger after spend you spend two games building those characters up. Scourge would have been a great focus for a third KotOR game as a pure-blood Sith. A light or dark side ending could have been wildly different for a species that is supposed to be inherently "evil." Even recruiting your companions could have changed. Blackmailing, intimidating or even purchasing "slaves" as opposed to recruiting people based on a common interest in saving the world. Sadly it's not to be.

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I had my first exam today and read Super Mario Adventures. The sevent graders are too harsh. And critical.

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Krull

@Nintenerdguy If you're still looking for fantasy recommendations, I don't think anyone is writing better today than Robin Hobb, who has coming up to 20 novels to her name now. Start with Assassin's Apprentice, which is really pretty good - but every subsequent book is better.

If you can bear the fact nobody knows when he will finish his Kingkiller trilogy, Patrick Rothfuss is absolutely superb. And Scott Lynch's Locke Lamora series is also enjoyable. For a bit of fantasy hokum, Joe Abercrombie is quite fun.

For something a bit different, Haruki Murakami has a nice line in magic realism, especially The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, and Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. For something really different, try Ryu Murakami's From the Fatherland With Love - it's like an ultraviolent lurid manga comic in novel form.

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ogo79

man if i knew how to read id read as hard as i could, and be able to recommend some awesome boocs.

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RR529

@ogo79, but you clearly can read, based on the fact that you already recommended these masterpieces...

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@RR529
you got me there...

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RR529

I finished up the final book in the Inheritance Cycle (fittingly, titled Inheritance), and thus closed out the series after a nearly decade long hiatus. I spent many a day reading through the first two books again & again in high school, and even the third book once in my Senior year, and as that was way back in 2009, it feels unreal to have finally finished it out, and it has touched me very emotionally (similar to how I felt when I finally read the InuYasha manga for the first time a few years ago, after being a fan of the anime for a long time).

Naturally, my more in depth thoughts will be spoilery.

Granted, it could be somewhat due to the nostalgic ties I have to the series, but I was gripped pretty much the whole way through. From the horror themed infiltration of Dras-Leona, the mysterious discoveries on Vorengard, to the assault on Uru'baen, I was captivated nearly the entire time. Heck, I even found the chapters centering around Nasuada's imprisonment grippingly tense. The only slow(er) part for me was the 5 or 6 chapter long assault on Aroughs, which sort of felt like padding because he really wanted to give something for Roran to do in the first half of the book (I understand it's place, and it wasn't devoid of interesting moments, but I felt like it could have been shorter).

The confrontation with Galbatorix was a little underwhelming, IMO. I approve of how he was beaten in the end, but after the big tease of having Shrukian fly over the Varden's camp the night before, the fact that the final battle took place in the confines of his throne room was a bit disappointing, especially since he had every one under his thumb the entire moment until the Dragons used Eragon to work one of their inexplicable uses of magic to throw him off. That, and Murtagh's sudden affection for Nasuada (what allowed him to change his true name and defy Galbatorix) seemed a bit convenient. The battle against Lord Barst on the streets was actually much more exciting, and the first time I actually liked what Roran was doing at least as much as what Eragon was doing.

I also liked how it had many chapters of post victory exposition, to explain how they're going to go about changing the world. In the end, It was bittersweet. It was cool to find that the dragons aren't doomed, and in turn the Riders will again prosper in due time, under Eragon's tutelage. But the fact that Eragon and Arya couldn't be together due to their individual duties was upsetting, though at least Saphira got her some I still don't get why Eragon can't EVER return, though. He's not leaving the continent, as I first thought he would, just settling somewhere east of where the map ends. It clearly won't be too terribly far away, as the new riders (which now include Dwarves & Urgals!) have to travel back and forth from the location. Surely, in a few centuries time, a few other Riders would be competent enough to hold down the fort so he could go back to visit Arya, Orik, Roran's descendents, and Angela, who I'm sure would still be around.

There are still a few mysteries left unanswered, like the true nature of Angela (though my guess is that she's that Soothsayer Galbatorix was going on about, though that may be too obvious), what exactly the Menoa Tree took from Eragon, and the whereabouts of the last Ra'zac eggs. However, Paolini said he put too much lore into the series too abandon it, so he will return, just not with these characters, so hopefully if he does go back these questions will be answered in that book's (series') lore. I personally think a book focusing on an Urgal Rider would be cool, as we didn't get to see much of their culture.

It's been six years since this book released, and he hasn't released anything since, though apparently he's still writing (he mentioned his next book will be sci-fi, a few years ago), so I can't wait to see what he comes out with next.

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Meowpheel

I already had the digital versions, but I bought a pocket boxed set with the hobbit and the three lotr books. It ended up well priced with discounts and promotions, although it was still not cheap.

They're all pocket size and cute, it was hard to resist.

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StArHaMa

Has anyone read the metro 33 novel pdf

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RR529

Long time no read! (Okay, that was terrible, I'll stop...)

Anyhow, got a new job recently, and since there's a lot of downtime in it, I got permission from my supervisor (and even the CEO) to bring in a book, so I finally started up that copy of Rising Sun I've been sitting on. Not even all the way through chapter 1 yet, but it looks promising.

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Ryu_Niiyama

Time to re-read Ki in Daily Life By Koichi Tohei. Also just picked up a copy of Aristotle's collected works (I'll start that this weekend I think...I've read a great deal of his works but I wanted it in one volume). Reading the Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand. Trying to get back to reading for pleasure on the regular instead of studying until my eyes bleed.

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RR529

Finished up Rising Sun yesterday.

It was my first crack at a crime thriller, and I really enjoyed it. The heavy focus on the feelings of the business relationship between the US & Japan at the time certainly made it more interesting as well, IMO.

Are there any other fiction novels (either Western or Japanese in origin) where Japan (or Japanese culture in general) is prominent that I should be looking out for? I know one of the Tom Clancy novels focuses on a new war between Japan & the US, and I'm going to be on the lookout for that, but can't think of anything else.

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Capt_N

@shaneoh: I absolutely hate how the main KoTOR characters' eventual fates were written. I haven't read Revan, but from other sources, I kinda have a basic idea of how things go. Just opinion, but Disney could have made some dough, if they made a series of movies, or even a mini-series on streaming services, focused on that era, the "Old Republic". By the way, KoTOR2 is awesome by itself, & totally better with the right mods, specifically the Restored Content mod. The mod also made it to the Steam version of the game.

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shaneoh

@Capt_N
Yeah it doesn't go well for them. I'd love a trilogy of movies that covered the original KotOR, I can't get enough of Revan (I even spent a couple of hundred on LEGO SW sets so I would get an official Revan Minifig). The KotOR comics are worth reading too, if you can get your hands on them. The only issue I had with the restored content mod of KotOR2 was the droid planet, there were quite a few bugs and it was quite a dull place. Both games were great though.

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Capt_N

@shaneoh: I had no idea there was a Revan minifig. That's awesome! As for the droid planet, mine was buggy, too. I did play a large chunk of the planet, but bugs ultimately prevented my progress. At that point, I just used the warpbelt mod to open doors. Last I knew, the mod team is still working on the entire thing. I knew there were comics about the Old Republic, but I was unaware there were ones specific to KoTOR. Thanks for making me aware of those things! Edit: I, too, thought the droid planet was desolate.

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Krull

@RR529 Well, there are lots of Japanese authors translated into English! I particularly like both Murakamis (Haruki and Ryu), though they are very different. For western writers, there are James Clavell's historical romps, Shogun and Gaijin, which are both highly entertaining. For something a bit more highbrow there's Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for a Time Being. A personal favourite is David Mitchell's Number 9 Dream - though really it's a Haruki Murakami pastiche.

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shaneoh

@Capt_N
Glad it wasn't just me who had issues with the droid planet. The KotOR comics take place during the mandalorian wars, there are plenty of cameos from characters from the games, (Revan, Malak, Atris, Carth and Saul come to mind). Have a snippet:
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