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  2. What's the weather like?

    Cold. Snow, rain, wind.. the usual. Has been like this for weeks. *sigh*
  3. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    The 4th book, A Feast for Crows, was published in 2005. The 5th book, A Dance with Dragons was published in 2011. We're still waiting for the 6th book, The Winds of Winter, and it's 2018. I like the series. I like fantasy when it's well written and this series is unlike most of the fantasy crap I've read. On the other hand, what the hell is up with releasing the first book in 1996 and 12 years later we're still waiting for the last two books? Does George Martin think he's William Shakespeare or James Joyce? The books are good but it's a fantasy series, not an astrophysics dissertation on the solution to Dark Energy and Dark Matter. When an author begins a series like this isn't there an implied contract with the readers that the series will be completed before its fans start dying off? I liked The Wheel of Time series but Robert Jordan died somewhere around book 10. They had to bring in Brandon Sanderson to complete it. I've learned one fundamental thing from George R.R. Martin: Never start a series of books before the last volume in the series is published.
  4. Your Book Activity - January 2018

    I read that a few years ago, and didn't much enjoy it. The characters annoyed me, and I found the style too overblown. But then, one might say the same of one of Genet's other works, Querelle -- and I loved that! I hope Our Lady of the Flowers improves for you.
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  6. Trevor's Reads 2018

    I noticed you are reading an Ursula K. Le Guin novel Trevor. I read Left Hand Of Darkness as a teenager and then revisited it again a few years ago , it was a n interesting slow burn novel with a thoughtful main character. Not read anything else by her though. Oh no TBR and Wish List are quite distinctly different things. You have it right sir!
  7. Hayley's Reading in 2018

    Agreed. I think I will have to re-read it and get hold of the other books too.
  8. What's the weather like?

    It's okay. Hope you enjoyed the road trip. The weather here is mild, with some rain spells, as usual in winter.
  9. What's the weather like?

    Bright and dry here, cool but not that cold (around 9 degrees C). Bit cloudy though.
  10. What's the weather like?

    We had quite heavy snow for a couple of hours in the late morning, it did settle a bit but was very wet so soon washed away once it changed back to rain. Now it's bright and sunny but still quite damp after raining nearly all weekend, our garden is like a muddy bog!
  11. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    3rd book is the best one - much faster paced and action packed. 5th one s pretty clunky though.
  12. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Thanks Ben, it's been on my list for ages too, loved the TV series but still haven't got round to actually reading it! Hope you enjoy your challenges.
  13. Noll's 2018 Reads

    Hehe! That reminds me of one time my family played a golf game, not sure what console, but we were all terrible at it. We were all like 10-15 over par all the time, and towards the end when I'd hit the ball back and forth past the hole several times and was right on the edge, the commentator said, 'perhaps this shot will end the misery'. In other news... Back to work today after a week off. The week off was nice enough, although a few nights poor sleep meant a couple of days were effectively wasted on catching up with sleep. It's never long enough though, had trouble sleeping last night knowing I was facing back into work, and have been awake since 5am so my mood is particularly low this morning. I'm grateful for my job, it's a good job, I just hate having to work. I also have to get my next lot of meds sorted this month for my anxiety/depression. I've been on one dose for a year now, and gradually my mood is declining again. Not sure do I need a higher dose or what. Maybe I should start going to counselling but that's a 200 euro commitment a month, it's just so much money. It's funny, all those years ago when I was unemployed for 2.5 years, I produced tons of art and was really creative. Now that I've been in employment for 2.5 years, I don't want to draw, I'm struggling to keep up my cross-stitch, I just read, watch tv or play video games. My creativity is pretty much dead. You'd think financial security would make me happy, but I think all is does is relieve one aspect of anxiety/depression, which is immediately replaced by the depressing tedium of spending most of my life doing a job simply to pay bills. I'm even starting to feel unenthused about my masters, which starts in the next two weeks.
  14. What's Up in January 2018

    Back to work today after a week off. The week off was nice enough, although a few nights poor sleep meant a couple of days were effectively wasted on catching up with sleep. It's never long enough though, had trouble sleeping last night knowing I was facing back into work, and have been awake since 5am so my mood is particularly low this morning. I'm grateful for my job, it's a good job, I just hate having to work.
  15. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    A Song Of Ice and Fire I've only read the first two, A Game Of Thrones and A Clash Of Kings but I think they're awful! I quite enjoy discussing them though because I just didn't get them yet almost everybody I know raves about them (and the even worse TV show!) Hopefully I'll eventually find someone that agrees with me;)
  16. It may be a strange world but it is a wonderful one
  17. Trevor's Reads 2018

    I suppose 1600 is about average, among my reading friends my TBR is on the low side but then I only count books I've bought, my wish list is an entirely different thing whereas I know quite a few that count TBR and Wish list as one. It's the only way
  18. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Glad to hear it !
  19. Alex's Reading 2018

    I agree as well. Nice review of Joyland, shame the ending let it down for you.
  20. That is one great looking cover ! I hope you enjoy all of your new books !
  21. Book Titles A to Z

    Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall.
  22. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    This week's topic is: January 24th: Books You Disliked but Love to Discuss Author's Note: -- Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into. I can't really think of any right now to be honest. Most of the books I like to talk about, are books that I really liked! Maybe I'll think of something later.
  23. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road -- Elton John
  24. Book Titles A to Z

    Tarzan of the Apes -- Edgar Rice Burroughs
  25. Continue the story game 3.

    'I object!' complained Martin. 'What's happened to freedom of speech? I know my rights! They're trying to gag me so they can tell scandalous lies about me. And now you're trying to poison me with this abominable mess pretending to be soup. Sergeant! Sergeant! I want some attention here!' But Sergeant Stodge had his feet up on the desk and was ...
  26. Book Titles A to Z

    Schindler's List by Thomas Kemeally
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