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  1. Anyone read his work? "The Storyteller" was the short story that made me want to write in the first place. I loved it and I still read it nowadays. I also like Sredni Vashtar, Open Window and several of the Reginald stories. I have his entire collection in an omnibus but I only lack his "only novel with a serious vein" the Rise and Fall of the Russian Empire. I hope to find it some day. He's one of my favourite writers. Too bad he died so young.
  2. I love the Arthurian legends as well. Have you read TH White's The Once And Future King? The first book, The Sword In The Stone, in my opinion, is something every child should read growing up!
  3. Jules Verne

    Having completed yet another of his books, I have become mesmerised with his style of telling a story. I can see why Arthur C. Clarke said "The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply because he was one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived." I had an illustrated comic adaptation of A Journey To The Centre of the Earth so naturally, after having read it nearly two dozen times in my childhood, I leapt at the chance to buy the novel when I came across it by accident. Needless to say, it was just as amazing as ever. Later I read Around the World in 80 Days in a sitting, proving to myself that no matter what Jules Verne wrote, I will not be able to put it down. I had no idea of the truth behind that until a few days ago when I found The Mysterious Island. Usually people just hear about A Journey to the Centre of the Earth or Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or Around the world in 80 days when they think about Jules Verne but I think The Mysterious Island is the greatest story of his that I have read so far. My review of it in my TBR thread should only extoll the book further. So who else loves this storyteller hereabouts? I'm looking for a good version of In Search of the Castaways, which seems to be out of print. Has anyone read that and 20,000 Leagues?
  4. I tried searching the forums and I was mildly surprised that there wasn't a single thread on him so I started my own thread. I have had trouble with his work in the past. I skip a lot of sentences when I read sometimes and that's not really helpful when it comes to writers like Doyle. It's also the reason why I have trouble with Dickens I suppose. Anyway, I just finished A Study In Scarlet and I really enjoyed it. It's the first ACD book I've ever read and I'm looking forward to reading all the Sherlock Holmes' stories soon. So which are the most memorable Sherlock Holmes stories in your opinion? And most importantly, do I have to read them in an order?
  5. Melanie Rawn : The Dragon Prince Trilogy Consisting of three books: 1. Dragon Prince 2. The Star Scroll 3. Sun-Runner's Fire Sequel series : Dragon Star Again with three books 1. Stronghold 2. The Dragon Token 3. Skybowl Similar series : None I can think of, but it's vaguely similiar to GRR Martin in the sense that it's less magic based and more focussed on people and their connivings. Synopsis : In a world ruled by Sunrunners, humans gifted with the ability to use sunlight to create fire and to communicate along long distances, the might of a warrior in the Desert kingdom is measured by his prowess at slaying Dragons. Zehava, the prince is particularily adept at the feat. However his heir Rohan finds the Dragons fascinating and abstains from killing them. When Zehava is killed by a Dragon, Rohan hunts it down, killing his first and only dragon. Now the Dragon Prince Rohan must battle foes of a different sort. The High Prince Roelstra of Princemarch seeks to bind his nation to Rohan's, ending the generations long rivalry between the Desert and Princemarch in a secret attempt to grab control of both nations for his heirs. But Andrade, the Lady of Goddess Keep where all Sunrunners are trained, and Rohan's maternal aunt seeks to bring forth a princedom ruled by Sunrunners by marrying Rohan to one of her students, Sioned. Review: Although the story is pretty different from most fantasy fiction in that there is no Dark Lord (whew), it does leave a lot to desire with Rawn's descriptions. Honestly, it's hard to keep stopping even midchapter. Rohan who hates violence turns out to have Gandhian philosophies at points. After the first book, the books move over years' worth, sometimes seeming more like a plotline than a novel. I am currently at book 3 and I certainly doubt I'll be picking up the second series or any more of Rawn's books. Surprisingly enough the books involve little to do with dragons, atleast the first two are that way. In my opinion, she should have Ruined the chance of being what Eragon too fails to be. Rating : 5/10
  6. Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time series

    Do that! The audiobooks are awesome! Really though, the people who say they gave up shouldn't be reading this series in the first place. It's 14 books long, and sure a few things get dragged, but they are required. This is a single book, not separate. Besides, the series is getting an awesome ending. Do give it a go! You can even listen to all the books on audio.
  7. Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time series

    This series is really worth it. I love it, even though a couple of books were a bit low in the middle. The series is about to end, something that's been bound to happen for 30 years! I mean, It's been so long since Robert Jordan began The Eye of the World and he's even dead now but the Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills I can't wait for Jan 8th. I'm taking three days off to read the last three books back to back! Just the way RJ would've wanted me to! Damn, this topic makes me teary.
  8. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    Main Post. This lists the books I've read or am planning to definitely read/buy+read ASAP. TBR Pile Completed : 1. Roger Stern - The Life and Death of Superman 2. The Epic of Gilgamesh (Retelling by N K Sandars; Penguin Classics version with an introduction) 3. Edward Gibbon - The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire (Abridged; The Modern Library edition) 4. The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin) 5. Terry Pratchett - Mort 6. Conn Iggulden - Genghis : Birth of an Empire / Conqueror : Wolf of the Plains 7. Ramachandra Guha - India After Gandhi 8. Reading : 1. Guy Gavriel Kay - Tigana 2. Carl Sagan - Cosmos Queued Reads : 1. Neil Gaiman - Coraline 2. Conn Iggulden - Genghis : Lords of the Bow 3. J. R. R. Tolkien - The Children of Hurin 4. Brandon Sanderson - The Way of Kings 5. H. P. Lovecraft - 67 Tales of Horror Dropped/Postponed : 1. Isabel Allende - Zorro (Reason : Allende can't write. At least her translators can't. She ruined a good chance for a magnificent story. I'm never buying another of her books again.)
  9. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    1. Conn Iggulden - Genghis : Lords of the Bow This book follows through with the history of Genghis Khan, and how he comes to China. It's been a month since I finished the book so I don't remember the details but I did enjoy it, if not as much as the first part in the series. I'll read the next part sometime soon. 2. Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind This book is standard fantasy for teenagers just coming out of Harry Potter fandom. That being said, it is a pretty good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it when I read it last week and I would normally recommend it to anyone who wants something standard. There's nothing different here, Rothfuss is pretty much sticking to the essence of fantasy and isn't going out of his way to risk anything. I have to wonder how this won awards though, there's nothing breakthrough here. In fact, in hindsight, this story reads like Raymond E. Feist's Talon of the Silver Hawk. But yeah, Tal was 10,000 times better than Kvothe as a hero. And Feist's all sorts of bloody awesome to boot. I'd have posted a better review if I'd not read/started the second book. 3. Patrick Rothfuss - The Wise Man's Fear This is a classic example of fame going to one's head. It's horrible. The book just drones on and on about Kvothe being awesome, about his being the perfect Gary Stu, about his damned relationship with Denna, his and I kid you not, great than immortal-beings' sexual prowess although he's only 16. Yeesh. There's a 65 page sex scene there. Nothing tasteful either. Sexist, too formulaic and very, very cliched. This is just plain horrible. A writer gone to waste. I'm going to read something different for a while. Science Fiction! I might read the Dune series by Frank Herbert or Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I'm also planning on reading the Horus Heresy series of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
  10. Unknown words

    I didn't bother before but ever since I started using a Kindle touch all I have to do is touch the word and voila!
  11. "I will weep no more for the lost, asleep in their water graves. I have no more tears for my youth in the temple of the brindled ox. Life is strong in me and I will not grieve for what was or might have been. Mine is a different path and I must follow where it leads." - Taliesin : Pendragon Cycle Book One by Stephen R. Lawhead
  12. Currently reading Stephen R. Lawhead - Pendragon Cycle Book One : Taliesin

  13. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    Time for a few reviews! 1. Terry Pratchett - Mort The fifth book in the Discworld series does not disappoint. The beginning of the series was a little slow and never had a hook to it, but this book begins Pratchett's real deal. DEATH, the anthropomorphous personification of Death, is back and this time, he's better than ever. He hires an apprentice, the aptly named Mort, who learns what being the Grim Reaper is all about. I loved the book and I'm glad this was my first Kindle read. The book moved pretty fast and is far funnier than the previous books, and full of surprise peeks into the Discworld and people readers will recognize. I'm planning on skipping ahead and reading Faust/Eric next. 2. Conn Iggulden - Genghis : The Birth of an Empire / Conqueror : Wolf of the Plains This is the first book in the Genghis series, a beautiful rendition of the history of Temujin, better known as Genghis Khan, the man who singly united all the Mongol tribes into one nation and whose name became synonymous with the phrase "Scourge of God". I haven't read any of Conn Iggulden's books before this but this book is proof that I need to. It was an amazing experience and I have the second book already, only waiting for a slight gap before I begin it. I don't want to rush this ride too fast. 3. Terry Brooks - Sometimes the Magic Works This is pretty solid writing advice from one of the biggest fantasy writers alive. Brooks is a pretty good writer, and I've read Stephen King's On Writing before, this rates just as good. His writing is amazing and of course so is his advice. Something anyone should read if they want to write or even if they are interested in the writing process themselves. I highly recommend it. 4. Anne Rice - Interview with a Vampire I loved the movie. Let me start off there. I read this book because of the movie. The book itself honestly drags on in my opinion. It was beautiful, and I'm going to read the next book in the series, especially given that Lestat is all sorts of crazy awesome, but I do think in this one case that the movie was better than the book. 5. J.K. Rowling - Quidditch Through the Ages This little book is an amusing trip back to Rowling's world and since I sometimes play the Quidditch World Cup PC game, many facts and names in this book made me smile. Well worth a read for a full half hour or so. I'm picking up Stephen R. Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle next. It begins with Taliesin and is a retelling of the Arthurian Legend.
  14. Have you ever stolen a book?

    I used to be such a huge "bibliokleptomaniac" that the nearest bookstore set up surveillance cameras to stop me. I think I stole around 30 books as a kid. Not something I'm proud of, I couldn't afford books and my local library was too small to feed my appetite. I've given away most of those books, and became that shop's best customer. I stopped going there once the shopkeeper who watched me grow and didn't know I was his culprit resigned for better pastures.
  15. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    No problem James I sure am enjoying the Kindle. Still trying to pick up the next book on it though.
  16. Book Cataloging software

    I just use LibraryThing I try to use GoodReads more often but LibraryThing is more convenient.
  17. That would be "Gardens of the Moon" by Steven Erikson for me. I keep trying to enter his series but fail every time, I don't know why! I really want to enjoy this series so badly because it has some awesome reviews and its covers and book names are just too irresistible but I simply fail.
  18. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    Finished J K Rowling's Quidditch Through The Ages. Trying to pick up something bigger now though, possibly The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.
  19. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    lol thanks I'm not published yet, just finished my book. Haven't gotten around to making submissions yet!
  20. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    Finished three more books on the Kindle 1. Terry Brooks - Sometimes the Magic Works 2. Anne Rice - Interview With A Vampire 3. Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl I'm alternating between starting the next book in the Genghis series, a Discworld novel, another Artemis Fowl book, and something standalone and preferably Asimov next.
  21. Find the shortest poem :)

    lol I remember writing a poem for my sister's doll as a kid. The doll's name is Chu. Chu Chu to you too. Every word rhymes.
  22. Vinay's Book Log for 2012

    I just finished two books on my new Kindle Touch which is all sorts of awesome Terry Pratchett - Mort Conn Iggulden - Genghis : The Birth of an Empire / Conqueror : Wolf of the Plains
  23. Kindle touch arrived! :) Already read two books on it! Starting a third.

  24. 24 Hours left till I can see The Dark Knight Rises with my nephews and nieces! Am I an awesome uncle or what? :D

    1. Inver


      enjoy...I did

    2. vinay87


      It was beautiwesome! :D


      Going to see it again in an hour :)

  25. Going to get a Kindle Touch soon! :)

    1. poppyshake


      Pistols at dawn!;) only kidding .. enjoy!

    2. vinay87


      Lol still a month left for it to arrive at the least. Getting it through a friend of a friend who's in the US on work.