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Tenth Doctor

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  • Birthday 04/19/1993

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  1. Your Book Activity - August 2014

    Thank you both, I'll keep that in mind Today I finished The Ringmaster's Daughter by Jostein Gaarden. I enjoyed the first half, homewever the second was slightly worse for me. Also, I hated the protagonist, he was too much unrealistic and egocentric. All in all, I think it was a good idea, but it could have been done way better.
  2. Your Book Activity - August 2014

    After more than a week of reading inactivity , I went back to Master & Commander and... I just couldn't do it. I wasn't interested in the story at all, and even if I quite liked Jack and Stephen, they weren't enough to keep me engaged. Too much naval language, too many (and too long) descriptions, and even the (few so far) action scenes managed to be boring to me. Don't get me wrong, I love slow books; but this kind just isn't my cup of tea. Maybe because I'm not that interested in the navy? In the end, I decided to quit it for the moment. Maybe I'll try to read it again sometimes
  3. Your Book Activity - August 2014

    I finished reading two days ago Stars My Destination. It was pretty good, although I was expecting something more... but I think that it's more about my tastes than the actual quality of the book. In fact, it's difficult to say why I didn't like it as much as I was expecting to... It surely is full of original ideas! Everybody who loves sci-fi and/or adventure should give it a shot! Now I'm into Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien... this is my first (at least that I remember of) navy/pirate novel that I ever read... I hope to enjoy it!
  4. Has anyone read...?

    Has anyone read the Nicholas Flames series by Michael Scott? Most of the books scored really well on Goodreads, but the comments are love or hate. I'm tempted to buy the first book since it's on a 25% sale in Italy, but I'm a bit afraid it might be too childish and with too much unerdeveloped charachters... suggesions, anyone?
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    For the first question As for the second
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

    Read it a year ago, and liked it very much! The setting was absolutely fascinating, I still have in mind the places as I imagined them while I was reading!
  7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

    I read the book for school nearly four years ago, absolutely loved it! The deep insight in Holden's inner world was absolutely fantastic, Salinger was good in providing a psychological/phylosophical novel that goes deeper than the usual coming-of-age novel.
  8. Your Book Activity - August 2014

    I finished yesterday To kill a mockingbird: despite initial doubts, I enjoyed it very much! It re-created child life much, much better than Mark Twain did. It gave me a good sense of nostalgia for the world of childhood, which I think it's one of his greatest achievements. It deals with other themes, such as racism or simply the matter of the "other": maybe it doesn't go deep about these, but considering it's a coming-of-age novel, that's enough. Now I'm into Stars my destination by Alfred Bester. A friend of mine said it's very good, I hope he's right
  9. Behind you, a three-headed monkey!

    My favourite philosophical current is existentialism, which explores the (abescence of) meaning of life; important authors in this current are Kierkegaard (I hate him, but i have to admit it's thanks to him this current started), Sartre, Camus, and many others. It became more and more prominent during the XX century. Homewever, my favourite authors are not from this current: I love the works of Plato, Aristotle (they're the very basic of philosophy), Nietzsche, Freud, Hume, and many others. Then, there's modern philosophy, many of my teachers are estabilished philosophers, and some of the most important among the ones living in Italy. If you want to try reading philosophy by yourself, I suggest starting from two famous names: Plato and Freud. Plato has a complex philosophical system, but it's accessible by everyone, as it's writing is plain and simple (although you will find it heavy if you're not familiar with philosophy). Freud invented pshychoanalisis, but his works cover many philosophical issues, and it's very interesting even for who doesn't know anything about philosophy or pshychology. His most important work his "Interpretation of dreams": it's also one of the longest and most complex, but it's totally worth it. Give it a try if you want Thank you
  10. Your Book Activity - August 2014

    You're absolutely right! I've nearly finished it, and the Mark Twain impression has faded away after the first chapters... I'm liking it more and more as I go on! Well, if it makes you feel better, I can tell you there are far heavyer thinks among his works... "The history of Middle Earth" is basically the Silmarillion (even if they have many differences here and there), only much, much bigger.
  11. Authors who cover the widest ranges

    The first name I can think of is Richard Matheson He wrote short stories for many genres, as western, sci-fi, paranormal, thriller, horror... And I still have to read his later works!
  12. Behind you, a three-headed monkey!

    You've got a point here... (Looking at your Capaldi image makes me more eager for the new season... even more than I usually am ) I'm currently reading To kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee! I should be able finish it today
  13. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

    I read the trilogy nearly a year ago... I didn't know the series, nor movies or books. So I didn't have any expectations about them. When I finished the first book, I was positively surprised: I liked the charachters, the setting, and the whole story. I immediately bought the other two volumes, hoping in an epic climax. But... the second book failed my expectations. It wasn't that bad, it simply wasn't an improvement over the previous chapter: it was a sort of more of the same, which didn't entertain me as much as the first time. There were good things in it, though (namely, Finnick). Then, the disaster. I hated every single bit of the third book. It failed me on so many levels I wanted to forget all the series. The charachters I liked, or even loved, became hateful to me, the plot became more and more predictable... And then, there's the ending. One of the most awful endings I've ever read. In the end, I have good memories of the first one, while I grow on hating both the second and third book. Regarding the movies, I've only seen the first one so far, and I liked it, even if it felt a bit rushed compared to the book. Obviously, that's just my opinion
  14. Bookmark or dog-eared page?

    I always use a bookmark! I grow attached to them... in fact, even though I've got plenty of them, I always use the same two... a green one for what I'm reading for myself, and an orange one for what I have to read for University
  15. Your Book Activity - August 2014

    Here in Italy To kill a mockingbird is not regarded as a "classical" novel, so we don't read it in school. I only discovered his existance some days ago, thanks to Amazon warehouse deals! I read some more chapters yesterday, and I'm starting to like it... hopefully the Mark Twain resemblance has gone away! I absolutely want to know your opinion about The Silmarillion It's one of Tolkien's most complex works, but also the most important. Only it's a bit heavy to read, so many people don't appreciate it.