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  1. I'd say some of the Harry Potter books are great.. those are the first books that really got me reading a whole book in english (cause I couldn't wait for the translations), and the first few books aren't that hard, and not that big. Been a while since I read them, but they get a little bit more difficult as you get further in the series, so it's good for developing yourself.

    And maybe Garth Nix? I haven't read his books in english myself, only translated, but they're such easy books that I can't imagine the english being difficult. I'm talking about the "old kingdom" trilogy.


    Also, reading books for young adults is always a good idea, as they tend to have easier language.

    Stay away from the classics though, some of those still have me looking up words.. ;)


    Good luck, and it's such a good way to learn english, can't tell you how much my english has improved since I started reading almost exclusively in english. :D

  2. If he likes history (my dad did too although he didn't like reading but loved the miniseries of the books I mean), and likes the napoleonic area too, how about the Hornblower books? Haven't read them but even I loved the series.




    Oh and for horror I think you might want to try some early Stephen King books? Or maybe a book with stories by him, can imagine SK's books can get a little tough to chew when you're not used to reading (the long descriptions etc) but maybe the Shining or something? He'll probably know the film too so there's something to go on.


    And maybe other historical novels?



    I know how much of a quest it can be to find something your dad would like, when my dad got ill and couldn't do anythign outside anymore (that and being a handyman around the house were his fav things to do, he was always very active), we went crazy trying to find him films and series to watch. He wasn't much of a reader unfortutanely, and unwilling to try too, not being able to focus much. Good luck with the search!

  3. How about The Earth's Children series by Jean M Auel starting with Clan of the Cave Bear :D

    That's not fantasy is it? Historical fiction more, and I wouldn't call it enchanting. Don't get me wrong, I love the series, I just don't think they fit here.


    The Neverending Story is a great one, I love it. Garth Nix Old Kingdom trilogy maybe, it's also young adult books, the subject is a little less light (necromancer etc) but the way it's written and the world it creates is magical.

  4. You mean Dr Spencer Reid, the young one? He's cut his hair off now and looks much better, so I'll second him! The actor's name is Matthew Gray Gubler andhe's just darling! Makes me want to give him a huge hug.

    Are you bloody insane? ;) I am inclined to say Reid's almost not Reid without the geeky haircut! He's so damn cute as a geek, seriously I have loved the guy since I first saw the show.. he's something. But not with the shorter hair, makes me want to tell him to grow it out again..


    BUT.. he'll always be one sexy guy.. with any haircut. ;)

  5. Have been thinking about reading some more Two Towers, but am just a little tired, everything's gloomy and just not really in a reading mood. Mom's putting up xmas thingies downstairs, she has some music on she loved (DUTCH music, a.k.a. horrible) so am not there, but here is just less comfy since I only have my bed and the Lord of the Rings book is huge and heavy.


    I did check my reading list from this year, only about 20 books, okay, most were at least 500 pages long, but still, I'm disappointed.

  6. None, I've only asked for DVDs!

    Heretic! ;)next to those books there's one lonely DVD on the list, Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince.. have all the other ones already, and next year the deathly Hallows pt1 dvd will be on my list. ;)


    But I like having many books on the list so that the ones that give those books to me will have something to choose from. Plus then it will be a surprise for me no matter which book I'll get. :)

  7. Well, I put together a short wishlist which I emailed to my brother, so I copied it to show what's on MY wishlist this christmas;


    The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells

    The Golden Compass- Philip Pullman

    Endymion - Dan Simmons

    Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

    The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe

    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

    Imajica - Clive Barker

    The Stand - Stephen King

    The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis

    The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Pride And Prejudice - Jane Austen

    Sense And Sensibility - Jane Austen

    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

    Divine Misdemeanors - Laurell K. Hamilton

    The Rise of Endymion - Dan Simmons

    Lost Souls - Poppy Z. Brite

    The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

    Time's Eye - Stephen Baxter, Arthur Charles Clarke

    Fanny Hill - John Cleland

    The Renegades of Pern - Anne McCaffrey

    The Painted Man - Peter V. Brett

    Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder

    Deerskin - Robin McKinley

    The Hollow Kingdom - Clare B. Dunkle

    The Descent - Jeff Long

    Drawing Blood - Poppy Z. Brite

    The Talisman - Stephen King, Peter Straub



  8. Is it just me that also considers Stephen King and Dean Koontz modern horror writers? I mean when I think past horror I think of Poe and Lovecraft, and I agree they're better than a lot of modern horror writers.. but I am sure there's decent modern horror out there too, I mean I love some of Stephen King's work, but for me, he definitely classifies as modern. ;)

  9. Ahh didn't check back to this thread, my bad. Thanks for the thanks. ;)


    But I too found Fall of Hyperion a much harder to read book. I agree on the Ummon thing, hardest parts to get through. The Rachel thing is not that hard for me to get, or accept anyway, don't think we're supposed to get all of this book. I didn't like all the data sphere bits, and the Keats persona storyline was a bit dragged out. I would have been happier if it were just the Shrike and the pilgrims, best for me.


    Happy to hear the last two books are better, makes me more inclined to continue this series after finishing Lord of the Rings, which I'm reading now. ;)

  10. Just checked, last epi I have seen was "blood brothers", season one epi 20. By now, Elena's still borign, and I like Damon more and more. He loved Katherine without compelling (as I would love the dark things hehe), and Stefan's change with human blood made me dislike him more.


    Though honestly.. they remains both hotties. Or should I say all three? Or four, I don't really like blonds, but Caroline is eyecandy. Oh and Annabelle, damn I loooove her. Pretty lady.

  11. Ahh see I adore fantasy, always have for as long as I can remember my reading history.. it's always been to fantasy, horror and sci-fi.. and this is for the last 20 years. So. But I am not ashamed to say I don't read much outside those genres. I read classics, Jane Eyre and the likes. But that's as far as I tend to go outside the genres I love. I don't look for realism in books, I read for escapism. For things that satisfy my imagination.


    And I found Shakespeare so dull.. we read Macbeth too. We had a brilliant teacher, who read it TO us mostly, but still I couldn't care less. I don't do poetry of any kind.. the most poetry I have ever read is Poe's The Raven, which I loved.. give me proze anyday. Makes me a little sad that I won't be very able to read Dante's Divine Comedy though, just my thing. But it would also have to be in dutch translation, and I hardly ever read dutch these days.

  12. Not really. Since I am a big fantasy fan and love the films I was always embarrassed to not have read "Lord of the Rings".. am fixing it right now, just finished the Fellowship today and am right on to The Two Towers. Love it! Weird thing is, years ago I tried them in Dutch and couldn't get beyond the first part, and even then I struggled ot get as far.


    Now, in English.. I'm flying through them. :)


    Oh, and every book that I think "can't believe I haven't read that one" of goes on my TBR list, and recently I have been excellent in picking those books to read, and usually finishing them, and LOVING them. Ahh. :)

  13. Well I think elena's prettier than Sookie, and I love damon.. other than that, I do prefer True Blood. It's sexier, darker and more explicit. of course, since VD are based on books for young adults. However I think True Blood as a series gets a little less sexy the further you get in, less sex scenes etc. ;)


    VD needs some more edge. Does Damon ever get it on with Elena? That would be yay. ;)

  14. Agree on Cillian Murphy, he was even sexy in 28 days later.. and that's when running for his life killing zombies with his hair shaved off. Plus, the evil genius thing, what's not to like, a gorgeous man who loves the darker side of thing? can you imagine the bedroom fun? ;)


    Don't care for glasses though. ;)