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Old November 16th, 2017, 02:54 PM
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Thrawn: Oh glorious, simply glorious. I love Timothy Zahn's style and way of describing everything in a simple yet detailed fashion. And Thrawn is my favorite Star Wars character ever, and this was just....awesome.
Thrawn has been the best book I've read this year. When Timothy Zahn came to Oklahoma, I got him to sign my copy of Thrawn.

I've also recently finished Inferno Squad in preparation for the new Star Wars Battlefront 2 game. Inferno Squad was a great book but doesn't quite compete with Thrawn. Currently I am reading Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn. It's about two characters who go on a Da Vinci Code type adventure looking for a long lost treasure.
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Just finished Old Man's War by John Scalzi. I enjoyed it. It was entertaining, but not quite riveting. I will probably give the sequel a try.
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Brandon Sanderson's Third book in the Stormlight Archives series finally has a release date and a book cover.

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I love the art and can't wait until I get my hands on the book.
I just saw this post going through old posts. I'm about 10% through this girthy book.
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Old November 28th, 2017, 06:09 PM
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Brandon Sanderson's Third book in the Stormlight Archives series finally has a release date and a book cover.

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I love the art and can't wait until I get my hands on the book.
I just saw this post going through old posts. I'm about 10% through this girthy book.
Nice. What do you think so far? I haven't purchased it yet, as I have read the first few chapters from the TOR website. I will be getting it soon though.

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Old November 28th, 2017, 11:08 PM
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Brandon Sanderson's Third book in the Stormlight Archives series finally has a release date and a book cover.

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I love the art and can't wait until I get my hands on the book.
I just saw this post going through old posts. I'm about 10% through this girthy book.
Nice. What do you think so far? I haven't purchased it yet, as I have read the first few chapters from the TOR website. I will be getting it soon though.
I'm still early in the book, but I did enjoy Kaladin's homecoming. I should have done a quick review of the first two books before I started. It has been a little while since I read them, and it's taking me a little while to get my bearings. Overall I'm digging it.
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I'm still early in the book, but I did enjoy Kaladin's homecoming. I should have done a quick review of the first two books before I started. It has been a little while since I read them, and it's taking me a little while to get my bearings. Overall I'm digging it.
I really enjoyed Kaladin's homecoming as well. I haven't made it much past that either.

I know what you mean by needing a refresher of the first two books. TOR posted and nice little refresher article that I read before I started Oathbringer. It helped.

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Just finished Oathbringer. Where is book 4 already?
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Started Persepolis Rising (The Expanse book 7) today.
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Re: Books: What are you currently reading?

Lefton4ya,

Yes, The Silmarillion awaits mini series treatment. Perhaps different episodes/stories by different directors as a sort of Master Class treatment!

Always nice to meet a fellow Tolkien scholar. There are, of course, many who think he did quite good work.
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Per (too many, off-topic) posts in the Movies thread, by myself and others, here's a link to
the Wikipedia article on Great Books. the Wikipedia article on Great Books.
In the article's Concept section, three criteria are cited (from Mr. Adler) for what makes a book a Great Book.

- the book has contemporary significance; that is, it has relevance to the problems and issues of our times;
- the book is inexhaustible; it can be read again and again with benefit;
- the book is relevant to a large number of the great ideas and great issues that have occupied the minds of thinking individuals for the last 25 centuries.

For those who weren't looking at the discussion in the Movies thread, I have attended a college which is founded on a Great Books curriculum for nearly four years. While we're never taught a criteria such as those above, the discussion surrounding what makes a book great is ongoing amongst the community, both during and outside of class. I probably wouldn’t be misrepresenting the wider college community if I were to say that the above criteria are pretty close to the general consensus.

A couple people in the Movies thread also looked up my school and remarked on it. While THIS thread isn’t dedicated to colleges, my college IS dedicated to books, so I don’t feel bad about endorsing it here, but if folks want to discuss it at length, a dedicated thread is probably a better idea, so as not to hijack the thread.

But I'd like to bring this post back to books, and since the thread asks, what are you currently reading, here's a list.

I finished Stendhal's The Red and Black a few days ago. It's funny, chilling, and left me feeling pretty dismal about the world.
I finished re-reading Robert Jordan's The Shadow Rising last night. It's one of my favorite volumes of one of my favorite fantasy series, and it never fails to inspire me in much the same way as a return to the Shire.
I'm in the middle of writing my senior essay (other colleges call this a thesis) on Shakespeare's Henriad, AKA Richard II, Henry IV Part I & Part II, and Henry V. This tetralogy is some of the greatest stagecraft ever written- it'll make you laugh, make you cry, and it's been a source of endless discussion amongst myself and my friends since we all read it together a year and a half ago.
And a few weeks ago, I wrapped up my third reading of Homer's Odyssey. It remains one of the strangest works I've read.

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