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    Can't say I have. I don't know much about YA fiction at all. I should probably correct that, given that a lot of people when they get to me, it's a lot of what they've read (and what made them enjoy it in the first place). So it could be very useful for me to know some of this stuff, even if it's just to make comparisons and allusions.

    Still in my political history kick at the moment, but only about 90 pages left in the last one (a huge fat thing on Lord Palmerston), after which I'll get back to some fiction. I'll be travelling for work in about two weeks so want to be in a position where I only have to take one book with me.

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    I just started the book. I am a middle school teacher and I like reading a lot of the YA Dystopic fiction that my students read. For some reason that particular genre, Dytopic Fiction resonates with my students and me, for that matter. The premise of the book, which is the first of a trilogy is below, taken directly from Amazon, book two was released in January, and book 3, later this year.

    Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in this Printz Honor-winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times best-selling Unwind Dystology series.

    A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control.

    Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

    Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

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    That does seem like a very interesting premise!

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    I'm about 80 pages in...very interesting.

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    There’s some good YA fiction that can still resonate with us adults. “On The Devil’s Court” is a book that I read as a teen, and I really want to read it again.

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    Since my last post in here I read The Duke's Children, which is the sixth and final book in that old Victorian series I've post about several times in the thread, so I've finished that run now. I'm currently taking another look (after abandoning it as a student) at Stendhal's The Red and the Black, a novel about a social climber set in post-Napoleonic France.

    I can't say I love it so far, but I'm at least getting through it this time. I've got this weird idea of reading everything that I was supposed to read but didn't, and there are only a handful of things left on the list.

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    So I've finished Scythe and its sequel Thunderhead, both very interesting, and the sequel does move past the basic premise and moves into a bigger story and the third book comes out in the fall.

    Once I finished those, I reread Ready Player One and Armada, both by Ernest Cline. Still really good.

    I am going to be picking up JR's book and reading that soon.

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    Really disliked Armada, personally. In Ready Player One the hero is already kind of a Mary Sue, a guy who just happens to be incredibly cooll and amazing at the thing the adventure is about, but at least outside of the game world he was kind of a sad sack and had to work on himself. In Armada, he's just a dude who plays video games, which somehow makes him great at real war, and also he's too cool for school and impresses the cool girl right away and he's just so cool and dangerous that everyone fears him... yeah, just couldn't get into it at all.

    Working through more Stephen King stuff myself, right now reading Desperation which has been pretty good, albeit a bit grim even by King's standards. I got lucky because it's a "mirror novel" with the Regulators, dealing with a lot of the same characters but in a different reality. I'm not sure if it adds a huge amount but it's interesting, and I'm enjoying reading them back to back.

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    I hear you about Armada, I just like Cline’s style. Armada is being made into a movie (sigh) and he is also writing a sequel to RP1, and the way that Armada left off a sequel will probably be in the works.

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    I picked up JR's book, Slobberknocker after reading one of Tito's columns and so far about 1/3 of the way through it is not all that great. It is what you would expect, but it is just getting to the [hopefully] better parts. Tito said that it provides insights to one of the best minds in the business, and I'm hoping for that, but so far it just is background on what JR was doing.

    An interesting read, but nothing spectacular....yet.

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    Finished off The Red and the Black and gotten about 175 pages into Dostoevsky's The Idiot while I've been away. That'll probably keep me busy for the next couple of weeks.

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    Hope you enjoy it, love that one!

    Finally taking a break from King and working on Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Really digging it so far, some top quality sci-fi!

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    I haven't read the Idiot yet, but it's on my list. A few years ago, I challenged myself with Crime and punishment, which I finished on a trip to Chicago. I loved it, but I had to keep reading, every time I stopped for a few days, I felt lost in the story and had to back track in the previous pages. Russians have so many nicknames! I don't take a lot of time to read, as it's not something I can do at the same time as my other hobbies... But I try to read before bed, I pulled a novel book from Tolstoï for the foreseeable future.

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    I also love Crime and Punishment! Big fan of Russian literature, particularly Dostoevsky. Definitely agree the names can be hard to follow though, sometimes I'm wading through by my felt sense rather than a rock solid certainty that I remember each and every character.

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    On my cruise I finished off another YA Dystopic fiction book, which is the lead book of a series called Unwind. The concept is that we are post Civil War II and this was was fought between the Pro-Lifers and the Pro-Choicers. The war is over and the settlement was that there is no more abortion, but parents can choose to unwind their child between the ages of 13-18, where it is a retroactive abortion, but 100% of the person is still alive. I'll let you read the book to find out exactly what it means, but it is interesting and it takes many twists and turns.

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    Man, I forgot how heavy going Dostoevsky could be at times. Been ill at the moment so having to mix up my reading with something lighter and more easy-going - the first in Bob Woodward's Bush at War series. And no, I'm not joking when I say it's an easier read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prime Time View Post
    I also heard about a series called Aberystwyth Noir, which is set in an alternate Universe in which Aberystwyth, the Welsh seaside and University town, has private detectives roaming around and is basically a kind of alternative Hollywood. Needless to say, I'm intrigued.
    Finished the other books I was reading a few weeks ago and quickly rattled through the first in this series I mentioened a while back, Aberystwyth Mon Amour. It's basically a jamming together of the old Noir fiction tropes, Raymond Chandler and all that Jazz, with a lot of the associations of Welsh culture and seaside towns. Very easy read and a decent little crime novel with a quirk to sell it. I do wonder, if you don't have the local knowledge, if some of the welsh quirks might be as off putting as enjoyable. But nonetheless I enjoyed it a lot.


    Now picked up Jasper Fforde's The Fourth Bear, the last of the Nursery Crime Novels (for now), but I'm only a couple of chapters into it so far.

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    I shall be beginning Game of Thrones soon, now that the TV show has finished. I figured it best to watch it in it's entirety before delving into the books.


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    You'll probably still have to end up waiting for them to finish!

    After finishing Hyperion, which I loved, picked up NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, who is Stephen King's son. The apple doesn't seem like it fell too far from the tree, similar style but I also liked it similarly to a good King book. Speaking of, after the finished his short story Elevation, which was interesting and is (I think?) his most recent work. How the man writes at such a pace while maintaining a pretty good standard of quality is amazing, quite a gift. Not sure what I'll pick up next, got plenty of books on the table!

    How's the Dostoevsky going, Pete?

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    I finished it before moving onto the Aberystwyth book. Pretty good, I thought. There's this ongoing thing I've had with reading Dostoevsky before where you have to concentrate quite hard to keep track off who the array of minor characters are, and I think I've had that with most of his books that aren't Crime and Punishment, so I think C&P would probably still be my favourite. This might be 2nd though. That said - I've never read Brothers Karamazov which I've heard is supposed to be the best one of the lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    You'll probably still have to end up waiting for them to finish!

    After finishing Hyperion, which I loved, picked up NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, who is Stephen King's son. The apple doesn't seem like it fell too far from the tree, similar style but I also liked it similarly to a good King book. Speaking of, after the finished his short story Elevation, which was interesting and is (I think?) his most recent work. How the man writes at such a pace while maintaining a pretty good standard of quality is amazing, quite a gift. Not sure what I'll pick up next, got plenty of books on the table!

    How's the Dostoevsky going, Pete?
    Oh I know, he's been writing the last book for something like 10 years I think?

    On the bright side, I picked up the whole series of released books from charity shops for under a tenner.


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    Nice! And yeah Pete, Karamazov was my favorite. I do find with Dostoevsky it's good to have a bit of a filter, if I come across a name I'm not 100% sure on I tend to gloss over it unless it turns out to be important, then I might page back a bit and make sure I have my head on straight. But you can breeze past those minor folks a lot of the time and still get the important part of the experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    You'll probably still have to end up waiting for them to finish!

    After finishing Hyperion, which I loved, picked up NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, who is Stephen King's son. The apple doesn't seem like it fell too far from the tree, similar style but I also liked it similarly to a good King book. Speaking of, after the finished his short story Elevation, which was interesting and is (I think?) his most recent work. How the man writes at such a pace while maintaining a pretty good standard of quality is amazing, quite a gift. Not sure what I'll pick up next, got plenty of books on the table!

    How's the Dostoevsky going, Pete?
    You should check out Locke & Key, Joe Hill's comic series. it is weird in a good way and it is a really good read. Not as adult as other books, but still pretty good.

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    Started reading David Eddings's Belgariad books in the last two weeks. Finished the first and now just starting the second. Mav recommended them when I asked for a fantasy series that wasn't too heavy going or had a bunch of 800 page long books - but something breezier and lighter. These fit that bill perfectly. They're a bit corny, a bit forced at times, and there's a bunch of weird padding every now and then, but generally I'm very much enjoying them.

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