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Okay, watcha got? Tell me something FUN-EE so I can smile! :P

-- Angie (angie@falling.com), March 22, 2003


Well, I don't have anything truly funny to say, but I did want to comment on the addition of your reading material to your journal - if it's taking you a year to get through "A Game of Thrones" then you must not be enjoying it enough to read it.

Fiction should be enjoyable - that's generally why it's written. (Exceptions exist, are noted, and are discarded as irrelevant to the point.) If you're having to struggle, and if it's taken this long, I suspect that you've put the book down for so long you're having trouble keeping the characters straight. Don't worry about it so much. Martin's characters are so numerous as to be hard to keep track of at first. About halfway through the book, their personalities will diverge somewhat, and they'll start to feel a LOT more unique, after which it's much easier to keep track of them.


If you're looking for something not quite as dense as Martin, try "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card. It's a short novel, easy reading, and a superlative story. Yes, it's technically science fiction, but it's very light on the science and heavy on the fiction. Give it a look. If you like his style of writing, you might try the Alvin series, which is set in a colonial America where magic works, after a fashion. My SO enjoyed both of these, and her tastes in literature aren't quite along the same lines as my own. ;)

Some other enjoyable fiction stories I'd recommend are:

Laurell K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' series. I'm not sure off the top of my head what the first book in the series is, but I'm sure Amazon could help you with it. This series is not only light on the density scale, but it's got.. well.. some rather racy scenes and content. I rather delight at the thought of these books in the hands of impressionable teens everywhere, but only because I'm such a twisted mind.

Tina would recommend the series written by Wilbur Smith, which contains "The Seventh Scroll", "Warlock" and "The River God". They're set in ancient Egypt. I've not read them myself, but they might be worth a look if you can pick them up from the library.

If you're looking for something that'll grab you by your cerebrum, try "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, or perhaps "1984" by George Orwell. Both are appropriate reading for some perspective on life in America. I'm sure you've also read "Animal Farm", but if not, that's about as easy a book as I'll ever recommend publicly.

If risque is your forte, then you might take a look at the Sleeping Beauty series by A. N. Roquelaure. (It's a psuedonym for Anne Rice.) The series is.. well.. very, very over the top in its depiction of BDSM, but there are some good bits. Just don't let your parents or young relatives borrow them.

Lemme know what you think...

-- Nameless (nameless@blargh.com), March 22, 2003.

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