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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 03:14
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“ Originally Posted by BigRedRod His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
1. The Northern Lights
2. The Subtle Knife
3. The Amber Spyglass
Allegedly these are children's books but I'm not entirely sure that children could appreciate them as fully as they should be. I'd rather not spoil anything, and I'm sure you've heard of these, so if you haven't read them then do.
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Isn't the first book called The Golden Compass?

Those are great books! Lyra is a wonderful character, and I just love the witches and the armored bears. I highly, highly recommend this series.
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 03:16
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“ Isn't the first book called The Golden Compass? ”
Unless they've done a reissue or something then no I'm quite sure that it is called the Northern Lights. Also my amazon links don't work. Bah! I'll have to fix them
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“ Isn't the first book called The Golden Compass? ”
That's what they say here. Checking over at Amazon.uk, it looks like they renamed it in the US.
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 03:21
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How very strange, although didn't they do the same with one of the Harry Potter books?
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 03:23
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I remember hearing they changed one of the movie names, but I don't know about the books.
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 04:08
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Something about the 'Sorcerer's Stone' as opposed to the 'Philosopher's Stone', but whether it was the book title, the movie title, or both that were changed, I don't know.

I have to say that I can't seem to get used to BRR's new avatar.
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“ I was in a bookstore the other day, and they proudly had a list of their top 5 selling science-fiction books. Unfortunately only one of them actually was science-fiction (the Hitchhiker's Guide), the rest were fantasy-fiction. ”
Could be worse. One local bookshop here classified Battlefield Earth alongside A Breif History of Time and other science books.

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“ Originally Posted by Kelemyn I have to say that I can't seem to get used to BRR's new avatar. ”
Doesn't suit him does it.

The crying child worked better. You knew at a glance who you were dealing with...
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 05:01
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It's another upset little girl! And a better one in my eyes.
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I sense a new poll! But we need to stop derailing this thread.
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 06:35
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another good book in the dragonlance series i mentioned some posts ago is
Dragons of a Summer Flame
again by Marget Weis and Tracy Hickman
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 09:05
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“ Originally Posted by BigRedRod How very strange, although didn't they do the same with one of the Harry Potter books? ”
Yeah. They changed 'Philosopher's Stone' to 'Sorcerer's Stone' in the title of the first book (assuming, presumably, that no one in the US would know what the Philosopher's Stone was - kinda patronising) - thus neatly missing the entire point, sigh.

I don't know if 'they' also went through the entire book changing all references to said Philosopher's Stone, though.
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“ Originally Posted by Cadrius In your FACE, England! ”
Eh, not nice. Besides I'm from the UK.

And everyone knows Americans have small vocabularies! Not really, but film distributors seem to think that way.
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Unread 13th of May, 2005, 20:59
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In order for the phrase to carry a pleasing aesthetic, England has to be substituted for UK (or United Kingdom, neither works particularly well). It sacrifices accuracy but it makes up for it in style.

I'm surprised nobody called me on it more quickly.
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“ Originally Posted by chalice I don't know if 'they' also went through the entire book changing all references to said Philosopher's Stone, though. ”
Yes, in fact, they did. It was rather sad, on the whole.
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Unread 27th of October, 2005, 04:52
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BigRedRod: make Gral bring back the fantasy book recommendation thread
RigRedRod: maybe he has read something good lately
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Unread 27th of October, 2005, 07:52
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At least it's sanctioned thread necromancy.

We need to write a novel on thread necromancy.

And for the record, that Dark Sun quintet goes down well after any Dragonlance.
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Unread 27th of October, 2005, 13:12
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What happens when you cross 40th century civilization, greek mythology, and Shakespeare? Apparently you get Ilium by Dan Simmons.

Definitely worth checking out. I haven't cracked its conclusion, Olympos, but I imagine it's of a similar caliber.
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Unread 27th of October, 2005, 16:27
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I heard some rather negative things about Ilium. Is it particularly heavy going?
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Unread 27th of October, 2005, 21:24
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I just finished Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay. It's fiction, but historical fiction - the three cultures in the book are basically Welsh, English, and Viking. I really enjoyed it, although the pace is a bit slow. Judging by the reviews, most folks like his other books better so I have high hopes.
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Unread 28th of October, 2005, 17:13
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That depends. Are you interested in a bio-mechanical organism puzzling out the real meaning behind one of Shakespeare's sonnets? Does a scholar studying the Trojan War--first hand--recreated by the gods strike you as interesting?

Simmons does a good job providing an index of characters in case you get lost, but having an enjoyment of the classics certainly doesn't hurt.

Like any series, it isn't for everyone. For instance, there are those that adore Robert Jordan. Me? I wanted to hang myself after a couple books. Ultimately you won't know unless you try it.
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Unread 28th of October, 2005, 17:18
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I've seen a copy floating about at home, I'll get my Dad to post it down to me.

The reason I asked about the heavy going was because I'm looking for motivation to help me get through Don Quixote, although the second part seems far more readable for the first so there is still hope.
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Unread 29th of October, 2005, 00:17
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The Cleric Quintet by R.A. Salvatore are great ("are" because it's a series of five). I don't remember the individual names of the books, but great books. I like alot of his stuff.
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Unread 29th of October, 2005, 00:21
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“ Originally Posted by random_person_number_873 The Cleric Quintet by R.A. Salvatore are great ("are" because it's a series of five). I don't remember the individual names of the books, but great books. I like alot of his stuff. ”
I believe Canticle was the first one... yeah, I had a tendency to leave those books for weeks, imagining how to fill all the gaps. Not to say I disliked them, but they were a tad... sketchy in terms of logic (In a fantasy universe).
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