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You evil, evil, evil people!

Code Geass 24/25. Absolute tease, but marvelously executed. I bow my head in defeat. Rawr!

Other news: Went to the library today. I was getting help from a librarian, when she asked me if I was in the Summer Reading Club or not. She saw the record of my recent reading rampage as she was performing a trace on a book I wanted. I told her I wasn’t, so she told me to sign up. Apparently all I needed to do was list 5 books (borrowed about 25. laff.) that I’ve read from the library between June 1st and July 31st and I could get myself a free t-shirt. Score!

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My Summer of reading is… over.

Some of you may know that I’ve been reading this past Summer. And the surprising part is, it was of my own free will! Yes, I admit I am not much of a reader, which makes it all the more surprising having read as books as I have.

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December Reading List

Picked up some books at the beginning of Winter break.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I don’t know about his other books, but this novel is a book filled to the brim with details and descriptions, easily producing vivid visuals in your mind. Much time is spent explaining lore, describing the scene, and developing the plot and the characters, but the end leaves something to be desired. There simply wasn’t enough “end” for all of it’s plot. Read it for yourself if you want to see what I mean.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I still remember the boom it caused in the reading community, when everyone ferociously read their own copy. So what did I think? I liked it. It was a pretty good book. However, I enjoyed Angels and Demons (also by Dan Brown) more so than the Da Vinci Code. Both books are similar, and involve the same central protagonist, Robert Langdon. Angels and Demons win because everything the Da Vinci Code does, it does better. Read ’em both.

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde. Kid repeats virtual reality game over and over again, til she wins. Or her brain explodes. Fun read.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Many of you might have read this in one of your English classes. It’s a great book. Well, I think it’s a great book… so far. Okay, so I’m not done with this book yet. But I will finish it today if it kills me! Rawr! I wasn’t lying though. It is a good book. It’s a funny book laden with “Catch-22’s.” Don’t know what a Catch-22 is? Read the book. I’m taking quite a bit of time reading this and I can’t figure out why.

Edit: I finished the book in 2007 with still a few hours to spare.

Besides just plain books, I’ve been reading Keroro Gunsou or SGT Frog, a comedy manga about alien frog invaders. I like it.

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January Reading List

Heading back to school sometime in the afternoon. Managed to read a few more books while I was here.

1984 by George Orwell. While it wasn’t a difficult read, it took me much longer to finish it than I expected for a book of it’s length. A good part of the book deals with Orwell’s dystopian image of the future. I’d say it was an ok read. It just didn’t hook me though. It’s not for everyone.

Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress. The book involves the “Sleepless,” a group of people genetically modified before birth to eliminate the need for sleep. This along with other modifications allows them to rise to the top of their fields, leading to jealousy and animosity from the normal “sleepers.” As soon as the whole ‘sleeplessness = godmode’ part came into play, I knew exactly why Daphu recommended it to me. 🙂 I thought it was a fun read.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Haven’t watched the movie. Heard that it sucks. This novel however, the first of the Inheritance series, is great. It goes along a similar tone to the LOTR series, but its differences make it quite interesting. If you enjoyed the Abhorsen series (which I read during this past summer), I think you’d like this too.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini. Second novel of the Inheritance series, sequel to Eragon. About a third longer than the first, still very much enjoyable. It’s unfortunate the third book hasn’t come out.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman. It is a short book, with about 160 pages. I like how the main character isn’t stupid. The text also makes great use of your imagination. Good read.

Besides books, I’ve also been reading the manga Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Amuses me. Apparently babies can kill.

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March Reading List

I read all of the books below ‘cept the first back at home over Spring break.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I read this book with Daphu. I actually managed to read this book during school. Of course, I’m sure every male has already seen the movie, and can prolly quote at least a line or two. What I didn’t realize was that before the movie, there was a book. The movie follows the book pretty well, with some minor differences. It’s definitely a fun read. Although both have their merits, I appreciate the movie more. Prolly because Brad Pitt’s hot. It’s a great book though.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I reread this book, and it was still as good as I remembered it. It’s prolly one of the more well known sci-fi novels out there. Revolves around the child Ender Wiggin, as he is cultivated to become commander of the fleet against the alien “Buggers.” I don’t want to say much more except tell you that it’s a great book and it deserves to be read.

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. Technically a sequel to Ender’s Game, but this along with the next two novels, Xenocide and Children of the Mind, have a linked plot pretty distant from Ender’s game. It’s not as great of a book as Ender’s game, but I found the story interesting. Ender is no longer a child, but much older. There are no battle stories like there were in Ender’s Game, but the plot is interesting in its own way. You could get away with reading this book without having read Ender’s Game beforehand.

Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card. A parallel novel to Ender’s Game, the story follows the experiences of Bean, another child who is in Ender’s Game. Bean has his own set of rich experiences which allow the story to take place at the same time as Ender’s Game, but be uniquely entertaining at the same time. A great read. I liked it better than Ender’s Game, but although if I hadn’t read Ender’s Game in the first place, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it quite as much. I wonder if that makes any sense.

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Daphu read this, and I stole this from her reading list. The story revolves around a boy named Prosper and his brother Bo. They ran away from an angry Aunt who is pursuing them through a private detective. They are taken in by group of runaways and orphans, who themselves are supported by Scipio, the thief lord. The story was amusing at first, but new elements which didn’t really work started popping out of nowhere. It was an OK read, I guess.

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. The plot continues a couple decades after Speaker for the Dead. The problems which are present are made aware of in the previous book, and this book builds on them. A good read, but definitely not a standalone book like Ender’s Game.

I wasn’t able to read the 4th book, Children of the Mind, as I ran out of time. I’ll prolly get around to it eventually.

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