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Books - My Journal and Queue

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Choosing a diet can start to feel like your picking a new religion or joining a cult. This books is not an exception.

I would recommend the book to anyone curious about a 'whole foods' diet. It also has quite a lot of information about the other diets out there from the American Standard diet to vegetarian to high protein diets.

I'm picking my way through the book and for me it is fairly light reading as I'm already familiar with some of the medical information and some of the philosophies regarding food.

So, far I think the book has more encouraged me to slowly switch to a "Fortified Natural Foods Diet". I am actually trying to gain weight and being overly concerned about what 'not to eat' is sort of counter productive to my personal life goals.

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I will continue to post this in reverse order so that the last book I read remains at the top of the list.
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His Dark Materials Omnibus - Philip Pullman
So, I really enjoyed the book. I found the 'war against god' storyline to be a tad boring but the three books combined more then made up for that aspect. There are a few other things that got under my skin but it was still a pleasant reading experience.

I would actually rank the Harry Potter books a little higher. Sure, I can read the Potter books while being blind drunk but they are a higher reading level then the Dark Materials trilogy.
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If your going to start reading the Nightrunner series get the first two books and read them back to back. There are a few aspects of the series that make for a nice conclusion.

The writing and story feel a bit more refined in this book. Reading both books back to back I look forward to continuing the series but don't feel cheated by cliff-hanger endings.
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I was looking for a fantasy series geared more towards a gay audience. This was actually the perfect choice.

However, you should know that this isn't erotica nor are the main characters primarily homosexual. So, much like real life, sexuality means little in the face of going about ones day to day life.

I did find the writing to be a little rough and the book presented too much information with not enough satisfaction. This can be rather common with presented with a whole new fantasy world.
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Currently started reading this book. I will go back and forth with watching films mentioned and reading them. This is a compact book and the information is dense. It helps having some understanding of philosophical moments in art, literature and film. This isn't an easy read and my lexicon is a little rusty.
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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
= Christmas present so this might trump other reading material =
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On Loan - This is another hefty tomb. However, it beats searching for the next book in the serise.

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Gift - One of the rare occasions where I do plan on reading the book before watching a film adaptation.
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Gift - I actually started the first chapter however it got trumped by Tom Robbins. I will most likely start this again to take a break from the fantasy genre.
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I read and LOVED "The Third Chimpanzee", so I'm not sure why I still have this on my shelf unread.
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The Night Watch: (Night Watch 1) - Sergei Lukyanenko
I actually loved the film adaptation and really want to start the series but with just the first book think I might hold off until I can find decent translations of the other books.
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= Yay, a trip to Powell's bookstore in Portland has stocked me up on the next Nightrunner books. I will read a few other novels before starting this series again.
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Pretty much refuse to have another fantasy series sitting on my self until I finish this one.
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Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
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Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
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I actually made it half way through this book but *duh* knowing the ending I just couldn't read the rest. However, I think I can emotionally handle reading the rest.
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The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa
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Jesus Saves - Darcey Steinke
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Zeroville - Steve Erickson
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Our Ecstatic Days: A Novel - Steve Erickson
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The Palace of Dreams - Ismail Kadare
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One of Us - Michael Marshall Smith
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Ghost of Chance (High Risk Books) - William S. Burroughs
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith
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A Song of Ice and Fire Series



This will most likely move up in priority after I finish a few other series I have started.
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The New Sun Series



Something perhaps to consider... far in the future. I seem to have an over abundance of fantasy series started or sitting on my shelf.



Started November 2012

This will be the first year that I make an effort to keep a book journal. My goal is to read a few more books this year then previous years. Hopefully this list will remind me of what is next to read on my shelf.

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Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Dec 22 16:19
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Dead Emcee Scrolls, and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies are all personal favorites. Brave New World and its follow-up are worth reading too. I liked The Night Listener film also, so I'm curious to see what you think of that book (as well as some others here of course) whenever you get to it.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Dec 22 17:19
Years ago I was at a friend's house and we were killing time, bored, and waiting for...something I can't remember. ;) Anyway, he had this paperback lying in his room, Nine Princes In Amber by Roger Zelazny. I picked it up and started reading and didn't put it down until I was done. (It was that good!) Discovering it was part of a set, naturally, I set out to find the rest (of the first 5).

It is the best sci-fi tale I have ever read!

A few years later the next set of 5 began to be published and sold and I snatched them up, too. I can't say enough good about the Amber Chronicles, Jay! I urge you to, definitely, read that Great Book of Amber that you have, on loan. I can't see how anyone would be disappointed in it or the time invested. :)

Merry Christmas, my friend!

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