Constantly re-reading The Mark of Athena ,by Rick Riordan, the third book in the second series (Heroes of Olympus) of the Camp-Half Blood Chronicles (does it have an official name?), in preparation for the fourth book, The House of Hades. Darn you Rick! Such a freaking heartless troll! The last Annabeth chapter is drowned with my tears! :'(
I'm only joking Rick! You're the bestest writer ever! It's so funny how you make your fans want to respect you and violently attack you at the same time! XD
If you've read the book, or don't care about spoilers (but have still read past books of Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus), read this and don't get sad:
Spoiler:- DON'T READ UNLESS YOU'VE READ THE MARK OF ATHENA, OR DON'T MIND GETTING MAJORLY SPOILED!!!:
Percy tightened his grip on Annabeth's wrist. His face was gaunt, scraped and bloody, his hair dusted with cobwebs, but when he locked eyes with Annabeth she thought he had never looked more handsome.
'We're staying together,' he promised. 'You're not getting away from me. Never again.'
Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall.
She heard Nico and Hazel still screaming for help. She saw the sunlight far, far above - maybe the last sunlight she would ever see.
Then Percy let go of his tiny ledge, and together, holding hands, he and Annabeth fell into the endless darkness.
-Page 566, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan.
Any book suggestions? I love fantasy/adventure with a bit of romance. I've read the Harry Potter books, but if anyone says Twilight, I will hunt them down and shoot them.
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Finally finished W.A.R.P. ...took me over a month to finish that book, and seeing as i read catching fire in one day.....shows how motivated i was to read this book. It definitely wasn't the worst book ive ever read, but it definitely wasnt worth $20.
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Just finished the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I had read Angels and Demons and The Da Vinchi Code, so this one seemed natural to read. Excellent page turning thriller that really opens your eyes to religion and America's foundation. I had heard somebody tell me that Lost Symbol was Dan Brown selling out by apologizing to the Catholic Church, but I disagree.
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If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino. Almost done, and I have to say, it was a really intriguing style, with every other chapter being in Spoiler:- if you're not planning on reading:
second-person (e.g. You are about to read Italo Calvino's new novel If on a winter's night a traveler.), and the rest of the chapters being segments from different fictional books.
Reading list for the summer (mostly book prizes from being awesome at Quiz Bowl):
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
Seize the Day - Saul Bellow
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
And hopefully, if I have the time to go to the library:
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
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Was that really it? Will wondered. Was that what they were all doing, looking for someone less different? Was that what he was doing? Rachel was dynamic and thoughtful and focused and caring and different in more ways than he could count, but the whole point of Rachel, as far as Will was concerned, was that she wasn't him. There was a flaw in Katrina's logic, then. This thing about looking for someone less different ... It only really worked, he realised, if you were convinced that being you wasn't so bad in the first place.
My ability to read serious works has pretty much disappeared of late. So, I finished reading Willie Nelson's Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die yesterday and am currently heading on to Penn Jillette's Every Day Is An Atheist Holiday!.
Just reread The Catcher in the Rye, if you want to know the truth. I really did.
In an effort to get a better handle on why Salinger's such a cause celibré, I'm now reading Nine Stories. However, I've already begun Rawls' Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy because it promises to teach me something about Kant and Hume, both of whom I'd really like a fuller understanding of. Actually, a philosophy professor I had once suggested I read Rawls for his take on ethics, but Lectures opens by revealing that Rawls himself often considered his philosophical work on ethical theories more of a study of moral psychology, which just tickles my fancy since it plays right into my own research program. It's a real delight to suddenly discover just how well advised I was by that great old (young!) teacher.
And I've also picked up Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. My aunt, uncle and cousins recently spent the weekend, and my crazy tía tried to proselytize Scientology. She's already got my uncle paying those ridiculous tithes to rise through the levels in the church, and she sent her daughter to a Scientology school in Florida. Now my little sister wants to go away to the same school, and if that wasn't bad enough, my aunt and uncle convinced my mom to go cold turkey off some of her psychiatric meds. That really got me angry. Those fool people can think whatever they want in the privacy of their own empty heads, but they dare not put my family in danger because of it. So now I've got to read this Scientology book and mark off important or at least easy parts for my mom to read so that she can be informed next time she has to withstand a harangue by my goony aunt. I'll be darned if I'm going to let my little sister go off to Florida to join a cult.
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I recently finished Inferno by Dan Brown, and shortly before that finished A Dance With Dragons.
Spoiler:- Slight Inferno location spoiler:
What is good is that I bought the book while on holiday in Venice, and while reading it later in the day I could track, more or less exactly, their location. I even came through the same train station.
The book itself was standard Dan Brown, although it did raise some interesting, topical issues. I did feel he was a bit heavy handed, though, and should have drawn the issues out more. One of the issues raised (and its pros and cons) was entirely discussed in just one conversation.
A Dance With Dragons was excellent. GRRM better hurry up and get The Winds of Winter finished, since there's plenty of things left hanging.