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    Just finished Handmaid's Tale and started Men Without Women (Haruki Murakami, not Hemmingway). The latter is the first book I'm legit reading in the original Japanese, and I'm finding that Murakami's vocabulary is actually really simple. Coasting at about 97% comprehension at this point.

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    Emperor Domination by Yanbi Xiaosheng.
    I read using machine translation, so much blood has been shed, but it's all worth it.

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    Anybody into screenwriting here? I am currently reading the "Screenplay" by Syd Field. This was highly reccommended as the first book one has to take up to read about screenwriting. Any further suggestions would be welcome
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    I've heard good things about these books, haven't read them yet though.
    Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee

    The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, by John Truby

    Creating Character Arcs, by K.M. Weiland

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    There is also Making Movies, by Sidney Lumet
    But I'm not sure that's what you're looking for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilitch View Post
    There is also Making Movies, by Sidney Lumet
    But I'm not sure that's what you're looking for
    Yeah this one is kind of out of the genre I am looking for. The remaining ones are appropriate
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    I'm FINALLY on The Gathering Storm. Let's see what Brandon gives us. I'm on the prologue and it's a biiiiit rambly so far.

    Crossroads of Twilight was actually very enjoyable, every single plot thread was super interesting.
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    Thanks to the Witcher 3, I have recently started reading the Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski. The short stories are good, and the conversations very well written, but it seems as if Geralt is the only competent character in their whole universe, and some of the magic is questionable at best. Anyone has read the whole saga? Is it worth it to invest in the rest of the books?

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    I currently have been reading The Stand by Stephen King. (Uncut version.) It is a pretty interesting book, and a bit creepy. I plan to read more of his books in the future as well! ^^

    And if anyone has any recommendations on books for me to read, fire away! o:

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    Reading Immortality by Millan Kundera at the moment. My forth book by him. When I finish I'll be reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
    ended up putting Immortality aside for the moment and began reading American Gods. I finished it today and it's such a good book, I felt like I could've enjoyed it way more if I was more knowledge about the world's mythologies, but it is still such a great book. I relate to it a lot and I share a lot of the writer's views on how and why Gods are created.

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    Currently reading A Game of Thrones for the third time, part of my Ice and Fire reread project. It's amazing seeing all the points of foreshadowing that I missed on my last reread project.

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    Egwene fucking Al'Vere

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    Holy shit that was glorious! Just finished the section of the raid on Tar Valon. Egwene is so amazing in this book.
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    Ended up rereading whatever Warrior Cats books I can find. Loved the series in middle school but the third and fourth series had lots of filler and got pretty annoying. But the sixth series is actually really amazing and rekindled my love for the books

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    Yep, that last part of The Gathering Storm really amps up the fireworks!
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    Ended up rereading whatever Warrior Cats books I can find. Loved the series in middle school but the third and fourth series had lots of filler and got pretty annoying. But the sixth series is actually really amazing and rekindled my love for the books
    Damn, they got all the way to a sixth series? I burnt out a little ways into the third.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwok View Post
    Damn, they got all the way to a sixth series? I burnt out a little ways into the third.
    If you want, you can pretty much skip the 3rd, 4th, and 5th series (the 5th series is prequels) and read the 6th without much trouble (though I'd recommend reading the Firestar's Quest Super Edition if you haven't).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaido King of the Beasts View Post
    If you want, you can pretty much skip the 3rd, 4th, and 5th series (the 5th series is prequels) and read the 6th without much trouble (though I'd recommend reading the Firestar's Quest Super Edition if you haven't).
    Just PM me the summaries for 'em or something. I do remember reading Firestar's quest at some point.

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    I'm on Towers of Midnight now. Everything is SO GOODDDDDD D:
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    Every time a Lan scene comes in, it revives my cold, dead heart.

    "I command you to take another path!"
    "You aren't my king, LOLOL"
    "By joining me you ride to your death"
    "Death is LIGHTER THAN A FEATHER, Lan Mandragoran *cough*my king*cough*"
    and then the two became five..


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    Wheel of Time fans up until Towers of Midnight:

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    I'm about 1/3 through Towers of Midnight.

    Although I have been reveling in the conciseness of the Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight thanks to Sanderson's writing, the ending of Gathering Storm hasn't been sitting well with me. Up until that point, Rand was this insufferable ball of darkness that lost all restraint and emotion, and what it took for him to be whole and balanced again was.. becoming angry and threatening his father?

    Like okay, that was a pretty shocking moment and it was scary that Rand actually got to that point, but after books and books and books of Lews Therin in his head, one nomadic trip to Dragonmount made Rand all better again?

    It's weird. Every scene with Rand in it now is odd. Sure, he should be behaving like a normal human but the contrast is too sudden. We didn't even get a full explanation of what happened to him.

    Sure, Nynaeve delved him and saw his "madness thorns" coated in light but.. what's that, really?

    I don't want spoilers, but what did you guys think of this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Femme View Post
    Wheel of Time fans up until Towers of Midnight:

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    I'm about 1/3 through Towers of Midnight.

    Although I have been reveling in the conciseness of the Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight thanks to Sanderson's writing, the ending of Gathering Storm hasn't been sitting well with me. Up until that point, Rand was this insufferable ball of darkness that lost all restraint and emotion, and what it took for him to be whole and balanced again was.. becoming angry and threatening his father?

    Like okay, that was a pretty shocking moment and it was scary that Rand actually got to that point, but after books and books and books of Lews Therin in his head, one nomadic trip to Dragonmount made Rand all better again?

    It's weird. Every scene with Rand in it now is odd. Sure, he should be behaving like a normal human but the contrast is too sudden. We didn't even get a full explanation of what happened to him.

    Sure, Nynaeve delved him and saw his "madness thorns" coated in light but.. what's that, really?

    I don't want spoilers, but what did you guys think of this?
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    Rand threatening his father was strange, I agree with that. And I did not appreciate Tam calling Cadsuane a bully either. That was all very Sanderson.

    I do love the scene on top of Dragonmount though. A lot.

    Anyway, all the Rand scenes in ToM are definitely odd. That must have been the point because it is a very jarring change. He's basically become Jesus of the Westlands. If I remember correctly we are barely in his head during Towers of Midnight so...RAFO, I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Femme View Post
    Wheel of Time fans up until Towers of Midnight:

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    I'm about 1/3 through Towers of Midnight.

    Although I have been reveling in the conciseness of the Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight thanks to Sanderson's writing, the ending of Gathering Storm hasn't been sitting well with me. Up until that point, Rand was this insufferable ball of darkness that lost all restraint and emotion, and what it took for him to be whole and balanced again was.. becoming angry and threatening his father?

    Like okay, that was a pretty shocking moment and it was scary that Rand actually got to that point, but after books and books and books of Lews Therin in his head, one nomadic trip to Dragonmount made Rand all better again?

    It's weird. Every scene with Rand in it now is odd. Sure, he should be behaving like a normal human but the contrast is too sudden. We didn't even get a full explanation of what happened to him.

    Sure, Nynaeve delved him and saw his "madness thorns" coated in light but.. what's that, really?

    I don't want spoilers, but what did you guys think of this?
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    I'd say a fair bit of it comes from Sanderson switching in. His Matt in particular feels most off to me, but it's there in Rand too.

    As far as the madness pivot goes, it worked for me despite being a bit jarring. The anger at his dad isn't significant enough to even really register for me anymore, and I think by that point I was so happy to have Rand being clear-headed again that I was willing to take anything.

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    I'm reading The Criticon by Baltasar Gracian. It's pessimistic and other philosophers and scholars I like such as Schopenhaueur, Nietzsche, LaRochefoucald, Lacan or Jankélévitch admired him (or maybe only Schopenhaeur admired him and the others just liked his work very much) so I've decided to give it a try.

    It seems he's a great philosopher but his work has not been completely translated (in French at least).

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