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What(book, poem, short story) Are You Reading?
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Currently reading Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb


I really liked her at first, but somewhere between the second assassin series and the shaman series I gave up on her ever writing a male character that isn't a worthless wimp.
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The Epic of Gilgamesh TT^TT
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"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern.
Such a colourful and intimately romantic marvel. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't finished a book that left them with the feeling of being in love.
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Re-reading The Spearwielder's Tale and starting Gunslinger Girl Manga
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therealjcm wrote:


George_z wrote:

Currently reading Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb


I really liked her at first, but somewhere between the second assassin series and the shaman series I gave up on her ever writing a male character that isn't a worthless wimp.


What makes her novels so personal and captivating is that her characters are actual people. They are born and raised by other people. They love, they hate, they suffer, and they struggle through life, like any another human being, and they rise through it all, eventually... Her characters aren't universal soldier´s, they are underdogs, compromised and manipulated by their upbringing via politics and human relationsships. No one relates to superman, for he is not human.
Unlike so many others, Robin Hobb has managed to obliterate that invisible, magic umbrella that would otherwise have made her characters invincible. Invincibillity is boring, implausibillity is entertaining.
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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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theGreatDisapointment wrote:


therealjcm wrote:


George_z wrote:

Currently reading Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb


I really liked her at first, but somewhere between the second assassin series and the shaman series I gave up on her ever writing a male character that isn't a worthless wimp.


What makes her novels so personal and captivating is that her characters are actual people. They are born and raised by other people. They love, they hate, they suffer, and they struggle through life, like any another human being, and they rise through it all, eventually... Her characters aren't universal soldier´s, they are underdogs, compromised and manipulated by their upbringing via politics and human relationsships. No one relates to superman, for he is not human.
Unlike so many others, Robin Hobb has managed to obliterate that invisible, magic umbrella that would otherwise have made her characters invincible. Invincibillity is boring, implausibillity is entertaining.


I agree that superman characters are unsympathetic and bland. Plenty of authors have flawed heroes. Some authors even manage to make misfits, losers, and cowards interesting.

On the other hand, Hobb's characters never grow. They go from weakness to weakness - never making any decisions, being pushed around, bullied, and manipulated. I loved Fitz, but I loved him best when he had finally wised up and realized that those people would never stop using him. And then it takes about 30 seconds to reverse that...
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The Book Of Bob
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The Power of Habit
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Warren Oates:A Wild Life by Susan Compo.
Lee Marvin: Point Blank by Dwayne Epstein.
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theGreatDisapointment wrote:

"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern.
Such a colourful and intimately romantic marvel. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't finished a book that left them with the feeling of being in love.


LOVED THIS. It was so good.
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"Tail of the Moon" manga
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"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
Been meaning to pick this one up for a while now.
Once I finish this one it's gonna be "The Collective Works of Edgar Allen Poe" and then "Les Misérables"
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Go Rin No Sho...again and Walden.
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The complete anthology of the Grimm fairytales
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