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Post Reply The book that you are now reading, what is it about?
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27 / F / New Jersey, USA
Posted 8/17/16
Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.

So what is the book that you are reading about? Show the front cover of the book. I want you to tell me in your own words(if you can) what the book is about. What drawn you to the book?

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Posted 9/3/16
I'll describe the front cover. A clock. With some weird rip in the space time continuum for clock hands. Pointed at Four Past Midnight. That's the title. It's by master of... um, horror, Stephen King. It consists of four stories. You could read them around midnight if you wanted. Though you probably shouldn't, depending on your schedule.

I'm on the third story. The first one was The Langoliers. It was kind of boring, I thought, though it had its moments. The second was Secret Window, Secret Garden. This one was about a writer and a man who went by the name of John Shooter who was accusing said writer of stealing his story. John Shooter might be a little crazy and he might be a little dangerous. It was a fun read.

The third story, the one I've started is called Library of Terror-- wait, no, that's not right. It's called The Library Policeman. R.L. Stine wrote this one-- wait, no, that's not right. It's by Stephen King too. But it might as well be a Goosebumps story except I guess it gets a lot darker, so King tells in the introduction and it has your typical Stephen King vulgarity. Of course, R.L. Stine is awesome. But this story, this Stephen King story, ostensibly for adults, I think--

A man goes into a library to do some research. The library seems to be empty. There are rather frightening posters in the children's section. He jumps when someone says hello. It's the librarian. This seriously reminds me of Goosebumps...

...which were fun books. This story, however, kind of belabors things. I don't know, that's about as far as I've gotten. He's had a chat with the librarian and the whole thing is so silly and yet taking itself so seriously.

Secret Window, Secret Garden, however, I really did enjoy, as I said. And there's of course one story after The Library Policeman. I can't tell you anything about that one since I haven't read any of it yet.
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Posted 9/4/16 , edited 9/4/16
I read O Pioneers! by Willa Cather, it was good!

I read it as an ebook, so no cover to show.

It's about a young Swedish immigrant who finds herself in charge of the family farm out on the Midwest plains during the droughts that occurred at the turn of the century. It describes her struggles and successes to make her father's dream of a thriving homestead come true as well as her desire to give her younger brother the easier life and education she never got.
I can't write much more or I'd risk spoiling it. It's a quality book, wonderful descriptions of both the scenery and introspection into the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Bitter sweet a bit more on the bitter side.

I just like these kinds of books. A look into the life of people just trying to live. Reflective but not without action and steady movement. Turn of the century is one of my favorite historical periods. So long as it's well written I will read pretty much anything written about the period of time.
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Posted 9/8/16 , edited 9/8/16
Second book of the Lost Fleet series

It's a sci-fi series. There's a 100 year old war going on that's devolved space fights to "Point all ships and the enemy and run at them with all gun blazing until you run out of enemies", then you bomb the enemy planets until you run out of bombs or enthusiasm.

The good guys have just fallen for a trap and got the majority of their ships into a Game Over situation, stuck deep in enemy territory and facing massive odds. Into this mix is your main character, a ship commander who's been in cryo-sleep for 100 years. He's put in charge of the fleet for technical reasons and has to lead the fleet back home. His main plus point is that he knows how to actually fight space battles properly and can teach the 'less nuanced' ship captains.

The author makes formation based space battles interesting, and the time limit of "get home before you run out of fuel" keeps the pressure on the characters and plot. There's also plenty of political infighting to keep the tension up when there's nothing to shoot at.
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Posted 9/9/16
Mostly I'm reading Aztec by Gary Jennings

It's the first of the Aztec series that follows the biography of an old Mexica man as he recounts his life to the first groups of Spanish explorers to come to Mexico. So far it's decent, lots of detail and personality. Just also lots of sex and repetitive situations so I'm skipping chunks here and there. I'm hoping it gets better as it started out very well for the first bits.
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F / Antique bookshop
Posted 10/1/16
the single games - lauren weisberger

When America’s sweetheart, Charlotte “Charlie” Silver, makes a pact with the devil—the infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner—she finds herself catapulted into a world of celebrity stylists, private parties, charity matches aboard mega-yachts, and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.

Under Todd’s new ruthless regime, Charlie the good girl is out. Todd wants “Warrior Princess” Charlie all the way. After all, no one ever wins big by playing nice.

Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie as she jets around the globe chasing Grand Slam titles and Page Six headlines. But as the Warrior Princess’s star rises on and off the court, it comes at a cost. In a world obsessed with good looks and hot shots, is Charlie Silver willing to lose herself to win it all?
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Posted 12/4/16
Trying to land a long term relationship, I think.. (Scott Pilgrim)
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Posted 12/6/16
Book Three of The Wheel of Time series - The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan. It's actually in audiobook format, cause I like to listen while I do other things and the readers are pretty good. Cover is in ye olde fantasy drawing art style and of a guy whose hands are raised above his head to a glowing crystal sword while two other guys hide behind big stone columns and watch.

Honestly, this is my third time through the series, but I really like it. It's set in a time with swords and sorcery and knights and queens and kings and all that, but part of the whole premise is that the wheel of time keeps turning and ages come, pass, are forgotten, and then come again. So occasionally there'll be hints about more modern technology left from a previous age, but that's really pretty far on in the series.

Anyway, it's about these village kids that turn out to be bound to fate, end up chased out of their village and into a wider world they had only heard about in legends and are set on a journey to eventually seal away The Dark One, who is escaping his prison and threatening to destroy time itself.

The series is 14 books in total, so it gets pretty complicated and in-depth. There's a lot of work done to portray different cultures and races of beings, but also a lot of politics and battles and strategizing of factions (even within the same sides).
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Posted 12/7/16

In my eyes she had always been old, always been mine, always been Granny Dan. But in another time, another place, there had been dancing, people, laughter, love. . . . She had had another life before she came to us, long before she came to me. . . .

She was the cherished grandmother who sang songs in Russian, loved to roller-skate, and spoke little of her past. But when Granny Dan died, all that remained was a box wrapped in brown paper, tied with string. Inside, an old pair of satin toe shoes, a gold locket, and a stack of letters tied with ribbon. It was her legacy, her secret past, waiting to be discovered by the granddaughter who loved her but never really knew her. It was a story waiting to be told. . . .

The year was 1902. A new century was dawning as a motherless young girl arrived at a ballet school in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of seven. By age seventeen, Danina Petroskova had become a great ballerina, a favorite of the Czar and Czarina, who welcomed her into the heart of the Imperial family. But events both near and far away shook the ground upon which she danced. A war, an extraordinary man, and a devastating illness altered the course of her life. And when revolution shattered Russia, Danina Petroskova was forced to make a heartbreaking choice–as the world around her was about to change forever.

Granny Dan is about the magic of history. In it, Danielle Steel reminds us how little we know of those who came before us–and how, if we could only glimpse into their early lives, and see who they once were, there is so much we would understand and learn. For in this extraordinary novel, a simple box, filled with mementos from a grandmother, offers the greatest legacy of all: an unexpected gift of a life transformed, a long-forgotten history of youth and beauty, love and dreams.
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F / Australia
Posted 12/7/16
Shadow of Night - Second book in A Discovery of Witches Trilogy

It's about an alchemical scholar Diana who is also a witch, but after her parents death when she was seven she refused to use magic at all. Through her research she discovered a manuscript that all creatures are after, this manuscript has all the answers as to why such creatures exist (witches, vampires and daemons). After discovering the book she has been targeted by many other creatures, some good, some bad and she now needs to reawaken her powers as a witch to protect herself from those who are trying to harm her.

In Shadow of Night, Diana needs to go back in time to find the manuscript (she lost it in the first book) and also to get other witches to help her control her powers and with the help of her vampire lover, Matthew who is very secretive and jealous. They go back to 1590 and end up meeting with Matthews family who accepts Diana and while she has trouble she meets with witches and finds out about her true self.

What had drawn me to the book A discovery of Witches was that is sounded interesting and different from other fantasy stories I had come across and was not disappointed. I really am enjoying this series and am excited to see what more is in stall for Diana and Matthew. Can a witch and vampire really create new life?
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22 / F / Dominican Republic
Posted 12/7/16
Its about the auto-biography of a Japanese writer.
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M / Chicago
Posted 12/21/16
Rebel Genuses. By Michael DeMartino. Only about five pages in, so can't say what it's about. Reading it because the author is one of the creators of Avatar the Last Airbender, and I'm a huge avatard.
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Posted 12/23/16 , edited 12/23/16
Very recently finished Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a story I learned from another thread in this forum. The story revolves around two migrant farmers who end up working at a new farm due to a problematic circumstance that occurred in their last city. Lennie, who suffers from a mental disability but is incredibly strong, has this strong desire to touch soft things, a tendency that gets him in major trouble throughput the sotry. However, his long-time friend George sticks with him, even though Lennie's tendencies cause him nothing but grief.


Completely forgot the OP wanted us to include the covert art of the book! Welp, I simply found the PDF online, so here's the Wikipedia picture.

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Posted 12/23/16
The Story of Han Xiangzi
Written by Yang Erzeng and Translated by Philip Clart

In this seventeenth-century Chinese novel, Han Xiangzi, best known as one of the Eight Immortals, seeks and achieves immortality and then devotes himself to converting his materialistic, politically ambitious Confucian uncle - Han Yu, a real historical figure - to Daoism. Written in lively vernacular prose interspersed with poems and songs, the novel takes its readers across China, to the heavens, and into the underworld. Readers listen to debates among Confucians, Daoists, and Buddhists and witness trials of faith and the performance of magical feats. In the mode of the famous religious novel Journey to the West (also known in English as Monkey), The Story of Han Xiangzi uses colorful characters, twists of plot, witty dialogue, and action suitable for a superhero comic book to convey its "religious" message-that worldly life is ephemeral and that true contentment can be found only through Daoist cultivation.

I like daoist themes and wanted to try out some fiction daoist inspired work and saw it at the bookstore for a cheap price so I picked it up. So far it's been pretty funny and entertaining. Most of the alchemical wording is beyond me and some of the proverbs and idioms are hard to get cause it's an old novel with a reading style I'm not really familiar with.
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31 / M / Texas
Posted 12/26/16
Wonder Woman Legacy : The Rise of the Golden Angel.

It's about Wonder Woman's daughter becoming her own superhero. also it was written has a fundraiser for breast cancer too and play's a part in the book too.
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