Re: Last five?

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Posted by Patrick on August 13, 2006 at 00:47:13:

In Reply to: Last five? posted by Caleyna on August 12, 2006 at 21:00:36:

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert. Classic sci-fi book. It's kind of funny...sci fi is a genre of literature I've not been into for a while, excepting of course Star Trek novels. I think before this the last "serious" sci fi book I read was Ender's Game way back in ninth grade (1994). I highly recommend Dune.

  2. The Singing Sword by Jack Whyte, book 2 of the Camulod Chronicles. Very nice, but read the first book before this (see below). Recommended.

  3. The Skystone by Jack Whyte, book 1 of the Camulod Chronicles. Recommended to me by julival. I loved this book. It's a rather new take on Arthurian legend, removing all supernatural and magical elements and instead recrafting the legend in an historically accurate setting, that of the last years of Roman presence in Britain. Since I'm a Romanophile, I find it very nice. Highly recommended, but I have to say that if you aren't interested in the minutiae of late Imperial Roman military organization and procedure, or in late antiquarian metallurgy, you may find a lot of it tedious (think RJ with the dresses, only with legions and blacksmithing and them being a central theme of the story).

  4. The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Discworld novel. READ IT if you haven't already. I've read it about seven times and it never gets old.

  5. Encountering Mary by Sandra L. Zimdars. Not fantasy, it's a nonfictional account of various supposed apparitions of the Virgin Mary dating back to the 1830s. I liked it primarily because it's nonpartial (i.e. it's neither a zealous tract supporting the apparitions but nor does it condemn them as base superstition). However, I'm not very good with theology or philosophy, and some of it went way over my head. Recommended if you're interested in Marian apparitions.

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