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  1. Lol - not at all. Just me, sometimes... I think. :)
  2. I'm going to look for this one in the library when I go into town next. Hopefully it'll be there, although my local library doesn't exactly have too much choice in fantasy books. For some reason, there are loads of science fiction, though. I started my Feist reread after all. I'm currently up to Krondor: Tear of the Gods.
  3. I must confess, I'm not overly fond of threads that move so fast that there are two more pages before you've finished replying! Mind you, I might just be getting old... :D
  4. Another one to add to the list. Well, technically, this one's been on my 'to read' list for a while, but I'm moving it up the list now...
  5. Ok. :) I'll draw it up this weekend, and post it on Monday. :)
  6. Speaking of activities, does anyone mind if I post a little general knowledge quiz soon? Seeing the success of the riddle thread (and finding an old quiz book) prompted me to give it a try...
  7. I haven't read them, but I think there's a couple of them in my local library so I might check them out. Thanks for the tip! :)
  8. *sigh* A strange kind of irony. I'd love it if we Ogier were a bit more popular.
  9. That's one I haven't read yet. I really must amend that soon... :)
  10. I've been away for a bit, but the longing always keeps bringing me back to the Stedding. :) I'm a bit late, but I wanted extend the warmest of welcomes to any and all visitors to our humble group. As most of the Ogier know, I'm a bookworm, so I spend a lot of time in the Library (it's a very good place to pick up ideas for new books to read, I've found). We also like discussions on many subjects, just like at the Great Stump itself, so feel free to stop by and take part. :)
  11. Just finished C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series (Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign and Revelation), and I'm now changing pace (and genre) and rereading Naomi Novik's Temeraire.
  12. I'd heard about I Shall Wear Midnight, but I didn't know how far along with it he was, nor did I know the details of his particular type of Alzheimers. It's good to know that his condition hasn't worsened as much as thought, too. I saw the talk he gave (well, read by Tony Robinson) on BBC1 a couple of weeks ago, and was struck by how eloquently he can look on his own condition and his own future, as well as the futures of others in similar situations. I'm glad that the disease has risen in the public awareness because of him, and hopefully some scientific and medical breakthroughs can happen. It's also good to know that his ability to think up these wonderful stories isn't impaired as much as I had thought. I can't imagine what he's experiencing must be like.
  13. I liked the earlier books, but getting towards the end of the series my interest waned a bit. Magician was brilliant, as was Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon, but my favourite was The King's Buccanneer - largely for Nakor, but mostly because I liked the story. Oddly enough, I couldn't really get into Talon of the Silver Hawk and the rest of that little trilogy, but my literary tastes have changed since the last time I read them. I tried to read Rides a Dread Legion, but gave up on it - in spite of hearing of the demise of a couple of major characters. Still, At the Gates of Darkness is out now, so I might give it another try. At the end of my current readthrough, that is. :) Edited to add: in the end, I decided to read Naomi Novik's Temeraire - mostly because I didn't fancy reading a massive saga right now. Perhaps I'll read the Riftwar when I finish these.
  14. Well, I've finished reading the Shardlake series, and I don't know what to read next. Right now, it's a toss-up between Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, starting the Riftwar saga (and beyond) by Raymond E Feist, which I've read before, but not properly, and Anne McCaffrey's Pern saga, which would be another reread (although it's been a year or two since the last one). It's either that, or going back to the library for a completely new author. What to do, what to do...?
  15. Favourite characters, eh? For me, it'll always be Vimes, Vetinari, Nanny Ogg, Cheery (Cheri) Littlebottom, Death, Gaspode, Nobby, the list is endless. Pratchett's characters are always engaging, I think. It's something that's always made it easy for me to go back and reread them. :) I don't know how things stand with Sir Terry these days, so I'm not sure what the next book is going to be. I'm wishing him the best, even whilst I'm selfishly hoping there'll be another book.
  16. It's been a while since I set foot in the Library, but I haven't stopped reading. :) Aside from tGS, I've been reading some of the later Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. I love the various cases of Chicago's only practising wizard and police consultant on all of the city's possibly supernatural crimes. I'm looking forward to Changes, the next book in the series, which is out in the Spring. I've also discovered C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series (Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign and Revelation) and I'm really enjoying it. It's a murder mystery series set in Tudor England, featuring a lawyer who is often caught up in the intrigues in and around Henry VIII's court. The historical detail is wonderful, and the characters are really vivid. I'm currently close to the end of Sovereign, so I've only got one more book to go before I finish. :( However, there's the possiblity of a new book being released in the Summer. :)
  17. I must admit, I love the footnotes, too! :D I'll have to have a look through my collection and post some of my favourites. :D Also, Pratchett has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to literature. Story here. I think this is great news! :)
  18. Yes, I get that sometimes. I wake up some mornings, and it takes a lot of effort to get out of bed, it's so cold or bleak. The clocks go back on Saturday, so that's when I know it's getting closer to winter. Got to start my Christmas shopping soon, too.
  19. Unseen Academicals is absolutely brilliant. ;D Who ate all the pies? I think the characters in this one are just about some of the best I've read. I'd definitely recommend it. Also, if I had to suggest any two books for a newcomer to Pratchett to read, then I'd have picked Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms, too. :)
  20. Lol - I'm in Lincolnshire, up in the Midlands. Mind you, it seems to be the same up and down the country today. :) Got to go for now, though - I should be back on later. :)
  21. Brr, I certainly need it! It's really bright this morning, but cold with it - which is to say it's a typical Autumn morning for my neck of the woods, so to speak. *rubs her hands together briskly*
  22. Just finished Unseen Academicals - it really is brilliant! :D I enjoyed this one much more than Making Money, and I agree with Kara; it's much more a return to Terry's old style. Very funny, too! :D
  23. *wanders in, shivering* It's taken a turn for the chilly here! I don't feel like an ale right now, but any chance of a hot chocolate or tea or something? It truly is Autumn here now.
  24. My family are brilliant - absolutely brilliant! :) They got me Unseen Academicals for my birthday (as they said they would), but because they know me and my reading habits so well, they said I could have it early! What a lovely surprise! :)
  25. It certainly sounds like a challenge! I wonder how a lot of the puns would translate. And Kara, I think I may have to start doing that. It's a consolation that my birthday isn't too far away...
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