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  • #199923
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    30?

    #214712
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    A rather impressively detailed vision of the future that is mostly about what someones ideal society might look like. The plot is not very detailed in some ways as the novel is really more about philosophical points of view than a story about particular individuals. A very interesting vision of the future which does not seem dated even though it was written in 1931

    #214713
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    A satisfying conclusion to the series of books begun with The Scions of Shannara. The development of the characters pays off in the end and is made believable because of what they experienced in the previous books.

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    An account of the events of the most famous feud in American History as well as analysis as what caused it and why it became so well known. Although it focuses on the Hatfield-McCoy feud, it also examines some other feuds that occurred around the same time (many even bloodier). Lisa Athler also presents the not so obvious repercussions of the feud that had nothing to do with either family. It is a very well presented account that tries to present as much as possible of both sides of the story while at the same time acknowledging the author’s own experiences and knowledge apart from what she researched for this book.

    #214715
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    A very amusing take on politics, diplomacy and trade negotiations, though of course not explicitly stated. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork watch provides a down to earth perspective throughout this amusing tale that manages to include modern topics in a medieval type world.

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    Though not the first published Novel of the Wheel of Time series, it is the first in that world’s chronology and gives the first meeting of two of the main characters in the series as well as their motivation for appearing where they did in the first book. In many way it is more expository than story bound providing information that would otherwise be left to reader’s of the main series’ imagination.

    #214717
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    Écrit d’une part comme un enquête d’une autre part comme un récit, l’auteur construit une historie nous laissant le choix de décider si le fantôme est quelqu’un qui mérite la pitié, ou au contraire est un monstre.

    #214718
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    This book is great at laying the history behind modern forensic science. It details the killings performed by a serial killer interspersed with how crime scene analysis was developing at the time. The two aspects are tied together in the end with the murder trial. As watcher of detective stories and crime dramas, I really enjoyed understanding how modern investigative techniques developed and the challenges that existed prior to their use.

    #214719
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    The first book in The Wheel of Time Series that has finally concluded this year it begins with a hint of the past and then gradually, through the eyes of the protagonists, brings us into the present. Rife with action and hinting of grave dangers from the very beginning, the story moves at a fast pace while still managing to introduce many of the people, cultures and rules that operate in the world in which Jordan has thrust you. Although the first in the series, the story is self-contained and does not make you long immediately for the next book in the series.

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    I’m going to let this stand be ause I understand the rationale for using French here, but for the record, we do have an English-only policy. Also, you might provide an English translation for those who don’t speak French.

    #214720
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    The Ten Words in the title of this book are not really words but, like the Chinese characters from which they are derived, are concepts that have changed over time. The author gives the meaning of each one and the illustrates them with stories from his childhood and occurrences in China. More of a collection of memories and tales than a deep analysis of the country, it is very easy to read book that gives some insight into the most populous nation on earth.

    #218285
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    I must say that I am completely shocked by your post. I never read anything on the site that indicated that all posts must be in English, or that this was a site dedicated only to works written in English. If I had, it would have made me think twice about joining this community.

    In the previous iteration of the site, all my reading room posts were in the language I read the book in (French, Spanish or English) because I am better able to express the feelings engendered. Also, writing the post in English implies that a translation was read rather than the original text. Sometimes translations are superior to the original, and sometimes inferior, but whatever the case, they are different, and any insight or review of the quality of the writing, or the particular phrasing used, can only be applied to the language the work was read in. Otherwise there is no basis for comparison between what the poster wrote and the reader of the post who has read the same work, but in a different language.

    From now on though, I will simply post the title of the works I read in other languages and keep any comments about them to myself.

    #218293
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    It is unfortunate that no one caught that you were posting in other languages on the previous site (and shows how far more busy we were before the move!). That was our mistake, because there WAS a rule for English only there. I have added it in again. I’m not certain when it got lost in the move.

    While I understand your reasoning behind posting in the language you read, we have to be especially careful on a site like ours to make certain nothing that could get us in trouble (and closed down) is posted. The rule must be applied evenly.

    I’m sorry for the misunderstanding.

    #214721
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    Although I already knew that a lot of what is taught in schools is lacking when it comes to the culture and population of the Americas, I did not realize how far off it is from what is now coming to be known about what existed there before it was “discovered”. A fascinating look at what the new evidence shows, giving several viewpoints and the history of the scholarship that has led up to the current understanding of the history of the Americas. For anyone interested in foreign worlds and thinking about what if? this is a book that makes you consider how the world might have been different in significant ways if contact between Europe and America had occurred quite differently.

    #214722
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    Picking up where The Eye of the World left off, the second installment had more movement in it to a certain extent than the previous novel. Even though that is the case, it still allows for an expansion of the Wheel of Time’s geography and cultures further fleshing out the differences between people and views of their place in society and environment. Another mostly self contained story that ends with major points resolved though with some questions about the future.

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