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    I am reading The Hunger Games. I heard it was excellent, so why not. Also, the movie came out and I want to read the book before I see the movie.
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    I just finished reading the two Codename Sailor V volumes for fun. They weren't as good as the two Sailor Moon volumes I read a few months ago, but I had already read some reviews on the first volume, so I was prepared for that. They were still pretty enjoyable. In both volumes, the first few chapters were pretty repetitive, especially in the first volume, but the last three or four chapters ended the volume on a stronger note. Minako was a more annoying lead character than Usagi, but it might help that I got tired of her constantly falling in love with someone or worshiping an idol in every chapter. Even so, it was nice to read something for fun after reading those different books for my classes in the last couple of months and it was kind of interesting to see how this series basically set the foundation for Sailor Moon.

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    Haven't updated my reading list in a while but I finished books 5-7 of Stephen Kings The Dark Tower series and I have to say I was heavily disappointed with them. I thought the first 4 books got better and better peaking in book 4 and then just nose dived for me. Especially the last chapter of the book. You know its bad when the the author actually writes in the book that you should probably not read the last chapter and only continue if you want to be pissed off.

    The whole story though just got worse and worse for me in the last 3 books. I didn't mind
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    Kings characters from other books like Father Callahan and Randell Flagg making appearances in the series but the whole breaking the 4th wall with having King himself a character in the book just didn't do it for me. Some how hes the only real person in this story and he needs to write these books where his characters save the world and all worlds including his but first his fictional characters have to save his life so he can finish the books. UGH! Its just a mess and that wasn't my only problem with the books. The Dark Tower which is the final book was soooo bad in so many ways. The whole message on the toilet paper from King to Susannah, the introduction of a character half way through the book who can magically draw anything to life and then erase it from existence including the Crimson King, Mordreds death and then we have Roland finally reach the Dark Tower to find that each floor is his own memories and when he reaches the top he's sent back to the desert following Walter because years before he didn't pick up a stupid horn that Cuthbert dropped when he died. Speaking of Cuthbert thats another thing I didn't like. The story of Cuthberts and Allens deaths took up only like 3 pages after all the times they were mentioned but Susans death got 3/4 a book.


    Well after finishing those I needed a break from scifi/fantasy which is all I've read the past year so I picked up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which my sister had been recommending me to read for months. I read 90 pages the first night and around 80 the second and was utterly bored with it. It just dragged on in the beginning but the 3rd night it finally got good and ended up reading 200 pages and finished the last 160 pages the 4th night. I must say I really enjoyed it and I'm not much for mystery/suspense novels but I'm gonna read the next two books which are hopefully as good or better.
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    After a recommendation from Juu, I picked up Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking from the library today.

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    Well I've been reading a lot lately and read another 3 books these past 2 weeks. First I finished the last 2 books of the Millennium Trilogy with The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. I really liked these but they were more like 2 parts of a book then 2 separate books.I really like the character of Lisbeth Salander, shes a brilliant, socially awkward badass who has a strict moral code and you had better not cross her. Its a shame the author died. From what I've read he planned 10 books and was writing the 4th when he died and unfortunately it looks like the fourth won't be released anytime soon because theres a fight between his heirs and his longtime partner.

    I also read The Princess of Mars which is the first book in the John Carter series. It was just an ok book. The story was too simple for me and really didn't have much depth. It was pretty much go here, win a fight and respect, go here win fight and respect, etc etc. I don't think I'll finish the series yet as I'm probably gonna start the Enders series which the Toonzone Reading group just happens to be starting too.
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    I am reading the hunger games and coincidently a movie came out. I am at the part where the first day of the games has ended. The first 11 tributes are dead.

    I am also reading naruto I have gotten to part 3: war.
    I'm at the part where it's Kakashi vs zabuzza and haku.

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    Well I just finished rereading all 7 Harry Potter books the other day. It was a great experience..I started about two months ago.
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    I read Pokemon Adventures Diamond, Pearl and Platinum volume 5 earlier this week. It was a pretty fun read and probably my favorite of the D/P/Pl arc thus far. It felt more interesting to see the plot moving beyond the Platinum's Gym badge quest and it's interesting to see that the three main characters are traveling alone for awhile. The way they learned about Team Galactic's actions felt kind of contrived, but it helps that aside from Cyrus, none of the members of Team Galactic are terribly smart. It also helps that this volume contain Riley's Lucario battling and an adorable baby Riolu being born. Both of those moments were wonderful for me.

    I also finished reading Yu-Gi-Oh! volumes one through seven. I've been meaning to collect more Yu-Gi-Oh! manga beyond the spin-off titles for awhile, so I started with the original series. I remember reading quite a few chapters in my older brother's SJ issues that he used to get in the mail, but I haven't read most of these chapters since then. The first volume was okay, but I thought it became more interesting in the other volumes, especially in the Death-T arc. I could have done without Johji being included in that arc, but I forgot about him as the arc progressed. It was really fun to read all of the first seven volumes. The different arcs were pretty engaging and interesting to read and it was nice to see where the franchise started again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light Lucario View Post
    I also finished reading Yu-Gi-Oh! volumes one through seven. I've been meaning to collect more Yu-Gi-Oh! manga beyond the spin-off titles for awhile, so I started with the original series. I remember reading quite a few chapters in my older brother's SJ issues that he used to get in the mail, but I haven't read most of these chapters since then. The first volume was okay, but I thought it became more interesting in the other volumes, especially in the Death-T arc. I could have done without Johji being included in that arc, but I forgot about him as the arc progressed. It was really fun to read all of the first seven volumes. The different arcs were pretty engaging and interesting to read and it was nice to see where the franchise started again.
    I adore the heck out of the first seven volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh manga and I regard them better than the latter series (well, at least the anime; I actually never read the latter manga series outside of a couple of random volumes here and there) once the card game took over. I know, blasmphemy, but I personally like it for the better, deeper focus on the main characters. I also enjoy the varied games the hero usually plays; the diversity usually makes for some pretty clever stuff for Yugi's other half to utililze.

    That said, wrapped up Neverwhere recently. Excellent book with twists I should have seen coming, but totally did not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Yi View Post
    I adore the heck out of the first seven volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh manga and I regard them better than the latter series (well, at least the anime; I actually never read the latter manga series outside of a couple of random volumes here and there) once the card game took over. I know, blasmphemy, but I personally like it for the better, deeper focus on the main characters. I also enjoy the varied games the hero usually plays; the diversity usually makes for some pretty clever stuff for Yugi's other half to utililze.
    I've actually heard of quite a few people preferring how the series was in the first seven volumes before the card game took center focus, so I don't think that's an unheard of or even unpopular opinion. I've only read a handful of the Duelist volumes, mostly from the Battle City arc, and a couple of the Memory World arc, so I don't know which one has the deeper focus on the main characters. I liked how the games were more creative and at times darker than the duels were most of the time. The different games also allowed for both Yugi and his other self to how good they are with thinking strategically and how they respond to a variety of games. I think that the theme of friendship was clearer in those volumes. I also forgot how creepy Kaiba originally was in the Death-T arc. While I like what I've read of Duelist, after finishing volume seven, I kind of felt sad knowing that the series would be different. It was just so much fun and the different arcs were pretty engaging. After reading the first seven volumes, it does make me wonder how different the series would have turned out if it didn't become focus on the card game. It probably wouldn't have been as popular, but I could see the ending being pretty similar to what eventually happened with Yugi and his other self. I can definitely understand why people would consider those first seven volumes to be better than the rest of the series.

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    I am currently reading the first book in the skullduggery pleasant series

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    After finishing watching Pretear, I decided to re-read the manga series it was adapted from for the heck of it. It still isn't as good as the anime series and the pace in the second volume still left a bad taste in my mouth, but there are still a few details and events that I would have liked to see in the anime. There are some sweet moments between the main leads, the artwork does get better in the second half of the series, a couple characters had better characterization than they did in the anime, Himeno's role as the Pretear did have more of an impact on her social and home life than it did in the anime and it was more engaging than I remembered. Though, I still felt like the pacing was a problem in the second volume, the anime did a much better job with Mawata's subplot, Himeno becoming the White Pretear twice really weakens the impact it has in the finale, there was a lot of buildup for the finale without much payoff, the villain didn't have much characterization and the ending itself wasn't nearly as emotionally satisfying. Still, it was a bit better than I remembered it, so I'll probably re-read it again the next time I finish watching the anime.

    I seem to be on a bit of a manga kick with my recent readings, but after reading so many novels and short stories for my English classes in the last few months, I wanted to relax with reading something different for awhile before re-reading some of the novels I have or getting new ones.

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    Right now I’m reading “Kill me if you Can” by James Patterson. It is a mixture of action & thriller genres. Basically it’s about Diamonds, Money, Guns and Love. I highly recommend it!
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    I finally finished reading Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists volumes one through eight, which covers the Duelist Kingdom arc. It started off a bit slow, although it could be that I had already read through the first volume before and wanted to jump ahead to the other volumes I hadn't read, but by around the second volume, it picked up. The story was still pretty engaging, the artwork was nice and it was interesting to see how that arc originally was in the manga. There were a few events and details that I liked and wish that they had kept in the anime, even though a couple of them were the result of events from the first seven volumes of the series. The ending was rather touching with Kaiba and Mokuba's reunion, Yugi comforting Atem and everyone leaving the island together. I wish that my copy of volume eight wasn't in such poor condition, but that's the last time I order anything used on Amazon's marketplace that doesn't have much of a description going on. I just went for it since it was shipped with my other orders from Amazon and I saved a bit of shipping money on it. I'll have to see if I can order another copy in better condition later. Still, it was an enjoyable arc to read through.

    I got a novel from the library, so I'll give that a shot before re-reading any of my older books or buying any other new books to read.

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    I am currently reading Spaceman Blues: A Love Song by Brian Francis Slattery.

    When Manuel Rodrigo de Guzmán González disappears, Wendell Apogee decides to find out where he has gone and why. But in order to figure out what happened to Manuel, Wendell must contend with parties, cockfights, and chases; an underground city whose people live in houses suspended from cavern ceilings; urban weirdos and alien assassins; immigrants, the black market, flight, riots, and religious cults.

    Painted in browns and grays and sparked by sudden fires,
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    is a literary retro-pulp science-fiction-mystery-superhero novel, the debut of a true voice of the future, and a cult classic in the making.


    Very good so far. Very interesting.
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    I finished reading The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. It was creepy and very-well written, but the ending left me feeling so unsatisfied! The book doesn't really explain almost anything by the end.
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    I finished reading Something Blue by Emily Giffin. My Mom and i picked it up at the library because it was blue, which is my favorite color. It's apparently the sequel to Something Borrowed, which I never read or saw the movie version of the book, but it covered the situation well enough to where people could read it first and not get confused. It was a pretty decent read. The main character, Darcy, was so unlikable for the majority of the book that I couldn't really feel bad for her when she was causing most of her problems, although she wasn't the only one at fault in the situation regarding her friend. I would have preferred if she realized her horrible behavior herself or something dramatic forced her to realize it instead of having another character point it out to her in a conversation, but I could kind of believe it. It was pretty engaging, it does get much more interesting once she goes to London, Ethan was my favorite character in the book and I liked the development of the relationship between Darcy and Ethan. The ending itself was pretty sweet and appealed to my inner hopeless romantic.

    It was a pretty nice book of fluff to read through in a couple of days. I don't know if I'd want to read the first book anytime soon, especially when the section they gave at the end of this book seemed to have the same tone, despite being narrated by a character with practically an opposite personality to the narrator here, but if I find it at the library the next time I go there, I might check it out for the heck of it.

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    So I've read a bunch more books lately. First I read "Without Remorse" and "Patriot Games" by Tom Clancy which are both in the Jack Ryan series. Although "Without Remorse" is more of a prequel about John Clark who's a character in a lot of the books. Both books were good but tended to drag at times especially "Without Remorse" which took awhile for anything to happen but I did enjoy them.

    Now usually when I read the first book in a series I like I will continue and read the entire series straight through but I did some math and figured it would take me 3-4 months to finish them all and there's a second series I'm interested in so I decided to read the first book and see how I liked it.

    That book was "Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan which is in the Wheel of Time series and I loved it. Its got lots of great characters, lore and story. This is another long series that will take me 3-4 months but I think I'm gonna enjoy these months more than if I read the Jack Ryan series.
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    The Dresden Files. I finished the first four books and heading for the fifth. It took a bit to pick up steam (the first two has some truly groan-worthy one-liners), but it increasingly gets better. I'm hooked!
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    I just read the Transformers: Dark of the Moon film novel. I must say, the ending is much better than the film's ending.
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