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1LunaticDruid
Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 12:52pm Top

This year I will try to become a more active member at "The Green Dragon" and Librarything in general. To take the first step up the "ladder of activeness" I have decided to make my own "I am reading this" thread. As the days only got 24 hours it leaves me with less time to read books than I would prefer. I'm therefore setting a modest goal of reading 12 books this year. I will try to update my progress and write my first reviews. (Warning: English is not my native language, miss-spelling and faulty grammar can and will occur)

To start of I have selected a book from one of my favorite authors I know I will enjoy.
Book 1 2012:
Conqueror by Conn Iggulden



I'm currently five chapters in and enjoying it already. This is the fifth book in "The Conqueror Series" following Kublai Khan (grandson to Ghengis Khan).

2majkia
Jan 1, 2012, 7:00pm Top

I won that as an ER book. Looking forward to hearing what you think if of it. And good to see you in the pub!

3maggie1944
Jan 1, 2012, 10:01pm Top

Welcome, LD. Good luck with your goal. I look forward to following your progress.

4MrsLee
Jan 2, 2012, 5:09am Top

I'm happy you are participating in the reading threads, and I look forward to "seeing you" more around the pub!

5LunaticDruid
Jan 2, 2012, 11:56am Top

Thank you all! I've been hiding in the darkest corner only sticking my nose out of my hood for brief moments until now. Time to pull back the hood a little bit.

I think I'll start off with some hot chocolate.

6sandragon
Jan 2, 2012, 1:55pm Top

Welcome. I love these threads for finding about new books/authors and for discussing old ones, although I tend to lurkishness as well.

7LunaticDruid
Jan 2, 2012, 5:04pm Top

10 chapters in and still a great read. My goal is about 5 chapters a day or more.

Lurkers are always welcome (loved them in Starcraft), and any digital human contact (comments), also very appreciated!

8GeorgiaDawn
Jan 2, 2012, 5:14pm Top

I'll look forward to following your thread.

9jillmwo
Jan 2, 2012, 5:36pm Top

It's always nice to interact with the folks here and as everyone else points out, it's great for finding new ideas about what to read. I've got you starred and I'll keep an eye out on your progress!

10MerryMary
Jan 2, 2012, 8:18pm Top

"digital human contact." Such an elegant phrase.

11AHS-Wolfy
Jan 2, 2012, 9:32pm Top

I want to get back to the Conqueror series at some point. I've read the first 2 in the series and have the 3rd in my tbr. Thanks for reminding me with the start of your new thread.

12LunaticDruid
Jan 3, 2012, 5:05pm Top

Despite falling to sleep on the sofa when I returned from work I am still keeping my goal of five chapters a day, now 15 in. I'm finding the book easy to read, the pace is good and the story interesting. I won't go into details as I'm afraid to be carried away and serve unwanted spoilers. Still struggling too read Mongke Khans name (I tend to read "Monkey Khan"... hrmpf).

I'm a bit surprised about getting so many "followers", but boy is it fun! I'll think it's time for me to return the favor and throw some stars around.

#11 AHS-Wolfy - You're welcome. I remember I loved the first three books (five stars) and liked the fourth book (four stars) and also his Emperor (Julius Caesar) series (four stars). It's been some time between reading the books and rating them (as I read long before I joined Librarything) so they might not absolutely correct (I sense a re-read coming). I rate books after how much I enjoyed reading them, not by how "correct" they were written.

13Severn
Jan 3, 2012, 5:12pm Top

I'll help you get more active in the Dragon and follow ya heheh...

14LunaticDruid
Jan 4, 2012, 11:43am Top

I got butterflies! My signed Limited Edition of Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks just arrived! It is number 1082 of just 1500 books. This will be next in my reading pile (if I dear open it).

15Busifer
Jan 4, 2012, 4:01pm Top

A fellow Scandinavian! Most welcome out from the shadows :)

16LunaticDruid
Jan 4, 2012, 5:48pm Top

Thank you Busifer, great to see other "northerners" here!

17Busifer
Jan 5, 2012, 4:17am Top

Indeed. And you haven't gotten blown away by the latest set of storms, either. Doubly good. Have seen some disturbing news footage from Norway (even if that admittedly has been from more exposed parts of the country; I'm imaging you'd have some lee where you are?)

18LunaticDruid
Jan 5, 2012, 10:17am Top

The latest (Emil) just missed us (hit Denmark instead), and the "Christmas storms" hit furter north. It's been some windy days, but we escaped the worst of it.

I don't mind a couple of storms tho... Just gives me an ecuse to stay inside, reading books and drinking cocoa. (As long as the roof stays on).

19LunaticDruid
Jan 6, 2012, 6:03pm Top

I have now finished 30 chapters. The only thing I don't like is that I have to stop reading to get some sleep (curse the human body....) The book started great and keeps getting better (my opinion). I actually wish I had more than 162 (of 533) pages left to read. I don't think the book will reach 5 full stars, but it's not far from it. All depends on how it ends!

20LunaticDruid
Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 12:52pm Top

Conqueror by Conn Iggulden



I have now finished reading the first book of the year and what a great start it has been! I found the book easy to read and loved the journey it brought me on (following Kublai from being a scholar to a great warrior). I would have liked to be a bit more involved in the bigger battles in part one and two of the book, watching the battle evolve (rather than skip to the end (or after)). Four and a half stars!

I really hope Conn will revisit his Mongol Series at a later point (seems like he is returning to his "Emperor" series for now). I love to "be a part of" such a different culture from the traditional cultures (British, Roman, Greek etc.). So put on your deel and send me the airag (non alcohol version please) you are given Guest rights in my Ger.

21LunaticDruid
Jan 9, 2012, 5:26pm Top

My first ever review is up (http://www.librarything.com/work/11786284/reviews/80434328)

I was unsure if I was ready to write a review, but I got to start somewhere (and sometime).

I plan to start reading my next book tomorrow (no time to read today). It's quite short so I might manage to finish it in one sitting.

22AHS-Wolfy
Jan 9, 2012, 6:18pm Top

Glad you enjoyed it and good to see it's a worthy addition to the series. Congratulations on your first review!

23LunaticDruid
Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 3:28pm Top

Thank you AHS-Wolfy.

I'm of to wash my hands, put on some cotton gloves and prepare to read:
Book 2 2012:
Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks



This is a novella prequel to the "Night Angel" series. My copy is one of the signed limited editions from Subterranean Press. Mine is number 1082 (of 1500).

Edit:

Done. An enjoyable read, but I think you have to read the "Night Angel" trilogy first. This rather short story lets us know more about who became the mysterious Durzo Blint. Four stars.

24LunaticDruid
Jan 10, 2012, 3:48pm Top

The last book took me quite a short time to finish, I do not expect my next reads to go quite as fast. Im in for a "Tomefest" as I start on one of the best known (and popular) fantasy series this last year.

Book 3 2012:
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin



I really liked the HBO series (stil got the picture of the khaleesi with the three newly hatched dragons etched into my mind). The politics, the brutality, the different cultures. I'm really looking forward to sink many hours into this, seeing it all evolve page by page.

25maggie1944
Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 7:17pm Top

>21 LunaticDruid:: I gave your review a thumbs up. It told me just what I would want to know about a book such as that one. Good work.

BTW, I'll be interested in your thought about reading Game of Thrones.

26LunaticDruid
Jan 11, 2012, 6:22am Top

#25 - maggie1944 - Thank you! I tried to write why I liked the book without giving away too much of the story. I don't like reviews containing spoilers so I try to avoid them.

I'm only four chapters into Game of Thrones but it was hard to put down. I really like Martins writing style. He got a "historical fiction" feel to his writing wich brings the world alive!

27maggie1944
Jan 11, 2012, 1:12pm Top

I agree his world does feel very real, but of course it does not hurt to have seen the TV version.

28LunaticDruid
Jan 11, 2012, 5:07pm Top

Not much time for reading this weeks so I'll be reading when I should be sleeping.

29LunaticDruid
Jan 15, 2012, 8:43pm Top

I'm now 263 pages into "Game of Thrones". The story so far is great! Every person got his own personality, his own story and his own goals (hidden or not). I do react on the age of some of the characters and what happens to them. Especially Daenerys only being thirteen years of age. (I'm glad they made her older in the TV-series.)

George R.R. Martins decision to name each chapter after which character we follow turns out to be very helpful.

30maggie1944
Jan 15, 2012, 8:48pm Top

And even more so as you move through all five volumes. Enjoy! But do not, repeat do not, become too attached to any of the characters. George R.R. Martin is not kind to his readers in this regard!

31LunaticDruid
Jan 16, 2012, 6:13am Top

Thanks for the warning maggie1944 :)

32LunaticDruid
Jan 26, 2012, 6:58am Top

Not much time for reading at the moment. Got some not so great shifts at work.
I'm also preparing myself to "Mass Effect 3" by replaying "Mass Effect" and "Mass Effect 2" with at least 6 different characters (to open up all versions of the story).

I have managed to read 2/3 of "Game of Thrones" and I'm still enjoying it. Somehow it never becomes dull.

33LunaticDruid
Jan 30, 2012, 12:55pm Top

Book 3 2012:
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin



WOW. What a masterpiece. 780 pages of pure text and never a dull moment. I knew the story was good since I've seen the TV series, but I had no idea that it was such a "just one more chapter" kind of story.

Five full stars! (Review: http://www.librarything.com/work/8366/reviews/80434018)

34LunaticDruid
Jan 30, 2012, 1:00pm Top

Book 4 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin



Continuing the saga...

35maggie1944
Jan 30, 2012, 7:12pm Top

Enjoy the whole series. They are great, I'm just sad that the series is not finished. I hate waiting for the next book as rumor has it that I could be waiting a long time.

36LunaticDruid
Jan 31, 2012, 11:52am Top

We just got to wait a little bit... 6-9 years for the last two??

I normally don't start on a series until it is complete, but with this one I couldn't wait (thanks to HBO)...

37maggie1944
Jan 31, 2012, 5:32pm Top

At my age waiting 9 years might just be too long! I may not be able to hold the damn books.

38LunaticDruid
Edited: Jan 31, 2012, 7:29pm Top

I forget not everyone using the internet are in their twenties (got to work on that one...). I let Catelyn and Walder Frey do the talking on this one...

Catelyn: "I have every hope that you will live to be a hundred."
Walder Frey: "That would boil them, to be sure."

39maggie1944
Jan 31, 2012, 7:36pm Top

yup, that's a good sentiment, for sure. And I do expect to live until a hundred, too, but will I be able to hold one of Martin's books? Don't count on it.

40Busifer
Feb 1, 2012, 12:15pm Top

Hopefully the ebook format has matured when that time comes...

41LunaticDruid
Feb 16, 2012, 7:05pm Top

I'm about halfway through "A Clash of Kings". I'm not able to read as much as I like due to work, headaches and some sleeping issues (wich in turn gives me even more headaches).

Things are getting better tho. I finally managed to read several chapters in one sitting today. I'm really exited as the story keeps twisting and turning all the time. I never know for sure what will happen next. Everything might change at the stroke of a shadow (see what I did there?)

42LunaticDruid
Feb 17, 2012, 4:15pm Top

Wohoo! No work tomorrow and lots of rain (the snow is finally melting)! I love it!! Perfect conditions to get in several hours of good reading!

43maggie1944
Feb 23, 2012, 12:58pm Top

I hope you are continuing to enjoy Clash of Kings and Martin's wonderful ability to make plots and characters dance with each other!

44LunaticDruid
Edited: Feb 23, 2012, 7:20pm Top

Oh... I'm enjoying the read so much I forget to update my thread.

I actually finished A Clash of Kings two days ago.

Book 4 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin



The epic story keeps twisting on. I love the power-play (and the enormous shifts). One chapter one character seems unbeatable, but then it all changes in a heartbeat. Magic takes a bigger part (but still not much) and I really likes the "druidlike" connection with the direwolves. 4 1/2 stars.

Despite the warnings I begin to get attached to some of the characters, and have already been given a couple of scares, but somehow that makes me like the story even more. The unpredictability is so refreshing.

45LunaticDruid
Feb 23, 2012, 7:17pm Top

Book 5 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords 1 Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin



This is part one of the third book in "A song of Ice and Fire". I have already read 1/3 of the book (can't put it down). I keep running into the "just one more chapter" issue, but I don't mind.

46LunaticDruid
Mar 21, 2012, 7:21pm Top

I'm a bit behind on my updatings (do more reading than writhing)

Book 5 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords 1 Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin



I finished this a week ago. It feels much like a buildup to the next book (which it actually is). It is a bit less dramatic than the other books so far, but it still is beautifully written. I'll give it 4 stars.

47LunaticDruid
Mar 21, 2012, 7:32pm Top

Book 6 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords 2 Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin



Since I'm a bit behind on my updates I have already read 2/3 of this book. I've gotten through some of the most difficult parts of the series so far, and are both hating and loving it. Hating it because it is so violent and rotten, loving it for the storrytelling. I also love the way George R.R. Martin tends to give the existing characters new roles to fill (especially Tyrion and Jaimie Lannister).

I've had some health issues the last two months wich have kept me from reading as much as I like, but now I'm back where I should be (reading instead of sleeping!)

48maggie1944
Mar 21, 2012, 8:31pm Top

I enjoyed the Martin books, too! Hope I'll be able to watch the HBO series #2; I bought the first series.

Glad to see you are feeling better. Take care of that health!

49LunaticDruid
Edited: Mar 24, 2012, 8:27am Top

Book 6 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords 2 Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin



So... much... is... going... on...
I could not stop reading once i started on the last third of the book. My brain is twisted in all directions (as well as my feelings). The story feels fresh even 3000 pages in. Once I start to get a tiny bit bored with a character something major happends and it all changes. Four and a half stars (tries to hold back)

50LunaticDruid
Mar 24, 2012, 9:03am Top

Book 7 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin



And I continue in Westeros with the forurth book in the series, "A feast for crows".

51LunaticDruid
Apr 16, 2012, 6:09am Top

Book 7 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin



I'm in a lurking state at the moment, lots of forum browsing, but not much writing.

I finnished A Feast for Crows Friday. I felt this was a "fleshing out the story" book. Lots of new threads are created, and some continued. I loved the way the "Kings Landing" part of the story evolved (backfire deluxe!)

52LunaticDruid
Apr 16, 2012, 6:18am Top

Book 8 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin



I have dreaded this moment for quite some time... The last released book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Luckily it contains loads of pages, but as soon as I am done reading it I have to sit and wait for the next book with all the other poor souls. At least I get to wactch the TV-series while I wait.

53heathn
Apr 16, 2012, 5:08pm Top

I feel your dread with Dance. I preordered it, and waited a couple months before reading it. Just couldn't hold if off anymore.

So far I haven't been able to catch the show, so at least I have that to look forward to.

54LunaticDruid
Apr 16, 2012, 7:47pm Top

Luckily I am itching to reread the "Emperor" series by Conn Iggulden and I still haven't read The wheel of time yet. But still, I don't feel like leaving Westeros at this time, even after several thousand pages (how can that be?!!??!?). "A song of Ice and Fire" still amazes me by its scope and unpredictability (difficult word, hehe).

55maggie1944
Apr 16, 2012, 8:59pm Top

I've read all the books, and am watching the TV show every week. I love the stories. I am sorry we'll be waiting for the next ... set of events. oh, well, life is not always the way I want it to be either.

56LunaticDruid
Apr 17, 2012, 9:19am Top

Perfect timing. adlibris (a nordic bookstore) celebrates 5 years with some good deals on Norwegian books. I ended up buying I sverdets tid (loosly translated: In the time of swords) and Kongedrapene (The Kingkillings) by Jan Ove Ekeberg. The books are set during the Norwegian civil war ca. year 1200 and follows a boy named Sigurd.

The books will arrive in 2-5 days and will be next in my "too be read" que. The "Emperor" reread is postponed.

57LunaticDruid
Jun 2, 2012, 4:40am Top

Reading is slow at the moment, to liittle spare time and too much Diablo III (sometimes I hate beeing a nerd). I'm nearing the end of A Dance with Dragons and looks forward to the season finale on the TV-series (please give me more of the green flames!!).

58maggie1944
Jun 2, 2012, 8:56am Top

I know! That green fire was awesome. Good episode last week....

59LunaticDruid
Edited: Jun 2, 2012, 9:59am Top

I loved Tyrions "what did I just do" look:



as he saw this:

60LunaticDruid
Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 8:33am Top

Book 8 2012
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin



Done! 4 stars!

This was a looong read, made longer by limited spare time. A great read (especially the second half). I can't believe some of the twists George throws at me still takes me by surprise. I'm thinking "this character is safe" and BAM (s)he is killed or hurt (or saved for that matter). Im quite happy to be done with this book but a bit sad at the same time, who knows when the next book arrives... (three years from 2011 according to wikipedia).

61maggie1944
Jun 6, 2012, 8:35am Top

One can hope!

62LunaticDruid
Jun 6, 2012, 9:11am Top

Book 9 2012
I sverdets tid by Jan Ove Ekeberg



So my next book is I sverdets tid (In the time of swords) by Jan Ove Ekeberg (former journalist and news anchor in Norway).

This is a book set in the Norwegian civil war (ca. year 1200). I googletranslated the book description from the webshop of a Norwegian bookshop (ark.no):

"In the time of swords" is an epic drama where the reader is taken into the everyday life, love and the struggle for existence in one of Norwegian history's most dramatic periods. Sigurd's just a kid when King Sverre Birkebeiner takes him from his mother and puts him to be the slave of his own son, Earl. The two boys become friends, and they relate to the bodyguard Digre, which is set to train them in weapons use. Sigurd's journey through the civil war Norway around the year 1200 leads him into bloody battles, but he also finds love in Solveig. As a grown man he creates his own family with her. But he never forgets his mother, Who was she? And why was he taken to the king?

63LunaticDruid
Jun 7, 2012, 11:38am Top

First impressions I sverdets tid:

Fist five chapters done (quite short chapters), the story is good (not great) so far. A bit repetative on the descreptions and I have yet to connect with any of the characters (12 year old brats) but maybe in time... It may be I just need to get used to read in Norwegian again (feels a bit weird).

64LunaticDruid
Jul 4, 2012, 7:31am Top

Book 9 2012
I sverdets tid by Jan Ove Ekeberg



I have just finnished I sverdets tid (In the time of swords) by Jan Ove Ekeberg. It was quite an easy read. Short chapters and pretty straight forward storytelling. That was the good things, now the bad. The story was VERY predicteble, no surprises at all. The characters lacked substance (can't connect with the characters if it is nothing to connect with). And the phrasing felt a bit quirky and outdated.

It was an OK read, the short chapters meant I could pick up the book and read if I only got a few minutes to spare. An OK read results in 2 and a half stars.

65LunaticDruid
Edited: Jul 4, 2012, 7:51am Top

Book 10 2012
Kongedrapene by Jan Ove Ekeberg



Next book up is te continuation of I sverdets tid (In the time of swords) by Jan Ove Ekeberg. This book is called Kongedrapene (The Kingkillings) and takes up the story two years after the other book (year 1202). It is fianlly peace in Norway, but will it last? Probably not. I am two short chapters into the book and the "will be enemy" is already showing of his military strength. I'll probably read it bit by bit in between when I find the time. Not up to long reading sessions at the moment so the short chapters suits me fine.

66LunaticDruid
Jul 30, 2012, 8:27pm Top

Book 10 2012
Kongedrapene by Jan Ove Ekeberg



Not very active at the moment, got an ear-infection that won't let go (It has lasted 4 1/2 weeks!!). Meds don't work, but I'm going to a specialist tomorrow.. I'm lurking a lot, read a bit and watching the Olympics (We got great coverage through our State owned TV station NRK (9 online treams!!)).

I have finally finished Kongedrapene by Jan Ove Ekeberg. It had a lot of the same problems as the first book, but it had a sudden increase in quality halfway through. Still not amazing but OK+. I gave it 3 1/2 stars. Might put up a review later on Norwegian, but not today.

67LunaticDruid
Jul 30, 2012, 8:47pm Top

Book 11 2012
Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden



Now I can finally start on my reread of the "Emperor" series by Conn Iggulden. It has been five years since I first read them. I had just rediscovered my fondness for storytelling through books. As a student I discovered that I could save a ton of money by buying the books in English from online stores like Play.com. I could buy 4 paperbacks in English for the price of 1 Paperback in English bought in any Norwegian bookstore (The price was even higher on paperbacks translated to Norwegian). "Emperor" was the first series I bought in the "Historical Fiction" genre (I bought it because I liked the cover) and this opened up a new world of books to me and gotten me a lot more interested in history (pre gunpowder).

I got some expensive bills coming up in August, so there will be no new purchases until I'm sure I can afford it. I don't know what to order next. The "Hunger Games Trilogy" or the "Troy" series by David Gemmell... I got some weeks (at least) to choose.

68LunaticDruid
Aug 11, 2012, 9:13am Top

Book 11 2012
Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden



I have not been in a "reading mood" this last weeks, but still, I can't put this book down! Last time I read it (five years ago) I really enjoyed it, but didn't understand half of it (because of my lack in English skills). Now I do and I enjoy the story even more. I will upgrade my rating to 4 1/2 stars.

69LunaticDruid
Aug 11, 2012, 9:28am Top

Book 12 2012
Emperor: The Death of Kings by Conn Iggulden



Next book in the "to be reread" is the second book in the Emperor series. If I remember correctly this will also be a great read.

70LunaticDruid
Edited: Sep 3, 2012, 1:58pm Top

Time to do some catching up.

I've been away for a while. Got some off-time from work and went home to visit my parents (about 6 hours drive) for a whole week. I had a wonderfull time and got a lot of extra time reading in the sun between the showers. (Quite unstable weather).

Book 12 2012
Emperor: The Death of Kings by Conn Iggulden



I managed to finish this book during my "minivacation". Caesar is still young and is a crewmember at "The Accipitier" (I have no idea how to pronaunce that), chasing pirates in the mediteranian. As usual, things doesn't always go as planned. We follow young Ceasar through north africa, through Greese and back to Rome again, just in time to join the legions sent out deal with Spartacus and his slavearmy.

A lot is happening during this book but Iggulden slows the pace down inbetween to let us catch our breaths.. I love how the story keeps adding layers to Ceasar and his personallity. Slowly you see Ceasar change towards the great leader he later became. I feel its refreshening hor Iggulden also focuses on Ceasers youth, not just his "primetime". Yet another 4 and a half stars!

With this book I have reached my 12 book goal for the year despite the tomelike size of some of them. I'll upgrade my goal to 20 books. I'm gonna use this as an exuse to go a bit crazy on Amazon later today. I have decided to order "The Hunger games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the "Troy" series by David Gemmell and "The Blinding Knife" by Brent Weeks

71LunaticDruid
Sep 3, 2012, 5:22pm Top

Book 13 2012
Emperor: The Field of Swords by Conn Iggulden



I'm continuing my trip back to ancient Rome. The Field of Swords is the third book in Igguldens "Emperor" series. Since I've been lagging behind on my updates I have already reached the halfway mark. Iggulden writes in a way that really sucks me into the story and makes me want to read all night when I should be sleeping.

As I promised myself earlier today I would trade some money for books at Amazon.co.uk. It only cost me 35£ in total for all seven books. Some may think it expensive, but let me put it this way. If I had waited until The Blinding Knives was available in a Norwegian book store I propably would have to pay up to 45£ for that one book (bookprices in Norway are insane!). This way I get The Blinding Knife a lot earlier with a 10£ discount and six extra books for "free".

72maggie1944
Sep 3, 2012, 9:34pm Top

You must really want a book to pay such high prices for it. Can you use Amazon there? I find some very reasonable prices for used books on Amazon, but I don't know whether all the sellers who sell through Amazon ship internationally.

73LunaticDruid
Sep 4, 2012, 4:51am Top

I use Amazon.co.uk (the British site). Shipping is cheaper and delivery is quicker than Amazon.com, probably due to travel distance. I have not yet dared to order used books (I am overly careful when shopping on-line), but I usually tag off the "AmazonGlobal Eligible" option when I'm searching for a book too be sure I can get it sent to my country.

74maggie1944
Sep 4, 2012, 11:08am Top

I have had good luck with used books which are descried as "like new" or "excellent condition". I also pay a lot of attention to the vendors ratings.

75LunaticDruid
Edited: Sep 15, 2012, 10:59am Top

Did a "copy/paste" from Maggie1944's Reading Journal for 2012, part 3

It's international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.

"We are loosing time, Ox" he said."

76LunaticDruid
Sep 18, 2012, 10:35am Top

Book 13 2012
Emperor: The Field of Swords by Conn Iggulden



I think I'm weird. Somehow I didn't enjoy this book as much as the earlier books in this series. I still liked it enough to keep my four star score but I feel less exited over his achievements now that he has become more powerful. Yes, he still impresses by beating overwhelming forces as a military leader, but I feel it is no longer the uphill battle he fought in the earlier books.

77LunaticDruid
Sep 18, 2012, 10:46am Top

Book 14 2012
Emperor: The Gods of War by Conn Iggulden



The fourth and last book of the "Emperor" series. I feel this will be a quick read (I'm on a roll). Got plenty of spare time the next two weeks to sit down and read and listen to music. Not sure what book is next after this. Gemmels Troy? The Hunger Games? A reread of The Black Prism? I don't know yet.

78LunaticDruid
Oct 12, 2012, 3:46pm Top

Book 14 2012
Emperor: The Gods of War by Conn Iggulden



Book is finished (some time ago) A bit catching up to do so I'll be quick. This book is about the later stages of Caesars life following his victory over Pompey's forces in Greese and Caesars stay in Egypt. The Roman civil war is over, but not the fighting as Caesar tries to help the young Cleopatra to regain her rightful place on the Egyptian throne. I will let this book keep the 4 stars I gave it earlier. I really hope there will be more books in this series in the future following the Roman Empire after Caesars death.

Book 15 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



I'm not a fan of stories written in first person, but it worked once I had gotten used to it. Not the greatest story out there but quite entertaining. Two candidates from each of the twelve districts is forced to fight till death in a huge outdoor arena until there is only one survivor left. The arena is rigged with traps to make it even more perilous.

It was a surprisingly quick read (finished it in one day) and I enjoyed it more than i thought it would. That said, it was quite predictable and involved some bad solutions to some of the problems that occurred with injuries during the hungergame (magic-burn-salve, magic-bloodpurifying-syringe). This results in three stars.

Book 16 2012

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins



The obvious sequel. No surprises whatsoever, still a good enough buildup to the third book in the series. I enjoyed it enough to give it two and a half stars.

Book 17 2012

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins



This is a whole new "hungergame" but now it is not "The Capitol" who sets the rules. Most of the districts are in open revolt and civil war rages over the twelve district and The Capitol. As the "Mockingjay" Katniss is sent out to with a small team to make propaganda videoes to gather support against The Capitol. As events unfold they start to take a more active role in the war. Three and a half star.

Book 18 2012

Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmel



I'm halfway through the first book in Gemmels Troy series, and it's brilliant so far. A bit brutal in places but apparently it was a brutal world at the time. I love how you get to see some scenes from different viewpoints and something that seems unimportant in one scene ads to the layers of another scene.

79LunaticDruid
Jan 2, 2013, 5:13pm Top

Ugh... Seems I need another catchup. 2012 suddenly got busy. Got to round up my last reads real quick.

Book 18 2012

Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell



4 1/2 stars

Book 19 2012

Troy: Shield of Thunder by David Gemmell



4 stars

Book 20 2012

Troy: Fall of Kings by David Gemmell and Stella Gemmell



4 1/2 stars

David Gemmells Troy series was my last read in 2012. A hard and brutal series, but boy it was exiting. I loved how Gemmell managed to weave the characters viewpoints together. Also how the characters are never "just good" or "just bad" (except Agamemnon), but can very much be both (Helikaon is the perfect example of this). I will definitely get the other books David Gemmell has written. I might even pun him on my favorite author list.

Time to catch up with my "starred topics"... This will take time.

80LunaticDruid
Jan 2, 2013, 6:45pm Top

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