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I preferred the third book to the second, but the first was definitely the best of the series.

From recommendations earlier in this thread I'm reading Zahn's "Heir to Empire", and if this is the best Star Wars novel then I'm definitely going to avoid ever reading another.

are you a Star Wars fan? its hard to get behind if you're really not that into it. you don't have to be a Leia costume wearing guy. not that i'd judge.

I was, until Lucas shat all over it.

I just struggled with Zahn's poor writing. It felt like I was reading a novel length fanfic.

I switched to reading "The American Plague" by Mary Crosby, which unfortunately is also poorly written. There was a particular turn of phrase early in the book that reads like something a high schooler might write: "the virus enters cells through a process with a highly technical name called receptor-mediated endocytosis."
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And imatlas, I recommend Revenge Of The Sith by Matthew Stover. 

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About half through Decline and Fall. It's alright. About as funny as most British comedies.
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About half through Decline and Fall. It's alright. About as funny as most British comedies.

I tried to Waugh while stationed in Britain. Thought it might help. It didn't.

Got "Round About the Earth" going. Really enjoying it even if a slow read. This may sound like a knock but it isn't... one of the things I like about it is that it reads like the elementary school social studies textbooks (albeit with much more info, better writing etc) but just in a way where it really sells the action and dramatic flow from one explorer to the next. If that makes any sense.
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Has anyone successfully completed Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire?

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Finished Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami. Starting A Wild Sheep Chase before bed tonight.

 

I've heard the former is much less bizarre than the latter so I'm eager to see what's in store next.

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Staying with the theme of 'important stuff I skipped in college', next up is Don Quixote
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Interested in what the gallery thought of that one. You guys like shantaram?
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Romeo & Juliet.

Made me tear up a bit, actually shog[1].gif
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Has anyone successfully completed Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire?


Not by any reasonable definition of "successfully."
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A man from Morecambe believes his dog has found a rare piece of whale vomit while walking on the beach. Ken Wilman said when Madge the dog "started poking at a rather large stone" he realised it was unusual. He left the ambergris on the beach but "something triggered in my mind" and, after doing some research, he went back to get it. The substance, which is found in the digestive system of sperm whales, is valuable and used in perfume.

Mr Wilman said: "When I picked it up and smelled it I put it back down again and I thought 'urgh'.

"It has a musky smell, but the more you smell it the nicer the smell becomes."

He is now waiting to get the 3kg (7lb) piece tested and said he had been offered 50,000 euros (£43,000) for it by a French dealer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-21254718

An 8 year old found a lump of it last summer as well, also in the UK.
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