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Bigcountry15
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Brilliant! This book is even more relevant today than when originally written. I especially enjoyed "Screwtape Proposes a Toast."

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The creators of The Babylon Bee have delivered a thought-provoking, humorous new take on John Bunyan's classic. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. In this tale, Ryan (Christian) is joined by Faith as they make their way to The Golden City in a quest to save the Dying Lands. On their way they meet characters like Smiling Preacher, Humanist, & Pastor. This is an allegorical take as well as a parody of modern times.

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This collection of early King novels was good. Of the four, I liked Roadwork the best. It seemed the most interesting to me. While The Running Man was more action-packed than The Long Walk, I liked the characters and the ending of The Long Walk more. Rage was okay. The common thread was the mental anguish brought on by extreme situations and how it plays out.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Stephen King does a really good job of reeling Constant Reader in with this one. The beginning pulls on your heartstrings. The next 200 or so pages are somewhat slow. The last 250 fly by as the story really hits its stride. I really enjoyed the unique cast of characters, especially some of the Deep Maleen gang. Overall, this is a good fantasy tale. King succeeds in telling a Fairy Tale while writing about fairy tales.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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"I'm sure I can tell this story."

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"To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

– David McCullough

David McCullough had the unique talent of bringing history to life. Even when the subject was a raging flood or a famous bridge, the book read like your favorite fiction story. ?

Bigcountry15 His meticulous research allowed him to build a real connection between the reader and the historical figures in these books. He showed us the heroism of Americans and the possibility of what we can accomplish through ingenuity, bravery, persistence, and faith. Thank you, Mr. McCullough. 6mo
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This was a quick easy read after finishing Wheel of Time. It was okay.
Pros: 1) I liked the overall theme; 2) Very readable. 3) The ending; 4) The idea of the Midnight Library was creative.
Cons: 1) This story, in some ways, has been done many times before (think It's a Wonderful Life); 2)I didn't really like Nora until the end; 3)repetitiveness, even for a short book; 4)it was very predictable.

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A Memory of Light | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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"But it was an ending."

Indeed! I thought this book was a very fitting end to The Wheel of Time. Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson did an excellent job tying up all the story lines of the series, some reaching all the way back to Book 1. The book is almost entirely dedicated to The Last Battle, played out on two fronts. The only issue I have is with one group of combatants. You are left asking, "Where did these people come from?"

#WheelofTime

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A Memory of Light | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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"Bayrd pressed the coin between his thumb and forefinger."

And so begins the finale of The Wheel of Time.

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#WoT

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Towers of Midnight | Robert Jordan
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This is my favorite book in the series yet! All the storylines and character arcs are coming together as all people are marching to The Last Battle. I really enjoyed Perrin's journey in this one. We finally have Mat and Thom's long-awaited mission. Aviendha's vision is very intriguing. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

#WoT #wheeloftime

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This is the best book of the series since The Shadow Rising, maybe before. Brandon Sanderson does an awesome job of taking the notes Jordan left and increasing the pacing. Egwene really shines in this book. The events around the White Tower are captivating. Rand's battles are most of the rest of the book, leaving us with heavy foreshadowing into Mat's and Perrin's next missions. Definitely looking forward to the last two books!

#wheeloftime

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In his excellent book, Voddie addresses the Social Justice Movement and how it and CRT are infiltrating the Evangelical Christian church. He makes the case for standing on the Truth of Scripture to fight against the social "gospel" forwarded by BLM and the proponents of CRT.

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This is definitely one of the better books of the series. It had great pacing and even more character development. Things seem to be moving into place as Tarmon Gai'don draws nearer.

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New Spring: The Novel | Robert Jordan
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The prequel was a good break in the main story line. This one is definitely a beginning. A beginning of Moiraine's quest to find the Dragon and a turning point in Lan's journey. I really enjoyed the pacing and seeing some of the characters in their younger years.

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New Spring: The Novel | Robert Jordan
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"A cold wind gusted through the night, across the snow-covered land where men had been killing one another for the past three days."

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Now this one deserved to be put in the category of "The Slog". There was some good character development, especially with Perrin and Mat, but the plot didn't seem to move forward that much from where we left out characters at the end of Winter's Heart. One good thing about the book is that it showed how the recent event at the end of WH impacted the rest of the world. It will be interesting to see how the alliances forged will play out.

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What "slog"? I felt Winter's Heart was highly entertaining and enjoyable. One of the main characters makes his return, along with others we haven't heard from in a while, including one of my favorite minor characters. The ending of the book is one of the most satisfying so far in the series as it wraps up a mission and so much is revealed. I am looking forward to seeing how some other storylines play out! Nine down, six to go! #WoT

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"Three lanterns cast a flickering light, more than enough to illuminate the small room with its stark white walls and ceiling, but Seaine kept her eyes fixed on the heavy wooden door "

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Path of Daggers | Robert Jordan
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While it seems the plot is inching forward, and one of main characters is left in the dust, there is so much going on in this volume. Invasion, intrigue, and betrayal are on full display as the plot thickens.

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Bigcountry15
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Many critics of The Wheel of Time series consider this book the beginning of "The Slog" where the series slows down and the plot shows down. I rather enjoyed this book, especially the character development. There are new characters and factions and the return of one group that had seemed defeated. ACOS is packed with world building. There seems to be much more humor in the dialog. I'm looking forward to the rest of "The Slog!"

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Bigcountry15
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There is so much going on in this book. There are some major changes for some of the main characters. The rescue mission and battle at the end are the most memorable moments of this book. I'm looking forward to the last 8 books!

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Finished reading War and Peace one chapter a day in 2021. I especially enjoyed this edition of Tolstoy's masterpiece. I liked the translation and the historical notes that were included. There is also a glossary of people and places. War and Peace is in my top 5 all time novels.

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"Demandred stepped out onto the black slopes of Shayol Ghul, and the gateway, a hole in reality's fabric, winked out of existence."

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This one seemed slower moving than the others. I did enjoy seeing the story advance through different POV characters. A couple sad and surprising twists led up to a satisfying ending, though! It will be interesting to see how everything plays out over the next nine books.

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This was a very informative Wheel of Time book. I'm was so glad to learn of Rand's Aiel heritage. Perrin's defense of the Two Rivers also added to the storyline. An interesting ending...
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Volume I definitely ends with a cliff-hanger!
I have enjoyed reading through War and Peace one chapter a day. Tolstoy masterfully has used the description of scenes and settings to convey the mood of the characters. I'm also glad that Tolstoy shows us the Battle of Austerlitz through the characters' eyes. I look forward to continuing with Volume II. What will happen with Andrei? How will it go with the newlyweds, Pierre and Héléne?
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Bigcountry15 The translation of the French doctor is "He's the nervous and bilious sort...he won't pull through." 2y
Lcsmcat Once I got to Volume 3 or so, I felt like Volume One was just to introduce all the characters. It just keeps getting more interesting. 2y
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"The Wheel of Time turns, and ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend."

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Bigcountry15
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This third book of The Wheel of Time focuses more on the supporting characters. We meet some new characters as the complexity of storyline increases. The pacing in this one was just right for the character development Jordan seemed to be striving for in this one. Some of the questions from the first two books remain unanswered, and more are raised as the scope of the plot expands. Looking forward to book #4!
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"Pedron Niall's aged gaze wandered about his private audience chamber, but dark eyes hazed with thought saw nothing."

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I just finished Volume 1, Part Two in my chapter a day reading of War and Peace. There is a large contrast between Part One and its depiction of Russian society and Part Two with its depiction of battle scenes leading up to Austerlitz. I really enjoyed Tolstoy's depiction of the military life and his use of metaphors and descriptive language. We meet some historical figures as we follow Andrei and Nikolai throughout the campaign.
#warandpeace

SamAnne Love! 2y
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Great Hunt | Robert Jordan
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There were so many twist and turns in this second book in The Wheel of Time saga. I felt this was much more interesting and complex than the first. Some questions have been answered, but more have been raised. The growth of all the main characters in The Great Hunt was incredible. There are scenes that will have you wanting to cheer and some that will have you angry. This one makes it feel like the Roller Coaster of Time.

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Great Hunt | Robert Jordan
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"The man who called himself Bors, at least in this place, sneered at the low murmuring that rolled around the vaulted chamber like the soft gobble of geese."

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I'm really enjoying #thewheeloftime so far.

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Bigcountry15
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Book One of The Wheel of Time complete!
This was a great introduction to the series. I enjoyed the development of the characters. The pacing was almost perfect. The history of the land and people is presented in a natural way. The action-packed ending was pretty intense. There are many questions still to be answered...

Onto The Great Hunt!
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Bigcountry15
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Volume 1, Part One is complete! All the main characters have been introduced. I have especially enjoyed meeting the Rostovs and Bolkonskys.

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Starting on another 2021 reading goal-The Wheel of Time.
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After two weeks of reading War and Peace a chapter a day, I am still enjoying it. I have been able to process it better than I did the first time through. The characters seem to have more depth. So far, it's all about high society life in Petersburg and Moscow, but all the important (non-historical) characters are introduced.

#warandpeace #wapchad

Cathythoughts I‘m reading this one for 2021 too ..., I‘m very slow so far, but it‘s good 2y
Caroline2 I‘m reading this for 2021 too! 😀 I‘m trying to do a chapter a day but I‘ve missed some days. I‘m loving it so far. 👍 2y
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Candace Owens makes her case for why black America needs to stop its support for the Democrat Party and its policies. While she directs her voice to the black community, I think it's good advice for all Americans. She tackles issues such as family, feminism, education, the media, and faith. She has researched each of these topics and provides statistics and references to support her opinions.

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Bigcountry15
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Just like Ready Player One, Wade is sent on a quest to unravel clues to find artifacts on a quest in the OASIS, this time with new technology and higher stakes. This one dragged in a couple places compared with RPO. It was still full of 80s pop culture references, but not ones that were as familiar to me. The ending unexpectedly left me thinking, "What if...?" I enjoyed Ready Player Two just not as much as its predecessor.

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"After I won Halliday's contest, I remained offline for nine straight days-a new personal record."

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One week into reading War and Peace one chapter per day. The book starts by introducing the main characters and a humorous story involving a bear.
I am really enjoying this edition and translation. The translators keep the French where Tolstoy wrote French, with footnotes in English. There are also notes that provide background information. It also includes a historical index and a list of principal characters.
#WAPCHAD #warandpeace

Nute I think that this is the best way to get through big, dense books...one chapter a day. 2y
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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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A quick, fun read. If you loved the eighties, you'll enjoy this book. Of course, all the references are most relevant to gaming geek types. It felt almost like one large D&D adventure, especially with all the references to magic items, levels, and magic missiles. If you aren't into all the geeky 80s stuff, you might want to watch the movie, instead.

Now for Ready Player Two!

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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"Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest."

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A re-read in preparation for the sequel.

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I am reading War and Peace one chapter a day in 2021. Day one down.

Caroline2 Me too!!! 😀 2y
SamAnne I just finished! It is wonderful. And perfect for the slow read. (edited) 2y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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This family saga was an excellent read about the nature of man. Steinbeck was a master of character development, and he did it best in this book. Steinbeck captures the essence of man's struggle to do well and rule over sin when it knocks on the door, especially when it comes to the strong emotions tied to family.

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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"The Salinas Valley is in Northern California."

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In Dubious Battle | John Steinbeck
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Jim Nolan and Mac work to organize a strike among the migrant apple pickers in Depression-era California. They work to get the men to stand up for themselves against the farm owners, the Growers Association, and local law enforcement. Will all the frustration they endure pay off? This is one of Steinbeck's lesser-known works, over-shadowed by The Grapes of Wrath for its depiction of migrant workers. This was an enjoyable, sometimes graphic, story.

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No form of governance is safe in Steinbeck's satirical story of King Pippin IV of France. When France finds itself in need of a King, it selects an unsuspecting astronomer. The dialog between Pippin and his advisors keeps the story moving.

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Deliverance | James Dickey
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Four city slickers head up into the wilderness of Northern Georgia to paddle down a river that will soon be dammed up and flooded over. What could go wrong? This was very engaging first-person narrative. I could not put it down.

SamAnne What I didn‘t know until I actually rewatched the movie as an adult, and read the book, what a river conservationist James Dickey was. The copy of the movie I watched as an adult had a short movie before the actual movie about the damage and loss caused by the dam that flooded the river this story is based on. I also recommend Dickey‘s poetry! One of my go tos when I‘m packing to head out on the river.😬😀😳😳 (edited) 2y
Bigcountry15 @SamAnne I will have to check out his poetry! 2y
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Deliverance | James Dickey
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"It unrolled slowly, forced to show is colors, curling and snapping back whenever one of us turned loose."

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Published after his death, Steinbeck's take on Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur is entertaining. Included are the seven tales that Steinbeck managed to translate before his death, along with an appendix of Steinbeck's letters to his literary agents regarding his struggles with writing it. The story of Gawain, Ewain, and Marhalt is excellent, as is The Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot of the Lake. Overall, a good volume for one looking to start reading Arthur.