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Saturday, February 11th, 2006
10:40 pm - KASE DOES A REC, YO

Hi guys, I'm an absolute slack arse and haven't recced anything here before, but I'm giving it a bash, just coz puddleduck3 reckons I should :D

Title: The Farseer Trilogy... In particular this rec will focus on Assassin's Apprentice, so I don't spoil the rest of the trilogy for you...

Author: Robin Hobb

Blurb: Fitz, a royal bastard, is cast out into the world with only his magical link with animals for soalce and companionship.

But when Fitz is adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and learn a new life: weaponry, scribing, courtly manners... additionally, he is tutored in the art of killing a man secretly.

Meanwhile, OutIslander Raiders ravage the coasts of the Six Duchies, leaving the citizens of the Duchies Forged and soulless. As Fitz grows towards manhood, he will have to face his first terrifying mission, a task that poses as much risk to himself as it does to his target: for Fitz is not only a threat to the throne, but he may also be the key to the future survival of the Six Duchies kingdom...

Rating: PG, maybe M (15+). Although I read it when I was 13 or 14, I think, and it never scarred me :)

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current mood: cheerful

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10:50 pm

Well, this place is a bit dead...

Title: The Quickening (a trilogy)

Author: Fiona McIntosh

Blurb: Blurb for Myrren's GiftCollapse )

Rating: There's some pretty graphic and nasty violence so I'd go with at least an R

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The books, in order, are: Myrren's Gift, Blood and Memory, Bridge of Souls.

Please feel free to leave your comments about the books (if you read/have read them) below. Feel free to spoil...


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Saturday, August 6th, 2005
8:55 pm - Pillars of the Earth

**Mod Rec**

Title: Pillars of the Earth

Author: Ken Follett

Blurb: Set in the twelfth century around the building of an abbey, this book is nowhere near as dull as i sounds I assure you! Although you may expect that a priory, a stone mason's family and two gentrified families to have little to no adventures, Follett sweeps the reader away into the Middle Ages and the behind-the-scenes lives sadly absent in most history syllabuses. There's murder, rape, mystery, and intrigue - a curse, a budding romance, two generations of hatred, all wrapped up in an admittably a bit daunting 900+ pages. Don't be put off though, you're getting your money's worth, and when I forced one of my best mates to read it when she moaned about the length, she still finished it in two day's flat, with very little sleep because she was unable to put it down.

Rating: NC-17 for violence, rape and explicit sex scenes. (that sounds bad, but it is spread out over 900+ pages remember!)

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current mood: historical

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Sunday, June 26th, 2005
8:30 pm - Wild Swans

**Mod rec**

Title: Wild Swans

Author: Jung Chang

Blurb: This book is the remarkable story of the author's life and that of her mother and grandmother. Through their histories, Chang also explores the China of the twentieth century, with political upheaval sitting side-by-side with romance, cultural changes and family life. A truly incredible, unputdownable book.

Rating: PG

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current mood: reader-y

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Friday, June 10th, 2005
10:13 pm - Daughter of the Blood, by Anne Bishop

Well, I finally thought of a book I'd like to recommend. Hope I did this right!

Title: Daughter of the Blood

Author: Anne Bishop

Blurb: (Spoiler Free please!!) He would never submit.
Seven hundred years ago, Tersa had told him the living myth was coming. Seven hundred years of waiting, watching, searching, hoping. Seven hundred heartbreaking, exhausting years. He refused to give up, refused to wonder if she'd been mistaken, refused because his heart yearned too much for that strange, wonderful, terrifying creature called Witch.

The Dark Realm readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, the Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But the Queen is young, still open to influence. Three men know the power that hides behind the innocent blue eyes of a young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of intrigue, magic, politics and betrayal.

Rating: (ie PG, NC 17, G etc) Probably M in Australia, so - PG-13? I'd recommend it for mature readers, anyway.

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current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, June 9th, 2005
3:53 pm - Flipped

Okay. First post. Hoo-haa. *does breathing exercises* I was going to recommend this other book, but I've yet to find a suitable passage that I want to include, so perhaps some other time.

Title: Flipped

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen (Sammy Keyes Series)

Blurb: All I've ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone. For her to back off--you know, just give me some space.

It all started the summer before second grade when our moving van pulled into her neighborhood. And since we're now about done with the
eighth grade, that, my friend, makes more than half a decade of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.

Rating: PG

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current mood: excited

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
4:31 pm

Hey everyone, this is my first post here; I noticed that there hasn't been a lot of discussion/recs lately, so I decided to drop by ^^

Title: Almost Like Being in Love

Author: Steve Kluger


(Craig's POV)

When he was 15 he snuck backstage at the Tony Awards by telling the doorman he was Carol Channing's son. He also gets letters from people like Mary Martin and Bernadette Peters and the mother on The Brady Bunch and Lotte Lenya (who was the old bag in the James Bond movie with the knife in her boot). This isn't bullshit. I saw them with my actual eyes.
The only thing missing from his life is an out-of-print record of some musical called Greenwillow that has the guy from Psycho in it. Norman Bates singing?? I think he's putting me on, but I don't know him well enough to be sure. (Yet.)
He knows what "Hey, Smerko" means. And how old Bobby Di Cicco is and what his favorite colors are.

Rating: PG

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Monday, May 16th, 2005
9:03 pm - The Lovely Bones - Discussion

When The Lovely Bones first began to get a lot of press coverage here in Britain, it was featured on an evening talk show's Book Club (kind of like the GB answer to Oprah).

When they reviewed it, there was general dislike of Sebold's approach to and descriptions of heaven. Before I tell you what they said, I'm interested to see what anyone who has read it thinks. Did you think it sacreligious, or over-simplified? Did you think it ideal?

Also, it was stated vehemently that no mother could/would ever read that book. What do you think?

Just to get the conversation going

----alexia :D

current mood: wondering

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Saturday, May 14th, 2005
3:45 pm


**strongly rec'd by Mods**

Title: The Lovely Bones

Author: Alice Sebold

Blurb: My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. So begins this deeply moving and uplifting novel about how a child's murder can rock a family to its foundations. Told from Susie's perspective as she looks down from heaven onto the people she loves, the book may sound trite, but expect to be as emotionally involved with fictional characters as it is possible to be.

Rating: Rape and murder are strong themes in this book, and there is a graphic scene towards the beginning, which means I must rate it as suitable only for people of 15 years and over.

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If you decide to read this book, please comment on this pimping, and review the book yourself, so that other readers can get a more rounded view of the book in question.

----alexia :D



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