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Post  Stephen on Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:58 pm

Lizzy wrote:Wow! *is impressed* Do you read many French books, Stephen? And if so, are there any easy reads you could recommend? I should probably be adding French (fiction, please) to my repertoire.

As I go to school in France I can read anything in french and I often do read books in french or english. I don't know how to distinguish easy and hard but I think you could start with Harry Potter depending on your level and what you think you are capable of reading Smile
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Post  Maggie on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:52 pm

Harry Potter in French? Hmm, I never thought of that! I think I'd have to order it, though. I don't know where I would buy something like that. Shocked

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Post  Stephen on Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:02 pm

Lizzy wrote:Harry Potter in French? Hmm, I never thought of that! I think I'd have to order it, though. I don't know where I would buy something like that. Shocked

I'm not saying it's easy, I don't know your level in french so I was saying that because it's not IMPOSSIBLE XD
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Post  Maggie on Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:27 pm

No, it would be good for me. I could go slowly and learn as I go. I'm a beginner but I understand some and use a translator when I don't. I have people helping me, too, so I can always ask. ^^ Besides, I know the story of Harry Potter so well it would be an enjoyable read rather than some French nonfiction that would put me to sleep. ^^

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Post  Stephen on Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:34 pm

Lizzy wrote:No, it would be good for me. I could go slowly and learn as I go. I'm a beginner but I understand some and use a translator when I don't. I have people helping me, too, so I can always ask. ^^ Besides, I know the story of Harry Potter so well it would be an enjoyable read rather than some French nonfiction that would put me to sleep. ^^

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Post  Dragontamer on Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:54 pm

At the moment, I'm reading "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne and "To Build a Fire and other other stories" by Jack London. Anyone read those?

I like "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", but sometimes there are parts that are kind of boring, and I just have to push through them, cause it gets better again afterwards. Very Happy
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Post  Maggie on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:22 pm

Dragontamer wrote:At the moment, I'm reading "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne and "To Build a Fire and other other stories" by Jack London. Anyone read those?

I like "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", but sometimes there are parts that are kind of boring, and I just have to push through them, cause it gets better again afterwards. Very Happy

Never even heard of either. Are they good? (Despite the boring parts) Wink

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Post  Dragontamer on Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:27 am

So far I'm liking both. Very Happy "To Build a Fire" is good because it's basically a compilation of short stories by Jack London, so they're only a few pages long.

The summary on the back of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" says, "The year is 1866 and the Pacific Ocean is being terrorized by a deadly sea monster. The U.S. government dispatches marine-life specialist Pierre Aronnax to investigate aboard the warship Abraham Lincoln. When the ship is sunk by the mysterious creature, he and two other survivors discover that the monster is in fact a marvelous submarine--the Nautilus--commanded by the brilliant but bitter Captain Nemo. Nemo refuses to let his guests return to land, and instead takes them on a series of fantastic adventures in which they encounter underwater forests, giant clams, monster storms, huge squid, treacherous polar ice and--most spectacular of all--the magnificent lost city of Atlantis!"

So far I'm only about a third of the way through it, but I like it so far. Very Happy
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Post  Maggie on Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:44 am

Sounds interesting! xD I'll have to look for it in the library and read a few pages.

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Post  Stephen on Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:42 pm

Dragontamer wrote:So far I'm liking both. Very Happy "To Build a Fire" is good because it's basically a compilation of short stories by Jack London, so they're only a few pages long.

The summary on the back of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" says, "The year is 1866 and the Pacific Ocean is being terrorized by a deadly sea monster. The U.S. government dispatches marine-life specialist Pierre Aronnax to investigate aboard the warship Abraham Lincoln. When the ship is sunk by the mysterious creature, he and two other survivors discover that the monster is in fact a marvelous submarine--the Nautilus--commanded by the brilliant but bitter Captain Nemo. Nemo refuses to let his guests return to land, and instead takes them on a series of fantastic adventures in which they encounter underwater forests, giant clams, monster storms, huge squid, treacherous polar ice and--most spectacular of all--the magnificent lost city of Atlantis!"

So far I'm only about a third of the way through it, but I like it so far. Very Happy

I haven't had time to read the second yet but I have it at home in french xD
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Post  Dragontamer on Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:14 am

I didn't realize that the last few posts on here were about me reading Jules Verne, lol... Anyways, I finished it a while back, and liked it a lot, it's a good read.

But I'm getting off subject. Right now, I'm reading "Les Miserables" for the second time. It's really good! I only have the abriged version though, so I really want to get the unabriged. I've heard that the unabriged has a LOT of detail, and it's really thick, but I think I can handle it. It is, after all, one of my favorite books. Very Happy It's just in the abriged, they leave out quite a few parts that I'd like to read in full. So... How about anybody else? What are you guys reading?
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Post  Stephen on Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:10 pm

I haven't read anything by Victor Hugo yet but I will try to get my hands on one of his books Smile I am reading le tour du monde en 80 jours by Jules Verne but don't have a lot of time to do so Sad
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Post  Dragontamer on Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:49 pm

Les Miserables is the only book by Victor Hugo I've read so far, but I shoud get more of his books because I like his style of writing. Is the title of the book you're reading in French? I don't know French (but I've been wanting to learn it) so what is it called in English? Do you like Jules Verne's writing style?
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Post  Stephen on Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:43 pm

Dragontamer wrote:Les Miserables is the only book by Victor Hugo I've read so far, but I shoud get more of his books because I like his style of writing. Is the title of the book you're reading in French? I don't know French (but I've been wanting to learn it) so what is it called in English? Do you like Jules Verne's writing style?

I think it's called something like Round the world in 80 days? I read books written in French, in French lol It depends on the book some are pretty good other are not as interesting Smile
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Post  Dragontamer on Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:09 am

Cool, I've heard of that book, but haven't read it yet. I didn't realize Jules Verne wrote it though, lol. Embarassed So are you liking it so far?

Anyways, I finished Les Miserables and am reading a new book that I've never read before. It's called Duncton Wood, by William Horwood. It's a really thick book, but I'm liking it a lot so far. Very Happy Basically it's about this wood that's populated by these moles, and they have a whole, big underground system. It focuses mostly on two particular moles's lives, Bracken and Rebecca. I really like the writing style too.
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Post  Stephen on Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:43 am

yes I do like it a lot Smile
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Post  Brigid on Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:09 pm

@Lizzy You should totally read Uglies if you like dystopia. I love Scott Westerfeld. The world building in those books is just amazing. I want to live there. Ha. Also, my favorite dystopian books ever (and just my favorite books in general) are the Chaos Walking books by Patrick Ness. So so so so so soooo good. The first one is called The Knife of Never Letting Go. (Pretty kickass title, right?)

Anyway, today I finished reading I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith. It was pretty good. A bit dull, and the main character pissed me off a lot of the time, but the rest of the time she was pretty cool. And the writing was nice.

Now I'm on to reading STREAMS OF BABEL by Carol Plum-Ucci. I loved her book WHAT HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER so I have high hopes for this one. I've been meaning to read it for a while.
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