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darkSpyro Book Club
Vespi Gold Sparx Gems: 2474
#1 Posted: 03:12:33 23/01/2020 | Topic Creator
Welcome to the dS Book Club, because I assume you all read sometimes. Basically just talk about books you're reading here, books you've read recently, make a list of what you're reading, etc. Anything counts! Novels, manga, graphic novels, collections, anything as long as you read it!

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I'll start things off with a list of what I've been reading recently:

-Persona 5: Vol. 1: Overall, a good start to a story I'm very familiar with. Pacing is a little funky because they use the script almost word for word, and everything takes about as long as it does in the game. They probably could've gone down a different route, but since Persona is Atlus's big cash cow, I figure they wanted to stretch it to have as many volumes as possible. Good translation and good art though.

-Good Omens: I first decided to pick up this book after watching the really good Amazon adaptation, and since I like the show, I assumed I'd like the book. I was correct in that assumption. I just started it a few days ago and I'm not that far, but its really a fun read. I'm not laughing out loud as much as I did while watching the TV show, but it's still a blast to spend time with.
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TheFlyingSeal Diamond Sparx Gems: 7507
#2 Posted: 03:24:22 23/01/2020
I'm SUPER game for this topic!! For any of y'all who want to read more books but don't have the money to do so, here's a resource I use for a lot of college classes as an English major:

http://www.gutenberg.org/

This is a database full of international classics, from novels, to short stories, to even plays, all for free and all for your reading pleasure! Keep in mind that even though this is a large database, not everything is there. I consider this website the "Netflix" of literature
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#3 Posted: 04:30:37 23/01/2020
Watership Down
Seriously, everyone should read this. Richard Adams has such a brilliant writing style. It's got a bit of an environmental angle, in the idea that humans ravage the natural land for their own purposes, disregarding the life of things already living there (and how that affects the ways and customs of each different warren the group encounters on their journey in a not so good way), but mostly its about kinship and found family! It's a sad story too, makes me teary every time. I reccomend this to absolutely everyone. (it's about rabbits if you didn't know lmao)

Tailchaser's Song
I think I heard that this was one of the inspirations for Warrior Cats? The story is based around cats, of course, and they have a similar naming structure and human-like society. However, it's much more of a fantasy story, lots of made up creatures and magic and gods that walk amongst the living. And it's surprisingly ... disconcerning? The third act very much so. God, the last chapters are so unsettling. I'm going to say it reminds me of Stranger Things 2. If you've read the book I think you'll know what I mean.

The Wild Road + The Golden Cat
A deuology about cats! A great deuology about cats! The world and the characters in these books are fantastic. I seriously love every single cat in this book, I got so attached to them. This story is very fantastical too, it's about a cat being called into the wild roads (highways of energy travelling through time and space known only to animals) and undertaking the quest to save the king and queen of cats from the Alchemist, who is trying to selectively breed the Golden Cat. I think this book has the most adult themes out of the three I've mentioned here, if you're okay with cat secks then I think you should enjoy these books. They've probably left the best impact on me out of the books I've mentioned.

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I'll talk about more of my favourite books soon. Too lazy to write a lot right now. <3
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somePerson Platinum Sparx Gems: 6522
#4 Posted: 15:56:22 23/01/2020
Everytime I read a book I can never get past the first few pages. How do I fix this. Also how do people read without reading in their minds
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vagi
ThunderEgg Gold Sparx Gems: 2129
#5 Posted: 16:39:00 23/01/2020
Lost Boys
by: Orson Scott Card

As with most things, I can't remember the plot very well, but I knew it was my new favorite book when I finished it. It's mostly realistic with some sci-fi elements if memory serves. It was one of the first books I read with an ending that dissatisfied me. Not in a bad way, though.


Dandelion Wine
by: Ray Bradbury

idk. We have a lot of books by sci-fi authors. I like Bradbury's writing style. It's the most recent non-school book I finished.


Mao
by: Jung Chang

I'm about 1/4 of the way through this. It's a history book detailing the rise of Mao Zedong.
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Bifrost Diamond Sparx Gems: 8131
#6 Posted: 19:19:57 23/01/2020
Quote: somePerson
Everytime I read a book I can never get past the first few pages. How do I fix this. Also how do people read without reading in their minds


What no, read in your mind too, that's the fun of it. If you keep trying to just process the words it will get boring, there's no right way to read, let your mind wander as long as you don't lose track entirely.
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fyra Platinum Sparx Gems: 6299
#7 Posted: 15:05:05 24/01/2020
Currently reading Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire and so far I love the books way more than the show(even if the Red Wedding is more horrific in written form)

However the best fantasy books I ever read were the Realms of the Elderlings, most people might know about the early parts(Royal Assassin) but not many read them all and I did to find out it’s a masterpiece that I want to see adapted, shame you can’t make fanworks of it because of the fanworks ban as that would help spreading it and promoting it as an IP to consider.
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Life may be harsh in such a dark year, happy new year we said an eternity ago it seem now, but it's far from over, we will survive.
semp123 Emerald Sparx Gems: 3030
#8 Posted: 02:33:24 29/02/2020
Read Gravity's Rainbow and I know people lie about reading it a lot for cool points and all that but it was honestly really interesting. Lot of headaches in the beginning getting used to the style, but the humor kept me going and by the second half I was glued to it. very weird/dirty book tho. not 4 the kidz

After that I read Slow Learner, and it's kinda fun seeing the author's style and skills develop. First 3 stories definitely feel kind of half-baked (with interesting ideas and so-so follow-through) but the last two are progressively better.
DragonCamo Platinum Sparx Gems: 6606
#9 Posted: 00:36:23 06/03/2020
The highschool here recently did a play on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and it reminded me of how much i love the book Ashes of Roses.
I’ve read it twice, both times for school and the second time I was so happy to be able to read it again. It’s about the aforementioned fire and what it was like for an immigrant to live in America in the early 1900’s. I love the characters and the settings and the commentary on how immigrants were treated and had to work to survive. The 3 Roses are my favorite characters and a scene of them towards the end of the book will forever stick in my head as a pivotal point in my life when I learned reading could affect me in ways i never thought (This was Pre Hunger Games DragonCamo haha).
It’s a 10/10 book I would highly recommend.
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fyra Platinum Sparx Gems: 6299
#10 Posted: 16:27:06 07/03/2020
Nearly finished part 1 of book 1 of the Stormlight Archive(I got a version that was separated in two parts so I am yet to own the full book), for now it is good, sure but I don’t think so far it is as great as Mistborn.
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Life may be harsh in such a dark year, happy new year we said an eternity ago it seem now, but it's far from over, we will survive.
Vespi Gold Sparx Gems: 2474
#11 Posted: 05:42:00 11/03/2020 | Topic Creator
Quote: DragonCamo
The highschool here recently did a play on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and it reminded me of how much i love the book Ashes of Roses.
I’ve read it twice, both times for school and the second time I was so happy to be able to read it again. It’s about the aforementioned fire and what it was like for an immigrant to live in America in the early 1900’s. I love the characters and the settings and the commentary on how immigrants were treated and had to work to survive. The 3 Roses are my favorite characters and a scene of them towards the end of the book will forever stick in my head as a pivotal point in my life when I learned reading could affect me in ways i never thought (This was Pre Hunger Games DragonCamo haha).
It’s a 10/10 book I would highly recommend.


I taught a lesson on the Triangle Fire a few months back, might be an interesting read!
Whitenoise24 Gold Sparx Gems: 2933
#12 Posted: 04:29:37 13/04/2020
Currently reading Re: Zero book 5 of the light novel.
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Ezio Hunter Gems: 6703
#13 Posted: 04:41:04 13/04/2020
I am about 78 pages into the first book of the Walt Longmire Mysteries series by Craig Johnson. I originally watched the show that came out on A&E and then found out about the books. The books are so much more detailed and i absolutely love my cowboy dad.
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BlueFox Gold Sparx Gems: 2798
#14 Posted: 23:17:23 12/05/2020
Recently read Dungeon Meshi Vol. 1, enjoyed it. Lots of fun ideas about role-playing game monster biology and physiology. Per usual for manga, the food illustrations are gorgeous, and Ryoko Kui makes the most bizarre and less than pleasant to think about dishes look delicious.
fyra Platinum Sparx Gems: 6299
#15 Posted: 01:08:04 13/05/2020
Since a few weeks is deep in book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire, so far I actually enjoy reading it way more than watching the show.
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Life may be harsh in such a dark year, happy new year we said an eternity ago it seem now, but it's far from over, we will survive.
Greeble Emerald Sparx Gems: 4091
#16 Posted: 00:35:49 17/05/2020
I've just managed to start of The Maze Runner series.

Not as bad as i thought it would be, just goes to show i should have tried the books before the movies.
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semp123 Emerald Sparx Gems: 3030
#17 Posted: 03:26:25 22/07/2020
After delaying I think I'm about to start V.
Think I'm gonna keep going on the Pynchon train for a while and see how that plays out. Might edit with thoughts or something instead of bumping the topic later.
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#18 Posted: 01:32:44 23/07/2020
I'm rereading Warriors and it's as amazing as I remember

About to start Chainsaw Man
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fyra Platinum Sparx Gems: 6299
#19 Posted: 02:34:59 24/07/2020
Into book 6 of Mistborn, recently got book 2 in two parts of the Kingkiller Chronicles and the latest in two parts of the second(or third not sure) trilogy of The Mortal Instruments(with a mistake included of buying the second book of that trilogy a second time accidentally)
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Life may be harsh in such a dark year, happy new year we said an eternity ago it seem now, but it's far from over, we will survive.
DragonCamo Platinum Sparx Gems: 6606
#20 Posted: 03:29:41 03/08/2020
I've started and haven't finished The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and I just...i don't know about this one yet chief
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Gay 4 GARcher
ThunderEgg Gold Sparx Gems: 2129
#21 Posted: 17:24:28 28/09/2020
i finished the book version of the last unicorn!

i listened to the whole thing, which is something i haven't done often. i don't have much to say about the story. the film adapts most of the main storybeats, so nothing super unexpected happened. i liked the writing style, though. very ethereal and something i'd like to emulate.
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Vespi Gold Sparx Gems: 2474
#22 Posted: 06:15:26 29/09/2020 | Topic Creator
Okay this is gonna sound really weird but I was stocking books and saw some Baby-Sitter's Club book called "The Truth About Stacey". I was gonna read off the back and make fun of it to him but saw that the plot revolved around one of the girls coming to terms with being Type 1 Diabetic?? Like me??

Now, before you ask, yes, I'm like 12 years too old to be reading a baby-Sitter's Club novel, but is that gonna stop my slight intrigue on how they handle this? Hell no, and I didn't get to do girl things as a kid so I think I earned this piece of temporally displaced childhood. I haven't had too much time to read, but for something written in '87, it actually does a remarkable job explaining the condition and how to deal with it, while still allowing the main character to be a normal girl and do normal things. As someone who was thrust into all this weird hyperfocused diabetes literature when I was diagnosed, I kind of wish I had this earlier.
ThunderEgg Gold Sparx Gems: 2129
#23 Posted: 23:35:21 09/03/2021
finished the erth dragons trilogy by chris d'lacey

it was pretty unremarkable. he included some interesting sci-fi concepts, but they felt ripped off from other things. the way he wrote the dragons was nice, but didn't make up for the meh-ness of the series. i didn't get the sense that d'lacey included any sort of intriguing commentary, either. didn't really have any of the qualities i like in a story.

kinda disappointing considering i liked his work as a kid.

4/24/2021
currently reading though "educated" by tara westover. i'm about halfway through. i had to take a bit of a break from it because parts affected me a little more than i was expecting
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semp123 Emerald Sparx Gems: 3030
#24 Posted: 02:06:13 03/06/2021
Reading V. didn't pan out last year because of life/school stuff, but last week I started Blood Meridian and I'm slowly getting through the book. Slowly because there are a lot of archaic words in here that I've never seen before, and I always get the urge to look them up. Might restart V. after that?
ThunderEgg Gold Sparx Gems: 2129
#25 Posted: 00:37:24 15/06/2021
one of the millions of "murder she wrote" books

not bad and not good. it was kind of boring but a very light read

7/5/2021
FINALLY finished "educated" by tara westover. it was intense, but a good read.
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somePerson Platinum Sparx Gems: 6522
#26 Posted: 05:48:46 31/08/2021
read tom kings batman run. it ranges from "good i like this", to "what is happening", to every panel just being
batman: cat
catwoman: bat
*some poetry verse*


not the worst batman comic I have ever read. but certainly not the best one. it was just ok
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vagi
ThunderEgg Gold Sparx Gems: 2129
#27 Posted: 17:06:34 31/08/2021
reading "catch-22" because apparently everyone had to read it in school except for me. i get the feeling that it's about how war is nonsensical. which, i mean, duh, it is. i don't really like it so far, but it seems like an important cultural touchstone to at least vaguely understand.
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NSane Bandicoot Gold Sparx Gems: 2208
#28 Posted: 21:26:32 31/08/2021
Recently finished "The Prince", about to start "The Catcher in the Rye". Currently trying to read as much classic/famous literature as possible.
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ThunderEgg Gold Sparx Gems: 2129
#29 Posted: 03:21:50 05/10/2021
oh i didn't update! i listened to "seed keeper" by diane wilson. one of the best books i've listened to/read in a while. i think it'll replace orson scott card's "lost boys" as my favorite book.

funny that both of these are realistic fiction, because i'm usually most interested in fantasy
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