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It certainly has been a crazy year, hasn’t it?  Well, thankfully, a new year is upon us and here at the Gang of Five forum we have a new year of showcases, prompts, and themes to get the new year started in the right way.  We wish you all a happy new year, and we look forward to what you have in store for us this year!

For the month of January we have a new character showcase.  Please warmly welcome Littlefoot's Mother! :)littlefoot The character showcase topic for this month can be found here.

Also keep in mind that the December and January prompts for the fanfic prompt challenge is now open.  We are doing things a bit differently this season and allowing for people to either fulfill a monthly prompt or a suggested prompt during each month.  I look forward to seeing what you all come up with! :)  The fanfic prompt rules and list of monthly prompts can be found here.

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"Storm Front" by Jim Butcher


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"Anonymous Rex" by Eric Garcia
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"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". Having already read the first three books, I certainly find this one interesting at its own rate.


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Origins of the Bill of Rights by Leonard W. Levy


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Quote from: Ducky123,Dec 28 2013 on  06:32 AM
"Anonymous Rex" by Eric Garcia
How did you find it, if you finished? :) Did you like it enough to read Casual? :)

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Just read some Creepypasta if that counts.

Slenderman
Jeff The Killer
The Rake
BEN Drowned

and the one that has me freaked the most.

Smile.dog  or Smile.jpg
I don't really believe it but that picture is disturbing.. *shudders* never want to see it AGAIN,saw two different ones,one was with a human in the background like it was summoning with a bloody handprint on it,the other was in a red background both claimed to be the 'real' one,but it ain't right...right...right?  :unsure:

Acording to the legends Smile.dog was is meant to make me insane at the sight of it...I'm fine and it also meant to haunt me in my sleep..we'll see....




As for actual books I'm reading Marley & Me. Good but sad book.


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"The Bloody Vendetta of Southern Illinois" by Milo Erwin and Jon Musgrave


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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


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James Patterson's Zoo. Basically, imagine zombie apocalypse but with crazed mammals.

It's a high octane thriller but lacking greatly in substance. The characters are flat, the science shatters my suspension of disbelief and the writing is amateurish with chapters telling of an animal attack placed in between chapters telling the protagonist's tale. Not to mention the use of some just plain bizarre metaphors and similes. The ending sucked too. Actually, ending's the wrong word. It's almost like a "to be continued..." message.

Finally, the most grating thing are the radical environmental and Luddite messages in it delivered with the subtlety of a dam failure.

Bottom line: idea is good but Patterson screwed it with terrible writing and stilted pacing. Personally, I think Cornova's PokÈ Wars is better written and executed (even if Cornova writes fanfiction and Patterson's a professional author).

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"The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy" by Daniel Lazare.


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"Tailchaser's Song" by Tad Williams


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I'm reading "Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix"
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Malazan Book of The Fallen: The Bonehunters


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"Beyond Good and Evil" by Friedrich Nietzsche


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Rainer M. Schrˆder: Die wundersame Reise des Jonathan Blum (couldn't find an official english title)

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"A Practical Guide to Constitution Building" by Markus Bˆckenfˆrde, Nora Hedling, and Winluck Wahiu

This is a rather nice handbook that summarizes the major decisions that have to be made in the creation of a new constitution and (resulting from that) the design of the government itself.  It is relatively concise for the breadth of the topic (at around 150 pages) but it does effectively give an overview of the topics at hand and the options that are available.  I would definitely recommend the book for anyone who is interested in comparative constitutional law.


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Dinoland by Wolfgang Hohlbein, Frank Rehfeld, Manfred Weinland

I can only recomment this novel (though I'm not quite sure whether it has an english translation  :unsure: ). It's about dinosaurs of course. An experiment gone terribly wrong opens a portal to the past... Parts of the present are being replaced by the respective area  many millions of years ago... plus their habitants...

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