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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.

What are you reading?

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'The Horse, the Wheel, and Language' by David W. Anthony


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The Road to Damascus by John Ringo

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I have several series of books waiting to be read. I've started with Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Still only on the first book but I haven't had much time, or motivation, to read much. I'll probably jump into the Remants series afterwards, or maybe A Song of Ice and Fire. I don't know. We'll see.


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"Human, All Too Human" by Friedrich Nietzsche


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Read these books during my holiday:

Stephen King - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (a lovely novel. Try to write a story with only one character in it and you know what I'm getting at)

Sebastian Fitzek - NOAH (pretty cool thriller ^^)

Glenn Meade - Axis of Evil (deals with a possible gas attack of Al-Qaida. Very exciting yet horrifying to imagine this could happen any day anywhere  :unsure: )

Gayle Forman - If I Stay (HIGHLY recommended! Maybe you've seen the movie already? Well, it's a VERY emotional book. I warned you!)
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I just got three non-fiction books from my college library.
One is "Autism's False Prophets", which focuses on the bad science and hysteria to "cure" Autism. I like how the author has compared the present freakout and horribly dangerous attempts for cures to the same panic as Polio at the start of the 1930's. The other is a maternity prenatal guide for natural pregnancy. No, guys, I swear to you, I am not pregnant  :lol . But I like learning about these things way ahead of time, because that's the way I intend to go.

Also, a book about cats and cat behavior to better improve coexistence with household cats.


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At the moment I'm in the process of reading Anne McCafferey's The White Dragon for the hundredth. The third instalment of The Dragon Riders of Pern series.
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I'm currently reading the first novel in the "Hyperion" series by Dan Simmons, who happens to be my dad's favourite science fiction author. I like it alright so far. :)
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The Road to Damascus by John Ringo
So, how did you like it? I had a bad experince with Ringo, I'm afraid. Picked up a book of his at Dubai airport - "The Hot Gate" - and to this day it's one of the worst Sci-Fi works I had read. :(


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Reading two books over my spring break:

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (James Patterson)
Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)


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I'm currently reading Stephen King's "From a Buick 8".


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Lately I've been re-reading some Dinotopia books - the ones not written by James Gurney. There are still a few more I want to get, but some of them are surprisingly hard to find (I've had the most luck on Amazon.) I love Dinotopia so much; I just wish it got more attention. -_-


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Did you read the ones written by Alan Dean Foster ("Dinotopia Lost" and "Hand of Dinotopia") Rachel? Those who are really good.
There are many others which I found to be of somewhat mixed quality (none really bad, but I don't recall having been utterly taken with one of them either).


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Quote from: Malte279,Apr 4 2015 on  12:40 PM
Did you read the ones written by Alan Dean Foster ("Dinotopia Lost" and "Hand of Dinotopia") Rachel? Those who are really good.
There are many others which I found to be of somewhat mixed quality (none really bad, but I don't recall having been utterly taken with one of them either).
I have! :) Outside of Gurney's own work, those two are my favorite Dinotopia books. They're very well-written, for being that they were done by a fan, and not Gurney himself.
Not to say that the stories can't be well-written if you're not the author, but I was pleasantly surprised that Mr. Foster had contributed so much to the world of Dinotopia without it seeming non-canon.
Alan Dean Foster does this remarkably well, imo. Sometimes I go back and re-read both the first and second book. :)

As far as the other, smaller stories, I'd have to agree with you on that one. Some of them stand out, and then again some of them just don't. I've always been fascinated by the fact that Gurney allows others to publish books based on the world he created (as long as he read and approves it, which I think he does...) But some of the things that authors write about in the books are hard for me to consider canon. And I have to admit, when I read something that I don't think would ever happen in the Dinotopia world, I secretly choose not to consider it canon - even if Gurney himself did approve of the book being published. XD



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Currently reading Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep," a sequel to "The Shining" set a few decades into the future. I was initially a little hesitant, as I felt King's writing has become a tad... lazier(?) than it used to be, but thus far I've been pleasantly surprised. This book feels great, with the writing style hearkening back to King's older works (which I love!). It's an outstanding return to form, and I'm not even a quarter of the way through it yet. Obviously I can't judge it completely yet, but it's been a good read so far.


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Higher by Neal Bascomb. Very excellent book about the race to build the world's tallest skyscraper in Manhattan in 1929 to the 30s between 40 Wall Street, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building.

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SS Atlantic: The White Star Line's First Disaster at Sea.

Very good read on a very obscure topic about the sinking of the SS Atlantic off Nova Scotia's coast. Tragic but engrossing as well.

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Watership Down, for like the ten thousandth time. Never gets old :DD
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