Any nerdfighters out there applying for/studying at Oxford or Cambridge? Specifically english lit? There must be some, I'm sure of it :P I just thought it might be nice to have some discussions and…Continue
"Personally if I was giving a book to a kid, I'd chose it out of the kid's section where there's unlikely to be any material they shouldn't be seeing! If yu picked up a book from the thriller section, and gave it to a child,…"
"Every book is read and re-read by editors, plus there are many companies who now employ speed-readers and train their staff to speed-read, who can get through an average book in about ten minutes, so it's not unfeasable that every book coud be…"
"If you're looking into autobiographies (which frankly I find miles more iteresting than plain old biographies) then you realy HAVE to read Moab os my Washpot and The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry. Really, I don't think there's a more…"
"Chaos Walking is an absolutely fantstic series, I read Knife of never letting go a few months after it came out and was hooked; it was a concept like nothing I'd ever read before, Ness's characterisation is brilliant, and the plot just…"
"Going off the Hunger Games, I think you'd really enjoy the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, and perhaps other dystopian sci-fi sort of books - what exactly was it about The Hunger Games that specifically appealed to you most? :)"
"Granted, but they're intent on impaling all of humanity upon their glistening, deadly, razor-sharp horns of death. Oh, and they're zombies too ;P
I wish I could've been at the Live Aid concert in 1985."
"A pleasant suprise for me this year was discovering Phliip Larkin and Dannie Abse through my Englit Lit A-level course. I'll admit, if you don't like 'depressing' poetry then maybe Larkin's not your bag, but I fell in love…"
"I'd reccommend you persevere wth LOTR. It can be difficult to get through, I'll admit, because w're used to such a different style of writing nowadays. But god, you will not regret sticking with it, no matter how long it takes you :)…"
"The works published now aren't, in the strictest sense, Tolkien's work. They're edited by his son. See my reply above for an extended rant on this :L but if you like the Hobbit, I'd reccomend you read Leaf By Niggle."
"Remember that The Silmarillion, and any works publsihed after Tolkiens death with the exception of Unfinished Tales, ahve been edited by his son Christopher Tolkien. Who, let's just say, didn't inherit his father';s literary…"
":o I absolutely ADORE these books. I won't lie, I only fund out about them originally because I heard that James Marsters read the audiobooks, and being the fangirl I am I went and got the first audiobook immediately. I was hooked, I've…"
"I found Catch-22 a real struggle the first time round, but it was one of those books where I carried on even though I didn't seem to be enjoying it - and then about halfway through it was like a light had been switched on and I absolutely loved…"
"I re-read the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit once a year without fail, have done since I was 7- I doubt that needs much explanation! Other than that, I re-read rideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh a lot, as well as the Hitchhiker's Guide…"