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Ersteintrag: 21.01.2013 16:58:12 GMT+01:00
J. Swinley meint:

Sorry das es auf englisch ist.. hoffe mir kann trotzdem wer helfen!

"I have rather recently started reading novels again and while I am not looking for a book to read "right away" - I would like to know which books I should definitely read at some point and/or keep a lookout for;

I am mostly keen on classics - pretty much stories we have all at least heard of. I'm not all that fond of most releases of our time...

Fantasy is clearly my favourite genre though I also enjoy reading slice of life or deeper stories;

Harry Potter was a series that I enjoyed very much but I don't think that I would enjoy many similar stories as it takes place in our time..
Lord of the rings and other Tolkien novels are also ones that I enjoy but I think right now I am looking for somewhat lighter ones perhaps.

For the fantasy area I think I would like to find something in the direction of the following:
Howl's moving castle, The last unicorn, Tales from Earth sea, Narnia, His Dark Materials, Alice in Wonderland and so on...

I am also keen on finding more books such as from Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters and other english classics like the secret garden, Gullivers travels or perhaps some of Charles Dickens? (I have yet only read a christmas carol but would love to know which of his other novels I should turn to next)

I also very much like the Disc world novels though I lack time and money to start yet another near endless series of books... but I wouldn't say no to another fantasy story with comedy or parody attributes!

But yes, my main goal is to cover various english classics (not exclusively english though!) so it can be more than just "oh yea I’ve heard of that".
While looking for a classic novel lists I noticed that several are about war... I don't quite enjoy war related stories unless it is somehow fantasy like in Lord of the Rings etc...

Books that have already found their way into my collection:

- Alice in wonderland & Through the looking glass
- The Prince and the Pauper
- The Secret Garden
- A Christmas Carol
- Gulliver’s Travels
- The strange case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
- The Hunch-back of Notre Dame

- Disc world novels
- His Dark Materials
- Howl’s moving castle
- The Sword of Truth
- Chronicles of Narnia
- Tales from Earthsea
- Harry Potter
- The last unicorn & more of P.S. Beagle
- The Ring of Allaire
- King killer chronicles
- The Hobbit/Lord of the rings/Other Tolkien Novels

- Bronte Sister’s novels
- Jane Austen novels
- A handful of Sovereigns
- Romeo & Juliet

- Sherlock Holmes
- Moriarty
- Cloud Atlas
- Odysseys/The Iliad
- The Inugami Clan

Books I considered but am unsure of whether they are right for me? :

- Peter Pan
- Tom Sawyer
- Huckleberry Finn
- Oliver Twist
- Treasure island"

Thanks a bunch in advance! :)

Veröffentlicht am 22.01.2013 09:15:56 GMT+01:00
Breumel meint:
The original Peter Pan is definitely worth reading, and Oliver Twist, too. I've read Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer as a child and liked it, but I wouldn't read it now - it's a classic and good to read, but I'm reading more other stuff.

Fantasy novels that are gread readings are
the Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Series (4 books), beginning with
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn 1. The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Series)
the Belgariad (5 books), beginning with
Pawn Of Prophecy (The Belgariad (TW))
the Mallorean (5 books), beginning with
Malloreon 1. Guardians of the West (The Malloreon)

A book I can recommend is The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel

Very funny are the Xanth novel from Piers Anthony: A Spell for Chameleon (Original Edition): Xanth Series, Book 1
the spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster: Spellsinger
or the myth series by Robert Asprin: Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions 2-in1 (Myth 2-in-1)

What you could also try are the novels by Roald Dahl. I recommend Matilda

And I love the humor of Winnie-the-Pooh (Puffin Modern Classics) ;-)

Veröffentlicht am 22.01.2013 12:03:28 GMT+01:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 25.01.2013 11:37:06 GMT+01:00
Tante Li meint:
Maybe classics like Thomas Hardy:
Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented
Under the Greenwood Tree (Oxford World's Classics)
A Pair of Blue Eyes (Penguin Popular Classics)

or W. Somerset Maugham:
The Razor's Edge (Vintage classics)
Of Human Bondage
The Painted Veil (Vintage Classics)

Maurice (Penguin Classics)


Veröffentlicht am 22.01.2013 16:48:10 GMT+01:00
Breumel meint:
A childrens classic that I loved is Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside

What I also liked is A Room With a View, if you like humorous lovestories.

If you have a Kindle (or any other EReader) you can check for the free downloadable classics, maybe you find some interesting books.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 23.01.2013 18:51:15 GMT+01:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 23.01.2013 19:06:46 GMT+01:00
Hi J.Swinley (are you British?),

first things first: I agree with Breumel: "Oliver Twist" is definitely worth reading, as well as "Treasure Island"! I like also "Tom Sawyer" but I read him ages ago in my childhood. Meanwhile, I prefer Dickens and Stevenson. David Copperfield is also a great read, I enjoyed this novel even more than "Oliver Twist".
And when you are fond of "The Hunch-back of Notre Dame" you will love Les Miserables (Penguin Classics) by Victor Hugo as well. In my opinion it's his opus magnum.

Roald Dahl was already recommended by Breumel and I agree again. (Thank you, Breumel!) He's excellent both for children and adults. My favourite book is his autobiography Boy (only about his childhood), but The BFG is also lovely and really very funny.

And some more classics for you:
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome Klapka Jerome (hilarious!)
Fingersmith. (Virago) by Sarah Waters (kind of modern classic, written in Dickens' manner)
The Little Stranger also by Sarah Waters (an absolutely extraordinary novel about the decline of a noble family)

I like also P. G. Wodehouse , but I'm not sure if he fits you (Piccadilly Jim).

I don't fancy fantasy (besides HP and the well-known ones) so I'm unable to recommend any novels of that genre. Maybe the Cosmic triology by C. S. Lewis Perelandra (Cosmic Trilogy) resp. The Cosmic Trilogy. Out of the Silent Planet / Perelandra / That Hideous Strength: "Out of the Silent Planet", "Perelandra" and "That Hideous Strength"
I consider them better than his Chronicles of Narnia.

Take care,

PS: Do you know "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon? I'm fond of these books and I really have to recommend them although they don't belong to your favourite genres.

Veröffentlicht am 24.01.2013 09:52:24 GMT+01:00
Breumel meint:
I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. (Vintage) in german (Supergute Tage oder Die sonderbare Welt des Christopher Boone) and I found it really fascinating. It gives a humorous and also suspenseful view into the life and thinking of an autistic boy. I can recommend it, too!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 24.01.2013 18:27:38 GMT+01:00
J. Swinley meint:
I've ended up getting Peter Pan and Oliver Twist! Just gotta find a free moment to read them :)
I'm still thinking about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.. for some reason they don't seem to attract me as much!

I remember seeing the Matilda Movie - I never knew that it was based on a book! In that case I might actually read it!

The other novels you mentioned are completely new to me but some of them sound promesing.. thanks for sharing!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 24.01.2013 18:29:55 GMT+01:00
J. Swinley meint:
These are all new to me but particulary the first three appear to be something I like! Thank you!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 24.01.2013 18:31:31 GMT+01:00
J. Swinley meint:
Oh, another! :)

I've come accross the Anne book series while browsing.. not the other one though! I'll be taking a closer look at them!

I don't have a kindle or anythying in that direction.. I like to hold the actual book.. even if it's more expensive haha

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 24.01.2013 18:37:33 GMT+01:00
J. Swinley meint:
Hello there!

No, not British - from New Zealand!

Ah, yes Treasure Island was also a book I was planning to read but I forgot about it! Thanks for reminding me!
David Coperfield is (apart from hearing the name) completey new to me!
As for Les Miserables.. I've heard of it and my mums been telling me that she thinks I would like it.. I didn't know that it was by the same author though! Seems even more likely now that I will end up reading it :)

I will have to take a closer look at all the others you mentioned because they too are new to me!

Though thanks a bunch for mentioning the other series by Narnia Author! I'm very fond of that genre so I'll most likely take a look at that was well!

As for the the books you mentioned last.. no I haven't heard of them but the 2nd title sounds like something my father would come up with haha.. I might take a look at them regardless of the genre.. i guess it's always worth taking a look :)

Thanks for all the recommendations!

Veröffentlicht am 24.01.2013 20:05:27 GMT+01:00
Anna Cotty meint:
It's the first time that I actually find somebody who knows the Xanth-Books by Piers Anthony. I loved them ( or at least the first 15 or so volumes) and read them to my children. But those books totally disappeared .
I loved the Cosmic Trilogy by C.S. Lewis but they are are totally different kettle of fish than the Narnia Books. The latter are proper childrens books and fairly simple. But the Cosmic Trilogy is much more philosophical and religious, in fact I found them in the religion department of my local bookshop.
Susan Cooper wrote a couple of great books for children/adults: 'The Dark is Rising Sequence' and 'Seaward'. My edition of 'The Dark is Rising' has all 5 novels in one volume; and it might start out a little bit like a 'Famous Five' Story but it definitely developes into a fine and very athmospheric fantasy story.

Veröffentlicht am 25.01.2013 09:19:48 GMT+01:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 25.01.2013 09:21:06 GMT+01:00
Breumel meint:
I've read the Xanth novels about 25 years ago... You can only get the german version as used books, but I have most of them as english ebooks now.

I hope that they'll release them again, if not printed then as kindle versions. My sisters also loved them.

Fantasy books for young adults or elder children that I can recommend are also
The Graveyard Book from Neil Gaiman
The Twig Trilogy (Edge Chronicles #1-3): Includes Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser & Midnight Over Sanctaphrax and
The Rook Trilogy: Includes: The Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox & Freeglader (Edge Chronicles) from Paul Stewart (deutscher Serientitel: Die Klippenland Chroniken)

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 25.01.2013 11:45:14 GMT+01:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 29.01.2013 12:06:43 GMT+01:00
Tante Li meint:

A childrens classic series that I loved is from Laura Ingalls Wilder and Melissa Wiley:
Little House Nine-Book Box Set: A Pioneer Chronicle
Little House in the Highlands

Maybe you know the Little House films?

Veröffentlicht am 25.01.2013 16:25:32 GMT+01:00
Anna Cotty meint:
Other writers of classic English children literature are E. Nesbit and P.L. Travers. Nesbit's novels ' The Railway Children' and 'Three Children and It' were made into films and C.S. Lewis was said to have been influenced by her writing.
Travers wrote the Mary Poppins Books .
If you haven't read anything by' Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee on King Arthur's Court' is a hilarious book and very typical of Mark Twain.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 28.04.2013 20:39:20 GMT+02:00
I can see that you are a lover of classics. At the end you ask about two Mark Twain books. They are must reads, dealing with the theme of right and wrong. The relationship between Tom and Huck, two boys from different social classes, is considered obvious but their relationship to Jim, a black slave, is what really touched me.

They are pretty quick reads. I'd take a weekend and enjoy it.
P.S. The books have their funny moments too.

Veröffentlicht am 28.04.2013 20:41:23 GMT+02:00
Me again.

I noticed that the Anne of Green Gables books are missing. That would be right up your alley.
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