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Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 09.01.2008, 09:49:20 GMT+1
S. Weiland meint:
Hi everyone,

Red's post about the Wheel of Time series not going anywhere made me remember hearing about the author getting seriously ill, so I looked it up: Rob Jordan died last September, so I don't think it's fair to blame him for not finishing the series. I did read that his wife and son intend to finish / publish the last installment of the series though.

Also, Martin just published on his website last week that he hopes to see "Dance of Dragons" in stores by August of this year - something to look forward to!

Here's what I'm reading at the moment:

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs (you'll be the star of any cocktail party with some of his tidbits)
The Cook's Book published by Dorling Kindersley (what can I say, I'm a serious foodie, love reading cookbooks)
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (you have to love an anti-hero down-on-his-luck magician)
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (pick up any of her books if you like authors who aren't afraid of controversial issues)
Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts (first in her new Sign of Seven trilogy - not bad at all)

Next one will be Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell - have to wait for my aunt to give it to me for my birthday though. :)

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 09.01.2008, 10:04:59 GMT+1
Well. the best book I've read in a long time is:
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller.
I have never ever read a book twice, however, am currently reading this one again and am still smiling! Give it a try!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 09.01.2008, 23:47:55 GMT+1
I'm reading "The Gunseller" by Hugh Laurie.
I know I know, you think I am maybe a Hugh Laurie fan because of
the TV show "House MD" and that's the reason I read his book.
And your right :) BUT this book is really good. It's well written and funny and
I can't stop reading.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 10.01.2008, 16:37:25 GMT+1
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 10.01.2008, 16:38:03 GMT+1
RK Hawkins meint:
What I meant by Jordan's series not going anywhere was that all he was doing was putting out more volumes, instead of striving for a resolution of the story. I do not blame him for his death, but I blame him for starting a series that was apparently never conceived with a proper ending in mind. It just went on and on, and because he had no idea how to finish it, he just kept going off in different directions. Imagine Martin's series changing direction from book to book. That would ruin it for everybody as well.

Btw, Dance of Dragons is scheduled for publication in the fall of '08. He hopes to finish it by August, but it's going to take a few months until the book hits stores.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 11.01.2008, 11:35:24 GMT+1
I read D.R. Koontz's 'Watchers' a long time ago -- it made me cry.
Just finished J.M. Coetzee's 'Disgrace' -- can anyone give a decent explanation why the protagonist couldn't keep the lame young dog who liked music? It's a pretty good book nevertheless.
Now reading G.G. Marquez's 'A Hundred Years of Solitude' -- looks promising, fascinating; has a bold feel about it.
Highly recommend Anthony Burgess's 'A Malayan Trilogy' and Tan Twan Eng's 'A Gift of Rain'.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 18.01.2008, 20:03:44 GMT+1
bsmorgentau meint:

I've read Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials 3 books some years ago. I liked the series enough to read it, but not to keep it, I especially found the third book rather too violent for my taste. I'm a great fan of unconditionally happy endings.

I just finished reading Mercedes Lackey: Aerie and rereading the other books of her Joust Series (Dragonriders in a kind of alternate Egypt) and now have Lynn Viehl's Evermore, freshley delivered by the post today, waiting to be read.


Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 19.01.2008, 23:22:11 GMT+1
S. Neto, if you like things Portugese, you might like 'the Night Train to Lisabon' by. Pascal Mercier. I read it in German and was entranced. I agree on the Dan Brown.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.01.2008, 09:40:56 GMT+1
[Vom Autor gelöscht am 21.01.2008, 09:41:41 GMT+1]

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.01.2008, 09:47:37 GMT+1
I read `The Mistress of SpicesŽ a few years ago and enjoyed it till the end. I think it's one of the worst endings I've ever read. How did you find it, Bookmolly?

I finished 2 books last week. `The Secret Life of BeesŽ by Sue Monk Kidd was wonderful. I just want to go back there.
And `The Book ThiefŽ by Markus Zusak. Absolutely amazing. Unique and incredible, I loved it.

I'm now reading `The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette DavisŽ by Charlotte Chandler. Boy was that woman aggressive and opinionated. I'm not sure how I rate the author.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 24.01.2008, 13:31:41 GMT+1
Gerd Dürner meint:
Let's see:
I recently bought 'Iron Kissed' by Patricia Briggs, the third installment in a series of hers. I enjoyed the first two vastly, personally I would compare her to Tanya Huff.
Before that I read some books by Lori Handeland, which I would say make a good alternative to reading Laurell K. Hamiltons 'Anita Blake' series of books.

If I had to recommend a book, though, I would go with Ray Bradbury's 'Something wicked this way comes', that book has a beautiful prose.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 25.01.2008, 12:37:53 GMT+1
"a short history of the World in 10 1/2 chapters", no doubt!. it has some of my favorite short-stories...

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 25.01.2008, 21:25:56 GMT+1
Eva Vieth meint:
Hi Vava,

I believe "History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" is Barnes" best book - it's a series of linked short stories, and somewhere between touching, funny, insightful and a really good read. Enjoy!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 26.01.2008, 22:01:28 GMT+1
RK Hawkins meint:
Two new hot picks:
--Messiah, Boris Starling
--Going Postal, Terry Pratchett

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 28.01.2008, 20:28:24 GMT+1
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 28.01.2008, 20:32:47 GMT+1
Heinz Leser meint:
Currently I'm battling my way through several volumes of "Gregory Sallust" and "de Richleau" novels by Dennis Wheatley. To be honest, they can't be read in one go. Even two in a row is too much. I might have bitten off more than I can chew, the topics and style of writing definitely are a bit weird. Okay, let's face it they're also out of date, as the plots are set 1895-1960 (Richleau) and 1935-1945 (Sallust) and they were written between 1930 and 1970.
Anyway, I wonder how novices take to Wheatley.

But otherwise I'm an omnivore as far as books are concerned, I've read:
most of Robert Ludlum
Bernard Cornwell's Sharpes and others
Noah Gordon
John Grisham
Tom Clancy
James Clavell
C.S. Forester
Jack London
Rudyard Kipling
James Herriot
Dick Francis
Wilbur Smith
I could go on and on and on .... How could I forget Pratchett's "DiscWorld" ??

German language authors:
v. Salomon (Der Fragebogen) GREAT !!
it seems I'll have to go to the bookcase to find more, but I won't get up to do so.

I don't like to red Russian authors, I can never keep the names of the protagonists apart.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 29.01.2008, 14:50:58 GMT+1
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 29.01.2008, 14:53:11 GMT+1
bookmolly meint:
Re The Mistress of Spices...I was so caught up in the atmosphere that I was disappointed to get to the end so I didnŽt really think too much about how it was wound up.
Have now started a Nicci French book

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 31.01.2008, 14:10:14 GMT+1
CG meint:
I'm currently reading Babyernährung Gesund und Richtig, which is mostly pretty good, but not in English, of course.

I just finished 1491. If you're interested in history and the Americas, this book was a page turner. I had trouble putting it down.

I just heard about the book Moondust, a memoir by a reporter who went to interview the remaining Apollo astronauts, and that's now on my to read list. Sounds great.

As for classics, I also recently read Oliver Twist and loved it. If you enjoyed the movies, the book offers so much more story.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 03.02.2008, 10:29:00 GMT+1
Right now it's "Magic Study" by Maria V. Snyder for fun and "Fräulein Else" by Arthur Schnitzler for a test next week. However, when the semester is over there are several books I'm planning to read:
"Thin Air" by Rachel Caine;
once again "His Majesty's Dragon" and the following volumes by Naomi Novik;
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker;
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte;
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley;
"Fortune's Fool" by Mercedes Lackey;
and a couple of others.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 04.02.2008, 16:48:57 GMT+1
Book Worm meint:
Hi all, have heard of a great new novel which is coming out in the UK this summer by a new author called Elizabeth Lowry - the book's The Bellini Madonna and everyone's talking about it - a mystery story about a lost painting, with a secret Victorian diary thrown in - like Possession and The Da Vinci Code!! Wonder if it's available here in Germany?

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 04.02.2008, 20:33:01 GMT+1
Jana Dietrich meint:
I'm reading Terry Pratchett: A Hat full of sky
Its verry funny ^^
Next books in the plan: Pratchett: "the wee free man" and Licia Troisi: Die Drachenkämpferin part 2(its a fantasy book about kids and dragonflying like eragon, written by an italian author...i haven't found a english translation yet. I liked the first book very mutch, this book was so exciting that I have read through in a short time. So I'm very excited about part2 :-D)

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 05.02.2008, 11:59:37 GMT+1
Book Worm meint:
Yup, i checked out Amazon and The Bellini Madonna is advertised there!!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 05.02.2008, 13:33:34 GMT+1
[Von Amazon gelöscht am 15.08.2009, 12:01:37 GMT+2]

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 05.02.2008, 18:16:53 GMT+1
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 21.06.2009, 14:02:01 GMT+2
mr meint:

I absoulutely enjoy anything Tess Gerrisen has written.
- Markus Zusak: The Book Thief
- Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down
- Stephanie Kallos: Broken For You
- David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day (hillarious)
- Dean Koontz: From The Corner Of His Eye
- Frances Fyfield: Seeking Sanctuary
- Paulo Coelho: Veronika Decides To Die
- Richard Mason: The Drowning People
- Simon Beckett: The Chemistry Of Death
- Patrick Süskind: The Perfume
- Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
- Paulo Coelho: Eleven Minutes
- Joan Didion: The Year Of Magical Thinking

I could make an endless list, because I really read a lot. But for starters, these are ok.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 07.02.2008, 16:15:37 GMT+1
Lanara meint:
I just finished the third part of "His dark Materials" .. After watching the first part in cinema, I bought them and couldn't lay them down!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 09.02.2008, 14:35:51 GMT+1
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 09.02.2008, 14:37:37 GMT+1
Starlight meint:
Oh, I'm reading several books (can't say "novels" because there are plays (namely the complete Flann O'Brien collection) and study books among them) at once, too. I agree with everyone on Jim Butcher (just started on his new "Codex Alera" series Book Four: Captain's Fury) and Naomi Novik, definitely some of the greatest new fantasy I've read out there. There's also Scott Lynch and his "Lies of Locke Lamora" and "Red Seas under Red Skies", which I both found refreshingly well-written and intriguing in plot and characters.

My all-time favorite is on the list, too: Carlos Ruiz Zafón with his "Shadow of the Wind", as well as Rafik Schami with the German "Damaskus im Herzen" and Flann O'Brien with a complete collection of his plays and short stories.

I'm reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (yes, I admit I liked the series until the sixth book), but I absolutely don't like Dan Brown's predictable, super-person-studded, unresearched and rather... boring novels. I also have Irwin Shaw's "Beggarman, Thief" sitting on my nightstand, my "ASSIMIL Japanese Made Easy" and my "New Practical Chinese Reader: Textbook" as Japanese Advanced and Chinese Beginners are my languages of the year. There are some law casebooks (OK, just one atm as the others sit right next to me on my desk) and some new essays I should read over for uni next week.

Almost forgot: Salinger's Nine Short Stories hid underneath the Rafik Schami. A bit of "high literature" never hurt anybody.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 09.02.2008, 16:10:24 GMT+1
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 08.03.2008, 10:55:59 GMT+1
. meint:
Right now I'm reading that Nicholson Baker no longer collects old newspapers. For the last decade or so he has lived in an old farmhouse in South Berwick, a little Southern Maine town, and he now accepts that Maine winters and the quirks of his local news agent do not make him a person ideally situated to assemble a complete archive of the South China Morning Post.

In 1999, pillaging his own savings, Baker purchased some 6000 volumes of bound newspapers from the Brithish Library, which was trying to unload them. Included wre extensive runs of The Times and Joseph Prufrock's World. He stored this "majestic, pulp-begotten ancestral stockpile," as he called it, in a warehouse in nearby Rollinsford, New Hampshire, until 2004, when it moved to Duke University.

"I went a little over the edge," Baker sad recently about some of his newspaper-gathering efforts, and he added that being able to send his bound volumes to Duke was "a blessing."

"I don't have to lie awake at night worrying about them," he said. "But it was also like sending your kid off to college - a terrible blow."

Yeah, isn't it? Baker is now researching his new book, "Human Smoke" which comes out next week. "Human Smoke" is an unusual book even for Baker whose career has unspooled in a way as unpredictable as one of his fastidiously meandering sentences. For a while he was known as a sort of Proustian miniaturist, an elegist of the quotidian, fascinated by, say, the weave and design of a paper towel, the symmetry of an ice-cube tray, or the miracle of Jiffy Pop.

His first novel "Mezzanine" was about a man riding an escalator on his way to buy a shoelace. He also wrote a novel, "A Box of Matches," about a man who gets up in the dark every morning, lights a fire and broods about things like toe-holes in socks.
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