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Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on August 08, 2006, 20:10:29
I´m reading Natasha´s dance by Orlando Figes, about Russian history, literature, paintry (have you you see anything by Repin? what an incredible painter!!!). Makes me think of a book I once read, and after reading this book I thought I understood life. It remains a good read though...  it´s "The Idiot" by Dostojevski.
I´m gonna think about my all time favorite books. And I hope to read here what you are reading, and what books you like, and why...

This site is visited by Mexicans, Russians, Germans, Africans, Japanese and so forth. And all Lacrimosa fans!!! I´m dead curious what you all read, and why you like what you read! And please tell from what country you are from...

vs Leo
The Netherlands
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Post by: krankes_hirn on August 09, 2006, 01:44:02
Very good topic.

I have a very bad habit, i read lots of books simultaneously, right now i'm reading:

The songs of maldoror. - C. Of Lautréamont. - Very god poetic composition about a misanthrope. Barely comprehensible, but very interesting. Quite a mental vortex.

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - A very long book, it seems endless. Very interesting story full of details everywhere. It keeps me caught.

Der Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse. I don't know the title in english. I feel very linked to this book.

War and Peace - Leon Tolstoi. Not quite a light reading. It requires a lot of attention. A very good portrait of the aristocratic life in Russia during Napoleon's invasion.

The Godfather - mario puzo - I saw the movie and i found the book in my dad's shelf, so i started to read it.
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Post by: Ruin on August 09, 2006, 05:09:55
Right now i'm reading the divine comedy of Dante  (i'm not sure if i wrote it right :oops: ) here known as "la divina comedia" i like it because is so poetical for me.

i have also read the dorian grey's portrait i liked it

i'm not a big reader i prefer mitology of all cultures
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Post by: Schnorpeldi on August 09, 2006, 16:11:37
Marsha Mellow und ich (Marie Beaumont)

&

Briefe aus dem Gefängnis (Rosa Luxemburg)
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 09, 2006, 18:07:59
Now, I'm reading Jose Saramago - Historia do cerco de Lisboa (the original title). I love this writer for his style, his narrative technique, intricate, not easy to read, but absolutely amazing. :shock:
I like many different writers, usually for their style, sometimes for the story/plot itself. Maybe I'll find the time, one day, to talk about them, now just an incomplete list.

Umberto Eco
Virginia Woolf
Huysmans
Dostoievski
Andre Malraux
Ernesto Sabato
Lawrence Durrell
Eugen Ionesco
E. A. Poe
Kafka
...
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 09, 2006, 18:15:00
Quote from: "krankes_hirn"
Very good topic.

I have a very bad habit, i read lots of books simultaneously, right now i'm reading:

The songs of maldoror. - C. Of Lautréamont. - Very god poetic composition about a misanthrope. Barely comprehensible, but very interesting. Quite a mental vortex.

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - A very long book, it seems endless. Very interesting story full of details everywhere. It keeps me caught.

Der Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse. I don't know the title in english. I feel very linked to this book.

War and Peace - Leon Tolstoi. Not quite a light reading. It requires a lot of attention. A very good portrait of the aristocratic life in Russia during Napoleon's invasion.

The Godfather - mario puzo - I saw the movie and i found the book in my dad's shelf, so i started to read it.

Wow, I'm impressed. It takes courage to mix Hugo, Hesse and Tolstoi. :?
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Post by: Mona on August 09, 2006, 18:20:07
thomas mann lotte in weimar
the bible (since ages)
and some phsyologly selffinding/helping books
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Post by: elen on August 09, 2006, 18:51:55
Quote from: "Mona"
and some phsyologly selffinding/helping books


admire you.. i always get agressive if i even see a psychological book in a shop - i never could understand how people can read this :)
my little, personal trauma after class-meetings with psychologists at school, you know, all kinds of "discussions" about drugs or alcohol :)

and also when i read any psychological article or something alike i come to conclusion that i can't be normal - i never found anything which would describe any of my feelings or behaviours.
and the worse are all this things connected with brain-sex - i have all symptoms of having more than 100% male brain :)



and coming back to the topic of books:
now i'm reading some novels of Kurt Vonnegut - i absolutely love his writing!
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Post by: drzoana on August 10, 2006, 01:49:35
WOW.....
Dostoievski, Dante, Tolstoi, Thomas Mann.....are you really reading these books?
I am shamefaced......but my favourite is science-fiction.   :oops: ( but not only....)
Brian Aldiss  "Warmthorium" ( Treibhaus) , Orson Scott Card " Ender's game" and  "Speaker for the Dead",   Philip K.Dick  "Blade runner" and "Master from a high (tall) castle", Stanislav Lem " The return from the stars".....
I love Stephen King, all his books  - but especially customary beatiful  stories about a people and them life-histories  - not horrors. "Shawshank" and especially "Hearts of Atlantis" - I love it !!  ( in it is a part of my life, my own history)
I love John Irving's books - like "Widow for a one year" ....but my favourite is "Prayer for Owen Meany".....it is incredibile book - I am a atheist,  but when I'm reading this book I believe in God.....
And Marquez - "100 years of solitude"
.....horror-stories E.A Poe.....and poems Maria Pawlikowska Jasnorzewska  ( polish poetessa ) ......
And Erich Maria Remarque  "Arc de Triomphe"...
<sigh> I like reading.....
@elen:
Yeah.....I know....the helping/selffinding psychological books..... I never could understand how people can read this  - too..... :lol:
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Post by: Mona on August 10, 2006, 06:14:39
I love stephen king too but dont have the muse to read it right now ;) am reading thomas mann because i ahve the book and want to read all the books i own before buying new ones...  but will buy the lacrimosa book when it will be published one day
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Post by: Svetlana on August 10, 2006, 06:21:41
well...
I have many favourites...
now I'm reading Jose Saramago "O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo"
some of my favourites:
Tolstoy
Dostoevsky
Paolo Coelho
J. Saramago
A.Blok
V.Mayakovsky (I see some connection betw. Mayakovsky and Rammstein, sorry)
V.Hugo
Dante was too hard for me
...

and some childrens' books, like Alice in the Wonderland and veryveryvery fun russian book "Zoki i bada"

special for russian:
http://lib.ru/TALES/zokibada.txt
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Post by: drzoana on August 10, 2006, 15:09:24
I'm sorry - but I hate Paolo Coelho.... :oops:   in this literature is ( for me) something of deception.....a manipulation of reader's feelings....
I don't like it.....I am indifferent to these books....

@elen:
Kurt Vonnegut?
" Breakfast of Champions" and "Slaughterhouse no. 5"  ??
THIS  Vonnegut ??   ;)
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Post by: Svetlana on August 10, 2006, 15:31:47
Quote from: "drzoana"
I'm sorry - but I hate Paolo Coelho.... :oops:   in this literature is ( for me) something of deception.....a manipulation of reader's feelings....
I don't like it.....I am indifferent to these books....

drzoana, I understand :)
but I think Coelho gives light feelings and so I like this books. Also Coelho's heroes are always  individualists as i am :oops:
so I understand them :?
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Post by: Black_Angel on August 10, 2006, 15:34:03
ich habe ne menge buecher (will mir einen kleinen traum erfuellen wenn ich schon nicht an den grossen kann)....

ich habe keinen lieblingsschriftsteller, aber ich die meisten buecher (romane) die ich habe sind von DEAN KOONTZ (ein guter schriftsteller)
ich lese gern buecher die einen psychologischen hintergrund haben....
auch lese ich gern fach- und sachbuecher aus dem bereich der psychologie(klinische psychologie, kinderpssychologie usw.) , philosophie und medizin....(hab von meinem freund einen 3D-Anatomieatlas bekommen mit CD-Rom *freu )es kommt auch immer darauf an ob mir die inhaltsangabe zusagt oder nicht...ich kaufe kein buch wenn ich die inhaltsangabe nicht gelesen habe oder diese mir nicht gefaellt...
zur zeit lese ich aber Herr der Ringe (zum 2. mal)...ich lese es ein mal im jahr....(ich liebe herr der ringe)
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Post by: drzoana on August 10, 2006, 17:11:07
@Svetlana:
I am glad that you didn't take offens..... :D
You know....when I'm reading science-fiction literature - I "believe" in it.....I believe in a strange world in s-f books, I believe in the strange creature, in a voyage for the future or for  the past ......
but when I'm reading Paolo Coelho - I don't believe in this words, worlds, heroes...... I don't know - why.....
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 10, 2006, 19:45:16
drzoana wrote:

Quote
but when I'm reading Paolo Coelho - I don't believe in this words, worlds, heroes...... I don't know - why.....
:amen:
 
I don't like Coelho either, mainly because he is commercial, very en vogue/ trendy, everybody reads him (and Dan Brown, of course...), even people who don't like reading. :shock: Plus his style is somehow naive, really boring and his parables don't convince me. I am under the impression that he tries to convert us to something, that he has some hidden moral purpose (I hate that in literature!)
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Post by: elen on August 10, 2006, 20:45:17
@drzoana:
exactly THIS Vonnegut :)
why?

and about P.Coelho:
not to offend anyone, but i think his books are primitive.
and i hate the style of his books - written the way so that every statemant, no matter how obvieous it is, seems to be very deep (or at laest it was authors intention to make everybody think that they should have deep thoughts reading it, and if they don't the are stupid :))

but he has one big advantage - he uses auch easy-to-understand language, that you can read it in any language, no matter how bad you know this language..
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Post by: drzoana on August 11, 2006, 02:57:36
Quote from: "elen"
@drzoana:
exactly THIS Vonnegut :)
why?

Oh - I'm sorry..... I thought a few people read Vonnegut's books....and I thought  there is a strange and rare fact - to read it.  :)
I thought - the young people are reading  other books....like P.Coelho - who (IMO) pretend (make believe) great and deep literature.....
I love Stephen King - who don't pretend a deep literature.....
I'm sorry, Svetlana - I'm agree with elen and lacrima_elix.....
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Post by: Svetlana on August 11, 2006, 06:18:43
Quote from: "lacrima_elix"
drzoana wrote:

Quote
but when I'm reading Paolo Coelho - I don't believe in this words, worlds, heroes...... I don't know - why.....
:amen:
 
I don't like Coelho either, mainly because he is commercial, very en vogue/ trendy, everybody reads him (and Dan Brown, of course...), even people who don't like reading. :shock: Plus his style is somehow naive, really boring and his parables don't convince me. I am under the impression that he tries to convert us to something, that he has some hidden moral purpose (I hate that in literature!)


well... everybody is only everybody, of course. And everybody washes hands before eating, isn't it?
I also like very much Harry Potter. And it doesn't matter to me who reads it or nobody.

To discuss styles I think the most naive style is the Bibles style - many Parables in one book. And I love to read it very much.
So I don't like such "complex" books, as the "Lord Of The Flies" by W.Golding.
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Post by: Svetlana on August 11, 2006, 06:20:55
Quote from: "drzoana"
@Svetlana:
I am glad that you didn't take offens..... :D
You know....when I'm reading science-fiction literature - I "believe" in it.....I believe in a strange world in s-f books, I believe in the strange creature, in a voyage for the future or for  the past ......
but when I'm reading Paolo Coelho - I don't believe in this words, worlds, heroes...... I don't know - why.....


It's OK :D  :lol:
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Post by: elen on August 11, 2006, 09:04:10
@drzoana:
well, vonneguts books, or rather his ideas, are so fascinating because it all seems so possible.. i mean when you read it it's like any other SF stories, but usually when you think about the things he's describing, they all seem possible to happen! and even if you know, that in real world it couldn't happen (usually everybody has this feeling while reading SF), it's hard to define, what actually is not possible, as we don't know in which direction science will be developing.

Quote from: "Svetlana"
To discuss styles I think the most naive style is the Bibles style - many Parables in one book.


i don't think you can say the bible style is naive - for me the way it's written is absolutely not understandable, to follow any idea are plot i have to be concentrated very much..
but the parables and in general the symbols are some kind of naive, indeed..
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Post by: Svetlana on August 11, 2006, 09:42:58
Quote from: "Svetlana"
elen

Quote from: "Svetlana"
To discuss styles I think the most naive style is the Bibles style - many Parables in one book
i don't think you can say the bible style is naive - for me the way it's written is absolutely not understandable, to follow any idea are plot i have to be concentrated very much..
but the parables and in general the symbols are some kind of naive, indeed..


yes :)
sometimes I read the Bible and can't understand at all, but not so often.
but usually I  really understand it.
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Post by: drzoana on August 11, 2006, 13:43:27
@elen:
   Yeah, I mean when I read SF stories ( a great authors like Vonnegut) I don't feel a falsehood, I don't feel a lie - even if I read about amazing creatures or UFO......
But when I read P.Coelho - I feel something of lie or false.....maybe it is a obtrusive didactic, instructive ideas -  how I have to live, what is the good and what is the evil.....
Title: sf
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on August 12, 2006, 20:47:41
Nothing wrong with SF...
Anyone read Philipp K. Dick? This master even inspired Vonnegut.
Still thinking about my top ten of favorite books...
Nothing wrong with Stephen King, or Lovecraft (have you read him?).
But also Der Zauberberg: Thomas Mann, Die Blechtrommel (part 2) Gunter Grass, or... (Heinrich Mann: Der Untertan...?).
Somebody on this thread even mentioned Rosa Luxembourg.
Help... this  thread is to big for me!!!
But I love reading it...
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Post by: krankes_hirn on August 12, 2006, 22:02:14
Lovecraft: One of my favourites. The last book i read form him was "At the mountains of madness". I like his first person narrative, it kind of involves the reader a lot more in the story. His books are great, pretty scary, mysterious, and somehow relating science and supernatural facts in an unbelievable way.
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Post by: drzoana on August 13, 2006, 03:00:14
hmm...... about Lovecraft....I like his stories but I think he has  an archaic and antiquated style.....for me.....
Title: Re: sf
Post by: Margot on August 14, 2006, 14:30:38
Quote from: "Marcus Cornelius Fronto"

Anyone read Philipp K. Dick?

I do  :P
Apart from that H. Hesse (Steppenwolf this is one of my favorite books), O. Wilde, J. Carroll, E.A. Poe, S. King, Marquez and many more...
But now it's summer and I'm reading something "light": Inca by A.B. Daniel, this is historical book about Peru.
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Post by: SvS on August 15, 2006, 23:42:05
I highly recommend "Introduccion a la historia antigua de Peru" (Introduction to the ancient history of Peru) from Julio Cesar Tello, and "Comentarios reales de los Incas" from Garcilazo de la Vega.

The first one is based on facts and the investigations of the greatest researcher of pre-Incan and Incan history.The second one is a book of chronicles,wich will show you the feeling,the thought of this culture who gave culture to almost all America and was shattered to built a human broch.
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Post by: Margot on August 18, 2006, 02:27:52
@ SvS:
Thank you for recommendation  :)

I read this book's. Special like the second one. De la Vega wrote this chronicles to showed that Incan culture were equal to European. Maybe sometimes he changed facts but showed Inca's real life.
The first one is very good if someone want to know facts about this part of history.
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 20, 2006, 14:32:01
Anyone from Portugal around here?
The reason why I'm asking is that I just love Jose Saramago's novels and I was curious how he is seen in his own country, if his compatriots read his books, if they agree with the way he depicts Portugal, if he is studied in school and so on.
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Post by: Arlishan on August 20, 2006, 20:04:33
I highly recommend The Shadow of the Wind, that's from Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a spanish novelist. If you know spanish, read it in the original language,it's loads better cause it captures de ambience of the post-civil war Spain. The book that moved my earth and sky.
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Post by: Mani on August 21, 2006, 00:07:25
When I was a teenager, books were a very important part of my life. Now I have no time for reading, but I try do it from time to time. One year ago I discovered a great Irish writer called Robert Mc Liam Wilson. His three books; "Ripley Bogle" , Manfred's Pain" and "Eureka Street" are brilliant. In my opinion Wilson is not very popular in Ireland cause his stories tell all brutal truth about Irish mentality and fulishness, but I may be wrong...

Quote from: "Svetlana"

yes :)
sometimes I read the Bible and can't understand at all, but not so often.
but usually I  really understand it.


Belive me, no one can understand The Bible without thorough knowledge about ancient history. I thought like you, that " I really understand" The Bible before my friend lent me a book of Polish writer Jerzy Kosidowski about The Old Testament ( " Opowiesci biblijne " ). After reading this book I have changed my mind and my point of view. Now I'm quite sure that a lot of things which I've believed in, were ordinary waste of time. If you are catholics, stay away from this book cause your religion can be lost :) Kosidowski's books ( he wrote also a book about The New Testament ) are not available in bookshops, it is not strange cause Church in Poland is still very influential.

Quote from: "krankes_hirn"
Lovecraft: One of my favourites. The last book i read form him was "At the mountains of madness".


I just bought DVD called ' Mountains Of Madness". This theatrical performance is created by Alexander Hacke ( Einstürzende Neubauten ) and The Tiger Lillies and dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft :)

My best writers:
Franz Kafka, Michail Bulhakov, Jerzy Kosinski, Edgar Alan Poe, Nick Cave, Fjodor Dostojevsky
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Post by: Elena on August 22, 2006, 07:35:21
I like reading very much. So, some of my favourite writers and poets are:

M.Bulgakov (especially Master and Margarita) :fhz:
F.Dostoevsky
I.Gete
A.Dante
I.Turgenev
J.Tolkien
B.Stocker
Shopengauer
S.Esenin
A.Blok
R.Burns
J.Bairon
...and many others...

And I hate Tolstoy War and peace, I dont understand how this one can reading. Very-very boring book.
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Post by: Svetlana on August 22, 2006, 08:57:35
Quote from: "Mani"


Belive me, no one can understand The Bible without thorough knowledge about ancient history. I thought like you, that " I really understand" The Bible before my friend lent me a book of Polish writer Jerzy Kosidowski about The Old Testament ( " Opowiesci biblijne " ). After reading this book I have changed my mind and my point of view. Now I'm quite sure that a lot of things which I've believed in, were ordinary waste of time. If you are catholics, stay away from this book cause your religion can be lost :) Kosidowski's books ( he wrote also a book about The New Testament ) are not available in bookshops, it is not strange cause Church in Poland is still very influential.


I don't want to read books about The Bible (books about books)because any rewriting is the distortion of it. And about antient history... I tryed to learn it but I can't. I really think that any history is the history of human self-interest, war and blood and I don't like it. Noone can't kill my beliefe excepting the God. My beliefe is self-sufficient and need not any acknowledgement, refutation or explanation. I think the Bible is the book about God and his activity and not more. And The God-Himself is much more his book.
imho 8)
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Post by: Mani on August 22, 2006, 10:15:38
Quote from: "Svetlana"
. I think the Bible is the book about God and his activity and not more.


I respect your point of view, even your religion, but I can't agree with you. If God made this all terrible things described in Old Testament like murders, extermination of the nations, tortures... just ask yourself: who is he? A God??  ;)
I think The Bible is not about God's activity but about people who lived a long time ago and their believes, fears and idols. Ok, I shouldn't talk about it  :blitz:  :weg:
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Post by: Maria on August 22, 2006, 10:37:34
Quote from: "Elena"
And I hate Tolstoy War and peace, I dont understand how this one can reading. Very-very boring book.


 :lol:  I agree with your words! I heard opinion that the understanding of this book comes to the man with his age... I don't know...
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Post by: Svetlana on August 22, 2006, 10:50:12
Quote from: "Mani"
Quote from: "Svetlana"
. I think the Bible is the book about God and his activity and not more.


I respect your point of view, even your religion, but I can't agree with you. If God made this all terrible things described in Old Testament like murders, extermination of the nations, tortures... just ask yourself: who is he? A God??  ;)
I think The Bible is not about God's activity but about people which were living a long time ago and their believings, fears and idols. Ok, I shouldn't talk about it  :blitz:  :weg:


It's OK ;)
But all the horrible things are here on the Earth because of people's free will. God can't live each person's life himself and he gives people the chance to kill or to love giving people their life.
Well let's imagine people have no own will. And what? They will not be people but angels. I think it's just a kind of the contradiction betw. the sky and the earth.
May be our planet is just God's proving ground to exam people's free will. Evil makes evil and we can stop evil only not to do evil. And we have free will to do it or not.
imho 8)
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Post by: Svetlana on August 22, 2006, 10:53:13
Quote from: "Maria"
Quote from: "Elena"
And I hate Tolstoy War and peace, I dont understand how this one can reading. Very-very boring book.


 :lol:  I agree with your words! I heard opinion that the understanding of this book comes to the man with his age... I don't know...


I love War And Peace by L.Tolstoy... esp. Peace... since my 15 y.o. and by now.
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Post by: Maria on August 22, 2006, 11:43:14
Quote from: "Svetlana"
Quote from: "Maria"
Quote from: "Elena"
And I hate Tolstoy War and peace, I dont understand how this one can reading. Very-very boring book.


 :lol:  I agree with your words! I heard opinion that the understanding of this book comes to the man with his age... I don't know...


I love War And Peace by L.Tolstoy... esp. Peace... since my 15 y.o. and by now.


Possible! Even so I'm planing to look this film.
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Post by: Elena on August 23, 2006, 08:21:16
Oh, film is very boring too :lol:
Although I am not grow to this book may be...
Title: Gogol
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on August 23, 2006, 21:12:18
I´m now reading Gogol. In Dutch: De dode zielen. Translation is difficult. The death souls? Is there someone who can help me on this translation. The book is a hilarious comedy!!!

On War and Peace by Tolstoy. Yes it´s stupifying boring by bits, but some parts are terriffic..  And there once was a tv series with Anthony Hopkins as Pierre, that wasn´t boring at all.. as I gather...
By the way:
Anyone read The Idiot by Dostojevski?

Hey, and keep on reading Grass, please...
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 23, 2006, 21:30:26
Gogol's novel could be translated rather as "Dead Souls", I think... :roll:
Dostojevski is a great writer and of course I like "The Idiot", but my favourite is "The Man fron the Subterranean". There is so much strenght in that book!  :shock:  You can hardly breathe while reading it.
About Tolstoi, what can I say? I liked "War and Peace", I've read it twice, at different ages, but I must admit that his style can be a little boring for someone who is not interested in history, politics or social life, someone who wants just to know how the damn story ends!  :lol:
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Post by: Elena on August 24, 2006, 06:38:29
Quote from: "lacrima_elix"

 his style can be a little boring for someone who is not interested in history, politics or social life, someone who wants just to know how the damn story ends!  :lol:


Yes, this is about me :lol: .I am not interested in history very much. In history I like ancient and middle times...
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Post by: Maria on August 24, 2006, 10:26:24
I like Oskar Wilde very much. Now I'm rereading his books again. Wilde always surprises me his wittiness and I think real sincerity.
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Post by: Hellga on August 24, 2006, 21:11:20
i have many favourite books..
i like russian mystic writers such as: Dostoevskiy, Akunin..
also i like creativity of german( :?: ) writer Stefan Zveig ( i don't remember how to write his name right in english).. hes tales: "Fear", "Amok"..
also i like "american gothic" by Robert Bloh
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 24, 2006, 21:40:41
Quote from: "Maria"
I like Oskar Wilde very much. Now I'm rereading his books again. Wilde always surprises me his wittiness and I think real sincerity.


I love Oscar Wilde too. "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" is absolutely great, but I think that his short stories and his tales are even better. They are so delicate and sensitive, "The Happy Prince" always makes me cry... It reminds me of another wonderful  story: "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Has anyone read it? It is hardly a story for children.  :roll:
Title: Re: Gogol
Post by: Svetlana on August 25, 2006, 06:16:32
Quote from: "Marcus Cornelius Fronto"
I´m now reading Gogol. In Dutch: De dode zielen. Translation is difficult. The death souls? Is there someone who can help me on this translation. The book is a hilarious comedy!!!

On War and Peace by Tolstoy. Yes it´s stupifying boring by bits, but some parts are terriffic..  And there once was a tv series with Anthony Hopkins as Pierre, that wasn´t boring at all.. as I gather...
By the way:
Anyone read The Idiot by Dostojevski?

Hey, and keep on reading Grass, please...


Yes, Dead souls... I like Gogol very much... This man is generating laughter  :lol:

War and Peace is the great Epopee :!:  And if you don't like War read first his Sevasopol's Stories ... The clear war 8) And I want to say it's very difficult to write about war.

Dostoevsky's "Idiot" I read long time ago... It's deep and great. I want to read it once again.
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Post by: Svetlana on August 25, 2006, 06:18:58
Quote from: "Elena"
I like reading very much. So, some of my favourite writers and poets are:

M.Bulgakov (especially Master and Margarita) :fhz:


Yes, I love Bulgakov too :)  
Master and Margarita is the book about good devil :lol:
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Post by: Elena on August 25, 2006, 07:34:43
Quote from: "Svetlana"
Master and Margarita is the book about good devil :lol:

Yes, devil in this book is very good and nice really :lol:

Bulgakov opose his devil Voland to devil by Gete - Mefistofel. So, Mefistifel is `real` devil (avid, cruel), whereas Voland is just and nobel.
`Good devil` :)
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Post by: Maria on August 25, 2006, 12:32:15
Quote from: "lacrima_elix"
Quote from: "Maria"
I like Oskar Wilde very much. Now I'm rereading his books again. Wilde always surprises me his wittiness and I think real sincerity.


It reminds me of another wonderful  story: "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Has anyone read it? It is hardly a story for children.  :roll:


 Wonderful comparison! I think everyone has read "The Little Prince"! I love both these stories.
And I like "Nightingale and Rose" and other Wilde's stories too.
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Post by: Kitty on August 25, 2006, 16:56:18
I'm reading "the lord of the rings" and my favourit book is one of Garcia Marquez "duizend jaar eenzaamheid" (in my language, it means "Thousend time of lonelyness") it was just a great book with al lots of names and It was such a big book :-) I love big books!
Title: full of joy
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on August 25, 2006, 19:43:28
Well, I was not mistaken when I began this thread. Thank you all. I´m full of joy when I see your entries. And now on this thread a New Name enters the Arena: Oscar Wilde. And somebody above mentioned Huysmans. Death, Love and Beauty?
But now, did you all check out the Cadavre Exquise thread?
In which the Lacramosians are writing their own story?
I welcome you all!
It´s about some people going to a concert in Prague, 1913, to see The New One.  This is the place and the time where once Der Golem was conceived...
It´s (among other things) about resurrection...
I think...
I´m now reading Meyrink´s The Green Face.
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 26, 2006, 13:09:28
I've got this strange feeling that you are trying to lead us somewhere, you're giving us clues in order to find something, but it's as if I can't read your instructions, they're written in a foreign language...
I know that you expect smth from us and I'm willing to help you, but how?
You keep talking about Prague, 1913, The New One (which you said it was Lacrimosa) and the creation of the golem...I'm afraid that neither the location nor the year doesn't ring any bell, at least for me.  :(  
Now you've added Wilde and Huysmans, are they part of the enigma?
Please, tell me more.  :bigprayer:
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Post by: Mona on August 26, 2006, 13:31:27
am now reading the pirates of the carribean sonder edition from some cornflakes producer!!  More Infos here all in german unfortunally (http://www.nestle.de/Home/MarkenProdukte/UnsereProdukte/NestleCerealien/FuerErwachsene/Specials.htm)
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Post by: Homaz on August 26, 2006, 14:52:04
I like to read books of franz kafka!
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Post by: Kitty on August 26, 2006, 16:01:25
I wans't born yet in 1913 :-) and I haven't learned something about history of art so :-( there isn't a bell ringing with me neather  :oops:  I feel so ashamed! cause I love art and books
I like reading the poets of william wordsworth, sertenly "My heart leaps up when I behold" I once learned it for school, I was so full of warmth once I've said it for the class!

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began,
So is it now I am a man,
So be it when I shall grow old
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man:
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety

that's the poem! Isn't it wonderfull :-) just love it wish I had the same talent :cry:
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Post by: melissa on August 26, 2006, 18:35:44
Quote
I like to read books of franz kafka!

either do i. his books are really great...they influenced me very much..He's one of my favorite writers

on Tolstoj's War & Peace: i don't find any part of boring..when i was reading it i couldn't stop!

on Dostoevski: he's also one of my favorite writers... i'm now reading one of his novels... he depicts human psychology so truthfully..

on Gogol's Dead Souls: it's not entirely a comedy...there are some things that i wouldn't laugh at. in fact, i didn't use to like his books, but now i'm really fond of them. especially of his short mystic stories.

Master and Margarita .. hm..it's brilliant! but i like Bulgakov's "Wight Army"(i'm not sure that this translation of the title is correct) more.

and does anyone here like Nabokov? i adore his books...
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Post by: Maria on August 27, 2006, 14:09:47
Quote from: "Homaz"
I like to read books of franz kafka!


Certainly, Franz Kafka is great writer! But many of his books not so simply to understand and realize. Sometimes understanding of his books comes to the reader after a lot of time. Or, for example, some parts of his books can affect the man. In any case I love to read Kafka too. This writer fascinates. Something simply amazes imagination. I often find something close me in Kafka's books.

And sorry I can't speak English very well.
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Post by: Adskoe_penie on August 27, 2006, 15:50:21
And here I am :) It`s common,but I like books of Ann Rice very much.Goethe is also my favourite.And what about Kafka,I`ve only read his The Castle(or how is it called right in English?)))
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 27, 2006, 16:20:35
melissa wrote:

Quote
and does anyone here like Nabokov? i adore his books...


I had to read "Lolita" and, although the story itself doesn't thrill me, his narrative technique is absolutely amazing! I've read then "Priglasenie na kazn' " (translated in Romanian as "Invitation to Scafflod") and I loved it. His style is here less interesting, less postmodernist, but the plot is really catchy.  ;)
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Post by: elen on August 30, 2006, 08:18:25
Quote from: "Marcus Cornelius Fronto"
Anyone read The Idiot by Dostojevski?


my favourite book :)
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Post by: paciken on August 30, 2006, 09:58:49
Hey, guys, i'm really ashamed...here you all read very nice and interesting books..while I read many books that some of you may consider superficial ...
Well, in have recently discovered a British author, Nick Hornby…he is very funny, but beside his humor, he really describes human nature. his books are very optimistic too and they always make me feel happy …
And of course I like the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice..Lestat is one of my favorite characters of all times... ;)
I also like Dostojevski , Kafka, Mircea Eliade, but lately I wasn't in the right mood for them...
Oh, and I love SF...especialy Asimov - the Foundation Books...they are great...I couldn't stop reading them...
And I must not forget Isabel Allende - a have just finished Daughter of fortune - a great book..and I intend to read more of her books.
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Post by: Unknown21 on August 30, 2006, 12:36:34
I love reading books of Kafka, Anne Rice of cause and Oskar Wilde and I really like books of Michael Ende, especially "Die unendliche Geschichte" and I used to read Stephen King for a couple of years. Sometimes I read mangas and the last book I read was "Gothic 3". I read biographies of Marilyn Manson, Klaus Kinski and Nurejew. But I don´t have a favourite author.
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Post by: Avatar_Kaina on August 30, 2006, 15:03:51
Govard Phillipse Lovekraft "Call of Ktulhu" the best!!! :evil:
Title: Kafka
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on August 31, 2006, 18:28:04
I once visited the house in Prague where Kafka had lived, so small, and I went to the graveyard where he once was buried, with little stones as tokens of love on the graves. It made me think of Der Golem by Meyrink. And when I first died (but was reanimated) six years ago I began to wonder (and wander) around...
Somebody here wrote The Idiot was her favorite book...
I´m thinking...
Myschkin and Aglaja...
Yes...


I´m reading Mannekino by Sybren Polet.
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Post by: lacrima_elix on August 31, 2006, 20:35:26
@ Marcus Cornelius Fronto: It's pretty obvious now... You were lucky to defeat or at least to postpone death.
Why, oh why, did I have to ask?  :roll:
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Post by: Schnorpeldi on August 31, 2006, 21:44:45
Quote from: "Unknown21"
I really like books of Michael Ende, especially "Die unendliche Geschichte"


Yes, me too.
I have the book, a limited Edition and the DVD, also a limited Edition with special things.
I really love this Story so much... :oops:  :)  :oops:
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Post by: Unknown21 on September 01, 2006, 12:47:41
Quote from: "Schnorpeldi"
Quote from: "Unknown21"
I really like books of Michael Ende, especially "Die unendliche Geschichte"


Yes, me too.
I have the book, a limited Edition and the DVD, also a limited Edition with special things.
I really love this Story so much... :oops:  :)  :oops:


I got the movies on tape from TV and Momo,too. But to buy them on DVD would be a great idea. Maybe I buy them.
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Post by: lacrima_elix on September 11, 2006, 11:32:28
I've finally finished that novel by Saramago... I tend to be such a slow reader when it comes to this writer, just because almost every page makes me stop and think or even copy some quotes.
Now, I guess I need smth "lighter": Mario Vargas Llosa - Letters to a Young Novelist... ;)
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Post by: Laura_Lacrimosa on September 11, 2006, 13:29:30
Well, i read many books for my study (they are almost all about nutrition & diet therapy). When i`m ready with that i sometimes read a psycology book or something. My favourit at the moment is Eckhart Tolle, Power of now
Title: reading Totentanz
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on September 12, 2006, 19:53:02
I´m now reading Totentanz by Strindberg
My up to now (all time?) favorite is a book by the 19th century Russian writer Gogol: "Death Souls".
If this all sounds too gloomy, the book by Gogol is glimmering with humour!
Totentanz is less humouristic, but what A PLAY!
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Post by: Hellga on September 12, 2006, 20:49:26
now i reading stories of the austrian writer Stefan Zveig..i like him..
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Post by: Mona on September 13, 2006, 06:33:46
stephen king colorado kid
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Post by: Svetlana on September 13, 2006, 06:52:20
and I'm reading now "Faust" (right writing?) by Goethe :evil:
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Post by: lacrima_elix on September 13, 2006, 12:27:07
Llosa's Letters to a Young Writer is somehow disappointing. :(
I mean, after you've read Umberto Eco's Opera aperta you can hardly find anything interesting or new in Llosa's book. He should stick to writing novels and leave the theory for others.  :P
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Post by: Elena on September 13, 2006, 13:59:34
Quote from: "Svetlana"
and I'm reading now "Faust" (right writing?) by Goethe :evil:


 :) One of my favourites books ;)

And now I want to read Kafka, and please, somebody advice me some books by him, because I dont know begin from what is better. :oops:  :)
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Post by: lacrima_elix on September 13, 2006, 14:34:06
Elena wrote:

Quote
And now I want to read Kafka, and please, somebody advice me some books by him, because I dont know begin from what is better.
 

Some say that "The Trial" is his best novel, others like "The Castle". As for me, I love his short stories, like "The Metamorphose".  ;)
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Post by: Svetlana on September 13, 2006, 14:42:11
Quote from: "Elena"
Quote from: "Svetlana"
and I'm reading now "Faust" (right writing?) by Goethe :evil:


 :) One of my favourites books ;)

And now I want to read Kafka, and please, somebody advice me some books by him, because I dont know begin from what is better. :oops:  :)


Yes, I like it very much too :D
Now I'm thinking to read different translations of Faust... It's interesting I think 8)
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Post by: elen on September 13, 2006, 16:01:04
about Kafka i agree with the opinion that his short stories are the best, like e.g. The Metamorphose (my personal favourite) but these ever shorter (like Die Vorüberlaufende) are sometimes even better.
but The Castle, Trial and America are also worth reading.
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Post by: drzoana on September 13, 2006, 22:10:19
Quote from: "Mona"
stephen king colorado kid


I am reading Stephen King "Skeleton crew" just now.....It is set of stories.....I love this author....but "Colorado Kid" ?? I don't know it.....tell me about this book please.....
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Post by: Mona on September 14, 2006, 08:38:03
its new here... english title is the colorado kid... its about a corpse which was sitting on a beach on an island before boston....  havent read much yet but it seems quite interesting.. a typical king i would say
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Post by: Elena on September 14, 2006, 12:11:52
lacrima_elix, elen thank you very much for help :)  ;)

Quote from: "Svetlana"

Now I'm thinking to read different translations of Faust... It's interesting I think 8)


I read some fragments from Faust in German and this is really interesting ;)
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Post by: Gothing on September 14, 2006, 13:17:48
right now i am reading Maya by Jostein Gaarder
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Post by: drzoana on September 14, 2006, 13:24:21
@Mona:
 very thanks !! I note  : "Colorado kid " - it is worth reading...... :D
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Post by: Svetlana on September 18, 2006, 05:46:45
Quote from: "Elena"
lacrima_elix, elen thank you very much for help :)  ;)

Quote from: "Svetlana"

Now I'm thinking to read different translations of Faust... It's interesting I think 8)


I read some fragments from Faust in German and this is really interesting ;)


Yes, I want in German too, but now I'm able to read and say something like "am Tage arbeiten wir" :lol:
may be later...
However the translation by Holodkovsky is quite ironic and fun :lol:
somewhere Mefistofel says "Damn myself!" :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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Post by: Elena on September 26, 2006, 13:46:45
Quote from: "Svetlana"

However the translation by Holodkovsky is quite ironic and fun :lol:
somewhere Mefistofel says "Damn myself!" :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


 :lol:
Yes, its really fun
 :lol:
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Post by: Grayson on October 03, 2006, 06:08:14
I am reading The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp for leisure. Also I am reading Amsterdam by Ian McEwan for this author study in school. Not very much like the philosophical things most are reading here.  :oops:
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Post by: elen on October 08, 2006, 16:01:41
now i'm NOT  reading the "masterpiece of polish lirterature" which i should read for school and which is one of books by H.Sienkiewicz (who won the nobel prize by the way, which shows that even people who are professionals and choose who should get such a prize are sometimes wrong), and instead i'm reading one of my favourite books again, which is "Das Parfüm" by Patrick Süskind.
it's surely one of the most amazing books i've read.
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Post by: drzoana on October 08, 2006, 17:19:47
@elen:
Yeah, I'm agree....."Das Parfum" is amazing and a little horrific too......when I'm reading this book  - I'm thinking " Suskind  " likes"  his charracter, his horrific figure which  he created......"
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Post by: elen on October 08, 2006, 17:32:25
@drzoana:
a little horrific is the very end of the book..
and the end is surely the best part of this book! when i read this book for the first time i was really surprised and amazed by the ending, and i think that was the reason why i liked the book so much..

and in fact i also like the main character: although he's somehow a creature with no human feelings or anything like that.. but i like and also a bit understand him ;)
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Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on November 07, 2006, 20:51:01
Der Untertan, Heinrich Mann, auch Schriftsteller der Blaue Engel.
My favorite book: De Dode Zielen (Death Souls by Gogol) - Part One.
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Post by: caelum on November 07, 2006, 22:16:47
It's a shame I find so little time to read these days... What I am reading atm is Arthur C. Clarke's "The Collected Stories". It contains all of Clarke's short science-fiction stories ever published. Read a few of his collections before and I can tell that these 100+ stories are worth the time. This guy is a genious.

Also I'm somewhere in the 8th Wheel of Time novel by Robert Jordan. Can't remember exactly where, but since the series is so long I don't think it really matters. Jordan is epic, too much so actually. I bet like 1/4 of all his writing is spent describing clothing...

As for my favorite book, I don't really know. Books that I have really enjoyed reading over and over again and which have had an impact on my life are "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, "The Belgariad" series by David Eddings and J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit".
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Post by: Antonio Silva on December 02, 2006, 17:19:43
I'm reading "Passo a Passo: Alemão", it's in portugese, in english it's something like "Step by Step: German", a guide to learn German, I need to improve it. Ich möchte ein goethesbuch auf Deutsch lesen, aber mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut =(.

My next book shall be "A Rosa do Povo" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, one of the biggest poetry of Brazil.
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Post by: Yaga on December 03, 2006, 14:54:27
Now I'm reading a book by Sheila O'Flanagan - just to read some nice British language ;)
And I'm reading some fantasy/SF books by Polish authors - you problably don't know them as they haven't been translated probably.
And generally I love fantasy/SF books :D I have plenty of favourite books / authors - I love reading books, that's my passion :)
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Post by: blackswan on December 03, 2006, 19:09:50
Bukowski..
oh my god....it's great  :shock:   8)   :!:  :D
i've read 4 books, and I like the way he wrote them, a lot
Title: Bukowski
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on December 03, 2006, 19:38:18
@Blackswan: tip?: Bukowski admired Fante a lot: did you read "Ask the Dust"? It´s hilarious.
I´m now reading "The Radetzki March" by Joseph Roth.  Like my own alter ego MC Fronto, he  is remembering in this book (as an exile jew) the wonderfull times of an old empire that had disappeared in history; in his case: the Double Monarchy (of Austria-Hungary).

vs Leo

@Antonio Silva. There is a translation of Carlos Drummond Andrade´s poetry by August Willemsen in Dutch which I have enjoyed tremendously.  Further on: did you read Camoes? In Holland we have had a great poet who translated several of his poems: Slauerhoff ( who wrote among others the novelle: "The Fall of Guadalajara").
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Post by: Antonio Silva on December 10, 2006, 13:12:45
Marcus, I didn't read completly a book of Camões, but here in Brazil it's normal to read some chapters of "Os Lusíadas" because it's necessary to enter in a university, so I read some chapters and everyone here need to study Camões in the scholl.

I really know I need to read "Os Lusíadas" completly, and I had never thought there's a book of him translated to dutch, it's very interesting!  :)
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Post by: lacrima_elix on December 26, 2006, 22:49:14
I'm reading Llosa's "The War of the End of the World" ("La guerra del fin del mundo"). Interesting style, but the story itself...well, let's say that it isn't my cup of tea. ;)  I've also found a new novel by Saramago - The Mafra Memorial ("Memorial do Convento"). Also trying to buy Meyrink's "The Golem".
Has anyone read Douglas Adams? I've heard he's worth reading...
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Post by: Unknown21 on December 27, 2006, 13:47:03
I am finishing the last few sites of Harry Potter and the halfblood princeand next I am going to read the two parts of Eragon from Christopher Paolini
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Post by: lacrima_elix on December 27, 2006, 16:24:20
Oh, great! :D  I've read everything I was able to find from the Harry Potter series, including the one you've mentioned. As for Eragon, I haven't seen the film yet, nor read the book (a trilogy, right?). I understand it's not as good as Lord of the Rings...
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Post by: Unknown21 on December 27, 2006, 20:49:41
I saw the movie a few days ago and I think it´s great. It is a bit similar to Lord of the Rings in a few scenes but the dragon looks great and I love dragons ! And now I am going to read the books, I am really excited how it is, but I only know 2 parts so far.
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Post by: lacrima_elix on December 28, 2006, 00:40:04
Then I'll try at least to see the movie.  ;)  Any handsome actors playing in it?  :P
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Post by: Unknown21 on December 28, 2006, 20:49:17
The main character looks handsome but the most actors are unknown but one famous actor plays the evil part: John Malkovic
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Post by: lacrima_elix on January 02, 2007, 23:14:17
I've just finished "Der Golem" by Gustav Meyrink. Fabulous book! Marcus Cornelius Fronto spoke so often about it  that I had to read it and I must admit I'm impressed. I wish I could see that misterious Prague described by the author, but I'm sure that it exists only in his/my mind.
Preparing to read "Pedro Paramo" by Juan Rulfo.
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Post by: Schnorpeldi on January 03, 2007, 21:32:02
Now, I read "Herr Lehmann" a Christmas-Present from an very good friend. Also I read 2 Books from the Cure "Nach dem Regen" and "Never enough". Great!! :P  :P
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Post by: JONAS on January 08, 2007, 19:23:04
I've read many books, but my favourites are those written by Dostoevsky: 'Crime and Punishment', 'The Idiot' and 'The Karamazov Brothers', they're simply great.

Currently, I'm reading Joyce's "Ulysses"... It's quite tiring, actually, but I like it.  :)
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Post by: lacrima_elix on January 08, 2007, 19:37:00
Quote from: "JONAS"

Currently, I'm reading Joyce's "Ulysses"... It's quite tiring, actually, but I like it.  :)


Wow!! :shock:  I've never been able to finish "Ulysses".  :oops:
Do you like Virginia Woolf, too?

I've finished "Pedro Paramo". It gave me a few nightmares, but it's still a good book. Apparently, Juan Rulfo is the one who founded "the magic realism" and was followed by Marquez and the others.
Now reading Gunter Grass - "Im Krebsgang".
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Post by: JONAS on January 08, 2007, 19:58:26
hm, Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" was a good book (and, most certainly, easier to read than "Ulysses"  ;) ) but, unfortunately, that's all I've read of her books. ah, wait, I've read also a few of her short stories (in electronic format).

I'm not a big fan of south american literature, but I think "Pedro Paramo" is a masterpiece. I loved its melancholic athmosphere, that feeling of old regrets petrified under the burning sun of Mexic.  :)
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Post by: lacrima_elix on January 08, 2007, 20:10:09
Quote from: "JONAS"
hm, Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" was a good book (and, most certainly, easier to read than "Ulysses"  ;) ) but, unfortunately, that's all I've read of her books. ah, wait, I've read also a few of her short stories (in electronic format).

I'm not a big fan of south american literature, but I think "Pedro Paramo" is a masterpiece. I loved its melancholic athmosphere, that feeling of old regrets petrified under the burning sun of Mexic.  :)


Now I'm really impressed. :shock:  
Still, how can you not like the south-american writers?! Have you tried Ernesto Sabato? He's amazing.  8)
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Post by: JONAS on January 09, 2007, 09:08:17
I like some writers, Garcia Marquez & Sabato among others, but the rest of south-american literature is overrated.
Title: Spring Of Life
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on January 10, 2007, 21:32:55
The music of Erich Zann, by Lovecraft.
Just reread: Der arme Spielmann by Grillparzer
Rereading: The Radetzki March by Joseph Roth.

@Lacrima Elix: E.T.A. Hoffmann: Die Elixiere des Teufels.



Hope to be moving to Koningsbergen soon.
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Post by: lacrima_elix on January 10, 2007, 21:44:47
Quote from: "Marcus Cornelius Fronto"
@Lacrima Elix: E.T.A. Hoffmann: Die Elixiere des Teufels.


I've read it already.  :P
How 'bout some Huysmans - "The Black Liturgy"? Or Barbey d'Aurevilly - "L'ensorcelée"... ;)
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Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on January 10, 2007, 21:58:37
Read Huysmans. Don´t  know about the other book... My French is poor, is there a german, dutch, english translation?
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Post by: lacrima_elix on January 10, 2007, 22:29:17
Quote from: "Marcus Cornelius Fronto"
Read Huysmans. Don´t  know about the other book... My French is poor, is there a german, dutch, english translation?


The English title is "The Bewitched". Loved that book. He also has an interesting essay about the dandyism.  ;)
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Post by: Morgentau on March 28, 2007, 11:42:52
Pax americana
Die Geschichte einer Weltmacht

Herbig - Verlag


Aus dem Index:

Im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen zeitkritischen Büchern über die Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika veranschaulicht dieses Buch - von den angelsächsischen Wurzeln ausgehend - die Zusammenhänge sowie die Parallelen im Aufstieg des frühen England und des heutigen Amerika zur Weltmacht.
Das Bestreben, neue Grenzen zu ziehen, bestimmt die Geschichte der USA seit der Wahl Georg Washingtons zum ersten Präsidenten im Jahre 1789. Ging es in den ersten hundert Jahren um die Ausdehnung ihres Teritoriums nach Westen, so sind seit dem hehre Ziele an ihre Stelle getreten, gipfelnd in der Entschlossenheit die Welt, notfalls mit Gewalt, von ihren "Schurken" zu erlösen. Für Skrupel bleibt da wenig Raum. Wie die Autoren ausführlich darlegen, reicht dieser unabhängige Vorwärts- und Freiheitsdrang der "nation under God" weit zurück und manifestierte sich bereits in der Unternehmung der Wikinger und Normannen.
Inwieweit sich das Vordringen der von Frontier-Mentalität geprägten Siedler in das Indianerland auf den amerikanischen Volkscharakter ausgewirkt hat, kann nur vermutet werden. Leichter nachzuweisen ist, daß sich die von calvinistischem Erwähltheitsglauben und aufklärerischem Freiheitspathos durchdrungenen Amerikaner - trotz der lange bestehenden Sklaverei - den Fortschrittsideen der Moderne bereits frühzeitig verschrieben haben, so daß die rasche Technisierung und Industrialisierung als typisch US-amerikanisch erscheinen und dem American Way of life einen Stempel aufdrücken.
Die historische Mission, die Amerika seit vielen Jahrzehnten wahrnimmt, fußt auf einer ganz außergewöhnlichen Erfolgsgeschichte, die an den aufstieg Roms erinnert. Sie wird untermauert mit Gründungsmythen, dem zielstrebigen Ausblenden der dunklen Seite aus dem Buch der eigenen Geschichte und der Externalisierung des Bösen.
Die Siege in den beiden Weltkriegen, aber auch das Thema 11. September 2001 in den Augen vieler die vorbeugende Selbstverteidigung, die Mißachtung der Normen des Völkerrechts, die Befriedigung der Welt unter dem Schutz der USA, koste es was es wolle: die Pax americana.

Wolfgang Effenberg - Konrad Löw sind zwei sehr anerkannte Buchautoren, komischerweise - da sie Dinge enthüllen die wir ja eigentlich gar nicht wissen "dürfen" ....

Bestellung ist zum Bespiel möglich über den Koppverlag.
ISBN 3-7766-2360-8
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Post by: blackswan on May 01, 2007, 09:17:18
The French Lieutenant's Woman-John Fowles
I am at the begining now , though it seems to be interesting.
The Magus was a great book,so I said I should try this one too
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Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on October 01, 2007, 18:36:10
I'm reading The Wandering Jew by August Vermeylen.
One of the many story's about Ahasverus.
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Post by: Kitty on October 01, 2007, 20:06:01
I'm reading "In der Strafkolonie" from Kafka since it's one we need to read for school...I must say I'll need to reed it twice when I want to understand it, but I like it, it's a bit how can I say it "hard", "though" but really good written, I could advise to read it yeah  :)

Greetings
Me
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Post by: Arlishan on October 01, 2007, 22:35:00
Oooh, Kafka's really a good writer, I hope you enjoy that book!
I'm currently reading Schopenhauer's Die Verwandlung, just that I don't have loads of time to read so... :? I've been taking long with it
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Post by: Kitty on October 02, 2007, 19:41:53
yeah I enjoy the book on the train  :D the only free time to read so...

I need to read others too donno Tristan or something though I still don't know if that's the writer or the title  :lol: and also "Sebastian im Traum"  :) a lot of reading stuff  :D problem is I only got a week per book  :? and I'm not a very fast reader so...

Greetz
me
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Post by: Morgentau on October 02, 2007, 19:50:44
O.o

To time I read a book with the titel: Welcher Pilz ist das? from Kosmos Verlag :D
Well .. I need it for good cooking  8)
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Post by: Kitty on October 02, 2007, 19:56:41
:lol: héhé
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Post by: Arlishan on October 03, 2007, 01:06:06
One week per book? That may be hard but I envy it! At school we take a week to read and analyse a single short-story... not that my literature teacher is the best one nor the studies program from the UNAM (the national university) for high school :?  So, we have to do our best by reading outside school!
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Post by: Anastasia 'Kopie' on October 18, 2007, 13:17:32
My favorite book...I don't promise that I'll write its name right=)))
I just translate its name from russian...adn the authors name too=))
So, it is "Red and black" writen by Stendal. I really love this book! Did anybody read it?
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Post by: Aional on October 19, 2007, 15:00:52
Reading now-HARD TIMES by Charles Dickens

Favorite by now...Candide by Voltaire.
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Post by: Kitty on October 19, 2007, 15:58:50
I'm now reading "mein Kampf" from Adolf Hitler for a schoolproject from English...believe me this men missed some brains in his skulp!

Greetings
Me
Title: Mein Krampf
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on October 30, 2007, 19:05:47
Good luck reading it.. This will not be easy, though... I only came to page 150 or so (it has some 400 pages). The beginning tells a story (how I'm born etcetera), but after a while this guy just keeps repeating himself... Oh well:

It's His Krampf... Down The Toilet With Brownie...
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Post by: Kitty on October 31, 2007, 10:06:02
:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
yeah well wasn't really thinking of finishing it, i needed it for an essay I wanted to write, since there's a banning on it even still and I thought it's a bit of a pitty that one don't try to confrontate people with those ridiculous ideas I mean as you told the book is full of repetition, full of nonsense I mean his ideas every reasonable man would see that what that men writes are his own illusions about this world just the beginning how he describes the "growing dislike of the judes" WHAT SENSE DOES IT MAKES???!!! though I've heard somewhere that he might just dislike the judes cause it was a jude who didn't want to let him in the academie for drawing since his dream was to become a painter  :? well but then he himself sais all started with the closed attitude of the jude while I'm sorry many people are closed books when you first meet them and some just stay closed even when you get very good friends...I decided to stop reading since well i got fucked up while reading I was so mad cause this man really made his illusions come real...but I had to read it I wanted to know how Crazy or how a total brain brakedown can make someone do something like what happen in the WWII, well very crazy so it seems...though we should always keep in mind that only ONE man can't make something like Holocaust on his own...so NOT only Hitler was reason of what happen there, he was the main reason but not the only reason...I really pitty those germans you know, cause what do we need to believe; one sais they didn't know (which I believe was at first like that, in the beginning I'm sure they didn't know what happen to the judes but in the end? the entire world knew and they wouldn't?) other say they did...but then again WHAT COULD THEY HAVE DONE? I mean yeah right they will have known it at the end of the war like any other human on this planet, but what could they as people have done? the only one who could have done something was England chief of that time cause he had the power but he didn't why not? FEAR?Or did he like what happen?...

Greetings
Me
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on November 08, 2007, 08:34:34
Now I read Vladimir Nabokov`s "The Other Shores" (American version of this book called "Conclusive Evidence") and it`s my favourite.
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Post by: Alex&Ra on November 08, 2007, 08:47:42
I'm now reading "The fractal analysis of financial markets". It's on my research work, so don't get scared :lol:
Zeake_Asakura
Quote
Now I read Vladimir Nabokov`s "The Other Shores"and it`s my favourite.

Is it really? :shock:
No offences, but I hate these books... What exactly do you like in his style of writing?
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on November 08, 2007, 08:53:40
I like everything. His style of wrirting is the most wonderful I`ve ever read. That`s because of maybe my perception of the world is very like Nabokov`s.
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Post by: Schnorpeldi on November 08, 2007, 17:01:55
Till today, I was reading NEVER ENOUGh - The Story from the Cure
Now, i´m reading AFTER THE RAIN
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on November 18, 2007, 12:15:26
And now I read Norwegian Wood of Haruki Murakami.
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on November 25, 2007, 08:51:11
:) and now Murakami again, The End of the World & the Crazy Wonderland.
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Post by: Gothing on December 07, 2007, 11:29:47
I don't read much but when i do, i want to read good ones.
now, I am reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, chapter 18, still long way to finish it.
Good stories about Vlad Tepes, The Impaler.
The Author mixed the true history and the fictions.
I just can't wait to read till the last page of it.
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Post by: †Lady Leben on December 10, 2007, 02:34:34
I'm reading Dom Casmurro, of a writter called Machado de Assis... Really good, I love all his books! Actually I recomend u people to read "Memórias póstumas de Brás Cubas (Bras Cubas's posthumous memorys). It was translated to English and is such an incredible book!!! @.@
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on December 10, 2007, 09:28:13
R.L.Stevenson, The Suicide Club. What a good thing was this club... I`d join it...
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Post by: Lucy on December 10, 2007, 20:35:29
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
The Suicide Club.



 Zeake_Asakura...Hmm...interesting :roll:  and what is this book about? ;)
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on December 11, 2007, 08:59:46
It`s a cycle of stories. Florisel the prince and his friend met a strange man who told them about the Suicide Club. The members of it are people who are cowardly too much to commit suicide or want some intense feelings. They wants adventures and join the club. I won`t tell you what happens then. :)
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Post by: Lucy on December 11, 2007, 09:58:04
Aha, I 've got the plot of this book...


Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
I won`t tell you what happens then. :)



 :lol: Maybe you didn't read it till the end yet, so, you can't tell me what happened next :lol:  8)
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on December 12, 2007, 08:23:34
I finished reading. There was only three first stories.
And now I read Madame Bovary, G. Flaubert.
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Post by: Lü Sha on December 12, 2007, 17:33:34
now my brain almost dead so I'm reading series of funny and harmless illustration books by a cute little Japanese girl, making me worriless and brainless  :D
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Post by: †Lady Leben on December 13, 2007, 04:52:10
Quote from: "Lü Sha"
now my brain almost dead so I'm reading series of funny and harmless illustration books by a cute little Japanese girl, making me worriless and brainless  :D


Oooh I lolve japanese ilustration (I try to make some by myself sometimes...) What's the name of urs?
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Post by: Lü Sha on December 14, 2007, 12:53:15
Actually it's not really manga style :D
“Living alone for the fifth year”, “going to Tokyo alone” by Takagi Naoko. I’m not sure about English names…it's about how she left home and went to Tokyo for life and five years living there on her own, some funny trifles and tips in life...her site http://hokusoem.com/
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on December 15, 2007, 12:22:50
I love this art too,as you can see  :)  but it`s hard to find something in my city.
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Post by: Arlishan on December 16, 2007, 03:49:29
Confessions of a mask by Yukio Mishima.
A must-read, definitely, it offers a very close vision of the fears humankind usually pushes away.
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Post by: Alex&Ra on December 16, 2007, 08:43:58
re-reading Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Grey"
such a wonderful book... Wilde is a master of paradox.
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on December 16, 2007, 08:46:17
Quote from: "Arlishan"
Confessions of a mask by Yukio Mishima.
A must-read, definitely, it offers a very close vision of the fears humankind usually pushes away.


Really??? I thought I`m the one who likes Yukio Mishima! And it`s more amazing cuz Confessions of a mask is the book which disappears from my bookshelf, I dunno how. Scarcely somebody could borrow it, cuz nobody I know aren`t interested in him.
Yesterday I finished  reading Pride & Prejudice by J.Austen and it was very boring.
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Post by: DarkLady on December 18, 2007, 16:14:53
Well In this moment I'm reading  Baudelaire's Poésie en prose of course in spanish that is my mother language I like it, but I enjoy read some tale or poem of Edgar Allan Poe, o poems of William Shakespeare, I enjoy this tales in his language (old english) and a book called "El tunel" -The Tunnel- of Ernesto Sabato, that are my favorites.
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Post by: Arlishan on December 22, 2007, 03:28:43
The mysterious dissapearing Mishima book? That's quite a scene!
I finished with Confessions of a mask a few days ago and I really enjoyed it, definitely those books made for thinking are my favorites. I'm looking forward to getting another Mishima book to know more about him- any suggestions, Zeake Asakura?
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on December 22, 2007, 07:42:05
Yes, I can suggest you "Patriotism", it's a novell, and "Noise of surf", it's a very untypical for Mishima story, something like mockery at his style.
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Post by: Arlishan on December 24, 2007, 22:12:06
Hey, thanks! As soon as libraries empty from the xmas-crazy-sales I'll look out for one of those!
Greets.
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on December 25, 2007, 06:15:52
You are welcome. :)
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Post by: Lacrwitch on January 14, 2008, 21:13:33
Im reading Lord of the Rings.
My favorite books are Bag of Boones by Stephen King and Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Im a crazy Stephen King fan..
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Post by: Aional on January 15, 2008, 05:57:01
Well.
Reading One flew over the cuckoo's nest now
And a total favorite(i've found it! :P ) is the tragedy of hamlet, prince of Denmark by u-know-who :D
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Post by: Kitty on January 15, 2008, 08:41:06
:lol: God I wish I were you! I find no time but reading my courses over and over again...but not for long anymore, I have some books ready to read once my exams are over  :lol:
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Post by: Alex&Ra on January 15, 2008, 11:23:03
Lucius Apuleius "The Golden Asse"
very hard language, but still great :)
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Post by: Aional on January 17, 2008, 09:31:51
Quote from: "Alex&Ra"
Lucius Apuleius "The Golden Asse"
very hard language, but still great :)

)))
Alex, can u advice some books? I came to the spot that i read being not so much interested  as before(not breathing untill the end of the page and all that stuff is forgotten, alas :cry: ). the only books that can sparkle my interest is about psychopaths :roll: or linguistics and other non-fiction stuff.

And i believe t's a good idea for everyone to advice some books. Or give a short mark for the one u are reading. For example, the one flew over the cuckoo's nest, which i read, at least now is the only the book in few YEARS that really is of some interest for me.  
2 Kitty-tigeR)
when i'll apply to the university and be going through my leaving exams it will be me the one envying :D
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Post by: Alex&Ra on January 17, 2008, 10:05:12
Aional, that's a great idea :!:
the resent non-fiction I read was "A big story of a little singularity" by Alexander Nikonov( "Большая история маленькой сингулярности" А.Никонов)and I liked it. Evolution, physical laws, macro- and micro-world - good reading, really good :)
I'll check out my library and write more later, ok?
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Post by: Aional on January 17, 2008, 10:12:45
Quote from: "Alex&Ra"
Aional, that's a great idea :!:
the resent non-fiction I read was "A big story of a little singularity" by Alexander Nikonov( "Большая история маленькой сингулярности" А.Никонов)and I liked it. Evolution, physical laws, macro- and micro-world - good reading, really good :)
I'll check out my library and write more later, ok?

 :D Thanks in advance!  ;)
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Post by: Alex&Ra on January 18, 2008, 01:55:55
so, here I come with the list :D
on psychopathy: there's a great book by Colin Wilson "The world of Crime", especially the foreword is good, describing all the reasons and results of crimes in the light of psychiatry.
Then, "The Protocols of Magi" by Grigoriy Klimov (Протоколы Мудрецов) - a very interesting point of view on devil-god problem. Yes, it's about psychopaths :)
But I do advice you to read Nikonov. The book's a bit hard, because it has formulas included, but i'm sure you'll like it (despite your attitude to maths :) )
I wanted o ask what books have you read on linguistics and what can you advice me? Especially on the history of languages and etymology.
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Post by: Elena on January 18, 2008, 20:26:43
In the last time I become fan of E.M.Remarque. I'd like to read all his books)) :) Now, I read "The black obelisk"
(sorry for my english :oops: )
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Post by: Arlishan on January 19, 2008, 00:02:34
THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, for the millionth time. My favorite book ever. If you have the chance to read it, don't hesitate! :D
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Post by: Aional on January 24, 2008, 09:39:19
Quote from: "Alex&Ra"
so, here I come with the list :D
on psychopathy: there's a great book by Colin Wilson "The world of Crime", especially the foreword is good, describing all the reasons and results of crimes in the light of psychiatry.
Then, "The Protocols of Magi" by Grigoriy Klimov (Протоколы Мудрецов) - a very interesting point of view on devil-god problem. Yes, it's about psychopaths :)
But I do advice you to read Nikonov. The book's a bit hard, because it has formulas included, but i'm sure you'll like it (despite your attitude to maths :) )
I wanted o ask what books have you read on linguistics and what can you advice me? Especially on the history of languages and etymology.

THANKS!  :D (i love maths but not when i need to write a test on it... ;) )
And about ur request... I'll get through my papers and tell you on saturday, i believe. i simply have no internet connection at my uncle's, where i live now. But i'll find everything вкусное) fr u) :D thanks again!
an', by the way, have u read Diaries of Sinaida Hippius?(Дневники Зинаиды Гиппиус), i came in sight of them during my work on my russian literature paper(tomorrow's the scinetific and practical conference :roll: ), it is great)she's a sardonic poet of our Silver Age ;)  and Tolstaya(a writer) recommends some books by professor Sacks or somehow(the author of the book the man that mistook his wife for a hat), he's a psychiatrist.  :)
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on January 24, 2008, 10:11:37
Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, The Happy Cats  :lol:
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Post by: Leiden on January 25, 2008, 16:00:45
In this moment I am reading "Al final del juego" (End of the game) Of Julio Cortazar here (http://www.utdallas.edu/~aargyros/continuity_of_the_parks.htm) is a short tale of that book is really good I like it, and my favorite book is "Hombres y Engranajes" of Ernesto Sabato
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Post by: Aional on January 29, 2008, 05:59:15
am here, tough and skinny...


Alex&Ra- Bill Bryson is the name. Mother tongue.  :D
other books i couldn't remember, therefore they are not memorible.  :D
i'll search for them when i have time) i swear)
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Post by: Alex&Ra on January 29, 2008, 06:48:24
Aional, no I'm afraid I haven't read anything of Sinaida Hippius, but I'll make aure I read it a month or so. As soon as my pre-diploma practice is over.
And thanks for reccomendation :D
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Post by: DarkLady on February 01, 2008, 16:01:25
Quote from: "Leiden"
In this moment I am reading "Al final del juego" (End of the game) Of Julio Cortazar here ([url]http://www.utdallas.edu/~aargyros/continuity_of_the_parks.htm[/url]) is a short tale of that book is really good I like it, and my favorite book is "Hombres y Engranajes" of Ernesto Sabato


That tale is awesome I have read in spanish and I like it so much

Here is it

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 Continuity of the Parks, by Julio Cortázar

He had begun to read the novel a few days before. He had put it aside because
of some urgent business conferences, opened it again on his way back to the
estate by train; he permitted himself a slowly growing interest in the plot,
in the characterizations. That afternoon, after writing a letter giving his
power of attorney and discussing a matter of joint ownership with the manager
of his estate, he returned to the book in the tranquility of his study which
looked out upon the park with its oaks. Sprawled in his favorite armchair, its
back toward the door--even the possibility of an intrusion would have
irritated him, had he thought of it--he let his left hand caress repeatedly
the green velvet upholstery and set to reading the final chapters.

He remembered effortlessly the names and his mental image of the characters;
the novel spread its glamour over him almost at once. He tasted the almost
perverse pleasure of disengaging himself line by line from the things around
him, and at the same time feeling his head rest comfortably on the green
velvet of the chair with its high back, sensing that the cigarettes rested
within reach of his hand, that beyond the great windows the air of afternoon
danced under the oak trees in the park. Word by word, licked up the sordid
dilemma of the hero and heroine, letting himself be absorbed to the point
where the images settled down and took on color and movement, he was witness
to the final encounter in the mountain cabin. The woman arrived first,
apprehensive; now the lover came in, his face cut by the backlash of a
branch. Admirably, she stanched the blood with her kisses, but he rebuffed
her caresses, he had not come to perform again the ceremonies of a secret
passion, protected by a world of dry leaves and furtive paths through the
forest. The dagger warmed itself against his chest, and underneath liberty
pounded, hidden close. A lustful, panting dialogue raced down the pages like
a rivulet of snakes, and one felt it had all been decided from eternity. Even
to those caresses which writhed about the lover's body, as though wishing to
keep him there, to dissuade him from it; they sketched abominably the fame of
that other body it was necessary to destroy. Nothing had been forgotten:
alibis, unforeseen hazards, possible mistakes. From this hour on, each
instant had its use minutely assigned. The cold-blooded, twice-gone-over
reexamination of the details was barely broken off so that a hand could
caress a cheek. It was beginning to get dark.

Not looking at each other now, rigidly fixed upon the task which awaited
them, they separated at the cabin door. She was to follow the trail that led
north. On the path leading in the opposite direction, he turned for a moment
to watch her running, her hair loosened and flying. He ran in turn, crouching
among the trees and hedges until, in the yellowish fog of dusk, he could
distinguish the avenue of trees which led up to the house. The dogs were not
supposed to bark, and they did not bark. The estate manager would not be
there at this hour, and he was not there. He went up the three porch steps
and entered. The woman's words reached him over a thudding of blood in his
ears: first a blue chamber, then a hall, then a carpeted stairway. At the
top, two doors. No one in the first room, no one in the second. The door of
the salon, and then, the knife in his hand, the light from the great windows,
the high back of an armchair covered in green velvet, the head of the man in
the chair reading a novel.[/list]

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And Cortazar also translate the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, I love the tales of Poe.
Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Leiden on February 02, 2008, 00:01:49
Quote from: "DarkLady"

That tale is awesome I have read in spanish and I like it so much
And Cortazar also translate the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, I love the tales of Poe.
:P :P :P

You like Cortazar too, now I'm trying to get a book of all his tales in the library and I have "historias de Cronopios y famas" and  "Bestiario" that all so good and that's all I read of him until now (soon I expect to read more of him). and also I have audiobooks reading by himself.

I also like the tales Of Edgar Allan Poe, especially his poems I have two of his books in old english that are awesome

Good Luck ;)
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Post by: Aional on February 26, 2008, 06:10:52
since i resumed my latin and deutch studies(by myself, surely) i read now few books in 4 languages(i am not the big horn loony, don't think so, please):
Russian: Diaries of Zinaida Hippius, second book
Deutch: Anne Marie Remarque, Drei Kameraden
English: Piter Pan
Latin: de Caesaribus by Avrelius Victor
*kill me, somebody, please*
Pan is fav
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Post by: Gothing on March 24, 2008, 16:56:01
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
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Post by: Aional on April 26, 2008, 07:04:10
:lol:
Ulysses by James Joyce and Brothers Karamazov by Dostoewsky.
After Bukowsky's Ham on Rye.
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Post by: Kitty on April 26, 2008, 12:58:30
I'm reading 'The accidental' byAli Smith and from what I read already I don't quit like it  :? and it counts 320 pages so  :? and I have to read it for school  :?  :lol:

I'm also reading 'the god of Small things' by Arundhati Roy which starts really confusing I mean a lot of strange names and it took me some while to be able to know who was who but ones the story starts around page 130 something like that it's a lovely book. Well written I think

I've also read "Romulus der GroBe" by Dürrenmatt which is a comedie actually a play written down, I usually don't like to read theatre plays but I liked this one  :lol:

Greetz
Longway
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Post by: pierre.francisco on April 27, 2008, 13:23:48
At the moment, I'm reading 'When Nietzsche cried' Irvin D. Yalom, and it's promissing to be a great book.
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Post by: Christinne on May 01, 2008, 12:34:31
I'm really in love with books of Ann Rice.
Her romantic vampire legends... They are absolutely magnificent.
I read Tolstoy - I had to, but it's difficult to get down to read his creations like "War and Peace"... But I did!)
Also... Also I like Poppy Z. Brite!
If someone's books make me feel they are hers.
 :C:
From Russian writers fom my poit of view the best is Akunin. His is a master of writing such books...
And my love forever is William Shakespear!
Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: DarkLady on May 12, 2008, 15:47:16
Quote from: "Christinne"
I'm really in love with books of Ann Rice.
Her romantic vampire legends... They are absolutely magnificent.
I read Tolstoy - I had to, but it's difficult to get down to read his creations like "War and Peace"... But I did!)
Also... Also I like Poppy Z. Brite!
If someone's books make me feel they are hers.
 :C:
From Russian writers fom my poit of view the best is Akunin. His is a master of writing such books...
And my love forever is William Shakespear!


I like Anne Rice Too! I have reading
# Interview With The Vampire (1976)
# The Vampire Lestat (1985)
# The Queen of the Damned (1988)
# Memnoch The Devil (1995)
# The Vampire Armand (1998)
# Pandora (novel) (1998)
# Merrick (2000)
# Blood and Gold (2001)
In spanish that's my mother tongue.... are awesome that books I expect to find another ones to continue reading this autor

I have reading Tolstoi (Ana Karenina) and I really enjoy it

I like it William Shakespeare too... even I tried to read his works in old english (It's kind of difficult for me, cause I'm learning english) and I love it. I really learn a lot... :!:
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Post by: Gothing on May 29, 2008, 16:59:55
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

imagine ..you can buy ghost from internet.
nice story telling...scary
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Post by: Vannie on May 29, 2008, 20:02:36
atm I'm reading two of Edgar Allen Poe's books for English at school :) I'm lucky - i really like his style and so ^^

Also reading the Darren Shan series - kid's books about vampires :lol: i have barely read books for children since... 6 years :lol: then, when i should've read those books, i was reading books from Margareth Weis & Tracy Hickman, Robin Hobb, Raymond E. Feist, Pratchett and Tolkien... :P

Does anyone know / like the books by Terry Pratchett?

I like Anne Rice too - have read Intervieuw with the Vampire, but stopped reading the Vampire Lestat... :( very sorry about that, but at that time i just couldn't find the rest to read..
Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Snowy on May 29, 2008, 20:14:36
CSI: body of edivence by Max Allen Collins
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Post by: Aional on June 11, 2008, 04:02:17
Have ended reading "Besy"("devils") by Dostoewsky. Well...
Reading Lewis Caroll now.
P.S. I've passed through all my exams successfully!!!! And can read WHATEVER i wish having time to do this! HIIIIIIIIIIHA!!!!! :D  :D  :D  :D
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Post by: Vannie on June 12, 2008, 17:10:16
congrats :D

I'm reading a book by Sergej Lukjanenko now, the third in the serie :) don't know the English title, in Dutch it is 'Schemerwacht' (meaning s.t. like guard of the dusk) and it says that the original title 'Sumerechniy dozor'.. ;)
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on June 12, 2008, 17:59:07
:shock:  amazingly, this book was traslated into Dutch  :shock:  I did not read it even in Russian :)
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Post by: Vannie on June 12, 2008, 18:05:58
it's really cool :P

in the back of the book there is a little text that says that there also are these movies, real blockbusters or something, but I guess I missed them :P
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Post by: Kitty on June 12, 2008, 18:43:12
blockbusters that name says me something but I don't know rather I saw them or my friend...I only thought it was just one movie...I can be wrong  :)
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on June 12, 2008, 19:40:48
As far as I remember there were two Russian films. It seems like I even watched them.
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Post by: Aional on June 13, 2008, 05:03:03
Mamma mia, you are reading Lukjanenko?
Ошизеть.........
Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Aional on June 13, 2008, 05:16:41
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
:shock:  amazingly, this book was traslated into Dutch  :shock:  I did not read it even in Russian :)

The world is a wondrous place...No one knows when bumps into a wall...
Literature is getting downdowndowndown.....*cries*
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Post by: Kitty on June 13, 2008, 07:20:13
not if you look at my book shranks  :lol: I love my books piece by piece  :lol: I only haven't got the time to read them since I have too much books for uni I have to read, and those I don't like...they're all about sex god we really live in a sex world aren't we  :lol:
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on June 13, 2008, 08:10:14
Aional-kun
Ошизеть was exactly the word I wanted to write too :) Unexpectablest  :lol:

Kitty-kun
I'm not  :)
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Post by: Kitty on June 13, 2008, 08:24:18
:lol:
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Post by: Aional on June 13, 2008, 08:48:45
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
Aional-kun
Ошизеть was exactly the word I wanted to write too :) Unexpectablest  :lol:

Kitty-kun
I'm not  :)

Asakura-kun
:lol:
Don't you think that using prefix kun- for females is out of grammar? Though I am not sure but i remember reading something about it  ;) Or u consider as comrades? :lol:
2 Kitty
No, if you don't mean psychological differences of opposite sexes :lol:
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on June 13, 2008, 09:17:08
http://lacrimosa.ch/cms/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4146&start=40
I've done a great work yesterday about this matter. -kun is correct  :)
Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Kitty on June 13, 2008, 09:51:09
Quote from: "Aional"
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
Aional-kun
Ошизеть was exactly the word I wanted to write too :) Unexpectablest  :lol:

Kitty-kun
I'm not  :)

Asakura-kun
:lol:
Don't you think that using prefix kun- for females is out of grammar? Though I am not sure but i remember reading something about it  ;) Or u consider as comrades? :lol:
2 Kitty
No, if you don't mean psychological differences of opposite sexes :lol:


The -kun is that eum the how you say that the diminutive?
comrade Kitty ahoi  :lol: I don't mind really people call me kittycat some times after the sweets citcat someone knows that?  :lol: it's once of the bars of a Leo but in large fromation  :roll:  :lol: héhé but it's very funny since kittykun is also said in belgium and I think I now know where it comes from  :lol: but it's a dialect with us the normal formation is Kittytje or Kittyken(in dialect also this last one)  :lol: waauw isn't that just great!

Psychological differences of opposite sexes it sounds like a title of a book joh  8)  I just meant the sex element the like going to bed with whoever crosses your path of the opposite sexes  :lol: that's what I meant, it's in all book I needed to read this year as well for German as for English :lol: I really think all writers are obssesed with it now  :lol:
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Post by: Aional on June 13, 2008, 15:40:26
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
[url]http://lacrimosa.ch/cms/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4146&start=40[/url]
I've done a great work yesterday about this matter. -kun is correct  :)

снимаю шляпу. :D My humble pardons.
2 Kitty
Well... They are, indeed! :roll:
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Post by: Kitty on June 13, 2008, 16:56:36
:lol:  :lol: that was not the answer I was expecting really... :lol:
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on June 13, 2008, 17:44:41
Quote from: "Aional"
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
[url]http://lacrimosa.ch/cms/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4146&start=40[/url]
I've done a great work yesterday about this matter. -kun is correct  :)

снимаю шляпу. :D My humble pardons.
2 Kitty
Well... They are, indeed! :roll:


Ы!  :)
Title: Bibel Bible Babylon and Grotesque together again...
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on November 12, 2008, 19:20:06
I'm reading "Marcus" by the Holy Spirit  and "Grotesque" by Natsuo Kirino.
Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Zeake_Asakura on November 12, 2008, 20:00:08
I've just read "Animal farm" by George Orwell. I read two different Russian translations of this book and that's why when I saw it in original in bookshop I bought it immediately (BTW, that day I spent all my money there, I'm so weak-willed :) )
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Post by: Miss_Scabtree on November 12, 2008, 20:08:22
Well, I'm reading a classic: Franz Kafka, Das Schloss ^^
Title: Reedit of the Topic
Post by: Marcus Cornelius Fronto on November 12, 2008, 20:44:30
I just reedited the topic-subject. So the new second Question is: what does the book that you are reading do to YOU? Ok, I'm reading Marcus, the eldist of the Gospels, and alas, I'm still looking for the Answer.
Title: What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on November 12, 2008, 21:18:40
i read... nothing  :oops:  i used to read a lot when i was younger... but then i had some school problems and stuff like that, so i forgot about books... a shame, i know... but i was thinking about reading 'Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo' again [translated to slovenian, ofcourse =) ]
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Post by: Venetzia! on November 13, 2008, 07:17:12
I ended read Judith Macnot, "Paradise". Its a love story, one of the best in its genre. i wanted something kind and light in my life, and this book help me.

Now, i read David Weiss, SACRED AND PROPANE. Its a novel of the life and times of Mozart. I just wanna know about him life more-more-more =)
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Post by: Venetzia! on November 13, 2008, 07:30:48
Oh, i have a question!
People, can u tell me about average circulation of books in your country?
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Post by: Azul@ on November 13, 2008, 15:32:13
Hello! I very like to read! E.Po, Dante, Gete and another  :oops: E.Po and Dante are my favourite writters :oops: when i read them, I usually fly away... in another world which different from this. That world has more black colour but it more clean! :roll:
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Post by: Arlishan on November 17, 2008, 05:43:40
Average circulation of books? I don't really get it but if you mean the quality of the reading culture, I can say not much people read in my country, Mexico, in fact you are a very wiiiiieeerd person if you read more than a book once a year. Sad but true.

Well, I do read more than a book a year! I'm reading Van Gogh's letters, lecture that I had suspended for reading on the history of homosexuality (I'm an informed man! :P ). As for Van Gogh, my, I'm really amazed by the sensibility this man had! You can feel it from his paintings but from the direct words, you come to understand him better, he had a great heart!
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Post by: Psicosis on November 17, 2008, 11:56:51
The last book I read was "The Collector" by John Fowles. I read it like a month ago. It's a thriller. I did like it, but the second part is like a whole political lecture with which I don't fully agree. Besides that, it's pretty interesting if you like stuff from this genre.
I'm not currently reading anything right now, but I'll probably start reading "Bag of Bones" by Stephen King this week. A friend of mine gave it to me as a present for my birthday a month ago and due to some other activities in which I spend my time, I couldn't touch it yet.
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Post by: Aional on November 19, 2008, 16:43:21
Victor Pelevin, P5

Gives me peace. I need it so much now....
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on November 19, 2008, 17:33:27
Quote from: "Aional"
Victor Pelevin, P5

Gives me peace. I need it so much now....


I've just read it at the second time) Funny)
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Post by: Venetzia! on December 08, 2008, 10:38:56
Quote from: "Arlishan"
Average circulation of books? I don't really get it but if you mean the quality of the reading culture, I can say not much people read in my country, Mexico, in fact you are a very wiiiiieeerd person if you read more than a book once a year. Sad but true.


There "circulation" means number of (printed) copies in one edition. But... but u absolutely right. People dont read book now =(
neither Russia nor USA.
incidentally, i was on recording TV broadcast recently, and in technical room i saw so great pictiure:

(http://www.cvclinton.com/images/img_2171.jpg)
inscription on box: LIBRARY
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Post by: Venetzia! on December 08, 2008, 10:48:25
Quote from: "Aional"
Victor Pelevin, P5
.

bow my head in front of Pelevin'readers =) , coz i cant read his book after Generation P
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Post by: Arlishan on December 09, 2008, 21:42:53
Now that's very curious... About circulation... I checked some books I've got and they said they had around 6,000 copies.
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Post by: godgott on January 31, 2009, 16:18:09
Stephen King is a Master!And Dean Koontz,Graham Masterton,Harlan Coben,Agatha Christie,Jeffery Deaver.
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Post by: Aional on February 01, 2009, 19:16:06
oh, and i've completely forgotten about the topic! Funny  :D

Right now I'm reading Maugham's 'of human bondage', which i like a lot (I may be bias, but he is ingenious). And another book - Understanding Uncertainty, which is very insteresting, too.

 :D And, yeah, I'm happy to see other Olegychans (:lol: oh, bother, i meant Pelevinians) in here  :D
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Post by: Vannie on February 02, 2009, 21:56:32
trying to read 'The Colour of Light' by Terry Pratchett... I just can't find the time :lol: but I borrowed it and he won't give back my dvd before I give back the book :shock:

Also, trying to read about Michelangelo for a school thing. I hope to find other things than only 'he made this in that year' :)
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Post by: Arlishan on February 08, 2009, 06:15:27
I suddenly thought about this short story by Anton Chejov, THE MELANCHOLY. That pure, steel blue sadness... It's awesome, I consider it one of the most beautiful compositions I've ever read. I first read it when I was eight and I couldn't fully understand Chejov's universe but I did understand that the ambience had something of perfect in the middle of that lonely misery. Some months ago, I did a painting about that short story, I'll try to take a picture of it (too large to scan!) and share it.
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Post by: Aional on March 05, 2009, 11:31:17
Well. Just wanted to tell that in "Of human bondage" Maugham gives an explanation of the meaning of a single human life (not manhood in general). '

Right now I'm rereading Alice by Charles Dodgson (known as Lewis Caroll) (A-a-h! I LOVE IT) :D
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Post by: Arlishan on March 08, 2009, 02:51:28
Right now I'm on The Silmarillion, digging up again on my past Tolkien obsession...Brings me so many good memories from the nice side of my teenage years, hihi  :D
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Post by: godgott on March 08, 2009, 09:17:48
Now I'm reading Agatha Christie "Pale Horse" and it's great.Next will be old "After the hole" Guy Burt.I read this book every year :D  but movies is not good.Book is better.
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Post by: Snowy on March 08, 2009, 15:30:09
Im reading CSI: Verboden Vruchten by Max Allen Collins.

The original title is CSI: Sin city
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Post by: Lü Sha on March 09, 2009, 04:07:06
Now I'm totally into I Ching--the book of changes.

I didn't think about reading it before cause I know it's said to be too difficult to understand, also its the origin of the whole chinese culture and philosophy, so I'm curious and want to try.
Now prepared with reliable interpretations I opened the first page....and it's amazing! the only thing a little difficult for me is it has math knowledge and logical calculating, even though it's so much fun..it enthralled me to another world without limits, think broad and look wide

it makes me believe at the time before prehistorical, there must be another highly civilised culture beyond our imagination and understanding, we cannot explain with all the currently knowledge in science and logic we got, and can only try to scratch the surface of knowledge in The book of changes with our very limited mind  

in that case, traveling back in the time tunnel for fairly long distance, then we'll see what future is like...and history is an endless loop with ups and downs.

otherwise, this wisdom does not belong to humanbeing.
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Post by: Vannie on March 17, 2009, 16:11:44
Lü Sha - I didn't completely understand what kind of book Ching is, could you explain? it sounds really interesting :)

I'm reading Marry Shelleys 'Frankenstein' at the moment. I find it very funny to see how a gothic novel really has (had) its influence on gothic subculture :) although now most think (I mean people outside gothic subculture, most 'in' don't have the limits of the prejudices for unknown in this case) only death, gloom and monstrousity are the main subjects of goth stuff. They forget things which ARE in this novel, like love, beauty, nature, innocence...
And with these themes, the gothic novel fits very good in the Romantic Age, I think. Just a tiny bit darker ;)
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Post by: Lü Sha on March 18, 2009, 04:36:07
The book of changes a.k.a "I Ching", it's an analects of lots symbols and theories that explain how the universe works, and teach people use orders of nature to guide their life and their views of the world. At times when I got confused and frustrated in life, I seek help from Taoism books again try to figure out ways, it did help me release pain and see a wide world. And then I begin to know and read I Ching as it is origin of Tao and the whole culture. But it's such an ancient book so explaination book is needed.

It divides things into three parts: xiang, shu and li, xiang is phenomenon ---e.g. I'm walking on street, that's xiang. Shu is measurement, how long does it take when I walk, how many steps and seconds, that is shu, li means reason, why can I walk on the road, because of gravity and friction force, "I Ching" believe everything has the three elements and I Ching developed method on how three elements work.
If one studies well, he's able to predict(conclude)  what's going to happen, and why it happened, as every phenomenon will change when it accumulated to certain amount,  hence, no more worries and sadness over useless phenomenon as you know when it changes.)
one example is five elements from this book known as wu xing, chinese medicine classified human's internal organs accordig to five elements: liver classified as wood, heart is fire, metal sign is for the lung, water sign for kidney, earth sign for spleen. so if one gets serious illness in lung, he needs to examine his kidney as well, since metal originate water...when metal got problem for a long time, water will be affected and insufficient.

I think it's interesting in simple life as well as for philosophy addict. ;))

Gothic novel was my favourite part when we had literature class ;D but my classmates seem to be scared a little bit about the content...I think authors write gothic novel feel the need to wake up numb people, love and hate intensely, though gothic novel got too popular that it became a fixed model later on, so is the music nowadays ;)
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Post by: Vannie on March 21, 2009, 21:23:34
Thanks for the explaination! (damn, how do i write that! ^^')
I'm going to read it over when I'm not this sleepy so I'll remember more ;)

Unfortunately, there are no such things written in the NL, I think our most reknown philosopher wasn't even a real dutch guy :lol:
Although there were some people in Romanticism who thought up the 'Oera Linda' book, which narrated about the Frysians (from Friesland, a part of the NL) who had a greater civilisation then the old Greek, visited Atlantis and America and bla bla bla and people actually believed :lol:

Yes, such as 'there are so many goths who try to be 'original' and 'different', that if you put them all together, they are all the same'...
Hm, I couldn't be scared by a gothic novel in comparison to a lot of modern books :) It only came by really quickly in our (very poor) literature class, so I'm reading them anyway.
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Post by: Psicosis on April 05, 2009, 04:52:47
I'm currently reading Dracula by Bram Stoker.
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Post by: Aional on April 07, 2009, 15:12:11
8) Feynman's lectures on Physics. I'm in love with them :lol: so much fun, really!!!!

 :P Gosh, I wish he was my relative. In that case I wouldn't have booomed my head in the doors I have nothing to do with.  (well, no, I have, or I will have, but not now, later) :oops:  :lol:  :lol:

About The MAN - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3164300309410618119
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Post by: Lollipop on April 07, 2009, 18:26:48
At this moment i'm reading... :? lectures in philosophy. Quite interesting, but still difficult. For pleasure i'm reading stories by Heinrich Böll. I'm in love with this author. I like the language, the thoughts and the atmosphere. The period of the lost generation and the period after WWII are my favorite Why? I don't know. Perhaps it's all because of the irony of people, who lived in the tough times. They are brave enough not to loose sense of humor and taste to live.
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Post by: Grin on April 17, 2009, 19:05:17
And i'm reading now "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe) i like it  :)
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Post by: Aional on April 17, 2009, 19:28:47
Quote from: "Grin"
And i'm reading now "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe) i like it  :)

haha! YEAH!!! Yet another lover of Edgar Allan!! Welcome in the club, dude! :)  :P

About me. I'm coming through the 6th book of Amber Chronicles. Gosh...when will it end, finally?.. :cry:
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Post by: Grin on April 17, 2009, 19:39:11
Quote
Welcome in the club, dude!


huh) well, it is not strange that here so much people like him)  ;)
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Post by: Lollipop on April 17, 2009, 19:42:28
Quote from: "Aional"
Quote from: "Grin"
And i'm reading now "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe) i like it  :)

haha! YEAH!!! Yet another lover of Edgar Allan!! Welcome in the club, dude! :)  :P

 :P Hey! I also like Poe)) Well, actually the list of my favorite writers is awfully big. I don't know whether Strugatskije A.&B. are translated into English or other languages (whatever!) but I do recommend to read them. Their books are said to be sci-fi, but you shouldn't believe it, because the works of A.&B. Strugatskije are philosophic, sophisticated and... clever.
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Post by: TiAn on April 18, 2009, 09:04:05
mhhh, was les ich für bücher, also an sich lese ich nicht sehr gern, aber wenn ich mal lese dann schon eher so biografien über menschen die mich interessieren, also cih sag zb ian curtis, johnny cash, elvis, KLAUS KINSKI, Falco joah das wars soweit erstmal was mir da so einfällt, literatur is sehr schwer für mich irgendwie, also so die hohe große literatur is für mich irgendwie bahnhof, also ich mein damit, ich kann texte oftmals nicht so interpretieren wie es zb in der schule verlangt wurde.
das geht bei mir selten, ich mach mir immer meine eigenen gedanken dazu.
also ich mache mir nur mal als beispiel mein eigenes bild davon, warum der junge beim erlenkönig stirbt, egal was goethe sich dabei gedacht hat :-D
wer will uns denn beweisen, dass diese finstere gestalt des erlenkönigs nicht doch schuld ist, anstelle des fiebers ;-)

ja und dann macht es mir nämlich doch wieder mehr spaß auch gelegentlich mal bissl, anspruchsvollere literatur zu mir zu nehmen, als biografien.
zb.

mag ich diverse dinge von villon, rimbaud, baudlaire hat eines der geilsten gedichte meineserachtens geschrieben

An eine, die vorüberging

 Der Straßenlärm betäubend zu mir drang.
 In großer Trauer, schlank, von Schmerz gestrafft,
 Schritt eine Frau vorbei, die mit der Hand gerafft,
 Den Saum des Kleides hob, der glockig schwang.

 Anmutig, wie gemeißelt war das Bein.
 Und ich, erstarrt, wie außer mich gebracht,
 Vom Himmel ihrer Augen, wo ein Sturm erwacht,
 Sog Süße, die betört, und Lust, die tötet, ein.

 Ein Blitz… dann Nacht! - Du Schöne, mir verloren,
 Durch deren Blick ich jählings neu geboren,
 Werd ich in Ewigkeit dich erst wiedersehn?

 Woanders, weit von hier! zu spät! soll’s nie geschehn?
 Dein Ziel ist mir und dir das meine unbekannt.
 Dich hätte ich geliebt, und du hast es geahnt!



joah und ringelnatz is auch toll und rilke.
aber vll bin ich da auch grad im falschen thread, es ging ja um bücher und nich um poesie.

rechtherzlichen dank für die aufmerksamkeit
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Post by: Arlishan on April 19, 2009, 19:12:23
I'm with the Divina Commedia, I hadn't read it before and I was surprised with the descriptions of hell since they are far more terrible than what I had imagined from a book written so long ago.
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Post by: Lollipop on April 23, 2009, 21:21:24
I've read "Pygmalion" in the original. Finally! it's one of my favorite plays))) It's such a pleasure to read something in the original and to understand it! Two years of learning English have a good result)) :lol:  :D  :D  :D
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on April 23, 2009, 21:46:19
i just finished reading some slovenian book Deseti brat [means 'the 10th brother']. i read it just because my teacher told me to do so. all this book did to me is my neck aching and now i can't move my head. at all...  :roll: this somehow shows you how much i [don't] read  :oops:  :lol:
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Post by: Aional on April 24, 2009, 09:43:20
"Rosa mira" ("The Rose of peace/world/society (ine of those great words of many meanings)") by Andreev. A spiritual book.
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Post by: Psicosis on April 28, 2009, 12:28:24
I finished Dracula.

Last night I started reading "A bag of bones" by Stephen King.
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Post by: Vannie on April 28, 2009, 12:43:31
Finished Frankenstein^^

Now I'm making my way trough two weeks of not reading this forum :lol:
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Post by: Sirin on May 03, 2009, 15:54:22
FeyNman's lectures yet again + Einstein + Dostoewsky (again rereading his works)
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Post by: Karfreitagskind on May 03, 2009, 20:40:54
Currently I'm waiting for the Fin de siècle Reclam-Book which I ordered on the Internet.
I love Expressionism and reading Poems,Essays or other works from this time really makes me thinking and gives me a lot oft help in my everyday life, for example when I'm in a situation that makes me feel being not understood by anyone.
Then reading this literature is a huge help for me!
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Post by: Arlishan on May 04, 2009, 19:38:55
El juego del ángel (The angel´s play) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón for the second time, as a prelude to my annual The Shadow of the Wind lecture.
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on May 04, 2009, 20:10:58
Quote from: "Arlishan"
El juego del ángel (The angel´s play) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón for the second time, as a prelude to my annual The Shadow of the Wind lecture.


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, i want slovenian translation and i want it NOW :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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Post by: Arlishan on May 09, 2009, 06:00:57
Absolutely! It's a great book... I'm sure you will enjoy it greatly!
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Post by: Sirin on May 11, 2009, 14:47:46
Drei Kameraden (Yep.... I decided to do it....) and The Crime and Punishment by Dostoewsky... Say, both in original.  :lol: I hope I won't be mad by the time they end. :lol:
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Post by: Flame on May 11, 2009, 16:07:48
History and filosophy os science..
Tomorrow I'll pass exams(((
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Post by: Sirin on May 11, 2009, 16:09:09
Quote from: "Flame"
History and filosophy os science..
Tomorrow I'll pass exams(((


Good luck with them!  ;)
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Post by: Lollipop on July 23, 2009, 00:30:11
Charles Dickens - "The Adventures of Oliver Twist"
Actually, I'm re-reading it, because when I read it first time I was too young to understand everything clearly)) And I saw no irony! 7 years - too young to enjoy Dickens!
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Post by: jenny-jen on July 23, 2009, 13:04:31
Maybe you'll think I'm a crazy teenager but the books I finished are really really good - Twilight serial :oops: And I've read these books BEFORE they were popular!^^
In my next free time I would like to read something about art, creativity, philosophy and psychology - very interesting topics, I think :)
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Post by: godgott on July 23, 2009, 14:12:01
Tom Clancy-Splinter Cell Checkmate
Yesterday I finished Whisper by Isabel Abedi...
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Post by: diosa_ coronada on July 26, 2009, 20:58:37
Isabel Allende "Retrato en sepia" ("Portrait in sepia"). M-mmm... Marvellous!
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Post by: Lollipop on September 30, 2009, 00:29:31
I have just finished "Where have you been, Adam" by Heinrich Böll. He's one of my favourites writers.  :cry: All he's wrinig about is very sad... but true. He's genious, isn't he?
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Post by: Psicosis on September 30, 2009, 00:34:04
"The Sandman" by Hoffmann. We're analyzing it in Literature, and I find it so interesting I'm going to choose it to make an essay for the subject. The other options were a few poems by Novalis, but I prefer The Sandman way better.
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Post by: reilinglina on October 02, 2009, 04:37:41
A Cambridge Concise History of Germany (in Chinese)

I wish to know more about Deutschland, so history may be a good first step.

Besides I would like to learn more about the Berliner Mauer (The wall seperated Berlin)..for its 20th Anniversary, it's meaning/symbol for people's revolution and power, and the issues that happened in the year I was born.
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Post by: Fearless_soul on October 02, 2009, 13:55:33
Today I'm going to read A.S. Gribojedov's " Gore ot uma " ( " Misfortune from mind " ) .It's a Russian writer , and today our lecturer was talking about it , and it inspired me to do this now , as I haven't read it before  ^
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Post by: Kurolff-chan on October 02, 2009, 16:39:42
Now, I'm reading "The Traveler" (El Viajero) - John Twelve Hawks, "Carrie" - Stephen King, "Twinlight" (Crepúsculo) - Stephenie Meyer for now.

Sometimes I prefer reading the books that to see the movies.
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Post by: Arlishan on October 02, 2009, 22:37:06
Currently, I'm reading White Fang for the second time, it had been a while since I had read it for the first time. The bad thing is the descriptions about hunger are so detailed and vivid, they don't help much around mid-day at school, when I've already ran out of lunch and I'm hungry!
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on October 02, 2009, 23:06:30
I read "Splinters of sky or the true history of the Beatles". It's a bit fantastic interpretation of history of this band written by Russian narrators, a beautiful and sad story.
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on October 02, 2009, 23:35:57
i read faceBOOK  :P
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Post by: Kitty on October 03, 2009, 11:33:01
I'm still reading (it's a big book and don't have much time for reading anything out of studybooks) The baader Meinhof Complex by Stefan Aust. And so far it didn't tell me much yet... it's well written though a bit yeah have to get in the story first am on page 48 from 567 so ...  ;)
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Post by: Arlishan on October 04, 2009, 20:07:24
Quote from: "Shadows-In-Twilight"
i read faceBOOK  :P


 :lol:  So am I!
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Post by: Zwielichtsgestalt on October 04, 2009, 21:30:45
At the moment I'm reading the trilogy of Trudi Canavan "The Black Magician Trilogy".

I read so much and I really love it to read. I'm bookish. At home I've got about 500 books. The last time I counted my boos is 1 year ago  :lol:
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Post by: Lollipop on October 04, 2009, 21:57:36
Quote from: "Zwielichtsgestalt"
At the moment I'm reading the trilogy of Trudi Canavan "The Black Magician Trilogy".

I read so much and I really love it to read. I'm bookish. At home I've got about 500 books. The last time I counted my boos is 1 year ago  :lol:

Well, 250-300 books in a small bookcase. I have 5 bookcases)) ^^
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on October 04, 2009, 22:33:47
Quote from: "Arlishan"
Quote from: "Shadows-In-Twilight"
i read faceBOOK  :P


 :lol:  So am I!


i'm happy to know i've got company^^  :lol:
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Post by: luz_paradise on October 08, 2009, 17:01:38
this reminds me, I must study today..mmm
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Post by: DunklerStern on October 20, 2009, 09:13:50
Günter Grass "Die Blechtrommel"
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Post by: Lollipop on October 24, 2009, 11:58:07
:shock: I'm reading unofficial biography of Belarussian president)
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Post by: Kitty on October 24, 2009, 12:29:12
at this very moment mostly Deutsche Kulturgeschichte von Axel Schildt and Detlef Siegfried
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on October 24, 2009, 22:44:36
I read an old detective "Turn On The Heat" by E.S.Gardner. It's just pleasant to read the books of my childhood once more, though I'm not a fan of detectives and be I damned if I divined who's the killer or something like this more than two times. :)
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Post by: Lollipop on October 24, 2009, 23:17:00
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
I read an old detective "Turn On The Heat" by E.S.Gardner. It's just pleasant to read the books of my childhood once more, though I'm not a fan of detectives and be I damned if I divined who's the killer or something like this more than two times. :)


 :D  :D  :D  I know this book! I read it when I was 12 or 13)))
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on October 24, 2009, 23:23:20
Donald is cool  8) isn't he :D
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Post by: Lollipop on October 25, 2009, 00:34:06
http://www.freebookspot.in/TopTen.aspx?Category_ID=153 You can read Gardner's books in the original (oh, I was just looking thouth the list, trying to find "the undomestic goddess" by Kinsella. I have to read it((
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on November 27, 2009, 18:49:03
I'm reading "The adventures of brave soldier Ŝvejk" by Yaroslav Gashek. And kill me if I know how to write Ŝvejk in English rules) And it's a real brilliant book and I'm still laughing when I read it :D
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Post by: Lollipop on December 01, 2009, 01:02:42
Heinrich Boll - "House without Guardians" (Haus ohne Hüter). I need him  so much now. Am I the one who adores Boll and considers his works kinda aqua vitae? :shock:
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Post by: Stephanie Lamas on December 01, 2009, 02:31:02
I just find this Topic  :o Great! I love books  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:
Now I'm reading a vampire's story called Evernight (Medianoche in spanish), but now I'm ending the sencond book Stargazer (Adicción in spanish, I hate when they change the meaning of the title  :evil: ) They are by Claudia Gray.


They are a little silly but well... I am a vampire's fan and I like to know everything about vampire's books :)

And recently I ended the first book of a fantasy story, called A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. At the future I will continue with Rebel Angels.
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Post by: Ksenya_2007 on December 01, 2009, 13:27:21
Oh, what a interesting theme!!.. Adore books :)
Right now I`m reading "To kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, one week ago I`ve watched a film, it`s unusual for me because I have very strange attitude to screenversions prefering read originals, but this old (1962) film with Gregory Peck made my heart bleed.. absolutely amazing touching novel...
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Post by: Lollipop on December 03, 2009, 00:38:53
Quote from: "Ksenya_2007"
Oh, what a interesting theme!!.. Adore books :)
Right now I`m reading "To kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, one week ago I`ve watched a film, it`s unusual for me because I have very strange attitude to screenversions prefering read originals, but this old (1962) film with Gregory Peck made my heart bleed.. absolutely amazing touching novel...

Have never seen a film, but book impressed me much. I read it when I was only 12 or 13, and I think I should re-read)))
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Post by: Stephanie Lamas on December 09, 2009, 15:46:15
OK... I'm still reading vampire's books hahahaha
I finished recently The first book of Vampire Diaries, The Awakening by L. J. Smith, in spanish Despertar... I didn't like it so much... But well... Maybe later I'll give it a chance to the next books...

Now I just finished right now a book that I started a few hours ago! I mean... I didn't sleep hahahaha Another vampire book... Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber, Besando Vampiros in Spanish =)
It's not Anne Rice but it's a beautiful teen book ^^ And I'm still a teen =P I'm in love of the love... and I love this kind of books,I love vampires!

PS: Now I'll start the second book!!! Kissing Coffins =D
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Post by: Kitty on December 09, 2009, 17:46:18
I'm reading Freud at the moment for my oral proficiency Dutch (topic; dreams) and I like it  :lol: that guy had a great sense of humour  8) ... *chuckles*
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Post by: godgott on December 09, 2009, 18:23:35
I'm still reading A.Christie and great Herkules Poirot.
All books are amazing but unfortunately end is the same in all books. You know, murderer is who was innocent on the first pages.
But I like Agatha :D
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Post by: -Sehnsucht- on December 10, 2009, 14:50:17
i am reading the rules of the brazilian traffic rules ^^
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Post by: Kitty on December 10, 2009, 14:52:41
Quote from: "-Sehnsucht-"
i am reading the rules of the brazilian traffic rules ^^


 :shock: again? what's that about?   :lol:
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Post by: -Sehnsucht- on December 10, 2009, 14:56:33
well .. i make my drive license here .. so i have to know the rules
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Post by: Kitty on December 10, 2009, 14:59:13
Quote from: "-Sehnsucht-"
well .. i make my drive license here .. so i have to know the rules


ow in that way  :D good luck! and try not to get killed  :shock: you try to get your driving license in Brazil isn't that dangerous ???
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Post by: Psicosis on December 10, 2009, 16:37:28
Last book I started reading is Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice, a friend of mine gave it to me as a gift for my previous birthday. To be honest, I don't like the way the author describes the vampires.  :?
Also, I read The Spoon River Anthologies by Edgar Lee Masters, but that was for the university.
Now I must read a guide for the Spanish Exam I'm having soon.
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Post by: Natalia_79 on December 10, 2009, 18:11:16
I am reading:

*Die Kathedrale des Meeres*, written by Ildefonso Falcones...

it is good.......
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Post by: godgott on December 10, 2009, 18:14:18
Finish A.Christie and now G.Masterton -about red-face man...
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Post by: Schatten_von_Dunkelheit on December 10, 2009, 19:43:13
I¿m reading: Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde  :D
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Post by: A Elena on December 10, 2009, 21:40:11
Schatten_von_Dunkelheit: this is one of my absolutely favorite books. I've read it for many times.
I am reading "The Sorrows of Young Werther" - Goethe.
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Post by: Kitty on December 10, 2009, 21:55:45
Quote from: "Schatten_von_Dunkelheit"
I¿m reading: Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde  :D


isn't he the writer of Endymion? ... I love that poem  :)
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Post by: Eira on December 10, 2009, 22:41:12
I'm reading:  M.Bulgakov - Master and Margarita ;)
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Post by: Asphodel on December 11, 2009, 08:15:25
Quote from: "Eira"
I'm reading:  M.Bulgakov - Master and Margarita ;)


One of the greatest books I know ;)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on December 11, 2009, 18:36:50
Quote from: "Asphodel"
Quote from: "Eira"
I'm reading:  M.Bulgakov - Master and Margarita ;)


One of the greatest books I know ;)


+100000000000000000000  :lol:
I'm a real fan
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Post by: Fearless_soul on December 11, 2009, 18:38:06
+ 1 ! I love this book too  :D Feel free to visit Bulgakov's museum in Kiev  :)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on December 11, 2009, 19:01:31
Quote from: "Fearless_soul"
+ 1 ! I love this book too  :D Feel free to visit Bulgakov's museum in Kiev  :)


Olena, I was there!!! and I was shocked, indeed...that was the most mysterious excursion which I'd ever visited!! I'd like to get there again some day. cool!!! *Andreevskiy Spusk is very very picturesque street  :D  and I love Kiev!*
and here in Moscow, we also have Bulgakov's house...welcome!  :D  I was there million times, just can't pass by when I go along Bolshaya Sadovaya Street  :lol:  and I held Kot Begemot in my arms!  :lol: he is awesome!
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Post by: Fearless_soul on December 11, 2009, 19:21:54
Wooow , astonishing , Nadia ! So nice to hear that :) I'd like to visit Moscow too , that's a very beautiful city  :) Oh , and yes , the museum of Bulgakov is sooo great ! I was amazed ! Mysterious place )
Ah , kot Begemot !! ahaha , I like him ))
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Post by: Lollipop on December 12, 2009, 01:34:07
Quote from: "Schatten_von_Dunkelheit"
I¿m reading: Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde  :D

Adore this book!!! Oscar Wilde is one of my beloved writers))

Quote from: "A Elena"

I am reading "The Sorrows of Young Werther" - Goethe.

I hate this book. Though Goethe is a great writer. But this work made me sick.  :cry: Sorry)
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Post by: Girida on December 13, 2009, 21:49:50
I have finished reading Life and Destiny from Vassily Grossnak (I don´t remember very well how to write his name) a russian writer. Very emotive novel about the II World War from the russian side... very intensive book...

Before I read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell from Suzanne Clarke a story of two magicians in the 18th century or so... a recommendable book.

You should try these two books... differents styles..
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Post by: MelissaFrance on December 13, 2009, 22:20:12
Ah Lolli, you teared me apart ! XD I love Oscar WIlde too, but I love Goethe as well  :lol:  :lol:  :P  :roll:
I found Werther so great, not boring as I thought it's be !! Really belonging to romantism, but not over-sad if you get what I mean ;) or maybe you don't, as you haven't liked the book  :lol: but anyway, I felt it that way... :) Very natural :) That's what maked it strength I guess... Did you know that many people suicided when that book was published ? XD That's a proof of great work I think XD Though I'm not sure Goethe expected this XD
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Post by: Lollipop on December 15, 2009, 00:01:38
Flowerie, I do love Goethe, but not this work. I'd rather say it's too romantic for me ;)  I hate the main character. Oh, poor boy! He can't stand beeing unlucky in love. What a hell?! How come man is so... weak? I think he was neither clever man, nor a generous one.  I think it was extremely selfish of him to commit suiside. And... you know, his actions was full of melodramatic attitudinizing and pathos. I was really pissed off by his "sorrows") Hope I didn't get too critical)) :lol:  :P
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on December 15, 2009, 00:08:24
Werther *dies of boredom*   :oops:  maybe i found it boring because it was my teacher who told us to read it  :lol:
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Post by: Lollipop on December 15, 2009, 00:10:39
Quote from: "Shadows-In-Twilight"
Werther *dies of boredom*   :oops:  maybe i found it boring because it was my teacher who told us to read it  :lol:

I found it boring because it is boring! :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  I hate stories like that)))
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Post by: Girida on December 15, 2009, 00:35:12
oh, you should try Goethe without pressions.... it is really good... I was a teenage when I read "the sorrows of youg werther" and I loved it... then I read some others but I don`t remember the names in English only Spanish... very tragic... I love tragedies hehe... it is in my "greek veins" ... I am some kind of pathetic-euphoric person...
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Post by: Lollipop on December 15, 2009, 00:40:53
I've read Goethe without any pressions. I thought I explained why I don't like "Sorrows..."  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  And I do love "Faust"
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Post by: Stephanie Lamas on December 15, 2009, 00:55:39
I've finished the saga of Vampire Kisses until the last released book^.^

Today I started a book that is excited me so much! It mix two amazing elements: Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and Vampires =D
Name of book: Mr. Darcy Vampyre
By: Amanda Grange
Just look the cover!
(http://booktumbling.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/mr-darcy-vampyre.jpg)

I hope Jane Austed is approving it from where she is haha
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Post by: MelissaFrance on December 16, 2009, 10:38:54
Uh, Lolli, we DO disagree  :lol: I think that first, in real life I wouldn't stand that person either :lol: but it's literature you know, and Goethe persuaded me cleverly to appreciate that story,... Cause I don't find Werther weak, on the contrary, he's ambiguous ! He's got a strong passionate soul, and that's what drives him crazy when he falls in love... In many other situations he IS strong and determined, but with his love, it turns into weakness somehow... So I find that idea interesting :P Cause otherwise I'd agree that suicide is a fault that nobody should commit cause it's pity ;) but there it fits, dunno... I told you, it's just Goethe who bewitched me ;)  :lol: Fantastic book imo :P Though I think not good that people interpreted it as though it was like in reality... and commited suicide like him =_=" Cause it's mainly a story imo..
Hope I won't offend people liking the book because they find Werther weak ;)
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Post by: Lollipop on February 16, 2010, 23:40:42
I'm reading Dina Rubina book. And it's a pure delight! The language in the book is so damn gorgeous. I annoy ereryone around me citing the book, but I cannot keep silent when I'm reading such tasty book^^ Well, who has once read Dina Rubina knows what I'm talking about))
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Post by: Lollipop on February 22, 2010, 23:51:58
I finished Pavel Sanaev's "Zero kilometre" and have started Orwell's "1984".
"Zero kilometre" hadn't impressed me much. Orwell rocks^^
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Post by: TAMAR on February 23, 2010, 01:27:34
A few days ago i was started reading of Hermann Hesse's "Steppenwolf". now, i can't tell you my emotions and impressions, because i just read very little part.  :oops:  but i can tell you, that it looks very interesting book for read :)
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Post by: jenny-jen on February 23, 2010, 09:33:14
Quote from: "TAMAR"
A few days ago i was started reading of Hermann Hesse's "Steppenwolf". now, i can't tell you my emotions and impressions, because i just read very little part.  :oops:  but i can tell you, that it looks very interesting book for read :)

Oh I want to go to library today to lend it :)
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Post by: godgott on February 23, 2010, 14:33:02
Stephen King- Firestarter.
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Post by: A Elena on February 23, 2010, 16:57:27
Oh,H. Hesse is absolutely great!
I've finish an amazing book, The raw shark texts by Steven Hall. I've already "annoyed" everybody with this book, so I have to do this with you, too.  :D
It is an exemplary postmodern novel, using a lot of cultural clichées, but being extremely fresh and even touching.
And, because I'm here, I also have to tell you about my last "obsession", it is "Nostalgia" ( this is the Romanian title, the word has the same meaning as the English one), by Mircea Cărtărescu. This is another postmodern book, but of a very different kind.
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Post by: Lollipop on February 24, 2010, 00:37:50
Elena, do you like postmodernism? That's interesting. I love it too... but not when it concerns Russian postmodernists. They are so damn awful! And I'm definetely keen on magical realism))
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Post by: TAMAR on February 24, 2010, 01:38:36
Quote from: "jenny-jen"

Oh I want to go to library today to lend it :)


yes and when you will finish it, share me your emotions what do u think ;)
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Post by: A Elena on February 24, 2010, 16:28:57
Lollipop, yes, I love postmodernism! ( I don't know anything about Russian postmoderns :oops:  ). And yes again,  I love magical realism even more!!!
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Post by: jenny-jen on February 24, 2010, 18:51:37
Quote from: "TAMAR"
Quote from: "jenny-jen"

Oh I want to go to library today to lend it :)


yes and when you will finish it, share me your emotions what do u think ;)


for the first impression this book is very interesting. I think it's also very special but I just read the first pages, so let's see. I will tell you when I finished it :D
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Post by: Lollipop on February 26, 2010, 01:19:36
Quote from: "A Elena"
I don't know anything about Russian postmoderns :oops:

Lucky you! :lol:  :lol:

Quote from: "A Elena"
And yes again,  I love magical realism even more!!!

Me too^^

Well, I finished "1984" and I re-read "Animal farm", dunno why, I have read it several times :D  And now I'm reading Vera Kamsha's "Winter break". It somehow reminds me George Martin and his saga with moto "Winter is coming" :)
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Post by: Lollipop on March 02, 2010, 00:35:42
Here I am again :roll:  :D  :D I'm a bookworm, I know :oops:
I finished Kamsha and have started Patrick Rothfuss' "The name of the wind" and Mac Montandon's compilation about my beloved bluesman and rock-n-rolla - Tom Waits. He's an amazing man! The more I read - the more I love him. Well, it seems hard to love him more, because I was in love since I heard his "Invitation to the blues". The book called "Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader" and consists of interviews and articales about the musician + biography (a really short one).
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Post by: MelissaFrance on March 02, 2010, 11:54:30
Maya, you would fit so perfectly in my studies, you read so much, you horribly shocked me  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock: Well, now I understand why you sleep so little :P (Otherwise, you made me want to read biographies, one of my dream aims, and to reread Animal Farm =_= my problem is that most of my books are at my mother's and I'm too lazy to go there, so instead I'll go read Voltaire's counts that I brought here another time =_=)
On topic :P :
I reread Antigone by Anouilh (French maybe not so well known playwright) and I love that play very much :D also I want to read again some plays by Brecht soon :D I'm in plays-reading mood :D XD but it's at my mother's again =_= I'll have to move my ass  :roll:
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on March 02, 2010, 18:41:39
have just started to read Shelly's Frankenstein  8) in original, hehe, it's quite hard to understand everything, but I won't stop, while I can catch a general sense :lol:
an author had promised the dreadful and cold-blood story, well, we'll see   :P I'm on the 31st page already  :lol:
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Post by: MelissaFrance on March 02, 2010, 19:21:14
Oh God, Nadya, I studied that book a whole year last year of institute  :roll: Hard vocabulary and grammar indeed, and well... cold-blood story in her own way let's say  :roll: *keeps the suspense alve* 8)
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Post by: Lollipop on March 02, 2010, 21:58:35
I told you I'm a bookworm. :P  Besides, I have mentioned in one of Klodi's threads that I love literature as much as music.
 Oh, and about Brecht. He's gorgeous to my mind. His "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder" depicts wartime as good as Böll's books, though I love Böll more.
And I have read 2 night ago french short novel "Antechrista" by Ameli Notomb. Dunno what to say about the novel, as it seems to be the book for teens between 12 and 15 y.o. So for me it was a bit boring :oops:
My favourite french writer is definitely Hugo who depicted one of the characters I hate most of all - Esmeralda. My fav book by Hugo is "L'Homme qui rit" (I read it in Russian, I cannot read in the original yet :oops:  :oops: )
I should stop now, because I can go on and write a huge treatise about the literature I like :lol:
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Post by: MelissaFrance on March 03, 2010, 10:34:43
Brecht I read onlt Arturo Ui for now, but I wanna read moooore !! cause I found it really awesome and also cause my French literature teacher talked about other plays of him and it teased my curiosity  :lol: I don't know Böll  :oops: But I don't know a lot of German writers, actually, and this sounds German  :P
About A. Nothomb, she has a bad reputation here for eum, learned people you know, so I think your impression is good  :lol:  :P but I never read her to tell the truth.
And Hugo... AGAIN I haven't read L'homme qui rit =_="" You make me feel ignorant :P But it's on my to-read list indeed, with Claude Gueux. As for Esmeralda.. I think I don't like hervery much etheir... but I was very young when I read Notre Dame de Paris and Les Miserables, so I don't remamber very well  :roll: (yes, I was more of a bookworm when I was little  :roll:  :lol: )

As for me, I began reading Lorenzaccio last night, and it's good, makes me think of Hamlet...  :shock: but it's really good :D (and what did I say about my plays-reading mood ?  :roll: )
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Post by: Lollipop on March 04, 2010, 00:33:27
Melissa, you should read Böll!! Not because I love him :lol:  but cause it reminds so much of Lacrimosa's music. I really think so. I mean, when I was reading "Clown" I was shocked. I got an impression that "Bresso" was written after Tilo has read this book (has he, I wonder). Böll's book make me... well, what do you feel when you listen to Bresso, or Das Schweign or... tranen der existenzlosigkeit? You can choose any song of early Lacrimosa albums and you'll understand what one can feel while reading Böll's books.
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Post by: MelissaFrance on March 04, 2010, 00:52:38
:shock:  :shock:  :shock: Shit shit shit I think I read a book called the Clown maybe by someone called like that indeed  :shock: I so didn't remember he was called so  :shock: (the writer) is it a bit about a clown drinking... schnaps if I remmeber well ?  :lol:  :roll:
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Post by: Lollipop on March 04, 2010, 01:00:51
:lol: You reminded me of "the big bang theory" now :lol:  "Schnaps!  :lol:  Don't say, DRINK!" :lol:  :lol:
Probably that was the story, but as for me the main thing was his love, not the drinking problem. His love - Maria, and relationship with his parents. I loooove the book, I do.
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Post by: MelissaFrance on March 04, 2010, 01:06:25
Yeah, yeah of course it wasn't the main thing =_= Just I remembered that and thought it would be a unique characteristics with no mistake possible :P (no I didn't remember the name of his love =_=  :oops: ) It's about catholicism and protestantism, too, isn't it ? She's a catholic I think... and his family isn't, or the cpntrary =_= not very clear as you see  :roll: Probably because I don't wanna remember the person who advised and lent me that book...
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Post by: Lollipop on March 04, 2010, 01:14:24
Yeah, that's the book. But the problem was because of the main character was not religious at all! And Maria wanted a catholic wedding, and her friends... well, they did their best to destroy their love. They were saying and saying that she lived in sin and would burn in Hell.
The problem with parents were a different one. He hated them because he believed they killed his sister by making her go to the war. On the other hand, his family hated him for being a Man of Art. They thought he should go into business or politics, not into circus. This is a good book, emotive and true.  :roll:
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Post by: MelissaFrance on March 04, 2010, 01:23:29
Yeah I remember very well the problem with her friends indeed, and about the business/art topic too... Not with the sister =_= But sorry, really can't like it, linked to that person and could be ok, but not with that book >.< That's confused, isn't it ? =_= Don't bother, I'm going to bed.. But thanks for trying to reexplain. And really don't take it personal, please =_=
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Post by: Lollipop on March 04, 2010, 01:30:18
Why should I take it personal?! :shock:  :shock: I think erery person has it's own taste. And I understand the connection with the person you don't like. You can always try another book. Or not try :lol:  :lol: G'night, Melissa.
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Post by: MelissaFrance on March 04, 2010, 02:09:48
You seemed to me a bit offended that I didn't remember/like the book, but I seem to have misinterpretated. Good night too
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Post by: Kitty on March 04, 2010, 09:45:31
I'm reading a dutch book, An introduction to Communicationstudies by Oomkes and I just love it... it learned me more about myself, my attitude, my expression than any other coursebook ever did  :D if it weren't that you get such not-me jobs by this studies I'd pick it for next year, but I still think it'll be better to do translation studies. And the funny thing is now I start marking the theories I read  :lol: I love taking the bus at once... cause you can read SOOOOOO much from people's body  :D
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Post by: Lollipop on March 11, 2010, 00:23:36
I have just read the last letter of  Gabriel García Márquez... guys,  it's more than gorgeous! I advise you to spend few minutes and read it. The ideas this letter conveys are so damn right and true. Now I found the essence of my view of things.

P.S. the review about all I've read will follow next time, now I'm too tired :lol:
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Post by: Kitty on March 11, 2010, 08:02:50
Quote from: "Lollipop"
I have just read the last letter of  Gabriel García Márquez... guys,  it's more than gorgeous! I advise you to spend few minutes and read it. The ideas this letter conveys are so damn right and true. Now I found the essence of my view of things.

P.S. the review about all I've read will follow next time, now I'm too tired :lol:


 :lol: too late with the advice... I already read too many of his books  :D he's incredible... and he has two writing styles did you notice? ... to give an idea Hundred years of solitude and something with a colonel who receives letters don't know the title in English ... quite some differences in style... but adorable writer!
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Post by: Lollipop on March 11, 2010, 22:58:30
Quote from: "Longwaytogo"

 :lol: too late with the advice... I already read too many of his books  :D he's incredible... and he has two writing styles did you notice? ... to give an idea Hundred years of solitude and something with a colonel who receives letters don't know the title in English ... quite some differences in style... but adorable writer!

I adore him too, Kitty. I like the style and the thoughts. His books are so meaningful and give something to think of. About two styles. I think it depends on period of his creativity, because such a intelligent person would be bored to write all the same in the same way :lol:
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Post by: godgott on March 12, 2010, 13:28:50
A. Christie- Ten Little Niggers.

I prefer Christie in cold and terrible day. With chocolate  :D
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Post by: A Elena on March 21, 2010, 10:30:13
Last night I finished Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre. I remember I've tried  to read this book sometimes in the past, but I couldn't. I did it those days, but it was a big disappointment. I'm sorry, I didn't like that book, except few little things...
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Post by: godgott on March 25, 2010, 18:01:23
Dean Koontz- The Husband
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Post by: Lollipop on March 26, 2010, 01:26:12
Quote from: "godgott"

I prefer Christie in cold and terrible day. With chocolate  :D

YES! That's a most nice way to read Christie or Gardner :D  :D

Oh, I've read a lot of books during my cold (I could do nothing but read silly books), mostly fantasy. And several detective stories for my classes (in every single story a woman was the one who did the crime. Why on earth my tutor have chosen such stories, I wonder :lol: )
So I've finished Rotfuss and started Kamsha again (another one) and I finished it too, and now I'm re-reading books of Zykov for the very reason he have published a sequel after 3 years of silence and I don't remember anything about the plot except short scenes, so I'm re-freshing :lol: 3 books for remembering the plot and the 4th is a new one and it smells good!
(I love the smell of books, no matter whether it's a new book or and old one).

Besides, I'm reading a book of poetry (Brodsky, I adore  him!) and Chirchill's articles :D  :D
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on March 26, 2010, 13:33:20
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. Dunno why.
The next book will be some French exercise book I've just bought. Gonna study French with a little Melissa's help :) I know alphabet already :lol:
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Post by: A Elena on March 26, 2010, 21:37:12
I'm reading "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa. Impressive Japan!
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Post by: TAMAR on April 06, 2010, 02:54:52
I read "Barabbas" and "Sibila" by Pär Lagerkvist, he was an amazing Shwedish writer. I already had a read this novels, but i wanted to read this novels  again, because when i read it a first time, i was very little and i don't remember it.. :oops:  

well, I like novel "Barabbas" more than "Sibila", because we know from Bible, that peope discharged Barabbas and not Jesus, also we know story which happened after this all with Jesus.  ...But we didn't knew a story about Barabbas after discharged  from a prison.  Pär Lagerkvist tried to write his story, feelings and thinks, after this all. It's a very exciting book, and i advice all of you if you'll find it somewhere, you must read it. :)
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Post by: godgott on April 06, 2010, 16:34:04
Giles Blunt- Cold Eye

I don't know it is great but I like it. I read long time ago something and I thought that he's good writer.
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on April 06, 2010, 17:14:13
have just finished to read Frankenstein, boooo, I didn't even suspect that in the end all will die  :roll:  don't like such finals, bad book!  :P   :lol: besides...I pitied Frankenstein's monster...poor miserable abandoned monster  8)  :?  :shock:  :lol:
btw, I read it in english, and I should say that it was not very difficult, I was surprised by this fact ^^
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Post by: jenny-jen on April 28, 2010, 23:17:45
I finally finished Steppenwolf, I really took the time for it *proud* and it was really great!! It shows me so many things for life! And I really love how Hesse describe the things. If the end were not so abrupt the book would be perfect :D

@Tamar, what do you think about that?

And now I read not less than 8 books I guess :shock: Most for uni but three interesting one... I hope^^ : "Hermann Hesse - Das Glasperlenspiel", "Franz Kafka - Das Schloß" and "Daniel Tammet - Elf ist freundlich und Fünf ist laut" from a friend ^^ and now I start wiiiiith hmmmmm Glasperlenspiel :D
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Post by: stephanie on April 29, 2010, 00:01:39
I'm reading Emily Autumn's book:
"The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls"
I got it for my birthday! *very happy face*
Is a really good book, she tells you her story since she was 4 years old until now...
that book is sometimes funny,misterious and most of the time sad because of some tragedies that she had in her past
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Post by: Stephanie Lamas on April 29, 2010, 00:12:28
woow I envy you stephanie! I would like to read that book :O

I'm reading now Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
It's very very funny hahaha I don't know if it's recommendable... I mean, I prefer the original... But it's nice to read something different about the same story
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Post by: stephanie on April 29, 2010, 00:22:06
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woow I envy you stephanie! I would like to read that book :O

hi steph! :)
emm... no me digais eso, no me gusta que envidien a mi :(
and well, la compre en Emilie autum's store :lol:
aya encotras rapido!
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Post by: Stephanie Lamas on April 29, 2010, 01:22:58
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Quote from: "Stephanie Lamas"
woow I envy you stephanie! I would like to read that book :O

hi steph! :)
emm... no me digais eso, no me gusta que envidien a mi :(
and well, la compre en Emilie autum's store :lol:
aya encotras rapido!


Mi envidia es sana, y un poquito tonta :) jajaja
I am really poor right now for order hahahahaha
One day I'll be rich (?)
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Post by: stephanie on April 29, 2010, 04:33:35
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Quote from: "stephanie"
Quote from: "Stephanie Lamas"
woow I envy you stephanie! I would like to read that book :O

hi steph! :)
emm... no me digais eso, no me gusta que envidien a mi :(
and well, la compre en Emilie autum's store :lol:
aya encotras rapido!


Mi envidia es sana, y un poquito tonta :) jajaja
I am really poor right now for order hahahahaha
One day I'll be rich (?)

 :lol: you know?
ay veces que me pongo asi sola por pequenas locuras :lol:
most of the times because of lacrimosa's things :lol:
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Post by: godgott on April 29, 2010, 14:51:31
Of course my favourite S. King  :D

Today- Skeleton Crew (and fantastic stories- The Mist, The Reaper's Image, For Owen, Paranoid: A Chant)  :D
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Post by: WalkAbout on May 10, 2010, 16:18:15
Brian Greene The fabric of the Universe and Zauberberg by Thomas Mann (God, give me courage...i can do it, i can :lol:)
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Post by: TAMAR on May 10, 2010, 22:50:25
Quote from: "jenny-jen"
I finally finished Steppenwolf, I really took the time for it *proud* and it was really great!! It shows me so many things for life! And I really love how Hesse describe the things. If the end were not so abrupt the book would be perfect :D

@Tamar, what do you think about that?


ow sorry, Jenny, i see your post only now. :oops:  :oops:  

well, it was my first book by Hesse and now i want search other books too. :)  When i finished "Steppenwolf" whole week i was in deep impression and emotions and it made me for thought every day about this book! :o  

Agree with you, the and was really abrupt and it was bit confusedly for me, exactly was this foctor which excited me for thinking about this book again and again.
..but in any case it's really great, dynamic and interesting, this book makes me think, that everyone can start life anew and can enjoy with every day!  I'm much impressed by moments of carnival and Magic theatre where is so many doors full with desires, it was really great MAGIC moments! :o :)  :)


Now i start "Mein Name sei Gantenbein" by Max Frisch, i can't say something about it 'cause i started it only yesterday but it looks very interesting. :)
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Post by: storm on May 10, 2010, 23:09:12
I'm reading On writing of Stephen King and I've just started  reading "El Castillo" (Das Schloss original title) of Franz Kafka
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Post by: godgott on June 06, 2010, 15:41:18
James Herbert- Others (started not interesting)
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Post by: TAMAR on June 06, 2010, 19:59:54
aww i'm very sad about that. :(  you know i've started "Mein Name sei Gantenbein" by Max Frisch but i started it not in the book, i reading that with old magazine which is as books and where is many works of writers, but in this old magazine writings are divided with some parts. :(
now i've read only one part of book wich was in 1978 N3 magazine and now for the continue i need 1978 N4 :(  but i can't find it. :(  i know my mum has it, but in our house is really many books and when we need some book, it's always so difficult to find it. :(
I want the second paaart! :cry:
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Post by: Lollipop on June 08, 2010, 13:42:18
I've just finished a really cool book by Gordon Dahlquist "The glass books of the dream eaters". This book is a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, detective stories and porn. Absolutely gorgeous main characters + incredibly interesting plot^^ Got a real pleasure while reading more than 800 pages
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Post by: Lady Valentina on June 08, 2010, 19:26:37
I just once again re-read Michael Bulgakov's book "the Master and Margarita". For those who did not read it:
There lived-was the writer who has written the book about Jesus Christ and him for this book was placed in a psychological clinic (at the time of Soviet Union the religion was strictly punished). The woman, Margarita has fallen in love with it, she considered as he is genius and consequently called him "the Master."  She is married, but the husband did not love. And when the Master was gone, to she Azazello was, the envoy of a devil (Bulgakov named him Voland) and has suggested to become the mistress on Ball of the Satan (by tradition the mistress on Ball of the Satan should have the name Margarita and she should be the Muscovite). She has agreed, has turned to a witch and after Ball where she`s knee kissed thousand murderers , swindlers and poisoners, Voland has helped she to return the Master.The master by means of Voland has released the hero of the novel - Ponty Pilat, and he could meet again the Christ and eternally to be with he nearby. To Voland Levy Matfej was, the pupil of the Christ, and has asked, that Voland has presented to the Master and Margarita calmness. Then Azazello has poisoned the Master and Margarita, and they could be together in a strange place,of which the Master always  dreamt and where he could write easy, without being afraid malicious a gossip and condemnation of silly people: blossoming cherries, a small house with a fireplace, the bridge over small river...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_and_Margarita
Under this link you can read about the novel and download it (links in the bottom of page) I Hope, it will be pleasant to you)
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Post by: godgott on June 10, 2010, 17:38:31
Agatha Christie- Three Act Tragedy (finished yesterday)

Stephen King- Pet Sematary
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Post by: Lady Valentina on June 10, 2010, 19:24:05
godgott,I think that you like something of detectives and mysticism, isn`t it?
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Post by: Lady Valentina on June 10, 2010, 19:30:16
Ernest Hemingway - "The Old man and the sea"
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Post by: godgott on June 10, 2010, 19:30:37
@ Lady Valentina

I love!  :D
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Post by: Men-eater-eater on June 15, 2010, 13:03:56
Now I'm reading 2 books. First is "Demons" by F. Dostoevsky - my favorite writer. I decided to read just because wanna read everything written by this author. But his writings always put me into the condition close to the depression.
The second is "Sense of Love" by V. Solovyev. That's the philosophical writing, but rather easy to read. I really advise it to people who know Russian language. And that's one of the best books about Love. But it's not finished yet. Maybe I'll change my opinion to the opposite.
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Post by: Lady_Anne on June 15, 2010, 16:38:14
Now i read "Stolper Schritte" (don't know english word for it)... It's a German book about one boy who can't walk without crutches. Interesting ;)
And my previously book was "The Phatnom of the Opera". Great book! It's my favoute, btw :D Gaston Lerou is genius!
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Post by: godgott on June 15, 2010, 17:38:36
The Phantom Of The Opera! I love it!  :D  good choice  ;)
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Post by: Mozart on June 15, 2010, 17:52:08
Ohh I love Dostoievsky too! Schuld und sühne is AWESOME!

But now I'm reading "David Copperfiel" by Charles Dickens. I just trying to find my way, and this lovely history almost autobiographical work is helping me a lot! 100% recommended :)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 03, 2010, 08:46:01
2 years ago I'd started to read Carlos Castaneda, and that turned out to become the 'hardest' book in my life  :lol: I liked to read it very much, its mystery attracted me, incredibly, I even tried to check some statements on myself  :lol:  but on the other hand, I couldn't read it more than 1-2 chapters at once, and this way the reading is continuing till now. last monday I casually discovered the book in my table box at work  :lol: and decided to read it again,,,and again I'm addicted to it. I'm on the 9th book already (of 12), my brain is about to explode, but I like the feeling , so strange  :lol:
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 03, 2010, 12:34:35
Nadya, it sounds great  8) XD
As for me, I reread A room with a view by Forster recently, one of my fav books, such a cunning allusive author criticizing hypocritical conformist society of 19th century *in love* strongly advise to those who like such type of writing :D
Now I've began On the road by Kerouac, and I'm a bit disppointed for now, I expected sth more shocking :( XD
I also intend to read Catcher on the rye  :D and Cien anos al tiempo de colera (I think that's the title ??) by Garcia Marquez :D
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on July 03, 2010, 12:39:49
I reread "Golden Ram" by Ilf & Petrov, I inherited love to this book from my old druncard father, I think.
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Post by: TAMAR on July 03, 2010, 12:55:01
I want to reread 'Ansichten Eines Clowns' by Heinrich Boll once more, but now i've not enugh time for it, i want to sit and read my loveliest book and enjoy with it once more. :D  <3 No one can disturb me when i'm reading to German books. <3
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 04, 2010, 01:12:07
I forgot to mention the book I read in between Forster and Kerouac, and have just finished XD It was The scarlet letter, by Hawthorne, an American writer from the 19th century writing about America in the 17th century... and it was quite interesting, and I liked the style of writing, very rich language, and the slight irony from time to time ^^ yes, I think I do adore irony XD :roll: about the consequences of an adultery, to set the topic :) and yes too, I read a lot lately :D comes from taking the train so much but also from having "free" time again :D
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Post by: Mozart on July 04, 2010, 01:29:41
The right names are

El amor en tiempos de colera - Love in the time of Cholera
Cien años de Soledad - One hundred years of Solitude

I don't like him xD

Now I'm reading "Spring Mourning" by Juan José Millás.
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 04, 2010, 01:39:52
OMG  :oops:  :oops:  :oops: thank you for clearing this, Mozz (can I call you so ? :D) >.< :) And I dunno yet if I like him :P but I'll tell for sure when I know XD :)

And from where is Juan José Millas ? and do you like this book ? ^^
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Post by: Mozart on July 06, 2010, 06:36:22
Yes, Melissa, u can call me like that :)

Millás is Spanish, and yes, I really love his style, he writes about simple things of life, normal situations, but at the end, everyone of his short stories are full of fantasy and marvels.

Something like two friends watching tv, one of them goes to the closset, gets in, and he never returns!! :P of course is a big history, but is just an example.

U should read him ^^
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Post by: Fearless_soul on July 06, 2010, 08:39:48
As for me , I like G.G. Marquez very much ^^ And the movie on " El amor en los tiempos del cólera " is adorable  :D
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Post by: stephanie on July 06, 2010, 17:33:12
I finish reading: the asylum for Victorian girls from Emilie Autumn
and now I'm trying to read a Spanish book (for practice) named:
"veronica decide morir" witch means "Veronica decides to die"
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Post by: Antonio Silva on July 07, 2010, 02:06:11
Stephanie, do you like Paulo Coelho? Have you read his other books?
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Post by: TAMAR on July 07, 2010, 03:09:37
Antonio, I Adooooooooooore "Veronica decides to die"!! It's great book and even I love Paulo Coelho so much! :D  :D   My fav book from his works is "By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept"  also i love so much "The Devil and Miss Prym" too! <3 <3 <3 <3
He has easy style of writing, but if you will think about contest it's always so deep, sometimes i can't belove if this books is wroten by a man, he understand everything about women, every pain and every mind in women hearts and it's also one of may reasons why i love him so so so much! :)  :)  I want to read "The witch of portobel" too, i'll buy it soon. ;)

BTW, here in Tbilisi we have a literary cafe named "Paulo Coelho" :D

Edit: then i wrote this post piece by piece i remind all books by him and contest of them, how much i love all of them!
"The Alchemist" was my firsl book from his works, my sis gift me this book and when i read this, whole weeks i was in influense by it and i wanted to reread it again and agian! Great works!
(http://img37.imagefra.me/img/img37/8/7/6/takasha/f_d9gkkfjv0m_98c8603.jpg) (http://imagefra.me/)

In the "Veronica decides to die" especially i love the final, i've never seen such kind Lovestory about the mads early, i love when Eduard and Veronika run out form the madhouse and when Veronika thoughts that she would die and hug at last to Eduard. <3
Here this moment from the movie:
(http://img40.imagefra.me/img/img40/8/7/6/takasha/f_139008fvrm_73d53ef.jpg) (http://imagefra.me/)
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Post by: Antonio Silva on July 07, 2010, 04:00:14
Hey Tamar! I´m glad that you appreciate our writer.  ;)

It´s a pity that portuguese isn´t a very popular language, I would be happy in send to you the books written in its original versions.  :)
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Post by: TAMAR on July 07, 2010, 04:19:35
Quote from: "Antonio Silva"
Hey Tamar! I´m glad that you appreciate our writer.  ;)

It´s a pity that portuguese isn´t a very popular language, I would be happy in send to you the books written in its original versions.  :)


It's more gladly for me, that i've found such a great writer! :)  :)  
Yeah, it would be great^^ hope i'll learn portuguese too, i like this language so much.  :)  :)
Thanks. :)
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Post by: Antonio Silva on July 07, 2010, 04:24:39
Quote from: "TAMAR"

It's more gladly for me, that i've found such a great writer! :)  :)  
Yeah, it would be great^^ hope i'll learn portuguese too, i like this language so much.  :)  :)
Thanks. :)


Hehe, If you learn portuguese you just say: "Antônio, você já pode me mandar os livros!" =)

And I send the books to you!  ;)
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Post by: TAMAR on July 07, 2010, 04:35:03
Quote from: "Antonio Silva"

Hehe, If you learn portuguese you just say: "Antônio, você já pode me mandar os livros!" =)

And I send the books to you!  ;)


No doubts, i'll tell you soon. :D
I hope in portuguese isn't very difficult grammar. :roll:
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Post by: Fearless_soul on July 07, 2010, 08:42:34
By the way , I like Paulo Coelho's books too  :D
I've read "By the river Pierda sat I and wept" , " 11 minutes " and " The Alchemist "  :D I liked them all ^^ They are very impressive .
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Post by: Zeake_Asakura on July 07, 2010, 08:52:32
I read several Coelho's books and some of them are pretty good but I hate writers who teach me how I should live.
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Post by: A Elena on July 07, 2010, 09:06:45
I've read almost all Coelho's books... They are very good...but there is something wrong with them...I don't no for sure, maybe it is just like Nikita said...
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Post by: TAMAR on July 07, 2010, 13:59:18
Nikita, i can't agree with you, as for me, i like when in the books is advices about life, it's always interesting to read what is thinks of the writer about life, but even it's your chose- you can share and use this advices in your life or not. ;)
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Post by: Lollipop on July 07, 2010, 16:58:25
Quote from: "Zeake_Asakura"
I read several Coelho's books and some of them are pretty good but I hate writers who teach me how I should live.

Amen.

As for me, I don't like him at all. Though I tried to read him. I don't share the opinion of the writer, and I don't like the language of translation. I mean, probably in the original Coelho's language is super cool, but the translations are not. :)  Sorry, Coelho-lovers :roll:
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Post by: Jenn on July 07, 2010, 17:59:05
yeah maybe, in Spanish the meaning of his words may differ... i have just only read "The alchemist" and i kinda like it but not love it, i must say that i agree with some of his ideas about life, but it is not something i follow.. i tried to read other of his books, and i couldnt keep reading, maybe i was just not in the mood because i was so bored.  :roll:
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Post by: Mozart on July 07, 2010, 18:57:37
What has Coelho? :/ I really get boring reading him :?
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 07, 2010, 18:59:18
^Coelho is boring, I agree  :lol:

Castaneda is better  :lol:  :P
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Post by: Mozart on July 07, 2010, 19:02:26
Yeaaaah! Or Benedetti, or Saramago! :D
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Post by: storm on July 08, 2010, 00:53:28
Different opinions about Cohelo's books I've read almost all of them but unfortunately I don't finish them to read the reason maybe because they don't catch my attention at all, and with that I don't mean they are bad because I think any book is bad (well yes Carlos Trejo's books are bad hehehehe :lol: )  it's just that we don't identify what it is said with in the book or with the autor or autor's opinion, and about Coehlo I've just found some interestings phrases but only that and agree with you Miguel I prefer Saramago or Benedetti. ;) they catch more  my attention to finish his books and reread them :lol: .
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Post by: godgott on July 17, 2010, 14:42:18
Edgar A. Poe- all stories

and amid William Blake- poetry
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Post by: Lady Valentina on July 17, 2010, 15:48:54
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Edgar A. Poe- all stories

and amid William Blake- poetry

I like Poe.
I read a book by Yamamoto's "Book of the Samurai" or "Bushido". It is very interesting. I never expected that my position in life are so much like a samurai code of honor. I am a samurai)) :D
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Post by: godgott on July 17, 2010, 15:56:51
@ Lady Valentina

nice to hear that you're samurai  :D  do you see a movie with Tom Cruise "The Last Samurai"?  :D
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Post by: Lady Valentina on July 17, 2010, 16:07:13
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@ Lady Valentina

nice to hear that you're samurai  :D  do you see a movie with Tom Cruise "The Last Samurai"?  :D

Yes, of course) But I like the movies "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "House of Flying Daggers." This is a very beautiful film.
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nice to hear that you're samurai

I will soon start to run with a katana swords) * laughing * Although I like them.
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Post by: godgott on July 17, 2010, 16:56:50
@ Lady Valentina

Yes! "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "House of Flying Daggers" are amazing movies.

And maybe you start practise martial arts?  :D
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Post by: Lady Valentina on July 17, 2010, 17:16:54
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@ Lady Valentina

Yes! "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "House of Flying Daggers" are amazing movies.

And maybe you start practise martial arts?  :D

I once engaged in karate) I even have a yellow belt.
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 17, 2010, 17:33:12
Ooooh I adore the Flying Daggers film too !! And have you seen Hero by the same director ?? Amazing plot and just as wonderful choregraphies ^^ And Memoires of a Geisha was a very beautiful movie as well :) wiiii, more martial arts lovers !! ^^ I used to practice kung fu :D till this year :( I hope to practice again soon :D
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Post by: Lady Valentina on July 17, 2010, 17:58:58
Quote from: "MelissaFrance"
Ooooh I adore the Flying Daggers film too !! And have you seen Hero by the same director ?? Amazing plot and just as wonderful choregraphies ^^ And Memoires of a Geisha was a very beautiful movie as well :) wiiii, more martial arts lovers !! ^^ I used to practice kung fu :D till this year :( I hope to practice again soon :D

No :roll:
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wiiii, more martial arts lovers !! ^^ I used to practice kung fu

ahah, soon the girls will fly into space):D  I like kung-fu, a martial art like dance. There is nothing superfluous. So mesmerizing beauty of the blade.
sorry for offtop :roll:
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 17, 2010, 18:04:15
Indeed, i agree, kung fu is very elegant and so agreable to perform because of it :D I love it so much ^^
sorry for offtop too  8)
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Post by: godgott on July 17, 2010, 18:59:56
If you like dance martial arts you must know capoeira! My love!  :D
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 18, 2010, 16:55:26
Oh unfortunately I know very little about it, but if you say it is close to kung fu I might get more interested :D do you practice it ?? :D I know it's very acrobatic but never really saw how martial it could be... but I'd love to know more if you can inform me :D what sort of blows are there ?
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 18, 2010, 17:16:29
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If you like dance martial arts you must know capoeira! My love!  :D


some years ago I attended Brazilian party here, and there were people dancing capoeira, it was amazing show, I was shocked by their plasticity and grace ^^
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Post by: godgott on July 18, 2010, 17:21:46
I practice two years. And capoeira is not a dance, not a martial art. It's just capoeria. Blows are form a many martial arts and it's not similar to kung fu etc. If you want to you can see here a very interesting videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8xxgFpK-NM

It's not a really fight, we try roll out a best performance, best show for others. And of course we fight but first is beauty show, later terrible fight. And the worst is trainings. But we have something what other martial arts haven't- magic music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gTI5cP4sBY

 :D
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 18, 2010, 17:28:10
^ wow!! you can do it too!! that's great!
thanks for the links, awesome people there :)
do you have some your videos?
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Post by: godgott on July 18, 2010, 17:45:38
@ on_my_own_sky

No, I haven't. I'm still pupil in my group so I don't want to see myself fight  :D  two years is still too littel to perfect performance  ;)  but if I'll have 15 years experience you'll see my video  :D
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 18, 2010, 17:45:47
Wooooow thanks for the videos, it seems I could love it too ! I adore to have a very precise timing with a partner to do sth elegant ^^ and this is soooo beautiful :D I see what you mean about not really being a martial art ^^ but it's a bit the same in Kung fu, you know, a part of it is called Taiji, and it is also only moves, which evoke blows but never performed in a real fight... ;)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 18, 2010, 17:56:32
Quote from: "godgott"
if I'll have 15 years experience you'll see my video  :D


okay, I'll write it down not to forget and ask you again in 15 years  :lol:
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Post by: Antonio Silva on July 19, 2010, 02:39:36
Quote from: "godgott"
If you like dance martial arts you must know capoeira! My love!  :D


I have never imagined that someone outside of Brasil could know Capoeira!  :)
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Post by: ÖÖ on July 19, 2010, 06:28:52
It seems to be known in different countries. My friend was fond of it for some time. And she wasn't alone. =)
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Post by: MelissaFrance on July 19, 2010, 10:25:22
Indeed, it's quite well known in France as well :) ;)
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Post by: Eiseskälte on July 19, 2010, 14:03:27
I hope no one minds, if I respond to the origin qurstion of this thread ? ;)
In fact I'm not a good dancer and maybe capoeira is not the right theme for me to talk about, so... :)

I'm currently reading Der Steppenwolf by the well-known German author Hermann Hesse ;)
I love his books and I have not read this one yet, even though it was recommended to me by a couple of good friends, so now it's time for it :D
I also read the Sword of Truth-Series by Terry Goodkind since 1 year - I like that they're are on the one hand exciting fantasy-novels, but on the other hand include many interesting psychological and philosophic aspects - there's nothing this books aren't including :)

Having said this,
Nicolas
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Post by: godgott on July 19, 2010, 15:06:48
@ Nicolas

 :D  I don't know why capoeira still is in book's topic  :D  


P.S. I read Poe so now G. Kunert and B. Brecht!  ;)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 19, 2010, 18:01:30
heheheh at last someone had recollected about the real topic here  :lol:

as for me, I'm still chewing the same book, Pride And Prejudice  :roll:  it's in English and i've found that this is quite hard for me to read  :oops:  :lol:
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Post by: Asphodel on July 19, 2010, 18:39:43
Quote from: "on_my_own_sky"

as for me, I'm still chewing the same book, Pride And Prejudice  :roll:  it's in English and i've found that this is quite hard for me to read  :oops:  :lol:


And i'm reading Alice in Wonderland in English now :D It's so easy to read, i advice you this book ;) better find it instead :D it's funny  :lol:
*yes I sometimes don't mind reading children's' books :D*
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Post by: Mozart on July 19, 2010, 18:59:21
Quote from: "Asphodel"
And i'm reading Alice in Wonderland in English now :D It's so easy to read, i advice you this book ;) better find it instead :D it's funny  :lol:
*yes I sometimes don't mind reading children's' books :D*


Not a children's book at all!! ;) read it carefully, again and again n u will find a lot of things inside, since numerology 'till alchemy, occultism, mysticism, shamanism, masonry and things like that.

I started to read "Poems 1913-1916" from Vladimir Mayakovskiy :D
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 19, 2010, 19:04:42
Quote from: "Asphodel"
And i'm reading Alice in Wonderland in English now :D It's so easy to read, i advice you this book ;)


aaaaaah, Julia, you now tell about my favourite fairytale book !  :shock:  actually I've read it for 3 or 4 times already, and I agree, it's very easy to understand it, the English there is very funny and amazing ^^
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Post by: Asphodel on July 19, 2010, 19:07:16
Quote from: "Zim"
Quote from: "Asphodel"
And i'm reading Alice in Wonderland in English now :D It's so easy to read, i advice you this book ;) better find it instead :D it's funny  :lol:
*yes I sometimes don't mind reading children's' books :D*


Not a children's book at all!! ;) read it carefully, again and again n u will find a lot of things inside, since numerology 'till alchemy, occultism, mysticism, shamanism, masonry and things like that.

agree, I meant it's generally considered to be a children's' book by public :lol:
I'm only at the beginning now, but I enjoy reading it.
In childhood I thought it to be an extremely stupid book, but now I don't thnk so at all ;) there is something deeper there ;)

edit: Nadya, i remember you liked the film, that's why i guessed about the book :D
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Post by: TAMAR on August 03, 2010, 02:56:12
Heey my lovely topic is almost forgotten?! Gosh! :(

While of this days i read some very good books, they're so interesting. :)

"The Poor Musician" by Franz Grillparzer, it's sadly novel, but it couldn't have very strong influence over me, i liked much more, "The Monastery in Sendomir", that's very good and i liked the modifire of the time and place, it's described very good. :) The novel is full of emotions besides of it's very short. especially great is the end. :)  after a reading, i was in  impressions very much and had a wish to made a movie^^

(http://img02.imagefra.me/img/img02/8/8/2/takasha/f_6nm242b8qj5m_6feaac0.jpg) (http://imagefra.me/)


Also, I read Poe: "The Sphinx", "William Wilson", "Morella" and "The Purloined Letter"
I was so happy when i found Poe's books and I read them very fast and now i'm bit disappointed 'cause of i didn't felt everything in the books, that's a reason why i didn't like them after a reading. :oops:  :?   ..But now, I want to re-read them again slower and enjoy with it. ;)  
"William Wilson" I liked the most. 8)   My lovely mystic theme, this book gave me many new ideas. :)  :) <3
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on August 03, 2010, 05:22:50
@Tako, wow, it seems that you are reading days and nights, or you read really VERY fast  :D good book list ! ;)

as for me, - I'm moving to the last Castaneda's book (the 12th one), and my mind is deeply in it. I never was so much IN a someone's philosophy, ...now I think a lot about it...
ps btw, after watching Inception movie and having read a part of book about 'dream travelling', i can see, that the movie creators had shared some of Castaneda's philosophy in the plot  8)
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Post by: ÖÖ on August 03, 2010, 07:59:20
@Tako
Poe has very special manner of writing. After reading some stories I had a feeling like "what was the story about?" =)))
But he has interesting language. =)
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Post by: Kitty on August 03, 2010, 09:50:37
I'm "reading" American Civilization an Introduction (mark this word) by David Mauk and John Oakland

and it makes me nervous ... annoyed... hating civilization ... hating English ... hating everything that has to do with America... Introduction they call that  :lol: it's fucking 368 pages long and they advice it as a COURSEBOOK  :shock:  NUUUUUUUUUUTS! ... I wanna see the full version then  :lol: that MUST be 2000 pages long  :|


but I'm also reading an other book inbetween, a relaxing book ... from a Belgian Writer called "De leeuw van Vlaanderen" (The Flemish Lion; literary translated) from  Hendrik Conscience ... just started so can't say much about it ... it's a bit history related.
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Post by: ÖÖ on August 03, 2010, 16:22:00
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hating English

... said a person, who's spending pretty lot of time speaking English on this forum  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

*understanding very well what are boring hard-to-read highly scientifical coursebooks* :roll:
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Post by: Kitty on August 03, 2010, 16:32:40
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hating English

... said a person, who's spending pretty lot of time speaking English on this forum  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

*understanding very well what are boring hard-to-read highly scientifical coursebooks* :roll:


 :lol:  :lol: that sounds weird doesn't it ... but it confronts me with the fact my English is after all those years still so fucking bad and basic that I'm even ashamed of myself  :oops: I have to re-read certain parts twice just cause I don't know the words yet... and I know that's cause it's just really difficult language that those guys use, our teacher warned us for it ... but still ... it doesn't really motivate me ... I have got less German lessons in my life yet less troubles understanding it whilst reading than English *ashamed* ... oh got how I hate this high-intellectual bullshit  :roll: that's why I run away from university you know ... and what do they do one year after I joined this higher education institution? Make a uni of it ... just AWESOME  :shock:
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Post by: ÖÖ on August 03, 2010, 16:43:44
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that sounds weird doesn't it ... but it confronts me with the fact my English is after all those years still so fucking bad and basic that I'm even ashamed of myself <...> I have got less German lessons in my life yet less troubles understanding it whilst reading than English

Oh, how I do understand it though being a professional linguist and a Russian-English interpreter  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

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and what do they do one year after I joined this higher education institution? Make a uni of it ... just AWESOME  :shock:

It seems to be a modern tendency. Our technical institutions all have opened a couple of humanitarian faculties and acquired a university status some time ago...
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Post by: Kitty on August 03, 2010, 16:51:41
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Oh, how I do understand it though being a professional linguist and a Russian-English interpreter  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


mmm ... I'm not going further with english that's for sure ^^ I've already chosen whether I go for translation or interpreting I'm going for German/Dutch I've got better marks for my German than for my English so ... the only fearing thing ... I've even got better marks for my German than for my Dutch hahahaha!



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It seems to be a modern tendency. Our technical institutions all have opened a couple of humanitarian faculties and acquired a university status some time ago...


yeah same phenomenon here actually... I went to hear around and apparently they want to give every institution of higher education the status of university ... which is quite not logical ... since well not all teacher agree with levelling up the education like on universities ... so it's quite unfair I think ...
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Post by: ÖÖ on August 03, 2010, 16:58:04
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I've already chosen whether I go for translation or interpreting I'm going for German/Dutch I've got better marks for my German than for my English so ... the only fearing thing ... I've even got better marks for my German than for my Dutch hahahaha!

=)))))

I'd also rather prefer German. But I've found no courses for Russian-German synchronous interpreting here =))

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which is quite not logical ... since well not all teacher agree with levelling up the education like on universities ... so it's quite unfair I think ...

I doubt there is anything to do with levels or quality of education. It's just a... mmmm.... PR action =))
*btw, I doubt, if the quality of the uni education is really above that of special institution -.-*
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Post by: Kitty on August 03, 2010, 17:05:29
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I doubt there is anything to do with levels or quality of education. It's just a... mmmm.... PR action =))
*btw, I doubt, if the quality of the uni education is really above that of special institution -.-*


no indeed, only they don't know that yet... I think every kind of education has its qualities... the reason I run away from uni was because of the thick books and because it was way too theoretical in my opinion ... I'm a do-er (that's also why I don't like THIS book I'm reading now  :oops: ) ... but quality and level I think they're both alike ... that's also why they want to make it one system here I think ... to take the differences away in salaries and such cause here it's still this way that people from uni's earn much more after graduating than others ... and they want to get away from this abyss... but well if it includes making everything theoretical than I prefer the abyss really and earn less than study those thick books from over 500 pages I had back there  :shock: I die by thinking I actually kept through for a year  :shock:
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Post by: Lady Valentina on August 03, 2010, 18:48:50
I'm currently reading the book "Suad or burnt alive." This is a very tragic book. It talks about the fate of a young girl from Pakistan (I think), which seduced the young man and she turned her whole family. In this country dominated by violent Islamic laws, and the woman has virtually no rights. She couldn`t go out alone on the street, look at the man, to learn, couldn`t even wear shoes until marriage. And the girls who were not virgins, the relatives must be burned alive, because it is a shame for the family.
And this girl, her name Suad, missionary rescued. The book is written by this woman with the words Suad, because she can`t write.
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Post by: Antonio Silva on August 03, 2010, 19:14:26
I was reading "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov, I know that many people consider science fiction like fake literature, but sometimes I read these things because... Well, I think it´s fun! :)

"Nightfall" is a book with many short stories, the main short story is also called "Nightfall" and tells the story of a planet with six suns called Lagash. It´s always day in Lagash, the people there never have night but it´s known that each 2049 years the civilization on Lagash falls apart, and no one knows why. But physicists have a new theory, the crash of civilization on Lagash is related with a total eclipse of the six suns.

I didn´t finished to read all short stories, and now that my vacation is over I probably will read just scientific books.
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Post by: ÖÖ on August 03, 2010, 19:30:40
Antonio, I belileve, science fiction is literature as well as all other genres =)) And there are true and fake science fiction books, as well as there are true and fake realistic novels =))
*Stupidly cannot remember, if I've read Asimov :shock:  :oops: Anyway, not this book*[/quote]
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Post by: TAMAR on August 04, 2010, 16:12:21
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@Tako, wow, it seems that you are reading days and nights, or you read really VERY fast  :D good book list ! ;)


hihi no, they just was a novels and short books. ;)  
Evan i love reading, if i'm in depression, i'm trying to forget everything other bad things and think only about the stories in the book. :roll:  that's a reason why i'm reading so many books in this days. i'm still in deep depression. :(

Yesterday i've finished Lev Tolstoy- "Master and Man" (Хозяин и работник)
I liked it so much, white snow everywhere cold and very stylish Russian situations in the book, it was interesting and exotic for me, very good manner of writing. i can say, that i enjoyed so much with this book. :)
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 14, 2010, 11:35:34
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I've already chosen whether I go for translation or interpreting I'm going for German/Dutch I've got better marks for my German than for my English so ... the only fearing thing ... I've even got better marks for my German than for my Dutch hahahaha!

=)))))

I'd also rather prefer German. But I've found no courses for Russian-German synchronous interpreting here =))

You are a synchronous interpreter? :shock: I must take my hat off... I couldn't become one...is it real that while interpreting you have to stop thinking? They (my teachers when I studied languages) were telling us so...is it true?

On the topic...I read several books now :? for fun - On the Science by Jules Henri Poincaré...which is a fascinating read from my point of view...explains lots of things they have to explain at uni...
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Post by: Fearless_soul on August 14, 2010, 11:43:26
Oh, girls,you are  synchronic  interpreters ?  :shock:  I'm very proud of you ! It's such a difficult job ...

I've just finished " Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann. Though I read it some years ago, I decided to re-read it ... It's rather sad story  :(
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Post by: ÖÖ on August 15, 2010, 21:52:10
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You are a synchronous interpreter?  I must take my hat off... I couldn't become one...is it real that while interpreting you have to stop thinking? They (my teachers when I studied languages) were telling us so...is it true?

I'm an unexperienced one. I finished the course with good marks, got into a base of a translation-interpreting company, and that's all for the time =))
Do not really think one has to stop thinking =) One just has to react quickly and to start with a good preparation to the event. I couldn't improvise right now =))
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 16, 2010, 08:45:10
O my... I'm reading the Philosophy of Religion... :roll: I'm a boring nerdy soul... :?

ÖÖ
But this is cool nevertheless, I think so ;)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on August 16, 2010, 14:23:33
i forgot to tell - last week I'd finished to read Castaneda's books, all of them, finally. it was a hard reading, really  :roll:  :lol: it took 2 years (with several breaks , of course) to do it
what have it done to me...well, I just one more time was convinced that we don't appreciate what we have,..and we don't use all our abilities, living like in the dream. my thoughts now are in some chaos about it all, but I've changed a bit already, I can feel this.


^WalkAbout, Philosophy of Religion sounds boring, I agree, but in the same time there is something interesting about it..some history, right? 8)
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 17, 2010, 07:26:06
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i forgot to tell - last week I'd finished to read Castaneda's books, all of them, finally. it was a hard reading, really  :roll:  :lol: it took 2 years (with several breaks , of course) to do it
what have it done to me...well, I just one more time was convinced that we don't appreciate what we have,..and we don't use all our abilities, living like in the dream. my thoughts now are in some chaos about it all, but I've changed a bit already, I can feel this.


^WalkAbout, Philosophy of Religion sounds boring, I agree, but in the same time there is something interesting about it..some history, right? 8)

Well, actually it is intresting, because it answers WHY we need religion. You know, I really hope that one day I will be able to get hold of my own copy of the "About God" book by Karen Armstrong, because it is really a deep thorough historical study I began reading in 2008 but had to leave behind when moved...And about Castaneda...I began his books but couldn't fiish, yet they seemed to be interesting for me...maybe because you liked them I will find time one day to read them too...
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 11, 2010, 10:21:14
I'm reading " Twilight ' by Stephenie Meyer (I'm not a fan of those movies  :) ), but I've found out that my best friend bought all the books from saga in Canada, and I decided to borrow them from her in order to read something new in English  :)  I must say that the book is better than the movie =)
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Post by: TAMAR on September 11, 2010, 17:27:12
Nina, ohh, you know, I adore super boring books! :lol:  :lol:  They are great before a sleep. 8)

Olena, Ow, I'm envy you 'cause of i wanted to find this books here, even I hate the movie, but people says that book is rather good. :)  :)

Now, I'm reading biography of my loooooveliest painter Amadeo Modigiani by Vitali Vilenkin. <3  <3 <3  It's written with very good way, very interesting book with many aspects of life.
It's so emotional, beautiful and tragic lovestory about adorable painter and  beautiful young lady Jeanne Hébuterne. I can't reading it without tears, it's so tragic and sad.
By the way, there is many parts from Anna Akhmatova's diary too including the book. (earlier, then Amadeo met Jeanne he loved Anna).
I can talking about Amadeo without end 'cause of he and his art is unlimited and genial. :o
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 11, 2010, 20:38:01
Tako : you have an opportunity to read them  ;) At least in the net for sure. So just google the books  :D

Lol : today I watched " New moon" on TV =))) They read my thoughts  :lol:
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Post by: TAMAR on September 11, 2010, 22:05:32
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Tako : you have an opportunity to read them  ;) At least in the net for sure. So just google the books  :D

Lol : today I watched " New moon" on TV =))) They read my thoughts  :lol:


I thought, you know me better, Olena. :lol:  Me and my laziness... I would never search "Twilight" in the net and then sit and read it front of comp. naahh! ;)  I love reading books in my warm bed with hot tea next to me, like as old people does. :lol:
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Post by: WalkAbout on September 12, 2010, 09:34:10
@Tako
You shouldn't know which books lie beneath my pillow at the time :lol: since when I discovered this array yesterday evening putting the LOTR there :lol:  :lol:  :lol: it was kind of shock :lol: and laughter, too :lol: and that Philosophy I read since I need to answer some inner questions I have before I go to church and ask them there *and I really hope they won't be scared away by me*

About the "Twilight" series... :roll: as my chief put it "Heroes don't think there. AT ALL" which was enough for me to make a final resolution of puttin them into the "junk" section :oops: and until my e-book is revived I have to read usual stuff... :roll: pity-pity :(

So at the time I read manual on PhpMyAdmin for work :cry: R-r-rr...wanna my e-reader baaaaaaaaaaack......
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 22, 2010, 13:25:31
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I got  a big parcel from amazon a week ago - so, I've got a lot of books for reading now=)

1) The great expectations by  Charles Dickens.
I love to re-read this book time by time and get melancholy...
Really, sometimes we remove mountains for reaching our dreams... but when we just in one step by her, we hear - "Estella's married yesterday" and that's all for all dreams....


Oh, it's great to hear that ! I love this book as well  :D I've read it three times already, and I consider it splendid.
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Post by: WalkAbout on September 22, 2010, 14:42:36
Muahahaha! Finally laid my hands upon my brand-new ereader *okay, let's forget for a while who and why gifted it to me yesterday evening*
So, my list of reading for few weeks:
1. Cyber War by Donald forgot-his-name
2. Programming (by Knut, 3d volume)
3. Plasma Electronics -- joking :lol: I donno what to put there right now, experience a terrible lack of time thanks to my schoolies and all that stuff...
4. Young Hearts Crying (Yeats, one of my total favs, love hiiiiiiim terribly awesomely much) -- printed ed., found here in one shop of kind if vintage type^^ love them...if u wanna find me somewhere - 10 to 1 it'll be a bookstore or library^^
5. Thinking about adding Penrose to the reading-list ;)
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 22, 2010, 15:48:31
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I got  a big parcel from amazon a week ago - so, I've got a lot of books for reading now=)

1) The great expectations by  Charles Dickens.
I love to re-read this book time by time and get melancholy...
Really, sometimes we remove mountains for reaching our dreams... but when we just in one step by her, we hear - "Estella's married yesterday" and that's all for all dreams....


Oh, it's great to hear that ! I love this book as well  :D I've read it three times already, and I consider it splendid.


Oh, this book for special mood... Night, loneliness and iron entered into your soul... But I'm sure you know it too....


Indeed it is ... But I like it anyway  :)
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Post by: WalkAbout on September 22, 2010, 16:37:39
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I got  a big parcel from amazon a week ago - so, I've got a lot of books for reading now=)

1) The great expectations by  Charles Dickens.
I love to re-read this book time by time and get melancholy...
Really, sometimes we remove mountains for reaching our dreams... but when we just in one step by her, we hear - "Estella's married yesterday" and that's all for all dreams....


Oh, it's great to hear that ! I love this book as well  :D I've read it three times already, and I consider it splendid.


Oh, this book for special mood... Night, loneliness and iron entered into your soul... But I'm sure you know it too....


Indeed it is ... But I like it anyway  :)

Er-r-r, I don't think it is sooo saaad. :) Much sadder is another book by Dickens, Hard Times. This one was really a book that put my soul out of body for a time...
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Post by: Tajj on September 22, 2010, 22:05:28
Now I re-read "Freken Smilla and her feeling of snow" from Peter Hoeg. I like books to which it is possible to come back again and again

"Smilla", "Arabian nightmare" from R. Irwin and still some books always with me..  It's good that such books exist ))
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 26, 2010, 13:20:09
I'm reading "New moon " now . Well, I guess that "Twilight" was the most interesting part out of four  :) Cause I get bored ... But the only thing I like for sure is that the book is a great source of new idioms and lexics ^^
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Post by: jenny-jen on September 29, 2010, 00:27:42
Did I read Twilight or something?^^ I read all (excepting the last one which was not written by the same author) and it was just great, one of the best books I've ever read! The emotions and feelings were so clearly... I laughed and I cried, I was glad and I was hurt during reading... perfectly! Well, the movies are not that good at all but I already knew that when I found it out that there will by any movies :roll: NOBODY could show those gorgeous emotions ;)

And now I'm reading the Holy Bible :oops: :D
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 29, 2010, 13:20:15
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Did I read Twilight or something?^^ I read all (excepting the last one which was not written by the same author) and it was just great, one of the best books I've ever read! The emotions and feelings were so clearly... I laughed and I cried, I was glad and I was hurt during reading... perfectly! Well, the movies are not that good at all but I already knew that when I found it out that there will by any movies :roll: NOBODY could show those gorgeous emotions ;)

And now I'm reading the Holy Bible :oops: :D


Jenny : oh, really ? The last one wasn't written by S.Meyer ? Do you mean "Breaking Dawn" ? I have no idea =) I can't but agree with you, it's simple and full of emotions, I also laughed a lot (well, haven't cried ). And yes, the movies are worse .

And as for the Bible - there's nothing to be embarrased about. I wanted to do it too, but it's so huge and I haven't much time now.
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Post by: Kitty on September 29, 2010, 14:25:15
I agree Olena, there's nothing to be ashamed of when you say you read the bible *smiles wide* ... I personally never read it fully, I did read parts and I did read my bible for kids several times when I was younger ... and I'm sure I'll read the bible some day cause it's full of clear and adorable morals.


I'm reading stories of Kafka these days (Meistererzählungen)... it's a collection of his most famous stories and I must say I rather adore them ... I remember three years ago or 4 by now I read "In Der Strafkolonie" and I was intrigued by his writing style. So now I decided to find myself another book from him and read it. Have by now read 3 stories In Der Strafkolonie, Das Urteil, Der Heizer and now I'm reading Die Verwandlung (almost at the end) and enjoy it in Kafka's world.
After this book I want to read Die Blechtrommel from Günter Grass ... I was adviced to read it from a friend of mine and have postponed it way too long so next book will be this one. I'm reading them in German cause I think they're correct when they say that each translation is already an interpretation ... so therefore I long to read originals when I'm able to.
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 29, 2010, 14:44:46
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I agree Olena, there's nothing to be ashamed of when you say you read the bible *smiles wide* ... I personally never read it fully, I did read parts and I did read my bible for kids several times when I was younger ... and I'm sure I'll read the bible some day cause it's full of clear and adorable morals.


Neither did I, I haven't ever read it fully, just in parts. And I also enjoyed reading my Bible for children (actually it was called " Stories from the Holy history" ) when I was 8- 10 y.o. and did it several times *smiles wide*
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Post by: Kitty on September 29, 2010, 14:52:27
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I agree Olena, there's nothing to be ashamed of when you say you read the bible *smiles wide* ... I personally never read it fully, I did read parts and I did read my bible for kids several times when I was younger ... and I'm sure I'll read the bible some day cause it's full of clear and adorable morals.


Neither did I, I haven't ever read it fully, just in parts. And I also enjoyed reading my Bible for children (actually it was cold " Stories from the Holy history" ) when I was 8- 10 y.o. and did it several times *smiles wide*


 :D cool... I see many had such a bible  :D that's awesome... in school I was the only kid who had it  :oops: I remember I got it from my sister because I was so full of christianity when I was 8-9 years and she wanted to support me with it eventhough she's not a believer herself. I still have that books somewhere  :D
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 29, 2010, 18:46:58
Kitty : sure you're not ;) I don't know if I was the only one )) Cause I remember I found the book at home and decided to read it by myself. I think that the age of 8-9 is really full of inspiration and wish to explore something new. At least I also started writing poems and fairytales then =)
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Post by: Kitty on September 29, 2010, 18:53:48
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Kitty : sure you're not ;) I don't know if I was the only one )) Cause I remember I found the book at home and decided to read it by myself. I think that the age of 8-9 is really full of inspiration and wish to explore something new. At least I also started writing poems and fairytales then =)


oooh! so fast!!!  :shock: that's faaast! ... I was 13 when I started writing my own thoughts down in form of poems and short stories  :) but you're right ... I can see that with my niece as well ... when she was that age she started asking all kinds of questions about life and death and belief. She asked me "do you believe in God?" ... and she explained me right away she doesn't for that and that and that reason ... all very kids-arguments... but I recognised a lot of myself in that... and I told her that she will reconsider that later when she grew older and had different perceptions on the world. She didn't believe me just like when I was  11 and my parents said that I would for sure turn back to my belief one day (which I have) I always said "NO, cause God disappointed me so he cannot exist" ... and now I realise that exactly that was the reason they said I'd turn back to my spirituality one day  :D  though with entirely new perceptions.  :)  But I suppose every human being questions life once right?
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Post by: jenny-jen on September 29, 2010, 19:47:56
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Jenny : oh, really ? The last one wasn't written by S.Meyer ? Do you mean "Breaking Dawn" ? I have no idea =) I can't but agree with you, it's simple and full of emotions, I also laughed a lot (well, haven't cried ). And yes, the movies are worse .


Well, no, I didn't mean Breaking Dawn (I think^^) - another one, the one after that I guess :D

@Olena and Kitty: I was not embarrassed because of the fact that I read the Bible but because I start so late :oops: :D I already started a few times and in school and confirmation preparation I also read some parts but didn't read the entire Bible yet. Well, better later than never! :)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on September 29, 2010, 20:04:32
some days ago my sis had sent me a book by e-mail - it was Arthur Golden's 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. I've read it in 2 days , and it left a lot of impressions. I watched the movie before, but the book is definitely better. It was very interesting for me to learn about this side of Japanese culture, sometimes it was shocking, sometimes funny (and even very funny xD), and it was a real esthetic pleasure to read it - for me, at least. I was always interested in an Eastern lifestyle and traditions, so this book let me to see one of the most intimate side of it. besides, the beautiful love story is a main topic there  8)
I also want to notice that the author's writing style is very good, and very easy to read.
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Post by: Tajj on September 29, 2010, 20:39:40
@ on_my_own_sky
I agree.. I like very much this book too. It's really the great novel, I think. The cinema doesn't give all completeness of the information and impressions though it also is fine, but it absolutely other.
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Post by: Kitty on September 29, 2010, 20:46:20
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Well, better later than never! :)


that's the spirit indeed  :)

Nadya  :shock: *shame shame shame* I saw the movie but somehow never knew it's based on a book  :shock: ... I have to search it then. I also enjoyed the movie very much ... but a book mostly contains more details so  :) thanks for the notion!
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 30, 2010, 13:53:56
Kitty : I see  ;) Sure, we're always curious about some things, and that's normal .

Jenny : Ok, thank you for the explanation ! And as for too late or not too late, I'm sure that it's a relative thing. Start when you have a wish and time )
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Post by: ÖÖ on September 30, 2010, 14:28:59
Kitty, Olena, Jenny, me joins your community of not having read the whole Bible earlier. =)))
 
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And as for the Bible - there's nothing to be embarrased about. I wanted to do it too, but it's so huge and I haven't much time now.

I think, it rather consists of too many texts and many different editioons of them. Me wishes to read Luther but me doubts it is real to find more or less complete Luther in St-Pete for real price. (Actually, I don't know where one should search for such things)

About Memoirs of Geisha - I haven't heard about the book too. But it's pretty usual thing when the book is better than the movie.
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Post by: Fearless_soul on September 30, 2010, 14:41:19
Julchen : yes, different editions and so on .. Mine has more than 800 A4 pages  :)
As for Luther , I think you can find it on ebay .
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Post by: ÖÖ on September 30, 2010, 15:19:39
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As for Luther , I think you can find it on ebay .

Thanks for the tip =)
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As for Luther , I think you can find it on ebay .

Thanks for the tip =)


You're welcome, Julchen ! The prices are quite reasonable there;)
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Post by: godgott on September 30, 2010, 18:41:24
Sexton Blake  ;) I really like detective stories...
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Post by: WalkAbout on October 01, 2010, 05:33:11
Presentation something based on the study of how Steve Jobs presents his projects. Good. The only thing that keeps me angry is that stupifying wholly American Suburbian North English that is kinda killing me with a greeeat headache....damn, I grew accustumed to people speaking good English even if they are American....
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Post by: Helen on October 01, 2010, 06:42:48
I read "Vampire" now,it's soooo old book,its pages are already yellow,not white!
I don't remember the author,I will write it soon,if You're interested in it of course  :)
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Post by: Lollipop on October 06, 2010, 19:59:21
I've read a book of a strange person who claims that she is a writer(:lol:  :lol:  :lol: ), and the book was pretty awful, as I expected. I wonder how a person can fail to speak the native language, cause so many mistakes just... well, impress in a bad way.  It's the mixture of 3 genres, and none is written in a proper way. Besides, the styly of the writing is a style of a 17 y.o. girl. Funny.

Also I bought some Rubina's books and now I'm re-reading them, and she is so awesome, and the language is more than just beautiful, and the characters seem to be alive.  :shock:  :shock: Super great!
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Post by: Fortuna on October 06, 2010, 20:52:01
Anne Rice, in 100th time...
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Post by: Tajj on October 06, 2010, 22:08:29
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Also I bought some Rubina's books and now I'm re-reading them, and she is so awesome, and the language is more than just beautiful, and the characters seem to be alive.  :shock:  :shock: Super great!

Who is Rubina? What she write? I never heard this name, but you so respond about her. I want to know her also ))
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Post by: WalkAbout on October 07, 2010, 09:12:11
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Also I bought some Rubina's books and now I'm re-reading them, and she is so awesome, and the language is more than just beautiful, and the characters seem to be alive.  :shock:  :shock: Super great!

Who is Rubina? What she write? I never heard this name, but you so respond about her. I want to know her also ))

I think I can help you :) Dina Rubina - http://www.dinarubina.com/ :) I adore her works...
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Post by: Tajj on October 07, 2010, 18:59:20
Oh, thanks Nina :)) Of course I know the writer Dina Rubina, but I didn't read her books. And now I will try it
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Post by: Diana_R on October 07, 2010, 20:28:37
A week ago I finished reading of "Nausea" (J-P Sartre).
It is rather depressive book about freedom, alienation and existence. A man has many hard gloomy thoughts and has  nobody to share with. The only way is to lead a diary and to write everything he feels.
I read the composition with great interest as the thematic of it is in a big closeness to me.
Sometimes it grasped spirit at me - I liked it to such an extent. Some pages were just expression of my own thoughts.
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Post by: Lollipop on October 07, 2010, 22:43:15
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Also I bought some Rubina's books and now I'm re-reading them, and she is so awesome, and the language is more than just beautiful, and the characters seem to be alive.  :shock:  :shock: Super great!

Who is Rubina? What she write? I never heard this name, but you so respond about her. I want to know her also ))

I think I can help you :) Dina Rubina - [url]http://www.dinarubina.com/[/url] :) I adore her works...

me too^^ And I just wonder how come people don't know her?
What's your fav book? Mine is "On the sunny side of the road", just ADOOOORE it.  :D  :D  :D
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on October 28, 2010, 18:55:13
today I've finished to read Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' (in original language). well...first I must say that I never read it in Russian and never saw a movie, so I was learning this story for the first time. also I must confess that this is was a really hard reading, because of the complicated style of the writer. too many new words for me  :lol:  but nevertheless, somehow, I've managed to have read it , after all, I've caught the sense !  :lol:  now about the story...on my opinion, it's a bit 'slowed down'  :roll:  all the story in fact could be written in several tens of pages, but 300 !  :lol:  but I have to say, that in this book the feelings and experiences are very good described. now about heroes: unlike the Bennets, I had a sympathy to mr Darcy from the very beginning.  yes, he was proud and contemptious maybe, but this is better than to be a pitiful mumbling bore  :lol:  :P  and I was really angry at Elizabeth - how one can be such an idiot >.< and all her respectable judiciousness - omg, it was so boringgggg  :lol:  I remember that I was yawning, while reading the chapters about her and her endless boring thinking about everything :lol:

but in general, this is a great book, of course , the classical english literature, no less and no more   :lol:

ps I have a question for those who had seen the movie  :lol:  recently I've read a book 'Brigit Jones' Diary', and there she is a great fan of this movie (with Colin Firth performing as mr Darcy) and she watch it again and again, and her favourite episode was the one where Darcy was diving into the lake and then he goes out in a wet clothes, she had a pleasure to see him in such appearance  :lol:  BUT there's no such episode in a book ! now I was arguing with my sis - she read the book in russian and she says that in that book Darcy was diving !  :shock:  I just couldn't miss it while reading...so I donno what to think now  :lol:
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Post by: Asphodel on October 28, 2010, 19:20:02
Nadya, alas I cannot help you with the diving episode :lol:

But I agree with your feelings towards the characters.
And the book is really slow and the morals of the society described are... well, "traditional". You know, I don't think you can expect anything else from a book in this genre written at that time. And same goes for the slowness of narration.
For me such books are a bit too slow too... But after all this is their style - the style of the time and country. (classical English literature, as you said...)
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Post by: TAMAR on October 29, 2010, 01:22:08
Thank you, Nadya!!  besides that this book was boring^^ you wrote everything with such a cheerful way! :D  Wow 300 is a really impressive!! :shock:  I'm proud of you!! ::D I'd do the same..xD

I've seen the movie too,^^ but i confess i really don't remember. :roll:

I guess, i should try to read more books in English, I've started a BraveHeart early, it's so good one and i liked too, but i haven't finished it yet 'cause of my famous laziness. ahem.. :oops:  :lol:  


I've read few books in these days, but now i'm really too lazy to write down about them. :oops:
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Post by: MelissaFrance on October 29, 2010, 23:03:22
Nadyaaaaaaaaaa :D I love Austen ^^ and I liked your review thouhg I don't find it slow ^^ the slower the more pleasurable imho  8)  :roll: you can enjoy all her descriptions... nom nom :D  :lol: But of course Elizabeth is a bit sill :P but as I am a bit silly too, I like her anyway XD I think as a whole... I am a quite great fan of this book XD so thanks for having shared your opinion about it ! I might read it again soon then XD :D
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 08, 2010, 21:55:37
Finally finished Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates. Although some bits were rather hard to get through, the general idea struck me as coming in time on my way. And...this book answered loads of questions I have had within my mind for years. Can't say I feel really changed, but sense as if i was growing up in my body and  mind while the characters were getting older and tougher. It is quite funny, but I always find that masterpieces are shown in the details. Because exactly details in most cases are those things that make a piece of literature come alive and vivid. Well...this one is wise and I don't regret the time I spent on it *although there were moments where I had to read the passage from the end to the place where I had stopped - I do this when find it extremely hard for me^^ I'm too nervous on the behalf of the character :)*....well...my strong recommendation, what can I add here? :) To sum up: gorgeous!
Oh...I've omitted what it's all about))) It's about people, art, relationship with art and world in general, human relationships. Just a very wise piece...

Oh...next book that I gonna read which isn't concerned with studies of any kind gonna be Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare :lol: Have a Penguin Classics edition, love this publishing house....^^
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Post by: Lollipop on November 11, 2010, 15:11:35
Nabokov's "Lolita" makes me run here and there because of delight and the desire to share it with somebody. Unfortunately my Granny doesn't speak English. The language is sooooooo enormously beautiful, and very British I should say (no wonder, Nabokov studied at Cambridge)  :D  :D  :D  I just adore it.
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 11, 2010, 15:14:15
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Nabokov's "Lolita" makes me run here and there because of delight and the desire to share it with somebody. Unfortunately my Granny doesn't speak English. The language is sooooooo enormously beautiful, and very British I should say (no wonder, Nabokov studied at Cambridge)  :D  :D  :D  I just adore it.

damn, you just force me to fetch a copy for myself....mind discussing it via Skype then??? ;)
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Post by: Lollipop on November 11, 2010, 15:16:42
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damn, you just force me to fetch a copy for myself....mind discussing it via Skype then??? ;)

With a great pleasure, Nina^^  :D  Discussing books is one of the favoritest things in my life!  :D And reading them^^ Literature is something that constantly makes me happy.
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 11, 2010, 15:42:28
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damn, you just force me to fetch a copy for myself....mind discussing it via Skype then??? ;)

With a great pleasure, Nina^^  :D  Discussing books is one of the favoritest things in my life!  :D And reading them^^ Literature is something that constantly makes me happy.

same here, although I feel like I lack time for it....what can be more....pleasant than to lose the track of time while being immersed into a book? :) :lol: I've already downloaded an epub version for my ereader :) :lol: will begin reading right away ;)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on November 11, 2010, 19:45:06
@Maya, you've infected me, and I know already what I will read next after those books which I'm reading now  :lol:  I liked Lolita so much some time ago, so I guess it will be a pleasure to re-read it in original this time

as for me, I continue to read 'Little Women', what a charming story ~~
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on November 11, 2010, 19:54:32
somebody SAAAAAAAAAAVEEEEEEEEEEEEE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, i must read the bloody boring Antigone till November 26   :x  :x  :?  :?  :?    *scared*
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 12, 2010, 17:11:42
Klodi : what about reading a short review about it ?*angel look* I'm sure you could find it in English, or in Slovenian. At least I know such Russian sites =)
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on November 12, 2010, 17:16:41
no, i must read it for school, have to answer some questions about it and we will probably write a test then   :roll:
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 12, 2010, 17:30:15
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no, i must read it for school, have to answer some questions about it and we will probably write a test then   :roll:


Oh, that's sad. Then you have no choice ... It's not that big , skip some "choirs"  :)
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on November 12, 2010, 17:33:10
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no, i must read it for school, have to answer some questions about it and we will probably write a test then   :roll:


Oh, that's sad. Then you have no choice ... It's not that big , skip some "choirs"  :)


i always do that, but shhhh   *angel eyes*   8)
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 12, 2010, 17:34:40
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no, i must read it for school, have to answer some questions about it and we will probably write a test then   :roll:


Oh, that's sad. Then you have no choice ... It's not that big , skip some "choirs"  :)


i always do that, but shhhh   *angel eyes*   8)


Don't worry, I won't inform your teacher  :lol: By the way, I do that too, if I hadn't done that, I wouldn't ever read so many books  :)
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on November 12, 2010, 17:36:42
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no, i must read it for school, have to answer some questions about it and we will probably write a test then   :roll:


Oh, that's sad. Then you have no choice ... It's not that big , skip some "choirs"  :)


i always do that, but shhhh   *angel eyes*   8)


Don't worry, I won't inform your teacher  :lol: By the way, I do that too, if I hadn't done that, I wouldn't ever read so many books  :)


 :lol:  :lol:   i doubt i'll read it, really... had to read it in grammar school already and i know the story   :roll:
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Post by: Kitty on November 12, 2010, 17:39:06
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no, i must read it for school, have to answer some questions about it and we will probably write a test then   :roll:


Oh, that's sad. Then you have no choice ... It's not that big , skip some "choirs"  :)


i always do that, but shhhh   *angel eyes*   8)


why doesn't that surprise me  8)  :D


So I started in two (well actually three) books

Die Blechtrommel Thomas Mann: can't say too much about it so far just that I had expected it to be more difficult, so either I don't read deep enough or I just had too much expectations starting this book (never good to have too much expectations)

Also sprach Zarathustra Nietzsche: eum yes, this book kinda ... how would I call it ... forces me to walk other paths for a second ... I often have the "yes, buuuuuut..." reaction ... but I force myself to read on and see the logic... I like this book cause it offers "questions" in form of a story .. probably questions I would ignore when I would just get them on a piece of paper like that.

And then I'm also reading pieces of the bible for school and I recently said to Jenny that I feel like returning to my childhood when I do, for I had a child bible when I was 8-9 years old as I said here before as well I believe... and must say it gives me a special feeling. And I like morals, so I kinda like reading the bible, though still wonder why some people read it literary as it stands there...
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on November 12, 2010, 17:40:34
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no, i must read it for school, have to answer some questions about it and we will probably write a test then   :roll:


Oh, that's sad. Then you have no choice ... It's not that big , skip some "choirs"  :)


i always do that, but shhhh   *angel eyes*   8)


why doesn't that surprise me  8)  :D


probably because you know me too well   :lol:  :lol:
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Post by: Anita schwarz und weis on November 23, 2010, 18:15:35
I've recently read The phantom of the opera. What a fairy book! It made me think about many things-love, music, reality of life. But when i was reading, I noticed something. The main character is Christine Daeé.She had the most beautiful voice in the world which made everything be alive and expressed. The singer of SnakeSkin is Kerstin Doelle  :D Who studies the history of development of different languages will notice- their names are almost the same!  :P
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Post by: Fortuna on November 23, 2010, 21:08:58
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I've recently read The phantom of the opera. What a fairy book! It made me think about many things-love, music, reality of life. But when i was reading, I noticed something. The main character is Christine Daeé.She had the most beautiful voice in the world which made everything be alive and expressed. The singer of SnakeSkin is Kerstin Doelle  :D Who studies the history of development of different languages will notice- their names are almost the same!  :P


Hehe)) nice coincidence... And - who is the author of all SnakeSkin (and not only) music? ;) damn, it's chasing me
To speak seriously, I like this book, but I feel so sad about Erik... Genius with appearance of monster...
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Post by: jenny-jen on November 23, 2010, 23:41:15
my friend presented me a book and she has a good taste: I'm reading now "Die Totengräberin" of Sabine Thiesler. It's about a wife who killed her husband because he was unfaithful... I will see if his brother will find out something or someone else :D
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Post by: anesthesia25 on November 24, 2010, 04:38:51
Right now I am reading The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon. I really love historical fiction especially if its based around the Victorian era.
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Post by: Aleona on November 24, 2010, 04:55:50
I'm  reading  books  about  constitutional  law, civil  law, criminal  law...
Because  I'm  a  student  lawyer.
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Post by: Anita schwarz und weis on November 24, 2010, 05:03:42
@Fortuna Yeah...you're right!Who is the author of performances which were sung by Cristin?The Ghost!Ahahaha :D SnakeSkin is also the result of creation of our dear beautiful ghost!
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Post by: stephanie on November 24, 2010, 05:05:22
Now that I finished the Assylum for wayard victorian girls from Emilie Autumn Im going to read in Spanish for practice (steff I still have the promisse!) :D
Im going to read "El pequeno lord" which means The Little Lord[/i]
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Post by: anesthesia25 on November 24, 2010, 05:17:53
^How is that Emilie Autumn book? I've been curious to read it for quite a while!
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 28, 2010, 12:22:21
I'm reading "Veronika Decides To Die " by Paulo Coelho. Our teacher made us to read it, I must confess xD Though I didn't expect anything special from this book, now that I'm reading it, I understand that it's awesome ! It goes so deep ... I showed me that our world is so full of stereotypes and other things ... By the way, the actions take place in Slovenia ^^ I'm really anxious about the ending of the book, though it's quite predictable , as for me.
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Post by: Tyckondrus on November 28, 2010, 13:23:46
After watching "Harry Potter and Deadly Hallows 1" decided to reread the entire series of books. During the school-years, I appreciate them very much)
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Post by: Dumhastal on November 28, 2010, 15:29:43
I am reading three books now:
1.Olga Gromyko - occupation: witch.
I like Gromyko's books very much. They're full of humor and fantasy)))
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Well, I am rereading this book, but now in English. so as an individual reading for my English class
3. Franz Kafka "der Verschollene"(Amerika). also as individual reading, but for my German.)) Interesting and crazy :)
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Post by: godgott on November 28, 2010, 17:14:06
I really can't stop- Edgar Allan Poe, Yeats William Butler, Alfred Tennyson... Amazing, fantastic, great. I'm speechless!
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Post by: TAMAR on November 28, 2010, 17:35:28
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I'm reading "Veronika Decides To Die " by Paulo Coelho. Our teacher made us to read it, I must confess xD Though I didn't expect anything special from this book, now that I'm reading it, I understand that it's awesome ! It goes so deep ... I showed me that our world is so full of stereotypes and other things ... By the way, the actions take place in Slovenia ^^ I'm really anxious about the ending of the book, though it's quite predictable , as for me.



Heey Olena!! :D  Such a weird common, I came to this topic because of I wanted to wrote about the same book! :D

I re-read this book yesterday when I was checking my old library and found out so many 'new' interesting things in this book, about which I hadn't pay a too much attention when I read it a first time..^^  :D
Also I didn't remember, that the story is happening in Slovenia, when I was (re-) reading it yesterday, I had a very familiar feelings, maybe because of our Klodi. I imagined this places which I've seen on Klodi's pictures! :D  :D It was a great and lovely feeling!

BTW, I doubt, if the end is a really predictable...^^ cuz I always thought, that it's a very unexpected and looooovely!! <3 :D
Please, tell me your opinion then you'll finish.

Also agree the motto of the book- Nothing is happen simply and doesn't exist a simple commons in the world. ;)
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 28, 2010, 17:40:34
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I'm reading "Veronika Decides To Die " by Paulo Coelho. Our teacher made us to read it, I must confess xD Though I didn't expect anything special from this book, now that I'm reading it, I understand that it's awesome ! It goes so deep ... I showed me that our world is so full of stereotypes and other things ... By the way, the actions take place in Slovenia ^^ I'm really anxious about the ending of the book, though it's quite predictable , as for me.



Heey Olena!! :D  Such a weird common, I came to this topic because of I wanted to wrote about the same book! :D

I re-read this book yesterday when I was checking my old library and found out so many 'new' interesting things in this book, about which I hadn't pay a too much attention when I read it a first time..^^  :D
Also I didn't remember, that the story is happening in Slovenia, when I was (re-) reading it yesterday, I had a very familiar feelings, maybe because of our Klodi. I imagined this places which I've seen on Klodi's pictures! :D  :D It was a great and lovely feeling!

BTW, I doubt, if the end is a really predictable...^^ cuz I always thought, that it's a very unexpected and looooovely!! <3 :D
Please, tell me your opinion then you'll finish.

Also agree the motto of the book- Nothing is happen simply and doesn't exist a simple commons in the world. ;)


Yaaaay, so cool, Tako *hugs* We have so much in common ^^ So, today I've finished reading the book and I agree with you completely : its ending is really unpredictable  :o  :D  I was like "heeeeey, that's cool ! I like it ^^" .It's so optimistic. I like Coelho  :D That was my fourth book by him, and all of them were really great. They just opened my eyes to so many things ... And I guess that Coelho was right , we should choose what we like and do it immediately. All in all, I'm impressed and very glad  :D
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Post by: TAMAR on November 28, 2010, 18:01:10
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I'm reading "Veronika Decides To Die " by Paulo Coelho. Our teacher made us to read it, I must confess xD Though I didn't expect anything special from this book, now that I'm reading it, I understand that it's awesome ! It goes so deep ... I showed me that our world is so full of stereotypes and other things ... By the way, the actions take place in Slovenia ^^ I'm really anxious about the ending of the book, though it's quite predictable , as for me.



Heey Olena!! :D  Such a weird common, I came to this topic because of I wanted to wrote about the same book! :D

I re-read this book yesterday when I was checking my old library and found out so many 'new' interesting things in this book, about which I hadn't pay a too much attention when I read it a first time..^^  :D
Also I didn't remember, that the story is happening in Slovenia, when I was (re-) reading it yesterday, I had a very familiar feelings, maybe because of our Klodi. I imagined this places which I've seen on Klodi's pictures! :D  :D It was a great and lovely feeling!

BTW, I doubt, if the end is a really predictable...^^ cuz I always thought, that it's a very unexpected and looooovely!! <3 :D
Please, tell me your opinion then you'll finish.

Also agree the motto of the book- Nothing is happen simply and doesn't exist a simple commons in the world. ;)


Yaaaay, so cool, Tako *hugs* We have so much in common ^^ So, today I've finished reading the book and I agree with you completely : its ending is really unpredictable  :o  :D  I was like "heeeeey, that's cool ! I like it ^^" .It's so optimistic. I like Coelho  :D That was my fourth book by him, and all of them were really great. They just opened my eyes to so many things ... And I guess that Coelho was right , we should choose what we like and do it immediately. All in all, I'm impressed and very glad  :D



Hey then it's actually cooler!! :D *hugs back*
Yes, I adore his mind and kindly soul, which is always visible in his books!
I'm always amazed about his attitude about women. It makes me speechless, from how? How did he knows this deep and secretly (often painful) thoughts in a women's mind?
Opinions and dreams, I've feeling that he knows and understands this mistakes which is always connected to woman's life, but he's always able to show it beautifuly in his books. ;) Sometimes I've a strange sense, that they are diaries of some interesting person and not an imaginary story written by an author!

I want to start his "11 Minutes". I think, It'll be a prove of his masterpieces once more! ;)
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 28, 2010, 18:09:01
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I'm reading "Veronika Decides To Die " by Paulo Coelho. Our teacher made us to read it, I must confess xD Though I didn't expect anything special from this book, now that I'm reading it, I understand that it's awesome ! It goes so deep ... I showed me that our world is so full of stereotypes and other things ... By the way, the actions take place in Slovenia ^^ I'm really anxious about the ending of the book, though it's quite predictable , as for me.



Heey Olena!! :D  Such a weird common, I came to this topic because of I wanted to wrote about the same book! :D

I re-read this book yesterday when I was checking my old library and found out so many 'new' interesting things in this book, about which I hadn't pay a too much attention when I read it a first time..^^  :D
Also I didn't remember, that the story is happening in Slovenia, when I was (re-) reading it yesterday, I had a very familiar feelings, maybe because of our Klodi. I imagined this places which I've seen on Klodi's pictures! :D  :D It was a great and lovely feeling!

BTW, I doubt, if the end is a really predictable...^^ cuz I always thought, that it's a very unexpected and looooovely!! <3 :D
Please, tell me your opinion then you'll finish.

Also agree the motto of the book- Nothing is happen simply and doesn't exist a simple commons in the world. ;)


Yaaaay, so cool, Tako *hugs* We have so much in common ^^ So, today I've finished reading the book and I agree with you completely : its ending is really unpredictable  :o  :D  I was like "heeeeey, that's cool ! I like it ^^" .It's so optimistic. I like Coelho  :D That was my fourth book by him, and all of them were really great. They just opened my eyes to so many things ... And I guess that Coelho was right , we should choose what we like and do it immediately. All in all, I'm impressed and very glad  :D



Hey then it's actually cooler!! :D *hugs back*
Yes, I adore his mind and kindly soul, which is always visible in his books!
I'm always amazed about his attitude about women. It makes me speechless, from how? How did he knows this deep and secretly (often painful) thoughts in a women's mind?
Opinions and dreams, I've feeling that he knows and understands this mistakes which is always connected to woman's life, but he's always able to show it beautifuly in his books. ;) Sometimes I've a strange sense, that they are diaries of some interesting person and not an imaginary story written by an author!

I want to start his "11 Minutes". I think, It'll be a prove of his masterpieces once more! ;)


About Slovenia : yeah, me too, I imagined those landscapes and streets from Klodi's pictures !:D
As for women : he's a great psychologist, I agree with you  :D But actually some of his novel were based either on diaries (like "11 minutes" ) or stories from the real life (like "Veronika decides to die" ). And that makes these novels even more interesting ^^
"11 minutes" is a greaaat book ! I like it very much. Read it and tell me your impressions  ^^
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Post by: TAMAR on November 28, 2010, 18:26:57
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About Slovenia : yeah, me too, I imagined those landscapes and streets from Klodi's pictures !:D
As for women : he's a great psychologist, I agree with you  :D But actually some of his novel were based either on diaries (like "11 minutes" ) or stories from the real life (like "Veronika decides to die" ). And that makes these novels even more interesting ^^
"11 minutes" is a greaaat book ! I like it very much. Read it and tell me your impressions  ^^


Yeah, sure^^ :D  
I'm gonna start this evening. ;)


About an other book, I read few days ago one novel: "Madame Mandilip and Her Doll Shop" by Abraham Merritt .

It's about one doctor who finds a very strange accidentally dies, which happens with an ordinary people and it's always connected to some very very beautiful dolls.
That dolls are satanistic killer evils, made by this woman - Madame Mandilip and so on...
I'm not very amazed by this book.
I wished to been more things from a mythology and it would be a really perfect novel, but the author prefer to create this story more from his own fantasy, which I've to confess isn't a very impressive. ;)
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on November 28, 2010, 18:28:54
[i found the topic myself   8)  ]

i've heard of that book, but never seen it...  i'm too lazy to read, i must admit   :lol:  :lol:
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 28, 2010, 19:31:18
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[i found the topic myself   8)  ]

i've heard of that book, but never seen it...  i'm too lazy to read, i must admit   :lol:  :lol:


Klodi, I recommend you to read it, it's very interesting  8) *I'm talking about "Veronika decides to die" *
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Post by: alcione on November 28, 2010, 19:41:52
Hehe like a good lawyer, I'm a fan of detective novels, and although this is not one of them as is, I'm reading "Queen of the Pacific: the time to talk" by Julio Scherer. This book tells how one of the most powerful women in the drug trade in this world lives. As is known the drug traffickers most wanted by the DEA and other agencies and has kinship with them. A book if you want to know how these times were living in Mexico and discover the web of lies that the government weaves in all this. Although Mexicans are not ascertain that the reality often surpasses fiction.
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Post by: Diana_R on November 28, 2010, 20:19:29
# Olena!
I must confess that this book used to be the favorite of mine several years ago.
When I was 13-14 years old, I read all books of Paulo Coelho and I liked some of them very much.
And I've re-read "Veronika" for about 10 times: I adore it to such an extend.
And also I read all the poems of Franz Prershen, who was mentioned in the book. Well, not all exactly, but all that were translated in Russian. And since I have very speciall attitude to Slovenia (I did'n said it before, but i find it amaizingly that now I know a girl from this country - our dear Klodi))
I re-wrote many citations from the composition and I think that many of them are very wise.

My first book of Coelho was "11 Mintes". I read all of his books, but some of them I found rather boring. Most of all I like "Diablo and senorita Prim", "Veronika decides to die" and "11 minutes".

But I dislike movie taken by the book (
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Post by: Kitty on November 29, 2010, 11:08:02
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After watching "Harry Potter and Deadly Hallows 1" decided to reread the entire series of books. During the school-years, I appreciate them very much)


 :D that's cool! I have been having the same idea  :lol: partly cause I realised the story of this last book is away in my brain and partly because I really adore the books they read like a train and in my opinion they've been turned into a movie in a genial way (well at least the last ones.... I didn't really fancy the first ones, but I suppose they got a somewhat bigger budget for the moment)
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Post by: Fearless_soul on November 29, 2010, 17:52:21
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# Olena!
I must confess that this book used to be the favorite of mine several years ago.
When I was 13-14 years old, I read all books of Paulo Coelho and I liked some of them very much.
And I've re-read "Veronika" for about 10 times: I adore it to such an extend.
And also I read all the poems of Franz Prershen, who was mentioned in the book. Well, not all exactly, but all that were translated in Russian. And since I have very speciall attitude to Slovenia (I did'n said it before, but i find it amaizingly that now I know a girl from this country - our dear Klodi))
I re-wrote many citations from the composition and I think that many of them are very wise.

My first book of Coelho was "11 Mintes". I read all of his books, but some of them I found rather boring. Most of all I like "Diablo and senorita Prim", "Veronika decides to die" and "11 minutes".

But I dislike movie taken by the book (


Diana : that's cool ! Yeah, "Veronika" is a great book, I'm sure I'll re-read it in future. As for "11 minutes" - yes, I consider it great too ! The first book I read by him was "The Alchemist", but as for me, it's not that interesting ... Only some quotations and thoughts are good, but the plot isn't intriguing =)
So you're the fan of Slovenia, that's cool  :D
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Post by: godgott on December 30, 2010, 18:12:12
So, I'm Christie's maniac. I read two her books in one day. But she's great writer. And I really like her detectives- Marple and Poirot. Don't want to say and say and say. She was and is and will be good writer.  ;)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on January 03, 2011, 13:54:26
have just finished to read Luisa Alcott's 'Little Women' and started the 2nd part of it - 'Good Wives' (in original english version). and - what a cosy and lovely story! the best one for the cosy and lovely winter holidays among the family members^^ *feels so cosy  :lol: * *nests more comfortable on her bed  :lol: * I'll write about this book and my impressions later, when I have it finished  8) just wanted to brag a bit  :lol:
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Post by: Severdul on January 03, 2011, 14:55:19
I'm reading Cain, by Saramago.. I think it was the one Mozzie recommended, right? :)
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Post by: cony_angst on January 03, 2011, 15:46:58
I finished Misery from Stephen King, great book, and now I am reading my favorite writter H.P Lovecraft
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Post by: messerstolz on January 03, 2011, 17:04:08
"Entering in children's psyhoanalistics" by Anna Freud :)I've just began.
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Post by: Kitty on January 03, 2011, 18:36:20
I took my old poem-books at hand again ^^ it's called a thing of beauty or something and contains some of my most favourite poems by Wordsworth and Shakespeare but also Goethe and a French writer but don't really remember his name  :oops:
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on January 06, 2011, 10:50:54
i'm still in 'Good Wives' and...oh my..too sad and too sudden turn of a plot  :(
Luisa, Luisa, what are you doing with me  ((
*very sensitive book*

these holidays make me to be too sentimental  :lol:
but the story is amazing...I can not wait to read it in a whole
*drops a tear*
 :lol:
 :oops:
 8)
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Post by: kossatik on January 06, 2011, 11:17:36
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i'm still in 'Good Wives' and...oh my..too sad and too sudden turn of a plot  :(
Luisa, Luisa, what are you doing with me  ((
*very sensitive book*



Oh I have this book in me read-list but not started it yet... you making me very interested)))

I've started reading The Lord of the Rings in German translation, putting together the necessity to improve my German and the great wish to re-read the book ;) Oh I love it so much! The Master is great and the translation makes words fresh. I know the text almost by heart so it's so easy!

Also I've just finished the Memoirs of Fedor Dan, a menshevic who believed in socialism but tried to fight bolshevism legally in 1920-23. I have very strong but sad impressions :(
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Post by: Arlishan on January 07, 2011, 08:23:29
Reading some short stories from Lovecraft right now but I know I'll finish the book pretty soon and I dunno what to read next.  :|
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on January 07, 2011, 09:43:35
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but I know I'll finish the book pretty soon and I dunno what to read next.  :|


aaaaah I know the feeling  :?
I dooooooooooooon't want the book ends  :(
boooo, I've already settled in it! :lol: *writes the letter to the author and asks to continue the story* *suddenly realizes  that she had left this world in 1888 yet* oh poor me  :lol:
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Post by: Fearless_soul on January 07, 2011, 11:22:28
I'm reading "Krabat" by Otfried Preußler now. In Russian, not in German (yep, my German is still weak ...). And I like it  8)
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Post by: Kitty on January 07, 2011, 13:56:50
working words at work by Pauwels  :| *grom*
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on January 07, 2011, 14:38:57
@boalpidaygali the spammer
go and fuck yourself   :x
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Post by: Arlishan on January 08, 2011, 08:56:35
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aaaaah I know the feeling  :?
I dooooooooooooon't want the book ends  :(
boooo, I've already settled in it! :lol: *writes the letter to the author and asks to continue the story* *suddenly realizes  that she had left this world in 1888 yet* oh poor me  :lol:


Ooooh, it happens too often to me. I'd love to have a long chat with people that died long ago..  :lol:  *dreams of lurking in a cafe with Beethoven, Schiele, Rembrandt, Ulrichs, Mozart, Hesse, Caravaggio and a dozen more dead, awesome persons. Oh, and simultaneous translation please.  :lol:
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Post by: Eve on January 09, 2011, 18:24:57
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I'm reading "Krabat" by Otfried Preußler now. In Russian, not in German (yep, my German is still weak ...). And I like it  8)


Cool book! I like it more than the movie, the book is more dinamic and full of events.
And I`m reading "Three comrades" by E.M. Remarque now, actually I`ve already read it twice, but now it`s just for my German classes. But I never get tired of this book, I like the whole atmosphere of Remarque`s novels, though he often creates in same directions, an amount of his books ends up with a death of a woman, but he`s outstanding anyway. But I wonder, they say he isn`t read at all in Germany.
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Post by: alcione on January 09, 2011, 19:31:56
Now i reading "The Book of Nod" from the rol game "Vampire: The masquerade"; I LOVE IT!!  :P
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on January 11, 2011, 19:18:20
well, now I can say about one more finished book .. that very Alkott's 'Little Women and Good Wives' which I've been bothering you with  :lol: as you can see, I was absolutely charmed with this book. First of all, author's style. Very plainly but very nicely written story, at some places I smiled, at others - laughed, and sometimes even felt tears in my eyes. This is a  really touching story, describing the life of four March sisters. Each of them has got her own character, talent, her way of living. But the one common feeling unites them all - the immense love to one another and to their caring and wise parents. In fact, I wasn't glad about how the story ended (mainly because Jo had refused the Laurie's proposal, oh, how stupid she is, Laurie is so cool!  :lol:), as there happened everything - a death of one of girls, a numerous love troubles, both sad and funny events, etc, etc. But at the same time, the perfect life without troubles and losses doesn't exist.
And I can add my biggest impression - while reading the last pages of this book, I felt as if I were losing some of my familiars - so much I've got used to follow the life of March sisters. I really felt a pity, that the story is about to end  :roll: *and tried to read more slowly  :lol: *
 
After finishing this book I have downloaded another Louisa May Alcott's books, because I'm sure, she won't disappoint me  :lol:  I simply adore her language, her writer's tricks, her great sense of humour.
me is a fan  :lol:
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Post by: MelissaFrance on January 12, 2011, 22:43:24
OOOOOh :o Nadya, my grandmother used to read us that book when we were little XD wiiii, childhood memories XD and yes, I didn't like the end either :lol: *angry little child's face* :lol: wiii, indeed, it is a very nice book, giving that warm feeling of a united family :D ^^
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on January 17, 2011, 14:39:52
*loudly announces her arrival into this topic*

TADAAAAAAAAAAM!!!!!!! *dance show* Klodi has managed to read a book!   :D    finished it yesterday, after less than 24 hours   :shock:  :shock:  

Surviving with wolves by Misha Defonseca
an excellent story of a 7-year-old Jewish girl from Belgium, who escaped from her "family" to find her real parents who were arested during the second world war and taken to the East. her 4 years long wandering takes the girl to Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Yugoslavia, Italy, [i guess as well] France and back to Belgium. she has to steal, fight and even kill for her survival. in the end she finds out she will never see her parents again ...

the book's cover says this is a life story of Misha Defonseca [the author], and the world believed it's true, but they found her real life story and forced her to admit that Surviving with wolves is just a product of her imagination. be it a lie or not, the story itself is incredible and i really enjoyed reading it   :)
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Post by: Kitty on January 17, 2011, 15:52:27
I started Die Widmung from Botho strauss today and must say it reads like a train mostly I have some problems when reading German books with the speed but this time well I've already read 42 pages on the bus today mostly when coming back which is 40 minutes so you could say it reads like a train ^^ ... I like his style as well, mostly German is a bit difficult because they use sentences which seem to never end but this one is just cool and smoothly. The topic is about separation, a break-up and well I have to see how it continues still but so far I like it as there's a small touch of humour in it as well ... I strongly recommend it  :)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on January 17, 2011, 21:13:10
@Klodi, the book seems to be really interesting, describing a really thrilling adventures...but it also seems to be really, really sad  :roll:  and I would be weeping for sure, reading it..


as for me, thanks to the previous book, I'm now still in a captivity of a classical english literature..so today I've started to read Jane Austen's Emma (in english again). I like this author very much, having read two of her novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility) till now. and I've begun to like her even more after I've watched 'Jane Austen' movie last Sunday. hehe
Emma is a novel in a true Austen's style, with a serious life twists, but it is written with a good deal of english humor as well =)
as I've read only one chapter of it so far, I'll leave the post about this book for the future
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Post by: Fearless_soul on January 18, 2011, 17:54:13
Klodi : that book seems to be so interesting !

As for me, yesterday I started reading the book by Olga Kobylians'ka (Ukrainian writer), called " The apostle of common people". I was so impressed ! I like this author very much, her books are always so sincere and full of emotions ...
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Post by: ÖÖ on January 18, 2011, 22:06:45
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I've already read 42 pages on the bus today mostly when coming back which is 40 minutes

Ö___ö I think I cannot manage anything of the kind even in Russian, even if it's a thoughtless action Ö___ö

Nadya, yeah, Emma is sweet. I think it was the 1st one I've read of the author, but I like her style very much. Her humour makes smile, not giggle or laugh my ass. =))

I'm reading George Martin now "A clash of kings", the second part of "A Song of Ice and Fire". It's a fantasy story, rather realistic one *as well as rather dirty and bloody.* I like authors language, he makes some harmonical mix of high and pathetic and low and dirty styles. And though some of my friends blame the author for dirtiness, I must accept, there are characters, whom I love, and characters whom I hate, and that makes reading rather mind-occupying =). Also there are some mithological-sounding moments in the rather realistic story that's also interesting.
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Post by: Kitty on January 18, 2011, 22:50:00
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Ö___ö I think I cannot manage anything of the kind even in Russian, even if it's a thoughtless action Ö___ö



well that's why I said it reads like a train ... normally I'm a rather slow reader, but this style just grasps you and doesn't let go :) if I had time the book would be finished by now ... I like such books which you read in no time...  remember that last year I had to read a book for school, but it was gosh ... horrible  :lol: and it took me 4 months to read it and was well half as thick as the one I'm reading now ... you got books where you have to read every sentence twice in order to understand it =_= ...
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Post by: Felisa on January 22, 2011, 00:49:22
Just finished to read "Predatory things of Age" ("Хищные вещи века") by Strugatskie.
I'm in deep thoughts. Honestly this book scared me. The most scary thing is that we are close enough to it now. I even can tell about it now, it is terrible to think HOW close we are to it...
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Post by: wddx on January 23, 2011, 11:22:15
i'm reading "200 best albums in the history of Taiwan pop music".though i'm not very interested in pop music but the book really recommends me some great music,especially songs in minnanese(also known as taiwanese).
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Post by: Fearless_soul on January 26, 2011, 13:04:16
Yesterday I finished reading "Krabat" by Otfried Preußler. Couldn't have done it earlier because of the exams...  It's a magical book ! I just felt that the author is such a kind person, hoping for the best . And I like the end very much  :D

And today I finally started reading the book by my dear sister :D It's called "Teach him bad things, or How to corrupt an adult". Well well, I'm impressed ! The book is very interesting and I'm just afraid I'll read it very quickly xD And I have a few questions for the author  :)
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Post by: godgott on January 26, 2011, 16:55:29
I read all German poetry- Brecht, Becher, Daumer, Eichendorff, Eschenbach...
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on January 26, 2011, 18:55:33
my book for today - Spanish Textbook 8)
*ohhhhh, muy muy dificil  :roll:*
 :lol:
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Post by: Arlishan on January 27, 2011, 05:19:44
Qué bueno que estás estudiando español! Es un idioma muy hermoso!

Now I'm reading Hesse's Siddharta, the works from that awesome writer bring me a very particular feeling of mind-focus.
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Post by: Fearless_soul on January 27, 2011, 11:35:29
Today I started reading "Das doppelte Lottchen" by Erich Kästner (Double Lottchen that is). I downloaded that book , but I see that it has more than 230 pages  :) It'll be a great German challenge for me  :lol: Let's see if I cope with it. I really feel that I need to learn German all the time, cause my brain refuses to store everything I learn ...
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Post by: Eve on January 28, 2011, 17:28:57
Olena, wish you good luck with German! I find this language very logical, let alone how beautiful it is  ;)
And the book I embarked on reading is The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. It has such a peculiar, overwhelming atmosphere and is very interesting from the historical point. I`m entirely absorbed!
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Post by: Fearless_soul on January 28, 2011, 17:35:50
Eve : thank you very much ! Yes, it's very logical and beautiful  :D
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Post by: Arlishan on January 30, 2011, 04:18:34
Finished Siddharta (geez, how I envied that man's mind-peace!  :shock: ) and off to start with some short stories by Horacio Quiroga.
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Post by: elfi on February 01, 2011, 23:28:18
i'm reading now dostoevski's stories ))
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Post by: Hanajash on February 01, 2011, 23:32:51
Quote from: "Arlishan"
Finished Siddharta (geez, how I envied that man's mind-peace!  :shock: ) and off to start with some short stories by Horacio Quiroga.


Horacio Quiroga rooooooooocks!!! I love La gallina degollada. I won't tell you anything about it, just read it. And if you already did that, isn't it excellent and terrifying?

***

I'm reading Little women, by Louise May Alcott. Rereading, actually. I've read that book when I was eleven. And now a little part of that books' collections is being released... And nostalgia allways wins.
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Post by: Cheryl_Mason on February 01, 2011, 23:42:35
I just read for the tenth time ''The Phantom of the Opera'' by gaston leroux
is the book I love most :D  and the book has given me more angry :x  because Christine doesn't stay with Erik (I would have stayed with erik)
and I start to read ''Metamorphosis'' by franz kafka(i love the vulture by franz kafka too. -is a short story-) :P
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on February 02, 2011, 06:17:49
Quote from: "Hanajash"
I'm reading Little women, by Louise May Alcott. Rereading, actually. I've read that book when I was eleven. And now a little part of that books' collections is being released... And nostalgia allways wins.


awwwww, I had written about this book just a couple of pages before  :lol:
simply adore this story, and Alcott's writing manner ^^ now I'm reading her 'The Modern Cinderella' *enchanted*  :lol:
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Post by: Fearless_soul on February 02, 2011, 09:24:41
I'm reading "I can jump puddles" by Alan Marshall now, an Aussie writer. It's the first part of the three-part autobiography. I like it, the storyteller is a child, so many thoughts are new and fresh ^^
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Post by: Hanajash on February 03, 2011, 03:03:18
Quote from: "on_my_own_sky"
Quote from: "Hanajash"
I'm reading Little women, by Louise May Alcott. Rereading, actually. I've read that book when I was eleven. And now a little part of that books' collections is being released... And nostalgia allways wins.


awwwww, I had written about this book just a couple of pages before  :lol:
simply adore this story, and Alcott's writing manner ^^ now I'm reading her 'The Modern Cinderella' *enchanted*  :lol:


If you can, link me to the page, so I read what you've written!
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on February 03, 2011, 18:51:19
Quote from: "Hanajash"
Quote from: "on_my_own_sky"
Quote from: "Hanajash"
I'm reading Little women, by Louise May Alcott. Rereading, actually. I've read that book when I was eleven. And now a little part of that books' collections is being released... And nostalgia allways wins.


awwwww, I had written about this book just a couple of pages before  :lol:
simply adore this story, and Alcott's writing manner ^^ now I'm reading her 'The Modern Cinderella' *enchanted*  :lol:


If you can, link me to the page, so I read what you've written!


on the previous page - 27 - there are 4 posts which I had devoted to this wonderful book  ;)  so to say, my 'steps' along it  :lol:
http://www.lacrimosa.ch/cms/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1151&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=520
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Post by: WalkAbout on February 16, 2011, 03:58:31
Nabokov. Lolita.
Eliminating what I feel as a person, I'd say only that in English he writes much better than in Russian (guess why i think so...I really dislike his translations of the Alice in Wonderland and his own Lolita :lol:) just IMHO, no shoes throwing expected! :)
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Post by: Asphodel on February 16, 2011, 06:30:50
Quote from: "WalkAbout"
Nabokov. Lolita.
Eliminating what I feel as a person, I'd say only that in English he writes much better than in Russian (guess why i think so...I really dislike his translations of the Alice in Wonderland and his own Lolita :lol:) just IMHO, no shoes throwing expected! :)


I might be mistaken, but I have such remembrance - once I read somewhere how Nabokov himself referred to this. He said that when he was writing he understood that he was already gradually losing his Russian... (because he was living in the USA)
I didn't read English version yet (but I'm planning to), so I cannot compare myself... But in fact I liked the language of the Russian book.
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Post by: Kitty on February 16, 2011, 08:11:10
I'll read The book of Job from the bible on my way to school... must say I like reading it :) am happy that my teacher used it for his courses otherwise it would have taken me another millennium I think before I gave myself time to read in it.
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Post by: WalkAbout on February 16, 2011, 09:44:57
Quote from: "Asphodel"
Quote from: "WalkAbout"
Nabokov. Lolita.
Eliminating what I feel as a person, I'd say only that in English he writes much better than in Russian (guess why i think so...I really dislike his translations of the Alice in Wonderland and his own Lolita :lol:) just IMHO, no shoes throwing expected! :)


I might be mistaken, but I have such remembrance - once I read somewhere how Nabokov himself referred to this. He said that when he was writing he understood that he was already gradually losing his Russian... (because he was living in еру USA)
I didn't read English version yet (but I'm planning to), so I cannot compare myself... But in fact I liked the language of the Russian book.

Yes, I have checked it out - he referred to it in his mid-sixties interview for the Playboy. Donno, his Russian is the language of that epoche, right before the revolution, but his English is much more palpable, constructions are more logically justified, conjuctions clearer. It really feels like his Nobel prize for Literature is well deserved.
I gave it much thought why I dispise his Russian...it might be that I'm just too vulnerable when something is concerned with Alice's translations :lol: but more likely that his style is pretty close to Anna Ganzen's, whose translations of Christian Andernsen I rather enjoyed lately, and I don't want my sweet memories getting mixed with the Lolita. :oops:  :lol: btw, I haven't read Lolita in Russian :)

@Kitty
Well, glad to know you enjoy your home reading! :)
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Post by: Kitty on February 16, 2011, 10:07:04
Quote from: "WalkAbout"
@Kitty
Well, glad to know you enjoy your home reading! :)


:) yeah, it's funny, it's been a long time since a book captured my attention this much that I refused to lay it down when I get out of the bus, just because I have to walk from the busstation to the school (so yeah I was rather dangerous and my mom would be furious when I told her I was reading whilst walking)... I enjoy it when I have this big desire inside to read on ... donno this "I wanna know more" feeling returned and I really like it (and kinda needed it)
but I'm reading three books as a matter of fact, the German book is still not finished due to that and I'm also reading "in times of Cholera" from Marquez, which I bought once, started once but never finished due to obliged literature from school at the time. Think the reading microbe caught me again  :shock:
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Post by: Tajj on February 16, 2011, 13:22:22
Quote from: "WalkAbout"

Yes, I have checked it out - he referred to it in his mid-sixties interview for the Playboy. Donno, his Russian is the language of that epoche, right before the revolution, but his English is much more palpable, constructions are more logically justified, conjuctions clearer. It really feels like his Nobel prize for Literature is well deserved.
I gave it much thought why I dispise his Russian...it might be that I'm just too vulnerable when something is concerned with Alice's translations :lol: but more likely that his style is pretty close to Anna Ganzen's, whose translations of Christian Andernsen I rather enjoyed lately, and I don't want my sweet memories getting mixed with the Lolita. :oops:  :lol: btw, I haven't read Lolita in Russian :)

Nina, I think you can try to read the novel by Nabokov "Pnin" also. It has been written in English to the USA and Nabokov never translated it into Russian. Your opinion will be very interesting to me. I remember that I have been fascinated with this book though it  was only a translate.
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Post by: A Elena on February 16, 2011, 19:26:32
These last few weeks I read my first four Stephen King's books...
The first was the best, "Lisey' s Story". I didn't expect Stephen King to be such a good writer... and this book was a great-great surprise. Then, "Pet Sematary', "Cell", and "Christine". And now, I don't have another novel of his, so ...I miss him. I should go to buy another books, I think...
Then, another great surprise: "Ender' s Game" by Orson Scott Card!!!! I really don't know why I haven't read this book till now!!! And also, waiting for the other books from the series. But fortunately, I'll have them very soon!
Meanwhile, I'm reading some short stories by Maupassant, (reminding me of E.A Poe). I love the fantastic atmosphere from his prose!
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Post by: Eve on February 16, 2011, 20:34:11
Quote from: "Asphodel"
Quote from: "WalkAbout"
Nabokov. Lolita.
Eliminating what I feel as a person, I'd say only that in English he writes much better than in Russian (guess why i think so...I really dislike his translations of the Alice in Wonderland and his own Lolita :lol:) just IMHO, no shoes throwing expected! :)


I might be mistaken, but I have such remembrance - once I read somewhere how Nabokov himself referred to this. He said that when he was writing he understood that he was already gradually losing his Russian... (because he was living in the USA)
I didn't read English version yet (but I'm planning to), so I cannot compare myself... But in fact I liked the language of the Russian book.


So do I! I just like his style, his language. I suppose it`s rather complicated to read Lolita in English (am also planning to), for his language is really saturated. You know... I like this novel. My mom for instance finds it disgusting, but I, dunno why, didn`t actually pay attention to the fact of her age and so on, just was so absorbed in reading.
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Post by: WalkAbout on February 28, 2011, 08:12:50
Ok, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the name. I've bought this book by James Joyce yesterday, got fascinated in the shop already, so gonna immerse into when I have time...

BUT GOD HOW ANGRY AM I!!!!! I couldn't buy a book I wanted in Penguin ebook store 'cause I'm not a GB citizen. :lol:  :lol:  :lol: I hate them. Whenever I wanna buy a book seems like they do everything to prevent me from doing it. And this is how they want to fight with piracy?! They're loonies then. *headbang* RRRR. :oops:  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:
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Post by: Sally Mtz on February 28, 2011, 08:23:30
reading one of the most amazing books ever!!!
THE WRONG MAN by  John Katzenbach. :D
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Post by: Fearless_soul on March 06, 2011, 20:35:45
I started reading "S@motność w sieci" (Loneliness in the net)  by Janusz Wiśniewski today. Not in Polish  though (yet :)). I like this book ! At least the beginning is intriguing :D  God, the author is right about modern life ...
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Post by: Kitty on March 06, 2011, 21:27:47
I'm reading two books for the moment being, two German ones ...

- Die Identitätsfalle. Warum es keinen Krieg der Kulturen gibt. - Amyrta Sen
=> about the identity we all have and how it functions in society ... pretty interesting book, haven't read too much in it yet, but what I read so far made sense :)

- Frauen auf dem Sprung. Wie junge Frauen heute leben wollen. Die Brigitte-Studie. - Jutta Allmendinger
=> about the function of women within German society today, they also shortly say something about their status in the past and how it changed and probably will change. The book is based upon a study they did, first only with women but they decided that it would be good to compare it to the men's situation nowadays. The book I started reading, woman-being it interested me most from the three books we have to read for German history this semester.

The third one I'll start soon is:
Das Kult-Buch. Glanz und Elend der Kommerzkultur -Robert Misil

I like exchanging between books :)
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Post by: anesthesia25 on March 06, 2011, 21:51:14
I just got the autobiography of Max Thorek delivered to me so I shall be reading that. I'm quite thrilled because I am a big fan of his museum. :D
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Post by: Hanajash on March 07, 2011, 04:38:35
I've just finished (today in the afternoon) 'Ender in exile'. One book more that belongs to a big saga. I think I've read, so far, 9 of its books. I loved this one, for I could got to know this character (one of my very favourites) a little more.
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Post by: Antonio Silva on March 07, 2011, 15:48:37
I´m reading The Neverending Story, I had read it in portuguese and now I´m reading in the original version (German).

This book is amazing because it shows something that fascinates me and at the same time make me very sad, how good and bright things can easily turn into bad and dark ones, the weakness of human spirit when facing the power and the fear.

I love villains, how they think and why they are who they are and in this book we can witness an evil apotheosis.
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Post by: Kitty on March 07, 2011, 17:36:23
ooooooh!!!! The Neverending story :) yes that's a veeeeery good book, I read it only in Dutch so far... might read it in original one day as well, good idea :) cause translations are already interpretations so. This story also caught me when I was younger, the movie as well and  I remember that I had it on video long time, but the tape died one day because our player crashed  *sad* but I know what you mean with the sad element, I also had this sad feeling whenever I read the book or watched the movie donno why I think because I hate villains  :oops: I have this eager to help the heroes (I remember when we watched shrek the third movie was with the white prince? anyways the one with the white prince ... I got so fed up with that character that I screamed "if HE'S not gonna stop it I'm gonna stop watching!" and people around me laughed of course cause the makers succeeded in their aim  :oops: I'm still a kid from time to time :oops:) But I remember as a kid when reading the neverending story it had a lot of self-identifying spirit because when I'm not mistaken it starts with the boy reading a book called "the neverending story" and may that be exactly the book you're reading   :D  and as I always had a bright fantasy :) it's a long time since I read the book though must certainly take it at hand one day soon ^^
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on March 07, 2011, 19:21:15
^  :oops: I have no idea which book you are talking about. who is the author? after such description I feel that I wanna read it too  :D


as for me, I'm still reading Jane Austen's "Emma", I'm about to finish it. In original.  :)  I adore Austen's style, and this is the 3rd novel of her I have read. A charming story again  :)

and a couple day ago I've finished another cute book (this is my habit to read several books simultaneously  :lol: ) - Louisa May Alcott's "Jack and Jill". This writer I also like very much, and I really enjoy her language and her lovely touching stories. I never thought that I will read a book in English with a tears in my eyes..how she does it  8)
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Post by: Antonio Silva on March 07, 2011, 19:36:40
Kitty: It´s nice to see that other people also had fantasies with this story! :D
Nadya: The author is Michael Ende, enjoy! ;)
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on March 07, 2011, 19:44:10
^ oh thankyou Antonio! so, this is a fairy-tale! me likes already  :lol:
I've just downloaded it  :D
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on March 14, 2011, 19:25:20
today I've started to read "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, a famous American writer and philosopher. in fact, this author is not a new one for me, as I read her another book "Fountainhead" not so long ago. but the latter didn't impress me so much as the "Atlas". I've read about 1/6 of book so far, and I already feel myself involved, as though I was a participant of the events. I already have my 'heroes' and 'friends' among the characters, and I'm surprised myself how much i'm in. At the 1st sight this story seems to be very usual and predictable, but then one finds that the people behave strange, and make a strange things, which one learns to understand step by step, leading by the author. actually, I didn't find this book, I heard of it several times from different people, one of them, my friend, declared it to be her favourite book for all times, she collects quotes and waits for the movie based on this story (the release date is pointed at this summer). the fact that absolutely different people admire this novel was the reason for me to read it. as for my personal feelings - it seems that I will also begin to write down the wisest thoughts soon)) the general feeling about this book is pretty strange - reading, I feel despair and happiness simultaneously, and I admire the author, how she managed to write it in a very easy language, plain but shocking with its scary obviousness. Ayn Rand knows perfectly how to make one fall into thinking  8)  I will see, how my impressions change, after I have finished it.
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on March 28, 2011, 18:58:12
it seems I confirm my being a biggest bookworm  :lol:  a 3rd post in a row  :roll:  :oops:  :lol:

anyway  :P
today i've finished to read 'The Neverending Story' by Michael Ende, thanks to Antonio, he had 'discovered' this fairy-tale to me  :lol:  I guess , everyone had read it in one's childhood, but I had known this book only now  :oops:  :lol: and I was sooooo charmed with the narration, couldn't stop till it came to an end  :lol:  very exciting story, though containing unexpectedly so many wisest thoughts, i'd say the phylosophical ones  8) and this idea about a neverending story which is being written every moment of world's existense...even now  8)  just WOW!
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Post by: Fearless_soul on March 28, 2011, 20:27:02
I'm reading "The forest of the hanged" by Romanian author Liviu Rebreanu. This novel is about the World War I ... I have no words, I'm very impressed with author's style ; he obviously was a participant of the battles himself ... The book is very sad, of course, but it helped me to understand a lot of things about war . I've always considered war a horrible invention of cruel humanity - there are few people who want the whole nations to fight for their sake ! War is the worst thing on Earth. So many people died ! But what for ? No comments ...
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Post by: kossatik on March 28, 2011, 21:53:05
I'm reading Jane austin's Sence and Sencibility and I believe there is more sence in me... I hope it is so. And I love this galant age though it is no simple reading.

Also I read Tom Jones by Henry Filding and all the misfortunes of protagonist hurt me deeply... It's really hardly bearable sometimes. I would cry sometimes if I could. When I started the book I thought I wouldn't go through the language but now I'm never tired of it... A wretched creature Tom Jones is...
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Post by: Tyckondrus on March 31, 2011, 18:52:06
Another period of fanaticism by S. King. Now I'm reading "Everything's Eventual", it's a book of short stories. Some of them I already read a year ago, some of them - not. Best from this book are - "Autopsy Room Four" and, of course, "1408".
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on March 31, 2011, 19:18:06
brief summary  :lol:

yesterday I've finished a Jane Austen's "Emma" (in English), it was my subway-book  :lol:  fine book about charming old times^^ *sometimes I have a strong wish to have a time machine, then I'd definitely come to the 19th century...people were more sincere then, and more thinking*

my new subway-book since today - Louisa May Alcott's 'Eight Cousins' (in English). A very pretty story, as always, touching and funny. I ADORE this writer^^

still reading the Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" (in Russian)...i have no words to say you how MUCH this book has changed me already...and I am not even in the middle of it. I can only say that this novel is a reason of the biggest mess in my head, I never felt the same before.
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Post by: Diana_R on March 31, 2011, 20:15:26
Blindness by Jose Saramago.
It is favorite book of our Mozzy.
But unfortunately i read it in a very stupid translation where the only punctuation mark was point. So I could only guess who speaks what and in whish intonation. No " ", no ?, no !
It's easy to imagine how difficult it was for me to deep in the plot. But in spite of such unusual kind of problem, I liked the composition! It makes think about humanity, about trust and about our dependences. Very good book!
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Post by: Eiseskälte on March 31, 2011, 21:14:50
:P

Don Rosa - The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck

Well, it's a comic but I love the good disney comics :oops:
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Post by: TAMAR on March 31, 2011, 22:22:40
It's been a while since I wrote here something about the book I'm recently reading. shame on me! :oops:

I just decided to reread - "The Wolf" by one of my loveliest Georgian writer Goderzi Choheli.
This book always amazes me by all those mystic and scary stories in it, which are based on the native folklore and legends here! *.* I don't know why, but I always believed that few of these chapters in the book were based on a real stories; maybe because of the same weird legends has been spread in our little towns of high mountains. Anyway this book always helps me in inspiration so much.=)
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Post by: godgott on April 05, 2011, 17:58:13
Walker Hamilton- All the little animals.

The really interesting, beauty and sad story. Maybe short but I think that better. I was impressed and now looking for other books of Walker.
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Post by: anesthesia25 on April 05, 2011, 18:45:48
Quote from: "Diana_R"
Blindness by Jose Saramago.
It is favorite book of our Mozzy.
But unfortunately i read it in a very stupid translation where the only punctuation mark was point. So I could only guess who speaks what and in whish intonation. No " ", no ?, no !
It's easy to imagine how difficult it was for me to deep in the plot. But in spite of such unusual kind of problem, I liked the composition! It makes think about humanity, about trust and about our dependences. Very good book!


+100 Mozzy recommended me this book and I bought it and really love it!! I understand your point about the translation because mine has a similar issue.
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Post by: Diana_R on April 05, 2011, 20:14:23
Quote from: "anesthesia25"
Quote from: "Diana_R"
Blindness by Jose Saramago.
It is favorite book of our Mozzy.
But unfortunately i read it in a very stupid translation where the only punctuation mark was point. So I could only guess who speaks what and in whish intonation. No " ", no ?, no !
It's easy to imagine how difficult it was for me to deep in the plot. But in spite of such unusual kind of problem, I liked the composition! It makes think about humanity, about trust and about our dependences. Very good book!


+100 Mozzy recommended me this book and I bought it and really love it!! I understand your point about the translation because mine has a similar issue.


In this case I suppose that it worth making a little antiadvertising) Russian people!! Don't read this composition in this edition:
(http://www.kniga.com/books/assets/product_images/imgs/k2092.jpg)

I really want to read the book once more in another, normal translation...
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Post by: WalkAbout on April 06, 2011, 03:05:26
(http://cdn2.fishpond.co.nz/9781407018263-crop-325x325.jpg)
This one. Precisely this edition lacks some punctuation marks too :lol: but it's alluring and might have been done on purpose. Can't actually say why, but I wanted something pretty foul-mouthed from the old 'junkie' Irvine Welsh. :lol: After Joyce he's really exhilirating...
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Post by: Alisa on April 06, 2011, 07:45:44
Quote from: "WalkAbout"
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 :lol:  :lol: I remember hehe :lol:
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Post by: WalkAbout on April 06, 2011, 08:31:32
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 :lol:  :lol: I remember hehe :lol:

Yep, I'm reading precisely that copy we bought together on the last Sunday. :lol: :lol: :lol: Glad to see you here again :)
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Post by: Alisa on April 06, 2011, 08:37:09
Quote from: "WalkAbout"

Yep, I'm reading precisely that copy we bought together on the last Sunday. :lol: :lol: :lol: Glad to see you here again :)

yeah :lol: thank you dear :D
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on April 06, 2011, 10:45:59
recently i borrowed "Crime Scene Investigation". i adore these tv-series, and i'm really interested in reading the book to see what's better   :D   usually it's the book, but not sure about it this time cause tv series were filmed before the book was written ... however, i'm trying to find some time to read it   :D
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on April 08, 2011, 20:26:53
had finished 'Atlas Shrugged' yesterday. i can not yet describe my emotions properly, my mind is in shock, kinda. I didn't expect that I will find there all that I already knew, but never thought of. reading the novel, I experienced all kinds of emotions which one can imagine - shock, happiness, freedom, hatred, desperation, hope! my mind is pretty shaken now. at 15th of April the Atlas Shrugged: the 1st part movie will be released in USA. I don't know when we will get the movie in our theatres, but I do hope to watch it soon. great book about great people. *impressed very, very much*
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Post by: Hanajash on April 09, 2011, 03:05:36
I'm reading a book by Marcos Aguinis, and I'm enjoying it.

About the author... well... I met Mr Aguinis years ago in a confference. The confference was ok. After its end, I walked towards him and told him that I had enjoyed one of his books. His answer left me frozen and speechless.

He said: 'Ah, so you enjoyed that book, excellent! Let me recommend you something else for you'.

I was thrilled, and author that I admire was going to recommen me a book! I mean, it's as if Tilo would recommend you a piece of music, it's priceless, isn't it?

And Mr Aguinis recommended me a book... written by himself.  :|
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on April 12, 2011, 18:11:48
Ayn Rand is my newly-found literary idol, and this is not pathos. Her philosophy is very close to my own thoughts, her characters are self-confident and firm, and the life which she describes is shocking and giving the hope in the same time. Yesterday I've started to read her 1st novel - 'We are alive' - this is a story about an after-revolutionary Petrograd, about the system which destroyed people's lives. This book never had a chance to be published in USSR, but now we can take a look behind the Iron Curtain. Actually, I'm in shock, while reading the book. I've noticed, that my mind has found a 'protective ploy' - I read and subconsciously say to myself that this is a fiction novel, that such horror just couldn't be real. But it WAS real, and people really had to survive instead of free and happy life which was promised to them by the Communist party.
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Post by: Fearless_soul on April 30, 2011, 18:51:13
Today I started reading a novel by Romanian author Camil Petrescu "The Last Night of Love, the First Night of War". It's very interesting ! The events take place during the World War I.
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Post by: Graziela on June 05, 2011, 02:48:13
I'm currently reading Les Miserábles (I'm always and will be always reading this one because I read a part, then stop for a long time, then continue and so on... :lol: ) and Kafka's The Trial, which is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. I love it 8)
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Post by: Kitty on June 05, 2011, 10:29:50
Now I'm reading Methods to Text analysis ... analysis of coherence ...and it works rather confusing on me.
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Post by: Fearless_soul on June 05, 2011, 13:29:01
I'm reading "Decorative woman" by Walerij Shewchuk . I've just started reading, so I can't tell you any impressions ... It's a book that I have to read for my studies.
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Post by: Eiseskälte on June 12, 2011, 11:46:52
Gustav Schwab - Die schönsten Sagen des Klassischen Altertums

A translation of Greek mythologies, nothing fancy - but I love their myths and legends ;-)
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Post by: godgott on June 28, 2011, 19:10:39
Yesterday I read the most short and beautiful book. It's so simply but very interesting story. And simply touched.

Eino Koivistoinen- Mä voitan kaikki.

And few days ago I read good book but not for everybody.

Simon Beckett- Whispers of the Dead.

Now I read- Les fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire.
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Post by: Arlishan on June 29, 2011, 00:26:17
I'm ten chapters away from ending Kafka in the edge, by Haruki Murakami, I'm inmersed in it's sense of poetic melancholy, I've been driven to the edge by this wonderful book! Highly recomemded.
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on June 29, 2011, 17:39:49
Quote from: "Arlishan"
I'm ten chapters away from ending Kafka in the edge, by Haruki Murakami, I'm inmersed in it's sense of poetic melancholy, I've been driven to the edge by this wonderful book! Highly recomemded.


hey, Arlishan, thank you so much!   :D  this book is in my smartphone for a long time already, and recently I thought what I could read. so. Murakami, here we go  :lol:
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Post by: Arlishan on July 01, 2011, 04:30:20
It's indeed a great book! I hope you enjoy it!
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Post by: Fearless_soul on July 04, 2011, 17:27:11
I'm reading "Drei Kameraden" by E.M.Remarque . I like the book very much! It's about "génération perdue" - soldiers' lives after World War I.
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Post by: Saapuva Komeetta on July 04, 2011, 17:52:19
(http://bookquickies.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/abarat2.JPG)

Better than Potter/Lord of the Rings or any Fantasy Books...  ;)
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Post by: Asphodel on July 04, 2011, 18:24:09
Quote from: "Fearless_soul"
I'm reading "Drei Kameraden" by E.M.Remarque . I like the book very much! It's about "génération perdue" - soldiers' lives after World War I.

I remember this book, Olena - we read it in the institute on our German lessons. it was very hard to read a book in original, in German... But nevertheless, it left such strong impressions that even now years later I sometimes remember the plot scenes and characters. Really a great one.

Saapuva Komeetta, I am not yet familiar with this writer and title :D perhaps I have to investigate a bit!
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Post by: Fearless_soul on July 04, 2011, 20:19:50
Quote from: "Asphodel"
Quote from: "Fearless_soul"
I'm reading "Drei Kameraden" by E.M.Remarque . I like the book very much! It's about "génération perdue" - soldiers' lives after World War I.

I remember this book, Olena - we read it in the institute on our German lessons. it was very hard to read a book in original, in German... But nevertheless, it left such strong impressions that even now years later I sometimes remember the plot scenes and characters. Really a great one


I see, Julia ! I'm glad that you share my opinion :D I agree with you, in some parts German is too difficult to read xD But I also have a translation which helps me when in need.
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Post by: Hanajash on July 07, 2011, 04:39:34
After nearly 8 years, I found Insomnia, by Stephen King. Highly recommended... but I didn't like it that much.

Then, I re-read the last two Harry Potter books (which I love). The only emotions I can show, I got them from books.

Now, I think I should go to a book store and buy my long wanted book: Horror tales by Alberto Laiseca. He's an outstanding story-teller. And now he wrote a book. I must read it...
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on July 09, 2011, 10:20:18
Quote from: "Arlishan"
It's indeed a great book! I hope you enjoy it!


and I really DID  :D have read it in three days :lol: as always, Murakami had stolen my mind, made a mess inside of it, and placed it back  :lol:  joke, great book, I had been thinking of many important things after finishing it. thank you again for the tip, Arlishan ;)

now I'm re-reading Murakami's "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World", I read it several years ago already, but I feel a real estetic pleasure while reading this anew  8)
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Post by: Renard_M on July 09, 2011, 10:36:57
Quote from: "Arlishan"
I'm ten chapters away from ending Kafka in the edge, by Haruki Murakami, I'm inmersed in it's sense of poetic melancholy, I've been driven to the edge by this wonderful book! Highly recomemded.



Yeah.I've already read this book.and i find it very good but rather hard to read,you know  :)
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Post by: Marta_Apple on July 09, 2011, 11:13:28
I read book "Queen of Spades" A. Pushkin. I need to read this book to school for a lesson of literature
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Post by: Fearless_soul on August 08, 2011, 17:51:34
I'm reading "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë (the sister of Charlotte B.). The plot is interesting! And I adore the author's style and lexicon  ^^ Nowadays books are written in a too simple way :)
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Post by: Kitty on August 29, 2011, 21:28:23
I decided to exchange books for school for a relaxing story-book ... I know I'm probably making the biggest mistake in my life... but I just need to find out whether I can still simply relax and think of nothing.
So I followed the advice of my buddy and went to the library to borrow "Ungeduld des Herzens" from Stefan Zweig (I actually wanted "Geschichte in der Dämmerung" but they didn't have it but... I ended up on page 61 on 4 hours... I think I pretty much like the writing style...and the story kinda absorbs me. I really forgot how cosy reading a book can be in the busy digital computer life I had. So I'm gonna be stubborn, ok study a bit from tomorrow onwards again but I'll end the day reading the book... I have that very excited eager feeling to read on again, I haven't had it since long... so yes... I recommend it :) it's an Austrian writer (fits :D) but most of his books are translated.
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Post by: A Elena on August 30, 2011, 19:35:18
I've just read Gerald's Game by Stephen King. I need more!!!!!

But... now I'm reading Lord of the Flies  by William Golding.
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Post by: on_my_own_sky on September 25, 2011, 18:00:49
after StPete's trip I felt a strong desire to read smth about history of Russia of 17th-18th centuries...so I downloaded a story called "The Romanovs" in...17 books  :lol:  SO interesting!! I can't stop to read, besides I now can imagine their 'houses' hehe
so, now I am a historical bookworm  :lol:
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Post by: Maria777 on September 25, 2011, 18:12:15
Quote from: "Saapuva Komeetta"
([url]http://bookquickies.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/abarat2.JPG[/url])

Better than Potter/Lord of the Rings or any Fantasy Books...  ;)

wiiiii! My favorite book! I love it very much!

Now I read Chuck Palahniuk, "Choke." A kind of literature, I say.
 :roll:
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Post by: A Elena on September 25, 2011, 18:30:14
I've just finished an incredible book: "Sange satanic" ( Satanic blood - in English - ) by Cristina Nemerovschi. This book is one of a kind in Romanian literature, in a way ( because of the main character ), it is an unexpected poem of iconoclasm, forcing the reader to take a deep look inside...
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Post by: anesthesia25 on September 25, 2011, 18:36:28
I am currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It's a very visual story. I could see this being a movie.
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Post by: Asphodel on September 26, 2011, 19:21:02
Now I am reading Ann Radcliffe, and have to say that i am a bit disappointed... the charachters seem unnatural to me, I cannot get drowned in this book. For example, they start to weep too often, almost on every page. They are too stereotypically good and bad... Perhaps I still didn't reach the main parts of the plot.
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Post by: A Elena on September 26, 2011, 19:29:50
Do you mean that Ann Radcliffe, the English Gothic novelist?
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Post by: Asphodel on September 26, 2011, 19:36:41
Quote from: "A Elena"
Do you mean that Ann Radcliffe, the English Gothic novelist?

yeah, exactly! but I never read her before, and I'm still at the beginning of the book. "The mysteries of Udolpho" must be the English name for the book I am reading.
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Post by: A Elena on September 26, 2011, 19:49:14
I see... I haven't read any text of her, but I can tell you the English Gothic novels from that period seem to be strange to me too: you said "unnatural" - that's a good word to describe the feeling ( I remember me reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein )... But I also can tell you that it is a problem related with our expectations... We are not used with the conventions of the age, not to talk about the fact that they were beginners...
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Post by: Asphodel on September 26, 2011, 19:56:10
Quote from: "A Elena"
I see... I haven't read any text of her, but I can tell you the English Gothic novels from that period seem to be strange to me too: you said "unnatural" - that's a good word to describe the feeling ( I remember me reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein )... But I also can tell you that it is a problem related with our expectations... We are not used with the conventions of the age, not to talk about the fact that they were beginners...

that's totally what i thought too! these books came from past centuries...
For example I felt so awkward about the role of a girl in romance - a walk in park with a young man could be seen as almost an obscenity if there were no relatives around, things like this...
But anyway, the characters are obviously idealized.

I read Frankenstein long ago, not after you mentioned it I understood that I had the same kind of impression from it as well.
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Post by: A Elena on September 26, 2011, 20:06:51
Right... the characters are idealized, maybe even linear ... but the focus is on the occurrence of supernatural...
I hope you will finally enjoy the reading!
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on February 08, 2013, 21:49:50
*coughs* someone decided to bring this topic back to life  :)  i hope you don't mind it  :) 

so, as much as i hated books and all the crap connected to it, i'm starting to discover the special world between the pages again  :)  at the moment i'm reading Broken April by an albanian writer Ismail Kadare ... the story is about the cruel and complicated law, Kanun, which is, in the north of Albania, the only law [and also above any other law].


Publisher's write-up
From the moment that Gjorg's brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: for the code of Kanun requires Gjorg to kill his brother's murderer and then in turn be hunted down. After shooting his brother's killer [much against his will], young Gjorg is entitled to thirty days' grace - not enough to see out the month of April. Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive. The bride's heart goes out to Gjorg, and even these 'civilised' strangers from the city risk becoming embroiled in the fatal mechanism of vendetta.

While the story is set in the early twentieth century, life on the high plateaus of Albania takes life back to the Dark Ages. The bloody shirt of the latest victim is hung up by the bereaved for all to see - until the avenger in turn kills his man with a rifle shot. For the young bride, the shock of this unending cycle of obligatory murder is devastating. The horror becomes personified when she catches a glimpse of Gjorg as he wanders about the countryside, waiting for the truce of thirty days to end, and life with it. That momentary vision of the hapless murderer provokes in her a violent act of revulsion and contrition. Her life will be marked by it always.



however, nowadays hardly anyone [if anyone at all] still practices this cruelty. the sad thing is people now use blood vengeance and Kanun as an excuse for their random killing ...

the story really touched me, especially because of some things and people i met in my life and whom i'll never forget. it helped me understand few things and i'm really grateful for this. however, to me, "the bloody part" of Kanun remains the worst shit humanity could ever come up with.


edit: typo
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Post by: Grazia on February 08, 2013, 23:41:52
Klodi oh my god, those rules described there are really beastly and savage! there was the same in some Caucasian countries and I think still exists.

the last book I tried was terrible (I should have suspected that "jazz improviseation in telling" would mean impossible to read, f.cking hipster shit! >< even crappy 50 shades of grey were more organic) so I tell the last book I liked, it was this awesome novel, and in Russian translation too - дальше живите сами. Me gusta and advises

(http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1336344327l/6224935.jpg)
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Post by: A Elena on February 10, 2013, 13:57:00
Klo, what a surprise ( and thinking twice, not quite a surprise, because it is you who read the book ) to read here about "Broken April"! I read it some years ago, but I still have in my eyes few images, just like from a movie, ... I still remember my thoughts and my feelings ...

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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on February 10, 2013, 15:03:53
Klodi oh my god, those rules described there are really beastly and savage! there was the same in some Caucasian countries and I think still exists.

mhm, that sucks ... however, i didn't know about this in Caucasian countries, so what i said about not practicing Kanun anymore, was more or less about Albanians ... as for the book you read, it doesn't seem to be really interesting  ;D  might try to find "This is where i leave you" in our library though  :)



Klo, what a surprise ( and thinking twice, not quite a surprise, because it is you who read the book ) to read here about "Broken April"! I read it some years ago, but I still have in my eyes few images, just like from a movie, ... I still remember my thoughts and my feelings ...

then you know exactly what this book is about ... somehow i hoped Gjorg would manage to avoid the same destiny by hiding in a tower, but ... donno, when i read the last word of the story, i was starring at the book, quietly, so quietly one could actually hear a ghost passing by ... i was unable to think of anything else, really. it's a sad and tragic story indeed, but i really think it wouldn't have such a strong impact on me if i didn't have to face some things which have changed my life completely and forever ... *sighs*

don't know about the movie though, it's probably a good one, i haven't seen it myself, and i'm not sure if i even want to. why? i've heard the story was moved to Brazil or somewhere to Latin America, [can't remeber the country, lol], and this means it's probably changed to some point. i mean, i know no movie can strictly follow the book, but changing the country also means [maybe important] changes in the story. i wouldn't have troubles with this if i hadn't read the book, but ... i had, and then this bothers me, because i know what the original story is [and the language!!! i love the way albanian language sounds, eventhough i understand and can say only few words] *red face*  :-[  ;D  on the other hand, i'm afraid i won't be able to face those feelings again once it's over ...


[late edit: typo]
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Post by: A Elena on February 10, 2013, 16:24:02
Klo, I haven't seen the movie either ... I was talking about the images I have in my mind... I don't know, but this is the way I function: in images... Poetry, music, books, even movies... they are all converted in my own images, like pictures in motions  :).
Well, I can tell you "Broken April" is extremely impressive by itself, and I can imagine how was for you, as you have such a special connection with its world!

somehow i hoped Gjorg would manage to avoid the same destiny by hiding in a tower, but ... donno, when i read the last word of the story, i was starring at the book, quietly, so quietly one could actually hear a ghost passing by ...

You know, there are about 15 years since I read the book, and there are days when I'm thinking about this tragic hero, with his crushed destiny... 18th of April, and May which will never come, and the outstanding image of the road, suddenly standing and hitting him straight in his face... These are some of the images I still have... 
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on February 10, 2013, 16:38:47
Klo, I haven't seen the movie either ... I was talking about the images I have in my mind... I don't know, but this is the way I function: in images... Poetry, music, books, even movies... they are all converted in my own images, like pictures in motions  :).

sorry then, i read it too fast and therefore misunderstood  ;D 



Quote
You know, there are about 15 years since I read the book, and there are days when I'm thinking about this tragic hero, with his crushed destiny... 18th of April, and May which will never come, and the outstanding image of the road, suddenly standing and hitting him straight in his face... These are some of the images I still have...

exactly. and just those words the writer chose to describe it ... ouch ... the way the story ended somehow left a terrible void in me, probably because it was shown so ... cold. and cruel. as it, in fact, is ...


edit: typo, lol
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Post by: LadyMalina on April 08, 2013, 09:14:36
The book I just finished reading yesterday is "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë. It is a real jewel fom the romantic literature of the 19th century. I dont have any time now to post a review or large impressions :/ I only can say that it has impressed me so much, how love and hate are closely related, how love can destroy people, and how a person can lead him/herself by revenge till the end.
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Post by: MelissaFrance on April 08, 2013, 12:05:05
The book I just finished reading yesterday is "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë. It is a real jewel fom the romantic literature of the 19th century. I dont have any time now to post a review or large impressions :/ I only can say that it has impressed me so much, how love and hate are closely related, how love can destroy people, and how a person can lead him/herself by revenge till the end.

Oh yes indeed, a very beautiful and dreadful story, i love it so much too. But well, i think that fortunately love isn't always so destructive. Still, it is so (even more?!) beautiful when it is...
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Post by: Asphodel on April 08, 2013, 12:09:38
And i am reading a book by Kafka now in German, "Das Urteil" - but I am going veeery, veeery slowly - like a page per day because I am writing out and learning all the words that I don't know ;D
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Post by: jenny-jen on April 10, 2013, 21:42:14
I'm reading now "The Life of Pi" :)
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Post by: LadyMalina on April 11, 2013, 12:11:18
Oh yes indeed, a very beautiful and dreadful story, i love it so much too. But well, i think that fortunately love isn't always so destructive. Still, it is so (even more?!) beautiful when it is...

I can't but agree ;)
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Post by: Hanajash on April 12, 2013, 03:55:15
This week I decided I'll read the books I rescued this summer. A lot of books were going to end in the garbage, and this guy was selling them at an incredibly low price. So I bought 34 of them, hheehee... Some of them I already had, so I have two edition of 4 or 5 books, which I'm giving away from time to time. The others, I began to read some weeks ago but, well, other books interfered (is that even a word?  :P).

This week I began again. First, it was two collections of short tales by J. G. Ballard, old school sci-fi writer.l And today (a few minutes ago), I began Deus Irae, by Roger Zelazny and Philip Dick. I'm not very fond of collaborations but... time will say.

How does make me feel? Very good, actually, really good. These poor books were abandoned and alone, and noone was going to read them, some of them were going to 'die' unread. They needed somebody to love them. And I do love them. I welcomed them in my bookshelves, found the right place for each of them, etc. And now they know hot it feels to be read.

Yes, it sounds like crazy talk, but that's how I feel about books.
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Post by: Asphodel on April 12, 2013, 15:17:18
This week I decided I'll read the books I rescued this summer. A lot of books were going to end in the garbage, and this guy was selling them at an incredibly low price. So I bought 34 of them, hheehee... Some of them I already had, so I have two edition of 4 or 5 books, which I'm giving away from time to time. The others, I began to read some weeks ago but, well, other books interfered (is that even a word?  :P).

This week I began again. First, it was two collections of short tales by J. G. Ballard, old school sci-fi writer.l And today (a few minutes ago), I began Deus Irae, by Roger Zelazny and Philip Dick. I'm not very fond of collaborations but... time will say.

How does make me feel? Very good, actually, really good. These poor books were abandoned and alone, and noone was going to read them, some of them were going to 'die' unread. They needed somebody to love them. And I do love them. I welcomed them in my bookshelves, found the right place for each of them, etc. And now they know hot it feels to be read.

Yes, it sounds like crazy talk, but that's how I feel about books.

It's great that you resqued them...
I kinda share such attitude towards books... I can never throw one away, even when I know I won't ever re-read it and it is standing on my shelf taking space (and lack of space is an important issue when you're living in a small flat)... I tried to find a way to give them away instead of thrashing them, probably I have to go to the library with this issue...
Books were always my good friends, since childhood, and I cannot treat them like some soulless objects. They are some special kind of things.
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Post by: WalkAbout on April 12, 2013, 17:36:50
The first book (in what seems to be ages) in the Russian language that I read now that is not a textbook - M. Khodorkovskiy, N. Gevorkyan, Prison and Will. Makes me see things I've experienced in some ways (and were indirectly affected by) during my childhood and early adolescence - the famous Russian 90s - and much, much more. Lots of stuff I blindly relied upon started dissolving like early mist, which is good. As I've noticed you consider things to be easy only when you don't understand them deep enough, at least that surely works in administration. Inspiring, thought-provoking, scary. Not concise, but precise enough to develop a vivid picture of the Khodorkovsliy-related issues and Russian politics.

   
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Post by: Asphodel on April 16, 2013, 21:55:19
I am reading one more book now, but didn't even reach a middle yet. First I learned the real story on which it is based and then searched for that book, and I am not disappointed. Perhaps it may interest some of you too, because the story is real and not fictional. The book is "The minds of Billy Milligan" by Daniel Keyes. It's about a man with multiple personality disorder. There are 24 separate personalities living in him, all of them very different, they have unique characters, making unique decisions and even interacting with each other... It is not a horror-story, although it is of course not happy, but it is written not to cause fear or anything like that, it rather leaves me wondering about all the things that can exist on this earth, even 24 personalities in one person...
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Post by: LUSha on April 22, 2013, 22:38:35
2 books I finished recently and meanwhile find massive and impressive

1. The Second Sex -  Simone de Beauvoir
I always had some doubts pressuring down from family and society but after reading this one, all my questions related to are solved and cleared up, and pressures are gone and things i used to overvalued now back to their normal status, I could only say I have no doubts and no more frustrations because of it therefore I'm thankful.


2. Kritik der Urteilskraft - Kant
actually in the very beginning I wanted to read Worringer's works, and then following a list of recommendations i start to read this one, like Faust from Goethe, if not out of total coincidence i would not dare to read it, but i find it, so begeistert, clean logic, interesting examples, and insightful comments if I would compare Goethe as a spy of humanity and human emotions, Kant then is a spy of human brains and way of thinking, he can follow every micro lines of thoughts and He's like a spider on the web and can feel vibrations of nervsystem in brain from all directions! This one is interesting to me because I always want to know how people feel beauty and how different aethetic tastes influence each other, in this book I find reasonable explainations.
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Post by: on May 24, 2013, 17:11:48
The Short Story Collection of Italo Calvino- i love the work of Calvino, but the translation is not quite satisfied. Reading his stories release me from schoolwork and it's a big pleasure for me to read it before sleep.

Medieval Europe: A Short History- i am thinking about choosing history as my major in my university, so i am doing some previews for my furture study..... i thought the book would be boring and hard to understand at first( cuase it's a gaint book that looks like a textbook), yet i was surprised when i found that  it contains many interesting facts and the language is clear and easy to understand
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Post by: JaimeWolff on May 25, 2013, 06:25:15
I was Franc-mason - Maurice Caillet
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 20, 2013, 21:06:12
The Great Divide, History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson. Already fascinated by how many facts he is describing here and his speculations, and how much I don't know. Love it.
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Post by: Shadows-In-Twilight on September 21, 2013, 00:34:59
i've been reading a lot recently  :)  at the moment i'm reading Papillon by Henri Charriere. it's an awesome (true) story about epic escaping from prison in French Guiana where the guy (the author himself) was supposed to spend his entire life for "killing" someone, even though there were never enough evidences about his actual guilt ... nice and sad story ...


the books, which i read few weeks ago and left me under strong impression are The kite runner and A thousand splendid suns, both by Khaled Husseini. strongly recommended to read  :)
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Post by: WalkAbout on September 27, 2013, 20:01:25
Just finished The other side (Die andere Seit) by Alfred Kubin. Interesting, as his art is, too, which you would like if you love Giger. Quite interesting book, especially if you read the ending part much time after the last meal. A bit predictable which speaks more of the importance and impact it had in its time than about the plot. I think I would rather recommend to read it, but only if you are interested in human nature and its irrationality. Otherwise it might end up being a torture. I guess I liked it, provokes quite interesting thoughts.
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Post by: WalkAbout on September 28, 2013, 04:57:18
The masters of Doom by David Kushner, a gripping tale so far about two makers of the great epic videogame - DOOM. Absorbed me yesterday night so I went to sleep at 5 a.m.
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Post by: LadyMalina on October 06, 2013, 11:45:41
The book I'm reading now is a classic of romanticism: The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas. I like the way feelings are described there, with sensibility and in a very emotional way.
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Post by: WalkAbout on October 10, 2013, 17:46:45
Finished the book by Kushner, it was REALLY worth the time spent on it! Now starting the biography of Fourier (a famous French mathematician and physicist from the XVIII-XIX centuries)
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 25, 2013, 05:36:31
Gulping down the The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay. Right on time, I would daresay. Her calm voice makes me calm down and think, evaluate the past, the present and the future. Just the thing I both need and could easily obtain atm.
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Post by: WalkAbout on December 06, 2013, 15:09:33
The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century by Peter Watson. Oh my goodness. I squeaked when saw a copy on my office table! My boss lent me a copy, AAAAA! So happy he bought this book when visiting China! I didn't even think it existed, but it is definitely coooooool  8)
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Post by: Grazia on December 17, 2013, 22:02:09
Let's please not forget about this wonderful book advisory  ;)
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Post by: veresk on January 23, 2014, 20:19:18
As i promised to Nina ;)
So maybe somebody has already read it or seen a movie, but i think this book deserves to be advised.
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You know... This very book is something incredible. I didn't think i'd love "The book thief" by M. Zusak so much until i opened it. This man, how can he write like this? His phrases, and words that he uses just to compare or describe simple things, become unforgettable and alive, and you can imagine everything he writes about so easily. And i think it's remarkable that it has on its pages a brightest light of hope and tenderness, and importance of books - and words, and a darkness of war, sorrow, sadness and inavitable death at one time. It was worth every minute i've spent on reading "The book thief", it - really - left a deep trace in my heart with it's boundless kindness and love. It's hard to read it - because it's the war, because there are so many deaths in it, so many souls that deserved to live longer, and because in most of cases you know who and how will die (no it wasn't a spoiler), but inspite i've cried so much on it, now this book is on the very top of my "favourites", and i love it.
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Post by: LUSha on January 23, 2014, 20:39:01
taking the time on u bahn i almost finished reading The Selfish Gene
such an interesting books with lots of examples
but will only give comments after i finish
 :)
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Post by: WalkAbout on January 27, 2014, 19:05:50
Marina, thank you for your report! :) I'm looking at the book in my kindle library, now I think I will start it sooner!  ;) :D

Lue Sha, I've heard of the book, really interested in your opinion on it!

Today I finished I thought it was just me - but it isn't by Brene Brown, and I found it awesome! :D I strongly recommend the book to any woman, because the book speaks about shame, our culture of shame and gives much insight into many things.

Now I'm simultaneously - as usual - reading two books (for leisure and consequently): Man's Search for Meaning. An Introduction to Logotherapy by Viktor Frankl and I'm back at reading Karen Mitchell's Complexity: a guided tour

Both are pretty insightful, but I think no review is possible now.
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Post by: EkaterinaCat on January 28, 2014, 09:03:13
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«American Gods» by Neil Gaiman.

The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centring on the mysterious and taciturn Shadow.
The central premise of the novel is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought with them dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods. However, the power of these mythological beings has diminished as people's beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America's obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs, among others.

Old Gods:
Mr. Wednesday – Odin, the Old Norse god of knowledge and wisdom, aspects which he uses to his advantage as a confidence artist. He spends most of the story trying to get other old gods to join him in the inevitable war.
Mr. Ibis – Thoth, the Ancient Egyptian god of knowledge and writing. He runs a funeral parlor with Mr. Jacquel in Cairo, Illinois. He often writes short biographies of people who brought folkloric beings with them to America.
Mr. Jaquel – Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of the dead and mummification. He is an expert at preparing bodies for the wake at funerals.

New Gods:
The Technical Boy – New god of computers and the Internet. He is adamant about the prevail of the new gods over the old gods.
Media – New goddess of television.
The Black Hats – Mister Town, Mister Stone, Mister Wood and Mister Road exist out of America's obsession with Black helicopters and the Men in Black. They work as spooks for the new gods.

I must say that I read this book only the second time. The first time she came into my hands three years ago, and I could not read more than 50 pages. I have so sometimes - reading a book can not. And now I read the book almost without stopping. And fully immersed in its atmosphere.

I love to read the original Norse mythology and the myths of other peoples. Not bad am guided her, and for me it was unusual to read about the known gods in the new world. Unusual for the old gods work in real time.

But a combination of modern and ancient world captured me and I could not finish reading the book this time. Confrontation between old and new gods and attempt to survive in the modern world for the lost in it creatures from another world. And the eternal struggle between two principles. Frequent references to ancient mythology. No minimum acquaintance with the mythology of reading this book is likely to be difficult. Will be difficult to understand the problem and some actions of the characters.

However, the book is definitely worth it to understand it.
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Post by: LUSha on February 01, 2014, 11:45:37
Hi Nina  :) i read this book and now after finishing Final i can write about it...
I LOVE IT

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*paste what i wrote on fb and add more*

such a funny interesting book that grows a meme in me

I'm searching for an existence that would last forever, i wondered if we could die, and how we would not die, as an ordinary people, your biologic genetic traits can get lost at your grandchildrens genereation and after several generations no one remember who you are, no gene from you can be found, have you ever existed in this world? no one knows!

I can't get it why some people desperately want to have kids/offspring for genetic reasons--instead of simply fond of kids(yes this love....can be also manupulated by hormone after you gave  birth to a kid because if not so, this fetus cannot survive because it is actually an invader to the mother body)

they are like (i want to have offspring to spread my gene in the world), how egoistic you are to believe your gene worth existing? they die out sooner or later after you...for example in our culture people overevaluate giving birth to kids, as if all problems will be solved once you have one.

And that's how i love meme this notion from this book. Because i always imagined and loved the notion of, human exist in an abstract way, maybe their flesh disappear and their minds, thoughts, creations would left, be stored, reproduced and evolve and not living in organic way makes them immortal(no im not talking about cyberman!).

I'm thinking now that's why i constently say I find human brain sexy, like we find sexy in flesh, in other sex/or same sex, we want to approach them and have contact being stimulated by sexhormone. The drive behind was originally maybe urge of reproduction and manipulated.
As for brain, it is in fact an organ can also reproduce instead of fetus, but abstract forms--ideas, music, artworks, you receive these signals which you like and digest, reproduce them to another...is kind of like orgy
other than "traditional sex" organs, is also an organ for reproduction, and even more advanced, so to say sex in a higher level.


When audience rate of TED rises and birth rate drops...then time for meme as mainstream


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Post by: WalkAbout on February 02, 2014, 16:38:58
Thank you, Lue Sha, for your summary!  :D but I doubt that TED audience rises... ;) now I definitely should read the book, wanna compare your view with mine.  :)

I've just finished Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. Introduction to Logotherapy and what I must say is that this is a great book. In the first part the author, who was a prof of both neurology and psychotherapy, recalls his experience in WWII concentration camps and how people were able to survive there, and he in the first place, after which he entails with explanation of prisoner's states, which is insightful, because it shows how much important it is to have a goal in life, meaning of life in terms of survival. In the second part he briefly introduces his Logotherapy method, which is a humane approach to psychotherapy (in opposite to Freudian psychoanalysis). It is based on urging the patient to find meaning of his or her life, whether it is in an active creative work, love in its intensity and sacrifice, or stoical endurance of one's suffering. Made me think to read his whole 20 volumes' on Logotherapy. Actually, the book answered quite a lot of questions I had, and blew off doubts I had as well... makes me feel complete now, or calmly optimistic  :D ;D ;) Very wise book from a very wise person - to put it short and concise.
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Post by: WalkAbout on February 10, 2014, 16:29:28
Finished "Psychotherapy in Practice" by V. Frankl, a really interesting description of both his Logotherapy and Medical Serving - the first being on the borderline between Medicine and Philosophy and the latter - between Medicine and Religion. I love his clinical stories, compassion and responsibility he's talking about: responsibility of a person to his/her life, responsibility of doctors to their patients, and compassion that doctors need in helping their patients - especially in dealing with lost people. Though I think such attitudes should be practiced by everyone, not only by doctors, but well... I'll start with myself, as usual  ;D Now, I'd love to find something about teens' psychology - since now I'm in the position of authority, I must be a proper role-model more than before. Should ask around a bit... Last year it was a really revealing experience - there are so many lost teens out there, they need so much support and understanding, or just - listening... I recall myself so vividly when deal with them, it's astonishing. Well, but this has nothing to do with the book  ;D I'm sorry for getting offtop yet again  ;) :D
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Post by: Asphodel on March 07, 2014, 11:57:35
Recently I've read two books about the explorers of the South Pole, written by themselves in the beginning of the XX century. No idea what pushed me to read about this topic, sometimes it happens to me that I suddenly have some interest in an unusual topic and want more info about it.

If you like to read about travels and discoveries, and also if you're interested in memoirs and autobiographies, you might be interested in these books too.

So, the two polar explorers - Amundsen (Norway) and Scott (England).

Amundsen's "The South Pole" is a very interesting book, not boring at all, it tells about the voyage to Antarctic, then how the author and his crew spent the Antarctic winter and of course their journey to the Pole, full of details about their daily lives (I was especially curious about that), their equipment, their transport - sleds pulled by dogs (they had more than 100 dogs with them)... I enjoyed the reading. Amundsen's manner of writing is quite straightforward and friendly - despite that he is not a writer but explorer on the first place.

And the book about Robert Scott's travel is strictly speaking not a book, but his diaries published after his death. He attempted his expedition the the South Pole almost simultaneously with Amundsen, but arrived to the destination point almost month later and unfortunately died with his people on their return journey from the Pole. This reading is of course not as easy as the previous book, especially the last part - diary of a person struggling with death. And in other parts there are quite many meteorological and other similar details that were not very interesting for me. Despite he was not the first to arrive to the Pole, Scott became a legend.

The story of these two explorers is interesting because you start to compare the two stories, the two ways, you start to think about their differences and destinies. And it was long-debated why one was success and the other one ended up in catastrophe.
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Post by: WalkAbout on March 21, 2014, 13:18:09
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Right now - for fun - I'm reading the Irrational Bundle by Ariely - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-irrational-bundle-dan-ariely/1114763210?ean=9780062288745 (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-irrational-bundle-dan-ariely/1114763210?ean=9780062288745), based on his studies of irrationality and research on why do we behave the way we do. I find it wonderful :) ^^ Also he's lecturing at Coursera right now, and I recommend checking it out, it's very interesting ;) ^^
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Post by: Yasmin Nurmi on March 24, 2014, 03:32:54
I finnished this book yesterday and IT'S VERY VERY COOL!!!
My book it's very different than how it was when I buy it hehehe
You will discover why  ;) hehehe
It's a kind of diary that everyday in every leaf, commands you to do something  :D
It was a great experience, only with your own book you can know how it is  ;D
When you buy it, you'll love it ^^


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Post by: Asphodel on March 28, 2014, 10:01:29
I am currently reading the book by professor Corey Olsen "Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Hobbit"". It's sort of companion book for "the Hobbit", or maybe literature analysis, but it's written in normal, non-boring way, easy to read, and if you are into Tolkien you will like it. It tells about such things like characters' development, analysis of poetic fragments that usually get ignored by readers, tells a bit about Tolkien's work process on that book, etc...
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Post by: LUSha on March 29, 2014, 14:43:54
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Right now - for fun - I'm reading the Irrational Bundle by Ariely - [url]http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-irrational-bundle-dan-ariely/1114763210?ean=9780062288745[/url] ([url]http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-irrational-bundle-dan-ariely/1114763210?ean=9780062288745[/url]), based on his studies of irrationality and research on why do we behave the way we do. I find it wonderful :) ^^ Also he's lecturing at Coursera right now, and I recommend checking it out, it's very interesting ;) ^^


I read his Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions. Talking about consume, very interesting book too and specially the research he did, looks like i can add this one to list.

Btw, i wanted to read "Brandwash", but after a few chapter of trial reading i find it quite plain...looks more of boasting than study...anyone knows this book and how is it?

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Post by: LUSha on March 29, 2014, 14:51:40
now almost finish reading Die Wahlverwandtschaften(Kindred by Choice), by Goethe

this is such a warm, comforting, deep and attractive novel, limited by its time and opinion of women but glitter with almost godlike careness to emotions, everytime when i read from Goethe i felt his warmth through the words and his sharp, but not aggressive observation of humankind, and most of what he wrote about human relation we can still see from today...i have stronger feeling, that i would like to compare Goethe with Tilo, of their warmth in artworks, care for humankind, attention to emotions, spiritual pursuit, (and their mutual hometown city lol)

i'll write something after finishing read
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Post by: Sunny on April 04, 2014, 19:10:49
I am currently reading the book by professor Corey Olsen "Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Hobbit"". It's sort of companion book for "the Hobbit", or maybe literature analysis, but it's written in normal, non-boring way, easy to read, and if you are into Tolkien you will like it. It tells about such things like characters' development, analysis of poetic fragments that usually get ignored by readers, tells a bit about Tolkien's work process on that book, etc...


Thank you very much, Julia! I've finally managed to find this book! I've never heard of it before, so it's my very lucky discovery  :) :) :)
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Post by: Asphodel on April 06, 2014, 19:15:24
Thank you very much, Julia! I've finally managed to find this book! I've never heard of it before, so it's my very lucky discovery  :) :) :)
hope you will find it good :)
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Post by: Sunny on April 06, 2014, 19:37:29
Yes, I enjoy it greatly! I'm reading it right now.
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Post by: Asphodel on May 18, 2014, 10:39:12
I've read a book by Victor Frankl "Trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen" ("Man's Search for Meaning"), it took me just one and a half days, so much it impressed me.
In general, it tells about how human should remain human even in the most un-human conditions...
The author, as a psychologist, describes his experience and observations about the people during the time he spend in concentration camps in WWII. He focuses more on the soul than on reality, but of course it cannot be avoided to mention some mundane horrors of their everyday life, what they had to live through... Actually, I suspect that he tells us a lot less realistic details than he can (that makes it even scarier), focusing on psychological details. And it's not theory, it's what he really saw and lived himself there... Not quite easy to read. But definitely worthy.
After such books you start to think again about what kind of life you have... Because here you could read about what is real unhappiness.
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Post by: WalkAbout on May 31, 2014, 09:21:15
So it happened that yesterday I gulped down a book by Eve Ehrhardt "Good Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere"... I guess I needed that a lot. It hits way too close to home at times to be an easy read, yet it absorbs for the very same reason. If you are a girl you would instantly realise what it's about, from the first pages. And - yes - finally I can formulate a couple of things to myself. I strongly recommend it, that is...
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Post by: LUSha on August 11, 2014, 22:46:52
finally reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe friends recommended me long time ago...what does it do to me..?

i was laughing like insane..on U bahn and in the gym before course starts and people start to.... whats wrong with her ::)   ::)
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 20, 2014, 18:38:38
Aaaand again I was out of my scheduled reading and as a result ended up consuming 'One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich' by Solzhenitsyn. Well. Now I understand much better what it was like (will be like?..), why and how it works with people, and on people. I guess one day I will take these two books - Man's Search for Meaning and One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich - and make certain comparisons of attitudes and settings. I feel like it would be a worthwhile activity... Both authors of these books have been there, in these different, yet similar, camps. Camps. Such a neutral word for such a... oh well.  :-X

Now back to Dan Ariely's bundle.

Lue Sha
, I actually finished the first book, the one you read as well, quite some time ago, yet didn't have the time to write anything meaningful on the subject. So far I enjoy his researches (currently I'm nearing to the end of the second book), even though at times they seem having a bit obvious results, but then, what seems obvious can always turn out to be much less so, can't it?..  ;) :D When I finally finish the trilogy, I hope I would be able to write a more extensive and useful post. It takes long since I read it on my iPhone and only when I use public transportation, so...  ::) ;)
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Post by: Asphodel on August 21, 2014, 20:05:02
I've read "The Woman in Black" by Susan Hill. It's a typical English ghost novel. This time I felt inclined to read a book of such genre and picked this one by random...
There is some kind of coziness in the traditionalism of such ghost stories, I don't know how to explain this... At the same time, it wasn't boring - many times when I read (or watch) a horror story or thriller, I can predict what is going to happen because all the tricks have already been tried by others and often clicheed... This time I couldn't guess all events. At the same time, it is still written strictly in its genre.
There is also a 2012 movie based on this book, with the same name, starring Daniel Radcliffe, but I didn't watch it so can't really say anything about it except that it exists.
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Post by: Asphodel on September 27, 2014, 20:25:20
This time I wanted a historical novel. "The Sixth Wife" by  Jean Plaidy - it's about  Catherine Parr, the sixth wife (as you can guess) of Henry VIII, king of England. When choosing a book this time I wanted to read about several things -  about kings and court, about medieval time and woman's perspective. And I didn't mind all of this to be a work of fiction, I only wanted a good story! This book answers all these criteria...
I was a bit afraid that I might find a superficial women's novel, but it turned to be okay, from my point of view this book is quite good and readable if you enjoy the topic. Not really a love-novel as one can sometimes expect from a book describing a woman's life (although this topic is not ignored completely too), mainly it's about how the king's wife is afraid for her own head knowing the destiny of the previous five ones...

 ;D I like to switch topics when choosing another book to read...
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Post by: Sunny on September 27, 2014, 22:32:22
Oh, a historical novel!.. May I advise one (or two  :) )? Not that it is new or rare or totally unknown... However, maybe to some it will be of any value.

It's a series "The Accursed Kings" by Maurice Druon. A real masterpiece, if you ask me. Seven novels united with one story, with the rule and fall of the direct line of the Capetian dynasty.
What can I say?
Thrilling, informative, exact.
Trilling, 'cause it is written in a light and simple way, with quite a few lines of love, and depicting endless intrigues of the court. A vast panorama of the French and English courts of the 1st half of the XIV century opens before your eyes as if you were really present there.
And informative, 'cause, even not noticing how, you come to know not only the imaginary line of human relations but also the political and economical background of the ruling time of 5 (even 6!) kings.
And exact. If you try to compare the whole story to the history as it was, you will find that Maurice Druon is as close to the reality as an author of a fiction novel can be.
As for me, I didn't read - I "gulped" all the series.
It's really worth of reading.

And one more - "The Devil" by Alfred Neumann.
It's just... different.
The novel is about the last years of Louis XI of France.
Well, it's not so close to the real history, it contains a few rather crude historical mistakes, it's not a "light" reading, it's more phychology than history... and so on and so forth.
Yet it IS worth of reading. Just because (I know I souldn't start a sentence this way  :) )I for one have never met such a great moral tension, such a sincere self-sacrifice, demanding nothing in return, in literature.
And (not to unveil the mystery  ;) ) I will tell only this: if you seek for a romantic novel, with a hero as a cornerstone - a hero you ever longed to be can despise-admire-misunderstand-believe at the very same time, you're on the right way.
Oh, yes, I've forgotten! The love story, interweaving into the whole plot, is among the most intricate, unbelievable - yet the truest depicted in literature.
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Post by: Asphodel on September 28, 2014, 08:40:20
Thanks a lot for the recommendation, I actually needed it! Because before that I was searching almost at random, because I didn't know what to begin with, what to search and where to look.  Now I know my further variants ;D They sound interesting, I think I will try them!
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Post by: Sunny on September 28, 2014, 21:14:39
I'm very happy my small advice was of any interest to you  :) These are the best I could choose and really adore myself. Hope you'll enjoy them, too.
Btw, I've already found "The Sixth Wife". You see, I do love historical novels  ;)
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 03, 2014, 04:04:32
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, it's just hi-la-ri-ous, splendid, awesome!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Never read fanfics before, but this one was recommended by my elder bro and other guys who graduated from my department, and now I see whyyyyyyyyyyyyy  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 04, 2014, 05:08:38
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, it's just hi-la-ri-ous, splendid, awesome!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Never read fanfics before, but this one was recommended by my elder bro and other guys who graduated from my department, and now I see whyyyyyyyyyyyyy  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D :D :D :D
and now I see that I'm a boring person that can't enjoy any light read for longer than ten chapters. :( I still recommend the book, but to me it became deeply unsatisfying. Sad but true.
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 04, 2014, 07:02:33
and now I see that I'm a boring person that can't enjoy any light read for longer than ten chapters. :( I still recommend the book, but to me it became deeply unsatisfying. Sad but true.
But then, this line really rang true. "Always questioning yourself, always taking another look at things you've always taken for granted," like having a Snitch in Quidditch, "and every time you change your mind, you change yourself."
Now back to changing myself...
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Post by: Asphodel on November 13, 2014, 17:12:53
Just a moment ago I've finished "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King.
I wanted to try something form Stephen King since this author is so famous and I haven't read anything by him yet (to my shame). Usually I tend to be a bit skeptical to the authors that are "popular", until I read them - and I liked many of those. So I decided to give it a try. He wrote so many books, and I was quite lost... After all, I came across a book about vampires, and chose this "classical" topic for a start.

So, it is a sort of re-make of Dracula in the realities of a small American town of 70-s.
I started to really like the author because to my mind, he can write really well.
He described the short scenes of a usual life of the small town in such way that it was really catching - absolutely daily-life scenes, but I wanted to read more and more. Then, as the story unleashed itself, he could describe the feeling of fear and horror so well that I felt respect to this writer. There was no need to write about the rivers of blood - he could use smaller and subtler details.
So, this book is recommended for those of you who love vampire stories...

I would probably read more books from Stephen King, but again I am quite lost about which one...
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Post by: Lessja on November 13, 2014, 18:12:19
Asphodel, try The Dark Tower series)
It's kind of fantasy.
Starts with the book called The Gunslinger.
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Post by: Asphodel on November 13, 2014, 22:15:11
Asphodel, try The Dark Tower series)
It's kind of fantasy.
Starts with the book called The Gunslinger.

Thanks for the advice! I like fantasy as well. So maybe it would be a good choice!..
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Post by: karinapinotti on November 13, 2014, 23:14:59
At the moment I'm reading a book called "Destiny Tortuous" (Destino Tortuoso)
A Brazilian writer named: Claudia Salviano Andrelo, inspired by the supernatural, especially vampires.

A bit of his biography: Passionate about Dracula she usually writes his poems and novels based on the pains of human nature, in cemeteries, where she spends hours almost daily.
After giving an extensive interview about his life, work and customs, Claudia became known nationally as "The blonde's Cemetery".

About the book.
In sixteenth-century France a child is born. The unforgiving cold tortured family that devoid of luxuries, but with strong hands to work. All that Edmond wanted was a son, a boy who helped him in hard work, but things do not always go as expected and his wife gives birth to little Eveline. Edmond good and honest man becomes vile and frightening, and making life hell for their families. Time passes and Eveline turns into a beautiful woman, good as a mother, loved by everyone except by his father and stepmother. Edmond and his new partner will do anything to see Eveline suffer, even marry her to a stranger for cash. Eveline always so generous and good will quietly endure all that his executioners will make it through? Or the experience will enlighten your mind bringing out all the grudges of the past?

However have not finished reading, but I'm really enjoying it. has some details that are not written in this small preview about the book, after the story has more suspense and adventure, and vampires.

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Post by: Lessja on November 14, 2014, 02:54:35
Thanks for the advice! I like fantasy as well. So maybe it would be a good choice!..
People usually like it)
I'm a big fan of mr. King. I used to have the whole collection of his books, so.. It's near&dear for me ^.^
He's not actually about vampires or monsters, he's about human's inner fears, psyche. He's great)
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Post by: Asphodel on November 14, 2014, 11:25:47
He's not actually about vampires or monsters, he's about human's inner fears, psyche. He's great)
Yes! This is what is so great about him!
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Post by: EkaterinaCat on November 14, 2014, 11:38:09
Asphodel, try The Dark Tower series)
It's kind of fantasy.
Starts with the book called The Gunslinger.

Oh, yeah, yeah ...
The Dark Tower. In my face you have found loyal fans of this series of books.
I remember some of the scenes from the book literally crossed my life.
I saw the Hunting Red Moon and The Way of the clouds in the sky.
I had a feeling of traveling on that terrible train and the empty city.
The book is really impressive.
I was so glad to some time ago that the announcement was made about the beginning of the filming of this book ... but now is not known.
Very sad. That would be cool.
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Post by: Lessja on November 14, 2014, 12:43:21

I remember some of the scenes from the book literally crossed my life.


 ;)
I'd even found the Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York and I had had a picture somewhere (don't know where it is now)...
It really gives the impression =)

Long days and pleasant nights, Sai :D
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Post by: Lessja on November 14, 2014, 13:06:18
upd))

And would you believe... I immediately decided to find those pictures and found the CD and reсalled that that evening when I went to search for this building I was walking through the NY streets and one of the flower salesman on the street called me, asked me if I was russian and gave me a ROSE. A beautiful scarlet rose.
So I first made no reckoning of it and right around the corner I found my Dark Tower! And I had a symbol of it in my hand.

mysticism...  :P
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Post by: EkaterinaCat on November 14, 2014, 13:11:14
;)
I'd even found the Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York and I had had a picture somewhere (don't know where it is now)...
It really gives the impression =)

Long days and pleasant nights, Sai :D

And may you have twice the number
;)
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Post by: EkaterinaCat on November 14, 2014, 13:13:49
upd))

And would you believe... I immediately decided to find those pictures and found the CD and reсalled that that evening when I went to search for this building I was walking through the NY streets and one of the flower salesman on the street called me, asked me if I was russian and gave me a ROSE. A beautiful scarlet rose.
So I first made no reckoning of it and right around the corner I found my Dark Tower! And I had a symbol of it in my hand.

mysticism...  :P

This is cool! I understand what you feel.
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Post by: Lessja on November 14, 2014, 13:16:52
This is cool! I understand what you feel.

I'm sure) And how great should his talent be to arrange such things)
So I hope this will push Asfodel to the right decision  ;D
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Post by: Asphodel on November 14, 2014, 13:28:33
ok ok, I am totally convinced now ;D
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Post by: EkaterinaCat on November 14, 2014, 13:39:58
I'm sure) And how great should his talent be to arrange such things)
So I hope this will push Asfodel to the right decision  ;D

Then I suggest also mention about riddles that was asked when traveling by train. They are original enough I think.  ;D

ok ok, I am totally convinced now ;D

Oh, cool! Mission Possible!  ;D
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Post by: Sunny on November 14, 2014, 21:29:44
I'd like to mention a book I bought occasionally, just to read something new...
Oh, well, it's "The Aachen Memorandum".
It turned out to be a real turn-to-leaf reading. Not revealing its secrets to the very last page. Kind of a thrilling detective story.
Yet the main thing is that this book is an anti-utopia. And although it differs a lot from "We" by Eugen Zamyatin, it still is worth of being read. Behind all the detective plot there is an essential line of the consequences the European Union (or wouldn't it be more proper to say "any country"?) may have crossing the border where exaggeration becomes grotesque.
For me this book bought by chance turned out to be of the kind I come across rarely: the one you pity of coming to the end. I don't know, if I ever will re-read it, yet I deffinitely know that reading it was not a mere loss of time.
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Post by: Asphodel on January 27, 2015, 15:04:19
One more book review from me ;D This time I went to classical literature.

I've just finished reading "The Count of Monte-Cristo" by Dumas... Read it already many years ago and already forgot almost everything, so it was interesting to re-read.

I think everybody knows the basic storyline - innocent person thrown to the prison, escapes, gets rich and begins vengeance... This story is a classic. But I forgot all the details of what was happening after the escape, so I read it again.

So - SPOILERS, don't look here if you want to read the book.

Of course, Monte-Cristo is a very charismatic character. You are quite enchanted by his personality while reading. But after I closed the book, I began to understand that I don't approve of what he was doing. Ok, the topic of revenge is arguable in general and in different cultures the attitude to it is different... But in my personal view, what he did to his offenders was not equal to what they did to him. His revenge would be adequate (not talking about acceptability of revenge as a phenomenon in general now), if he harmed only the offenders, personally - let's say, if he throws them to prison like they did to him. But no - their families are affected. In fact, he ruined the life of his former beloved as well because of successful revenge to her husband. He indirectly kills the entire family of another offender, and this family had just one sin - being related to the offender! (He gave poison recipe to his wife who became a criminal and poisoned all)... It was made in order to hurt his enemy as much as he could.
And the third offender, who was the most disgusting to me, he forgives at the end.  :-\ (I'm a bit disappointed because that one was the ugliest one, and others got greater harm...)
And finally, he deliberately makes his friend suffer for a whole month before revealing him that his beloved is not dead at all! And he simply wanted him to suffer in order to check if he "deserves" the happiness. I was a bit shocked by this.

Here I wrote my points of disagreement, so to say... I might sound irritated but it is not so. I enjoyed reading, it's a great book and it's very good that it makes one think about what is acceptable or not, how you yourself would act in such situations and what you agree or disagree with.
I think everybody should read this, it would be interesting to anyone.
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Post by: Asphodel on July 06, 2015, 20:43:07
Just finished reading "The War Of The Worlds" by H. Wells.
This book showed me one big thing. (One may think it's simple, but sometimes you need to be shown something in order to feel it...)
It's about the Martians' invasion to the earth... But actually it's about humans that I learned something...
I can't say that I like people in general. I like individuals, but the crowd and the society - I never liked them... This book showed the pictures of the destruction of people's society. And I started to understand, that we all depend upon each other. Everyone. Even if some people don't accept you, don't understand you and think totally different than you - we are all parts of the society and I started to appreciate that,,,
When you are annoyed by people - just imagine, what if you are alone and all of them disappear forever... You just won't live long. There will be no food, no news, no company, no concerts, nothing at all
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Post by: EkaterinaCat on July 18, 2015, 19:59:24
Now I read the second time ... The Dream Master, is a science-fiction novel by Roger Zelazny.

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I read this book for a long time and now I have only vague memories.
I remembered about this book because the last time I have a very colorful and vivid dreams.

And probably every one of us has ever thought about how to have a dream according to their desires.
I think it's good and bad at the same time.
Good - because it can help unhappy people to find some happiness.
But it is bad because it is a sure way to lose touch with reality. Because in a dream too well.

For me it is an interesting book, and it is actual in our time, although it was written in 1966.

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Post by: Arkana on July 19, 2015, 15:37:11
I've started to read Terry Pratchett with Mort!

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Very good and funny book. I like the idea of world construction by Terry Pratchett, but people living in this world are totally ordinary, and sometimes you start to know yourself in them... Kind of live-fantasy.

Well, I think I'll continue to read his books...
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Post by: EkaterinaCat on July 21, 2015, 10:07:34
In my life, for sure, a period of reading books by Roger Zelazny.
I do not know what time I started re-reading "The Chronicles of Amber".
The first time I read a series of books when I was 15 years old.
And since then, a book about fight for throne of Amber became one of my favorites.  :)

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Post by: Sunny on July 23, 2015, 23:05:33
At last, I've found the time to write here!

Well, yesterday night I've finished The Castle of Otranto by Horance Walpole.
I guess, it can be described in just one line: it is the father of the Gothic novel (the true one, that of the XVIII century).
It is Romantic. And, being Romantic, it's too naive. It may even seem primitive - but it definitely possess it's own charm.
I do agree: to love this novel you should love the timid literature of that period, which was in constant search for the means to express itself and, naturally, the storm taking place in that raging sea which is the human's soul.
I recommend this book - and warn against it. One should not expect much from it. It's actual value lies in its unique atmosphere and the ability to return us back to the roots :)
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Post by: Kitty on July 24, 2015, 14:36:03
I'm currently reading "I can see clearly now" from Wayne Dyer. It's more or less an autobiography with anekdotes of how he came to writing all his previous books, how he came to teaching people to basically find their own purpose in life, finding themselves and practicing compassion. Throughout his books he reaches tools how to look at things a different way, very confronting and merely also conflicting books where you can't else but look upon your own visions/thoughts/considerations ... if you don't grasp it as a possibility to reflect on yourself, I think one is easily tempted in putting the book aside. I learned a lot from these books... "excuses begone", "your ultimate calling", "the power of intention" all more or less come to teach you different aspects on creating your own life within the boundaries of what's possible with a strong calling to belief whether you call it god, love, intention, universe, nature, etc. . What makes this book I'm reading "I can see clearly now" so different for me personally is that I recently read a book from a dutch writer Els De Schepper "The soul who chose her own name" which nearly expresses the same thing or touches the same themes on which I'm searching myself at ... things get repeated or viewn upon from another angle but with the same intention... it's impressive how two separate people who live oceans apart come to the same conclusions by means of the same forms of intuition, beliefs and outcomes ... it gives insights that make me look upon my own situations by which I get to see the underlying powers that work from it. I would advice reading these books if just only to get into contact with other ways of looking upon yourself... the more you know about yourself, the more you learn about the world and where you want to be within this and the next years. Impressive to see is that the power of getting somewhere truly lies in always be content with what you have NOW... it all comes down into reducing life to the present moment as THIS is where you can change things not in the past nor in the future, but here, now, this very second. I love reading Dyer's books as well as De Scheper's book because it motivates so fricking much... it stimulates to go for that more compassionate way of living, this more conscious way of living. I love it and searching more books like this, anyone tips?
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Post by: Asphodel on July 24, 2015, 20:25:04
At last, I've found the time to write here!

Well, yesterday night I've finished The Castle of Otranto by Horance Walpole.
I guess, it can be described in just one line: it is the father of the Gothic novel (the true one, that of the XVIII century).
It is Romantic. And, being Romantic, it's too naive. It may even seem primitive - but it definitely possess it's own charm.
I do agree: to love this novel you should love the timid literature of that period, which was in constant search for the means to express itself and, naturally, the storm taking place in that raging sea which is the human's soul.
I recommend this book - and warn against it. One should not expect much from it. It's actual value lies in its unique atmosphere and the ability to return us back to the roots :)

Know what, I read this book couple of weeks ago and I was sure that I wrote about it here.... But it turns out that I didn't?..

I agree with your words.
One shouldn't expect too much from it. If I look at it like at a piece of art - it felt like I was watching a play with cardboard characters... Pretty stereotypical. But if you look at this book like at a first step in the genre of gothic-romantic novel... It's the roots, in fact. And the "stereotypical" things were not yet so cliche-ed when it was written. They became stereotypes already after.
I can't say it was the best book I've read. But indeed it has an atmosphere, it is its advantage.
I took it with respect, as a historical document of the beginning of the genre, so to say. And like a fairy-tale. In fairy-tales the characters are not obliged to be realistic and to behave like a modern person. So I think, one just should accept its naivety and enjoy reading, if one likes the atmosphere of old castles, mystic stories and medieval times.
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Post by: Sunny on July 24, 2015, 21:26:36
And I agree with you, Julia  :)
Exactly the way I would put it: not cliché-ed yet.
And again - not the best book I've read.
But as a piece of art... While at school, I hated literary works belonging to the Classicism (and hate them still  :) ), but now I've come to understand what they actually mean: the history.
This book belongs to the kind you just enjoy - and, I must confess, almost without paying attention to its actual plot  :) But, dealing with history each and every day of my working life, I can say that it's cool! You almost touch it through this book.
Just imagine: there would be no modern vampire and "Gothic" stories if once upon a time one Horace Walpole didn't decide to break all the canons of literature... From this point of view the book looks much, much better  :)
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Post by: WalkAbout on July 25, 2015, 16:32:58
 8) Got my library enlarged somewhat (no I don't want to think where am I going to put all the books I already have and will have in near future)

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Starting with the Madam Secretary, because, as its preface states, "Many lives progress in a more or less predictable path, like water through a well-marked channel. My journey has been different. The idea that a daughter of Czechoslovakia, born shortly before the outbreak of global war, would one day become America's first woman Secretary of State once could not have been imagined. It was almost as inconceivable that someone who had not held a government job until she was thirty-nine years old and the mother of three would become the highest-ranking woman in American history. Well into adulthood, I was never supposed to be what I became". Well, that's only partly the reason why, to be honest. I'm as much interested in the period when she was the Secretary of State from historical and political sides, and she covers her family history, which is somewhat revealing (she's much older than my parents, after all...). And I love her style and language. Sure it would be slightly political read in terms of values and explanations, but it doesn't make it less outstanding in its own right... I enjoy the book so far, and I guess I would love it when finish.
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Post by: Sunny on July 28, 2015, 22:38:41
A few days ago I found a treasure in my home library.
It's a book by Ilya Ilf and Eugen Petrov. No, no, it's neither "Twelve chairs" nor "The Golden Calf". It their short stories, feuilletons (I love the French pronunciation!), vaudevilles and screenplays. (I won't post a picture of it here for it's just a simple orange cover without any title even.)
Well, what can I say?
This book is some kind of a time-machine. It returned me to that very period when our world (the USSR - former and as it is now, I mean) was still young. When there were people who believed in the ideals - no, not of the Communism only - of some "promised society". They believed, and they noticed all it's flaws, and they tried to point them out - in their own, humorous, way.
It's not about policy. It is about people. It is about their ways of life.
This book makes the reader smile: there's no aggression, there's no "evil" in it. It is a satire, and a brilliant one, and good-natured. The authors believed that they could change something. And the real worthiness of this book is in its sincerity.
I do recommend it, although, to tell you the truth, I'm not sure these stories were ever translated into any language.
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Post by: Asphodel on August 02, 2015, 10:13:20
I've read Joe Hill "Heart-Shaped Box".

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This writer is the son of Stephen King, but it's just an interesting fact and shouldn't affect the impression about the book itself...

When I first saw the name of the book, I didn't think about a horror story (sounds kind of romantic, yeah)? Yet this heart-shaped box is a source of horror...
It's an absolutely worthy example of horror-fiction.
The main characters are a rock-star and his girlfriend, who develop their relationship and make it stronger as the story goes. It begins like this: he buys a ghost online (for fun and as a kind of another "weird" thing for collection). The purchase arrives to him in a black heart-shaped box that contains the dead mans' suit. And the events start to unfold. Sounds a bit funny? But in fact the story is quite serious, there are no "funny" moments when something that had to be scary is not scary enough in fact. It's well-written and the ghost is a proper, evil ghost.
But as I see it, the story is mainly about the people, about what is inside of them - love, or evil... And the word death is often used. And there is some blood too. Music is playing in the background sometimes (mentions of real songs and bands).

When you read it, you start to feel together with the characters, and at some point I began to really wish that in the end everything turns out good for them. But I won't tell you about the end, maybe some of you would want to read it so I won't spoil this.  ;)
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Post by: Sunny on August 03, 2015, 21:36:14
Well, Julia, I'm intrigued by the book  :). I guess, I'll search for it.

Nina, I'm looking forward to hearing about your impression about the second one!

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Post by: Sunny on August 06, 2015, 22:55:44
I found it occasionaly. A friend of mine brought it to me, saying "You love books, you may need it. They [those at his office making a revision] are going to throw it away". And I stood still, for that was the very book I was searching for (but I would take it, anyway, I hate when someone throws books away!).
Slavenka Drakulić "How We Survived Communism and ven Laughed"[/b].
At first, I was rather critical, for the atmosphere of the book is a bit depressing. I already knew that the people of the former socialist republics outside the Soviet Union hated the system.
But then... well, I can describe it in just a few words: the book that opened my eyes.
The author describes nothing what is new to me. In fact, I'm a child of the USSR. I was eight when it collapsed - neither too young not to remember, nor grown-up enough to understand all the negative moments of the system.
But on reading the book, I understood everything.
Yet again, nothing new, just the facts I took for granted but with explanations of why I (and not me only) take it as it is. And the book is not depressing at all. She gives the facts objectively, describing what was wrong with the system, but - involuntarily, maybe - pointing out it's good issues as well.
While the author is a native Yugoslavian, she knows perfectly well what she's writing of (and I was surprised to understand how very much alike the life in all the socialist republics was!), and manages to look right inside of all those events, explaining them to those who never lived under this system.
It's not a political report, no way. She just writes about everyday life of common people, and being a feminist, of women mostly. (And here I must say that I love the way she never forces her ideology upon a reader.)
Yes, there were quite a few moments of revelations for me in this book. But - who knows? - maybe, those who are just a few years younger than me won't be impressed by it the way I am.
But, anyway, it's a very, very interesting book if you want to immerse - just for a moment! - into the life the soviet people led.
 
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 15, 2015, 05:34:16
I found it occasionaly. A friend of mine brought it to me, saying "You love books, you may need it. They [those at his office making a revision] are going to throw it away". And I stood still, for that was the very book I was searching for (but I would take it, anyway, I hate when someone throws books away!).
Slavenka Drakulić "How We Survived Communism and ven Laughed"[/b].
At first, I was rather critical, for the atmosphere of the book is a bit depressing. I already knew that the people of the former socialist republics outside the Soviet Union hated the system.
But then... well, I can describe it in just a few words: the book that opened my eyes.
The author describes nothing what is new to me. In fact, I'm a child of the USSR. I was eight when it collapsed - neither too young not to remember, nor grown-up enough to understand all the negative moments of the system.
But on reading the book, I understood everything.
Yet again, nothing new, just the facts I took for granted but with explanations of why I (and not me only) take it as it is. And the book is not depressing at all. She gives the facts objectively, describing what was wrong with the system, but - involuntarily, maybe - pointing out it's good issues as well.
While the author is a native Yugoslavian, she knows perfectly well what she's writing of (and I was surprised to understand how very much alike the life in all the socialist republics was!), and manages to look right inside of all those events, explaining them to those who never lived under this system.
It's not a political report, no way. She just writes about everyday life of common people, and being a feminist, of women mostly. (And here I must say that I love the way she never forces her ideology upon a reader.)
Yes, there were quite a few moments of revelations for me in this book. But - who knows? - maybe, those who are just a few years younger than me won't be impressed by it the way I am.
But, anyway, it's a very, very interesting book if you want to immerse - just for a moment! - into the life the soviet people led.
 
Oh, thank you very much for this wonderful review! I'm going to obtain this book once I finish with my current reading list! Especially I am interested because she is a former Yugoslavian. As for "eye-openers", now, years later after I learned English well enough to converse freely and read books, I understand why so many books were prohibited by Communists  ;D ;D ;D
As for the review you are waiting, soon I will start reading that book, I have almost finished Albright's bio. Gave me much understanding into how much, even I, was clouded with propaganda. Not that I view everything the USA does now in rosy colors, but many things have a complete background for me now.  ???
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Post by: Sunny on August 15, 2015, 19:09:19
I'm glad you like it, Nina  :) The book is really worth of being read. By the way, it was not forbidden in the USSR, for it was written in 1990, but if that occured a bit earlier, be sure, it would be. I'm all with you in the question that in English you sometimes may read things you'll never (or rarely) find in Russian :)
You've really intrigued me with Albright's biography, so this is the next book in my reading list (still waiting for the review of "The Lost Heart of Asia"  ;D )!
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 16, 2015, 18:20:22
I'm glad you like it, Nina  :) The book is really worth of being read. By the way, it was not forbidden in the USSR, for it was written in 1990, but if that occured a bit earlier, be sure, it would be. I'm all with you in the question that in English you sometimes may read things you'll never (or rarely) find in Russian :)
You've really intrigued me with Albright's biography, so this is the next book in my reading list (still waiting for the review of "The Lost Heart of Asia"  ;D )!
Ah, understood! Well, as for another eye-opener I can recommend a Bunin's book (yes, that Bunin, with his alleys) I came across during my last year at school, it is called "Under the hammer and sickle." where he relates the Revolution story in its bloody, routine clamour as he witnessed it. I have a 90s edition, published by some independent publisher in Latvia. But do not eat in advance and be prepared to lose appetite for some time after. I warned you :) But perhaps you've already read that)

To be frank, and as a side note, the ideal behind Communism is very beautiful. How it turned and turns out to be... eh.  :-\
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Post by: Sunny on August 16, 2015, 23:16:36
I do agree, Nina! In fact, that ideal is shown perfectly well in Ilf's and Petrov's short stories I've mentioned above (they truly believed in this ideal, trying to show with their satire its flaws and hoping they really can mend them). And... well, in quite a few other books of the Soviet period you, undoubtedly, read at school  :) But what it turned - and, as you've noted still turns - to be is a topic for a very interesting but pretty long discussion in itself  ;) The only thing which really grieves me is that it has become so much distorted with the passing of time that it's really hard to tell lies from truth...  :-\
As for Bunin - thank you very much! I'll search for the book (for, actually, I've read mostly on his alleys - and a bit about him in Irina Odoevtseva's "На берегах Сены"  ;D ), I must have it somewhere in my library (the quest is to FIND it). I hope I won't lose my appetite - I'm rather a "resistant" comrade  ;D

And - as a side note  :) - what an interesting topic this is! It's great to have such a place where you can share - and be understood. People shun books nowadays (or, at least, serious ones)... unfortunatelly.
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 17, 2015, 16:10:43
I do agree, Nina! In fact, that ideal is shown perfectly well in Ilf's and Petrov's short stories I've mentioned above (they truly believed in this ideal, trying to show with their satire its flaws and hoping they really can mend them). And... well, in quite a few other books of the Soviet period you, undoubtedly, read at school  :) But what it turned - and, as you've noted still turns - to be is a topic for a very interesting but pretty long discussion in itself  ;) The only thing which really grieves me is that it has become so much distorted with the passing of time that it's really hard to tell lies from truth...  :-\
As for Bunin - thank you very much! I'll search for the book (for, actually, I've read mostly on his alleys - and a bit about him in Irina Odoevtseva's "На берегах Сены"  ;D ), I must have it somewhere in my library (the quest is to FIND it). I hope I won't lose my appetite - I'm rather a "resistant" comrade  ;D

And - as a side note  :) - what an interesting topic this is! It's great to have such a place where you can share - and be understood. People shun books nowadays (or, at least, serious ones)... unfortunatelly.
:) I guess this quote I stumbled upon a couple of minutes back from the book I'm reading might sum up some part of our discussion, since it's a view of somebody out of the system to wreaks of which we are now heirs: "The core problem with Communism is that it subsumes the right of the individual to the supposed interests of society, and once you have discounted individual rights, it is a short step to discounting human suffering". To which I personally would like to add a Russian saying "За лесом деревьев не видно" ("You can't see trees beyond the forest"). And thank you for mentioning that book by Ilf' and Petrov -- it is interesting, a year or something back a watched a documentary on them, based on their diaries and it was deeply absorbing, probably this book would be as well, if it is at all attainable xD. Of course you do know they visited America by Stalin's direct consent and even request? So that they would write of it later? Was a thunderbolt to me.  ;D Not everything was bad, and something was just great, but time has its toil on everything and everyone.

As for books shunning... I think the percent of those who read for knowledge didn't alter much, we just lost a great chunk of people who read mostly for pure entertainment, and once there appeared an easier kind of entertainment they succumbed to it. But words always precede movies ;) So I believe in the better ;)  Curiosity killed a cat, after all, and writers still write faster then movies are being made :))
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Post by: Sunny on August 17, 2015, 19:53:19
A very good quote, Nina, - as well as your addition (thank you for posting it in Russian, I would not recognize it when written in English  ;D ). The system had its positive moments, and quite a few, in fact. And, nowadays, we feel a lack of those positive moments (and, especially, that rather blind and naive, yet still true and sincere belief in a better future). Naturally, there were negative moments, too - but here I can add little, for your words on this question are really brilliant.
Of course, I know Ilf's and Petrov's "One-Storied America"! It's one of my beloved books, btw :)
The book I've mentioned (their short-stories), is attainable. I've got a Soviet edition, it's a set of their works. I remember having seen it on ozon.ru, so I guess you can find it anywhere.

As for books - here, again, you must be right :) Given the situation in the cinema, where most films now are remakes (or sequels) of older ones, I hope that people will turn to books once again, in search for something new. I just hope that the culture of American "yellow books" will not absorb us entirely. (It was my nightmare coming true when I saw a yellow book on "War and Peace" by Tolstoy - the full version of which I, personally, "tortured" for somewhere about 3 months, but still I managed it!  ;D ) But, on the whole, I'm rather optimistic on this matter, too  :D
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Post by: WalkAbout on October 28, 2015, 20:29:56
A huge detour, for the time came to, you know...

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mixed with

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So to speak, healing learning time.
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 01, 2015, 13:52:11
And a slight addon of:

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To check a thesis nagging me for quite some time now: I think, well...that true intelligence isn't possible without emotions.
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 08, 2015, 05:23:53
Okay, this is a difficult read, but anyway. If all things in my life are in one theme, it is time to give it a go, so...
This is not even a detour, just a raw honest book I actually wince even writing about, how darn difficult it is... The only solace is that this woman is a researcher and it was difficult for her as well. Mgodhowdarnhardallthisis

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"To believe vulnerability is a weakness. To forecrlose on our emotional life out of a fear that the costs will be too high is to walk away from the very thing that gives purpose and meaning to living."

"Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and autenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.

I know this is hard to believe, especially when we've spent our lives thinking that vulnerability and weakness are synonymous, but it's true. I define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and empotional exposure"

AAAAEEE, here we go, what I've been taught all my life. Go blast to pieces. That's going to be painful.
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Post by: WalkAbout on November 15, 2015, 08:42:58
And damn painful it turned out to be. Had to force myself to read it through, even though it's a light read, winced, glanced away, all that stuff, yet couldn't help but return back to it. Christ, I deleted the book from my phone once I finished it, it's unbearable, I need to distil all this. Gave it 4 out of 5. Just because.

Here go some screenshots of the book I took where she defines what Hope is (in blue color). I found it particularly interesting in the light of the Hoffnung cover, with that look "Give me the path or don't give me the path I'll make one myself". This is rather interesting.

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Post by: Sunny on November 15, 2015, 15:43:37
Okay. I bought it occasionally. Although, naturally I've heard of it before. I've never watched the film, and, to be honest, I doubt that I will after reading the book, because...

Yes, it is Jane Eyre-ish. It's thrilling. It's haunting.
There's some pretension to mysticism. Just some of it.
But I even like it this way, for ghosts while being on the background of the tale for all the time, enter it just occasionally, with a light touch, never too insistently.
It is a Gothic story, although not a "proper", not classic one. While having all the necessary attributes, the story feels a lack of... non-reality.
And here again there's another "while": While, reading it, you realize how fictional the plot is, the tale is thrilling enough to make you forget about that.
The overall atmosphere is oppressing. There are quite a few of repelling things described - to my deepest astonishment, to be honest, for it's a bit shocking to read about such things in perfect English, non-slang, non-dialect, and to stumble on them among the finely craved narrative.
The only thing that really is mystified here is that strange and closer than closest connection between siblings, all of them.
But, however artificial it looks, it doesn't spoil the tale.
I'm still not sure what exact assessment I'll give it. I'm still in the middle of reading it :)
It's thrilling, yes. It's a page-turner.
But the book has no power to change anything in me.
Yet I will carefully avoid watching the film, for I don't want to spoil the charm of the perfect language, the depth and richness of descriptions and some mystic veil hiding you from the world while you're immersed in your reading.
     

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Post by: Yasmin Nurmi on December 24, 2015, 08:41:36
I love Neil Gaiman novels *__*
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

I was somewhat surprised to see that "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" has been discussed as a book for adults which children can also read. When I thought about it, I realised that I am an adult reading self, and also a child reader, and that it was my childhood self who settled into this story. I am an adult who reads "children's" books avidly – as long as they have no designs on me, do not manoeuvre me or preach.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful book, such as me! ^^


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Post by: Fernanda Alves on January 07, 2016, 20:05:20
It's a classical book and I didn't read it yet. Shame on me. Actually, I have bought it has almost 3 years, but I never found time enough to read it. I read before, stopped, restart reading all again, stopped, started over... I tried many times.

I'm trying to read it all... But now House of Cards is trying to steal my small free time too!

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Post by: Asphodel on January 07, 2016, 20:37:39
I'm kind of proud to know that books by Dostoevsky are considered classical and are read even in such distant (from Russia) countries like yours, Fernanda  :)
I admit that he can be difficult to read. I've read his books in school of course, but didn't re-read since then.
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Post by: Fernanda Alves on January 08, 2016, 14:37:00
I'm kind of proud to know that books by Dostoevsky are considered classical and are read even in such distant (from Russia) countries like yours, Fernanda  :)
I admit that he can be difficult to read. I've read his books in school of course, but didn't re-read since then.

Well, the writing is very formal, I do like it. Sometimes it's hard because there's not how to translate some things, then I have to stop reading the story and read the footnotes to understand what it means.  It breaks the rhythm, but the story is quite interesting... I've spent the last 5 years just reading law books, so it's good to read a good story and feel the emotions. The next one will be The Process (I think this is the translated name) by Franz Kafka. This one was recommended during the college. Then I'll return to Dostoevsky: The Karamazov Brothers, The Idiot...

And you have the right to be proud! Dostoevsky's books are well-known here. 
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Post by: Arkana on January 18, 2016, 17:19:48
I also glad to know that Dostoevsky is famous outside Russia.  :)

As for me I'm still reading Terry Goodkind's "Wizard's rules". Almost finished 9 of 14.  :)
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A breath-taking fantasy story! And during reading I understood that the main thought of every book is very good life rule.
Here are the 9th rules I've already known:
1. People are stupid. They believe things mainly because they either want them to be true or fear them to be true. (Wizard's First Rule)
2. Harm can result from good intention. (Stone of Tears)
3. Passion rules reason. (Blood of the Fold)
4. There is Magic in Forgiveness, both in forgiveness received and given. (Temple of the Winds)
5. Mind people's actions over words. (Soul of the Fire)
6. Only allow reason to rule you. (Faith of the Fallen)
7. Life is the future not the past. (Pillars of Creation)
8. Deserve victory. (Naked Empire)
9. Contradictions don't exist. (Chainfire)
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Post by: WalkAbout on February 17, 2016, 03:52:21
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In the middle of the book, it is quite revealing, can't stop from seeing some connection between his boom-bast theory and black swans by Nassim Taleb. At least the grounds for mistakes/omissions in seeing boom-bast/black swans seem to be similar, if not the same: the unpredictability of reality and our flaw to accept that human perception is vastly limited, so we never can just 'see' reality as it is. (I try to detach my feelings while reading, but it doesn't help much in avoiding understanding that I was very, very wrong with my personal idea that everything can be explained, and what can't, it just does not truly exist)
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Post by: WalkAbout on March 12, 2016, 12:08:15
My precious came! I hope for revelations! Going to read it while I'm on my vacations

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Post by: Sternenruferin on March 12, 2016, 12:14:55
Actually I'm reading Friedrich (Damals war es Friedrich) *klick* (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_%28novel%29)

With all the racism hate in Germany these days, i'm sensitized for this. I cannot look away, similar what happens!
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Post by: WalkAbout on April 25, 2016, 16:54:15
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Finished this one, in a different time and place and even country this book was recommended to me by a then friend and now an acquaintance I almost lost all touch with... have been reading it quite grudgingly at times, but it kind of forced me to define many things I believe in, and to think of other perspectives and views... I think this is a worthy read.
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Post by: Fannie on June 07, 2016, 01:10:49
I just finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is a beautiful and truly magical story, I liked it a lot and I really recommend it  ;)

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Post by: Asphodel on June 20, 2016, 23:43:52
Currently I'm reading...

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Everyone was saying to me, that I should read this or watch the movies. I always said that i didn't want and wasn't going to, because i don't like too much blood and I don't like it when my fav characters die. (And also I resist it when there's too much hype over a book or a movie.) But everyone around kept on saying this. I mean, my friends whose opinions are trustworthy to me. Then one evening I was bored and picked up this book...
I just began, the book (even one, although there are several) is pretty long, but I'm taking it in small pieces and I'm quite enjoying. The author creates vivid images, the change of scenes makes it exciting. I don't regret that I started to read, now I see why so many people are into it. I'm not a mad fan but i think it's worthy of reading... But yeah, I often feel sorry when something happens with the characters that I like. There is quite some cruelty there, but it's about middle-ages-like world... so it's no wonder. I heard a recommendation about reading this book - just don't get too attached to characters. That's true. So I read it as an interesting story.
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Post by: WalkAbout on July 07, 2016, 07:41:35
I'm in the middle of
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and as I read it in French, it takes longer than usual. Anyway, haven't read a detective story (not sure, but it seems so) since high school, a nice & easy read, very useful for broadening one's mind and French vocabulary (though it feels sad to read about murders -- haven't read fiction in a while now, it all seems way too true --> depressing).   
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Post by: WalkAbout on July 14, 2016, 10:25:57
 ;D and now in the middle of Giambattista Basile's Tale of Tales (a middle ages' forefather of fairy tales of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, etc... ) It is VERY middle ages. People were MUCH different then from now :) Lots of grotesque and cruel fantasy...

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Post by: WalkAbout on July 16, 2016, 23:56:00
;D and now in the middle of Giambattista Basile's Tale of Tales (a middle ages' forefather of fairy tales of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, etc... ) It is VERY middle ages. People were MUCH different then from now :) Lots of grotesque and cruel fantasy...

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Finished! These tales are so cruel... We have progressed so much since!!
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Post by: WalkAbout on August 04, 2016, 08:25:52
Back to a book left unfinished in high school ! We've bought a nice new copy (small print, great smooth paper and light in weight&small in size -- perfect!..) in Saint-Pete, it's a pleasure to reread this masterpiece! It is always a pleasure to read Dostoyevsky -- albeit pretty hard at times to delve deep into emotions of characters mostly lacking adequacy, but much happy in their dark feelings -- a pleasure of unfolding characters and attitudes that can perpetrate someone's lives and souls. It's a timeless and priceless creation.

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Post by: WalkAbout on August 09, 2016, 08:16:16
Finished Brothers Karamazov yesterday... It's a very deep story at the end of which I had to rethink how I thought of certain characters and completely withdraw from any judgement whatsoever (except that I still think that they are masters of their own misery -- and yes, I hate Puccini's La Boheme as well, and for the same reason -- simply because none of the 'havoc bringing' characters thinks of others, and not single one of them wants to change until it's too late -- all are so passionate). But mostly this book is about Christianity and modernity, Christianity in Russia, it's role, values, and hopes for the future, Orthodox Christian perception of crime, punishment, and forgiveness. Poor Dostoyevsky, I think he would have died with a heart attack if he learned what happened to the Russian Empire years after his death, and how everything he deemed high transformed -- irreversibly. 
It gives much, much food for thought. It's only a tip of the iceberg that I could mention here. A masterpiece by a literary maverick. I strongly recommend this book.

Now I'm reading La Chemise by Anatole France. It's a small but interesting story about a king who needed a shirt from a happy man to recover from his illness :) We used to have lots of books by Anatole France in our home library, but that library perished while my family moved, so... now, it seems, I'm slowly gathering books for my own home library that will come into existence one day  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Fernanda Alves on January 03, 2017, 13:48:08
Hi, everyone!

This year I promised myself I'll read more books than in the past years.

I started one yesterday night and finished this morning, it's a short book, few more than 100 pages.

Now I'm reading my second book this year. My fiance - I think he can read my mind - gave me this one on Christmas.

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Post by: Kitty on June 06, 2017, 14:44:47
I retook my habbit of reading ... novels again ... the only escape I can find from this planet that becomes nastier with the moment. I'm reading "See Me" from Nicholas Spark at the moment.
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I like it a lot, it reads like a train and it could be something happening to you and me. A typical romance that's not quite so typical after all. Two quite opposite types get in love with each other. He has a past of violence and with one foot in prison, she's a lawyer who's madly in love and doesn't quite understand why she's not just running away from him. He trained himself to control his rages and she trained herself to ban her past. Their love gets tested and up till now I can feel the tension build. I'm curious to how this wil end. And I think the book is holding already one big lesson so far: it's not what others think of you that makes who you are.

I started reading this book because of one sentence in the resume: love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.
=> that is so true.
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Post by: Kitty on October 20, 2017, 11:49:57
No shit I got myself what they call... an e-reader  ;D ;D ;D I dispised the thing and could not be convinced as I'd miss my book-reading-feeling... but in the end I got convinced because I'm already carrying half of my house along when I got to work and it's really nice to just have tons of books with me in this tiny little thing you hardly see...
anyhow I got myself a subscription for dutch books so I get 8 books a month (way too much for the spare time I have) and stupid but true I fell in love with the feel-good-roman again... In the subscription there was a book (I don't think it's translated as it's not that much of high literature) called "fallen" from Jackie Van Laren. It's about Anne (called Annie by some people in the book- no shit  :D) a journalist who is at the start of her carreer... she can have an interview with Rory, singer in a band, and hopes to break through with that interview. How more clichee can a book start?! She somehow gets invited on a tour to write a story about it and feels a strange connection with Rory that she can't explain. I'd normally never ever read such a story, but I got grasped so much by the way of writing that in no time I was stuck and couldn't but read on. Silly maybe but I even cried along with Anne at specific moments in the book. So the story was at the end and I wanted to know more about the writer and whether she had more books and what genres they're in... there's a sequence to this one ... holy crap. But it was not present in the library. I brought along a trilogy from her about a dj and his secretary.  ::) ::) yes yes I know. I promised myself after these three books (book one is finished already) I'll ready something with more content again, but for now I just need to lay back and lose myself.

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Post by: Kitty on March 02, 2018, 11:13:33
I'm reading more books since I got my e-reader strangely :) lately I'm reading a crime-novel.

Eeny Meeny from MJ arlidge. Although I'm not always fund of violent novels/mind-fuck novels as I call them. I do like this one. It got a lot of suspense which keeps you reading, but also gives enough free for keeping your interest. It's the first of a series of books all with the title of a child rhyme and I can imagine reading them all...

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Post by: Kitty on June 11, 2018, 12:30:28
Turned back to my spiritual teachers in life, people who made life just that little bit less of a struggle... by not making me believe anything, but the answers I find in myself whether or not they get together with how they see things. I love it especially when books pop up your road all by themselves in mysterious ways. This way I just finished a very special book, which can offer not only insights in how we stand in life and how we complicate things endlessly... it also gives hope... and HOPE is in the end all we need, HOPE and TRUST...

The book I'm talking about is "Dying to be me" from Anita Moorjani. She (nearly) died from cancer 10 years ago. Even docs had given her up while every vein of her body was giving up on life and she was sucked deeper and deeper into coma. She tells the story from her side, how everything changed the moment she realised she was dying and that she had the choice about practically EVERYTHING. That all that really matters is uncodinional love and that in opposite to what we all think, we are capable of living this kinda love even in physical bodies. I know there's a lot of controverses about this nearly dead experience in general, but I think it's worth reading this story because apart from what she describes having experienced while crossing over, there's a lot of spiritual wisdom we don't need a nearly dead experience for to understand.

I thought sharing it here because my heart gave it in.

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Title: Antw:What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Fearless_soul on August 10, 2018, 17:57:03
I'm reading the book "Quartett im September" by Utta Danella, German writer. I bought this book accidentally, as I saw a lot of books in German being sold at my university, so I decided to use this opportunity to revive my German and make it better))) The book is quite interesting, but I think in some parts of it the characters do not act naturally... Still, I would recommend it to those who'd like to read something in German - something not too difficult but intreresting enough.

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Title: Antw:What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: Kitty on February 05, 2019, 14:42:40
I read The seven Sisters from Lucinda Riley and with that I got addicted to the series of books that follow ... now I'm in The storm Sister. It's the very special story of 6 sisters that grew up with their adoptive dad. The first book is told from the perspective of the first sister and you get to see some total story and get to know the other sisters. The other books are all told from the perspective of one of the other sisters, the bigger storyline of the first book returns, the outline is quite the same for all books but you get to know the world through the eyes of that particular sister that's talking and living her life. I think these are very fine feel-good romans, it's romantic but at the same time exciting and you just got to read untill the end because you want to know the outcome... yet at the end of the first one I felt like, moooooore I want mooooore :) I would recommend reading it if you feel like reading something light, trainwise reading.

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Title: Antw:What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: jenny-jen on May 23, 2019, 23:17:43
Finally game of thrones, the third part "A Storm of Swords". I know, I'm late, but better later than never right?! :)
Title: Antw:What book are you reading? And what does it do to you?
Post by: egonSchiele on May 25, 2019, 08:57:10
Finally game of thrones, the third part "A Storm of Swords". I know, I'm late, but better later than never right?! :)
:D I guess you're just on time, to be honest. I heard the last books are written but not published yet... so you might finish right before they come out!  ;) ;D

I'm reading Why Nations Fail, a book I bought at Zurich airport kinda 2 years ago and just now had the willpower to dig into it. If I was able to think and extrapolate less while reading I'd enjoy it more, but as of now it makes me terribly distressed by showcasing how hard introducing a change to the better would be...  :-\  :'(