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1. The Very Bloody History of Britain by John Farman (p8)
2. The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle (p11)
3. Die Geschichte der Kinder Hurins by Tolkien (p24)
4. First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde (p15)
5. Making Money by Terry Pratchett (p16)
6. Barbara und die Schlacht von Waterloo by Georgette Heyer (p18)
7. Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff (p22)
8. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (p24)
9. Billy Budd by Herman Melville (p28)
10. Das Amulett von Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (p31)
11.Tauchreiseführer Balearen by Wolfgang Pölzer
12. Mallorca Dumont Reiseführer
13. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope (p33)
14. Mallorca. Eine literarische Einladung. by Margit Knapp (p40)
15. Sturmvogel Shadowrun 51, von Markus Heitz (p43)
16. With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty (p44)
17. Mr. Rowl by D. K: Broster (p45)
18. On Horsemanship by Xenophon (p47)
19. Die Fliessende Koenigin by Kai Meyer (p49)
20. Antibiotika und Chemotherapeutika by Schadewinkel/Scherkel (p50)
21. Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, 19th August 1807 to 7th March 1809 (p51)
22. Galloping at Everything by Ian Fletcher (p52)
23. Alles, was Sie schon immer über Könige wissen wollten, aber nie zu fragen wagten by Alexander von Schönburg (p53)
24. Der Goldene Esel. Metamorphosen by Apuleius
25. Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, to 8th August 1809
27. Die Säulen der Erde by Ken Follett
28. Sharpe's Rifles by Bernhard Cornwell (p62)
29. Deutsche Geschichte by Manfred Mai (p67)
30. Sharpe's Gold by Bernhard Cornwell (p68)
31. Sagen des Klassischen Altertums by Gustav Schwab (p69)
32. Abenteuer der Silvesternacht by ETA Hoffmann (p70)
33. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope
34. Disteln für Hagen by Joachim Fernau (p73)
35. Wahrscheinlich liest wieder kein Schwein (p74)
36. Rosen für Apoll by Joachim Fernau (p78)
37. Glenkill by Leonie Swann (p87)
38. Der Milchkontrolleur by Thomas Morgenstern
39. Geschichte der deutschen Literatur by Manfred Mai (p91)
40. Das Fräulein von Scuderi by ETA Hoffmann (p92)
41. Der Schrecksenmeister by Walter Moers (p93)
42. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Benedict Flynn (p94)
43. Idioten. Fünf Märchen by Jakob Arjouni
44. Flight of the Heron by DK Borster (p98)
45. Gleam in the North by DK Borster
46. Dark Mile by DK Borster
47. Der Heilige Eddy by Jakob Arjouni (p100)
48. Fool by Christopher Moore (p103)
49. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (p109)
50. Die Marquise von O. by Heinrich von Kleist
52. Silks by Dick Francis
53. Gesundheit an Bord by Klaus Volbehr
54. Als Mariner im Krieg by Joachim Ringelnatz
55. Der Name der Rose by Umberto Eco
56. Der Ölprinz by Karl May
57. Master and Commander by Patrick o'Brian
58. Homers Heimat (Homer's Home) by Raoul Schrott
59. Gilgamesh translated by Raoul Schrott
60. The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World by Todd Pruzan (p116)
61. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer (p118)
62. Journal of a Regimental Officer during the Rcent Campaign in Portugal and Spain by Anon (probably Peter Hawker) (p120)
63. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (p121)
64. Ein Schuss, ein Schrei by Roger Willemsen (p95)
65. The Priviledge of the Sword by Ellen Kushner (p123)
66. Sharpe's Havoc by Bernhard Cornwell (p124)
67. The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner (p125)
69. Sartre's Sink by Mark Crick (p126)
70. Micromegas by Voltaire (p122)
71. The Big U by Neal Stephenson (p130)
72. Kéraban the Inflexible by Jules Verne (p134)
73. Sharpe's Honour by Bernard Cornwell (p136)
74. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (p137)
75. Vom Kriege, Teil 1 by Carl von Clausewitz (p138)
77. Wellington's Army by Oman
78. Ilias by Homer
Good, fast paced sf, cyberpunk roots, draws on LARP, MMORG, traditional RPG and re-enactment as well as recent soft- and hardware developments. Very much up my alley, I'll look for more books by this author.
I like all the five-star reviews Pratchett's got there for Nation! I'm a bit so-so on his novels - when they're good, they're terribly good (funny, satirical page-turners), but I remember getting stuck in what I think of as his "indifferent" middle patch, where the satire just didn't really seem to be there any more and all the plots were a bit thin. And I haven't quite gotten back into gear and into reading any of his later books, although I've heard they're quite excellent.
I suppose if I see it at the library, I'll probably be tempted...
But I hope there will be a German translation of Nation this year, so I can give it to my godchild for christmas. It feels like it's aimed at 10 or 11year olds, so that would fit nicely. A lot of reviews say 'brilliantly funny' or 'razor-sharp satire', but... I think Pratchett has an astounding insight into hoe human minds work and how humans behave and holds up a mirror...
I'm not making any sense, am I?
83. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
And please let me know you didn't knock off Les Miserables in two days, but have been reading it alongside all the other books! (I'm yet to read that one. At the moment, I seem to have developed a fear of any book with more than 300 pages.)
Mmm, enforced reading time...
ETA: You know, I can't work out which book you're reading in the photo.
And I read a lot of 19th century stuff this year, so Les Miserables wasn't hard to read... and I downloaded it into my mobipocket reader, so it didn't look threatening... and there's a lot of dialouge...
and I'm slowly chewing my way through an abyssmal book on the secrets of Diskworld... it's really bad, but I persevere...
and I gave up on that 'secrets of Diskworld' book. I don't usually give up like this, but this book is really, truely, stomachturningly horrid.
How can someone make a horrid Discworld book? The mind boggles.
I am talking about this Secrets of the Wee Free Men and Discworld: The Myths and Legends of Terry Pratchett's by the way.
"Pratchett has said in more than one book that the witches aren't believers in the gods. (See, for example, page 15 of the paperback edition of Witches Abroad.) This is because they can see the gods and elementals at times and aren't very impressed by what they see, kind of like how we feel whenever we read stories from Greek mythology." *headdesk*
"Discworld might not have the shiny linoleum of suburbia embodied in Charmed or Bewitched. But it has what those shows don't have: a community of magic practitioners whose exploits will entertain you without fear of cancellation."
I gave up after that...
And omg Pratchett is using elements of Greek mythology was one of the secrets of Discworld revealed... *has bruise on head*
90. Und Sie Bewegt Sich Doch by Luciano De Crescenzo
Interesting book on the beginning of modern thinking... don't know if there is a translation into English.
91. Signal and Noise by John Griesemer
Another one of those books I would not have 'read' ... but I did a lot of driving lately and listened to the audio book version. Not my cuppa.
... I am underwhelmed. And found the mentall illness of the protagonist (he hears god's/some saints' voice) rather offputting.
All in all the book reads like a novelisation of a movie. The characters remain flat and two dimensional, and the cast remains stereotypical.
With particular attention to May... *grins*
and yes, I have been reading and rereading this tome all year, while moving coloured sticky notes across a map of Portugal and Spain
braincandy... ok I like dragons...
This is an exellent, exellent reference book for the 'things that everyone knows' that crop up on the Discworld (and have strange parallels in different parts of the trouseres of space-time continuum, like, say, on Earth). Mirthfully the authors trace escaped particles of narrativum across the universes and observe their astonishing effects.
I have been looking for a book like this for years, and much regret buying some that were not co-authored by the man himself. It is charming to note the difference in writing styles of the authors and I caught myself grinning occasionally, thinking 'this is pure Pratchett'.
In 16 chapters different species, regions or character groups of the Diskworld are examined and their folk-loric or legendary background traced back to it's roots and presented for easy reference. A lot of chapters are sub-divided; for example the Chapter 'Beasties' has the sub-chapters 'Dragons', 'Basilisk and Chimera', 'Sphinx', 'Phoenix', 'Salamander', 'Unicorn' and 'The Luggage'.
But it is easy to find specific persons or places or events using the magnificent Index, and the Bibliography is mouth-watering and very tempting.
I am very happy I found this.
I absolutely love the series. I don't usually read whodunnits, but the characters are so very real and lifelike... an exellent read
India, Egypt, Red Sea, Walcheren, Portugal, Spain, France... all the interesting diseases!
It's strange: I have little problem reading - and enjoying - real diaries, autobiographies or memoirs of the time this fictional work is set in, but it was a struggle to finish reading this. The prose... not my cuppa.
An entertaining read, although not quite what I expected... but I suppose they wanted to entice young men into the navy, not scare them away.
great, just great. The essence of football. And love Hix.
Examines the manners of Regncy society by having a look at the correspondence between Jane Austen and one of her nieces as well as Austen's work. A must read for anyone writing (fan)fic in that era.
ah... Harper, Curtis, Spears, Sharpe in a cavalry charge... what's not to love?
a booklet directly following Sharpe's Sword
written 7 years later by a romantic Pollyanna seeing events through rose-tinted spectacles. Not for the weak of stomach...
But how shall I picture the British soldier going into action ? He is neither heated by brandy, stimulated by the hope of plunder, or inflamed by the headly feelings of revenge ; he does not even indulge in expressions of animosity against his foes; he moves forward, confident of victory, never dreams of the possibility of defeat, and braves death with all the accompanying horrors of laceration and torture, with the most cheerful intrepidity.
...He isn't? He doesn't? He does? ... perhaps Sherer was on drugs. Or something.
Charming parody of the traditional ghost story and a satire of the American way of life. You really want to wring their materialist necks and drown the boys (but I don't like children at the best of times, so I might be a tad prejudiced...
One thing that bothers me is that a 15-year old girl is referred to as 'little girl' or 'little child'.
...must admit that I skipped the introduction and the prolouge (because I am not a pervy hobbit fancier and it's just boring) this time...
I do read The Silmarillion, too, or Lost Tales or others... but I've never dared to crack Farmer Giles of Ham or The Adventures of Tom Bombadil *blushes*
It's beginning to be an itch in the back of my mind: the need to re-read Lord of the Rings. Last time I read it was before the movies came out.
It's really worth a re-read.I read it the firsttime when I was in my early teens, and my understanding and insight into the story and the characters has changed considerably as I got older. And you can always spot something new, or suddenly see sometthing in a new light... go for it!
Must go now!