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1aquascum
Bearbeitet: Jul. 30, 2009, 5:54am

*waves* Hi, I was in the 75.books challenge... and finished, so... here I am.

the other thread

2aquascum
Jul. 30, 2009, 5:51am

Read previously:

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

3aquascum
Bearbeitet: Jul. 30, 2009, 5:55am

26. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (p58)
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

4aquascum
Jul. 30, 2009, 6:05am

51. Auf der Suche nach Troja by Heinrich Schliemann
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)

5aquascum
Jul. 30, 2009, 6:13am

76. Die Suppe des Herrn K. by Mark Crick
77. Wellington's Army by Oman
78. Ilias by Homer

6aquascum
Aug. 5, 2009, 5:31am

79. Halting State by Charles Stross

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.

7aquascum
Aug. 15, 2009, 7:02pm

80. Hipparchikos by Xenophon

8aquascum
Aug. 16, 2009, 4:22am

81. Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks

9wookiebender
Aug. 16, 2009, 9:01pm

aquascum, what did you think of Genius Squad? I'd read the first (Evil Genius?) some years ago, but was underwhelmed. Did it improve, or do you have to be a fan of the series to start off with?

10aquascum
Aug. 17, 2009, 5:14am

@ wookiebender: Hm, I thought it wasn't as interesting as Evil Genius... in the first book I liked the twisted worldview of the protagonist, but now he's just trying to be 'good' and 'normal'. And the plot was a LOT more predictable this time round. So, I think you probably won't like it, I wasn't that impressed, either.

11aquascum
Bearbeitet: Aug. 17, 2009, 5:33am

82. Nation by Terry Pratchett

...well, I completely agree with this: knitbusy's review

12wookiebender
Aug. 17, 2009, 11:18pm

I shall skip Genius Squad then. Thanks. :)

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...

13aquascum
Aug. 18, 2009, 1:35pm

Ah, I agree. There are a couple of books that are just not that funny... but I think that my view of the world shifted ... what some people see as funny, satire or parody seems like reality to me... (yes, I'm a bit cynical).

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

14wookiebender
Aug. 18, 2009, 9:09pm

You're making sense to me, I think that's Pratchett's great skill as well: understanding how humans work, whether for good or evil. (I think his plot endings could do with a bit more polish, however!)

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.)

15aquascum
Aug. 19, 2009, 3:57am

uuuhm... in my defense, I tore two ligaments in my ankle a few days ago and am not supposed to do anything but sit and keep the ankle cool and elevated...



16aquascum
Aug. 20, 2009, 5:23am

84. The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

17wookiebender
Bearbeitet: Aug. 20, 2009, 5:58am

That's a pretty nifty set up for reading! I'm still impressed you got through Les Miserables in only a couple of days, enforced reading time or not.

Mmm, enforced reading time...

ETA: You know, I can't work out which book you're reading in the photo.

18aquascum
Bearbeitet: Aug. 20, 2009, 6:22am

It's Genius Squad.

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...

19aquascum
Aug. 27, 2009, 10:45am

85. Das kann ich auch! by Christian Saerendt

and I'm slowly chewing my way through an abyssmal book on the secrets of Diskworld... it's really bad, but I persevere...

20aquascum
Aug. 30, 2009, 11:56am

86. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

21aquascum
Sept. 1, 2009, 8:53am

87. Das Triumvirat by Gisbert Haefs

22aquascum
Sept. 2, 2009, 10:45am

88. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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.

23wookiebender
Sept. 2, 2009, 7:29pm

Oh, The Graveyard Book is on Mt TBR. I love his stuff. Another good read, I hope?

How can someone make a horrid Discworld book? The mind boggles.

24aquascum
Sept. 3, 2009, 4:14am

My poor mind... do you want quotes? Let me show you some:
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...

25wookiebender
Sept. 4, 2009, 3:08am

How dare they diss Greek mythology! I am *headdesking* in sympathy with you.

26aquascum
Bearbeitet: Sept. 4, 2009, 5:56am

They did not understand what Pratchett was saying at all!

And omg Pratchett is using elements of Greek mythology was one of the secrets of Discworld revealed... *has bruise on head*

27aquascum
Sept. 13, 2009, 12:19pm

89. Sharpes's Escape by Bernhard Cornwell

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.

28aquascum
Sept. 20, 2009, 7:08am

92. Der Fechtmeister by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

29aquascum
Sept. 21, 2009, 8:26am

93. Sharpe's Eagle by Bernhard Cornwell

30aquascum
Sept. 23, 2009, 10:05am

94. Erzählungen by Joachim Ringelnatz

31aquascum
Sept. 24, 2009, 9:28am

95. Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff

32aquascum
Sept. 28, 2009, 10:35am

96. Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell

... 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.

34aquascum
Okt. 1, 2009, 6:00pm

98. A History of the Peninsular War (January to September 1809) by Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman

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

35aquascum
Okt. 4, 2009, 7:24am

99. Elfenlied by Bernhard Hennen

100. Die 500 Millionen der Begum by Jules Verne

36aquascum
Okt. 14, 2009, 7:29pm

Well, I seem to be on a non-fic spree...

101. Ein Husar namens Goethe by Theodor Goethe

102. Die Sprache des Windes by Scott Huler

103. Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

... the capter on Military in this book is soooo funny, very wrong, but funny.

37aquascum
Okt. 17, 2009, 2:59pm

104. The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin

braincandy... ok I like dragons...

38aquascum
Okt. 25, 2009, 2:30pm

105. The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, myths and customs from the Discworld by Terry Pratchet and Jacqueline Simpson

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.

39aquascum
Okt. 30, 2009, 2:54pm

106. Rauhnacht: Kluftingers neuer Fall by Volker Klüpfel/Michael Korbl

I absolutely love the series. I don't usually read whodunnits, but the characters are so very real and lifelike... an exellent read

40aquascum
Okt. 31, 2009, 4:33pm

107. Sharpe's Battle by Bernard Cornwell

41aquascum
Nov. 1, 2009, 4:30pm

108. The autobiography and services of Sir James McGrigor by Sir James McGrigor

India, Egypt, Red Sea, Walcheren, Portugal, Spain, France... all the interesting diseases!

42aquascum
Bearbeitet: Nov. 3, 2009, 11:26am

109. Der Weltensammler by Ilija Trojanow

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.

43aquascum
Nov. 7, 2009, 12:16pm

110. Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Marryat

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.

44aquascum
Nov. 9, 2009, 4:56pm

111. Unseen Academicals by Terrry Pratchett

great, just great. The essence of football. And love Hix.

45aquascum
Nov. 13, 2009, 6:30am

112. Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners by Josephine Ross

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.

46aquascum
Nov. 16, 2009, 8:56am

113. Sharpe's Sword by Bernard Cornwell

ah... Harper, Curtis, Spears, Sharpe in a cavalry charge... what's not to love?

47aquascum
Nov. 16, 2009, 4:58pm

113b. Sharpe's Skirmish by Bernard Cornwell

a booklet directly following Sharpe's Sword

48aquascum
Bearbeitet: Nov. 18, 2009, 6:10am

114. Recollections of the Peninsula by Moyle Sherer

written 7 years later by a romantic Pollyanna seeing events through rose-tinted spectacles. Not for the weak of stomach...

Quote:

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.

49aquascum
Nov. 29, 2009, 10:03am

115. Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy Collins ...I wear my sunglasses at night...

116. Adventures in the Rifle Brigade by Captain John Kincaid

117. The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

50aquascum
Dez. 1, 2009, 5:48pm

118. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

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'.

51aquascum
Dez. 6, 2009, 4:32pm

119. Die Rache des Kaisers by Gisbert Haefs

52aquascum
Dez. 10, 2009, 6:37pm

120. Aus Xenophons denkwürdigen Nachrichten by Xenophon (audio)

53aquascum
Dez. 11, 2009, 8:31am

121. Ein Mann, ein Fjord by Angelo Colagorossi

54aquascum
Dez. 12, 2009, 10:15am

122. Sharpe's Company by Bernard Cornwell

55aquascum
Dez. 15, 2009, 10:13am

123. Adventures of a Young Rifleman by Johann Christian Maempel

56aquascum
Dez. 17, 2009, 5:03pm

124. Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell

57aquascum
Dez. 18, 2009, 3:24pm

125. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer

58aquascum
Bearbeitet: Dez. 20, 2009, 4:18am

Started my annual re-read of LOTR...

...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...

59jfetting
Dez. 20, 2009, 11:22am

I did a re-read of LOTR earlier this year. I don't do it yearly, but they are fun to re-visit. Do you read The Silmarillion and The Hobbit too, or do you stick to the main three?

60aquascum
Bearbeitet: Dez. 20, 2009, 1:28pm

I read the Children of Hurin earlier this year... and The Hobbit the year before this, I think...

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*

61wookiebender
Dez. 20, 2009, 11:32pm

Oh, I like Farmer Giles of Ham and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. But I've never been able to make any headway into The Silmarillion and have given up in advance ever reading any of the Lost Tales.

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.

62aquascum
Dez. 21, 2009, 7:24am

You are a braver reader than I! ;)

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!

63jfetting
Dez. 21, 2009, 10:49am

I've never tried the Bombadil book, but really want to - Tom Bombadil is one of my favorite characters in the books, and I was so mad that they cut him out of the films. The Barrow Wights scene is fantastic!

64aquascum
Dez. 22, 2009, 5:01am

*grins* while he's not ove of my favourites, he is important, as are all the little hints he drops... but I'd better not get started on the films... I think they only had time to re-read the Fellowship and then used distant faded memories for film 2 and 3 (no, they don't deserve the names)... *sits on hands*

Must go now!