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(Sir)Thomas' way through the year - with books and friends (Part 2)

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1SirThomas
Sep 29, 12:21pm Top

Welcome to my first second thread!


Isn't September beautiful?

My Name is Thomas, I am 58 years young and I live in a small town in northern Baden Württemberg, Germany.
2015 we moved from a house with attic and cellar into an apartment without theese spaces. So I had to separate from books. This was hard, but with a little help from time and my ebook-reader I recovered from the shock. - Today it's not that bad.
This is my 7th year in this awesome group, and every year is going better and better.
And this year I took the big step and opened a second thread.

2SirThomas
Sep 29, 12:21pm Top

From my calendar:

In today's world, five times more is used in drugs
for male potency and silicone for women,
than for curing Alzheimer's patients.

As a result, in a few years we have
old women with big tits and old men with hard penises,
but none of them can remember what it's good for."

Drauzio Varella (Brazilian oncologist, Nobel Prize winner in medicine)

3SirThomas
Sep 29, 12:22pm Top

Reading List for the first 8 months:
1. Macht's gut und danke für den Fisch / So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
2. Komm, süßer Tod by Wolf Haas
3. Einmal Rupert und zurück / Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
4. Und übrigens noch was ... / And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer
5. Die Nacht des Zorns / The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas
6. Erhebung / Elevation by Stephen King
7. Einstein's beach house by Jacob M. Appel
8. Der Goldene Kompass / The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
9. Das Magische Messer / The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
10. Das Bernstein-Teleskop / The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
11. Das große Peanuts Buch by Charles M. Schulz
12. Die verrückten Abenteuer des Larry Laffer by Steve Whitton
13. Die Rätsel von Badger's Drift / The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham
14. Der Teufel von Chicago / The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
15. Requiem für einen Mörder / Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham
16. Silentium! by Wolf Haas
17. Wie die Tiere by Wolf Haas
18. Der goldene Esel / Asinus aureus by Apuleius
19. Der Sexmaniak / (Underground Sketchbook) by Tomi Ungerer
20. Eklips by Tomi Ungerer
21. Alias 1. Die Anwerbung / Alias. Recruited by Lynn Mason
22. Ich und die anderen / Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff
23. Jagd der Vampire / Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly
24. Das grobmaschige Netz / Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser
25. Das vierte Opfer / Borkmann's Point by Håkan Nesser
26. Das ewige Leben by Wolf Haas
27. Das falsche Urteil / The Return by Håkan Nesser
28. Bretonische Verhältnisse / Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec
29. Die Deus-Maschine / The Deus Machine by Pierre Quellette
30. Die Chirurgin / The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
31. Der Meister / The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
32. Todsünde / The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
33. Schwesternmord / Body Double by Tess Geritsen
34. Miss Seetons kann's nicht lassen / Miss Seeton Draws the Line by Heron Carvic
35. Sexbomber / The erection set by Mickey Spillane
36. Sex im 21. Jahrhundert / Sex in the 21. century by Michael Parry
37. Menschenjagd in Manhattan / One lonely night by Mickey Spillane
38. Fünf / Five by Ursula Poznanski
39. Auf der Suche nach dem verlorenen Geschmack by Martina Meuth and Bernd Neuner-Duttenhofer
40. Die Eisprinzessin schläft / The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
41. Der Prediger von Fjällbacka / The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg
42. Ein Ort für die Ewigkeit / A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
43. Das letzte Ritual / Last rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
44. Einstein, Quantenspuk und die Weltformel by Janick P. Mischler
45. Der Krieg mit den Molchen / War with the Newts by Karel Capek
46. Mind over Medicine / Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin
47. Der Brenner und der liebe Gott / Brenner and God by Wolf Haas
48. Kurt by Sarah Kuttner
49. Ein Bär im Betstuhl / Rovasti Huuskosen petomainen miespalvelija by Arto Paasilinna
50. Der Rote Löwe / The Red Lion & The Elixir of Eternal Life by Mária Szepes
51. Wer schlafende Hunde weckt / Where the Bodies Are Buried by Christopher Brookmyre
52. Das Mädchen mit dem Stahlkorsett / The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
53. Kommissar Platow: Der Westend-Würger by Martin Olden
54. Die Farbe des Himmels by Britt Reissmann and Silvija Hinzmann
55. Wir sind unfassbar: Neue ungewöhliche Todesanzeigen by Matthias Nöllke and Christian Sprang
56. Blackout - Morgen ist es zu spät / Blackout: A Novel by Marc Elsberg
57. Sorry, wir haben die Landebahn verfehlt by Stephan Orth and Antje Blinda
58. Katzenwiege / Cat's cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
59. Das Geheimnis des weißen Bandes / The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
60. Mit dem Kühlschrank durch Irland / Round Ireland with a fridge by Tony Hawks
61. M.A.S.H by Richard Hooker
62. Aufzeichnungen eines Unsichtbaren / Memoirs of an Invisible Man by Harry F Saint
63. Die Form des Wassers / The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri
64. Der Hund aus Terracotta / The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri
65. Perry Mason und das ambulante Aktmodell / The Case of the Reluctant Model by Erle Stanley Gardner
66. Der talentierte Mr. Ripley / The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
67. Keiner von uns / The Black House by Patricia Highsmith
68. Der Gärtner war's nicht by Tatjana Kruse
69. Die stählerne Festung / The castle of iron by L. Sprague De Camp and Fletcher Pratt
70. Ein Mann sieht rot / Death Wish by Brian Garfield
71. Der Genitiv ist dem Streber sein Sex: und andere Erkenntnisse aus meinem Leben 2.0 by Markus Barth
72. Endstation Donau by Edith Kneifl
73. Angerichtet, herzhaft und scharf!: Aus meinem Tage- und Rezeptebuch by Vincent Klink
74. Hände weg von Zeitmaschinen / Starburst by Alfred Bester
75. Die Geheime Geschichte / The Secret History by Donna Tartt
76. Brennerova by Wolf Haas
77. Der brennende Mann / The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
78. Demolition / The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
79. Was ich euch nicht erzählte / Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
80. Eine unbeliebte Frau by Nele Neuhaus
81. Mordsfreunde by Nele Neuhaus
82. Tiefe Wunden by Nele Neuhaus
83. Schneewittchen muss sterben by Nele Neuhaus
84. Die Mädchen von der Englandfähre / Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils
85. Bringt mir den Kopf des Märchenprinzen / Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming by Robert Sheckley and Roger Zelazny
86. McJesus / Cross Dressing by Bill Fitzhugh
87. Kind der Sterne / Starbrat by John Morressy
88. Ein herrliches Chaos / A Splendid Chaos by John Shirley
89. Wer wind sät by Nele Neuhaus
90. Böser Wolf / Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
91. Origin / Origin by Dan Brown
92. Der Kruzifix-Killer / The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter
93. Der Retter von Dent-All / Prostho Plus by Piers Anthony
94. Kaliber .50 / Calibre .50 by Robert Sheckley
95. Olympiade der Techniker / Profession by Isaac Asimov
96. Polt muß weinen by Alfred Komarek
97. Der Mann mit der Ledertasche / Post Office by Charles Bukowski
98. Die Auferstehung by Karl-Heinz Ott
99. Die Lebenden und die Toten / I Am Your Judge by Nele Neuhaus
100. Länger als sonst ist nicht für immer by Pia Ziefle
101. Die Blutlinie / Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen
102. Blumen für Polt by Alfred Komarek
103. Himmel, Polt und Hölle by Alfred Komarek
104. The Stand : 'Das letzte Gefecht' / The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King
105. Tod eines Tenors / Evanly Choirs by Rhys Bowen
106. Polterabend by Alfred Komarek
107. Polt by Alfred Komarek

4SirThomas
Edited: Oct 1, 2:37pm Top

Reading List for September:
108. Die Töchter der Kälte / The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg
109. Im Wald by Nele Neuhaus
110. Der Herrscher Pterodactyls / The Purple Pterodactyls by Lyon Sprague DeCamp
111. Schrödingers Katze. Das Universum nebenan / Schrödinger's Cat: The Universe Next Door by Robert Anton Wilson
112. Das Insekt / Trauma by Graham Masterton
113. Wo bist du? by Martin Olden
114. Grau / Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde
115. Das fünfte Element / The Fifth Element by Terry Bisson

5SirThomas
Edited: Oct 19, 5:34am Top

6SirThomas
Sep 29, 12:23pm Top

Reading List for November:

7SirThomas
Sep 29, 12:23pm Top

Reading List for December:

8SirThomas
Sep 29, 12:23pm Top

I am a bit late, but the books of September will come soon

9ronincats
Sep 29, 12:26pm Top

>2 SirThomas: LOL to keep from crying, Thomas. Is that top shot a golf course or a park? It is lovely. And, Happy New Thread!!

10figsfromthistle
Sep 29, 1:02pm Top

Happy new one!

11FAMeulstee
Sep 29, 1:14pm Top

Happy new thread, Thomas!

I also love September, and the first signs of autumn...

12drneutron
Sep 29, 6:50pm Top

Happy new thread!

13SirThomas
Sep 30, 2:12am Top

>9 ronincats: Thank you, Roni. Yes, the picture was taken ao a golf course nearby.
My wife and I were looking for a sport we could do together outside. She's smaller than me and in poor health.
So (Nordic) walking or cycling are unfortunately out of the question.
That's why we started playing golf together.
It is a lot of fun, but more demanding than we thought.
I love playing nine holes early in the morning before work. That's how the picture came into being.
When you play east, the sun blinds. But my shots are so short that I still find the ball ;-).

>10 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita.

>11 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.
Yes, the colors of autumn are gorgeous.

>12 drneutron: Thank you, Jim.

14PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 2:22am Top

Congratulations on your first second thread, Thomas!

I am another fan of autumnal days despite September inevitably seeing me a year older every year.

15SirThomas
Sep 30, 3:26am Top

Thank you, Paul.
I am a September child, too.
Here, the grape harvest starts in September, so I like to compare myself with a great wine - the older, the better ;-).
We've had some special experiences in life - so every birthday is a good birthday.

16PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 3:36am Top

>15 SirThomas: I am sure that you are a great vintage, Thomas!

17SirThomas
Edited: Sep 30, 3:44am Top

>16 PaulCranswick: :))

As promised some books of september...


108. Die Töchter der Kälte / The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg
A child is murdered. The parents are well known with Erica Falck & Patrik Hedström.
At the same time a story from the past is told - about a very spoiled young girl who falls into misfortune. Little by little it becomes clear how the stories are connected.
Again very exciting and emotional.


109. Im Wald by Nele Neuhaus
A murder happens. It turns out it is connected with the disappearance of a child in 1972. This child was Oliver von Bodenstein's best friend.
Then more murders happen - someone tries to cover something up. The investigation is difficult when you know all the suspects personally.
I like the series a lot, but here everything is a bit too much.

Two murder cases with personal connection to the investigators one after the other, interesting coincidence.

18SirThomas
Sep 30, 4:54am Top


110. Der Herrscher Pterodactyls / The Purple Pterodactyls by Lyon Sprague DeCamp
A collection of stories with banker W. Wilson Newbury. He has strange and bizarre adventures.
Nice.


111. Schrödingers Katze. Das Universum nebenan / Schrödinger's Cat: The Universe Next Door by Robert Anton Wilson
A book about quantum physics, parallel universes, social criticism,...
An author who writes about an author who wrote this book. Not an easy subject, but still fun.

19paulstalder
Sep 30, 4:57am Top

Happy new thread, Thomas!

20SirThomas
Sep 30, 7:15am Top

Thank you, Paul.

21SirThomas
Sep 30, 7:16am Top


112. Das Insekt / Trauma by Graham Masterton
Bonnie Winter is cleaning bloody crime scenes. Thereby she finds unusual insect larvae.
Do they mean something?
She has a good-for-nothing man and son.
Short chapters, crisp headlines. The horror is slowly increasing.
Bit by bit Bonnie's life goes down the drain.


113. Wo bist du? by Martin Olden
An American on vacation in Frankfurt. His girlfriend disappears.
Martin Olden investigates and uses his own methods.
Quite nice.

22SirThomas
Sep 30, 9:17am Top


114. Grau / Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde
I love the phantastic ideas of Jasper Fforde, this one is another good example.
A world (after a catastrophe), where the people can see only one colour - your status depends on which color you can see.
But there are artificial colors that everyone can see.
Doctors heal with colours, colours are used as drugs.
Eddie Russet travels with his father to the province to replace a deceased doctor. Here the rules are apparently not so strict.
The book begins as easy as a children's book and slowly gets darker and darker.
A nice quote when Eddie refuses an expedition on the grounds that everyone who has tried it has died so far:
"That's right. But until death comes, there's a hundred percent chance of survival."

23SirThomas
Oct 1, 2:37pm Top

Now to the last book of september:


115. Das fünfte Element / The Fifth Element by Terry Bisson
I love the movie.
Reading the book was like seeing it again, but as movie it is much better.

24SirThomas
Oct 1, 2:41pm Top

Stats will come tomorrow, for today I have a picture from this morning:



A good start into October.

25SirThomas
Edited: Oct 2, 3:37am Top

And the numbers of September - I admit, the poorest performance this year:

Books read: 8
Pages read: 2,725 (longest 560 / shortest 141 / average 341)

Personal rating:
average rating
highest rating
lowest rating

Author nationalities:

England: 2 / 2 / 2
Germany: 2 / 2 / 2
Sweden: 1 / 1 / 1
USA: 3 / 3 / 3

Sum: 8 / 8 / 8

Counting mode: Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / all authors of the books / only different authors

Gender:
female authors: 5 / 5 / 3
male authors: 2 / 2 / 2

date first published:
20th century: 1979 (2 books), 1997
21th century: 2002, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2016

26SirThomas
Edited: Oct 2, 8:43am Top

...and the Stats for the first 9 months:

Books read: 115
Pages read: 38,585 (longest 1,198 / shortest 61 / average 335)

Personal rating:
average rating
highest rating
lowest rating

Author nationalities:

Algeria: 1 / 1 / 1
Austria: 14 / 14 / 5
Czech Republic: 1 / 1 / 1
Denmark: 1 / 1 / 1
England: 14 / 14 / 10
Finland: 1 / 1 / 1
France: 3 / 4 / 3
Germany: 27 / 27 / 19
Hungary: 1 / 1 / 1
Iceland: 1 / 1 / 1
Ireland: 1 / 1 / 1
Italy: 2 / 2 / 1
Scotland: 2 / 2 / 2
Sweden: 6 / 6 / 2
USA: 47 / 57 / 42

Sum: 122* / 133 / 91

Counting mode: Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / all authors of the books / only different authors
* Some books with 2 main authors

Gender:
female authors: 40 / 41 / 28
male authors: 82 / 92 / 63

date first published:
1st century: 170
20th century: 1936, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968 (2 books), 1969, 1971 (3 books), 1972 (3 books), 1978, 1979 (2 books), 1984, 1987 (2 books), 1988 (2 books), 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 (2 books), 1993 (2 books), 1994 (2 books), 1995 (3 books), 1996, 1997 (3 books), 1998 (3 books), 1999 (3 books).

21th century: 2000 (2 books), 2001 (3 books), 2002, (4 books), 2003 (5 books), 2004 (2 books), 2005 (4 books), 2006 (2 books), 2007, 2009 (6 books), 2010 (4 books), 2011 (7 books), 2012 (4 books), 2013, 2014 (8 books), 2015, 2016 (2 books), 2017 (3 books), 2018 (2 books), 2019.

27SirThomas
Oct 3, 10:07am Top

There are literature days in the area.
There are several events, among others the whole city reads a book (Länger als sonst ist nicht für immer by Pia Ziefle - this was my book #100):
In addition there are several reading circles in which one can exchange oneself.
Unfortunately, the meetings were not well attended (although sparkling wine was served as a welcome ;-) ).
On Monday the author herself was a guest and we could ask her questions.
It was very interesting to hear how Pia Ziefle herself thinks about her protagonists.
It also surprised me how much research was necessary for the book and how many things play a role even though they are not directly addressed in the book.
Ira's grandparents, for example, do not appear in the book at all, yet they and their generation influence the thoughts and actions of the parents and thus also her.
This makes the book much more accessible.
It was a very pleasant experience for us.

28SirThomas
Oct 5, 5:05am Top

A long rain weekend - wonderful: reading time!


116. Das Institut / The Institute by Stephen King
A child is abducted and ends up in an institute where experiments are carried out with him.
What purpose do they serve? Luke and his new friends begin to defend themselves.
The book is terrifying, not because of the supernatural abilities of the children, but because of the machinery of the institute. Does the good (?) intention justify every means?
The book begins slowly and escalates to a fulminant finale.
Stephen King is my favorite writer, but there are better books by him (unfortunately also much worse).
In The Stand I felt as if I was playing along myself, here I look through a window into a room where there is a TV with the book on.
The Stand was longer, but my reading was faster.


117. Auf immer verloren - Spuren jüdischen Lebens in Hohenlohe-Franken by Eva Maria Kraiss
A wonderful book about the few remaining traces of Jewish life in our region.
It is divided into several areas: synagogues - buildings with special history - war memorials - cemeteries.
There is a small history and beautiful pictures of what is still visible.
The book makes me perceive my surroundings more attentively.
Hopefully we will learn from our history.

29SirThomas
Oct 7, 3:51am Top

Another saying from my calendar:

Woanders weiß man selber, wer man ist - hier wissen es die anderen. Das ist Heimat.
In other places you know who you are - here the others know. This is home.

Sommerfest

30SirThomas
Oct 7, 5:24am Top

And a book:

118. Warum nur? Trost und Hilfe für Suizid-Hinterbliebene by Freya von Stülpnagel
A little fine book for those who have lost a loved one through suicide.
The author knows what she's talking about, she has lost her son.
The book gives help through explanations, poems and pictures.
One should not conceal what has happened, even to children. Not every detail has to be described.
The most difficult thing is to deal with feelings of guilt and accusations - even against oneself.
It is important to forgive yourself.

Some quotes of the poems:

Meine beiden Gesichhter
Geht's dir gut
werde ich gefragt
im Vorübergehen.
Doch, gut, sage ich
Und zeige
Das passende Gesicht
Mein gutaussehendes Gesicht.

Mein anderes Gesicht
Verberge ich liebevoll
Unter meiner Kleidung.
Zuhause ziehe ich
Mich aus.
Dann darf es Trauer tragen

My two faces
You all right?
I'm asked
in passing.
But, well, I say
And show
The right face
My handsome face.

My other face
I hide lovingly
Under my clothes.
At home I move
Me out.
Then it may bear grief

Renate Salzbrenner

Nicht müde werden
Nicht müde werden
sondern dem Wunder
leise
wie einem Vogel
die Hand hinhalten.

Don't get tired
Don't get tired
but to the miracle
quiet
bird-like
hold out the hand.

Hilde Domin

Dass Menschen in Schuld geraten
Dass Menschen in Schuld geraten
ist schlimm;
aber sich schuldig fühlen und
nicht an Vergebung glauben zu können -
ist die Hölle.

That people get into debt
That people get into debt
is bad;
but feeling guilty and
not being able to believe in forgiveness -
is hell.

Eugen Drewermann

Geschichte
Schweigend sass der alte Indianer mit seinem Enkel am Lagerfeuer, Die Bäume standen wie dunkle Schatten, das Feuer knackte und die Flammen züngelten in den Himmel.
Nach einer langen Weile sagte der Alte "Manchmal fühle ich mich, als ob zwei Wölfe in meinem Herzen miteinander kämpfen, Einer der beiden ist traurig, verzweifelt und mutlos. Der andere ist liebevoll, zuversichtlich und mutig."
"Welcher der beiden wird den Kampf um dein Herz gewinnen?", fragte der Junge.
"Der, den ich füttere", antwortete der Alte.

Story
Silently the old Indian sat with his grandson at the campfire, the trees stood like dark shadows, the fire cracked and the flames flickered into the sky.
After a long while, the old man said, "Sometimes I feel as if two wolves are fighting in my heart, one is sad, desperate and discouraged. The other is loving, confident and courageous."
"Which of the two will win the battle for your heart," the boy asked.
"The one I'm feeding," the old man replied.

unbekannt

My wife is an honorary grief counselor, therefore I am in contact with the topic.
It's enriching for my own life, too.

31SirThomas
Oct 10, 1:19am Top

... and now to something completely different...

119. Weiblich, ledig, untot / Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson
Betsy Taylor wird überfahren und erwacht als Vampir im Leichenschauhaus.
Sie ist anders als die anderen und kann ihren Blutdurst unterdrücken - sie ist die Königin der Vampire.
Man kann das Buch nicht ernst nehmen - und soll es auch nicht.
A fun read.

32SirThomas
Oct 10, 7:22am Top


120. Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold Fry / The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry is retired and his marriage is frozen.
He receives a letter from a former colleague who once helped him. She dies of cancer in a hospice.
Actually, he only wants to write a short letter, but on the way to the mailbox he just walks on and on. From the south of England to the north.
He slowly finds his way back to himself and realizes what went wrong. His wife is also torn from her lethargic routine.
A very touching and beautiful book.

33mstrust
Oct 11, 11:39am Top

Belated happy new thread, Thomas! You're getting through so many books so quickly!

34PaulCranswick
Oct 11, 10:07pm Top

Since he writes in German; have you read anything by Peter Handke the controversial new Nobel Laureate?

Have a great weekend, Thomas.

35SirThomas
Oct 12, 11:00am Top

>33 mstrust: Thank you Jennifer - rainy weather helps.

>34 PaulCranswick: I haven't read him yet, mostly for two reasons:
1) His books have been treated at school - that's a deterrent and lasts a long time!
2) His political attitude to war criminals.

Maybe I should give him a chance.

But earlier I liked the Felidae series - at least the beginning.
According to various statements by Akif Pirinc̜ci he is no longer included in my library. Space problems also helped with cleaning up.

36SirThomas
Oct 13, 11:56am Top


121. Der kleine Prinz / The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A children's book with depth - beautiful. Very suitable for adults, especially in today's world.
Many quotations are world-famous, today the history of the waterpill seller has particularly appealed to me.
If you take the pills you don't have to drink any more and you save 53 minutes per week.
The little prince's answer: "If I had fifty-three minutes left, I'd walk leisurely to a fountain..."

We have a special relationship to it, our wedding ceremony almost 35 years ago was based on it.
Today we were at an exhibition opening with lithographs from the book.
It wasn't very crowded, but it was beautiful.
It started with a short speech, followed by a short biography of the author. Then the story of the book with short readings.
In between flute music.
Then we looked at the pictures - very touching.
The hat-elephant was even built as a model to open - fun for the children.

37paulstalder
Oct 13, 1:25pm Top

>35 SirThomas: I should have read Handke in school, too. But somehow could let that pass me :)
I found the Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter not too bad, the rest I don't like.

38PaulCranswick
Oct 13, 9:48pm Top

>36 SirThomas: We read this lovely little book at the same time, Thomas.

39SirThomas
Oct 14, 4:18am Top

>37 paulstalder: Thank you, Paul, perhaps I'll give it a chance.

>38 PaulCranswick: Yes, and it's really worth reading, Paul.

40SirThomas
Oct 16, 3:59am Top


122. Der Nachtzirkus / The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Two magicians measure their powers, they let their students compete against each other. But they know neither the rules nor the opponent.
A circus serves as a backdrop, but it is more than just an arena.
At first the reader doesn't know what is happening and why, I was almost as confused as the protagonists.
The book only opens up little by little, but then it draws you under its spell.

41mstrust
Oct 16, 11:50am Top

That's been waiting on my shelf for a few years now. I'm glad to see you liked it!

42SirThomas
Oct 18, 1:14am Top

It's wonderful how books connect the world.

43SirThomas
Oct 18, 1:14am Top


123. Azazel / Azazel by Isaac Asimov
The author invites a friend (a moocher) to a meal so that he can tell him stories about his 2cm tall demon who can fulfill wishes.
Unfortunately the wish fulfillment has unwanted side effects.
A collection of humorous short stories, quite nice to read.

44SirThomas
Oct 19, 5:31am Top


124. Succubus Blues / Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Georgina Kincaid is a succubus, she's friends with goblins and vampires.
Her boss is a demon. When supernatural beings are killed, she is suspected. An angel also begins to investigate.
Cheeky, exciting and funny - but no more.
Sometimes I was reminded of Charlaine Harris.

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