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Paco
Feb 5th, 2005, 09:47 AM
We have thread about favourite bands and music. Maybe it's god idea to know your favourite books.

For me it's har to choose the best books so I say about favourite writers:
David Gemmel (fantasy - the bast book, I think, is 'Waylander' and 'Legend')
R.A. Salvatore (fantasy - 'Homeland')
Andre Norton (fantasy and science fiction - 'Daybreak... 2250 A.D.')
Terry Pratchett (fantasy - Good omens - but it is not fantasy book)
Alex Kava (thriller - 'The soul catcher', 'A perfect evil', 'Split second')

I also like Russian (not because of Lena :p ) writers like:
Fyodor Dostoyevski (Dostoevskii) - Crime and Punishment
Mihail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita
Leo Tolstoi - War and Peace
Ivan Turgenev - First Love
Nikolay Gogol - Dead Souls

I love reading books. Last year I read 100 books.

Mathijs
Feb 5th, 2005, 09:48 AM
there's already a thread made a while ago Paco, i'll bump it up hold on.... ;)

Mathijs
Feb 5th, 2005, 09:59 AM
there's already a thread made a while ago Paco, i'll bump it up hold on.... ;)

I can't seem to find it no more :confused: but okay go on with this thread :)

Chunchun
Feb 5th, 2005, 12:23 PM
i dun read books :yawn: :p

jmcfarla
Feb 5th, 2005, 12:32 PM
THE ILIAD
by Homer

:fiery: Achilles
:bowdown: Hector
:eek: Paris

http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~joelja/iliad.html

Quality stands the test of time :)

Amazing Elena
Feb 5th, 2005, 12:42 PM
I have read only 1 book, because I don't like reading very much.
I think it's enough to read my schoolbooks ;)
Last summer I read the book A Walk to Remember from the writer Nicholas Sparks. I liked the movie. That's why I read the book too. The book is also very good.

katiektc
Feb 5th, 2005, 01:26 PM
Im reading Angels&Demons by Dan Brown at the minute, just finished the Davinci Code.
really good books

also love anything by stephen king.

any book thats not an anatomy book at the minute would do the job!

Mathijs
Feb 5th, 2005, 04:49 PM
Offcourse The LOTR Trilogy ;)

The Unbearable Lightness of being (although i still have to read it)

My personal fav books top 10 (in no particular order):

- Gabriël Garcia Marquez - Love in times of cholrera (still have to finish
reading it, i'm somewhere in the begin of the book)

- Harry Mulisch - De ontdekking van de hemel (The Discovery of Heaven)

- Tim Krabbé - Het gouden Ei (The Golden Egg)

- Isaac Bashevis Singer - The Penitent

- Isaac Bashevis Singer - The Golem

- Jeroen Brouwers - Bezonken Rood ( well-considered Red, about the
Japanese POW camps in WWII, where alot of Dutch were kept in captivity in
Indonesia)

- Leon de Winter - De Ruimte van Sokolov (The Space of Sokolov)

- Kees van Kooten - Levensnevel (life haze, funny recitals)

- Kees van Kooten - Tijdelijk Nieuw (Temporarily New, funny recitals)

- Kees van Kooten - Zeven Sloten (Seven Ditches, funny recitals)

rabbit_boi_313
Feb 6th, 2005, 06:34 AM
I luv readin
my fav are all Harry Potter books
and all Meg Cabot's books
and mostly i read fiction book like Runaway Jury and Underworld :hearts:

Prizeidiot
Feb 6th, 2005, 07:49 AM
Hmm... I don't get to read as much as I used to, but some of my favourites are:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy"

And one that I wouldn't have expected when I started reading it, but I found it to be a really fascinating is Jack Kramer's "My 40 Years in Tennis"

stefan_jonas
Feb 6th, 2005, 12:41 PM
I like alot of fantasy from LOTR to Robert Jordan and David Eddings et al.
I also like alot of the Kinky Friedman books. Hes a Jewish Texan crime fiction writer and quite the comedian. I highly recommend it.

katiektc
Feb 6th, 2005, 12:48 PM
I want to read LOTR but its too damn big. :lol:
same reason i havnt seen any of the movies.too long!!!

stefan_jonas
Feb 6th, 2005, 01:19 PM
They are great especially the films, really magical it sweeps you away

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 6th, 2005, 04:37 PM
my favourites:
ficciones (fictions), Jorge Luis Borges
ulysses, James Joyce
der zauberberg (the magic mountain) Thomas Mann
a la recherche du temps perdu (in search of lost time) Marcel Proust
malone meurt (malone dies) Samuel Beckett
bestiario ( ) Julio Cortazar
crime and punishment, Fiodor Dostoievsky
the satanic verses, Salman Rushdie
and more, more, but I don't want to bore you...

Paco
Feb 6th, 2005, 06:42 PM
my favourites:
ficciones (fictions), Jorge Luis Borges
ulysses, James Joyce
der zauberberg (the magic mountain) Thomas Mann
a la recherche du temps perdu (in search of lost time) Marcel Proust
malone meurt (malone dies) Samuel Beckett
bestiario ( ) Julio Cortazar
crime and punishment, Fiodor Dostoievsky
the satanic verses, Salman Rushdie
and more, more, but I don't want to bore you...

Crime and punishment is briliant.
Be sure that you will not bore me :)

Paco
Feb 6th, 2005, 06:45 PM
LOTR trilogy is pretty good. But I rather prefer Sillmarillion and The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (also J.R.R. Tolkien).

Veritas
Feb 6th, 2005, 10:17 PM
In the Electric Mist with Confedrate Dead (James Lee Burke).
Not Without my Daughter (Betty Mahmoody).

I've been trying to get through 'Pride and Prejudice' (Jane Austin), but I honestly can't see what the hype about this book is :confused:

stefan_jonas
Feb 7th, 2005, 02:46 AM
I read that for High School, really tedious.

Paco
Feb 7th, 2005, 08:03 PM
To school I had to read rather polish writers like: Adam Mickiewicz and others.
From others countries, I really like Albert Camus: 'The Plague'

Larry David
Feb 7th, 2005, 08:22 PM
the best book I have ever read would have to be The Stand by Steven King

miffedmax
Feb 7th, 2005, 09:24 PM
I like alot of fantasy from LOTR to Robert Jordan and David Eddings et al.
I also like alot of the Kinky Friedman books. Hes a Jewish Texan crime fiction writer and quite the comedian. I highly recommend it.

Kinky's running for governor of Texas! I'll probably vote for him, since our major party choices will most likely be either a blow-dryed Bushbaby protogege or some throwback "progressive" who thinks FDR is still in charge.

My favorite books would include:

Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
Little Big Man and Who Killed Teddy Villanova (Thomas Burger)
Anything by Grahame Greene
Le Mort De Artur (Sir Thomas Mallory)
The Secret Agent (J. Conrad)
Catch 22 (J. Heller)
The Castle, Amerika (F. Kafka)

A bunch more, but I'm having brainlock.

Max

Elena2005
Feb 8th, 2005, 06:44 AM
I have read only 1 book, because I don't like reading very much.
I think it's enough to read my schoolbooks ;)


;) I'm the same!

Prizeidiot
Feb 8th, 2005, 08:48 AM
I've been trying to get through 'Pride and Prejudice' (Jane Austin), but I honestly can't see what the hype about this book is :confused:
Yep... hate 19th century literature myself. I was in that class for Extension English, but I got to change to Crime Fiction. If I had been stuck with Pride and Prejudice, I would've cried

jklense
Feb 8th, 2005, 12:30 PM
Well, i'm not too original it seems;
Hobbit and LOTR by Tolkien,
Petit Prince by St-Exupéry,
Harry Potter books :o - many laugh at me for that :(
Karamazov Brothers by Dostoyevsky,
Master and Margharitha by Boulgakov,
Clockwork Orange by Burgess...
some books i'll not mention as they may be considered garbage... :o

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 8th, 2005, 12:46 PM
jack, that book of anthony burgess is great :worship:

miffedmax
Feb 8th, 2005, 03:10 PM
OMG, how could I have forgotten Clockwork Orange and Master and Margarita! Both are great. And I must add Confederacy of Dunces to my list as well.

Hey, since we've got so many LOTR fans around here, does anybody besides me think Lena would have made a kickass Eowyn?

Max

jklense
Feb 8th, 2005, 04:05 PM
... does anybody besides me think Lena would have made a kickass Eowyn?good point, Max!
a few questions if you please,
1) isn't is some diminuation - as capt dem says 'Gods gave us Lena', while Eowyn was 'a daughter of kings' ? :D
2) who would be challenged - and killed - as the Lord of the Nazgul? :scratch:
3) who is lucky to be on Aragorn's place? :eek:

miffedmax
Feb 8th, 2005, 08:31 PM
Ah, JK, there you go again, forcing me to think . . .:scratch:

Let's see. . .

1. I don't think Lena would have to renounce her status as the golden goddess to play a human role.

2. Yuri. Or maybe Tarpishev? I don't really know.

3. Aragorn says something along the lines of "Arwen who?" and falls for the irresitible Lena like a ton of bricks.

Other may posit their own solutions . . .

:)

Max

jklense
Feb 8th, 2005, 08:44 PM
well, Nazgul question is :woohoo:
but - Aragorn was an object of her love, as i recall :eek: - before what you write... :lol: i meant that thing...

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 9th, 2005, 02:57 PM
talking about A. Burguess.. did you read "napoleon synphony"?

miffedmax
Feb 9th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Damn! I once read an article (sorry, I forget where and when) that said Lena was "a thinking man's sex symbol."

Very true, if our taste in books is any indication--I'm impressed at all the great books on these lists.

jklense
Feb 9th, 2005, 07:04 PM
I want to read LOTR but its too damn big. :lol:
same reason i havnt seen any of the movies.too long!!!well, you can try http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/LitNote/id-172,pageNum-5.html and on,
http://flyingmoose.org/tolksarc/homework.htm,
http://umsis.miami.edu/~cwhitloc/LOTRSummary.ppt
or even (shorter) movie at http://flyingmoose.org/tolksarc/movie.htm,
note sources afterwards ;)

mostefan
Feb 14th, 2005, 08:09 PM
just a little contribution to the lists of others, some titles were named of course...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass..., by Lewis Carroll
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Winnie-the-Pooh, retold in Russian by Boris Zakhoder
Monday starts on Saturday, Tale of Troika, Roadside Piknik, Ugly Swans, Beetle in an Anthill and other novels by Strugatsky brothers
Idiot, Karamazov Brothers, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Invitation to a Beheading and other novels by Vladimir Nabokov
Master and Margarita, Diaboliad, by Michail Bulgakov
stories by Daniil Kharms
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Riddle-Master, by Patricia A. McKillip
Dandelion Wine and other novels by Ray Bradbury
One hundred years of solitude, By Gabriel Garcia Marques
The Dark Tower, by Stephen King
Dictionary of the Khazars, by Milorad Pavic
non-fiction:
Mathematical Diversions and alike, by Martin Gardner
Realm of the Ring Lords, by Laurence Gardner

sorry, I skipped 'solid' classics by Homer, Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Hugo, Rabelais, Servantes, Shakespeare, Dickens, Jules Verne, Defoe, Swift, Cooper, Mark Twain, Hemingway, to name just a few...

I skipped Acutagava, Lao She, Kafka, Kobo Abe, Borges, Cortazar and many others, alas...
I skipped poetry, holy books and many other kinds of books as a whole...
just to shorten the posting :)

Edited: sorry, I forgot to mention:
Steppenwolf, The Glass Bead Game, by Herman Hesse
The Name Of The Rose, by Umberto Eco,
IT classics such as Wirth, Dijkstra, Hoare...

It's a tough task, overall :eek:

miffedmax
Feb 14th, 2005, 08:55 PM
Mostefan, have you ever read Gardner's "Annotated Alice?"

It is great reading for anyone who's a fan of Alice or math.

Max

Natasc
Feb 14th, 2005, 11:02 PM
good point, Max!
a few questions if you please,
1) isn't is some diminuation - as capt dem says 'Gods gave us Lena', while Eowyn was 'a daughter of kings' ? :D
2) who would be challenged - and killed - as the Lord of the Nazgul? :scratch:
3) who is lucky to be on Aragorn's place? :eek:
hahahahaha, that was funny
I doubt that Lena will like to do Eowyn
And will be a damn hard competiton: LENA vs LIV TYLER

Aragorn is pretty but I prefer Brad (Pitt)
Lena could be Galadriel!! The queen!! WOW great idea!!
ok, let me call to pete (Peter jackson) and complain about that

But I think...IMO...that the better paper to lena would be the one of: THE RING
'cause ring is pretty, everybody WANT, it's powerful and a lot of other things
and....nobody can resist :hearts: :drool:
"Everybody want's the Lena...ops...the ling" :haha:

Elena2005
Feb 15th, 2005, 06:43 AM
hahahahaha, that was funny
I doubt that Lena will like to do Eowyn
And will be a damn hard competiton: LENA vs LIV TYLER

Aragorn is pretty but I prefer Brad (Pitt)
Lena could be Galadriel!! The queen!! WOW great idea!!
ok, let me call to pete (Peter jackson) and complain about that

But I think...IMO...that the better paper to lena would be the one of: THE RING
'cause ring is pretty, everybody WANT, it's powerful and a lot of other things
and....nobody can resist :hearts: :drool:
"Everybody want's the Lena...ops...the ling" :haha:

The one LENA to rule them all!!!!!! :worship: :worship:

Paco
Feb 15th, 2005, 09:58 AM
The one LENA to rule them all!!!!!! :worship: :worship:

:yeah: Great idea!

Alenyaa
Feb 15th, 2005, 10:23 AM
Dostojevski's 'Crime and Punishment' is heavy lecture, isn't it Paco? I had to read it for school when I was 17. I did alright for the test (17/20), and I did enjoy reading it, but sometimes I had the impression that Fjodor just wanted to show off his knowledge.

Paco
Feb 15th, 2005, 10:43 AM
Dostojevski's 'Crime and Punishment' is heavy lecture, isn't it Paco? I had to read it for school when I was 17. I did alright for the test (17/20), and I did enjoy reading it, but sometimes I had the impression that Fjodor just wanted to show off his knowledge.

Oh yeah, it's very heavy lecture. But it's so lovely - if I had to choose one book it would be 'Crime and Punishment'

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 15th, 2005, 06:11 PM
just for the record, right now I'm reading J. M. Coetzee's "Foe"...a great book (this far)

Paco
Feb 15th, 2005, 07:42 PM
I'm reading now Terry Prethcet "Small Gods" and it's also great book :)

jklense
Feb 15th, 2005, 08:08 PM
The one LENA to rule them all!!!!!! ...
НЕКАЯ ЕЛЕНА, ЧТОБЫ УПРАВЛЯТЬ ИМИ ВСЕМИThe phrase in Russian is not correct, sorry, it's better to say alike "Одна Лена, чтоб править всеми ими"...
Don't know what Lena and J.R.R. would say for that, anyway... :D

jklense
Feb 15th, 2005, 08:16 PM
I doubt that Lena will like to do Eowyn
And will be a damn hard competiton: LENA vs LIV TYLERSorry Nat, some misunderstanding here as i see it :o
Max said: does anybody besides me think Lena would have made a kickass Eowyn?afaicu, "to make a kickass" and "to do" aren't the same... :scratch: maybe i contributed to the mess :o
so, no Lena-Arwen competition is supposed, let alone vs Liv ;)

miffedmax
Feb 15th, 2005, 10:03 PM
Yeah, what I really meant was that when I read the books I just pictured a woman who looked a lot like Lena--tall, seriously toned, yet sweet and feminine at the same time. (Imagine Lena's forehand with a broadsword instead of a racket--ouch!).

I know Lena hasn't been bitten by the acting bug.

Max

Alenyaa
Feb 16th, 2005, 03:24 PM
Good, she might have got injured again!

(Yeah I know, a little weak :p)

BTW, you guys know a little Russian or did you cheat? :-)

jklense
Feb 16th, 2005, 05:15 PM
BTW, you guys know a little Russian or did you cheat? :-)what do you mean? :scratch:

mostefan
Feb 17th, 2005, 09:25 AM
Mostefan, have you ever read Gardner's "Annotated Alice?"
It is great reading for anyone who's a fan of Alice or math.just for one night, and 30+ years ago... It didn't come to my arounds since then :eek: and now I hardly have a spare week to enjoy such reading :sad:

Paco
Feb 17th, 2005, 02:52 PM
Have you ever read books written by David Gemmel?

Paco
Feb 19th, 2005, 05:26 PM
BTW, you guys know a little Russian or did you cheat? :-)

My parents know it and I can always ask them for help

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 19th, 2005, 05:32 PM
I begin to read Günter Grass' "Katz und Maus"

Paco
Feb 19th, 2005, 05:36 PM
I begin to read Günter Grass' "Katz und Mouse"
Don't know it. I've just finished reading David Gemmel "Quest for Lost Heroes" and start Robert J. Szmidt "Apokalipsa według Pana Jana" (it's writen in polish and I don't know if it was translate into english or any other language

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 19th, 2005, 11:10 PM
you were from Gdansk, Paco, weren't you? Well Katz und Maus is located there, as a matter of fact, in Danzig, during WWII...

Paco
Feb 20th, 2005, 07:37 PM
you were from Gdansk, Paco, weren't you? Well Katz und Maus is located there, as a matter of fact, in Danzig, during WWII...

Yes, I'm living in Gdańsk :)
Is it interesting book?

Elena2005
Feb 21st, 2005, 06:35 AM
Good, she might have got injured again!

(Yeah I know, a little weak :p)

BTW, you guys know a little Russian or did you cheat? :-)

This link was on somewhere earlier

http://www.freetranslation.com/

;)

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 21st, 2005, 01:57 PM
Yes, I'm living in Gdańsk :)
Is it interesting book?

yes, a masterwork!

Paco
Feb 21st, 2005, 08:05 PM
yes, a masterwork!
I love reading books so I probably read it. I think I will do it during holidays.

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 22nd, 2005, 02:12 PM
I love reading books so I probably read it. I think I will do it during holidays.

if you want to start reading Grass' work, you should read "die blechtrommel" (also in Danzig ;) )

Paco
Feb 22nd, 2005, 08:37 PM
if you want to start reading Grass' work, you should read "die blechtrommel" (also in Danzig ;) )

Thanks for inforamtion. I will have to go to library. :)

Natasc
Feb 27th, 2005, 01:39 AM
Well, I think that the first time in my life (with 2 years) that mum give me a book was from Arthur.....he worte Sherlock Holmes
So, since i was young I always like of enigmas and books like Holmes
I always want to be a Sherlock :lol:

So, looking for my books now, I love Dan's book
My fav book of ALL is: ANGELS & DEMONS
And my recent readed books are:
Da Vinci Code
Angels & Demons
Rule of Four
Who Has Fear of Darkness ( I bought today, mum said that this guys is a TERRIFIC, AMAZING writer. I'm gonna read after I over 'the rule of four')

And of course...I never forget to read my comics books ;) :yeah:

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 27th, 2005, 01:50 AM
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Nat... ;)

Natasc
Feb 27th, 2005, 02:06 AM
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Nat... ;)
yeah, I know
I just said 'Arthur' for be something like that 'we are friends'

Like today, when I was in store book for bought my book form Sidney Sheldon when the guy passed me the book I said: "So, here we are Sid"

I like to do does jokes....things form my crazy mind

BUT, dont forget:
"Between the madness and the brilliant idea there is just a narrow line that divides them"

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 27th, 2005, 02:21 AM
ah, okay...when I'm reading a book I used to say, for instance, okay, let's come back to Bahia...(if I'm reading Dona Flor e seus dois maridos ;) )

Natasc
Feb 27th, 2005, 02:36 AM
ah, okay...when I'm reading a book I used to say, for instance, okay, let's come back to Bahia...(if I'm reading Dona Flor e seus dois maridos ;) )
Hey, talking about Brazilian Books you should read everyone form MACHADO DE ASSIS
My fav from him is: Memorias Postumas de Brás Cubas and Dom Casmurro
He's unique ;)

please...dont read José De Alencar..he will just make you hate reaf books :o

Fearful Jesuit
Feb 27th, 2005, 03:15 PM
okay Nat, thanks for the suggestion...

Lollipop
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:25 PM
I love Joy Fielding and Franz Kafka.

My favourite book ever is The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger :)