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English:

Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman by Cesare Lombroso (14.04.14)
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (26.07.14)
Napoleon's Marshalls by R.P. Dunn Peterson (20.04.14)
Shards of Time by Lynn Flewelling (08.04.14)
Skin Game by Jim Butcher (20.07.14)

Deutsch:

Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix von J.K. Rowling (05.06.14)
Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz von J.K. Rowling (06.07.14)
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Okay, this is the third year in a row. I wanted to read 24 books and only read the following 16. It wasn't even laziness/depression this time. I finished 6 of those books either after a very long time or several tries. Yes, Hemingway, I am speaking of you, thwarting four attempts since I was twelve.

But then, sometime in summer I finally got around to finishing the third season of Game of Thrones and got obsessed with reading fics again. Well, good luck in 2014, self.

Deutsch:

Der alte Mann und das Meer von Ernest Hemingway (03.02.13)*
Germania von Tacitus (11.01.13)*
Gesellschaftsgeschichte der Neuzeit 1750-1989 von Altena/van Lente (10.12.13)*
Jerusalem - Die Biografie von Simon Sebag Montefiore (16.05.13)*
Das Kopfkissenbuch der Dame Sei Shonagon von Sei Shonagon, Helmut Bode (20.01.01)*
Lysistrate von Aristophanes (23.05.13)*
Rostam - Die Legenden aus dem Schahnahme von Abu'l-Qasem Ferdausi (24.07.13)*


English:

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (19.05.13)**
Blood Books Volume II by Tanya Huff (22.03.13)*
Blood Books Volume III by Tanya Huff (18.04.13)*
Cold Days by Jim Butcher (24.01.13)*
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett (10.01.13)*
Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino (18.01.13)**
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (02.02.13)**
Plot versus Character by Jeff Gerke (13.12.13)**
Strike Back by Chris Ryan (15.01.13)*

Random #40

Feb. 15th, 2013 11:22 am
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☞ I have a new haircut. It's the shortest it has been since ... well, since before I had enough hair for a haircut. I'm not sure if I like it yet, but it sure feels nice that it's not in the way at all for once.

☞ Tomorrow, I will visit [personal profile] sevilemar in Leipzig and stay for a week - if any of you want to meet up or anything, don't be shy. I might not be on time, though, because I have no idea if my trains will be on time in Bremen. A train derailed there yesterday and it's even more annoying than stubborn WWII bombs, it seems.

☞ I finished The Old Man and the Sea! This is an epic achievement, even if you won't believe it, because I've only been trying to do that for fifteen years. I just didn't want to admit defeat in the face of something that's not even a novel. It was the baseball that was the most tedious. Oh, and I also read North and South and was reminded that I like it so much more than Pride and Prejudice. I don't get why everyone makes so much fuss about the latter and not the former.

☞ I swear, I took photos with my new camera and wanted to post them, but I would have to edit and upload them and it seems I am just too lazy.
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January so far has been a weird month. It started with a week of respite from my mother's crazy alcoholic friend, who finally agreed to go into detox on January 1st. She's out now, but so far she hasn't relapsed. Also, my daily dose of bupropion has been doubled and it's starting to work, kind of. I have more of a drive than before but unfortunately no interesting things to do. I guess I'll have to start tidying up soon. I already managed to read four books and if I continue like this, I'll be through my unread book pile soon(ish).

One of these books I'd like to rec: Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. I really liked it and it spoke to something in me - most likely because I know what being a failure feels like. The first person POV takes a bit getting used to, but it's amazing how unreliable all the narrators are and in the end, you have no idea what is truth and what imagination. The novel is also based on a real life murder case, which was why I initially bought it. Well, that and the fact that I already read Out by the same author and liked it. Her books are focused on women in Japan, or more precisely why it sucks to be a woman in Japan.

Fandom-wise, I have been reading a lot of Hobbit genfic (and started a lot more that were labelled gen but turned out not to be gen at all), mostly about the family of Thorin, Fili and Kili. When did my id decide that fluffy family fic was it for me? I have no idea, but there you go. I've been thinking about writing some myself, but a) I don't have any specific ideas and b) I would have a lot of trouble writing Fili. I know the actors of all three dwarves from other series, but most of their roles don't cause any confusion. Dean O'Gorman, on the other hand, plays Anders/Bragi in The Almighty Johnsons and is just so awesome at that, it left quite an impression. For some reason I think I wouldn't write Fili as Fili but as Bragi, and I don't think Fili would be quite in character as a womanizing jerk.
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2011 I wanted to read 24 books, but in the end I only read 7, so I renewed my resolution. It didn't work out, but I'd say 20 is a good deal closer than 7. So 2013, here I come, and hopefully this time I will read 24 books.

Deutsch:

Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch von J.K. Rowling (18.10.12)*
Die Prinzipien der Ansichten der Bewohner der vortrefflichen Stadt von Abu Nasr Al-Farabi (11.12.12)*

English:

Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling (05.06.12)**
A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elisabeth Bear (18.06.12)*
The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas (24.10.12)* (unabridged audio book)
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (14.05.12)*
Hounded by Kevin Hearne (11.06.12)*
Imagined Communities (revised edition) by Benedict Anderson (31.10.12)*
InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (10.08.12)*
Legacy of Kings by Celia Friedman (04.03.12)**
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen (08.06.12)*
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (27.11.12)*
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (20.12.12)*
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (05.07.12)*
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (13.07.12)*
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (16.06.12)*
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monster by Rick Riordan (23.06.12)*
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (24.06.12)*
Success With Languages by Stella Hurd and Linda Murphy (12.02.12)*
Wings of Wrath by Celia Friedman (19.02.12)**
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Deutsch:

Faunblut von Nina Blazon (18.02.11)*
Vom Moorweib und den Weserriesen von Wilko Jäger (30.04.11)*

English:

Bareback by Kit Whitfield (25.09.11)*
Ghost Story - Dresden Files Book Thirteen by Jim Butcher (21.08.11)*
Glimpses by Lynn Flewelling (29.12.11)*
Lustrum by Robert Harris (12.07.11)*
Side Jobs - Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (11.02.11)*


I don't know if you remember, but my New Year's Resolutionfor 2011 was to read 24 books. As you can see, that didn't quite work out, maybe due to depression/overmedication. Well, I'll try better in 2012.

Random #28

Feb. 11th, 2011 07:40 pm
rodo: mucha's autumn allegory (mucha's autumn)
☞ Interesting survey at http://survey.scimitarsmile.com/

☞ I finally read Side Stories, the Dresden Files short stories book. And I really, really wish Butcher would not write in the PoV of people other than Harry. Cut for spoilers. )

☞ Mostly over the shock I got last Sunday. Still haven't replied to the e-mail, but I will show up at the meeting tomorrow and talk with the others. Hopefully I will successfully attack Neil's behaviour with my passive-aggressive, defense-focussed style. If it doesn't work - well, no more meeting with other hobby writers in RL. Probably won't stay as long because I will need anti-anxiety meds that only last two hours too. I hate being afraid of people I like.
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Deutsch:

Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik von Roald Dahl (09.05.10) (ungekürztes Hörbuch)*
Deutsche Geschichte in Quellen und Darstellung - Band 8: Kaiserreich und Erster Weltkrieg 1871-1918 von Reclam (12.09.10)*
Deutsche Kolonialgeschichte von Winfried Speitkamp (11.06.10)*
Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban von J.K. Rowling (26.05.2010)**
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen von J.K. Rowling (05.05.2010)**
Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens von J.K. Rowling (15.05.10)**
Die Heldenmutter von Wolfgang und Heike Hohlbein (28.04.2010)**
Zorro von Isabel Allende (02.03.2010)*

English:

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (03.08.10)*
The Blood Books Volume One by Tanya Huff (05.06.2010)*
Changes (Dresden Files Book Twelve) by Jim Butcher (08.04.2010)**
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (12.04.2010)*
Dead Beat (Dresden Files Book Seven) by Jim Butcher (03.03.2010)**
Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy Book One) by C.S. Friedman (08.04.10)**
Three Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Dog! by Jerome K. Jerome (04.04.10)*
The White Road by Lynn Flewelling (03.06.10)**

Random #20

May. 13th, 2010 04:37 pm
rodo: mucha's autumn allegory (mucha's autumn)
[community profile] ficondemand hosts a First Kiss Comment Fic Meme. I would love to participate, but I can't write anything halfway decent in English at the moment, fictionwise. I can, however, rec One Mad Moment by [personal profile] lemposoi, which is Jeeves/Wooster. It also has two Velvet Goldmine oneshots!

☞ Does anyone know if Robert Silverberg is against fanfic? I found a SFF anthology today that I originally bought because it contained a Lord John short story by Diana Gabaldon. The other authors? George R. R. Martin, Orson Scott Card and Robin Hobb. And Silverberg. I sense a pattern there, but I couldn't find any info on Silverberg.

☞ I've been watching old (well, old by internet years) shows lately. Among them The Middleman which is funny and adorable, and The Black Donnellys, which is awesome. I have a thing for stories about brothers and crime. Both were cancelled after one season, sadly. I also watched Im Angesicht des Verbrechens, which is actually quite good but feels somehow raw and unfinished in places. I have no idea what exactly we needed the whole "destined to be together" subplot for – the getting together would have worked just fine without that.

☞ Do you have any recs for long, plotty original slash about adults? I have a craving for it but I don't know how to find them. I defaulted to RPF AUs, but it's just not the same.
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Ich sage es lieber selbst, bevor jemand anders auf die Idee kommt: Ich hätte es wirklich besser wissen müssen. Aber da ich das Buch vor zehn Jahren schon einmal gelesen hatte und mochte, Heike Hohlbein mit von der Partie war und ich gerade Langeweile hatte, dachte ich mir, ich lese es mir noch einmal durch. Noch dazu hatte ich gerade Lust auf ein Buch mit weiblichem Hauptcharakter. Die Heldenmutter ist aus dem Jahr 1985, knapp 600 Seiten lang, ein Einzelband und High Fantasy. Soviel dazu. Nun zum Inhalt:
Lyra ist ein einfaches Bauernmädchen und hochschwanger, als sie die ebenfalls schwangere Elbin Erion und ihren Begleiter Sjur in der Scheune des Hofes findet. Beide befinden sich auf der Flucht vor den Herrschern des Landes. Lyras Kind stirbt kurze Zeit später bei der Geburt, doch als Erion von ihren Verfolgern eingeholt und tödlich verwundet wird, nimmt Lyra sich Erions Sohnes Toran an. Toran ist laut einer Prophezeiung der, der die Menschen von der Tyrannei der Goldenen befreien soll. Gemeinsam mit dem Magier Dago flieht Lyra zu den Zwergen, wo sie selbst die Rolle des Befreiers einnimmt um ihren Sohn zu beschützen.

Ich versichere euch, dass meine Beschreibung das Buch interessanter klingen lässt, als es in Wirklichkeit ist.[1] Ich habe hier nämlich die ersten 300 Seiten des Buches zusammengefasst, obwohl der Stoff locker auf 100 oder 150 gepasst hätte. Die Szenen auf dem Hof ziehen sich über 100 Seiten hin und die Handlung wird im ganzen Buch ungemein gestreckt. Von dem wirklich interessanten Teil des Plots bleibt am Ende dementsprechend wenig übrig. Aber das ist noch nicht einmal das größte Problem des Buchs. Der Plot ist zwar nichts Besonderes, aber wenigstens solide und in sich schlüssig. Problematisch wird es, wenn man sich die Charaktere anschaut. Sie gehören einfach nicht in den Plot und das führt zu einer Menge Problemen.

Lyra: )

Dago: )

Schwarzbart: )

Bjaron: )

Worldbuilding: )

Abschließend kann ich nur sagen, dass die Botschaft dieses Buches für mich ist, dass eine wohlwollende Diktatur einer schwachen Demokratie vorzuziehen ist. Diese Haltung wird von allen Charakteren mit Grips vertreten und Lyras abschließende Meinung zum Thema Freiheit wirkt schwach verglichen mit dem endlosen Gejammer darüber, wie viel Leid die Revolution dem Volk bringt.

Außerdem rate ich allen Autoren: Wenn eure Charaktere sich selbstständig machen und die geplante Handlung umgehen, lasst sie laufen. Sollten sie nicht irgendwann wieder von selbst beim Plot ankommen, solltet ihr es vielleicht mit anderen Charakteren oder einem anderen Plot versuchen. Die Heldenmutter ist das was herauskommt, wenn man Charakteren einen Plot aufzwingt.


PS: Dieser Post ist DW-only, da ich für die nächsten drei Wochen nicht crossposte. Es ist schließlich [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw!



Fußnoten )

Random #18

Apr. 14th, 2010 07:26 am
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☞ The Mary Sue debate is back again. This got me thinking about what I define as a Mary Sue, and I think I finally got a bit closer to what defines a MS: a MS is, for me at least, an id character that takes up a lot of room. More often than not, s/he is part of idfic. I have no idea what makes a character an id character, though. It's just this nagging-to-icky feeling that I get while reading, even when I like the character and the story. An example would be Harry Dresden in later books. It's one of the reasons why I won't touch other Butcher books; I'm afraid the protagonists will be id characters as well, and that unlike Harry they won't appeal to my id.

☞ I took a look at the books that I've stored under my bed. There are some books there that I didn't quite remember owning – three Hohlbeins. Some that I've never read – a 1951 translation of Dream of the Red Chamber. And books that I wish I didn't own – the Eric Lustbader book that calls him "master of the orient" on the cover. The weirdest book by far, however, is Raiders of the Deep by Lowell Thomas. In a German translation from 1930. Entirely in blackletter. It's about submarines in WWI, I think. Well, at least it's Alte Rechtschreibung and not the one before that. I always have to fight the urge to add random Hs to Ts and to replace every K and Z with a C after I read one of those.

☞ Is there a resource site or helpful program for vidders where they can look for footage without watching episodes? The main reason why I'm really slow at teaching myself how to vid is because I'm mostly not in the mood to look for the footage I need. I wish there was a site where I could just use tags to find a scene with a)Dean Wincester b)eating c)a hamburger or a)River Tam's b)feet (c)naked).

☞ I hate spring. It's time for my annual cold, for one. I always get them in spring because immune system doesn't know how to deal with a virus on top of all my allergies. I really loved this winter because I was allergy free for entire months, which is rare. Snow and temperatures below zero are vitually the only guarantee for me being allergy free (damn mould allergies). Also spiders. They are big, black and everywhere. At least the April weather is amusing. I don't think I've ever seen hail in bright sunshine before.

Random #10

Oct. 9th, 2009 11:19 am
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☞ Dear writers of FlashForward, please don't ever use German again. It was grammatically correct and the actors were actual German speakers (or plain awesome) and all ... it just wasn't really German. It sounded more like English. Imagine Japanese -> English translation that's grammatically correct but still not English, I'm sure there are a few.

☞ A propos German: Nobel Prize in Literature! Whoo! I'm always in a party mood when an author who writes in German gets the prize, because our language needs all the PR it can get (yes, even Tokio Hotel). There really isn't as much of a market for German books, and compared to English, few books get translated. Seriously, every idiot who writes their book in English can get it translated (e.g. Cassandra Clare), but German -> English is much rarer, I think. I haven't read any of Müller's books, but I think they sound interesting. I guess the east/west conflict is not of much interest in the US, but for me, it really is.

☞ Also: Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm not sure how to feel about it. I kind of wanted Hu Jia to win.

ETA: Can someone explain to me why this post has a scrollbar?

Misc.

Jul. 9th, 2009 08:34 pm
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Well, I really haven't been feeling all that well lately. I still haven't recovered from the warning discussion for one. That's why I haven't been particularly active lately. That and I was busy reading the Temeraire series. I loved the first three books, but the last two ... it's not that they're bad (they're not), I just have a feeling I know where the series is going and that I won't like it one bit. Reading isn't that much fun if you're waiting for the books to jump the shark.

Spoilers for season three of Torchwood: )

☞ To Americans who discuss racism in Germany: Germany is not the US. Stop applying your standards, please? Or at least do a bit of research.

☞ Watching Smallville feels like time travel. The early seasons, at least. I feel like I'm back in 11th grade. I suppose I would feel the same if I watched Buffy, but I don't have this problem with other series.

☞ I am going to write that meta post about my thoughts on Stargate some day. Hopefully. It's harder than it sounds.

Free Books!

Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:45 pm
rodo: girl hugs tv (tv)
Today I proved that it is a good idea to offer books as free downloads yet again. Last year, I read the free version of Neverwhere and ended up buying the TV series. And today I finished reading His Majesty's Dragon (downloaded here) and ordered the remaining books of the series as soon as I had finished.

I suppose [personal profile] blnchflr is very happy now. I think she posted the link two times already and tried to share her addiction.
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☞ Since I finished the first of my long reading projects last month (an abridged version of The Canterbury Tales), I started reading the Bible again. Just, you know, because it's part of our culture and all. I stopped somewhere in the Second Book of Moses (Exodus) the last time, because it's very, very boring. And I refuse to skip books. Anyway, I started with the ten commandments again, and read a few pages. I learned quite a few things: 1) If you beat up your slave and he doesn't die immediately but a few days afterwards, you won't be punished. 2) There are only three things listed under "offenses punishable by death" in my version (being a witch, having sex with animals and sacrificing to other gods). There are a lot of crimes you can be executed for, though. 3) God is weirdly specific when it comes to interior design. In fact, he goes on about it for several pages.

[livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek seems like a funny comm, but I really shouldn't follow any links there. My computer has less problems with InDesign, even though I don't have the RAM, the processor and the space on my hard drive that it requires. *sigh*

☞ Does anyone other than me watch Kings? I like the series, despite the fact that certain parts of it are rather problematic.
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☞ Why can't my headaches stop for more than a day? *sigh* I hate the weather.

☞ I never thought a fanperson could annoy me as much as this one. Seriously, she insists she finished university (and therefore knows much more than the rest of us idiots), but I'm wondering how she managed. University requires you to articulate coherent thoughts. She can't even ask the question she wants to ask.

☞ My muse is deader than a doornail. I really need a new one. I wish I could write and I really need to write, but I just can't.

☞ I started re-reading Good Omens for [community profile] books. The next time I read it I will mark all my favourite quotes. And when I have money I will buy a hard cover copy as well.

☞ Sent the letter with my vote for the elections yesterday and hope I sent it in time. Voting by mail is always such a hassle. But I do it anyway because being able to vote is a great thing that many people just don't appreciate enough.

☞ I need something to do.
rodo: granny knits thug for life sweater (thug)
I'm still behind schedule. *sigh* And I can't really think of anything clever to say, so this will be one of those random ramblings mentioned in [personal profile] blnchflr's latest post.

To be honest, I didn't do much lately. I read Corambis, which I didn't like quite as much as its prequels and which I found a bit disappointing as a last book in a series. I don't know why exactly, but I feel as if there was still a book left. I also didn't know quite what to do with the number of new characters, considering that most of the cast was the same in the first three books and none of them showed up again. Not to mention the really sloppy solution for the dialect of the Caloxan people ("dost", "thee", "thou" etc.).

I also spent hours on LibraryThing (link to my page), which I first found about two months ago via this wank report. And, well, I quite like it. Is there anybody else on my flist who has an account there? I have a feeling I know this person.
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (earth logic)
I almost forgot that, according to my posting schedule, I have to post today. Constant headaches and Turn Coat will do that to you. I still haven't finished the book yet (stupid headaches!), but I really like it so far. Jim Butcher even poked fun at the horrendously wrong German he used a few books back. (Die Lied der Erlking? Really, what was he thinking?) And he mentioned Bremen while doing so! Seeing Bremen mentioned in foreign fiction always makes me ridiculously happy. ([insanejournal.com profile] sevilemar, I hope I didn't wake you up with my text message full of squee, if I did, sorry.) I have an idea for a drabble to ficlet sized story based on that.

Other than that: #amazonfail is extremely unfunny. I think a of the books on my shelf are amazonranked. And others are by authors whose other books are. One of those books, Gender Trouble, I bought for university and a lot of the authors Judith Butler quotes are affected as well, it seems. I bought them all via Amazon. Well, I'll look for other alternatives now. Which I guess they will notice because so far I bought most of my books on Amazon.

A few links:

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