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01-18-2017 11:59 AM
freshy
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The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card and the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis...

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I absolutely love the Ender series, it was the first series I'm which I finished a book and went to a book store that day to keep going with the next, and next, and next.

Also Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy has to be up there with my faves.

The Hunger Games series was another great read believe it or not.
01-18-2017 07:50 AM
Trabi75
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Many of the titles I've mentioned are originally in German so get them in the original language . Right now I'm reading The Crystal Mountain by Reinhold Messner in English and it feels so stupid cos I hear his voice and dialect in my head. Should have gotten it in German.

Also get Buntschatten und Fledermäuse by Axel Brauns. Amazing book written by an autistic, about his perception of things. Very funny as well.
And get Die Ameise als Tramp by Bernhard Kegel. Such a good writer, it's such a pity this book doesn't get more attention. Very good non-fiction introduction into how we humen have affected entire ecosystems by introducing new species intentionally and unintentionally. Both are not translated into English that's why I hadn't listed them in my first post, but they would belong there.


If you enjoy mountaineering stories, try Joe Simpson (e.g. Touching the Void or The Beckoning Silence); way funnier/more entertaining to read than Krakauer or Harrer.(I loved the stories of both, but their writing style is bit stiff).
Thanks Neni,I'll check those books out. funny how you can get used to a style and when there is a different version i.e. translation you have a hard time adjusting. I've had that experience a few times too but it does help with second languages to go back and forth.

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01-17-2017 11:29 PM
neni
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Currently looking for some good modern German language books. Neni sounds like you could help in that regard. Is there somewhere I can download ebooks in German? I would like to try out some more modern authors to catch back up on my German slang.
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Many of the titles I've mentioned are originally in German so get them in the original language . Right now I'm reading The Crystal Mountain by Reinhold Messner in English and it feels so stupid cos I hear his voice and dialect in my head. Should have gotten it in German.

Also get Buntschatten und Fledermäuse by Axel Brauns. Amazing book written by an autistic, about his perception of things. Very funny as well.
And get Die Ameise als Tramp by Bernhard Kegel. Such a good writer, it's such a pity this book doesn't get more attention. Very good non-fiction introduction into how we humen have affected entire ecosystems by introducing new species intentionally and unintentionally. Both are not translated into English that's why I hadn't listed them in my first post, but they would belong there.


If you enjoy mountaineering stories, try Joe Simpson (e.g. Touching the Void or The Beckoning Silence); way funnier/more entertaining to read than Krakauer or Harrer.(I loved the stories of both, but their writing style is bit stiff).
01-17-2017 08:41 PM
david_z oh boy this might be interesting. I've got a rack of boring academically-minded stuff (most of which I've read or at least surveyed) but wouldn't make much of a "favorites" list haha. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, or rather, haven't in quite some time.

History/Non-Fiction/Etc

Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn -- want a grim and complete survey of the Soviet Gulag system? Not really light reading, a macabre page-turner IMO
Execution by Hunger, Dolot -- yay more anti-Soviet stuff, only this time it's about how they force-starved around 7 million Ukrainians
The Master Switch, Wu -- This one is admittedly dry and academic even by my own standards but really is a fascinating synopsis of the information age, its major players, and landscape
Life, Inc., Rushkoff -- takes a look at modern consumer culture, its roots, etc.
Propaganda, Bernays -- interesting overview of the methods by which propaganda/marketing shape our opinions/wants.
The Divide, Taibbi -- case studies in American inequality. I've read a few of his other works as well, but don't want to clutter it.
Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence In America, Adamic -- historical review of major labor struggles in America
Anti-Trust & Monopoly, Armentano -- re-examination of some landmark antitrust rulings, contrary conclusions
Downhill Slide: Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns, and the Environment -- interesting look at the development of the corporate ski industry

Literature/Fiction

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Heinlein -- this was actually my first foray in to "sci-fi" and I bought it purely on a whim/unsolicited recommendation from someone I follow on Facebook. I couldn't put it down. Have not had as much luck with other samples of that genre or author (Stranger in a Strange land was just okay, whereas Time Enough For Love I really struggled to keep interested, and don't think I ever finished it).
Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck -- I mean this kinda has to make the list though it's been ~20 years since I read it in high school. There's comparatively few of the "classics" that I had to read in high school/college that would make this list. This might be the only one, if only I could remember a few of the others...

Oh hell, these are the sorts of lists where tomorrow I'll remember another 5 or 6 books, but I'm drawing a blank here especially in the fiction department.
01-17-2017 08:03 PM
Trabi75
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How about Heinrich Harrer? Author of 'Seven Years In Tibet' and 'The White Spider'......the latter, being the story of the north face of the Eiger.......
Seen the movies but not read the books. Good idea. speaking of mountain books. I've read Into Thin Air by Krakauer and Der Gipfel (don't remember the English title, Summit or something'. I bought the German translation last time I was in Germany) that tells Boukreevs side of the story of the everest tragedy in 96. Both good. I still side with Krakauer more

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01-17-2017 07:03 PM
mojo maestro How about Heinrich Harrer? Author of 'Seven Years In Tibet' and 'The White Spider'......the latter, being the story of the north face of the Eiger.......
01-17-2017 06:47 PM
Trabi75
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If you want to read something good in German I would check out Herman Hesse.

Siddartha and The Glass Bead Game are 2 of my all time favorites.

I wish I could read him in the original language!
Actually have Siddhartha at home but haven't read it yet. I'd rather read it in German but can't find a free version lol.
I've also got a bunch of books that were translated into German from English (in addition to classics from Kafka, Döblin) schnitzler, Grass, but I'd like to discover some new German authors too and not just a ny times book that's been translated.

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01-17-2017 06:44 PM
Noreaster Heaps of semiotics. I'm all Derrida'd out for the moment.
01-17-2017 06:36 PM
snowklinger
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The Jungle is a classic,I just reread that. Read some of the Jason borne books recently (completely different from the movies)
I usually read Im Westen Nichts Neues and Der Schwarze Obelisk once a year (my favorite Remarque books)
Currently looking for some good modern German language books. Neni sounds like you could help in that regard. Is there somewhere I can download ebooks in German? I would like to try out some more modern authors to catch back up on my German slang.

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If you want to read something good in German I would check out Herman Hesse.

Siddartha and The Glass Bead Game are 2 of my all time favorites.

I wish I could read him in the original language!
01-17-2017 06:33 PM
Trabi75
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

An unconventional way to tell abt Germany during NSDAP regime, using a different perspective. The first 20 pages I thought it's an odd book and wanted to quit reading, but kept on cos it was so highly recommend by a friend. And it was worth it. Rarely there is a book which moves me like that. Powerful language which fuels emotion w/o being emotional.
Many books about that time use very graphic language to describe all the gruesomeness happened and the sheer masses of it makes one - me, at least - react with distance. This book however does not work that way. It's tender, touches your imagination rather than throwing words at you.
I've heard the name of that book/movie, but had no idea what it was about. Sounds interesting I might have to check it out.

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