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Postby Warspirit » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:15 pm

I mostly read historical books. Love the ones which are about WW2 with alot of division names and numbers everywhere :P
Also books which are about the crusades, antiquity and roman empire are fun to read. Always interesting to know about what happend in the past :D
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Postby lunanen » Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:18 pm

Sear wrote:heh...it was about time that such a topic would appear on this forum!
Favorite books....well...there are quite a few, and actually, now, i can't remember them all!
But i'll start with some that changed my perspective of life in general: "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoievski, closely fallowed by "Demons".It's been almost 2 years since i last read them...but the last one troubles me even now....I really consider Dostoieski as a genius.
....and the list will continue...
P.S.: i love reading gothic literature...starting with Horace Walpole....finishing with Anne Rice...


Now that is something I could never understand....Ok, well, Crime and Punishment is more or less tolerable in my opinion, but say Brothers Karamazoff....uff...I quit after 50 pages....if not sooner. Just wondering...did you read the original or a translation? And of course, it's all a matter of taste, probably...


VoiceOfCommonSense wrote:yeah, good choice ! :) Say hello to your buddy - I owe him a kick in the nuts, 'coz thanx to him I had to read through all these bulky volumes concerning vampires in order to write my MA Thesis :P


interesting....what was your topic?


My list...well, there isn't any. There are so many great authors and books....genres...all different and fascinating. I'm currently reading Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island, and I really enjoy it. Rushdie is pretty much a fav. author. A really light and enjoyable read is Timbuktu by Auster. I enjoy various authors' works among the favourites are Lermontov, Fet, Turgenev, the Strugatsky brothers, J. Barnes, A.Carter, Blake, Byron...uff....it's endless really... I just like to read..
The last book that impressed me a great deal was 100 years alone by Marques. :D
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Postby lunanen » Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:06 pm

VoiceOfCommonSense wrote:
lunanen wrote:
VoiceOfCommonSense wrote:yeah, good choice ! :) Say hello to your buddy - I owe him a kick in the nuts, 'coz thanx to him I had to read through all these bulky volumes concerning vampires in order to write my MA Thesis :P


interesting....what was your topic?




Basically The Myth of The Vampire in Western Tradition, Literature and Culture...

It was pretty cool to write this, but it's so fucking hard to get some decent books on the subject here in Poland... Especially if you have to write the whole thesis in English... that's why it took me a lot of effort to finish it, but after a year and a half I was done... I've just handed it in today, so keep your thumbs up :)


Heeey! congratulations!!! *thumbs up* will you have to defend it a bit later?
I bet it's a very informative and unputdownable work! mind if i have a look at it? :) My thesis was about Cockney in Literature. And yeah, I like Dickens! :D
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Postby lunanen » Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:55 pm

VoiceOfCommonSense wrote:
Nice topic! I'm defending it on 3rd of July - so it's like 3 weeks left :D There's a lot of reading for me to do before that date, but I hope it's all gonna be fine :)

Basically, we are really free to write about anything, so that's why some of the topics in my University seems so 'underground' :) There's a friend of mine who writes about the sexuality of angels in English Literature, another one chose to elaborate upon Alchemy in faust and stuff like this, so it's really a lot of good stuff to read... Pity I'm not a professor :)

Oh and btw, I enjoy occasional Dickens, too :D


best of luck at the defence!!! That's really great that you could choose any topic. Most of our profs gave a list to choose from. I was lucky enough to have a supervisor who was ready to read and explore any topic. My work was based on Dickens' the Pickwick Papers...it's was fun anyway. :) However, i had significant problems with the literature as well....all books on Cockney that i found were dated minimum 1978...and all written by Russian linguists... had to order from UK...at least something. eh...the hard lot of a linguist...heh %)
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Postby lunanen » Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:39 pm

Sear wrote:The translation, unfortunetly i do not know any russian...
My first Dostoievski book was Crime and Punishment, and to tell you the truth, it took a while for me to get ''sucked in'' by the story...and now i might add i don't regret continuing the reading....
Brothers Karamazoff kind of bored me as well, but I kept on reading it, it is interesting, has some memorable parts....especially the conversation between Ivan and ''the devil''....
But still...my favorite book remains "Demons"....it's a masterpiece and if you haven't read it 'till now i warmly recommend it to you....

oh well...i have to add another great book to my list: Jean Paul Sartre- Nausea
( bah..i do tend to like existentialists)...


It's just you are not the first one...foreigner I mean who really enjoys C&P and The Brothers Karamazov and i just thought that maybe the translation does the trick. His works are considered hard for understanding, and in my opinion they are...of course I've read Crime and Punishment...and I must confess it was the severest punishment for me :D However, The Insulted and Humiliated is simply superb! I sometimes wonder how could one person write 2 books so completely different!
I'll check out Demons though...I'll try to at least :)
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Postby Warspirit » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:44 pm

Sear wrote:
Warspirit wrote:I mostly read historical books. Love the ones which are about WW2 with alot of division names and numbers everywhere :P
Also books which are about the crusades, antiquity and roman empire are fun to read. Always interesting to know about what happend in the past :D
...reminds me of Maurice Druon's Les Rois Maudits( The Accursed kings)....amazing book....


Hmm, never heard of, I shall see if I can find a swedish version :D
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Postby Larth » Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:32 pm

Frederick Forsyth - "The Day of The Jackal"

Andrew Jennings - "Foul!"

Antony Beevor - "Stalingrad"
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Postby DarkLink » Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:02 am

I love The witches trilogy by Anne rice as well as The Vampire Chronicles:
Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)

ANd I love "the Picture of Dorian Gray" by Wilde
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Postby Warspirit » Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:22 pm

Read a really good book on the train to Gothenburg, "A Drink Before The War" by Dennis Lehane. It was so funny, about 2 private detectives and a gang war. Easily one of the best thrillers(?) I've read.
Also "Patient 67" and "Gone, Baby, Gone" by him can I really recommend.
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Postby 34.788 » Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:38 am

I read much in the past but I dont read generally anymore ,but I like scientific and sci fi .
my favs are ;

- Black Hole
- Quantum Physics -illusion or reality / Alastair
- A Mathematician s Apology / Hardy
- The Wild Numbers
- The Man Who Loved Only Numbers
- Relativity
- An introduction into Metaphysics
- The Art of Mathematics
- Recollections of A Dead House / Dostoyevski
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Postby lethal_flame » Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:21 pm

Bram Stoker - Dracula
E.a Poe- All Stories
r.a .Salvatore - Dark Elf series
margaret weis and tracy hickman-dragonlance series
anne rice - Interview with the vampire
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Postby Danhod » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:35 am

Mammon Iaho Dumah wrote:Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau


Reminds me of... something :roll:
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Postby muskurov » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:50 pm

Danhod wrote:
Mammon Iaho Dumah wrote:Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau


Reminds me of... something :roll:


It's a damn good club :P
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Postby Danhod » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:52 pm

muskurov wrote:
Danhod wrote:
Mammon Iaho Dumah wrote:Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau


Reminds me of... something :roll:


It's a damn good club :P


I meant Matt's band but that's funnier hahahahaha
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Postby firebird » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:02 pm

H. W. Ludwig: "Animals and plants of our Waters" :D
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