Books

Dec. 14th, 2013 08:23 pm
schneefink: (Feldgatter)
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Book meme:
List 10 books that have stayed with you. Don't take but a few minutes, and don't think too hard - they don't have to be the 'right' or 'great' works, just ones which have touched you.

Almost all of the books that came to mind where books from my childhood, and some of them I haven't read in ages and/or wouldn't recommend. In no particular order and with some words because I feel like it.

1. Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
One of the first books I felt fannish about. Dragons! The real hero of the story was obviously Akki, and I don't want to read the book again because I'm pretty sure it wouldn't hold up well, but dragons :)

2. The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley
I read the book again later and it didn't hold up, but at the time when I read it I enjoyed it a lot. A captive prince and a lost princess and a group of outlaws coming together and heroics and a happy ending, awww.

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I haven't read it in forever. I thought about putting the Silmarillion on the list instead because I read that one so often I knew all of the family trees by heart, but the Lord of the Rings came first.

4. Momo by Michael Ende
My mom's favorite book, and I love it too. The importance of listening and stories may be my favorite parts.

5. The Carpet Makers (Die Haarteppichknüpfer) by Andreas Eschbach
The book that taught me that each story consists of hundreds of smaller stories all woven together, some with bigger and some with smaller scale but that doesn't mean they're less important.

6. The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
To be honest at least half of the reason why this one stayed with me is because that scene in the third book that showed me the appeal of h/c.

7. Märchenmond by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein
Okay, usually I tried to put the English titles here, but "Magic Moon" just sounds so much sillier than Märchenmond (...because I never thought about the latter. Whatever.) Actually I think I should reread those, they're good fantasy. And unlike most of W. Hohlbein's books they're not formulaic, have good characters, and actually have plot twists.

8. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Robots! Susan Calvin! I find it very amusing that Asimov's Laws of Robotics are still so famous today even though Asimov wrote hundreds of short stories about the fact that they wouldn't work. But they're still a good guideline, I suppose.

9. The City of Dreaming Books (Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher) by Walter Moers
The first Zamonien book I read was "Die 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär", and I loved how full of ideas it is. City of Dreaming Books has that, the same great writing style, and it's a love letter to books and reading and writing at the same time.

10. Eine Reise nach Gnomiland by unknown (I just checked, it's not even written anywhere... it just says "by IKEA family.)
The oldest here. It's half a picture book, in a very large format, and LB and I loved it when we were kids. I can still recall over half of the pictures from the top of my head.

Date: 2013-12-14 09:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] extempore
Oh, die Wolfgang Hohlbein Phase! *wird nostalgisch*

Das erste Buch, das mir bei solchen Memes immer einfällt, ist die Unendliche Geschichte. Quer durch meine Jugend noch bis lange nachher war das DAS Buch schlechthin. Allein die Tatsache, dass es in zwei Farben geschrieben ist! Und das Auryn drauf hat! ♥

Als zweites Buch fällt mir dann "Interesting Times" von Pratchett ein, weil das mein erstes Discworld Buch war. Hatte ich für eine Nachtfahrt im Zug nach Berlin geliehen, und von Schlaf war keine Rede. Ich hab mich blöd gelacht und den halben Großraumwagen unterhalten. (Was kein Problem war, weil wir zur Love-Parade gefahren sind, und kein Mensch im Wagon geschlafen hat. *g*)

Aber danach müsste ich schon länger überlegen.

Date: 2013-12-14 09:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quarter_to_five
Oh, Momo! I loved that book so much when I was a kid. I don't remember it very well, but I recall...greyness? And weirdness? Something surreal and melancholy. (I also loved the Michael Ende book with the train engine where they go to China (?) but i've still never read The Neverending Story.)

...filching meme.

Date: 2013-12-18 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhampyresa.livejournal.com
OMG BOOKS! That I have read exactly 2 of, lol.

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