"Though hast it now, King, Glamis, Cawdor…"
This is, if I am not completely wrong, a rather famous quote
from Shakespear's Macbeth, it is included here
basically to impress girls - actually, coming to think about it,
does it make you sexy if you quote such boring old stuff??? I do
not know, suggestions are extremely welcome...
Now to be a bit more serious about me redaing habits, I enjoy
lots of type of books, some are concerned with computer science
and/or matematics, but have no fear, I will not lead you into
such directions on this page. This is more about reading for
recreational purposes, to actually get your mind off of those
study-related things, books to enjoy the well-crafted language
of or the story narrated in them or both of, it is much a matter
of personal taste. And so we use a phrase which was coined by
our old friends, the ancient Romans, de gustibus non
disputandum, which we throw in at this point to merely
show off our knowledge of languages long forgotten and spoken no
I don't really know what else to say, so I simply write down a
list of books I had the pleasure of reading, maybe some might be
tempted to retrace my steps in one direction or the other…
The Dune series by Frank Herbert has of late
fascinated me quite extraordinarily, each book sheds more
light on the complex universe Herbert had created.
Similarly, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (and related
books like the Silmarillion) gave me much joy over
the level of detail spent on creating a "true" world.
Now I have to add Stephen King's Dark Tower series,
so far people might think I only read sci-fi and fantasy…
To remedy this immediately, I mention a couple of books by
Milan Kundera, for instance The Unbearable Lightness of
Being among others; Kundera is an author who has the very
rare gift of writing about serious matters in such, how to say
it, perhaps light way (suggested by the book of his I
mentioned) which has a slight resemblance to the tone of many
French films I have seen, no matter how dramatic things get,
always a little bit of humor, or rather incomplete seriousness
remains. I find it hard to describe but Kundera can make me
laugh and cry within the same sentence.
I've enjoyed reading Camus' The first man which is
some kind of autobiographical narration of his own childhood
in Algier, probably the most sensual and sensitive book I have
ever read, the way he describes the sun in the sky, the sea,
all nature around him you can actually feel, see, smell it.
Another fascinating book was One Hundred Years of
Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The entangled story
of this family and the place they lived in I found very nicle
told, occasionally confused by the fact that all male people
mentioned had only (approx.) two different names…
This list would not be complete unless I mention The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams which
has found me rolling on the floor and laughing like mad
because it simply ridicules everything about sci-fi you ever
come up with.
There are certainly other books I've read and I have found
remarkable, but any such list is by design incomplete… Anyone
interested in buying books, I would recommend one of the various
Amazon sites on the
internet, the German one is
particularly nice for residents of Germany, Austria, and
Switzerland because no postage needs no to be paid. In case the
book you are looking for is out of print, check out this site
for Used Books, maybe you
can find it there, good luck!
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