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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old December 26th, 2005, 13:40 Thread Starter
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The books of 2005

Three questions:

1) What was/were the best book(s) you read in 2005 (preferable a book of 2005)?

2) What was the most disappointing read of 2005?

3) Which book will you certainly read in 2006?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old December 27th, 2005, 11:51
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Three questions:

1) What was/were the best book(s) you read in 2005 (preferable a book of 2005)?

2) What was the most disappointing read of 2005?

3) Which book will you certainly read in 2006?

I don't know, most of the time I only read books that are a bit established. Maybe someone could post a list with books that came out in 2005, then I can say whether I read them or not.

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It doesn't have to be of 2005, just tell us what you liked reading in the last year
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old December 28th, 2005, 02:05
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Three questions:

1) What was/were the best book(s) you read in 2005 (preferable a book of 2005)?

2) What was the most disappointing read of 2005?

3) Which book will you certainly read in 2006?
The best book that was actually released in 2005 was Half-Blood Prince p but the best book I read this year, by a considerable margin, was Independent People, written by Halldor Laxness. His prose is beautiful.

Most disappointing? Dunno, didn't read much

In 2006, I'd like to read World Light, Under the Glacier, Paradise Reclaimed, Iceland's Bell, The Fish Can Sing...I'd also like to read some stuff from Haruki Murakami

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old December 28th, 2005, 02:13
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Best Book I've read in 2005: "Schoppenhauer's Treatment" by Irwin D. Yalom
Worse book I've read in 2005: "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown
Book I plan to read in 2006: Dunno
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1) What was/were the best book(s) you read in 2005 (preferable a book of 2005)?

2) What was the most disappointing read of 2005?

3) Which book will you certainly read in 2006?
1) Thomas Pincheon: gravity's rainbow. Undoubtedly one of the greatest books ever written.

2) Arthur Japin: een schitterend gebrek: was a prize winner some years ago in Holland but has a crappy story overall. Good for the lovers of doctor's novels

3) dunno yet. There are still some classics waiting for me.

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The best book I read this year was Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Unconsoled." Very massive and impressive piece of literature. If you like Kafkaesque books, then you will probably like it.

Most dissapointing...no idea, I usually don't finish the books I don't like and forget these pretty quickly.

In 2006...when something new is published by Viktor Pelevin, then I will definitely read it.

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Best book I have read, or I should say books because its a 4 books series, is The Emperor( about Caesar) by Conn Iggulden.

Worst is quite easily The Da Vinci Code. I dont know why I forced myself to finish it.

A book I'm very anxious to read is Gates of Fire. A book that has been strongly recommended to me, and is highly regarded througout the world. About Sparta and the battle of Thermoplyae.

As you might have guessed, I'm most interested in reading Historical Fiction lately. Even if I have read alot different books.


and oh, I'll just throw in a passage from Gate of Fire, something that makes one want to read it:

"this is my shield
I bear it before me into battle,
but it is not mine alone.
It protects my brother on my left.
It protects my city.
I will never let my brother out of its shadow
nor my city without its shelter.
I will die with my sheild before me,
facinng the enemy."

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Kafka On The Shore (Murakami), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Foer) and Shalimar The Clown (Rushdie)

Just finished Jonathan Safran Foer's follow up, and I like it more because of his ingenuity than actually liking the novel that much, although it was an irresistable read still. Thought "All Is Illuminated" was better done, although not as complex and ambitious.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old January 2nd, 2006, 17:34
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For the worst...I must say that "The Western Cannon" by Harold Bloom was quite a disapointment and if wasn't a book about literature a total waste. It is bad to see a Yale teacher (with any status that it may have) writing so badly, even having read a lot, and wasting time with petty academics fights with gratuitous attacks to Foucault, Derrida or Barthes; with an out-dated freudianism; screaming wolf (marxism) more than Bastin in all his XT history and with the worst of high-brown attitutde possible...
A read a quite bad book also by a dude named something since he does not deserve to be remembered, the Caligrapher of Voltaire - i was attracted just by the Voltaire in the title - but that was expected...
The best I read ? This year I have read a bit of Kafka, Dostoievisky, Pynchon, Borges, Cortazar, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Derrida, Foucault, Joyce, Keats, Kipling, Shelley, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Twain, Ovid, Bocaccio, Nabokov, Pessoa, Wells, Stevenson, Balzac, Hoffman, Chesterton, Pushkin...so in any way I would have done something better than Bloom (And More snobish also)

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