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About Romanike

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  • Birthday 13/10/1964


  • Biography
    Author and translator
  • Location
    Wiesbaden, Germany, and Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Interests
    SF/F, astronomy, ancient Roman history
  • How did you hear about this site?
    Was already a member, now resuming membership

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  • Location
    Wiesbaden (Germany)
  • Current Book
    C.S.Friedman, "Black Sun Rising"
  1. Books that make you cry

    I cried when Sam left Frodo behind at Shelob's Lair ...
  2. Is 90% of YA Fiction really Crap?

    Never mind that The Hunger Games themselves are a copycat of Battle Royale, which was a kinder copycat of the, utterly cynical, Laboratory of Eternal War ...
  3. Maddening Literary Stylisms

    It's simply bad manners. Though not so new. I have recently picked up an old Slovenian translation of a Russian novel and gave up after four pages because as well, dialogs were not marked as such and - in a foreign language - I could not even tell where someone started or ended speaking!
  4. Good first novels

    Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose Patrick Süsskind - The Perfume
  5. A to Z Game

    Ymir (19th satellite of Saturn)
  6. It should be available now! And today, the kindle edition is available for free! But hurry, there are only a few hours left!
  7. Football - Euro 2016

    There are a lot of jokes on this side of the Channel now about how the icelander Vikings performed vs. England: From Lindisfarne 793 to EM 2016: 1223 years of Brexit!
  8. Incidentally, Mont Saint-Michel and St. Michael's Mount are the same name in different languages. More incidentally, their similarity is purely coincidental. While Mont Saint-Michel was deliberately built on an island, St. Michael's Mount was raised above a forest that, one day, got swept away by a storm-tide, leaving the mount behind offshore, where it was never meant to be.
  9. Book Chain

    Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 - Marc Jansen, ‎Nikita Petrov
  10. Song Chain

    Know your ENEMY - Green Day
  11. I just gave up on Kim Stanley Robinson. "Aurora" is written in such a convoluted grammar and syntax as if my daughter had tried to translate it from French. Or maybe it is my insufficient handling of English, I don't know. He can do better than that, but this ranks IMO even below this travel-log-masked-as-a-story bore of his, "Antarctica".
  12. Places in novels

    This usually does not happen with the kind of novels that I am reading (SF/F or history), but ever since I have been commissioned to translate a travel guide of Tokyo I want to go there!
  13. Yes, I am still lurking around. After some hiatus, we have again produced an English-language book. This time it is quite a topical one, presenting the initial results of the New Horizons reconnaissance mission at Pluto and its moons as of spring 2016 (the German version was published in earle June, the English version I have released this morning). I have written the historical and geological sections, my wife, a university chemist, has discussed the chemistry of the soil and atmosphere of Pluto, and Dr Rainer Riemann, astrophysicist at the University of Heidelberg who is actively participating in several ESA space missions, has added his own preface. The full-colour printed edition is available from Amazon or CreateSpace, the ebook edition via KDP Select: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pluto-Charon-Horizons-spacecraft-farthest/dp/1534960740/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467626622&sr=8-1&keywords=pluto+charon+codex Not sure why the cover was not shown now?
  14. The Five Worst Book Covers Ever?

    Sure. have a look at these. http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/05/the-mystery-of-cliched-african-book-covers/ Or these: http://scroll.in/article/664347/how-to-design-the-cover-of-a-south-asian-novel-include-a-shy-woman-in-dupatta-the-taj-mangoes Not to mention these: https://chariswoodward.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/ya-book-covers-4.jpg
  15. And this, while we are watching "The Borgias" on DVD every evening.