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  1. I cried when Sam left Frodo behind at Shelob's Lair ...
  2. 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. 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. Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose Patrick Süsskind - The Perfume
  5. 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. 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. Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 - Marc Jansen, ‎Nikita Petrov
  10. 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".
  11. 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!
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. And this, while we are watching "The Borgias" on DVD every evening.
  15. "By the sea". With mixed feelings. While Brad Pitt played agreeably, that female terminator face, Angelina Jolie, was completely misapplied in her role and, since she was also the producer and had cast herself, is obviously overestimating her professional capacities by several light-years.
  16. Most of us watch very little TV, expect for the evening news and the occasional DVD from the library. Our son, however, is a sports fan, and my wife and I have grown accustomed to joining him when he is watching ski jumping, just for the sake of being sociable, i.e. so that he is not alone on the couch all the time and has someone to drop his comments to. Our daughter keeps complaining that he has infected us with that virus and would emphatically lock herself into her room then.
  17. Silly Novels by Lady Novelists - George Eliot
  18. *Sigh* I had to do this when my mother had died. Many of her books inevitably went to the recycling boxes. It feels like committing cannibalism.
  19. This is, incidentally, a prevalent topic in my stories. I have several times applied protagonists who initially feel worthless and discover during the narrative that in fact they aren't, and they reform or repent from their ways. Pure stoicism! Marcus Aurelius, a philosopher whom I adore, compared the Cosmos to a living organism and every living being to one of its cells (limbs, he says, being ignorant of biology, but cells is closer to the point he is trying to make). He goes on suggesting that human beings may decide to detach themselves from this organism, but always to their own detriment, like an arm hacked off that lies uselessly around on the battlefield; but that humans only also enjoy the capability to reattach - an explicitly raised issue in our "Romanike" novels that ties in with the seemingly worthless protagonist mentioned above.
  20. Of course, Hawking is entitled to say "There is no God" like he is entitled to say "There is no Father Christmas". Neither claim is compelling.
  21. I am all the time questioning my beliefs. And I demand the same from others - but see very little will to do so, particularly among Muslims. And there are lots and lots and lots around the district where I live. And lots and lots and lots more pouring in. The vast majority of them trying to ram their belief down my throat by arrogantly displaying their headscarfs like they were NSDAP badges. Where is the difference, matter of fact? Ideology is ideology, with or without a godhead in it. (I am sometimes tempted to approach them with the "Heil Hitler" gesture. They consider Hitler a great man, anyway, because he has done in the Jews. Quoth my niece's mother, an Iranian refugee.)
  22. That is hardly comparable. The Kamikaze killed other combattants, not civilians, and they didn't do it for the greater honour of their gods. And the British agents would have (if that story was more than an urban myth) only killed themselves, not a hundred arbitrary bystanders. And yes, Dan, if it is found that there is only one religion that produces suicide bombers on an industrial scale, then there is very clearly something profoundly wrong with that particular religion and I would take care not to be identified with it. Those hateful, psychotic, psychopathic sociopaths in the Kremlin, North Korea, China et al. have perverted Marx' teachings as well - yet would you dare to claim in public that you were a devoted Marxist and expect not to be confronted with any kind of criticism of your ideology? Would you expect the American or German authorities not to ask any questions about your perspectives of "integration into society"?
  23. Like "The Hunchback of Nôtre-Dame" is close to unreadable today, owing to it's author's excessive way of bullying his agenda of putting the architecture of the cathedral under legal protection. Or why is "Don Quichote" so great and famous, with chapter after chapter repeating the same simple pattern: Don Quichote rides on - meets people - turns mad at them - gets his a* kicked - rides on, etc. Or Goethe's dreary "Werther" that was extremely popular in his day but makes any modern reader cry: "Go shoot yourself on page 2, mate, and spare us from the rest of your whining!"
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