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jostfa18
jostfa18

Hey guys, what say you we pick a book to read and then start posting comments about it? Here are some preliminary suggestions of books I've wanted to read but as of yet have been unable (probably public domain books are going to be the best option so we don't have to buy anything): okay,
1) Das Schloss or Der Prozess (EN: The Castle / The Trail) by Franz Kafka
2) Enders Game - Orson Scott Card
3) Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
4) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
5) Battlefield Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
- so these are just some preliminary suggestions, add others and lets get the discussion going for deciding on a book that we could talk about!

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bloodstalker
bloodstalker

the kafka books are in german? my german is not that good.though translations are bound to exist but still it would be a second-hand experience.

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Mularac
Mularac

can't, sorry... I'm atm reading the 12 books collection of Gaunt's Ghosts books, written by Dan Abnett.
They're based on the warhammer 40k universe.

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Gorbles
Gorbles

Absolutely brilliant series, in my humble opinion. Dan Abnett is possible the best writer working for the Black Library at the moment, and is certainly in top three.

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Calgar
Calgar

i take it that Mr McNeill is also one of the top three?

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Mularac
Mularac

Indeed it is. All twelve books were astonishing, although I must say I was hoping for a more conclusive ending... but it was excellent all the same.

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ramagon
ramagon

Dan Abnett is awesome... nice books...

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jostfa18
jostfa18

Hey guys I've been completely occupied with copious amounts of boring schoolwork, but I thought I'd share some of the books I've been reading with you. The first is Underground by Haruki Marukami and it really is amazing. Its essentially about a terrorist attack carried out by a cult called Aum in Japan in the mid 90's, but the way in which its written forces you to question so many principles and assumptions made by society and even the individual that it becomes a powerfully engaging book. The second is Don Quixote, and guys if you've never read this one you have to. Its absolutely hilarious, it pokes fun of everything and beautifully satirizes the whole chivalric romance genre (or libros de caballerias as they're called in DQ) but anyway, those are my two most recent books so if you want to read about terrorism and death and philosophical issues pick up Underground, and if you want philosophy through humor and comedy read about good ol' don quixote de la mancha.

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bloodstalker
bloodstalker

i mean emperor : battle for dune

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Robots!
Robots!

I've been reading the Dune Chronicles.

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bloodstalker
bloodstalker

does it have anything to do with the EA game?

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Mularac
Mularac

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). A book that although being intend for a childish audience, you can still see some cinical points about society (a queen with 0 tolerance that would send everyone to be executed if the mispleased her a bit, a tribunal court where the sentence is carried out before the veredict, etc)
It would have been, however, a better read if I'd got the English version instead of the spanish... if anyone is interested in reading it, I'd strongly advice him/her to get the original version in it's own language rather than a copy in your own language, there're way to many games of words and stuff that can only be apreciated in Lewis' language.

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jostfa18
jostfa18

hey mularac, Alice and Wonderland is a great book and yes, translations are never as good as the originals (I think at least), Carroll was also a mathematician and wrote an interesting short treatise on logic called "The Game of Logic" where he explains the basic principles of propositions, fallacies, syllogisms, etc, it can be found at Etc.usf.edu along with tons of other audiobooks and classics if you or anyone'd be interested in reading them. Tambien me interesa la literatura en espanol pero desafortunadamente no conozco muchos autores (solo el famoso y muy buen escritor Jorge luis borges) asi que si me podes recomendar algunos te estaria agradecido!)

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Mularac
Mularac

Muy buen español, el tuyo. Y es admirable que conozcas al Borges!
Well, it depends on what you like, actually. Other great spanish-talking authors are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende, Julio Cortázar, etc. Tell me what you're into, and I'll recommend you an author and a book.

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