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Mesg #8 "Vaipukka's Reading Challenge 2010"
Author Vaipukka     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Wed Dec-30-09 02:11 PM
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My goal is to get 25 books read - minimum, and if possible I try raise the number.

I'll start with (after I have finished with Patrick Süskind's Perfume - few tens pages to go...):
Patricia Finney, The Crow Goddess

  

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Mesg #184 "RE: Vaipukka's Reading Challenge 2010"
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Date Fri Jan-22-10 09:00 AM
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Patrick Süskind's Perfume was fantastic book! I highly recommend it! Okay, it was slightly strange, but I loved his language and although the story line was odd and challenging, he could make it very believable and enjoyable story to read. Mind you, it has first published in German (Das Parfum; I read it in English, my German is not that good), but at least the translation in the book published by Penguin was good.

I planned to read Patricia Finney's The Crow Goddess next, but as usual plans change... Well, it's on my reading list

  

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Mesg #185 "1. Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie"
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Date Fri Jan-22-10 09:10 AM
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I was recommended to read this. I was skeptical about the book, because I'm not big fan of these how-should-you-live-your-life guides. It wasn't that bad, it was more of the story about old dying professor having last lessons with his former student. Well, it did contain that how-to-live part, but for some reason it was ok and not too annoying. I took it as a biography, and no, it didn't shake my world.

  

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Mesg #186 "2. Anu Lahtinen, Pohjolan prinsessat (not available in ..."
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Date Fri Jan-22-10 09:26 AM
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This book is unfortunately available only in Finnish - yet -, but I truly hope it will be translated! The title of the book goes something like this in English: Scandinavian Princesses - From Viking Maids to Renaissance Princesses. That is period from year 600 to year 1600. It's historical book written for wider public. It was enjoyable containing royal gossips from over thousand and several hundreds years ago! Life back then wasn't necessarily THAT different - the sorrows and joys were surprisingly similar as they are today. Princesses destiny wasn't always easy one, but many of them were very strong and independent - some ruled their kingdoms when their husband and/or son died. The writer has PhD in History. Nevertheless, the book wasn't "dry", it was well written and with humour. Hopefully this will be translated one day and if it will, I do recommend to read it!

  

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Mesg #219 "RE: 2. Anu Lahtinen, Pohjolan prinsessat (not available..."
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Ooh, if it does get translated it sounds like something I'd really enjoy! I hope it does!

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Mesg #256 "Stephen Weir, History's Worst Decisions and the People ..."
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This book has gathered 50 worst decisions in the history of humankind and people and reasons behind them. The tone in book is slightly sarcastic, but for reason, the mistakes described in this book are definitely stupid ones! Very sad thing is that SO many innocent people had died because of them, and the most shocking is that all of them would have been preventable if people behind the decisions weren't so lazy, greedy, angry, proud, blinded by their belief etc. The core message of the book is crystallized in the utterance of George Santayana (a Spanish poet, philosopher and novelist): "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Although the book is about grave errors of judgments and has slight sarcastic tone, it's not heavy to read, the writer has managed to bring humour and lightness to the text. The book is very enlightening and something I think everyone should read. I must say though I many times wondered why certain historical stupid decisions didn't make it to the book. They were too obvious perhaps... Well, history is full of those and perhaps the writer had to do some elimination to prevent it to become too massive opus. Nevertheless, highly recommended!

  

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Mesg #506 "The Poetic Edda"
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I love sagas and this didn't fail me Fantastic collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry. Gives an unique peek to the world of Vikings! Highly recommended as other sagas there is!

  

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Mesg #507 "Thompson Jim, Lumienkelit (Snow Angels)"
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This is a book written by an American living in Finland. He writes in English, but this book has been translated in Finnish and published first in Finland. The book will be coming to US market in 2011. The title is my own translation from Finnish one, so I don't know if it will be the one in US.

I have high respect to all writers who are writing and getting published first in a country which language is not their native. It's definitely achievement I admire. Said that I absolutely hated this book and I'm not sure why it got published. The story line was too typical detective story without anything uniqueness, it was too predictable, characters and dialogue weren't credible, full of clichés and pure weird things giving feeling that the author haven't checked his facts! The story tells about murders happening in Finnish Lapland, in town where I come from, so I'm probably overly critical. But I do know that area and people and their mentality EXTREMELY well (I'm one of them), and this book gave VERY stereotypical picture of all of those: local people are depressed alcoholic weirdos prone to murder or mad religious weirdos prone to murder - there is no single normal person in the whole town! Main character is very clinical, too good as a person. And the tone of author - deep sigh - there was no cleverness in his way of writing, text was straight forward like those in Harlequin books you can buy cheap from railways station (I mean not to offend anyone, I just don't like the way they are written). I just hated this book.

  

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Mesg #582 "Aldous Huxley, Brave New World"
Author Vaipukka     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to add this author to your buddy list
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I first read this book at high school - well, we had to. It was in the curriculum of our literature lessons. At that time I absolutely hated this, I found it way too weird and dark story. Now after - well very loooong time, I decided to challenge myself and read it again to see if I still hate the book. To my own surprise I loved it! I loved the story, it's darkness and weirdness - the very things I hated back then! It's so funny to see how your opinions can change when you get older I don't know yet if I'm up to challenge myself to read Jame Joyce's Ulysses... The book I disliked most of the books we had to read at high school...

I don't go to the plot of the book, because I assume most of you knows it since the book is classic.

  

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