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What book are you reading now? Any nice book to intro?

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masa
Posted: Oct 24, 2008 11:27 pm Reply with quote
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i recommend banana yoshimoto's 'kitchen' and junichiro tanizaki's 'makioka sisters'. both excellent books. just bought banana's 'amrita' and yusunari kawabata's 'snow country'. Can't wait to read them!!
 
hitomi #1
Posted: Aug 07, 2009 11:05 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 17 Feb 2009 Posts: 1933 Location: On Ai's speed dial!
Reading the graphic novel, The Watchmen, can't believe how god it is, Neko ni Fuusen just got the live action movie, anyone seen it, probably watch it when I finish the book, movie is quite long! Shocked
 
sakuraangel
Posted: Aug 11, 2009 10:35 pm Reply with quote
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Finished the Mortal Instruments series on the weekend. I don't normally read teenage series (at least not as of late, been more into non-fiction the last two years) but the write does make refer to anime and manga more so than I've seen another other North American writer. It's an easy read, mostly fast paced and entertaining, so I'd recommend it if those were two things you were looking for in a trilogy.

Debating about re-reading Battle Royale or just to wait for my new books to arrive
 
tadabelle-paaan
Posted: Aug 12, 2009 9:51 am Reply with quote
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I just finished Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud by Jonathan Safran Foer. It was AMAZING Love very touching too, recommend it to everyone Smile
 
Yunchen
Posted: Aug 12, 2009 10:16 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 27 Oct 2005 Posts: 1245 Location: Germany
I started reading the german bestseller "Maria, ihm schmeckt's nicht!" (Maria, he doesn't like it! (here: the food)) by Jan Weiler...I wanted to read it for a while since my parents loved it and we went to the cinema to watch the movie for it (German trailer, anyone? XD), which came out some days ago ago...it's really funny Giggle
the story is about a German guy who wants to marry a woman who's half-Italian and gets into trouble because of her father and...well, all of her relatives, when they decide to celebrate their marriage in the father's hometown in southern Italy XD
in a nutshell, it's about German-Italian relationships and the differences between the two cultures~ Nod

which is great for me, since my father is Italian, too (moreover, he has the same name as the movie-father and comes from the same region) XD
I could relate to many things in the movie, e.g. having gazillions of relatives, and I loved that they included so much Italian...there were subtitles for it most of the time but it was even funnier when they weren't there because I still understood what was said Laughing
sooo~ after watching the movie, my parents said it was awesome, too, but a bit different from the book...that's why I finally started reading it yesterday - even though I normally prefer to read a book before watching its movie Tongue

I'd recommend it to everyone but, unfortunately, there's no English version Sneeze
 
hitomi #1
Posted: Aug 12, 2009 5:14 pm Reply with quote
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^^ Trailer makes the film look quite interesting, appears to also have a lot of comedy in it... shame you just can't click a button and have your language come up for subs! Yumekui Thanks for the link, book is also only in German? hmm
 
Yunchen
Posted: Aug 12, 2009 7:27 pm Reply with quote
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^ how nice to see you actually watched the trailer Happy
but yeah, there's really a lot of comedy in the film (well, because the book is like that, too!) XD
sorry to disappoint you, but yes, the book is also only available in German...although it's a bestseller here, I doubt that it will be translated... Sneeze
I could try to translate some parts or sub the trailer if you want Laughing
if I had more time, I'd do the whole thing...would be a great training for my (barely existant) translation skills XDDD
 
mangomalte
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 1:41 am Reply with quote
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i just spent the whole night listening through the rest of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on audiobook... i was just going to have a short listen, but ended up listening to more than 10 chapters, lol (can't say i was much surprised by the ending after hearing a major spoiler...). and now it's half past 8 in the morning. time to load my iPod with the last installment of the series.
 
hitomi #1
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 11:18 pm Reply with quote
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Yunchen wrote:
^ how nice to see you actually watched the trailer Happy
but yeah, there's really a lot of comedy in the film (well, because the book is like that, too!) XD
sorry to disappoint you, but yes, the book is also only available in German...although it's a bestseller here, I doubt that it will be translated... Sneeze
I could try to translate some parts or sub the trailer if you want Laughing
if I had more time, I'd do the whole thing...would be a great training for my (barely existant) translation skills XDDD

Just watched it a few more times, while my German is weak, I had 3 years of it in High School so I can understand alot of words, plus European movies, to me, you can understand so much better than Asian ones, maybe it has something to do with us being somewhat close in the way we do things-hard to explain it. Confused That trailer got better and better, not now, but in a couple of years the DVD will probably be available with subs, thanks for it, put any others up that you think we might be intererested in. Nod
 
hollimarie
Posted: Sep 01, 2009 1:17 pm Reply with quote
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I'm currently reading the Outlander series, about a women who travels back int ime and falls in love with a Scottish outlaw. I love it!
 
chokokokoa
Posted: Sep 05, 2009 9:10 am Reply with quote
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Recently, I'm reading Japanese novels. Love Those are Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa (1892~1962) Love and Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. Smile

Taiko is a hard novel, it has around 1142 pages in a 23 cm length & 15 cm width book! Shocked It tells about Toyotomi Hideyoshi, The Taiko, who unified Japan in 16th century. It was an amazing novel, & I recommend it. Nod If you have plenty of time of course (it has 1142 pages!). Laughing Taiko was first published in Japan on 1967. First publishing of the English translation on 1992. Wink

Kitchen is an easy novel, first published in Japan on 1988, English translation on 1993. Wink It tells about Mikage Sakurai, a girl who lonely in this world since her only grandmother died. Then comes Tanabe family, who later adopt her. Smile

I can't tell a lot because I haven't finish those yet. Smile
 
Crystallas
Posted: Sep 05, 2009 4:15 pm Reply with quote
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I read "The Mortal Instruments (City of Ashes)" in private and the "Beneath the Wheel" for school Sneeze .
 
mangomalte
Posted: Sep 05, 2009 4:21 pm Reply with quote
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after the Harry Potter series i listened through the first trilogy in the Genesis of Shannara series, and now i'm in the end of the sixth (and so far last) book in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series. i've only got an hour or so left. Smile
next, i'm either going to listen to New Spring, the prequel to The Wheel of Time series (and continue on the series after that). or i'll squeeze in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy before that. or maybe Silmarillion. we'll see.
 
hitomi #1
Posted: Oct 25, 2009 6:48 pm Reply with quote
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Perhaps not for all tastes, but this is so interesting and gripping, Blank stare currently reading for the second time, more of a "real Japan" story. Confused
The novel tells the tales of four women, working the graveyard shift at a Japanese bento factory. All four women live hard lives. Masako, accepted as the leader of the four women, feels completely alienated from her estranged husband and teenage son. Kuniko, a plump and rather vain girl, has recently been ditched by her boyfriend after the couple were driven into debt leaving Kuniko to fend off a loan shark. Yoshie is a single mother of two and reluctant caretaker of her mother-in-law, who was left partly paralyzed after a stroke. Yayoi is a thirty-four-year old mother of two small boys. She hates to leave her children home alone to go to work. More than that, she hates the thought of her drunken, gambling husband returning home and hurting them or, more likely, herself.

Returning home one night, Yayoi discovers her husband has gambled away all their savings and loses control of her temper. She strangles him to death.She desperately persuades Masako, who eventually gets Yoshie and Kuniko involved, to help her dispose of the body. The body is dismembered, secured in many black bin-liners and hidden all over Tokyo. It is isn't long before one carelessly hidden bag is discovered and the police begin to ask questions. As if things weren't bad enough, the women begin to blackmail each other, a loanshark is requiring their services and a criminal who has lost everything because of their antics has begun to hunt the women down.

The way out is not easy and it is certainly not pretty, and the women soon have to pay the price.

 
Ushee
Posted: Oct 25, 2009 8:23 pm Reply with quote
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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson

Very good read, got me hooked right away
 
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