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Native American Literature: November 2017
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Weekly Recommendation Thread for the week of November 24, 2017
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Neil Gaiman leads authors demanding action to halt decline of school libraries 'falling provision risks consigning children to: ‘a lifetime of low achievement’
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It's time for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction awards! Here are the extracts from this year's shortlist
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I read Adonis Violence and Islam, it completely changed my view of myself, and now I might have an identity crisis.
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What is The Myth Of Sisyphus advocating?
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Pushing through the first 200 pages of Dune was a great decision
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George Orwell is officially my favorite writer
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Shout out for the legendary Terry Pratchett!
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Novels that Break All the Rules
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The protagonist of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells is way more likeable and interesting than the protagonist of The War of the Worlds and it vastly improves my enjoyment of the novel.
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Reading fluency and books
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The Dialogue in No Country for Old Men was some of the best I've read this year!
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The Goblet of Fire still terrifies me
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Diderot’s encyclopedia
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What book did you dislike so much that you couldn't bring yourself to finish it?
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The US Embassy in Germany published a richly detailed outline of American literature, from the earliest times up to the 1980s
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Study finds that "SF doesn’t really make you stupid. It’s more that if you’re stupid enough to be biased against SF you will read SF stupidly."
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Another 100 best books list for 2017, this one a bit less mainstream. How many have you read?
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[SPOILERS] Unpopular Turtles All The Way Down opinion (sorry)
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SPOILER: A Streetcar Named Desire discussion about the ending concerning Blanche
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Do you consider manga and light novels as books?
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Never used an e-reader before, is the Kobo Aura ONE worth the price?
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Does ir bother you to find that a book was poorly translated?
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Get a kid to read
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I bought a used book with a heartfelt note written on the inside cover
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Which book would you give to a 15 y/o kid living in a poor rural area, and why that one?
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How a Young Ernest Hemingway Dealt with his First Taste of Fame
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Parents, please let your kids read whatever they like
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2017 Costa Book Awards Shortlist Announced
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Five Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books That Need To Be TV Shows
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Ready Player One feels very similar to the anime Sword Art Online.
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How WWII popularized the paperback
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YA click cliches
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What was your favorite childhood book?
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My 7yo doesn't like reading, has anyone else encountered this, and did your children decide they did like to read eventually?
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A website we would really need
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Has anybody here read "Letters to a german princess", written by Leonard Euler?
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Anybody else excited for the Barnes & Noble collectible hardcovers this Friday?
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The art of Terry Pratchett's Discworld – in pictures
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Join the Battle for Net Neutrality!! We need to stop them from allowing ISPs to charge us extra fees to access ebooks, games or anything else!
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The Kindle is Ten Years Old
30 Deac15 I adore Walter Moers' Zamonien books. The *13 1/2 Lives on Captain Bluebear* is the most well known and popular, but its more episodic rather than having a singular plot, which isn't my cup of tea. My favorite of his is actually *The City of Dreaming Books* because of the crazy adventure beneath the city filled with bizarre creatures and monsters. The book also serves as Moers' own love letter to literature and reading. *Ensel und Krete* is also a quick read that wonderfully parodies Hansel and Gretel. The world he has built is just amazing, and the way he uses language is so unique, inventive, and clever. I have only read his books in German, so unfortunately, I do not know how well they have been translated to English, but if you want fantasy of a different kind, then he is a great author to read.
18 antijazz93 Nobody mentioned Hermann Hesse yet? While the Steppenwolf is probably his most famous book, my favourite one is Siddhartha. Other authors I love who write in German but aren't German are Robert Musil (The confusions of young Torless, The man without qualities) and Friedrich Dürrenmatt (The visit, The execution of justice).
17 MamaJody *All Quiet on the Western Front* is amazing. I think it's the first war book that I've read from the perspective of a soldier, and it's incredibly brutal, confronting, and moving. It's one of the best books I've ever read, and I think everyone should read it.
13 honnomushi Poetry wise, I really enjoy Heinrich Heine. I also really like Michael Ende's **Momo**. I'm planning to read **The Neverending Story** soon.
11 ElBarronSabeCyber Thomas Mann - Death in Venice. Actually, there are a bunch of other even more lauded Thomas Mann books that I've been meaning to read for a while now, like The Magic Mountain. Maybe I will finally read *that* this month!
11 Duke_Paul Well, literature-adjacent, but Brecht's Dreigroschenoper and, of course, Goethe's Faust are a couple of my favorite German works.
10 Deac15 *The Perfume* by Patrick Sueskind, is a great book about a serial killer with an extraordinary sense of smell who murders girls in order to make perfume from them.
8 [deleted] *Michael Ende* always comes to mind when thinking about german authors. I'm german and I grew up with his storys. Storys like 'Die unendliche Geschichte' 'Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer'. There is even a puppet theater in my home town who played 'Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer'. Was one of my favorite storys, and still is.
6 LightYagamemes The Clown, by Heinrich Böll, is probably my favorite German novel. It's an interesting exploration of Germany's social climate post WWII, as seen through the eyes of a Holden Caulfield-esque narrator (thankfully with a bit less teen angst).
11 raymaehn I'm in love with Marc-Uwe Kling's Kangaroo-Books. They describe the life of a comedian and a communist kangaroo who live together in a flat in Berlin. There are three books (the audiobooks are even better), all only in German, but there's a kind of "highlights reel" that's been translated into English. I definitely recommend it.
5 NamenIos [Walter Kenpowski](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Kempowski) is one of the lesser known\* typical German authors who captured the country and people very well. All for Nothing came out two years ago in an English translation and the tenth anniversary of his death is in a few weeks. I can highly recommend to check him out. [Arno Schmidt](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arno_Schmidt) is another author I can recommend, he has normal books too, don't treat Bottom's Dream(? Zettels Traum) as his only work. I am not sure how translatable his work is though. \* at least it seems to me like this
8 DKmennesket Franz Kafka wasn't techinically German, but he wrote *in* German, so I guess it kinda counts. More recently, *Der Turm* (*The Tower*) by Uwe Tellkamp. And since no-one has mentioned Stefan Zweig yet, I guess I will - he's increasingly relevant now as a reminder of a time just 80 years ago when Europe was a continent that you fled *from*.
9 Eisregen_ Look who's back [OT: Er ist wieder da] by Timur Vernes (2012) is a great thought experiment, in which Adolf Hilter reappears in Berlin 2012 and struggles with past, present and future of himself and Germany. You will catch yourself agreeing on some points made in the book and laugh at things which should not really be funny at this point anymore. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14897790-er-ist-wieder-da Attempt on Translated Synopsis: >Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler awakens on an empty site in Berlin-Mitte. No war, no party, no Eva Braun. Stuck with peace, thousands of foreigners and Angela Merkel. 66 Years after his supposed suicide he finds himself in past Germany and starts, against any possibility a new career - in TV. This hitler is no joke and therefore shockingly real. And the country, in which he appears is too: cynical, unrestrained, obsessed with success and without a chance against the rabble-rouser (Hitler) and the addiction of quotas, clicks and likes. Parody? Satire? Political Comedy? Everything and more. There is also an interesting movie adaption, though I don't know if there is an english version available, I've watched the german dubbed one on UK-Netflix E:/ edited goodreads link and added synopsis
5 mifedor Goethe and Schiller.
4 _muKs This is a great thread. I'm currently learning German and I wasn't sure what books to read. Now I have great suggestions. Thanks :D
4 Dos_Manos I have loved every WG Sebald book I've ever read - strange, glacial, ambiguous beauty on every page.
4 [deleted] [deleted]
4 icouldberong I love the novels of Gunther Grass, dealing with the post-Nazi culture with bizarre characters and psychological insight.
8 BROBAN_HYPE_TRAIN One of my favorite books in German is [Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measuring_the_World).
3 pearloz The Neverending Story, baby!
3 behemotrakau I am a big fan of Judith Hermann. Her short stories have some intonation which makes me feel the time. Her female characters are so strong and stories so simple.
3 danklymemingdexter He's little read now, but I'm going to put in a word for Hans Hellmut Kirst, many of whose books were published in English in the 60s and 70s. **Night of the Generals** is probably his best known book (there was a film), and it's really effective and quite chilling.
3 tepidstringysemen I've almost finished [Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1337448.Wir_Kinder_vom_Bahnhof_Zoo), my first book in German. I also found a copy of Tschick on a friend's bookshelf, read a few pages, and found it interesting. Anyone else read it?
30 0 Deac15 I adore Walter Moers' Zamonien books. The *13 1/2 Lives on Captain Bluebear* is the most well known and popular, but its more episodic rather than having a singular plot, which isn't my cup of tea. My favorite of his is actually *The City of Dreaming Books* because of the crazy adventure beneath the city filled with bizarre creatures and monsters. The book also serves as Moers' own love letter to literature and reading. *Ensel und Krete* is also a quick read that wonderfully parodies Hansel and Gretel. The world he has built is just amazing, and the way he uses language is so unique, inventive, and clever. I have only read his books in German, so unfortunately, I do not know how well they have been translated to English, but if you want fantasy of a different kind, then he is a great author to read.
18 0 antijazz93 Nobody mentioned Hermann Hesse yet? While the Steppenwolf is probably his most famous book, my favourite one is Siddhartha. Other authors I love who write in German but aren't German are Robert Musil (The confusions of young Torless, The man without qualities) and Friedrich Dürrenmatt (The visit, The execution of justice).
16 0 MamaJody *All Quiet on the Western Front* is amazing. I think it's the first war book that I've read from the perspective of a soldier, and it's incredibly brutal, confronting, and moving. It's one of the best books I've ever read, and I think everyone should read it.
15 0 honnomushi Poetry wise, I really enjoy Heinrich Heine. I also really like Michael Ende's **Momo**. I'm planning to read **The Neverending Story** soon.
13 0 ElBarronSabeCyber Thomas Mann - Death in Venice. Actually, there are a bunch of other even more lauded Thomas Mann books that I've been meaning to read for a while now, like The Magic Mountain. Maybe I will finally read *that* this month!
10 0 Duke_Paul Well, literature-adjacent, but Brecht's Dreigroschenoper and, of course, Goethe's Faust are a couple of my favorite German works.
9 0 Deac15 *The Perfume* by Patrick Sueskind, is a great book about a serial killer with an extraordinary sense of smell who murders girls in order to make perfume from them.
8 0 [deleted] *Michael Ende* always comes to mind when thinking about german authors. I'm german and I grew up with his storys. Storys like 'Die unendliche Geschichte' 'Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer'. There is even a puppet theater in my home town who played 'Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer'. Was one of my favorite storys, and still is.
7 0 LightYagamemes The Clown, by Heinrich Böll, is probably my favorite German novel. It's an interesting exploration of Germany's social climate post WWII, as seen through the eyes of a Holden Caulfield-esque narrator (thankfully with a bit less teen angst).
9 0 raymaehn I'm in love with Marc-Uwe Kling's Kangaroo-Books. They describe the life of a comedian and a communist kangaroo who live together in a flat in Berlin. There are three books (the audiobooks are even better), all only in German, but there's a kind of "highlights reel" that's been translated into English. I definitely recommend it.
6 0 NamenIos [Walter Kenpowski](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Kempowski) is one of the lesser known\* typical German authors who captured the country and people very well. All for Nothing came out two years ago in an English translation and the tenth anniversary of his death is in a few weeks. I can highly recommend to check him out. [Arno Schmidt](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arno_Schmidt) is another author I can recommend, he has normal books too, don't treat Bottom's Dream(? Zettels Traum) as his only work. I am not sure how translatable his work is though. \* at least it seems to me like this
10 0 DKmennesket Franz Kafka wasn't techinically German, but he wrote *in* German, so I guess it kinda counts. More recently, *Der Turm* (*The Tower*) by Uwe Tellkamp. And since no-one has mentioned Stefan Zweig yet, I guess I will - he's increasingly relevant now as a reminder of a time just 80 years ago when Europe was a continent that you fled *from*.
10 0 Eisregen_ Look who's back [OT: Er ist wieder da] by Timur Vernes (2012) is a great thought experiment, in which Adolf Hilter reappears in Berlin 2012 and struggles with past, present and future of himself and Germany. You will catch yourself agreeing on some points made in the book and laugh at things which should not really be funny at this point anymore. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14897790-er-ist-wieder-da Attempt on Translated Synopsis: >Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler awakens on an empty site in Berlin-Mitte. No war, no party, no Eva Braun. Stuck with peace, thousands of foreigners and Angela Merkel. 66 Years after his supposed suicide he finds himself in past Germany and starts, against any possibility a new career - in TV. This hitler is no joke and therefore shockingly real. And the country, in which he appears is too: cynical, unrestrained, obsessed with success and without a chance against the rabble-rouser (Hitler) and the addiction of quotas, clicks and likes. Parody? Satire? Political Comedy? Everything and more. There is also an interesting movie adaption, though I don't know if there is an english version available, I've watched the german dubbed one on UK-Netflix E:/ edited goodreads link and added synopsis
4 0 mifedor Goethe and Schiller.
5 0 _muKs This is a great thread. I'm currently learning German and I wasn't sure what books to read. Now I have great suggestions. Thanks :D
4 0 Dos_Manos I have loved every WG Sebald book I've ever read - strange, glacial, ambiguous beauty on every page.
4 0 [deleted] [deleted]
3 0 icouldberong I love the novels of Gunther Grass, dealing with the post-Nazi culture with bizarre characters and psychological insight.
8 0 BROBAN_HYPE_TRAIN One of my favorite books in German is [Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measuring_the_World).
3 0 pearloz The Neverending Story, baby!
3 0 behemotrakau I am a big fan of Judith Hermann. Her short stories have some intonation which makes me feel the time. Her female characters are so strong and stories so simple.
3 0 danklymemingdexter He's little read now, but I'm going to put in a word for Hans Hellmut Kirst, many of whose books were published in English in the 60s and 70s. **Night of the Generals** is probably his best known book (there was a film), and it's really effective and quite chilling.
3 0 tepidstringysemen I've almost finished [Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1337448.Wir_Kinder_vom_Bahnhof_Zoo), my first book in German. I also found a copy of Tschick on a friend's bookshelf, read a few pages, and found it interesting. Anyone else read it?