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url 2018-04-26 19:51
The Great American Read: America’s 100 most-loved books
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery
I, Alex Cross - James Patterson
A Separate Peace - John Knowles
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells
Moby Dick - Herman Melville,Frank Muller
The Martian - Andy Weir
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

Voting starts May 22 and ends October 2018.  See link for more of the 100 nominees.


I'm about this but do wish they had done it by categories or even time periods (I.e., published before 1900, before 1950, before 2000, type of splits).  I agree that those are 100 of the most read, most popular and even most influential books.


I just mean it's weird seeing beloved childhood books like Charlotte's Web and Anne of Green Gables up against Carch 22, Then There Were None, and long running contemporary series like Alex Cross and Wheel of Time?


Then the hordes of fans for Twilight, Fifty Shades of Gray, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter  ...


(I am not at all disrespecting Harry Potter; frankly I think those books are responsible for an entire generation of readers.  It's just weird to see it up against the other nominees.)


How would you vote -- a childhood favorite that made you a reader or your favorite recent read?

Source: www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#
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review 2018-04-20 02:03
I left my heart in Middle Earth.
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are my go-to books when I want a comforting, lovely adventure. While the epic fantasy genre has certainly evolved since Tolkien's time, there's something to be said for the classics and these books are absolutely classics. 


Tolkien's world-building abilities were legendary and his characters - while, admittedly, less developed than I usually prefer - are memorable and compelling. The journey that starts in The Hobbit and continues all the way to The Return of the King is enjoyable, full of wonder, and - as the genre suggests - truly epic. I've lost count of the the number of times I've read these books, and it's only a matter of time before I go back to them. 

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review 2017-12-12 04:35
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (Audiobook)
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" - Corey Olsen

Corey Olsen is the Tolkien Professor and has a great podcast where he discusses all things Middle-Earth. It was his podcasts for The Hobbit that first got my attention several years ago. It was slow going, about one or two a month, but it's not that long of a book, right? Well, then he got sidetracked. :D No harm, I got to listen to his brilliant lectures on The Silmarillion and hear some great live discussions about LOTR. Over the years, I lost track of him, but I'd think about his The Hobbit series from time to time. So when I saw that he'd compiled all his The Hobbit podcasts into one audiobook, I had to snatch it up. I originally intended to listen to his analysis instead of rereading the books - as I mentioned, it's not my favorite of Tolkien's works, but I still love the world and the mythology related to it, and somewhere buried under the narrative style is a great work of fiction. I just need someone as enthusiastic about it as Professor Olsen to help me see it. 


He does one analysis per chapter, following along with Bilbo's development over the course of the book and his various adventures, dissecting the songs and riddles, and highlighting all the themes and narrative devices. He also goes into the development of the dwarves, the elves and the various other characters they come into contact with. He mostly sticks to The Hobbit, but he ties it in with Tolkien's other works where appropriate. He breaks down each chapter into sections and subjects, and I think that even if you haven't read The Hobbit it'll be easy to follow along.


The only downside to this audiobook are the technical blips. None of the analysis is lost of skipped over, but there are quite a few instances of repeated lines. This could've used an extra pass through quality check. If you can overlook that - the repeated lines are very brief - then I would still recommend giving this a listen. It's great for those who love The Hobbit or, like me, love the world of Middle-Earth and enjoy discussing the events within the book even though the writing style and POV isn't quite to my liking.

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review 2017-12-04 03:22
The Hobbit (Audiobook)
The Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis(A) [Audiobook] - Author

Narration: 5 stars

Story: 3 stars

Average: 4 stars


Oh, The Hobbit. Twenty pages of plot, two hundred pages of madcap adventures, only one of which has any significance. It's a fun story but nowhere near as in depth as Tolkien's other works, which makes sense since he wrote this for his son and his son's friend. And it shows. It's a worthy read, but it requires you to really like Bilbo - which I don't particularly. Balin is cool, and Thorin's arc is pretty interesting, but they're really the only other characters worthy of note. Well, except Gandalf, but we all know he was barely involved. All he did was give Bilbo a little nudge out the door. ;)


This definitely didn't need to be three movies totaling nine hours run time. Eleven of the thirteen dwarves were just filler and didn't need their own stories. The Battle of Five Armies wasn't even that important. That's why Bilbo slept through the whole thing! But we all know PJ is trash for an action sequence. :D


Rob Inglis does a great job with the narration. I wasn't completely onboard with some his voice choices for the characters - why is Balin an alto? - but he made up for it by going full force on all those ridiculous songs.

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review 2017-11-18 07:46
Rezension | Die neun Prinzen von Amber von Roger Zelazny
Die neun Prinzen von Amber: Die Chroniken von Amber 1 - Roger Zelazny,Thomas Schlück



Corwin erwacht nach einem schweren Autounfall in einer Privatklinik im Staat New York ohne jegliche Erinnerungen an seine Person und seine Vergangenheit. Auf sich selbst gestellt beginnt er mit Nachforschungen. Corwin findet schnell heraus, dass er Teil einer großen Königsfamilie ist. Diese Familie herrscht allerdings nicht in einem Teil der menschlichen “Schattenwelt” sondern einer Welt namens Amber.


Corwin unternimmt alles um in sein Reich zu gelangen um seinen Bruder Eric vom Thron zu stoßen und die mysteriösen Umstände um das Verschwinden seines Vaters Oberon aufzudecken.


Meine Meinung


Die Fantasyreihe “Die Chroniken von Amber” von Roger Zelazny wird vom Klett-Kotta Verlag neu aufgelegt. Die ersten beiden Bände“Die neun Prinzen von Amber” und “Die Gewehre von Amber” sind bereits im Oktober und November erschienen.

Schon rein optisch betrachtet sind die Taschenbücher sehr gelungen. Das Cover stellt passend zum Inhalt eine Karte mit einer Abbildung der unterschiedlichen Prinzen dar, und der farbige Schnitt sorgt zusätzlich für Pepp. Also eine wahre Augenweide für jedes Fantasy-Bücherregal!


Die Geschichte von Roger Zelazny erschien zuerst in den 70er Jahren und weist daher auch noch ein etwas älteres Weltbild auf. In meinen Augen tut das der Story allerdings keinen großen Abbruch, denn die kreative und temporeiche Erzählung konnte mich vollkommen in ihren Bann ziehen.


Im Mittelpunkt steht die Welt Amber und eine große Königsfamilie bei deren männlichen Nachfahren das Ringen um den Thron für jede Menge Chaos und einen unerbittlichen Kampf sorgt. Die Kommunikation unter den Mitgliedern der Königsfamilie fand ich am spannendsten, denn sie können über ein handgemaltes Kartenspiel wie durch Magie miteinander sprechen und zueinander reisen. Die besondere Fähigkeit der Karten funktioniert nicht nur in Amber, sondern auch bis hin zur menschlichen Welt, die sie “Schattenwelt” nennen.


Roger Zelaznys erster Band der Fantasyreihe “Chroniken von Amber” umfasst gerade einmal knapp 270 Seiten und bietet trotzdem ein komplexes Setting sowie jede Menge Spannung. Gekonnt führt der Autor den Leser in die Familienstrukturen und die Welt Amber ein, denn durch Corwins Gedächtnisverlust erlebt man hautnah mit wie sich die Puzzleteile seines Wissens neu zusammenfügen. Mich konnte der Autor mit seiner Geschichte um Amber, die verschiedenen Prinzen und den brüderlichen Kampf auf jeden Fall begeistern, so dass ich mich schon sehr auf die weiteren Bände der Chroniken freue!




Kurzweilig und dennoch sehr komplex. Roger Zelazny bietet zum Reihenauftakt der Chroniken von Amber ein mitreisendes Fantasyabenteuer.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-die-neun-prinzen-von-amber-von-roger-zelazny
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