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Am I the only one who reads trashy fiction crime/thriller books? You guys all seem to prefer the intellectual stuff.....
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downer wrote:Am I the only one who reads trashy fiction crime/thriller books? You guys all seem to prefer the intellectual stuff.....
No, you're not alone! Every year I read the latest Donna Leon (probably just to keep track on Brunetti's family life). However, as soon as I finish reading it, I have already forgotten the title... and the plot :D.

Has anyone of you ever heard about Wolf Haas? He's an Austrian writer and his books have been translated into English as well. Brenner is my favourite crime fiction protagonist and the narrator of the novels is unique because he often does not know how to express his ideas (in German there are a lot of "ding" = "thing" to be read) and his similes and metaphors are very funny and witty. It can be compared to an Austrian Rebus, but funnier with a lot of black humour. Here's a link to the fifth (or sixth) novel, although the narrator died in the previous novel. It starts with the sentence: "My Grandmother always used to say to me, `When you die, they're gonna give that mouth of yours its own funeral."

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brenner-God-Mel ... =wolf+haas

However, the book I am reading right now is Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, sorry Downer. Oh, by the way: Can anyone tell me what a tinker and a bellows-mender do for a living? I should probably get a German copy :oops:.

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Serlo wrote:
However, the book I am reading right now is Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, sorry Downer. Oh, by the way: Can anyone tell me what a tinker and a bellows-mender do for a living? I should probably get a German copy :oops:.

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A tinker was an itinerant who made a living repairing metal artefacts, especially pots and pans. The term is occasionally still applied to certain (but not all) people who elect to pursue a travelling lifestyle and go around in groups of caravans.

Bellows is a device for blowing oxygen at fires to help kindle them. A smithy might have a huge fixed device operated by levers, while in the domestic environment a handheld version would be much smaller. Imagine a couple of flat pieces of wood each fashioned with a handle one end and connected by a concertina-like leather seal. Opposite the handles would be a nozzle, and a valve would allow air to be drawn into the device when the handles were pulled apart. Pushing them together would cause a stream of air to emerge from the nozzle, thus introducing oxygen to the flames.

When I was seven I used to play with bellows at my grandparents' house because I was amused by the farting noise they made when the handles were thrust together with sudden force.....
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Tank you guys. I really could have looked that up myself. But I wouldn't have found the lovely pictures!

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downer wrote:Am I the only one who reads trashy fiction crime/thriller books? You guys all seem to prefer the intellectual stuff.....
Nope, I'm with you. I read a ton of fiction. Probably read 50+ books a year and maybe 1-2 are non-fiction. The next book on my list is the hot zone, which will be my first non fiction this year. Some crime/thriller, but probably mostly horror/scifi/fantasy/apocalyptic stuff. I go through phases of all of that.
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Just recently downloaded "Enchantress" by James Maxwell. Newish fantasy writer, medieval sword & sorcery stuff, quite entertaining. It's the first volume of four so that's my Christmas reading sorted! :D
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Book? What's that?
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bspj wrote:
Serlo wrote:
Andreas

When I was seven I used to play with bellows at my grandparents' house because I was amused by the farting noise they made when the handles were thrust together with sudden force.....
Wait!!! That WASNT my papa farting after all??!! He took so much credit! And blamed my grandma for the loud farts that came around as she bent down to blow the bellows in the fireplace!!

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gatehealing wrote:Book? What's that?
Bio-Optic Organised Knowledge :D
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
gatehealing wrote:Book? What's that?
Bio-Optic Organised Knowledge :D
Noted. . . Now what is this "knowledge" you speak of?
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A dangerous thing, at least in small quantities.
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Just finished Ranulph Fiennes "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know"
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