Oliver Uschmann: Voll beschäftigt -- zur Dequalifikation bin ich auch bald reif!
Oliver Uschmann: Hartmut und ich -- schwach zusammenhängende Texte, nicht sonderlich beeindruckend
Bill Bryson: Shakespeare -- yet another definitive account on the life and works -- or is it?
C.S.Lewis: Out of the silent planet -- old-school SciFi
Yasunari Kawabata: The Master of Go
Oliver Uschmann: Wandelgermanen -- hilarious!
Ryu Murakami: Piercing -- I got seduced by the garish cover design in the bookshop in Singapore. Poor read, The Guardian definitely gives it too much credit. The South China Morning Post was more on the mark, but requires registration.
Jim Butcher: Storm Front
Jim Butcher: Storm Front
Michael Crichton: Next -- Stuff you read when you can't get your hands on anything else.
Geling Yan: The Uninvited -- Might give some insights into Chinese mentality; I'm not sure if the style of writing is just attributed to the simpleness of the main character, it might as well be a bad translation, although it seems to be originally written in English already...
Tom Sharp: Blott on the landscape -- great, wet my pants already on the first few pages.
Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things -- very nice short stories and a few poems.
Nury Vittachi: The Shanghai Union of Industrial Mystics -- funny stuff, a bit haywire
Jim Butcher: Grave Peril -- Jason Dark meets JDATE.
Jonathan Franzen: Die 27ste Stadt -- conspiracies abound. Seems the editors were sleeping on the middle part. There's around 150 rather dry pages until speed picks up again at the end. Nevertheless, I wouldn't recommend it.
Nicholson Baker: Checkpoint -- is he going to kill the president?
Amitav Ghosh: Der Glaspalast
A.Oram and G.Wilson (eds.): Beautiful Code - Leading Programmers Explain How They Think -- Interesting insights
Andy Secombe: The Last House In The Galaxy -- quaint SciFi...okay if you can get it cheaply ;)
Ben Shneiderman: Leonardo's Laptop -- Interesting ideas.
Martin Gardner: Annotated Alice---The definitive edition -- Find out about all the things you missed when you (re-) read Alice in Wonderland, especially if you're not a native speaker.
Bill Bryson: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid -- I'm not too much interested in life in America starting in the 60s, but as always, Bryson makes a very good read with lots of chuckles
Walter Moers: Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käptn Blaubär -- Ha :)
Jacque Berndorf: Eifel-Kreuz -- o.k. Eifelkrime
Tom Sharp: The Throwback--without Wilt, but hilarious from the start. The end turns a bit strange, though.
Jack McDevitt: Engines of God -- Insipid, nothing out of the extraordinary SF. Interesting twist at the end.-
Philip Short: Pol Pot -- preparing for next year's holiday.
Neil Gaiman: American Gods -- A road-movie gone wrong. Hilarious, to the general theme as Good Omens
Terry Pratchett: Thud! -- as always a good read, but he tries too much bring the morale across. Having to drag the supporting character of Brick through the story also has a forced taste to it. But then, maybe he got funding from the Royal Society for Political Correctness for the book ;)
Michael Palin: Himalaya -- nice read for travellers
Carlos Ruiz Zafón: Der Schatten des Windes -- interesting read on rainy, damp afternoons (or wherever you are anyway). May also provide insight into author's relation to the fair sex?
Kent Beck, Erich Gamma: Extreme Programming Explained. Interesting. But I'm not sure if I'll ever get to apply this...
Tony Hawks: Mit dem Kühlschrank durch Irland
David Fromkin: A Peace to End All Peace -- interesting read, but kind of turns dry after the WW I ends.
Walter Moers: Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher -- AWESOME!!!
Frank Schätzing: Der Schwarm -- well, what can I say? It's been on the Top Ten for a long time, which probably tells all. I was really smug when an interview revealed that he was indeed working on the story already in 1999, which I think explains why The Terrorist theories feel so tacked on to the story.
Kurt Lehmkuhl: Blut klebt am Karlspreis
Nicholson Baker: Vox
Ernesto Che Guevara: Diarios de Motocicleta
Michael Flynn: In the Country of the Blind -- Yikes. Bloody name dropper. I guess he'd have mentioned Google on the first page if that'd have already existed back then. Complex/contrived story. Given that the book was just 1€ at the pawn shop, I guess I shouldn't complain too much.
Kurt Lehmkuhl: Ein Sarg für Lennet Kann
Karen Pryor: Don't shoot the dog! -- Clickertraining for beast and men. Goes down well with my psych lectures.
Bernhard Hennen: Nebenan -- Herrlich, das ist was für die Rollenspiel-Freunde.
J.K.Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince -- ok.
Hugo Loetscher: Abwässer - Ein Gutachten
Tom Sharpe: Der Einfaltspinsel -- Wilt's latest adventure, although without him in the starring role.
Tom Sharpe: Trabbel für Henry -- Hilarious! Wilt is at it again. If you have a family like a natural disaster, even German terrorists cannot cause you, erm, physical harm.
Terry Pratchett: Going Postal -- Refreshing, although it's quite laden with allusions.
Terry Pratchett: Pyramids -- again.
David Wong: JDATE -- You can actually feel your brain trickling out from your ears, but you can't stop reading. I wonder if HRDATE.
Neal Stephenson, J.Frederick George: The Cobweb -- Good start, but in the end peters out like a bad Tom Clancy story. Stay away if you're more into Stephenson's bright imaginations and tangents, you'll be disappointed! I'd recommend that Bush-voters (both Sr. and Jr.) read it, though.
Simon Winchester: Eine Karte verändert die Welt
Joseph Heller: Catch 22 -- aborted...blame it on the edition: fine print, no margins, tedious. Will retry some day.
Margret Greiner: Miss, wie buchstabiert man Zukunft?
Iván Molina Jiménez: El Alivio de las Nubes y Más Cuentos Ticos de Ciencia Ficción
Sue Townsend: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 -- 'kay, so I finally read it, no big deal.
Terry Pratchett: The Dark Side of The Sun -- Pratchett doing SciFi? Actually his story is similar to other works on ancient races disappearing into god-mode and scattering hints all over the universe. But this time, he's pulling your leg and paying tribute to Asimov.
Nicholson Baker: Room Temperature - If you liked The Mezzanine and have a wife and a baby, this one might interest you. He's a bit on the family-side this time.
G.K.Chesterton: The man who was Thursday. Entertaining nightmare.
Neal Stephenson: Quicksilver. Almost a thousand pages thick.
Horst Evers: Die Welt ist nicht immer Freitag
Bill Bryson: Short History of Nearly Everything. Thick book, lots of information. I'd rather the book would have more depth and less width.
Rudy Rucker: Hollow Earth. Erm...what've you been smoking?
Nicholson Baker: The Fermata. Mild erotica. Likes Suzanne Vega, too.
Robert Kanigel: Der das Unendliche kannte. Biography of S.Rahmanjuan, F.R.S. Interesting, but hard to read.
Terry Pratchett: Nightwatch -- Weak story. There's waaaaay much more room for interesting plots, but there are no surprises. The surrounding story drops you too fast into the main part and after returning from it, it's almost over.
Wolfgang Hohlbein: Der Widersacher OMG -- oh-kay, I needed something simple for the holidays, but once again my prejudice agains W.H. is confirmed. Crap.
Constance Reid: Hilbert Interesting and easy to read biography of David Hilbert. Kind of depressing to compare your own career to those of his contemporaries, though.
William Gibson: Pattern Recognition Quite different from his previous works and set in our modern past-9/11 days. High buzz-word density, some loose ends, but definitely still fun to read.
Terry Pratchett et al.: Science of Discworld II: The Globe. The facts are really interesting, but the surrounding Discworld story is rather crappy. You should only read this if you are not easily disappointed and have read all the other books. Even more so if your edition is printed in the same fine print as mine.
Juan José Millás: El Orden Alfabético. Letters and words disappear in a fevery dream.
Bill Bryson: Mother Tongue
Steven Levy: Hackers. Well written historical account, funny & easy to read
Terry Pratchett: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Jacques Berndorf: Eifel-Liebe - probably the worst Eifel-Krimi yet :/
Nicholson Baker: The Mezzanine; reflections on an escalator. Strangely familiar thoughts.
Jostein Gardner: Maya oder Das Wunder des Lebens - Didn't finish it, the guy likes to listen to himself write too much