[DWJ] Best Books of 2005

Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale) Philip.Belben at eon-uk.com
Mon Jan 16 10:54:51 EST 2006

I don't usually join in the "best of year" discussion - I can seldom
remember in which year I read books (I had to look up Conrad's Fate to
check that it was 2005) - but in 2005 one book stands well out for me.
(And that one I bought in 2004, and foolishly put off reading.)

"Drachenreiter" by Cornelia Funke.

The translation (by Anthea Bell) is called "Dragon Rider", and I'm told
it's good, although I haven't done much more than dip in and check the
names of characters so that I can discuss it!

This book is really good.  It stands out for me not just because it's
the first real book I've read in German [*], but because it was one of
those obsession-inducing books that I couldn't stop reading.  Almost all
my waking hours (when I didn't have to be at work) went into it.  And
because I don't read German very quickly, this situation lasted for over
two weeks....

[*]  I don't count children's books like "Der Kleiner Wassermann"
(Ottfried Preussler, translated as "The little Water Sprite", I think).
And I don't count "Raumstation auf der Erde" either, since I know
Simak's "Way Station" so well I hardly needed a dictionary for the
unfamiliar words.


PS Thanks, Melissa, for the recommendation of Hallowed Hunt.  I liked
Curse of Chalion, although I didn't get on so well with Paladin of
Souls, and I was going to wait for the paperback of HH.  It is academic
at the moment, however, since it doesn't seem to be in print at all over
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