[DWJ] another introduction
liril at gmx.net
Sun Jan 11 08:47:27 EST 2009
another introduction: I'm Bettina, I'm in my mid-thirties and I live and
work in Frankfurt (Germany) as a lawyer (waves to Kathleen).
Sometimes I still wonder whether that happend by accident, because that
was never really my plan. Well, I did of course make the decisions and
know how I ended up doing what I do. But I never was the type who always
knew she/he wanted to become a lawyer. Mind you, some of those types
I've "encountered" in Boston Legal, so not being like them is probably
no wonder ;-)
At some point there were other people from Germany on the list, but not
having heard from them in a while I assume the nearest listmembers are
in the Netherlands. I have been on the list for quite some time, not
since the beginning, but still quite a while. I remember that I was
writing my dissertation at that time, and had more leisure to post.
Nowadays I'm sort of a semi-lurker, but I still enjoy the discussions
and recommendations a lot (also the ones concerning food).
My first DWJ probably was one of the Chrestomanci Series, possibly
Charmed Life as a kid (in the German translation). Magicians of Caprona,
Cart and Cwidder, Archer's Goon, Power of Three and possibly Witch Week,
and later Fire and Hemlock were other DWJ books I read at that time. She
was a favorite author of mine, and I made my parents buy some of them as
presents for me even though they were available in the library. And I
kept them in my room when the other children's and YA books went into
storage. Years later at university, I rediscovered DWJ because of Harry
Potter. After having read the first HP, I had some squabbles with the
world building and such, and thought of an author who had done that
better. After rereading my DWJ, I checked out the internet, found how
many books I'd missed and discovered the list... and I'm still here. My
favorites are Charmed Life, Deep Secret and Power of Three.
Many authors I enjoy have already been mentioned by others (no wonder
given the many great recommendations here), so I'll just name Terry
Pratchett, because I think he's amazing, Martha Wells and Lois McMaster
Bujold, whose wonderful worlds I discovered thanks to the list. I also
enjoy reading mysteries/detective stories (not the blood-thristy ones,
more Dorothy L.Sayers, Jill Churchill, John Maddox Roberts , to name
some quite "settings" I like) The fact that I read mostly English books
has kept me from reading any Cornelia Funke, and only one book by Kai
Meyer, something I plan to change this year (a resolution for 2009 that
should not be to hard).
PS: Concerning the List Anniversary: I've had the pleasure to attend the
London list meet and to meet some of the list members in person. It
would be lovely if we could arrange something like that again this year.
With the current Euro / Pound exchange rate, trips to GB have become
even more tempting ;-)
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