Gelezen in 2010

Ook in 2010 heb ik weer veel boeken gelezen. Voor het eerst in lange tijd waren er een aantal boeken waar ik vrij snel mee gestopt ben. Dan moet een boek voor mij wel ontzettend saai zijn!
Van alle boeken geef ik een korte beschrijving die ik bij bol.com vandaan heb gehaald. Dan krijg je als een lezer een indruk van het boek en misschien doe je hier nog enkele leesideeën op…

01. Stephenie Meyer – Eclipse (Twilight 3)
‘Bella?’ Edward’s soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, and kissed me again. His kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine – like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

xx. Charlotte Mutsaers – Rachels rokje
(niet uitgelezen!, na paar hoofdstukken weggelegd, vervelend)
Als meisje heeft Rachel Stottermaus nooit haar liefde aan Douglas D. durven verklaren. Wanneer ze hem als volwassen vrouw na dertig jaar tegenkomt op straat en de bliksem opnieuw toeslaat durft ze nog steeds niet. Bij wijze van verklaring besluit ze een rokje te maken. Wacht maar, voor jou zal ik een rokje maken dat zijn weerga niet kent: met een plooienval van hier tot aan de evenaar en een wervelend vermogen van minstens windkracht acht, een rokje dat je volledig mee zal zuigen, in zal wikkelen en waaraan je domweg niet ontkomen kan. Rachels rokje is een persoonlijk universum van verhaaltjes, herinneringen, uitweidingen en associaties rond een radicale verliefdheid.

02. Markus Zusak – The book thief
HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 1939.
Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

03. Eoin Colfer – The supernaturalists
Fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill longs to escape from the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. When a rare chance to get away comes, he grabs it, but the attempt goes fatally wrong. He can feel his life force ebbing away, sucked out of him by a strange blue Parasite until a wisecracking gang of kids burst in, blast the creature and save him. They are the Supernaturalists, dedicated to ridding the world of these life-sucking blue parasites. When they realise that Cosmo has the ability to see these blue creatures too, they enlist him as one of them. Their mission leads Cosmo into a world of high-level corruption, James Bond type technology, thrilling adventure and finally back to a place that Cosmo ever thought he’d have to return…the dreaded Clarissa Frayne.

xx. Roberto Bolano – 2666 (niet uitgelezen!)
Vier literatuurfanaten, drie mannen en een vrouw, worden verbonden door hun gemeenschappelijk fascinatie voor het werk van Benno von Archimboldi, een mysterieuze Duitse schrijver. Ze maken een absurde bedevaart naar Santa Teresa, aan de grens van Mexico met de Verenigde Staten, waar Archimboldi zou zijn gezien. Eenmaal in Santa Teresa komen ze erachter dat de stad sinds jaren het decor vormt van een reeks afschuwelijke misdrijven. Op de vuilstortplaatsen van de stad worden met grote regelmaat levenloze lichamen van vrouwen aangetroffen. Allemaal vertonen ze sporen van meedogenloze verkrachting en marteling.

04. Isabel Hoving – Het verbond van de Bliksems
Vijftienjarige Wik krijgt een e-mailtje van een onbekende V. die belangstelling heeft voor de vuurspuwcursus die ze ooit heeft gevolgd. Deze V. mailt ook verontrustende verhalen over de strijd tussen vuur- en waterdemonen, die twisten over de opwarming van de aarde. Drie jongeren zijn daarvoor van beslissende betekenis, maar één van hen is al jaren zoek.
Is Wik degene die een sleutelrol zal vervullen in de demonische strijd over het lot van de aarde?

05. Stieg Larsson – Mannen die vrouwen haten (Millennium 1)
Twee tegenpolen, Mikael Blomkvist en Lisbeth Salander. Hij is een charmante man en een kritische journalist van middelbare leeftijd, uitgever van het tijdschrift Millennium. Zij is een jonge, gecompliceerde, uiterst intelligente vrouw met zwartgeverfd haar, piercings en tatoeages, én een uitermate goede hacker. Samen vormen ze een ongewoon, maar sterk team.
Mikael wordt benaderd door oud-zakenman Henrik Vanger. Veertig jaar geleden is de zestienjarige Harriët Vanger op mysterieuze wijze verdwenen en vermoedelijk vermoord. De zaak is echter nooit opgelost en inmiddels verjaard. Toch wil Henrik Vanger graag dat Mikael zich hier nog eens op stort.

06. Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor.
Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

07. Stephenie Meyer – Breaking dawn (Twilight 4)
To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.

08. Robert Jordan – The gathering storm (Wheel of time 12)
The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan’s editor ? his wife, Harriet McDougal ? to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so The Gathering Storm is the first of three novels that will cover the outline left by Robert Jordan, chronicling Tarmon Gai’don and Rand al’Thor’s final confrontation with the Dark One. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

09. Dan Brown – The lost symbol
In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling—a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale. As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation. . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom. When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon—a prominent Mason and philanthropist —is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations—all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

10. Elizabeth Kostova – The historian
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history. In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright – a hunt for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the Dracula myth. Deciphering obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions, and evading terrifying adversaries, one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.

11. Peter de Wit – Sigmunds negentiende sessie (strip)
Dokter Sigmund is de beste therapeut ter wereld. Hij is klein, kaal, dik, gehandicapt en kan geen meisje krijgen. Als u als patiënt tegenover hem zit, voelt u zich meteen succesvol, gezond en mooi. En aangezien hij ook nog eens ongelukkig en gefrustreerd is, verschrompelen uw problemen daarmee vergeleken direct tot aanvaardbare proporties. Leve dokter Sigmund!

12. Arthur Japin – De grote wereld
In zijn jeugd koestert Lemmy, een dwerg, lange tijd de illusie dat zíjn maat ook de maat der dingen is. Tot onvermijdelijk de grotemensenwereld zijn kleine universum binnendringt – met rampzalige gevolgen. Nadat zijn ouders tijdens een circusact op tragische wijze om het leven komen, neemt Lemmy’s stoïcijnse grootmoeder hem onder haar hoede. Wanneer zich later de kans aandient om met het rondtrekkende gezelschap Märchenstadt Lilliput door Europa te reizen, heeft Lemmy weer een eigen plek gevonden. Hij ontmoet er zelfs zijn grote liefde Rosa. Maar de Tweede Wereldoorlog staat op uitbreken. Lemmy en Rosa zien zich door de buitengewone omstandigheden geconfronteerd met een vraag die ieder mens zich vroeg of laat kan stellen: hoe ver zijn wij bereid te gaan om bij anderen in de smaak te vallen?

13. Anna Enquist – De ijsdragers
Nico en Loes van der Doelen wonen in een ouderwets en ruim huis, schitterend gelegen aan de duinrand, omringd door een flinke lap grond. Maar of dit veel bijdraagt aan hun levensgeluk? Hun dochter Maj is vorig jaar van huis weggelopen en heeft niets meer van zich laten horen. Loes, lerares klassieke talen, is gevlucht in haar passie voor tuinieren. Nico heeft zich met nog grotere verbetenheid dan voorheen toegelegd op zijn werk in de staf van een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis. Nu hij daar directeur gaat worden, heeft hij zich voorgenomen met straffe hand een reorganisatie door te voeren die moet leiden tot een zuivere concentratie op de kerntaken van de instelling.

14. Jos Vandeloo – De muur
In het verhaal De muur is de gebureaucratiseerde stedelijke loonslaaf een ‘maatschappelijk dier’ geworden, gevangen in een grauw kantoor, beklemd door ondraagelijke eenzaamheid de ouder Govaerts vertelt de pas aangeworven Riemans over de blinde muur waar zijn raam op uitziet, en hoe hij de dag doorkomkt met de rituele telling van de 1095 stenen.

15. Ronald Grossey – Merlijn
Merlijn, de mysterieuze ziener van Koning Arthur is één van de geheimzinnigste figuren uit de verhalen van de ridders van de Ronde Tafel. Op belangrijke momenten duikt hij steeds weer op. Als raadsman van de koning beslist hij over leven en dood. Merlijn: een onkreukbaar man, die toch in de val liep…

16. Paul Biegel – Het eiland daarginds
Kees, de hoofdpersoon, heeft vanuit de vuurtoren van zijn vader een ‘eiland’ gezien. Om zich te bewijzen besluit hij er naar toe te gaan en beleeft er veel rare avonturen.

17. Frank Herzen – Zoon van de woordbouwer
De Woordbouwer is een dichter, die in Betonstad dreigt te verstikken. Om zijn zoon, Kleine Woord, dit lot te besparen stuurt hij hem de wijde wereld in met een kistje letters, waarvan hij zelf de betekenis moet leren vinden. Op zijn reis ontmoet de jongen de meest fantastische wezens en leert door hen het leven kennen.

18. John Fuller – De hemel tegemoet
‘De hemel tegemoet’ speelt zich af op een eiland voor de kust van Wales. Het eiland is bekend door zijn heilzame bron en het bijbehorende klooster, maar pelgrims die voor genezing van hun kwalen naar het eiland trekken worden nooit meer teruggezien. De bischop stuurt een afgezant, Vane, om een onderzoek in te stellen. Vane spit het eiland om op de zoek naar pelgrims, maar ondertussen dromen de novicen van onbereikbare geestelijke krachten, vertellen de boerendochters elkaar op hun slaapzolder sensuele verhalen vol vliegfantasien en is de abt in zijn ontleedkamer bezig met een naarstige speurtocht naar de zetel van de ziel. Tijdens Vane’s verblijf op het eiland wordt een novice ingewijd. Voorafgaand aan de ceremoniele vuurproef houdt de abt een indrukwekkende preek waarin hij waarschuwt tegen het vliegen. ‘De hemel tegemoet’ is een fabel over een gevoel dat iedereen kent: het gevoel dat het lichaam ontoereikend is en er een wonderbaarlijke ontsnapping uit mogelijk moet zijn. Niet alleen de gecompliceerde thematische parallelen maar ook het verhaal zelf zal de lezer van begin tot eind in Fullers ban houden: Wat zal Vane vinden? Zullen Geoffrey en Tetty ontsnappen? Wat gebeurt er precies met de doodsbenauwde novice? Heeft de abt het geheim van het eeuwig leven ontdekt of is hij krankzinnig?

19. John Steinbeck – The death of king Arthur
geen beschrijving van te vinden. John Steinbeck heeft de verhalen over koning Arthur herschreven voor lezers van zijn tijd. Hij hoopte dat meer mensen de verhalen over Arthur zouden ontdekken en waarderen. Dit is het laatste boek dat Steinbeck heeft geschreven en hij heeft het niet kunnen voltooien.

20. Sue Townsend – Queen Camilla
What if being Royal was a crime? The UK has come over all republican. The Royal Family exiled to an Exclusion Zone with the other villains and spongers. And to cap it all, the Queen has threatened to abdicate. Yet Prince Charles is more interested in root vegetables than reigning …unless his wife Camilla can be Queen in a newly restored monarchy. But when a scoundrel who claims to be the couple’s secret lovechild offers to take the crown off their hands, the stage is set for a right Royal show down. And the question for Camilla (and rest of the country) will be: Queen of the vegetable patch or Queen of England?

21. Connie Palmen – De erfenis
Als de schrijfster Lotte Inden ontdekt dat ze ziek is, besluit ze een jonge man in dienst te nemen voor 24 uur per dag. Hij is niet alleen haar verzorger, chauffeur, tafelheer, eerste lezer en secretaris, maar ook de archivaris van wat ze haar erfelijk materiaal noemt: de aantekeningen die als bouwstenen moeten dienen voor haar laatste grote roman. Omdat Lotte bang is dat ze het werk dat haar oeuvre compleet maakt, niet meer zelf zal kunnen voltooien, bereidt ze hem er langzaam op voor dat zijn handen de hare moeten vervangen als ze zelf niet meer kan schrijven. Ze maakt hem executeur-testamentair van haar erfenis: een zolder vol aantekeningen over de dood, de liefde, de verleiding, het geheim en de familie.

22. Helene Nolthenius – Moord in Toscane
Nog voordat Umberto Eco met zijn roman De naam van de roos de interesse in de Middeleeuwen wereldwijd tot een rage wist te brengen, waren in Nederland en Vlaanderen de middeleeuwse whodunits van Helene Nolthenius al enorme bestsellers. De naam van Nolthenius is vooral verbonden aan haar meesterlijke Franciscus-studie, Een man uit het dal van Spoleto, maar bij het grote publiek is zij geliefd om de spannende misdaadroman waarin de minderbroeder Lapo Mosca de rol van speurder vertolkt. In Moord om op staan en Als de wolf de wolf vreet gebundeld. Alle misdaden die Lapo Mosca oplost, zijn werkelijk gebeurd.

23. Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter – Sunstorm (Time odyssey 2)
The observatory on the moon has the proof. Life on earth will be incinerated in April 2037 by a massive solar flare. It is building down and it is unstoppable. With only 18 months until doomsday mankind must unite and embark on the most ambitious engineering project ever: the construction, at the La Grange point between the sun and the earth, of a deflecting mirror the diameter of our home planet. The price of failure? Extinction. One scientist, an expert on the sun, predicted the flare. One person who knew nothing about the sun nevertheless knew the exact date that life on earth would come to an end. She had witnessed the bizarre time dislocations brought by the ‘eyes’. She knows who is responsible.

24. Terry Goodkind – Soul of the fire (Sword of truth 5)
Richard Rahl has traveled far from his roots as a simple woods guide. Emperor of the D’Haran Empire, war wizard, the Seeker of Truth–none of these roles mean as much to him as his newest: husband to his beloved Kahlan Amnell, Mother Confessor of the Midlands. But their wedding day is the key that unlocks a spell sealed away long ago in a faraway country. Now a deadly power pours forth that threatens to turn the world into a lifeless waste. Separated from the Sword of Truth and stripped of their magic, Richard and Kahlan must journey across the Midlands to discover a dark secret from the past and a trap that could tear them apart forever. For their fate has become inextricably entwined with that of the Midlands–and there’s no place so dangerous as a world without magic…

25. Stephenie Meyer – The host
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading ‘soul’ who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

26. Christopher Paolini – Brisingr
Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.
First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices— choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.
Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

27. Nick Hornby – A long way down
New Year’s Eve at Toppers’ House, North London’s most popular suicide spot. And four strangers are about to discover that doing away with yourself isn’t quite the private act they’d each expected.
Perma-tanned Martin Sharp’s a disgraced breakfast TV presenter who had it all — the kids, the wife, the pad, the great career — and wasted it away. Killing himself is Martin’s logical and appropriate response to an unliveable life.
Maureen has to do it tonight, because of Matty being in the home. He was never able to do any of the normal things kids do — like walk or talk — and loving-mum Maureen can’t cope any more. Dutiful Catholic that she is, she’s ready to commit the ‘biggest sin of all’.
Half-crazed with heartbreak, loneliness, adolescent angst, seven Bacardi Breezers and two Special Brews, Jess’s ready to jump, to fly off the roof.
Finally, there’s JJ — tall, cool, American, looks like a rock-star, sometimes thinks he plays his guitar like one — who’s weighed down with a heap of problems, and pizza.
Four strangers, who moments before were convinced that they were alone and going to end it all that way, share out the pizza and begin to talk … Only to find that they have even less in common than first suspected.
Funny, sad and deeply moving, Nick Hornby’s A LONG WAY DOWN is a novel that asks some of the big questions: about life and death, strangers and friendship, love and pain, and whether a group of losers, and pizza, can really see you through a long, dark night of the soul.

28. Michael Gates Gill – How Starbucks saved my life: a son of privilege learns to live like everyone else
A candid, moving and inspirational memoir about a high-flying business man who is forced to re-evaluate his life and values when he suddenly loses everything and goes to work in Starbucks.Michael Gill had it made. He was educated, wealthy and well-connected. He had a creative and lucrative advertising job, which he loved and which he was good at, and a model family and home life. Then he loses it all. He is fired by a young exec whom he had mentored. He has an extramarital affair that destroys his family and results in a newborn son. Then he is diagnosed with brain cancer. He has no insurance, no income.One day he wanders into Starbucks and by chance signs up for a job interview. His would-be boss is a young black woman who gives him a job, and sets about training him and mentoring him. What follows is an inspirational eye-opener as Gill experiences a whole new world compared to his former life – with people from completely different ethnic and social backgrounds.’How Starbucks Saved My Life’ follows Gill’s journey of discovery as gradually he is forced to question his ingrained assumptions, prejudices and habits. Gill emerges from his fall from grace with humility and gratitude. His new-found empathy teaches him how anyone who has lost their way, or made a mistake, can start again.

J.M. Coetzee – Age of iron
(na paar bladzijden weggelegd, vond het irritant)
An old woman is dying of cancer in Cape Town. A classics professor, Mrs Curren has always been opposed to the brutality of apartheid, but has lived insulated from its true horrors. Now she is suddenly forced to come to terms with the iron-hearted rage that the system has wrought. In an extended letter addressed to her daughter, who has long since fled to America, Mrs Curren recounts the strange events of her dying days. She witnesses the burning of a nearby black township; discovers the bullet-riddled body of her servant’s son, and a teenage black activist hiding in her house, who is killed by security forces. And through it all, her only companion is a homeless man, an alcoholic who appears on her doorstep.

29. David Wroblewski – The story of Edgar Sawtelle
On a farm in remote northern Wisconsin the mute and brilliant Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents Gar and Trudy. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomised by Almodine, Edgar′s lifelong companion. But when his beloved father mysteriously dies, Edgar blames himself, if only because his muteness left him unable to summon help. Grief-stricken and bewildered by his mother′s desperate affair with her dead husband′s brother, Edgar′s world unravels one spring night when, in the falling rain, he sees his father′s ghost. After a botched attempt to prove that his uncle orchestrated Gar′s death, Edgar flees into the Chequamegon wilderness leading three yearling dogs. Yet his need to face his father′s murderer, and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs, turn Edgar ever homeward. When he returns, nothing is as he expects, and Edgar must choose between revenge or preserving his family legacy…

30. Kate Mosse – Labyrinth
When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons during an archaeological dig in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past. But it’s not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there’s an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber, Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden…Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apart Languedoc, a book was entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist and healer. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams the book contains, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret, at all costs. Skilfully blending the lives of two women divided by centuries but united by a common destiny, LABYRINTH is a powerful story steeped in the atmosphere and history of southern France.

31. Paolo Coelho – The winner stands alone
The story is set during the Cannes International Film Festival and the entire action plays out over 24 hours. Igor is a wealthy Russian businessman. His wife Ewa left him two years ago and Igor has never really come to terms with their break up, especially as Ewa is now remarried to a famous fashion designer, Hamid Hussein. Igor is insanely jealous and when Ewa left him he told her that he would destroy ‘whole worlds’ in order to get her back, and he intends to keep his promise! Igor has followed Ewa and her new husband to Cannes and his plan is to cause as much violence and destruction as possible until Ewa realises how much he loves her and comes back to him. Ewa loved Igor but she was absolutely terrified of him. She knows that Igor has killed people in the past when he was a soldier, but she also knows a dark secret – that he once cold bloodedly murdered a beggar who was bothering them in a restaurant. Igor is clearly unhinged and he will stop at nothing to regain her love and so he goes on a ruthless killing spree until he tracks down Ewa! The star-studded film festival acts as a backdrop to Igor’s maniacal murdering spree and we are ntroduced to various characters along the way, all of whom are desperately trying to get their big break in the shallow world of show business; Gabriela a young and naive actress who is being exploited by her agent and Jasmine a troubled young Rwandan refugee working as a model.

32. Thea Beckman – Kinderen van moeder aarde
Zes eeuwen na de Derde Wereldoorlog. De aarde is door een kernoorlog gekanteld en bijna verwoest. Het ijs op het vroegere Groenland, dat nu Thule heet, is gesmolten en het land heeft een heerlijk klimaat. De mensen leven in harmonie met de natuur. Het land wordt door vrouwen geregeerd, zonder leger, zonder wapens. Christian is het enige kind van de Konega van Thule die samen met de Vrouwenraad Thule bestuurt. Op een dag ontmoet hij Thura, een gewoon meisje, dochter van een bouwer van vissersschepen en in opleiding op de zeevaartschool, en hij kan haar maar niet vergeten. Dan verschijnt er een onbekend schip in de fjord. Het komt uit het Badense Rijk; de opvarenden hebben als enig doel Thule te veroveren, zoals ze al met heel Europa hebben gedaan. Wanneer ze erachter komen dat het land geen wapens heeft en geregeerd wordt door vrouwen, zijn ze ervan overtuigd dat dit niet moeilijk moet zijn. Maar de Badeners, die in het bezit zijn van wapens en allerlei technologieën die de Thulenen niet kennen, stuiten op onverwachte tegenstand, waarbij Christian en Thura een belangrijke rol spelen.

33. Sue Townsend – Adrian Mole and the weapons of mass destruction
Adrian Mole’s pen is scribbling for the twenty-first century. Working as a bookseller and living in Leicester’s Rat Wharf; finding time to write letters of advice to Tim Henman and Tony Blair; locked in mortal combat with a vicious swan called Gielgud; measuring his expanding bald spot; and trying to escape the clutches of Marigold and win-over her voluptuous sister Daisy Adrian still yearns for a better more meaningful world. And he’s not ready to surrender his pen yet

34. Terry Goodkind – Faith of the fallen (Sword of truth 6)
Soul of the fire saw the political machinations that have dogged the midlands reach new heights as the Chimes ran free and threatened magic everywhere. As the novel ended Kahlan has narrowly avoided death and now she and Richard Rahl, the Seeker, must strive again to save the world from the resurgent armies of the Emperor Jagang. From the very first page Faith of the fallen pitches Richard and Kahlan into their most desperate fight yet, a fight where worlds once again hang in the balance. Richard must embark on a course of action that will leave his people feeling betrayed and vulnerable and which will take both he and Kahlan away from the protection of the DHaran armies. But he has no choice; Richard, who distrusts prophecy more than anyone, has had a vision. It is a vision he is compelled to follow.

35. Terry Goodkind – The pillars of creation (Sword of truth 7)
In this latest Sword of Truth novel, Jennsen Daggett, tormented her whole life by inhuman voices, struggles for salvation from inner demons and ancient injustice. Meanwhile, Richard Rahl and his wife Kahlan are reunited, but still face the dread of an occupying army. They must venture into a desolate land where their quest turns into terror as they become the helpless prey of a tireless hunter.

36. Terry Goodkind – Naked empire (Sword of truth 8)
You knew they were there, didn’t you?” Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer.
Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he’d stopped. That was what he’d been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence.
“Yes,” Richard said. He gestured over his shoulder without turning to look. “There are two more, back there.”
Kahlan briefly scanned the dark jumble of rock, but she didn’t see any others.
Lightly grasping the silver pommel with two fingers, Richard lifted his sword a few inches, checking that it was clear in its scabbard. A last, fleeting glimmer of amber light played across his golden cape as he let the sword drop back in place. In the gathering gloom of dusk, his familiar, tall, powerful contour seemed as if it were no more than an apparition made of shadows.
Just then, two more of the huge birds shot by right overhead. One, wings stretched wide, let out a piercing scream as it banked into a tight gliding turn, circling once more in assessment of the five people below before stroking its powerful wings to catch its departing comrades in their swift journey west.
This night they would find ample food.

37. Stephen Lawhead – Hood (King raven 1)
A new reign of terror has brought fear and hatred to the land, while an ancient legend stirs in the heart of the wildwood The Norman conquest of England is complete – but for one young man the battle has only just begun. When Bran ap Brychan’s father is murdered by Norman soldiers, he flees to London, seeking justice. The journey is long and hard – and the suffering of those he meets along the way fuels his anger. With his demands dismissed, Bran has no choice but to return home, but a worse fate still awaits him there. His lands have been confiscated and his people subjugated by a brutal and corrupt regime. Should Bran flee for his life or protect his people by surrendering to his father’s murderers? The answer, perhaps, is known only to the Raven King – a creature of myth and magic born of the darkest shadows in the forest.

38. Terry Pratchett – Going postal (Discworld)
Moist von Lipwig is a con artist… and a fraud and a man faces with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork’s ailing postal service back on its feet. It’s a tough decision. But he’s got to see that the mail gets through, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers’ Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer. Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too.

39. Terry Goodkind – Chainfire (Sword of truth 9)
The next book in the Sword of Truth series from bestselling author Terry Goodkind. Fantasy adventure on a grand scale featuring the popular wizard-hero Richard Cypher. The Sword of Truth is Terry Goodkind’s wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy set in a fascinating world rich in detail, history and incredible violence. Reluctant hero turned magical warrior Richard Rahl has long since learned the wizard’s first rule (People are stupid and will believe almost anything) and accepted his fate. With his beloved Kahlan Amnell, the last Mother Confessor, he has battled unearthly adversaries, military foes, the Underworld, the malign and wild magic of the Old World, even the elements themselves. Now Terry Goodkind, acclaimed and superlatively gifted storyteller, delivers another thrilling novel, with all the complexity and taut characterization we’ve come to expect from this master of fantasy. 

40. Terry Goodkind – Phantom (Sword of truth 10)
On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day the world began to end. 

41. Terry Goodkind – Confessor (Sword of truth 11)
Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves…and has lost. Join Richard and Kahlan in the concluding novel of one of the most remarkable and memorable journeys ever written. It started with one rule, and will end with the rule of all rules, the rule unwritten, the rule unspoken since the dawn of history. When next the sun rises, the world will be forever changed. 

42. Terry Goodkind – Debt of bones (Sword of truth prequel)
A short novel of immense scope that shows Terry Goodkind’s story telling powers at their very best. In the days of the war against Panis Rahl a young woman presents the first wizard with an intractable choice and forces him into an encounter that could unleash a maelstrom of magic. Terry Goodkind’s skill at showing characters struggling with free will and facing nightmarish dilemmas as their spirits are tested is shown to its best effect in DEBT OF BONES, as is his consummate world building. 

43. Terry Pratchett – Soul music (Discworld 17)
Other children get given xylophones. Susan just had to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. Yes. There’s a Death in the family. It’s hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe – especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered Discworld. It’s lawless. It changes people. It’s called Music With Rocks In. It’s got a beat and you can dance to it, but…It’s alive. And it won’t fade away.  

2 gedachten over “Gelezen in 2010

  1. Hoi Tante Til,

    Gevonden! 🙂

    Leuk je nieuwe roze onderkomen!
    Laat ik nou ook niet stilgezeten hebben, sinds kort heb ik ook een nieuwe blogplek, en nog wel op Blogspot, net als jij… 🙂

    Hier kun je me vinden, na 1 maart, maar ook nu al natuurlijk.
    Leuk om je te kunnen blijven volgen, Tante Til, en via de linklijstjes bij diverse bloggers kom je een heel eind met het volgen, daar ben ik wel van overtuigd.

    Groetjes, Bart

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