Marco's readings

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. This page lists all the books that I have finished reading in 2001.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
by J.K. Rowling (1997)
My review: I really liked the story! It is fun, original and well-written. When you read it, you can almost believe that magic is real. Suddenly I found myself a kid again, satying up late to read "just another chapter". (★★★★)
Started: Dec 04 2001 Finished: Dec 05 2001
Storia vera
by Lucian of Samosata (1994)
My review: Era da tempo che desideravo leggere questo racconto definito da molti "primo esempio di letteratura fantascientifica". Divertente e interessante. (★★★)
Started: Dec 03 2001 Finished: Dec 04 2001
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (2003)
My review: I think this is one of the best books I read in my all life. The book is modern and interesting, the story is touching, the characters well-rounded and far from the typical gothic novel ones. (★★★★★)
Started: Nov 27 2001 Finished: Dec 03 2001
Il fato e la superstizione
by Plutarch
My review: Il primo dialogo tratta di libero arbitrio e fato. Il secondo analizza la superstizione contrapponendola al suo opposto, l'ateismo. (★★)
Started: Nov 27 2001 Finished: Nov 27 2001
Favola d'amore
by Hermann Hesse (1991)
My review: "Solo in questo consiste per me la vita, nel fluttuare tra due poli, nell'oscillazione tra i due pilastri portanti del mondo. Vorrei con gioia far vedere sempre la beata varieta' del mondo e anche sempre ricordare che al fondo di questa varieta' vi e' un'unita'". (★★★★)
Started: Nov 27 2001 Finished: Nov 27 2001
Bartleby and Benito Cereno
by Herman Melville (1990)
My review: I thought that Melville wrote only long and boring books. It was a prejudice: the first novel is really interesting and modern. The language of the second is pretty hard and the plot is less interesting. (★★)
Started: Oct 14 2001 Finished: Nov 26 2001
A.I. Intelligenza artificiale
by Brian W. Aldiss (2001)
My review: Ero a casa del mio ex a Milano, ove m'ero recato per un colloquio di lavoro. Terminato questo aspettavo ora di cena e cominciai a leggere, terminandolo, il libro sul comodino. Le storie del volume sono abbastanza insignificanti, la migliore e' quella che ha ispirato Spielberg... Ma anche quella non e' poi un granche'. (★★)
Started: Oct 24 2001 Finished: Oct 24 2001
De Otio; de Brevitate Vitae
by Seneca (2008)
My review: Il dialogo insegna come la vita non sia poi corta, ma semplicemente si passi in genere il tempo a sprecarla. (★★★)
Started: Oct 21 2001 Finished: Oct 22 2001
Moral Essays: Volume I De Providentia. De Constantia. De Ira. De Clementia
by Seneca (1928)
My review: Il dialogo spiega come le sventure siano dei provvidi doni del signore per rafforzare i giusti.
Started: Oct 20 2001 Finished: Oct 21 2001
by Umberto Eco (2003)
My review: Ho sempre amato i libri di Umberto Eco, e ho particolarmente amato questo libro. In questo libro il protagonista (Baudolino, nato contadino e arrivato ad essere figlio di Barbarossa) e' narratore, risultando in uno stile ben diverso dallo scolastico ed erudito parlare dell'Eco dei libri precedenti. Il risultato e' piu' facilmente fruibile, piu' scorrevole, ma sempre storicamente accurato e affascinante. (★★★★)
Started: Sep 23 2001 Finished: Oct 13 2001
The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James (1994)
My review: I was in Milan when I realized that I have forgotten the book I was reading (Baudolino) at home. I went to Feltrinelli and I bought this book. I have studied Henry James in high school, but my teacher did not spend any time on this book. It is a typical gothic novel, nothing too original about it. I did not like it too much because of the author style. Thomas Hardy was right when he wrote that "[H. James says] nothing in infinite sentences". (★★★)
Started: Oct 07 2001 Finished: Oct 12 2001
The Second Generation (Dragonlance: The Second Generation, #1)
by Margaret Weis (1995)
My review: I was quite eager to meet again the characters I loved so much when I was a kid. I was slightly disappointed by the new generation of heroes, that failed to fascinate me as much as the previous one did. This said, this collection of short stories is entertaining and worth reading for all the Dragonlance fans. (★★★)
Started: Sep 20 2001 Finished: Sep 24 2001
Test of the Twins (Dragonlance: Legends, #3)
by Margaret Weis (2004)
My review: The characters may not be well rounded, but I loved them since I was a kid. I always enjoy meeting them again when I read a Dragonlance book. The ending in particular makes reading the trilogy worth the time spent doing it. (★★★★)
Started: Sep 17 2001 Finished: Sep 19 2001
War of the Twins (Dragonlance: Legends, #2)
by Margaret Weis (2004)
My review: I read it when I was a kid, and I simply loved it at the time. Probably I set my expectations too high, but I was a little disappointed by this book. The plot was not as intriguing as I remembered, and the beloved characters are quite flat. (★★★)
Started: Sep 12 2001 Finished: Sep 16 2001
by Banana Yoshimoto (2003)
My review: Amo particolarmente i libri di Banana Yoshimoto. Le trame delle sue storie spesso contano assai ben poco. I veri protagonisti sono i sentimenti, le sensazioni, che lei e' abilissima a descrivere in maniera evocativa con pochissime parole. Questa e' la storia d'una giovane coppia, sposatasi prestissimo. Il padre dello sposo sembra far parte di una setta religiosa. Ho finito questo libro in un giorno assai particolare: il giorno della caduta delle torri. Lo shock m'ha impedito di godermi la fine come avrei dovuto. (★★★★)
Started: Sep 10 2001 Finished: Sep 11 2001
Time of the Twins (Dragonlance: Legends, #1)
by Margaret Weis (2004)
My review: When I was young, I loved the Dragonlance saga. I was quite disappointed when I read it again as a grown-up: the beloved characters and the plot are so flat! (★★★)
Started: Sep 01 2001 Finished: Sep 05 2001
Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #3)
by Margaret Weis (2003)
My review: The last volume is a really good one, but the ending is a little disappointing: it is quite clear that the authors did want to keep an opening for a possible sequel. (★★★★)
Started: Aug 01 2001 Finished: Sep 01 2001
Waterdeep (Forgotten Realms: Avatar #3)
by Richard Awlinson (1989)
My review: An entertaining conclusion for the trilogy. (★★★★)
Started: Jul 24 2001 Finished: Aug 01 2001
Tantras (Forgotten Relalms: Avatar #2)
by Scott Ciencin (1989)
My review: The second book of this fantasy saga is better than the first... but it far from being remarkable. (★★★★)
Started: Jul 05 2001 Finished: Jul 23 2001
Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms: Avatar #1)
by Scott Ciencin (1989)
My review: I really enjoyed this book when I was young. This time I did not like it as much. The characters are incredibly flat and the plot is not that original. (★★★)
Started: Jun 01 2001 Finished: Jul 04 2001
Dragons of Winter Night (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #2)
by Margaret Weis (2000)
My review: I decided to read some of my childhood favorite fantasy books in their original language, in order to improve my English. I was stressed because I was writing my master thesis. I needed something not to complex to read. This was perfect at the time. The plot gets more interesting in the second volume. (★★★★)
Started: Jun 10 2001 Finished: Jun 13 2001
La filosofia antica
by Emanuele Severino (1984)
My review: Stressato per via della tesi cominciai a leggere dei filosofi studiati in gioventu'. Una lettura interessante che m'ha fatto riscoprire quelle figure che, a suo tempo, avevo assai sottovalutato. (★★)
Started: May 06 2001 Finished: Jun 09 2001
Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
My review: This was one of the book Kirsten suggested me. I started it while I was going to the Broadband wireless world forum. It is a good book. (★★★)
Started: Feb 21 2001 Finished: May 06 2001
You and Your Aquarium
by Dick Mills (1986)
My review: As soon as I will be able to do it, I am going to buy an aquarium. This is a simple guide to collecting and keeping aquarium fishes. Interesting. I was unable to finish it right away, because Matteo toke it back to Italy. (★★★★)
Started: Jan 01 2001 Finished: May 01 2001
Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #1)
by Margaret Weis
My review: This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, so I decided to read it again in English to improve my English when I moved to the US. It is quite entertaining. I had completely forgot the plot, but not the characters. reading the book felt like meeting again some dear old childhood friends. (★★★★)
Started: Feb 11 2001 Finished: Feb 18 2001
The Lost Language Of Cranes
by David Leavitt (1997)
My review: This book is a Christmas present. Matteo bought it for me while we were in a bookstore in San Francisco. He really enjoyed the book and he wanted to share it with me. I liked reading it, I did not enjoyed it as much as he did. The book is a painfully honest description of ho to different generations came to term with their own homosexuality. (★★★)
Started: Jan 08 2001 Finished: Feb 10 2001
The Seventh Gate (The Death Gate Cycle, #7)
by Margaret Weis (1995)
My review: When I was a young kid I used to read a lot. I was particularly fond of fantasy novels. I started to read the first book of the "Death Gate cycle" when I was 15. I never had the chance to read the last one. When I saw it in the bookshop I bought it immediately. I read the book in one day. (★★★)
Started: Jan 05 2001 Finished: Jan 06 2001
Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden (1999)
My review: I was just landed in the US, and I decided to start reading some American books to improve my English. My friend Kirsten suggested me a couple of books: this one and "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. She lent me this one. I was amazed to be able to read an English book without using the Dictionary... I really enjoyed it. Maybe the happy ending is a bit artificial, but it is a really good book. (★★★★)
Started: Dec 01 2000 Finished: Jan 05 2001