- Alamut, by Wladimir Bartol [July 03]. Historical novel (set in the late twelfth century).
- Alamut is the name of the impregnable fortress Hassan Sabbah and his sect of the Hashhasheen, the first known terrorists, operated from. I thought the book was a bit superficial, and the religious arguments didn't make much sense; maybe I read it too fast. Samarkand is a better book, partly about the same subject.
- Antiller'e Seyahat [Voyage to the Caribbean] , by Jules Verne [June 03]. Novel.
- Nine students of a private school in England win a sea voyage to the Carribean. A gang of pirates has other ideas.
- Shelters of Stone , by Jean Auel [June 03]. Novel.
- The fifth book in Auel's genre-spawning "Earth's Children" series. In the series, the hero and heroine live and travel in the late ice age; with ties to every known invention and artifact from the period. I like to classify this as science fiction, the science in question being paleoanthropolohy.
- Istanbul'dan Sayfalar [Pages from Istanbul] , by Ilber OrtaylI [May 03]. Essays.
- Short, readable essays about various aspects of life in Istanbul(s) of the past.
- Bounty Asileri [The Bounty Mutineers] , by Jules Verne [May 03]. Five stories.
- The first story is declared to be "non-fiction" (about the famous Bounty/Bligh/Christian affair), some of the others are his early work. Probably only of interest to die-hard Verne fans and researchers.
- Ablukadan Geçi$ [Blockade-running] , by Jules Verne [May 03].
- The book contains the title novella and another, called "Martin Paz", one of his early works. In the first, an English businessman decides to run the Union blockade of Charleston for profit, the second one is about a native uprising in Peru.
- Üç Ingiliz'le Üç Rus'un MaceralarI [Adventures of three Englishmen and three Russians] , by Jules Verne [May 03]. Novel.
- About a mid-nineteenth century expedition into the heart of South Africa, to measure a segment of the meridian, in terms of which the meter is defined!
- Geni$ Zamanlar [Simple Present Tense] , by Ay$e Kulin [May 03]. Six short stories.
- An intellectual woman's observations of herself and various segments of Turkish society. Three of the stories are connected.
- AçlIk [Hunger] , by Knut Hamsun [Apr 03]. Novel.
- Supposedly about how an intellectual goes hungry because of his honesty and perfectionism; but to me he sounded manic-depressive.
- Yüzba$I Selahattin'in RomanI [Captain Selahattin's Novel] , by Ilhan Selçuk [Mar 03].
- Not really a novel, but SeIahattin Yurtoglu's memoirs edited by I.Selçuk. Immediately after Selahattin's graduation from the Military Academy, the Ottoman-Italian war starts. If you know your history, you know that the region won't know peace for quite a long time...
- Karkot Deresi [Karkot Creek], by Rauf Denkta$ [Feb 03].
- Reminiscenses from his childhood and youth. You should read it if you lived in Cyprus for an appreciable amount of time; but if you didn't, you won't understand much.
- Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress [Jan 03]. SF novel.
- Assume that smarter people are born in the future due to genetic modifications. How would normal people trade with them? After all, trade means exchaning your products (and services) with others via money. What if you cannot produce, because you are outcompeted?
Winners of various SF awards, including Hugos and Nebulas
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