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review 2018-03-26 01:35
The Wonder That Was India
The Wonder That Was India - Arthur Llewellyn Basham

Even though Indian civilization has interacted with other civilizations over the millennia, there is still a mystery and allure about its history, culture, and religions that still fascinates.  The Wonder That Was India by A.L. Basham is a classic interpretation of Indian culture that for over 60 years has been an introduction to the unique culture that covered a subcontinent up until the arrival of the Muslims.


Basham ordered the book by discipline first with history—both pre-recorded and recorded—followed by government, society, everyday life, religion, the arts, and finally language and literature.  This allowed for a generally reader friendly book as Basham covered the history of the subcontinent and then used that background to show the societal and cultural developments.  Throughout the book are numerous illustrations, drawings, and maps that showed the richness of the civilization.  However, being over 60 years old some of the information is out of date and that is not all of the imperfections that future readers should know about.  Basham’s writing style is somewhat dry in places and reading becomes as slog.  And the illustrations while being spread throughout the book are not easy to find when referenced in the text.


However, even with this downside The Wonder That Was India is still a great introduction into Indian history.  A.L. Basham’s enthusiasm is very evident as well as his expertise on the subject.  I definitely recommend this book for dedicated history readers, but issue a word of warning to general readers.

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text 2017-10-31 23:24
My October 2017
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb,Katharina Schmidt
Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper
Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - Barbara Neeb,Katharina Schmidt
Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - Stacy King,Edgar Allan Poe
Der magische Faden - Tom Llewellyn,Nina Dulleck,Ilse Layer
Süßer Ruf des Todes (Reihenfolge der Eve Dallas-Krimis, Band 29) - J.D. Robb,Uta Hege
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - 4 stars
Just One of the Boys - 4 stars
Approximately Yours - 5 stars
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - 5 stars
Blutzeuge - 5 stars
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - 4 stars
Der magische Faden - 4 stars
Süßer Ruf des Todes - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Just One of the Boys, Approximately Yours, Blutzeuge, Süßer Ruf des Todes


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken, Der Fledermausmann, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


So this month, I decided to just stop being an adult and completely dive into my books. Real life just was way too much these last few months, I needed that mental break. So I just read all the books. All of them. This is an insane number for me. Also, the quality, I seriously enjoyed all these books.

(I'm doing this wrap up super early. Look at me, having my shit together for once!!!)

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review 2017-10-23 20:22
The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by Stephen Jones
The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror: A Novel (All Hallows Horror Trilogy) - John Llewellyn Probert,Stephen Jones

There has always been something wrong about All Hallows Church. Not just the building, but the very land upon it stands. Reports dating back to Roman times reveal that it has always been a bad place—blighted by strange sightings, unusual phenomena, and unexplained disappearances.

So in the 1990s, a team of para-psychiatrists is sent in to investigate the various mysteries surrounding the Church and its unsavoury legends. From the start, they begin to discover a paranormal world that defies belief. But as they dig deeper, not only do they uncover some of the secrets behind the ancient edifice designed by “Zombie King” Thomas Moreby but, hidden away beneath everything else, something so ancient and so terrifying that it is using the architect himself as a conduit to unimaginable evil.

After four days and nights, not everybody survives—and those that do will come to wish they hadn’t. Imagine The Haunting of Hill House, The Amityville Horror, The Entity and The Stone Tape rolled together into the very fabric of a single building. And then imagine if all that horror is accidentally released . . .

The Lovecraft Squad is a book that promising in the beginning of the book, but unfortunately didn't manage to be interesting all the way until the end. 
I loved the beginning of the book. Two boys are investigating a building site and they find a skull, a bone and a pot in the place where H.G. Wells house once upon a time had stood. I found this part chilling and the story just kept on being interesting, the discovery of scrolls that tells about the end of time. It was fascinating and intriguing and the idea of 7 people entering the haunted All Hallows Church and spending four days there sounded so incredibly awesome. 
However, it's here the story started to drag a bit. At first, I loved the events (apparitions, etc.) at the church, but it came to a point when the story just didn't intrigue as much as it had before. The "surviving" members of the team is going beneath the church and into another world, it was pretty easy to see which world this was, but it took some time before this was addressed by one of them (hint a classic book about hell). And, they traveled from one level to another and I grew more and more bored and I had a suspicion that a certain twist would occur here and I was right. 
But, despite this did the book end in an interesting way, and yes I would read the next book in the series. Partly because of the cliffhanger ending, but I did find the book, for the most part interesting.
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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review 2017-10-22 15:09
Der magische Faden!!!
Der magische Faden - Tom Llewellyn,Nina Dulleck,Ilse Layer

Erstens: Ich habe durch NetGalley einen ARC erhalten. (I couldn't find a english version of the book that's why my review will only be in german)


Ich hatte am Anfang des Buches wirklich was total anderes erwartet. Trotzdem war das Buch wirklich unglaublich schön geschrieben und sehr spannend.



Inhalt: Wie unheimlich der schwarze Faden aussieht! Als Markus ihn vorsichtig berührt, bekommt er einen elektrischen Schlag. Doch damit nicht genug: Der Faden bewegt sich und schlängelt sich quer durchs Haus, immer weiter, bis zum Dachboden. Dort stoßen Markus und seine Geschwister auf einen Karton mit alten Briefen ihres Vaters. Fünf Jahre ist es her, seit er in Griechenland spurlos verschwunden ist. Immer tiefer tauchen Markus und seine Geschwister in die griechische Mythologie ein, um ihren Vater wiederzufinden. Die Spur führt direkt zum Labyrinth des Minotaurus ...


Das Buch ist für Kinder ab 10 Jahren geeignet. Der Schreibstil war dafür genau richtig, man hat richtig schnell in die Geschichte reingefunden und vor allem hat es sich auch super schnell lesen lassen. Die Geschichte war durchweg spannend gemacht und auch wirklich total interessant gemacht. Das Geheimnis um den Faden, was er bedeutet, woher er kommt, all das. Super spannend.


Die Charaktere waren schwierig für mich. Muss ich ganz ehrlich sagen. Die Entscheidungen, die sie stellenweise getroffen haben, haben mich nur mit dem Kopf schütteln lassen. Wahrscheinlich sind aber Kinder in dem Alter so, das darf ich dabei wohl nicht vergessen. Allerdings mochte ich Aster und Jannie, richtig sehr, die Beiden sind mir gleich ans Herz gewachsen, vor allem die Freundschaft zwischen ihnen. Gerade auch durch Asters Vergangenheit mit ihrer Schwester.




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review 2017-05-10 18:23
The Living Forest: An Eye-Opening Journey from the Canopy to the Woodland Floor by Robert Llewellyn
The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods - Robert Llewellyn,Joan Maloof

Beautiful book. the pictures are just stunning throughout the book.  Who knew the bark of a tree could be so beautiful.  The actual text of the book which is very minimal, gives you a whole new outlook on walking through the forest. We usually look for wildlife or flowers but if you look a bit closer there is so much more to see. This book will help you see it too. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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