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text 2017-11-20 13:36
Lesechallenge 2017

Irgendwie ist es gemein, dass es bei der Lesechallenge nach Büchern und nicht nach Seiten geht. Man könnte ja lauter 250-300 Seiten Romane lesen und käme damit gut durch.

 

Aber wenn man sich oft 600 - 1000+ Seiten Wälzer heraussucht, kommt man sich am Ende des Jahres ein bisschen wie Legolas bei der Schlacht um Minas Tirith vor.  

 

Da steht dann der Counter der Challenge wie Gimli neben Dir und sagt: 

 

Der zählt trotzdem nur als einer!

 

Der zählt trotzdem nur als einer! 

 

 

 

Ich würde ja gern noch ein bisschen aufholen, bis Ende des Jahres, aber nun lacht mich der neue Stephen King "Sleeping Beauties" mit 960 Seiten an ... -.- 

 

Hach ja, immer diese Entscheidungen. :) 

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text 2017-11-19 02:13
Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King

So far I am not sure how I feel about the book. I just got to the palace or whatever you want to call it, of Rajah Tarek. Now that I am at this point, things will really start to really take off. I really not attracted to any of the characters, “Kalinda: is Rajah Tarek 100th wife, but she's already falling for someone else. Which brings me to this individual, whose name is Deven. He knows that things can get deadly if he gets involved with Kalinda but he still does things that could get them both killed. I can understand Kalinda somewhat, since she was never around men before. But Deven he just has no excuse at all.

I am going to give the book 3 to 4 more chapters, and if things don't improve, I will pick out something else to read. And then maybe get back into the book, in another month or two.

I do have book 2, as well as 3, which I received both by the way of Netgalley. So I am bound and determined to get through all three books, luckily 3 doesn't come out, I believe until sometime in February. 

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review 2017-11-18 15:14
An exciting, horrific, and at times charming epic
It - Stephen King

I think I’ve mentioned this in previous updates, but for the longest time I avoided Stephen King’s It. It just seemed way too intimidating. I don’t do well with long books. I quickly lose interest, and it’s almost always never the fault of the author. As soon as I’m reading a book, I see another in a bookstore and go, “Oh! I want to read that one. NOW.”

 

Took me until I was thirty-five to finally give the book a go, and I am really, really glad that I did. It is a sweeping and engaging epic. Heartwarming, funny, and terrifying. The interesting thing is I found the actual horror elements the least interesting. Sure, I loved It when it was in the background, but when the kids and adults finally come face to face with It, that’s when I wasn’t nearly as interested or invested. I was far more engaged by the children and their relationships with one another.

 

And the history King paints for this town. AMAZING. Some of the best stuff apart from the kids is the history King goes into. And he has to, because the town is very much the story. The town isn’t simply a town. It’s a major character. DERRY IS IT.

 

As much as I enjoyed the novel, there were a few times towards the end of the book where I thought it went off the rails. Without getting into spoilery territory (although I imagine at this point I was the only human on this chaotic planet who hadn’t read It), the kids end up having to do… something to get out of the tunnels. An adult version of one of the kids makes mention of this, and I remember blinking my eyes several times and saying, “Whaaaaaat?” I thought surely I’d misheard. Or perhaps it wasn’t meant to be literal. Maybe it was more of a metaphor. But then you get to that part and OH NOPE IT AIN’T NO STINKIN’ METAPHOR IT REALLY HAPPENS. (Also, reading Chuck Wendig’s Damn Fine Story, he even mentions this in his footnotes which warned me that, yes, this most certainly happens). I get what King was trying to achieve with this, but it just felt wrong and out of place to me. And I actually read this section as fast as I could to get it done and over with.

 

Be warned animal lovers… there are some really, really tough and horrible scenes involving animal murder and torture. On the plus side, we get to see what happens to this person who’s causing the murder and torture, and it was insanely satisfying.

 

To help me get through this monster of a book, I listened to the audiobook which is superbly read by Steven Webber. He does an amazing job. Highly recommended. Even if you’ve read the book, you should listen to his reading. It’s masterful.

 

I loved Stephen King’s It. Will I ever read it again? Hard to say. It really is long, and like I said I don’t do well with long books. But I am really happy that I finally got around to reading it. Definitely can see why this is so many people’s favorite book by him.

 

4 stars

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text 2017-11-15 17:30
The Whale Wins Again
It - Stephen King

Gonna have to put this one on hold again. The loaning library wants it back and a bunch of people are requesting it. I COULD abuse my powers to renew it but I just don't have the time right now. One day I will slay it. One day. 

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review 2017-11-12 22:37
It
It - Stephen King

 

 

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