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text 2014-09-10 14:33
B├╝cherschau: August 2014

Das war der August in Büchern, Zahlen und Fakten!

 

Araminta Spookie 5: Ghostsitters [ ARAMINTA SPOOKIE 5: GHOSTSITTERS ] by Sage, Angie (Author) Aug-25-2009 [ Paperback ] - Angie SageNoahs Kuss - David Levithan, Bernadette Ott   Der wunderbare Massenselbstmord von Arto Paasilinna Ausgabe 1 (2013) - Arto Paasilinna

 

 

 

Tjahaa, ich hab mal wieder wenig gelesen im August. Zumindest wenige Bücher. Die Fanfiction-Welt hat mich mal wieder völlig vereinnahmt und ich schwelge gerade in so vielen guten Geschichten, dass ich kaum Interesse an anderen Sachen habe. Aber das ändert sich bestimmt wieder, denn es gibt zu viele Bücher und Hörbücher, die noch gelesen/gehört werden wollen. :)

Mir hat im August das Buch Noahs Kuss von David Levithan gefallen, auch wenn die geschilderte Welt doch eher rosarot war und von Homophobie nichts zu merken war. Aber es war erfrischend, dass es sich um ein homosexuelles Pärchen handelt und nicht um die typische Mann/Frau-Konstellation. Außerdem habe ich nun die Araminta Spookie Reihe beendet, soweit ich das sagen kann, außer Frau Sage bekommt einen Schreibflash. Schön wäre es, denn Araminta ist einfach eine Protagonistin, die man mögen muss, außerdem ist der Humor und Wortwitz der Reihe vortrefflich! 

Dann habe ich mich an einem Roman von Arto Paasilinna probiert, gelesen von dem mal wieder zu Hochform aufgelaufenem Jürgen von der Lippe. Der Stil Paasilinnas ist gewöhnungsbedürftig, aber die Nordlichter haben es mir eh angetan. :)

 

Macht alles zusammen:

- 3 Bücher

 

Davon:

- 2 Bücher

und 1 Hörbuch

 

Monatshighlight: Wenn ich mich entscheiden muss, dann hat Araminta gewonnen.

Das war nix? War dieses Mal alles bestens.  

 

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review 2014-09-07 11:08
Rezension: Bettina Belitz - Vor uns die Nacht
Vor uns die Nacht - Bettina Belitz

"Vor uns die Nacht" ist eines dieser Bücher, die einen vollkommen in ihren Bann ziehen und selbst nach dem Lesen erstmal nicht wieder loslassen. Schuld daran ist der großartige Schreibstil von Bettina Belitz, ebenso wie die faszinierenden Charaktere und natürlich die Geschichte, die vollkommen anders verläuft, als man sich das anfangs vielleicht vorgestellt hat. Ronia, die Ich-Erzählerin dieser Geschichte, ist eine recht ungewöhnliche Protagonistin, die von Selbstzweifeln geplagt wird und immer tiefer in den Sog hineingezogen wird, den Jan auf sie ausübt. Jan fasziniert sie, weil er komplett anders ist, als alle, die sie bisher getroffen hat. Er schert sich nicht um das was andere über ihn denken und geht seinen eigenen Weg. Ronia kann an nichts anderes mehr denken, als daran, was Jan wohl gerade tut, was er denkt und vor allem was er über sie denkt. Das artet in Dimensionen aus, die nicht mehr gesund sind. Dabei beschreibt die Autorin die Gefühle, Ängste und Zweifel ihrer Protagonistin so überzeugend und intensiv, dass der Leser diese ganz genau nachvollziehen kann, denn schließlich hat so ziemlich jeder so etwas schon einmal erlebt: Zweifel daran, ob der andere genauso fühlt, wie man selbst. Genau wie Ronia, bleiben auch dem Leser Jans Gründe für sein Handeln komplett verborgen, überraschend sind seine Taten jedoch so gut wie immer. Jan ist ein wahnsinnig interessanter Charakter, dessen Tiefe im Lauf der Geschichte immer mehr offenbart wird. Ronia entdeckt immer wieder neue Seiten an ihm, die auf den ersten Blick gar nicht zu ihm passen wollen. Nicht nur die intensiven Gefühle und die Unberechenbarkeit von Jan machen die Geschichte so spannend, auch eine überraschende Wendung in Ronias Leben sorgen für zusätzliche Dramatik. Es fällt wirklich schwer, dieses Buch aus der Hand zu legen. Unweigerlich schließt man Ronia und Jan ins Herz, auch wenn beide eigentlich schwierige Charaktere sind. Nicht selten kann man deren Handlungen nicht wirklich nachvollziehen und trotzdem hofft und bangt man für die beiden. Fazit:"Vor uns die Nacht" ist für mich das erste Buch von Bettina Belitz. Eines ist ganz sicher: es wird nicht das letzte bleiben. Die Autorin beschreibt die Gefühle ihrer Protagonistin so intensiv, wie ich das nur selten erlebt habe. Ihr wunderschöner und detaillierter Schreibstil, die interessanten Charaktere und überraschende Wendungen tun das übrige dazu, dass man dieses Buch nicht mehr aus der Hand legen möchte und es viel zu schnell ausgelesen ist. Definitiv eines dieser Bücher, die man wieder und wieder lesen muss.Ich vergebe 5 von 5 Sternen!

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review 2014-09-04 22:00
The Girl with All the Gifts / M.R. Carey
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.

 

A gripping novel which you could read just as a really good yarn. Or you could pay attention to a couple of the themes: what is the nature of humanity, and, how much should we care about one another?

 

Melanie is a student with adoration for one of her teachers. She is very bright and very emotional, but the reader can tell from the very first page that something is off kilter. Why is she confined to a cell? Why does she have to be tied into a chair every day before she can be taken to class? Why is there a whole class full of children being restrained in this way?

 

It reminded me somehow of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—who abandoned his monster instead of giving it the care and consideration that he owed it. This is the flip side of that scenario—and the monster tries just as hard as those who care about her. There is love and loyalty, which are entirely missing from Frankenstein. Are Melanie and those like her still human? What kind of consideration do they merit? Or should they be treated as science experiments and test subjects, as Caroline Caldwell cold bloodedly does? Who is more human, Melanie or Caroline?

 

It also made me think of I am Legend by Richard Matheson. When you become a tiny minority (Robert Neville becomes a population of one) are you still to be considered normal? Are you still on the right side of history when you hunt down and destroy those who are different from you?

 

I thought about all of this last night, as I purged the mysterious plastic containers from my refrigerator, trying not to gag when I discovered an antique yogurt container containing only dried, green mould! I was reading Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You at the same time as The Girl and the chapter about the ants that end up being hi-jacked by fungus DNA to do very un-ant-like things was very relevant. You will never look at those fuzzy growths in your fridge quite the same after this novel.

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review 2014-09-04 21:08
419 / Will Ferguson
419: A Novel - Will Ferguson

A car tumbles down a snowy ravine. Accident or suicide?

On the other side of the world, a young woman walks out of a sandstorm in sub-Saharan Africa. In the labyrinth of the Niger Delta, a young boy learns to survive by navigating through the gas flares and oil spills of a ruined landscape. In the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the internet looking for victims.

Lives intersect, worlds collide, a family falls apart. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help ...”

419 takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam. When Laura’s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father’s killer. What she finds there will change her life forever..

 

You can definitely tell that Will Ferguson has written travel books—the scenes in this book which are set in Nigeria are the most vivid and colourful sections of 419. By contrast, the Canadian parts are rather bland and cold, but perhaps he meant to have it that way.

 

It’s always interesting to see your own city portrayed in fiction and not only did the Canadian family live in Calgary, Laura lives in my neighbourhood. I recognized both the building that she lives in and the mall where she seems to do most of her eating. It’s not a fine dining establishment, but once again, perhaps that was the point. Laura has some “arrangement” which allows her to live in a condo tower that I couldn’t ever aspire to afford. These are Canadians who are getting by. By African standards, they are rich, but by North American standards they are just treading water. On my only trip to Africa in 2000, I visited Kenya—there are dozens of vendors at every toilet stop, aggressively selling their wares. As a not-very-well-travelled Canadian (at that point in time), I had difficulties, as I was on a budget and I am not by nature a bargainer. At least one woman told me, “You are rich, buy something from me!” I didn’t bother to argue with her—compared to her, I was rich, although I had used every spare dollar I had to make that trip.

 

One of my friends, the child of a diplomat, lived in Nigeria for a time. She claimed that it was every bit as awful as it is portrayed in the book—violence is rampant, environmental issues overwhelming, poverty is everywhere and politicans are corrupt. And yet, there are relatively decent people who live there and just want to survive and raise their children safely, just as Nnamdi does.

 

The enduring message that I came away with: there are people of all kinds in every society. Some are exploiters and some are exploited. And the world would be a better place if we could eliminate these exploitative relationships.

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review 2014-09-03 07:34
[Book Review] Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor? by Harriet Ziefert
Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor? - Harriet Ziefert,Emily Bolam

This eARC was downloaded for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor? is an installment in Harriet Ziefert's "Think About" series, specifically focusing on "how everyone keeps healthy". And I have to admit that I'm a little less than impressed.

First of all, the book and I got off on the wrong foot. Before the story starts, there is a "Dear Parents" letter from the author, and it definitely rubbed me the wrong way. It opens thus:

Children’s earliest experiences with stories and books usually involve grown-ups reading to them. However, reading should be active, and as adults, we can help young readers make meaning of the text by prompting them to relate the book to what they already know and to their personal experiences.

From there, it goes on to explain how to read the book to your child in the way that Ziefert thinks is best. And here's the thing... I know how to read to a child, and I do not remotely care how an author would prefer I read his or her book to either myself or a child or anyone else. While the letter was obviously well-intentioned, it came across as more superior than helpful.

So, like I said, not off to a good start... but on to the book itself.

I quite like the concept. As the cover promises, Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor? is meant to open the subject of health up to a child by looking at it from both a human and nonhuman perspective. But honestly, I don't think it accomplishes that. The nonhuman-focused pages are split into two unofficial sections: one that establishes that wild animals do not go to the doctor and one that establishes that housepets and farm animals go to doctors called veterinarians. Then it's on to human health with a few pages devoted to tools doctors use (including "sphygmomanometer", a word which has no business being in a book for toddlers) and a page devoted to what a yearly checkup consists of.

Basically, the book is simply trying to cover too much territory, and in doing so, it seems to have forgotten its premise of "think[ing] about how everyone keeps healthy". What it covers is more along the lines of medical vocab and the fact that (most) wild animals don't have the luxury of medicine, surgery, and monitoring. Perhaps I'm alone in this, but my expectation of "think[ing] about how everyone keeps healthy" would be more along the lines of exploring how undomesticated animals survive without medicine and what a pediatrician actually does and why.

Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor? isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it's far from what I hoped it would be. If you're going to use it to help teach your child about medicine, I highly recommend complementing it with something more comprehensive... or at least more focused.

Source: aftanith.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-review-does-hippo-go-to-doctor-by.html
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