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review 2018-01-22 07:27
Dust by Charles Pellegrino
Dust - Charles Pellegrino

From the blurb:

 "In an idyllic Long Island community, paleobiologist Richard Sinclair is one of the first to suspect that the environment has begun to wage bloody, terrifying war on humanity. What initially appear to be random, unrelated events are actually violent eruptions in a worldwide biological chain reaction. Along with a brave group of survivors, Sinclair must learn to understand the catastrophe while it roils around them, slowly crumbling a panicked world and threatening apocalypse. The survival of humankind depends on finding an answer immediately--or else they will face the final, tragic destiny of their species. "

 

This book may not be the best writing on the planet, but it does take a fairly accurate look at what could happen should all the insects disappear - the collapse of ecosystems, food crops, the economy, society and ultimately civilization.  The book is rather interesting, scary and thought provoking.  The author doesn't provide all the answers and the reader needs to pay attention.  It does not have zombies (!!) despite the prions.  It does have some unusual voracious critters. Most of the science discussed in this book is accurate, which is what makes this book so fascinating (to me anyway). 

 

 

 

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review 2018-01-20 18:21
The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark - Brian Smith, Mike Raicht, Charles Wilson (Illustrator)

For more reviews, check out my blog Craft-Cycle

This story works perfectly as a graphic novel. I love the contrast in characters' appearances in the "real world" vs. The Dark. The artwork is amazing. It is such an interesting contrast between childhood play and actual war.

The plot itself is very interesting. It's kind of like Toy Story if Buzz and Woody went on a murderous rampage to save Andy from a nightmare incarnate. Awesome stuff. 

Cool beginning to the series. I am looking forward to reading the next book. 

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review 2018-01-17 10:50
Wenn eine Katastrophe zwei Menschen für immer verbindet
Zwischen zwei Leben - The Mountain Betwe... Zwischen zwei Leben - The Mountain Between Us - Charles Martin,Ulrike Bischoff

Durch einen Zufall lernt der 39-jährige Chirurg Dr. Ben Payne die 34-jährige Journalistin Ashley Knox kennen. Beide hängen wetterbedingt an dem Flughafen in Salt Lake City fest, weil keine großen Maschinen an diesem Tag mehr starten. Wegen Termindrucks entscheidet sich der Arzt, einen kleinen Flieger zu chartern und sich von Pilot Grover nach Denver bringen zu lassen. Ashley ist auf dem Weg zu ihrer Hochzeit und nimmt daher gerne das Angebot an, sich den beiden anzuschließen. Dann geschieht das Unglück: Der Pilot erleidet in der Luft einen Herzinfarkt und das Flugzeug stürzt mitten in der Wildnis, den High Uinta Mountains, ab. Die beiden müssen um ihr Überleben kämpfen. Während die Aussicht auf die Rettung schwindet, erzählt Ben seine Geschichte. Die durch den Absturz verletzte Kolumnistin fühlt sich immer stärker zu ihm hingezogen, doch der Arzt hat ein schreckliches Geheimnis…

„Zwischen zwei Leben – The Mountain Between Us“ von Charles Martin ist die Buchvorlage für den gleichnamigen Film, der im Dezember 2017 in die deutschen Kinos gekommen ist.

Meine Meinung:
Erzählt wird die Geschichte aus der Ich-Perspektive aus der Sicht von Ben. Der Roman besteht aus 51 Kapiteln von angenehmer Länge und beginnt mit einem spannenden Prolog.
Die Schilderungen sind detailliert. Der Schreibstil ist flüssig und leicht verständlich, wirkte auf mich allerdings vor allem zu Anfang auch etwas distanziert.

Das Setting des Romans und die Auswahl der beiden Hauptcharaktere haben mir gut gefallen. Ben und Ashley sind zwei interessante Protagonisten, die mir sympathisch waren. Jedoch fiel es mir in den ersten Kapiteln noch schwer, mich in das Innenleben der beiden hineinzuversetzen. Das mag auch am Erzählstil liegen, denn nach dem Prolog kommt die Geschichte erst langsam in Fahrt.

Im weiteren Verlauf des Romans konnte mich die Story dann jedoch stärker berühren und wurde emotionaler. Positiv finde ich, dass sich bewegende Momente mit humorvollen Passagen und spannenden Elementen abwechseln. Die Handlung kann außerdem mit ein paar Überraschungen aufwarten. Stellenweise wird die Geschichte zwar ein wenig langatmig, im Großen und Ganzen habe ich mich aber gut unterhalten gefühlt.

Das aktuelle Buchcover entspricht dem Filmplakat und ist ansprechend. Der deutsche Titel weicht sehr vom amerikanischen Original ab, passt allerdings auch zur Geschichte.

Mein Fazit:
„Zwischen zwei Leben – The Mountain Between Us“ von Charles Martin ist ein gleichsam spannender wie berührender Roman, der mir angenehme Lesestunden bereitet hat. Er hat mich neugierig auf den Kinofilm gemacht, den ich mir sicherlich auch noch ansehen werde.

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review 2018-01-13 15:15
3/5: Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens,Mark Ford

Nicholas Nickleby is thrown into increasing debt on the death of his father. With a sister and a widowed mother to take care of, he travels to London and seek the help of his uncle. The only problem is, uncle Ralph is a miserable and miserly money-lender with who wouldn’t spit on Nicholas if he was on fire. Grudgingly, he packs Nick off to Yorkshire, and so his adventures to find his own fortune begin.

Nick arrives at an appalling boys school called Dotheboys Hall, run by a one-eyed child-hating Wackford Squeers. It’s tense as to how long Nick will keep his easily-lost temper with all the casual cruelty going on (If only it had been merely fictional…). It’s a delight when he finally snaps and metes some punishment to the Squeers family. I practically cheered.

Nick leaves Yorkshire in a hurry after that, and the book starts to ramble a little. He finds himself in London (briefly, to argue with his uncle), then on the road again and heading to the coast to become a sailor…but he’s diverted into becoming an actor instead. You can tell Dickens is having fun at the expense of actors and theatres in general through that section – he acted often, and the odd characters Nick meets seem like they were people Dickens would have met.

Determined to carve a living for himself, Nick eventually finds some good friends in the Cheerbyle brothers and their bottomless goodwill and endless philanthropy.

Nick’s good fortune - and more importantly, his good friends and family – are contrasted with Uncle Ralph, who lives alone, unloved and uncared for in a cold and draughty home with a single housekeeper (he’s rich and could afford to warm it; he’s just too tight with money). He looms in the background of Nick’s life throughout the book. Nick would be quite happy to ignore him, but Ralph has made it his mission to break him. It ultimately ends up breaking Ralph, instead though…this is Dickens, after all, and happy endings are guaranteed.

This was the third of Dickens novels, written in monthly instalments between 1838 and ’39. It starts off strongly enough, with the backstory of how Ralph and Nick’s father came be estranged, and the collapse of the Nickleby estate and the journey to London. But then it starts to ramble – there are two chapters which are nothing more than travellers relating to Nick some folk tales about York on his way there. I skipped them, and I know for a fact I didn’t miss a thing.

In fact the book doesn’t really settle into a rhythm until Nick finds himself back in London again, about halfway through. Even then, there’s almost a chapter dedicated to a dinner party for characters who live downstairs from Nick. They play a very peripheral part in the book, and I skimmed it until I saw the word “Nicholas” again. They turn up towards the climax for a single chapter to tie up their storyline.

The ending almost feels like an anti-climax, even though it’s obviously well developed and planned. I can see Dickens practically ticking boxes labelled “Loose ends” as he works through the epilogue. With the death of Ralph, it felt like the book ran out of steam immediately.

Villains really do get the best parts of a story.

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text 2018-01-10 01:17
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Python for Everybody: Exploring Data in ... Python for Everybody: Exploring Data in Python 3 - Elliott Hauser,Aimee Andrion,Charles Severance,Hans Blumenberg

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