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review 2018-01-13 11:55
Verschlafener Kleinstadtkrieg
Sleeping Beauties - Stephen King,Owen King,Bernhard Kleinschmidt

Eine Pandemie zieht über die Welt, die ausschließlich Frauen befällt. Sobald sie einschlafen, wird ihr Körper von einem kokonartigen Gebilde umhüllt. Weckt man die Frauen auf, zerfleischen sie ihr Gegenüber als ob sie tollwütige Tiere wären. 

„Sleeping Beauties“ ist ein Horror-Roman, der in pandemischen Ausmaß die Frauen von den Männern trennt. Stephen und Owen King heben den Kampf der Geschlechter hervor und gehen ihn von einer neuen Seite an.

Was geschieht, wenn es plötzlich keine Frauen mehr gibt? Was passiert, wenn die Gesellschaft nur mehr aus Männern besteht und das weibliche Geschlecht einen Neuanfang wagen kann?

Hauptschauplatz ist die Kleinstadt, in die Stephen King immer gerne entführt. Brennpunkt ist hier ein Frauengefängnis, das durch die Pandemie und der umwerfend-mysteriösen Evie ins Zentrum der Geschichte rückt. 

Die Handlung lässt sich gut lesen, geht mir persönlich aber zu gleichförmig dahin. Stephen und Owen King halten ein anregendes Spannungslevel, das jedoch bis zum Finale relativ geradlinig bleibt. So taucht man in die Story um die schlafenden Frauen von Dooling langsam ein, wird von manch blutig-brutaler Szene durchgerüttelt und findet sich mitten im Kleinstadtkrieg wieder.

Dieses Setting hat es King schon immer angetan. So verwundert es nicht, dass er sie auch diesmal als Schauplatz wählt. Es werden sofort altbekannte Muster geweckt, anhand der vielen Figuren wird man mit dem gesellschaftliche Gefüge konfrontiert und steht damit der mysteriösen Krankheit im Angesicht. 

Der Kleinstadtkrieg an sich hat endzeitmäßige Züge, die man aus anderen Romanen kennt. Bewährte Strukturen lösen sich auf, Männer müssen ihren Mann stehen und keiner weiß, wohin die Pandemie führen wird. In all dem Chaos bahnt sich im Frauengefängnis eine brenzlige Situation an, die es in den Griff zu bekommen gilt.

Die Charaktere sind weit gestreut. Es gibt Lila, den weiblichen Sheriff der Stadt, die so lange wie möglich die Augen offen hält, ihren Mann Clint, der sich als Psychiater den Frauen im Gefängnis annimmt, boshafte Verbrecher und Trunkenbolde, verliebte Jugendliche und die mysteriöse Evie, die gleichzeitig mit der Krankheit auf der Bildfläche erschienen ist. 

Ich mag es weniger, wenn King so viele Figuren ins Zentrum der Erzählung stellt. Zwar bekommt man als Leser einen umfassenden Blick über die Geschehnisse, hält aber ständig eine gewisse Distanz, die mich weniger angesprochen hat. 

Dadurch hat es mir an dem typischen King-Horror - dieser einnehmenden Atmosphäre - gefehlt, die mich normalerweise binnen weniger Seiten in die Geschichte zieht. Die oberflächliche Perspektive auf das Gesamtgeschehen, die Aneinanderreihung der handelnden Figuren, haben mich durchgehend auf Abstand gehalten, was bei mir das Lesevergnügen hemmt.

Nichtsdestotrotz haben Stephen und Owen King einen lesenswerten Kleinstadtkrieg entflammt, dem es allerdings am kingschen Horror fehlt. Ich denke aber, wer „Die Arena“ gern gelesen hat, wird an den schlafenden Schönheiten genauso seine Lesefreude haben.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2017-12-28 12:26
How to Enjoy a Comfortable Camping Trip

Because Americans live increasingly chaotic and stressful lives, many look forward to every opportunity escape the daily hustle-and-bustle. For millions, nothing compares to leaving cell phones, laptops and TVs behind and being surrounded by clean air, chirping birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, starry skies and the unique smells of nature. This truly represents the ultimate in rest and relaxation with a minimal environmental footprint.

 


Though camping may seem an easy task—simply get inside a vehicle and drive until a good stopping-point is found—it requires significant planning and preparation. Aside from selecting a beautiful location, campers must take into account weather conditions, accessibility challenges, availability of required services and, depending on these considerations, pack accordingly. Most packing lists include a backpack, tent, hammock, sleeping mat and bag and other items that ensure a safe and comfortable outing.

 

Here are tips for making your next outdoor excursion perfect:

 

• Pack camping essentials - Do not forget a first-aid kit, insect- and pest-repellent, compass, maps and all necessary emergency equipment. You may not use these items on every—or any—trip, but in the unlikely event they are needed, you will be glad you packed them!

• Remember fire safety protocol - Forest fires can be disastrous, even deadly for wildlife and humans. To keep yourself and others safe, do everything within your power to maintain every fire that is started. Build only fires which are big enough for your personal use. Large fires can instantly get out of control and spread, particularly in dry or windy conditions. Last, never retire without ensuring fires are completely extinguished.

• Do not leave food unattended - To avoid potentially scary and dangerous encounters with animals, do not leave food unattended and accessible. When leaving a campsite, also remember to remove all food so the next visitors are not exposed to any threat.

• Carry lightweight sleeping bags and pads - In addition to a tent and sleeping bag, a high-quality sleeping pad is essential. Fresh air and the uniquely beautiful sounds of nature are tremendous aids but you must first be comfortable, well supported and maintain an optimal body temperature, depending on the season. The ideal sleeping bag and pad will differ based on an individual’s sleeping position and other preferences—firmness, weight, temperature rating, bulk, material and more.

Klymit is a world-class designer and manufacturer of the market’s finest backpacks, sleeping bags and pads, hammocks and accessories. By continually challenging traditional methods and approaches and utilizing innovative technology and testing, Klymit produces the most comfortable camping gear available. Through its online store, Klymit offers everything needed to transform a camping trip into an extraordinary experience.

 

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review 2017-12-26 12:17
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was really good! Amazingly good! I am kind of thinking that I am a big dummy for not realizing how good it was when I read the book last year. I liked it the first time around but I wasn't nearly as impressed as I was with this listen. I really do think that the narration of this story took everything to a whole new level. I listened to it over just a few days and really never wanted to stop listening. I am so glad that I decided to give this book another try.

This story is quite imaginative. Rose falls into a hole as a small child and discovers what appears to be the hand of a giant metal robot. I was hooked right away. The entire premise is just so interesting and I loved watching this group try to figure everything out. Since I had read this book just a year ago, I already knew how things would play out but that didn't lessen the excitement for me. 

This book is laid out a little differently than the norm. Instead of a running narrative, this story relies on a series of interviews, reports, and journal entries. The interviews are conducted by a character that doesn't have a hands on role with the project but seems to have a lot of power over everything that is going on. I found myself not only trying to figure out what was going on with the project but also trying to get some kind of clue regarding the identity of the nameless character. 

One of the main reasons that I decided to give this story another try was the fact that this audiobook is performed by a full cast. Having read the book before, I had a feeling that if done right this audiobook could be amazing. I was right. I almost felt like I was listening to a play being performed. Each character in the book had a different narrator. Interviews would be conducted back and forth between two narrators. The narrators were all really good and captured the characters very well. 

I would highly recommend this book to others. If you are someone who enjoys audiobooks, I would recommend that format if you have the option. The full cast production of this audiobook really does take a good story to a whole new level. I can't wait to continue with this series.

Initial Thoughts
I read an arc of this book last year and liked but didn't love it. I actually only gave it 3 stars last year. I had heard that the audiobook was really good so I decided to give it a try and I am amazed. The full cast performance of this story was fantastic. How did I not love this book the first time around? I probably should have liked it a bit more when I read it the first time but I do think that the audio takes it to a whole new level.

Book source: Audible purchase

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video 2017-11-27 06:00

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