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review 2018-04-19 21:31
Marshall Islands Legends and Stories by Daniel Kelin
Marshall Islands Legends and Stories - Daniel A. Kelin

It’s hard to rate books of folklore; it seems odd to judge another culture’s traditional stories on my standards for literature or entertainment. But I can only rate from my own perspective, which is affected by factors out of the author’s control. One, I’ve read several books of folklore lately, and may have begun to tire of it a bit; I can say this is neither the best nor the worst such book I’ve recently encountered. Perhaps I imbibed too many somewhat similar, very short stories in too little time, and my interest has waned. Two, I had this through Interlibrary Loan on a tight schedule, which left me feeling obligated to pick it up at times I would otherwise have chosen something else.

That said, this is a perfectly readable collection of folklore that made sense to me as a foreign reader. Which makes sense, because the stories were told to a foreign (Hawai’i-based) author/dramaturge who collected them. The book is sized to fit in with textbooks, and has ultra-wide margins in which definitions and pronunciations are sometimes included. But with large font and illustrations, it is still a quick read. It includes brief biographical sketches (and sometimes photographs) of the storytellers, but to me these were too brief: the barest of bare-bones, without room to for the storytellers’ personalities or life experiences to come alive. 

Overall, there’s nothing here that would make me hesitate to recommend the book to those who enjoy folklore. But I prefer books from which I can learn more directly about what people’s lives are like.

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url 2018-04-16 23:47
71 new releases in book series today and tomorrow
Head On - John Scalzi
Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older
Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima

Per FictFact's Book Release Calendar.

 

Releasing today: Warrior World


Coltrain Diana Palmer #55 in Long Tall Texans
Everwylde Donna Grant #2 in Kindred
Long Shot Kennedy Ryan #1 in Hoops
Micah Rebecca Royce #2 in Warrior World
Moon Riders Tracy Tappan #4 in The Community Series
Rapunzel Untamed Erin Bedford #1 in Curse of the Fairy Tales
Through With Love Tymber Dalton #71 in The Suncoast Society

 

Releasing tomorrow:

 
A Match Made in Bed Cathy Maxwell #2 in Spinster Heiress
A Matter Of Justice Christy Reece #4 in Grey Justice
A Warriner To Seduce Her Virginia Heath #4 in Wild Warriners
Beauty in Lingerie Penelope Sky #2 in Lingerie
Before Mars Emma Newman #3 in Planetfall
Blind Betrayal Nancy Mehl #3 in Defenders of Justice
Chaser Kylie Scott #3 in Dive Bar
Claiming His Hidden Heir Carol Marinelli #13 in Secret Heirs of Billionaires
Collaring Brooke Becca Jameson #3 in Club Zodiac
Cowboy Blues Delores Fossen #12 in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy Heartbreaker Delores Fossen #Novella in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy's Redemption B J Daniels #4 in Cahill Ranch
Embracing Her Heart Melissa Foster #1 in Montgomerys
Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima  #2 in Fairy Tail S
Fallen Ink Carrie Ann Ryan #1 in Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs
Fearless Mating Milly Taiden #4 in A.L.F.A. Novel
Finding the Edge Debra Webb #1 in Colby Agency: Sexi-ER
Flesh Into Fire J. A. Huss #3 in Original Sin
Flight Yoshiki Tanaka #6 in Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Friend Zone Nicole Blanchard #1 in Friend Zone
From Unseen Fire Cass Morris #1 in Aven Cycle
Head ON John Scalzi #2 in Lock In
Hell in a Handbasket Denise Grover Swank #3 in Rose Gardner Investigations
Her Wickham Falls SEAL Rochelle Alers #2 in Wickham Falls Weddings
Hopeless Realm A.K. Koonce #3 in The Hopeless
In Prior's Wood G M Malliet #7 in Max Tudor
Killing Town Max Allan Collins #23 in Mike Hammer
Lady Cecily And The Mysterious Mr Gray Janice Preston #3 in Beauchamp Betrothals
Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older #2 in Han and Lando (#27 in Star Wars: Disney Canon)
Lone Star Blues Delores Fossen #5 in Wrangler's Creek
Love & War Melissa de la Cruz #2 in Alex and Eliza
Morna's Vow Bethany Claire #7 in Magical Matchmaker's Legacy
Murder at the Mushroom Festival Janet Finsilver #4 in Kelly Jackson
One Intrepid SEAL Elle James #1 in Mission: Six
Pocalypse Road Lilith Saintcrow #3 in Roadtrip Z
Revelations of a Time Traveler Doug Molitor #3 in Time Amazon
Royal Heir Ruth Cardello #3 in Westerly Billionaire
Save Me Tiffany A. Snow #4 in Corrupted Hearts
Season of Storms Andrzej Sapkowski #8 in Witcher
Shadow Call AdriAnne Strickland #2 in Kaitan Chronicles
Shot in the Dark Cleo Coyle #17 in Coffeehouse Mysteries
Taking Vengeance Cynthia Sax #12 in Cyborg Sizzle
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Vol. 5 FUSE #5 in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
The Battered Badge Robert Goldsborough #13 in Nero Wolfe
The Boardwalk Trust Avery Duff #2 in Beach Lawyer Series
The Courage of a Cowboy Kristin Vayden #2 in Elk Heights Ranch
The Duke Who Ravished Me Diana Quincy #4 in Regency Spymasters
The Fallen David Baldacci #4 in Amos Decker
The Family Gathering Robyn Carr #3 in Sullivan's Crossing
The Last of the Lost Boys N. D. Wilson #3 in Outlaws of Time
The Long Sunset Jack McDevitt #8 in Engines of God
The Nanny's Double Trouble Christine Rimmer #1 in Bravos of Valentine Bay
The Other Boys Sean Kennedy, Renae Kaye #7 in On A Night Like This
The Phoenixes Choice M A Abraham #5 in Tantalus
The Royal Tutor, Vol. 6 Higasa Akai #6 in The Royal Tutor
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh Carolyn Arnold #2 in Mathew Connor Adventure
The Storm Elizabeth Hunter #6 in Irin Chronicles
The Wedding Quilt Bride Marta Perry #2 in Brides of Lost Creek
Traitor Nicole Blanchard #1 in Last to Leave
Traitor Born Amy A. Bartol #2 in Secondborn
Turn Me On J. Kenner #7 in Man of the Month
Unmasked by the Marquess Cat Sebastian #1 in The Regency Imposters
Welcome to Moonlight Harbor Sheila Roberts #1 in Moonlight Harbor
Whispers of the Dead Spencer Kope

 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-04-15 14:21
Schrulligkeit gewinnt
Die Vermessung der Welt (Rachuba świata) - Daniel Kehlmann

In irgendeinem Zusammenhang hat man die die Namen "Gauß" und "Humboldt" sicherlich schon gehört. Und vermutlich hat man dann nur sehr weise Wissenschaftler vor seinem inneren Auge gesehen. Mir ging es zumindest so. Jegliche Genies aus den vorangegangen Zeiten sind für mich immer anständige, weise und gesetzte Herren. 

Doch bei Daniel Kehlmann strotzen Gauß und Humboldt nur so vor Eigenarten, Eigensinnigkeit und Schrullen. Es ist herrlich menschlich. Nur allein deswegen würde ich dieses Buch jedem empfehlen. 

Man begleitet sowohl Gauß als auch Humboldt auf ihren jugendlichen Wahnsinn. Ist dies ein Tatsachenroman? Sicherlich nicht. Aber darum geht es auch gar nicht. Es wirft ein sehr menschliches Licht auf zwei große Wissenschaftler. Gerade das finde ich sehr erfrischend und bezaubernd. Lesen! 

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review 2018-04-13 16:17
Ragdoll: A Novel - Daniel Cole

Let me tell you a story about a man who decides to write a screenplay. That screenplay will take five years to create and hone, will gather an impressive collection of rejection letters but is one which the writer kept returning to, eager to see how the story will finish. And so the writer turns it into a novel. And that novel sells to 32 territories at the latest count. And will no doubt be one the hits of 2017. So television's loss is the reader's gain.

William Oliver Layton-Fawkes, or Wolf as he is known to all but his mother, has recently been reinstated to the police stationed at New Scotland Yard. He returns on the back of a violent episode in his life, and some of his colleagues are still wary of him. He is thrust straight into the thick of things when a body is found. This, however, is no ordinary body. It has been created from the body parts of six different victims. That day, the killer contacts the press. There will be more victims, with the dates they are to be killed. Fawkes and his colleagues are in a race against time to stop the killer before he strikes out everyone on the list.

The story starts with a bang. The reader is taken back to 2010, to a high profile murder case, one in which Wolf has a vested interest. Events take a surprising and violent turn and sees Wolf removed from his way of life. The story then sees Wolf reinstated as a detective, returning to work on what looks likely to be a case that will have the world gripped.

The story is peppered with humour, I often found myself chuckling over lines, it is light relief that is welcome to counteract the violence that surrounds the case. And what violence there is. Daniel Cole has managed to conjure up some of the most unusual and original forms of death I've read about, each one grisly, each one inventive, and each one drawing the reader further into the story.

The characters are all perfectly drawn. Wolf is the troubled detective with his own sense of justice, one which has had serious consequences in his past. He is the lone wolf, working with others when he must, but believing he must sometime act alone for the greater good. Baxter is taciturn, hiding a secret that controls her and unsure of her relationship with Wolf. The interaction she has with her colleagues is great to read, as is the working relationship that develops between her and Edwards, her trainee. Edwards, keen to do well since his transfer from Fraud, is initially naïve but grows as the story develops. Driven, focussed and impassioned he is a great counter-balance to the others. Finlay and Simmonds, both older officers add comedy to the story and balance out the team.

This is Daniel Cole's debut novel and he enters the crime writing scene with a bang. I have said before that whether the author is publishing their debut novel or is a seasoned writer in their field should have no bearing on how the book should be received. Deserved praise should be given whatever stage the author is in their career. Great writing is great writing and it this that should be celebrated. And it should be celebrated here. Daniel Cole has written a compulsive crime novel that one is loath to put down. It is the true definition of gripping fiction.

The fact that this novel was originally a screenplay is evident throughout. And that isn't a bad thing. The scenes can be easily imagined, there are cliff-hangers at the end of most chapters and the characters and storyline are ripe for adaptation. I could easily see this wowing viewers as well as readers.

Enthralling, inventive and compelling, Daniel Cole has created a brilliant cast of characters and a truly gripping novel. I can only wait for more from him with baited breath.

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review 2018-04-09 18:30
Too Good to be True
Too Good to be True - Buddy & Eliot Daniel Kaye

I love Ann Cleeves´ stories, especially the Shetland Island series. This Quick Reads book is a short book with most simplistic writing like a chapter book meant for kids. I liked the story but missed the writing I´m used to in the regular novels by Ann Cleeves. I do think older Elementary kids would like this book. The book mentions a murder but there are no gruesome details or any mention of sex. 

Perez receives a call from his ex-wife Sarah. She said a young school teacher had died of an apparent suicide but the rumors of the small village are ruining their lives. Her husband is a doctor and the villagers are saying he and the school teacher were lovers. He is losing patients over it and Sarah wants Perez to look into the matter but she doesn´t want her husband to know about it. Perez agrees but says he will only stay for 2 days. It doesn´t take long before he begins to doubt that the death was a suicide.

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