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review 2017-08-15 00:45
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu - Junji Ito
J-kun appears to have it all: a thriving career, a lovely fiancee, and a brand-new house. To make everything perfect he has invited A-ko, his fiancee, to live with him. He overlooked one thing.

A-ko has a cat.

And that cat that will not come alone.

Junji Ito sets a masterfully eerie tone with the framing of each panel and the absecene of pupils or irises in A-ko's eyes. Its not secret that horror and comedy often go hand in hand, and J-kun's transformation from cat-loather to cat-lover is extremely funny and disturbing.

Junji Ito's Cat Diary is a must-read for lovers of cats and the macabre alike.
 
 
 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-10 17:56
New York Dairies -Zoe-
New York Diaries - Zoe: Roman - Carrie Price

Klappenbroschur, Knaur TB 

 

03.07.2017, 336 S.

Diese Ausgabe ist lieferbar

 

 9,99

 

 

New York Diaries Reihe 
Band 1: Claire von Ally Taylor
Band 2: Sarah von Carrie Price
Band 3: Phoebe von Ally Taylor 
Band 4: Zoe von Carrie Price

 

 

 

Die Erfolgsserie geht weiter - der neue Roman von Carrie Price aus der Reihe "New York Diaries": eine junge Frau zwischen ihrem großen Traum und ihrer großen Liebe.

 

 

Zoe Hunter kommt mit zu viel Gepäck, einer pinken Couch und dem großen Traum, Schauspielerin zu werden, aus Idaho nach New York. Doch die Wohnung, die sie beziehen wollte, wurde anderweitig vermietet, und der Übergangsjob in einem Café ist auch weg. Ihre erste Nacht verbringt sie auf ihrer Couch in einer Seitenstraße und lernt dort den schrägen Matt Booker kennen, der ihr eine Wohnung im Knights Building verschafft. Aber in New York hat niemand auf die talentierte Miss Idaho gewartet. Trost findet sie bei Matt, der Zoe mehr und mehr verzaubert. Doch dann fordert ihr neuer Agent von Zoe eine Entscheidung: Karriere oder Liebe?

 

Chaotisch, sexy und hochromantisch: Das sind die "New York Diaries"!

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Ich habe ja auch schon die anderen drei Teile begeistert gelesen. Daher habe ich mich natürlich ebenfalls auf diesen letzten Teil der Reihe sehr gefreut. Freundlicherweise wurde mir das Buch vom Verlag zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir wieder sehr leicht gelungen, ich war gleich in der Geschichte drin. Auch der Schreibstil war wie gewohnt sehr flüssig, so dass es schnell zu lesen war. 

 

Die Hauptprotagonistin Zoe hat mir direkt sehr gut gefallen, ich konnte ihre Not total verstehen und habe Matt daher natürlich auch sofort ins Herz geschlossen, der ihr so völlig selbstverständlich geholfen hat. 

 

Was ich in diesem Teil besonders toll fand, war, dass die vorherigen Protagonistinnen immer mal zwischendurch eine Rolle gespielt haben. Eigentlich müsste Zoes neuer Freundin auch noch ein Teil gewidmet werden. 

 

Meiner Meinung nach können bei dieser Reihe aber dennoch alle Teile unabhängig voneinander gelesen werden. 

 

Mir hat in diesem Buch das Thema Schauspielerei sehr gut gefallen und auch die Entwicklung, die Zoe hier mit gemacht hat. Es gab hier Höhen und Tiefen, mir kam es schon realistisch vor. 

 

Alles in allem war dieser 4. Teil ein absolut gelungener Abschluss dieser tollen Reihe. Ich könnte gar nicht sagen, welcher Teil mein Favorit war. Mir haben eigentlich alle Bücher gleich gut gefallen. Ich kann hier auf jeden Fall eine Kauf- und Leseempfehlung aussprechen. Von mir bekommt auch dieser Teil der Reihe 4 Sterne. 

 
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review 2017-07-23 23:00
The Nanny Diaries/ Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin
The Nanny Diaries - Nicola Kraus,Emma McLaughlin

3.5 stars

 

I gave this book 3.5 stars because it was a cute book- the kind you can read during a reading slump not because it was terrific, but because it was very light and didn't really demand your complete attention. 

 

things I liked- the book was very humorous and fun, you loved to hate some of the characters in this story, while still managing to feel bad for them as the story unraveled. Though we didn't really get to know each of the characters in depth (understandable, seeing as this is a pretty short book), they were all likable (not in the sense of who they WERE, but in the sense of how they were portrayed). 

 

things I disliked- the ending felt a little sudden and unresolved to me (though I suppose this might be the way these things really happen in reality) but my main problem was the romance- on one hand, I understood it was a little vague because the focus is on the child's relationship with his nanny, but still- I mean, we didn't even get his NAME. I didn't understand how this relationship came to be, and while I get the main point, I think these gaps in the story did more harm than good- there could have been other ways to relay the message. 

 

Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

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text 2017-07-17 20:04
The Murderbot Diaries
All Systems Red - Martha Wells

The robot panel was a bust.   Not the panel's fault, or the panelist, or even mine, but I did know enough about this, and the nature of panels is to tangent a little, so it wasn't as focused as I wanted given how much research I'd done.   Basically, I wanted something different.   What I wanted would have been an expert course, and I didn't really think things through.   Not everyone is obsessed with this concept, so it had to be a beginner course to accommodate everyone.   Of course it did. 

 

I also didn't feel it was quite as concise or explicit as I wanted, which I told someone, and they went, 'well, how explicit do you want robot love, after all?'

 

To which I replied I'd written very explicit Cybertronian/human sex scenes, so basically as explicit as possible, thank you very much.   

 

But I did get this recommendation from this panel, so there's that!  Haven't read Wells, and it's a four dollar for one hundred and fifty pages ebook.  I'm going to wait and see if I can get it from the library and purchase if I want to reread it eventually, I think.  

 

Or if I can find it as a physical book another year at Readercon, I might get it there?

 

Edit: Just did more research.  I really want this book.   Cancelling my hold at the library and debating on getting it physically or not.   Much cheaper for me from Amazon, so will it that way regardless. 

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review 2017-06-30 03:51
All Systems Red: Or, the day in the life of an introverted media-junkie Murderbot
All Systems Red - Martha Wells

This book was highly recommended by a couple people I trust, so I was expecting to enjoy it. I was not, however, expecting it to be one of my favorite reads so far this year. This novella was so much more than I hoped for. This is hard sci-fi with a gooey heart filled center (much like the Murderbot itself).

 

The titular Murderbot was designed as a security unit, but has gained self awareness and individuality. When it hacked its security protocols to gain autonomy it didn't go on a murder rampage - instead it educated itself and became a media junkie. Murderbot is supposed to protect its clients, and it will, but it would really rather be left alone to watch serials. Interacting with humans is awkward and stressful, and when it comes down to it Murderbot just wants to be left alone. (I might relate to Murderbot a little too much sometimes.)

 

If you look at the cover and title you would not expect this book to be funny, but I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. Murderbot's voice makes this book for me. Told from Murderbot's POV this sci-fi mystery is also a story about self discovery and the bonds we form (or do not form) with those around us. The world building was subtile yet rich enough I could imagine how this culture functioned as well as the technology being used. I loved the sci-fi and action, and I also loved the dialogue and character. While the secondary characters tend to run together a bit, especially in the beginning, that felt like an authorial choice due to Murderbot's POV rather than a misstep. I was invested in the outcome for all involved, which kept me turning pages.

 

All in all I loved this novella, and I'm so happy there will be another one. If you've been hunting for a fast sci-fi read with a protagonist that's one of a kind, full of snark and world weariness that's actually earned, you need to read this book.

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