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review 2017-09-24 12:37
Ein Reisebericht aus dem Urwald
Die Stadt des Affengottes: Eine unbekannte Zivilisation, ein mysteriöser Fluch, eine wahre Geschichte - Douglas Preston,Jürgen Neubauer

In diesem Sachbuch erzählt der Autor Douglas Preston von seiner Expedition in den Dschungel von Honduras. Dort soll es eine noch unerforschte "Weiße Stadt" geben, deren Ruinen in den Tiefen des Waldes verborgen sind.
Im ersten Teil des Buches schildert Preston die Vorbereitungen auf diese Reise und erzählt viel über die Geschichte von Honduras sowie über die gefährliche Lanzenotter, die dort im Urwald zuhause ist.
Anschließend beginnt die Expedition und Preston nimmt uns mit auf seine Reise. Natürlich ist das sehr exotisch, und von Schlangen über Mücken bis hin zu Jaguaren ist alles dabei. Es ist interessant, wie die Gruppe vorgeht und welche Entdeckungen sie machen. Was ist mit den Einwohnern der weißen Stadt passiert? Wurden sie verjagt, ermodet oder starben sie an einer Krankheit?
Letzteres wird immer wahrscheinlicher, als Preston mit den Teilnehmern der Expedition längst wieder zuhause in den USA ist. Plötzlich werden einige von ihnen krank. Erst nach mehreren Arztbesuchen finden sie die Ursache: Leishmaniose. Über diese Krankheit erfährt man im letzten Teil des Buches dann auch sehr viel.
Ich fand das Buch durchaus interessant, aber es hatte auch seine Längen. Man sollte sich auf jeden Fall für die Geschichte von Honduras und Leishmaniose interessieren, da diese Themen einen Großteil des Buches ausmachen. Die Expedition an sich dagegen ist eher kurz, wenn auch gut beschrieben. Aufgelockert wird der Reisebericht durch einige Fotos Prestons, die er während der Reise gemacht hat.
Das Buch kann ich vor allem biologisch, archäologisch und historisch interessierten Personen empfehlen. Ich fand es selbst nur bedingt interessant und lese daher lieber wieder Prestons tolle Romane!

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text 2017-09-04 15:40
August 2017 Round Up!
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman,Richard Ianove,Andy Kubert
Mass Hysteria - Michael Patrick Hicks
Through A Glass Darkly - Donald Allen Kirch
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch
Dreamwalker - James Russell Lowell
The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests - Chris Smith,Jon Stewart
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

I read 15 books In August

 

 

Graphic Novels:

 

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

The Lost Boys Volume 1 by Tim Seeley

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Lady of Shadows by Robin Furth

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Bitter Medicine

Batman: Volume 3 I am Bane by Tom King

 

Total: 5

 

Audio Books:

 

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

The Daily Show The Book: An Oral History

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS:

 

Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks

Spungunion by John Boden (not yet available)

 

Total: 2

 

Random Books:

 

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

Through a Glass Darkly by Donald Kirch

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Dreamwalker by Russell James

 

Total: 4

 

 

 

 

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

Running Count: 6

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

 

Running Count: 33! Challenge Met!

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-02 17:49
Relic
Relic - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

It´s my second read of this book and it is still as fun as I remember. The perfect novel when you just want to read something fastpaced, actionpacked and suspenseful and you don´t want to use a lot of brainpower on the words you are reading. And to all of you who don´t like gore: there is a lot of it in this book.

 

The science is incredibly wacky (genetics in the 90s), but I loved the setting of the museum and the great characters, especially excentric Agent Pendergast and goodhearted, down-to-earth Lieutenant D´Agosta.

 

I didn´t like the epilogue, though, because it felt completely out of place and it has only been included to hint at a continuation of the story. I could easily have done without the epilogue.

 

I´ve read this for the monster square and trust me, there is a monster. I´m just not telling you what kind it is.

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-08-30 20:02
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Relic - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

Whittesley sat down on the fallen tree and pulled off his right boot and sock. Lighting a cigarette, he applied its tip to the forest of ticks on his shin and ankle.

 

Let the horror begin!

 

I´m kidding. No monstrous ticks in this book ;)

 

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review 2017-08-08 18:45
The Lost City of the Monkey God
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston,Bill Mumy

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story is not my normal cuppa, but came to me highly recommended. I'm glad that I reserved the audio at my library.

 

The story was enjoyable and educational, but I was slightly disappointed at the time spent actually exploring. The beginning of the book goes into previous expeditions to areas near this city and the problems faced due to the fact that Honduras can be a very dangerous country. Not only due to the insects, snakes and other poisonous creatures, but also because of drug cartels.

 

The brief portion that involved the actual exploration was fascinating. Imagine going into an area completely untouched by mankind in 500 hundred years. How exciting! However, the actuality of exploring such an area means exposing oneself to thousands of dangers from extremely deep mud, insects of all kinds, snakes and even jaguars, to name just a few.

 

There was another brief section talking about the problems with other archaeologists and academia throwing shade on this expedition, some of them doing so with no REAL knowledge of what went on, how LIDAR worked and what was found.

 

Lastly, and the part I found most interesting, was what happened to many of the explorers after they got home and that is: Leishmaniasis. OMG. This is a disease, (actually many diseases and symptoms, grouped under one name), which is carried by tiny sand flies. The havoc this disease can wreak is almost unbelievable. This led to another section of the book which spoke about new world diseases and how they affected the Americas. There is talk of how some of the early civilizations disappeared and how that may have been caused by parasites and diseases. I found all of this fascinating but extremely scary. Most especially when it was mentioned that cases of Leish have now been found in Texas and the speculation about how that is because sand flies are moving northward due to climate change.

 

What I found most surprising is that many of the explorers that were diagnosed and treated for Leish, jumped at the chance to go back to the site. I can only assume that they were CRAZY!

 

I enjoyed this book and I learned a lot about Honduras and its history. I recommend The Lost City of the Monkey God to anyone interested in learning more about Honduras, the city and the history of the world, in general.

 

*I checked out this audio from my local library. Libraries RULE!*

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