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review 2017-06-15 17:31
Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation by Jim DeStefano
Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation - Jim DeStefano

Stunning book, not only the pictures but the history that goes along with them. I love old homes and old barns. My husband and I go from Florida to Pennsylvania ever year for vacation. While there are some really nice old homes and barns here in Florida the further north we go the more spectacular the homes and barns are. I literally have hundreds of pictures saved on my computer that I have taken during our travels of old houses and barns. 


This book fits perfectly into my fascination of these homes and barns.  I could look at this book over and over and and probably will. I also love to see how from the earliest homes to the newer ones have changed in architecture. This is an awesome books with som any pictures. There is some reading but it is basically short and to the point but gives you what you need to really understand exactly what you are looking at. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-06-14 16:08
Can't See the Wood for the Trees
The Domesday Quest: In search of the Roots of England - Michael Wood

Once I made up my mind to finish this book, I found it easier to read. That doesn't really make any sense, I know but I think I was just getting so hung up on the detail that I wasn't enjoying it. It's well written but kind of dry compared to today's standards of pop history. However, I did eventually get lost in the fascinating worlds of Dark Age and Early Medieval history even if I found Michael Wood's conclusions about pre-Domesday society hard to follow. There was a lot of conjecture which was all backed up by detailed scraps of transliterated original documents but this is where I got lost because most read like lists. I would read this again but for now it only gets 3 stars.

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review 2017-06-14 05:10
Living through footnotes...
Queen of Martyrs - Samantha Wilcoxson

Bloody Mary... First Queen of England... Daughter of Henry VIII... Disinherited... Unloved and Alone.. These are just a few of the thoughts that come to mind when one thinks of Mary Tudor..


Mary Tudor has long been vilified in the eyes of history. Condemned for her harsh treatment of perceived heretics in her kingdom, the first queen of England was hiding the longing that was inside of her.
As a child, she was the apple of her father's eye, loved and cherished. Then came the nasty business of the "other woman" and the loss of Mary's mother. With queen Catherine removed from court, and the process of a divorce moving forward, Mary became lost in limbo. Losing her status as princess, and forced to serve in the household of her new half-sister, she throws herself deeper into her faith. All she wanted was her fathers affection, but that was only given sparingly. As she matured into adulthood, she began to hope for love and a family of her own. Her hopes her dashed as time keeps moving forward and no move is made to procure a marriage for her. When her father finally dies, and her brother comes to the throne, she does her best to be there for him, but the changing climate in religion forces her to move away from court.
Throughout her brothers reign, the warnings about her faith are given, but she continues regardless of what they say. But when her brother finally puts his food down, she realizes that he is growing up, and will soon be his own counselor. But the foundation of her faith is the only thing that keeps her going. Her house continues to practice Catholicism, regardless of the tenor from the courts. But after her brothers death and the young Lady Jane is proclaimed queen, Mary moves forward with her own claim for the throne. With the country behind her, she is swept into London, and proclaimed queen. Her countrymen have become her children, and she pours her love into her kingdom. With marriage coming into the picture, she can hope for happiness, but again she is disappointed. Philip fulfills what he must for the marriage, but no more. Mary pours herself into her marriage, only to have her heart broken continually. With the support of her cousin, the Cardinal Pole, she pushes forward with her reforms and her punishments, but slowly she is losing the love of her land. With no heir, she is forced to name her sister, who has not converted to the Catholic faith.
With the death of Mary comes the death of the hopes of returning England to the fold of the church of Rome, and ushers in a new era.

The story of Mary is one that is both heartbreaking and horrifying. All she wanted was love, the love of a father figure who was never there for her. The upheavals of her life must have seriously marked the young lady. Six queens, six mother figures, only two that were ever really there for her. Friendships which were lost through deaths, and the sad life of a woman who only wanted someone to confide in. With her husband not really caring for her and anxiously looking for any reason to leave, the queen is left with no one to really turn to for support. Her loyal ladies and the few supporters she has, are not ones that can be trusted with the pains of her heart.
I loved this story, and the breath of fresh air that has turned a history deemed monster back into a human being. Mary Tudor has become one of the most underrated and misunderstood women in royal England. The sad life of this woman has been summed up in very few books, very little has been kind to her. In a life that was never bright to a wearied woman, history was not compassionate in remembering her either. I do not think she was innocent in everything, I regard her as responsible for the deaths of those who were burned for their faith, but I also believe that she was zealous in her beliefs, and could not understand why everyone else could not entrench themselves in their religion as she did. Samantha Wilcoxson has done a wonderful job of bringing this sad queen back from the depths of history, and pushing her once more into the limelight. This books brings some well deserved justice for the queen who only wanted prosperity and happiness for her realm, not dejection and rejection at every turn in life.

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review 2017-06-04 09:12
Rezension | Die Taugenichtse
Die Taugenichtse: Roman - Samuel Selvon,Miriam Mandelkow



Moses, Big City, Fünf-nach-zwölf und die anderen setzen große Hoffnungen in ihr neues Leben im »Zentrum der Welt«, so nennen sie das London der Nachkriegszeit. Sie sind aus der Karibik hierhergekommen, jetzt staunen sie über die Dampfwolken vor ihren Mündern. Und wenn der Wochenlohn wieder nicht reicht, jagen sie eben die Tauben auf dem Dach. Kapitulation? Niemals! Stattdessen beginnen die Überlebenskünstler, sich neu zu erfinden – und ihre neue Heimat gleich mit.


Samuel Selvons Ton zwischen kreolischem Straßenslang und balladesker Suada setzt sich sofort ins Ohr. Bedingungslos aufrichtig erzählt Selvon von den ersten Einwanderern Englands, die das Land für immer verändert haben – sein Denken, seine Sprache, sein Selbstverständnis.


Meine Meinung


Samuel Selvons Roman „Die Taugenichtse“ erschien bereits 1956 in englischer Sprache unter dem Titel „The Lonely Londoners“. Nun wurde der erfolgreiche Roman über die ersten Einwanderer Englands, der bereits den Status eines Klassikers inne hat, ins Deutsche übersetzt und von der dtv Verlagsgesellschaft veröffentlicht.


"Aber das Leben ist so, es passiert einfach. Man legt sich was zurecht im Kopf, eine Art Muster, eine Art Reihenfolge, und auf einmal bam! passiert was, und alles ist aus der Spur." (Seite 50)


Samuel Selvon vermittelt in seinem Roman unmissverständlich eine wichtige Botschaft über Migration und Klassenunterschiede, und zeigt beispielhaft auf wie nah Hoffnung und Verzweiflung beieinander liegen, und doch konnte mich das Buch einfach nicht berühren. Das Lesen strengte mich durch die Sprache im kreolischen Straßenslang, die der Autor für seine Geschichte gewählt hat, unglaublich an und verdarb mir somit schon mal den Lesegenuss. Natürlich kann man den Kritikern zustimmen, dass diese Sprache außergewöhnlich authentisch und sehr passend ist – mich hat der gebrochene Schreibstil, der einem Wortschwall ohne jegliche Ordnung gleicht, leider nicht angesprochen.


"Manchmal denkt man, man ist auf dem richtigen Weg, aber dann muss man doch noch mal neu denken." (Seite 55)


Der Plot, der sich vor allem um die Geschichten diverser männlicher Einwanderer in London dreht und wie unterschiedlich sie ihren Alltag meistern, versprüht jede Menge melancholisches Südsee-Flair. Im Mittelpunkt steht der Erzähler Moses, der unter den ersten Einwanderern aus den karibischen Kolonien Großbritanniens nach England war. Er fühlt sich für die neu eintreffenden Immigranten verantwortlich und greift einigen davon unter die Fittiche.


"So redet Galahad mit der Farbe Schwarz, als wenn sie ein Mensch wäre, und erzählt ihr, dass nicht er hier die Ärgerung bringt, sondern Schwarz, ein wertloses Geschöpf, das überall Aufruhr macht." (Seite 91)


Im Verlauf des Romans macht der Leser Bekanntschaft mit den unterschiedlichsten Charakteren und Schicksalen. Eines ist jedoch bei allen gleich, alle brauchen sie Geld und sind nach hübschen Frauen (egal welcher Nationalität) und einer besseren Zukunft aus. So gesehen gleichen sich die einzelnen Handlungsstränge dann doch wieder etwas.


Der Roman enthält ein Nachwort von Sigrid Löffler das geradezu vor Begeisterung sprüht. Zu gerne hätte ich mich den Lobeshymnen angeschlossen da ich die Thematik von Samuel Selvons Roman sehr wichtig finde, und gerade heute in Zeiten der Flüchtlingskrise, ist es auch noch brand aktuell. Leider hat mir die Umsetzung und Sprache des Romans nicht zugesagt, deshalb vergebe ich 3 von 5 Grinsekatzen.




Eine authentisch erzählte Geschichte über die Einwanderung in England.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-die-taugenichtse-von-samuel-selvon
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-02 14:45
Skendleby - Nick Brown

Something evil escapes a burial mound when some archaeologists decide to open it as the crowning glory of their so far unsuccessful dig. The ancient evil takes over a depressed young woman but then is exorcised by the local pretty witch who warned them against opening the grave in the first place. The evil entity has no where to go but back to the burial mound where the archaeologists reclose the mound and banish the evil forever. Or do they? Find out in the next unexciting instalment of the story. However, you will be alone in reading it, I think, my life is too precious to waste on more of this drivel. This kind of story isn't new and it has been done much better. It didn't give me the creeps in the slightest. There was too much dialogue and not enough atmosphere and I don't think there was an original idea in there. I had hoped for more.

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