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review 2018-10-06 15:32
The Many Faces of Doctor Strange
Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Doctor Strange - Gene Colan,Roy Thomas,Brian K. Vaughan,Frank Brunner,Stan Lee,Steve Ditko,Marv Wolfman,Roger Stern,Marcos Martin,Marshall Rogers,Neil Vokes,Len Kaminski,Steve Engelhart,Geoff Isherwood,Roger Stern

This covers Doctor Strange from his inception to much more recent adventures with a variety of art styles and enemies.

 

Interesting collection, Lots of potential that hte film really did do well with.

 

It falls into (in my opinion)  Doomsday; Spellbound, Gothic, Ghost Stories, Genre: Horror; Supernatural; and Relics.  However I've used all those, I'm putting it into the Raven Square.

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review 2018-10-03 16:00
Toller Krimi
Nie zu alt für Casablanca: V.I.E.R. auf ... Nie zu alt für Casablanca: V.I.E.R. auf Kreuzfahrt - Elisabeth Frank;Christian Homma
V.I.E.R.  besteht aus Gero Valerius, Ina-Marie, Elonora und Rüdiger. Die vier kennen sich aus ihrer Kindheit und spielten schon damals gerne zusammen Detektiv.
Nachdem sie sich, nach dem Abi aus den Augen verloren haben, finden sie nach 40 Jahren wieder zusammen. es geht um geschmuggeltes Elfenbein. Die Spur führt die Freund auf ein Kreuzfahrschiff. Dort ermitteln sie und bringen gut gehütete Geheimnisse ans Licht.
 
Dieses Buch ist ein muss für Freunde von TKKG oder den ???. Gemeinsam ermittelt V.I.E.R. bei dem Elfenbeinschmuggeln. Sie halten zusammen und nutzen geschickt die Stärken des Einzelnen. 
Es war einfach in die Geschichte hineinzufinden, denn der Schreibstil lässt sich flüssig lesen. Die Atmosphäre des Kreuzfahrtschiffes wurde gelungen eingefangen und wieder gegeben. Ich wurde gut unterhalten.
Die Charaktere sind direkt aus dem Leben. Nicht jeder von ihnen hatte es leicht und es ist schön, wie sie einfach füreinander da sind und sich gegenseitig helfen.
 
Besonders gut finde ich es, dass die Freunde in Sache Elfenbein ermitteln. Die Tiere haben leider keine eigene Stimme und so ergreifen sie für die Dickhäuter das Wort.
Die Spannung ist das ganze Buch über vorhanden. Auch das große Finale hatte Spannung und es gab auch die ein oder andere überraschende Wendung. 
 
Das Ende des Buches macht Hoffnung auf einen weiteren Teil und auch da wäre ich gerne mit dabei, wenn V.I.E.R. wieder ermittelt. 
 
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review 2018-09-12 14:21
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller,Klaus Janson,Lynn Varley

I loved the story! Great artwork!

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review 2018-09-01 07:56
House by Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker
House - Ted Dekker,Frank Peretti

Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker—two of the most acclaimed writers of supernatural thrillers—have joined forces for the first time to craft a story unlike any you've ever read. Enter House—where you'll find yourself thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to win is to lose . . . and the only way out is in. The stakes of the game become clear when a tin can is tossed into the house with rules scrawled on it. Rules that only a madman—or worse—could have written. Rules that make no sense yet must be followed.One game. Seven players. Three rules. Game ends at dawn.

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Jack, a writer, and Stephanie, a singer, find themselves having car trouble on a back road in the middle of nowhere. The car engine is dead and, no surprise, they can't seem to get cell service. The two decide to hoof it on foot and eventually come upon signs of civilization. To be more precise, a literal sign advertising THE WAYSIDE INN. Naturally, they figure they might be someone there who can help them. Shortly after entering the building, they come upon another couple -- Leslie, a psychiatrist, or a psychology professor? both? I was a little confused on that point, and Randy, a hotel CEO --  with a car trouble story eerily similar to their own. 

 

The two couples soon meet inn owners Betty & Stewart and their son Pete. It doesn't take long for both parties to agree that they're all solidly creeped out by this family. There's also something odd going on with the house itself. There is a true threat lurking on the property but it's not where these folks think it is!

 

The prologue of this novel is only about 1 1/2 pages long but it quickly introduces the reader to Barsidious White, and all we really establish about him is that he seems to have done something very bad. 

 

The whole story spans roughly about 1 day, beginning at around 5:17pm. Many (but not all) of the chapters are headed with a timestamp so you can get an estimate of time passing from scene to scene. *Around 4:30am, things get REAL weird.* The early pages (much of Chapter 2, notably) plays off of Alabama redneck / country cop stereotypes. 

 

For what's clearly supposed to be a thriller / mild horror kind of novel, the action takes awhile to get going. Tensions really escalate around pages 45-50 and from there the action keeps a pretty consistent hold. This one is definitely geared toward fans of hillbilly style horror, maybe even fans of the Saw movie franchise. It doesn't get quite that dark here, just kinda has that overall vibe to it, as well as a similar "how far would you go" challenge posed to the story's characters. 

 

The horror / thriller aspect ... even the paranormal elements... that was all pretty mild IMO. Entertaining, easy read with a fair amount of creep factor but if you're after hardcore chills, this particular book might be a bit of a letdown. White has some edge to him, psychologically speaking, in that he has something Manson-esque about him in the way he tricks others into doing his dirty work for him. If anything, I found this one fun in the way that I like to watch low-budget horror / slasher movies in the fall as part of the whole Halloween season festivities. Being able to laugh at the cheezy lines and the ridiculously poor decision making is what makes the experience worthwhile! Like the giggle I got with the cop in this story at one point pronouncing, "I don't mind pointing out that I might not make it"... because think about it, are cops not some of the first to go in horror movies?! Stephanie though, her frequent exclamations of "Oh my God! Oh my God!" ... seriously, just ALL the time. Ugh, OMG Stephanie please shut it. 

 

Though this is co-written by two power players in the Christian Fiction genre, the religious influence here is actually pretty minimal, until you get near the end and there's a mention of "look to the son of God". I actually kinda liked the symbolism within the story though, illustrating the importance of not letting the evil inside you control you.  

 

A decently fun autumn read for religious and secular readers alike, so long as you're not looking for anything monumental. This is definitely one of those "just enjoy it for what it is" kind of experiences.

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review 2018-08-18 15:04
Islamic Thought: "Dune" by Frank Herbert
Dune - Frank Herbert


A great book full of grand themes.

Time has only made it grander in its vision. I mean, there was a time when Islam wasn't the great, dangerous "other" to Western eyes. Moderate Islam had an appeal to the west, for example, Goethe's west-eastern Divan. Dune stands in this tradition. It describes a world which is full of Islamic thought. It is world in which Islam probably pushed aside Christianity to become the world's leading religion. In demographic terms, Herbert will most likely turn out to be correct. Also, Paul Atreides is a soldier as well as a religious leader, that means, he is not a Jesus figure (who was not a soldier); he is a Mohamed, the leader of a state and of a religion. Then there are the themes of climate change, genetic engineering, the artificiality of religion, which were prophetic. Herbert had a keen eye for the themes that would dominate the next decades (centuries?)

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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