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review 2018-10-17 18:27
Gone Girl (Flynn)
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Following along in my great tradition of reading the trendiest books long after their trend is over, I finally got around to spending time with Nick and Amy Dunne. I was completely unspoiled, having paid no attention whatsoever to reviews of either the movie or the book.

Well, in a nutshell, I didn't mind it - it was cleverly done - but I wasn't particularly blown away. At first I found the style (especially the Amy-diary style) irritating, but then I realized that it was deliberate and under control. The fact that there was a twist mid-book came as no surprise whatsoever, and in fact the only (mild) surprise I felt was that the unreliable narrator-twist wasn't played one more time before the end (i.e. I was completely prepared to discover that Nick had engineered the whole thing, including the manufacture of supporting documents and a "suicide" by Amy).

I fully understand why some people found the ending irritating, but that's just a variation on the trope of "evil didn't die" that shows up at the end of horror films like "Carrie", I think. It's your last, parting shudder (it walks amongst us still). With two such horrible people as protagonists, you're not going to get a morally satisfying ending short of tossing them both off a cliff - which, frankly, I would have been delighted to do at several points during the proceedings.

Oh well. It's always worth making a bit of effort to pull oneself further inside the circle of common cultural references. It felt a bit like a much-procrastinated duty, but as duties go, it was not a particularly unpleasant one.

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review 2018-10-17 13:03
Broken House / The Grownup!!!
Broken House - Düstere Ahnung: Eine Story - Gillian Flynn,Christine Strüh

German and english review (spoilerfree)

 

Ich hatte keine Ahnung was ich von dem Buch erwarten soll. Es hatte gerade mal 62 Seiten und auf dem Buchrücken keine Inhaltsangabe. Trotzdem musste ich es unbedingt haben. Und bevor ich es dann zu lesen angefangen habe, habe ich auch garnicht erst im Internet geforscht, was in dem Buch nun auf mich warten wird. Und das war auch gut so.

 

Gillian Flynn (!!!) schafft es einfach immer wieder mich total mit ihren Schreibstil und ihren Geschichten zu begeistern (und zu verstören). Eigentlich wollte ich das Buch ja in einem Rutsch durchlesen, doch es war mitten in der Nacht und eigenartige Dinge sind in dem Buch passiert, bei dem ich Angsthase Tageslicht brauchte.

 

Es gab keine 5 Sterne von mir, weil ich ein Mensch bin, der nach einer Geschichte gerne alle Antworten auf die Fragen im Buch hat und die gab es hier nicht, weil es kein wirkliches Ende gab. Ansonsten war das Buch einfach großartig.

 

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I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book. It has about 62 pages and no summary on the back of the book. But I had to have it. And before I actually started reading it, I avoided reading up on it on the internet to figure out what this book would be about. And I'm so glad I did it like that.

 

Gillian Flynn (!!!) does it every damn time. She always amazes (and disturbes) me with her writing and her stories. Originally I planned on reading this book in one sitting, but it was the middle of the night and weird ass shit started to happen in the book, and because I'm the scaredy-cat I needed actual daylight to finish the story.

 

The only reason this didn't get a 5 star rating, is the fact that I'm the type of person that needs to have all the answers to all the questions at the end of the book, and I didn't get them cause there wasn't an actual ending to the story. Other than that, the book was awesome.

 
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text 2018-10-13 18:31
Reading progress update: I've read 287 out of 287 pages.
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith,Gillian Flynn

I´m done as well and man, this has to be one of the most disturbing books I have read in my entire life. It made me feel all kinds of uncomfortable.

 

Now I need something nice in my life. I´m making myself a pizza.

 

 

 

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text 2018-10-13 17:43
Reading progress update: I've read 260 out of 287 pages.
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith,Gillian Flynn

"I´d like to thank you for one thing before you leave Little Wesley," Vic said, "and that is for showing me how solid the community is in - well, liking me. Not that I´ve even striven for the approval of the community or particularly craved it, but it awfully nice to know it´s there."

 

Self righteous bastard! 

 

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text 2018-10-13 16:42
Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 287 pages.
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith,Gillian Flynn

In a few minutes he came out again, grinning. "Say, Vic, how about me getting two or three dozen of your snails? I know a plain butter and garlic sauce that you can´t beat anywhere! A child could make it and it tastes as good as New Orleans!" He slammed his palms together and rubbed them. "Do you want to get `em or shall  I? Melinda said I ought to ask you first."

"The snails are not for eating," Vic said.

 

 

Oh my gosh, that was one goddamn awful dinner party. The characters are living in a hell of their own making and at this point it feels like they truly are out to destroy each other, even though

 

Melinda has announced that she is going to divorce Vic.

(spoiler show)

Yeah, somehow I don´t think she will do that.

 

 

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