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review 2017-03-25 00:19
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28)
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld, #28) - Terry Pratchett

The piped piper comes to a town in Uberwald, but finds that he’s late to the show that features cats, rats, and stupid-looking kids talking to one another.  The twenty-eighth and first young adult entry of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents finds the residents—new and old, human and nonhuman—town of Bad Blintz figuring out the fine line between real life and a story.  The aim to bring the same Pratchett humor that adults love to a younger audience is on target.

 

A mixed troupe of “rat piper” con-artists arrive just outside the town of Bad Blintz lead by a streetwise tomcat, who a clan of talking rats and a stupid-looking kid named Keith on the streets of Ankh-Morpork.  But everyone is getting fed up with just going around and doing the same old thing, the rats want to find a home to build their society and the kid would like to play more music.  Maurice is just interest in money and hiding the guilty for how he gained the ability to speak, but he found more than he’s bargaining for in Bad Blintz because something weird is going on even his talkative rat associate find disturbing.  Soon the troupe find out that they have stumbled into a long running conspiratorial plan hatched from a surprising source.

 

As always, Pratchett connects his humor around a well-known fairy tale or story then completely turns it on its head when the same circumstances happen on Discworld even as the characters fight their own preconceptions when comparing “stories” to “real life”.  The fact that he ably brought his unique style to a young adult market without losing any of the punch from the jokes makes this a very good book.  Although some of the sections of the book were somewhat familiar to a long-time Pratchett reader does take a little away from the book, it doesn’t necessarily ruin the book for first time readers.

 

Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld foray into the young adult genre is classic Pratchett through targeted at a younger audience.  I found it as funny as the rest of his series, but some of the plot points were simpler than his usual work for obvious reasons.  However this minor fact doesn’t ruin a very good book.

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review 2017-03-24 12:08
Weniger Krimi, aber viel Witz und Biss
Volksfest - Rainer Nikowitz

Hab ich mal gesagt, dass ich mit Dennis Scheck übereinstimme, der das Genre des Regionalkrimis als Bassena der Belletristik bezeichnet hat? Ok ich muss meinem früheren Selbst widerspechen, denn dieses Buch hat mich ganz vom Gegenteil überzeugt....

Das Werk von Rainer Nikowitz glänzt mit Sprachwitz, grandios gnadenlose Wuchteln* prasseln gleich einem Maschingengewehrfeuer auf den Leser ein, auf den ersten zwei Seiten kleben bereits 10!! Post-iTs, nur um meine Highlights zu markieren - Wahnsinn! Mein Mann hielt mich fast schon für verrückt, weil ich im Bett lag und Tränen lachte. Wenn einige Rezensenten die Schachtelsätze und die gewöhnungsbedürftige Sprache bemängeln, dann bin ich entzückt und total hingerissen. Knackige Anekdoten, wundervolle Methaphern, Allegorien und Seitenhiebe auf wichtige vergangene Ereignisse aus Politik, Kultur und Kriminalfällen und sensationelle Wortkreationen zeichnen den Stil des Autors aus. Hier einige Beispiele:

"30 hochmotivierte Niederwildniedermetzler"=  Jäger in Niederösterreichs Flachland (dort gibt es kein Hochwild)

"In Suchaneks Augen leuchtete ein beeindruckendes Morgenrot. In denen seiner Mutter kondensierte langsam der Zorn."

"Keine Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung, keine Ortstafel, kein Zebrastreifen, gar nichts vermochte Suchanek zu bremsen. Auch nicht das weiße Kreuz, das knapp vor Wulzendorf an jenem Kirschbaum angebracht war, an dem der Lengauer Edwin und sein GTI, unzertrennlich wie immer, ihre Leben ausgehaucht hatten."

"Andererseits ist es ja Allgemeingut, dass es der Einbrecher als solcher gemeinhin eher weniger schätzt, wenn sich im Zielobjekt noch ein Subjekt befindet."

"Bisher war Suchanek eigentlich immer davon ausgegangen, es könne keinen schlimmeren Job geben, als Gesangslehrer vom Hansi Hinterseer zu sein. Jetzt musste er allerdings einräumen, dass die Vorstellung, in einer trüben Algenbrühe, in der man wahrscheinlich keinen Meter weit sah, nach einem halbverfaulten Kopf zu tasten, dem hohen C vom Hansi zumindest nicht viel nachstand."


Ich weiß schon, der Humor ist etwas ganz Spezielles, aber für mich war er maßgeschneidert, vor allem weil ich ja genau in diesem Bundesland lebe.

Der Krimiplot ist zwar nicht durchsichtig aber auch nicht wirklich richtig spannungsgeladen.  Da jeder im Buch, so wie es in Niederösterreich am tiefen Land üblich ist, zwei Namen hat - nämlich den Hausnamen und den richtigen Familiennamen - und diese abwechselnd eingesetzt werden, entsteht beim lustigen Mörderraten eher unnötige heillose Verwirrung als dass Freude aufkommt. Fakt ist aber, dass dies exakt der Realtität entspricht. Jedes Mal, wenn ich am Land umgezogen bin, musste ich auch die Hausnamen mühsam zu den eh schon fremden Personen und Namen dazulernen. Für den etwas zu gemächlichen Krimiplot muss ich mit Bedauern einen Stern abziehen, da bin ich immer sehr puristisch und streng, als Heimatkomödie mit mehreren zufällig auftauchenden Leichen hat sich dieser Roman jedoch allemal fünf Sterne plus verdient.

Fazit:: Wundervoll - Schmähätzungssäuregrad des Textes gefährlich mit Verdacht auf Lach-Bauchmuskelkater


*Eine Wuchtel ist ein Scherz der so heftig so witzig, tief und manchmal auch dreckig ist, dass er wie ein Fussball mitten in Dein Gesicht klatscht - die Bezeichnung Wuchtel kommt sogar aus dem Fussball, wurde aber in Österreich bald auf jedweden wirkungsvollen Scherz im Bereich der Ironie aber auch in tieferen Gefilden angewendet. Auf jeden Fall fällt Dich die Wuchtel schmähmäßig wie einen Baum und lässt Dich lachend und hilflos am Boden liegen.

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review 2017-03-21 23:44
Ben Rides On (To the Top of My List)
Ben Rides On - Matt Davies

This wonderful and beautifully illustrated book tells of a boy named Ben who has a super cool, brand new bike that the school bully steals from him. After school, Ben finds his banged up bike, but also sees the bully hanging on a branch over a cliff about to fall off. After much deliberation, Ben makes the right choice to help the bully even though he has been mean to him, making this book a great one for teaching manners and character to young (and old) students. I would personally use this in the classroom for many different reasons. It opens up a discussion for bullying, for making good decisions, and for safety. Bicycles in general offer up a lot of learning opportunities: physics, rotational motion, STEM activities, inclined planes, etc. A teacher could also do some sort of typical "after-reading" book activity like summarizing, sequencing, etc, but change it to incorporate a bicycle into the worksheet/activity. 

 

A.R. Level 3.6

Lexile Level: AD730L

I personally recommended: Ages 2-10+

 

I love this!

In the front of the book on the info page, it says "In books, kids do crazy things, like... ride a bicycle without protecting their heads. In real life, you should always remember to wear your helmet when riding your bike"

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review 2017-03-21 22:44
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, narrated by George Newbern
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman,George Newbern

 

This was such a touching, funny story it almost made this cold, cold heart shed a tear.

 

I can't help but see some similarities between this story and the movie Saint Vincent, with Bill Murray. Also, I have to say that this tale is a bit predictable.

 

Those things said, I did laugh out loud a few times while listening, and I thought this narrator did a fantastic job.

 

If you're looking for a sweet tale about a curmudgeonly old coot without a friend in the world, this book is for you!

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to Audible for the free download.*

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text 2017-03-21 07:05
Cover Reveal - Hot Zone Series

Hot Zone Cover Reveal! by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: December 9, 2016

 

Blurb:

 

Hot Stuff
Book 1


He's about to find out … She's not just one of the guys.

 

Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling. Now the girls are publicists in their uncle's firm, The Hot Zone.

 

Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She's naturally drawn to real men—like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.

 

The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she'd better hold on tight if she doesn't want to lose her heart.

 

Hot Number
Book 2

 

Micki Jordan is a tomboy as much at home on the playing field as in a locker room full of naked guys.

 

But the star publicist is looking to prove she's also an irresistible woman in order to get a second shot at professional baseball player and major league playboy, Damian Fuller.

 

Micki transforms herself into one hot number Damian can't help but notice and together they burn up the sheets and find themselves falling hard. Until Damian's past returns, threatening their future.

 

Hot Item
Book 3


Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family's top sports management agency, as long as she gets to stay behind the scenes. But with big sister on maternity leave and little sis on her honeymoon, she's forced to step up to the plate. And a recent media crisis surrounding the disappearance of super-agent Spenser Atkins is not going to make the job any easier.

 

Enter star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash who, for reasons of his own, needs to track down Atkins. Up until now, Sophie has kept a strict no-dating-clients policy, but each day with Riley makes her rule near impossible to follow. With her job and her heart on the line, Sophie will need to make the toughest choice of her life!

 

Hot Property
Book 4


Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare.

 

Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.

Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming...

 

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About Carly Phillips:

 

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.
 

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