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review 2017-06-27 22:26
The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30, Tiffany Aching #1)
The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett

The Chalk is a place of sheep and shepherds but never a witch was known to be there, however that might have been incorrect.  Terry Pratchett’s 30th Discworld novel, The Wee Free Men, is the second time he’s written for young adults but his writing and humor are top notch as well  follow a nine-year witch Tiffany Aching going up against the Queen of Elves with only a horde of six-inch blue little men.

 

Tiffany Aching finds her family farm being invaded by monsters from dreams as well as a horde of little blue men, the titular Wee Free Men.  Tiffany is very smart for her age and sees things as they are just like her grandmother, so when strange things pop up she uses an iron pan to beat them back.  Although she later figures out that her grandmother was a witch, Tiffany has her first encounter with one in the form of Ms. Lick who tells her to be careful but not to tackle the problem on her own but when her brother is kidnapped by the Fairie Queen, Tiffany knows she’s going to need help while not sounding desperate.  Tiffany’s help comes to her when the local clan of the Wee Free Men shows up looking for the new “hag ol’ the hills” because of the invasion of the Queen.  Tiffany and the Wee Free Men invade ‘Fairyland’ and manage to return with her brother, a feat that Granny Weatherwax finds impressive for someone so young and untrained.

 

The Wee Free Men features Tiffany as the only point-of-view character, save from a narrator, which keeps the book fairly orderly when reading as well as being in line for a book for younger readers.  The story itself is somewhat familiar for long time Discworld fans with the antagonist being the Queen of the Elves invading, but Pratchett changes things up with the use of dreams and the conflict as seen from a nine-year old.  The cameo appearance of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg at the end, sets up further adventures of Tiffany and connects her subseries with the Witches subseries with the hopes of seeing favorite characters in future books.

 

The second young adult and first Tiffany subseries book of the Discworld canon is a fantastic book; The Wee Free Men gives someone new for long time fans while introducing older characters for younger new readers.  While it’s intended for a younger audience, older fans will appreciate Pratchett’s humorous fantasy writing with his twists and turns.

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review 2017-06-27 18:59
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken 
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken

It is terribly important that the most trusted figures in American politics right now are comedians: Al Franken, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert. It is important that our newest president has only ever actually been professionally successful as a television character.

 

Don't get me wrong: I don't think actors, performers, and certainly not writers are somehow less valid as elected officials. While the primary business of senators and congress people is lawmaking, I recognize that they themselves don't (possibly ever anymore) write the laws; federal laws are written by interested parties, think tanks, and congressional staff. So it isn't necessary to be a lawyer in order to shape laws. What is necessary: I think a broad, general interest is good; literacy is useful; the ability to listen is huge; one has to judge sources, because I'm sure there's never less than two sides to any issue, and all of them purport to have data backing them up, of which some must be less valid or useful than others; a willingness to admit ignorance and to learn is key, because no one is an expert in everything, and hastily-formed judgements are unlikely to result in successful solutions to complex problems. And of course, one has to be able to work with many difficult people, but that's true of all work, isn't it? That list of qualities leaves previous work experience pretty open.

 

It's important that our emperor is naked, and that as many people as possible are pointing at the bare ass he's waggling at us, and laughing. It's not possible to bring him down by arguing with him or fact-checking him: he's a shameless liar, he just makes shit up, most of his shtick is just childish insults. You can't argue with him. He doesn't believe in the idea of a fair fight. But you can point and laugh: he has no defense against mockery.

 

Franken is a mensch. I would give that man an organ I can't spare, secure in the knowledge that he would use it only for good. He is everything one could hope for in an elected representative, just once I would like to vote for someone who was so progressive and also so pragmatic. Harvard has gone up in my esteem by being Franken's alma mater. If you've never read any of Franken's political books you're in for a treat.

 

Library copy

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review 2017-06-27 09:50
Schwer erleuchtet | Dieter Bednarz
170626 SchwerErleuchtet

 

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Autor: Dieter Bednarz
Reihe: Einzelband
Genre: Gegenwartsliteratur, Humor
Verlag: Knaur TB [01.06.2017], 400 Seiten
vielen Dank für das Leseexemplar ♥♥♥
- im Prime Reading enthalten -
auch als Kindle-Edition verfügbar
ISBN: 3426519992

 

Klappentext:

Wenn das Karma zweimal klingelt

“Sollten Sie jemals in Hamburg sein, sind Sie uns herzlich willkommen!” So etwas sagt man schon mal, entspannt vom Urlaub unter tropischer Sonne. Wer rechnet auch damit, dass ein paar Monate später ein orange gewandeter Mönch auftaucht, mit einem strahlenden Lächeln und ohne die Absicht, bald wieder abzureisen? Maya, die Anwältin mit Kinderwunsch, und Daniel, der Journalist in Karrierenöten, staunen nicht schlecht, als Mönch Siri ihr Leben auf den Kopf stellt. Aber wie, bitteschön, lädt man einen Mönch wieder aus? Und darf man das überhaupt?

Meine Meinung:

 

humorvoll, nachdenklich stimmend, berührend

 

Als allererstes fiel mir das Cover auf, denn es ist in der wundervollen Farbe Gelb gehalten. Der darauf abgebildete Mönch bildet hier quasi die Sonne und strahlt den Leser an. Beim Lesen des Klappentextes dann stach nicht nur der Name “Siri” ins Auge, sondern natürlich auch die komische hier geschilderte Situation. Ich versprach mir viel Lesefreude. Und wer hätte das gedacht, ich habe das Buch tatsächlich an einem Tag in einem Rutsch durchgelesen, Dank Urlaub und viel Freizeit!

 

Mönch Siri aus Sri Lanka steht eines Tages vor der Tür bei Maya und Daniel, mit nur einem kleinen alten Koffer, Gummisandalen an den Füßen, im orangen Gewand. Ein sehr lebensfroher Mensch, der sich noch über die kleinen Dinge im Leben wirklich freuen kann, wie z.B. den Fall von Schneekristallen. Natürlich bringt sein Erscheinen einige Probleme mit sich, die nicht nur mit seiner Unterbringung zu tun haben. Mönch Siri krempelt im Handumdrehen das Leben so einiger Menschen um, die sich von ihm berühren lassen, da macht er sogar vor Kriminellen nicht Halt. Und ehe wir es uns versehen, atmen wir alle Frieden ein und Liebe aus…

 

Dieter Bednarz schreibt seine Geschichte als allwissender Erzähler und beschreibt eine eher komische und im realen Leben kaum denkbare Situation mit viel Humor. Hier treffen nicht nur zwei völlig verschiedene Kulturen aufeinander, das Buch regt auch zum Nachdenken an, berührt auf einer sehr emotionalen Ebene und lässt uns innehalten, tief durchatmen und loslassen.

 

Neben den drei Protagonisten Mönch Siri, Maya und Daniel begegnen wir den unterschiedlichsten Menschen in Hamburg. Die meisten von ihnen sind aufgeschlossen für Neues und lassen sich vom Geist des Buddhismus berühren. Aber natürlich gibt es auch andere wie den nachbarlichen Fleischermeister, der einen Menschen brutal zusammenschlägt und im Keller einschließt. Die ganze Szenerie machte auf mich durchaus den Eindruck eines Drehbuchs. Eine Verfilmung könnte ich mir sehr gut vorstellen.

 

Dieses Buch soll nicht bekehren. Es gibt aber durchaus die eine oder andere Hilfestellung, zum Beispiel den Stresspegel zu senken, sich aufs Atmen zu konzentrieren, einfach zu sein. Mir hat diese humorvolle Geschichte gut gefallen. Somit gebe ich 08/10 Punkte.

 

Erster Satz:

“Wie schön”, sagte der Ehrwürdige Mönch Siri.

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Bücher des Autors:

 

- Überleben an der Wickelfront
- Schwer erleuchtet – beendet 26.06.2017 – 08/10 Punkte

 

Schwer erleuchtet: Roman - Dieter Bednarz 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2017/06/gelesen-schwer-erleuchtet-dieter-bednarz.html
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review 2017-06-27 06:28
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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland

Brody was known for being a player.  In more ways than one.  When he met Delilah in the locker room, he horrified and excited her at the same time.  Keeping her interest when she is trying to stay professional, is a whole new game.

 

Delilah has to be taken seriously.  In an almost exclusively male career, she wants to just be known for her own merits.  When the hottest man in tight pants (or out of them) puts the moves on her, she finds herself wanting to say, "yes."

 

This was an amazingly hot read.  I loved these characters.  I found them profoundly honest and it was refreshing.  The heat level in this story was also turned up.  Was a perfect summer read.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-06-25 15:29
Hoodoo Harry by Joe Lansdale
Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries) - Joe R. Lansdale

Hoodoo Harry is actually a woman and she used to drive the bookmobile in her town. The bookmobile and Harry both disappeared years ago and no one ever knew what became of them.

 

Enter Hap and Leonard. As they're driving down the road one day, what comes up the road towards them, but the bookmobile? It's being driven by what looks like a young boy and unfortunately, he drives right into Hap and Leonard! That's all I can say about the story, you'll have to read it to find out what happens next.

 

I love these guys and this novella was no exception. I also loved the bookmobile when I was a kid, so this story very much appealed to me. Hoodoo Harry has to be one of my favorite entries in the series so far and I know that I'll be thinking about her and her bookmobile for a long time to come.

 

Highly recommended!

 

Available August 1, but you can pre-order here: Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries)

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for the digital ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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