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review 2018-02-16 11:30
Ein hartes Leben im Yukon
Wie Wölfe im Winter - Tyrell Johnson

Vor sieben Jahren hat die 23-jährige Gwendolynn McBride, kurz Lynn, noch in Alaska gewohnt. Doch nach einem großen Krieg ist auch noch eine Grippeepidemie ausgebrochen und hat einen Großteil der Menschheit ausgelöscht. Mit ihrem Bruder, ihrer Mutter und ihrem Onkel kämpft die junge Frau nun auf einer kleinen Farm im Yukon nahe des Blackstone Rivers um ihr Überleben. Das Leben ist hart, der Winter eisig. Seit Jahren ist die Gruppe isoliert vom Rest der Welt. Dann taucht plötzlich ein Fremder auf. Die Familie nimmt Jax, den Verfolgten, bei sich auf. Doch in der neuen Welt ohne Nahrung, ohne Regeln und ohne Moral bringen sich Lynn und die anderen damit in Lebensgefahr.

"Wie Wölfe im Winter" ist der postapokalyptische Debütroman von Tyrell Johnson.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman besteht aus vier Teilen, die wiederum in 46 Kapitel untergliedert sind. Erzählt wird die Geschichte aus der Ich-Perspektive aus der Sicht von Lynn. Mehrfach gibt es Rückblenden in die Zeit vor der Epidemie.

Die Sprache ist bildhaft, flüssig und angenehm. Die detaillierten Beschreibungen der Szenerie haben mir ebenso gefallen wie die Darstellungen der Gedanken- und Gefühlswelt von Lynn, in die ich gut eintauchen konnte. Dem Autor gelingt es zudem, eine passende Atmosphäre zu schaffen.

Die Hauptprotagonistin ist ein reizvoller Charakter. Sie ist stark und taff und wurde mir dadurch schnell sympathisch. Zudem empfand ich ihre Entwicklung als einen Pluspunkt. Auch die anderen Figuren sind interessant und werden authentisch gezeichnet, bleiben jedoch zum Teil etwas blass.

Ich mag dystopische Geschichten sehr gerne, weshalb mich die Grundidee des Romans und das Setting sehr angesprochen haben. Tatsächlich konnte mich auch die Umsetzung überzeugen. Von Anfang an ist die Geschichte spannend, sodass mir der Einstieg sehr leicht fiel. Außerdem gibt es mehrere Wendungen. Die Handlung wirkt stimmig. Die geschaffene Welt der Zukunft ist interessant ausgestaltet und wirkt auf mich durchaus vorstellbar. Das beschriebene Szenario stimmt allerdings auch nachdenklich, sodass der Roman einige Denkimpulse geben kann.

Das reduzierte Design des Covers sieht sehr ansprechend aus und passt auch thematisch sehr gut. Der Titel mit der Alliteration ist ebenfalls geglückt und orientiert sich darüber hinaus nahe am amerikanischen Original („The Wolves of Winter“).

Mein Fazit:
Mit "Wie Wölfe im Winter" ist Tyrell Johnson ein spannender und kurzweiliger Roman gelungen, der mir unterhaltsame Lesestunden beschert hat. Vor allem für Fans von Dystopien ist das Buch absolut empfehlenswert.

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review 2018-02-07 17:33
What did the Frenchman ever do to you?
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: Twenty Chilling Tales from the Wilderness - Hal Johnson,Tom Mead

I think if I had a new copy of this book I would have had the benefit of seeing the illustrations in their original glow-in-the-dark awesomeness. As it is, I got this from the library and it had seen many days under the sun (and probably some under a flashlight to really get all the juice out of it).


Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness by Hal Johnson with illustrations by Tom Mead is a children's graphic novel that certainly delivered what it set out to with that supremely long title. This is definitely a middle grade title and I wouldn't recommend reading this to your elementary aged child before bedtime (unless they're tough as nails). It would however make a fantastic Halloween read aloud. ;-) The book consists of short stories depicting different monstrous creatures of lore and how they were discovered, captured (if they ever were), and killed their victims. Each story is accompanied by illustrations of the creatures overlaid with the glow-in-the-dark ink I mentioned at the beginning. The illustrations are FANTASTIC. I also felt like the stories were the perfect length if you were using them to read aloud to kids. Since there are 20 you could read one a day on the lead up to Halloween. However, in the spirit of full transparency, I need to point out that it seemed as if the author had something against Frenchman (they were abused quite a lot throughout) which did make me quite uncomfortable at several points. If not for that, this would have been a fully enjoyable little collection of monster stories. As it stands, I'll go with a 7/10.

 

An example of the illustrative style and writing. [Source: Barnes & Noble]

 

What's Up Next: The Unreal and the Real: Where on Earth by Ursula K. Le Guin

 

What I'm Currently (Re)Reading: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-02-06 23:10
Star Trek Boldly Go #11-15
Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 - Mike John... Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 - Mike Johnson,Tony Shasteen

The Boldly comic series picks up after the latest Star Trek (Kelvin) movie.  In these issues, the crew is still splintered with Kirk, Sulu, and McCoy on a ship, Scotty working on the new Enterprise, and Spock and Uhura on New Vulcan.  I'm not sure where Chekhov is.

 

The strongest issues are 11 and 12, which is one storyline.  It brings back a couple characters from the first run of the Kelvin Star Trek run.  It was nice to see the characters again, and if the story was workmanlike, it was at least entertaining.

 

Issues 13-15 are part of an ongoing stor that is not concluded.  It is another Mirror Universe story, so female Kirk returns.  This isn't bad in and of itself, but it also feels repeatitve.  I get the wonder of the mirror universe, the what ifs are great ideas.  But in some ways, it always feels like "we don't know what else to do here, so let's trot it out again".  I can understand the slow, very slow, process of bring the crew back together, espeically when the comics are tied closely to the films, one of the reasons why Chekhov isn't fully addressed.  Still, it could have been better.  

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review 2018-02-02 00:48
The Wolves of Winter
The Wolves of Winter: A Novel - Tyrell Johnson
I watch a lot of the shows on Discovery that showcase Alaska and the individuals living on the edge of civilization. The individuals in this novel could live in any of these shows. I, myself, don’t think I could survive such extreme conditions and the very thought of being cold, almost every day, sounds like hell to me.
 
I really enjoyed this novel. The writing and the flow within this novel was excellent and I am hoping (seriously hoping) that we will hear more from these characters in the future. I felt an attachment to a few of the characters and to the main character of Lynn, my emotions ran deeper. There’s a slower, more relax feel to the novel as you become accustomed to the Yukon Territory and its lifestyle but as events begin to affect this quiet region, a faster pace takes over the novel.
 
Lynn is a sharp, perceptive young woman who has led a shelter life after leaving the states with her family and a few others. Lynn doesn’t know much about the life they left behind. There is fear of what lies outside their small community but Lynn still feels that she’d like to venture out to see what she is missing. When new individuals come into their area, they create quite a fury. There’s fear, excitement, answers and questions, for everyone involved. Usually these individuals will pass through without any trouble but there are those who are the exception.

 

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review 2018-01-31 16:19
My eighty-ninth podcast is up!
LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval - Kyle Longley

My latest podcast interview is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Kyle Longley about his new book on the final year of Lyndon Johnson's presidency. Enjoy!

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