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review 2019-09-08 17:42
The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100 Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man - Jonas Jonasson
I loved the other two books of Jonassons' that I've read, but I didn't love this one.
The old man was back, turning another year older, and running into to antics along the way. There was a couple of cute moments in the story, but for the most part, it was the authors' thoughts on politics and other worldly events. At least, that's how I took it.

So, because of how it made me feel in that way, I wouldn't recommend it to fans. Don't bother with it, it's really not lif-changing if you skip it.
Or don't, and maybe you will feel differently and be excited by it. To each his own.

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/09/the-accidental-further-adventures-of.html
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review 2019-08-01 17:51
Eliminiert
Eliminiert (Bd. 3) - Jonas Hafner,Teri Terry,Petra Knese

Die Ursache für die Epidemie ist gefunden. Nun liegt es an Shay, den berüchtigten Dr. 1 zur Strecke zu bringen. Dazu muss sie sich in seine Reihen einschleusen, auch wenn sie dafür ihre große Liebe riskiert.

„Eliminiert“ ist der dritte Teil von Teri Terrys Dark-Matter-Trilogie. Bei dieser Reihe lässt die Autorin eine Epidemie über Großbritannien kommen, deren wenige Überlebende mit neuer Kraft hervorgehen. Und Shay ist eine davon.

Der erste Band hat mit dem Verschwinden des Mädchens Callie begonnen. Shay hat sie gesehen und nahm Kontakt mit deren Bruder Kai auf. Während sich die Jugendlichen um die Vermisstensuche kümmern, bricht eine Epidemie über der Insel aus. Callie überlebt und nimmt seltsame Veränderungen an sich wahr. 

Diese Mutationen haben alle Überlebenden gemein, und sie werden dadurch zum Furchtobjekt der - (noch) gesunden - Bevölkerung. Gleichzeitig kommt Shay der Ursache der Epidemie auf den Grund. In diesem Abschlussband ist es an der Zeit, dem geheimnisvollen Dr. 1 das Handwerk zu legen.

Wie in den vorherigen Bänden wird das Geschehen aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven erzählt. Shay und Kai nehmen meinem Gefühl nach die wichtigsten Abschnitte ein. Während Shay sich in die eher ruhigen Reihen des berüchtigten Dr. 1 fügt, ist man mit Kai weiterhin auf den Straßen Großbritanniens unterwegs. 

Leider konnte mich der Abschlussband nicht mehr komplett für sich gewinnen. Ich war von den ersten beiden Teilen absolut begeistert, doch dieser Enthusiasmus ist schon beim Einstieg in den letzten Band abgeflaut.

Zuerst habe ich mit meiner Orientierungslosigkeit gekämpft. Ich tat mir schwer, die Ereignisse aus den vorherigen Teilen gedanklich zusammenzubekommen. Was war noch einmal geschehen? Warum sitzt Shay in dem Hubschrauber? Weshalb schmeißt sich Freja an Kai ran? Und wer ist überhaupt Lara?

Die Geschehnisse begannen einst mit dem vermissten Mädchen, gingen über die Krankheit und sind durch perfide Machenschaften mit Familiencharakter zu einem komplexen Gesamtgefüge gewachsen. Nachdem relativ viel Zeit zwischen den Bänden vergangen war, hatte das eindeutig mein Lesevergnügen gebremst.

Hinzu kommt, dass der Leser mit Shay in einer sektenartigen Gemeinschaft landet, wo sich bei mir alles sträubt. Diese Vereinigung war gedanklich so weit von dem grundlegenden Thema der Epidemie weg, das sie mich inhaltlich nicht mehr für sich eingenommen hat. Dazu kommen die eher übernatürlichen Fähigkeiten der Überlebenden, die mich in ihren Beschreibungen leider nicht so recht überzeugen wollten. 

Gefallen hat mir auf jeden Fall, wie Teri Terry wissenschaftliche Theorien einbringt, um die Grundlage für den Ausgang der Story zu legen. Auf diese Weise betrachtet, hat die Autorin ein großartig komplexes Werk auf die Beine gestellt, das ich so bisher nicht erzählt bekommen habe. 

Der Schluss ist meiner Ansicht nach gelungen, auch wenn wir leider nicht mit allen Figuren abgeschlossen haben. Es sind ein paar Lücken geblieben, die vermutlich den Umfang der Trilogie gesprengt hätten. Jedenfalls hat Teri Terry am Ende einer faszinierenden Theorie ein Gesicht gegeben, die meine Erwartungen letztendlich übertroffen hat.

Unterm Strich ist Teri Terrys Dark-Matter-Trilogie, trotz meiner kritischen Töne, absolut lesenswert. Während ich mich bei den ersten beiden Bänden vor Begeisterung kaum halten konnte, ist der Abschlussband nicht ganz meins gewesen. Trotzdem bin ich mir sicher, dass es sich für andere Leser lohnt, mit „Eliminiert“ das Ende der Geschichte von Shay, Kai, Callie und dem geheimnisvollen Virus zu erfahren.

 
Die Trilogie:
1) Infiziert 
2) Manipuliert
3) Eliminiert
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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review 2019-06-24 17:03
Review: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson,Rod Bradbury

Title: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Series: The 100 Year Old Man, 1
Format: paperback
Length: 384 pages
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over …

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

 

Favourite character: Allan & Benny
Least favourite character: the Prosecutor

 

Mini-review: This book was fantastic and hilarious. I loved how it followed Allan's journey out the window versus how he came to be climbing out of the window, from the day he was born and onwards. The fact that he found himself in the middle of some of the biggest historic events that happened in the 1900s and became friends with presidents and such made this book so much better.

 

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review 2019-05-05 19:13
Bone Parish, Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf, and Alex Guimaraes
Bone Parish, Vol. 1 - Cullen Bunn,Jonas Scharf,Alex Guimaraes

This is a great start to a horror series. A family in New Orleans has developed a new hallucinogen, ash, that is so lucid, so real, that demand for it keeps skyrocketing - even if it is made from the dead. This business is becoming so profitable its caught the attention of cartels in New York and elsewhere that might soon stop asking for a share in the business, but take it all. There's also the other small problem that horrifying side effects have emerged...

 

These opening issues of 'Bone Parish' set up a crime family dynamic with plenty of secrets and regrets. There isn't a lot of space for characterization, I know that that has to come in pieces in this format, but its frustrating to have information teased out over such a long period of time. This has a lot of promise, I'll keep my eyes open. 

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review 2019-04-15 15:31
The Future is Written / Jonas Saul
The Future Is Written (Sarah Roberts) - Jonas Saul

When Sarah Roberts blacks out, she wakes to find prophetic notes mysteriously
written by her own hand. After receiving a message that someone is about to
be kidnapped with instructions on how to stop it, Sarah’s convinced it won’t be hard
to do. She is wrong.

 

The kidnappers take Sarah instead. She’s thwarted them in the past, and they
want to know how she keeps showing up where she has no business being.

 

Sarah needs help from the police, but they’re hunting her for a different reason.
They found her notebook riddled with prophetic messages, linking her to crimes and
unsolved cases. Is she a vigilante keeping score? Or on a citywide crime spree?

 

Armed with a note that simply states, save yourself, Sarah struggles to stay alive
using her wit and street smarts.

 

First things first: this was really outside my wheelhouse. Not my thing at all. However, the premise was an interesting one, something with potential. This author will be coming to a conference that I’m attending in August and I try to read something by each key note speaker before the conference so I will know who I want to hear more from. I had to order this book by interlibrary loan—my local library had nothing by this author. It turns out that this book was actually a collection of three (as I discovered at the end) though I had guessed that as I was reading.

Thrillers are really not my cuppa tea. I had a similar experience with another author at the conference last year—he was a lovely man, I just couldn’t enjoy his books. Which is fine. There’s a lid for every pot, and these type of books just aren’t my “lid.” I had to laugh, though, when I realized that the bad guys in both this and one of the books I read last year threatened their male associates with castration if they failed. Seriously, is this a thing?

I have come to the conclusion that thriller readers are in it for the plot and only the plot. The characters tend to be cardboard stereotypes and the action is non-stop, with no chances to slow down and consider implications or underlying themes. The paranormal aspects of this book were what made it tolerable for me—Sarah (the main character) is an automatic writer who receives messages from the “Other Side.” Sometimes oddly specific—be under this bridge at this time on this day. Bring a hammer. There’s enough ambiguity to make it challenging.

I realized as I read the afterword that I’ll be interested to hear this author speak at least once at the conference. He described the vivid dreams that he had of his deceased brother that inspired the novel. I’ve experienced similar things and could appreciate what he has done with his ideas.

 

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