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review 2017-08-20 17:20
Sprichwörtliche High Fantasy
Requia: Heimkehr - June Elizabeth Tilton... Requia: Heimkehr - June Elizabeth Tilton, Clare Marie Tully, Mary Alice Waldron, Elvi Bertha Wasenius, Abigail Harriet McSweeney, Doris Esther Sheehan, Anna Winifred Simon, Olivia Mae Stead, Pauline Margolis, Elizabeth Bushen May Margaret Elizabeth McNamara

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Auf dem Planeten Aurelis gab es einstmals 6 Völker, die alle ihre ganz eigenen Fähigkeiten hatten, die bestimmten Elementen zugeordnet wurden. Doch dann fühlten sich einige der Völker den anderen überlegen und vertrieben diese auf den dunklen, recht unwirtlichen Planeten Moquar, um die Herrschaft an sich zu reißen und eine neue Ordnung einzuführen. Manche fühlten sich einfach zu Herrschern berufen...

 

Auf der Erde bekommt man davon natürlich nichts mit, doch gibt es da Yana, die trotzdem anders ist, wie die Menschen um sie herum. Das Leben, das sie mit ihrer Mutter Iris führt, ist nicht nur rosig, da kann sie sich keine Gedanken um fremde Welten machen...Auch wenn die Geschichten, die ihre Mutter ihr erzählt hat, sehr fantastisch klingen, sie hätte sich niemals träumen lassen, dass diese Geschichten eben keine Märchen sind...

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Sprichwörtliche High Fantasy

 

Zu allererst war da ein neugierig machendes Cover. So anders, nicht mit existierenden, anderen Fantasycovern zu vergleichen, mit einer ausdrucksstarken Frauenfigur im Mittelpunkt, die mich gleich in ihren Bann gezogen hat. Dann war da die Frage, was verbirgt sich hinter diesem Bild. Eine Kurzbeschreibung, die mich die Augenbrauen hat hochziehen lassen und eben den Wunsch, es zu lesen, hervorgebracht hat. Da war es dann eine schöne Fügung, dass Olivia auf Facebook netter Weise Blogger suchte, die den ersten Teil ihrer Geschichte lesen und rezensieren mochten. Und das Glück hat mir ein Exemplar beschert und ich ahnte ja erst mal gar nicht, was da auf mich zukam!

 

Ich ahnte auch nicht, dass ich es innerhalb von 3 Tagen quasi inhalieren würde! Das ist mir mit so einer Geschichte schon lange nicht mehr passiert :) Ich habe mich geärgert, dass ich schlafen und arbeiten musste! Das sagt schon eine Menge, oder?! :)

 

Ich bin also wie ein kleines Kind, völlig unbedarft in die Geschichte eingestiegen, mit großen Augen habe ich mir einzelne Protagonisten vorstellen lassen, habe mich nach und nach so mit in diese Welt(en) ziehen lassen, Antipathien und Sympathien bildeten sich heraus und dann war da eine atemlose Erkenntnis am Schluss, dass das was ganz großes ist, was ich gerade miterlebt habe!

 

Eine wirkliche Rezension darüber zu schreiben, gestaltet sich wirklich sehr schwer, weil man schnell dazu verleitet wird, das Buch mit Begeisterungsstürmen nachzuerzählen. So viel gibt es zu entdecken, so viel zu erleben, so viele Figuren kennen zu lernen. Und alles ist wahnsinnig gut dargestellt, sehr komplex sind die Verbindungen. Und wenn man sich nun vorstellt, dass dies erst ein Anfang war, dann kann man sich eigentlich sicher sein, dass man gerade eine Begleitung für die nächsten Jahre gefunden hat und sich freuen! <3

 

Umso mehr wundert mich bei all der Komplexität, dass ich da wirklich so im Rausch durchgerutscht bin! Wahnsinn! Und ich kann mich nur verneigen vor der Kreativität der Autorin und mich auf den 2. Teil freuen, der ja bald erscheint! Ganz klar ist, da werde ich auch wieder mit dabei sein!

 

Als Warnung sei gesagt, die Welt von Requia ist kein 08/15-Fantasy-Schätzchen, was man mal eben so streifen kann. Entweder, man ist voll und ganz dabei oder man verliert die Spur.

 

Ich kann nicht mehr dazu sagen, weil ich auch wirklich am Ende sprachlos war, weil ich niemals damit gerechnet hätte, so einer tollen Welt zu begegnen mit großartigen Figuren, magisch, aufregend...eben der glatte Wahnsinn! Ich freue mich wirklich darauf, wenn es kälter und herbstlich ist, mich mit dem nächsten Teil hier auf der Couch einzukuscheln!

 

Fazit:

Großartiger Auftakt einer grandiosen Fantasy-Saga! Sehr empfehlenswert!

 

Bewertung:

 

5 von 5 Nilpferden

 

Danke an Olivia Mae für die Bereitstellung des Rezensionsexemplars!

 

 

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review 2017-08-13 20:21
Dragging a little
Batman (2016-) #28 - Tom King,June Chung,Mikel Janin

Like this is supposed to be a huge event, but there are small storylines that can feel tangental told in a row.   It's getting frustrating, especially since the Kite-Man story was so brilliant that if I don't care about stories after that, well, I just want the larger story to get on with it and wrap up quickly. 

 

That's how I felt with this issue.   It's all Batman angst over not being able to stop deaths.   The way that the toll wracked up and why was interesting and I liked seeing Deadshot up against Deathstroke, but overall I want this war to be done. 

 

Joker.  Riddler.   Forcing villains to choose sides and all get in one big fight.   Really?   Ugh.  I don't want to deal with this on a long term basis.  I wish it were all over and another storyline would pick up right now.

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review 2017-07-13 01:32
Eh...
Batman (2016-) #26 - Tom King,June Chung,Mikel Janin

I feel like so much more could be done with this war, and I haven't seen it yet.   I'm liking this series enough to continue, but it's definitely has it's ups and downs.  

 

Still, a three star down isn't bad.   

 

I do hope this storyline pulls together into something cohesive, something that I care about, and that Bruce gets less whiny about the people he couldn't save.   Or the Batman/Catwoman relationship gets less weird in this. 

 

And that there's less 'woe is me, no one gets me.'  

 

Blah.  

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review 2017-07-10 09:30
Killing June May Bridges
Killing June: A Dark Romance (Saved By Sin) - May Bridges

4.5 Stars
'Killing June' by May Bridges is the First book in the "Saved by Sin" series. This is the story of Alex (June) and Cade. This is not your everyday romance and has some dark tones to it. Cade isn't your usually white Knight but he is for Alex. Cade is allot of things and one is a gun for hire....he is also a very dominate and protective person. Alex is a professional business women by day with a job as she says has health insurance and a 401K plan. But by night her 'friend' Robert has her playing Ms. June a dominatrix who has business clients...although she doesn't actually has sex with them they are after her for sexual gratification. Alex has split her life into two where she is Alex and then Ms. June but that slowly starts coming to an end with her meeting Cade. Cade sees what Robert is doing to Alex even though it isn't clear at first to her and Robert is letting Ms. June go.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-06 10:25
June 2017 — A Wrap-Up

 

 

 

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I dunno how she does it but I never come away from an Agatha Christie novel without enjoying it to the fullest! This one wasn’t an exception even when it was full of racist and sexist characters. I am also happy that I read this one finally and so close to the release of the new movie too!

A favorite funny quote from the book is mentioned below. It shows the circuitutitous way Poirot thinks:

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It was interesting to see the term, pukka sahib, being used in the book. Even though the person who used it, Colonel Arbuthnot, meant it in a different way i.e. the first meaning in the picture below. Poirot got down to the real meaning really quickly i.e. the second meaning of the word:

 

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I was worried that the sequel won’t suck me in as the first book had managed to do. I worried for naught; this book was as much fun and scary as the previous one. One thing that I both love and hate about this book is that Cas doesn’t sound like a teenage boy all the time. In places, he uses such poetic words about Anna. I also loved the gory decriptions that the author uses for when Anna shows up to show Cas how she is suffering.  This part from the book showcases both the gore and the poetic prose:

 

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Cas’s humor is another thing that I have alays had fun reading. Check out this example:

 

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There are two ways you could look at this series. You can consider the elements typical to most PNR novels and label it as one. Or, you could look at the humor and the cool references to tv shows and movies and love the series for its wittiness. I chose the latter, which is why I enjoyed reading these books! Here are my favorite parts from the last (so far) book:

 

 
 
Since the guy is known as the Lord of the Ravens, the excerpt below becomes funnier while seeming legit:
 

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The October Faction series is based on a family of monster hunters. The parents who have now retired did their best to hide their past from their kids. However, old enemies kept making that difficult. What I love about this series is how dark and gory it is. The artist doesn’t picture perfect characters and their flaws make them feel more real to me!

 

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While I am equally grossed out and intrigued by the television series, the novel itself had failed to make an impression on me. The graphic novels seem to be going down the same windpipe. The only positive thing I have to say about them is that they stay true to the book. Surprisingly, as I had expected, the art isn’t to die for. It could be that the tv series and its amazing cast has me spoiled. I mean, look at the graphic novel version of Mr. Wednesday!

 

 

 

Saga’s art is so beautiful that it hurts. This series draws you in and forces you to care for its characters! I am also including the covers of two of the single issues. Feast your eyes on their beauty:

 

 

 

 

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Ender’s Image

 

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Some of my favorites quotes:

 

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This quote paints an accurate picture of sustainable methods and their importance in everything that we do! Hunting animals to extinction, deforestation to the point of clearing forests after forests…Only this time, we will all be paying the price!

 

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I loved how “human” Jane was without being a human being. In this quote, her sarcasm comes out beautifully, which is probably as human as it gets!

 

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This elitist attitude has always been the source of our troubles and led to colonialism destroying the national identities of many a people. These words were said by Jane who starts to seem more and more deeply insightful by the minute.

 

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I have mixed feelings about this one. The story seems to make Ender seem like an omniscient deity at times. He might be good at reading people but no one is that good!

 

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This quote is from a part of the book where one of the kids rebelliously pees on Ender when he wouldn’t free the kid. This is how he responds to the incident; it shows how humor is threaded through an otherwise serious book.

 

Look at the exampe below, as well. It talks about religious leaders belonging to a branch of religion that is separate from the religion of the state. Gems such as this one were interspersed throughout the story and made me chuckle every time.

 

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This quote highlights how different two groups of people can be in their beliefs about death and everything else. Leaf-Eater’s people were planted after they died and turned into trees; benefitting the living even after death.

 

For wrap-ups of the previous months, go here.

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