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text 2018-12-07 20:13
Ermittelnde Hunde, größenwahnsinnige Eichhörnchen und die besten Tacos der Stadt
Oberons blutige Fälle: Der Hund des Eisernen Druiden - Kevin Hearne,Friedrich Mader

Das Buch:

„Oberons blutige Fälle: Der Hund des Eisernen Druiden“ ist ein Fantasyroman im Kriminalstil von Kevin Hearne, der als broschierte Ausgabe, E-Book und Hörbuch im August 2018 bei Klett-Cotta erschienen ist.

 

Der Inhalt:

Das Buch besteht aus zwei separaten Geschichten, die aber zeitlich aufeinanderfolgen und somit doch wieder zusammengehören. Im ersten Fall des Druiden Atticus und seinem tierischen Begleiter Oberon ermitteln die beiden, weil mehrere Rassehunde entführt wurden. Da sie durch verzauberte Bäume reisen können, schreiten ihre eigenen Ermittlungen schnell voran. Für die Polizei wirft das Ganze allerdings Fragen auf und bringt prompt Probleme für die beiden Hobbyermittler mit sich.

Auch im zweiten Fall von Oberon und Atticus, kommt es zu Problemen mit der Polizei. Zum einen wollen die beiden bei der Aufklärung des Falls helfen, zum anderen aber auch eine Freundin von Atticus schützen, die in die ganze Geschichte involviert ist. Detective Ibarra möchte Atticus zwar glauben, bekommt von ihm aber zu wenig Infos und muss sich in erster Linie auch an die polizeilichen Regeln halten.

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich finde, dass dieses Buch mal etwas ganz anderes ist. Zum einen erfährt man alles aus der Sicht eines Hundes und da Menschen und Hunde manche Dinge oder Situationen gänzlich unterschiedlich wahrnehmen, sorgt das für einige lustige Bemerkungen. Zum anderen ist das Buch eine gelungene Mischung aus Fantasy- und Kriminalroman, so etwas habe ich in der Form vorher noch nicht gelesen. Keines der beiden Genres kam dabei zu kurz, es hat sich vielmehr perfekt zusammengefügt. Der Schreibstil ist einfach und humoristisch gehalten, so dass man das Buch in kürzester Zeit verschlingen konnte. Trotz der lockeren Erzählweise kam die Spannung dabei nicht zu kurz.

Das Cover hat mich so gar nicht angesprochen, da es viel zu sehr nach einem uraltem Krimi aussieht und irgendwie gar nicht zu der durch und durch modernen Geschichte passt.

 

Fazit:

Es ist meiner Meinung nach mal etwas vollkommen anderes und gerade wenn man Hundeliebhaber ist und dazu neigt die eigenen Tiere zu vermenschlichen, kann man über einige Dinge sicherlich schmunzeln. Wenn man nicht gerade nach einem ernsten, verworrenen Krimi sucht, ist man mit dem Buch gut beraten, denn es eignet sich perfekt, um es mal eben nebenbei zu lesen. Ein lockerer, leichter Krimi mit Humor, der den absoluten Hundebonus hat. Klare Leseempfehlung.

 

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review 2018-10-22 18:56
Staked / Kevin Hearne
Staked - Kevin Hearne

When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won't come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

 

I read this to fill the Dead Lands square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

There’s plenty of vampire action in this installment of the Iron Druid chronicles to qualify it for my Dead Lands entry for Bingo. Plus it was a great choice for a Friday evening after a long week’s work!

I think this is one of the best books in this series—for once, I was perfectly content with the ending, even though at least one of my favourite characters was lost along the way. Granuaile and Archdruid Owen both get their own chapters and concerns. Owen’s troll troubles were highly amusing and his new Druid school was encouraging. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about Granuaile’s campaign against her step-father, beyond finding it quite realistic that it would take up more time and energy that she had anticipated.

Atticus seems to have finally have got things settled down, at least until the opening of the next (and last) book. A good choice on the author’s part, I think, to finish up before the ideas get feeling to repetitive. There’s only so much fleeing & smiting that he can do before he’s fought & fled from everything and everybody.

I think it’s a toss-up between the first book and this one for my favourite Atticus tale.

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text 2018-10-20 18:47
Reading progress update: I've read 199 out of 336 pages.
Staked - Kevin Hearne

 

A great way to spend Friday evening!

 

I do love Archdruid Owen--he's hilarious.

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text 2018-10-18 21:59
TBR Thursday
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier
Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
The Reader - Traci Chee
Staked - Kevin Hearne

 

I'm still picking away at Fatal Inversion on my coffee breaks and The Mysteries of Udolpho some evenings. 

 

Udolpho and Daughter of the Forest are Halloween Bingo Books.  The rest on are my Planned for 2018 list, fulfilling various book challenges. 

 

Friday nights are for comfort--I plan to spend my Friday evening in my jammies with popcorn on hand and Staked as my "trashy" book for the event.  It may have to substitute for When Darkness Comes, which I had selected for the Deadlands square of my Bingo Card.  Whoever has that one out of the library is now 5 days late in returning it!  Usually when that happens, the book is lost.  Our library has only one copy, so I am less than optimistic.

 

In the meantime, my favourite used book store is having an anniversary sale--30% off to celebrate 30 years in business.  I'm seriously considering stopping in there this evening on the way home.

 

Happy reading, friends!

 

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review 2018-10-18 03:42
Review: Hounded
Hounded - Kevin Hearne

This was a fun read. I've read a few of the novellas that accompany the series and I knew I would be in for a treat.

 

Atticus is a 2100-year-old druid trying to live his best life as a bookstore owner in Arizona.  He lives with his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon, with whom is is bound.  He has taught Oberon human speech and given him the ability to communicate with him using his mind.  Oberon is a hoot; he's truly the star of the series.

 

Basically, Atticus has been hiding out in Tempe, Arizona, living a fairly quiet life until one of the old Irish gods decides he's pussyfooted around long enough and finally seeks revenge on Atticus for stealing a magical sword.  Aenghus Óg involves witches, demons, giants, other gods and even death himself to get the sword from Atticus.  But Atticus has his own back-up of vampires (who have ghouls on speed dial), an entire werewolf pack, a powerful sorceress, Irish gods, and of course the ever loyal Oberon.  There are many, many attempts on his life, some of which are seriously close calls.  There is a fighting, gore, sarcasm, and comedy.  It's everything I needed in a book.

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