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text 2020-04-17 23:37
Leben. Toll.
Kicking the Sky - Anthony De Sa

Was für ein unglaublich deprimierendes Buch. Es ist mir furchtbar schwer gefallen das ganze zu lesen und ich kann nicht sagen, ob es daran liegt, dass mir der Schreibstil nicht gefallen hat, oder ob es die Geschichte war. Oder beides. Oder der Umstand, dass ich mit der Gesamtsituation nicht zufrieden bin. Definitiv nicht das richtige Buch für die Isolation, denn lebensbejahend ist etwas anderes. Zeitgleich aber auch so furchtbar real, da war nichts fantastisches, dass die Geschichte ein bisschen gedämpft hätte. Einfach nur das Leben und das ist halt nicht immer einfach. Vor allem nicht für einen kleinen Jungen, der seinen Platz in der Welt erstmal finden muss, und dem es langsam dämmert, dass alle Menschen ihre Fehler und Eigenarten haben. Nur die Beweggründe versteht er noch nicht so ganz, und das macht das ganze natürlich noch viel schwieriger, nicht zuletzt, da die eine Hälfte nicht mit ihm redet und die andere schon zu viel Verständnis erwartet. 


Schön ist, dass die Geschichte in den 70er Jahre spielt und der Leser eine andere Art von Kindheit vermittelt bekommt. Sie ist nicht wohl behütet, aber die persönliche Freiheit der Kinder sich zu entwickeln war glaube ich größer während die Probleme sich in einer Art von "Fake Behütet" sein in der heutigen Zeit im Kern nicht geändert haben. Kinder werden immer noch von Verwandten missbraucht, Ehen zerbrechen nach wie vor, aber der Raum dem aus dem Weg zu gehen durch Möglichkeiten permanenter Kontrolle ist vielleicht kleiner geworden.

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text 2019-08-28 15:45
"The Kicking The Bucket List" by Cathy Hopkins - abandoned at 20% - not the books fault - just bad timing
The Kicking the Bucket List - Cathy Hopkins

I picked up "The Kicking The Bucket List" at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons.


I read the publisher's summary that said:

"Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee; sensitive and big-hearted; Rose uptight and controlled and Fleur the reckless free spirit.
At the reading of their mother’s will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother’s ‘bucket list’."

I was expecting something quirky and redemptive, maybe even feel-good. "The Kicking The Bucket List" isn't that kind of book. It's a book about grief and what it does to us, about being disappointed in ourselves and others, about not being able to talk to the people that we should be closest to and it's about a mother trying to rescue the relationships between her three daughters.


If I were in another mood, I might have enjoyed this. Right now, I'm trying to hold depression at bay, not invite it into my imagination.


What finally convinced me to stop, at the twenty per cent point, was the first "counselling" session the three sisters sit through. I'm ashamed to say, I once ran sessions like that. I was young but I should still have known better. I'm not young any more and these techniques, even when applied to other people, have me grinding my teeth.


So, if you're feeling strong and you want a serious book with three believable sisters in their late forties to early fifties trying to reconcile with one another while grieving for their mother, this is the book for you.

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text 2016-08-24 17:59
DC suggestions
Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming - Annie Wu,Brenden Fletcher,Pia Guerra
Deadshot: Bulletproof - Christos N. Gage,Steve Cummings
Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (The New 52) - Babs Tarr,Cameron Stewart
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals - Bruce Patterson,Greg Potter,Len Wein,George Pérez
Justice League of America, Vol. 1: The Tornado's Path - Brad Meltzer,Damon Lindelof,Ed Benes
Batman: Hush - Scott A. Williams,Jeph Loeb,Jim Lee
Batman: A Death in the Family - Mike DeCarlo,Jim Starlin,Jim Aparo
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Trial by Fire - Luke McDonnell,John Ostrander
Batman: The Killing Joke - Tim Sale,Brian Bolland,Alan Moore
Batman: Under the Red Hood - Doug Mahnke,Judd Winick

Here we go for DC!


1. Black Canary: Kicking and Screaming.   I didn't buy some of this, like how no one knew Dinah was Black Canary.   Even with its faults, though, it's a fun read and a little bit of a girl group/girl power read.   Fun times, with Dinah as the lead singer in a  girl band.   Surprise Hero, Grrrl Power, and Newsworthy would all fit this series. 


2. Deadshot: Bulletproof.   Fascinating look at one of the Suicide Squad members in a solo jaunt.   Awful things happen to children, though, so if that makes you squeamish...  Family Ties, Surprise Hero, Parental Issues, Dead Parents, and Not Dead Anymore would all work for this volume. 


3. Batgirl: The Batgirl of Burnside.   Fun, fun take on Batgirl, despite her hipster costume that could be so much more effective if it was more armored.   Complications with school life and balancing that with Batgirl become issues in Babs' life.   Grrrl Power, School, City Boy, Diversity and and Family Ties are all appropriate squares here. 


4. Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals.  Nuanced reboot of Wonder Woman.  I couldn't stop reading this volume, and I was cheering Diana on as she adjusted to Man's World.   Grrl Power, School, Newsworthy, Parental Issues, and Not Dead Anymore would all be appropriate squares for this volume.   You could argue Kink with her, y'know, tying people up and forcing them to tell her the truth...


5. Justice League of America: The Tornado's Path.   A focus on one of my favorite characters, the JLA's resident android.   Family Ties, Not Dead Anymore, and even Kink would work here. If you're me.   Human/robot relationships are my thing, although I take them more seriously than Kink.


6. Batman: Hush.   An epic mindfuck of a story.   I don't want to give too much away, but, yes, this?  You should read it if you can get your hands on it.   Glasses Confuse Everyone, City Boy or Evil Genius are the squares I'd use for this volume. 


7. Batman: A Death in the Family.   Epic tale of how everyone voted for Robin to die, and then they killed him off in the most brutal way possible.   Teens, Insanity, City Boy and Family Ties would all work for this square.    And of course, Batman is always Dead Parents.   


8. Suicide Squad: Trial By Fire.   Villains do good to get less prison time, and so they don't get parts blown off.   it's pretty epic watching them get corralled into this and having to try to figure out how to work together.   Surprise Hero, Insanity, and Romance Gone Wrong would all work, since there is not only therapy but also a therapist falling for her patient.   And all before Harley Quinn, I believe!


9. Batman: Killing Joke.   The Joker tries to prove one bad day can send anyone to the nuthouse.   Insanity, Evil Genius and Family Ties would work here.   


10. Batman: Under the Red Hood.  Is Jason Todd really dead?  (Joker killed him in Death in the Family.)  Or is it more mindfuckery?  Family Ties, Parental Issues, and Not Dead Anymore could be used for this volume.   And of course, Batman still has Dead Parents.  


I'm hitting the beach.   I'll do general comics later tonight or even tomorrow.      

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review 2016-07-31 01:43
Had hoped to like this more
Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming - Annie Wu,Brenden Fletcher,Pia Guerra

I loved this author's run on Batgirl, but issue two of Black Canary - which I'd gotten in a grab bag - was a bit of a miss for me.   Reading this all the way through was a better experience for me, although it had a lot to do with how Dinah's band sort of gels.   They start out ready to take a dig at each other, and throughout these seven issues get closer, reveal more of themselves to the group, and find that they truly like the other bandmates. 


I was hoping for the lighthearted outlook in Batgirl, that optimism, which was still there.  The situations were darker, even grimmer, and while I don't mind that normally, it didn't work for me now.   I think I was expecting something lighter based on Batgirl.   It's not the author's fault, and while I'd never blame a reader - even myself - for expectations based on a previous book, I had those expectations.   I also appreciate the author's diversity here, but that wasn't what I was looking for right now. 


I kept hoping for more lightness, but the dark and grim atmosphere pervaded throughout this whole run.   I hope that now that I'm prepared, issue eight will work better for me.  I also hope these girls get a little bit of a breather, but I doubt it given how this book's been going so far.   It's the Daredevil Syndrome, as I've come to think of it, that I'm sensing here.   (My sister said she had a hard time watching Daredevil, because it was  like Supernatural where things just went pear shaped time and time again except more so in Daredevil.   And more so, she knew, in the comics themselves.   I describe his dating history as 'dead, dead, insane, dead.'   I get the feeling that things are going to get worse, not better for the girls.)


Like I said, there was optimism.  Seemingly misplaced belief in one character turns out to be warranted.   There are good surprises, and when Black Canary - the band - works very hard, they do end up getting what they wanted: recognition, fame, and for Dinah Drake - who is more well known to fans as Dinah Lance - money.    (She wants to rebuild her dojo and her life, and she's broke, and needs money before she can do anything with her life.)


However, I find it very unlikely that people wouldn't notice that 'D.D' or Dinah - Drake or Lance - wasn't Black Canary.   Especially since she dresses like this: 



Here's her old costume: 



Add to this she makes comments about fighting next to Wonder Woman - which she plays off as jokes - and has to fight people from issue one on and clearly has the skills to fight next to Wonder Woman.   How do these intelligent women working next to her not notice?   I get that the DC universe is pretty oblivious as a whole, so much so that glasses confuse them when it comes to Clark Kent and Superman, but that never made much sense to me either.   This?   This I had more trouble buying for some reason. 


And it bothered me a good deal.   Add that I loved the art, although felt that a couple panels were iffy, and I liked Black Canary as a character better back in Fletcher's Batgirl, and it ended up as a so-so for me.  Three and a half stars.  I do have issue eight and I can't return it, but for the price I paid - a dollar an issue - I don't regret this purchase.   This was well worth reading and I may even reread it at a later date.   I liked issue two a lot better this time, and may find I like it better in the future.   


Fletcher brings Frankie from Batgirl over as a cameo, and a lot of the same themes, like women who band together to protect each other, female friendship, and women who don't need men to save them.    There's a lot of good stuff here, just not enough to wow me into a five - or even four - star review. 

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review 2016-01-03 18:44
Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme
Dead and Kicking - Lisa Emme

Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme was a read that had me chuckling pretty much throughout the whole book.  With a quirky main character and a gruff sexy homicide detective, and a world filled with supernatural beings to satisfy your craving, Dead and Kicking was a solid book 1 in The Harry Russo Diaries.

Harry Russo has a gift.  Not only is she a witch, but she’s able to communicate with the dead AND another gift that comes to light later in the book.  A pretty kick ass gift if you ask me.

Unfortunately for Harry, her blind date winds up dead and contacts her for help.  Harry ends up mixed up in a whole lot of danger, and winds up making deals with one of the most feared vampires around.  And as if things couldn’t get any worse, throw in some zombies into the mix and a little shock and awe twist at the end, and I would say you’ve got a pretty good recipe for pretty intriguing supernatural read.

The opening chapter to Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme was actually done so well that it would draw in many readers to continue.  I liked how it was revealing teaser of what to expect from main character, Harry Russo.  Harry Russo is a character that I feel people can relate to, and it always helps that she has some great one-liners.  My thoughts on the male lead, Cian Nash, is still debatable.  There’s no question that he’s a sexy brooding character, but he was way too grumpy.  Like, irritatingly grumpy.  It’s a good thing that he seems to arrive right at the nick of time, and does something/says something utterly sweet that makes up for SOME of his grumpiness.  I’m still waiting for him to make me swoon, folks.

The storyline was attention grabbing and progressed quite well.  I enjoyed the supernatural elements in the book, and parts kinda sorta reminded me of HBO’s True Blood.  Vamps, witches, werewolves, zombies…Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme pretty much had it all.

I will say though that the way in which some of the story was written was confusing.  For example, the character is speaking directly to the reader, but some of it was in the past tense.  So I was waiting for the point in the book where the character would say something like “…and so now here I am”, and then change to present tense.  It was like a lead up to a current event.

With a little tweaking, I’m sure that The Harry Russo Diaries will become an instant hit with fans of True Blood or Supernatural.  A solid intro to the world of Harry Russo, author Lisa Emme will easily find a following with fans of supernatural reads.  Grab a copy, and check it out for yourself!

Source: www.chapter-by-chapter.com/review-dead-and-kicking-by-lisa-emme-and-interview
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