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review 2018-10-18 00:17
Lark! The Herald Angels Sing
Lark! The Herald Angels Sing - Donna Andrews

I only borrowed this as an audiobook (just became available) and my daughter and I listened to the whole book on a road trip to Elizabethtown and back again. We were giggling over different sections of the book and cheering at other parts and just thoroughly enjoyed the story. 

 

Meg is running the Christmas Program and when a baby is found in the manger, she has to prove that it isn't her brother's child and then find the real mom of the baby as she has been trusted to keep the baby because she and Michael are foster parents for her area. When the real mom is found, it is also found out that her husband is the man that is being hunted by Clay County police for the murder of another man. One that Caerphilly police do not believe he committed and they want to get him to a safe place so that he is not murdered in the jail. 

 

This was a really good book and the story just kept you wanting to know more. I was so frustrated at points because I really wanted to read the book (driving not an option), so that I could get through the book a little faster to find out what was going to happen next. 

 

This is the newest book by Donna Andrews in the series. 

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review 2017-12-06 14:39
Auf der Suche nach den eigenen Wurzeln
Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses: Roman - ... Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses: Roman - Sarah Lark,Tina Dreher

Für die 37-jährige Ellinor Sternberg kommt das Geständnis ihrer Mutter Gabriele überraschend: Sie beide sind nicht mit dem Rest der Familie blutsverwandt, denn Großmutter Dana wurde als eine Art Pflegekind angenommen. Nur durch Zufall, nämlich durch die Nierenkrankheit ihrer Cousine zweiten Grades, wird dieses lang gehütete Geheimnis offenbart. Ellinor, die als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Wiener Uni arbeitet, ist neugierig und beschließt, sich auf die Suche nach ihren Wurzeln zu machen. Ihr Weg führt sie nach Dalmatien und Neuseeland. Doch diese Reise bringt nicht nur ihre Gedanken, sondern auch die Ehe mit Künstler Gernot durcheinander.

„Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses“ von Sarah Lark beschreibt eine tragische Liebesgeschichte und ein großes Familiendrama.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman ist in mehrere Teile untergliedert, die wiederum in weitere Kapitel unterteilt sind. Dabei geht es um unterschiedliche Orte und Zeitebenen. Neben dem Wien der Gegenwart gibt es Rückblenden in die Jahre 1904/05 sowie 1918 bis 1920. Sie sind im Wechsel angeordnet. Auch ein Tagebuch ist in das Buch integriert. Diese Struktur ließ sich für mich sehr gut nachverfolgen und hat für willkommene Abwechslung gesorgt.

Auch der flüssige, sehr angenehme Schreibstil und die facettenreiche Sprache sind mir positiv aufgefallen. Allerdings hat es einige Seiten gedauert, bis mich die Geschichte inhaltlich packen konnte. Später jedoch konnte ich das Buch nur schwer zur Seite legen, da mich die Autorin mit den überraschenden Wendungen in ihren Bann ziehen konnte. Gut gefallen hat mir auch, wie nach und nach einige Geheimnisse aufgedeckt wurden.

Mit Ellinor dreht sich der Roman um eine sympathische Protagonistin, deren Erleben und Gefühle nachvollziehbar und glaubwürdig auf mich wirkten. Auch die übrigen Figuren sind interessant und reizvoll gezeichnet. Die Landschaftsbeschreibungen konnten mich ebenfalls begeistern.

Sehr interessant fand ich auch, dass man durch den Roman gedanklich in ferne Länder reisen und viel Neues lernen konnte – beispielsweise über die Kauri-Bäume. Dadurch bot das Buch nicht nur Unterhaltung.

Sehr ansprechend sind das Cover und die Gestaltung des Buches.

Mein Fazit:
Mit „Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses“ ist Sarah Lark ein kurzweiliger Roman gelungen, der nicht nur historische, sondern auch spannende Elemente hat. Eine empfehlenswerte Lektüre.

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review 2017-09-01 19:51
Daredevil vol. 18: Cruel and Unusual by Brubaker and Lark
Daredevil, Vol. 18: Cruel and Unusual - Ed Brubaker,Greg Rucka,Michael Lark,Mike Perkins

Okay, you know what? We're gonna talk about what I feel is the most insidious trope involving female characters in writing, and specifically in genre writing. Is it  the act of "fridging," the death of a female character in order to torment and further develop the character of their male love interest? Well, that's pretty close, and something that Daredevil in particular is rife with. But that's a trope that's called out, often--so often, as a matter of fact, that it's amazing that writers still fall back on it.

 

No, I'm talking about the Mary Sue. Oh, you say, but Mary Sues are talked about all the time! Yeah, I'm not talking about female-written and/or created power fantasies. I'm talking about the male created Mary Sue, the sexual fantasy of their perfect woman.

 

And this brings me to Dakota North in this run of the comic. Yeah, her name is Dakota North. And you know what else? She's a former world famous runway supermodel turned tough talking New York P.I. who perfectly matches Matt's wit, and calls him out on his shit in the most awesome way ever!

 

And I just facepalmed writing that, let alone reading it in the comic. It's obnoxious, and as someone who always tries to see the absolute best in every female character, it's possibly the most alienating thing a writer can do. Because it's not for me. At all.

 

And it makes me feel worse to see Milla, a character who started out as independent and funny, sweet, interesting, and a match for Matt in the Bendis run, so obviously demeaned and discarded because the writer was in no way interested in sexually. And there's a whiff of ableism to the whole thing, to the entire Brubaker run, frankly, to make the blind woman without the superpowers helpless and whimpering, and then destroy her mentally because Brubaker just doesn't want her around.

 

Also, as awesome as it should have been to see Matt called out on his selfish behavior towards Milla, the characters all do it in a way that doesn't at all defend or benefit Milla, and that most contemptible of phrases is uttered, by your friend and mine Dakota, "Get over it."

 

Yeah, Matt needs to get over himself a little. But the writing is too weak to do it in any sort of satisfying way. I'm rereading Waid's run at the moment, and there's one moment in it where Matt seems more genuinely affected by Milla's situation than he ever does in Brubaker's entire run, during the storyline itself.

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review 2017-09-01 19:30
Daredevil vol. 17: Hell to Pay vol. 2 by Brubaker and Lark
Daredevil, Vol. 17: Hell to Pay, Vol. 2 - Ed Brubaker,Michael Lark

Okay, so I was going to make this another huge, rage-filled review, complete with panels as examples, etc. And that was just too draining. So I'm just going to go over the basics with this: Milla, under the influence of Mr. Fear's gas, which made Milla insane and also somehow made him into the Purple Man instead of a second-rate Marvel version of Scarecrow from the Batman comics, sorta kinda tried to kill someone she felt was threatening her relationship with Matt, and she's going to be charged with murder, because everyone on the subway platform apparently heard her yell DIE BITCH but neglected to note that she was a blind woman flailing at the air, and that it was actually Lily, trying to avoid Milla, who inadvertently knocked the man in front of the train. Brubaker both wants you to forget that Milla wasn't directly responsible, but also make certain that she wasn't, which is highly confusing.

 

The panels of Milla in the hospital are painful. Foggy and Matt talk about her in third person right in front of her, and when she loudly objects, they do that, SHHH YOU'RE JUST HYSTERICAL sort of thing that infuriates women about men. Honestly, if I showed these to women who had no idea about the situation, they'd guess that a husband was trying to gaslight his wife, it's that bad.

 

Well, Matt's a lawyer, so he gets her released into his custody, and she doesn't do anything but try to hurt herself. But, guess what? Lily shows up again, and her pheromone comic book nonsense suddenly makes Milla lash out against a totally innocent woman, her nurse, which is not at all indicative of what we've seen of her behavior to this point. And, as with all Daredevil trauma and tragedy, Matt makes everything about himself as his wife is stuck in Hell in her own mind.

 

And then the crowning jewel of the nastiness of this comic is the panels at the end, to show that Mr. Fear has truly won, that he is basically running the prison where he's been put away, including one where he has a female guard in a sexy Halloween costume parody of a cop's uniform, spread seductively on his bed because, again, he's made himself the Purple Man and she's scrambling to throw herself at him. So we end with rape, implied consistent. 

 

And Ed Brubaker is trash.

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text 2017-08-13 22:47
Yeah, I plan to do a full review of this...
Daredevil, Vol. 17: Hell to Pay, Vol. 2 - Ed Brubaker,Michael Lark

Like I did with Hell to Pay vol. 1, but I gotta say, it's sort of killing my soul. I meant to go allll the way through the 2000's Daredevil, but Brubaker is making me so furious, I have a feeling I might just have to skip a bit. And next up is Lady Bullseye. Ugh. I knew these kinda sucked at the time, but I don't remember how they didn't actually make me want to punch someone or something. Because they do.

 

EDIT: So, I just realized that the next volume is, in fact, not Lady Bullseye but Cruel and Unusual. Which... is just so appropriate.

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