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review 2018-01-02 12:41
Memento Mori
Memento Mori - A.L. Kennedy,Muriel Spark

Memento Mori - "Remember you must die" is the message that an anonymous caller issues to several elderly people, who all react differently to receiving the nuisance calls.


What follows is a confused look into the lives of the recipients of these calls and into the way that society neglects the elderly.


I don't know what it was about this book, but I rather disliked it. I gather from the reviews of others that there is humorous, yet, macabre writing in this, but I didn't really find much humour in it and found it more sinister and cynical than anything. 


Not for me.

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review 2017-12-30 19:51
Memento (Harmony #1) by Mathieu Reyn├Ęs

The first volume left a lot to be desired, but there was enough there that I would be interested in the second volume.





This is a whole load of confusing. First the first part that seemed like medieval, and the the part where Harmony wakes up. Nothing is explained. Honestly feels like I was reading #10 in a series. I liked the artwork during the modern part of the story, it was beautiful, especially when she activated her powers and had blue eyes.


The story has great potential.


*Provided by Netgally*

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review 2017-10-03 17:00
So if reading the book was hard...
Memento Amare - D. G. Cox

Writing the review may be damned near impossible.  I could probably give you a laundry list of why this book shouldn't have worked because there is a bit of just about everything in this book that has at times driven me crazy while reading other books and yet somehow this time they either didn't bother me or they just made the story work and I mean work. 


While the storyline in 'Memento Amare' may not seem that unusual it's a mystery/romance/spy/thriller type book what sets it apart for me is how the author has brought this story to life. First off this story covers a really long time period we first meet Phalen Cole when he's a very young child and by the end of this story both men are well in to their 50s/60s and what a life they've had. But I'm not even going to start with that because this would easily go from a review to a very lengthy essay because at 130,000+ words be prepared for a lengthy read but trust me it's so worth it.


So why shouldn't this story have worked well it's insta-love...sort of but not really. I'd probably call it more of an insta-attraction and when all was said and done it worked for me because while the attraction was instant acting on it wasn't.  While insta-love's not really my thing this isn't the first book that I've read where the author made it work...so really, all in all this was a small niggle and like I said it worked because while it may seemed like insta-love these guys didn't automatically fall into bed and live happily ever.


The bigger issue and the one that really should have had me doing a DNF was how the story played out. We get alternating POVs from the MCs which this part I like. I often don't do well spending too much time in one MCs head but the part that surprised me was that when it comes to the time line it's not linear folks we're all over the map and I think this is probably the first story I've ever read where I can honestly say that at the end of it all this was in a lot of ways what probably made this story work so well. As we're taken through Phalen's life and his relationship with Clyde we are given this story both as it happens and through memories and flashbacks by both MCs. Sometimes these memories are revisited more than once but from a different perspective, but I have to admit It took me a bit of contemplation to figure out why I was ok with this and what I realized was that often times when a person reflects on their life or even recounts it to others memories aren't always given in a linear order but often tend to be related in relevance of what has happened in the present to make that memory become relevant or important to events or the person recalling it. So as I was reading this I realized that this ironically was also one of the reasons that I was becoming so engaged in the story because more important than a chronological time line I was getting things that as they became relevant to the story. 


Most of this story actually takes place during the time that Cole and Clyde are members of the 'Global Anti Terrorist Force' or 'GATF' both Cole and Clyde's lives are woven in and what starts as a spy type story turns into an incredible love story filled with action and suspense that grabs the reader and wrenches on the heart. This is by no means the first book that's made me cry but it definitely is one of a select few that I can honestly say probably got as much teary time from me as not...seriously more than once I had to set this one aside because...too many tears to keep reading. 


In spite of the fact that Cole and Clyde are agents for the GATF the most important mission that these two men have is the one to save their life together as partners and as the story unfolds what we see is that the strongest weapon in either man's arsenal are words...words offering love, promise, hope, trust, faith, salvation and in the end redemption...

"What does it say about this world that men are rewarded for killing another man, and punished for loving another?"


'Momento Amare' is the first book that I've read by G. D. Cox. But I have to say given how much I enjoyed the interesting and unique journey that this author took us on I can't imagine that it will be the only one.


On a separate but connected note the author has generously added a short story entitled...'Memento Amare: All About the Memories' that at 22 pages is short but sweet and fun to read after the emotional ride you take reading the book...oh, it's also free!


This one's definitely recommended and best read with tissues and teddies on standby.



A copy of 'Momento Amare' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-29 15:39
Ein grausamer Mittelband
Memento - Die Feuerblume - Julianna Baggott

Pressia lebt in einer abstoßenden Welt, die schlimmer kaum sein könnte. Die menschliche Zivilisation wurde von Bomben zerstört, Gefahren gibt es seither überall und jene, die überlebt haben, sind grausam entstellt.

Es handelt sich um den 2. Teil der Memento-Trilogie von Julianna Baggott, der mir genau wie Band 1 unter die Haut gegangen ist.

Tragende Thematik ist meiner Meinung nach die Gefahr wissenschaftlicher Entwicklungen, wenn eine laufende Verbesserung des Menschen angestrebt wird, ohne die möglichen Konsequenzen zu bedenken. Julianna Baggott beschreibt in ihrer Dystopie, wie Fortschritte unbedacht Einsatz finden und damit die gesamte Menschheit an den Abgrund drängen.

Nachdem die Gruppe um Pressia im 1. Band das Militärregime kurzfristig besiegt hat, liegt es an ihnen, eine Armee aufzubauen. Denn das Kapitol soll gestürzt werden und gleichzeitig haben sie ein mysteriöses Serum entdeckt, das vielleicht ihre Rettung ist.

Wie auch im ersten Band wird aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven erzählt, was einerseits für Dynamik sorgt, andrerseits etwas zerfleddert wirkt und die Orientierung erschwert.

Gemeinsam mit Pressia, Bradwell, El Capitán, Lyda oder Patridge verfolgt man die jeweiligen Entwicklungen, was für mich zu viel gewesen ist. Zwar erhält man durch die Perspektivenwechsel ein rundes Bild und weiß, wie die Handlungen der Personen ineinander greifen, allerdings wäre ich oft gern länger bei einer Figur geblieben und hätte die Geschehnisse weiterverfolgt.

Der Einstieg ist mir aufgrund der Perspektivenvielfalt schwer gefallen und ich musste anfangs immer nachdenken, wer mit wem aus welchem Grund in Beziehung steht.

Auch die Handlung konnte mich zu Beginn nicht ganz überzeugen, weil es sehr lange dauert, bis sie an Fahrt gewinnt. Mir war lange nicht klar, was die Figuren überhaupt bezwecken bzw. wie sie nun vorgehen wollen und so dümpelt alles etwas vor sich hin. Ungefähr ab der Mitte bin ich wieder in Pressias Welt angekommen und ab da ist es interessant geworden. Geheimnisse werden aufgedeckt, unglaubliche Motive werden enttarnt und man erhält Hinweise, was damals vor bzw. bei der Explosion wirklich vorgefallen ist.

Julianna Baggotts dreiteilige Dystopie unterscheidet sich meiner Meinung von anderen Werken, weil sie so schonungslos ist. In dieser Welt hat es einst eine Explosion gegeben, die furchtbare Auswirkungen auf Tiere und Menschen hat, und zu abstoßenden Deformationen führte. Pressia hat zum Beispiel eine Puppe als Hand, Bradwell ist bei der Explosion mit Vögeln verschmolzen und manche Menschen wurden bei der Explosion richtig zusammengeschweißt. Nur die Menschen im Kapitol sind „rein“, also unversehrt, geblieben, was die Grundlage dieser Dystopie ist.

Mit dieser grausamen Welt hat mich Julianna Baggott zum zweiten Mal in ihren Bann gezogen, auch wenn ich mir gerade zu Beginn sehr schwer getan habe. Ebenso fassungslos wie beim ersten Band bleibe ich zurück, und bin gespannt, welche drastische Vorstellungen sich die Autorin für den Abschlussband ausgedacht hat.



Die Memento-Trilogie:
1) Memento. Die Überlebenden [Rezension lesen]
2) Memento. Die Feuerblume
3) Memento. Der Neubeginn
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2016-09-05 00:00
Memento Mori
Memento Mori - Muriel Spark The voice on the telephone won't stop reminding Dame Lettie Colston that she must die. The police won't take her seriously and even her brother doesn't believe her until he starts receiving calls himself. Memento Mori primarily involves two groups of elderly people: Dame Lettie's set and the residents of a ward in the state nursing home her sister-in-laws maid and companion retired to. As the novel goes on, more and more of their acquaintances receive these phone calls and there appears to be nothing they can do to stop them.

Spark's characters, whether they are those resigned to wait in their hospital beds or carrying on in London are preoccupied with managing their estates, comparing each others ailments, and scheming for the future. Each of them take the phone calls differently, but the majority of them react with anger and disbelief: the cheek! who would dare? No one wants to accept the fact of their mortality. They are dealing with crippling illness and blows against their dignity, they want power or money or a glimpse of garter. Spark makes her humor by pointing out the ridiculousness of "everyday" pursuits. Memento Mori strides into this potential quagmire effortlessly and Spark never betrays any sentiment in the treatment of her characters.

I should have known from having read Sparks before, but this novel was a lot of fun to read - death an all - and no description of mine can do it justice.
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