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review 2017-11-15 11:04
Ein Held mit Brüsten
Bloody Bones - Laurell K. Hamilton

In Großbritannien und den USA weckt der Titel des fünften „Anita Blake“-Bandes, „Bloody Bones“, vermutlich ganz bestimmte Assoziationen. Ich lehne mich mal aus dem Fenster und behaupte, dass deutsche Leser_innen hingegen keine Ahnung haben, welche Anspielung sich darin versteckt. Im englischsprachigen Raum ist Bloody Bones als Kinderschreck bekannt, der nahe Gewässern lebt und unartige Kinder ertränkt. Die Legende variiert natürlich. Alternativ lebt das Monster in einem Schrank unter der Treppe; in neueren Versionen treibt es in Abflussrohren sein Unwesen. Obwohl ich das Buch schon einmal auf Deutsch gelesen habe, erinnerte ich mich nicht an diese Sagengestalt. Insgesamt war meine Erinnerung an Band 5 vollkommen verschwunden, sodass ich „Bloody Bones“ gänzlich unbelastet beginnen konnte.

 

Jeder andere Animator hätte den Auftrag, einen ganzen Friedhof voller 200 Jahre alten Leichen zu erwecken, um einen Streit über die Besitzverhältnisse des Landes beizulegen, ablehnen müssen. Doch Anita Blake ist nicht wie ihre Kolleg_innen. Ist das Opfer mächtig genug, könnte sie es schaffen. Sie ist neugierig; will wissen, ob sie den Auftrag meistern kann, ohne menschliches Blut zu vergießen. Sie sagt zu und kurz darauf sitzt sie, begleitet von Larry, bereits in einem Helikopter, der sie nach Branson, Missouri bringen soll. Dort angekommen, bekommt sie es allerdings nicht nur mit gierigen Anwälten und der dubiosen Familie Bouvier zu tun, sondern auch mit einer rätselhaften Mordserie. Alle Opfer sind jung und nahezu blutleer. Für Anita ist der Fall klar: der Täter ist ein Vampir. Sie ahnt nicht, dass sich in den Wäldern rund um Branson noch ein ganz anderes Wesen verbirgt. Ein Wesen, das schlimmer und gefährlicher ist als ein Nest skrupelloser Vampire…

 

Vor rund zwei Jahren habe ich einen Artikel gelesen, der die Rolle der weiblichen Heldin in der Urban Fantasy aus der Gender-Perspektive heraus analysiert. Die These lautete, dass die Entscheidungen der Heldin festlegen, ob sie sich wahrhaft als Heldin mit weiblichem Gender qualifiziert oder ob sie eher als „Held mit Brüsten“ kategorisiert werden muss. Anita Blake ist ein Held mit Brüsten, das schlussfolgerte der Artikel einwandfrei und „Bloody Bones“ belegt diesen Ansatz zweifellos. Im fünften Band benimmt sich Anita äußerst maskulin, ist unfähig, Verantwortung abzugeben, Vertrauen zu schenken und zeigt extremes, teilweise aggressives Konkurrenzverhalten. Sie ging mir auf die Nerven, weil ihre Tendenzen zum obsessiven Kontrollfreak stark zu Tage treten. Sie muss alles selbst machen, kann nichts delegieren und reagiert wütend, stößt sie an Grenzen. Den armen Larry würde sie, wenn sie könnte, sogar auf die Toilette begleiten, da sie ihm nicht zutraut, sich selbst zu schützen. Selbstverständlich verfügt Larry weder über ihr Wissen, noch über ihre Erfahrung, aber sie ist nicht seine Mutter und hat kein Recht, ihn wie ein Kind zu behandeln und ihm Vorschriften zu machen, so sehr sie sich auch um seine Sicherheit sorgen mag. Er ist ein erwachsener Mann, verflixt noch mal. Durch ihr Verhalten stellt sie seine Kompetenz, seine Fähigkeiten und seine Autorität in Frage, was insofern paradox ist, dass sie selbst es nicht erträgt, wird mit ihr ebenso umgesprungen. In Branson, Missouri ist Anita kaum mehr als eine Zivilistin. Sie möchte der Polizei bei den Ermittlungen in der Mordserie helfen, hat jedoch keinerlei Handhabe, als ihr Ablehnung entgegenschlägt. Außerhalb von St. Louis besitzt sie keinen offiziellen Status, was sie verständlicherweise als frustrierend empfindet. Auf diese Weise unterstreicht Laurell K. Hamilton elegant die Notwendigkeit eines potentiellen Gesetzes, das Vampirhenkern die Befugnisse der Bundespolizei verleihen würde. Noch wird dieses Gesetz allerdings lediglich diskutiert, weshalb Anita in „Bloody Bones“ ordentlich tricksen muss, um in die Ermittlung involviert zu werden. Ich fand den Fall verworren und unübersichtlich, da wieder einmal mehrere Antagonisten vorgestellt werden und ich nur mit Mühe auseinanderhalten konnte, wer sich jetzt welcher Missetaten schuldig machte. Das unausweichliche Vampirchaos überstrahlt sowohl die Ausgangssituation der Erweckung eines ganzen Friedhofs, als auch die Etablierung einer neuen Spezies, die dadurch beiläufig und enttäuschend unspektakulär daherkam. Es wirkte, als hätte Hamilton während des Schreibprozesses den Fokus der Geschichte verschoben, damit die Vampire und somit auch Anitas Verbindung zu Jean-Claude erneut im Mittelpunkt stehen, was meiner Ansicht nach unnötig war. Ich sehe zwar ein, dass die Veränderung der Beziehung zwischen Anita und Jean-Claude für die übergreifende Handlung bedeutsam ist, doch meiner Meinung nach hätte sie dieses Element nicht zwangsläufig in „Bloody Bones“ hineinquetschen müssen. Es hätte Zeit gehabt. Ich hätte eine intensivere Auseinandersetzung mit dem Erweckungsszenario und der damit einhergehenden Eingliederung besagter neuer Spezies definitiv bevorzugt.

 

Ich hatte leider nur mäßig Spaß an der Lektüre des fünften „Anita Blake“ – Bandes „Bloody Bones“. Einerseits fand ich das unglücklich wirre Handlungskonstrukt langatmig und gestreckt, andererseits manifestieren sich Anitas negative Eigenschaften so dominant, dass sich die Distanz zwischen uns, die sich bereits im letzten Band „The Lunatic Cafe“ aufzubauen begann, weiter vertiefte. Ich gebe es ungern zu, aber Anita ist in „Bloody Bones“ keine Sympathieträgerin – sie ist eine nervige, kontrollsüchtige, waffenschwingende Irre. Zum Glück weiß ich, dass diese Facetten lediglich einen Aspekt ihrer Persönlichkeit darstellen und bessere Zeiten nahen. Diese werden mich daran erinnern, warum ich sie trotz oder gerade aufgrund ihrer Fehler gernhabe, weshalb ich nicht einmal ansatzweise darüber nachdenke, die Reihe abzubrechen. Einfach durchhalten und diesen durchschnittlich überzeugenden Band erneut vergessen.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/laurell-k-hamilton-bloody-bones
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review 2017-10-28 22:45
Book Review of NEST: Retribution: An Alivia Morgan Story by David Antocci
NEST: Retribution - David J Antocci

The Rally for US was meant to be a day of camaraderie and awareness. Instead, that crisp October morning turned into the bloodiest terror attack to strike the city of Boston in more than a decade.

 

In the wake of the attack, the New England Special Terrorist Division—NEST—turned to their most senior and capable agent, Alivia Morgan. She was unwillingly ripped from her home and family, but didn’t have a choice. Though she had no idea just how deeply personal the fight would become.

 

Now, it was up to her to find the extremists and stop another catastrophic blow that would drive the death toll higher. She was captured, alone, and armed only with her years of training and experience in Special Ops and the elite Army Rangers. Alivia quickly realized she was in a race against time as she struggled to escape with her life and stop the impending attacks. Could she do both?

 

Review 5*

 

This is the first book in a new series which follows the New England Special Terrorist Division (NEST for short). I loved it!

 

Alivia Morgan is a fantastic character. She is capable, strong and determined. When a terrorist cell targets her in retribution for her killing one of their leaders in an earlier mission, Alivia finds herself in a fight to the death. Held hostage, but knowing her team is looking for her, she is determined to bring the cell down. As the danger increases and the threat to innocents rises, can she stop them in time?

 

Having read this author's previous Escape trilogy, when he contacted me with regards to reading a complimentary copy of this book, I eagerly accepted as I knew I would be taken on an amazing roller coaster ride of not only danger but emotion. However, I also purchased a copy of this book when it became available to pre-order and re-read it as soon as it was released. This review is based on my own opinion and have not received remuneration for it.

 

As I said previously, I knew I would be taken on an emotional journey. However, I wasn't expecting the intensity, though in hind-sight I should have anticipated it. The story is told through mainly Alivia's point of view, but other characters, including the bad guys also have their say. I was pulled in from the first page and didn't put the book down until I had finished it.

 

The reader is introduced to the NEST team. NEST is one of several anti-terrorist task forces set up after the 9/11 attacks. The leader of the group is Director Luis Huerta and he is hands-on in his approach to leading the team. An ex-sniper, he has lots of experience in war. Then there are several other operatives that work under him, including Alivia and JJ. There is a hint of romance to go along with the danger as Alivia and JJ are involved in a forbidden relationship.

 

Then there are the bad guys. They are not the most pleasant of people and have the intention of causing as much chaos and terror as they can. The leader of the terrorist cell, Syed Ashear, has a personal grudge against Alivia and is determined to use her as a pawn in his deadly game against those he sees as infidels and nonbelievers.

 

I found myself holding my breath several times when reading as the intensity was almost unrelenting. There are some lighter scenes to counteract some of the more gruesome aspects of the storyline, but the fast pace kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Although this book has a fast pace, it is not rushed. The author has a talent for describing scenes in such vivid detail that it made it easy to picture and it ran like a movie in my mind's eye. In fact, I think this book would make a good movie thriller or TV series similar to NCIS. There are scenes of terror, as well as car chases, gun fights and explosions. Just when I reached the end of the book (or so I thought) with a feeling of happiness, the author throws a curve ball and ends the story on a chilling note in the epilogue. It doesn't quite end in a cliffhanger, but it's close and sets the reader up for the next book. I hope he's busy writing it because I am dying to read it!

 

David Antocci has written a thrilling first book to what looks to be a fantastic new series. His characters are extremely lifelike and this made the story feel incredibly real. I said in my review of Escape: Dead End that this is an author to watch, and I was right. I love his fast paced writing style, and the story flow is fantastic. I have already added this author to my favourite authors list, and will definitely read more of his books in the future.

 

Although there are no explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I do not recommend this book to young readers, or those of a nervous disposition, or those who may be affected by a triggering event due to extreme violence and/or abuse and/or terrorism. I highly recommend this book if you love crime thrillers, suspense novels and/or military fiction. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-10-11 20:20
Human Interconnectedness: "A Nest of Vipers" by Andrea Camilleri
A Nest of Vipers (Inspector Montalbano Mystery) - Andrea Camilleri,Stephen Sartarelli

Why is Catarella allowed to have any part in the operation of the station? He'd be an encumbrance even if moved to toilet-cleaning duties. Why does Montalbano never seem to have any means of communicating with the rest of the force on him? It's not that he can't get a signal since he's never shown to try! Why does he appear to operate outside the rest of the force in his own time and to his inclinations? He's more like a private eye than a policeman. Catarella is almost certainly a “raccomandato”, i.e., someone who got his job thanks to connections rather than going through a rigorous interview and testing process (in Portuguese would be harder to translate; I don’t there’s a noun for that; for the action, yes; it’s called “meter uma cunha”, meaning literally “to pull strings for somebody”). It happens an awful lot. But Catarella does crack computer codes, week in week out, so he's good at something!

 

 

If you're into Mediterranean Crime Fiction, read on.

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review 2017-10-02 16:05
Nest: A Thriller by Terry Goodkind - A Review
Nest - Terry Goodkind

Special Talents Make For Deadly Consequences

 

This review is for an audio book version.

 

Unique story plot gives this book it's strength. The protagonist has special talents, and the listener (reader) is drawn in with slow tugs revealing her true nature, and the imminent danger her talents presents. I enjoyed the various twists and the unusual characters, most good but jaded with a haunted past. Much of the story was "in her head" and perhaps a little too much, but there was also a good balance of action. Some scenes of dialogue between two characters seemed like a teaching episode, but I admit it was interesting material, so I remained fixed to the story. Perhaps reading the book may be a different experience than listening, though the narrator's performance was excellent. The ending was very good and leading to the next book.

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review 2017-09-18 22:49
Finally Allowed on the Computer!
No Nest for the Wicket - Donna Andrews
For Home And Country: A Civil War Scrapbook - Norman Bolotin

Sorry, I know they are different genres and different uses, but this is the first time in 5 days I have been allowed on the computer! We have 3 computers and 5 people and someone is always on the computer and I hate doing updates on a tablet or phone, so I have been waiting for a computer to be vacated so I could get on and make updates. 

 

Since I finished the Civil War book first, I will start there. This is another book that I got for school use. It was a really good read and full of some interesting facts, that I will be using when I lecture on the Civil War (tomorrow). The girls are not going to be happy, but there is a test at the end of this study grouping. This book was full of names, dates, and facts that they may not be aware of, for instance, our current army is uniform in looks and dress, while Revolutionary to Civil War forces were mixed and matched adding problems to the fight, attacking their own sides. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for information on the Civil War or Wars in general. 

 

I finished "No Nest for the Wicket" by Donna Andrews today. I love her books and this book is no exception. I reread this book because she had a new book come out in August and another coming out in time for Christmas. Her books are full of words that are fun to use in vocabulary tests (yep, my kids were groaning as I would say, "Oooooh, here is another word!" 

 

In this story, Meg's family member referred to as Mrs. Fenniman, reads about a new sport, Xtreme Croquet. She loves croquet and loves the idea of playing Xtreme Croquet. With the help of Meg's family, her dad getting the farmers to let them use their land, and Mrs. Fenniman posts that they will be having a competition and opens it to anyone who wants to play. A team of college boys comes to play and "The Dames," members of the Historical Society and another group from town with "The Clones" and Meg's family team are playing. As they play, the competition is ruthless and Meg's ball is hit into some briars and she finds the body of a woman, no one admits to knowing. When they find out who she is and where she is from, it becomes apparent that many of the competitors are lying. Meg tries to find out who really did the deed and stumbles across another mystery and learns the truth about the Pruitts that make them appear to be less than they are, because of a prank from some college kids in the 1950's. 

 

 

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