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review 2019-03-21 03:59
Baa Baa Dumb Sheep
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes

2 stars Audiobook: After having this book recommended to me for years by so many friends, I gave it a go. I struggled with this one. It went from being monotonous to semi interesting for me. The main character Joe, was too much inner dialog, repetitive and boring. His mantras ticked away at my cares about the book till there was nearly nothing left. When the book ended I was relieved to be finished. The female character ? I finished this yesterday and I can't even remember her name right now. I do remember she was an sheep. I don't care about sheep. Why were all the characters so stupid ? They were all carrying big stupid sticks, not a drop of common sense between any of them. I'm still dumber, I bought book two when I bought this one. 

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review 2019-02-01 17:34
Interessantes Gedankenspiel, leider nicht ausgereift
Nightmare: Alles hat ein Ende … nur der Tod nicht - Sara Metz

March weiß, wohin sie gehen wird. Nicht nur im Alltag, sondern ihr ist bewusst, was die Menschen nach dem Tod erwartet. Denn March kann sich seit ihrer Geburt daran erinnern, wodurch sie auf manche einen verrückten Eindruck macht. Plötzlich klopft ihr alter Schulkollege Jonah ans Fenster, weil er ihre Hilfe braucht. Aber Jonah ist schon sechs Jahre tot.

Sara Metz hat mit "Nightmare. Alles hat ein Ende ... nur der Tod nicht" ein interessantes Gedankenspiel angeregt und ihren Entwurf vom Himmel kreiert.

March weiß mehr als andere Menschen. Der Tod ist für sie nicht das unvorstellbare Ende des Lebens, sondern ein Übergang in eine andere Welt, wo sie schon gewesen ist. Eigentlich dürfte sie sich daran nicht erinnern, dennoch muss sie mit diesem Wissen leben.

Eines Nachts klopft es an ihrem Fenster und Jonah, ein ehemaliger Schulkollege, fleht sie um Hilfe an. Jonah ist schon sechs Jahre tot und hat sich heimlich aus den Staub gemacht. Er ist aus dem Himmel abgehauen.

Es folgt eine schräge Geschichte, die meiner Meinung nach viel zu viele Elemente vereint.

Zuerst ist da diese Himmels-Idee, die ungewöhnlich und gleichzeitig sehr ansprechend umgesetzt ist. Autorin Sara Metz regt mit ihrem Konstrukt zu einem fesselnden Gedankenspiel an, was richtig gut zu lesen ist.

Allerdings kommt auch noch Nightmare ins Spiel, der als brennender Rächer durch die Straßen zieht. Dieser Nightmare fackelt beliebig Häuser ab, Polizei und Presse sind ihm auf der Spur, und sogar March macht Bekanntschaft mit ihm.

Außerdem wird eine Schar an Figuren in die Handlung eingeführt, wodurch sie zusammengeschustert wirkt. Marchs Freunde kommen vor, die zwar äußerst sympathisch, meines Erachtens für die Handlung aber absolut unnötig sind. Mit ihnen pilgert March hin- und her, diskutiert ihre Situation oder stopft sich gemeinsam mit ihnen Fast Food in den Mund.

Weitere Figuren sind Jonah, der besagte Nightmare und ein Mann, dem Nightmare zu Dank verpflichtet ist. Das Geschehen zwischen Nightmare und diesem Mann - zu viel mag ich hier nicht verraten - hat auf mich unlogisch gewirkt und hätte außerhalb eines Fantasy-Romans niemals funktioniert. 

Insgesamt läuft die Handlung etwas planlos ab und wirkt gleichzeitig - aufgrund diverser Charaktere und Ereignisse - überladen. Es hat sich angefühlt, als ob die Autorin selbst nicht wüsste, worin das Ziel ihrer Figuren besteht. Eine flapsige Idee jagt die nächste, ohne dass der Zweck dieser Aktionen erkennbar ist.

Sara Metz' Schreibstil muss ich lobend erwähnen. Witzige Dialoge lockern das Geschehen auf und die Figuren sind mit Ecken und Kanten versehen. Sie zeigen schelmische Grundzüge, die der Handlung zusätzliches Amüsement verleihen. 

Unterm Strich bleibt ein interessantes Gedankenspiel, eine überladene Story, die in ihrer Handlung nicht ganz ausgereift wirkt, und dennoch amüsant zu lesen ist. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-30 22:34
Long Reign Buffy !?!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare - Carolyn Nowak
A good starting point for anyone who has not seen or read the previous Buffy The Vampire Slayer seasons. This would technically be a reboot or alternate history. Buffy Summers is starting a new middle school in Cleveland and finds out she is a vampire slayer. It’s hard to be a teen let alone a slayer but with her new female watcher and two best friends, a witch and a werewolf, she is not alone.

 

Buffy and the slayer mythology is about the only thing familiar with this graphic novel if you are a fan of the past Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Now, I do not know if this is going to match the reboot that will be taking place on tv. I think probably not since the book has the blonde haired and white Buffy because it is rumored that the new tv series Buffy will be African American. ]

 

The art is quaint and there is nothing too racy for young kids. Since there are new characters interacting with Buffy it is all new to me, which did make it hard to put down and fun to read.

 

The story is cute and action-packed but as a Buffy fan, I did miss Willow, Xander, and Giles from the original group. I think is great that Buffy is coming back in some way, I just wish it a continuation or a new slayer rather than use Buffy again.

 

As Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a creation of Joss Whedon, I will probably support this version of Buffy and any others. So “Long Live Buffy!”... I guess.
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review 2018-12-11 00:00
Her Darkest Nightmare
Her Darkest Nightmare - Brenda Novak Her Darkest Nightmare - Brenda Novak Please see all of my reviews on my blog at https://www.robinlovesreading.com.

Well, Dr. Evelyn Talbot’s plans for Hanover House has come to fruition. When she approached the powers that be to build a special maximum-security facility in order to do exclusive studies on the psychopath prisoners who were to be transferred there, she met with stiff opposition. Evelyn is a psychiatrist who excels in her knowledge of the insanely criminal minds.

It has been a few months and, for the most part, things are coming along quite nicely. The only hitch in Evelyn’s life at this point is that her budding relationship with Sergeant Amarok has ended rather badly. There didn’t seem to be much hope in the beginning, as he was one of the most vocal opposers. But their break-up was for different reasons.

Until now, the small Alaskan town had been spared of brutal violence. Shockingly, however, a mutilated body is discovered, thus setting everyone on edge. Could one of the prisoners have escaped? Did Evelyn bring this horror to this town? Speaking of horror, Evelyn was running away from it as well as staring it directly in the face. In the prequel of the series, Hanover House, as well as in this book, Evelyn’s incredibly tragic past is recounted. While she was a teen, she was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by her boyfriend for days. This is why Evelyn does what she does. She is determined to figure out why some people behave as they do.

Amarok quickly does whatever he can to protect Evelyn, and his town. The terror that is being confronted is at war with the feelings the two are desperately trying to fight. Is Evelyn still in danger from the man who hurt her twenty years ago, or is there someone in that close community committing these horrific acts?

This story is ripe with drama. There is the new danger facing the town. There is the dangerous element within the walls of the prison, and not necessarily just the prisoners! The all-consuming passion that Evelyn and Amarok are fighting, in large part due to their age difference, is mentioned numerous times...almost to the point of annoyance.

This multi-layered story effectively deals with each issue. For those who enjoy a dark story, no worries there. Each chapter is preceded by a creepy quote from a real-life serial killer, thus setting the tone for the overall story. There is also a significant amount of gruesomeness. If you are a lover of romance, the relationship that evolves between Evelyn and Amarok is handled with patience. Then there is the edge-of-your-seat suspense flowing throughout the pages. I was kept guessing as to who the killer was. Definite shock therapy! Finally, the ending was absolutely bone chilling.

I have the next two books in the series, Hello Again and Face Off, but I need a break from the darkness. I am definitely anxious as to whether or not Evelyn’s darkest fears will be realized.
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review 2018-12-04 20:08
Elaborateness: "Nightmare Town" by Dashiell Hammett
Nightmare Town - Dashiell Hammett


(Original Review, 1999-12-10)



When one wants to elect the best of Dashiell Hammet, one invariably chooses “The Maltese Falcon”, Classic that it is, but instead I would go for Dashiell Hammett’s short novel, “Nightmare Town” as one of my favourites. The set up is brilliant and the wider issues - American criminality, capitalism, the mirage of consumption - is all combined with some brilliant intrigue, weird characters, and clean hard boiled prose. Unlike the Sam Spade novels, though, “Nightmare Town” has kind of palpable energy and ambition that gives it greater flavor as well as substance.

 

 

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