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review 2018-12-11 11:51
The Cat in the Christmas Tree
The Cat in the Christmas Tree - Peter Scottsdale

by Peter Scottsdale

 

This is written for children, and as such some of the dialogue isn't quite realistic but more of a cleaned up version like you often see in children's books. The plot holds together reasonably well and the magical transition was very good.

 

There were some good messages about learning to respect the property of others and not bullying, however, I have an issue with a few other messages that come across.

 

First of all, the father is in total charge of the family and the mother doesn't argue when he threatens to get rid of the cat. This gives a bad impression of relationship dynamics as well as of a father's role. To me, he's totally evil and his wife should divorce him and keep the cat so her son will be happy!

 

My other issue is with calling the cat bad for jumping into the tree. Really? You bring a real tree into a home with a cat and expect him not to jump into it immediately? The author is a cat lover and owner so he should know better than that! Also, when the cat is destroying things he shouldn't or biting, why aren't the parents making any effort whatsoever to teach him parameters? Cats do learn, and not by whining at them that they shouldn't do that as if they understood every word. (Secretly I do believe they understand every word but that's another matter.)

 

All things considered, the story has some brilliant elements from a Christmas magic point of view, but I would not buy it for a child because of these unacceptable messages about fathers and cat discipline.

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text 2018-12-11 08:05
Enttäuschend
Menschen, Tiere und andere Dramen: Warum... Menschen, Tiere und andere Dramen: Warum wir Lämmer lieben und Asseln hassen - Peter Iwaniewicz

Peter Iwaniewicz ist Biologe, er schreibt die wöchentliche Kolumme "Tier der Woche". In diesem Buch beschäftigt er sich mit wichtigen Fragen aus der Tierwelt. Warum lieben wir Lämmer, hassen aber Asseln?

In diesem Buch werden so viele verschiedene Themen angesprochen, dass man schnell die Übersicht verliert. Das Wort "angesprochen" passt hier gut, denn bei kaum einen Thema geht der Autor tief in die Materie. Es wirkt eher wie eine Sammlung von texten seiner Kolumne.

Ich war sehr enttäuscht, denn vieles ist zwar amüsant, aber bekannt oder gleich wieder vergessen. Das Wissen bleibt Oberflächlich. Ich hätte mir weniger Themen mit mehr Tiefe gewünscht. Wie Faust schon gesagt hat: Da steh ich nun, ich armer Tor! und bin so klug als wie zuvor.
Der vorhandene Humor konnte den Karren auch nicht mehr aus dem Dreck ziehen, weniger ist manchmal mehr.

Am meisten gestört hat es mich jedoch, dass dieses Buch ganz ohne Quellen auskommt. Ich konnte nichts nachgucken, häufig werden hier auch Zahlen in den Raum gestellt und ich wüsste einfach nur gerne, ob sie von glaubhaften Quellen stammen.
Durch die fehlenden Quellen kann ich dieses Buch nicht als wissenschaftliches Werk betrachten.

Ich habe das Buch als Rezensionsexemplar bereit gestellt bekommen und bin echt froh dafür keine 22€ ausgebenden zu haben.

Wer gerne neues und lustiges über unsere Tierwelt und auch uns lernen möchte, ist meiner Meinung nach mit den Werken von z. B. den Science Busters besser aufgehoben.

Keine Leseempfehlung.

Ich habe das Buch im Rahmen einer Leserunde bei lovelybooks bereitgestellt bekommen und bedanke mich herzlich dafür.

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review 2018-12-09 00:22
Review of Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn
Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism - Scott Hahn,Kimberly Hahn,Peter Kreeft

This is a very difficult book to rate. I appreciated the authors' deep faith and ability to share their religious experiences through this book. I had a hard time with how simple their conversion from being Protestantism to Catholicism seems to be. The authors both had graduate degrees (multiple) in theology but then presented their "awakening" to the true Catholic faith as being as simple as reading a book or looking at a Scriptural passage a new way. It was written in a way that was almost hard to believe that it could be so simple. I understand that this wasn't meant to be a book of theology, but I would have appreciated a more in-depth analysis of how their conversions took place over time rather than the seemingly instant intellectual conversions as they happened.

I realize I am probably being far too critical, but that was how this read struck me. I do have a sincere appreciation for the story told here.

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review 2018-12-07 11:51
Intertextuality: "The Byronic Hero: Types and Prototypes" by Peter Thorslev
The Byronic Hero: Types and Prototypes - Peter Thorslev

(Original review, 1981-03-20)



I have to admit that sometimes I use words rather loosely. For me it is ok to call something surreal even if it does not really refer back to the principles and ideas of surrealism. Likewise 'close reading' which I probably do not really do. But the more you pay attention to a text, in my view, and if it merits, in your own view, that attention, the more intensely you are to appreciate it, and still enjoy it too.
 
 
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
 
 

 

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review 2018-12-04 06:32
Great follow up to the first one
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned***

 

It is advisable to read the first one before you get into Moon Over Soho. You’re pretty much carrying on right after the events in the first book so it’s always better to get the background information before carrying on :)

 

I was pleased with this one, complete with rather macabre scenes that will stick with me for a while. I still enjoy the way it’s being narrated by Peter Grant. He tells it pretty bluntly and explains well for some of us who don’t live in London which helps understand the setting more. The setting is dark and gritty, just right to complement the mystery that is prevalent to the case. The mix with the supernatural blends quite well with real life London, I believe it’s probably even more enjoyable to read for those that are quite familiar to the city.

 

Supporting characters and some new ones are featured in the book. It’s nice to see Leslie again despite what happened to her (ahh but the ending though!). Peter takes a lot of beating (both verbal and physical) during the book which is to be expected. He does have a thing with Simone that covers a good latter part of the book which is ok, although I thought it provided a lot of filler and it slowed the pace down considerably. You almost wanted to ask; “Peter, don’t you have a case to work on?”

 

It proved to be a quick read with a good open cliffhanger ending with the mystery of The ‘Faceless One’ which makes the series even more intriguing at this point. I’ll be definitely be picking up the third one. A great series to read so far!

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