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review 2018-03-08 05:51
Das Grauenvolle Grab
Das Grauenvolle Grab (Lockwood & Co. 5) - Deutschland Random House Audio,Anna Thalbach,Jonathan Stroud

Lockwood & Co. ermitteln wieder! In ihrem fünften und voraussichtlich letzten Fall, sind sie nicht nur dem grauenvollen Grab sondern dem Geheimnis der Geistersieche auf der Spur. 

Die britischen Inseln werden schon mehr als 50 Jahre von einer merkwürdigen Geisterplage heimgesucht. Rund um diese Epidemie haben sich Geisteragenturen entwickelt, die dagegen zu kämpfen wissen. Unter den großen Agenturen haben sich besonders Lockwood & Co. einen Namen gemacht. Denn Lucy, George, Holly, Quill und Boss Lockwood himself werden ihren Widersachern das Fürchten lehren! Und dabei - wie üblich - über ihre eigenen Beine stolpern … 

Bei diesem fünften und wahrscheinlich letzten Band der Reihe steht das ganz große Geheimnis im Vordergrund. Während der vielen Fälle der letzten Teile, haben Lockwood & Co. immer an der Oberfläche gekratzt, doch jetzt geht es ans Eingemachte. Was ist der Ursprung der Geisterplage? Warum hat sie sich auf bestimmte Regionen beschränkt? Und wieso hat es jemand auf George abgesehen?

Es beginnt mysteriös mit einem Ausflug ans grauenvolle Grab, wo sich Lockwood & Co. vergewissern möchten, dass die richtige Leiche darin liegt. Eine schaurige Vorstellung, die in der Umsetzung noch mehr Gänsehaut verspricht! 

Im Mittelpunkt steht erneut die Geisteragentur Lockwood & Co., die sich mit Charme, Witz und nonchalanter Trampelhaftigkeit bereits mehrmals in mein Leserherz geschlichen hat. Absolute Unprofessionalität trifft auf begnadete Tollpatschigkeit und natürlich werden diese Fähigkeiten mit einer Portion Können und Glück vereint. George fungiert als Hirn und Rechercheur der Truppe, Holly erweist sich als nervenaufreibendes Organisationstalent, Quill ist das Salz in der Suppe und Lockwood hat sich von Vornherein zum Chef gemacht. Die Geschichte wird allerdings von Lucy erzählt, die sich mit ihrem Schädel im Glas - ein boshafter Geisterschädel, der sehr beleidigend werden kann - direkt an den Leser wendet.

Sprecherin Anna Thalbach hat Lucys Rolle hervorragend gesprochen! Krächzend, natürlich und sehr stilvoll hat sie meiner liebsten Geisterjägerin ihre Stimme geliehen. 

Die Figuren sind erneut lebendig und gelungen. Jonathan Stroud beweist Talent, wenn es um einfallsreiche Dialoge. beißende Kommentare oder sarkastische Bemerkungen geht. Trotz dieser scharfzüngigen Art, wirken Charaktere und Szenen original, ungekünstelt und niemals aufgesetzt. 

Gerade Gespräche und Wortmeldungen jeder Art triefen vor schwarzem Humor und düsterem Charme, was mich ständig zum Grinsen und Lachen bringt. Sie zanken sich, eine Bemerkung jagt die andere und mit stichelnder Boshaftigkeit wird sich gegenseitig der Schneid abgekauft.

Dieser letzte Fall der Truppe beantwortet sämtliche Fragen, die im Lauf der ersten Bände aufgekommen sind. Allerdings ist das meiner Meinung nach auf Kosten der Handlung geschehen. Ich hatte durchgehend das Gefühl als ob Stroud den Schluss Punkt für Punkt abgearbeitet hat. 
Der Showdown hat es zwar in sich, dennoch hatte ich mir mehr Aufsehen um das Finale erwartet und die Auflösung an sich hätte ich mir spektakulärer gewünscht.

Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich diesen letzten Band genauso innig geliebt wie die vorherigen. Es war schön, mit Lucy und dem Schädel das grauenvolle Grab zu erkunden, dem Draufgänger Lockwood bei der Selbstüberschätzung zuzusehen und vor Georges Intelligenz den Hut zu ziehen. Ich habe mich herrlich amüsiert!

Alles in allem handelt es sich bei „Lockwood & Co.“ um eine begeisternde Reihe, die ich jungen, älteren und alten Menschen mit ihrer nonchalanten Art, dem bissigem dennoch feinem Humor und der geistreichen Handlung vorbehaltlos empfehlen kann.


Die Reihe:
1) Lockwood & Co. Die Seufzende Wendeltreppe
2) Lockwood & Co. Der Wispernde Schädel
3) Lockwood & Co. Die Raunende Maske
4) Lockwood & Co. Das Flammende Phantom
5) Lockwood & Co. Das Grauenvolle Grab
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2018-01-18 22:45
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The City of Mirrors: The Passage Trilogy, Book Three - Deutschland Random House Audio,Justin Cronin,Scott Brick

I am throwing in the towel around 15%.

 

I was so excited when I was approved for the ARC of this book! But now some time has gone by and the long and short of it is I just don't care anymore.

 

My apologies to NetGalley and to the publisher.

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review 2018-01-01 17:04
Green: A Novel by Sam Graham-Felsen
Green: A Novel - Sam Graham-Felsen

 

Every once in a while, I choose or wish for a book on NetGalley solely due to the description and GREEN was one of those books. 

 

12 year old David Greenfeld, aka Green, is nearly the only white boy in Martin Luther King Middle School in the early 90's. As such, he is subject to harassment, and not only because of his color. He's Jewish, even though his family doesn't practice, he doesn't have the right clothes or shoes, and he has few friends. 

 

Marlon, a black teen that lives nearby, comes to Dave's aid when he's bullied and they become fast friends. Bonding over Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics, (the curse of Coke!), and playing basketball, (or nasketball), the two are nearly inseparable.

 

Mar and Dave's friendship occurs during a tough time in Boston and in our country. Amidst the tumultuous race riots and the rise, (and fall) of Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis, (the importance of sports teams in Boston cannot be underestimated), these boys face racist bullies and the threat of bodily violence every day. Coming of age is never easy, no matter the era in which it takes place. Dave is trying hard to better himself, find his inner self, (Is it Christian? Is it Jewish?) and survive the day to day without the right clothes or shoes. Will his relationship with Marlon survive too? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

While I enjoyed GREEN, I had some problems with it. I know the language had to be of the time and setting for the tale to ring true, but I'm not quite sure that it did. To be honest, at times it seems that the author was trying too hard to make the slang real. Every single time clothes were described it was "so and so rocked this or that", every time they went somewhere they "rolled." It irritated me a little but your mileage may vary.

 

Another problem I had with the story is the lack of information about some of the characters and their backgrounds. Green's brother Benno, for instance,  hadn't spoken to anyone in over a year and had other issues as well. I would have liked to have known more about that. Also, Green's Jewish grandfather, (Cramps instead of Gramps, because he was grouchy), had a lot of background that was only briefly glimpsed in this tale. I would have liked to have known more details about that and about the effects they had on Dave's father.

 

Lastly, as the mother of a young man I know that masturbation is a big part of a boy's coming of age. I just don't need to know the details.  I know it happens, I know the hormones are raging, I get it. I just want to give the head's up to others that this occurs. A lot! (This was the era of Baywatch, after all.) 

 

GREEN was a good coming of age story and I wonder how much of it was autobiographical because most of it did ring true. (As much as it could to a middle age white woman, anyway.) Bullying, religion, racism, having the right clothes and shoes-these are all things that are still problems to this day. It's how we deal with these issues that defines us. David Greenfeld was not the perfect boy and certainly not the perfect friend, but I couldn't help but root for him anyway. I think you will too. 

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

 

 

 

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text 2017-12-01 16:31
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 445 pages.
Hogfather (Discworld, #20) - Terry Pratchett
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Nigel Planer,Terry Pratchett

"And there's the sign, Ridcully," said the Dean. "you have read it, I assume.  You know?  The sign which says 'Do not, under any circumstances, open this door'?"

"Of course I've read it," said Ridcully. "Why d'yer think I want it opened?"

"Er ... why?" said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.

"To see why they wanted it shut, of course."*

 

*This exchange contains almost all you need to know about human civilization.  At least, those bits of it that are not under the sea, fenced off or still smoking.

 

[...]

 

"I'm in charge here and I want a bathroom of my own," said Ridcully firmly. "And that's all there is to it, all right?  I want a bathroom in time for Hogswatchnight, understand?"

And that's a problem with beginnings, of course.  Sometimes, when you're dealing with occult realms that have quite a different attitude to time, you get the effect a little way before the cause.

Oh, it's good to be back with Sir Terry at the height of his powers -- I feel like sharing every other page.  And of course Ridcully would have done better curbing his curiosity about that door ...

 

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review 2017-10-16 21:45
Great idea, less than great execution
A Plague of Giants - Luke Daniels,Xe Sands,Kevin Hearne
Let me start by saying the Kevin Hearne is a talented writer with some absolutely brilliant stories. I loved his Iron Druid Chronicles and was so excited to see this start to a new series.
A Plague of Giants comes in at 600+ pages and is quite the undertaking, especially with so many characters and situations. The premise is an exciting one and quite often, there are some amazing scenes to hold a reader's interest. The problem lies in the execution of the story. It is told by Dervan, a historian and that, in itself, wouldn't be bothersome except that Dervan is retelling the stories that the bard,  Fintan, is telling to the people gathered to listen. So, basically, this is a story of a story, or more accurately, several stories of stories. The way the bard goes about it is imaginative with the optical illusions and colorful language, but each chapter is a different story. By the time I was able to get into each individual tale, it was coming to a close and time for the next, creating a rather disjointed story. 
As this is a series, the story will continue in the next book, but by the time I got to end of this one, I found that I'm not sufficiently invested in any of the characters to see where it goes from here. 
Hearne is a favorite for this reader and I'll be looking forward to seeing what comes after this series. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark and was just okay for me. 
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