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review 2019-06-10 10:00
Lege dich nicht mit Seth an
Ein Blick in die Hölle - Buch 1: Festa Extrem - Wade H. Garrett


Gore Written for the Sake of Gore

Der geheimnisvolle Seth nimmt Rache an all den Dreckskerlen, die das Gesetz zu zart behandelt.

Grausam, sadistisch und vollgepumpt mit schwarzem Humor. 


Meine Meinung 

Die kurze Beschreibung zu diesem Protagonisten trifft es im Klappentext meiner Meinung nach sehr gut. Seth ist geheimnisvoll.


Der Aufbau des Buches war anfänglich etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig, da das Buch sozusagen von Seth erzählt wird. Er begleitet kontinuierlich durch einzelne Geschichten, welche er erlebt oder selbst produziert hat.

Diese Kapitel laufen meist nach einen Schema F ab, aber nach einer gewissen Zeit hat man sich eingelesen und will mehr!


Dabei erfahren wir immer etwas über sein Gegenüber, aber immer nur sehr wenig über den Menschen Seth selbst.

Als Auslöser für alles, was da auf den Leser drauf zu kommt, sehe ich ein Erlebnis in seiner frühen Kindheit. Und ich hoffe sehr, in den Folgebänden noch tiefgründiger über die Person Seth und seine „Anfänge“ zu erfahren.


Dann trifft man als Leser auf Dicky. Er ist um die 60 Jahre alt und wird von Seth gefangen gehalten. Seine Folter erfährt dieses Opfer allerdings keineswegs physisch.

Dicky wird dazu verdammt Seth zuzuhören!

Klingt eigentlich gar nicht so schlimm oder?

Wären die Geschichten, die Seth ihm erzählt nur nicht alle wahr.

Denn sie strotzen nur vor brutaler Gewalt, kranken Ideen und blutigen Umsetzungen.


„Aber ich versichere dir, dass all die unvorstellbaren und undenkbaren Dinge, über die ich berichten werde, wirklich passiert... und einer glühenden Leidenschaft für Vergeltung und Verbindung mit allem Zorn dieser Erde entspringen.“ (S. 26)

Neben Seth, ist auch Dicky ein Charakter, bei dem es mich brennend interessiert, wie es mit ihm weitergehen wird. Ich habe ja eine klitzekleine Vermutung, was seine Person betrifft.


Dieser Reihenauftakt gehört, wie bereits oben erwähnt in die FESTA EXTREM Reihe und beim Lesen konnte ich sehr schnell bestätigen, dass sich das Buch da sehr gut aufgehoben fühlt. Wade H. Garrett überzeugt mit neuen Ideen oder nennt man es gar Phantasien? Ich bin immer wieder überrascht, auf was manche Autoren kommen und sich dann auch drauf einlassen können.


Mein Fazit

Absolut eine Gefahr für die Menschheit, aber ein Genuss für den Leser des Extremen Horror Genres.

Ich habe diesen Reihenauftakt gern gelesen, werde diesen Akt an Gewalt allerdings kurzzeitig sacken lassen, bevor ich den zweiten Band zur Hand nehme.

Seth ist mit Sicherheit bereit ein wenig auf mich zu warten.

Ich bin gespannt, ob der Folgeband einen ähnlichen Aufbau hat oder von Band 1 abweicht.

Für alle Fans ein Muss!

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review 2019-04-21 12:44
Waffles and champagne
The Last September - Elizabeth Bowen

A group of rich people cling on to their privilege as the Irish troubles reach crisis point. I didn't enjoy Bowen's overly descriptive style and I couldn't sympathise with any of the characters. Others have enjoyed it and Susan Hill raved about it (which was why I picked it up), but it was not in any shape or form written for me, a working class left-winger with a deep mistrust and loathing of aristocracy.

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review 2019-04-01 15:58
Dead in the Family / Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.

In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.


2019 Re-Read

The “Pam is Awesome” volume.

'Pam. Listen.'
'The phone is pressed to my ear. Speak.'
'Appius Livius Ocella just dropped in.'
'Fuck a zombie!”

This is the book where Pam becomes my favourite vampire (though Bill is still in the running). I love the deadpan lines that Harris writes for this cold blonde.

As in this conversation between Sookie and Pam:


Pam: “How is Eric?'

Sookie: 'Very tightly wound. Plus, a lot of stuff happened that he'll tell you about.'
Pam: 'Thanks for the warning. I'll go to the house now. You're my favorite breather.'
Sookie: 'Oh. Well ... great.'
She hung up.”


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review 2019-04-01 15:44
Dead and Gone / Charlaine Harris
Dead And Gone - Charlaine Harris

The vamps have been out for years, and now the weres and shifters have decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course - her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she's friend to the local were pack, and Sam, her boss at Merlotte's bar, is a shapeshifter.

The great revelation goes well at first - then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of Merlotte's, and Sookie agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful, and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves, is preparing for war. And Sookie is an all-too-human pawn in their ages-old battle...


2019 Re-Read

“I added to my mental list of the odd things I'd done that day. I'd entertained the police, sunbathed, visited at a mall with some fairies, weeded and killed someone. Now it was powdered-corpse removal time. And the day wasn't over yet.”

I’m enjoying the inherent humour in this series. Harris knows that she’s writing soap opera story lines and she’s enjoying it. Especially when Sookie arms herself to deal with malevolent fairies—with a garden trowel and a squirt gun of lemon juice! And Sookie saying to herself, “What had set the fae world off? I’d never seen one. Now you couldn’t throw a trowel without hitting a fairy.”

And once again, I’m carrying a torch for Bill:

“As I watched Bill, waiting with apparent calm for death to come to him, I had a flash of him as I'd known him: the first vampire I'd ever met, the first man I'd ever gone to bed with, the first suitor I'd ever loved. Everything that followed had tainted those memories, but for one moment I saw him clearly, and I loved him again.”



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text 2019-02-09 16:17
RIP Rosamund Pilcher
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
Winter Solstice - Rosamunde Pilcher
September - Rosamunde Pilcher
Coming Home - Rosamunde Pilcher


I first encountered Mrs. Pilcher at a time of crisis in my life - my first marriage was breaking up, and I was struggling with the grief of finally giving up on something that had been dying for a long while. I picked up The Shell Seekers in the book rack at a Target, I think, drawn to the rich, floral cover.



I really had no idea what to expect from the book, and once I started reading, I was hooked. I plunged, headfirst, into Pilcher's world - of Aga stoves, and cauliflower cheese and furniture polish and cold white wine and sun-soaked afternoons in Cornwall. It was so extraordinarily British and it described a world where comfort and luxury were important, but also small.


Being American, and especially growing up in the conspicuous consumption 1980's, my impression of luxury had always been a sort of New York City, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" excess and materialism. Reading about this other sort of luxury, a bit shabby, not reserved for the extremely wealthy, but a middle class to upper middle class sort of sensible approach to comfort that many of Pilcher's characters value, was new to me. I fell in love with Penelope Keeling and her star-crossed love story broke my heart, but it was her hard work creating security and comfort for her children, in spite of her worthless husband, that really won me over.


I don't think I can pick a favorite - they've all been important to me at different times of my life. The Shell Seekers was my gateway drug, and I reread it many times. Then September became a favorite, and I would read it in the autumn. Winter Solstice is one that I read almost every Christmas season because I love the theme of chosen families. Coming Home hasn't ever made it into my "constant rereads" rotation, although I remember liking it very much.


Her shorter novellas aren't as good as her four doorstoppers, but they are still an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so. I had print copies of all of them at one point, and then I unwisely decluttered them. Last summer I realized that I wanted to read her again, and I've picked up as many as I can find at used book stores and library sales. I carry a list in my wallet, and when I find one that I don't have, I buy it for a couple of bucks. I can read them quickly, and will stack them on a table next to me and simply read them in succession until I get bored. This works best on a summer day, sitting on my front porch, with a glass of iced tea (or white wine, depending on the time) next to me. With fresh lemon, because Rosamund Pilcher would definitely put lemon in her tea.


I won't make the mistake of decluttering Mrs. Pilcher again - she has earned her spot on my shelves, along with Agatha Christie and Lucy Maud Montgomery and Jane Austen and, quite possibly (depending on how I feel about the next few books of hers that I read), Barbara Pym. 

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