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review 2018-10-04 11:58
Perfect Read for October
Haunted World War II: Soldier Spirits, Ghost Planes & Strange Synchronicities - Matthew L. Swayne

Haunted World War II: Soldier Spirits, Ghost Planes & Strange Synchronicities
by:Matthew L. Swayne
comes out :Oct 8 2018
what its about:
Discover the paranormal legacy of the most devastating clash of nations in living history. In Haunted World War II, you will discover battlefields in Europe and invasion sites in the South Pacific where the spirits of soldiers, sailors, and civilians return again and again to recreate their last moments, unable—or unwilling—to let the past go. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the battleships and aircraft carriers that now serve as floating museums. Discover eye-witness reports of phantom World War II fighter planes and bombers forever flying their final missions. Visit the famous battlefields where infantrymen still soldier on long after their heroic deaths. This book is filled with paranormal phenomena and unexplained mysteries that will send chills up your spine as you pay homage to the spirits and ghosts of the greatest generation.

my thoughts
4.5 stars
I knew as soon as I saw this that I had to request it and read it in October , and I was right , its the perfect book to read in October not only do you get the history of the battlefields, but you also get the history of the soldiers ,sailors , and the battleships and aircraft carries that are hunted .With that said I would like to thank Netgalley for letting me and review it in a change for my honest opinion.

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review 2018-09-21 16:17
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carré
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carré

John le Carré has crafted a spy-thriller that gains its thrill exclusively from a psychological battle of wits between its main characters. Instead of action, stirred Martinis and shaken dames, we get George Smiley rifling through old files and interrogating people. Le Carré‘s spies are no glorious heroes flitting from adventure to adventure. They‘re ageing, downtrodden men – on the one hand deciding about the fate of the world and often about life and death, on the other hand being subjected to the same pathetic little whims and emotions like everybody else. And lonely. They are all so very lonely.

In the end, I couldn't even spare some anger for the mole and his political betrayal. His motives seemed just too pathetic. The personal betrayal hit far harder. Betrayal is the big, black spider at the core of this book, personal and professional alike. Ann betrays Smiley, Smiley betrays himself by telling Karla a bit too much about his relationship to Ann, Guillam feels betrayed, Jim probably suffers the hardest blow… and so it goes on.

 

Around this big, black spider of betrayal le Carré has woven an intricate, complex web. Entangling it demands full concentration (more concentration than I was capable of while reading this book). I‘d seen the film, I‘d seen the BBC adaption, and still I felt lost sometimes. I needed quite some time to get used to le Carré’s prose, too. But after a while I started to enjoy his way with words and the undeniable Britishness emanating from the pages.

 

A lack of action does by no means equal a lack of tension. There are some gripping moments, e.g. when Guillam tries to steal some files from the archive – that was one of my favourite moments from the film and one of the best scenes in the book as well.

 

Although they are such pathetic creatures, le Carré manages to arouse sympathy for his protagonists. His antagonists remain thoroughly unlikeable. And that‘s my main point of critique: I never quite understood why everyone seemed so enamoured with and charmed by our mole, I never got how he gained such loyalty, because he was shown as an all around unpleasant person. I‘d wished for a better rounded character development for the other antagonists, too.

 

By the by: Although the book describes him quite differently, and Alec Guinness‘ delivered a top-notch performance in the BBC adaption, Smiley will always look like Gary Oldman to me. And it was just a strike of genius to cast Tom Hardy as Ricky Tarr. They've changed Guillam‘s character quite a lot for the film, though – I‘m not talking about the fact they made him gay; film-Guillam shows little resemblance to book-Guillam at all.

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text 2018-09-16 10:41
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Reading progress update: I've read 82%.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carré

Jim, Jim, Jim. You seem like a really great fellow, but you have an extraordinary bad taste in partners.

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text 2018-09-11 11:07
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Reading progress update: I've read 41%.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carré

"As a good socialist I'm going for the money. As a good capitalist, I'm sticking with the revolution, because if you can't beat it, spy on it."

My reading is really suffering from my decision to re-watch - re-binge, rather - Blake's 7. And Doctor Who s10 is starting on German telly today. And Doctor Who s11 is starting in October. So, reading is going to take a backseat for a while, I guess.

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text 2018-09-08 12:31
Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy - Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carré

Slow going. This spy stuff is complicated. 

 

I've seen the film, I've seen the BBC mini-series, and still I've to pay full attention to not miss some crucial detail and end up completely lost.

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