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review 2018-01-23 16:12
Sofia und Gideon
These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon - Stefanie Frida Lemke,Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

Lilac und Tarver haben als Einzige den Absturz der Icarus überlebt. Jubilee und Flynn haben die Machenschaften von LaRoux Industries aufgedeckt. Nun treffen sie auf Sofia und Gideon, um den Konzern LaRoux Industries in die Schranken zu weisen.

Sofia und Gideon sind ein einfallsreiches Gespann, das sich auf dem Planeten Corinth zum ersten Mal gegenübersteht. Gideon ist ein berühmt-berüchtigter Hacker und schon mehrere Jahre lang LaRoux Industries auf der Spur. Sofia ist es gewohnt als charmante Hochstaplerin an ihr Ziel zu kommen, wofür sie Gideon gut gebrauchen kann.

„These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon“ ist der Abschlussband der These-Broken-Stars-Trilogie. Bereits durch die Titel weiß man, dass in den einzelnen Bänden bestimmte Charaktere im Vordergrund sind. Hinter den Paaren versteckt sich eine Galaxie voll faszinierender Ereignisse, die mit Macht, Korrumpierung und dem sternenumspannenden Konzern LaRoux Industries zu kämpfen hat.

Diese Trilogie ist eindeutig unter Science-Fiction einzuordnen, wobei auch die emotionale Ebene und amouröse Begegnungen nach vorne drängen.

Wie auch bei den vorherigen Bänden ist man als Leser von Anfang an dabei. Man wird sofort in die Handlung auf Corinth gezogen und hat kaum Zeit, sich ein Bild von dem urbanen Planeten zu machen. Sofia und Gideon treffen aufeinander und müssen im gleichen Moment einer brenzligen Situation entgehen.

Sofia ist eine Hochstaplerin, eine Täuscherin und sogar in der Disziplin der Selbsttäuschung äußerst begabt. Sie denkt, dass sie keinem anderen Menschen vertrauen kann, baut Lügengerüste um sich herum auf und lässt niemanden, absolut niemanden, an sich heran.

Gideon lebt als zurückgezogener Nerd, der nicht besonders viel Wert auf reale Gesellschaft legt. Zwar ist er gerne mit seinen Freunden über diverse Foren und Chats verbunden, doch im echten Leben bleibt er lieber für sich allein, weil er sich nur so sicher fühlen kann.

Die Handlung wird zuerst aus den Perspektiven von Sofia und Gideon erzählt. Besonders die erste Hälfte des Buches widmet sich diesem Gauner-Gespann. Als Leser nimmt man abwechselnd ihre Perspektiven ein und begreift, warum sie von der restlichen Welt so abgekapselt sind.

Dazwischen werden Erinnerungen eingestreut, die aus einer ganz anderen Ecke des Universums stammen. Dadurch begreift man Zusammenhänge aus den ersten beiden Bänden, die sich bis zum Ende zu einem Gesamtbild fügen.

Die Handlung lässt nicht zu wünschen übrig. Allerdings wären mir mit Sofia und Gideon allein schnell langweilig geworden. Doch genau im richtigen Moment werden alte Bekannte auf Corinth eingefügt, wodurch die Geschichte eine ganz neue Dynamik erhält.

Schon allein das Setting von Corinth unterscheidet sich stark von den ersten beiden Bänden. Denn Corinth ist eine blühende Stadt, in der das Leben auf verschiedensten Ebenen wuselt. Verschiedenste Etagen werden von unterschiedlichen Bevölkerungsgruppen belebt und ich habe dem Treiben ganz neugierig zugesehen.

Insgesamt habe ich mich gut unterhalten gefühlt. Ich mag den Handlungsrahmen, die verschiedenen Charaktere und dieses Weltraumleben, das die Autorinnen entworfen haben. 

Ich war beim Absturz der Icarus live dabei, habe auf Avon einen Krieg mitangesehen und nun  auf Corinth grauenvolle Machenschaften aufgedeckt. Für mich war „These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon“ ein gelungener Abschlussband, der vielleicht nicht mehr ganz so fesselnd wie die ersten beiden Bände war, dafür aber noch einmal einen interessanten Blick auf die Welt von LaRoux Industries erhaschen lässt. 



Die Reihe:
1) These Broken Stars. Lilac und Tarver
2) These Broken Stars. Jubilee und Flynn
3) These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-01-22 22:04
Review: Little Pierrot Vol. 2: Amongst the Stars
Little Pierrot Vol. 2: Amongst the Stars - Alberto Varanda

A little boy, and his friend, a talking snail.

I was confused by this at first until I realized it's not a story, at least not one cohesive story.  Instead it's a collection that ranges from single images and text on a page that stand alone, a page with multiple panels on a page, with the page being a self-contained idea, and a short story told across several pages.  Some ideas are returned to later in the book, as continuations of something presented earlier.  Reminiscent of a collection of newspaper comic strips.

Once I got the hang of it and the rhythm I found this completely charming.

Included is a bit of boy potty humor.

 



A young crush.



Imaginings about the moon.



And a warning about what can happen if you read too fast, if you've invented a flying book that is.



Likely to delight young readers, with enough whimsy and humor to charm grown-ups.

I received a free expiring copy from NetGalley.

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review 2018-01-21 00:13
The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley (reread)
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley

Still a pretty awesome book, although not quite as great the second time around. I think I was just in the perfect head space to read it initially. The reread did help in picking up explanations about the world that weren't as obvious the first time around. And I felt like things picked up once we encountered Casamir, the tinker/engineer who thinks Zan is mad because she believes there's an outside.

 

Original review here.

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review 2018-01-20 22:39
Agent Bayne (PsyCop #9)
Agent Bayne (PsyCop Book 9) - Jordan Castillo Price

*happy sigh*

 

I didn't read Skin After Skin, so the last new PsyCop book I read was Spook Squad which was FOREVER ago. To say that I've been impatiently awaiting this book is not an exaggeration, and it did not disappoint.

 

This is around the time in most long-running series where the author runs out of steam (if they hadn't already) and just start phoning in their books. Not JCP though. She keeps this series fresh, keeps finding new ways to challenge her characters and push their boundaries, and keeps delivering hilarious commentary on the absurdities of life. (Vic vs smartphone is my new favorite.)

 

I loved seeing Vic in this new environment at the FPMP. He finally starts to realize just how toxic things were at the precinct when his new coworkers are not only nice to him but actually excited to work with him, and some are genuinely in awe of him. It's a lot for him to adjust to. Along with that, he has a new assignment unlike anything he did when working homicide and he has to figure out how to work with Darla.

 

Darla is a great addition to the cast, and her history with Vic has a lot of possibilities for exploring not just their shared pasts but their ever-changing understanding of what it means to be a medium. Jacob also does some growing here, though not quite to the degree as Vic. He is not okay after the events in Spook Squad and has some anxiety to deal with. It's the first chink in his armor that we've seen and it brings him more down to Earth in his view of psychic abilities. 

 

As for the mystery, the perp was pretty obvious from the get-go, and while we expect Vic to be clueless and obtuse, I was rather bemused that Jacob didn't start asking the necessary questions sooner. Thankfully, the mystery isn't the sole focus here. Vic's got his mediumship project and he's also starting to unearth some memories of his childhood and realizing that his fuzzy memories don't mean what he always expected they did. But they all tie together and it opens this whole new realm for exploration in future books.

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text 2018-01-20 19:19
2017 Year in Review: Stats
Shadowhouse Fall - Daniel José Older
Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) - Sherry Thomas
Food of the Gods: A Rupert Wong Novel - Cassandra Khaw
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley
The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) - N.K. Jemisin
Clean Room Vol. 3: Waiting for the Stars to Fall - Gail Simone,Jon Davis-Hunt
Did anyone else end up with a broken counter on the Goodreads stats page? I know they had an issue with the date read field earlier in the year. While that eventually worked itself out, my total for 2017 is way off. The states page claims over 100, but the list is really only 79.
 
My breakdown of the 79 "books" I finished in 2017:

anthologies: 0
collections: 0
Adult novels: 50
YA novels: 8
MG novels: 0
graphic novels: 1
art book: 0
comic omnibus: 15
magazine issues: 0
children's books: 2
nonfiction: 3
 
I make a demographics list every year as a way of giving myself the opportunity to think about who I've read and how I can do better.
 
Across all categories:
  Written by Women: 53 (67%, down from 72% in 2016)
  Written by POC: 29 (37%, up from 17% in 2016)
  Written by Transgender authors: 5 (6%, up from 1% in 2016) 
  Written by Non-binary authors: 2 (3%, up from 1% in 2016)
 
While this looks like a large improvement from last year, I should note that this is not unique authors, but total across all my reading. I went on Cassandra Khaw and Daniel José Older benders this fall that account for a lot of my non-white reading. I also went on a Courtney Milan bender in January that is helping inflate the written by women category. 
 
My favorite book from 2017 were really hard to select! It was a great reading year, but I narrowed it down to 10. Please don't ask me to order them as that's clearly an impossible task. They should all appear in the banner at the top, but here's a list, alphabetically:
 
 
I reviewed all 79 titles read in 2017, which is really more than I expected. Not all those reviews are great, but in terms of quantity, I beat my expectations. 
 
My favorite new-to-me author of 2017 is Cassandra Khaw. She's talented and her range includes (nay, celebrates!) splatterpunk. 
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