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text 2018-05-03 21:31
Just saw Avengers: Infinity War.

I feel like I just read, in one sitting, every Nicholas Sparks book ever written plus a few that have yet to be. That ending? The studio has some massive brass balls. WTF What.The.Actual.Fuck?!

 

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review 2018-03-26 00:04
CODE TALKER: THE FIRST AND ONLY MEMOIR....By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII - Judith Schiess Avila,Chester Nez

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila

Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2011)
ISBN:  0425247856 (ISBN13: 9780425247853) 
also available in hardcover, Kindle, Audible Audio, and Audio CD
 
Reading Chester Nez's impression of his early life and military experience was a wonder read. There are books about the Navajo Code Talkers, as well as movies, but this is the only memoir. Using code talkers were kept confidential and top secret for quite a while.
 
A lot of military terms and such were used throughout the book. This is an important part of the book, but not being military, I struggled and sometimes skimmed these parts of the book. I was definitely more interested in Nez's personal side than the actual military tactic specifics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-01-26 21:29
Dead End by M. R. Forbes
Dead End: Ghosts & Magic, Book 4 - M. R. Forbes,Soundbooth Theater,Jeff Hays,Quirky Algorithms

Note: As this is Book 4 in the series, you really need to enjoy the previous books to get what’s at stake in this story.

Whew! Such a mix of feelings over this book. It was a great, wild ride but I am sad to say it looks like this is the end of the series. First, it was awesome to see Dani back in the mix. She is so good for Conor and just a great character herself. I love her snark and quick comebacks and her absolute certainty once she’s made a decision. There’s some unfinished business between her and Conor and that might break them apart. I was on the edge of my seat for part of the story waiting to see how things would be resolved between them.

Frank, the trogre, continues to be the heart of this little adventure group. Amos is a jerk with a noble cause (protect Dani). Prythi is also back and her cyber skills are put to the test. Then there is Ash, Karatona’s son. He’s a young dragon that owes his life to Conor.

On the other side, we have Samedi. He’s gathered so much power from tricking and cheating Conor. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Conor and his team try to stay one step ahead of Samedi… and sometimes failing. The woe! But Conor and crew rally each and every time. Even though there are zombies.

Death also enters the fray. Yep, that Death. Conor has to figure out what side he’s really playing for. There were so many ways for all to have been lost for our heroes. I was caught up for the entire story! I especially liked Forbes’s take on the Morrigan in this tale, even if the trio create a serious headache for Conor.

The ending was a deliciously tense bit! Conor has been dying for years from cancer but I really didn’t know how things would fall out for him. I also feared for his companions. Even throughout the action, there’s bits of humor tucked in everywhere. Ash and pixies and all of Amos’s comments! Snort laugh! The final ending was very fitting. Perhaps we will see Conor again some day but if this is all we get, it’s been a worthy series. 5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this audiobook.

Narration:  Jeff Hays has done this series justice! He has a great, rough voice for Conor. I also love his voice for Amos, who is sarcastic or dissatisfied or making lewd comments all the time. All his female voices are feminine (he does a great job with them) and I loved having Dani back. He went the extra mile with the ultra-creepy voice for Samedi. There’s quite the range of emotions in this book, especially for Conor and Hays did a great job performing those emotions. 5/5 stars.

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review 2017-08-18 17:01
Theater come to life
The Marvels - Brian Selznick,Brian Selznick

The Marvels is his newest work and combines two stories into one. The first half is told entirely through pictures and is incredibly moving and beautiful. If I didn't convey this before, I find Selznick's art highly compelling and capable of telling a story without words being necessary. That didn't stop me from loving the second half of the book which is told from a different perspective and through text alone. The ending is a delightful mixture of the two which makes total sense with the narrative. It's difficult to explain this one without giving anything away but I'll give it my best shot. There's a boy who runs away, a sad man living in a house which has its own lively spirit, a girl chasing a dog, and the pangs of first love. Selznick touches on topics such as abandonment, homosexuality, AIDS, death, and ultimately coming into one's own. It's all about the choices that we make and the people that we want to become. It's phenomenal and maybe my favorite of the lot. 10/10

 

Source: Booking Mama

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-08-04 04:52
Rezension | Babylon von Yasmina Reza
Babylon: Roman - Yasmina Reza,Frank Heibert,Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel

Beschreibung

 

Elisabeth gibt zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben eine Party. Es fehlt ihr daher nicht nur an Gläsern sondern auch an Stühlen. Wieso diese also nicht von den Nachbarn, Jean-Lino und Lydie, einen Stock höher ausleihen? Selbstverständlich werden diese dann auch zur Party eingeladen. Trotz der ganzen Aufregung läuft die Frühlingsfeier ganz gut, bis es durch ein Bio-Hühnchen zu Spannungen zwischen Jean-Lino und Lydie kommt.

 

Alle Gäste sind aufgebrochen, Elisabeth und ihr Mann Pierre zu Bett gegangen – es klingelt an der Wohnungstür. Völlig aufgelöst steht Jean-Lino da und berichtet, dass er seine Frau erwürgt hat. Um sich von dem Unglaublichen zu überzeugen, gehen Elisabeth und Pierre in die Wohnung über ihnen. Jean-Lino bittet Elisabeth um Hilfe.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Die französische Schriftstellerin Yasmina Reza ist nich nur durch ihre Romane, sondern auch durch ihre erfolgreichen Theaterstücke wie z. B. „Der Gott des Gemetzels“ bekannt. Laut ersten Rezensionen hält sich Yasmina Reza auch in ihrem neuen Roman „Babylon“ an ihrem altbekannten Erfolgsrezept fest. Bisher ist mir nur die Filmversion von „Der Gott des Gemetzels“ bekannt, ihre Bücher habe ich bisher nicht gelesen – daher kann ich dazu keine Aussage treffen.

 

"Alles ist ungewiss. Das ist eine Grundkonstante des Daseins." [Seite 20 (epub Version)]

 

Die Autorin führt den Leser gekonnt in eine völlig alltägliche Lebenssituation mit authentischen Charakteren. Elisabeth lebt mit ihrem Mann Pierre im 17. Arrondissement in Deuil-l’Alouette und ist als Gastgeberin ihrer ersten Frühlingsparty ziemlich aufgeregt. Die Feier verläuft in ganz normalen Bahnen, es wird geplaudert, getrunken und gespeist – bis ihr Nachbar Jean-Lino zur Erheiterung der Gesellschaft eine Anekdote über Bio-Hühnchen beisteuert. Die Situation eskaliert. Das ganze Ausmaß der aus dem Ruder gelaufenen Situation wird jedoch erst später klar, als Jean-Lino beichtet seine Frau erwürgt zu haben.

 

Die Spannung des Romans ergibt sich hierbei nicht aus der Tat oder Auflösung des Tathergangs, sondern aus der urkomischen Alltagssituation die einen sogartig erfasst. Mit einem Augenzwinkern zeigt Yasmina Reza neben der alltäglichen Belanglosikeit menschliche Abgründe auf und spinnt ein einzigartiges Beziehungsnetz.

 

Rezas pointierte Dialoge verleihen dem Werk eine lebhafte Atmosphäre, die einem Theatererlebnis gleicht. In „Babylon“ wird klar, wie dünn die Schicht zwischen beherrschter Bourgeoisie und den wahren Tiefen der Menschlichkeit ist. Schon der kleinste Riss löst Chaos aus – genau so eine Situation hat Yasmina Reza in Perfektion zu Papier gebracht. Das Schönste an der Geschichte – man kann sich wunderbar in Plot und Protagonisten hineinversetzen da sie so alltäglich und unaufgeregt daher kommen. Ein jeder könnte dies erleben und sich selbst von der tragischen Dramatik dieser ungewollt komischen Szenerie überzeugen.

 

"Die Sprache drückt nichts anderes aus als die Unfähigkeit, sich mitzuteilen." [Seite 63 (epub Version)]

 

Fazit

 

Ein unterhaltsamer Roman über Menschen, menschliche Abgründe und deren Beziehungen.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-babylon-von-yasmina-reza
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