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review 2017-11-18 23:37
Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia Book 1) Anne Tenino 4.5 Stars Review
Too Stupid to Live: Romancelandia, Book 1 - Riptide Publishing,Tobias Silversmith,Anne Tenino

t isn't true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now — possibly — ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong...can they?



This isn't a perfect book but its delightful and if you are a romance novel nerd like I am it is a must read for the meta commentary on the genre, the love of the gerne, and the playfulness Plus, it is a sexy romantic love story.


Same and Ian. I love that Ian isn't attracted to Sam at first because he is shallow but really more because he isn't attuned to himself yet. A great deal of this book his Ian's journey to become emotionally connect to himself and others after having lived a closeted life and believed the cultural lies told by hyper masculinity.


His journey is moving as his is falling deeper and deeper in love and lust with Sam. I am so happy Ian is already seeking therapy and continues to do so as the plot develops. I love his relationship with his cousin and the developing relationships with the people at his new job.


He tries and grows and does great romantic gestures and emotionial bravery and this makes him a wonderful deserving hero for Sam even when he struggles.


Sam is everything I love. A nerd, socially awkward bookworm with great friendships and a loving heart. He is super smart and his thinking of the world through romantic novels themes is at once funny, charming, and wise. He is brave and takes risk as Ian learns. Sexy as hell.


This is a well plotted book with great charters and love you can believe in. I liked the second book in the series much better after reading this one and can't wait for a third book.


The flaws are slight really. A weird lack of setting in an extra place. Western US not California. We never get to see Same as a grad student, writer, and teacher...just as a reader, friend, and waiter. This leaves some depth out of the novel that matters.


This will be a long time comfort read for sure. I am resisting the urge to reread right now!

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review 2017-10-24 12:02
Wie eine Tat im Affekt ein Leben voller Schuld bestimmt
Drei Tage und ein Leben: Roman - Pierre ... Drei Tage und ein Leben: Roman - Pierre Lemaitre,Tobias Scheffel

An einem Tag im Dezember 1999 verschwindet im französischen Dorf Beauval der sechsjährige Rémi. Mit einer großen Aktion wird nach dem vermissten Jungen gesucht. Am dritten Tag zwingt ein schwerer Sturm die Einwohner des Ortes in ihre Häuser. Nur der zwölfjährige Antoine, der mit seiner Mutter in der Gemeinde lebt, weiß, was wirklich passiert ist: Er hat das Kind im Affekt durch den Schlag mit einem Stock getötet, weil er wegen des plötzlichen Todes eines geliebten Hundes außer sich war. Antoine entschließt sich, zu schweigen und die Tat zu vertuschen. Er hat Angst davor, entdeckt zu werden. Doch wie lässt es sich mit dieser schweren Schuld leben? Und wird man ihm auf die Schliche kommen?

Mit „Drei Tage und ein Leben“ schildert Pierre Lemaitre eine beklemmende und tiefgründige Geschichte eines sehr jungen Mörders.

Meine Meinung:
Die Handlung spielt in drei unterschiedlichen Jahren. Erzählt wird mit Zeitsprüngen erst aus dem Jahr der Tat, also 1999, und später aus den Jahren 2011 und 2015. Die Geschichte beginnt mit einem langsamen Erzähltempo. Die Spannung steigert sich aber allmählich, als es zu dem tragischen Ereignis kommt.

Mir hat der leise, aber dennoch eindringliche Schreibstil des Romans sehr gut gefallen. Dem Autor gelingt es, eine intensive, etwas düstere Atmosphäre zu schaffen. Berühren konnte mich das Buch aber nicht zuletzt wegen des Inhalts. Trotz der grausamen Tat schaffte der Autor es, dass ich – vor allem anfangs - Mitgefühl für Antoine entwickeln konnte. Auch die übrigen Personen des Buches wie die Bewohner des Dorfes werden authentisch geschildert.

Obwohl der Täter schon vom ersten Kapitel an klar ist, ist der Roman fesselnd und besonders aus psychologischer Sicht sehr interessant. Daher habe ich gespannt weitergelesen, obwohl der Inhalt nur schwer aufzunehmen und zu verdauen war. Gut gefallen haben mir auch die unerwarteten Wendungen.

Gestört haben mich letztlich nur einige Kleinigkeiten. Die Übersetzung ins Deutsche wirkte auf mich an einigen Stellen holprig bis leicht fehlerhaft. Meinen Lesefluss ein wenig ausgebremst hat außerdem der Tempuswechsel zwischen dem ersten und zweiten Kapitel.

Mein Fazit:
Es handelt sich um ein ungewöhnliches Buch, das aufwühlt und nachdenklich macht. Obwohl oder gerade weil es keine leichte Kost ist, ist die Geschichte lesenswert. Ein Roman, der sicher noch eine Weile bei mir nachhallen wird.

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text 2017-07-23 20:09
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 352 pages.
Mojo: Conjure Stories - Tobias S. Buckell,Neil Gaiman,Gregory Frost,Jarla Tangh,Jenise Aminoff,Barth Anderson,Kiini Ibura Salaam,Sheree Renee Thomas,Marcia Douglas,devorah major,Nisi Shawl,Gerard Houarner,Nnedi Okorafor,Luisah Teish,Andy Duncan,Eliot Fintushel,A.M. Dellamonica,S


I was out on the beach reading and then out with my family.    So I'm way past this, which is the first story, but surprise autograph!   (And I got this book for five dollars.)


And all the stories are spectacular. 

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review 2017-04-07 00:00
Ich möchte ans Meer gehen
Ich möchte ans Meer gehen - Fermin Higue... Ich möchte ans Meer gehen - Fermin Higuera,Tobias Burghardt,Juana Burghardt https://nouw.com/cwidmann/ich-mochte-ans-meer-gehen---yo-quiero-ir-29639519
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review 2017-01-25 14:21
Don Quixote
Don Quixote - Carole Slade,Carol Slade,Tobias Smollett,Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The first true novel, Don Quixote, has impacted not only the literary world but culture and society the globe over for over 500 years.  The masterpiece of Miguel de Cervantes blends fantasy, romance, sarcasm, and parody in such an amazing way that it has captured the imagination of generations over and over again no matter where they lived.  The adventures, or misadventures, of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza have made them icons for beyond anything Cervantes might have thought possible.


The narrative of the events of the knight-errant Don Quixote’s three sallies is widely known, though more so those in Part I than those of Part II.  However, while the adventures of the windmills and the battle of the wineskins and Sancho’s blanketing are the best known it the events in Part II that truly show the modern narrative arc that Cervantes was only beginning to display in Part I.  While Quixote and Sancho’s hilarious misadventures are just as funny in Part II as in Part I, through the challenges for Bachelor Carrasco to snap Quixote out of his madness and the machinations of the Duke and Duchess for their entertainment at their expense a narrative arc is plainly seen and can be compared to novels of today very easily.


Although the central narrative of Don Quixote is without question a wonderful read, the overall book—mainly Part I—does have some issues that way enjoyment.  Large sections of Part I contain stories within the story that do no concern either central character but secondary or tertiary characters that only briefly interact with Quixote and Sancho.  Throughout Part II, Cervantes’ rage at another author who published a fake sequel is brought up again and again throughout the narrative arc that just lessened the reading experience.


The cultural footprint of Don Quixote today is so wide spread that everyone knows particular scenes that occur in the book, mainly the charge towards the windmills.  Yet Cervantes’ masterpiece is so much more than one scene as it parodies the literary culture of Spain at the time in various entertaining ways that still hold up half a millennium later.  Although reading this novel does take time, it is time well spent follow the famous knight-errant Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza.

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