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review 2018-11-04 14:21
Rezension | Jane Austen - Jagd auf das verschollene Manuskript von Kathleen Flynn
Jane Austen - Jagd auf das verschollene ... Jane Austen - Jagd auf das verschollene Manuskript - Kathleen Flynn,Sabine Schilasky

Beschreibung

 

Rachel und Liam wurden für ein ganz spezielles Projekt ausgewählt: das Jane Austen Projekt. Durch fortschrittliche Technologie reisen der Schauspieler und die Ärztin nach London in das Jahr 1815 zurück. Ziel ihrer Mission ist es, sich über Henry Austen seiner berühmten Schwester und Schriftstellerin Jane anzunähern um das verschollene Manuskript “Die Watsons” sowie Janes Briefe an ihre Schwester Cassandra zu retten.

Nach einer kurzen Eingewöhnungsphase in der Regency-Zeit finden Rachel und Liam tatsächlich Zugang zur Familie Austen. Als ihre Freundschaft zu Henry, Jane und Cassandra sich zu vertiefen beginnt, gerät die Mission jedoch in Gefahr.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Bereits das florale Cover von Kathleen Flynns Debütroman “Jane Austen – Jagd auf das verschollene Manuskript” konnte bei mir punkten. Die Kurzbeschreibung hatte mein Interesse dann völlig geweckt. Zeitreisen und Jane Austen – das musste ich einfach lesen! Schließlich schlägt mein Herz für Jane Austens wundervolle Romane und ihre spitze Zunge schon seit Jahren, und die Kreuzung mit einem Zeitreiseabenteuer klingt mehr als verlockend.

 

"Im Regency-London konnte einem alles Erdenkliche passieren." (Jane Austen – Jagd auf das verschollene Manuskript, Seite 19)

 

Kathleen Flynns Schreibstil lässt sich angenehm flüssig lesen, so dass ich keine Probleme hatte in die von ihr erschaffene Welt einzutauchen. Die Hauptprotagonisten Rachel und Liam stammen aus einer Zukunft, in der es den Menschen möglich ist durch die Zeit zu reisen. Durch diese tolle Errungenschaft erschließen sich der Menschheit unzählige Möglichkeiten, und so entstand das Jane Austen Projekt. Unter vielen Bewerbern wurde der Schauspieler Liam und die Ärztin Rachel auserkoren in das Jahr 1815 zu reisen um die Familie Austen zu infiltrieren und die Chance zu nutzen, das verschwundene Manuskript “Die Watsons” zu retten. Nachdem die Zukunft aus der Liam und Rachel stammen kurz umrissen wurde geht das Regency-Abenteuer auch gleich los.

 

Mit viel Liebe zum Detail lässt Kathleen Flynn die Epoche zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts lebendig werden und fängt dabei die Atmosphäre in den unterschiedlichsten Situationen ein. Teegesellschaften, Einladungen zum Dinner oder Bewerbungsgespräche mit Hausbediensteten werden genauso fein gezeichnet wie die Persönlichkeiten die in diesen Szenarien wandeln. Die Geschichte wird aus Rachels Sichtweise erzählt, wodurch man einen guten Einblick bekommt, wie sich die Rolle der Frau in den letzten Jahrhunderten verändert hat. Kaum zu glauben wie mühsam es Frauen in so manchen Belangen hatten und wie gut es doch ist, als Frau im 21. Jahrhundert leben zu dürfen.

 

Besonders aufgeregt habe ich der Begegnung mit Kathleen Flynn’s Jane Austen entgegengefiebert. Zugegebenermaßen hatte ich etwas Angst davor, mir könnte die von der Autorin entworfene Jane nicht zusagen. Doch als es dann soweit war, und die Zeitreisenden tatsächlich der berühmten Autorin begegneten, lösten sich meine Vorbehalte in kürzester Zeit in Wohlgefallen auf.

 

Der Buchtitel verspricht eigentlich eine Jagd, doch wer darauf hofft wird enttäuscht werden. Passend zur beschaulichen Regency-Zeit schreitet der Handlungsverlauf eher gemächlich als nervenaufreibend spannend dahin. In meinen Augen passt der englische Originaltitel “The Jane Austen Project” um einiges besser zum Inhalt. Ich selbst habe den an Austen angelehnten Stil jedoch sehr genossen und das hat die fehlende “Jagd” auch sogleich wieder wett gemacht.

 

"In einer schmerzlichen Sekunde der Selbsterkenntnis wurde mir bewusst, dass ich anscheinend immer schon so gelebt hatte: schlafwandelnd, unvorbereitet, nur an mich selbst denkend." (Jane Austen – Jagd auf das verschollene Manuskript, Seite 365)

 

Der größere Teil des Romans spielt sich in der Regency-Zeit ab und wurde wirklich wunderbar von der Autorin ausgearbeitet. Die Details über Rachel und Liams Herkunftszeit bleiben jedoch recht schwammig und so fühlte ich mich in den abschließenden Kapiteln nicht mehr so recht zu Hause. Die beiden Zeitreisenden kehren nämlich von ihrer Mission in eine Welt zurück, deren Beständigkeit und Funktionsweise sich mir nicht erschloss. Aufgrund dieses fraglichen Romanendes ziehe ich einen Punkt in meiner Bewertung ab und vergebe 4 von 5 Grinsekatzen.

 

Fazit

 

Ein vergnüglicher wie auch kreativer Zeitreiseroman der vor allem für Jane Austen Liebhaber ein stimmungsvolles Leseerlebnis bereit hält.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-jane-austen-jagd-auf-das-verschollene-manuskript-von-kathleen-flynn
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review 2018-10-24 07:05
Changeling (A Novel of Magic and Manners, Book 1)
Changeling - Molly Harper

I bought this one night under the influence of sleeping medication, along with a slew of other Molly Harper titles, one of the rare examples of doing something under the influence that you don't regret the next morning.

 

Saying that, I didn't realise it was a YA novel until I started listening to it.  I'd probably still have bought it, because Molly Harper, but there was a radical shift in expectations in the first 30 seconds.

 

This is an alternative England, in a world where people with magic took over the world, suppressing technology because they believed non-magical people would destroy the planet.  Non-magical people, called snipes, are now the serving classes in a society that feels like a dystopian version of feudalism and an oligarchy.  Magic families beget magical offspring, snipes beget ... more servants.  Except Sarah's parents.  She's a snipe and it turns out she has oodles of magic her parents have been trying to suppress so she isn't hauled off.  Of course she's found out and this is the story of what happens after.

 

This is a sweet story, about magic and the power of friendship.  It's also filled with snark, thank goodness, because sweet is generally not my thing.  Reading it as an adult, there are small nit-pics I could make about the story logic, but they aren't generally the kind of thing pre-teens would notice.  At least, pre-teen me wouldn't have.  Pre-teen me would have been more enthralled with this book than adult-me was, and adult-me was sitting in my car on the street in front of my house for 15 minutes after work so I could keep on listening.  That's a rarity for me, but Molly Harper just knows how to create a story book world that's easy for me to get caught up in, whether it's a YA or and Adult one.

 

Amanda Ronconi narrates this, as she does all of Harper's other books, but if I hadn't seen the credit on the cover, I'd not have believed it.  The characters are English (and I think Sarah's/Cassandra's family is Irish?), and while my tin ear cannot say with any accuracy that she nailed the accents, she totally sold it to my ears - she sounded completely different; I only heard hints of anything recognisable when she was delivering the snarky lines.

 

Overall, an enjoyable story and entertaining audio.

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review 2018-10-18 03:06
A Gripping Thriller, A Touching Father-Daughter Story, a Special Kind of Crime Novel
She Rides Shotgun: A Novel - Jordan Harper

This is one of those books where you want to sit and talk about it for a couple of hours -- recapping and dissecting the events, analyzing, and speculating about what happens after the book ends; or you don't want to say anything beyond "just read it, I don't want to ruin anything for you." I could absolutely relish the former, but I'm going to hew closer to the latter. Harper's better to read on this than me, anyway.

 

So, here's the official blurb to keep me from slipping:


<blockquote>Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her from the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life.

 

Nate made dangerous enemies in prison—a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off. They’ve already murdered his ex-wife, Polly’s mother. And Polly is their next target.

 

Nate and Polly’s lives soon become a series of narrow misses, of evading the bad guys and the police, of sleepless nights in motels. Out on the lam, Polly is forced to grow up early: with barely any time to mourn her mother, she must learn how to take a punch and pull off a drug-house heist. She finds herself transforming from a shy little girl into a true fighter. Nate, in turn, learns what it’s like to love fiercely and unconditionally—a love he’s never quite felt before. But can their powerful bond transcend the dangerous existence he’s carved out for them? Will they ever be able to live an honest life, free of fear?

 

<i>She Rides Shotgun</i> is a gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains, and victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it may very well be Polly who saves him.</blockquote>

 

The thing to remember about Nate -- he might be trying to be a good father, he may want to be a good father and act a certain way for Polly. But he's not a good guy. He's not a paragon of virtue, he's not a reputable citizen. He's a criminal -- and not an entirely successful criminal, with almost zero parenting skills. But man, he wants to try. Expect some heroics, but remember he's no Nick Mason, Jack Reacher or the like.

 

Polly? I don't know what to say about her. If you can read a few chapters of this and not fall in love with this little girl, want to adopt her and protect her from all this madness? Something's broken in you. She'll win your affections, you'll root for her, you'll pity her, you'll hope she survives this all intact.

 

There were a couple of other stand-out characters -- I'd get into them, but it doesn't matter. Your appreciation for this book comes down to this: what do you think about Nate and Polly and what they go through?

 

This is a tense thriller, with more than your typical emotional moments for the genre. Harper delivers both with equal skill and aplomb. As horrible as so much of this plot was -- this was a real pleasure to read, from cover to cover.


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I first heard about this novel -- and author, come to think of it -- on <a href="http://twocrimewritersandamicrophone.libsyn.com/episode-thirty-three-jordan-harper" target="_blank">Episode 33 of <b>Two Crime Writers And A Microphone</b></a>, you might want to check it out.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/10/17/she-rides-shotgun-by-jordan-harper-a-gripping-thriller-a-touching-father-daughter-story-an-atypical-crime-novel
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review 2018-10-16 07:27
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Ripping Off The Mask by Harper Jewel
Ripping Off The Mask - Harper Jewel

Ripping Off The Mask starts with action. Coop is with his (work) partner, Silvio, when they are called to a bank robbery. Others are on their way, or already there, chasing the suspects. Silvio goes off by himself as he is faster than Coop. That leads to them both being shot, only Silvio doesn't make it. What he does do is to open up a hornet's nest within Coop, as he tries to come to terms with everything that has happened, and what he did.

I liked Coop and Wes when they weren't talking. In fact, I liked ALL the characters when they weren't talking. The minute they opened their mouths, I lost interest. The conversations and comments made came across as very stilted and forced, with lots of repetition between what they thought and what they said.

Some of the situations in the book just didn't seem realistic - and yes, I know this is fiction, but I still like to be able to pretend it's real! There is a paranormal element to this book that you will either like or loathe. Personally, I liked it, but that's just me. The premise of this book is a good one, and has all the elements there that I normally like. However, although I still liked the book, it didn't really get to me. There are plenty of themes in this book, from the twins separated at birth, to ghosts/angels, to the big bad with a rough childhood. This is a long book, so there is plenty of time for everything to play out.

I think if you can get to grips with the pacing and style of writing, then you will probably enjoy this book.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/08/10/Ripping-Off-The-Mask-by-Harper-Jewel
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review 2018-10-15 07:41
Peachy Flippin' Keen
Peachy Flippin' Keen - Molly Harper

A short story about one of the cousins in the Southern Eclectic series, the coroner for Lake Sackett, Frankie McCready.  This story outlines the history behind the battle between her and an over privileged teen age boy who didn't get his way during a school trip.  This battle becomes a sub-plot in the longer novel Ain't She a Peach.

 

It's moderately amusing, but doesn't reach full Harper potential for laugh out loud gags, likely because of the short story format.  Still, it was an amusing way to spend a couple of hours in the car, and Amanda Ronconi does a fantastic job with the narration.

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