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review 2017-08-09 21:36
The Grandfather Tree: A Tale of Age and Usefulness - Kenneth M Martin,Dan Alatorre,Allison Maruska,Allison Maruska

The Grandfather Tree: A Tale of Age and Usefulness by Kenneth M Martin
This story is about a man who's worked his whole life and is retired from his job. He gets bored at home and he finds he is useless.
He decides to also get rid of the tree because it's as useless as himself. He realizes on his way to the market many things.
Love the things he's able to share and he finds he does have useful information to those who will listen.
Love gardening and trees and that children keep the tree cutter from cutting the tree-but for how long.
Reminds me so much of my father, a nurseryman among many other jobs he held, thanks for the memories. Other works by the authors who brought this book to publication are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy by the author and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-04-21 15:18
Rezension | Licht von Anthony McCarten
Licht - Anthony McCarten,Gabriele Kempf-Allié,Manfred Allié

Beschreibung

 

Licht. Eine der bedeutendsten Errungenschaften der Menschheit, die Dank des Erfinders Thomas Alva Edison den Weg in die Straßen und Häuser der Menschen fand. Die fesselnde Geschichte auf dem Weg zur Elektrizität verbindet zwei der unterschiedlichsten Männer überhaupt: Thomas Alva Edison, der Erfinder der Glühbirne, Besitzer von zahlreichen Patenten und den reichsten Mann der Welt, J. P. Morgan, der seine Genialität an der Wall Street unter Beweis stellte. Zusammen wollen sie die Welt erleuchten. Im skrupellosen Wirtschaftskampf setzt sich der Erfinder einer Welt aus, der er nie angehören wollte und die seine Moral und Überzeugungen schwer in Mitleidenschaft zieht. Der Kampf zwischen Macht und Geld machen es Edison immer schwerer sich selbst treu zu bleiben.

 

50 Jahre nachdem Thomas Alva Edison die Glühbirne erfand, soll ihm zu Ehren eine Parade statt finden, doch an Edison haben mittlerweile die scharfen Zähne der Zeit genagt und er findet die Menschen sollten ihn nicht für seine Forschung und Erfindung im Bereich der Elektrizität ehren, denn diese hat neben dem Guten auch eine Menge Schlechtes, ja sogar den Tod hervor gebracht hat.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Aus eigenem Antrieb hätte ich mich mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit nie so richtig mit dem Erfinder Thomas Alva Edison auseinander gesetzt, doch Anthony McCarten ist es in seinem neusten Roman „Licht“ eindeutig gelungen mein Interesse zu wecken und mir das Tor zu der spannenden Welt der großen Entdecker und Erfinder aufzustoßen.

 

"…immer die gespannte Erwartung auf das, was dieser großartige Verstand als Nächstes hervorbringen würde-, denn nur wenige waren geboren und wandelten auf Erden, um etwas Gutes aus dem Fluss ihrer Gedanken zu bergen, und nur eine Handvoll davon machte aus dem Ergebnis etwas, das von Nutzen für die Menschheit war." (Seite 335)

 

Der Schriftsteller Anthony McCarten verwebt in seinem Roman historische Fakten und Fiktion zu einer mitreisenden Lebensgeschichte über den berühmten Erfinder Thomas Alva Edison. Am Ende seines Lebens angekommen wartet Edison an einem einsamen Zuggleis und lässt sein erstaunliches Leben Revue passieren. Ohne jegliche Schulbildung ist es Edison mit Verstand, Erfindergeist und harter Arbeit gelungen Großartiges zu leisten. Seine größte Erfindung, die Glühbirne, zieht die Aufmerksamkeit des Unternehmers und Privatbankiers John Pierpont Morgan auf sich. Dieser wittert die große Chance, Geld und Ruhm mit der weltweiten Elektrifizierung zu erlangen. Trotz Edison’s Bedenken an einer Zusammenarbeit und seinen Vorbehalten gegenüber der Unternehmerbranche willigt er in die Zusammenarbeit mit J. P. Morgan ein.

 

"Gerade erst hatte er beschlossen, Geschäftsmann zu werden, und schon spürte er in seinem Inneren die Aufgewühltheit, die Nervosität des modernen Lebens." (Seite 120)

 

Atemberaumbend gut wurde die Atmosphäre die den Geist der Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft während der Industrialisierung einfängt zwischen den Zeilen untergebracht. Der Wettstreit zwischen den Teams Thomas Alva Edison/J. P. Morgan und Nikola Tesla/George Westinghouse bietet genügend Stoff für eine mitreisende und fesselnde Geschichte. Dies hat Anthony McCarten perfekt aufgegriffen und in Szene gesetzt.

 

Anthony McCarten hat einen wunderbaren Erzählstil gewählt und verleiht den einzelnen Szenen eine Dynamik und Spannung, die einen das Buch gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen lassen möchten. Ehrlich gesagt habe ich das Buch fast in einem Rutsch durchgelesen. Vor allem die Hauptprotagonisten Edison und J. P. Morgen sind fein gezeichnet, dabei sind sie so unterschiedlich wie Licht und Dunkelheit. Etwas zu kurz kam mir dabei die Persönlichkeit von Nikola Tesla, die trotz des wirtschaftlichen Wettstreits moralisch und menschlich gesehen wahre Größe bewiesen hat.

 

"»Damit, dass man die Welt verbessert, verdient man kein Geld. Nur mit ihrer Zerstörung.«" (Seite 21)

 

Fazit

 

Fiktion und Realität in perfekter Symbiose. Dieser Roman über große Erfinder und die Macht des Geldes lässt einen garantiert nicht mehr so schnell los.

 

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-licht-von-anthony-mccarten
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review 2016-12-20 03:54
A Glint of Light
A Glint of Light: An Allie's War Christmas: Two Allie's War Stories - Jc Andrijeski

Cass betrayed those close to her. Opens with Cass a prisoner. Could tell this one was part of a series. I wasn't familiar with the characters/world. As a result, didn't really get into this at all. No investment on my part. None. I do have the first book (to read of course- it was free at one time).

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review 2015-04-14 07:44
Traitor's Knot (Wars of Light & Shadow #7; Arc 3 - Alliance of Light, #4) - Janny Wurts

(No spoilers on the series) Stunning. I devoured this book. I was completely hooked and unable to stop turning the pages, all the while immersing with ease and tight focus in the story. Gorgeous, exciting, haunting, draining, the plot exerts an irresistible pull and throws the reader in a whirlwind of action, drama, witty bantering, tales of plunder, grim predicaments, thwarted desires, true friendships, covert entanglements and malicious, subtle plotting.

The convergence started with Peril’s Gate, and the rolling break-neck pace, keep on in this book, where the unveilings about the events entwine with the brilliance of the complex energy system governing the world of Athera. In Traitor’s Knot high seriousness and emotionally powerful scenes (including one of the grimmest chapters of the whole series so far, not to mention an unforgettable sequence of dramatic intensity where comedy and tragedy mingle unmercifully) are seamlessly accompanied by moments of clever humor, much to the delight of the reader and (some) of the characters alike; one of the many techniques in the boundless artistic arsenal of the author, who manages, once again, to reach the highest pinnacles of imaginative grace.

Even the characters-traded insults are vivid and artistic!

I love the structure of this series, where several answers are not up front or spoon-fed, the story makes the reader reach for them and live them the deeper when they arrive. I was prompted through the books to figure out what to think about the events, the world and the characters, but all the tools are always supplied and the resulting cohesive picture is incredible.
The story played with my perceptions and my sensibilities. I was thoroughly, sweepingly, utterly and inside out-ly manipulated by the author: from start to end this book delivered intense scenes with relentless pace, building on my awareness of the layers laid down in previous volumes that allowed them to move on all levels without explanation. And the smooth change from seriousness to humor to the bittersweet and back again got me off-guard most often than not, probably to the intended emotional involvement as the story progressed.

It is indeed not only what the story shows, how the plot unfolds and the characters develop, it's also how this is told, the delivery, the balance, the depth and the genuine delight at the revelations, that makes a great difference. I loved the previous books and I was satisfied, but little did I know when I started reading Curse of the Mistwraith that it was just the beginning of what has already become an all-time favorite fantasy series.
Traitor's Knot is all denouements, the story unfolds at break-neck pace and I finished the volume within a few days and didn't even notice how absorbed I was, then I approached Stormed Fortress, the longest Arc of the series finale with high expectations, and again, no letup.

It is incredible what was managed with a relatively small cast of characters in a relatively small world (no multiple worlds or continents here), but again, one of the cornerstones of Janny Wurts’ storytelling is “no sprawl”: the story doesn’t repeat itself and the characters never stagnate. This series is awesome, so well worth the journey. The story keeps flowing beautifully along with the building of more tension; the narrative takes you and simply does not let you go.

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review 2014-05-10 00:00
Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar Chronicles, #1)
Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar ... Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar Chronicles, #1) - Courtney Cole Confessions of an Alli Cat has been on my to-be-read shelf for a while. For some reason it never screamed "READ ME!" and so it just stayed on the back burner. But I've been in a bit of a book funk and so I've only been interested in reading sexy romantic comedies. Of course it has me questioning why on earth I waited so long!

This is my story. Welcome to Crazy Town. I hope you enjoy your stay.


Enter Allison Lancaster. She was exactly what I needed! She's funny, sexy, hard-working, and scorned so she has a sassy attitude that made me want to shout "You go, girl!" like I was in a cheesy 90's movie. This book was so much fun!

Alli was married for 15 years to a man who earned himself the name "Rick the Dick" by cheating on her with multiple women. He truly is a complete dick. I wanted to make him eat his own balls on more than one occasion. But thanks to Alli's best friend Sara who is tired of seeing her love life stalled out, she's moving on with her life. Sara completely takes her out of her comfort zone by making her do things she normally never would have dreamed of doing. She's determined to help her friend find her inner sexy, and it's a blast to witness.

One of my favorite things about this book are the hilarious, ridiculous, awkward, and embarrassing situations that Alli repeatedly finds herself in. Watching her try to recover from them is absolutely hysterical! My other favorite thing was completely unexpected. While I knew that there would be some sex, I had no idea how panty-meltingly hot it would be! I mean seriously!

The only reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is because (without giving too much away) I felt a little misguided for a good part of the story. Even though the end works out great, it wasn't initially how I wanted it to go. I kind of wish the story focused a little bit more on the guy she ends up with. Overall, I'm happy with how it ended and it makes total sense.

This is technically the first book in The Cougar Chronicles, but seeing as this book was released in 2012 and there's been little mentioned about another, it makes me very nervous that there won't be another one. This was my first Courtney Cole book and I would love to see another hilarious cougar book out of her!

In any case, Confessions of an Alli Cat was like chicken soup for my soul. And not those sappy books full of short stories that were popular over a decade ago. I mean really. It was a good old fashioned romantic comedy that you watch while eating ice cream in your pajamas. Only with hot sex, and dildos named Geronimo, and painful first-time Brazilian waxes. You know, the good stuff.
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