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review 2019-06-10 10:09
Horror mit passender Atmosphäre
ALBINO DEVIL: Roman - André Wegmann,Timo Kümmel

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Eine unberührte Naturlandschaft. Eine fast vergessene Legende. Eine Brut direkt aus der Hölle, die einen harmlosen Abenteuerurlaub in ein blutiges Schreckensszenario verwandelt. Larissa bricht mit drei Freunden zu einem Campingtrip in die rumänischen Karpaten auf. Fantastische Naturimpressionen, Lagerfeuerromantik und verrücktspielende Hormone sorgen für eine ausgelassene Stimmung, die auch nicht von der Legende des sogenannten ›Albino Devils‹ getrübt wird, von der Medizinstudent Marc erzählt. Schnell jedoch hält der Trip in die Berge mehr Abenteuer für die Gruppe bereit, als ihnen lieb ist. Zudem bemerkt Larissa, dass Marc ein Geheimnis verbirgt. Bald schon entwickelt sich der Ausflug zu einem blutigen Albtraum. Und einem Kampf ums nackte Überleben. 

 

Meine Meinung 

Mit „Albino Devil“ hat der Autor ein Setting erschaffen, in dem ich mich pudelwohl gefühlt habe. Neben verfallenen Häusern, ist der Wald für mich der Ort, an dem das Kopfkino ordentlich in Gange kommt. Denkt mal drüber nach, an welchem Ort ihr nachts ungern wäret :P

Dass André Wegmann auch noch die rumänischen Karpaten auswählte, einfach perfekt.

 

Den Trip dorthin unternimmt ein Vierergespann.

Marc und seine Freundin Marie, sowie Larissa und Frank.

Von der Charakterkennzeichnung hat mir Larissa am besten gefallen.

Bei ihr habe ich ein paar Gemeinsamkeiten gefunden und ihr Handeln konnte ich am meisten nachempfinden. Leser, die das Buch kennen, werden nun wahrscheinlich mit dem Kopf schütteln, aber ja so ist es! :P

 

Was brauch ein schauriger Horrorroman noch, außer ein gruseliges Setting?

Na klar, eine Legende!

Hier dachte ich erst, diese könnte für mich ein/der Knackpunkt sein, ABER tatsächlich hat der Autor da eine sehr gute Idee zu Papier gebracht.

Das Schauermärchen gefiel mir und ab da konnte ich das Wandern durch den Wald bei aufziehendem Unwetter noch viel mehr genießen.

 

Wer sehnsüchtig auf den blutigen Albtraum, welcher im Klappentext versprochen wird, wartet, der wird zur Hälfte des Buches erlöst. Es geht los!

Aber der Weg dahin war für mich keineswegs langweilig. Hier konzentrierte sich Wegmann auf die Figurenzeichnung und Beschreibungen der Umgebung.

 

Dann beginnt der Kampf um Leben oder Tod.

Wer ist stark genug sich gegen diese Gegner zu behaupten?

Auch der Großteil der letzten Sequenzen gefiel mir super.

Es wird spannend und blutig, genau mein Geschmack.

 

Lediglich mit dem ganz großen Showdown hatte ich mein Problem, aber da ist es nun schwer euch mehr zu verraten. Das mag absolut Geschmackssache sein.

Macht euch euer eigenes Bild.

 

Mein Fazit

Kurz gesagt. Packt euren Rucksack, vergesst das Buch nicht und macht euch auf in die rumänischen Karpaten und schaut was euch dort erwartet.

Hoffen dürft ihr auf einiges Blut, welches fließen wird.

Eine gute Prise Sex, welche solche Stories immer aufpeppt und viel Action!

Da mich André Wegmann auch vom Schreibstil total mitnehmen konnte, werde ich nun einen Blick auf weitere Romane werfen.

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text 2019-05-20 09:19
Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #9
Open Season - C.J. Box,David Chandler

I’m sorry to report my lovely snake charmer let me down this roll. :( Tossing two dice gave me a six which meant I landed on square #65 and a snake. Boo! I slid back down to square #52 where the prompt says to read a book with a tree or flower on the cover. I chose "Open Season" by C.J. Box which has some dreary looking tree trunks on the cover, and I wasn't all that impressed with the story, either.  Granted it’s the first in a series, but I had some issues with the main characters, and a number of scenes felt like they were written for shock value which didn't work for me. I suspect Box was trying to up the suspense factor or possibly appeal more to male readers. Anyway, I would have preferred to have seen the climatic scene with the culprits play out differently, and I kinda felt Box's portrayal of Joe Pickett's wife veered into sainthood territory by the end. The second book in the series is buried in my TBR pile, but I'm not in any hurry to read it.

 

  

Roll #9

  

 

 

 

 

 

65. Snake - go back to 52: (Zap!)

 

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover: Open Season by C.J. Box 

 

 

 

 

  

Progress to Date:

 

 

 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC 

 

 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

      Roll #3 - One Die Roll:  4

     Timestamp: 2019-03-04 02:36:31 UTC

    

21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

      Roll #4 - Two Dice Roll:  6 + 5 = 11

      Timestamp: 2019-03-09 23:41:41 UTC

   

32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper

 

      Roll #5 - Two Dice Roll:  4 + 4 = 8

      Timestamp: 2019-03-14 20:42:23 UTC

  

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: Queen of Hearts by Rhys 

      Bowen.

 

      Roll #6 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 1 = 6

      Timestamp: 2019-03-19 20:34:27 UTC 

     

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years: The Devil's Novice

      by Ellis Peters

 

      Roll #7 - Two Dice Roll:  4 + 5 = 9

      Timestamp: 2019-03-26 22:06:20 UTC

   

55. Is more than 500 pages long: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (skipping

      500 pg. book)

 

      Roll #8 - One Die Roll:  4

      Timestamp: 2019-04-03 05:53:32 UTC

   

59. Was published more than 10 years ago: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry

      Kemelman

 

 

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text 2019-05-20 09:15
Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #8
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late (The Rabbi Small Mysteries #1) - Harry Kemelman,George Guidall

I've been shamefully slacking on my S&L updates and now have a bunch to post in order to catch up to my final read to finish the game. Moving on from square #55 where I opted to skip the book prompt, I rolled a single die and got a four which took me to square #59. I didn't have a problem finding a book that was written more than ten years ago on my TBR and chose "Friday the Rabbi Slept Late" by Harry Kemelman. The first of a series, it was written in 1964 and is performed by George Guidall, who's one of my favorite narrators. Overall it was just an okay murder mystery improved by Guidall's narration. So while I did appreciate learning more about the rabbi's traditional approach to his vocation and seeing the social workings of his congregation and the Jewish community, the whodunit wasn't very satisfying.  

 

 

Progress to Date:

 

 

 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 

 

 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

       Roll #3

    

 

21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

       Roll #4

   

 

32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper

 

      Roll #5

  

 

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: Queen of Hearts by Rhys 

      Bowen.

 

      Roll #6 

     

 

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years: The Devil's Novice

      by Ellis Peters

 

      Roll #7

   

  

55. Is more than 500 pages long: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (skipping

      500 pg. book)

 

      Roll #8

   

 

59. Was published more than 10 years ago: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry

      Kemelman

 

 

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review 2019-05-04 21:09
Vurt / Jeff Noon
Vurt - Jeff Noon

Vurt is a feather--a drug, a dimension, a dream state, a virtual reality. It comes in many colors: legal Blues for lullaby dreams. Blacks, filled with tenderness and pain, just beyond the law. Pink Pornovurts, doorways to bliss. Silver feathers for techies who know how to remix colors and open new dimensions. And Yellows--the feathers from which there is no escape.

The beautiful young Desdemona is trapped in Curious Yellow, the ultimate Metavurt, a feather few have ever seen and fewer still have dared ingest. Her brother Scribble will risk everything to rescue his beloved sister. Helped by his gang, the Stash Riders, hindered by shadowcops, robos, rock and roll dogmen, and his own dread, Scribble searches along the edges of civilization for a feather that, if it exists at all, must be bought with the one thing no sane person would willingly give.

 

Well, if most cyberpunk were more like this, I would be more enthusiastic about it. This was fun. And it reminded me of so many other books that I have read during my Science Fiction & Fantasy project. Like A Clockwork Orange, oh my brothers! I also kept thinking about Gravity's Rainbow, just because of the way things flowed and characters entered and exited, only to return at odd moments. But mostly, it was like going Through the Looking Glass with Alice, where Alice is actually Philip K. Dick. I absolutely loved it when Scribb showed up at a club called the Slivey Tove and there was a White Rabbit doorman. That was when my Lewis Carroll suspicions were confirmed. And the dogmen made me think of The Island of Doctor Moreau (and in Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series, what they called the Stripclub of Dr Moreau).

The layers of reality were both confusing and intriguing--just trying to keep track of where Scribb was could be challenging. (Just like the Queen of Hearts said, you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in one place).

I haven’t had much luck locating the other two volumes (Pollen andAutomated Alice), but I intend to keep searching for them. 

Book 315 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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review 2019-05-04 20:51
The Dame Was Trouble
The Dame was Trouble - Gail Bowen,Sandra Ruttan,Susan MacGregor,Melodie Campbell,S.G. Wong,Darusha Wehm,Pat Flewwelling,Kelley Armstrong,M.H. Callway,R. M. Greenaway,Elle Wild,Hermine Robinson,Natalie Vacha,Alice Bienia,Meghan Victoria,Jayne Barnard

A collection of Canadian Crime Fiction from the best and brightest female crime writers that the Great White North has to offer. From noir to hardboiled, and thriller to cozy mystery, these Dames know how to tell tales to thrill, chill and KILL.

 

 

There is nothing like a dame.

Especially when she’s running her own life, marching to her own tune, doing her own thing. 

Great detective stories, almost all of which I really enjoyed. There were two that I felt a bit “meh” about, but by and large they were very entertaining. I especially enjoyed reading stories set in my own country. And populated by women who aren’t the slightest bit hesitant about supporting themselves and running their own lives.

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves! Plus, most excellent cover art.

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