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review 2018-04-16 20:10
Die Känguru Trilogie
Die Känguru-Chroniken: Ansichten eines vorlauten Beuteltiers von Kling. Marc-Uwe (2009) Taschenbuch - Marc-Uwe Kling
Das Känguru-Manifest von Kling. Marc-Uwe (2011) Taschenbuch - Marc-Uwe Kling
Die Känguru-Offenbarung - Marc-Uwe Kling

Was fuer eine brilliante und spassige Reihe. Es hat zwar etwas gedauert bis ich mich mit dem Känguru angefreundet hatte, aber schon am Ende des ersten Buches (Die Känguru-Chroniken) wollte ich wieder ein Teil der WG von Marc-Uwe und dem Känguru sein. 

 

Teile 2 und 3 habe ich kurz vor und waehrend eines Aufenthaltes in Berlin angehoert, was das ganze ja noch etwas witziger gemacht hat, auch wenn meine stille Hoffnung, dem K. beim Flanieren zu begegnen, ja leider unerfuellt blieben. 

 

Ich werde das K. vermissen.

 

Tip: Unbedingt als Hoerbuch "lesen". Kling liest die Buecher selbst und es wirkt in gesprochener Form einfach viel besser als im Buch.

 

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I don't believe this series has been translated into English, and to be honest, I doubt it would work as a lot of the humour and satire is based on puns and German media and politics. 

 

However, I loved this series about a communist kangaroo who used to be a member of the Viet Cong and who moves in with the author out of the blue - well, after it is wanted by the police and has to go into hiding. Not much hiding, tho. Marc-Uwe and the K. get up to all sorts of tricks to protest against the system and add a little bit of anarchy to city life in Berlin - like correcting graffiti, getting into trouble with youths, setting up various schemes to avoid gainful employment, setting up a youth club, and finally facing their arch-nemesis: the penguin from across the hall. 

 

This all sounds very cute, but underlying these stories is a biting satire of city life in Germany, which touches on issues such as immigration, the value of productivity, right-wing politics, the question of identity, history and much more. All is rolled up in a hodge-podge of references to and reworkings of various classic quotes, books, and films. 

 

I loved it. 

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text 2018-04-09 21:42
Blog Post #1
I Survived #8: I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 - Lauren Tarshis

Hey, I'm Ty Laughlin from Riverview Jr./Sr. High School. I am really into fantasy and realistic fiction. I really tend to gravitate to WWII books. Those are my favorites. Although it is nonfiction, one of my favorite books from the WWII topic is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken is about a former Olympian who is drafted into WWII. He then crashes in the Pacific Ocean and is taken by Japanese soldiers to multiple concentration camps. Louis (the main character) just tells his tough story of the struggle through WWII.

 

The novel that I am currently reading is I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami. I know, it seems a little bit below my grade level, but it is a good book. I have kind of just started the book, so I cannot really say that, but it is better than I already though it would be. The main character, Ben, is visiting his Japanese Uncle's house in Japan. There is obviously a tsunami coming, but I do not know if Ben will survive. I can still probably predict that Ben will survive because this series does not really seem like the type of novel that would have the main character die. Right now, the author's style has not really been reveals as I am only 17 pages into the book. I can say that the transition from the first chapter into the second stood out to me greatly. In the first chapter, they revealed the climax of the book by talking about the tsunami, and how it "made Ben feel as if he was getting wrestled by the water, and beaten badly." (Tarshis 3). This really stood out to me because I thought that ruined a little bit of the book for me. It took the thrill of the climax away. I hope it does not ruin the whole book though. So far, I think that this book will be okay, except for that little part that I mentioned at the end. I can't wait to finish it!

 

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review 2018-03-29 18:05
Game of the Mind: "Martin Johnson - The Autobiography" by Martin Johnson
The Autobiography - Martin Johnson

Rugby as I see it is a game of the mind: for all the strength, all the bashing all the dark dark places you go to (in the scrum for one) you need to have a clear mind to make the move that takes you beyond the try line. As a player Martin Johnson was great. As a coach not so much. View the 1997 Lions DVDs, going back 14 years and see that Martin Johnson's pep talks are very elementary. He's a brute of a man who could play second row and lead from the trenches. What is required now is a far more cerebral approach with good man management skills. As a Captain both for the Lions and England he was surrounded by good lieutenants and captains. Easy to be a leader then. He did not make the transition to General where he could see the whole landscape and arena of the upcoming battle. Any venture of this nature and it is so, requires the ability to connect up the dots from the microcosm to the macro. This demands, at the most basic level, to know your own strengths and weaknesses, employ staff who compliment you and to hold actions accountable to a clear vision. Johnson failed on all levels. Maybe he would be a good forward's coach, but that's about it. At least he finally stepped down which showed his self esteem wasn't at rock bottom, unlike Andrews.

 

But the book is great...

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review 2018-03-23 23:18
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Brilliant Issue 1 (Marvel - Icon ) July 2011 - Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley

Characters were better than in Takio, but not much.   Not enjoying Bendis' solo work as much as his work on Marvel properties. 

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review 2018-01-09 14:42
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord - Sarah MacLean

Title:  Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord

Author:  Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical Romance

Year Published: 2010

Number of Pages: 357 pages

Date Read: 4/15/2011

Series: Love By Numbers #2

Publisher: Avon 

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 18+ (Sex Scenes)

 

 

Ten

After reading the first book in Sarah MacLean's “Love By Numbers” series, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake I was practically dying to read the sequel “Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord.” Unfortunately, this novel did not seem to capture my attention like Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and I have often found myself trying to finish this book as quickly as I can.

Ever since Nicholas St. John was named “London's Lord to Land” in a ladies' magazine, he has been avoiding all the women in London. However, when the Duke of Leighton told Nick about his missing sister, Nick was glad to take this opportunity to escape! However, when Nick comes to the secretive Townsend Park, home of Minerva House, he finds the daughter of the late wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend and he realizes that she is no ordinary woman! But will both lovers ever truly love each other once their dark secrets are revealed?

There were a few good things that I did like about this book. I really loved the love scenes and the hero and heroine! Sarah MacLean had done an awesome job at making Nick the all-time, sexy and ever handsome hero! Whew! I just loved how Nick was willing to help out Isabel and the girls of Minerva House with their financial troubles and I just adored Nick for being honest with his feelings about Isabel. But, not only do I love Nick's personality, but his physical appearance is like the body of a god! I loved how Sarah MacLean described his body as being large and muscular, which are two things I love about my romance heroes! Now about Isabel, I loved the fact that Isabel is such a strong heroine and I loved the way that she stood up to any kind of authority that threatened to tear her apart from the girls of Minerva House. But, probably the best part about this novel were the love scenes between Isabel and Nick! I mean, this book is littered with love scenes galore and man, these scenes are hot and sizzling!

Now, here are some reasons why I gave this book a three star rating. For one thing, I often get annoyed with the heroine, Isabel, since she has some major trust issues to work through. I know that Isabel is scared to trust men because of what her father did to her mother and I do understand what she is going through, but still, I think that she could have at least put a little trust in Nick. I also felt sorry for Nick throughout the book because it is evident that he truly does love Isabel, but Isabel always seem to push him away from her no matter what Nick does to earn her love and it got so irritating after awhile. Also, I thought that this book was a little boring at times because the plot seem to slow down in many scenes and there are barely any action scenes in this book, so it was sometimes hard for me to get through this book without a bit of action.

Overall, this book is an average read for me. Even though “Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord” has some really cute scenes between Nick and Isabel, I just wished that Isabel was a little more trusting of Nick and I wished that there were more action scenes to keep my attention to the plot. Even though this is not my favorite book out of the series, I cannot wait to read the third book, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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