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review 2017-02-26 10:37
Der Susan-Effekt
Der Susan-Effekt - Peter Urban-Halle,Peter Høeg

Nachdem ich mit einem früheren Roman von Peter Høeg, Der Plan von der Abschaffung des Dunkels, sehr gute Erfahrungen gemacht habe und von der Vielseitigkeit dieses Autors beeindruckt war, war Der Susan-Effekt ein eher ernüchterndes Leseerlebnis. Ein bisschen hat man das Gefühl, dass Høeg seine großen Themen verbraucht hat und nunmehr schreibt, um in der Übung zu bleiben. 

 

Der Susan-Effekt handelt von der Experimentalphysikerin Susan Svendsen und ihrer Familie, die in Indien allesamt straffällig werden und nun die Wahl haben: Wenn sie bestimmte Informationen besorgen, können sie der Gefängnisstrafe entgehen. Zu Hilfe kommt den Svendsens der sogenannte "Effekt", denn in ihrer Gegenwart werden Menschen absolut aufrichtig. 

 

Trotz dieser eigentlich spannenden Voraussetzungen wird die Handlung nie wirklich mitreißend. Høeg schien mehr daran gelegen, sich einen bestimmten sprachlichen Zugang zu erarbeiten, wie er seiner Meinung nach einer abgeklärten Naturwissenschaftlerin entsprechen könnte, und so ist der Roman mehr Sprachexperiment als gelungene Erzählung. Zugleich ist Susan in einigen Punkten so sehr Männerphantasie, dass sie nie wirklich lebendig wird. Sie ist mehr plot device als Mensch, und zudem mit einer Flapsigkeit z. B. gegenüber sexueller Gewalt ausgestattet, die überhaupt nicht angemessen ist. (Høeg verwendet auch einiges an Zeit darauf, uns zu versichern, wie dünn Susan sei, und meint ihre implizierte Attraktivität durch aggressive Heterosexualität verstärken zu müssen, während eine weniger sympathische Nebenfigur natürlich dick und potenziell lesbisch ist. Schade, wenn sich Autoren auf diese Weise selber diskreditieren.)

 

Zurück bleibt ein blutarmes, schlafwandelndes Buch, hübsch anzusehen und zu lesen, aber unfähig, dem Leser etwas in irgendeiner Hinsicht Bereicherndes zurückzugeben. Der Effekt funktioniert nur in eine Richtung. Wer nicht Susan Svendsen ist, geht leer aus. 

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text 2017-02-24 06:00
New release and Giveaway from The Rebound List by Hedonist Six Publication

The Rebound List

by Hedonist Six Publication 
Date: February 24, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS:

After nearly four years with Jeff, everything fell apart. I found myself single, scared, but somehow liberated as well. Rather than stumble into another ill advised relationship, my best friend Sally helped me find focus. I would spend the next few months “finding myself” sexually. That’s how The Rebound List was born. My journey begins with the first item on my list – a virgin. But it’s not easy to go from squeaky-clean committed girlfriend to wanton sex goddess. Hopefully I’ll have the guts to follow through! What (or whom) would you do to celebrate your freedom after your first serious relationship breaks down?
 
 
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ABOUT HEDONIST SIX

Call me “H.” or Hedonist if you prefer. I’m a Romance writer based in London and I’ve always been a dreamer, though it didn’t occur to me to write down the stories I kept dreaming up until 2012. You’ll not find flowery language and poetry in my work. What you will find though is believable characters, none of whom perfect, going through life and trying to find happiness. Just like the rest of us. I first started writing because I craved to see more of “my kind of books” on the shelves. In any scenario, you’ll find me rooting for the underdog. The (emotionally) scarred hero who hasn’t really had much (or any) luck in love. The shy office worker who wants to pursue the man of her dreams, but hasn’t quite mustered the courage yet. All my characters are beautifully flawed and messed up, in a way that makes them perfect for one another.

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text 2017-02-22 10:00
Silenced by Leddy Harper Release Blitz and Giveaway
 
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Book Title: Silenced 
Author: Leddy Harper 
Genre: Romance | Friends to Lovers 
Release Date: February 22, 2017 
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Haunted by a photographic memory, I couldn’t escape the worst night of my life.
The blood they shed.
The pain they endured.
The evil that still walked free.
It was all I saw. Those memories, my childhood—the images.
 
Silenced and scarred.
But nothing lasts forever.
Torment turned to blinding rage. Hate sought revenge, which pursued death.
Then there was life.
The moon.
Rylee Anderson.
 
I had to choose...
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Sweat dripped down the side of my face, collecting in the collar of my shirt. The heat was almost unbearable, but I didn’t want to be inside. Mom was away for work again—this time for a full week—and Dad was stuck in front of the television set watching another football game. I hated it when Mom was gone, because my dad didn’t really know how to handle me. He had no problem bonding with my brother, but where I was concerned, he acted completely clueless. So Sundays became the day I’d take a book and sit in the back yard beneath a tree.
 
I brought my water bottle to my lips when something caught my attention near the privacy fence, separating the houses in the neighborhood and the wooded area behind it. It ran up the side yard, offering us seclusion to the house next door. The young woman who lived there often had guests over, which made my parents uneasy. But now, someone was in her back yard, climbing her fence.
 
No…not just someone.
 
A boy.
 
His stick-straight hair, the color of sand, hung to the middle of his ears. But I couldn’t see his face. He had his back to me as he climbed, just before jumping over to the side filled with trees. His black T-shirt was a blur. He was there one second and gone the next.
 
I stared at the barrier, wondering if I could climb over and follow him. I knew everyone in the neighborhood, but I’d never seen him before. I glanced over my shoulder and waited a moment, just to make sure my dad or my brother weren’t on their way out. When I noticed no movement beyond the sliding glass door, I jumped up and ran as fast as I could. Without second guessing it, I began to scale the tall slats of the wood.
 
Once I made it to the top, I looked down and realized it was much higher on the other side. I’d never been in the wooded area before, and for a second, I contemplated just going back to my yard. I thought about my book I’d left beneath the tree and my father who might’ve gone looking for me. But then I remembered the boy—and I so desperately wanted to find out where he came from.
 
Curiosity got the best of me.
 
I swung my leg over and, with the pace of a sloth, I used the wood between the slats to lower myself to the ground. Standing on my feet again, I searched through the trees, hoping to spot the boy with blond hair and a black shirt.
 
But he was nowhere.
 
I carefully walked farther into the trees on the soft dirt, keeping as quiet as possible. I didn’t want to venture too far, because I worried I wouldn’t be able to make it back to my house. From this side, I couldn’t tell which house was which. So I made sure not to deviate too far from behind my back yard.
 
It felt like an hour, but realistically, it was probably closer to five minutes before I decided to give up. I thought it might’ve been better to have just waited until he came back. I turned around, ready to head home, when I spotted him.
 
Or…he spotted me.
 

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Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.
 
She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.
 
She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.
 
The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.
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review 2017-02-21 20:02
Magic Dreams
Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews

This is the novella I've been wanting! The story of Dali and Jim. It is something that was teased in one of the earlier novels, but I've been wanting this story. It is the romance of two unlikely people and I loved it.

 

I have loved Dali from the moment we met her. She is so quirky! She's a shifter, one of the most celebrated in the shifter world. But she's a vegan. Yes, a vegan shifter. And shifting isn't easy for her. And on top of that, she is practically blind. She has self-esteem issues of the highest sort and compensates by drag racing, despite her eyesight. I love her. And then there's Jim. Usually surly, he's the head of security for the King of the Beasts. And, for once, he has to rely on someone else to help him. Enter Dali.

 

The romance is sweet and rife with all those bizarre issues that exist in relationships. And then if the romance is between shifters? Well, things only get more complicated.

 

Overall: This is a great side story to the series. They are two very different characters and their relationship is just one I rooted for.

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review 2017-02-21 19:31
Seriously Shifted
Seriously Shifted - Tina Connolly

I really love the premise of this series! In the world of Seriously Shifted, witches are not good. Not all of them are evil, but there is a defined since of superiority that allows them to live by rules of their own. But Camellia is determined to change that. Her mother is on the borderline between good and bad, mostly bad, but Cam wants more than that for herself. And she is learning that there s a fine line sometimes between good and evil. And that is the underlying message of the novel.

 

The adventures in this book really force Cam to think about what it means to be a good witch. How far is too far to go in the name of "helping" someone? Do the ends justify the means? And then there is the whole pesky concept of free will. The book is quirky and mostly light-hearted, but it asks some important questions.

 

Overall: I really enjoy this series. It is a lot more light-hearted than I usually read, but it's fun. It's a YA novel, but it reads more like a middle-grade.

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