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review 2018-08-28 02:33
Horn Gate (Scratch #1) by Damon Suede Review
Horn Gate - Damon Suede

ORN GATE: Open at your own risk.


Librarian Isaac Stein spends his lumpy, lonely days restoring forgotten books, until the night he steals an invitation to a scandalous club steeped in sin. Descending into its bowels, he accidentally discovers Scratch, a wounded demon who feeds on lust.


Consorting with a mortal is a bad idea, but Scratch can't resist the man who knows how to open the portal that will free him and his kind. After centuries of possessing mortals, he finds himself longing to surrender.


To be together, Isaac and Scratch must flirt with damnation and escape an inhuman trafficking ring—and they have to open their hearts or they will never unlock the Horn Gate.




There is a lot of to be had in this dense smoke and mirrors paranormal story. 

I really love a plain Joe hero but he gets transformed here and while that worked with the plot we didn't get enough time in the story to think about this process.

The mythology is great as we take a deep dive into Jewish folklore but sometimes the smoke is a bit too thick in these aspects of the tale even though the prose and is fun.

Overall, I needed more romance with Scratch and more detail.

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text 2018-05-04 04:07
aka Gotham Season 9, just didn't work for me. DNF'd.
Batman: Nightwalker - Marie Lu,Will Damon

Let me get the Audiobook portion out of the way quickly -- Damron does a capable job. He didn't particularly wow me, but I had no complaints about his work. I could see myself really getting into a book he narrated.


This is essentially Gotham, season 9. Bruce is on the eve of graduation, turning 18 (yet his guardian, Alfred, is still treated as if he has any standing in his life), and finds himself on the wrong end of the law and serving probation by doing community service at Arkham Asylum. While there, he becomes fascinated by an accused murderer -- she's part of a criminal/political (technically a terrorist group, but the label was never used) group targeting Gotham's one percenters.


The line between the Bruce Wayne of this book and the Dark Knight we all know is pretty weak. You've got Alfred, Lucius Fox, Bruce's dead parents, Gotham City -- sure -- but there's nothing that distinctively Batman about them (as used here). Even when you throw in Harvey Dent as a troubled youth with a strong trust in the legal system as one of Bruce's best friend and numerous references to bats, and you're supposed to thing that you've got yourself the building blocks of the Caped Crusader. But it'd have been incredibly easy for this to be any other rich youth with a knack for electronics. This doesn't have to be a Batman story, it could be almost any generic YA hero.


If you want to read an inexperienced, fallible, Batman (as seems to be the case here), read Miller's Batman: Year One or Barr's Batman: Year Two -- they treat the character the way he should be treated. This book just wasn't. I got about halfway through (maybe a little over halfway) before I just couldn't take it anymore and decided to move on.


I liked the Wonder Woman installment in this series just fine -- why didn't this one work for me? Well, while Diana wasn't the hero we all know -- she was still clear in her purpose, driven to do right and capable. Bruce is none of those things -- which is odd, because he's typically been depicted as driven and single-minded since childhood. That's the Bruce we all know, and should've seen here.


I can see why some people will enjoy this, but I just can't bother to finish.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/05/03/batman-nightwalker-audiobook-by-marie-lu-will-damron-aka-gotham-season-9-just-didnt-work-for-me-dnfd
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review 2018-01-13 03:15
Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons
Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons - Olivia Helling

I am not sure what to say about this book. Let me think here for a second...

So. Hmmm... OK. Ugh....

Paranormal aspect. 
I have no idea why it is even mentioned, to tell you the truth, unless it's relevant somewhere down the line in book 5. I just don't see it playing a significant role in incubus-turned-dirt-poor-rentboy setup in the near future. There are no superpowers. There is not a sniff of something dark or magical in the air. Any talented and eager rentboy with years of experience on top of it should know how to satisfy and manipulate clients. 

I do like and read historicals/classics. But still I managed to get tangled in pinks, flats, culls and what have you.

Time Setting.
There are no references to the historical period, except for the opening sentence. There is no (paranormal) world building. MC's world is tight. So tight, in fact, I feel claustrophobic. This whole affair could be happening on Alpha Centauri 1649 years from now it's so bland where the environment is concerned.

The story turned around close to the middle and allowed for interesting developing which I did not anticipate at all. A star for that. 

However, I don't believe I will be continuing this series. Unless I am in dire need of a super quick read.

2 stars for the first 40-50%, 4 for the rest of it.

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text 2018-01-09 14:41
Sag Zucker Adieu mit „Goodbye Zucker“

Sitzen ist das neue Rauchen? Von wegen! Jeder, der die neuesten Diättrends verfolgt, weiß, dass Zucker heutzutage der Feind Nummer eins für unsere Gesundheit ist. Während die Verteufelung von Eiern und Butter in den 80er und 90er Jahren inzwischen von der Wissenschaft weniger begründet zu sein scheint, gibt es echte Beweise dafür, dass Zucker uns nicht nur krank macht, sondern auch unglücklich.


Der Erfolg des Dokumentarfilms "Voll verzuckert: That Sugar Film" zeigt, dass die Botschaft ankommt. Damon Gameaus Reise vom gesundheitsbewußten Vollwertkonsumenten hin zum Zuckerjunkie und die Auswirkungen von dem süßen Stoff auf sein Gewicht, seine Energie und seine Stimmung waren schockierend, zumal Zucker ein fester Bestandteil der modernen Ernährung ist. Wie Gameau bewiesen hat, ist Zucker in fast jedem Lebensmittel enthalten, das wir kaufen, und viele von uns sind, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes, süchtig. Aber was tun?


Die Australierin Sarah Wilson zeigt in ihrem Buch "Goodbye Zucker" den Weg zu einem gesünderen Lebensstil. Das Buch bietet eine Anleitung durch den Zuckerentzug, tolle Rezeptideen und neue Leckereien als Ergänzung für zuckerhaltige Snacks.


Bis zum 11. Januar bietet Legimi "Goodbye Zucker" als E-Book für nur 4,99 € an!




Titelbild von Thomas Rosenau (eigenes Werk) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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text 2017-12-08 20:50
Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpso... Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpson
Aliens: Labyrinth - Jim Woodring
Aliens: Nightmare Asylum - Steve Perry
Aliens: Genocide - Karl Story,Damon Willis,John Arcudi
Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch: A Year in the Life - Steve Englehart,Al Milgrom,Richard Howell
A Once Crowded Sky - Tom King

This is what I got.   


I also took part in a yankee swap and got this:  



It's lootcrate, er, loot that someone didn't want - but I kinda looove it.   The shirt might be a tad small for me, but I still looove it.   

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