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review 2018-10-16 15:35
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The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamiltons Urban Fantasy – Reihe „Anita Blake“ war stets als Mehrteiler konzipiert. Nach dem College las sie viele Krimis und fand, dass Frauen dort grundsätzlich weniger taff als Männer auftraten. Sie wünschte sich eine Heldin, die in allen Bereichen mindestens ebenso gut wie Männer war. Sie entschied, in der Welt dieser Heldin parallel ihre Vorliebe für Folklore und Mythologie auszuleben. Die Idee zu „Anita Blake“ war geboren. Sobald dieser Ansatz gefestigt war, wusste sie, dass sie keinen Einzelband schreiben würde. Ihr war damals hingegen nicht klar, wie stark Romantik die Geschichte beeinflussen würde. Erst mit dem vierten Band „The Lunatic Cafe“ gestand sie sich ein, wie wichtig diese Ebene für „Anita Blake“ ist. Diese Erkenntnis war meiner Meinung nach die Voraussetzung für den sechsten Band „The Killing Dance“.

 

Es gibt schlimmere Schicksale als den Tod. Als der Vampir Sabin Anita Blakes Büro betritt, muss sie sich sehr zusammenreißen, um ihren Ekel zu verbergen: Sabin verfault bei lebendigem Leib. Er bittet um ihre Hilfe als mächtige Nekromantin. Anita ist nicht sicher, wie und ob sie seine Erkrankung heilen kann, ist jedoch bereit, es zu versuchen. Wären da nur nicht all die anderen Probleme, die ihre Aufmerksamkeit erfordern. Irgendjemand hat ein Kopfgeld auf sie ausgesetzt. Mit Edwards Unterstützung bemüht sie sich redlich, allen Auftragskillern aus dem Weg zu gehen und zu ermitteln, wer sie diesmal tot sehen will, aber sie kann sich nicht völlig aus der Schusslinie heraushalten. Eine zeremoniell hingerichtete Vampirleiche, Ärger in Richards Werwolfsrudel und ihr eigenes, chaotisches Liebesleben halten sie fleißig auf Trab. Anita ist so beschäftigt, dass sie nicht bemerkt, dass ihr die Gefahr bereits näher ist, als sie glaubt…

 

„The Killing Dance“ erwischte mich kalt. Ich habe das Buch schon einmal auf Deutsch als „Tanz der Toten“ gelesen, ordnete meine Erinnerungen an die Handlung allerdings späteren Bänden zu. Ich war nicht darauf vorbereitet, bereits so früh im Rahmen meines Rereads mit einem der traurigsten, tragischsten Bände der Reihe konfrontiert zu werden. Mein Herz blutet. Es war unglaublich schmerzhaft, Anita und Richard dabei zu beobachten, wie sie sich permanent gegenseitig verletzen. Dennoch mochte ich „The Killing Dance“ sehr, weil ich den akuten Fall trotz mehrerer Komponenten im Vergleich zu „Bloody Bones“ erfreulich klar strukturiert, rund und in sich geschlossen fand und er bezüglich der übergreifenden Geschichte sehr aufschlussreich ist. Laurell K. Hamilton etabliert einige der Hauptkonflikte der Reihe, gewährt tiefe Einblicke in die von Dominanz geprägte Hierarchie eines Werwolfsrudels und erklärt Anitas belastete Beziehungen zu verschiedenen Figuren, darunter sie selbst, Jean-Claude, Dolph, Edward (von jeher mein liebster Nebencharakter) und eben auch Richard. Ihr betrübliches Drama trägt entscheidend zum Verständnis von Anitas Persönlichkeit bei und bot mir reichlich Gelegenheit zur Analyse. Die Anziehungskraft und die Gefühle, die Richard und Anita füreinander empfinden, stehen außer Frage, doch sie harmonieren einfach nicht. Liebe allein reicht eben nicht aus. Ich glaube, sie sind hauptsächlich in die Idee voneinander verliebt, die mit der Realität ihrer Beziehung katastrophal kollidiert. Zwischen Anita und Richard geht es stets darum, wer das furchteinflößendere Monster ist. Sie können einander nicht so akzeptieren, wie sie sind, weil sie sich selbst nicht akzeptieren können. Sie lehnen die inhumane Brutalität, die in ihnen beiden schlummert, sowohl in sich selbst als auch im jeweils anderen ab. Richards Wolf erzeugt eine Resonanz mit Anitas Düsternis; Anitas Bereitwilligkeit, zu töten, die sie sogar dominant in sein Rudel integriert, erinnert ihn an die kompromisslose Skrupellosigkeit seiner animalischen Seite. Er verlangt von ihr, sein Tier zu umarmen, kann es aber selbst nicht. In „The Killing Dance“ entscheidet er, ihr seinen Wolf in voller Pracht zu präsentieren und wählt dafür den krassesten Augenblick, der überhaupt möglich war. Extremer konnte er den Kontrast zwischen Wolf und Mensch gar nicht betonen. Das riecht nach Sabotage, denn er hätte Anitas ersten Kontakt mit seinem tierischen Ich durchaus schonender gestalten können. Ich werfe Anita nicht vor, dass sie Schwierigkeiten hat, diese traumatische Situation zu verarbeiten und kann nachvollziehen, dass ihr Jean-Claude, mit dem sie die Illusion, er wäre ein Mensch, deutlich leichter aufrechtzuerhalten vermag und der weder seine noch ihre Natur verleugnet, automatisch attraktiver erscheint. Ich denke mittlerweile, dass Richard und Anita nie füreinander bestimmt waren. Sie sind nicht fähig, die Wunschvorstellungen voneinander zu erfüllen und hadern mit den daraus resultierenden Implikationen: einen weißen Gartenzaun kann es für sie niemals geben.

 

Ich weiß, dass meine Rezension den Eindruck vermitteln könnte, „The Killing Dance“ hätte außer Herz-Schmerz-Drama wenig zu bieten. Das stimmt nicht. Es ist ein wirklich aufregender, spannender und atemloser Band, der mich auch neben meiner Lieblingsbeschäftigung, Anita zu analysieren, sehr gut unterhalten und einige Male überrascht hat. Für andere Leser_innen sind Elemente wie das Kopfgeld oder der abstoßende Vampir Sabin vielleicht präsenter, aber ich konzentriere mich gern auf Anitas Liebesleben, weil die Entwicklung ihres Charakters, die sich darin spiegelt, für mich der interessanteste Aspekt der Reihe ist. Sie ist der Grund, warum ich diesen Mehrteiler sogar im Rahmen der von Stereotypen geplagten Urban Fantasy als einzigartig ansehe. Vampire, Werwölfe, Nekromanten – alles schon da gewesen, doch Anita ist ein echtes Original. Nehmt es mir also nicht übel, dass es mir so viel Spaß bereitet, ihre Persönlichkeit zu entschlüsseln und mich lang und breit darüber auszulassen. Irgendwo muss ein Fangirl ihren Gedanken ja freien Lauf lassen können. ;-)

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/laurell-k-hamilton-the-killing-dance
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Know About Water Aerobics Workout

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Water Aerobics is a cool method to shed those additional kilos . Water aerobics exercise or water heart stimulating exercise is an extraordinary mix of fun and exercise. Including different body developments in a musical style, it incorporates move steps as well.

What about Water Aerobics?

 

1. Extraordinary Exercise for the Elderly

With regards to enhancing cardiovascular wellbeing and muscle continuance, water heart stimulating exercise is a more secure option in contrast to standard high impact exercise, and it effortlessly outperforms most different sorts of activities. This exercise focuses on body parts, for example, appendages, chest, mid-region, neck and back. Since water vigorous exercise is a low effect type of exercise, it is particularly helpful for the elderly, and for individuals with joint pain, joint issues, osteoporosis, stoutness, back agony and diabetes.

 

2. Best Resistance Training

Water is denser than air as is the opposition offered by it. In this way, consistent water practice results in fast conditioning of body muscles, as the water applies obstruction on the working muscles from all headings. That is the reason just strolling in the water for around a hour will consume about twice the same number of calories as strolling ashore would. Given this property of water, water aerobic exercise particularly proves to be useful for recovery of harmed competitors and orthopaedic patients.

 

3. Cardio Conditioning

Enhanced cardiovascular moulding is one of the principle medical advantages of water high impact exercise. It helps increment the level of HDL (great) cholesterol and enhance blood course. Contrasted with other land sports like cycling or running, the pulse stays unfaltering while at the same time working out in water. Besides, this activity does not require numerous hardware like that in agym.

What number of Calories Lost?

Water aerobics is a less stressing approach to get thinner when contrasted with most different activities. An hour of water heart stimulating exercise can consume 402 calories for somebody weighing 160 pounds, 501 calories for 200 pounds, and 600 calories for a 240-pound individual.

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review 2018-10-12 21:25
A Dance of Water and Air - Antonia Aquilante
A Dance of Water and Air - Antonia Aquilante

At times, I feel like I write so many reviews which ought to contain the words 'I really wanted to like this book, but...' and A Dance of Water and Air is just another one of those reviews. For starters, the title itself feels awkward as the elements are just the wrong way round for it to seem natural. That is the least of this book's problems from my perspective. 

 

The basic premise of the book is that we have two neighbouring kingdoms in a universe where people have elemental magic but tend towards having an affinity for one over the rest. You can tell it's a fantasy book because Affinity gets a capital A every time it appears. Said kingdoms are threatened by another neighbour and a plan is hatched to marry the eldest son of one kingdom (Edmund) to the queen of the other, with Edmund getting shipped off there a few months before the wedding so he can get to know his prospective bride.

 

Since she pretty much ignores him once he arrives, Edmund inconveniently falls for the queen's brother (Arden) and also eventually gets accused of an attempt on the queen's life. This forces Arden to make a choice and he chooses to rescue his putative boyfriend, who's been thrown into a dungeon. After fleeing back to Edmund's kingdom and the queen reluctantly agreeing the two of them can marry, Edmund and Arden are discussing the threat from their neighbours and then the book just stops - I think it's meant to be a cliffhanger (maybe?) but instead it left me wondering if there was a problem with the file. 

 

I liked the overall world-building but sadly the characters didn't manage to be as interesting, being generally pretty two-dimensional. There's also a surprise 'oh, by the way I have breasts' moment for one of the characters that I really didn't see coming. Likewise, I found the convenience of the pairing off of Arden and Edmund's respective secretaries just a bit too much like high school and double dating to take seriously. But then all of them were very much working on 'oh, he's so handsome that I must fall in love with him' levels so I guess it's not a massive surprise.

 

I received this book from Netgalley on condition of giving an honest review. 

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review 2018-09-29 18:39
Series Thoughts: Circle trilogy
Morrigan's Cross - Nora Roberts
Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy #2) - Nora Roberts
Valley of Silence - Nora Roberts

Circle trilogy

by Nora Roberts
Book #1:  Morrigan's Cross | Rating:  2.5 Stars
Book #2:  Dance of the Gods | Rating:  2.0 Stars
Book #3:  Valley of Silence | Rating:  2.5 Stars

Series Average Rating:  2.33 Stars


This series reminded me of the Cousin's O'Dwyer trilogy.  I know that this one came first, but I read that one first, and the similarities in dialogue, narration, and even the awkward timing of the dialogue, as well as the overall awkwardness of the dialogue itself is much too similar to be ignored.  To be honest, I kept getting the distinct feeling the characters weren't sure which time period or what genre of book they were in.

Honestly, this entire trilogy probably could have been cut down to one book, although I then suspect that we wouldn't get to showcase each couple as the front and center.  But the romances weren't all that great, so I'm not sure if that's really an issue.  The couple who had the best chemistry were Glenna and Hoyt in the first book, but even then it felt lacking.  The couple with the worst chemistry happened to be Blair and Larkin--those two just didn't mesh at all and I couldn't figure out how Blair even fell for Larkin, because he annoyed the crap out of me.

To each their own, I guess.

The last book might have been the best one, but due to certain factors, it was still graded an average 2.5 Star 'Meh' Rating.  There were too many things wrong with the way the book, the entire series, really, was set up and outlined.

Anyway you see it, I've read better Nora Roberts books.

 

 


 

 

In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea...

Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family's embrace.  Her name is Lilith.  Existing for over a thousand years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss.  But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world—and those beyond it...

Hoyt is no match for the dark siren.  But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance.  At Morrigan's charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith.  A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one he's lost.  And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit—and his heart—have become...



As I've stated above, there were a lot of things about this book that bugged me, least of all were the similarities to the Cousin O'Dwyer trilogy I read a couple years back, the first book of which had been read for Halloween Bingo 2016.  While the premise seemed interesting and promising enough, I can't say that the execution of the entire ordeal was really that great.

I was a little overwhelmed that so much was thrown at us in this first book, including all the six players, their thoughts and histories and conflicts, as well as more to grow on.  There was a lot of predictability to the actions, and also a lot of frustration with these characters.  And, as I'd felt with the Cousin O'Dwyer trilogy, the dialogue just feels too unnatural, too poetic, to feel real--it's a bit jarring.

Nonetheless, I found myself enjoying this book and interested in following the rest of the trilogy to the end.  It would be interesting to see what comes of Cian, as the one and only vampire in this army of vampire slayers.

On a side note, I was a bit ecstatic when Blair pops into the picture and her introductory was actually quite kick ass--so I find myself hopeful for the second book wherein Blair's kick-ass self will be expanded upon!

 

 


 

 

With one vampire determined to rule the earth, the Circle of Six prepares to battle for their lives—and their hearts...

Blair Murphy has always worked alone. Destined to be a demon hunter in a world that doesn't believe in such things, she lives for the kill. But now, she finds herself the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lilith and her minions.

Learning to trust the others has been hard, for Blair has never allowed herself such a luxury. But she finds herself drawn to Larkin, a man of many shapes. As a horse, he is proud and graceful; as a dragon, beautifully fierce; and as a ma ... well, Blair has seen her share of hunks, but none quite so ruggedly handsome and playfully charming as this nobleman from the past.

In two months' time, the circle of six will face Lilith and her army in Geall. To complete preparations and round up forces to fight, the circle travels through time to Larkin's world, where Blair must choose between battling her overwhelming attraction to him - or risking everything for a love that can never be..



All of my hopes for this series picking up with Blair's inclusion pretty much shattered with this second book.  This isn't Blair's fault, however, as I still think she's pretty kick-ass, and I like that she comes to the circle as 'The Warrior.'  Of course, she seems to have a little bit of Buffy in her, but there's nothing wrong with that.

What was wrong with this second book was that it truly contributed nothing new to the series.  It was entirely a bridging book, created for the sake of having a second book, and for the sake of giving Blair and Larkin their romance.  And if the romance had been any good, I probably would have been okay with it, even as the book was quite draggy.

But Larkin annoyed the ever-loving hell out of me, and I can't even really pinpoint why.  He was always flirting and always trying too hard to be charming.  Why that annoys me, I'm not entirely sure.  While Blair is trying to organize a fight with the vampires, he's acting like a teenager who's playing some game, having fun with his training, seeing the sights of the modern world, and flirting with every female he comes in contact with.

The fact that the romance started developing before I could even pinpoint where the chemistry was coming from didn't help.

And finally, Larkin's shape-shifting abilities remain fully unexplained for 90% of the book, and everyone just kind of goes with it.  Because, you know, sorcerors, witches, vampires... people from another world.  Obviously no one ever questions why any of these people exist, which is not surprising.  But I think I would have liked to have had Larkin's shape-shifting abilities brought to light more than the simple one paragraph flashback that was given to us at the end.

At least we got to see Blair's journey starting as an ordinary girl living in a demon hunting family, to becoming a full blown demon hunter.  There was more depth to her background than Larkin's, though I'm not sure I like that her conflicts weren't really addressed.

 

 


 

 

The battleground has been chosen for the final showdown between those selected by the gods and the minions of the vampire Lilith. But there is one vampire who dares stand against her. And his love for the scholarly queen of Geall will complete the circle of six - and change the face of eternity.

Having traveled through the Dance of the Gods to the land of Geall, the circle finds themselves convincing then training the people of Geall to defeat Lilith’s vampire army. The Valley of Silence is a forbidding place for the battle of all battles, but the circle continues to prepare through magic and a few early stakeouts that test their strength individually and as a team.

Moira finds herself playing the roles of warrior and royal, as she follows the tradition of her people and prepares to take the crown before leading them into battle. And if that isn’t enough, she finds her thoughts turning to Cian more often than not.

So what’s a chaste and intelligent young woman to do when given less than a month with the man she loves, who’s not a man, but a vampire? And how will the people of Geall fare against an army of blood-thirsty vampires who have had centuries to prepare?



While the entire series isn't really much to write home about, I'd say that Valley of Silence was the best of all three books.  Not that that's saying much, because it didn't receive more than a 2.5 Star Rating from me anyway.  It was 'Meh', though certain aspects of this book probably should have yanked the book's rating down to 'It was less than Meh and didn't do anything for me.'  There were things in this book I'm not sure were handled very well.

Secondly, I didn't really like Moira all that much.  She wasn't irritating, nor was she a speshul snowflake.  She was just there... and she was kind of flat and boring.

In contrast, I loved Cian's relationship with the other two women in this book, even as just friends.  He regards Glenna with endearment; and he seems to have some sort of rapport with Blair.  In contrast, I'd noted that neither of the other men in the series had much to do with the other women in this series who weren't their significant other.  I would have expected Hoyt and Blair to at least have something to talk about, but they barely did.  I figure it's because Blair and Cian are so much alike when it comes to their ultimate goal and mission, because they both understand the ruthlessness of their enemy and the fact that they also need to act towards the bigger picture of things.

I liked that Cian understood that both men and women were equally necessary in the war.  Whereas Larkin and Hoyt spent more time playing the big, neanderthal of a macho man.

And I suspect that this has a lot more to do with which time period each of these people come from.  Hoyt, Larkin, and Moira come from a land where honor is held much more highly than Cian, Blair, or Glenna would see it.  The latter three come from a land where--not that it isn't held highly--but in the face of war and survival, sometimes honor needs to take a back seat, and emotions can mean either life or death in a millisecond.

Hoyt and Larkin come from a land and time where you protect women and children and babies and the elderly... which really doesn't leave a whole lot of population to fight a war, but whatevs.  Meanwhile, the latter three, more modern characters come from a world where everything should be equal opportunity.  Which also helps the former three time-bound characters understand that everyone needs to learn how to protect themselves and those around them, rather than just having the women rely on all the men to do the protecting.

I suppose that's why this circle sort of works--they balance each other out, I guess.  They're all even paired as such romantically.

Anyway, the conflict in this book was a little deeper, if only because of Cian.  He made this last book work for me.  Meanwhile, the romance between him and Moira did not work for me, because, much like the previous book, I couldn't find that chemistry between them.

The ending was too abrupt for my liking, and while there were some emotional feels towards the end of the book, there still seemed to be a feeling of unsatisfied incompleteness.  And I'm not sure if it's just because the series itself was a bit lacking.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/09/series-thoughts-circle-trilogy.html
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How Good Is Zumba Workout To Get Into Shape?

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Seemingly among the best. It relies upon how much exertion you are willing to put in. The cardinal administer of High force exercises is to connect with the center to see most extreme outcomes. That is valid for Zumba as well. In case you are ready to truly keep those abs tight while working out, you will see unmistakable outcomes around your waistline.

 

So also, on the off chance that you are at standard with your coach regarding vitality level and frame, at that point you will likewise start to see inch misfortune. In any case, a great many people who go to sessions just search out the fun component and pass up the exercise. On the off chance that you can locate the correct equalization in your session, you're set.

 

In any case, Zumba can't beat weights or normal quality preparing with regards to getting into shape. Lifting weights and chipping away at only building bulk causes you consume more calories. In addition, increment in the bulk can help increment your digestion rate.
So keep up or remaining dynamic means keeping your body working at an abnormal state. General exercise will keep up the execution of your lungs and heart to most productively consume off overabundance calories and monitor your weight. Exercise will likewise enhance muscle quality, increment joint adaptability and enhance perseverance.

 

Fitpass can be your impetus in this strategy. Here you will get all that you have to get fit! Exercises, nourishment help and items on your fingertips. Exercise anyplace, whenever crosswise over 2000+ gyms and wellness studios in best gyms in Delhi near your home, office and so on.

 

So your ideal exercise ought to be-close to three long stretches of Zumba every week alongside direct weight preparing.

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