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review 2017-10-25 05:59
Ein Buch, das in der Seele trifft
Alles Licht, das wir nicht sehen: Roman - Anthony Doerr,Werner Löcher-Lawrence

In Frankreich sieht die blinde Marie-Laure dem 2. Weltkrieg entgegen. Gerüchte, Gerüche und Angst begleiten sie durch das besetzte Land. In Deutschland bereitet sich der Waisenjunge Werner auf eine Eliteausbildung vor. Nur die besten Jungen sind auserwählt, für Führer und Vaterland Spezialaufträge zu erfüllen, die ihn an die Grenze seiner Menschlichkeit bringen werden.

Mit „Alles Licht, das wir nicht sehen“ hat Anthony Doerr ein erzählerisches Meisterwerk geschaffen, das einem gebannt in die Zeiten des 2. Weltkriegs versetzt. Anhand der Jugendlichen Marie-Laure und Werner gibt er den Menschen ein Gesicht, treibt sie aufeinander zu und lässt sie wieder ziehen. Und man sieht, dass sie ihrem Schicksal gnadenlos ausgeliefert sind.

Marie-Laure ist blind und hat sich zu arrangieren gelernt. Ihr Vater hat sich stets gut gekümmert, das wissbegierige Mädchen mit allerhand Finessen versorgt und will natürlich gerade in Kriegszeiten das Beste für sie. 

Werner hat es schwer im Leben. Als hochtalentiertes Waisenkind ist er eine Ausnahmeerscheinung, die es weg von den Kohlengruben hin zur Eliteschule schafft. Großes steht ihm bevor - sagen sie. Doch Werner ist sich nicht sicher, ob er diese große Taten wirklich vollbringen will. 

Die Schicksale dieser Jugendlichen sind von der ersten Seite an miteinander verwoben, obwohl sie sich kaum berühren. Abschnittsweise wird von Marie-Laure und Werner erzählt, wie sie ihre Kindheit verbrachten und mit welchen Gefühlen sie dem Krieg gegenüberstehen. 

Dabei hat Doerr einen meisterhaften Erzählstil gefunden, in dem er wie in einem Labyrinth durch die Windungen der beiden Schicksale führt.

Die Geschichte von Marie-Laure und Werner geht unter die Haut. Ich bewundere Autoren, die es schaffen, nicht nur Geschichten sondern Geschichte zu erzählen. Sie geben uns ein Gefühl für die Gegenwart, schärfen den Blick und weisen daraufhin, dass das Leben nicht selbstverständlich ist.

Der 2. Weltkrieg wird in seiner unnachahmlichen Brutalität beschrieben: Luftangriffe, Hungersnöte, Krankheiten und verschwundene Elternteile. Gleichzeitig stempelt der Autor nicht ab, sondern zeigt, warum die Menschen zu ihren Überzeugungen gelangen. Er veranschaulicht, wer sie waren, was sie sind und wie sie sein werden - ohne sich dabei in Schwarzmalerei zu verlieren.

Außerdem gibt er den Besonderheiten dieser Zeit entsprechenden Raum. Abseits vom Kriegsgeschehen stachelt das Radio nicht nur den Fanatismus sondern auch die Wissbegier an. Es überträgt Botschaften, lässt Musik erklingen und rettet oder beendet sogar Menschenleben.

„Alles Licht, das wir nicht sehen“ lässt mich den Hut vor Anthony Doerr ziehen und ihm tief empfundene Anerkennung aussprechen. Dieses Werk berührt, bannt und fesselt. Es ist ein Buch, das mich mitten in der Seele trifft.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-09-22 20:15
A writing style and story not to my liking
The Spider Web Charmer - Lawrence R. Deering

Michael and Michelle Crawford could best be described as an entrepreneurial and adventurous couple who run their own detective agency. Work is fast and furious with most of their time spent trying to discover and apprehend a killer know as "The Mathematician" who inscribes insightful "equations" unto the bodies of his victims. As the body count mounts the FBI is contacted to assist especially when it becomes clear that the serial killer has acquired an unwarranted interest in Michelle Crawford. In addition to managing the busy day to day workload of the agency, and chasing The Mathematician, Michael is also eager to discover the whereabouts of his birth parents who abandoned him to adoptive parents at a young age.

 

This book is best described as a novel with "cool temperament" told in a rather brassy and mocking writing style. It failed to have any impression on me, I found all the characters devoid of any emotion (which may have well been the author's intention) and after only a few chapters I was hoping that The Mathematician would be successful in his attempts to wipe out the Crawfords and rid me of the need to read any further! Many thanks to netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for and honest and truthful review and that is what I have written.

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review 2017-08-15 00:00
Bridle the Unicorn
Bridle the Unicorn - Emmi Lawrence Bridle the Unicorn - Emmi Lawrence The last chapter made me unexplained mad. I toughed out the entire book (which was slow and didn't exactly have anything exciting about it) to find out what was special about the building, why the events had unfolded as it was to make Roan so confused and Ari's part in it all just for the story to unfold as it did. I usually love self sacrifice stories and fantasy is a favorite genre but this one just didn't work for me. I didn't hate or like Ari throughout the story but by the end I absolutely hated him. I hated that he didn't have any repercussions for his actions. I didn't feel any sympathy empathy for Ari? Oh Boohoo someone he loved forgot him, oh woe is me, he kept looking at his situation so negatively. Blah blah blah. His actions led to his choices. After he got tired or bored of his current scenario he decides to fix the issues he incited through bad choices and drags Roan into it. Not to mention that his intentions toward Roan was horribly evil. I hate that four years were stolen from everyone in the building. That Roan forgave so easily and Ari didn't really answer for anything. He was literally rewarded for being bad. I don't really care that he was just 23yrs old and practically a screw up. In the end Ari got what he wanted and he didn't really have to pay a price. There's I lot I can say about Ari but I think I've already said enough. Before the ending I would have gave this a 2.5-3 but having finished I think it deserves a 1.5. The plot was the only saving grace. If the focus hadn't been on the mystery of Roan's oddity and memory loss, the building and Ari's charm I would have given this story up completely. The author put just enough intrigue into it which kept me curious.

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2017-08-13 01:44
Still loving this series
Transformers: Lost Light #8 - James Roberts,Jack Lawrence

Although I think a lot of it has a More Than Meets the Eye vibe, especially in this issue.   Not better than the previous issues, just different, even more familiar.  I loved the alternative universe, although it changed a lot of dynamics: how characters saw each other, how the action played out, some of the humor.   Revelations changed people.   Loses changed more dynamics.  

 

And perhaps losing Megatron skewed this back to feeling like the beginning of this series a bit, although arguably the addition of the femmes - Nautica, Anode, Lug, Velocity and so on - add something that MTMtE didn't have at the beginning. 

 

Then again, being in a familiar universe allows Roberts some freedom: to bring them to a planet where everything is sold and bought, even grief, and where they can have some old school, somewhat tangential adventures.   (Some are tied to finding the Knights of Cybertron and Cyberutopia.   Some of are not.   But some of the stories that were least tied to the grand finding Cyberutopia storyline were also the most fun.   I'm glad that this is not going to be non-tangential: Roberts has never been afraid of diverging from the larger plot, although he never does so without adding more to his mythos, his characterizations and doing a lot with the world and sub-plots.   Still, the AU story was fairly contained, less tangential, and this issue makes me realize how much I wanted an action/mystery based slightly tangential story, and how perfect this timing was.)

 

I love the way this series is evolving and I love what they're doing with Skids.   (And wondering if Arcee will get wind of this and do something for Sideswipe, although I think the might be a lost cause and she might accept it at this point in time.   She wouldn't have earlier, but she just might now.)

 

I'm afraid for Lotty, for Anode, for Lug, for Nautica.  I'm afraid for the rest of the crew, because things like this are never self-contained with Roberts: this will have consequences.  It might not be immediate, it might be years down the line, but it's going to happen, I won't be able to see it coming, and it's exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. 

 

And since I tweet these to him, and since he reads his reviews, I hope I don't embarrass him, but I can't think of a single author that excites me more.   It's not just the stories, it's the way I think about them, find new things in them when I reread them.  It's breathlessly waiting for the new issues.  I can't think of another author who consistently takes me on these roller coasters to the point that Roberts does.   And I think I look forward to these issues more than any other writing that comes out. 

 

Sadly, I didn't get to this issue as soon as I normally do.   Weird couple of weeks, but I did get it out before the next issue, and I read all my new comics backlog including this so I can hopefully get to issue nine immediately when it comes out!

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review 2017-08-12 03:29
Ok Book but not my favorite.
Red Sister - Mark Lawrence

I liked the book more at the beginning, the middle was boring to me, and then it got more exciting at the end. The middle to me was so boring that I skipped some to see if it got more exciting at the end. I feel really sad because I really wanted to love the book more than I did, because I read so many great reviews of the book.

I would have to say that I really loved the main character of Nona a lot and I felt so bad about all she went through at such a young age. I think she had a lot of courage for such a young girl. There are a lot of interesting characters such as, Arabella, Jula, Clera, Hessa, Sister Apple, Sister Kettle, and Mistress Blade, etc. 

I did like the book enough that I would give the next book in the series a chance, and hopefully I will enjoy that one more. I liked the plot of the book and I was pretty surprised by something's that happened and something's weren't surprising at all, but rather things that you would excepted to happen. 

So while this book wasn't my favorite book ever, I still enjoyed it enough to continue on, like I mentioned above. 

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