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text 2018-07-16 20:27
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Dream Maker - Sehnsucht (The Dream Maker, Band 1) - Audrey Carlan,Friederike Ails,Christiane Sipeer

Parker Ellis, auch Dream Maker genannt, führt die legendäre Agentur 'International Guy'. Was er anbietet: alles, was sexy, tough und unwiderstehlich macht. Wer seine Kundinnen sind: Frauen aus der ganzen Welt, die Coaching in Sachen Liebe, Leben und Karriere suchen. Was ihn auszeichnet: Sein unglaublicher Sex-Appeal und seine beiden Partner Bogart ‚Bo‘ Lundigren, der Love Maker, und Royce Sterling, der Money Maker. Seine Aufträge führen den Dream Maker von Paris über New York bis nach Kopenhagen. Die Devise lautet höchste Professionalität, doch schon die zweite Kundin in New York City lässt Parker schwächeln. Die junge Schauspielerin Skyler ist im Begriff, sein Herz zu erobern ...

Cover und Inhaltsangabe fand ich sehr ansprechend und auch vielversprechend. Leider konnte das Buch dann die Erwartungen nicht erfüllen - es wurde keine Spannung aufgebaut, die Geschichte ist sehr "flach" ohne Tiefgang.
Vor allem Parker Ellis, der "Dream Maker" ist in meinen Augen Schuld für mein Desinteresse an dem Buch - die Figur ist dermaßen unrealistisch gestaltet, dass einem die Freude verging. Die Figur ist viel zu überheblich gestaltet und auch nur sehr oberflächlich behandelt.

Schade, mich konnte das Buch nicht überzeugen.

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review 2018-07-13 12:43
The Dog Who Dared to Dream - Sun-mi Hwan... The Dog Who Dared to Dream - Sun-mi Hwang

The Dog Who Dared to Dream tells the story of Scraggy, the odd one out of the litter of pups born to a mother who’s life has been series of pregnancies. Scraggly slowly sees her family disappear for various reasons until one day there is just her left. Alone she sets off to see the world outside the gates of her home. We follow her as she encounters other animals and humans, and grows up with her owner Grandpa Screecher.


The novel shows the trials of life through the eyes of Scraggly, grief at losing loved ones, the importance of friendship and the cruelties that can lay at the hands we trust the most.


This is a charming and moving tale about the relationship between man and dog. The symbiotic relationship and the often times cruel one that can exist. It is also a sad tale, one of the loneliness Scraggly faces as her family leave her.


It is a parable about the vagaries of life, of hardship, sacrifice and love. Scraggly’s children leave, some dying, others sold, never to return and she pines their loss equally. I was soon caught up with Scraggly’s tale, pulled along by the narrative, and oddly moved by it.


This is a short novel, only 160 pages in length but it packs a lot of story into those few pages. There is a fairytale like sense to the book, helped not only by the canine lead character but by the translation, which I always find tends to lend an aura of magic to a story. It opens on the door a little on a different culture, one perhaps unknown and therefore a little mysterious. Because it is such a short novel it is hard to discuss the book without giving too much of the storyline away and so my review will be one of brevity.


A lovely, perfectly paced story that will make you ponder.

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text 2018-06-25 16:36
To Dream by Carolyn Brown $1.99
To Dream - Carolyn Brown

Greta Fields had planned to stay one night in Murray County, Oklahoma, to attend her brother's wedding, even though she thought he was making the biggest mistake of his life for the second time. But on her way out of town, she caused a three car pileup when she dropped her cell phone and tried to retrieve it while traveling ninety miles an hour. For her crime, she was forced to serve four months of community service in Sulphur, Oklahoma, with none other than that policeman she'd had words with at the reception acting as her escort to and from work. She almost opted for six months in jail rather than have to deal with him every day.


Kyle Parsons, a rancher and policeman in Sulphur, had looked across the outdoor wedding reception and figured he was staring at an angel straight from heaven. It didn't take him long to realize his first impression was dead wrong when it came to Greta Fields. His truck and trailer were part of the three vehicle pileup the morning after the wedding, and he lost a prize Angus bull that he hadn't had time to insure. To add insult to injury, the judge put him in charge of taking Greta to and from her community service job. He would have rather dealt with a hungry rattlesnake than that spoiled brat of a woman.


Greta can't wait to get back to her city life, and Kyle can't wait for her to go. Somehow their hearts didn't get the message.

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review 2018-06-20 14:01
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

Not sure I would ever have read this if it wasn't for the movie adaptation but I enjoyed it. I think it may have been more powerful back in the time it was written but there were enough thought provoking elements to keep it feeling relevant for me. It's pretty different from the movie so don't expect it to be similar.

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review 2018-06-19 17:26
A Look at a Real Life Point Break
The End Of The Dream The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up : Ann Rules Crime Files Volume 5 - Ann Rule

So this was a welcome take from Rule's usual look at murderers and serial killers. Rule looks at the backstory behind a man who was responsible for robbing 17 banks in the Seattle area over a period of four years back in the 1990s. I weirdly found myself completely taken in by Rule's recounting of the childhood and later life of the man whose plan it was to rob banks, Scott Scurlock.


"The end of the Dream" talks about two families who were apparently destined to live in each other's pockets, the Scurlocks and the Meyers. Both families ended up settling in Reston, VA and from there two of the boys, Scott Scurlock and Kevin Meyers would be life long friends who seemed to follow each other all over. Rule obviously interviewed members of both families and from Kevin you start to get a sense that he realized that over time something in Scott became bent.


Scott seemed more intent on making sure he didn't have to work a "straight" job. He eventually moved from Virginia, Hawaii, and then to Washington State. While in Washington state he started to become a meth dealer. 


I wondered while reading how so many people obviously realized that something (not legal) was going on with Scott, but ignored all of the red flags that were being thrown up. I do laugh at Rule though, she always describes these people as being handsome, attractive to women, etc. and I saw pictures of Scurlock and just kind of shrugged.


When Rule goes into the rift that eventually happens between Kevin and Scott, and how Scott pulls in Kevin's brother and another long-time friend to start robbing banks you start to realize that this story is not about to have a happy ending.

Scott's plan to rob banks seemed pretty smart, but he obviously had a spending problem that needed fixed. Rule at one point asserts that he spent something like $300,000 in one year. Though you may start to have sympathy at a certain point for Scott, the way he treats women and others around you will start to turn you off. He seemed to have a sixth sense on how to draw people in and have them owe him favors. 


I thought Rule did a great job of showing the backstory to Steve Meyers (Kevin's brother) and Mark Biggins. These last two men Rule doesn't skimp on details. Both men get into bank robbing because they want their daughters to have a better life. I would of course respond that they would probably prefer their dads not doing something illegal.

Rule eventually gets to the tragic end of Scurlock and what happens to Meyers and Biggins. The book does falter in the end a bit as if Rule didn't quite know how she wanted to tie this up.

Rule provides details on the police which I would happily have preferred to be left out. I didn't care about the police hunting the robbers. It ended up reading as filler after a while and ruined the flow depicting Scurlock's chronology along with everyone else. 

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