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review 2015-10-01 08:17
[REZENSION] Das Nebelmädchen - Fabienne Siegmund (by Nika)
Das Nebelmädchen - Fabienne Siegmund,Shikomo

Das Nebelmädchen – Fabienne Siegmund

Arunya-Verlag, 2015

159 Seiten

Kindle-eBook 3,99 €

Mit farbigen Innenillustrationen von Shikomo

 

Klappentext

Eliza Willows ist nicht begeistert, mit ihrer Mutter in das abgelegene und verwinkelte Landhaus Mirror’s End zu ziehen. Als ihr aber bereits in ihrer zweiten Nacht ein Mädchen aus Nebel in ihrem Schlafzimmer begegnet, ändert sich für die Sechzehnjährige alles. Denn schon am nächsten Morgen scheint sich ihr Schicksal mit dem der alten Geschichte, die sich um Mirror’s End rankt, verwoben zu haben.


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Source: lesekatzen.blogspot.de/2015/10/rezension-das-nebelmadchen-fabienne.html
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review 2014-06-27 22:11
The Trouble With Heroes by Jo Beverley
The Trouble With Heroes... - Jo Beverley

The Trouble With Heroes feels incomplete. Stepping outside of her customary genre has given Beverley the freedom to experiment more widely with a theme that often appears in her full length works. Unfortunately, she pulls her final punch. Set in one of earth’s future colonies on a host planet that appeared perfect for a utopian existence, humans who have known no other planet maintain a deceptively peaceful life. Early settlers discovered that some were born knowing how to harness the planet’s natural energy, giving them the honored career of a fixer.

 

Fixers spend their lives guarding against an invasion by poorly understood indigenous life forms who attack so rarely they seem almost mythical. The day to day responsibility of a fixer is to lay hands of healing on the population, repairing broken limbs and soothing unrest. Jenny feels the edges of the fixer energy. Dan, her childhood friend, is a fixer. He wants more from her than friendship, something he barely pursues while hinting at an ability to compel her compliance.

 

Early in the novella it was difficult for me to stay interested. An interesting tale of refugees lining the city walls warred with overly cute references to Monty Python films as historical artifacts. The Python bits fit neither the tone of the story nor the logic of the settlement’s timeline. Once past that DNF danger zone, The Trouble With Heroes opened up. Beverley plays with the subject of war, it’s culture and costs. From the streets named for the fallen to the populations discomfort with those who return, The Trouble With Heroes had a strong story to tell. In the end, this novella was too short.

 

The ending of Jenny’s story is neatly wrapped in an unearned bow. The resolution feels more like a prologue than a HFN. Jenny is inconsistent in her actions and desires without clear cause. The indigenous population of the settled planet is left unresolved. What the locusts are, if they will return, if the fixers have committed genocide – all of these points are left to the readers speculation. It isn’t done in a way that feels purposeful. While this is the strongest of the SF/F novellas I’ve read from Beverley, it didn’t really satisfy.

 

Final Assessment: Strong message about the costs of war but ultimately unsatisfying. C+

 

Source: Purchased copy

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review 2013-10-08 12:00
Daffodils In Spring by Pamela Morsi
Daffodils In Spring - Pamela Morsi

Originally posted on Love in the Margins.

 

Daffodils In Spring was a 2011 freebie meant to promote literatureforallofus.org and honor it’s founder, Karen Thomson. In fact the cover model strongly resembles a younger idealized Thomson. She doesn’t fit the age of any particular character so I think she’s there to sell us on reading the story. Inside the cover Morsi tries to graft her Americana style onto urban Chicago with mixed results. I admire almost all of the pieces, but I didn’t love the whole. Despite my lack of love a number of elements make Daffodils In Spring worth discussing.

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Source: loveinthemargins.com/2013/10/07/daffodils-in-spring-by-pamela-morsi
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