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review 2017-04-21 15:18
Rezension | Licht von Anthony McCarten
Licht - Anthony McCarten,Gabriele Kempf-Allié,Manfred Allié

Beschreibung

 

Licht. Eine der bedeutendsten Errungenschaften der Menschheit, die Dank des Erfinders Thomas Alva Edison den Weg in die Straßen und Häuser der Menschen fand. Die fesselnde Geschichte auf dem Weg zur Elektrizität verbindet zwei der unterschiedlichsten Männer überhaupt: Thomas Alva Edison, der Erfinder der Glühbirne, Besitzer von zahlreichen Patenten und den reichsten Mann der Welt, J. P. Morgan, der seine Genialität an der Wall Street unter Beweis stellte. Zusammen wollen sie die Welt erleuchten. Im skrupellosen Wirtschaftskampf setzt sich der Erfinder einer Welt aus, der er nie angehören wollte und die seine Moral und Überzeugungen schwer in Mitleidenschaft zieht. Der Kampf zwischen Macht und Geld machen es Edison immer schwerer sich selbst treu zu bleiben.

 

50 Jahre nachdem Thomas Alva Edison die Glühbirne erfand, soll ihm zu Ehren eine Parade statt finden, doch an Edison haben mittlerweile die scharfen Zähne der Zeit genagt und er findet die Menschen sollten ihn nicht für seine Forschung und Erfindung im Bereich der Elektrizität ehren, denn diese hat neben dem Guten auch eine Menge Schlechtes, ja sogar den Tod hervor gebracht hat.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Aus eigenem Antrieb hätte ich mich mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit nie so richtig mit dem Erfinder Thomas Alva Edison auseinander gesetzt, doch Anthony McCarten ist es in seinem neusten Roman „Licht“ eindeutig gelungen mein Interesse zu wecken und mir das Tor zu der spannenden Welt der großen Entdecker und Erfinder aufzustoßen.

 

"…immer die gespannte Erwartung auf das, was dieser großartige Verstand als Nächstes hervorbringen würde-, denn nur wenige waren geboren und wandelten auf Erden, um etwas Gutes aus dem Fluss ihrer Gedanken zu bergen, und nur eine Handvoll davon machte aus dem Ergebnis etwas, das von Nutzen für die Menschheit war." (Seite 335)

 

Der Schriftsteller Anthony McCarten verwebt in seinem Roman historische Fakten und Fiktion zu einer mitreisenden Lebensgeschichte über den berühmten Erfinder Thomas Alva Edison. Am Ende seines Lebens angekommen wartet Edison an einem einsamen Zuggleis und lässt sein erstaunliches Leben Revue passieren. Ohne jegliche Schulbildung ist es Edison mit Verstand, Erfindergeist und harter Arbeit gelungen Großartiges zu leisten. Seine größte Erfindung, die Glühbirne, zieht die Aufmerksamkeit des Unternehmers und Privatbankiers John Pierpont Morgan auf sich. Dieser wittert die große Chance, Geld und Ruhm mit der weltweiten Elektrifizierung zu erlangen. Trotz Edison’s Bedenken an einer Zusammenarbeit und seinen Vorbehalten gegenüber der Unternehmerbranche willigt er in die Zusammenarbeit mit J. P. Morgan ein.

 

"Gerade erst hatte er beschlossen, Geschäftsmann zu werden, und schon spürte er in seinem Inneren die Aufgewühltheit, die Nervosität des modernen Lebens." (Seite 120)

 

Atemberaumbend gut wurde die Atmosphäre die den Geist der Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft während der Industrialisierung einfängt zwischen den Zeilen untergebracht. Der Wettstreit zwischen den Teams Thomas Alva Edison/J. P. Morgan und Nikola Tesla/George Westinghouse bietet genügend Stoff für eine mitreisende und fesselnde Geschichte. Dies hat Anthony McCarten perfekt aufgegriffen und in Szene gesetzt.

 

Anthony McCarten hat einen wunderbaren Erzählstil gewählt und verleiht den einzelnen Szenen eine Dynamik und Spannung, die einen das Buch gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen lassen möchten. Ehrlich gesagt habe ich das Buch fast in einem Rutsch durchgelesen. Vor allem die Hauptprotagonisten Edison und J. P. Morgen sind fein gezeichnet, dabei sind sie so unterschiedlich wie Licht und Dunkelheit. Etwas zu kurz kam mir dabei die Persönlichkeit von Nikola Tesla, die trotz des wirtschaftlichen Wettstreits moralisch und menschlich gesehen wahre Größe bewiesen hat.

 

"»Damit, dass man die Welt verbessert, verdient man kein Geld. Nur mit ihrer Zerstörung.«" (Seite 21)

 

Fazit

 

Fiktion und Realität in perfekter Symbiose. Dieser Roman über große Erfinder und die Macht des Geldes lässt einen garantiert nicht mehr so schnell los.

 

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-licht-von-anthony-mccarten
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text 2016-04-13 01:09
Edison Thomas Pt. 2: Fun Facts!
The Reinvention of Edison Thomas - Jacqueline Houtman

I thought I would share some of the fun facts that Eddy Thomas pulls from his "Random Access Memory" Bank in the novel The Reinvention of Edison Thomas. Author Jacqueline Houtman says in her author interview at the back of the book that she was very careful to double check fact check all the facts used in the book, just to be sure of accuracy. There are many more than the ones I've listed below here, these were just some of my favorites from the book:

 

"The loudest noise ever heard by human ears (in recorded history) was the eruption of the volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia on August 27, 1883. The sound was heard 3,000 miles away, and shock waves from the explosion circled the earth seven times."

*Krakatoa pictured above

 

"Even though tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) are associated with Italian food, tomatoes are native to South America and were not introduced to Europe

until the early 1500s."

 

"Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body."

 

 

 

 

"Dry cleaning is not really dry. It uses a toxic liquid called perchloroethylene. A newer, more environmentally friendly method uses supercritical carbon dioxide."

 

"The male duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

has poisonous spurs on its ankles."

 

 

 

 

Happy learning, y'all! 

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review 2016-04-13 00:29
Review | The Reinvention Of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman | Autism Awareness Month
The Reinvention of Edison Thomas - Jacqueline Houtman

Eddy's a science geek and has problems communicating with others. The combination gives the class bully, who pretends to be Eddy's friend, plenty of ammunition. Eddy Thomas can read a college physics book, but he can't read the emotions on the faces of his classmates. He can spend hours tinkering with an invention, but he can't stand more than a few minutes in a noisy crowd, like the crowd at the science fair, which Eddy fails to win. When the local school crossing guard is laid off, Eddy is haunted by thoughts of the potentially disastrous consequences and invents a traffic-calming device, using parts he has scavenged from discarded machines. By trusting his real friends, Eddy uses his talents to help others and rethinks his purely mechanical definition of success.

Amazon.com

 

 

 

Middle grader Eddy Thomas is a science geek and inventor. He likes to dumpster dive for spare parts to make these inventions. His favorite band is They Might Be Giants because their lyrics incorporate actual science. He doesn't like people touching him and he hates loud noises. He recites the Periodic Table of Elements whenever he feels himself getting scared or anxious about anything. Some might call the kid "quirky". His uniqueness ends up making him a target for a lot of bullying. Surprisingly, the bulk of the tormenting comes from Mitch, who was once good friends with Eddy when they were just a few years old. But as they got older, Mitch seemed to put more value on being considered popular than a good friend. Strange thing is, everyone sees Mitch's behavior towards Eddy for what it is except Eddy himself. 

 

While I don't think it's said outright, the descriptions of Eddy's behavior suggest that he likely has Asperger's Syndrome. He admits that reading facial expressions is incredibly difficult for him and sarcasm is usually lost on him. He instinctively wants to take everything at face value, so he can't understand why Mitch could wish ill-will towards him when they've known each other so long. What else can they be except friends? But over the course of the story, Eddy develops new friendships with people who show him what true, healthy friendships should consist of. 

 

This story is geared toward the middle-grade reading age and while it might not be the cup of tea of any reader of that age, I think it will highly appeal to those who love science, trivia, fun facts, that kind of thing. The scenes in this novel are broken up by facts from Eddy's memory, which he cutely refers to as his RAM or Random Access Memory (computer joke /reference). I personally really enjoyed Eddy's sense of humor. Though Eddy says he doesn't "get" sarcasm, he's actually pretty good at self-deprecation!

 

One of the moments that cracked me up most was when Eddy was working on a history assignment where he was asked to write a biographical essay on an important historical figure. Well, nearly everyone in Eddy's family is named after famous Thomas's and as you might have guessed, Eddy's namesake is none other than the inventor Thomas Edison. While Eddy initially prefers to choose someone else to write about, time crunch concerns cause him to go with the easy pick. As he reads about Edison though, he finds he and his namesake actually had a good bit in common. What unsettles him is Edison's propensity for fires unexpectedly starting around his work. Eddy makes the observation that for a guy who accidentally started so many fires, it's a wonder he was not the inventor of smoke detectors or fire extinguishers!

 

"Ms. Johnson is a real stickler for showing work.

"I know, but I showed all the work I did," protested Eddy. "I do not know how I could have shown more."

 

"Let's have a look." Justin snatched the paper out of Eddy's hand. "Here, for instance, number 3. That one was complicated. You should have written down the intermediate steps."

 

"What intermediate steps? I wrote down everything."

 

"Holy snap! You're not telling me you did that in your head!" Justin's mouth gaped open.

 

"Sure." Eddy shrugged.

 

"How?"

 

"I just see it in my head."

 

"Like the numbers on a calculator?"

 

"Not really," Eddy paused to think. He had never tried to explain how he did math. "Things just sort of group themselves into patterns in my head and I rearrange them. Everyone does it that way, right?"

 

"Well, I sure don't."

 

While I couldn't help but cringe at the bullying traps Eddy unwittingly walks into, I had to cheer when he comes to a point of embracing who he is, quirks and all. It's beautiful when anyone of any age gets to have that moment in life! :-)

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review 2014-11-23 00:50
The Art of 5th Cell by Joe Tringal and Edison Yan
The Art of 5th Cell - Edison Yan,5th Cell

The Art of 5th Cell is a showcase for the company’s many unique games, including Scribblenauts, Lock’s Quest, and Drawn to Life, and the art that helps them come to life.

This book felt too short: I would have liked to see more writing about the process. There are comments sprinkled throughout that act like glimpses, but I would have liked to know more about the creative process that goes into creating artwork that perfectly fits games.

Still, this is a book with gorgeous illustrations and revealing works-in-progress, as well as concept art and promotional materials. I almost wish I had seen it in person before downloading the digital edition, because this certainly looks like a book that you want to physically hold in your hands to lose yourself in the details of the art.

 

Note: I got this book for review purposes through NetGalley.

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review 2014-11-09 13:18
Cool 5th cell art brings games to life!
The Art of 5th Cell - Edison Yan,5th Cell

This book is amazing to look through!  The art is all very in depth, from rough sketches to test patterns, to final product.

 

The full color images are so life like and it takes you through a step by step look at the game Scribblenauts.  If you have a child at home they may want to look along with you.

 

Bringing these digital worlds to life, 5th cell shows you how something so captivating as a game can come from such a simple beginning.

 

Beautiful color photos and actual game pictures should delight all ages.  A Book to be on our coffee table for some time to come.

 

 

 

***This ARC copy received in exchange for review purposes from Netgalley.com.

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