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review 2017-03-06 23:52
Echt easy, Frau Freitag! - Frau Freitag

Vor ein paar Jahren (vor Goodreads) hab ich das erste Buch (Chill mal, Frau Freitag) von Frau Freitag gelesen und fand es einfach nur urkomisch!!!

Dieses Buch kam da nicht so ganz ran. Hier gab es ein paar Kapitel deren Sinn mir nicht ganz klar war bzw. die meinen Humor nicht trafen / nur ankratzten.

Trotzdem ist es Alles in Allem ein schön kurzweiliges Buch, das sich wunderbar fürs Wartezimmer oder öffentliche Verkehrsmittel macht, da die Kapitel nur 1-2 Seiten betragen und es kein allzu tiefgründiger Stoff ist.

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review 2017-03-01 16:01
How the Third Reich developed their advanced weaponry
German Secret Weapons Of The Second World War: The Missiles, Rockets, Weapons And New Technology Of The Third Reich - Ian V. Hogg

In January 1941 staff officers of the U.S., British, and Canadian militaries met in Washington D,C.. Though the United States was still a year from declaring war, planning was already underway in anticipation of that prospect, and the decisions they reached shaped much of the war that followed. Among the most important of these was that Germany was the primary opponent in any war involving the Axis powers. Though there were several excellent reasons for this, one of them was that the Germans possessed the greatest capacity for developing weapons which might radically transform the war, and thus needed to be defeated before they did.

 

Ian Hogg's book provides evidence of the wisdom of this decision. In it he provides an overview of the major weapons research bring undertaken by the Third Reich before and during the war. Diving his examination into categories, he summarizes the major projects to design new aircraft and air-launched weapons, air defense weapons, naval weapons, and the Wunderwaffen and nuclear and chemical weapons programs. His focus throughout is on their development, providing technical details and accounts of the decisions whether to undertake or abandon them and avoiding more than a brief mention of their deployment in the cases where the weapons were introduced. As befits a former artilleryman in the Royal Army, his section discussing the "big guns" is the best, but he provides interesting details throughout about the technical and bureaucratic challenges that slowed or stopped the development of weapons that might have changed the course of the war. The result is a work that is an excellent introduction to Germany's secret weapons programs, one best suited for the reader familiar with military technology but an informative read for anyone interested in an overview of the subject.

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review 2017-02-04 16:02
Unfortunately more important than ever.
Die Philosophie in Star Trek (German Edition) - Olivia Vieweg,Klaus Vieweg

This was a very enjoyable read - and I normally do not read books about philosophy.

 

In this book, the author succeeded in not making it too dry to digest.

He tied enough scenes from TOS into the chapters to make a solid connection between philosophers like Hegel, Nietzsche, Constant and Kant and Gene Roddenberry's personal convictions.

 

I did not really care much for the cartoon - they did not serve any purpose in my opinion -  the lady who did them has the same surname as the author, so there you go.

 

But all in all it was surprisingly entertaining and it drove home the simplicity of morals.

 

As I said, it felt more poignant in the current situation.

 

Seems we haven't learnt much since the 1960ies, so Roddenberry's ideals are still far from "normal" - we still have to strive to reach them. And fall short too often as a species.

 

And now I sound all maudlin - I should stay away from Twitter for some time I suppose...

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review 2017-01-24 15:40
Moles in the city
Moletown - Torben Kuhlmann

I never knew that moles were adorable until I read Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann. (You may remember him from such posts as this one or this one.) I also had no idea that they would work as a perfect stand-in for humans. Kuhlmann once again knocks it right out of the park with this story of urbanization and industrialization. It's a sobering look at the way humanity has taken a seed of an idea which seemed perfectly innocent (or inevitable) and turned it into something suffocating and terrible. Yes, the advent of the modern age has done much to improve the lives of humans but it has also destroyed landscapes and wiped out entire species. Once again, this is a great way to open up a discussion with kids about a topic which they most likely only cover in relation to the atrocities inflicted upon Native Americans (if they even go into detail about that). It's so much more than that and I think it's important that kids start to think beyond their own small worlds. Of course, you have to decide if you think this is age appropriate but I think it would be good for second graders at the very least. 10/10 for awesome illustrations and a really awesome storyline that is sure to get little people (and the adults in their lives) thinking.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-01-17 16:19
A Flight of Fancy
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse - Torben Kuhlmann

I mentioned before that I went a little crazy over Torben Kuhlmann's books (go here for my review of Armstrong). So it should come as no surprise that I gobbled up Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse which as the title suggests is the story of the first solo flight across the Atlantic...by a mouse. This is kind of an alternate (and obviously fictional) historical account of aircraft engineering and one mouse's determination to be the forerunner in the field. Once again, the illustrations are sensational and evoke a sense of wonderment and delight. It's the end of Kuhlmann's books which I think are my favorite because he ties in the truth (Charles Lindbergh) to the fictional tale. He gives a brief history of flight which is a great way to get kids excited about an historical topic which might seem a bit 'old school' to them. The mouse must continue to persevere against all odds (there are dangers inherent to being a mouse on a mission) to achieve his dreams. This is a great message for all ages! Torben, you've reached the top 5 of my favorite graphic novelists. Congrats to you, sir. 10/10

 

 

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