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review 2020-01-21 13:23
Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher #7) - Kerry Greenwood
Ruddy Gore - Kerry Greenwood

These books never disappoint. Not only was this book delightful, it was also a quick enough read that it allowed me to finish the long weekend having read more books than my 11 year old. 

 

If you ask her, she'll say my lack of enforced bedtime allowed me to win. That might be true. I still won. 

 

Dates read 1/19/2020-1/20/2020

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review 2020-01-06 08:51
Eine Reise durch die Zeit
Cronology - Marc Gore

Der Name ist Programm: Marc Gore.
Wer sich auf ihn einlässt, weiß genau, was ihn erwartet:
Gewalt und Sex, Schmutz und Sperma, voller Blut und Gedärm.
Sind Sie bereit, einen Blick in die Abgründe menschlicher Perversionen zu wagen?

In eine Welt des blutigen Grindhousekinos, in der Kettensägen zu donnerndem Metalsound Knochen zerfetzen, während die Opfer mit ihren Todesschreien grausige Chorgesänge anstimmen?

In eine Welt des schlechten Geschmacks und Nihilismus?
Dann steigen Sie ein und machen sich auf eine wilde Sleaze-Achterbahnfahrt gefasst.

AB 18 JAHRE!!! 

 

Meine Meinung 

Dieses blutige Buch wurde mir zum rezensieren vom Autor zur Verfügunge gestellt.

Gestern ist es an meine Bloggerkollegin Diana übergegangen, von der wir dann zeitnah auch ihre Meinung zum Buch lesen werden.

 

„Cronology Part 1“ ist eine Anthologie, welche aus einem grandiosen Vorwort vom Autor Torsten Scheib und dreizehn Geschichten besteht.

Dreizehn Geschichten und jede hat es in sich!

 

Kakerlakenfraß

Blutrache der Geschändeten

Chopper – Der Schänder

Nevada Slut Tortures

Orgiastic – Nächte der blutigen Exzesse

Bloodsucking Adipose Goddess

Two Crude Ones

Bloodsucking Whore

The Grinning Death

Monster Squad

Psycho Route 66

The Terror Of Alabama

Creature in the Cellar

 

Allein diese Titel haben es schon in sich oder?

Der Titel des Buches umfasst nicht nur das Wort CRONOLOGY, sondern auch den Zusatz Part 1. Ob sich der Autor da eventuell einen Part 2 offen hält?!

Der erste Teil beinhaltet auf jeden Fall Storys, welche der Autor in den Jahren 1998 bis 2011 verfasste, wobei er zwischen 2003 und 2010 eine Schaffenspause eingelegt hatte.

 

Was macht das Buch so besonders?

Zu allererst mochte ich es sehr, dass der Autor zu Beginn jeder Story ein paar persönliche Worte losgeworden ist. Hier ging es zum Beispiel um den Entstehungsprozess oder kurze Andeutungen, an welchen Themen er sich orientiert. Und er ist so nett und warnt die Leser vor seinen Geschichten.

 

Und dann spürt man beim Lesen genau, welche Zeit des Horrors vorherrschend war. Die Geschichten rund um die 2000er unterscheiden sich meiner Meinung nach von den aktuelleren. Das ist absolut nicht schlecht, aber man merkt, wie auch der Autor mit seinen Storys wächst. Ich fühlte mich ja in den ersten Geschichten wieder zurück versetzt in meine Jugendjahre. Die Jahre, in denen man heimlich die ersten Horrorfilme geschaut hat und dann nachts nicht schlafen konnte.

Dem Teufel sei Dank, dass ich nun ein großes Mädchen bin und mit dem Gelesenen umgehen konnte und keine schlaflosen Nächte folgten.

 

Die Geschichten an sich haben eine angemessene Länge. Es gibt mal eine etwas kürzere und mal eine etwas längere, aber im Großen und Ganzen genau on Point, um eine Handlung aufzubauen und den Leser dann fortan einfach nur noch zu schocken.

 

Mein Fazit

Bei Anthologien fällt mein Fazit immer etwas länger aus, einfach, weil ich zu jeder Story noch kurz etwas sagen möchte.

 

Kakerlakenfraß - 4 Sterne

Für mich ein Horrorklassiker in dieser Sammlung, der einen guten Einstieg verspricht.

 

Blutrache der Geschändeten – 4 Sterne

Diese Story war so typisch Highschool America, aber dennoch so gut!

 

Chopper – Der Schänder – 5 Sterne

Böse, brutal und mit einer mega überraschenden Wende.

 

Nevada Slut Tortures – 5 Sterne

3 Frauen klingeln bei 3 Männern, welche im Wald leben. Klingelts. Ja, so kommt es und ja, ich habe es genossen.

 

Orgiastic – Nächte der blutigen Exzesse – 4 Sterne

Das war die Story, an der ich am meisten an meine Grenzen kam.

Gaaaaanz Böse. Trigger: Baby.

 

Bloodsucking Adipose Goddess – 5 Sterne

Ich habe mich köstlich amüsiert. Danke, dass du uns diese Geschichte nicht vorenthalten hast.

 

Two Crude Ones – 3 Sterne

Ich weiß nicht, ob es hier am Thema allgemein lag oder weil die Beiden im Buch vielen Lesern bekannt sein werden.

 

Bloodsucking Whore – 4 Sterne

Die Geschichte mit der geballtesten Ladung Metal, die ich je gelesen habe.

 

The Grinning Death – 4 Sterne

Stellt tatsächlich die Fortsetzung einer der Geschichten dar. Seid gespannt.

 

Monster Squad – 5 Sterne

Die längste Geschichte und auch die umfangreichste Story.

Hier bleibt mir nur zu sagen: ich hätte auch gern einen Charles!!!

 

Psycho Route 66 – 5 Sterne

Altbekanntes Thema, aber mit einer krassen Wende!

 

The Terror Of Alabama – 4 Sterne

Für mich die freakigste Story, die aber viele Geschmäcker treffen wird.

 

Creature in the Cellar – 4 Sterne

Es gibt diese und diese Monster unter uns!

 

GANZ KLARE LESEEMPFEHLUNG

Für alle ÜBER 18 Jahre.

Der Autor vereint hier Serienkillerstories mit Kannibalismus und vielem vielen mehr.

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review 2019-09-29 06:38
Ao Oni: Vengeance by Kenji Kuroda, illustrated by Karin Suzuragi, translated by Alexander Keller-Nelson
Ao Oni: Vengeance - Kenji Kuroda,Karin Suzuragi,Alexander Keller-Nelson

This review assumes you've read the first book, Ao Oni. If you haven't, be aware that I include major spoilers for that book.

Ao Oni: Vengeance takes place only a week after the events of the first book. Shun is the only one who remembers what happened. He has completely stopped going to school, instead choosing to focus on the next version of his game while keeping an eye out for any signs that someone else has been snared by the Jailhouse. He asks Hiroshi to make sure no one else enters the house, but it's already too late: two of their classmates have gone inside and met horrible fates. Takuro, with Takeshi and Mika in tow, goes as well. Hiroshi finds the building's European architecture too interesting to resist (yes, really) and ends up trapped inside the building with all the others.

As in the various versions of the game, the overall setup feels familiar, but there are enough differences to keep it from feeling like a rehash of the first book. Shun and Anna are safe at Shun's home, desperately trying to help the group trapped in the Jailhouse using the knowledge Shun gained from his time there. Meanwhile, the situation in the Jailhouse initially plays out similar to the way it did in the first book, but quickly goes a different route.

Parts of this book were almost more gory than I could take. The very beginning was particularly awful, and I wasn't sure my stomach was going to be up to the task if the whole book turned out to be like that. It seemed like the Oni was more inclined to savor its kills this time around, although thankfully the gory bits weren't all as lovingly detailed as the book's first scene.

It may sound like I hated this, but I actually thought it was better than the first book, even if I wasn't fond of the increase in the level of gore. I had worried that this book would basically be the first book with slightly different deaths. Up to a certain point, I suppose it was: Takeshi was still a scared kid hiding in a closet, Mika was still too desperate to be loved and needed to see Takuro for who he really was, and Takuro still sucked. The overall level of tension was better than in the first book, however, and the parts of the house and story that no longer matched up with the first book's Jailhouse had me on the edge of my seat, wondering whether any of the characters would manage to make it out this time around.

I found that I liked Hiroshi a little more this time around. The bits from his POV helped, as did the fact that, this time around, he didn't spend a good chunk of the story staring at a fellow classmate's severed head like it was no big deal. I wasn't as thrilled about Kuroda's attempts to humanize Takuro, however. I don't care what Takuro's father was like, or what Takuro told himself about how he needed to approach life, or how he felt after he realized he'd betrayed maybe the only person in the world who actually cared about him. The fact of the matter was that he bullied a classmate to the point where the kid committed suicide and then, instead of feeling any sort of guilt or horror, proceeded to bully another classmate the same way. Takuro's sudden change of heart and ability to empathize with his victims was unconvincing.

The

"time travel + reality manipulation + ghostly vengeance"

(spoiler show)

explanation for the series' events was weird and messy, and I still don't understand why Shun, who knew his game was connected to the horrors at the Jailhouse and possibly even causing it all, created an updated version of his game. Hiroshi would have had a much easier time if Shun hadn't gone and changed things around. Even so, I enjoyed this entry in the series and plan on reading the next book. From the sounds of things, Takeshi might be its focus. Here's hoping at least one of the remaining books features Mika successfully cutting herself free from the emotional hold that Takuro has over her.

Extras:

An afterword written by the author, a character guide, textless color illustrations, one scene from the book included at the very beginning in manga form, and several illustrations throughout.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2019-09-28 05:46
“Poo-tee-weet?”
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Took some pages for the book to grab me. If I'm honest, I'm pretty sure it was the chat with his war-buddy's wife, and as it happens, it is something of a key for the whole book. There was a promise there

 

If I ever do finish it, though, I give you my word of honor: there won’t be a part for Frank Sinatra or John Wayne.
“I tell you what,” I said, “I’ll call it ‘The Children’s Crusade.’”

 

It was kept, in sub-title and spirit.

 

There is nothing that could ever come close to glorifying war inside these pages. The theme is how absurd a beast it is, the little and big tragedies, how far in time the damages travel (and who was that said that wars die only with the last soldier that fought in it dies?). Hell, the whole way it's constructed is thoroughly trafalmadorian, which we would call hell of a PTSD outside any sci-fi bent mind.

 

It's also so bittersweet and human. There was also this other bit near the beginning that caught me

 

And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.

 

Because... well, I guess because it kind of encapsulates the thing, and how it feels. It's horrible, and terrible, and pretty disgusting, and so are almost every character in one aspect or another, but you are compelled to look. The dead demand to be witnessed and acknowledged and war sucks.

 

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review 2019-07-01 11:33
Inconvenient Facts by Gregory Wrightstone
Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn't Want You to Know - Gregory Wrightstone

TITLE:  Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn't Want You to Know

 

AUTHOR:  Gregory Wrightstone 

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2017

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9781545614105

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DESCRIPTION:

"You have been inundated with reports from media, governments, think tanks and “experts” saying that our climate is changing for the worse and it is our fault. Increases in droughts, heat waves, tornadoes and poison ivy—to name a few—are all blamed on our “sins of emissions” from burning fossil fuels and increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Yet, you don’t quite buy into this human-caused climate apocalypse. You aren’t sure about the details because you don’t have all the facts and likely aren’t a scientist. Inconvenient Facts was specifically created for you. Writing in plain English and providing easily understood charts and figures, Gregory Wrightstone presents the science to assess the basis of the threatened Thermageddon.

The book’s 60 “inconvenient facts” come from government sources, peer-reviewed literature or scholarly works, set forth in a way that is lucid and entertaining. The information likely will challenge your current understanding of many apocalyptic predictions about our ever dynamic climate.

You will learn that the planet is improving, not in spite of increasing CO2 and rising temperature, but because of it. The very framework of the climate-catastrophe argument will be confronted with scientific fact.
Arm yourself with the truth.
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REVIEW:

 

Wrightstone is a geoscientist who had questions concerning the science behind climate-change alarmism and so went on an exploration of the methods and results of the climate scientists, as well as what was actually reported as scientific fact.  He also takes a look at the long-term climate changes the Earth has undergone to put the current climate in perspective, as opposed to the rather short term (a few decades) perspective taken by climate activists, politicians and the media.  He takes a look at what was predicted in terms of climate and what has actually occurred.  Carbon dioxide, ocean acidification, droughts, famine, heat-waves, weather anomalies, polar bears etc are all covered.  This is a short, fascinating, easy-to-understand book that is packed full of relevant graphs, charts and diagrams; along with pages of scientific references.  

I especially recommend this book to those people who feel helpless, depressed or panicked in the face of the impending climate catastrophe.  Using an evidence based approach, Wrightstone helps illustrate that things aren't nearly as bad as the media makes it out to be.  Wrightstone provides the information (and the references for additional information) and allows the reader to draw their own conclusion.  I just wish this book was longer and more details, but as an introduction, it works quite well.

 

 

 

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