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review 2019-11-08 17:28
"Strange Practice" by Vivian Shaw
Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) - Vivian Shaw Groza

"Strange Practice" is a unique exceptionally calm view of modern London's undead and non-human society under attack by (misled) murderous Christian Monks.

 

Set in contemporary London, "Strange Practice" is the first book in a series about Dr Greta Helsing who, having recently inherited her father's long-established Harley Street practice is one of only two medical practitioners in London offering specialist medical services to the "differently alive". Her patients include demons, ghouls, mummies, vampires and vampyres (yes, there's a difference - at least medically).

 
 

Greta is a very centred, very dedicated medical professional who has grown up the company of her father's non or no-longer human patients. She has no superpowers and no urge to join the ranks of the undead. She just wants to keep all the Differently Alive as well as possible.

 
 

Her job is made harder and ultimately her life is threatened by a strange sect of monks who are attacking and killing London's other than human population.

 
 

To survive, Greta has to work with London's most senior vampire and an unlikely team of non-human and human allies.

 
 

I took a while to acclimate to "Strange Practice". Vivian Shaw writes in a calm, gentle, very normal way that's completely at odds with the weird things going on. At first, this created some distracting dissonance but, once I settled in to it, I decided I liked it. It was comfortingly English, in a stiff-upper-lip kind of way.

 
 

The trope twisting in "Strange Practice" is thorough but gradual, so I almost didn't notice until the end that, in this book, the bad guys had become the good guys and the good guys had become the enslaved instruments of evil.

 
 

The vampires (and vampyres) in this book are unlike any I've encountered before. They aren't vegan and they don't sparkle in the sunlight but they are exceptionally polite and are happy to accept the burden of Noblesse Oblige when looking after other members on the non-human community. This took a lot of getting used to. I found myself rooting for a sort of "League Of Undead Gentlemen".

 
 

"Strange Practice" was a fun, with an interesting plot and a gentle tone.

 
 

I started "Strange Practice" as an audiobook but ended up sending it back to Audible. The narrator sounded like she was doing a slightly below average sight-reading rather than a well-prepared narration. Her inappropriate stresses and mechanical mangling of phrases distracted me. Once I was left alone with the text, the voice in my head made a much better job of the reading thing.

 
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text 2019-10-21 11:19
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) - Vivian Shaw Groza

 

This is a book I had to acclimate to. The author writes in a calm, gentle, very normal way that's completely at odds with the weird things going on. At first, this created some distracting dissonance but, now that I've settled into it, I can see that it works.

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text 2019-10-19 13:52
Reading progress update: I've read 19%. I've abandoned the audio version
Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) - Vivian Shaw Groza

This book is a fun read but I ended up sending the audiobook version back to Audible. The narrator sounded like she was doing a slightly below average sight-reading rather than a well-prepared narration. Her inappropriate stresses and mechanical managling of phrases distracted me.

 

Now I'm back on to listening to the voice in my head, whose making a much better job of the reading thing.

 

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review 2019-10-15 05:33
No One Is Too Small To Make a Difference
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference - Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is the bomb.

 

I first heard about Greta when she began school striking last year, but only, at first, as a curiosity (on the part of the press).  It wasn't until her speech before the UK parliament that she got enough press that I was able to understand her story. When I read the speech in the Guardian, I was laughing - in the best way - at the sheer audacity, bravery, and brilliance, of a 16 year old standing before the august (HA!) body of British lawmakers and telling them that:

 

The UK is, however, very special.  Not only for its mind-blowing historical carbon debt, but also for its current, very creative, carbon accounting.

 

and:

 

This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of mankind.

 

and my favorite:

 

Did you just hear what I said? Is my English okay? Is the microphone on? Because I'm beginning to wonder.

 

I handed the speech to MT and said You HAVE TO read this. It's written by a 16 year old Swedish girl whose first language isn't even English! (We who have lived our lives isolated on single language land masses - and yes, yes, Spanish, but it wasn't widespread when I was a kid - are always in awe of those of you who juggle multiple languages with ease, never mind speak it better than us natives.)  I've been a following her in the news ever since and I just admire the hell out of her.  I found this little collection of all her speeches up to and including her UK Parliament speech, on the bookstore counter, and snapped it up.  

 

It's nothing fancy; just a small booklet containing all 11 of her speeches through 23 April 2019, and if read cover to cover (which I don't recommend), it's repetitive.  But the message is powerful, and like it or not, it's dead-on accurate: our house is on fire; what we would never do to our own lawn, we're doing with impunity to the rest of the planet, and we're collectively living like a magic, 23rd-hour solution that will make everything ok again is going to miraculously fly out our asses.  

 

Greta is making waves because she's 16 and she's the only one willing to stand in front of entire governments and actually say, with only a tiny bit more tact: you're all idiots and you're the generation that will always be known as those idiots who destroyed civilisation as we know it.

 

On a more first-world-problem note: this wonderful 16 year old was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and even though she didn't win (and should have), I am still thankful I'm not a teen today.  Life is hard enough as an adolescent, but now teens are nominated for Nobels; getting into Yale or Oxford suddenly isn't the acme of teen achievement any more.  Yikes.

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review 2018-09-13 18:09
I like
The Wedding Project - Ehe auf den ersten Blick - Johanna Danninger,Greta Milán

Claire macht  bei der Reality Show "The Wedding Project" mit. Vor laufender Kamera wird sie einen völlig Fremden heiraten und das Leben mit ihm bestreiten. Dem Gewinnerpärchen winkt ein fetter Gewinn und nur deswegen macht Clarie dabei mit. Ihr Ehemann John macht wegen einer Wette mit. Beide wollen die Show gewinnen. Obwohl sie sich nicht ausstehen können, geben sie ihr bestes vor der Kamera das perfekte Paar zu mimen. Doch unter all der Schauspielerei kommen sich die beiden langsam näher.

Das Cover ist so toll. Die Farben passen hervorragend zusammen und sie fallen auf. In einem Buchladen würde ich nach dem Buch greifen und es mir genauer angucken.

Obwohl Clarie noch jung ist, hat sie einiges schon hinter sich. Am Anfang fand ich sie ein wenig anstrengend, aber im Laufe des Buches lernt man die wahre Clarie kennen und lieben. genauso geht es einem bei ihrem Mann John. Auch er ist am Anfang sehr oberflächlich beschrieben und ich mochte ihn nicht. Bis er dann seine Geschichte erzählte und sich so liebenswert macht.

Die Idee mit der Ehe auf den ersten Blick ist zwar nicht neu, aber drüber etwas gelesen habe ich persönlich noch nie. Die Autoren schaffen es das Experiment, Ehe ohne sich zu kennen, realistisch beschrieben. Sie beschreiben die guten wie die schlechten Seiten.

Mir gefällt das Buch sehr. 

Obwohl ich nichts an diesem Buch auszusetzen habe, gebe ich ihm nur 4 von 5 Punkten, denn dieses Buch bleibt nicht im Gedächtnis und gerade das mag ich an Büchern so gerne.

 

Ich habe das Buch von NetGalley bereitgestellt bekommen und bedanke mich herzlich dafür.

 

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