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review 2018-04-08 13:36
The Man Flu: "Five to Twelve" by Edmund Cooper
Five to Twelve (Coronet Books) - EDMUND COOPER

There are undoubtedly many factors that influence the trends revealed by some statistics - social roles, required sustenance levels, lifestyle, physical conflict, sacrifice, etc, as well as the fact that we already know that men have lower life expectancy. Men and women are different, but equal. It's a sad state of affairs when the idea that men die younger is wheeled out with smugness as some kind of victory, complete with a picture of a jubilant old woman (are we supposed to assume that she is specifically laughing about the death of her husband or a close male relative?). I fully and completely acknowledge that women have been, and are being, subjected to terrible treatment due simply to their gender - however I don't think the way to address that issue is to put the boot on the other foot and start kicking the other way instead. (Is the notion that your own husbands, brothers, sons, are going to die statistically younger really something to be triumphalist about? Does that make them weak?) As nice as it may be to get some payback, and I'm not saying that towards a lot of men it isn't deserved, the real problem in our society is that men and women are taught to be opposing sides and are pitted against each other; we are stuck in a conflict of men vs women. It's true that men have traditionally had the upper hand, but (some variants of) feminism seeks only to level the scores, or to give women the upper hand. What really needs to happen is that we end the ridiculous rivalry and work together to make life better for everyone. Let's end the gender pay gap, stop women being treated like objects, end the shaming of women, have women properly represented in our legislature. 



If you're into Vintage SF, read on.

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review 2018-03-25 07:03
Rezension | Vintage von Grégoire Hervier
Vintage - Grégoire Hervier,Alexandra Bai... Vintage - Grégoire Hervier,Alexandra Baisch,Stefanie Jacobs



Der junge Journalist Thomas Dupré lebt in Paris und träumt davon eines Tages ein erfolgreicher Musiker und Gitarrist zu werden. Bisweilen jobbt er in Alain de Chévignés Laden “Prestige Guitars”, in dem alte Vintage-Gitarren zum Verkauf angeboten werden. Bei einem außergewöhnlichen Botengang macht er die Bekanntschaft mit einem reichen Lord dem die legendäre ›Gibson Moderne‹ gestohlen wurde. Das Angebot den Spuren dieser sagenbehafteten Gitarre nachzuspüren und dafür noch eine Menge Geld zu bekommen kann Thomas nicht widerstehen…


Meine Meinung


Grégoire Herviers Roman “Vintage” hat mich sozusagen auf den ersten Blick wie magisch angezogen. Denn ich liebe alte Dinge und auch Geschichten die mich in eine andere Zeit entführen. Herviers Geschichte spielt nicht nur in Paris, sondern nimmt den Leser mit auf einen spannenden Roadtrip durch die Vereinigten Staaten Amerikas.


"Für mich ist Prestige Guitars der schönste Gitarrenladen in Paris. Um nicht zu sagen der schönste Laden überhaupt in Paris." (Vintage, Seite 12)


“Vintage” ist der erste Roman den ich von dem mir bisher unbekannten Autor gelesen habe und ich muss sagen, dass mir sein Erzählstil auf Anhieb zusagte. Schritt für Schritt lernt man die agierenden Persönlichkeiten kennen und während Thomas Roadtrip spinnt sich ein immer weiter ansteigender Spannungsbogen fort. Hoch anrechnen möchte ich dem Autor, dass er mich für etwas begeistern konnte mit dem ich bisher überhaupt keine Berührungspunkte hatte: alte Gitarren! Seine Liebe zu diesen prachtvollen Musikgegenständen funkelt durch die Zeilen mindestens genauso stark wie seine Liebe zu Musiklegenden wie z. B. Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hendrix und Co.


Die Mystik die diese Personen und vor allem ihre Musikinstrumente umgeben kommt wunderbar zum tragen und hat mich vollkommen in den Bann gezogen. Es kommen zwar einige für mich als Laie unbekannte Namen (vor allem von Gitarrenmodellen) vor, aber das fand ich überhaupt nicht störend, es bietet vielmehr die Möglichkeit diese Stellen nochmals nachzuschlagen und sich genauer mit den einzelnen Modellen zu beschäftigen. “Vintage” ist daher ein Buch für Gitarren- und Musikliebhaber und solche die dies vielleicht erst werden möchten.


"»Muss man sehen, um zu glauben, oder glauben, um zu sehen?«"  (Vintage, Seite 33)


Sollte man kein Interesse an dem ganzen Gitarrenkram haben, bietet die Handlung jede Menge Verstrickungen und eine gute Portion Spannung. Außerdem strömt aus den Seiten das Lebensgefühl der Rock ‘n’ Roll- und Bluestage über die Buchfläche hinweg direkt aufs Lesesofa in das Ohr. Obwohl mich der Roman wirklich begeistern konnte fand ich den Plot zum Ende hin nicht mehr ganz so realistisch und passend. Trotzdem gibt es von mir eine Lesempfehlung mit guten 4 von 5 Grinsekatzen.




Dieses Buch macht Lust auf längst vergangene Tage, gute Rock- und Bluesmusik und auf einen spontanen Trip in die USA!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-vintage-von-gregoire-hervier
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review 2018-03-11 02:28
Spectre - Stephen Laws

This book was dumb as dog feces, but I had a helluva time with it. It’s gory and over-the-top in that glitzy, shameless way only good bad horror fiction from the 1980s can be.


The story of seven friends (six guys, one girl) haunted by an unfortunate happening in their younger years, this is a horror thriller that should not feel original but does. Sure, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel; but it isn’t a thoughtless hack job, either. If it hadn’t come out the same year as Stephen King’s It I would assume this was a cash-in on that novel’s gargantuan success, but it did come out in 1986 and it makes for an interesting snapshot of where horror literature was in the mid-80s.


Though not particularly scary (and just so goofy), I do feel this novel is a success and I am now interested in reading other releases by Stephen Laws. It is a shame he isn’t more known amongst modern horror fans.

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review 2018-03-06 20:31
Hell Hound - Grady Hendrix,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton

Ken Greenhall’s long-forgotten horror masterpiece, Hell Hound, is finally getting the recognition it deserves, thanks to a recent reissue. This was my first novel by this author, but it certainly won’t be my last.


This tale — one of a psychotic and cunning Bull Terrier — is bloody and mean and aims for the throat; told in precise prose, this is a terrifying hellraiser not concerned with sentimentality or sympathy. The obvious comparison is to Stephen King’s Cujo, though these stories are wildly different. Of the two, Cujo is perhaps better written, but something must be said for this book’s heartlessness.


This is a novel more horror readers should be aware of. The length of a long novella, this is a quick, effective read: one that is finally getting its due.

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review 2018-03-06 20:08
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons

When compiling a list of vintage horror books to read and review this month, my first and best source was Stephen King’s Danse Macabre. Invaluable was it in determining which novels I wanted to take a chance on it. In Danse King spends three or four pages dissecting this — Anne Siddons’s 1978 release, The House Next Door, one of the smartest and most atmospheric haunted house tales I’ve read yet.


Told from the point of view of Colquitt Kennedy, an upper-middle class woman living in an upscale Atlanta suburb with her husband, Walter, this unfolding of the mysterious and macabre does not happen quickly; this author deals in dread, letting her readers squirm. I love that quality in horror from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it’s something that seems to have been lost sometime in the ‘80s. Quiet terror with a focus on the psychological is much more effective, to me, than buckets of guts and blood and dismembered bodies.


Not only does The House Next Door work as a horror show, but is also works — at times — as a satire. Siddons gleefully mocks the foibles of suburban life: the block parties, the whispering neighbors, the hypocrisy — all unfolding in houses with freshly manicured lawns and evenly painted shutters. Because of that, this story feels authentically American. The author’s sense of setting, locale, is impeccable.


This is one of the finest haunted house stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. While not as explosive as The Shining or as iconic as The Haunting of Hill House, this very much deserves to get a look from horror fans.

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