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review 2017-12-05 17:39
BOBO-Bashing
Boboville - Andrea Maria Dusl

Dieses Buch wollte ich schon immer lesen, da ich die Figur des BOBOS  schon ein paar Mal zum Beispiel bei T.C Boyle thematisiert habe, der die amerikanische Ausprägung dieses Gesellschaftstypen nicht gerade charmant charakterisiert. Auch ich habe und hatte immer Probleme mit diesen ambivalenten, überkandidelten, völlig abgehobenen Städtern, die sich in ihrer eigenen Welt einigeln und ständig ihren perfekten moralischen Lebensstil in andere Lebensrealitäten zwanghaft exportieren müssen. Dusls Roman steht sogar bei Wikipedia als Beschreibung des BOBO-Charakters und als prägendes Werk, das die Bezeichnung vorangetrieben hat.

Leider war ich nicht so glücklich mit dem Buch. Es erschließt zwar das Wesen des Bobos ganz gut, hat aber inhaltlich außer Bobobashing und wirres Stolpern der Protagonistin mit skurillen Figuren und mit bekannten Möchtegerns durch ein auf Bobobezirke beschränktes Wiener Microversum, das die Autorin teilweise komplett präpotent-größenwahnsinnig mit New York City gleichsetzt, nicht viel zu bieten. Fast schein es so, als beschriebe der ganze Roman einen völlig wirren Trip von dem sie jahrelang nicht runterkommt und der für den Leser ohne intime Wienkenntnis und Kenntnis der österreichischen BOBO-Schickaria überhaupt nicht zu rezipieren ist. Ich habe es zwar schon verstanden, aber das Tempo des Romans und die Aufzählung von diesen bekannten und unbekannten kuriosen Typen ist fast so monkhaft zwangsgestört wie die Aufzählung von Marken in American Psycho. Diesen Mikrokosmos zu verarschen ist zwar am Anfang ganz lustig, gibt aber, wenn die Geschichte keine Schicksale erzählt, sondern nur abgedrehte Actions von coolen Leuten aneinanderreiht, einfach zu wenig her, um mich hinter dem Ofenrohr meiner ländlichen Existenz in  meinem Poughkeepsie (verächtlich für das Land natürlich wieder mit amerikanischen Größenwahnsvergleichen -  in meinem Fall Krems 80 km von Wien entfernt) hervorzulocken.

Ein Umstand hat den Roman dann doch ob der Innovation locker auf 2,5 aufgerundete Sterne geschraubt: Wahnsinn die Autorin kann wirklich im Stakkato Wörter kreieren, das ist zwar anstrengend aber witzig
"die Musik war auf Nachbartötungslautstärke eingestellt"
"Bonbonville  ... und dann kam sie und knirschknalldrückte mir die Türe zum Süßigkeitenjerusalem auf"
"Zum Schreiben hat er [Glavinic] sich ein Gerät angeschafft, das die Welt außerhalb Bobovilles als Blackberry kennt, der Fehltritt einer Schreibmaschine mit einer Hotelseife."
"Im Angesicht des abendlichen Fortgangs schüttet mein Körper Hypnotoxine aus. Während die Körper anderer Fortgehender Adrenalin ausschütten, Pheromone synthetisieren und andere selbstaufmunternde Substanzen, schüttet mein Körper Schläfrigkeit aus. Ich ermüde beim Gedanken an öffentliches Wosein."

Auch einige innovative Ideen werden entwickelt z. B. die Cedeh (CD) oder Das @ Zeichen wird nicht mit [Ätt] bezeichnet sondern als Marsupilamischwanz: Mariapunkt Dusl Marsupilamischwanz Tschimehlpunkt Komm.

Also Fazit : Inhaltlich passiert so gut wie nix substanzielles und das nervt - wortkreationsmäßig ist der Roman sehr anstrengend, aber auch witzig und innovativ.

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review 2017-12-04 16:43
A lot is going on at the Western Front
Im Westen nichts Neues - Erich Maria Remarque

This was tough, but, unlike the war itself, absolutely worth it.

 

Normally, I can take a lot of gore and cruelness in books and in movies, but there were days when I just couldn’t read more than a couple of pages, because it was too much. Especially all scenes involving animals deeply upset me, because people killing people is one thing, but people hurting innocent animals, be it horses, geese or rats, is something else entirely.

 

Remarque does some very straightforward storytelling and he does an amazing job in describing the madness and arbitrariness of war, as well as the ordinary soldier’s helplessness in it. WW1 brought inconceivable terrors I cannot and do not want to imagine even partly. As a text it also demonstrated in an impressive, yet very depressing scene the striking contrast between the intellectual approach to warfare and the actual fighting. While the „smart old men“ sit at home and debate over what areas should be conquered next, in reality the young soldiers are fighting endlessly over a hundred metres in senseless but brutal static battles.

 

The inevitable transformation that goes on in young men who are sent right from school into the war is shown in an incredibly skilful and touching way. Yet, at the same time this is linked to the only criticism I have on All Quiet on the Western Front – for me the central point of the lost generation is stressed a bit too much and too explicitly – kind of like Orwell in 1984 with his constant rambling about what it means, when the past is always altered.

 

And as a sidenote: is it just me or did anyone else catch some homoerotic vibes between Paul and Kat?

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text 2017-11-30 13:15
Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 204 pages.
Im Westen nichts Neues - Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front – damn, that’s heavy so far.
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review 2017-11-22 10:00
New Release Review! The Wolf's Joy (Masters of Maria #3) by Holley Trent
The Wolf's Joy - Holley Trent

 

 

A holiday hook-up leads to a lifetime of love in this charming story continuing the adventures of the Masters of Maria series.

Alex Cavanaugh is used to fielding odd requests at her waitressing job. She would have never predicted, though, that she’d get brazenly propositioned for a one-night stand with a needy werewolf—or that she’d be lonely enough to tell him yes.

Ben Swain’s inner wolf has been howling for him to take a permanent mate, but he’s terrified of change. He’s clawed his way to status and respect from his pack and doesn’t want to sacrifice that for anything. A short tryst while he’s visiting Maria, New Mexico, before the holidays is supposed to be a stopgap measure to keep his wolf hormones in check, but Ben’s animal side wants more of Alex.

Although she’s a human, quirky Alex’s go-with-the-flow, practical personality perfectly complements Ben’s wild intensity. But after being burned by men before, her budding horticulture career has become her number one priority. Sure, she wants love, but she’d rather be alone than with someone who isn’t fully committed. So why can’t she seem to resist Ben?

If the two can’t figure out a way to balance the two most important things in their lives, all they’ll be getting for Christmas is regret.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

 

 

 

A fun and entertaining novella set in Holley Trent’s Masters of Maria series.

 

The characters are a bit quirky and are so right for each other that this short romance will raise your spirits which is fantastic as it releases just before the holidays. The author brings her characters to such brilliant life that readers can just feel the chemistry and heat from each and every page and it they can definitely see where Ben and Alex are perfect for each other.

 

Their romance is so full of amusing quirks and leaps that it brought a smile to my face throughout each and every page which brightened my day and of course the supporting characters have certainly caught my interest and ensured that I want to visit the town of Maria again and get to know them all.

 

Which as you may have guessed means I need to go back and read the first two books in this series.  I just hate it when life gets in the way of my reading time, because then I get behind on all the wonderful books out there and Holley Trent is definitely one of to be read authors and The Wolf’s Joy is a fantastic quick read.

 

 

 

The Wolf’s Joy is the 3rd book in the Masters of Maria series

 

Author’s Note from website: The Wolf’s Joy takes place after The Angel’s Hunger, but it stands alone pretty well—kind of like my Norseton Wolves novellas. Don’t worry about trying to catch up on all of the previous books set in this world before you read it!

 

The next book in the series, The Coyote’s Chance is coming soon!

 

The Wolf’s Joy is available in ebook at:

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Holley Trent can be found at:

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review 2017-11-15 10:00
New Release Review! Christmas Delivery (Return to Jenkins Cove # 3) Patricia Rosemoor
The Wolf's Joy - Holley Trent

 

 

 

Christmas… Ghosts… Mystery… Romance… 
Something evil lurks in the charming town of Jenkins Cove. When Sophie Caldwell devotes a room in her B&B to communicate with spirits, dangerous secrets rise to the surface, and the lives of three couples will never be the same. 

Christmas Delivery (Return to Jenkins Cove Book 3) 
Haunted by ghosts, Jenkins Cove will now have to deal with Simon Shea who has “returned from the dead” seeking revenge...only to reconnect with Lexie Thornton, the girl he loved, and the daughter they conceived thirteen years ago. 

Christmas Spirit ...Christmas Awakening ...Christmas Delivery 
Each of these stories are complete novels, but only the full series will get to the bottom of all the ghostly happenings in Jenkins Cove. Be sure to read them all! 

 

 

Excerpt from Christmas Delivery: 

The fog was lighter here, the chill greater, and once past the fence’s wooden gate, which had been left open, Simon realized where he was. 

The cemetery. 

Why had the spirit brought him here? 

Following the curving redbrick path lined by boxwood on both sides, Simon kept track of the mop of pale hair, which appeared on the other side of the hedge, then lost him altogether. When he came to the open area dotted with gravestones and markers, Simon only half hoped he would actually find him again. He gazed around, past a couple of large willow oaks and a magnolia tree in the center of the graveyard, then spotted the ghostly figure at a far gravesite, touching the stone that identified its occupant. 

Again, he looked up with hollow eyes and gestured that he should come. 

Reluctantly, Simon did. Not wanting to cross anyone’s grave — he’d had enough of that in his former life — he stayed on the brick path, keeping his gaze locked on the figure still summoning him. 

One minute the fog seemed to circle the kid, the next he seemed to fade away into the mists. 

“Wait! Don’t go!” 

But the demand came too late. He was already gone. And Simon was moving to the headstone he’d touched, had obviously wanted Simon to see. 

A deep, arctic cold suddenly surrounded Simon and then the breath was knocked out of him as he stopped in the spot where the wraith had disappeared. Looking down, Simon understood why Lexie believed he was dead and buried. The headstone bore his name and the dates of his birth and of his supposed death on Christmas Eve thirteen years before. 

Not a man who easily believed in what he couldn’t see, Simon had no doubts about who had led him here. Or who was buried in his grave. He was certain the kid he’d seen shot had taken his place. 

Thirteen years ago and his ghost still wandered, unable to rest, Simon thought. 

How many ghosts inhabited this area? 

How many souls were denied eternal rest? 

Of one thing he was certain. The boy he’d seen shot had been buried in his stead. How had they pulled that one off? They looked nothing alike. A closed coffin, then? How had he supposedly died so that no one would have raised the alarm? Who had been in on his supposed death? 

More questions that needed answering. 

Another reason for him to stay undercover awhile. So he could find the answers. 

Did ghosts seek retribution? He wondered. 

Considering the evil that had stalked the town unchecked, probably not. 

But now the town had to deal with him.

 

 

 

 

Jenkins Cove is once again the setting for a chilling mystery and a wonderful second chance romance during the holiday season.

 

 

Simon and Lexie are spirited characters with lots of emotional angst that has readers empathizing with the characters and hoping for that happily ever after for this couple. Their story draws readers in from the very beginning and keeps them glued to the pages as the romance and mystery unfold. Overcoming the past is an obstacle that most everyone can identify with and reaching for the future is something everyone should definitely reach for and this story brings those two together with a bit of mystery and holiday cheer which makes this one enjoyable read. One that can be enjoyed while reading by the fire or while preparing for their own family holiday traditions.

 

There is never a dull moment as Simon and Lexie try to keep everyone safe while solving the mystery of what happened to force Simon away and to spice things up even more Simon receives help from a few ghosts along the way. While the book can be read as a standalone story, the overall questions and trouble that take place in Jenkins Cove are finally answered so really you should read all three to get the full enjoyment out of your visit to Jenkins Cove.

 

 

Christmas Delivery is the 3rd book in the Return to Jenkins Cove series previously known as A Holiday Mystery at Jenkins Cove.

 

The first book is Christmas Spirit by Rebecca York

Michael and Chelsea both are engaging characters that draw readers in with their holiday romance as both have to suspend their disbeliefs in order to push forward with their relationship. This keeps readers engrossed as they empathize with the characters while becoming caught up in the mysterious happenings that tests the couple’s beliefs.

 

 The suspense builds as Chelsea and Michael try to figure out why someone is after them and what the ghosts are trying to tell them. This keeps the anticipation building as the reader tries to determine the outcome as well and I have to tell you that it was I didn’t see coming. The story is well written and the characters are developed which made it easy to feel as if I was part of the town and I shivered with delightful chills with each ghost visitation.

 

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The second book is Christmas Awakening, by Ann Voss Peterson
When Marie Leonard returns to Jenkins Cove for her father’s funeral, she never expects to rekindle her romance with billionaire recluse Brandon Drake…nor to be haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.

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Christmas Delivery is available in ebook at:

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Patricia Rosemoor can be found at:

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