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review 2018-03-06 01:09
Miss her so much
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

The urge to dissolve into a weeping mess while reading this is so great because we really need Fisher, we truly do. This is a bittersweet feeling to reading this memoir/diary from her time on Star Wars: New Hope. And this review is going to go off the rails right here because WTF Mde Tussads???? You had to go slave girl outfit for Leia but the guys kept all thier clothes. F you and your wax. Seriously, it would be okay if you had strangling Jabba but nope. Stupids


Fisher is blunt, no nonense and her diaries are - look just read them okay?  Her discussion about her relationship with Ford is interesting, and fair.  It's a wonderful read about being a cultural icon and dealing with it.  

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review 2018-03-05 14:56
Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy) - Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man whom she loathes. Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time. 





Phoebe Starbuck has only just turned eighteen years old and already feels as if she's spent a lifetime caring for her widower father, Barnabus, on the island of Nantucket, MA. No matter how many major financial setbacks he succumbs to, 'ol Barnabus remains ever optimistic about the future. Sadly, optimism alone doesn't pay the bills, so Phoebe has to continually figure out ways to make the meager Starbuck money stretch. Due to too many of Barnabus's failed business ventures, the Starbucks are nearly bankrupt. Resources being limited from the start, the family is now at the point where some miracle boon in fortune must appear or Phoebe and her father will be deemed "Town Poor" and likely homeless shortly thereafter. 


Seeing the whaling ship Fortuna come into port, Phoebe (feeling emboldened by her newly minted "adult" status) puts herself together in the most appealing way she can, being a respectable & modest Quaker woman, and approaches the ship's captain, Phineas Foulger, at the docks. Though much older (in his mid 40s), by author Suzanne Fisher's description of him, the reader gets the impression that Phineas's physical appeal has held up well over the years. The last time he last spoke with Phoebe, she was just a mere girl, but now she wants him to see her as potential wife material. Within mere weeks, using only a comely blend of charm, beauty and innocence, Phoebe wins the interest of Capt. Foulger and soon has the MRS title she so strongly sought. As a wedding gift, Barnabus gives Phoebe the journal of her great-grandmother, Mary, telling her that there's said to be great life wisdom in its pages. But why is Captain Foulger SO insistent on knowing the journal's contents?


Though he was initially against the idea, Phoebe convinces her new husband to allow her to accompany him on his next voyage. Also joining the journey is 21 year old Matthew Mitchell, Nantucket's town cooper (barrel maker) and former suitor of Phoebe. Matthew gets a two-fold request to board the Fortuna, one from Barnabas to keep an eye on Phoebe as he does not trust Capt. Foulger -- and Barnabas can see that despite the history between them, Matthew still cares very deeply for Phoebe --- and one from the captain himself to serve as the ship's cooper. But as the reader soon discovers, nothing aboard this ship is as it might first appear. 


Expecting the adventure of a lifetime, the new Mrs. Foulger instead finds herself smacked with weeks of sweating out mal de mer (chronic sea sickness). She cannot hold down food, she struggles to be attentive to her new husband, most days she can barely stand for more than a few moments. Before long, the captain seems more annoyed than enamored with his young missus... not just distant, but almost surly. He grows outright neglectful of her, leaving her care primarily to Matthew and the cabin boy, Silo. Suffice it to say, she quickly regrets her earlier insistence on coming along on this voyage! The crew of the Fortuna meanwhile battles epic squalls, ship fires, and constant crew fights, blaming it all on the bad luck superstition of having a woman on board. 


Phoebe's Light is the first in what looks to be at least a trilogy from Suzanne Woods Fisher, who is primarily known for her nonfiction and fiction Amish-themed books. Between our main character's story and that of her great-grandmother Mary, the novel spans both the 17th and 18th centuries. Props to whomever came up with the idea to print Mary's journal entries in slightly faded ink... brings in a nice realistic touch for the reader, since the fadedness of the journal is something Phoebe mentions repeatedly struggling with as she makes her way through the pages. 


My stance on Phoebe weeble-wobbled throughout the story's progress. In the beginning she seemed sweet and good-hearted, but it can be frustrating reading a character so stubbornly set on getting her way that you just have to watch her set herself up for failure... maybe it's tough because we don't like to see ourselves quite so much, eh? But there were other sides to Phoebe's strong will that were quite admirable. Oooh, I got goosebumps and cheered when she stills the captain in his tracks with her quiet, edged "I asked you a question." Go, girl! 


Also might just be me on this one, but I got a giggle out of Fisher's approach to the topic of sex (or almost sex) in this Christian fiction work. Every time the old captain tried to corner Phoebe for her "marital duties", someone conveniently shows up with a "Captain, you're needed at the helm." There's even one point where Phoebe herself prays for a distraction, gets it moments later when yet again her husband is called away, and the next line reads, "She had never known the Lord to work with such haste." Oh man, loved it! 


Though not absolutely perfect in execution, Fisher crafts one highly immersive tale of historical fiction! I found myself craving just a bit more action and moments of tension between the various protagonists and antagonists, but even so was quite satisfied with the rich detail in character personality traits and living environments. Whether Phoebe was on land or at sea, every bit of her world was virtually tactile to me as the reader, a credit to Fisher's finely honed writing skills. Also a nice feature: if you are a reader new to historical fiction, Fisher includes a handy pages-long 18th century terminology glossary at the front of the book you can refer to for those dated terms. 


I close this book having really become attached to this family and I eagerly anticipate the next installment to see what happens with the next generation! 


FTC Disclaimer: Revell Books (Baker Publishing Group) kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.

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review 2018-03-04 15:35
Scary House by Sean Thomas Fisher
Scary House - Sean Thomas Fisher

SCARY HOUSE featured genuinely scary scenes that I enjoyed!


There's nothing like a good haunted house tale to get my heart pumping. Combine that with a coming of age story and I should have a real winner on my hands. In this case, I did enjoy the story, it's just that I never felt quite connected to the characters.


Gavin and his friends are getting ready for Halloween and want to check out a somewhat nearby haunted house. Gavin had his new Polaroid, (this is the early 90's), and used it to take instant photos around the home. The house has a history, so when they find an old photo album still there, they flip through to find out more. It's when they come across a picture of their bikes, parked outside that they start to get the creeps. From there, as you may have guessed, things go downhill. What happens then? You'll have to read SCARY HOUSE to find out!


There's a lot of early 90's nostalgia, a Jurassic Park watch is repeatedly mentioned as are some other heavy metal and rock bands, such as Nirvana. (Which is funny to me, because the author used to be a DJ at my local rock radio station and it played a lot of music from that era.)


This book was fun and did have a cool premise. Unfortunately, I couldn't help feeling it was somewhat derivative of King's IT. (It must be hard to avoid that comparison, when it's a nostalgic coming of age story which also involves a group of kids coming back to town as adults.) The other issue I had was that I didn't care that much for the characters. For me, that fact took a lot of tension out of the final scenes.


Overall, I did have fun with this story and would try more from Sean Thomas Fisher in the future, it's just that SCARY HOUSE didn't turn out to be that scary for me. Your mileage may vary!


*I received a free Kindle copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2018-03-04 04:21
Review: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Fisher Stevens,Christopher Moore

This was a hoot.  I mean it's the best Gospel I've ever read/heard.  It's kind of like what you  imagine the Bible would have read like if the powers-that-be actually cared to tell the truth rather than whatever version they thought would give them power over people.  But I digress.


This was funny and at the same time beautifully sad.  It tells about the love and loyalty that Biff had for his dear friend Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus).  Biff gets brought back to life two thousands years into the future to write his own Gospel, because the "official" ones are seriously lacking in details about Jesus' full life (which, shady if you ask me). And those exploits are pure comedy gold!


Josh decided that he to seek out help in order to learn how to be a Messiah, and of course Biff went along to protect him from his kind and trusting nature.  He basically made sure Josh didn't get hurt because of his unwillingness to be even a slight bit deceitful.  Over the course of seventeen years they learned from Magi who sought immortality, Buddhist Monks, and Yogis, inadvertently released and then banished a human eating demon.  They befriend the very last of the Yeti, Biff had lots of sex--purely for research purposes, and saved children from being sacrificed to Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction.  There was lot of healing of the sick and some serious trial and error raising the dead.  And along the way they invent things like cappuccino and sarcasm.


And in the end it is sad, whether you follow the bible/religion or not.  Josh knew he had to die for the good of all the world not just the Jews.  It was something known to him for a very long while, and while he knew and had accepted it, he still struggled with it.  The fact that Josh had accepted his impending death didn't stop Biff and Maggie from trying to prevent it--from begging him not to allow it to happen.  I mean, who would want their bestie to die even if it were for the greater good?!


All-in-all it was a good story.  It's definitely worth the read; maybe even a re-read.


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review 2018-02-22 06:51
Perfekter Start, konfuser Verlauf
Seelenspiel: Thriller - Tarryn Fisher,Christiane Winkler


Vor dem Fenster nichts als Schnee und Eis; die Haustür ist verschlossen. Am Morgen ihres 33. Geburtstags wacht Senna in einem fremden Haus auf. Es gibt kein Entkommen. Und sie ist nicht allein. Im Nebenzimmer findet sie Isaac, ihren Arzt. Warum sind sie hier? Wer hat sie entführt? Dann entdecken sie Spuren, die der Täter hinterlegt hat – und die Senna zutiefst verstören. Sie begreift, dass es nur einen Ausweg aus diesem abgründigen Spiel gibt: Sie muss sich ihrer Vergangenheit stellen. Und so taucht Senna tief ein in eine Geschichte von Liebe und Hass, Schuld und Rache, Leben und Tod. 


Meine Meinung 

Der Klappentext bietet hier zuerst einmal das, was sich ein Thriller-Leser erhofft.

Viele Fragen und keine Lösung in Sicht.


Hätte mich die Inhaltsangabe zu dem Buch nicht so neugierig gemacht, wäre es ein reiner Coverkauf geworden. Ich liebe wenig Farbe und Schlichtheit.

Die Schneelandschaft mit dem Haus als Blickfang und lediglich weiße Schrift auf dem Cover, das hat einfach was. Perfektioniert wird die Optik dadurch, dass der Titel sich haptisch vom Cover abhebt.


Senna als Protagonistin war mir von Anfang an nicht unbedingt sympathisch, was allerdings nicht an der Darstellung des Charakters lag, sondern eher an ihrer Art selbst. Dass sie mit 33 Jahren eine erwachsene Hauptfigur ist, hat mir sehr gefallen. Auf den ersten Seiten wird schnell klar, dass das beschriebene Setting eins zu eins dem Cover entspricht. Perfekt also für das Feeling.


Womit dieser Thriller aufwarten kann, sind auf jeden Fall viele Fragen.

Zu Beginn überschlugen sich meine Gedankengänge förmlich.

Senna erwacht in einem Zimmer und auf der Suche nach Hinweisen findet sie einen Kleiderschrank voller Klamotten in ihrer Größe. Allerdings sind alle Kleidungsstück bunt, wobei Senna persönlich doch nie zu Farbe greifen würde. Des Weiteren entdeckt sie einen Schlüssel, ein Feuerzeug, ein weiteres Zimmer, welches einem Karussell gleicht und zu guter Letzt findet sie ihren Arzt Isaac in einem dritten Zimmer ans Bett gefesselt.

Gemeinsam merken sie schnell, dass es keinen Ausweg aus diesem Haus gibt. Die vielen Details, die die Autorin in die Beschreibung des Hauses und der Umstände legte, gefielen mir wirklich sehr. Alle Fenster im Haus sind in eine Richtung gerichtet, sämtliche Möbelstücke sind am Boden fixiert und im Vorratslager befinden sich Lebensmittel für Monate.

Die große Frage nach dem Warum bleibt natürlich eine ganze Weile bestehen.


Nach der Vorstellung der Grundidee der Autorin macht man als Leser einen Abstecher in die Vergangenheit. In diesem Part wird dann wirklich deutlich, dass vor allem der Charakter Senna zum einen einiges erlebt hat, zum anderen aber auch gewaltig gestört ist. Als Leser erfährt man ebenso, in welcher Beziehung Senna und Isaac stehen und auch dieses Zusammenspiel ist ein Wirrwarr der Gefühle. Beim Lesen bin ich das eine und andere Mal an beiden Figuren verzweifelt. Ihr Umgang wird beherrscht von sehr gegenteiligen Gefühlen.

Abhängigkeit und Ablehnung.

Verständnis und Missverständnis.

Selbstsucht und Empathie.

Liebe und Hass.

Also eine wirklich explosive Mischung.

Meine persönliche Kirsche auf der Torte ist der Part im Buch, als Isaac mit Musik aufwartet. Im Buch versucht er Senna an Worte heranzuführen, widmete sie sich bisher lediglich der klassischen Musik, um Worte auszublenden.

Für mich ist es seit Langem der beste Soundtrack zu einem Buch.

Ich habe auch wirklich lange überlegt, ob ich euch meine Favoriten zeige, aber ich finde, vor allem die beiden Titel vermitteln perfekt, welche Stimmung vor allem in Senna herrscht und welche Message Isaac ihr näherbringen möchte.

(Titelliste nur in dem Blogpost zu finden)


In einem Thriller gehört Verwirrung für mich gerne dazu.

Die Autorin hat versucht in diesem Buch sehr viele Fährten zu legen.

Da ist dieser Ex-Freund von Senna, der ein Buch über ihre Beziehung schrieb.

Senna’s Mutter, welche ihre Tochter einfach beim Vater zurückließ.

Dieses Karussellzimmer mit seiner ganz eigenen Geschichte.



Letztendlich war mir aber fast zur Hälfte des Buches klar, dass sich die Geschichte ganz anders entwickelt als erwartet. Die Entführung an sich geriet sehr schnell in den Hintergrund und war nur noch oberflächlich interessant. Die Autorin legte ein sehr großes, für mich zu großes Augenmerk auf die eher krankhafte Beziehung der beiden. Wer hier Angst vor einer Lovestory hat, dem sei gesagt, dass ich hier nicht von großen Gefühlen spreche. Die beiden bewirken sich gegenseitig eher auf psychotische Art und Weise.


Zudem hätte ich mir gewünscht, dass die Autorin vor allem bei der Figur Senna irgendwann einen Faden aufnimmt, welcher sie ins Licht zieht. Aber ihr Charakter verstrickt sich immer mehr in Dunkelheit.


Und natürlich war die Frage nach dem Entführer für mich sehr spannend.

Bei der schlussendlichen Auflösung fehlte es mir leider am Kontext, so dass ich diesen Ausgang nur sehr schwer nachvollziehen konnte.


Mein Fazit

„Seelenspiel“ konnte mir eine nahezu perfekte Grundidee bieten, welche ihren Verlauf dann aber zunehmend verwirrend nahm.

Im Verlauf der Geschichte sollte man sich auf zwei sehr eigene Figuren einlassen können und sich im Klaren sein, dass die Psyche in diesem Thriller eine sehr große Rolle spielt.

Da mir die Idee, der Aufbau und der Schreibstil der Autorin gefallen haben, würde ich mich freuen, wenn weitere Bücher von ihr in Deutschland erscheinen.

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