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review 2018-08-12 14:37
Absolut gelungen
Der Horror der frühen Medizin: Joseph Listers Kampf gegen Kurpfuscher, Quacksalber & Knochenklempner (suhrkamp taschenbuch, Band 4886) - Lindsey Fitzharris,Volker Oldenburg

In diesem Buch wird das Leben und schaffen von Joseph Lister näher betrachtet. Lister fängt 1844 in London an Medizin zu studieren. Die damalige Medizin ist nicht mit unseren heutigen Standards zu vergleichen. Niemand wäscht sich die Hände, am Skalpell klebt noch das Blut von dem vorherigen Patienten und eine Operation ist meistens ein Todesurteil. Ins Krankenhaus gehen nur die Ärmsten, denn von Hygiene hat noch niemand etwas gehört, Infektionen sind ein ständiger Begleiter und führen meistens zum Tod. Das Krankenhaus ist für viele Menschen ein Ort des Schreckens. Joseph Lister will die hohe Infektions- und Sterberate nicht hinnehmen. Voller Leidenschaft versucht er zu verstehen, wie sich die Krankheiten ausbreiten und wie man dies verhindern kann. Doch wie jede neue Theorie hat auch die seine viele mächtige Gegner und Lister muss kämpfen um Gehör zu finden.

Dieses Buch ist keine langweilige Biographie. Es beschreibt das facettenreiche Leben und Schaffen von einem Mann, von dem ich vorher nicht einmal was gehört hatte.

Der Schreibstil liest sich sehr flüssig. Schnell ist man in der Geschichte. Während des Lesens musste ich immer wieder ungläubig den Kopf schüttle, weil ich so schockiert über die Zustände damals war und so lange ist das auch nicht her.
Obwohl ich wusste, dass man die Zustände damals und heute schwer vergleichen kann, war ich beim Lesen fassungslos über die damaligen Praktiken.

Lindsey Fitzharris schafft es sehr bildhaft zu schreiben und so macht das Lesen noch mehr Spaß, ich konnte das Buch nicht aus der Hand legen, denn nichts ist spannender als das echt Leben.


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

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review 2018-08-04 04:28
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-day Adventism
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-Day Adventism - George R. Knight

While those who would eventually form the Seventh-day Adventist Church were Millerites, only one was influential in both that his work after the Great Disappointment would standout and provide the underpinnings of the eventual largest Adventist denomination.  Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-day Adventism by George R. Knight is a comprehensive look at one of the most important men in the Adventism movement before and after October 1844.


Beginning with a young boy looking for adventure as a sailor, Knight fully covers the life of Joseph Bates until his death as a senior statesman of the Church he helped to found still looking to serve Christ.  In covering Bates career at sea, Knight pulls out traits—both potentially benefital and harmful—that would serve him as he preached the soon coming of Christ as part of the Millerite movement and later his development of Sabbatarian Adventism.  After retiring, Bates who had already shown a keen interest in reform, firstly himself and then his own ship’s crew, launched himself into numerous reform movements until he heard Advent message of William Miller and seeing it as the ultimate reform movement wholeheartedly went to spread the good news.  Though not a primary leader, he was a major secondary leader within the Millerites that both chaired conferences and went out preaching.  After the Great Disappointment of October 1844, Bates began studying and joined those Adventists that believed something did occur though not the fanatics that tainted this group of post-Disappointment Millerites.  It is at this point in which Knight carefully covers Bates life over a decade, though focused on a four year span in particular, in which Bates became both the first theologian and then first historian of Sabbatarian Adventism and would lay the foundations of essentially all major doctrines that set the Seventh-day Adventist Church apart from other denominations.  Knight covers Bates relationship with both James and Ellen White in full during this period and after as the trio would guide the “little flock” over the next two decades until his death.


In approximately 220 pages of text and reference, Knight use Bates’ own autobiography as well as research first discovered others including two of his own students to give the reader a full sense of the life of Joseph Bate as can be expected.  Though the book is not strictly chronological, Knight structures the book in such a way as to give an overview in a certain period of Bates life in one chapter and in the subsequent one focus on a particular aspect during that period with it most typically being theological in nature.  This keeps the book engaging for the general reader and not getting them bogged down or overwhelmed with detail of having a strictly chronological book from beginning to end.  Yet while these choices by Knight create a very good and readable book, there just seemed to be something off with his writing that made me feel that it was up to other books that he had authored.


Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-day Adventism is a very good book for those, whether Seventh-day Adventists or not, looking to understand the history of denomination that Bates helped to found.  As the preeminent Seventh-day Adventist historian, George R. Knight presents the Bates the man of both virtues and flaws and how he shaped the Advent movement.  I highly recommend this book for those interested in SDA Church history.

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review 2018-08-02 21:33
What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis & Thalia Wallis Illustrated by Joseph Wilkins
What Does Consent Really Mean? - Thalia Wallis,William Joseph Wilkins,Pete Wallis

This year has been quite rough for my partner and I. As a result, we haven't been going to the library as frequently as in the past. However, two days ago, we decided we needed to get out of the house for a while. Just to clear our minds. So, after six months, we decided to go to the library and just pick up anything that caught our eyes. Whilst browsing the graphic novel section, I spied What Does Consent Really Mean? and I was curious to see how they handled the subject matter. I am quite glad with the outcome.


Pete and Thalia Wallis did a fantastic job introducing the topic of consent to a young audience. It's important people understand that when they are being intimate with another person, all parties involved must be willing and able to participate in sexual intercourse. And if anyone seems hesitant, then that means no. It doesn't matter if the person didn't actually say "no." If they don't seem willing, that automatically should be a sign to not proceed any further. 


What I like about this book is how matter-of-fact and straight to the point it is. It doesn't beat around the bush about how you should approach someone when it comes to sex. It can seem a bit basic, but for someone who is thinking about having sex for the first time, it's important that books like this exist. You can never have too many resources about giving consent and what it means when someone doesn't say "yes" to having sex.


Joseph Wilkins's artwork is quite simple and I think it matches well with the style of the comic. It's a simple way of educating people about making sure all involved are okay with having sex. This book teaches you not to take advantage of someone if they are intoxicated or to post someone's private photos for all to see. And Wilkins art brings these messages alive without distracted the reader from the heart of the book. 


I think this comic is amazing. If you have someone young in your life that could be thinking about sex, I think this is a great book for them to read. It doesn't only deal with heterosexual intercourse either. It also talks about having consensual sex between gay and bi people respectively. At the back of the book, there's many resources provided in case you want to find out more about teens questioning their sexuality, if they've been sexually assaulted, or other resources to help teens learn and understand their bodies a bit better.


I really like what this book is doing and highly recommend you let a young person in your life read it.

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review 2018-08-01 21:56
Cooking, cleaning, shopping, running errands, guarding bodies...who knew...
The Wolf's Man Friday - Julia Talbot,Joseph Morgan

you could learn so much in butler school...certainly not I...


'The Wolf's Man Friday' is the second book in Julia Talbot's series 'Nose to Tail Inc' and while it was marginally better than 'Wolfmanny' it was still just ok. 


The overall plot worked for me it was a bit of a romantic thriller. Sebastian Zeller is a werewolf whose Uncle has been grooming him to take over as the pack Alpha when he retires and the last thing in the world that Sebastian wants is the title of Alpha. He just wants to work in his studio creating and designing fabrics for the company business...it's not that Sebastian isn't alpha or can't be when he needs to because he shows his alpha side on more than one occasions.


When Sebastian's uncle is injured in a mysterious attack, Sebastian is forced to leave his much loved home in Colorado to step in while he recovers but when his uncle discovers that Sebastian has taken it upon himself to discover who attacked his uncle...well, Uncle Ron takes measures of his own and brings in private security for his much loved nephew under the guise of a personal assistant in the form of Jaxon Reedis. One of Nose to Tail Inc.'s best bodyguards.


Sebastian feels that he neither wants nor needs Jaxon's protection so not only does Jaxon have to protect Sebastian but he's got to stay one step ahead of the man to ensure the doesn't get rid of him one way or another.


The big win for me in this one was Jaxon. He was adorable, confident, smart, cute and cunning not to mention that he's a total fox...no really he's a fox shifter...hence the smart, cute and cunning. Not only does Jaxon manage to get Sebastian to keep him but he does his job of protecting Sebastian without Sebastian even realizing what's going on.


While I liked Jaxon a bit more than Sebastian, I did still like Sebastian and I enjoyed the interactions between these two as well as Sebastian's best friend Adam...who, Sebastian would happily endorse for the position of Alpha and who honestly seems more suited to the role...so here's hoping that Adam gets his own story because I liked this character and I'd love to see him get a bit of happy.


Another plus for me with this audio was that I got to once again enjoy the narrations of Joseph Morgan, who was also the narrator for 'Wolfmanny' and whose narrations once again added enough depth, emotion and color to keep me listening to the end, making the not so great parts ok and the good parts just a bit better. 


'The Wolf's Man Friday' was a pleasant and entertaining enough way to spend a few hours, but it didn't quite engage me the way I had hoped it would. I know I've said this before but I think part of my problem is that for me whenever I read or listen to a story by this author I tend to compare it to her 'Thatchers' series and I hard-core loved that series. It was early days M/M for me when I found the 'Thatchers' one of the few series that I can honestly say I have read multiple times...3 times at least but I'm willing to bet more and now that I'm thinking about it...maybe it's time for a re-read of an old favorite. 


I'm not sure where this series is going from here but as well as Adam there were a couple of characters introduced in this one that interested me and even though I didn't connect with this one as much as I would have liked I'm still going to keep this series on my radar just in case.



An audio book of 'The Wolf's Man Friday' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-07-01 18:15
Didn't really do it for me
Istanbul Passage - Joseph Kanon

I really wanted to like this book. The cover had great promise, and the Istanbul setting seemed like it would be terrific.Sadly, it just really didn't live up to the promise of either.


I spent a lot of time bored. Probably that is what espionage really is - months and years of boredom punctuated by minutes and hours of adrenaline fueled terror. Nonetheless, verisimilitude aside, I was meh on the main character, and the setting of post-war Istanbul didn't come through for me.


There were a few others by Kanon that looked appealing, but with so many other books, and so little reading time, I may just write him off completely.

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