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review 2018-08-06 07:36
Nimona (audiobook) by Noelle Stevenson, performed by a full cast
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson,HarperAudio,Rebecca Soler,Marc Thompson,Jonathan Davis

Nimona started off as a free fantasy webcomic and has since been published in graphic novel form (only the first three chapters of the webcomic are still available for free). I read it back when it was a webcomic and remembered enjoying it. I was excited when I heard about the audiobook, but also wary. I mean, it's a graphic novel. How do you turn a graphic novel into an even halfway decent audiobook?

In the case of Nimona, it was turned into something like a radio play, complete with sound effects, a full cast, and a narrator filling in whatever the sound effects and dialogue couldn't get across. For the most part, I thought it was reasonably successful, although I still missed the artwork.

Let me back up a bit. Nimona stars Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain who wants to cause trouble for the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics but who doesn't actually want to hurt anyone, and Nimona, his new sidekick. Nimona is a shapeshifter who thinks being a villain sounds cool, and she's overenthusiastic about her new job. She has a tendency to kill people if Ballister doesn't watch her and rein her in. Ballister's nemesis is Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, the man who blew off his right arm.

When Ballister learns that the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics is involved in a project that may be poisoning the country's crops, he decides to intervene. The situation is complicated by Nimona's secrets and Ballister and Goldenloin's painful history

(they used to be friends, and it's strongly hinted that they were once lovers).

(spoiler show)


If the names didn't make it clear, there's a good bit of humor in this. I enjoyed Ballister's enthusiasm for the Science Fair, Dr. Blitzmeyer's complete obliviousness to anything that wasn't her area of research, and anything that poked fun at Goldenloin. The story did take a turn for the serious, though, when the full story of Nimona's past was revealed.

For the most part, the voice acting was pretty good. I was iffy about the casting decision for Goldenloin, but I loved the rest of the main cast. The attempt to have sound effects and narration fill in for the original story's artwork mostly worked, although I'm guessing that my past familiarity with the webcomic probably helped. That said, there were a few times when even I had a little trouble following what was going on, usually when Nimona was doing some of her more rapid-fire transformations.

Story-wise, the pacing was a bit weird. As much as I loved Ballister's reaction to the Science Fair, for example, that part came at an odd time in the story. Also, the ending was extremely unsatisfying. I can't remember if I had the same issue with the webcomic, but I recall a few extra illustrations that at least gave the illusion of more closure. And did the webcomic let readers at least know more about

Goldenloin's ultimate fate? Unless I missed it, the audiobook didn't - the last thing that was said about him was that he might not ever wake up again.

(spoiler show)


All in all, this was better than I expected, but I'd probably still advise newbies to the story to start with the graphic novel and listen to the audiobook only if they love the original work and want more.

 

Rating Note:

 

This is my 3-star "I don't even know" rating. I'd probably have rated it higher if it hadn't been for the ending.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-07-30 18:25
Ein Exorzismus
A Head Full of Ghosts - Ein Exorzismus: Psychothriller - Paul Tremblay

Als die 14jährige Majorie sich merkwürdig zu benehmen beginnt, wissen weder Eltern, Lehrer noch Psychologen weiter. Bald wird in Frage gestellt, ob es tatsächlich eine Geisteskrankheit ist. Oder treibt ein Dämon sein Unwesen? Der geplante Exorzismus heizt die Fantasie der Familie an. Außerdem kommen die Medien ins Spiel, die eine teuflisch unterhaltsame Reality-TV-Show aus dem verstörenden Verhalten der Teenagerin kreieren.

Für mich sind Bücher und Filme zum Thema Exorzismus der Inbegriff des Horrors. Leider gibt es kaum gute Romane dazu, weil meistens übertrieben von der katholischen Art der Teufelsaustreibung geschrieben wird. Doch "A Head Full of Ghosts" konnte mich von Beginn an überzeugen und hat mir wohliges Gruseln beschert.

Im Mittelpunkt steht allerdings nicht Majorie sondern ihre jüngere Schwester Meredith, die vom Exorzismus an ihrer Schwester erzählt. Denn die Ereignisse sind bereits jahrelang her als Meredith als kleines Mädchen im familiären Albtraum gefangen war. Eine Schriftstellerin interessiert sich nun dafür, das Geschehen aus Merediths Perspektive zu erzählen, wofür sie ihr gern ein Interview gibt.

Dieses Interview mit Meredith ist die Rahmenhandlung, aus der rückblickend Majories Besessenheit betrachtet wird. Meiner Meinung nach wurde damit ein exzellentes Gerüst gewählt, weil es authentisch und seriös wirkt. 

Meredith war zum Zeitpunkt des teuflischen Geschehens ein kleines Kind. Sie ist sich sehr wohl bewusst, dass man in dem Alter manche Situationen falsch einschätzt und interpretiert. Das betont sie während der Interviews immer wieder und führt entsprechende Beispiele an. 

Man geht also mit Meredith in ihre Vergangenheit zurück und merkt, wie sich innerhalb der Familie das Grauen anbahnt. Die große Schwester Majorie verhält sich zunehmend merkwürdig, weil sie von üblichen Teenager-Gepflogenheiten abweicht und makabre Geschichten erzählt. Psychiatrische Behandlungen schlagen nicht an und es reift der Entschluss, geistigen Beistand ins Haus zu holen. 

Dieses 'Vorspiel' bis zum Exorzismus nimmt viel Raum im Roman ein und lässt sich schaurig lesen. Merediths Erinnerungen wirken echt, als ob tatsächlich jemand von einem traumatischen Erlebnis aus der Kindheit erzählt. Sie neigt weder zu Übertreibungen noch heizt sie die Fantasie mit übernatürlichen Spekulationen an. Dennoch ist es gruselig, wenn man ihre Erzählung liest. Denn Majorie hat sich grausame Geschichten ausgedacht, spricht mit dem Priester auf Augenhöhe über Bibelverse und weiß Dinge, die sie beim besten Willen nicht wissen kann.

Außerdem kommt mit Majories anomalen Verhalten die Film-Crew der Reality-Show dazu. Jetzt wird aus dem Grauen der Familie Unterhaltung für die Massen gemacht, was weitere Probleme mit Nachbarn, Schule und sozialem Umfeld schafft.

Bezüglich des Exorzismus-Rituals wurden förmliche Fehler gemacht, die allerdings im Roman selbst aufgegriffen und kritisiert werden. Zum Beispiel darf ein Exorzismus nicht zum öffentlichen Spektakel skandieren, weil es dem Teufel eine Bühne verschafft. Der Vatikan oder die Diozöse würde einer Reality-TV genauso wenig wie Tonbandaufzeichnungen o. ä. niemals zustimmen. Und ohne ausdrückliche Genehmigung darf kein Exorzismus durchgeführt werden. 

Zu den Erinnerungen und der Rahmenhandlung kommt eine weitere Perspektive dazu, die sich mit der Reality-TV-Show auseinandersetzt. Dazu werden in Blogbeiträgen sämtliche Folgen regelrecht seziert und bis ins kleinste Detail analysiert. Etliche Parallelen zu den bekanntesten Horror-Schockern werden gezogen und Special Effects werden diskutiert. 

Damit hat man als Leser drei Perspektiven auf den Exorzismus von Majorie, der damit einen mysteriös-gruseligen, dennoch echt und glaubwürdigen Grundton hat. Teilweise liest es sich wie ein Sachbuch, aus Merediths Perspektive eher wie ein Coming-of-Age-Roman, um dezent die Grenze zum Horror zur überschreiten, der das düstere Leserherz höher schlagen lässt.

Meiner Ansicht nach ist Paul Tremblay ein hervorragender Exorzismus-Roman gelungen, der sich an bekannten Vorgängern bedient, gleichzeitig moderne Elemente anhand der Reality-TV-Show einfließen lässt und aufgrund des sachlichen Schreibstils fesselnd zu lesen ist.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2018-07-24 11:52
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPORTS
 
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text 2018-07-20 14:14
EGGS ARE THE BEST DIET FOR BODY BUILDING

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text 2018-07-12 15:20
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