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review 2020-02-08 08:30
Alle Sagen in einem Buch vereint
Germanische Göttersagen - Reiner Tetzner,LIBRI

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Ganz jenseits von Germanenkult und fataler Verklärung von »Nibelungentreue« und Heldentum hat der Leipziger Autor Reiner Tetzner die Götter- und Heldensagen Mittel- und Nordeuropas aus den Quellen neu erzählt. Die Göttersagen mit ihren Geschichten von Asen und Vanen, Odin, Thor, Loki und Freyja folgen dabei hauptsächlich der altnordischen Edda, die im mittelalterlichen Island aufgeschrieben wurde. Die Heldensagen der Nibelungen, Burgunden und Hunnen und jene um den Recken Dietrich von Bern fassen dagegen die großen mittelhochdeutschen Versionen dieser Erzählungen aus Nibelungenlied und Dietrichepik in eine Sprache, die heutigen jugendlichen und erwachsenen Lesern verständlich und zugänglich ist. 

 

Meine Meinung

Die nordische Sagenwelt kann mich einfach immer wieder für sich einnehmen.

Habe ich zuletzt ein Hörbuch zu dieser Thematik gehört, war nun wieder ein Buch dran. Und ich muss sagen, die vielen Sagen kann man beim Lesen einfach besser verinnerlichen.

 

Man fliegt hier nur so durch die Seiten und von einer Geschichte zur anderen.

Ja, es ist wie eine ganz tolle und interessante Geschichtsstunde.

 

Für mich die wohl interessantesten Geschichten waren zum Beispiel:

Der Weltenbaum

„Drei starke Wurzeln greifen weit aus und halten Yggdrasil aufrecht.

Die erste Wurzel reicht zu den Göttern und Menschen, die zweite zu den Riesen, die dritte nach Niflheim. Unter jeder Wurzel entspringt eine Quelle.“ (S. 17)

 

Loki zeugt drei Weltfeinde

Vielen sind der Fenriswolf, Jörmungandr oder auch die Midgardschlange und auch Hel ein Begriff. Aber viele wissen nicht, dass diese aus dem Samen von Loki entstammen.

 

Die Riesin Skadi wählt den Gott Njörd

Und hier bleibt mir nur zu sagen… wie man sich täuschen kann.

 

Thor fischt nach der Midgardschlange

Ein Kampf zweier Giganten, den ich unheimlich gern mit verfolgt habe.

 

Loki beschimpft die Götter

Der Twist zwischen Loki und den Göttern. Wisst ihr eigentlich, dass Loki nur ein angenommener Gott war? Wie und warum es sich Loki mit den Göttern verscherzt, erfahrt ihr in dieser Sage.

 

Balders Tod

Von diesem Tod und der Vorhersehung hat wohl schon jeder gehört.

Wisst ihr auch wer der Mörder ist?

 

Lokis Bestrafung

Loki, die Giftschlange und Sigyn, die ihrem Mann Hilfe leistet.

 

Der Untergang der Götter

„Die Weltenesche erzittert, ihr erster Ast bricht.“ (S. 178)

 

„Dann folgen drei harte lange Winter ohne einen Sommer aufeinander.

Stürme treiben aus allen Richtungen Schnee, begraben das letzte Büschel Gras. Die Menschen befeinden sich erbarmungsloser.“ (S. 179)

 

„Die Sonne ist schwarz. Die Erde sinkt langsam ins Meer.

Feuer und Rauch quellen zum Himmel.“

(S. 183)

 

Mein Fazit

Eine tolle Sammlung aller Sagen um die nordische Götterwelt.

Das Buch ist klein und kompakt, gibt aber alles her.

Natürlich gefällt mal eine Geschichte mehr und eine weniger, aber das ist bei Geschichtensammlungen ja meist so.

Ich habe bereits ein Auge auf das andere kleine Büchlein mit dem Titel „Germanische Heldensagen“ geworfen.

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review 2019-12-09 21:52
The Guinevere Deception / Kiersten White
The Guinevere Deception - Kiersten White

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

 

An excellent re-invention of the King Arthur mythos. Taking a cue from The Mists of Avalon, this version is told from the perspective of Guinevere, a changeling girl sent by Merlin to be King Arthur’s bride.

The big problem is that magic has been banished from Camelot and Guinevere is a manic pixie dream girl! She is looking at the relationship like a job and Arthur is willing to humour her, but as they spend more and more time together, both of them start to think that perhaps they would like to expand that role….now how do they let their desires be known?

White uses some interesting changes in relationships (Mordred isn’t Arthur’s illegitimate son) and some wonderful changes in gender of at least one character to make this a very up-to-date feeling version of the Arthur cycle. By doing so, she freshens up a story that most of us feel that we’re pretty familiar with.

I can hardly wait for the next installment in 2020

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review 2019-12-09 21:50
Alvin Journeyman / Orson Scott Card
Alvin Journeyman - Orson Scott Card

Alvin Miller, a gifted seventh son of a seventh son, utilizes his skills as a Maker to help create a brighter future for America, but his task is further challenged by his ancient enemy, the Unmaker, who plots to end Alvin's life.

 

This is such a weird alternate history series! Welcome to a North America that has been torqued into a strange shape by this author. The race relations have a really odd feel, with Indigenous people retreated to an area beyond a river and a mysterious bank of cloud which prevents Caucasians from visiting them. Black people’s lives are more similar to actual history, with slaves, slave finders, and free people of colour (who nonetheless face discrimination).

The most obvious theme in this installment is that of Cain and Abel, two brothers at odds with one another. In this case, it’s Calvin and Alvin, with Calvin resenting his older brother so much that he elects to leave their community and seek his own position in the world. Unfortunately, he has an undeservedly high opinion of himself and a nasty disposition. Why be kind when you can blackmail, amiright? (Wikipedia helpfully tells me that Cain's name means "smith" and resembles the verb 'to make' in Hebrew, perhaps significant as both Alvin and Calvin are Makers and Alvin is a smith?)

Although it doesn’t happen in this volume, Calvin has obviously decided to make Alvin’s life difficult. No doubt that will happen in the next book.

Book number 337 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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review 2019-12-09 21:48
City of Golden Shadow / Tad Williams
City of Golden Shadow - Tad Williams

Renie Sulaweyo, a teacher in the South Africa of tomorrow, realizes something is wrong on the network. Kids, including her brother Stephen, have logged into the net, and cannot escape. Clues point to a mysterious golden city called Otherland, but investigators all end up dead.

 

My previous experience with Williams’ writing was his Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, so this book was a bit of a shock to the system! While that series took place in a rather mediaeval setting, this one is set in the future and largely in virtual reality.

One thing that remains consistent is the size of each book, being rather brick-like. It took my about 170 pages before I was convinced that I really wanted to read this volume. It reminded me of a lot of books that I’ve read before. The little vignettes at the beginning of each chapter made me think of Stand on Zanzibar. All the virtual environments were reminiscent of Neuromancer and as characters plugged things into their bodies, I thought of When Gravity Fails. The time spent in Eight Squared (a chess board), complete with a Red Queen threatening “Off with their heads” was obviously referencing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The emphasis on Egyptian mythology also reminded me of The Anubis Gates. The guy without a memory running through the virtual word made me think of The Bourne Identity. Early in the book, our amnesiac man has a “Jack and the Bean Stalk” adventure too.

This is another conspiracy-theory heavy story. I seem to have run into several of those lately. I’m relieved that I finally found my footing around the 200 page mark, as there are three more books in the series and on my reading list. They may still end up being tough sledding, but at least I have a bit of hope!

Book number 336 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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review 2019-12-09 21:46
Brightness Reef / David Brin
Brightness Reef - David Brin

The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.  But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races.  Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxies will discover their illegal colony.  Then a strange starship arrives on Jijo.  Does it bring the long-dreaded judgment, or worse--a band of criminals willing to destroy the six races of Jijo in order to cover their own crimes? 

 

I enjoyed this adventure in the Uplift universe, even though I had to wonder sometimes just what was going on. In an environment where Uplift is a desirable thing, who would choose to sneak onto a forbidden planet and attempt to divest themselves of all the trappings of permanent civilization? And not just one “sneakship,” but half a dozen different races are on Jijo to “return to Eden.” It’s a regular back-to-the-land movement.

There are a lot of moving parts--plenty of plots and counter-plots, conspiracies, and back stabbing, enough to keep any conspiracy theorist highly entertained. I also enjoyed a lot of the linguistic play. For instance, several species of plants known as Boo. Seeming derived from the word bamboo, Brin gives us greater boo, among others.

With the languages of the alien species, this would be a nasty book to try to read aloud. I pity anyone performing the audio book!

The previous books in the Uplift series were each self-contained stories, but this one leaves many questions unanswered. I’m glad I have the second volume queued up and ready to go.

Book number 335 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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