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review 2017-07-25 21:35
Catstronauts, Cosmocats, MEOW, and COOKIE
CatStronauts: Race to Mars - Drew Brockington

 

With all these different cat space programs to keep track of, this one was a little annoying. I found it hard to remember who was who. Also, they all seemed so angry all the time. I didn't find a lot to redeem this story. In the end, they all realize that cooperation is the best way to succeed, but meh. I know it's for kids, but I've seen a lot better.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-17 20:16
Die Schatten von Race Point
Die Schatten von Race Point - Patry Francis,Claudia Feldmann (Übers.)

€ 9,99 [D] inkl. MwSt. 

 

€ 10,30 [A] |  CHF 13,90* 

 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 

 

Taschenbuch, Klappenbroschur

ISBN: 978-3-7341-0337-7

Erschienen: 20.03.2017 

 

 

Eine Liebe, die stärker ist als das Leben

Cape Cod,1978. Als Kinder sind Hallie Costa und Gus Silva unzertrennlich, als Teenager werden sie ein Liebespaar – bis ein dramatischer Vorfall am Strand von Race Point sie scheinbar unwiederbringlich auseinandertreibt. Doch Hallie kann ihren Freund nie vergessen, und als Gus Jahre später eines Mordes angeklagt wird, muss sie sich ihren Gefühlen stellen, denn seine gesamte Existenz steht auf dem Spiel. Kann sie ihm noch einmal helfen, bevor es zu spät ist? Hallie kehrt in ihre Heimatstadt zurück und stößt dort unerwartet auf dunkle Geheimnisse von ungeahnten Dimensionen …

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin durch das auffällige Cover mit der schönen lila leuchtenden Schrift und des interessanten Klappentextes auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden. Freundlicherweise wurde mir dieses dann als Rezensionsexmplar vom Verlag zur Verfügung gestellt. 


Interessant dabei fand ich auch, dass die Geschichte den Anfang in meinem Geburtsjahr 1978 genommen hat. 


Allerdings muss ich leider sagen, dass ich anfangs große Probleme hatte, in das Buch hinein zu kommen. Es ist mir erstaunlicherweise erst relativ spät gelungen, in die Geschichte einzutauchen. Das ist mir so wirklich erst in der zweiten Hälfte gelungen und ab da konnte mich die Geschichte dann aber komplett fesseln. Die letzten 200 Seiten habe ich dann in einem Rutsch weg gelesen. 


Das Buch ist insgesamt in 6 Abschnitte geteilt, diese spielen von 1978 bis hin in die Gegenwart. Man lernt als erstes einmal Hallie und Gus kennen, die von Kindheitsbeinen an Freunde sind und aus Hallie und Gus wird zu Teenagerzeiten ein Paar, bis ein schrecklicher Vorfall sie auseinander reißt. 


In der Gegenwart geht es dann darum, dass Gus wegen Mordes verdächtigt wird und Hallie ihrem Jugendfreund helfen möchte. Mehr möchte ich hier nicht verraten, das sollt ihr ja selbst lesen. 


Alles in allem war dies eine tolle Geschichte, auch wenn mir der Einstieg erstaunlich schwer gefallen ist. Ich kann hier aufgrund der Entwicklung der Geschichte und auch der für mich unerwarteten Wendungen absolut eine Kauf- und Leseempfehlung aussprechen. Das Buch bekommt von mir 4,5 Sterne. 

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review 2017-07-17 18:35
Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie
Reservation Blues - Sherman Alexie

This is my first Alexie and not my last. I'm struggling with what to say about it and how because somehow this not-huge novel feels like it's packed in everything about Indian (as they refer to themselves) culture with its focus on a particular reservation and a rock band's steep rise and fall. It does so with deadpan humor and a mix of the fantastic and real that calls to mind magical realism but is distinctive. It's necessarily sad yet not depressing--there's the humor, and there's wonder and hope. There's not an insignificant or uncharismatic character in the book. I feel like I've taken a long, strange trip with them and wish them well.

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text 2017-07-12 20:25
Some Science Ideas from my Library
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World - David Baron
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness - Peter Godfrey-Smith
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World - Michael Pollan
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe - Lisa Randall
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time - Jonathan Weiner
Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution - Rebecca Stott
The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science (Vintage) - Richard Holmes

I know that there's been a suggestion that we read more science together; these are just some books my own library has that I think look interesting.

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review 2017-06-26 03:17
CatStronauts: Race to Mars (graphic novel) by Drew Brockington
CatStronauts: Race to Mars - Drew Brockington

The CatStronauts are back and...they're kind of bored. And not really doing much besides accepting awards and going to free lunches and dinners held in their honor. But then the CatStronauts are called back into action. It turns out that several other space programs around the world are planning Mars missions, and the CatStronauts are the last ones to get involved. Will they lose to the CosmoCats or one of the other two groups, or will they triumph and be the first cats to land on Mars?

In some ways, this volume felt a little more solid than CatStronauts: Mission Moon. For example, the internal logic was much better. However, it also had less of the first volume’s silly fun, and the competition between the various space programs made things a little more tense overall. Sometimes the cats had to prioritize between their “race to Mars” timeline and the scientific experiments they wanted to do once they got to Mars, because there wasn’t enough time to get everything done. Brockington included some nice visual jokes and random references in the background (I noticed Star Wars, Star Trek, and maybe Teletubbies), but overall this volume didn’t seem quite as light as the first one, even though there was less at stake.

Each space program seemed to be analogous to a real-life space program, although I wasn’t 100% certain about one of them. The CosmoCats were definitely Russian, and the COOKIE mission (quick and inexpensive) appeared to be Indian. I wasn’t sure about the MEOW mission. Maybe German? I came across another reviewer who seemed to think it was a stand-in for Luxembourg.

Much of the volume was devoted to showing the various space programs preparing to go to Mars. Anytime someone decided to remove something from their Mars mission “To Do” list in the interest of saving time, or pushed their employees too hard, I wondered if and when it would come back to bite them. The CosmoCats were presented as villains,

at least at first

(spoiler show)

. One of the top CosmoCats was especially willing to do whatever he had to in order to be the first to get to Mars, setting a grueling pace for their workers and creating terrible working conditions.

In the end, though, this turned out to be a story about learning to work together.

The supposed villains really weren’t.

(spoiler show)

I loved seeing Pom Pom and Gemelli bonding over their shared love of science, and it was kind of nice to see that even the oh-so-serious Major Meowser wasn’t infallible. I was also glad that Cat-Stro-Bot got to have a role in this story too, although its part in the story became a little chaotic and confusing near the end.

All in all, the first volume was a little more fun than this one, but this one seemed to be a bit more solid and well-thought-out.

A side note: this volume made me realize that I’d made some character design assumptions that weren’t necessarily true. For example, cats whose eyes were drawn so that they had eyelashes were female, while cats whose eyes were just dots were male, meaning that all the CatStronauts were male. Or so I thought. I don’t know if pronouns were used in the first volume and I just missed them, but the second volume definitely referred to Pom Pom using she/her pronouns.

 

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

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