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review 2017-04-29 19:15
Brisante Thematik schwach umgesetzt in zähen Geschichten
Die Geschichte der Bienen: Roman - Maja Lunde,Ursel Allenstein
Die Leseprobe zu „Die Geschichte der Bienen“ fand ich sehr interessant. Ich bin zwar kein Bienen-Experte, bin aber fasziniert von meinen Solitärbienen, die in meinem Bienenhotel ihre Brut ablegen. Deswegen habe ich mich sehr gefreut, dass ich bei vorablesen.de zum Rezensieren dieses Buches ausgewählt wurde.

Das Cover:

Auf dem Cover ist eine Biene zu sehen, die tot zur Seite gekippt auf dem Boden liegt. Schlichter und aussagekräftiger kann man wohl dieses Cover zu dieser Thematik gar nicht gestalten. Allein das da liegende, unschuldige Insekt hat mich schon sehr erschüttert. Mehr braucht und darf dieses Cover eigentlich gar nicht sagen, um so mehr steckt einfach dahinter. Es geht mir unter die Haut.

Die Handlung:
Maja Lunde erzählt in drei Erzählsträngen (Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft) jeweils die Geschichte von drei Protagonisten, die mehr oder weniger mit Bienen zu tun haben.

Nach einer schweren Depression, ausgelöst durch die Abweisung seines Mentors, schöpft der Wissenschaftler William 1852 neue Kraft und entwirft 1852 in England die Savage Stantard-Beute. Ein Bienenstock mit dem die Gewinnung des Honigs vereinfacht wird, ohne dass die Bienen wie beim Strohkorb sterben müssen. Durch diese Erfindung erhofft er sich wieder neue Anerkennung seines Mentors und seiner Familie, insbesondere seines verzogenen und abtrünnigen Sohnes Edmund.

2007: George ist Imker und besitzt seit Generationen in Ohio eine Honigfarm. Er lässt seine Bienen vor allem zur Honig-Produktion, aber auch zum Bestäuben der Obst- und Nutzpflanzen fliegen. Sein Sohn Tom studiert und möchte sich der Schreiberei widmen. Der griesgrämige George sieht dadurch die Zukunft seiner Farm bedroht und die Beziehung zu seinem Sohn droht noch mehr zu scheitern.

Tao kämpft 2098 in Sichuan mit den dystopischen Auswirkungen, die die radikale Ausrottung der Bestäuberinsekten in der Welt mit sich geführt hat. Alle Bienen und andere Blütenbestäuber sind verschwunden und die Nutzpflanzen müssen per Hand bestäubt werden. Bei einem Ausflug in die Obstplantagen mit ihrem Mann Kuan und ihrem 5 jährgen Sohn Wei-Wen passiert ein Unglück. Ihr Sohn bricht bewußtlos zusammen und wird ins Krankenhaus gebracht. Ab da beginnt für Tao die Odysse auf der Suche nach ihrem verschwunden Sohn.

Buchlayout / Haptik:

Die Gebundene Ausgabe kommt sehr einfach daher. Der Schutzumschlag ist aus einem etwas festeren Ökopapier. Die Biene auf dem Umschlag ist in Glanzlack gedruckt. Schön ist das gelbe Lesebändchen. Jedes Kapitel besitzt als Titel den Namen des Protagonisten, der ebenfalls noch mal in der Fußzeile auftaucht. So weiß man immer sofort, in welchem Handlungsstrang man sich gerade befindet.

Idee / Plott:

Spätestens, als das rätselhafte Massensterben der Bienen in unseren Medien schon vor Jahren behandelt wurde, ist das Bewusstsein aufgekommen für die Blütenbestäubenden Insekten als wichtigste und mächtigste Arbeitskraft der Massenproduktion unserer heutigen Zivilisation. Die Idee, die Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft unserer Zivilisation mit der Biene als medienwirksamen Vertreter darzustellen, fand ich persönlich großartig. Auch die Überlegungen, was passiert, wenn tatsächlich alle Bestäuberinsekten verschwunden sind? Wie geht es mit uns und unserer Erde weiter?

Handlungsaufbau / Spannungsbogen:

Da die drei Stories immer in kleinen parallel laufenden Kapiteln erzählt werden, wechseln sich die Handlungen ab. Ist die eine ruhiger, so passiert gerade was in der anderen. Den Reiz des Buches macht tatsächlich diese Form aus. Leider wirkt dieser positive Effekt sich nicht auf die einzelnen Erzählungen aus. Alle Drei wirken für mich allein betrachtet eher zäh und sind an sich unspektakulär. Die Spannung wird nur durch den Wechsel angetrieben, da die meisten Kapitel mit einem Mini-Cliffhanger enden.

Emotionen / Protagonisten:

Williams Verhalten kann ich am allerwenigsten nachvollziehen. William wirkt wie ein geprügelter Knabe, der nach Aufmerksamkeit heischend seine Umwelt und Familie vergisst und ein unglaubwürdiges Verhalten an den Tag legt. Er erwischt seinen 16 jährigen Sohn beim Zechen und Herumhuren in den Gassen, und was macht er? Er läuft wie ein beleidigtes Kind in den Wald und heult sich dort aus.

Und dafür, dass Tao als (für die Zeit) hochbegabt gilt, ist sie mir viel zu unreflektiert und handelt unüberlegt.

Der Einzige, den ich noch am authentischsten fand, war George. Er ist zwar ein Grantler und kann mit dem Snobismus der „Gelehrten“ nichts anfangen. Seine Gefühle seinem Sohn gegenüber kann ich aber noch am meisten nachvollziehen.

Sprache / Schreibstil:

Alle 3 Protagonisten erzählen in der Ich-Perspektive im Präteritum, und auch entsprechend im Sprachstil der Handlungszeit. Bei Tao ist die Sprache abgehakt, schnörkellos und wird begleitet von kurzen Sätzen. Wilhelm hingegen hat eine altertümliche Sprache mit gestochenen, gehobenen Formulierungen. George hingegen spricht dem Jahr 2007 angemessen, direkt und ehrlich. Sprachlich ist es ansonsten insgesamt relativ einfach gehalten. Wenn ich mir da andere Werke anschaue, die mit viel mehr Raffinesse auch feine, leise Geschichten erzählen können, haut mich dieses hier nicht wirklich vom Hocker. Teilweise empfinde ich sie sogar eher berichtartig, und sehr emotionslos.

Meine Meinung:

Ich finde diese Unterscheidung zwischen den Zeiten und Protagonisten absolut passend und richtig ansprechend. Der Einstieg hatte mich gepackt und konnte ich mich mich zunächst in jede einzelne Geschichte gut einfühlen.

Trotzdem hatte ich dann aber ständig das Gefühl nach dem direkten Zusammenhang suchen zu müssen. Bei William und George kristallisierte sich die Gemeinsamkeit relativ früh heraus, Tao passte da lange Zeit nicht hinein.

Die Bienen-Thematik finde ich hier insgesamt viel zu mau. Erst kurz vor Schluß sitzt Tao in der Bibliothek und knallt uns anhand von Lehrfilmen die eigentliche "Geschichte der Bienen" in 2 Seiten vor den Latz, aber insgesamt so gefühllos. Da ist so viel Brennstoff drinnen, das hätte schon viel früher in Taos Geschichte und dem Leser serviert werden müssen. So wird es nur nebenbei „abgehandelt“ - schade.

Wahrscheinlich bin ich einfach mit einer zu hohen Erwartungshaltung an dieses Buch herangegangen. Ich hatte mir viel mehr Gesellschaftskritik und Dramatik erwartet. Aber im Grunde sind es nur drei parallel laufende Geschichten von Familien, mit ihren gekränkten Eitelkeiten und zwischenmenschlichen Problemen. Am Schluß taucht zwar der gemeinsamen Nenner auf, der ist aber meines Erachtens sehr dünn. Dabei sind alle drei Geschichten in ihrer Handlung so vorhersehrbar, dass es das ganze Buch für mich tatsächlich so zäh wie Honig macht. Einzig die Hoffnung, ob Wei-Wen noch lebt, hat mich angetrieben, das Buch zu Ende zu lesen.

Fazit:

Für mich enttäuschend, da ich nicht das gelesen habe, was mir durch Umschlag und Titel versprochen wurde. Zu wenig Dramatik, zu zähe Geschichten, zu einfacher Sprachstil. Das brisante Thema wurde mir hier zu flach und nebenbei angekratzt.
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review 2017-04-21 06:34
Reacher's in a hot town, summer in the city
High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella - Lee Child,Dick Hill,Random House Audio

Ahhh, finally -- an actually satisfying shorter Jack Reacher story. It's longer than the others I've tried -- a novella, not just a short story. That's probably a lot of it, but there's something more to it -- just don't ask me what.

 

Reacher's on summer vacation before his senior year -- pretty much fully grown, has a good head on his shoulders, and is as arrogant and invincible feeling as most teenagers (he's just big and tough enough to back it up). He's visiting NYC for the day before going to visit his brother at West Point.

 

It's 1977, a summer in NYC known for two things: incredible heat and Son of Sam. Both have an impact on this story (no, Reacher doesn't stop the killer or anything -- phew). Reacher flirts with some college girls, breaks up a fight with a mobster and an undercover FBI agent, survives a blackout, spends some quality time with one of the college girls and helps the FBI agent out -- while engaging in a few solid fights.

 

The action takes place in one night -- probably 14 hours or so, but Child manages to cram a lot into those hours. Is it realistic? No, not even by Reacher standards. Is it compelling -- yup. Will it keep you interested? Oh, yeah.

 

Dick Hill sounded to me like he as having a lot of fun reading this one -- which is fitting, it's probably the most "fun" Reacher story I've come across (well, maybe the Reacher/Nick Heller story in FaceOff is a little more so). He does his typical job, satisfying in his delivery, keeps you engaged, doesn't wow with technique.

 

It's a fun story, nothing to get excited about, but something that Reacher fans will enjoy, in a complete-feeling story. Good enough for me.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/04/20/high-heat-audiobook-by-lee-child-dick-hill
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review 2017-04-11 02:06
A Dull Reacher story? Whodathunkit?
Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5 - Lee Child,Dick Hill,Random House Audio

Reacher sets out for the Canadian border, to make it as far north on this Interstate as possible, just because. Not too far south from there, he stops in a tourist-y town, a haven for backpackers, hikers, wilderness types in general. Before he leaves, a whole lot of military types show up and block access to the forest from the town (well, they try to -- the forest is pretty big, it's impossible to block access to the whole thing).

 

This gets Reacher's curiosity piqued and he starts poking around to see if he can understand why.

 

I don't want to sound bloodthirsty here, but not a single fight. No threat of violence breaking out. Mostly, it's Reacher walking around and observing things before making a heck of a guess/deduction that proved to be right.

 

Dark, cynical ending -- one of Child's more political statements.

 

Hill was okay, not terribly interesting, but I think that's Child's fault this time.

 

It's not bad. It's just disappointing, short and . . . bleh. Proof that they can't all be winners, I guess.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/04/10/not-a-drill-audiobook-by-lee-child-dick-hill
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review 2017-02-14 23:34
Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James

 

 

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

 

 

Layers people... layers... Gilded Cage to me felt sort of like a victorian/fantasy/suspense/romance/ kind of multiple layered story. Although I felt it probably could have used a prequel of some kind establishing the world and its players/cast simply because there is just so much information its difficult to take it all in while focusing on the issue at hand. To sum it up I felt like Gilded Cage was Downton Abbey meets the supernatural. Magical users beware. There's a hierarchy even here.

I couldn't really define whether this book should be slated a YA/NA but it falls between the lines there somewhere. The content topic of slavery could be a trigger for some so if that is an issue for you be aware it is involved although its fairly expanded on what the definition of what the slavery is/ translates to with each person who serves in their own sort of political / social structure right down to the working stiffs.

There is quite a bit of who's who and who really is the bad guy where the lines blur to that effect which was interesting but I enjoyed how James handled it and it was written really well. I enjoyed reading Gilded Cage and would definitely pass it on to others. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

 

Vic James

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-10 17:24
Always by Sarah Jio
 
I checked my e-mail yesterday night and I received a message from Random House. The manager of the publishing house asked me to post as soon as possible a review for the launch of Always by Sarah Jio. Eeeek...Bloody Hell, not yet read, I thought in complete panic  without thinking that the launch was yesterday.

I decided to change my schedule and I started to read the eBook yesterday night. I finished it today.

You'll need to keep close to you a box of Kleenex because Always is moving and one of th most interesting love-stories I read since now.

I picked up this book by Sarah Jio time ago for various reasons.

I love her books, I had read previously other novels she wrote.
Seattle is in my heart.
One of my best pen-pals - yes you know paper and pen, envelopes and stamps, that dinosaurs thing of the 1990's - with which I am still in contact with is from Seattle.
One of my favorite movies Sleepless in Seattle set in that city.
Being a friendly reality I have also other connections as well.
I feel the thematic of homeless a lot and I thought while I read the synopsis of this book in NetGalley that this one could have been potentially a very good love-story. As always, my instinct didn't fail. I was approved and joyous for it.

Always by Sara Jio is impressive because it's not just a love-story.
 
 

It's something else. It's a love between a man and a woman stolen by destiny and then re-donated at the protagonists.
It's the book of second chances.

It treats of loss and return, of waiting, love and defeat, and at the same time of crucial choices in our life and understanding. Of real love able to set free the partner for love, of gratitude and dignity and sentiments respected.

The book is never superficial but profoundly explores the sentimental dynamics of a lady who thought she had found a stability in every sense and that maybe she must re-think all her life again.
Maybe.
Because the past better than the present, because simply, the love of the 20s for Cade too strong for being thrown away again not giving to it another possibility.

It's a book that will speak at the heart, at the conscience, at the life and at the dignity of people and their lives trying to have respect for every point of view.

The story starts with Kailey and Ryan, a happy couple at the italian restaurant Le Marche of Seattle.

Kailey is a reporter of the Herald and she reached the success she  desires. Ryan a very successful man. A happy couple who intend to start a life together, celebrating the joy of staying together with a wedding pretty soon.

Kayle is a reporter very involved in social problems and she treats the topic of homeless very often. That night while leaving the restaurant Le Marche while she was waiting for her fiancee and their car she notices this homeless pretty starved close to the restaurant. She presents him something to eat and when she looks at his eyes she recognizes him. Impossible to fail: this one was her boyfriend Cade McCallister, never forgotten.

Cade had a label and was very famous in the music industry of Seattle during the mythical 1990s. Why now Cade is here, in this state, homeless and what happened to him during these past 10 years? She asks a desperate Kayle to herself.

Kayle is shocked, and she starts to live in a life of flashbacks.

Oh: the power of the twenties and the magical idea that everything is possible and that life is in your hands. You can imagine to find Mr.Right,   and building a good existence with him, having some children, working and being a satisfied girl.

In general it goes in this way, but not for Kayle.
To Kayle the dream of marrying the man she loved so badly broken. Broken because she knew something: that Cade was her Mr. Right and the man with which she would have wanted to spend the rest of her existence. And he just disappeared like a ghost from her, without to tell her why, without an explanation.

Once this dream over she didn't think at love anymore with the intensity of the past.

Two years spent together, from 1996 to 1998 one day Cade simply evaporated from her life.

Her dream of a family, of a love, some children, replaced by a successful work and other gratifications. Her heart locked until later she would have met Ryan. Other age, a more mature love, her sentimental life back.

Kayle accepted this second chance with enthusiasm thinking that life must be lived and truly loving deeply Ryan. Cade McAllister buried in some corner of her heart but now inoffensive.

But...What happen if the past returns, and which can be the reaction of a person at the return of someone so beloved?


It's what the book wants to analyze, and it does it with great maturity and class according to my point of view.

Memories of the moments  Kailey spent with Cade are back in all their intensity. They had lived a real, beautiful love-story. Walks discovering secret corners of Seattle, trips as the one they did at Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, where Kailey's grand-dad knew his future wife, unforgettable moments for both of them, moments spent together enjoying the company of each other and thinking that yet, they were made for spent the rest of their life together.

Few characters all very well centered, the book doesn't know any kind of dispersion but focus in the relationship created by the two protagonists at first in 1996. The book is divided in two part: a first part is set in 2008 the crucial year of the return of Cade and a part from 1996 to 1998 the years of the first relationship between Cade and Kailey.

Not only.

Always is also a book that wants to speak at the heart of people revealing the social conditions of American hospitals, sometimes too cold with people marginalized by the society for many reasons.
It wants to speak at the heart of people reclaiming that we are all human being, and it is not important if we are rich or poor, each of us has dignity and should be cured very well.

But in which state Kailey finds Cade? In a miserable one. This man must suffer of some mental retard, she thinks desperate. Maybe he remembers her, maybe not. At the beginning the reporter can't interact with him because the man is absent, starved.

Kailey once saved by him decides that now it's arrived the moment of helping her biggest love of her life, but at what price?

Ryan will understand her feelings? And mostly: is she still loving Ryan as much as she should love him considering that very soon they will be married?

Always is a book that tells of changes. The changes that can occur during our life, the differences that we can find in a person we love so badly and we thought we had lost forever and the acceptance of this person transformed by life but also of the immutability of love when the feeling has been real and sincere with all the crosses that can bring with it.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is another example of a great love for a wonderful, conflictual man. At the end of the book the protagonist will discover that her love, unforgotten, Edward Rochester had lost the vision from both his eyes because of a terrible incident but she won't go away from him because real love is able to resist everything.

The title Always created because of a tattoo the protagonists once will decide to do while in vacation, in french, Toujours, while the cover of the book speaks of true love. There is the tradition of put a red wrap in a branch of cherries tree everytime you think you have found your true love.

I highly suggest you this book for the maturity I found while I was reading it. It is written by a writer who gives dignity to each protagonists and at the end of the book in the happiness and unhappiness that some protagonists will live, no one will be completely defeated by life because love will always win in every case.

I thank NetGalley and Random House for this book.
 


Anna Maria Polidori







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