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review 2018-05-22 13:47
Book Review - Nature's Viewpoint 2, fun cartoons of animals and flowers by Thomas Hollyday
Nature's Viewpoint 2 - Thomas Hollyday

A short series of cartoons depicting the authors sense of humour throughout the seasonal calendar. The drawings and witty reports that go alongside them will appeal to young and old, bringing a smile to your face and makes you look at the flora and fauna as well as the wildlife you see daily in a more enlighted way.

The book also portrays an ecology side to it showing us that we need to protect and nurture nature in its surroundings for future generations to enjoy and to cut back on our waste products which we all can achieve.

The simplicity of the sketches can be discussed in length to define their interpretation and each cartoon will conjure a different thought process to everyone who looks at them and could be used as an educational aid. The beauty of animation is the message they portray to everyone from the drawings by ancient caveman to the classic artists and finally to the modern day.

I enjoyed these cartoons and have revisited them several times and each time I have noticed or thought something different which is authors intention. 

 

https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/book-review-natures-viewpoint-2-fun.html 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/book-review-natures-viewpoint-2-fun.html
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review 2018-05-21 23:48
The Darkest Corners - audiobook
The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas,Jorjeana Marie

 

At nine years old, Tessa and Callie were the prime witnesses in the trial of a serial killer (the Ohio River Monster). Now a teenager, Tessa returns to her hometown to confront her past and find out the truth.

This book was just okay for me. I didn't care for any of the characters and I didn't enjoy the narration. The main plot was okay, but the end felt contrived and unbelievable. The subplot involving Tessa's mother and sister was unnecessary and distracting.

Bottom line: Take out the subplot, make the characters a bit likable or relatable, and this story would be better. As it is, there are better thrillers to spend your time on.

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text 2018-05-21 14:11
Defying Henry VIII: Thomas More

Next up: Thomas More

 

Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/05/defying-henry-viii-thomas-more.html
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review 2018-05-16 18:25
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark

A young internet tycoon lures four horror writers to the most haunted of haunted houses for a two-day interview under false pretenses. There’s some grumbling naturally, I mean who, besides me, would willingly want to stay the night at a scary old ghost filled place? But they all decide to do the right wrong thing and stay anyway and a whole lot of nothing too sinister happens. But just you wait!

 

The truly frightening things happen when they return back to their real lives and this is where the book excels. It takes that old setup and makes it fresh and new and terrifying. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and everyone seemed to love it so I went in with very high expectations and a lot of fear that I would hate it or want to pick it apart because I can be a jerk like that. Fortunately, mostly all I can say is that it is amazing and the story will grab you from the beginning and if you like haunted house stories you NEED to read it next.

 

The four writers are all very different in style and personality and watching them interact was pretty fascinating in and of itself. Moore, the only female in the group, writes violent, in-your-face horror (the kind I honestly like best), Sam is your Stephen King type writing about the relatable good guys, Sebastian Cole is a Charles L. Grant quiet horror type and Daniel writes books for the tween/teen market with strong moral codes and little religious subtlety. Watching them struggle with their differences, rag on each other and later deal with their inner demons, secrets and tragedies was so interesting to me not just because I’m nosy but because they were so incredibly well written and believable.

 

Five star books are so hard for me to review. This one gets all five stars and it deserves each and every one of them. Kill Creek is the perfect blend of great characterization, growing dread, true terror and murderous bits. If you’re into audiobooks get the one narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark. He adds another level of fright to the terrors within with his professional narration.

 

I have nothing here to bitch about. Nothing at all. I know, I can hardly believe it myself!

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review 2018-05-16 04:33
Rezension | Im Zeichen des Einhorns von Roger Zelazny
Im Zeichen des Einhorns: Die Chroniken v... Im Zeichen des Einhorns: Die Chroniken von Amber 3 - Roger Zelazny,Thomas Schlück

Beschreibung

Nachdem Corwin nun endlich wieder an die Regentschaft Ambers gelangt ist gerät er selbst in den Prüfstand. Als dann auch noch sein Bruder Caine unter ungeklärten Umständen ums Leben kommt, fällt der Verdacht zunächst direkt auf Corwin. Als die Geschwister zusammen kommen um den Vorfall zu besprechen muss Corwin um sein eigenes Leben bangen, denn er wird Opfer eines Attentats. Schwer verletzt findet Corwin auf der Erde nicht nur ärztliche Hilfe, sondern auch Antworten auf Fragen die sich aus seiner verschwommenen Vergangenheit ergeben.
Meine Meinung

Nahtlos reiht sich der dritte Band der Chroniken von Amber an die Ereignisse aus dem Vorgängerroman „Die Gewehre von Amber“ an. Daher war ich ganz froh, dass ich gleich nach dem zweiten Titel weiterlesen konnte!

Mit „Im Zeichen des Einhorns“ entführt Roger Zelazny den Leser immer tiefer in seine fesselnde Welt, bei der man sich nicht sicher sein kann, ob man sich nun in der „zentralen“ Welt oder ein der vielen Abbilder – also in einer Schattenwelt – befindet.

Die Situation die sich nach dem Mord an Caine ergibt erinnerte mich stark an einen Agatha Christie Film über einen Fall des Detektivs Hercule Poirot. Die Geschwister kommen in Amber zusammen um den Mörder zu entlarven, dabei spitzt sich die Angelegenheit rasant zu und endet schließlich mit einem Attentat auf Corwin. Diese kribbelnde Krimi-Atmosphäre hat mir ausgesprochen gut gefallen, da sie hervorragend Roger Zelaznys epischen Fantasystoff ergänzt.

Die zum großen Teil mit Geheimnissen und Fragen umwobenen Prinzen und Prinzessinnen von Amber bekommen in diesem Mittelband etwas mehr Platz eingeräumt, was Ihnen mehr Kontur verleiht. Obwohl der Autor somit etwas mehr Licht in das Dunkel der familiären Verstrickungen und Beziehungen fallen lässt, bleibt nach wie vor vieles offen. Vielmehr bekommt man vermittelt, dass es um einiges mehr geht als bis hierher erwartet. Immer mehr stellt man sich die Frage, ob ihr Vater Oberon noch am Leben ist.

Roger Zelazny konnte mich mit „Im Zeichen des Einhorns“ durch seinen bildhaften und wirklich eindrucksvollen Erzählstil überzeugen. Die komplexe Fantasywelt von Amber hat mich wieder ein Stückchen mehr in ihren Bann gesogen und hinterlässt mit einem Cliffhanger den Wunsch direkt weiter zu lesen.

Fazit

Der bisher spannendste Band aus den Chroniken von Amber!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-im-zeichen-des-einhorns-von-roger-zelazny
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