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review 2019-09-21 17:47
Überzeugt mit Charakteren und historischen Fakten
Die Hafenschwester - Melanie Metzenthin

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Hamburg, 1892: Die Cholera erschüttert die Stadt an der Elbe und fordert tausende Opfer. Als Marthas Mutter stirbt, muss sie das Überleben ihrer Familie sichern. Die junge Frau aus dem armen Gängeviertel ergattert eine Lehrstelle am Eppendorfer Krankenhaus und arbeitet sich bis zur OP-Schwester hoch. Während die Ärzte sich im Wettlauf gegen die Zeit befinden, ist Hamburg auch im politischen Umbruch: Die Hafenarbeiter streiken, die Frauen kämpfen ums Wahlrecht und für die Rechte von Prostituierten. Martha schließt sich der Frauenbewegung an und führt gleichzeitig ihren ganz persönlichen Kampf. Denn sie hat nicht nur die Liebe zur Medizin entdeckt, sondern – gegen die strengen Regeln am Krankenhaus – auch zu einem jungen Mann… 

 

Meine Meinung 

1892 lernen wir im Hamburger Gängeviertel die 14-jährige Martha Westphal kennen. Sie und ihre Familie gehören zur ärmeren Bevölkerungsschicht Hamburgs und müssen Tag für Tag hart ums Überleben arbeiten.

Mir war dieses Viertel bis dato völlig unbekannt, umso interessanter fand ich es, wie die Autorin die Lebensverhältnisse vor Ort beschreibt.

Vor allem haben mich die Beschreibungen zu den hygienischen Verhältnissen wieder sprachlos zurückgelassen. Zur heutigen Zeit kann man sich einfach nur sehr schwer vorstellen, wie die Menschen damals leben mussten.

So kam es, dass im Jahre 1892 in Hamburg eine Choleraepidemie ausbrach, welche sehr viele Tote mit sich brachte. Auch Martha’s Familie muss im Buch Schicksalsschläge einstecken, aber Martha gibt sich und ihr Leben nicht auf.

Sie möchte Krankenwärterin werden.

Aufgrund ihres starken Willens und ihres Könnens wird sie eine Erika-Schwester in einem Hamburger Krankenhaus.

 

Während dieser Zeit schließt Martha Freundschaften, aber auch Feindschaften, welche uns als Leser durch den gesamten Roman hinweg begleiten.

Eine besonders innige Freundschaft pflegt Martha zu ihrer Kindheitsfreundin Milli.

Milli konnte Martha noch den Rang um meinen Lieblingscharakter im Buch streitig machen. Ich mochte ihre Art, ihre Denkweisen und vor allem ihren Umgang mit ihrer Situation. Denn Milli geriet wegen ihres Stiefvaters in einen Teufelskreis, aber sie geht so großartig mit dieser Gegebenheit um.

 

Themen, die Melanie Metzenthin in diesem Reihenauftakt ansprechen will, ist zum einen die Choleraepidemie, aber auch den Hamburger Hafenarbeiterstreik 1896/97 und der Mut einiger Frauen, welche mit ihrem Ideen großes Bewirken.

„Die Hafenschwester“ ist für Melanie Metzenthin, welche auch ursprünglich aus Hamburg stammt, nicht nur aufgrund ihrer Herkunft ein besonderer Roman. Spätestens wenn man das Nachwort liest, erfährt man, dass diese Geschichte einigen Lebensabschnitten ihrer Urgroßmutter Martha nachempfunden ist.

Neben der Figur baut sie weitere Figuren, welche real existiert haben in ihr Buch ein. Diesen Punkt finde ich persönlich immer sehr schön, weil gewisse Themen dann noch greifbarer wirken.

 

Wer sich nun noch einen Funken Liebe wünscht, der wird nicht enttäuscht, aber dieses Buch ist alles andere als ein Liebesroman. Aber ja, das Herz kommt nicht zu kurz.

 

Das kleine Highlight am Rande war, dass die Autorin sich spontan in unserer Leserunde dazugesellt hat. Vielen Dank liebe Melanie, dass du dir die Zeit genommen hast und mit uns über „Die Hafenschwester“ geplaudert hast.

Ich hoffe, du beehrst uns bei der Fortsetzung wieder.

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Ein kleiner Punkt hat mich gestört. Und zwar greift die Autorin an einer Stelle ihres Buches zu sehr in die Trickkiste. Heißt, es kommt zu einer Passage, in der das Schicksal gehörig mitgespielt hat. Dies war zwar nötig, um in einer bestimmten Handlung den perfekten Bogen zu schlagen, aber mir war es persönlich zu unrealistisch.

 

Mein Fazit

Dennoch konnte mich „Die Hafenschwester“ sowohl unterhalten, als auch nachdenklich stimmen. Vor allem in Bezug auf die damaligen Lebensumstände vieler Familien. Was sich seither alles getan hat, ist erstaunlich und wir können uns wieder mal glücklich schätzen, in unserer heutigen Zeit zu leben.

Ich kann für dieses Buch eine klare Leseempfehlung aussprechen und freue mich auf die Fortsetzung dieser Reihe. Die Autorin selbst hat uns schon verraten, dass sie bereits am zweiten Band der Reihe schreibt.

Bis dahin befindet sich noch ein anderes Buch der Autorin auf meinem SuB

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review 2019-09-21 00:26
Fairly Brief Thoughts: Ice
Ice - Linda Howard

Ice

by Linda Howard

 

 

Gabriel McQueen has only just arrived home on holiday leave from the service when his county-sheriff father sends him back out again with new marching orders.  A brewing ice storm, and a distant neighbor who’s fallen out of contact, have the local lawman concerned.  So he enlists Gabriel to make the long haul to the middle of nowhere, and make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound.  It’s a trip the younger McQueen would rather not make given the bitter winter weather–and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly.

But there’s no talking back when your dad is the town’s top cop.  And there’ s no turning back when night falls just as Gabriel arrives–and discovers that the weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful.  Spotting strangers in Lolly’ s home–one of them packing a weapon–is all it takes to kick Gabriel into combat mode.  And his stealth training is all he needs to extract Lolly from the house without alerting her captors.  But when the escape is discovered, the heat–and the hunt–are on. And the winter woods are nowhere to be once the ice storm touches down, dropping trees, blocking roads, and trapping the fleeing pair in the freezing dark.



Ice was pretty much like an exciting action/thriller and romance movie.  While the beginning of the book was kind of slow to start up, once our couple gets trapped in the ice storm on the mountain, the action just kept moving forward.  This isn't a mystery or anything, really just a suspense and thriller that takes place throughout the night in an ice storm, with danger lurking everywhere in the form of mother nature as well as human.

Character development was sorely lacking, but I still found that I liked the main hero and heroine enough.  I wish we could have delved more into the relationship between Lolly and Gabe, because the ending of the book seems rather abrupt.

Nonetheless, this was a rather exciting and entertaining read, even if not my favorite of Linda Howard's work.

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2019

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/09/fairly-brief-thoughts-ice.html
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review 2019-09-21 00:23
Thoughts: Half-Off Ragnarok
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Half-Off Ragnarok

by Seanan McGuire
Book 3 of InCryptid

 

 

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn't expect people to start dropping dead.  But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone...

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary.  Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.



I went into this third book in the InCryptid series knowing that we were switching perspectives from Verity Price to her older brother, Alex Price.  I hadn't exactly decided on any kind of expectations, but I was still a bit wary about how much I'd like the book based on what little you get to know about Alex from Verity's POV in the first two books.  And while I didn't really squee or love Half-Off Ragnarok as much as I loved the first two books, I admittedly enjoyed following Alex's POV very much.

Alex Price is a science nerd and his sort of socially awkwardness only makes him so much more endearing.  Especially since this book didn't really focus on the quirks of his personality, even while displaying them in ways that I absolutely enjoyed.  I'm not sure how I felt about Shelby, although she seemed a bit one-dimensional and stereotyped--though this could have just been because of the first person POV wherein we only really get to see things from Alex's perspective.

The mystery of who was turning people to stone was actually a rather great premise to start the book off with, and made this an interesting page-turner... even as the rest of the book felt a bit lackluster.

Don't get me wrong--I absolutely enjoyed myself reading this book.  But somehow it just didn't bring about the giddy feels and the laugh-out-loud moments that I'd found so much fun from the first two books.  This could just be because of the little book time you get with Alex's splinter colony of Aeslin mice, or maybe the absence of a specific carnage-loving Gothic-lolita Waheela whom I ended up loving from the second book.  Even Alex's miniature griffin, Crow, didn't really help much, cute as the little snot was.

Nonetheless, this was definitely a great inclusion to the series, and I actually kind of appreciate seeing the cryptid world from more than just Verity's perspective.  And the nerdy scientist thing that Alex is sporting is quite endearing.

We still could have used more time with the Aeslin mice, though... just sayin'...

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2019

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/09/thoughts-half-off-ragnarok.html
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review 2019-09-17 20:42
Killman Creek / Rachel Caine
Killman Creek - Rachel Caine

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.

 

n excellent follow-up to the first volume, Stillhouse Lake. At the end of that first book, Gwen’s creepy, scary ex-husband & notorious serial killer, Melvin Royal has escaped from death row in Witchita and he could be anywhere. He underlines that uncertainty by texting her : You’re not safe anywhere now

Caine manages to maintain the tension in this second volume, ratcheting up the pressure on Gwen, who decides that she can no longer passively flee from her husband and the army of internet trolls and criminals who are making her life a living hell and threatening her children. With the support of a few friends and allies, she will turn the tables and hunt her ex-husband.

Gwen gets put through the wringer--Caine thinks up torments for her that are believable, but harrowing. I couldn’t put the book down, I had to know what happened. Some elements are predictable, but the author manages to give them her own twist that makes them feel right for this situation.

At the end of each book, Caine allows you to relax your vigilance just a little, giving a feeling of completion. However, unresolved elements of the story encourage the reader on to the next volume. I, for example, have now requested the third book from my library and I’ll be hard pressed not to read it immediately when it comes in!

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review 2019-09-17 20:22
The Witches of New York / Ami McKay
The Witches of New York - Ami McKay

The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom ('Moth' from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it's finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and "gardien de sorts" (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan's high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions--and in guarding the secrets of their clients.

All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor's apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?

Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches' tug-of-war over what's best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.

 

 

I read this book to fill the Spellbound square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

I first became aware of Ami McKay last Christmas, when I read the novella Half Spent Was the Night: A Witches' Yuletide. That little taste of this world convinced me to choose this book for Halloween Bingo. I am pleased that I was able to include it.

I really love the atmosphere of this book and the novella. The magic is so much an accepted part of this world that you don’t even question whether it exists or not. It does and all the characters believe in it without reservation. The writing is deft and delicate without being fragile, which is good as serious topics are dealt with. One of those is the continuous relationship between witchcraft and organized religion. Another is the nature of friendship and other bonds between people. Also, the nature of life after death.

It makes me want to plant an herb garden, to spend more time outdoors, to write in my journal. It makes me wish that I could go to New York to visit these women and have tea in their shop. I do hope that there may be more books to come, as I would happily re-visit this version of New York again.

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