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review 2016-06-16 18:16
The Invisible Library
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

This sounds like it would be just my thing, but for some reason, it wasn't.

It's got good writing, concerning both the prose and the plot, but the world-building, while interesting, felt very discombobulated. It tried to explain itself: the Language, the Library, and the fey, creatures of chaos, and dragons, creatures of order, but it wasn't working too well for me.

Also, the writing mostly evokes a Victorian feel to it (though less than the cover would indicate), but the combination of modern technology here and there and modern phrases scattered throughout, while it made sense far as the story was concerned, didn't actually mesh very well in the story. (Congrats if you understood that. Have a cookie.)

As far as Irene and Kai go, I really have very little opinion of them. Kai felt rather one-dimensional and I didn't really...care about Irene? But Vale was pretty cool, and I'd love to see more of him in future books.

As far as the plot goes, I liked the clever bits dealing with Alberich, but I don't quite understand his motivation (they kinda explained it) but even less so how it would work. Kicking myself I didn't write down the page number for this.

To be totally honest, I think I would have liked this best if it had been a completed standalone, rather than at least a six book deal. But I liked this passably well, and am just interested enough to give the next book a go.

This is a bit of the stuff I garnered about the things I wanted more info on:

The Library does what it does for the love of books. Simply to collect books, all the books in all the alternate worlds, and store them and protect them, so that if that book should ever be lost to time or disaster, there will still be a copy to make more from.

The Library exists out of time, so the Librarians are essentially ageless, except when out on book missions, when time passes for them normally.

The Language the fully initiated Librarians use is apparently heard by those who don't understand it in their own language, but with a certain unplaceable accent. The Language is sort-of magic, but it works best when directing something to do what it naturally should be doing, or that it naturally is designed to do (unlocking a door and such). The Language is ever evolving, adding grammar and vocabulary, as most books brought back to the Library are studied and the words or phrases or cool descriptions of the color black are added to the Language. (Or the Language itself evolves from the newly gathered literature???)

Chaos can infect a world, and after the world has been infected and corrupted, then the Fey can manifest to wreck more havoc. But thenDragons are like super chill and creatures of order and often show up to help restore order to the Chaos-corrupted world. Dragons can also take humanoid form.

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text 2016-05-27 17:55
Reading progress update: I've read 25% of The Silkworm
Der Seidenspinner - Robert Galbraith

Just like the first Cormoran Strike novel, this is quite enjoyable. Since I've grown fond of Robin, I'm only sad her character plays such asmall part so far.

 

I enjoy the literary world as a setting, but at the same time Rowling's cliché-heavy writing is a bit much. All this isn't new to me, either, so overall, the novel meets my expectations.

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review 2016-05-27 06:16
Mängelexemplar
Mängelexemplar: Roman (German Edition) - Sarah Kuttner

... hab das Teil doch noch gestern ausgelesen :)

 

Leider gab es doch keinen auch nur ansatzweise feministisch vertretbaren Twist am Ende. Es bleibt also dabei: Frau ohne Mann = komplettes Chaos. Frau mit Mann = Erfolg.

 

Trotzdem echt lesbar und insgesamt ganz gut.

 

Ich muss mich wohl noch etwas sortieren. Und wach werden.

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text 2016-05-26 21:55
Reading progress update: I've read 182 out of 263 pages.
Mängelexemplar: Roman (German Edition) - Sarah Kuttner

Also das liest sich ja praktisch von selbst!

 

Die erste Hälfte ist allerdings bedeutend besser: Darin fällt Karo in eine Depression und wir verfolgen ihre gesundheitliche Entwicklung. Da ich selbst keine erbliche Depression habe, aber liebe Menschen in meinem Umfeld, finde ich jeden Annäherungsversuch an das Thema wertvoll. Auch wenn Sarah Kuttner die Depression nur aus Beobachtungen an anderen schildert.

 

In der zweiten Hälfte fällt der Roman aber ins typische Frauenroman-Schema, das er selbst in seiner besseren Hälfte auf die Schippe nimmt. Die Frau ist ohne Mann keine Frau. Es geht nur darum, mit welchem Kerl sich Karo zusammentun will. Mh.

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text 2016-05-26 19:11
Erst mal überrascht
Mängelexemplar: Roman (German Edition) - Sarah Kuttner

Meine beste Freundin hat mir dieses Buch mit unerwarteter Begeisterung in die Hand gedrückt. Ich: Kurzer Blick auf die Dicke des Buchs, Größe der Schrift - keine allzu großer Zeitfresser. "Okay, ich werds lesen." - Ich habe nicht gerade Luftsprünge gemacht.

 

Heute habe ich das Buch begonnen, auf dem Balkon sitzend, mit den Stiff Little Fingers im Hintergrund und Sonne im Gesicht.

 

Erstes Update: Ich bin 60 Seiten drin und find es echt mehr als erträglich. Der eigene Erzählton und das vollkommen unerwartete Thema Depression haben mich positiv überrascht.

 

... ich les dann mal weiter. Weitere Eindrücke folgen.

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