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review 2015-12-21 00:00
Psychomotor Agitation: A Vivisection
Psychomotor Agitation: A Vivisection - 1... Psychomotor Agitation: A Vivisection - 19

I won't rate it, because I'm beta-reading an extended version, that's at least six times longer than the original version on AO.
The primary edition ends at 71% of the second rough cut. And the work is still in progress.

The author is an ingenious inventor of a new genre - a horror of a totally new dimension- that you won't come across in your books. Never. And if you will, then only because someone tries to copy his writing style. For that alone and for his unique imagination(that blows all your boundaries) he deserves a full stars rating.
But it is a heavy stuff, guys... Considered yourselves being warned...
In one sentence:
His writing is heavenly divine, but it eulogizes darkness.


Sometimes I think that George R. R. Martin has stolen this idea from 19.

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review 2015-03-25 01:10
Mensendier: een cultuurgeschiedenis
Mensendier Verbonden sinds de zesde dag: een cultuurgeschiedenis - Amanda Kluveld

In Mensendier vertelt Amanda Kluveld de hele historische relatie tussen mensen en dieren. Zo te zien is het geschreven voor een algemeen publiek dat zich hiervoor interesseert. Het is een goed boek omdat veel uiteenlopende onderwerpen aan bod komen. Ook is het een gedegen boek omdat alles met referenties wordt onderbouwd. Behalve feiten bevat het boek af en toe ook Kluveld´s mening en een enkele grappige anekdote, maar het is dus geen vermaak of docudrama.

 

Het sterkste vind ik de paragrafen over stierenvechten: Na uitleg daarover geeft Kluveld vervolgens aan dat bij stierenvechten, ondanks alles, het leven en de dood van het dier toch nog significantie heeft, het doet ertoe. Zij contrasteert dat met de bio-industrie waarbij het leven van dieren ontdaan is van elke betekenis, het dier heeft alleen economische waarde. Goed boek 4/5

 

ENGLISH: This Dutch (only) book is about the entire history of the relationship between humans and animals, up to 2009. The list of citations and references is rather good.

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review 2014-11-07 22:05
Desecration
Desecration (Jamie Brooke #1) - J.F. Penn

No time for a full review, but Desecration has been described as a book that takes the reader on a journey to hell and back. It does, and the hell here is real-life horror, not fantasy horror.

 

It is the most original police procedural I have ever read (with the possible exception of Mark Billington's Helpless) and DS Jamie Brooke, whose only real family is a 14-year-old daughter approaching the end in a hospice for the terminally ill, is the police officer / detective I most closely identified with (with the possible exception of Lynda La Plante's Lorraine Page). Greater praise I cannot bestow.

 

I shall definitely be reading the sequel, Delirium, and in the meantime am starting on Pentecost, the first book in J. F. Penn's other series, the ARKANE thrillers, which has been sitting in my Kindle for a while. I didn't know who the author was. Now I do, and she is a great discovery.

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