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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2) (English Edition)
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 11,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Show don't tell dear author!, 25. August 2014
This review does contain only minor spoilers that should not impede your reading pleasure.
This novel is readable, but you should't expect too much.
The plot seems very sedate and quaint given that it is a crime novel. Lots of traipsing around and talking. It doesn't really seem to go anywhere. Some gory aspects, but it is more "yuck" or "eccentric" rather than thrilling. Splattering acid does not a thriller make. Where is the narrative arch?
Many bizarre and not very 3-dimensional characters, that seem completely random. Think "Casual Vacancy". Characterizations occur mostly via physical or other explicit description. "Show don't tell", anyone? No? I thought not. Anyway, who needs interesting characters, when they have characters that *look* interesting? Flashy rather than deep. Pity.
Far too many repetitive references to Strike's sore stump/knee. Not interesting, as there is no development. Yes he is an amputee. We get it!
Similar with Robin's annoying boyfriend. Again: repetitive, no developement. Robin keeps moaning to us about it. But rather than standing up for herself, she keeps putting up with his behaviour without confronting him. And because she can drive well, she is supposed to be "strong" and a feminist role model? Learn standing up for your needs first! Then you won't have to do driving stunts to appear "strong". This is just b*******. Who she comes over as (super whiny) is the direct opposite of what she is described as (strong).
And of course a few inches of snow in winter equal a mayor natural catastrophe. Exaggerated, much? Anyone?
After so much critisism I should round the picture by the positives. Ok. First, if you don't read too much of it in one go (repetitive...), it is not too bad. The flow of the writing is easy. Good for reading before bedtime, in a train or on the beach. If you don't get peeved with the hickups, it is a rather relaxing read. Not too bad. Not too unoriginal. It has some nice, creative ideas and a slightly oldfashioned feel about it. Prepare to reminice about Yorkshire puddings and the SIB. Also, journalists are vile in Rowlingverse.
In short, it is an easy read with some mayor flaws. Decide for yourself if you want to live with that. I did finish it, and I kept getting annoyed at the above mentioned peeves. I hoped it to get better, sadly, it didn't.
Maybe try a more ferocious editor, next time?
Crime novels I recommend:
- anything by Agatha Christie (better plots, although if you read one of her novels, you read them all, in a way)
- anything by Edgar Wallace (better action)
- anything by Dorothy L. Sayers (superb characterizations and language, and also very unique plots)
- the Tom Ripley novels (unique concept, tastefully done)
- the Sherlock Holmes short stories (hey they are classics!)
- the Father Brown short stories (funny, creative)
- the Commissaire Maigret novels
- Terry Pratchett's City Watch novels (ok, they are fantasy *and* crime.)
Just so that you know where I come from...
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The Warlord of the Air (A Nomad of the Time Streams Novel) (Nomad of the Time Streams Novels)
The Warlord of the Air (A Nomad of the Time Streams Novel) (Nomad of the Time Streams Novels)
von Micheal Moorcock
Preis: EUR 7,34

5.0 von 5 Sternen Alternative History, 4. November 2013
Verifizierter Kauf(Was ist das?)
In this review, I will not go into details of the plot, so as not to spoil it for you.

Whether you might like this book or not is obviously a question of your personal taste and preferences. As it happens, this book starts at a rather slow pace, reminiscent of some of Jules Verne's novels. If you have enjoyed those, the odds are good that you will enjoy "The Warlord of the Air" as well. Yes, I think the best comparison I can find is Jules Verne. Slowly paced, but very imaginative, entertaining and intelligent with plenty of adventures and a lot of travelling.

Of course, there are elements of satire here, and of politics, but that is not so much a lecture, as part of the story. So if you don't want even a light sprinkling of it in a novel, go elsewhere. Personally, I have read several of Stanislaw Lem's novels, and in comparison to those the philosophical content of "The Warlord of the Air" is very lightweight indeed, almost totally absent. So, I don't think that the political/philosophical content of this book is too overbearing or too extreme. Any author is bound to reflect their own worldview in their books to some extent. So it does not disturb me when Michael Moorcock writes some scenes that show quite clearly that he despises racism. Let him. Why on earth should that bother me?

The point is that he wrote an imaginative and entertaining story in the tradition of Jules Verne, which explores an alternative history of the 20th century.

I was hooked, and ordered quickly the second book "The Land Leviathan", which explores yet another alternative history. I have finished reading that as well now, and I liked it just as much as the first book. "The Land Leviathan" and "The Steel Tsar" are not technically sequels, but complete stories that stand next to each other, showing different versions of an alternative history. Maybe they will make you wonder and dream and think. Maybe they will just be light entertainment to you. The point is, they have the potential for both.

I'm not sure if people expect this kind of book when they want to read some steampunk. I think it is good to keep in mind that it is a *precursor* of steampunk, and makes its own rules.

Vagabond Code 3202-450-20, Damen Halbschuhe, Schwarz (Black), EU 40
Vagabond Code 3202-450-20, Damen Halbschuhe, Schwarz (Black), EU 40

5.0 von 5 Sternen gute Qualität, 5. März 2012
Die Schuhe sind hochwertig verarbeitet, wie bei vagabond üblich. Das Leder ist recht dünn und der Schuh liegt eng am Fuß an, lässt aber trotzdem angenehm viel Platz für die Zehen. Zudem sorgt die Schnürung dafür, dass der Schuh nicht schlappt - sehr praktisch, da ich damit häufiger Probleme habe. Die Sohle ist aus besonders festem, rutschfesten Gummi.
Insgesamt ein prima Sommerschuh, besonders toll zu Chinos!

G7TH G7TH Capo Classic
G7TH G7TH Capo Classic
Preis: EUR 19,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen guter Kapo, 5. März 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: G7TH G7TH Capo Classic (Elektronik)
Dieser Kapodaster ist zugegeben nicht ganz billig, aber sein Geld wert. Die Verarbeitung ist hochwertig (Bügel aus Stahl). Er funktioniert einwandfrei und ist einfach zu bedienen. Klare Empfehlung!
(es gibt auch ein Modell für E-Gitarre/Westerngitarre und Bass, dieses hier ist für Klassikgitarren)

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