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The Black Rood: The Celtic Crusades: Book II
The Black Rood: The Celtic Crusades: Book II
von Stephen R. Lawhead
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A worthy sequel, 12. Juni 2000
Lawhead has done it again in proving his mastery of book series. Rarely have I seen the plots of several books tied together so well as in the Pendragon Cycle, and the Celtic Crusades is shaping up to be just as well done.
Contrary to previous reviewers, I had no trouble picking the story line right up despite the lack of reference to the previous book, The Iron Lance. I don't remember there being any "backtracking" in the Pendragon Cycle either. The history of the story seems to come out in bits and pieces as Duncan follows his father, Murdo's, footsteps through the Holy Land, then branches off into his own travels. If you have read the previous book, you know the history, and memory is refreshed in a way that saves the reader the redundancy that is often hard to avoid, there is no wasting of a lot of space and time covering what is already known. If you have not read The Iron Lance, as much history as is logical is presented to you as Duncan learns of it, in a way, you discover Duncan's past with him.
I agree in that a few of the characters could have been a little more "fleshed out", and I found this a rare lapse in Lawhead's prose. Usually we come to know each character intimately, to the point that they feel like old friends, but the only character I really felt that with in this book was Duncan. I would have liked to hear more from Padraig and Sydoni, as I found them fascinating and was left without getting to know them as well as I would have liked.
The plot, however, is well-paced, dialogue easy to read, and overall very believeable. It reminded me at times of Byzantium, a very extensive work by Lawhead, and a high recommendation on my part.
Overall, I would recommend The Black Rood to new and old readers of Lawhead alike, though I would caution new readers to buy The Iron Lance first, if only for continuity.


Wizards of Odd
Wizards of Odd
von Peter Haining
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not quite what was expected, but intriguing nonetheless, 7. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wizards of Odd (Taschenbuch)
I ordered Wizards of Odd because I like Fantasy and Science Fiction, and I needed something to read on vacation. The book is divided into three parts: Wizards and Wotsits, Stories of Comic Absurdity; Swords and Sorcery, Tales of Heroic Fantasy; Astonauts and Aliens, Space Opera Yarns. Each part has eight stories by renowned Fantasy and Science Fiction authors, names like Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, C.S. Lewis, and H.G. Wells, as well as many others, tweny-four in all.
I found many of the stories to be amusing and fairly intriguing, covering a range of topics from time travel to aliens to dragons and mythical beasts. My only complaint is that it was not as funny as I had expected. The book claims to be a "delightful collection of comic science fiction and fantasy", but I only found half (if that) of the stories to even make me smile.
It is a good read nonetheless. Entertaining, great for an afternoon by the pool. The stories read quickly, and you can easily finish three or more in a sitting, without realizing you've done so. I would recommend it to lovers of fantasy and science fiction, particularly if you are familiar with the authors featured.
One last note: I really appreciated the short bio on each of the authors at the beginning of their stories. You get to know a bit about them before reading their work, and it makes it all that much more interesting.


Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta)
Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta)
von Patricia Cornwell
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen What?, 27. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta) (Taschenbuch)
Normally I really enjoy Patricia Cornwell's books, in fact, I'd consider her one of my favorite authors, but Point of Origin falls so far short of any of her other works. My first complaint, too many references to earlier books, one of which I haven't read. This makes the book terribly confusing at some points, and if you haven's read Cruel and Unusual, you're really going to be lost. Second, since most of the characters do appear in other books, she neglects to introduce us to them in Point of Origin properly. For instance, it took me pages to figure out that Sparkes is African American. Vital information to racheting up the suspense and interest in "who-dun-it". Third, enough with Carrie Grethen and Temple Gault. They were interesting the first time (first couple times for Gault), but give it a rest. They're just too invincible. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Carrie appeared again. Disappointed, but not surprised. Finally, the story itself could have been so much better. I agree with an earlier reviewer who reacted to the helicopter shoot out...lame. And with the Fire Marshall, because I can't believe it took that long to figure out how they were starting the fires. You would think an ATF investigator and FBI officers would be able to figure out where the magnesium came from, if they've had any training at all. SO, all in all I was very disappointed. I wouldn't recommend this book to old fans, and I DEFINITELY would advise new Cornwell readers to pass on Point of Origin.


Dark Rivers of the Heart
Dark Rivers of the Heart
von Dean Koontz
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Another good one, 24. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dark Rivers of the Heart (Taschenbuch)
Hmmm, reading through some of the reviews, I'm surprised at what people have had to say about Koontz and his writing. Sure, he's not for everybody, but he still has talent, and there are few writers that draw me in quite as completely as he does. Okay, enough of my ranting. I think Rivers is one of his better works. The characters achieve a greater depth than some in previous work, the flashbacks are well done, the government conspiracy is handled very well. Dean admits that the hacking in the book is not accurate, in a disclaimer at the end of the book, he says he shortened a lot of procedure for the sake of readability. Some of you are already complaining about the length...would you like him to add the detail back in so you have your accuracy and the rest of us end up bored silly? I would definitely recommend Dark Rivers to anyone who likes suspense or conspiracy stories. There's enough in here to keep you wondering for a while, and quite a few very unexpected surprises thrown in. (Just wait 'til you meet Godzilla!) While I wouldn't put Rivers in my top 5 Koontz novels of all time, it's pretty close, at least in the top 10.


Eyes of Darkness
Eyes of Darkness
von Dean Koontz
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Not his best, 19. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eyes of Darkness (Taschenbuch)
I picked this book up in an airport during a long trip, and unfortunately it just made it longer. I am a HUGE Koontz fan, but this is not a book that tops my list (I disagree with a previous review though, in that Fear Nothing and Lightning are way up there). I understand that it was one of his earlier works, and not quite as polished as some of his more recent stuff, but it just really didn't seem to go anywhere but where I expected it to. There were a few spine-tingling segments, particularly the scenes in Danny's room, but that was about as believably supernatural as it got...everything else was a little over the top. I just couldn't care as much for the characters as I usually do, the plot wasn't up to par, and the romance aspect felt very contrived. I would recommend Intensity or some of the earlier works like Watchers and Whispers over this one.


The Great Train Robbery (Roman)
The Great Train Robbery (Roman)
von Michael Crichton
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Just not quite there., 17. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Great Train Robbery (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
I have read all of Crichton's works, and usually come away well satisfied when I close whatever book I happen to have read. I can't say the same for The Great Train Robbery. Yes, it is very well-written, and portrays Victorian England in a realism I've rarely seen before. Yes, the characters are lively and interesting. But I was so bored! I literally had to force myself to finish, and to be honest, don't remember much of the plot. I feel that this is a departure from the quality of much of Crichton's other work. While most fans are going to read it simply because it's Crichton, I wouldn't recommend it to new readers. Try Time Line or Jurassic Park first.


Seize the Night
Seize the Night
von Dean Koontz
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, 15. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seize the Night (Taschenbuch)
I read Seize the Night right before False Memory, and I would defintely reccommend it over Memory. It may seem a bit slow and wordy at first, but the more you get into the story, the better it is. I fell in love with Chris Snow and his friends all over again, and as a Pre-Vet major, I absolutely adore Orson and Mungojerrie (the pets in the story). While I feel this is another excellent piece by Mr. Koontz, I would advise new readers to read Fear Nothing before Seize the Night, just for the sake of continuity. If you've never read Koontz before, try some of his earlier work, so you have a feel for his style before jumping into the Moonlight Bay series. It really is wonderful, though, and I am impatiently awaiting the third book, though I will be sorry to finish it.


Tales of the Resistance (Kingdom Tales)
Tales of the Resistance (Kingdom Tales)
von David Mains
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Exquisite!, 14. Mai 2000
After searching for years for a copy of this book, I finally found one in a local outlet bookstore. I was absolutely thrilled. I own the other two books in the Kingdom Tales Series, and couldn't leave the collection incomplete. These stories are wonderful for lovers of fairy tales and moral tales alike. While the basis for the series is Scriptural, the books themselves have an appeal that overreaches religious barriers. I would definitely reccommend this series to anyone with children or who loves fantasy. Particularly nice about Resistance are the stories of everyday people becoming extraordinary, and the art of Jack Stockton -- breathtaking.


Timeline
Timeline
von Michael Crichton
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Hmmm...., 21. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Timeline (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I have to admit, after reading this book I actually did do alittle bit of reading up on quantum physics and differentdimensionalities, etc. I'm still pretty boggled by the whole thing. Anyway, I found the book to be very enjoyable. Not quite the usual Crichton (thus the 4 stars instead of 5), but supsenseful and amusing nonetheless. I got the book for Christmas and read it before classes resumed. I didn't find it the least bit "boring" or "tiring" or "contrived". I also found the change of pace from the usual Crichton dinos or corporate fare of late to medieval France intriguing. I would definitely recommend it to fiction lovers, old Crichton fans and new initiates alike. END


The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Caldecott Honor Book)
The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Caldecott Honor Book)
von Jon Scieszka
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Preis: EUR 17,33

5.0 von 5 Sternen A great romp on the wild-and-crazy side, 21. April 2000
Several friends and I give each other children's books for special occasions. None of us have children yet, but we can still appreciate the simple stories and beautiful art in many of the wonderful books on the market today. I discovered this book while glancing through a friend's bookshelf one night after coffee. He asked if I'd read it, and when I said no, he told me to, "Right now, right away, I mean it!" I sat on the floor and followed his orders, and I'm glad I did. I hadn't laughed so hard at a book in ages. I went right out and got my own copy, and I'm giving it to another friend on her birthday. Whether you're an adult or not, whether you have kids or not, this book is just plain fun to have around. Pick up a copy, you won't be disappointed, except that you may wish it were longer.


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