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Without Remorse
Without Remorse
von Tom Clancy
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply breathtaking, 18. August 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Without Remorse (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Whenever John Clark entered the scene of one of the novels from the Jack Ryan series, the bad guys were in for a nasty surprise. Their fail-safe schemes were about to be brought down and the masterminds behind the evil plans found themselves about to meet their makers. Most authors just would have left it at that: Some covert-op specialist was brought in to win the day against impossible odds. Tom Clancy always hinted at something more behind this charismatic and enigmatic character. The reader got to know only bits and pieces of information about Clark's background. Even though he's one of the good guys, you just know that he has a dark side to him. Tom Clancy realised - and deserves applause for this - that his novels live by their characters. In "Without Remorse", Tom Clancy gives his fans what they always wanted: The story how John Clark became the man he is in the (chronologically) later novels. And it is a believable story at that. At no point in time I thought that Clancy overdid it. Clark (or Kelly at that time) never appeared like a super-hero, but always as an exceptionally well-trained human being. For anyone who ever thought what a cool guy Clark is, "Without Remorse" is a must-read.


State of the Union: A Thriller
State of the Union: A Thriller
von Brad Thor
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,98

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2.0 von 5 Sternen The worst of the Clancy-spawn, 19. Juli 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: State of the Union: A Thriller (Taschenbuch)
Compared to Mr. Thor's latest novel, even the likes of Tom Clancy or Stephen Coonts look like open-minded cosmopolitans. I've never seen so much contempt for everything not american in any piece of literature as on the last couple of pages of "State of the Union". It's not the constant flag-waving in this book that I'm complaining about - if I were to write a novel of the same genre, my hero would probably be German and likewise infallible as Scot Harvath is. What really made me sick though were Thor's comments about Russia "and what a sh**ty country it is". I certainly don't mind harsh language and the bashing of a novel's villains is certainly entertaining. But this book is really insulting in its way of presenting "the enemy". As if the constant display of the Russians' ineptitude wasn't enough, Mr. Thor aims at the dignity of the "evil people". I can't tell the author how he should write his books, but this was certainly the last of his books that I've read. What a pity: This way, I will never find out if his characters have always been so shallow, or if he maybe completed the development of his main protagonist Scot Harvath in the earlier novels. For the author's sake, I will assume that he previously spent a couple of pages on explaining how Scot became the hero of legend that he now is - in dubio pro reo. I wouldn't mind finding out this little piece of information, but Brad Thor now has all the money he's ever gonna get from me. The 2nd star is for the fact that the lack of in-depth analysis makes for a fast-paced storytelling.


The Book of Jhereg
The Book of Jhereg
von Steven Brust
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vald Taltos rules, 14. Juli 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Book of Jhereg (Taschenbuch)
Steven Brust's "Vlad Taltos"-series is made for people who enjoyed watching "Young Guns": You have to set moral conventions aside in order to root for Vlad (or Billy the Kid). There's no doubt that the people on the receiving end of Vlad's daggers had it coming, but what he does to make a living (or better killing) is plain wrong. But there's no doubt that Vlad is a cool guy. Chastising Vlad for running a couple of brothels or whacking people left and right would be like saying Indiana Jones is a bad person because he shot the swordsman in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
The dialogues in the novels are refreshingly not like in your standard work of fantasy. Especially the verbal exchanges between Vlad and his smart-ass familiar Loiosh are among the best ever. What I like most about Brust's writing style is his complete negligence of chronology. Jumping around in the timeline in each instalment of the series or within the individual books makes reading about Vlad's exploits comparable to watching a Tarantino movie. And there's plenty of violence - explicitly described in the plot, as well as inherently in the society that Taltos is living in. This would make Good Ol' Quentin my first pick if it ever came to adapting the novels to the big screen. In every book you find references to previous adventures or hints at things to come. This keeps you hooked to the series and longing for more. With only 9 novels published so far, there's hope that there are 9 more to come (one for each of the 17 great houses of the Dragarean society + Taltos). I read the novels in publishing order, which would be: Jhereg, Yendi, Teckla, Taltos, Phoenix, Athyra, Orca, Dragon & Issola. For those who prefer to read the books in their chronological order, this would be the way to go: Taltos, Dragon, Yendi, Jhereg, Teckla, Phoenix, Athyra, Orca, Issola - however, I would recommend starting with Jhereg in any way, because it throws you right in the middle of the action and is the best way to get you addicted to the series.


Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Schon allein die DVD ist das Geld wert, 8. Juli 2005
Ich möchte nicht allzu sehr auf den Soundtrack an sich eingehen. Er ist meiner Meinung nach nicht das Beste, was jemals aus John Williams Feder geflossen ist, aber er macht ihm auf keinen Fall Schande und fügt sich gut in die Klassiker früherer Zeiten ein. Was diesen Soundtrack für mich so kaufenswert macht(e) war die DVD - das eigentliche Sahnestück. Nicht nur gab diese Dreingabe für den schmachtenden Star Wars-Fan zusätzliche Ausschnitte aus Episode III (vor dem Filmstart) zu sehen, sondern man wurde mit der Hilfe von Ian 'Palpatine' McDiarmid auf eine 70-minütige Reise durch die komplette Star Wars-Saga genommen. Dieser Überblick hilft sogar, SW-Neulingen die Magie der Filme nahe zu bringen, ohne 14 Stunden vor dem Fernsehr zu hocken. Wenn man bedenkt, dass man für diesen potentiellen Klassiker genauso viel Geld raustun muss wie für einen mit Kommerz-Plastikmüll gefüllten Longplayer aus den Charts, ist man es sich fast selbst schuldig, hier zuzugreifen.


New Spring (Wheel of Time)
New Spring (Wheel of Time)
von Robert Jordan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,00

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Eagerly awaited? I don't think so!, 12. Mai 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: New Spring (Wheel of Time) (Taschenbuch)
Contrary to "Publisher Weekly"'s beliefs, I have not awaited this prequel - neither eagerly nor with indifference. I plainly didn't want or need a prequel at this time. Is it only me who thinks that a prequel should be published once the original storyline has finished? We've seen book 10 of the original "Wheel of Time"-saga, without having come close to the conclusion of this epic. With a publishing schedule of 1 book every 2-3 years, some of us might already have moved on to a better world before having a chance to read about the final confrontation between the Dark One and the Dragon Reborn. The storyline has been moving at a mind-numbingly slow pace in the latest 3 volumes of WoT, and now we are given a prequel to "The Eye of the World". "New Spring" is not a bad book in ist own right, but rather unnecessary for the events that currently evolve around Rand and his Merry Men. Obviously an author has every right to choose the publishing order of his books, but if he gives more than a rat's ass about what his fans want, he shouldn't alienate them further and at least finish the story before trying to milk the cow with prequels to the actual story.


The Colour of Magic (Discworld Novels, Band 1)
The Colour of Magic (Discworld Novels, Band 1)
von Terry Pratchett
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,30

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantasy will never be the same again, 6. Mai 2005
In my opinion, Terry Pratchett has done for fantasy literature what Douglas Adams has done for the science-fiction genre: Give the reader another perspective. Fantasy novels sometimes tend to take themselves a bit too seriously - trying to introduce the most villainous villains and the most heroic heroes. You sure won't get any of that in "The Colour of Magic". Ineptitude is probably the most obvious quality of our main hero, Rincewind, the wizard (who knows only one spell and tries his best to never cast it). Pratchett has a refreshing talent for taking a satiric view at fantasy commonplaces without ridiculing the genre as such. Would you care for an example? Not only since the Dungeons & Dragons "Avatar"-series, the avid reader of fantasy novels is familiar with the concept of sentient weapons. Well, on the Discworld, such a weapon not only is able to communicate with its master, but just can't seem to stop babbling, even talking about its plans for the future - like pursuing a new career as a ploughshare. It's these little details that make this Discworld novel a must-read. You certainly get the most out of it if you're into the fantasy genre and/or RPGs, but this book is a fun read for everybody who can appreciate a witty story, even if it's told in a world that is (not so) completely different from our own.


Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms Novel: Avatar Series, Book I)
Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms Novel: Avatar Series, Book I)
von Scott Ciencin
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Basic history of the Realms, 22. April 2005
I enjoyed the entire Avatar-series very much as it provides vital background information on the pantheon of the Forgotten Realms and the Time of Troubles. For me as a fan of the FR computer RPGs since the times of the venerable "Pool of Radiance", these novels provide valuable knowledge that helps to flesh out the storyline of the PC-games. I think that the novels don't link 100% with the games though - after all you don't have to kill Cyric in order to claim the Throne of Bhaal. But still, knowing about the Time of Troubles makes the storyline of the Bhaalspawn much more believable. The writing is above average, even though I do admit that the characters are somewhat D&D stereotypes: A standard adventuring party consisting of a fighter, a mage, a rogue and a cleric. Right down to Cyric's preference of back-stabbing tactics, this seems to be taken directly from a D&D rulebook. Apart from that - a fun read.


Species III
Species III
DVD ~ Amelia Cooke
Wird angeboten von M_Sucht_nach_Film
Preis: EUR 6,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Alles schon mal da gewesen, 24. März 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Species III (DVD)
Wirklich Neues bietet Species III nicht: Halb-Mensch-Halb-Alien-Wesen erlebt erste "Frühlingsgefühle" und will ihrerseits nun Früchte ihrer Lenden in die Welt setzen. Der Film läuft nach dem bekannten Schema ab, inklusive des Heranreifens von Sara zur "Super-Hottie" innerhalb weniger Tage. Ein paar nette Splatter-Effekte und (zumindest in der US-Version) teilweise ganz gute Sprüche, aber letztlich bleibt nur die Erkenntnis, dass der erste Teil um Klassen besser war. Wem's bei der Species-Reihe primär um nackte Haut ging, für den ist auch dieses Mal wieder etwas dabei. Auf keinen Fall ein Film, den man gesehen haben MUSS.


Das Buch der allerletzten Wahrheiten
Das Buch der allerletzten Wahrheiten
von Robert Rankin
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Da gibt's viele bessere..., 10. März 2005
Beim Lesen dieses Buchs hatte ich fast ständig das Gefühl, dass Rankin sich zu sehr bemühte, das Level von Douglas Adams' "Anhalter" zu erreichen. Was dabei herauskam, war leider nicht mehr als eine dünne Geschichte, die krampfhaft versuchte, Abstrusitäten und haarsträubende Ereignisse zu kreieren. Da aber grösstenteils der zugehörige Witz fehlte, war's im Ganzen eine eher fade Angelegenheit. Könnte es an der deutschen Übersetzung liegen? Kann schon sein, allerdings war der "Anhalter" fast genauso gut wie der Original-"Hitchhiker". Ich glaube eher, dass Rankin einfach nicht in der selben Liga spielt wie Pratchett und Adams. 2-3 wirklich gute Lacher im gesamten Buch waren mir einfach zu wenig.


Diabolus: Thriller
Diabolus: Thriller
von Dan Brown
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Preis: EUR 19,90

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Buch OK - Titel irreführend, 10. März 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Diabolus: Thriller (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Bei Diabolus handelt es sich nicht - wie der sicherlich vom deutschen Herausgeber nicht zufällig so gewählte Name nahelegt - um eine Fortsetzung von "Sakrileg". Vielmehr wurde - m.E. nur wegen dem grossen Erfolg der anderen Bücher - Dan Brown's Erstlingswerk "Digital Fortress" nun ins Deutsche übersetzt. Wer also wieder eine mit mittelalterlichen Rätseln gespickte Schnitzeljagd durch eine europäische Metropole erwartet, wird herb enttäuscht werden. Die Geschichte spielt im Milieu der Nachrichtendienste, eher vergleichbar mit "Meteor" (engl. Original "Deception Point"), als mit dem mythisch angehauchten Umfeld Robert Langdons. Das Buch selbst ist nicht so schlecht wie es teilweise dargestellt wird. Als Romandebüt durchaus beachtlich, auch wenn "Diabolus" die Reife Dan Browns späterer Bücher fehlt. Die irreführende Namensgebung entspricht aber eher den wirtschaftlichen Interessen des Vertreibers (der Autor war aber sicherlich nicht ganz unbeteiligt), als dem Inhalt des Buches. Deswegen diese Warnung. Trotzdem kann es eigentlich nie schaden, vor dem Kauf eines Buches mal den Klappentext zu lesen. Vom Namen des Autors kann man nicht immer direkt auf den Inhalt schliessen.


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