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Crimson Dawn (The Exilon 5 Trilogy Book 3) (English Edition)
Crimson Dawn (The Exilon 5 Trilogy Book 3) (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sound solution, 18. Oktober 2014
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The colonization of the planet Exilon 5 by the World Government is now only a matter of time. But opinions differ largely on this matter. It's also not clear how to deal with the indigenous people of the planet. And although the Indigens face a possible destruction of their society, they are also struggling with different problems.

In general, this book is loaded with numerous conflicts. And that's what has made it well worth reading for me. I find it remarkable that the "good guys" are not only good in this book, and the "bad guys" are not 100% evil. Who is on which side is not entirely clear to the reader, not even for the characters involved. I can even comprehend the selfish motives of the über-evil guy, although I cannot approve of his means. From this perspective, the question arises, what actually constitutes being good or evil?

I think Eliza Green has created a sound conclusion to the Exilon 5 trilogy. The ending is satisfactory, although it's not one of the they-lived-happliy-ever-after kind. I appreciate this, because there's is no such thing in real life. Severe social problems can only be solved by finding compromises.


The Hauntings of Playing God (English Edition)
The Hauntings of Playing God (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A different type of End-Of-The-World, 27. August 2014
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So that's it. The end of the end of humankind. Chris Dietzel delivers the final installment of the Great De-evolution trilogy.

All that remain are the Blocks - people who neither move nor communicate, nor can think(?) and who are condemned to death without help from outside - as well as some caretakers, who have submitted themselves to this self-sacrificing task. One day Morgan, who worked for decades as a caretaker, is suddenly alone, facing sixty-four Blocks that can only live while she is there for them. No easy task when you consider that Morgan herself is already over 90 years old. This is about how the story begins.

The novel is essentially a one-person drama. Morgan's thoughts and decisions dominate the action. But she is not really alone, as she is definitely in dialog with herself and others. The author has made sure of that with quite a clever trick. The tension of this book is drawn from the question of what will Morgan do to accomplish her Herculean task. One thing is clear: If Morgan dies, so do the Blocks, because there is no one else left to replace her. On this day it will all be over, basta, finito, the end.

If the trilogy of the Great De-evolution were a music symphony in three movements, I would subtitle the last one with "adagio ma non troppo", because this book is not particularly fast. But that doesn't mean it's soft. On the contrary. It's actually quite "fortissimo" in parts. Those of you who are interested in their own reality in the world, the difference between living and merely being alive, the faith in some higher power (or lack thereof), or the questions of "what comes next?" should definitely read this book. Naturally there are no definitive answers here, but there is plenty of food for thought. This is also true for the other two installments by the way, THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE WORLD END and A DIFFERENT ALCHEMY.


Bird Box: A Novel
Bird Box: A Novel
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Horror, 5. August 2014
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bird Box: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
This is one of the best horror books I've read in a long time.
I cannot say much about the content without spoilers, and I think the first sentences of the blurb should suffice.
Something is out there ... Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence.
The rest of the story the inclined reader should find out herself. This is psychological horror of the highest order. I've rarely read a book that was so thrilling to me. N-E-R-V-E-W-R-A-C-K-I-N-G. Orvell said, that every one knows what's in room 101. As for me, I know it too now: A situation like the one in which the main characters of this book are .... and Musikantenstadel.
Maybe Josh Malerman found inspiration in [book:Saramago's Blindness|2526], but apart from some similarities in the premise the author has created a very unique, very original story that blew me away.


The Lockwood Collection (English Edition)
The Lockwood Collection (English Edition)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Appealing Horror, 26. Juli 2014
This is a thoroughly readable short horror story that for once does not deal with vampires or zombies.

The aspiring young artist Regan Lockwood wants nothing more than to finally get her own exhibition. So her father's gift comes just right: A collection of old brushes and colors belonging to the family for a long time. What Regan is going to do with this is, now let's say, "surprising".

I would not exactly call me an expert on the subject, but this story has something. Too bad it is so short. One would like to know what's going to happen next in the Lockwood family. I think the author should have the confidence to try for a longer format.


Robbed of Sleep: Stories to Stay Up For (English Edition)
Robbed of Sleep: Stories to Stay Up For (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insomnia will take its toll, 20. Juni 2014
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Nine chefs(*) invite you to an 18-course meal of the special kind.

On the menu card are (among other things): rotted head of cabbage and addled meat of the heart, Birdshirt, Zonkey, Succubus and Dryad, lemon cake surprise and snake eyes as dessert.

A delicacy for gourmets and lovers of fine literary haute-fiction you don't want to miss. Those guys surely know how to carve and cook their pufferfish.

The party will be come as you are and bring an appetite for the strange and dark, twisted and stark.

(*)Anthony Rapino, Dave Eccles, John Boden, M.C. O'Neill, Mercedes Yardley, Todd Keisling, Tom Bordonaro, Troy Blackford (also maître d'), Val Tenterhosen


Deep In The Bin Of Bob (English Edition)
Deep In The Bin Of Bob (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Deep thoughts, 11. März 2014
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Amardeep Thinqir ("Deep" for his friends, but he doesn't have any) is 14 years old and lives in a poor family in South London. His Father is Muslim, so Deep has to be too, and his stepmum drinks. One day, on his way from school, Deep stops before the tallest building he has ever seen, because some outlandish things are happening there. As a wanna-be adventurer Deep decides to get to the bottom of it, or better to the top, because there's a girl screaming from the rooftop, and that is something Deep has to amend. So Deep enters the building.

What happens next is hard to say. In any case, the book can not easily be assigned to any specific genre. If I would say something like Alice-in-Wonderland meets The Three little Pigs meets Jaw I would not be right. What begins as an absurd funny story changes to one of the darkest matters conceivable, mixes with fairytale-ish horror only to break through the fourth wall to the reader (meta-fiction at its best). I won't reveal the end, but it moves me to read the book again. By knowing the end, the book reads certainly quite different.

I think Craig Stone manages to balance perfectly on the thin line between comedy, tragedy and nightmares and dreamscapes. This is probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I like to sip from this kind of story any day. Our hero Deep is not saying much ("a cat got his tongue"), but his deep thoughts, that is Deep's thoughts, off the mind of a fourteen-year-old, have moved this reader to think. I would imagine that the basic statements of the book, the thoughts of a deep thinker, can polarize the readership, and will lead to negative reviews. Be it as it may, I thank the author for his boldness - baldness? both!

Unconditional reading recommendation on my part!


First There Wasn't, Then There Was (English Edition)
First There Wasn't, Then There Was (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen First there was a story, then there was no story, then there was, 1. März 2014
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What works for mountains can very well work for stories too. After reading this novella for the first time I wondered what it is all about. Is there a deeper meaning to this story, and the story within the story? I was thinking along the lines of a traumatized war vet who is unable to recall his true experiences and wraps them up in an imaginary tale, or of an ex-junkie who dropped too many acid in the past while listening to the likes of Donovan and has now become a walking talking nutbag. A modern Alice in wonderland, only drugged, meeting the wicked witches from the land of Oz, or a variation thereof, was what I was thinking.

Then I re-read the blurb, and it dawned on me. The word 'metaphysical' makes it all too clear. It's about nothing, nothing physical at least. It's only a dream within a dream plus a little Zen. But it's a damn fine story of which I hope Roland Emmerich will never make a movie. Troy, I love your jazz!


A Different Alchemy
A Different Alchemy
von Chris Dietzel
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Preis: EUR 9,45

5.0 von 5 Sternen Another chapter on the way to the end of humanity!, 14. Januar 2014
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Different Alchemy (Taschenbuch)
I was put in the fortunate position to read this book prior to its official release and to write a candid review in exchange:

Mankind has a problem: At a certain point only children were born, so-called Blocks, who spend their entire lives in a kind of persistent vegetative state. They can breathe and operate metabolism, but that's about it. In particular, these pitiful beings cannot procreate. The logical consequence of this phenomenon: The human race will become extinct in the not too distant future. This is the time of the Great De-Evolution.

Jeffrey, protagonist of this story, and father of a Block, lives with his son and his wife in Philadelphia until one day the unthinkable happens. The inhabitants of the city of brotherly love decide to deal with the "block problem" by putting thousands of them, including Jeffery's son Galen, in a stadium and let it go up in flames. For Jeffrey, this means the farewell to his hometown. Like most other people he is leaving the city. But not like the others to the South, to lead a supposedly sufficient life without Blocks, but to the solitude of the North, where almost all people have left years ago. The book tells about his journey, undertaken by Jeffrey in a rather unusual vehicle, about his thoughts, impressions and encounters with the very few people who still live up there. Woven in it are flashbacks about what happened to the family in Philadelphia prior to the unspeakable human combustion.

If I had to describe this book in one word, I would probably say it is a desperate, melancholic road-movie with life-affirming overtones. It's probably not as desperate as THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy since some of the infrastructure is still working in Jeffrey's favor. But unlike the father in McCarty's novel, Jeffrey apparently has nothing left worth fighting for, especially not a son to take care of. It's amazing how Chris Dietzel succeeded in giving Galen, an unresponsive Block, an important role in his novel. It's also amazing how Jeffrey carries on. Most of us would probably just put a gun to our heads or jump off a building. But Jeffrey somehow manages to combine the painful memories of his son with the good and bad memories of past and future in the crucible of his mind and find some peace. In this sense, the book is actually an optimistic one. True to the quote, attributed to Martin Luther: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

I can entrust this book, along with its predecessor THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE WORLD END to anyone who likes good dystopian literature with a strong, original premise, and I'm already looking forward to the next book of the Great De-Evolution.


Altered Reality (The Exilon 5 Trilogy Book 2) (English Edition)
Altered Reality (The Exilon 5 Trilogy Book 2) (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dystopia at its finest, 16. Dezember 2013
It's hard to tell about a second book of a trilogy without spoiling the first one.

ALTERED REALITY starts - not surprisingly - where BECOMING HUMAN has left off. We learn more about the humans, who discovered a secret about the Inidigenes on their planet Exilon 5. We learn more about the ones behind this secret and their sinister plans for colonization of said planet. And we learn more about the Indigenes' side of the story, their lives on their own planet (or better beneath its surface). There are a couple of story lines to follow, each of which having its own set of characters. But that's no problem, because the characters, at least the major ones, are described empathetic and are drawn from life. I especially liked, that my favorite character from the first volume was given more space - but I won't tell who that is.

An important aspect in the book is genetic engineering, and how hybrids are "bred" using this technology, who are able to live on the alternate planet. The most interesting parts for me to read, however, were the methods that are applied by the so-called World Government to control people's lives and deprive them of their personal rights and freedom. I am afraid we are no longer that far away from making this dystopia a reality. Although the story takes place in the year 2163, the described images of monitoring and intimidation strategies can already be seen today, and more so every day. Kudos to the author for mentioning the current events around NSA [hey guys!] and other people of that ilk. The "sentient programs", which control many aspects of human life, even making decisions for them, are already in existence, albeit not that intelligent as described.

All in all, the second Exilon 5 book is a pleasurable reading experience, if you can say that when reading a dystopia. I'm already looking forward to #3.


Flotsam (English Edition)
Flotsam (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One man's poison..., 31. Oktober 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Flotsam (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
To all the honorable people working for respectable literary journals.
Some well-meaning advice for you:

You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off old Lone Ranger
You don't reject Troy Blackford's stories

Luckily, Troy has combed the beach and rescued six compelling stories from the flood, making the Flotsam available for readers who care (that means you).
Go ahead and grab this book. It's probably not of the highest literature value, but it's damn great fun to read, also and especially on Halloween night.
My favorite story? Glad you ask. It's called A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ENDLESS NIGHT SPENT UNDER DANGERWORLD IN THE TIME AFTER THE CATACLYSM. Catchy, isn't it?

In addition to these stories you'll get an interesting afterword about life as an independent author and how this book came to life.


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