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Essen Sie doch, was Sie wollen!: Selbstbewusstsein statt Ernährungskomplexe
Essen Sie doch, was Sie wollen!: Selbstbewusstsein statt Ernährungskomplexe
von Vera Int-Veen
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Kein Ernährungsratgeber, 4. März 2013
Nach nahezu ununterbrochenen Diäten in meinen 20er und 30er Jahren gefällt mir das Motto der Autorin, das sich als "Schluss mit dem Diäten-Terror!" zusammenfassen lässt. Was mir nicht so gefällt ist die Tatsache, dass die wenigen Fotos von Menschen in diesem Buch wieder die typischen superschlanken Sportlichen zeigen - mit einer (!) Ausnahme (ein stämmmiger Bauarbeiter).

Auch tappt die Autorin in die Falle, einerseits Gewichts"richtlinien" wie den BMI als unsinnig zu bezeichnen, andererseits aber von "Übergewicht" oder "ein paar Pfund zuviel" zu sprechen. Wenn es so etwas wie Idealgewicht nicht gibt, dann macht der Begriff Übergewicht keinen Sinn.

Bedenklich finde ich eine Bemerkung, die sie am Rande fallen lässt, dass ein Zusammenhang zwischen Übergewicht und Diabetes nicht wissenschaftlich belegt sei, sondern man eher einen Zusammenhang zwischen mangelnder Bewegung und Diabetes vermutet. Eine Quellenangabe wäre hier angebracht gewesen.

Und zuguterletzt: Die hier und da eingeworfenen Kochrezepte passen irgendwie nicht in das Buch und man weiß nicht so recht, warum die Autorin sie ausgewählt hat. Sind es ihre Lieblingsspeisen? Oder verbindet sie besondere Erinnerungen mit diesen Gerichten? Keine Ahnung. Sie verrät es uns nicht. Und der Anhang über historische Persönlichkeiten und ihnen zugeschriebene Gerichte (z. B. Bismarckhering) wirkte auf mich, als hätte die Autorin ihr Seitensoll nicht erreicht und musste auf die Schnelle noch ein Kapital zusammenkladdern.

Ein Ernährungsratgeber ist dieses Büchlein leider nicht, aber es liest sich leicht und locker daher und regt zum Nachdenken über das eigene Körperbild an.


The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book Three
The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book Three
von Jean M. Auel
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,90

3.0 von 5 Sternen Ayla's story is going downhill - SPOILERS, 1. Januar 2013
Auel's writing was entertaining enough to keep me interested throughout two thirds of the book. Then I got bored and skip-read the rest, suspecting that the "fateful decision" announced in the inside cover (of the hardcover edition) would be something very predictable, namely Ayla and Jon settling their petty squabble, having sex, and riding off into the sunset on Whinny, their (not quite white) horse.

The book was a nice easy read for a rainy Sunday, though, and it didn't annoy me too much, so I'm giving it three stars.


The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book Two: A Novel
The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book Two: A Novel
von Jean M. Auel
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,75

4.0 von 5 Sternen Leonarda da Stoneage meets He-Man, 1. Januar 2013
After reading Clan of the Cave Bear, of course I had to read The Valley of Horses to find out what happened to Ayla.

Although I felt sometimes reminded of "The Island of The Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell, I found the author's descriptions of Ayla's life in the valley interesting and this is the only reason why I give this book four stars.

The story of Jondalar and his brother was often boring and towards the end of the book, I skip-read most of it. I find Mighty Hung Jon one of the most irritating characters I've ever encountered in a book. It would have done the story a lot of good if he hadn't been created as such a (physically) perfect specimAn.

The book as a whole would have profited from more thorough editing, especially the deletion of unnecessary and boring descriptions (e.g. of boat building). 100 pages less would have made a big difference!

All in all, I found it a nice, easy read for a lazy Saturday. The story is mostly predictable. No challenge whatsoever, except (sometimes) of my patience.


The Shelters of Stone
The Shelters of Stone
von Jean M. Auel
  Taschenbuch

1.0 von 5 Sternen Boring - SPOILERS, 1. Januar 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Shelters of Stone (Taschenbuch)
In "Clan of the Cave Bear" we were introduced to Ayla and her foster family.
In "Valley of Horses", Ayla sets out to find her own people and eventually meets and falls in love with one of them (Jondalar).
In "The Mammoth Hunters", she comes to live with a larger group of her people for the first time.
In "Plains of Passage", she accompanies Jondalar on his long journey home to his tribe.

After they have finally made it to "The Shelters of Stone", the story comes to a screeching halt. Nothing even remotely interesting happens in this book. Ayla and Jon get married and finally have their baby. That's it.

While the first four volumes in the series admittedly had their lengthy passages, they kept me interested enough to only skip a few pages here and there. But "The Shelters of Stone" was so boring that I skip-read 99% of it.


Mammoth
Mammoth
von John Varley
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen It's okay, 1. Januar 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Mammoth (Gebundene Ausgabe)
"Mammoth" reminded me a little too much of "Timeline" and "Jurassic Park" in places, but it was an enjoyable read nevertheless: perfect for a rainy day!


Skins
Skins
von Adrian Louis
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen Where was the editor??, 1. Januar 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Skins (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book has a sheer raw gripping power that takes hold of you, drags you in and under, into a world that seems absolutely alien to middle-class Whites like myself. It lets you peek over the shoulder and into the mindset of Rudy, a middle-aged tribal cop on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Unfortunately, it does so in a language whose pubertal vulgarity doesn't quite fit a man in his 40s.

While the book has passages that I find hauntingly beautiful (the Deer People, to name just one), it also has a fair share of redundancies, suffers from an overuse of adjectives and - most of all - from a point-of-view that oscillates wildly between third person limited and third person omniscient. I often found myself wondering whose eyes I was looking through, so to speak: Rudy's as an adult? Rudy's as a teenager? Somebody else's? Whose?

Inspite of its shortcomings, I very much enjoyed "Skins". Louis is a talented storyteller. He deserves - needs - a better editor, though!


Ride the Wind
Ride the Wind
Preis: EUR 4,62

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Painful, 1. Januar 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ride the Wind (Kindle Edition)
Unfortunately, the real Cynthia Ann Parker never talked about her capture and her life with the Comanches, so her story is wide-open to exploitation by amateurish sensation writers.

On the technical side, the narrative jumps haphazardly from one character to the next, which is confusing because the reader never knows whose eyes (s)he is looking through.

On the plot side, the story suffers from an overabundance of flat characters and unnecessary sidestories. Combined with the wobbly POV and the detailed descriptions of violence and sex, this makes for an uninspiring, often outright annoying read.


The Codex
The Codex
von Douglas J. Preston
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,41

4.0 von 5 Sternen Amusing, 1. Januar 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Codex (Taschenbuch)
I can imagine that this book is painful for readers who are - literally - serious fans of action/adventure novels. However, its absurd plot, the cliched characters and their silly dialogues, as well as the predictable and sentimental ending provided me with a satisfactory escape from a boring Sunday afternoon.

I guess I'm easily entertained!


The Shape Shifter (Navajo Mysteries)
The Shape Shifter (Navajo Mysteries)
Preis: EUR 5,89

3.0 von 5 Sternen What's going on with Joe Leaphorn?, 1. Januar 2013
I was confused by this book until I came across the review whose writer speculated that the story was drafted, set aside, and then reanimated to become The Shape Shifter. How else could Joe Leaphorn have been retired only a month or so when Jim Chee returns from his honeymoon?

Of course an editor who is familiar with the series should have caught this rift in the overall timeline, but given the fact that Hillerman's been writing Leaphorn/Chee novels since 1970, I imagine he's had several editors over the years, and I'm willing to forgive the oversight because I care too much for the characters.

Or maybe I should say I USED to care for them?

Jim Chee has seen quite a few changes over the course of the series (the most drastic one, IMO, his decision to give up his dream of becoming a singer), which kept his character interesting. Joe Leaphorn, on the other hand, is becoming stagnant, almost stale. For several volumes now he's been retired and missing his wife. He would miss his wife even more if old cases didn't keep popping up and his friend Louisa hadn't moved into his guestroom. He likes Louise enough to propose to her repeatedly, yet feels relieved every time she turns him down. Maybe I overlooked clues in the books, but I never understood why he retired so soon after his wife died and why he keeps asking Louisa to marry him.

So this is what I'm left with after reading The Shape Shifter: I'm wondering about Joe Leaphorn.

The only good thing I have to say about this book is that despite its contrived plot and unconvincing characters I still care about Leaphorn and Chee. However, I have yet to read Skeleton Man...


The Cabinet of Curiosities
The Cabinet of Curiosities
von Douglas Preston
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,96

3.0 von 5 Sternen Glad I could borrow this from the library, 1. Januar 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cabinet of Curiosities (Taschenbuch)
This was an okay read except for the autopsy descriptions. Unless you're a doctor, you'll need an encyclopedia to understand exactly what sort of operation The Surgeon is performing on his victims.

If you're looking for an action-driven story that relies on implausible coincidences and if you don't mind annoying characters (such as the all-knowing gentleman detective Special Agent Pendergast with his unlimited financial resources and speshul abilities such as meditating himself through space and time), this could very well be an okay read for you too.


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