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Sharon Reamer (Overath, Germany)

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No Smaller Than the World
No Smaller Than the World
Preis: EUR 19,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Another great Brooms Bezzums, 4. Juni 2016
Rezension bezieht sich auf: No Smaller Than the World (Audio CD)
I love this CD almost as much as Wine from a Mug (my favorite so far) and hope to hear them perform some of the songs live sometime. A couple of the songs on the CD are ones I've heard them perform but until now weren't recorded, so an even better reason to add this CD to your collection.

Inspektor Jury - Der Tote im Pub
Inspektor Jury - Der Tote im Pub
Preis: EUR 7,99

1.0 von 5 Sternen I'm glad I'm not the only one who hated it, 4. Juni 2016
I thought maybe because I have read all the Martha Grimes Inspector Jury series (in English) and then watched the first (and part of the second - had to turn it off about halfway through) episode of the German production that I was a little too snobby. Or maybe the translations of the books into German were somehow more connected to the series. In other words, I thought 'it was just me'.

But I see from the reviews from the German viewers that they pretty much agree with me totally. Completely falsely cast characters - nearly all - the only one that was tolerable was Wiggins (maybe he actually read the books!) were so bad as to be intolerable. Jury and Plant - highly attractive to women in the books (can we talk about Vivian?) come across as not-very-interesting bachelors (i.e., destined to stay that way FOREVER) in the series. The atmosphere sucked (where's the British humor and culture?) and everything else as well.

Sorry, I wanted to love this but ended up hating it so much I will never watch another one.

Seitwärts in die Zeit
Seitwärts in die Zeit
von Axel Kruse
Preis: EUR 7,90

4.0 von 5 Sternen Time flies, 4. Februar 2015
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seitwärts in die Zeit (Taschenbuch)
I read this book, a collection of stories, after purchasing it direct from Axel at the German Science Fiction Convention last year and hearing him read from it. I was immediately drawn into the first story and the characters and wasn't disappointed after reading the stories. The writing flows well and was not hard to follow for me, someone whose first language is not German. I loved the local color in the first story, the title story of the book, that I think probably qualifies as a novella or at least as a novelette and is worth the (very reasonable) price of the book by itself.

I like the ideas in the story, especially that time travel is not something that we can - or should - try to control. The world-building and the characters portrayed in this collection are memorable and worth visiting again. One of the stories addresses the phenomenon of the cyclic nature of time and leaves the reader to answer the question posed (indirectly) in the story.

Well worth a read, or three.

Wine from a Mug
Wine from a Mug
Preis: EUR 10,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Fabulous!, 15. Dezember 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wine from a Mug (Audio CD)
I bought this CD while attending a Broom Bezzums concert recently and can't stop playing it. Don't want to. And no one can make me. I bought it because it contains several of the group's own compositions, and those are the ones I find I like the best. There is something totally irresistible about the combination of Andrew Cadie's fiddle and Mark Bloomer's guitar - as well as the other instrumental combinations they make. And, of course, the vocal harmonies are enchanting and addictive to listen to.

There are some (as the Germans call them) real 'earworms' on this CD, especially Empires, the title song Wine from a Mug, and my favorite, Beg Blag and Steal. I find the songs especially lovely to listen to while at the computer writing or doing other things as well as when I'm just listening to music.

Preis: EUR 21,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect for the season, 15. Dezember 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Winterman (Audio CD)
I've already listened to this album a dozen times and it's not even the third Advent. I know I won't grow tired of it before Christmas and therefore it *will* be played on Christmas day and even afterwards. I love both the vocal arrangements and the instrumental ones, including Kate Doherty's lovely voice in addition to Broom Bezzums' evocative, sometimes even haunting, harmonies.

The traditional songs have been given an upbeat but faithful folk interpretation. The CD is full of character and variety. Surprisingly, one of my favorite songs is The Cherry Tree Carol. Surprising, because I'm not usually a fan of faith-based Christmas music, but this one is both beautiful and poignant. Salt, Sea and Coal is a song that stays with you. Merry Xmas Everybody is cheerful without the least bit of treacle. Even Good King Wenceslas receives a fresh suit of musical clothes and wears them well, a lovely interpretation.

I was leery of buying a Christmas CD since it's usually not my thing. But I don't regret it and am delighted with the music, a welcome change from most of the music one hears this time of year.

Preis: EUR 16,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Recommendation from a Reformed Christmas Grump, 15. Dezember 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: December (Audio CD)
I don't really like Christmas music. At least not any more. I haven't bought a Christmas album/CD in years. But this CD sparkles like sun on freshly laid snow. My favorite piece is Carol of the Bells, a traditional song I never really thought too much about until I heard Ms. Goldsby play it live recently in a festive concert where she introduced some of the songs on this CD. It was fabulous - both the concert and the songs.

I can't really convey how refreshing it was to hear songs that had grown stale from too many over-interpretations over the years suddenly become fresh and alive with Ms. Goldsby's arrangements and talented performance in addition to her own compositions. This freshness of spirit comes through as well on the CD, produced by world-famous bass player and husband, John Goldsby. Daughter Julia plays one of her compositions on the CD, a worthy and lovely contribution.

But the best part is - and I know it sounds whacky - this is a CD you can listen to from December until June and even beyond. The music is timeless and even though just right for the season, can be enjoyed any time of the year.

It's worth every cent! Especially recommended to reform the Christmas Grump in yourself or one you love.

Unbound Brothers (English Edition)
Unbound Brothers (English Edition)

4.0 von 5 Sternen Unusual space opera, 20. Juli 2013
Unbound Brothers squarely belongs to the space opera subgenre, but it's unlike any space opera I've read. It's darker than Niven and just as mysterious.

Unbound Brothers tells the tale of Alan Abrams, starship pilot, and his quest for redemption that takes him to a partially explored part of the Milky Way. Once there, he and the rest of the crew of the Joshua Peterson are confronted with what it means to be human as they are tested to the limits of their endurance.

The novel could easily be adapted to the wide screen with Dolby sound and 3D effects. Strong confident writing complements equally strong characterizations. Abrams' poignant backstory rounds out the novel's depth.

Even if you are not a fan of space opera - which I'm generally not (preferring hard SF) - there's plenty of nods to hard SF (could have been more!), and there's a generous touch of horror that adds some shivers to the complicated plot.

Preis: EUR 14,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Piano Girl does it again!, 7. Mai 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Magnolia (Audio CD)
I've been listening to this CD a lot over the past few days since I received it. Although I use Robin Meloy Goldsby's music often for writing (if you're a writer, this is a not-so-secret tip), I also listen to it with a glass of red wine sitting by the fireplace, while I'm making curry or even while answering emails. The songs fit all moods equally well.

Of the original titles, My favorite is Mirage, composed with son Curtis Goldsby. I also particularly enjoy the title song, Magnolia, where the listener can almost see the slow-motion fall of disintegrating magnolia blooms, Passage, the song composed with Peter Fessler which is irresistible even without singer/songwriter Fessler's vocal accompaniment (and even more so with), and Seventh Sun (with husband John Goldsby) that evokes nostalgia with a touch of mid-twentieth century film noir (this is hard to accomplish with just the piano, but Goldsby finesses it grandly). Of the cover songs, my favorite is the Beatles' Blackbird, here lovingly and gently rendered and Make You Feel My Love, from Bob Dylan. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the poignant and beckoning melody, Polskie Drogi (Polish Paths) from late composer Andrzej Kurylewicz.

I own the entire RMG CD collection and this one is a worthy addition, possibly even the best CD from Robin Goldsby yet. At an rate, it will be a challenge for her to top this one!

Walzer der Spargelmenschen
Walzer der Spargelmenschen
von Robin M Goldsby
Preis: EUR 12,00

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spargel für Alle!, 1. Juli 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Walzer der Spargelmenschen (Broschiert)
To say that this collection of memoir-styled essays, with its classy but hip cover, is a sequel to Robin Goldsby's splendid debut, Piano Girl, would be, to put it bluntly, missing the point.

In a similar vein to her first book, the twenty-three short pieces comprising Waltz of the Asparagus People -- stories written in the key of wonderful -- run the gamut from the sublime (The Glass Piano) to touches of the surreal (Waltz of the Asparagus People) to the absurdly poignant (Naked and The Tattooed Bride) to the one that is guaranteed to have you crying buckets (Little Big Soul).

But the Piano Girl in Waltz of the Asparagus People is a bit older, married, with children, and has a wealth of life experiences, mostly as an expatriate, to share with us within these pages. It's no exaggeration to say that each story will evoke different emotions, sometimes a whole drawer full, but there is always laughter, even if bittersweet, to accompany them all.

I never thought I would be afraid of a man in a wheelchair until I read The View from Here, a superbly written piece that could not have been handled so precisely in the hands of a less skilled writer.

I've seen Robin Goldsby perform the introductory piece, Mr. President. Easily my favorite piece, Mr. President hasn't lost its charm after several readings, and it is easy to hear her voice while savoring the coming-home undertones highlighted by the absurd coincidence of meeting a charismatic ex-president who shares a moment of commonality with Robin.

New York mingles unabashedly with Cologne in these pieces, with jaunts across the globe including a side trip to childhood in Pittsburgh, a touch of South Africa, the American Midwest, a hint of the middle East, Lyon, France, and, of course, Bergisch Gladbach, home to Schloss Lerbach, where Robin Goldsby plays her compositions for the well-dressed and well-fed guests. The original English has been lovingly and expertly translated by Dagmar Breitenbach and is a pleasure to read either in German or in English.

The music to accompany the stories is available on the recently release companion CD, Waltz of the Asparagus People, providing ear candy to go along with the stories you won't want to leave behind when you go on vacation. They can truly be read over and over again.

Winter Song
Winter Song
von Colin Harvey

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Winter Song succeeds in rendering a world full of complexity, 7. März 2010
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Winter Song (Taschenbuch)
The planet is called Isheimur and resembles Iceland in many ways, most notably by the lifestyle of the settlers trying to scrape a living from its surface. The story opens up with the spacer Karl Allman crashing to the planet's surface in a most spectacular way. He becomes involved with a young woman named Bera. The two of them embark on an adventure that takes them through eye-widening landscapes populated with native animals named for creatures out of Nordic tales. Tension builds inexorably throughout Winter Song. Intense in scope and action-packed, the pages will fly by. Love, brutality, pain and many surprises await the reader on her journey into Winter Song, a smashing contribution from one of Britain's most promising SF writers that I enjoyed from the beginning to the very last word.

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