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The Queen of the Damned (Vampire Chronicles, Band 3)
The Queen of the Damned (Vampire Chronicles, Band 3)
von Anne Rice
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,99

1.0 von 5 Sternen A FALL FROM GRACE, 8. März 2000
After the highly original and well-done Interview With the Vampire, Anne Rice certainly fell from my good graces with this mishmash of the supernatural. Rice has committed the beginner's cardinal sin (she was still a beginner when she wrote this) by peopling her novel with so many extraneous characters just to keep the pot boiling we need a scorecard to keep them straight. Many of them seemed to have nothing at all to do with the story. And where, for goodness sake is the plot? So many readers and reviewers talk about Rice's lush, gorgeous prose but I think purple prose is a more apt description as far as this novel is concerned. Sorry, Anne. You can't cover bad writing with flowery prose and get away with it. Your readers are just too smart!


The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent
The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent
von Reinhold Messner
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 23,49

3.0 von 5 Sternen WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SO PERFECT, 7. März 2000
This book should have been so perfect. It details Reinhold Messner's successful attempt to become the first man to climb Everest solo and without supplemental oxygen. What should have been so perfect, however, falls far short of the mark. Messner's writing style is just ho-hum, but I could have lived with that. What really makes this book a less-than-wonderful read is the fact that Messner complains about trivial and/or personal problems all the way through. He can't deal with fame. Well, I think if you ask 99% of the world who he is, they won't know. He was having trouble with his girlfriend. Who cares? Certainly not the readers of this book who bought it to learn of Messner's thoughts about Everest and his climb. Certainly not even Messner--anymore, so why immortalize the fights in this book? Reinhold Messner is still the world's premier alpinist and as such, this book offers a unique look at a very skilled man. The photos alone make it well worth the time and money.


Interview with the Vampire
Interview with the Vampire
von Anne Rice
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen MESMERIZING, 7. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Interview with the Vampire (Taschenbuch)
The very fact that Anne Rice could make a very unlovable character, such as a vampire, quite lovable, is an astonishing feat in itself. In beautiful, straightforward prose, Rice explores the inner life of a vampire and manages to make him sympathetic. Louis, Lestat and Claudia are fascinating characters we come to know and identify with. On a larger scale, this talented author very deftly explores deep philosophical questions concerning the mystery and meaning of life and death and immortality through the eyes of those who have actually experienced it. Philosophical treatise or fascinating story--this book truly has it all. Rich in metaphor and imagery, I think it is the very best of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the most atmospheric and, by far, the most cleanly plotted.


Out of Africa (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
Out of Africa (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
von Isak Dinesen
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 20,94

5.0 von 5 Sternen FORGET THE MOVIE, 7. März 2000
Forget the movie and read the book instead. Isak Dinesen's love for Africa and her adopted homeland shines through every page as she helps us to vicariously experience like on a Kenyan farm. The book is loosely plotted and Dinesen is not shy about expressing her personal views, so expect some opinionated writing from this lady. She doesn't romanticize Africa, as many writers do. She tells it like it is, which is great, as far as I'm concerned. If you're looking for King Solomon's Mines, foget it, but if you have any interest in Africa, past or present, you're sure to like this book.


The Cake Bible
The Cake Bible
von Rose Levy Beranbaum
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 32,08

4.0 von 5 Sternen A LITTLE TOO EXOTIC FOR EVERYDAY, 7. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cake Bible (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The Cake Bible is great if baking and decorating cakes is your hobby. But those who just want to bake a great cake or bake something a little different will find the book's recipes a little too difficult and exotic. It does cover every kind of cake recipe under the sun--from butter cakes to fruitcakes to triple layer chocolate fudge. If you're like me, though, there will be only five or six recipes that will become "favorites" and the rest you won't use. Still, worth it.


The Notebook
The Notebook
von Nicholas Sparks
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen SWEET BUT LOVELY, 7. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Notebook (Taschenbuch)
This little book may be too sweet for some but the premise is both lovely and touching. Some say this novella was written in the tradition of Bridges of Madison County but I think not. Where Bridges is pompous to the core, The Notebook is sweet and engaging, its characters real people who actually touch the heart. In Bridges, sex is sex, but in The Notebook sex is love...something that never goes out of style.


Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend
Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend
von Robert James Waller
  Taschenbuch

1.0 von 5 Sternen SILLY, 5. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend (Taschenbuch)
How many short, silly novellas can one author turn out with wafer-thin plots and cliched characters that struggle not to fall into bed with each other, knowing all along that's exactly what they're going to do? This book was almost as bad as Bridges...but not quite. But then, not much could be.


Ingenious Pain (Harvest Book)
Ingenious Pain (Harvest Book)
von Andrew Miller
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen BRILLIANT AND ORIGINAL, 5. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ingenious Pain (Harvest Book) (Taschenbuch)
James Dyer was born without the ability to feel either pain or emotion. As such, he lacks empathy, the epitome of all human qualities. What happens when James undergoes a radical transformation forms the central questions this novel poses--Is it pain that defines our humanity and lies at its heart? Does a surfeit of pain destroy humanity as effectively as does its absence? How do we achieve the necessary balance between empathy and self-destruction? Ingenious Pain encompasses a brilliantly original premise, almost faultlessly executed. Andrew Miller has created complex and believable characters of tremendous emotional depth in a setting true to its times. His extraordinary use of language paints a word picture that reaches both the depths of despair and the heights of hope, ending on a note of both tragedy and joy. The juxtaposition of the unfeeling Dyer against images of astounding richness creates metaphors of striking beauty and pain. The book's only fault lies in its lengthy backstory. Miller spends far too much time detailing Dyer's childhood, time that could have been better and more interestingly spent detailing Dyer, the man. (The sections with Gummer and Mr. Canning, in particular, seemed to serve no useful purpose and did nothing to enrich the book.) Although slightly less than perfect, Ingenious Pain is still astounding in its brilliance; a novel whose theme and symbolism will haunt you with questions for years to come.


Plot (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Plot (Elements of Fiction Writing)
von Ansen Dibell
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen GREAT FOR BEGINNER AND ADVANCED ALIKE, 3. März 2000
As a writer myself, plotting is my hardest job. This book has helped me immensely. Dibell shows us how to structure our beginnings with a bang, then goes on to help us hold reader interest throughout the book. She explains both circular and linear endings and lets us know when each is most approporiate. She also covers the area of subplots extremely well, helping us understand what a valid subplot really is and how much support it really needs. I, myself, found the discussion of braided plots most useful. I used my copy so much it literally fell apart and I had to buy another. This is absolutely the best book on the complex subject of plotting I've ever seen.


Desperation
Desperation
von Stephen King
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen PRIME KING, 3. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Desperation (Taschenbuch)
Stephen King is not usually my cup of tea but I have to admit he's a master writer and Desperation is King at the top of his form. The plot is tight and well-paced, the characters fully drawn and the setting absolutely perfect. The dialogue goes without saying--it is King at his best, writing in that folksy voice that is as perfect as Mozart. This is a tale of flat-out supernatural horror with a moralistic theme, yet King is never preachy. For those who love Stephen, he doesn't get much better than this.


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