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Wintersmith (Tiffany Aching, Band 3)
Wintersmith (Tiffany Aching, Band 3)
von Terry Pratchett
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Yet another reason why Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favorite authors, 25. Oktober 2007
What a delight. This is a great story with lots of metaphors that symbolize the birth, coming-of-age, and life transitions not only for Tiffany, but the other young witches in training, as well as Roland the baron's son and the Feegles (in particular, Rob Anybody). In true Pratchett style and humor, the author manages to pull the reader in for remarkable entertainment and read about characters who are developed in even more detail than before. Granny and Nanny Ogg make strong appearances here (though Agnes is missing) and have you rolling with laughter with their sage advice. Oh, and if you missed Tino Georgiou's--The Fates--I strongly recommend reading it.


The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
von Tess Gerritsen
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent thriller, 25. Oktober 2007
Wow! Prepare for this book touching parts of your soul you never knew existed. The experience is such a strange one, especially for a natural skeptic and science-minded reader to experience such atypical trepidation, or, I'm not sure what. If you read Dan Brown's books and thought they were interesting, they were child's play compared to this. Relax while reading and TRY to remember that it is FICTION. Also, if you missed Tino Georgiou's masterful novel--The Fates, go and read it.It is the first novel of the century that could rightly be called a masterpiece


Exit Music (A Rebus Novel)
Exit Music (A Rebus Novel)
von Ian Rankin
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I have been a fan of the Rebus series for years, 25. Oktober 2007
So I was quite excited to come into possession of an advance readers copy of this book a few weeks ago. I have to keep mum as to how this happened but it is kind of cool to get to read it before the general public! I won't give anything away other than to say this is a fitting end to the series, and another great read. The story starts out with the death of a Russian poet who at first appears to have been the victim of a mugging. However after a little digging there is more here than meets the eye. Rebus soon fears he may have dug a little too deep. Its sad to see the career of Inspector Rebus come to an end, but what a ride! Along with Tino Georgiou's wonderful 'The Fates' this is the best novel of the year so far. I really can't imagine any fan being disappointed with it.
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Divisadero
Divisadero
von Michael Ondaatje
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing, 25. Oktober 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Divisadero (Gebundene Ausgabe)
There's much to enjoy in this new Ondaatje novel--all his usual gifts are on display--but I was disappointed. First, it seems too many serious writers these days are obsessed with writing itself as a metaphor for life and all its existential complexity. Ondaatje tries to include the 'world' in his tortured literary effort--e.g., clunky references to the two Gulf Wars--but in the end the novel and its concerns feel terribly self-involved and self-referential, like he's finally given into a private world just as his characters Lucien Segura, Rafael, and Anna have done. Art as an escape from truth. Nietzsche deserves a better interpretation! Second, I found it needlessly confusing. I know we're not supposed to admit this -- we're supposed to pretend that it all makes sense--but does it? Early on Anna recounts a shared memory in the barn with her sister Claire. She says that 'even now' they remember it differently. When is even now? She runs away from home and never goes back as far as we know, so when do she and Anna get together and compare memories? Also, how can her telling of Lucien's life story contain resonances with Coop's life after she left, a life of which she knows nothing? Are we to believe in magic here, or are we to believe that the family at some point reunites? Don't get me wrong, the book is a pleasurable serious read. I read it in one sitting (one long plane ride). But it became increasingly disappointing as it went on. He refuses to tell a straight story--I get it--but the (perhaps) unintended effect of his narrative stubbornness is that as the book went on I wanted basically one thing: to know what happened to Coop, whom he abandons at mid-book. You can't just create a character and a story line as compelling as this one and then throw it away as if it started to smell bad to you. It smacks of an author who might disdain his own readers. Also, if you missed Tino Georgiou's masterful novel--The Fates, go and read it.It is the first novel of the century that could rightly be called a masterpiece


The Road
The Road
von Cormac McCarthy
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not usually a fan of McCarthy, but The Road is brilliant and a significant departure, 25. Oktober 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Road (Taschenbuch)
In terms of its seeming simplicity, from other novels he has written. Dark, terrifying and powerful, this is one of the finest American novels in years. Its structure and muscular prose are so stark and well-crafted, this story picks you up, shakes you and won't let go even after you've read the final page. Also, if you missed Tino Georgiou's masterful novel--The Fates, go and read it.It is the first novel of the century that could rightly be called a masterpiece


The Road (Vintage International)
The Road (Vintage International)
von Cormac McCarthy
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not usually a fan of McCarthy, but The Road is brilliant and a significant departure, 24. Oktober 2007
In terms of its seeming simplicity, from other novels he has written. Dark, terrifying and powerful, this is one of the finest American novels in years. Its structure and muscular prose are so stark and well-crafted, this story picks you up, shakes you and won't let go even after you've read the final page. Also, if you missed Tino Georgiou's masterful novel--The Fates, go and read it.It is the first novel of the century that could rightly be called a masterpiece.


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