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White Luck Warrior (Aspect-Emperor)
White Luck Warrior (Aspect-Emperor)
von R Scott Bakker
Preis: EUR 18,23

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2.0 von 5 Sternen too many fillers and navel-gazing, not enough plot, 7. Juli 2011
The title says it all, which is a shame because I rate Bakker's first three books in this cycle among the best fantasy has to offer. The Judging Eye didn't come close to them and this entry doesn't either. Out of the 580 pages you have basically 400 pages in the middle where nothing happens except for travelling ("the Slog of Slogs, boys!"), endless self-reflections and (pseudo)philosophical talks. Only in the last 100 pages Bakker deigns to move the plot forward a tiny little bit. A tiny little bit because at the end of this book we are basically where we were at the end of the Judging Eye:

- slight SPOILER -

Esmenet is still an empress in duress, Kellhus is still on the march and nowhere near Golgotterath and Achamian is still looking for the Dunyain (with a little cliffhanger in the last sentence of the book). The Consult is glaringly absent in the whole of the book and the eponymous White-Luck Warrior makes his appearance only in some vague dream sequences. Disappointing.

- slight spolier end -

I really hope that the next and apparently last book will restore the series to its former greatness but I have severe doubts. Bakker sometimes seems much too pleased with his own genius and delights in style over substance which is annoying. Almost as annoying as permanently printing "important" words or phrases in cursive - otherwise the vulgar reader might not notice how terribly significant those are in Bakker's eye - so that said reader might ponder their deep and hidden meanings. Patronizing, I call it.

Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, Band 3)
Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, Band 3)
von Jim Butcher
Preis: EUR 7,99

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2.0 von 5 Sternen entertaining, but repetitive and flawed with superheros, 25. Mai 2008
Well, I have just finished the third installment of the Codex Alera and it certainly is an entertaining read.
There are some flaws though that become more and more obvious the more you read from the series.
One of them is the annoying self-chastisement of the "hero" characters - every time Tavi or Amara kill one of the bad guys they whine quite a lot about it afterwards until they convince themselves that it was all for the greater good. And this happens again and again.

Then, the story gets a bit stale, nothing new comes up. We are already introduced to the passionate relationship between Amara and Bernard (and trust me, this theme comes up again and again and again in the book) to the evil lord Kalare and his numerous but strangely impotent minions and the reason why the Canim invade is also glaringly obvious from the beginning (Vord, anyone?) and also the fact that sooner or later they will all become friends with the Alerans (like the Marat).

But most annoying is the fact that the heroes are too good, able and witty and escape from everything the baddies throw their way barely without a scratch. The attack on Kalare's stronghold and the subsequent escape for example, it was simply too much to believe. I heard that Butcher succumbs to the same superhero misconception in his Dresden series.

This a bit of a shame because the series started out quite promising with the fact that Tavi was unique in NOT being as able as everyone else around him for his lack of furycrafting.
Meanwhile though this has turned totally around, he simply is too good at everything he does so all the action gets repetitive. In every action scene - and they happen a lot - Butcher spends two pages in describing how insanely powerful a foe or obstacle is and then Tavi (or Amara or Isana or Bernard) "just" discovers a means to overcome it in the nick of time. Then there's rallying, griefs about killing the enemy, lusty glances between the protagonists and then the whole thing starts again. A pity, really.

in addition the antagonists are becoming easier to anticipate as well, Lord Kalare is simply evil, a not very intelligent monster, all is too harshly painted in black and white, the grey tones (like with Fidelias in the first book who opposed Gaius but cared for Alera) have disappeared.

Don't know if I will read Captain's Fury, the teaser at the end of this book didn't promise much new.

Philips HS8060/24 Herrenrasierer NIVEA for Men inkl. Nachfüll- und Ladestation
Philips HS8060/24 Herrenrasierer NIVEA for Men inkl. Nachfüll- und Ladestation

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Das wichtigste fehlt leider - eine gründliche Rasur!, 10. Januar 2008
Kleine Preisfrage: Was ist das wichtigste Element eines Rasierers? Soll er stylisch aussehen, unter der Dusche funktionieren, eine Coolskin Funktion haben oder gründlich rasieren?
Für mich ist das letztere das wichtigste Kriterium und deswegen fällt dieser Rasierer bei mir durch.
Ich hatte ihn mir unter anderem auch wegen der guten Rezensionen hier gekauft und bin schwer enttäuscht worden.
Klar, dass Coolskin ist schon lustig, damit gleitet er schön über die Haut - aber er rasiert schlecht!
Ich bin wirklich nicht verwöhnt, habe mich jahrelang mit einem alten Grundig rasiert, der damals um die 60 DM (!) gekostet hat, aber selbst der war besser als dieser hier. Mann muß an den Problemstellen (am Hals, am Kinn, unter der Ohren) fünf bis zehnmal rüberfahren und selbst dann hat man nach dem Abwischen der Emulsion noch einen Schatten da. Mir unbegreiflich, warum Philips hier offensichtlich an der Qualität der Scherköpfe gespart hat!

Fazit, schlechtes Rasurergebnis - vom Kauf ist nur abzuraten!

von Christopher Paolini
Preis: EUR 10,67

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1.0 von 5 Sternen einfach nur schlecht - schlecht geklaut, 6. Dezember 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eragon (Taschenbuch)
Nach der Lektüre dieses Buches habe ich beschlossen, Autor zu werden.

So wie es Paolini gemacht hat, ist es ganz einfach: Man klaut sich einfach aus Herr der Ringe, Star Wars und diversen Standard Computerspielen Ideen zusammen, schnitzt daraus einen Plot, der auch einen Fünfjährigen mit Aufmerksamkeitsdefizit nicht überfordert und findet einen Verlag, der das neue "Meisterwerk der Fantasy" auch noch druckt.

Wenn ich Glück habe, wird aus meinem Buch auch noch ein - genauso schlechter - Film gemacht.

Also, liebe Eragon Fans, macht mich bitte auch reich und verpasst bitte nicht mein kommendes Werk, es müßte in ein paar Wochen fertig sein, sowas schreibt sich nämlich am besten im Schlaf oder beim Fernsehen.
Es wird von einem armen Waisenjungen handeln, der auserkoren ist, der größte König aller Zeiten zu werden. Nebenbei entdeckt er noch eine geheime Macht in sich und wird lernen, auf einer Wildsau zu reiten, die sprechen (und fliegen!) kann.
Ach ja, und einen weisen alten Begleiter names Bobi-Ban-Benobi baue ich auch noch ein. Und Borks und Belfen.
Gott, bin ich innovativ!

Ich werde mein Buch Beragon nennen.
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Fires of Prophecy: Book Two of the Morcyth Saga
Fires of Prophecy: Book Two of the Morcyth Saga
von Brian S. Pratt

1.0 von 5 Sternen Erschreckend, was alles gedruckt wird.., 8. November 2007
Eine ernstgemeinte Warnung an alle, die an richtiger Fantasy interessiert sind - meidet dieses Buch!

Die Zielgruppe scheint der typische 13jährige World of Warcraft Spieler zu sein, der keinen Wert auf sprachlichen Stil, ausgereifte Charaktere und eine komplexe Handlung legt.
Das "Buch" liest sich wie der Covertext eines 08/15 Computerspiels - daran ändern auch die Gefälligkeitsbewertungen der Freunde des Autors nichts.

The Blade Itself: The First Law Book One: Book One of the First Law
The Blade Itself: The First Law Book One: Book One of the First Law
von Joe Abercrombie
Preis: EUR 8,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen promising start is followed by a let-down afterwards, 5. November 2007
Well, here I thought I had finally found a worthy successor to George Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire". But I was mistaken.
It starts promising enough with dark, complex and torn characters (Logen and Glokta) and the arrogant noble Jezal, who you love to hate when he gloats over the defeat of an adversary at a game of cards. Brilliant and promising first 50 pages.

But then the author sadly slips back into the old "all heroes have to be good" cliché. Logen, who is introduced as one of the most feared and violent men of the north, ruthless and bloodthirsty ("the Bloody Nine") saves selflessly an exhausted mage apprentice, acts totally civilized at the mage tower and in the big city where he struts around google-eyed, oblivious to the snide remarks around him, he chats friendly with strangers, spares thieves, all in all he is seen as a bit of a friendly but harmless oaf with no real goal in his life than letting himself be goaded around by the mage.

Jezal, the arrogant pompous noble turns to the bright and good side of heroes remarkably fast after he gets to know Ardee West and falls in love with her, he quits gambling and drinking, trains hard for the contest and detests the way his former comrades lead their life (drinking and gambling) and speak about women. Pfff...

Glokta suffers the same fate of cliché, he's becoming a sort of cripple with a grumpy exterior but heart of gold type of character.

Most glaring - careful, some minor SPOILERS ahead - is the author's lack of contrast in the band of "Named Men" the former group of cutthroats Logen was skirmishing around with.
Apparently feared throughout the North for their vicious brutality and skills at warfare they soon rather resemble the salvation army.
Unintentional funny is the way the "Black Dow" is introduced, a killer of women and children alike who likes to burn down whole villages but is shocked when they discover a raided farmhouse with some killed peasants!
To add insult to injury, the group of "killers" decide to attack the assailants to avenge the poor dead peasants at the risk of their own lives instead of saying "Why the hell do we care? Not our business!"
Then, even better, they want to warn the king of the North (a type of villain who loses much from his authority and credibility after a strange face-off with the archmage Bayaz) even though he is their sworn enemy (!) from an impending attack of Shankas (very similar to Orcs)
Again - why? They didn't struck me as the selfless types, they could have just moved on and laughed about the problems of their enemy king.

No, they sacrifice the weakest member of their group for the warning, and the author takes this as a welcome excuse to let them perform a very sad funeral (even the totally cruel killer of children and women - Black Dow - cries a bit) and then to decide - they will fight along the old enemies of the North. Brilliant - now we have all the oh so different characters fighting on the same side against the typical evil Northmen and Gurkish (southern desert warriors). Yeah, what diversity.. i hope they won't help down stray kitties from trees in the next chapter.

It all sounds quite vicious I realize but I am really disappointed with the outcome. The beginning was great and it could have been so much better. But my guess is the author wanted to start a different path - maybe he has read George Martin who knows? - with twisted characters and then got frightened of his own creation along the way and quickly changed them back to the old cliché of the jolly good old fellows with their hearts of gold. A real pity..

3 stars for the good beginning, otherwise - the story being not very imaginative either - 2.5
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Forest Mage: Book Two of The Soldier Son Trilogy
Forest Mage: Book Two of The Soldier Son Trilogy
von Robin Hobb
Preis: EUR 5,99

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2.0 von 5 Sternen a tedious and disappointing follow-up, 14. September 2007
While the first instalment (Shaman's Crossing) showed some real promise and a new approach to the fantasy genre, this book is sorely lacking ideas, story-telling and coherence.

The beginning of the novel and the physical changing of Nevare was interesting but soon lost appeal. In the last two-thirds of the book virtually nothing happens expect for constant self-denials by our hero when for everyone around him it is blatantly obvious that he is filled to the brim with magic.
Please, dear Ms Hobb, we had this in the first novel and there it was nice and plausible. To continue the whiney "Why me?" "What is happening?" "It can't be magic, I'm just a soldier." just till the end of the second one is annoying to say the least.

There is absolutely no character development from the hero, no embracing of his new powers, no "Shaman's Crossing", no nothing.
In addition (or should I say consequently) besides Nevare, nothing much happens either, no war with the Specks, no further invasion into the forest (I think two trees got felled in the end, that was all) no nothing else in the rest of the kingdom.
So basically you have a whole world in drugged slumber and an obese undecisive whiney hero who constantly mumbles with himself and achieves nothing expect for tidying his hovel every day (which is always and repeatedly written down in excessive detail by Ms Hobb)
A real pity because the setting up of the first novel looked so promising. Ah well, so did the first two books of Jordan's Wheel of Time..

I will shun book number 3 like the Speck plague.

Apple iPod Nano 3 MP3-Player (inkl. Video-Funktion) 8 GB schwarz
Apple iPod Nano 3 MP3-Player (inkl. Video-Funktion) 8 GB schwarz

75 von 100 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen das momentane must-have, 14. September 2007
kurz gesagt, das Ding ist super, stylish (ich habs in blau) und preislich wirklich ok. Für 193 Euro gibts 8 Gigabyte und Videofunktion und die rockt in der U-Bahn oder sonstwo beim Warten wirklich.
Kleiner Tipp dabei aber, ladet euch schon mal einen Mp4 Konverter runter, um eure Filme auch auf den Winzling draufzukriegen.

Wenn man bedenkt, dass bis vor kurzem alle wie blöd dem veralteten und preislich unverschämten iPod Nano der 2.Generation mit seinem Mist-Display und ohne Video nachgelaufen sind (Pech für die, die sich letzte Woche noch einen gekauft haben ;), heißt es hier nur zugreifen, bessere Technik für weniger Geld und die nächsten ein, zwei Jahre kommt auch von Apple nichts Neues.

Was gibts zu meckern? Eigentlich kaum was, die Kopfhörer sind (wie bekannt) weiter unterer Durchschnitt, ich empfehle die Beyerdynamic DTX 50 dazu (oder gleich die Shure E210 wenn man viel Geld hat), ist ein himmelweiter Unterschied.
Und die Software 1.0 Version hat noch kleine Macken, da wirds langsam Zeit für ein Update.

Sonst, kaufen und sich wohl fühlen.

Shaman's Crossing: Book One of The Soldier Son Trilogy
Shaman's Crossing: Book One of The Soldier Son Trilogy
von Robin Hobb
Preis: EUR 5,99

3 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen best novel from Hobb since Royal Assassin, 25. Juli 2007
I just finished devouring this book and I have to say, it is simply amazing.

This is really a fresh start at fantasy away from those bland, one-dimensional heroes who always behave good and always do what's right. The main character Nevare is so immensely well drawn, it reminds me of the way George R. R. Martin does it and I always thought him unrivaled in the way of character development. Well, until now - Ms Hobb really proved me wrong.

He is a person with hopes, fears, worries that he is not fit for an officer's duty, he sometimes acts cowardly when confronted with bullying by seniors at the academy but steadily makes his way.
And that makes him so real, so sympathetic. To the people who complained about this trait of character in the previous reviews: Would you have acted any different in a hostile and new environment (academy) where you know you - as a New-Noble - will be expelled at the slightest misstep and thus an eternal shame for your strict father? Would you have fought every misdeed regardless of the consequences? Or would you rather have laid low and hoped to escape the attention of the tormentors like Nevare did? I bet you would act just like him. So this novel is great in psychology as well.
Especially when considering his upbringing and the role model his father is. Twice when weaker members of society (half breeds and the wind wizard) were abused and Nevare wanted to interfere, it earned him a stern rebuke from his father. No wonder this reflected upon the boy's attitude in school.

In addition the world is full of mystery and stays so till the end, the magic of the plainspeople and especially the Specks remains shrouded. This is a great feed of Ms Hobb as well because nothing is as annoying as explaining everything in an fantasy novel, secrets and mystery and puzzlement are crucial to prevent boredom.
I am so excited to get my hands on the next book!

To sum it all up, everybody who likes good and new fantasy the likes of George Martin, this is a must buy and a most welcome new twist to the often dull routine of fantasy novels. Thank you again, Ms Hobb.

Those who like holy and oh so brave knights in shining armour who always win and always get the princess, go read Dragonlance, Robert Jordan or Terry Goodkind, this jewel here is not for you.

Cell: A Novel
Cell: A Novel
von Stephen King
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 23,23

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3.0 von 5 Sternen mixed feelings, 3. Mai 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cell: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The book as a stand-alone would merit 4 stars, in comparison with the King classics we all love like It, The Stand, Shining, The Dark Tower, Misery, Pet Cemetery etc it's only 2.

So I gave it 3 stars.

The problem is, you don't care really much about the two-dimensional characters and the story isn't very surprising either.

Apart from the furious beginning, the tension lowers and you aren't scared at all. Its like "Land of the Dead" from Romero: interesting in a way, but not scary.

Like George Martin said in a review of this book, there's a distinction between gore and horror. Stephen King gives us enough bloodshed in his novel but unfortunately not nearly enough horror.

But for me, King is still best of the best, and I will buy his next book for sure (and hope that he writes something in the league of "It" next)!

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