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Extreme Prey
Extreme Prey
Preis: EUR 15,47

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quick read on a rainy day, 22. Mai 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Extreme Prey (Kindle Edition)
If you're new to the Lucas Davenport series, I recommend you read a few of the earlier books before getting on to this one. This book alludes to all kinds of characters and situations, and you won't be able to connect the dots unless you've read some of the previous books.

That said, this latest thriller is a quick read and can be read as a stand-alone because it's well-written. The book is surprisingly set in Iowa, and I must say I personally missed the usual references to Minnesota and its surroundings. Lucas is on a mission for the governor and trying to save the life of a female political candidate who is under threat (all allusions to Hillary Clinton should be considered coincidental!). It looks like somebody wants to bump her off. The story develops quickly with the expected twists and turns, but unfortunately there is no supporting role for Virgil Flowers whose appearances I thoroughly enjoy in this series. From the very beginning, it's quite clear whodunnit, but this being a police procedural, Lucas has to make his own discoveries until he catches on. Interestingly, there are several female characters in this book, some quite kooky, who distinctly reminded me of female characters in the early books. This book is not the best in the Davenport series, and there's nothing spectacular going on here, but it's a nice read accompanied by a hot cup of tea on a rainy day. Lucas used to be a cop - he isn't any longer - and the end of the book opens up a whole new world for Davenport fans because it sounds like he's going to be stepping into a much larger role altogether. If you enjoy fast-paced crime thrillers, you'll enjoy this one. Four stars for a quick and entertaining read.

Rosenstein & Söhne Granit-Mörser mit Stößel
Rosenstein & Söhne Granit-Mörser mit Stößel
Wird angeboten von PEARL Versandhaus
Preis: EUR 29,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr gute Ware, 30. April 2016
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Ich bin begeistert. Endlich mal eine Küchenutensilie, die mir auf Anhieb gefällt. Der Mörser hat eine Mulde, die für das Mahlen von verschiedenen Kräutern, Nüssen u.Ä - auch für die asiatische Küche - geeignet ist. Der Stößel liegt sehr gut in der Hand. Vom Gewicht her optimal, rutscht nicht ständig weg. Die Öberflächen beider Teile sind gut verarbeitet und lassen sich leicht reinigen. Allerdings mache ich darauf aufmerksam, dass man beides lediglich mit Warmwasser reinigen sollte. Wenn man eine große Menge Gemahlenes braucht, empfehle ich eine größere Ausführung zu kaufen. Für uns reicht diese Ausführung komplett aus. Absolut empfehlenswert!

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Preis: EUR 5,69

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2.0 von 5 Sternen This book is for literary scholars, 19. Juli 2015
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Go Set a Watchman: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman", the parent to "To Kill a Mockingbird", was published on July 14th, 2015 with a lot of fanfare. Although it was written prior to "Mockingbird", you cannot understand it unless you've read "Mockingbird", and once you're done you realize why Ms. Lee's original publisher refused to publish it in the first place some 50 odd years ago.

In this book, we encounter young Scout as a rather surly grown-up, an ill-mannered and judgmental Jean Louise Finch who seems to have been living in a bubble in New York as an artist of some kind while the South is coming to terms with its African American population, and their place and rights in Southern society. Jean Louise discovers that her father, Atticus Finch, the much-adored figure of "Mockingbird" is actually a segregationist, albeit not one who walks around with a bedsheet over his head although he has attended some Klan meetings. Like their mother, Jem Finch, her older brother has died in his twenties, and wonderful Dill (whose character was based on Ms. Lee's childhood friend Truman Capote) barely gets mentioned in this book. The character who has a large role is Dr. Jack Finch, Atticus' brother, who tries to explain to a rather thick-headed Jean Louise as to what exactly is happening in Maycomb. Henry 'Hank' Clinton is the man wooing Jean Louise and Atticus' assistant, and he's the one person who seems to have some semblance of a real character. He's new, unmentioned in "Mockingbird". Aunt Alexandra and her coffee rounds are still a part and parcel of Maycomb life, and Jean Louise discovers that she still doesn't fit in even though she isn't six years old any longer. Calpurnia, the African American cook, has become old and although there is a sub-plot involving her grandson, she remains a distant figure.

This book fails on several counts and here's why. Firstly, the characters are not fleshed out and the storyline is not intricate enough to carry the weight of Jean Louise's discoveries. Secondly, although this book is basically a coming-of-age novel wrapped around a love story (Jean Louise and Hank will get together eventually), it never poses some pivotal questions: Scout was raised by a white man and a black woman (Calpurnia, the cook) in the 1930s. How come she never saw the racial divide despite her father's paternalistic attitude towards the 'negroes'? Also, how does anybody cope when they discover that their parents have feet of clay and are not really the people they put on a pedestal? And finally, the cadences of Southern language, caught so marvelously in "Mockingbird", are completely missing in this book.

This book should never have been published because it is incomplete. There's an entire story here that hasn't been told: how does a liberal Jean Louise learn to deal with a segregationist father and a self-made but also segregationist beau? What are the consequences of her decisions?

My ratings:
One star for both the lawyer and the publisher who dug out this fragment of a manuscript and published it. Did Harper Lee really consent to this publication? We will never know, but what we do know is that the publishing industry is harsh and will do anything to make money.

Two stars for "Go Set a Watchman" based on poor writing, a poor storyline, one-dimensional characters, and diminished language.

Five stars to Harper Lee for having gone back in the 1950s and written "To Kill a Mockingbird" after this manuscript was rejected. "Mockingbird" went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and became an American classic thereafter.

Should you buy this book? No. It's meant for literary scholars who spend their time writing books about "rediscovered" fragments. Harper Lee's lawyer has just announced in the Wall Street Journal that 'a third manuscript' has been found. Literary scholars and publishing houses are already rejoicing.

It Happened One Wedding (FBI/US Attorney Book 5) (English Edition)
It Happened One Wedding (FBI/US Attorney Book 5) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 4,49

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Forget it, this is hardly an entertaining romance, 23. Juni 2014
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Why would anybody want to read a Julie James book? Well, she writes modern bodice rippers that are intelligent. Also, they're fast-paced, extremely well-written, have a lot of entertaining banter with a credible storyline, and some interesting characters. Pulp, but well done.

This book is a total cop out on all scores. Not much going on, not much banter, the storyline is questionable, and generally it's poorly written. It's really sad that the world of romance has now degenerated to a world of porn. I think all those publishing editors need to realize that if you label something a romance, it should contain exactly that - and not unending pages of badly written porn.

If I could give this book 0 stars, I would.

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
Preis: EUR 9,01

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Contemporary Nigeria, 19. Januar 2014
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Noo Saro-Wiwa, the deceased Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa's daughter, undertook a six-month tour of Nigeria to rediscover her roots, understand the history of her parents' country, and make peace with the country to which she lost her father.

The writing in this unconventional travelogue/self-discovery book is amazing, and Saro-Wiwa weaves an engaging tale of contemporary Nigerian history with her own family's fate (her father, the leader of the Ogoni people's struggle against avaricious oil companies in the Niger delta, was executed).

Observant, funny, sad and evocative, Saro-Wiwa manages to tell a difficult tale in lyrical style and without rancour. I had only read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's books, so my knowledge of Nigeria was limited. Saro Wiwa's book got me interested in the Ogoni people and their struggle.

If you want to understand western Africa, the sway of Christianity in the south of Nigeria and the hold of Islam in the north, Nigerian moral strength despite the onslaught of globalization and greed - read this book. It is one of hope and understanding, and the story of one individual who made peace with the country of her parents' origin and with her father's personally chequered past. This book also helped alter my flawed and cliched perception of Nigeria as a dodgy country that is primarily engaged in generating e-mail based scams.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (English Edition)
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 7,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Really worth reading, 9. Januar 2014
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Very good!

Every human being should read this story of South Africa's (and hence Mandela's) struggle for freedom. Although a bit tedious at times because of all the names (which are difficult to remember anyway), this book should be mandatory at schools as it documents contemporary history. Mandela went to jail as a radical militant and emerged 27 years later as a Gandhian figure focussed on nation building. This is a testament to the power of forgiveness and acceptance, Mandela's rigid adherence to his notion of freedom and equality for black South Africans, and the ultimate emergence of the Rainbow Nation.

Very little is said about Winnie Mandela's involvement in unsavoury dealings and her subsequent conviction, although she was later let off on bail. The first edition of this book was published during the Mandelas' separation, so it's understandable. Five stars for the historic pictures, as well.

Stolen Prey (The Prey Series)
Stolen Prey (The Prey Series)
Preis: EUR 5,36

4.0 von 5 Sternen Unusual for a Sandford, but good, 2. November 2012
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Stolen Prey is the latest tale involving Lucas Davenport, the richest criminal investigator in Minnesota. Unlike other Sanford books, it deals with white collar crime but starts, continues and ends with bloody deaths and gory violence, so to that extent it’s very much a Sandford book. We see the plotlines unfold from various angles: the viewpoint of the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension), the cyber-thugs themselves and a couple of Mexicans, both criminals and cops. Tangled up in all this is Lucas himself, who in a sub-plot gets mugged at an ATM, and wants to get those perpetrators as well. Virgil Flowers, a much later creation of Sandford’s, plays a minor but humorous role in the story.

Overall, I thought the story picked up good pace as it described the vagaries of cyber-crime rooted in greed (what else?), but the links between people and situations sometimes sounded contrived. There are a few loose ends to the story which actually made it all the more interesting, and that's when I realized that Lucas Davenport has definitely mellowed. He's getting older and is not as hands-on as he used to be. Instead, we have his daughter, Letty, showing great presence of mind and tremendous courage. Maybe Sandford will give her a larger role in his future novels. I would love to see that.

For those who haven't read the earlier Prey novels, I recommend you start at no.1 (Rules of Prey) and read until around novel no. 15. After that you can read them in pretty much any order. It's important to see how the nature of law enforcement has not really changed (it has indeed become much more efficient), but Lucas Davenport develops as a character right through the books, and for the reader that's both enjoyable and edifying. We realize that he's innately flawed and more so likeable because he's ever so human. If you start out with this book (which is no.22 on the Prey list), you might not quite follow everything, so read the earlier ones first in order to get a fair idea of the context and characters.

I recommend Stolen Prey because it reflects what’s going on around the world just now. With open borders, unregulated global banking and interdependent financial systems, money laundering and cyber-crime have become intertwined with drug dealing and an easy way of life in several countries. This book shows how easy it is to launder money and reconvert it to legal tender, but also how such criminals can be brought to justice by effective law enforcers. There are some interesting characters like ICE, who clearly is no Lisbeth Salander (the fictional character created by Stieg Larsson in his Millenium series), but I'm hoping she will return in future books as she's already showing major potential.

This is not Sandford’s greatest novel, but it’s right on top of the heap with the other good ones.

Shock Wave (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 5)
Shock Wave (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 5)
Preis: EUR 5,95

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Do not buy. This book is coauthored and not a real Sandford., 29. Oktober 2012
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I'm a great fan of police procedurals, particularly stories involving John Sandford’s homicide cop Lucas Davenport, despite the fact that the Prey books mostly contain vivid descriptions of violent crime towards women and children. However, Lucas gets them all at the end and justice is done.

Virgil Flowers, a much later creation of Sandford’s, is an entirely different kind of detective altogether: much more the thinker than the doer, and somehow a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Columbo. I like his skills of deduction, laid-back style, and laconic manner.

Unfortunately, Shock Wave is the worst-written and most boring of all the Sandford books. It goes all over the place, introducing characters and plot lines at random, creating no pace whatsoever along the way, and by the middle of the book you've completely lost interest. You just don't want to know the most important thing in a suspense: who did it?

The writing, to say the least, is atrocious. I only finished it (with difficulty and long yawns) out of a sense of loyalty towards John Sandford. Only after having put it down did I discover that the book was coauthored. Sandford should stick to his own talent which has brought forth excellent books and quit this nonsense of coauthoring.

This book deserves zero stars. A total waste of money and time.
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Lonely Planet Reiseführer Vietnam
Lonely Planet Reiseführer Vietnam
von Iain Stewart

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Solides Werk, 12. September 2012
Während der Vorbereitung auf unsere Reise dieses Jahr nach Südost-Asien habe ich zufällig dieses Buch entdeckt. Erstens, das Buch enthält einen Auszug über die Angkor-Tempel in Kambodscha, was sehr gut war, weil wir für zwei Länder nur ein Buch mitnehmen mussten. Zweitens haben wir uns an die Hotel-Empfehlungen gehalten und sie waren exakt, daher auch sehr gut. Wir konnten sie alle im Voraus von Deutschland aus buchen und wurden in Kambodscha und Vietnam nicht enttäuscht, weil die Beschreibungen genau waren. Drittens, nachdem ich das Buch im Groben durchgelesen hatte, haben wir beschlossen, nicht ganz Vietnam zu bereisen und haben uns stattdessen nur für den Süden entschieden. Es war die richtige Entscheidung, denn wir konnten fast alles um Saigon herum und danach im Mekong-Delta detailliert erkunden. Vietnam ist nämlich ein großes Land und man kann nicht alles auf einmal sehen. Eigentlich hat Lonely Planet den Ruf, ein Reiseführer für Rucksack-Touristen zu sein, was wir überhaupt nicht sind. Wir sind individual Reisende und ich fand dieses Buch trotzdem für unsere Zwecke geeignet, mit vielen kleinen Tipps und interessanten Informationen und sogar auf dem neuesten Stand.

Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed
Preis: EUR 17,81

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Women are buying this trilogy. Should you?, 15. Juli 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fifty Shades of Grey (Kindle Edition)
I bought the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in March after reading about it in the Guardian (newspaper). With all the hoopla, and over 30 million copies sold in five months worldwide, it has now definitely made publishing history.

I started reading the first book in March. Ten pages into it, and I gave up. I found the writing too pedestrian for my taste. I'm a professional, and I work with a lot of professional women who surprisingly kept saying they loved the books. So, in May, I went back and started re-reading them. I have actually finished reading all three books now and I think this is why women are buying the trilogy in droves:

1. If you leave out the kinky bits, the books are about a couple and the compromises they make in order to have a relationship. Ultimately, they seem to reach some understanding about what each of them will do, and won't, despite all the problems involved. I think a lot of women plug into this immediately because it reflects their everyday lives and relationships.
2. Life is humdrum, so we need fantasies to keep us going. I'm sure I don't want to be married to an emotional cripple, but I would definitely be willing to spend a night with Mr. Grey just for the experience (as long as he doesn't flog me it's okay!). He's rich and can pander to my every whim. He can fly a helicopter and I've always wanted to do that. More importantly, Mr. Grey has a chauffeur/bodyguard and a housekeeper - and I would love to have them in my house doing the chores, running errands, cooking my meals, cutting the grass, and keeping an eye on my kids.
At one stage, I was hoping that Mr. Grey would hop out of the book and offer me all the luxuries he offers Ana Steele. I would have consented to almost everything, especially lying in the bathtub with him massaging my feet and telling me that he wants to look after me while my kids are banging on the door saying one needs to go for soccer practice, the second wants to be driven to the library, and the third needs something to eat as he's absolutely famished.
3. The writing itself is so unchallenging and easy to understand that nobody needs a dictionary or even has to wonder what some parts mean. This is one of the reasons why women are buying this book in such numbers. You read it and you understand right away what's going on. After an exhausting day at work and then looking after the family in the evening, this might actually be the only kind of thing we can read without falling asleep even before we've switched on our brains and our Kindles.
4. The episodal format is more suited for a TV series than a book, but it makes the trilogy somewhat interesting, especially when you get to the end of the first book because you want to know how the story is going to shape up finally.
5. Lastly, I think women like to read about sex in a safe environment. The Kindle facilitates this. However, the publishing world just seems to be waking up to this fact.

The most interesting issue for me about Fifty Shades of Grey is that the author, E L James, managed to bypass the starchy executives in the publishing industry by simply publishing online. For all we know, she might have redefined what writing and publishing are about in the 21st century. E L James has not written anything extraordinary. She's just a shy mother from a London suburb who is making almost a million pounds a week in royalties for writing this tosh, and that's what's extraordinary about these books.

Should you buy the trilogy? Well, there are several better written mindless romances if that's what you're looking for. If you want to read about lots of kinky but consensual sex in a safe environment, then this might be your choice. Be prepared for terrible writing, though, and an exasperating female protagonist who talks, thinks and behaves like a 9th grader. I sometimes wondered why Mr. Grey, who comes across as a highly troubled but intelligent paraphilic, didn't just shackle her to his cross and drown her in the Puget Sound.
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