Christopher Paolini: Eldest

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)Eldest by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I still think that he drew too much on Tolkien’s characters (Beor Mountains, e.g.). It was also too much detail for me and therefore to slow paced. I did skip some paragraphs or only cross-read them. The end was gripping, yes, but to get there took time. Lots of time.

Also, those lovesick boys…*le sigh*…grow up and learn to deal with a no. I also think, that the author misses out on creating some stronger women. Why do the people in Carvahall treat women as grown-up children who need a man to take care of them and who don’t own anything except some cutlery and who, if they don’t own that, lose worth? Not a society I’d want to live in.

Moving on to book three. I shall finish the series.

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Edward Albee. Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this play. It’s a nightmare because it made me feel sick. But that is good. Intensity in a play is a good thing. I loved the sarcasm and dry humor and violence and evilness. And it is so much more than just that. I have to see it on stage one day.

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Laline Paull: Die Bienen

Die BienenDie Bienen by Laline Paull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anfangs hab ich mir etwas schwer getan, da ich das Buch in der deutschen Übersetzung gelesen habe. Ich tu mir grundsätzlich mit deutschen Übersetzungen schwer.

Ich habe mich anfangs auch daran gestört, dass Flora von Ereignis zu Ereignis stolpert, ich aber gar nicht wusste, was sie denn will. Mir fehlte eine Motivation, die dann zunehmend etabliert wurde.

Aber mich hat dann doch der feministische Aspekt interessiert und dass die Schwestern Flora aufgrund ihres Aussehens und ihrer Klassenzugehörigkeit herabgesetzt haben (quasi die Race-Class-Gender Relationen).

Der Roman beschäftigt sich auch mit dem Pestizidieneinsatz und dessen Folgen, was leider ja immer aktueller wird.

Fazit: ich schloss das Buch und mir fehlte Flora sofort. Ich habe die kleine Biene tatsächlich in mein Herz geschlossen (gut ich mag Bienen aber auch total gerne), obwohl ich es stellenweise etwas langatmig fand. Mal sehen was meine Mutter sagt, der habe ich nämlcih das Buch gleich in die Hand gedrückt.

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HG Wells: The Time Machine

The Time MachineThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What I like about it is the sheer matter of fact story telling. Even though it is contrasted with the fiction within fiction devise, it conveys that there is absolute truth to the matter. I like that.

I have to admit though, I was confused because the Eloi in the novel do not resemble those in the movie with Rod Taylor(which I really liked as I was younger)… but I guess that’s Hollywood for you 🙂

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Christopher Paolini: Eragon

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first thing I noticed was that in the first 2/3 of the story, the style was wooden. The sentence structure was always the same and most basic. This made it a bit difficult for me because I found my mind wandering. It improved towards the end though and as, I can only assume, the author got to the place in the story where he wanted to be.

I also continuously substituted Eragon with Aragorn. That both fall in love with a dark haired female elf was also not helping. And that, sadly, that elf is called Arya confused me even more because I put “Stark” after her name too…and thus saw a little girl in my mind’s eye. (Not his fault that last bit, though). I also think it’s sad that the Dwarfs and Elves are basically Tolkien’s. They look and talk like them and the Elves come from over the sea. I would have loved a new spin on it. I also read Vanilor somewhere which is too close to Valinor for me to not roll my eyes.

These may be coincidences but they weren’t helping.

I started to enjoy it the better the style became. I understand the author was in his Teens as he wrote it? So, I can be forgiving and will read on. 🙂 It has potential. But, honestly, I prefer LOTR over this. And I prefer Laurence/Temeraire over Eragon/Saphira. Had I not read those before, it might be different.

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Nadine R Paul: Willkommen im Nachleben

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Willkommen im Nachleben gibt es jetzt für kurze Zeit als Angebot für 0,99c zB bei Amazon als ebook oder auch als Taschenbuch zum regulären Preis.
Natürlich gibt es das Buch auch bei Thalia oder allen anderen Buchhändlern.
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