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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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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Terry Pratchett: The Last Hero

The Last Hero (Discworld, #27; Rincewind #7)The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am blown away by the beauty of that edition. The illustrator is a genius. But there also lies the problem, because I was so busy staring at the pretty pictures that I didn’t concentrate on the words. I loved the Kirk quote and I still really love Rincewind. I get him. And the librarian.

Storywise it was your typical Discworld narrative. I’m not disappointed and also not surprised. All is good.

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Agatha Christie: The Secret Adversary

The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence #1)The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love how confident her writing is and how it manages to create the mood of the era. At least for me it does. I was immediately transported into the story and I actually made the effort to guess who done it, which is something I don’t usually bother doing. So, yes. I like.

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Terry Pratchett: Thud

Thud! (Discworld, #34; City Watch #7)Thud! by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Topics: Racism, Intolerance, perception, heritage, history. Dealt with admirably, because every character struggles with (or with overcoming of) their preconception and perception of the Other, may they be dwarf, human, troll, woman or vampire (okay, maybe Young Sam doesn’t) and that is wonderful. You have no righteous character, even Vimes who is ‘as straight as an arrow’ as to overcome his prejudices and I love that. That’s smart writing. And it is honest writing. And on top the story is also funny in places, as is to be expected. Much love!

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