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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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: The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated RodentsThe Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this so much!

First it is funny.

Second it is important. It is one of those books that everyone should read, I think. Because it is about humanity, and respect and tolerance and friendship and life and stories. Because it made me ashamed of being a human being because clearly, we really suck most of the time (don’t argue, we do.. I mean, really, the things we do to each other every day?).

It’s beautiful. And I encourage everyone to read it.

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