Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My edition (not the one I selected but I couldn’t find it) was in tiny print. I’m sure it would have been twice as thick a book if it had been in a regular typing. So it felt like a really slow read. It took me almost 2 weeks and the protagonist reminded me of all the other protagonists in the Dickens’ novels I have read so far. Which isn’t a bad thing but I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it. But nonetheless, a good one to read.

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Terry Pratchett: Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10; Industrial Revolution, #1)Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not the best in the series, I think. It didn’t say anything new about Hollywood, even though I enjoyed how it played around with iconic movies and movie stars. Gaspode = <3. But otherwise, it's okay but sort of skippable.

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Blogaktion: Follow Friday

 

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Von Sonja von A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine ins Leben gerufen, von FiktiveWelten mit neuem Logo fortgeführt. 

Die BlogAktion dient der munteren Kommunikation unter Bloggern, einem guten Netzwerk und soll vor allem Spaß machen. 

Laufzeit der Frage: Freitag bis Donnerstag. Regeln. Keine Anmeldung nötig.

 

Mein erstes Mal, dass ich am Follow Friday teilnehme und das ist die Frage:

Mit welchen Themen kannst du in einem Buch wenig bis gar nichts anfangen? Gibt es etwas, was du nicht lesen möchtest?

Also, dann mal nachdenken. Ich lese ja alles ziemlich querbeet. Aber was ich so gar nicht mag (und das obwohl ich mich bei TV Serien ja als leidenschaftlicher Shipper aller zum scheitern verurteilter OTPs  wiederfinde) ist das zum einen, die Liebesgeschichte. Ich schreib das auch nicht gern. Sobald es irgendwie schnulzig wird oder eine Frau nem Kerl hinterherjammert usw bin ich raus. Das war damals bei Bridget Jones schon so (die Filme find ich mitlerweile aber klasse), das ist eigentlich immer so. Mary Sue-Charakterinnen gehen auch gar nicht. Ob FF oder Roman. Ich mags nicht.

Womit ich mich ebenso schwer tue: Krimis/Thriller. Ob das Sherlock Holmes Fälle sind (die sehe ich auch lieber im TV) oder The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (ich hab recht zügig aufgegeben, ich war so gelangweilt)…ich habs nicht so damit. Erstens, ich komm eh nie drauf wers war, zweitens muss ich mich echt zusammenreißen nicht zum Schluss zu blättern. ich bin fasziniert von Agatha Christie und dem schieren Volumen an Romanen, die sie geschrieben hat und irgendwie mag ich Poirot sehr gerne, aber das Genre an sich…nicht meins.

Meistens, aber nicht immer, tue ich mir auch mit Horror schwer. Aber das kommt stark auf die Sprache an irgendwie. Stephen King geht nur auf English. The Strain fand ich schrecklich langweilig und habs aufgegeben.

Mh, ich denke das war meine spontane Liste.

 

 

 

Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I waited impatiently for it and maybe that was the thing, but I wished it had a bit more magic…usually I am left feeling warm and happy and just simply good. And while I still feel some of those feelings, now that I have closed the book, I wish I could have known more about the three women.

I wasn’t all that interested in the protagonist…I couldn’t even tell you his name or if I even read his name, but those women. They are gold. The boy and his troubles reminded me of Coraline and the Other Mother somehow…bad nanny etc. I want to know more about the Ocean…maybe it needed some more words, maybe it’s just me. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it or that it isn’t worth a read, I just want more.

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Lionel Shriver: We need to talk about Kevin

We Need to Talk About KevinWe Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first I was e bit hesitant to start the book, because I work at school and didn’t want to bring work at home. But once I did, I loved it immediately.

I understand Eva, the mom, so much that at times it was uncanny. All my arguments against becoming a mom are in the book (and some other thoughts I’ve had in regards to the USA). All my fears that I’d be just like her (because you simply cannot give it back, the kid I mean), are in the book. So, that was … interesting to say the least.

The writing itself is intelligent and the style fits perfectly. even though I read the book rather fast, I kept wanting to avoid the ending, since I knew what was to come and I didn’t think I was ready to face it but the style helped and it wasn’t clichéd or over the top, I think.

Anyway, I’d recommend the novel without reservations.

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Terry Pratchett: Lords and Ladies

Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14; Witches #4)Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one I think is darker and much more grim than the others before. Not bad, mind you. But since it draws from “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, which is a very dark play itself and not a comedy thank you very much, it is to be expected. I really feared for Granny Weatherwax. But all’s well that ends well, right?

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