novemberr1

November wasn’t quite as awesome as October but I finally managed to get some reading done again and read almost as many books in the past 30 days than in the three previous months combined. I’m still a bit behind on my Goodreads challenge and really trying to reach my 2016 goal without having to cheat, so I hope December will be as successful as last month. (mehr …)

After the devastating Battle of Bulikov, army veteran and war hero General Turyin Mulaghesh decided to retire from the Saypuri army and to everyone’s surprise settled down on the resort island of Javrat – far away from the continuous conflict between the Saypuri and the Continent. But while Mulaghesh is trying to leave her past behind, Prime Minister Shara Komayd sends an emissary to Javrat that has some upsetting news for the retired General: Due to an unfortunate bureaucratic mistake the government isn’t able to grant Mulaghesh her full pension anymore and even though her life in exile is far away from being very luxurious this still causes quite a nuisance for her. But Komayd offers her a choice: if she accepts one last mission from the Ministry she will get her full pension back and will be left alone for good. All the General has to do is what Komayd claims to be an easy routine job for an experienced veteran like Mulaghesh. But on her way to the objective area she soon has to learn that her task probably won’t be that easy: Mulaghesh is supposed to investigate the disappearance of an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who was on a mission to research a new mysterious element that has recently been discovered and which seems to be a revolutionary new source of energy. And this ore has been found of all places in the city of Voortyashtan – former home of the goddess of war and death and now a place full of violence and ethnical and political conflicts… (mehr …)

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Gerade als Anwalt sollte man eigentlich wissen, dass man im angetrunkenen Zustand kein Auto fahren und während der Fahrt auch nicht die Hand am Handy haben sollte – da Tom Booker aber beim Autofahren genauso wenig verantwortungsbewusst ist wie bei der Erziehung seiner kleinen Tochter Janie, kommt es eines Tages wie es kommen musste: Tom tippt während der Fahrt eine SMS, kommt von der Fahrbahn ab und bringt auch einen entgegenkommenden Van aus der Spur, der daraufhin von der Washingtoner Memorial Bridge zu stürzen droht. Als wäre das noch nicht schlimm genug, sitzen in diesem Wagen auch noch Janie und ihre Freundinnen, die von Toms Ex-Schwägerin gerade zu einer Veranstaltung gefahren werden, zu der eigentlich der Anwalt selbst seine Tochter hätte begleiten sollen. Es droht also die Katastrophe, doch da Tom Booker eben das Glück hat, nur eine Romanfigur zu sein, bekommt er in dem Mystery-Thriller „One to go – Auf Leben und Tod“ von seinem Schöpfer Mike Pace eine unverhoffte zweite Chance: Wie im Film friert die Szenerie plötzlich kurz vor dem Unglück ein und zwei Abgesandte des Teufels nähern sich, die dem Anwalt einen Deal vorschlagen: er kann die vier Insassen des Fahrzeuges vor dem Tod retten, wenn er im Gegenzug alle zwei Wochen einen Menschen tötet. Kommt er seiner Pflicht nicht nach, sterben die Todgeweihten Unfallopfer eben doch noch. (mehr …)

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As I never get tired to mention I’m not such an avid fantasy reader and don’t fall easily for books from this genre. I don’t get in the mood for fantasy very often and when I do I usually get very picky when it comes to choosing a book and it often needs a lot of convincing by bookish friends or raving reviews to eventually make me read a fantasy novel, especially when it comes to books that also „force“ me to start a whole series. One of the books that made it through this thorough selection process was Scott Lynch’s „The Lies of Locke Lamora“ and what can I say: it quickly became one of my favorite books EVER. It took me a while to work myself into the story because the many sideplots and multiple timelines were confusing me at the beginning but once I had arrived in the book I just couldn’t stop reading anymore and the pages flew by without me even noticing. And since I loved this kick-off of the Gentleman Bastards series so much it was only natural for me to read the sequel „Red Seas Under Red Skies“ as soon as possible, hoping that I would enjoy it just as much. (mehr …)

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When I read the first chapters of William Ritter’s young adult fantasy novel „Jackaby“ almost two years ago I soon realized that this was about to become a new favorite series of mine. I’ve always been a sucker for historical crime fiction especially when it’s set in the late 19th century and if you also give me a weird detective that feels like a quirky character played by Johnny Depp and taken from a witty Tim Burton movie (seriously, can someone please persuade those two into adapting the book series for the big screen?) then you can be almost 100% sure that I would love it – and Mr. R.F. Jackaby, the detective with a special focus on investigating unexplained phenomena, is only one part of a cast of amazing characters that turn these books into a hell of a lot of fun. Just as much as Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t be the same without his congenial and loyal colleague Dr. John Watson, Jackaby needs a partner that he can rely on – and who is able to bring him to reason when he’s at risk of getting lost in the chaos that is both in his head and in his office: Abigail Rook, an adventurous young woman who left her family in Great Britain behind and came to New England to follow in her father’s footsteps and become an explorer – and eventually ended up with the quirky detective. (mehr …)

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Mit dem 80er-Jahre-Mystery/Thriller/Horror-Hörspiel „Monster 1983“ ist dem Autor und Hörbuchregisseur Ivar Leon Menger gemeinsam mit seinem Autorenduo Anette Strohmeyer und Raimon Weber sowie dem Hörbuchanbieter Audible.de wohl DAS Hörspiel-Highlight des Jahres 2015 geglückt, das seine Hörer in das beschauliche Küstenstädten Harmony Bay entführt hat, wo im Jahr 1983 eine rätselhafte Mordserie für Angst und Schrecken sorgte. Die 10 Episoden der ersten Staffel erzählten nicht nur eine packende Story mit nostalgischem „80s“-Charme und vielen Anspielungen auf Kult-Klassiker der 1970er- und 1980er Jahre wie „Die Goonies“, „E.T.“, „Poltergeist“, „Der weiße Hai“ oder „The Fog – Nebel des Grauens“, sondern fuhren auch ein beeindruckendes Ensemble der deutschen Sprecher-Elite auf, die „Monster 1983“ zu einem Kopfkino der Extraklasse machten. (mehr …)

octoberr1_

October is always my favorite month because I was born in October, the biggest German book fair takes place in October and I just love autumn in general. But this year October has been even more amazing than usual because Maraia came to visit me for almost the whole month and I even got to spend a few days in my favorite city – why can’t every month be like this? 😀

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There are a few fictional settings I just never get sick of, no matter how many stories I’ve read about them: boardings schools, especially if they’re of the mysterious or magical kind (*coughs* Hogwarts *coughs*), desert islands with wicked secrets or the dark and dangerous streets of the Victorian London. Another setting that’s on this „never gets boring“ list are amusement parks and carnivals and that’s what instantly attracted me to H.P. Wood’s novel „Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet“. The story is set in the early 20th century and mostly takes place on Coney Island, the famous peninsula in New York that has always been well known for its amusement parks and beach resorts and in 1904 it’s the home of Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a strange and a bit shabby tourist attraction that combines an old museum full of odd things and a bar in the basement. While this place rarely belongs to the most popular points of interest on Coney Island, it’s also the gathering place for the workers and residents of the newly opened „Dreamland“ amusement park. (mehr …)

neu_oktober

It’s been a while since I talked about new books I got on my blog (I was a bit shocked to see that my last „New books on the shelves“ post was from May… oO) but October seems the perfect month for a comeback since I got SO. MANY. BOOKS. Which didn’t really come unexpected because the biggest German book fair always takes place in October and so does my birthday, so it’s usually really hard to keep the autumn book haul under control – and surprise, I didn’t ;P (mehr …)

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Während Psychiater in der Regel dazu ausgebildet sind, ihre Patienten von seelischen Traumata, Angstzuständen und ähnlichen psychischen Störungen zu befreien und in Psychothrillern daher gerne mal als unterstützende Nebenfiguren auftreten, dreht der deutsche Bestsellerautor Sebastian Fitzek in seinem neuen Werk „Das Paket“ den Spieß einmal um: In diesem Thriller ist die Hauptfigur Emma Stein nämlich selbst Psychiaterin und findet sich praktisch von Beginn an in der Opferrolle wieder. Das beginnt mit dem kurzen Prolog, der den Lesern zeigt, dass die Protagonistin schon als Kind mit einem strengen und aufbrausenden Vater und ihrer überbordenden Fantasie zu kämpfen hatte, die ihr immer wieder die Vorstellung von einem Fremden im Kleiderschrank vorgespielt hat. Da liegt es nahe, dass die eigenen Erlebnisse Jahre später dazu geführt haben, dass Emma sich – wohl auch ein wenig zur Selbsttherapie – selbst für die Erforschung der Irrungen und Wirrungen der menschlichen Psyche entschieden und eine Karriere als Psychiaterin eingeschlagen hat – und das durchaus mit Erfolg, denn zum Zeitpunkt der Handlung zählt Dr. Emma Stein zu den angesehensten Ärzten Berlins und hält regelmäßig gut besuchte Vorträge über ihre Arbeit. (mehr …)

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