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All das hier

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All das hier von Alexander Kamber
Zusammenfassung:
Einen Sommer lang waren sie zusammen, haben in Hamburg ein Theaterstück auf die Bühne gebracht und sind danach für unbeschwerte Tage ans Meer gefahren. Ein Jahr später kommt Finn bei einem Autounfall ums Leben, und mit ihm schwindet das heimliche Gravitationszentrum der Beziehungen. Da ist Anna, einst Finns Freundin, die jetzt mit Malte zusammen ist. Malte, dessen Nähe zu Finn ungeklärt geblieben ist. Und da ist Ben, dem Finn gegen die Drogen zu helfen versucht hat und der Finns Freundin Nessa mehr als zugeneigt ist. Der Roman erzählt von den wenigen Tagen nach Finns Tod und vom Wiedersehen der Freunde zum Begräbnis in Zürich. Sie streifen durch die Bars und über die Dächer der Stadt und versuchen, das Vergangene wieder zusammenzusetzen. Der noch von Finn geplante gemeinsame Trip nach Südfrankreich verspricht, wieder an jene Tage am Meer anknüpfen zu können.

Rezension:
Ich wollte aufstehen. Ich wollte sie nochmals umarmen, Ihre Haut berüh…

Throwback: December and January

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It'sthat time of the month again. Or rather months, because I once again put off writing a throwback for way to long and am regretting all of my life choices because there are just too many books to talk about now. Well, then again, in December I mostly listened to audiobooks and didn't read that much so it felt like it would be the more intelligent option to just wait and include January in my throwback. Oh boy, it was not. (Okay, honestly, it's not that bad, I'm just unnecessarily dreading this.)

Anyway, without further ado, this is a list of all the books I read and audiobooks I listened to in the months of January and December!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1)

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli
Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Review:
"What's a de…

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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(Yes, one of our kitten is kind of obsessed with biting books. I'm trying to make him break that habit but he's loyal to his own ways.)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Blurb:
It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment – find them and then retire them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found.
Review:
Funny, he thought; even though I know rationally it's faked the sound of a false animal burning out its drive-train and power supply ties my stomach in knots. I wish, he thought painfully, that I could get another job. If I hadn't failed that IQ test I wouldn't be reduced to this ignominious task with its attendant emotional byproducts. 
Okay, so this was a really interesting experience. I would definitely recommend this one for a variety of reasons but I also struggled to connec…

Die Wilden Hühner: Fuchsalarm (Die Wilden Hühner #3)

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Die Wilden Hühner: Fuchsalarm (Die Wilden Hühner #3) von Cornelia Funke
Zusammenfassung:
Die Wilden Hühner sind in heller Aufregung: Sprotte hat "Fuchsalarm" gegeben! In der Geheimsprache der Mädchenbande heißt das größte Gefahr, Lebensgefahr. Und es geht auch wirklich um Leben und Tod: Sprottes Oma will nämlich ihre Hennen schlachten! Das können die Mädchen natürlich nicht zulassen und beschließen, ihre heiß geliebten Maskottchen zu entführen. Doch wie sollen sie zu fünft fünfzehn laut gackernde Hühner abtransportieren, ohne dass Oma Slättberg es merkt? Und vor allem- wohin mit den Tieren? Schließlich haben die Wilden Hühner immer noch kein eigenes Banden quartier. Ob sie vielleicht ausnahmsweise ihre alten Feinde, die Jungs von den Pygmäen, fragen sollen?

Rezension:
"Wisst ihr, was Sprotte schreiben würde?" Frieda verstellte die Stimme: "Tochter sucht Mann für liebeskranke, im Moment leider unzurechnungsfähige Mutter. Besuchszeiten: einen Sonntag pro Monat. Bewe…

Everybody Sees the Ants

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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Blurb:
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?
Review:
Only two hours earlier she was telling me how great I was because I could cook eggs. Now my egg-making means I'm a homicidal maniac…

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare
Blurb:
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won't let her go--especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil--and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Review:
"I don't want to be a man," said Jace. "I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on…

Die Wilden Hühner auf Klassenfahrt (Die Wilden Hühner #2)

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Die Wilden Hühner auf Klassenfahrt (Die Wilden Hühner #2) von Cornelia Funke
Zusammenfassung:
Eine Woche Klassenfahrt ans Meer! Spitzenmäßig finden das die Freundinnen Sprotte, Frieda, Melanie und Trude - alle zusammen Die Wilden Hühner genannt. Nervig sind Die Pygmäen: vier Jungs, die dauernd versuchen der Mädchenbande eins auszuwischen. Und das mit so albernem Stinkbombenjuckpulversonstwaskram. Mit dem gruseligen Gelächter nachts auf dem Flur und den rätselhaften Fußspuren im Zimmer haben die Jungs Fred, Willi, Steve und Torte diesmal allerdings nichts zu tun. Stimmt es am Ende tatsächlich, was sich die Leute vom Geist des alten Strandräubers Jap Lornsen erzählen?
Rezension:
"Oh, nichts Besonderes. Nur eine dumme Gespenstergeschichte. Von einem herumgeisternden Strandvogt." Straubmann guckte sie über den Tassenrand an. "Ausgerechnet beim Landschulheim soll er herumspuken. Ziemlich unglaubaft, nicht wahr?"
Der erste Teil der Die Wilden Hühner-Reihe hatte mich irgendwie…

Restmensch

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Restmensch von Daniel G. Spieker und Devon Wolters
Beschreibung:
Eine Kurzgeschichtensammlung mit fünf Geschichten von zwei Stimmen aus der jungen Horrorliteratur. Düstere, surreale Stimmungen mit Themen, die über die klassischen Motive hinausgehen.
Rezension:
"Du willst hier weg, oder? Wir wollen dich loswerden."
Kurzgeschichtensammlungen bewerten finde ich irgendwie sehr schwer. Besonders schwer, natürlich, wenn ich dann auch noch mit beiden daran beteiligten Autoren befreundet bin, was hier der Fall ist. Mir sei also, hoffentlich, verziehen, wenn ich mich hier grundsätzlich etwas bis sehr vage ausdrücke. Eine allfällige Inklination zu einer positiven Betrachtungsweise, hoffentlich, auch.

Slaughterhouse-Five

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Billy Pilgrim, a traumatized American POW, becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. Under their watchful gaze, he must relive his life over and over again, coming at last to some understanding of the human comedy.

Review:
I have this disease late at night sometimes, involving alcohol and the telephone. I get drunk, and I drive my wife away with a breath like mustard gas and roses. And then, speaking gravely and elegantly into the telephone, I ask the telephone operators to connect me with this friend or that one, from whom I have not heard in years.
Slaughterhouse-Five is quite the beautiful book. It is also terrible and disturbing, after all it is a book about war, but that cannot change the fact that it is inherently beautiful. It's beauty struck me at odd times, sometimes a particular sentence resonated with me, sometimes a particular imagery enchanted me, and sometimes a story-telling device amazed me. What I'm trying to say …