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Die Wilden Hühner auf Klassenfahrt (Die Wilden Hühner #1)

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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 …

2018 Recommendations: May the Reading Continue

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Another year has passed and I hope you've had a good one. Personally, a lot has happened this past year so my reading has somewhat suffered (not greatly but a little) and, thus, this year's book recommendations list is the shortest yet. That being said, there are still quite a lot of books on this list and I really hope it proves at least somewhat useful for you.
Now, before I actually get into the list I have a couple of things to say. However, since I've already said all these things last year I'm just going to copy the work I've already done (I'm lazy like that) and if you're already familiar with the format you don't have to bother reading this again (in case you're lazy like that, too). This isn't a list of all my favorites. Some of the best books I read last year won't be on this list because [insert reason here] but I'll include some books I personally didn't enjoy as much as I could have because I see some inherent value in t…

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Blurb:
Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person – no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots. 
Review:
Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches. 
I have to admit being somewhat weary before starting this book. It is such an Important™ book that, from the very beginning, I was questioning how good it was going to be (unfortunately, a lot of Important™ books simply aren't that good in my opinion) but after a professor of mine specifically talked about it for quite a while and told us about Hurston and the impact (or lack thereof) of her work I couldn't help but jump at the opportunity to pick this one up no matter how weary I was. And at first I considered myself proven wro…

Romancing the Nerd (Nerd #2)

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Romancing the Nerd (Nerd #2) by Leah Rea Miller
Blurb:
Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates–popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voila…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.
And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams.
A tuba-playing nerd with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge—dork style. Nevermind that she used to have a crush on him. Nevermind that her plan could backfire big time.
It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

Review:
I hold my crossed fingers up and interrupt him. &qu…

Die Känguru Apokryphen

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Die Känguru-Apokryphen von Marc-Uwe Kling
Zusammenfassung: 
Sensation, Sensation: Archäologen haben in einem Geheimfach in Marc-Uwes Schreibtisch neue Geschichten vom Känguru und seinem Kleinkünstler gefunden! Dies ist nicht die Fortsetzung der Fortsetzung der Fortsetzung der Känguru-Chroniken. Triologie bleibt Triologie. Aber ein anständiger Kleinkünstler hat natürlich eine Zugabe vorbereitet. 
Rezension:
"Korrekt", sage ich und kratze mich am Bart. "Das Buch soll übrigens Die Känguru-Apokryphen heissen."
"Das", sagt das Känguru, "ist ein richtiger Kacktitel."
"Vielen Dank. Deine destruktive Kritik ist immer sehr hilfreich für mich."
Wer die Känguru-Chroniken nicht kennt, der hat bisher wirklich etwas verpasst. Solltest du also die Känrugur-Chroniken gar noch nicht kennen; was machst du hier noch? Beschaff dir Zugang zu den Büchern, beziehungsweise zu den Hörbüchern, und ich wünsche viel Spass dabei, die nächsten Stunden vor lauter Lachen T…

Friends in High Places (Commissario Brunetti #9)

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Friends in High Places (Commissario Brunetti #9) by Donna Leon
Blurb:
When Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the building of his apartment years earlier, his first reaction, like any other Venetian, is to think of whom he knows who might bring pressure to bear on the relevant government department. But when the bureaucrat rings Brunetti at work, clearly scared, and is then found dead after a fall from scaffolding, something is obviously going on that has implications greater than the fate of Brunetti's apartment … 
Review:
Brunetti's best friend had often said that he wanted death to take him just at the moment he laid his last lira down on a bar and said, "Prosecco for everyone."
Well… Let's face it, this is only the second book by Donna Leon I've ever read and I haven't adhered to this series' order in the least bit but, more importantly, I don't really intend to do any of thos…

The Little Snake

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The Little Snake by A.L. Kennedy
Blurb:
This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining gold snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he sees her city change, become sadder as bombs drop and war creeps in. He sees Mary and her family leave their home, he sees her grow up and he sees her fall in love. But Lanmo knows that the day will come when he can no longer visit Mary, when his destiny will break them apart, and he wonders whether having a friend can possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.
Review:
This is almost, but not quite, the whole of the story about a remarkable, wise little girl. She was called Mary. Everything I will tell you here began when Mary went walking in her garden on one particular afternoon.
If you're ever looking for a sweet little tale in the vein of The Little Prince this is the book for you. I…

Throwback: June - November

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Oh, wow, do you remember how the last time I wrote one of these I was lamenting about having waited for too long before writing the next Throwback? Yeah, this time it's worse. But also, as you might have noticed from how sparingly I've written reviews (until this month), I was kinda busy. I have excuses. Don't judge. Anyway, I'm not going to waste more time not doing the thing I've set out to do and just get right into it:
(Before I actually get into it, though, I just want to make it clear that I'll link to the Goodreads-pages of all the books I haven't reviewed on this Blog and to the reviews on this Blog of all the books which I have written ones for.) Books: (The ones I read for university)

Witches: Exploring the Iconography of the Sorceress and Enchantress by Lorenzo Lorenzi
Quite interesting! Especially the whole Medusa-bit, I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology and I never even thought of her as such great inspiration for the later witch-myth (now it…