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Dino Park
 533 Seiten

Die Deutsche Version von Jurassic Park, in einer angenehmen und leicht von den 90ern angehauchten Übersetzung.

Spannend geschrieben. Insgesamt mag ich es, dass sich "die Katastrophe" mit wenigen Beteiligten auf einer kleinen Insel abspielt. Ein Thriller, der aber nicht plakativ "globaler Weltuntergang" schreien muss, um packend zu sein.

Was ich im Lesen manchmal verwechselt habe, waren die männlichen Charaktere. Hammond, Harding, Malcolm, Grant. Irgendwie alles mit "a". War aber nicht so wild, und kurz vor dem Ende hatte ich es dann fast komplett verstanden.

Ich zitiere aus dem Klappentext: "ein schaurig-faszinierender Technothriller mit Biss". Ja, stimmt schon.

↑ 2020
2019 ↓
Beren and Lúthien
 288 Seiten

Not a "one story in one book" kind of book. Rather, the chronological collection of various versions of the tale of Beren and Lúthien (first published in the Silmarillion, I think). Some chapters are prose, some in form of poems.

Brief versions: The mortal man Beren and the immortal elf-maid Lúthien cannot "just be together" (because her father does not approve) so they go on a quest to collect a Silmaril, the most precious gem in existence which just so happens to be in the possession of Morgoth, the most evil creature in existence. Drama ensues.

There are some parts which are dry. Christopher Tolkien goes into detail on the single fragments that he pieced together from his father's unpublished material, which is interesting in a way, but also sometimes it's not.

But then there are parts where I myself was surprised at how captivating a poem spanning 20+ pages can be. The tale itself is beautiful and dragged me into the realm of middle-earth again.

Der Schatten des Windes
 562 Seiten

Endlich mal wieder "einfach nur einen Roman" gelesen. Und es hat mir sehr gefallen!

Am Anfang war ich mir nicht sicher, ob die Geschichte sich nicht eher an jüngere Leser wendet, aber ich glaube das lag stellenweise nur an der Übersetzung, wo es hier und dort etwas altbacken formuliert war. Insgesamt aber auch in der Übersetzung sehr zitierfähig an so vielen Stellen! Und dann wurde es so explizit und auch heftig, dass ich mir sicher war, dass hier keine "jungen Leser" gemeint waren.

Im letzten Drittel hatte mich die Geschichte dann tatsächlich sehr gepackt und ich habe die letzten 200 Seiten in eins weggelesen.

The Buried Giant
 300 Seiten

An old couple leads a kind of miserable life and starts on a journey to find their long-lost son. It's England, a few hundred years back, and it's a kind of fantasy-ish version of England.

Well, what can I say. This was an odd read. I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

The writing was calm and slow, yet somehow with a depressing undertone. The dialogs sometimes intrigued me, sometimes annoyed me - there was a lot of back and forth. I did not understand all of the characters' development and changes.

The book left me with more questions than answers, yet somehow it felt I read something of value (sips at teacup). It made me think about peace and war, in personal manners and on the large scale. Are some things in life only good because conflicts have been forgotten or ignored? Should they be left forgotten? And more generally: Does this draw a parallel to our world? I don't know.

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
 784 Seiten

Spent a few weeks listening to the audio book. In one way to prepare for the upcoming season of the TV show, in the second way to finally continue with the original work. I had read book 1 and 4, but somehow left some gaps in between.

So, this was really good! Great characters, amazing dialog, well-crafted universe. Learned some new details here and there; the true and tragic story of Ser Jorah Mormont's lost love, just to name one.

Good to see that after years I can still get more and more invested in the story. To be honest though, I will probably never be able to remember the Targaryen family tree. Well, maybe after the next book.

Verdict: 37 hours well spent.

Everything Is Illuminated
 288 Seiten

Another one by Jonathan Safran Foer -- who writes in such a unique way, it is both a pleasure to read, but sometimes also challenging to stay fully engaged.

We follow two narrators, the young Ukrainian Alex, and our hero, the fictional (?) Jonathan Safran Foer himself, on a journey through Ukraine's countryside, trying to track down pieces from the past, from the 1940s, when terrible things happened here. Both their families somehow survived the war, and their paths seem very much entangled. The story is told by telling multiple stories at ones. From the early jewish Shtetl in the 18th century, over multiple generations of ancestors with their loves, affairs and other secrets.

The writing seems to follow a branched network of thoughts, a depth-first search through a mind map gathered over generations. Sometimes, it was hard to follow for me, but then we backtracked to a level where I could fully enjoy the story again.

Overall, I think this is another great book of his. Personally though, I would place it 3rd, after "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "Eating Animals".

↑ 2019
2018 ↓
Animal Farm
 144 Seiten

I knew the story, yet had never read the original. A clearly written text and great read.

I was surprised to find myself laughing from time to time -- at the cat who doesn't seem to grasp what's going on but actually doesn't really care; or at the pigs when they discover alcohol.

In my reading, I am always interested in "the construction of evil" or what you want to call it. Orwell apparently follows history by taking inspiration from the Russian Revolution. The plot is believable in some aspects, however it relies on the population of the farm not being smart enough to understand what's going on, while it's pretty clear for the reader right from the start. What interests me also, are other ideas of more subtle ways of turning evil. Animal Farm tells a different story though, and that's okay.

In Plüschgewittern
 221 Seiten

Ein unsympathischer Hauptcharakter, dessen Geschichte mich doch irgendwie sehr in den Bann gezogen und mitgenommen hat. Vielleicht auch, weil in Hamburg und Berlin so viele Dinge waren, zu denen ich persönlich einen Bezug habe. Von einer negativen Erfahrung in die nächste, trotz der ganzen Ekstase doch eine sehr deprimierende Erzählung. Klingt abgehoben, aber "Weltschmerz" beschreibt die Gesamtheit schon ganz gut.

Acht Berge
 272 Seiten

Ein Glücksgriff in einem der "Mängelexemplar" Läden. Wegen des hübschen Covers mitgenommen und begeistert gelesen.

Die Geschichte eines Italieners, der als Kind von seinem Vater zur Gebirgsbegeisterung gebracht wird und dort den Freund seines Lebens findet. Eine Geschichte über die Beziehung zu seinem Vater, über die Freundschaft mit einem Menschen, der ganz anders ist als man selbst und über die richtige Lebensgestaltung -- Karriere in der Welt oder Frieden in den Bergen?

Nachdenklich, manchmal traurig, verträumt und durch und durch von einer Liebe zu den Bergen getränkt -- die mich hier und dort an die norwegische Meeresliebe aus dem "Buch vom Meer" erinnerte, das ich letztes Jahr las.


Rivers Of London
 395 Seiten

After a couple of non-fiction books, I wanted to just grab a light read. Read this in a stressful time, so I didn't fully devote my attention to the story, which is why it didn't capture me completely and confused me sometimes. I laughed in parts, but yeah, can't really rate this properly, because I didn't pay attention all the time. I think this is a good story though, definitely had some captivating characters.

 880 Seiten

This book was SO CLOSE to being 5 stars and having the potential to being up there in the ranks with my all-time favorite books. This is still the case for the first 2 parts of the story, but part 3 lost me in several bits, which probably explains why reading the last 200 pages was quite a drag. I eventually really enjoyed the very last part of the book, but I somehow had to get there. Still, 4.5 stars and a strong recommendation if you are into modern sci-fi that is very much connected to our current world and society.

American Gods
 623 Seiten

Wow, what a weird again into Neil Gaiman's world that's kind of like our world, but in a weird way. This book made me want to go on a road trip through the US. Overall, I really liked it, even though somehow Gaiman's fantasy is sometimes too... unpredictable (?) for me. I like when I have a feeling for what could or could not happen in a fictional world, but with Gaiman's stories, this feeling never sets in.

 384 Seiten

Das war ein okay-gutes Buch, das viele Themen verarbeitet, die mich auch beschäftigen (was passiert mit unseren Daten, was passiert mit uns Menschen, wenn wir die Super-AI endlich haben, sowas). Manchmal hatte ich den Eindruck, Marc-Uwe Kling und ich haben vielleicht sogar die gleichen Blogposts und Bücher dazu gelesen. Insgesamt denkt er sich dann auch viele lustige Details aus, die ein Kapitel dann lustig machen. An manchen Stellen wirkte es mir aber doch zu plakativ gedacht (und teilweise geschrieben), zumindest für mich persönlich. Aber ich stecke ja auch bis zum Hals drin in der Tech-Suppe. Bin dankbar, dass es das Buch jetzt gibt, kann man super der Familie schenken. In Hardcover außerdem eine sehr schöne Ausgabe.