“Stardust” – Neil Gaiman (Book vs. Movie?)

Titel: Stardust
Autor: Neil Gaiman
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 148
Rating: 4/5 ★

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Inhalt

“Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.”
by Goodreads


Meinung

Vorweg sollte ich vielleicht erwähnen, dass ich vorbelastet bin: Ich habe den Film gefühlte 1000 Mal gesehen und liebe ihn noch immer wie beim ersten Mal! Deswegen waren meine Erwartungen auch entsprechend.
Ich fange mal von vorne an – Tristan ist tatsächlich ähnlich beschrieben wie im Film, der arme, nette Trottel, der sich in das schönste Mädchen in “Wall” verguckt hat (allerdings ist sie hier keine ordinäre Zicke wie im Film, sondern tatsächlich dem Tristan zumindest manchmal überlegen).

Wer den Film gesehen hat und sich die gleiche Handlung erhofft, wird natürlich enttäuscht sein. Warum schreibe ich natürlich? Mir hätte von Anfang an klar sein sollen, dass der Film natürlich nur eine Adaption ist, wobei ich ihn sogar plottechnisch weiterentwickelter finde als das Buch *hastig-in-Deckung-geh*.

Normalerweise bin ich diejenige, die jede Buchverfilmung verdammt, denn ein Film kann nie an die Bücher heranreichen (Außer bei Stephenie Meyers “Seelen”. Den fand ich bei Weitem besser als das Buch.). Es gibt natürlich Ausnahmen und dazu zählt Stardust.

Während es Buchs (ein altes, abgegriffenes Exemplar mit vergilbten Seiten, das mir ein Kommilitone geliehen hat – himmlisch. Ich liebe zerlesene Bücher! – keine Ironie!) hab ich mir mehr Tiefe gewünscht, Tiefe im Sinne von Gefühlen. Alles wurde erzählt wie ein Märchen, dabei kommt man den Figuren nur so nah wie es im Märchen von Aschenputtel, den zertanzten Schuhen oder eben Rotkäppchen eben möglich ist. Man bleibt ein wenig außen vor.

Aber vielleicht ist gerade das die Besonderheit – es ist ja ein Märchen, ein Märchen erzählt über einen jungen Mann, der auszog seiner Angebeteten den vom Himmel gefallenden Stern zu holen. Wenn das nicht märchenhaft klingt, dann weiß ich auch nicht.

Sich diesen “Klassiker” mal durchzulesen kann ich jedem nur empfehlen.
Auch wenn mir der Film mit mehr Wendungen und Abenteuern ein wenig besser gefallen hat. (Haut mich doch.)

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One-Sentence-Review of “Spook”-Series

I thought about doing something Quick&Different for my 100th blog post (… Wow. 100. I never have imagined that I would write that much) – so here you go! 😉

I’ve read the last seven books of the Spooks-Series and finally finished it! Because I didn’t want to write a #QuickTip anymore, I’ll do it this way.
Enjoy!

#1


“I don’t know why I’m reading this – I can’t even watch a Horror Movie without hiding under my blanket.”

#2


“Yap, still here and I know that Tom Ward with his 13 years is so much braver than I’d ever be.”

#3


“That’s the point where I’ve lost any sanity and read until 3 am.”

#4


“Witches aren’t nice and if they want to bring the evil itself into the world – sh*#§ gonna go down!”

#5


“Glad to meet you, Spook Bill Arkwright, If I’d be a witch (or as Tom your apprentice) I would literally wet my pants.”

#6

“Everyone always knew that Tom’s Mum was special – guess what, THAT what’s coming you didn’t imagine in your wildest dreams!”

#7


“We always knew that Tom’s best friend Alice’s relatives are dangerous, Bony Lizzie is one of them…”

#8


“Never offend a powerful witch, because there is more to the world than Demons and Witches – old gods for example.”

#9


“I LOVE IT!!!!!! Because a ruthless witch assasine is awesome!”

#BESTBOOK

#10


“… Look at the picture and you’ll get it.”

#11

“The book you can’t decide if it’s bad or not – it has Grimalkin in it but nothing to do with the actual storyline.”

#12

“The book where you think that Alice is pretty bad ass – but you knew this already!”

#13

*** SPOILER WARNING ***

“The book where you hate Joseph Delaney for ruining pretty much everything. EVERYTHING. … Oh, another sentence is needed: Suddenly, Book 11 makes sense.”

That’s it, I hope you enjoyed it
(it is much harder than I thought to pick just one sentence without spoiling anything)

Now get your butt up and check your library! You definitively need to read these books!

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“Shadow of Night” (All Souls #2) – Deborah Harkness

I’ve started this series days before my vacation in Rome and even exploring an ancient city couldn’t get me away from continuing with the second book.

Title: “Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
ReleasedJuly 10th 2012
Pages: 584 (Thank you!)
Rating: 4/5 ★

What happens?

If you haven’t read the first book and want to avoid spoilers just read my Opinion (…or better not. I couldn’t prevent myself from SPOILiNG) or switch to “A Discovery Of Witches”.

“Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library,she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…”


Opinion

Yes. Time travel? You got me!
No, seriously, the first book was an interesting journey through the dusty world of books (Diana Bishop is in love with her job) into the world of Witchcraft, Demons and hot Vampires (okay not hot HOT, but he’s kind of cute). The second book is now more focused on strengthening the plot & characters.
Veeeery good.

Diana and Matthew are now officially a couple and there isn’t anything worse than that (for the law keeping part). In order to get some time (ha.ha.) to think and to learn how to control a) her powers (Diana is some super-witch) b) Matthew (or Diana. Sometimes they don’t get that you can’t control everything!) and c) more enemies in the past (like the guy who wrote the first Faustus. He’s in love with Matthew. But Matthew is in love with Diana. Sooo…. yap. Problems, people!) they travel back to the Elizabethan Times. (Remember: No showers, no baths, no real teethbrushs and and and ….)
I liked the second book … I might’ve enjoyed it even more than the first one because I finally gave in and admitted to myself that I like it. Damn it. I thought my Vampire-phase was over.

You can see the characters grow and become bigger (or more bad) and surer in what they’re doing (I mean Diana.). In the first book she was stumbling more or less around, didn’t really know how to handle everything (but she did it quite well) and she is now facing more secrets, more magic and more totally crazy people who want her for her power or her connection to one of the mighty “Clairmonts” (Matthew in this case).

(You know what’s awesome? Time travel enables you to meet people who are long dead. Like Matthews father. Or his sister (not so good) or … Just Read it okay?)

There will be secrets (again) and occasionally you’ll be reminded of the twilight-series but I can say that proudly: It’s so much better!

Go and read the first (If you haven’t already) and second book and enjoy yourself.

Please, feel free to leave comments of any sort ! 😉

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Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis

5/5 ★
(English Review below)

… man beachte die ästhetische schwarze Heizung, unten links.

Ja, ich sitze gerade auf der Heizung in der Uni und zwar nur mit Socken. Meine Stiefel sind  so ‘n Thermo-Mist und irgendwie werden meine Füße immer zu Eiszapfen statt warm zu bleiben. Also – Schuhe aus, sich auf die Heizung setzen und den komisch guckenden Kommilitonen höflich winken (Nein, quatsch, dafür war ich die letzte Stunde zu beschäftigt das Buch fertig zu lesen.)

Da ich diesen wundervollen Doppelband geliehen bekommen habe, durfte ich gleich Band I und Band II lesen. Hier geht es aber erstmal nur um Teil I (Mir fehlen noch mickrige 30 Seiten von Teil II).

Dieses Buch wurde erstmals am 1. Januar 1988 publiziert (also diese Version, die ich in der Hand halte), die englische Ausgabe erblickte schon 1979 das Licht der Welt.
Seiten: 431  / 1.Teil:  208
Preis: 7,95 €
… Das ist eines dieser Bücher, wo ich genug Zitate für ein ganzes Jahr finden kann. Es ist fantastisch und überraschend witzig. Aber erstmal langsam. Platzieren wir doch erstmal strategisch klug eine Inhaltsangabe des 1. Teils.

Was passiert?

“Für Arthur Dent ist es ein ganz normaler Donnerstag, bis sein Haus von Planierraupen niedergewalzt wird. Kurz darauf wird allerdings auch die gesamte Erde von einem vogonischen Bautrupp plattgemacht, weil sie einer Hyperraum-Umgehungsstraße weichen muss. Aber da hat sich Arthurs bester Freund (Ford Prefect) schon längst als Alien entpuppt, und sie sausen durchs Weltall mit nichts als ihren Badetüchern und einem harmlos wirkenden Buch, auf dem in großen, freundlichen Buchstaben »KEINE PANIK« steht. Und dabei hat das Wochenende gerade erst angefangen…” (sagt amazon.de) (Die englische Zusammenfassung (siehe unten) ist sehr viel besser!)

Meinung

Zuerst einmal ist es wirklich schwierig, das was passiert zusammen zu fassen. Da ich kläglich daran gescheitert bin, habe ich diese eher knackig-kurze Inhalts-schmackhaftmachende Klappentext-Version von amazon genommen.
Die Erde wurde zerstört und das nur weil ein paar strunzblöde Vogone meinten,da müsste eine Umgehungsstraße hin. Dass sein Freund Ford Prefect ihn (Arthur Dent) gerade noch vor dieser unausstehlichen Lebensform retten kann, grenzt an ein Wunder. … Aber ich könnte versuchen, so viel wie möglich über die Geschichte hier aufzuschreiben, aber das ganze wirklich fassen, könnte es nie.
Dieses Buch ist ein Meisterwerk. Ich bin fassungslos, dass ich es nicht schon vorher gelesen habe. Es ist so wahnsinnig witzig (Betonung liegt auf wahnsinnig!) und die ganze Geschichte dreht und wendet sich jedes Mal aufs Neuerliche in eine unglaublich unwahrscheinliche Richtung (Achtung! Unwahrscheinlichkeit ist ein hoher Bestandteil dieser Geschichte).
Ich könnte jetzt anfangen, Marvin, den manisch-depressiven Roboter, zu zitieren, der ein geniales Statement nach dem anderen raushaut, aber das könnte eigentlich auf fast jede Figur zutreffen. All die Charaktere, die wir im ersten Band kennen lernen, faszinieren von Anfang an und ich war überrascht, als er plötzlich schon vorbei war. Mickrige 200 Seiten hat man so schnell weg inhaliert, so schnell kann man nicht mal  “Vogonische Poesie ist schrecklich!” sagen!
Wie man das kurieren kann? Direkt weiterlesen. (Sicherheitshalber habe ich mir eine gebrauchte Version von den 5 Bänden in Einem gekauft, damit mir der Lesestoff nicht ausgeht). Das Einzige Furchtbare was ich entdecken konnte: Weit und breit gibt es nichts, was ich furchtbar fand!
(Abgesehen davon, dass der Autor ja leider verstorben ist und das keine weiteren Geschichten bedeutet. Aber es warten ja noch drei Bände auf mich!)
Viel geschwafelt, nichts gesagt: Eine absolut klare Leseempfehlung, wenn nicht sogar Pflicht. Das ist ein Klassiker, der einen vom Hocker haut. Krasser als der Pangalaktischer Donnergurgler!
 (Wie schafft es ein Buch so witzig und gleichzeitig erstaunlich philosophisch zu sein?)

I think, I just found my own personal bible in the Genre of Science-Fiction. It’s amazing!

Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams (the one and only)
Pages: 216
Price: 6,10 €

A little summary

“Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!”

Opinion


I. Love. It. 
This book is so hilariously funny I couldn’t put it down even for a second. This story is so new (I know, it was originally published in 1979) but I promise you,you’ll never read something as strange and funny and deep as this!(and it manages to be funny, deep, strange all AT ONCE?!) I don’t know how I could put my excitement in words. This book’s characters are so individually awesome and the storyline is always turning around (I promise you that, too) and if you are open for a little bit of craziness and a lot of fun – read this Sci-Fi-Bible* and you’ll be struck with pure Awesomeness. (Okay, I’m just going to talk about how awesome the book is and not really going to name why… that isn’t fair. So, here we go).

  1. Reason to like it:The point of view is constantly switching between the some of the characters and some of the random things that seem to happen in the universe (you’ll be in the head of a suddenly created whale that has some thoughts before he’s going to collide with the ground)
  2. Zaphod Beeblebrox. He’s the powerless president of the Galaxy and the craziest person you’ll ever meet. I don’t even know if he’s human (He has two heads and three arms and an ego bigger than the Empire State Building!)
  3. Marvin. I love him, too. I shouldn’t because he’s a chronically depressed robot who always seems to NOT-enjoy himself at all. No matter what happens he’s depressed and say’s things you want to quote because they are true AND funny.
  4. 42. That’s the answer to everything. The only problem is no one knows what the questions is. (Totally out of context, but there was a Computer built called “Deep Thought” which calculated about a … billion years (?) to get the answer of everything straight. Too bad, that no one seems to know THE question (but all the hope is laying on Arthur Dent’s shoulders. Poor him.)What are you waiting for? I won’t give you a cookie unless you’ve read this masterpiece! 😉

    *I don’t want to offend any religion, just to be clear

“Under Different Stars” (Kricket Series #1) by Amy A. Bartol

4/5 ★

Arrrghhh!! This is one of my all-time-favourites! I’ve read this book last year in May or so and I was just blown away by it. (And yes, I’m sure it’s a fantastic book because even my critical best friend said it was awesome)
Because I’ll try to participate in the “Waiting on Wednesday”-event (hosted by Jill on her blog breakingthespine) and I wanted to present the upcoming sequel: I thought I should first show everyone this fabulous beginning of a very, very, very good story!

Title: Under Different Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 317
Price: 11,99 € (3,49€ Kindle)
Published: 19th 2013

 

Story

 (this Summary is taken from A. Bartol’s homepage/blog)

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

 Opinion

Kricket is one of my most favourite main characters because she is neither boring nor slow on the uptake and knows, how to protect herself (sneeky one). While she tries to adapt very quickly to the really unusual situation, she’s still funny and speaks her mind (and thank God, she is actually someone who hasn’t got any thoughts like “I am getting attacked. Oh. Maybe I should wait ’til someone rescues me”)
Yes, okay, there is some romance going on and yes, she is still a teenie and has feeling as one. But please, if I read a YA-novel I expect a little romance and some interesting male characters. I’ll admit it.
This book is a real page-turner and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of it. (Imagine my desperation as I found out that the sequel was coming out in 2015.)

At first, it was really hard for me to figure out which of the really funny guys I like best and if that’s the only thing I struggle with, this book has to be good!
One minor point that really annoyed me is the fact that Kricket seem to be the ideal girl and every guy in the area would love to tear her clothes apart at once. Okay, it’s cool if there are some guys who like her but … kind of everyone?? What is it? Has she some magic “Hey-I’m-sexy-please-drool-over-me”-perfume? She handles the situation(s) but this ongoing “You’re-the-hottest-chick-I’ve-ever-seen” is … a little bit sexist… aaaand there is this point in the story where I wonder why she can’t use her legs but has to be carried everywhere (I think that should’ve been romantic but it was more confusing. She wasn’t harmed or anything, so why should she be carried?)

So, go on and read this book so you can be ready for the upcoming sequel!

Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush

3.5/5★

Hallelujah! Guess who is becoming a bad ass heroine? Ops, that was a little too fast. Let’s start at the beginning. The first book, Altered, was quite pleasing but you constantly had to fight the urge to beg Anna, the main character, to use her brain. Or her legs and arms in terms of self-defence.

Summary

They fought the Branch and now they’re on the run. All of them (Anna, Sam, Cas and Nick) are experiencing memory flashbacks*. Anna’s mind is beginning to show her images, blurry visions or conversations with people, she doesn’t recognise from the old life that was erased by the Branch. There is something more hidden deep inside of her head but she’s just starting to figure out what this could be.
Suddenly, the group becomes aware of a young woman running around town asking for someone called Anna. Turns out Anna’s presumed dead older sister Dani isn’t very dead at all. But before they can find her and contact her, the Branch (of course. Pf.) interferes and captures her.
Anna is determined to rescue her sister and with the help of Trev they can free Dani – and some other boys who were kept imprisoned. But Anna and Sam discover something terrible – these boys, after being thankful for their rescue, turn into blank faced fighting machines.
Anna has more and more memory flashbacks* and she feels as Dani is hiding something from her (as is Sam … and Nick … kind of everyone, except Cas). But blood is thicker than water, right?
*memory flashback; caused by the withdrawal of the memory-erasing/memory-suppressing drugs, side effects: (very much) fainting, staring blankly and getting more and more incommunicative

Opinion

This book was as well written and easy to read as the first one, but I was more enthusiastic about the story because Anna wasn’t a whiny, tiring and foolish character. She puzzles all the pieces together – way quicker than in the first novel (what took her forever). She is getting to know Nick better (what I really, really like because he was my secret favourite) and begins to question everything. Of course, she makes mistakes but this time they are understandable and absolutely human enough to be excused.
Her doing is bringing the story ahead. At one point, I can’t really name it, I began to wonder who Anna has become. She changed so completely you might have also just put a new character in the story in exchange for Anna. Yes, characters should evolve but she … changed nearly completely into another person (okay, the circumstances weren’t that great, she had to adapt I guess).
The ending was .. abrupt and a clean (bloody) cut. If you didn’t know there was a third book you would’ve thought this is it. The series is complete! (The third book is called “Reborn” and I’ll read it as well)

I would totally recommend the second book if you’ve read the first one, but there were too many discrepancies to give this book more than 7 stars.
However, you totally have fun reading this story! It was kind of like a nice snack in the end.

Altered #1 – by Jennifer Rush

3.5/5 ★

This book was a hard one. I’m so glad that Anna, the female protagonist, could turn the corner because I really wanted to like this book.

Summary

Anna lives with her Dad together (Mummy is dead) and works with him on scientific stuff. The creepy thing is that they nurture four boys, who are all living for about 5 years in their basement.
The mysterious Sam, Trev the calm one, the always hungry Cas (very high identification level!) and the grumpy Nick. While Anna gets along well with everyone, she is always scared by the furious Nick who obviously thinks that being held in a glass prison for 5 years isn’t that great, while Anna and her father are taking bloodsamples and testing their abilities.
(Anna always wonders why he hates her so much. Ehm, excuse me? Would you naturally become best buddies with your prison guard?)
Nevertheless she manages to be best friends with Trev and to bake herself into Cas’ heart (Chocolate Chip Cookies? Seriously?).
Of course, Anna is always asking herself what all these tests are for but her father won’t give her the answers and so she …. what? You thought she tries to find out the truth? No way, she’s just like “oh okay. Nevermind. Poor boys. Anna and her Dad are working for the “Branch” and sometimes this “Branch-guy” Connor visits. Or Riley. There are two guys but seem to me as one person being multiplied. Oh, and she’s in love with Sam, obviously.
After Sams managing a brilliant escape, Anna’s Dad begged them to take her with them because she would be punished as well for the outbreak.

Opinion

The first thing I have to say: Anna is freakin’ dumb sometimes. She can’t help it, I think.
Wait, I’ve saved the quote… Where is it? Ah, here:
(Situation: They have to steal a car to save their lives!) … and Anna is like:

“I just … I don’t know if I’m comfortable with all this.”
He gave me a look. “Now is not the time for your morality to make an appearance.” (Trev)

Her life is threatened by some Branch agents and all she can think about is …. I have no idea what she’s thinking. Maybe she wanted to run all the way to Lancaster (where they were headed) because she is totally working out every day in the lab?
That was the first time I rolled my eyes but nevermind, I still had hope. (This hope died soon enough but we’ll come to that later).
Okay, this story between Sam and Anna is interesting but I’m more interested in the question if Anna will become a bad ass in the near future, because this whiny and confused-acting girl isn’t made to be a main character in the story!
While Cas saves the story with his hilarious jokes and his steady hunger for any food, I hope, that something might accidentally kill Anna. No, just kidding.

In the beginning Anna mentioned that she had some combat lessons, so I had some hope she could defend herself. The funny thing is, while she totally failed the first few times … out of nowhere (the last 50 pages maybe) she was all hero-bad-ass-like. I haven’t seen that coming because it was really happening without a plausible reason!

However, I have complained enough. The story lives (thankfully) with the boys (she calls them “boys”. They are grown man with manipulated genes but nevermind. Boys fits just fine). The characters are authentic and funny (Cas, will you marry me?) and the style of writing is good as well.
There are enough suprising turns or new information introduced to the characters but while Anna is too dumb to figure at least something out on her own, Sam has to do all the work while she’s gaping at him to keep the reader interested.

Eventually, I’ll read the next two books, because Anna got herself together and I want to read some more about Cas, Nick and Trev. (Especially Cas … and the grumpy Nick. I might be the only one who like him … maybe because he’s is the only one giving everyone a hard time AND staying interesting. A very difficult combination if you think about it!)

Just, so that you have an example, here is how Cas works (constantly thinking of pizza and icecream. I love this guy!)

“We’re free!”
Nick sayin’ something grumpy!
“Awesome.” Cas rubbed his hands together. “Anyone have some marshmallows?”

Sure, I do.

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