I didn't always agree, but a lot of Hawaiian Eric Hansen's insights into our society and culture were quite astounding, and absolutely amusing.
For ins...moreI didn't always agree, but a lot of Hawaiian Eric Hansen's insights into our society and culture were quite astounding, and absolutely amusing.
For instance: There is an unspoken rule which forbids us to like Kitsch. Thus people tend to apologize for liking a Hollowood romance or a book which is considered to be to kitschy or not deep enough by assuring that they normally prefer a different genre, or by mentioning that the movie had been astonishingly entertaining although it contained an inacceptable amount of Kitsch. This apology or confession works like an absolution. On the other hand almost every single Pilcher short-story has been turned in to a German TV-Movie, Winnetou is still alive and kicking and weekly novels celebrating everlasting love between doctors and nurses sell like sweetbread at the filling stations and supermarkets.(less)
How much human tissue do you need to be still human? In my opinion this is a truly great young adult science fiction book. California sometime in the n...moreHow much human tissue do you need to be still human? In my opinion this is a truly great young adult science fiction book. California sometime in the near future. Jenna Fox awakes from a coma. Her memory of her own past is triggered by a lot of video discs - and has been uploaded into the billions of her new microcells in the bio gel of which her body now illegally consists; thanks to her parents who are big fishes in the medical industry. Laws state that at least 50% of the original brain have to be preserved. With the old memories a lot of questions surface to Jenna's excellently working mind. Is Jenna really Jenna even if her brain weighs only a few ounces or is she something new, something less human? How much did her parents meddle with her mind? They "improved" some bodily functions. Is that really all? Will her grandmother accept her someday? The novel does not give easy answers. It it written from Jenna's point of view. But it gives hope and a lot of anchors to start thinking.(less)
**spoiler alert** Rachel Morgan's very first kick-ass-adventure is a must for fans of course. The novella covers about a quarter of the pages and is s...more**spoiler alert** Rachel Morgan's very first kick-ass-adventure is a must for fans of course. The novella covers about a quarter of the pages and is set in Rachel's pre-IS-time. Still frail from the Rosewood-Syndrome symptoms, 18-year-old, fresh-from-school Rachel is determined to enter the Inderland Security instead of completing her earthwitch studies at the university of her brother's choice. Rachel raises a cute 150-year-old ghost from purgatory and helps him to kick some vampire ass. Ms Harrison managed to make Rachel be Rachel - yet depicts her believably younger, less self-secure, less experienced. 4 Stars! The second story "Run, Run Rudolph" by Lyndsay Sands is rather a romance story with a supernatural twist. A crazy scientist zaps the heroine with a machine that turns her into a shape-shifter and tries to hunt her down for scientific experiments. The flight which involves a lot of shape-shifting and groping gets her nearer to the man of her dreams. To much chick-lit. Not quite my cup of tea. 2 Stars. The third one, "Six" by Marjorie M. Liu, brings together a tough martial-arts-trained Chinese secret agent searching for terrorists and a necromancer hunting vampires in Shanghai. It was fun, thrilling, with a touch of heart and a touch of sci-fi - I liked it. 4 Stars. The last, "The Harvest", written by Vicki Petterson follows Zoe, human-turned Agent of Light, as she tries to hide her new-born granddaughter from the Agents of Shadows. I did not finish this and will cancel books by this author from my wish list. Did not hook my attention.(less)
Fred the mermaid is always so much fun! Forget the rather ordinary vampire queen created by the same author. Grumpiest mermaid ever and marine biologi...moreFred the mermaid is always so much fun! Forget the rather ordinary vampire queen created by the same author. Grumpiest mermaid ever and marine biologist Dr. Frederika Brimm, her metrosexual best friend Jonas, her hippy parents, the Undersea Folk including hunky Prince Artur and his SciFi-loving dad the king entertain me to no end. Sadly this third part in the series is the last.(less)
Succubus Georgiana has surprisingly high morals for a creature working for hell. She is very likable and sassy. In addition the story takes place in a...moreSuccubus Georgiana has surprisingly high morals for a creature working for hell. She is very likable and sassy. In addition the story takes place in a bookstore. Bookstore and library novels get a plus in my opinion anyhow. I will read the next volumes but I don't need to rush out and buy them at once. I am still debating with my self, if this book will be a keeper or not.(less)
The beginning was so good ... and so promising. I fell in love with the story right away. Later on I even got emotional and had a cry, which I seldom...moreThe beginning was so good ... and so promising. I fell in love with the story right away. Later on I even got emotional and had a cry, which I seldom do when reading a book. I could relate to the sisters disliking each other in childhood and coming to grow to love each other when meeting as adults. The end was too soapy and pink-rimmed, though. It damped my enthusiasm to read another book of this author somewhat. Do not misunderstand: I like happy endings a lot more than bad or pessimistic ones. But this was over the top. I cannot say when it actually toppled over the brim.(less)
Finished for the first time on November 28th 2008.
Three aces (and five stars or more)!
Small-town Ohio. Sixteen-year-old Hallie Palmer, poker pro and...moreFinished for the first time on November 28th 2008.
Three aces (and five stars or more)!
Small-town Ohio. Sixteen-year-old Hallie Palmer, poker pro and high-school-drop-out escapes her life as the second child of eight in a christian family as she accepts a position as a live-in "yard-person" in the unconventional Stockton household, which consists of Judge Stockton, who - in the last stages of Alzheimer's - is being cared for by his wife Olivia, an eccentric activist, atheist and successful writer of magazine pornography, his son Bernard, antique dealer, Bernhard's husband Gil, stage director at the local theater ... and Rocky, an alcoholic chimpanzee who is devoted to cocktail-mixing and the catholic church.
The coming-of-age-novel passes about a year of Hallie's life. During this time Hallie becomes a valued member of the household, sheds her image as the town's teenage delinquent, repairs the relationship with her parents and learns a lot about friendship, trust, love, life and tolerance and almost as much about culture, history, gardening, cooking, etiquette and religion.
Even if one (like me) does not share Ms. Olivia's belief of a godless universe, the warmth of the displayed relationships, the quirky characters, the comic situations, the puns and the misunderstandings cannot fail to touch and entertain.
I really love this book and have added the following two volumes to my Christmas wish-list.(less)
Nice story but ... there is almost none left if you take away all the sex. I was looking forward to a romantic Christmas story (Miss Scrooge meets chi...moreNice story but ... there is almost none left if you take away all the sex. I was looking forward to a romantic Christmas story (Miss Scrooge meets childhood sweetheart on Christmas) and was pretty contented after reading the first chapter. However from the second chapter onwards it was a string of flash-backs to former sex encounters of hero and heroine in their teens mixed with new ones (across the hedge, in the car, in the penthouse, in the store ... I don't remember anymore). The characters are likable, but the most important thing you learn about them is that their bodies are lusted after by their counterparts in a fatalistic way. Not enough for me.(less)
Cinnamon, wards and blood Wow ... I like it immensely. I don't know how Mrs. McKinley managed to describe Constantine as ugly, non-talkative, definitel...moreCinnamon, wards and blood Wow ... I like it immensely. I don't know how Mrs. McKinley managed to describe Constantine as ugly, non-talkative, definitely non-human and yet made him attractive to the reader and the heroine. In addition the world unfolds slowly but beautifully: A nowadays USA, but after the so-called "Voodoo Wars" between humans and "others" which reduced both the population and the available living space. Keep sweets at hand: The constant talk of rolls, muffins, apple pies and "Dark Chocolate Death" makes your mouth water. This is a keeper!(less)