I got this free from a Kindle promotion months ago and didn’t get to read it until now. This was quite the strange reading experience. It started outI got this free from a Kindle promotion months ago and didn’t get to read it until now. This was quite the strange reading experience. It started out with me thinking on the lines of “Oh, I like this writing style … it flows fluidly and draws me in on the first page”. Then, a few pages later the perspective shifted and I began to get bored. Don’t get me wrong. I liked the integration of eastern medicine into the story and that it was deeper than just your normal mystery/thriller. But it did lack somehow in the execution. There were large passages quoted from a diary of a person who committed suicide, detailing his long-term illness years previously, his disappointment with western medicine and how he was eventually cured by eastern medicine. It was just a bit too much. After a while the mystery-part of the story took second row and the ending was taking on a bit of a unbelievable turn. Oh, and sometime in-between there was another shift in perspective, leaving the previous narrator far behind. I did finish it and I don’t really regret having read the book. However, it didn’t quite live up to expectations. It is advertised as a thriller. Well, this it certainly is not. Even during passages where I felt like I should be “thrilled” I was only vaguely curious. It is a nice work to point out some of the flaws in modern medicine and how alternative methods might sometimes give better results, but that is just about it. ...more
This is the third volume in Garth Nix’ series about Arthur and his adventures. Arthur has already defeated Monday and Tuesday, which brought him two oThis is the third volume in Garth Nix’ series about Arthur and his adventures. Arthur has already defeated Monday and Tuesday, which brought him two of the seven keys. Now he has to face Wednesday. Wednesday governs the large sea of the House that can even be expanded to reach into the human worlds. Arthur learns this the hard way when his hospital room is suddenly flooded. He and his friend Leaf are drawn into the world of the House, in the middle of the ocean, where they have only Arthur’s hospital bed to prevent them from drowning. But the bed won’t stay above water for long. In comparison to Nix’ other series I’ve read, the Abhorsen books, this series is aimed at a younger audience. Having read it so far, however, I think that those books belong to those that can be read and enjoyed by all ages. Nix creates a vivid world with wonderful characters. They can be funny, scary, sympathetic or just plain disagreeable. In this respect Drowned Wednesday didn’t disappoint. After having already read two books in the series that had the same basis: Arthur has to go into the House to find the ruler of the part of the House that is the current topic of the book. In this book Nix introduces a slightly varied background in this respect and I really enjoyed that. I also liked to see old characters return (especially Susi). I listened to the German audiobook read by Oliver Rohrbeck. Rohrbeck is a great narrator and gives life to those books. As such those audiobooks are highly recommendable for Germans. The only downside of the audiobook is the fact that it is an abridged production. I got the audiobook from the library, which is the only reason I listened to this abridged production (I refuse to buy any abridged audiobooks). Considering that the books aren’t that long in the first place the abridgment is probably not as severe as in other books. Not having read the books before listening to the audiobook I can’t say whether the abridgment affects important parts of the books. At least there weren’t any abrupt changes or scenes where I thought there was something missing. The books only exist as an English audiobook production, which as far as I can tell is unabridged, but not having listened to that, I can’t say anything on its quality....more
The Distant Hours is the third published book by Kate Morton and the second that I read (actually I listened to the audiobook); my first book by KateThe Distant Hours is the third published book by Kate Morton and the second that I read (actually I listened to the audiobook); my first book by Kate Morton was The Forgotten Garden.
This book follows Edie Burchill, a woman working in the publishing business who was never really close to her mother. Now she delves into her mother's past when she visits an old castle. The castle is the home of the three Blythe sisters. Edie's mother once lived for a few months when she was a young girl and befriended the youngest sister, Juniper. The book alternatingly tells the story of Edie, her mother when she was a girl and the Blythe sisters.
What seems quite straight-forward in the beginning turns out to be an intertwined, tragic story where everything is connected. A wonderful book and great narration by Caroline Lee....more