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I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)

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Der Himmel kennt keine Günstlinge (Taschenbuch)
Erich Maria Remarque
Trek Science - mit Warpgeschwindigkeit in die Zukunft? (German Edition)
Inga Nielsen, Stefan Thiesen

Wow. And not in a positive way.

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

This felt way longer than the page count warrants.


The voice of the first person narrator is dry and fraught with many boring details about being a butler and the job of a butler - I profession I never really felt much interest in...

The picture his narration paints is that of an unintelligent, emotionally stunted, stubborn and overly ambitious person. And the ambition is to be the perfect butler.


The protagonist is one of the most unlikable persons I ever encountered in books.

He is not evil or bad. Just not very smart, not very nice, no higher morals, just his stubborn loyalty towards his lord.


An example: his employer is politically active in the 1930ies in the so-called appeasement politics to an extent where he socializes with British fascists. One consequence is that he orders Stevens (the protag) to fire all Jewish employees in the household. Stevens does it. Without any kind of resistance or even a lot of consideration. 


This was much much worse than Downton Abbey, where the maids and servants at least are portrayed as human beings.


I have no clue how realistic this is, but it was boring and aggravating to read. Not sure if that was the intention of the book.


I can see no reason whatsoever why Miss Kenton would ever be in any way romantically interested in Stevens. Unless it was his "position" in the household. He was cold and insensitive, he ridiculed her and was emotionally unavailable.

Until he suddenly decided to travel to her and expect - what exactly?


This really left me confused - it is supposedly a good book, the author just won the Nobel prize. 


But this was really not a great book. It didn't move me at all.

A wasted life - but not because of being a servant, but a deeply annoying and unlikeable person.

Space adventure

Heart of Vengeance (Vigilante) (Volume 1) - Glynn Stewart, Terry Mixon

Great read - no romance or too much character story, just flat out space battles and intrigues and all that.


It was very enjoyable and I read it nearly in one go.



Very satisfying conclusion of the trilogy

Heaven's Queen - Rachel Bach

I really really enjoyed this.


I loved the very original universe-building, the Alien races, the conflict and also the unravelling of all those hints from the first two books.


I loved the development of the female protag - loved also what happened with Rupert over the cause over the whole three books.


She was strong, but not perfect. And she was aware of herself, of her strengths and her weaknesses. She always did her best - I really liked that.

DNF after 13%

Shadow Worlds: A Space Fantasy Adventure (Shadow Corps Book 2) - Justin Sloan

Way too much teenage stuff.


Very immature magic teenager up to save the universe, has enough time to have a crush on the boy on the resistance force with her, be jealous because he is with some other girl, is totally immersed in how much more attractive the other warrior woman is when she is drawn into a special force unit to save the universe.


So bad.


I read an article in the Guardian about a book Tom Hanks wrote. It was a quite critical article with some reflection on why many male authors, directors, writers, journalists cannot portray women with any depth.

Unfortunately there is some truth in that.

Anyone who is in a dire situation, life and death all around, survival is the goal, and she is only concerned with "does he like me" and "she is way prettier than me"?


I am out of that.

I am a bit bewildered...

Scorched Shadows - Steve McHugh

It seems to be "Disappointed with series I used to love" month.


I waited for this for some time, immediately got it after it was published and started reading. And stopped reading after 10 minutes.


Tried again. Stopped again.


I was bored. As simple as that.


Life is too short for boring books. There are too many great ones out there.

Not too bad, but a bit boring.

Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year Book 3) - Kaje Harper

It felt short and inconsequential.


It was more of the same, no new personal development, just a wedding.


It was an ok read, but not something that engaged me in any way.

I mostly enjoyed this...

Master of Magic - Angela Knight

The first half was really strong.

I liked the heroine a lot! She was reasonable, strong, but also pragmatic and not too proud.


So that really went off to a strong book within the Mageverse - but then it unfortunately all came tumbling down with very unnecessary insta-love with family planning basically 5 days after meeting for the first time.


I really really disliked this rushed HEA - it ruined the characters and most of the story for me.


So I deduct a full star for the last third of this book, because it sucked. Hard.

Good fun and adventure and drama BUT

And the Rest is History - Jodi Taylor

The author pulled the same trick again.


Leon was killed again. I actually had a suspicion from the beginning that it would turn out as a fake again, but thought Naw, she won't do that twice. But yes, she did.

(show spoiler)


Also I really didn't understand the direction the story took with Matthew. This made Max look really really bad. The way she felt, or rather the lack of emotion towards him that she exudes, and also the way she handled it.

I also disliked that Max was told by everyone how she was the heart and soul of everything St. Mary's. That felt a bit like a Mary Sue moment - and no amount of self-deprecation ("look at my fat thighs and how unathletic I am") counters the devotion and admiration that seems to come out of thin air. That's the problem with the first person narrator - there is basically no elegant way to tell how great the person is. It will always sound stupid or narcissistic...


As always there was a lot of banter and also dry humour.


Well, it was a good read, but it could have been better. Maybe it is time to have a different person as the protag?


Found it a bit confusing

An Unsuitable Heir - K.J. Charles

I started reading this and wasn't really into it. The story and the characters didn't really catch my interest.



A little meh.

Cover Up: A Skin Deep, Inc Novel (Skin Deep Inc.) - L.A. Witt

This is the third one about the boys in the tattoo parlour and the military guys the hook up with.


And it feels very repetitive. The same scheme of "we're just having fun, nothing serious" and then it evolves into a real relationship and both are surprised, but one has a bit of a crisis, little drama, easily resolved, all good.


And it had too much sex - it took just too much space up in the story.


It was an ok read, but in combination especially with Jon's story, it felt like a cheap copy of the same mold...

DNF after 15%

Kings of the Wyld (The Band) - Nicholas Eames

I had this on my wishlist forever. 

Then the price was reduced and I bought it.


And it just couldn't hold my interest.

It sounded so good in theory.


But I was bored with it from the start.

Very "fantastic"

Der Schaum der Tage - Boris Vian, Antje Pehnt

This was supposed to be about love.


But it was actually an absurd book, sad and also simplifying.

It was well written, the language was beautiful, the characters more like sketches of ideas than real people, but I assume that was deliberate.


I didn't really enjoy it.


It also reduces love to infatuation. It doesn't capture what I would call love at all.


Sins of the Heart - Eve Silver

This had a 90ies/00ies fantasy bad ass superhuman alpha males feel to it.


It reminded me of a lot of those typical PNR books from that era.

Hm, not sure about that one.

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic - Meghan Ciana Doidge

The female lead is a bit of TSTL. And also a Mary Sue. Everyone wants her, bla bla...


The world-building was not so bad, but the strange (and for PNR or UF strangely poly) lust/crush/infatuation stuff going on didn't help.



I have to give 5 stars

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson

It made me laugh out loud.

So much so that I read out loud some parts to my husband.


It was hilarious. 

And sad.

And interesting.

And unbelievable.


A very good read.

Great fantasy story

Hope and Red (The Empire of Storms) - Jon Skovron

Only little niggle: feels a bit simple.


But it is fast paced, interesting world-building and a good set of main and side characters.


Made for a great read.