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Haunted HouseHaunted House by Jack Kilborn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short, nice and entertaining read.
Nothing special though – characters remain cliché (if you have not read the other novels of Killborn or Konrath) and the plot is good enough for a raised eyebrow.

But I´ve read it while I was sick, so I couldn´t handle anything more ambitious anyway.

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The BeguiledThe Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quite entertaining book which was recommended by Stephen King in Danse Macabre. There are some nice quotes and ideas, but I never got in the vibe…
But this could be just me, for I have expected something completely different.

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Echt zauberhaft (Discworld, #17)Echt zauberhaft by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another Pratchett, another solid book.
Again, a huge load of awesome quotes and nice ideas, but a bit weaker than the last books of the wizard series.

But, it´s a really nice view on politics and civilization as a whole.

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Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)Eric by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an awesome short read full of neat ideas and quotes. Too short for deep characters, but pretty funny and enjoyable. Highly recommended!

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Der IdiotDer Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mh, what to say about this book.
Year after year I try to wrap my brain around russian literature and I fail again and again.
I really like Dostojewski, and I worship his pretension to cover all issues from love to
jealousy to death wish, suicide, religion, moral and politics.

But damn those russians are hard to love.
So many names and nicknames and often 3 names for the same person is just a pain in the ass.

Nevertheless I reccomend this novel, even if you don´t understand the whole spidernet of characters. There are ideas worth of rethinking and quotes to remember.
So all in all, it´s the best lead-in to russian literature, you can get, probably.

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Doomed (Damned, #2)Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

„´Verflucht´ is the continuation of Chuck Palahniuks ´Verdammt´. In comparison it´s noticeably worse, but there still is a shitload of memorable quotes and nice ideas. The end remains open. It is kind of confusing and seems forced, but I guess it´s enough to get you hooked for a third part. all in all: weak for Palahniuk, but still pretty solid concerning todays popular literature.“

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Damned (Damned, #1)Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Naww Palahniuk. I’m pretty sure you hate or love him. I’ve read some of his novels before and really loved them. Damned (1) is full of awesome quotes and references to popular culture, history and literature. There are some annoying repetitions and longueurs, and you get a good feeling of the unnerving thoughts of a 12 year old kid. Nevertheless it’s a short and entertaining read full of cynicsm and social criticism. Hell, I’m looking forward to part 2.

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In Schlucken-zwei-SpechteIn Schlucken-zwei-Spechte by Harry Rowohlt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really really like the concept of this biography. Rowohlt is as human as possible for someone, who doesn’t like his conspecifics. This book not only covers Rowohlts personal life, it also provides a wide insight to Germanys post-war culture. This book will insult many. For everyone else, it’s a treasure of quotes, laughter and sympathy.

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Der Zauberhut (Discworld, #5)Der Zauberhut by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Slowly I get used to Pratchett. The quotes are awesome and I really like the plot. There are phantastic ideas, like the four riders of the apocalypse getting drunk and stuff. I further didn´t notice that overflow of details and repetitions I noticed the novels before, which makes me happy.
But still, I liked the other novels slightly more, for this books plot was a little less amusing than the others.

Nevertheless, I recommend this book.

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Haunted: HorrorHaunted: Horror by Bentley Little
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Holy WTF did I just read. This novel is not bad in the typical sense but…you find yourself facepalming every ten pages. Not only that Little has his own form of technical-buzzword-bullshit bingo to appear cool, he also ignores the whole timeline of pop cultural development. Like- they are watching Family Guy, playing with an IPhone, but he fucking saves his work on goddamn floppy disks!!! The whole dead son idea remains entirely irrelevant, and none of the characters has the slightest touch of personality. Let alone that ridiculous attempt of writing an erotic or at least obscene sexual scene. I like some of the effects, which remind me of House of Leaves, and the end, at least, is mostly acceptable. This, and the briefness of the novel is enough to make this book not a complete timewaste, but thats the best I can say about it.

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Troll Bridge (Discworld #16.5)Troll Bridge by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nawww I really like this short story. Everyone of us knows these moments of nostalgia, while watching the world turn and burn and fall to shit. So yeah, I really can relate to this story. Pretty awesome, pretty sad, pretty heart-warming.

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Das Licht der Phantasie (Scheibenwelt, #2)Das Licht der Phantasie by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay. I slowly get used to Pratchetts uni/multiverse. I am still kind of annoyed by the continuous repetitions, but finally I befriend to most of the characters and ideas. Again there’s a shitload of awesome quotes, but somehow I miss that „naaawww“ feeling I had last book when the iconograph appeared. Still, nice piece of literature. I’ll come back to Pratchett more sooner than later.

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Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove, #1)Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hm. Somehow I’m unsure about this Moore novel. Sure, there is the typical humour and you can find awesome quotes. It’s a diverting read, and not too long. But somehow, I’m still disappointed. The characters remain vacuous and I never got a feeling for the setting itself. On the other hand, I have hifh standards for Christopher Moore. So: Read Fool or Bible according to Biff first if you want to read his best works. But if you search for some time filler and light entertainment, this novel serves you pretty well.

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Lassen Sie es mich so sagen : Dombrowski deutet die Zeichen der ZeitLassen Sie es mich so sagen : Dombrowski deutet die Zeichen der Zeit by Georg Schramm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read it! Schramm is one of the last great satirists of this country.
In times of Mario Barth and friends, this book is a ray of hope.
There are multiple awesome quotes, and you will love the snarky dissections of our daily lifes madness.

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Chronik des Cthulhu-Mythos Band 2Chronik des Cthulhu-Mythos Band 2 by H.P. Lovecraft
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After reading the second volume of this commented collection of the Cthulluh myth, my first impression is hardened. I really adore Lovecrafts universe and appreciate the ideas he’s forming, but I’ll never get used to his style. The novels are way to detailed. God damn, it’s enough to say those damn tunnels are huge, I don’t care if they are 5 or 9 meters high. Further, I surely get the idea of repetition to create the impression of an existing universe or multiverse, but hell, it gets annoying after 3 novels straight. But, you can have fun with that volume if you adore Lovecraft, and if it’s only for the annotations..

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Chronik des Cthulhu-Mythos I (German Edition)Chronik des Cthulhu-Mythos I by H.P. Lovecraft
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For years I was interested in Lovecraft and his works, but somehow I never got myself to reading. A few weeks ago I discovered this 2-book collection and bought it for about 10 euro. First of all: It was worth the price, even though I was somehow disappointed by the predictability of Lovecrafts storys itself. It’s kind of unnerving to read the early short storys, but it gets considerably better as Lovecrafts writing skills develop over time. There are some really amazing quotes and neat ideas. If you have experienced Lovecraft before, I recommend this edition, for the annotations are highly interesting and enlightening.

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The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Colour of Magic was the first discworld novel I got my fingers on. I’ve never read Pratchett before, so this was kind of an exciting experience. This book is full of awesome ideas and quotes (god, I need one of those camera-goblins), but I guess it takes a few more books to wrap your brain around the style and all this time-and-dimension stuff. But: I’ll pretty sure return to Pratchett after a short break.

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Last DaysLast Days by Adam Nevill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adam Nevills horror novel „last days“ was a pretty entertaining piece of literature. Two thirds of the book were incredibly enthralling and gave me funny dreams and goosebumps, but the end is outrageous to say the least.
This novel avails our natural fear of nightmares, insomnia and darkness. It plays with the effects of sleep deprevation, paranoia and historical names to combine the real worlds madness and the more-dimensional horror it spills all over the reader. Of course there are some idiotic clichès and no one gave a damn about shaping out a less finger-wagging moral sermon of social criticism, but nevertheless I had a fun time reading and recommend it for everyone who adores horror literature and has read enough King to be bored by it.

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The Last Town (Wayward Pines, #3)The Last Town by Blake Crouch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

„The last town“ is the last novel in Blake Crouchs Wayward Pines triology. The plot remains captivating and the style remains disputable. In comparison to the TV show, it leaves out the whole second season but ends the same – the withdrawal to the time capsules to avoid starving. It’s not an open end exactly, but the epilogue offers the chance for another triology. I had my problems with Crouchs style, but nonetheless the plot is worth a recommendation, particullary if the books are read before watching the tv show.

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Wayward (Wayward Pines, #2)Wayward by Blake Crouch
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Wayward is the second book in the three novel series „Wayward pines“. Though it is an typical „in between“ book, it deepens the main characters like Pam, Pilcher and Theresa and is therefore quite entertaining. I honestly felt my sympathies shifting between TV series and novel. But while I found pleasure in exploring new story arcs and character development, I never got used to the style. It seems to stay sone kind of bumpy and there are barely 3 memorable quotes or scenes. Further, I’m afraid I’ve found out why a third season of the Fox show is to be doubted: „Pines“ and „Wayward“ are covering the first season and are not even done with it yet. There is only one book left – and I can hardly imagine that this could be enough for all the new plotlines in seasons 2 and 3 – which was my primary hope while buying those novels. But we’ll see soon enough.

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Pines (Wayward Pines, #1)Pines by Blake Crouch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

„Pines“ is the first book in a 3 novel row. I have never read Blake Crouch before, but I enjoyed the Wayward Pines television series, so I decided to give this novel a try.
I must admit that I´m torn between boredome of the slow pace of this story, and enthusiasm for the way more logical plot, compared to the tv series. It´s always hard to honour a book you´ve read after watching the cinematic adaption, so I guess I´m not objective here.

The pacing differs and some elements of the story are drawn out incredibly better, which helps you to identify with the acting people. In the show, I couldn´t bring myself to like any of them.
I had a fun time reading and the story still is an interesting one – so if you liked the Fox shows style, I guess you should read the novels too, for it provides another dimension to it – and no one knows if a third season will be produced.

All in all, this first novel of a three book row was pretty solid, but nothing special.

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Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in AuschwitzSurviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor

Don’t get me wrong: this is no book to write an review about. But it is a book you should read. I, personally, find it particullary important to read things like that. Not as an act of voyeurism or as an act to feel superiour to this „long ago times“ – but as a historical testemonial. I am 28 years old and wheelchair-bound by Osteogenesis imperfecta. If I had been born in these times, I had been a victim of euthanasia – or experiments similar to those described in this book. So, this is no review but an recommandation.

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Der Schelm von VenedigDer Schelm von Venedig by Christopher Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christopher Moore is god. Well, at least close to it. I had an awesome time reading „Die Bibel nach Biff“ years ago, and I loved „Fool“. „Der Schelm von Venedig“ is the continuation of „Fool“ and god, it’s great. Not only that this novel is full of brilliant quotes, it’s fusing classic literature with Moores harsh humour. But while most characters are marked by their cynicism, they never lack of empathy. One last thing I personally consider noteworthy: Read Moores postface, for it provides you an insight to the authors thoughts on Shakespeare, antisemitism, discrimination and fuckable dragons. No shit.

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Zone NullZone Null by Herbert W. Franke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all I must admit: I’m not particulary firm in science fiction. But Zone Null was one of the pleasantest books of this genre I’ve read for a while. The plot leaves space for interpretation and so does the end. There are some really neat quotes and Franke offers a novel perspective on freedom, philosophy, technology and society. I had a fune time reading, though the mid part was quite confusing for a newbie in the idea of germination between human mind and IT. All in all I honestly recommend this book to everyone who’s not afraid of future apocalypses, abstract thoughts and shifting reality scenarios.

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HellfireHellfire by John Saul
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Once again I got myself to read one of John Sauls books. As usual, Hellfires plot develops around a bunch of overprivileged, founding families of an usually meaningless town. Further, as usually, doom comes in form of misstreated an haunted kids, too-stupid-to-breath adults and some mystical place.
Lets speak clear: John Saul has only written one story in his carreer and tends to spread it out over about 20 books.
You can have fun with it if you haven’t read Saul before, but if you have, you will get tired over this never ending repetition of this one, not even very creative, theme of him.
But: Hellfire is a nice and short novel. Its kind of drawn out in the beginning, but at least Saul gives us the the mercy of plotting a real end. We all know thats one biiiig improvement, concerning his other novels. The characters are a variety of dumbness or sheer nastiness. The locations however are appealing indeed.

Come to an end, I’d say: It’s an okay book for Saul Starters. It’s easy and fast to read and it provides a nearly solid end. But if you are already firm in his universe, just skip that one.

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NathanielNathaniel by John Saul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again a book by John Saul thematizing grudges and possessed children. Once again his main subject are kids being victim of their surrounding, more confronted with the lack of parental help and trust than with the ghost or evil itself.

Once again I enjoyed reading for about 90% of the time.
The storys idea is haunting, the characters are way more drawn out than in Suffer the Children. I even admit it gave me shudders once in a while.
This could have been an amazing piece of work, if only goddamn John Saul weren´t to lazy or to obsessed of his „my books remain mysterious“ concept to write an propper end.
The whole book is pretty entertaining, but the end leaves you unsatisfied. 100 pages more and I would have been a happy little reader, but instead, I felt myself beeing mad at the author for leaving all those nice little ideas plain untouched. This book feels like a trail of cookies, leading to a cliff instead of leading to the gingerbread house.

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Suffer the ChildrenSuffer the Children by John Saul
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Again, a Saul book I started in best hope.
To be honest, it met my standards for about 75% of the book, but the end was disappointing as usual.
Not only that most of the characters are negligently blind (or unwilling), they are further simply unloveable as hell.
Nevertheless you get involved in the story, and I must admit that there were some turning points which I didn´t expect. Its the loose ends again that spoil all the fun.
What came to my mind while reading was an interesting point: Though Sauls books mainly play in the present (when he wrote them), his whole work is full of middle-and upper class familys with maids, servants and god knows what else. I´m not sure if this is meant to be social criticism or just a very simple kind of symbolism, but it meets the eye.

Finally there is to say: If you can bear unclosed story arcs and obvious deus ex machina, and if you are not triggered by descriptions of (sexual) violence, heavy drinking or cruelty towards children you will have your fun with this book. In any other case, go and read something less „edgy“.

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Tod und TeufelTod und Teufel by Frank Schätzing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually don´t like Frank Schätzings style, but this book really works out for me. Personally, I can´t say anything about the historical background, but as far as I can assess, it nails the „soul“ of the cologne people.
In my opinion, this is a pretty solid piece of entertainment, though it weakens a bit towards the end.

Finally: There are many great quotes and insults, if you are keen on stuff like that, it can really broaden your active vocabulary 😀

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The Blackstone Chronicles: The Serial Thriller Complete in One VolumeThe Blackstone Chronicles: The Serial Thriller Complete in One Volume by John Saul
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

John Saul is one of the authors I never really got into.
Yes, he has a way of being graphical in his novels, and yes, he really likes torturing kids.
But after all, he stays predictable, and doesn´t really care to cut all the loose ends.

This series of short novels is not bad, in fact it has some really creative ideas, and the affiliation between past and present is shaped out nicely. Nevertheless somehow Saul seems to be to cowardly to give this story the end it deserves: A true disturbing and cruelsome one.

Still it was an entertaining book, so, if you get your hands on it, just give it a try – but don´t spend a bigger amount of money.

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