PREVIEW

This will happen in October!

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Hi guys,

little life update here because I think this is needed after I reviewed my work blog plan for the following month, October.

Two big reviews are lining up and that’s probably going to take my whole month up. And with big reviews I also mean huge books. For one, the long awaited book from Bloggerportal – The Stand by Stephen King (1700 pages long) – and for the other, the upcoming sequel of German series Kernstaub – Weltasche 1 by Marie Graßhoff (around 700 pages long). I’m especially excited for Weltasche since I applied for officially reviewing it and Marie apparently wanted to hear my opinion on the sequel, so I’m very happy to be one of her reviewers! 🙂

Next to reading these two monster books, I am working on a website – since I’m a designer (which you really shouldn’t judge on the quality of my banners) – and that takes up time. I already freaked out big time a few times since I’m very good at panicking.

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What is The Stand by Stephen King about?

A very contagious and deadly virus is infecting and killing America and is spreading fast! The very few survivors of it try to safe civilization and have to defeat a mystical creature, the embodiment of evil.
The book starts off by telling how the virus starts spreading, then slowly introduces characters and their impact in the whole plot and their part to play. I really like this about Stephen King novels because he does explain people so well and seems to choose normal, everyday people as the heroes of the story. It is always an extraordinaire thing to read a novel by this author and so far, I loved every book I have read by him. Which are 11 books, by the way. Two other unread ones are waiting to be read.

weltasche-1What is Weltasche – Über das Gift an Quallenmembranen by Marie Graßhoff about?

In this sequel of Kernstaub, Weltasche tells the story of Mara looking for her fitting jellyfish while crossing over fallen continents and dead cities. Together with the cities the young woman is at her limit. But while she is still grieving over her lost companion, a new danger is awaiting her: her presence has woken an old god, who disturbs the balance of the dimensions. Broken by the Zeitgeist, Mara tries to safe a world which has lost its right to be saved a long time ago. A world which always wanted Mara’s death. Will she be able to safe the word? Or will the parting of the Universe break Mara after all? (Loose translation by me, summary from goodreads).

The release of Weltasche is soon, so be ready for it!

What else is there to say?

Well next to reading and reviewing these books and working on the website, Inktober is around the corner! Which is an event where whoever wants to participate is drawing – or rather inking – a themed Halloween/October picture for a fitting everyday theme. I try to participate in it and if I manage to, post an end result at the beginning of November.

Yay for me if I follow it through.

So that’s been about me. What are your plans for October?

xo Annina

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The cover from The Stand is from goodreads.com, the cover from Weltasche is from Drachenmond Verlag.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW

Review: The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley

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Hi guys,

as I have mentioned in my review for the prequel of this book, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, I simply love the webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you haven’t seen this amazing show – or have read the book – you definitely have to because else you will be spoilered here.

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Book Information

Title: The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet
Author: Kate Rorick, Rachel Kiley
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Fiction
Price: 12,03€

Publisher: Touchstone
Published on: September 29th 2015
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Plot

After everything Lydia Bennet has been through, she thought she learned out of her mistakes and do better in the second go. Deciding to leave old Lydia behind, she inscribes at college for a Psychology degree in San Francisco and is determined to meet her acquirements by finishing community college. But as life always has other plans as thought, San Francisco doesn’t end up being an option as Lydia slowly falls back to her old, harmful self, spiraling down into a dark, self-destructive hole. But Lydia wouldn’t be Lydia if she wouldn’t decide that a non-fun, non-glittery life isn’t her idea of future.

Opinion

I mainly bought this book because I wanted closure on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Lydia was never my favorite character, so I kind of doubted I would like this book too much.But I was wrong since Lydia is now the main character and she shows so much more depth and personality than in the books. You got a pretty good idea of Lydia in the first book, no doubt, but you never really have dealt with her that much because you never had the insights like the one you had with Lizzie.

So naturally after the whole incident and drama towards the end of Book One, you start off with The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet finding a destroyed Lydia. Okay, not totally destroyed but her mindset has changed a lot. Even after all the mistakes she makes in this one, the reader just knows that this isn’t the same Lydia as in the past events. She can deal with problems much better and more in an adult way, even if it takes some time.

And because she calmed down a bit, I started to like her more, I guess. Mainly because I started to get her more. The writing style helped too since it’s very much a Lizzie Bennet Diaries style. Also because some other characters appear that made my heart jump because I simply love them all. Well almost all of them, but that series simply grew on me.

One thing I can’t quite agree on in this book is the title. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet implies to the reader for having a super fun Lydia Bennet having super epic, different adventures when it’s simply a darker Lydia dealing with the aftermath of George Wickham. That’s one good adventure, yet it’s probably not that kind of adventure most of the readers might expect.

And that’s a good thing because this story has an plot, not randomly chosen adventures lined up. Good for the reader and good for the book.

Conclusion

After all, I still give The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet 5 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it loads and quite surprised me as well. Can we have a Jane Bennet book now, please?

xo Annina

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REVIEW

[DE/ENG] The Shannara Chronicles: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

This post is readable in German and English! Scroll down below for the English version, thank you!

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Hallihallo,

und ja richtig gelesen, hier kommt eine Rezension zum ersten Teil der Shannara-Chroniken. Die Shannara-Chroniken: Das Schwert der Elfen wurde mir wie Band 2, Elfensteine, von Bloggerportal und Blanvalet zur Verfügung gestellt.

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Buchinformationen

Titel: Die Shannara-Chroniken: Das Schwert der Elfen
Autor: Terry Brooks
Seiten: 670
Art: Taschenbuch
Genre: Fantasy
Preis: 9,99€ [DE], 10,30€ [AT], CHF 13,90

Verlag: Blanvalet
Herausgekommen am: 15.02.2016
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Die Handlung

Der Druide Allanon sucht die Brüder Flick und Shea Ohmsford auf, um diese in ein fürchterliches Geheimnis ihrer Welt einzuweihen: ein Rassenkrieg mit dem dunklen Hexenmeister Brona steht bevor und nur Shea, Nachfahre von Elfenkönig Jerle Shannara, kann diesen aufhalten. Wie? Er muss das Schwert von Shannara führen und damit den dunklen Hexenmeister besiegen. Klingt für Shea schon schlimm genug, der bisher nie aus seinen Schattental gekommen ist, doch es kommt noch schlimmer: das besagte Schwert ist in der Hand des Hexenmeisters und sicher im Norden des Landes versteckt. Noch dazu sandte der Hexenmeister dunkle Schattenwesen aus, um den Erben Shannaras zu töten, damit dieser die wundersame Wirkung nicht gegen den Dunklen einsetzen kann.

Shea bleibt nichts anderes übrig als mit seinem Bruder, Allanon und einem Haufen Begleiter Richtung Norden zu reisen, um das Schwert zu finden. Doch mit Schattenwesen auf den Fersen und einem Krieg im Nacken ist das alles andere als einfach.

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Obwohl die Geschichte selbst schon älter ist (sie kam 1977 heraus), gefällt mir die moderne, plakative Gestaltung sehr gut. Die Farben wurden dem Genre bedingt sehr spannend und für mich sehr schön gewählt. Die Illustration auf dem Cover finde ich auch sehr gelungen und sauber. Ich würde dieses Buch auf jeden Fall in der Buchhandlung in die Hand nehmen und durchblättern wollen, alleine der aufgezählten Kriterien wegen.

Erstes Umblättern

Die Aufmachung ist sehr schlicht gehalten. Die Kapitel sind durch mittig platzierte Nummern beschriftet worden. Die Schrift selbst ist für mich angenehm zu lesen, ein klein wenig Zeilenabstand hätte nicht geschadet, um dem Lesefluss ein wenig auf die Sprünge zu helfen.

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Meine Meinung

Ganz zu Beginn muss gesagt werden: die Shannara-Welt ist eine unglaublich interessante Welt. Menschen, Gnome, Trolle, Zwerge und Elfen beheimaten sie und leben mehr oder weniger in Einheit. Es existieren Druiden, alte Zauber, Mächte…im Grunde wäre es also eine solide Vorlage für einen sehr guten Fantasy-Roman. Zusätzlich dazu habe ich vor diesem Band Elfensteine gelesen, also kannte ich mich zumindest ein wenig aus. Elfensteine fand ich ganz gut, aber nicht hervorragen. Ich wollte den Vorband lesen um herauszufinden, ob er besser oder schlechter als der zweite Teil sein würde.

Und ich bin überhaupt nicht in die Geschichte hineingefallen.

Eigentlich tut es mir sehr leid deswegen, denn ich habe mich sehr auf das Buch gefreut, hab es aber gegen Ende nicht mehr erwarten können, es endlich zu beenden. Ewige Beschreibungen von Handlungen, die sich in die Länge zogen. Gedanken, die mir immer überdachter vorkamen. Und dann noch diese Ähnlichkeiten mit Herr der Ringe, die ich nicht abstreiten kann, da ich die Bücher gelesen habe. Flick und Shea kamen mir wie Frodo und Sam vor. Sogar eine Art Gollum hatte seinen Auftritt.

Der ewigen Beschreibungen war es hauptsächlich, dass ich mich teilweise echt gelangweilt habe, da ich wusste, dass ich Seiten überspringen hätte können und trotzdem mit der Handlung mitkommen wäre. Elfensteine hatte diesbezüglich mehr Handlung, die ich in Das Schwert der Elfen sehr vermisst habe. Beschreibungen können ja nicht schlecht sein, doch wenn sie sich so in die Länge ziehen, halte ich es nicht mehr aus und mir wird es einfach zu langweilig. Die Geschichte selbst war auch nicht die Spannendste, vielleicht ist sie der Handlung wegen vor sich hingeplätschert. Aber irgendwie gab es nie DIE überraschende Wendung oder eine gewisse Dramatik, die das Buch ein wenig spannender gestaltet hätte.

Dann existierten noch Charaktere, die teilweise kaum erklärt wurden und einfach nur da waren. Ebenso wie der dunkle Hexenmeister einfach nur ein böser, vorahnende Schatten ist und nie wirklich mehr dahinter steckte als eine uralte Vergangenheit, die nicht typischer hätte sein können. Der helfende Druide Allanon war auch nur mehr da, um erstens das Abenteuer ins Rollen zu bringen und Zweitens um alle zu retten, sollte es mal brenzlig werden. Cool. Oder so.

Shea und Flick Ohmsford bleiben mir deshalb auch am ehesten im Gedächtnis, weil diese am häufigsten und genauesten (logischerweise) beschrieben wurde und man sie aus deren Sichtweise der dritten Person verfolgen konnte.

Der Schreibstil von Terry Brooks ist passend zum Genre Fantasy sehr schön und flüssig geschrieben, daran ist es nicht gescheitert. Wenn man es also selbst versuchen will zu lesen, dann immerzu.

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Fazit

Weil ich mich mit diesem Buch so gequält habe, gibt es nur 2 von 5 Sternen für Die Shannara-Chroniken: Das Schwert der Elfen von Terry Brooks. Einen Stern gibt es für die Welt von Shannara und der andere Stern steht für den Schreibstil.

Falls ihr bereits meine Rezension zu Band 2, Elfensteine, lesen wollt, könnt ihr das hier machen.

xo Annina

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Hi guys,

and yes, you’ve read right: here comes a review of the first novel of the Shannara-Chronicles. I got The Shannara-Chronicles: The Sword of Shannara thanks to Bloggerportal and Blanvalet!

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Book Information

Title: The Shannara Chronicles: The Sword of Shannara
Author: Terry Brooks
Pages: 672 (Paperback)
Genre: Fantasy
Price: 9,99€ [GER], 10,30€ [AT], CHF 13,90

Publisher: Blanvalet
Published on: February 15th 2016
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Plot

The Druid Allanon pays a visit to the brothers Flick and Shea Ohmsford to let them in on some terrible secret of their world: a war of the races with the dark sorcerer Brona is about to start and only Shea, descendant of elf king Jerle Shannara can stop it. But how? He has to take the Sword of Shannara to defeat the sorcerer. Sounds bad enough for Shea who has never left his safe home of Shady Vale, but it is getting worse: the mentioned sword is in possession of the sorcerer and safely hidden in the North of the country. Time is ticking since the witch master sends off dark shadow creatures to kill Shea and the power he might get with the Sword of Shannara.

Shea has no other choice than to go on a journey with his brother Shea, Allanon and a heap of companions in the North to find the sword. But with the shadow creatures right behind them and a war breathing down their necks it’s more than a short walk in the woods.

Cover

Even if the story is a bit old (it got published in 1977), I like the modern, bold design of the cover. The colors fit this genre, got chosen quite interesting and also beautifully. The Illustration is looking lovely and neat. I would have looked at this cover at a book store and tried to read the blurb. That’s how much I like it.

First browsing

The layout is pretty neatly done. The chapter titles are numbers and are placed in the center of the page. The font itself is nicely readable, a little bit more of line spacing would have been nice to help the reading flow more.

My Opinion

At the beginning I have to say that the Shannara world is an incredibly interesting one. Humans, Gnomes, Trolls, Dwarves and Elves live there more or less in unison. Druids, old spells, powers, it all exists…basically it would have been a decent basis for a very good fantasy novel. Also I have read the sequel to The Sword of Shannara – Elfstones – so I at least can say that I’m not totally unfamiliar with this world. I liked Elfstones quite a bit, but that’s been it. I wanted to read The Sword of Shannara to see if it is better or worse than Elfstones, to get a better judgement over this series.

And I couldn’t get into the story at all.

I’m actually really sorry for that since I was looking forward to read this novel. Towards the end of it (or more like the middle) I couldn’t wait to finish this story. Endless descriptions of actions, which dragged on forever. Thoughts that seemed overthought after a while. This similarity with Lord of the Rings, which I can’t deny since I have read the books. Flick and Shea seemed like Frodo and Sam, I imagined both being Hobbits. That says it all. There has even been a kind of Gollum scene in it (and more similar scenes…).

The endless descriptions were the main reason why I was so annoyed and bored, since I knew that it would have been easier to skip pages and still be able to tell what was going on. Elfstones had more plot in my opinion which I was missing in The Sword of Shannara. Descriptions are not a bad thing but if they get dragged on for too long, I kind of start of freak out over it and get bored. The plot was not the most interesting one as well. Too many pages for such a short plot. Also there has never been THE plot twist or a certain dramatic to keep the story exciting.

There have been present characters that barely got explained and just existed next to the main ones. The dark sorcerer has been just a bad, anticipating shadow which has never been more than that and owned a such typical past, it was almost ridiculous. The helping druid Allanon just existed and appeared to put Flick and Shea and danger only to came back and rescue them from it. Awesome. Or something like that.

Shea and Flick Ohmsford might have been the most memorable characters because they were the main ones and got explained the most precisely. Not to forget that you were able to follow them as a third person while benefitting from their thoughts.

The writing style of Terry Brooks fits to the genre Fantasy quite beautifully and is fluently written. This has not been the reason it was so hard for me to read the story. So if you want to give that book a try, do it. You might enjoy it far more than I did.

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Conclusion

Since I couldn’t enjoy reading this book, I will only give it 2 out of 5 stars for The Shannara Chronicles: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. One star goes to the world of Shannara and the other one to Terry Brook’s writing style.

If you already want to read my review of the Sequel, Elfstones, you can do it here.

xo Annina

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[Tiny] Review: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

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Hi guys,

this is the second tiny review of my three part series of the newly published Harry Potter eBook short stories. If you haven’t read my first review, Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, you can check it out here.

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Book Information

Title: Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Author: J.K.Rowling
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 78
Price: 2,99€

Publisher: Pottermore
Published on: September 6th 2016
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Plot

This is the second installment of the Pottermore Presents short stories series. It includes texts about Dolores Umbridge, Horace Slughorn, Quirinus Quirrell and Silvanus Kettleburn. Apart from that part the eBook includes a list of all wizard ministers and a short description of their doings, including their time being in office.

This eBook also follows the same pattern as the last one. After every described person, there is information about places or objects that form a connection. Just as Umbridge stands in connection with Azkaban, the Ministry of Magic and the Ministers themselves (she worked at the Ministry of Magic after all and tried her best to influence the current Ministers of Magic). Slughorn stands in connection with polyjuice potion since Slughorn not only thaught potions but is as well one of the best potion masters. And only the best are able to accomplish a polyjuice potion.

Last but not least Peeves the Poltergeist got some backstory! Sometimes I forget that he exists, thank you films.

My Opinion

I like the way how J.K.Rowling links the information to each other to make this collection of short stories flow as smooth as possible. Not to mention that you still feel so set back to the good, old Harry Potter days. 2016 is an equally good as bad year for the Potterhead family.

I even liked the story of UMBRIDGE (ugh that woman) and Slughorn who weirdly never occured to me as being that important to the Harry Potter saga (believe me, he is!). The writing is smooth and I learned more about the Potter universe, which can never be bad. So you better give every character a chance, even the bad ones (or especially the bad ones?) because everyone got an interesting backstory!

Conclusion

So naturally I give Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K.Rowling 5 out of 5 stars.

xo Annina

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NEWS

MY BLOG TURNED ONE YEARS OLD!

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Hey guys, 

for today there’s a very different blog post because it’s more of an announcement: my blog Blattzirkus turned one years old this month! And I’m super proud that it actually turned one and that I haven’t just abandoned it after having it for a couple of months. That’s progress.

So what has happened with my blog within that year?

Basically, for once, it survived that long. I already tried writing blogs twice and I always abandoned them because I forgot about them or had no time or inspiration for it. It probably wasn’t the right timing for me writing blogs and stuff. But now that a lot of people are doing it and you see so many cool inspiring blogs, it probably stays exciting because you want to be as good as them one time.

That, if I actually start putting effort into this. Which I don’t. Just saying. I want to, but then I’m like – this is a hobby, not a job! I’m trash. Let’s see what the second year will bring, coming to making effort with posts.

Second, here are some statistics!

I can’t leave this post without adding statistics. I was thinking about not making my views public but what the heck, who would use them?

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As of the day of September 4th, I wrote 63 blog posts, had 899 page views and 489 visitors. For me, that’s a lot. I’m not huge at advertising things (because I don’t make too much effort and that’s embarrassing) so that’s an okay number. I get some books I ask at publishing houses, so I think that’s not too bad.

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Apparently WordPress sucks, so I have no idea how I can make September 2015 reappear again. My monthly statistics look fun tough, with regular swings.

2015
Oct. 15: Views 54/ Visitors 17; Nov.: VIE 68/VIS 36; Dec.: VIE 55/VIS 33;

2016
Jan.: 127/65 ; Feb.: 62/34 ; March: 69/41 ; April: 61/34 ; May: 127/65 ; June: 29/25 ; July: 58/40 ; August: 132/69 ;

How about my diversity of blog posts?

So, how many reviews have I written? How many book talks? Is there even much diversity in my blog?

Category Books

1x Book Preview (Magnus Chase)
21x Book Talks
30x Full Book Reviews

Category Life

1x News (Nominated for Liebster Award)
1x Movie & TV Shows (The Sound of Music)
1x Vacation (How not to pack your bag for vacation)
2x Music (Selena Gomez & Troye Sivan)

How many follower do I have by now?

On WordPress, 25 people are following me.
On Twitter, there are 23 Followers.
On Instagram, 49 people subscribed to my account.
And last but not least, I have 3 people liking my page on Facebook.

Better some than none, right?

(Note from the Editor (which is me, but it does sound cooler): WordPress is at 26, Twitter at 25, Instagram at 55 and Facebook at 7 likes).


 

That’s pretty much it. Let’s hope this blog will survive another year (it has too, I have some books to review…) and that a few people want to read what I write 🙂

xo Annina

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Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Hi guys,

be aware that this is a book of a web series I am obsessing about since July. SO IT IS NATURAL TO LOVE IT, OKAY? ALL THESE LITTLE EXTRA DETAILS! Okay, I’m freaking out already.

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Book Information

Title: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
Author: Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Genre: Young Adult, Classic Fiction
Pages: 378
Price: 9,36€

Publisher: Touchstone
Published on: June 24th 2014
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Plot

Lizzie Bennet is a sister out of three sibling with a father and a mother living at home in a surburbian town in California. Lizzie is doing her master in Mass Communications and decides to start a video project for her master thesis, a vlog about her life on Youtube. Little does she know that trouble is around the corner when medical student Bing Lee is buying the mansion in Netherfield and Lizzie’s mother decides that it is THE time to matchmake her daughters (okay, she always wants to matchmake her daughters). On a family friend’s wedding Lizzie is introduced to the Lee family as well as William Darcy, a broding young man with no desire to like anything at all.

When Jane, Lizzie’s older sister, is slowly but steadily falling for Bing Lee, her family’s world gets turned up side down and the real drama starts. Not only that Lizzie’s videos are getting more and more attention of the public, but her struggle with deciding what she wants do to with her life and carreer path she has to make is taking her whole life over.

Not to forget that there’s a subsistential part of her that needs to hate Darcy for a life time, because how in the possible wide world is it manageable to like a stuck-up, arrogant idiot, right?

My Opinion

Again, I am very biased on this since I have watched the web series first and absolutely loved it. Now reading the book I admit that the main plot is the same but basically it’s the webseries with loads of behind the scenes information. As in, what has been going on when Lizzie wasn’t talking in her Vlog or what happened on the San Fransisco trip with William and Gigi Darcy.

The novel has been written like a diary, each chapter marks a new day and adventure Lizzie has experienced while she has been off writing her thoughts. After each chapter there is a link or two that will direct you to the original Lizzie Bennet videos, if you want to watch and read along the story to get the full experience. I think this is a nice and thoughtful idea as well as really interactive. Well done!

Not to forget to mention that The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is a well done modernisation of the original Pride and Prejudice story by Jane Austen. I think if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, this web series is a perfect start to get you into the story. Yes, Jane Austen English can be a little heavy, so I won’t judge you. But I bet Lizzie would do that. Because she judges a lot (see why this novel is called as it is?).

And most importantly: you will get sucked into the life of Lizzie Bennet and her sisters and you want to find out how the modernization changed this and that. You will feel with each of them and find parallels of their life matching yours (at least that happened to me). My personal favorite side character besides Lizzie is Mrs.Bennet, because she’s such a mom. An adorable one if you take the fact aside that she always takes the chance to set up her daughters.

Conclusion

So I give The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick 5 out of 5 stars because it has been perfect, just like the web series. The writing was really well done and smooth, there has never been a boring chapter and there have been extra information, so what is there not to like?!

xo Annina

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REVIEW

[DE/ENG] Review: Unsterblich by Jens Lubbadeh

This post is readable in German and English! Scroll down below for the English version, thank you!

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Hallihallo,

dieses Buch wurde mir freundlicherweise von Bloggerportal zur Verfügung gestellt und ich war sehr überrascht, wie gut es in die heutige Zeit passte. Aber gleich mehr dazu.

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Buchinformationen

Titel: Unsterblich
Autor: Jens Lubbadeh
Seiten: 445
Preis: [DE] €14,99 [AT] €15,50
Genre: Science Fiction

Herausgeber: Heyne
Herausgegeben: Januar 2016
Hier bei Heyne kaufen

Cover und Aufmache

Bei dieser Ausgabe handelt es sich um ein Taschenbuch mit Klappe. Die Cover-Illustration ist ein toller Blickfang und sehr plakativ gestaltet worden. Die Farben, schwarz, weiß und gold als Schmuckfarbe geben viel her und verleihen dem Buch ein edles Aussehen. Die Illustration einer abstrahierten Schauspielerin Marlene Dietrich deuten auf den roten Faden hin, welcher sich durch das Buch zieht.

Erstes Durchblättern

Jedes Kapitel hat die Illustration auf dem Cover seitlich als Markierung bekommen und macht meiner Meinung noch klarer deutlich, dass es der Beginn eines neuen Abschnittes ist. Besonders gut entdeckt man anhand des Buchschnittes dadurch die neuen Kapitel. Wenn schon so ein Schmuck verwendet wird, hätte ich gerne unterschiedliche Persönlichkeiten gehabt, so wirkt es doch etwas zu oft wiederholt und auf das Cover hingewiesen. Die Kapitelüberschriften haben passend ein futuristisches Aussehen bekommen.

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Über den Autoren Jens Lubbadeh

Vor Unsterblich habe ich noch nie etwas von diesem Autoren gehört, was aber auch kein großes Problem für mich darstellt. Von unbekannten Autoren zu lesen ist auch interessant. Jens Lubbadeh ist freier Journalist und schreibt für Die Zeit und viele weitere Print- und Digitalmedien. Er war Redakteur bei Spiegel Online und Technology Review und wurde für seine Arbeit mit dem Herbert Quandt Medienpreis ausgezeichnet (nach dem Klappentext von Unsterblich).
Dieses rezensierte Buch ist also nicht nur der Debutroman von Jens Lubbadeh, sondern passt auch noch thematisch zu seinen bisherigen Aufgabenbereichen, wenn ich es einmal so frei interpretieren darf.

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Der Inhalt

Wir befinden uns im Jahre 2044, wo Menschen nicht mehr sterben können. Gut, können sie schon, aber ihre Daten werden verarbeitet, sodass sie als digitale Menschen, Ewige, wiederauferstehen können. Gesehen können sie aber nur, weil Menschen in dieser Zeit einen Chip eingebaut haben, um die digitale Welt sehen zu können. Es ist quasi die Zukunft der Augmented Reality.

Der Protagonist Benjamin Kari arbeitet als Versicherungsagent für Fidelity, die Tochterfirma von Immortal, welche es möglich macht, Ewige herzustellen. Knifflig wird es für die Firma, als die Ewige Marlene Dietrich verschwindet und die Bevölkerung sich zu fragen beginnt, wie unsterblich das ewige Leben wirklich sein kann und ob Immortal wirklich die Firma ist, für die sie sich auszugeben scheint – eine Verbesserung für die Welt.

Kari wird auf eine Mission geschickt, um für Immortal herauszufinden, was mit Marlene Dietrich nun wirklich passiert ist. Umso tiefer er in den Fall eintaucht, desto eher merkt er, wie zerbrechlich die Welt der Ewigen eigentlich ist und wie gefährlich es sein kann, mit viel zu viel Wissen auf derselben Erde wie Immortal zu wandern.

Meine Meinung

Für mich war es ein sehr intelligent geschriebenes Buch, bei dem ich öfter das Gefühl hatte, dass es nicht so umwegig sein würde, eine vermischte Realität in der nahen Zukunft zu erstellen. Wenn man sich Oculus Rift oder Hololenses beispielsweise ansieht, diese sich bei uns noch in den Anfangsstadien befinden von dem, was sie vermutlich in der Zukunft alles machen könnten, fragt man sich natürlich auch, wie weit diese realitätsverschwimmenden Brillen gehen können.

Im krassen Gegensatz dazu kombiniert geht die ewige Frage weiter, was denn wäre, wenn man unsterblich wäre und wie man dies bestenfalls hervorrufen könnte. Mit Daten, Code und im Gehirn eingebauten Chips scheint das nicht mehr so weit hergeholt zu sein. Doch will man ewig leben? Klar wäre das irgendwie toll, dennoch sollte man sich dann auch weiterentwickeln können anstelle von stehenbleiben und alles beim alten lassen.

Dieses Problem des Stillstandes bei Ewigen wurde auch besonders im Buch thematisiert. Ewig leben schön, aber bitte mit Weiterentwicklung! Doch wenn man einer korrupten Firma unterworfen liegt, die nur den eigenen Nutzen zum Vorteil hat, können sich selbst die besten Absichten ganz schnell zum Bösen wenden.

Wie man sieht, beschäftigt einen Unsterblich also ganz schön und lässt einen rätseln, wie es denn mit der wirklichen Realität weitergehen könnte.

Die Erzählweise des Buches hat seine Höhen und Tiefen. Oft dachte ich, die Geschichte sei gleich zu Ende obwohl noch lange nicht die letzte Seite erreicht war – und wusch kam plötzlich ein neues Detail ins Spiel und das Katz-und-Maus Gejage ging weiter. Das fand ich ein bisschen unausgeglichen, aber es war nicht weiter schlimm. Bis zu einer gewissen Stelle war es auch erträglich, dann jedoch überzeichneten sich manche Ereignisse so deartig, dass es fast schon zu lächerlich war.

Es ist ungefähr so zu verstehen: Dreiviertel der Geschichte sind sehr nett zum lesen und wirken so als wüsste man schon längst, was 2044 passieren würde. Es war logisch. Dann aber gerät die Geschichte aus dem Ruder und es wirkt wie eine Abenteuergeschichte, die zum restlichen Buch nicht mehr wirklich passt.

Ganz abgesehen davon, dass das richtige Ende dann sehr rasch und lückenhaft abgeschlossen wurde. Während anfänglich noch genau und einleuchtend alles erklärt wurde, war die Auflösung der ganzen lang gezogenen Fragen dann doch etwas mickrig. Wie gesagt, das letzte Viertel des Buches passte nicht mehr ganz zum Anfang hinzu.

Bezogen auf die Charaktere waren diese nett, mit Gründen, so zu handeln, wie sie es nun taten. Sie wirkten ihrem Alter entsprechend (was in manchen Genre nicht immer der Fall ist), jedoch fehlte mir bei manchen Charakteren dann doch die Tiefe. Genauere Beweggründe. Besonders bei den Bösewichten fehlte mir dann doch etwas mehr als die angekratzte Oberfläche. Diese hatten im Nachhinein einen sehr klischeehaften Nachgeschmack.

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Fazit

Im Grunde war es ein sehr gutes Buch, dessen Ende ein wenig stört aber hey, in ein paar Tagen werde ich schon wahrscheinlich weniger negativ darüber denken. Denn ziemlich das ganze Buch über hatte ich sehr Spaß es zu lesen, der Schreibstil war flüssig und spannend und es gab nie Passagen, die zu lang gezogen waren.

Jedoch war das Ende dann so merkwürdig, dass ich Unsterblich von Jens Lubbadeh nur 4 von 5 Sternen geben kann. Keineswegs eine schlechte Bewertung finde ich.

xo Annina

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Hi guys, 

Bloggerportal was so friendly to send me this book and I was quite surprised on how fitting this story is for today’s time! But more of it later.

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Book Information

Title: Unsterblich (Eternal)
Author: Jens Lubbadeh
Pages: 445
Price: [GER] €14,99 [AT] €15,50
Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Heyne
Published: January 2016
Buy on Heyne

Cover and Make-Over

This edition is a paperback with a folded blurb, which is mostly a thing for hardcover books which have paper jackets. The Cover Illustration is a total eye catcher and was designed very boldly. The colors of black, white and gold are very tastefully used and make the cover seem precious. The illustration of abstracted actress Marlene Dietrich hint the theme of this book.

First browsing

Each chapter has an illustration next to the chapter headline, probably to mark it more obviously. It is getting more importance if you look at the book edge because it is present there. While reading the book you will see when the next chapter is starting without having to browse through the pages. Which is a thing I don’t like, having to browse through unread pages. Back to the Illustration at the beginning of the pages: if an Illustration is used to have a theme going in, it might have been better to use different people than just Marlene Dietrich. Like this it seems repetitive and unoriginal. The headlines of the chapter got a futuristic font to fit the theme of the book, I like that.

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About the author Jens Lubbadeh

Before Unsterblich got published, I’ve never heard of the author before. This hasn’t been a problem for me though, as long as the story is good, I don’t care about details like New authors. The book is especially interesting to read then.

Jens Lubbadeh is a freelancer journalist and writes for Die Zeit and many more print- and digital media. He has been editor at Spiegel Online and Technology Review and got awarded by the Herbert Quandt media price (recited and translated from the blurb of Unsterblich).

So this reviewed book is not only Jens Lubbadeh’s first novel but also a novel that the author can draw experience from his former and current workplaces, if I might interpret it that way.

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Plot

The story is located in the year 2044, where people cannot die. Well, they are able to, but their data is processed so that it can be used to digitalize people, called Eternal, and resurrect. People are able to see these digital people made out of code because the main company and founder of this idea, Immortal, has built a chip to be implanted in people’s brains to make digital people and digital objects visible. It is basically the future of augmented reality.

The protagonist Benjamin Kari works as an insurance agent for Fidelity, the subsidiary of Immortal, which makes it possible to produce Eternal. It becomes tricky for the company when the Eternal actress Marlene Dietrich disappears and the population begins to wonder how immortal eternal life can really be and whether Immortal is really the company, for which it seems to pass off – as an improvement for the world.

Kari is sent off to a mission by Fidelity to find out what really has happened with Marlene Dietrich. All the deeper he plunges into the case, the more he realizes how fragile the world of the Eternal is and how dangerous it can be, with too much knowledge, to walk on the same earth as Immortal.

My opinion

For me it has been a very intelligently written book, in which I had often the feeling that it is not so circuitous to create a mixed reality in the near future. If you take a look at Oculus Rift or Hololenses, which are still in the beginning stages of development, you start to ask yourself how far these reality mixing up glassed might go in the close future.

In harsh contrast, the eternal question gets ask: What if it is possible to immortalize humanity and what’s the best way to accomplish that? With data, code and a built-in brain chip that does not seem to be so far-fetched. But does one want to live forever? Obviously that would be great somehow, but then you should be able to have room for development instead of freezing in time forever.

But when one is subjected to a corrupt company that only sees its own benefits in the situation, even the best intentions can quickly turn to evil actions.

As you can see, Unsterblich makes you think and puzzle over a lot about what might be going on in the close reality when it comes to mixed digital reality.

The narrative style of the book has its ups and downs. I often thought that the story was almost done even when the last pages were far but reached – and WAM, suddenly there has been a new detail of the Eternal case and the mouse-and-cat game could continue. I thought that was a bit unbalanced, but it was not too bad. Up to a certain point it was bearable, but then, some events oversubscribed so bad that it was almost too ridiculous.

It is about to be understood in this way: Three quarters of the story are very nice to read and seem as if you knew long ago what would happen in 2044. It was logical. But then the story gets out of hand and it acts like an adventure story that no longer really fit with the rest of the book.

Apart from the fact that the ending has been very quickly and patchy executed. While at the start everything was explained more accurately and obvious, the dissolution of the entire long-drawn questions was a little puny. As I said, the last quarter of the book did not fit the very beginning.

Based on the characters they were nicely done, acting with reason. They acted their age (which in some genre is not always the case), but I was missing some character depth. More precise motives. Especially with the bad guys I was missing the depth, but all I got was a scratched surface. This had a very clichéd aftertaste.

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My Conclusion

Basically it was a very good book, which ending is ridiculous but hey, I probably won’t see it as bad as I do now. The whole duration of reading the book I had fun. The writing style was fluid and exciting and there never have been passages that had been too exaggerated. Very good. However, the end was so strange that I can only give 4 out of 5 stars to Unsterblich by Jens Lubbadeh . Not at all a bad review, I think.

xo Annina

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