REVIEW

[DE/ENG] Review: The Stand by Stephen King

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Hallihallo,

und willkommen zu einer neuen Rezension von mir, netterweise bereitgestellt von Bloggerportal und Heyne. Da ich Stephen Kings Bücher liebe, konnte ich es mir nicht entgehen lassen, den 1712 Seiten schweren Laster namens The Stand – Das letzte Gefecht zu lesen. Viel Spaß beim lesen der Rezension!

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Buchinformationen

Titel: The Stand – Das letzte Gefecht
Autor: Stephen King
Seiten: 1712
Genre: Abenteuer, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Art: Taschenbuch
Preis: [DE] 17,99€ [AT] 18,99€

Verlag: Heyne
Erschienen: April 2016
Erstmals erschienen: 1978

Handlung

Ein tödlicher Virus entkommt aus dem Regierungslabor und verbreitet sich rasend schnell durch Amerika, um rund 95 Prozent der Bevölkerung auszulöschen. Die Überlebenden teilen sich in zwei Gruppen auf: die des bösen Randall Flagg, dem Teufel in Person, und die der liebevollen 108-jährigen Frau Abagail Freemantle, die auserwählte Hand Gottes. Abagail legt es der überlebenden Instanz ans Herz, so schnell wie möglich Randall zu vernichten, bevor dieser nach Boulder, der neu aufgebaute Stadt der Überlebenden, mit seinem Gefolge einmarschiert und das letzte Gute auf dieser Erde vernichtet. Ein Wettlauf mit der Zeit beginnt, bei dem schon Anfang an klar ist, dass es nicht jeder überleben wird.

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Ich bin ein Riesenfan der Heyne Bücher von Stephen King, da sie so schlicht gehalten sind und trotzdem mit den wenigen Akzenten punkten, die sie haben. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen zieht sich die Gestaltung auch durch die ganzen Reihen, so macht das Sammeln nur noch mehr Spaß. Wie auch bei The Stand ist eine Schlüsselfigur auf dem Cover zu sehen, wie in diesem Fall der Rabe, der in dem Roman eine ganz besondere Stellung einnimmt.

Erstes Umblättern

Das erste Umblättern ist erstmals etwas schwerer, da es sich bei diesem Taschenbuch um einen 1712 Seiten schweren Klotz handelt. Da wurde die Handhabung erst nach Seite 300 halbwegs angenehm, da sich die Seitenverteilung halbwegs stabilisiert. Da es sich eben um ein Taschenbuch handelt, ist es noch eine wackelige Geschichte damit umzugehen. Leserillen haben sich aber bis zum Schluss nicht wiedergefunden. Dafür habe ich bemerkt, dass ca. kurz vor der Hälfte des Buches sich die Plastikbeschichtung des Umschlages beginnt abzulösen. Irgendwie logisch, wenn man ein Buch so lange liest und es in den Händen hält, aber für so ein dickes Buch hätte man sich etwas besseres überlegen können.

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Die Kapiteleinteilung ist schlicht mit “Kapitel 1, Kapitel 2, Kapitel 3,…” und so weiter nummeriert worden. The Stand wurde generell auch nochmals in Buch 1, Buch 2 und Buch 3 eingeteilt, was auch für den Geschichtenverlauf Sinn macht. Die Schriftgröße selbst finde ich angenehm gewählt worden und hat mich bei Stephen King Bücher noch nie gestört.

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Meine Meinung

Irgendwie dachte ich nicht, dass ich The Stand so schnell beenden würde, wie ich es nun getan habe. Innerhalb von einem Monat, einer Woche und einen Tag. Geniale Zahlen.

Wie dem auch sei, die Geschichte hier entwickelt sich sehr langsam und sehr genau. Es fühlt sich nicht so an, als würde sich Stephen King hetzen lassen und nimmt sich deshalb Zeit, sowohl die Seite des Guten als auch des Bösen zu erfassen. Ehrlich gesagt hatte er dabei mehr Wert auf die Seite des Guten als die des Bösen wert gelegt, aber die gute Seite hat mir sowieso besser gefallen. Hauptsächlich weil sie nicht von wirren, verrückten Widersachern gehandelt hat bei denen man andauernd hoffte, dass sie sich irgendwie gegenseitig erledigen würden. Auch fand ich die Sicht der “bösen” Charaktere etwas langweilig, da sie sich etwas zog. Böse habe ich auch deshalb unter Anführungszeichen gesetzt, da es in dem Buch nicht wirklich böse Charaktere außer dem Teufe selbst gibt. Alle anderen Menschen, die in The Stand als böse kategorisiert wurden, haben einen Grund, wieso sie so sind, wie sie eben sind. Wie viele Menschen sind schon grundlos von ihrer Geburt an böse?

Wie man schon sieht, lässt sich mit der Frage philosophisch viel anfangen und stellt die Basis für The Stand auf, wo doch quasi sehr streng von gut und böse unterschieden wird, man aber gegen Ende doch merkt, dass es nicht nur schwarz und weiß gibt. Ebenso stellt sich in dieser Geschichte die Frage, wie man handeln würde, wenn so ein Virus ausbrechen und fast die ganze Menschheit vernichten würde.Wie baut man eine Welt, die komplett in sich zusammengebrochen ist, wieder auf? Wie wahrscheinlich ist es, dass sich jemals so ein Virus in unsere Welt verirren wird?

Ebenso kann gesagt werden, dass Stephen King es aufgrund dieser grundsätzlichen Fragen wieder einmal geschafft hat, Menschen mit Charakter und Motiven auf die Beine zu stellen, welche nicht an den Haaren herangezogen sind und unglaubwürdig wirken. Ein wichtiger Grund für mich, wieso ich weiterhin seine Bücher lese, da mir dieser Aspekt bei Stephen King sehr gut gefällt. Ein Schwachpunkt von ihm, zumindest fällt es mir auf, ist dass er nicht besonders gut Frauen beschreibt. Vielleicht hat er sich in seinen heutigen Büchern gebessert und da The Stand 1978 herauskam, kann man es ihm vielleicht noch verzeihen. Doch hier erstmals meine Standpunkte, wieso ich glaube, dass er eher schwache Frauencharaktere in The Stand hat:

  • Frannie Goldsmith, ein Hauptcharakter in dem Buch, ist nur dazu da, um sich über zwei Männer Sorgen zu machen.
  • Frannie Goldsmith hat nur Gedanken für ihr Baby und ihre häusliche Situation.
  • Die übrigen Frauencharaktere werden entweder vergewaltigt oder stehen an der Seite von Männern.
  • Die Männer in den Büchern erledigen die schweren Aufgaben und lassen die Frauen zuhause, damit ihnen nichts passiert.

Das fiel mir dann nach 1712 Seiten doch extrem auf und hat mich darüber grübeln lassen, ob es in den anderen Büchern von Stephen King (wie Shining, Friedhof der Kuscheltiere, Carrie, Puls, Love,…) auch so stark an den Tag getreten ist. Genauer fiel mir da nur Brennen muss Salem und Puls ein, bei dem Frauen keine wichtigen Rollen trugen. Bei den übrigen Büchern ist es mir entweder nicht nennenswert aufgefallen oder die Rolle der Frau war einprägsam (siehe Sie oder Love). Demnach kann ich behaupten, dass bei Stephen King Männer eine tragende Rolle spielen, in The Stand aber es ein Einzelfall war, dass mir die schwachen Frauencharaktere so extrem aufgefallen sind.

Stephen King spielte auch Andeutungen von seinen anderen Romanen ein, indem er von einem Shining berichtete (Hellseherische Fähigkeit aus The Shining) oder darüber, dass Frannie eventuell mal nach Main zurückziehen wolle, vielleicht nach Castle Rock. Eine fiktive Stadt aus Kings Romanen. Obwohl The Stand einer der ersten Bücher Stephen Kings war ist es doch erstaunlich zu sehen, wie er sich sein Netz der realen und doch fiktiven Welt zusammengesponnen hat, sich daran festhält und in vielen seiner Romane Verbindungen knüpft.

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Fazit

Schlussendlich kann gesagt sein, dass The Stand ein sehr nettes Buch zu lesen ist und jedem Stephen King Fan gefallen wird. Mich hat es zwar nach einer Zeit doch genervt, ein so langes Buch zu lesen, hauptsächlich weil meine Geduld nur eine gewisse Seitenzahl verträgt, sollte aber dennoch nicht die Qualität der Geschichte mindern.

Deshalb bekommt The Stand – Das letzte Gefecht von Stephen King von mir 5 von 5 Sternen.

xo Annina

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Hi guys,

and welcome to a new review from me, nicely provided by Bloggerportal and Heyne. As I love Stephen King’s books, I could not pass up the chance to read the 1712 page monster called The Stand. Have fun reading the review!

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Book Information

Title: The Stand
Author: Stephen King
Pages: 1712
Genre: Abenteuer, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Type: Paperback
Price: [DE] 17,99€ [AT] 18,99€

Publisher: Heyne
Published in: April 2016
First time published in: 1978

Plot

A deadly virus escapes from the government lab and spreads fast across America to wipe out about 95 percent of the population. The survivors are divided into two groups: the evil Randall Flagg, the devil in person, and the loving 108-year-old woman Abagail Freemantle, the chosen hand of God. Abagail encourages the surviving people to destroy Randall as quickly as possible, before he invades Boulder, the newly built city of the survivors, with his entourage and destroys the last good on this earth. A race begins with time when it is already clear that not everyone will survive.

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I am a huge fan of the Heyne books by Stephen King, as they are so simple and still score with the few accents they have. Apart from a few exceptions, the design goes through the whole series, so collecting is only more fun. As with The Stand, a key figure is on the cover, as in this case the Raven, who occupies a very special position in the novel.

First Browsing

The first browsing is a bit harder for the first time since this paperback is about a 1712 page long. The handling was only getting better after page 300, as the page distribution stabilized halfway. Since it is just a paperback, it is still a wobbly story to deal with. However, reading furrows did not appear at all, which is a good thing for paperbacks. On the other hand, I have noticed that after reading about half of the book the plastic coating of the cover begins to detach. Somehow logical, if you read a book for so long and hold it in your hands, but for such a thick book one could have been chosen better material.

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The chapter allocation has simply been numbered with “Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, …” and so on. The Stand was also generally divided into Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3, which also makes sense for the story. The font size itself has been pleasantly chosen and has never disturbed me in Stephen King books.

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My opinion

Somehow I never thought of finishing The Stand as fast as I actually did it. Within one month, one week and one day. Awesome numbers.

Anyway, the story is developing very slowly and very accurately. It does not feel like Stephen King is rushing, and therefore takes time to capture both the side of good and evil. To be honest, he had placed more value on the side of the good than of the evil, but the good side was better anyways. Mainly because it never was about confused, crazy antagonists where you always were hoping for that they were going to get rid of each other. Also, I thought that the view of the “evil” characters were a little boring, as these parts were always slow. I also put evil under quotes, since there are not really evil characters in the book except the devil itself. All other people who were categorized as evil in The Stand have a reason why they are as they are. How many people are evil from the beginning of birth actually?

As you can see, the question is a philosophical one, and makes the basis for The Stand, where it is almost very strictly distinguished from good and evil. But in the end you notice that there is not only black and white. Likewise in this story, the question arises as to how one would act, if such a virus would break out and destroy almost the whole of mankind. How are you going to rebuild a world, which is completely collapsed? How likely is it that such a virus will ever come into our world?

It can also be said that, on the basis of these fundamental questions, Stephen King once again succeeded in creating people with character and motives which are far-fetched and untrustworthy. An important reason for me, because I continue to read his books simply by liking this aspect of Stephen King. A weakness of him, at least one I noticed, is that he does not particularly well describe women. Perhaps he has improved in his books today, and since The Stand came out in 1978, one can perhaps forgive him. But here for the first time are my points of view and why I believe that he has rather weak women characters in The Stand:

  • Frannie Goldsmith, a main character in the book, is only there to worry about two men.
  • Frannie Goldsmith has only thoughts for her baby and her domestic situation.
  • The other women ‘s characters are either raped or stand by the side of men.
  • The men in the books do the hard work and leave the women at home, so that nothing happens to them.

After 1712 pages, I pondered about the other books written by Stephen King (such as The Shining, Pet Cemetery, Carrie, Cell, Lisey’s Story, …) . More specifically, it reminded me that only Salem’s Lot and Cell had women who did not carry important roles. In the rest of the books, it is either not worth mentioning or the role of the women were memorable (see Her or Lisey’s Story). So I can say that Stephen King’s men play an important role in The Stand, but it was a particular case that the weak women’s characters are so extremely noticeable to me.

Stephen King also gave hints of his other novels by reporting about a Shining (clairvoyant ability from The Shining) or about Frannie possibly going back to Maine, perhaps to Castle Rock. A fictitious city from Kings’ novels. Although The Stand was one of Stephen King’s first books, it is amazing to see how his web of the real and yet fictional world has coalesced, adhered to, and connected in many of his novels.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, it can be said that The Stand is a very nice book to read and every Stephen King fan will probably like it. It took me a while to read such a long book, mainly because my patience only tolerates a certain number of pages, but it should not reduce the quality of the story.

That’s why The Stand by Stephen King gets 5 out of 5 stars.

xo Annina

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MOVIES & TV SHOWS

My 10 favorite TV shows! [Part 1]

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Hi guys,

since I’m still reading my super thick books (hello Anna Karenina and The Stand) and don’t have a review for you in a while, I’m going to write a bit about my currently favorite TV shows. Part 2 is going to be about potential future TV shows I want to see. Have fun! 🙂


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Game of Thrones

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Age Rating: 16
Seasons: 6 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 10
Duration of an episode: ~56 minutes
Channel: HBO

Nowadays, this is almost a no-brainer. A lot of people just love Game of Thrones and so do I! Seven main family houses fighting over a iron throne (literally made out of iron swords)? Count me in! There’s a lot of drama and shockers and you simply feel with the characters. Also you want to know who will end up on the Iron Throne because the show is very slowly working its way towards that part. Also several favorite characters get separated and it’s simply a mess of a TV show. A good mess, but still one. If you love high class fantasy, magic and dragons, this is your show.

By the way, has anybody here read the books? I did and I want A Winds of Winter out since, like, yesterday. The show is spoilering all the fun…ha ha haaa. Ha.


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Gossip Girl

Genre: Drama, Romance
Age Rating: 12
Seasons: 6
Episode per season: ø 24
Duration of an episode: ~42 minutes
Channel: The CW

Some might have followed the part of my life that I was falling highs over heels over Gossip Girl. My sister told me to watch it since she absolutely loved it and was much earlier obsessed than I was. Me, the usual human being who wouldn’t watch something recommended by her sister because IT’S JUST THAT GOOD, wouldn’t watch it until late September 2014. Right after my sister, my mom and I have been to New York City and basically experienced the location of Gossip Girl – New York City – on our own – IT happened. I started watching Gossip Girl the weekend before university started again. Such a bad idea.

I mean, okay, I didn’t know I would get THAT obsessed over a drama of a group of super rich obnoxious teenagers who live in New York and gossip all the time? Well I DID at the reasons I did are called Chuck and Blair. My fellow Gossip Girl friends will know what I mean and the ones that don’t only will if they watch season 1 to 6 to get the pain of shipping Chuck and Blair aka the reason why the show even had 6 seasons.


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The Walking Dead

Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Age Rating: 18
Seasons: 7 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 16
Duration of an episode: ~44 minutes
Channel: AMC

In honor of tonight’s The Walking Dead premiere season 7, this show simply had to be in it.This is one of my very first binge-watching shows and I started watching this in fall 2011. Back in the day when I simply hated Game of Thrones because it was competing against The Walking Dead. By now, I like Game of Thrones a bit better.
This show is based on The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman and is about Sheriff Rick Grimes. Rick gets shot during a deployment and wakes up from a coma in a post-apocalyptic world. This must suck. Anyways, Rick is determinated to find his family and keep his people safe. Which is basically the plot of season 1 to 7. It’s your decision if Rick is doing a good job.


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Downton Abbey

Genre: Drama, Romance
Age Rating: 12
Seasons: 6
Episode per season: ø 9
Duration of an episode: ~ 58
Channel: ITV (Independent Television)

Downton Abbey is a very nice and posh little series which makes you start talking in a posh english accent if you binge-watch it too long. This series is about an english family house in the 1910s and follows their lifes, not to forget the life of their attendants. It’s really interesting, dramatic and funny, not to forget that Dame Maggie Smith is having a nice part in it. Also you can ship certain characters, so helloooo for me.


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Orphan Black

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Age Rating: 14
Seasons: 4 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 10
Duration of an episode: ~44 minutes
Channel: BBC America

My first Netflix binge-watch series. As in I got the Netflix account and started watching Season 1 of Orphan Black within a day. I didn’t know what year it has been after finishing. Orphan Black intrigues within the first ten minutes of the first episode and doesn’t get boring after that. It is about Sarah Manning, a woman who finds out that she has a clone – or maybe more than one? Investigating her clone after an incident and taking over her life she realizes that her life is far different than she had ever believed.


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Modern Family

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Age Rating: 12
Seasons: 8 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 22
Duration of an episode: ~22 minutes
Channel: ABC

This comedy is about the daily life of a patchwork family which centers around the father Jay, and his children Claire and Mitchell. Each family struggles with daily problems that might or might not include other family members which mixes together into a very lovely and fun to watch TV show. Even with eight seasons and ongoing it never gets boring and I am looking forward to watch a new episode every time.

Also your favorite characters might switch from episode to episode (at least this is happening to me) because they all are simply that great. Isn’t that a good treat of a fun show to watch?


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Saturday Night Live

Genre: Sketch-Comedy, Music
Age Rating: 12
Seasons: 42 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 21
Duration of an episode: One Hour
Channel: NBC

A sketch-comdey series airing on Saturday Night on NBC. It tackles pop culture in various ways, such as making fun of commercials, politics, celebrities and TV shows in short sketches. Many knows comedy actors, musicians or even talk show hosts such as Kristen Wiig, Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon had their break through because of Saturday Night Live (okay Justin was known before because of NSYNC but I hope you get my point).

I simply love it because it makes you laugh when you had a bad day but also because it’s so up-to-date with their themes and political talks. They have a different host every episode and a different musical act. In the middle of the episode there’s a “News Update” sketch which is basically a news broadcast but with comedic elements in it. The musical guest plays his/her song in the first half of the episode and in the second half in it, usually in the middle of each half. So you can say the live show has a structure when which element is playing.

I had Saturday Night Life as my theoretical Bachelor thesis so I know a few things about SNL and could go on and on. Also I wish I could see it live for once, so I keep dreaming.


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Shameless

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Age Rating: 16
Seasons: 7 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 12
Duration of an episode: ~46 minutes
Channel: Showtime

Oh Shameless, the show I’m really slow to watch and when I’m watching I know why I love it so much. This is a drama-comedy about the life of big sister Fiona living in the suburbs of Chicago with her five siblings since their father isn’t caring for and about them. The title promises what this show is all about: being shameless and doing what the hell you wanna do! Well doing whatever you want to do of course has consequences and having a ruthless father like alcoholic Frank Gallagher certainly left a trail on the life of his six children.

I love this show because it’s so raw, funny and simply real. It doesn’t feel sugar-coated and has a plot where you want to be happy for all of them and get Frank out of the way. I’m still wondering why this dude is still alive.


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Orange is the New Black

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Age Rating: 16
Seasons: 4 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 13
Duration of an episode: One Hour
Channel: Netflix

Piper Chapman gets charged and arrested for a crime she has committed years ago and therefore gets sent to Litchfield, a women-only prison. Feeling mistreated and out of place, she has to settle in and get used to the idea that she has to stay in Litchfield for a while. And just because she tries to be friendly with everyone, it doesn’t mean that everyone else welcomes her warmly into the prison.

As far as I remember I was hooked since Episode One. It felt like an unique storytelling and the setting was different from the shows I usually watch. The mix of drama and comedy made the TV show watch super easily and you learn to love so many characters since Orange Is The New Black shows the backstories of other prisoners besides Piper as well. Good move and therefore each episode has a new side to discover.


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Stranger Things

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Age Rating: 16
Seasons: 1 and ongoing
Episode per season: ø 8
Duration of an episode: ~55 minutes
Channel: Netflix

When 12 year old Will Byers mysteriously disappears, his three friends Dustin, Mike and Lucas start looking for him and find a girl, who they call Eleven and got telekinesis powers, who claims to know Will’s location. As the four friends slowly uncover the whole truth behind Will’s disappearance, a government’s agency tries to cover it all up.

This had to be THE show of summer 2016. Everybody was talking about Stranger Things and I was binge-watching the whole season on Sunday, the weekend Stranger Things aired on Netflix. This is how good it is, because I rarely do it anymore. A friend of mine told me to watch it since I like Stephen King and she was absolutely right, I loved it. Mix in Steven Spielberg and 80s movies and there you go. It had a nostalgic feeling with super nice visuals, music and of course a storyline you couldn’t resist! Season 2, where are you?


I’m keeping up on my TV shows with a wonderful app called TVShow Time! If you are watching lots of TV and want to have an overview of how many episodes you have watched already or when the next episode will be airing, this is your app. Also it’s free with the possibility to get an premium upgrade 🙂

So there have been my currently 10 favorite TV shows! What are your favorite ones and have you seen some of yours in this list? Let’s talk about them down below in the comment section! 🙂

xo Annina

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NEWS

My NaNoWriMo Project 2016

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Hi guys,

as I have mentioned months years ago that I wanted to continue writing a novel I’ve started in 2013 for NaNoWriMo. Well wanted and tried are the hottest keywords you can use for my project. Because it didn’t get that far.

But first of all for those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo, short for National November Writing Month, is a writing program for people all around the world who set the goal to write 50.000 words from November 1st to November 30th. That word count would mean a short novel or a great start for a bigger novel. Here you can visit their website for more information.

Naturally, since I wanted to write stories since I can think (as well as drawing), this project just seems perfect to me. Before NaNoWriMo, I tried my luck with ScriptFrenzy (in 2009 I think?!), a little brother project by NaNoWriMo in which you should write a hundred page movie/TV/play script within the month of April. Sadly, this project wasn’t continued due to financial issues. This was actually perfect for people who weren’t sure if they could write 50.000 words in a month, such as me. But hey, I wasn’t even able to manage that (I think I wrote 50 pages or such, I sadly can’t find the whole script anymore).

So even if I haven’t finished my project (I really haven’t written more than 18.000 words) I just wanted to show you this project. Maybe it’s something new for you to discover.

My NaNoWriMo Project 2016

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Working Title: Run For Seven
Year I started with it: November 2013
Word count (so far): 18.497
(Schokocheety is my username on NaNoWriMo btw)

What is Run For Seven about?
Run For Seven is about The Seven Sins coming down to Earth as humans to find their replacements beyond High School students (might gonna change that to College students). Little do they know that the Sins are awaited by a religious group of Hunters who want to see the Sins dead and plunge the world into chaos to reinvent the world and form them after their believes. Not to forget that if the Sins can’t find their replacements in time, the system of the world gets damaged and slowly but steadily will repel humanity. So time is running fast for the Seven as they not only have to find their replacements but also convince them that the newbies are in fact the new Sins. Will they save the world before it’s too late?

Far too many characters

There are going to be quite a few characters, I even had a list for all of them because there are going to be fourteen main characters. It’s more reasonable to pick a few main ones telling the stories and let the others ride along, as much as it feels wrong to do so. But seven sins and seven replacements are a lot, yeah. Oh and not to forget the villains and some side characters to add the fun. I need a clipboard to organize literally everything, this is madness for me.

But it sounds fun in my head…!

As almost everything does. That story never lets me go and I hope that I will be able to finish it. There is some epic adventure ahead of me and my characters. With the motivation of NaNoWriMo 2016 I might start planning it and be able to write some more. At least I’ve written a bit about it last year, although it’s mostly blabla, my favorite kind of writing. Forever continuing and never getting to the point.

Just like with my blog posts!

xo Annina

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REVIEW

[Tiny] Review: Hogwarts – An incomplete and unreliable Guide by J.K.Rowling

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Hi guys,

this is the last part of my mini-series of tiny reviews including the eBook stories by J.K.Rowling, published by Pottermore. I have already reviewed Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies as well as Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists if you want to check it out.

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Book Information

Title: Hogwarts – An incomplete and unreliable Guide
Author: J.K.Rowling
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 93
Price: 2,99€

Publisher: Pottermore
Published on: September 6th 2016

Plot

A collection of information about the Hogwarts castle such as The Chamber of Secrets, The Marauder’s Map, the Sorting Hat, the Time Turner and many more get their moment to shine. J.K. Rowling hints about how she first intended to create and change certain things in the books and gives a general insight into her creative writing process concerning the Harry Potter books.

Opinion

It felt even shorter than the other two eBooks simply because there wasn’t really new information in it. Which is disappointing thinking of buying this eBook while I could have read about these facts easily online (legal and for free). It’s a short,enjoyable read for sure since visiting one of your favorite fictional places is always a great thing, yet it didn’t give me the sense of reading something new.

Conclusion

Hogwarts – An incomplete and unreliable Guide by J.K.Rowling is a nice eBook for hardcore Harry Potter fans (such as I), but you don’t really need to read it to find out new information about the Harry Potter universe. I still give it 5 out of 5 stars, simply because it’s Harry Potter and I’m biased like that.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

[DE/ENG] Review: Weltasche by Marie Graßhoff

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

Dieser Post lässt sich auf Deutsch und Englisch lesen. Bitte nach unten scrollen, um die englische Version zu lesen. Danke!


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Hallihallo,

und hiermit herzlich willkommen zu meiner Rezension von Weltasche, der Fortsetzung von Kernstaub von Marie Graßhoff. Das eBook wurde mir freundlicherweise von der lieben Marie zur Verfügung gestellt. Dafür möchte ich mich nochmals ganz herzlich bedanken 🙂

Ihr solltet für diese Rezension Kernstaub gelesen haben, sonst ist der Beitrag nur seeehr wirr.

Let’s fetz!

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Buchinformation
Titel: Weltasche – Über das Gift an Quallenmembranen
Autor: Marie Graßhoff
Genre: Science Fiction
Art: eBook (auch als Taschenbuch erhältlich)
Seiten: ~700
Preis: 5,03€

Verlag: Drachenmond Verlag
Veröffentlicht am: 30.September 2016

Inhalt

Die Handlung schließt unmittelbar nach Kernstaub an, als Mara beginnt, nach A’ens Qualle zu suchen. Sie hat ihre Kräfte so gut wie ganz verloren und kommt sich nach ihrem Treffen mit dem Kern nutzlos vor. Zweifel kommen auf, denn wie soll sie A’en im unendlichen Quallenmeer finden und seiner Seele wieder einen Körper geben? Kaum glaubt sie seine Qualle gefunden zu haben, macht ihr das Schicksal einen Strich durch die Rechnung und sie findet sich inmitten eines Kults wieder, welcher glaubt, durch sie mit einem alten Gott des Universums kommunizieren zu können. Nur, dass es diesen Gott gibt und mit seinem Erwachen eine ungeahnte Macht erweckt wurde, welche für das ganze Universum eine Gefahr darstellt. Das Universum ohnehin schon an seinen Grenzen, versucht Mara verzweifelt Schritt für Schritt die Welten zusammenzuhalten, welche eigentlich nichts anderes will als ihren Tod.

Cover und Aufmache

Genauso wie Kernstaub ist Weltasche ein richtiger Cover-Hingucker. Maras rote Haare in Verbindung mit der Schmuckfarbe blau, welche größtenteils das Cover ziert, ist sehr ausgeglichen designt worden. Der Mix aus serifen/loser Schrift ist interessant gewählt und verleiht dem Cover ein zusätzliches gewisses Etwas.

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Wenn man im Buch zu blättern beginnt, fällt einem auch die detailreiche Illustration der Qualle auf, welche am Anfang jedes Kapitels ihren Platz findet.

Meinung

Soweit ich mich noch erinnern kann, bin ich bei Kernstaub sehr unzufrieden mit Mara gewesen. Damals war sie noch sehr weinerlich und naiv unterwegs. Solche Charaktere nerven mich ehrlich gesagt und deswegen habe ich auch für meine Verhältnisse ewig gebraucht, um Kernstaub zu beenden.

Die Weltasche Mara hingegen liest sich schon viel besser. Man merkt, dass sie einiges hinter sich hat, noch einiges lernen muss, aber im Großen und Ganzen mit ihrer Aufgabe mitwächst. Sprich: sie geht mir nicht mehr auf die Nerven. Und das ist gut so, sonst hätte ich wieder ewig gebraucht, um das Buch zu beenden (und das kann ich auch nicht leiden). Jedoch kann ich nicht behaupten, dass Mara mein Lieblingscharakter in diesem Buch war, denn es hat ihr jemand die Show gestohlen. Ein “neuer” Charakter, Theia (sie war schon Teil von Kernstaub), bekam eigene Kapitel und man erfuhr von ihrer Vergangenheit und wie sie mit Glen und den übrigen Erdenbewohner zu tun hat – insbesonders, wieso sie die Erdenbewohner so hasst. Ihre Vergangenheit fand ich extrem spannend und hat mir so auch am besten gefallen. Was nicht bedeutet, dass die anderen Kapitel weniger gut waren.

Kapitel
Denn es wurde nicht nur in Maras und Theias Sicht unterteilt (nur bei Mara wurde in Ich-Perspektive geschrieben), sondern auch in der Sicht einer zweiten Mara und in der Sicht eines komplett neuen Charakters, Leo, die Stieftochter von Theia und Anomalie. Leo kann in ihren Gedanken mit den Bäumen dieser Welt kommunizieren und hat somit Zugriff auf so gut wie die gesamte Geschichte des Universums. Soweit die Bäume sich ihr mitteilen wollen. Das Rätsel um die zweite Mara wird im Übrigen auch gelüftet, insofern man nicht im Laufe der Geschichte selbst darauf kommt. Denn diese zweite Mara lebt in einer (fast) heilen Welt, in welcher Juan und ihr Bruder Lewin noch in physischer Form anwesend sind.

Diese Art die Geschichte zu unterteilen fand ich sehr erfrischend und abwechslungsreich. Man konnte nicht nur Informationen von anderen Personen mitbekommen sondern rätselte auch noch ununterbrochen mit, wie diese Kapitel jetzt zueinander in die Kernstaub-Geschichte passen. Eine deutlich dynamischere Handlung fand statt, meiner Meinung ein großer Entwicklungsfortschritt.

Schreibstil
Schon wie in Kernstaub erwähnt, kann ich absolut nichts gegen Maries Schreibstil sagen, weil dieser einfach nur absolut schön ist. Für mich ein wenig gewöhnungsbedürftig, da wieder reinzukommen, aber man fängt sich sehr schnell. Deshalb gewöhnungsbedürftig, weil sie zwar sehr schön schreibt, aber dadurch auch etwas verwoben und ausgeschmückt. Was gut ist, denn ein einfacher Schreibstil passt in diese Geschichte gar nicht und hebt sich dadurch auch im Literaturbereich ab. Ebenfalls stellen sich in Weltasche wieder sehr philosophische Fragen, die Kernstaub und Weltasche nur noch größer wirken lassen und man dadurch beginnt, nur noch weiter in das Universum einzutauchen. Band 3, wo bist du?

Fazit

Definitiv ein Buch für Leser, die a) dicke Bücher mögen b) Science Fiction zu ihrem Genre zählen und c) fantastische Universen lieben, die gut durchdacht sind und zeigen, dass hinter dieser Geschichte noch viel mehr steckt.

Weil ich an Weltasche – Über das Gift an Quallenmembranen von Marie Graßhoff echt nichts auszusetzen hatte, bekommt es von mir 5 von 5 Sternen.

Und…

Kernstaub bekommt einen Serien-Trailer! Richtig gelesen, Kernstaub soll als Serie verfilmt werden und dreht momentan den Trailer dafür, damit dieser dann bei englischen Produktionsfirmen gezeigt werden kann. Und hoffentlich daraus dann eine Kernstaub-Serie entstehet. Ich bin hyped, deswegen möchte ich das hier noch erwähnt haben und lasse direkt mal einen Link für die Facebook-Seite UNIVERSE OF GODS da. 🙂

Und hier der dazugehörige Youtube Channel für noch mehr Infos.

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xo Annina

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Hi guys,

welcome to my new review of Weltasche (Worldash), the sequel of Kernstaub by Marie Graßhoff. I got the eBook from the author herself – again, thank you so much for that!

You should have read Kernstaub for this review, else this post will be very confusing. Also this is a German publication, so weird translation mistakes might appear. My bad 🙂

Let’s fetz!

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Book Information
Title: Weltasche – Über das Gift an Quallenmembranen
Author: Marie Graßhoff
Genre: Science Fiction
Type: eBook (paperback is available as well)
Pages: ~ 700
Price: 5,03€

Publisher: Drachenmond Verlag
Published on: September 30th 2016

Plot

The plot starts right away after Kernstaub when Mara starts to look for A’en’s jellyfish. She has lost almost all her powers and feels useless after her meeting with the nucleus. Doubts surface since Mara has no idea how to find A’en in the infinite sea of jellyfish and how to put his soul back into a body. She almost finds his jellyfish when destiny crosses her path and the girl suddenly finds herself in a cult of people who believe to be able to communicate through her with an old god. The problem is that this old god is very real and  with his awakening an unknown power arises which starts to endanger the whole universe. The universe being on the edge all along, Mara tries to put the world back together step by step although the universe never wanted anything else than Mara’s death.

Cover and Layout

Same with Kernstaub, Weltasche is a real eye catcher. Mara’s red hair in connection with the spot color blue, which takes in almost the whole cover, looks very balanced designed. The mix of the serif and sans serif font is chosen interestingly and gives the cover a certain touch.

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When browsing through the book, a detailed Illustration of a jellyfish is placed at the beginning of each chapter.

Opinion

As far as I can remember, I have been very unsatisfied with Mara’s character. Back then, she was very weepy and naive. Such characters annoy me to be honest und that has been the reason why it took me so long to finish Kernstaub.

But in Weltasche, Mara’s character is so much more readable. It is noticeable that Mara has been through a lot, still has to learn lots but grows along with her challenges. Say: she doesn’t annoy me any longer. And that’s good since otherwise it probably would have taken me ages again to finish a book (and that’s a thing I hate). Although I have to say that Mara wasn’t my favorite character in the book because someone else completely stole her show. A „new“ character, Theia (who had a tiny part in Kernstaub), got her own chapters and the reader got to know her past and her connection to Glen and the rest of the Earth inhabitants. Especially why she hates them so much. I found her past very exciting to read and I loved her parts the most. What doesn’t mean that the other chapters weren’t good as well.

Chapters
But the book is not only parted in Mara’s and Theia’s point of views, but also the view of a second Mara and a view of a complete new character, Leo, the stepdaughter from Theia who is an aberration. Leo is able to communicate with the trees of the world in her thoughts und therefore has access to almost the whole history of the universe. As far as the trees want to tell her about it. The riddle about the second Mara gets solved as well, if the reader isn’t able to find the reason why there is a second Mara at the same time as main Mara. Because that second Mara lives in an almost perfect world, in which Juan and her brother Lewin are still alive.

The way of parting the story is very refreshing and varied. You weren’t only able to get information from one point of view but also from other people and therefore were able to guess how all the different facts and information points were connected to each other. A distinct dynamic plot was taking place in Weltasche, which is a great development for the whole series.

Writing Style
As mentioned as in my Kernstaub review, I can’t say a bad thing about Marie’s writing style since it’s nothing but beautiful. For me it has been a little bit hard to get back into the story and its style, but it doesn’t take too long. It has been a bit hard because the style is interwoven and embroidered. Which is a good thing, since a simple writing style wouldn’t have fit to this series and therefore raises from the usual literature genre. Also Weltasche is asking philosophical questions (just as in Kernstaub), which blows the universe of the book up and let’s it seem even a bigger story, not to forget that you are able to dive deeper into the plot. Book 3, where are you?

Conclusion

Definitely a book for readers who a) like thick books b) have Science Fiction as one of their favorite genres and c) love fantastic universes which are thought through and show that there is much more behind the story that is slowly surfacing.

Since I can’t complain a thing about Weltasche – Über das Gift an Quallenmembranen by Marie Graßhoff, I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

And…

Kernstaub gets a TV-Show trailer! You read it right, Kernstaub is planned to be a TV series and is currently filming a trailer, so the production team of it can show it to big english production companies to convince them to take Kernstaub in. And it would be a great series – so I just wanted to mention this since I’m super hyped for it. Here’s the Facebook page of UNIVERSE OF GODS if you want to check it out and support the project! 🙂

And here’s the Youtube Channel for more additional information.

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xo Annina

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The Cover is from Drachenmond Verlag.

BOOK TALKS

Read in September 2016

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Hi guys,

aaand it’s October. How fast has time flown by? Too fast if you ask me and Christmas is just around the corner! Stressing out myself is my favorite hobby, apparently. Let’s see what I have read this month.

  1. Heroism, Harship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K.Rowling (Full Review)
  2. Unsterblich by Jens Lubbadeh (Full Review)
  3. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick (Full Review)
  4. Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K.Rowling (Full Review)
  5. The Shannara Chronicles: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (Full Review)
  6. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley (Full Review)

There’s a first for me because all the books on this list got a full review! However I managed to do that. So this isn’t going to be a very long post and I’m just gonna pic my favorite and my least favorite book.


THE ABSOLUTE BEST OCTOBER READ:

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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. Who would have guessed? Nobody I bet. I mean, it wasn’t that obvious, right? Unsterblich was pretty good too but I haven’t eaten it up like I did The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet.


AN ABSOLUTELY DISASTER BOOK:

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For me this has been The Sword of Shannara. Couldn’t get into the story and basically forced myself to read it. The story was kind of copied from The Lord of the Rings, so this is a no-no book for me.


Like I said, short post. If you want to check out the full reviews, feel free to do so. I like to ramble and nag there so much more.

xo Annina

Also visit me on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Goodreads 🙂

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The Hogwarts Covers are from Pottermore.com, the rest from Goodreads.com.