Christopher Paolini: Eldest

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)Eldest by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I still think that he drew too much on Tolkien’s characters (Beor Mountains, e.g.). It was also too much detail for me and therefore to slow paced. I did skip some paragraphs or only cross-read them. The end was gripping, yes, but to get there took time. Lots of time.

Also, those lovesick boys…*le sigh*…grow up and learn to deal with a no. I also think, that the author misses out on creating some stronger women. Why do the people in Carvahall treat women as grown-up children who need a man to take care of them and who don’t own anything except some cutlery and who, if they don’t own that, lose worth? Not a society I’d want to live in.

Moving on to book three. I shall finish the series.

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HG Wells: The Time Machine

The Time MachineThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What I like about it is the sheer matter of fact story telling. Even though it is contrasted with the fiction within fiction devise, it conveys that there is absolute truth to the matter. I like that.

I have to admit though, I was confused because the Eloi in the novel do not resemble those in the movie with Rod Taylor(which I really liked as I was younger)… but I guess that’s Hollywood for you 🙂

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Terry Pratchett: The Last Hero

The Last Hero (Discworld, #27; Rincewind #7)The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am blown away by the beauty of that edition. The illustrator is a genius. But there also lies the problem, because I was so busy staring at the pretty pictures that I didn’t concentrate on the words. I loved the Kirk quote and I still really love Rincewind. I get him. And the librarian.

Storywise it was your typical Discworld narrative. I’m not disappointed and also not surprised. All is good.

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Terry Pratchett: Thud

Thud! (Discworld, #34; City Watch #7)Thud! by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Topics: Racism, Intolerance, perception, heritage, history. Dealt with admirably, because every character struggles with (or with overcoming of) their preconception and perception of the Other, may they be dwarf, human, troll, woman or vampire (okay, maybe Young Sam doesn’t) and that is wonderful. You have no righteous character, even Vimes who is ‚as straight as an arrow‘ as to overcome his prejudices and I love that. That’s smart writing. And it is honest writing. And on top the story is also funny in places, as is to be expected. Much love!

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English vs German

Welche Sprache wähle ich denn? Meistens brainstorme ich auf Englisch. Es fällt mir gerade bei dramatischen Szenen leichter, sie nicht auf deutsch zu verfassen. Im Gegensatz sind meine deutschen Romane lustiger. Sci-Fi auf deutsch kann ich nicht. Mein Stil ist je nach Sprache ganz verschieden und deshalb sitze ich bei einer Idee auch erst mal vor dem leeren Blatt und überlege…und manchmal weiß ichs nicht, wenn ich nicht schon in einer Sprache die Idee gedacht habe. Dann wirds

Kennt ihr das auch?

Wordfighting. Each sentence brought her closer to him.

Könnt ich nicht auf deutsch schreiben. Mag ich aber sehr.

Mh. Und weil ich mich nicht entscheiden kann, gibts auch in den nächsten Wochen einen Roman von mir auf deutsch und einen auf englisch zu kaufen. Wohoo.

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I never know which language to pick for a new project. If I have a clear idea in my mind I usually know which language fits it best. But sometimes I just don’t know and then I struggle. Usually, dramatic scenes work better in English, funny ones better in German. And Sci-Fi is a no go in German. I need English for that. And since I can’t decide, I’ll publish a German and English novel within the next couple of weeks.

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