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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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This one I think is darker and much more grim than the others before. Not bad, mind you. But since it draws from „A Midsummer Nights Dream“, which is a very dark play itself and not a comedy thank you very much, it is to be expected. I really feared for Granny Weatherwax. But all’s well that ends well, right?
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Peet doesn’t know he can jump between every planet in the galaxy until he is faced with a lynch mob of people who do not appreciate birds singing at the top of their lungs in the middle of the night. Which is also something Peet is really good at. It is save to say that he is the most unusual bird in the history of birds.
So, quite unexpectedly, Peet finds himself on a very slippery floor, which belongs to a space station, the current home of Mike. Mike is eleven and has just very recently lost his mother. People say she is dead, but Mike holds onto the hope that she is really just simply lost. Which is a good thing because once Mike can somehow escape the daycare center, he can go and try to find her (those other kids are insane!).
Mike runs into Peet as he is doing an errand for Ensign Roland, who is also stuck in the daycare center as part of her training to be a pilot (she has failed to see the logic of this). Mike decides to take the strange bird with him and hides him in his quarters.
Two officers, who know the immense value and rarity of Peet’s kind saw Mike pick him up and show up at his quarters a couple of hours later, eager to get their hands on Peet and exploit him to their advantages. Frightened, Peet jumps away and thus starts a roller coaster ride, which involves meeting demons (apparently relations of Peet) incinerating a planet and a trip home to Mike’s grandmother (no relation to anyone), who informs him that his mother was a secret caretaker and protector of Peet’s kind.
Peet and Mike jump to the planet his mother had last traveled to and land right in the middle of a fight between them and the other caretakers of the birds: dragons.
This is what I have so far. The title should have said: „Trying“ to write. No matter how often I revise I still think it doesn’t flow nicely and I’m leaving things out that I should write in. I have another synopsis in store to share soon-ish and am working on the ones for the German novels. They aren’t easy to write, are they?