book cover Stephane Hessel Time for Outrage

Time for Outrage!/ Entruestet Euch!

July 2020

This book is more important than ever

October 2011

Time for Outrage!Time for Outrage! by Stéphane Hessel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wise words of a man fighting injustice all of his life. It is a small but well written book and I think it should be obligatory in school to read it.

Stephane Hessel is a French Diplomat who fought in the Resistance in the Second World War as the Nazism outraged him. He never lost his outrage as in his point of view human rights are universal and even though many totalitarian Regimes had been abolished there is still too much injustice (and maybe even more as it is not so clear any more who does them) in this world.

With 93 years of age he inspires young people to not be indifferent which to him is the worst attitude possible. He says that hope and non-violence inspires and achieves much more than desperation and violence.

A must-read!

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August 2020

Dieses Buch ist wichtiger als jemals zuvor:

Oktober 2011

Weise Worte eines Mannes, der sein Leben lang gegen Ungerechtigkeit gekaempft hat. Es ist ein kleines aber gut geschriebenes Buch und ich denke es sollte obligatorisch sein, es in Schulen zu lesen.

Stephane Hessel ist ein franzoesischer Diplomat, der in der Resistance im Zweiten Weltkrieg kaempfte, da die Nazi Ideologie in entruestete. Er hat diese Entruestung nie verloren, da in seinen Augen Menschnrechte universel sind und obwohl viele totalitaere Regierungen bekaempft sind es immer noch zu viel (und vielleicht mehr denn je, da nicht mehr so klar ist, wer sie ausuebt) Ungerechtigkeit auf dieser Welt gibt.

Mit 93 Jahren inspiriert er junge Menschen nicht gleichgueltig zu sein, da das in seinen Augen die schlimmst moegliche Einstellung ist. Er sagt Hoffnung und Gewaltlosigkeit erreichen viel mehr als Verzweiflung und Gewalt.

Ein Buch, das jeder lesen muss!

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Blast from the Past: Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century

This review was first posted in April 2012:

Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st CenturyVoice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century by James Byrne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I still do not have a clue how to do a proper book review for a poetry book. If you want to do a sophisticated one you probably need to know about the use of language, about verses, rhymes ect. But well ~ even in school that kind of talk about poetry seemed to be a bit of a blabla to me.
For me poetry is like an explanation of life, it arouses emotions, it creates images in my mind, it responds to my experiences and if it is really good it makes me think and inspires me to write one as well.
Looking at “Voice Recognition ~ 21 poets for the 21ST century” from that point of view I found a lot of it.

The 21 poets, all born betweet 1977 & 1990, are the “new stars” of British poetry according to the editors James Byrne & Clare Pollard . You can find a great variety of forms from a ballad kind style of Siddharta Bose to free poetry which uses visual effects of Ahren Warner.
They talk about relationships, death, sex, immigration and the challenges one has to face growing up in ever faster changing world.
If you want to have a peek into one of the poets find your way to Adam O’Riordan’s page and poems.

This book is definitely worth reading and I think about buying it.
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Ich habe immer noch keine Ahnung, wie man eine Buchsprechung eines Lyrikbandes richtig macht. Wenn sie gebildet sein soll, muss man vermutlich etwas ueber den Gebrauch von Sprache, etwas ueber Verse, Reime ect wissen. Aber tja, sogar in der Schule schien mir diese Art von Annaeherung an Lyrik ein grosses BlaBla zu sein.

Lyrik is fuer mich eine Erklaerung des Lebens, sie erregt Gefuehle, zeichnet Bilder in meinem Geist und wenn sie wirklich gut ist bringt sie mich zum Denken und inspiriert mich, selber ein Gedicht zu schreiben. Wenn ich “Voice Recognition ~ 21 poets for the 21ST century” von diesem Standpunkt aus betrachte, finde ich eine Menge davon.

Die 21 Lyriker und Lyrikerinnen, die alle zwischen 1977 & 1990 geboren wurden, sind die “neuen Stars” des Britischen Gedichts. Das jedenfalls finden James Byrne & Clare Pollard die Herausgeber des Buches. Man findet eine grosse Vielfalt von Lyrik von den balladenhaften Gedichten des Siddharta Bose zum eher freien Stil, der mit visuellen Effekten arbeitet, von Ahren Warner.
Sie sprechen von Beziehungen, Tod, Sex, Einwanderung und den Herausforderungen, denen man gestellt ist, wenn man in einer sich immer schneller veraendernden Welt aufwaechst.

Falls Du einen kleinen Blick auf einen der Lyriker des Buches werfen moechtest, schaue einfach bei Adam O’Riordan’s Seite nach.

Dieses Buch ist es wert zu lesen und ich bin am ueberlegen, ob ich es mir nicht kaufen soll.

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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Tiny Book Review: The Essential Oils Handbook/ Kleine Buchbesprechung

June 2020

Essential oils have more than once healed my colds and kept my depression to bearable levels. It’s good to know about how to use essential oils and I feel at the moment they are more than needed. The review is extremely short but the links after the German part are very informative. Happy Sunday to you all despite everything!

I posted this first in February 2012:

The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-BeingThe Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being by Jennie Harding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good information on the use of essential oils for massage, bath and aromatherapy. Gives insight into how to massage, use oils in baths and other healing methods. The biggest part is left for single essential oils where the author gives information to safety, use, origin and characteristics of them.

This is definitely one I would buy!

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Gute Information ueber den Gebrauch von aetherischen Oelen in Massage, Hydrotherapie und Aromatherapie. Hier wird ein Einblick in Massage-Techniken, in den Gebrauch von Oelen zum Baden und anderen Heilmethoden geben. Der groesste Teil des Buches gilt den einzelnen Oelen, wobei die Autorin informationen zur Sicherheit, zu Gebrauch und Einzelheiten zu jedem Oel gibt.

Dies ist definitv eines der Buecher, das ich kaufen wuerde.

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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Book Review: Bump Time Meridian by Doug J Cooper

Bump Time MeridianBump Time Meridian by Doug J Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was kindly given a free ARC version of “Bump Time Meridian” in exchange for an honest review.

I was so looking forward to reading this book. Last year I stumbled over Doug J Cooper on Goodreads. He invited readers and bloggers to review the first book of his “Bump Time” trilogy, and on a whim, I signed up.

That was one of my best reading decisions ever. I so loved the first book. It ended with a huge cliff hanger, and I was so curious how it would go on. When I got Doug’s email asking for reviewers of the second book “Bump Time Meridian”, I could not resist. And again I was not disappointed.

I think the first book put more emphasis on the superpower AI that acts in the background, Diesels development and the relationship between Diesel and Leilah. This second book shows more about their daughter Rose and how a mission to save Leilah can go horribly wrong. It again ends with a great cliff hanger, and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series. It left me with so many questions that I can’t wait to have answered in the last book.

Admittedly, I needed a little to get back into the story and remember who was who and what exactly was going on. The chapter which gives a summary of book one plus an extra introduction to Rose and @Ciopova the AI helped a lot. It was great to see how the Leilahs and Roses of several timelines worked together to create a solution to Leilah’s future death. Like in the first book, I felt the female characters have as much importance as the male, which kept me reading the first book.

The new “badie” character Sparky Fontaine felt a little flat. But I might have missed some parts of his backstory as I was skipping some to get to the end faster. However, the idea that someone else picks up the advanced technology was subconsciously on my mind while reading the first book. So it was great to see it incorporated in the second.

It was also interesting to see that I wasn’t so much bothered about the power of AI in our lives as I was while reading the last book. Maybe I got more used to the idea of AI taking tasks in our lives over. I have to admit that I found the concept of household AI doing tasks for me very attractive.

The question that bothered me this time was the changing of the past. Most science fiction that worked with time travel warned its characters not to change anything as it would change the future in unforeseen ways. This series, however, plays with the idea of multiple timelines that have no impact on each other. So many more possibilities are there for the author to play with.

Dough J Cooper’s writing style doesn’t work with too many technical expressions. So it was easy to understand this fiction world full of AI and self-driving or -flying vehicles. The worlds in this series are also close enough to today’s reality.

Anybody who loves science fiction in connection with time travel will love this series as it plays with a different concept of time travel. I believe it is also an excellent entry book for someone who wants to find out if he or she likes science fiction

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#ThrowbackThursday: Fuchsia by Mahtem Shifferaw

Fuchsia May 2020

This was first posted in August 2017:

Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This isn’t a poetry book that I can just put away after reading it. Mahtem Shifferaw’s use of language is exotic, full of colour and full of life. But life in all its glory and gory.

She explores questions of identity, of experiences of trauma and how to heal from it. These are rich poems that are sometimes not easy to access but sometimes too easy to access and their pain is written on my heart.

It was hard for me at first to get into her use of language and I had to look up several places she refers too as well as several words she used I have never heard of. However, that made the reading experience for me even better. I could learn something!

These poems made my mind work like a thunderstorm to make sense of them but now after a couple of days of reading them, I think it would be better to just experience them and not ask too many questions. Just to enjoy the images conjured, the flow of the language and the feelings her words create in you.

I most certainly will come back to them time and time again.

If you are interested in poetry and like to read authors from other continents than Europe and America than this book is for you.

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I read this book as part of my Goodreads reading group #supporttranslatedfiction. If you are interested in reading translated fiction then please come along and have a look. We read a book a month and there is a great variety of genres, countries and languages that we explore. This month’s (August 2017) book is “The Rabbit Back Literature Society” by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen. I am looking forward to seeing you at #supporttranslatedfiction!

Mir ist nicht bekannt, ob es eine deutsche Uebersetzung fuer dieses Buch gibt.

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FuchsiaFuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dies ist kein Buch, das ich einfach weglegen kann, nachdem ich es gelesen habe. Die Art und Weise, wie Mahtem Shifferaw Sprache nutzt, ist exotisch, voller Farbe und voller Leben. Aber Leben in all seiner Schoenheit und Grausamkeit.

Sie erforscht Fragen nach Identitaet, Erfahrungen von Traumata und wie man davon heilen kann. Dies sind reiche Gedichte, zu denen der Zugang manchmal nicht einfach aber ein anderes Mal zu einfach ist und deren Schmerz mir aufs Herz geschrieben ist.

Zu Beginn war es fuer mich schwer, ihre Nutzung von Sprache, zu verstehen und ich musste mehrere Male Orte nachlesen, die sie erwaehnt aber auch Worte, die sie nutzt und die ich nicht kannte. Das machte die Leseerfahrung fuer mich aber besser. Ich konnte etwas lernen!

Diese Gedichte haben mein Gehirn zum Arbeiten gebracht wie ein Gewitter, um Sinn in ihnen zu erkennen aber nach ein paar Tagen nachdem ich sie gelesen habe, denke ich, es waere besser, sie nur zu erfahren und nicht zuviel zu fragen. Einfach nur die Bilder, die hervorgerufen werden, den Fluss der Sprache und die Gefuehle, die ihre Worte in Dir hervorrufen, wirken zu lassen.

Ich werde zu diesem Buch sicherlich immer wieder zurueckkehren.

Wenn Du in anderssprachiger Lyrik interessiert bist und an Autoren, die nicht nur von Europa und Amerika stammen, dann ist dieses Buch richtig fuer Dich.

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Es ist in englisch sprachigen Laendern nicht so hoch angesehen, uebersetzte Literatur zu lesen. Deshalb habe ich ein Lesegruppe gegruendet, die speziell Buecher liest, die von anderen Sprachen uebersetzt wurden. Das ist in deutschsprachigen Laendern nicht so notwendig, da Uebersetzungen besser angesehen sind als hier.

Ich habe diese Buch als Teil meiner Goodreads Lesegruppe  #supporttranslatedfiction  (englisch sprachig) gelesen. Falls Du an uebersetzter Literatur interessiert bist, dann schau mal vorbei. Wir lesen jeden Monat ein uebersetztes Buch und es gibt eine grosse Auswahl an Genres, Laendern und Sprachen, die wir entdecken. Diesen Monat (August 2017) lesen wir  “The Rabbit Back Literature Society” von Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (Ich konnte bisher keine deutsche Uebersetzung finden). Ich wuerde mich freuen, Dich bei  #supporttranslatedfiction zu sehen!

image of hot spring and quote by Bertrand Russel

We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Blast from the Past Bookreview Edition (16.4.2020)

Hello out there, how are you doing? I very much hope you can keep your spirits up and that you are safe. Please know, you are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. I care for people, but as I can’t do anything practical at the moment, this is the closest I feel I can do to make a difference. Hopefully, it gives you some hope and the feeling of being appreciated.


gif source: Giphy ~ this is a lit tealight

This candle is dedicated to all those who have passed because of COVID-19 and for the families, they leave behind.

I am so so sorry for your loss!

And now to something related but different:

gif source: Giphy ~ two rows of Peanuts figures clapping on red chairs

And a HUGE “Thank You” to all keyworkers from nurses over cleaners to bus drivers out there who risk their lives daily to keep ours going!


I don’t know about you, but for me, the enormity of this virus’s impact is slowly sinking in. Every morning I wake up and think and feel: Oh my, so so much sorrow and pain!” and I want to cry. At the same timeendeavors I am amazed how many wonderful people are out there and how many creative endeavours are brought to life to get us through. But I just can’t shake this feeling of grief. I don’t think I should either. I suspect this is part of the process of going through something traumatic and big like this.

But that doesn’t mean I put the duvet over my head and hide. I keep going with what I can. Every day I can use my arm a little more. I can read and blog and am grateful for my family, friends, food and the roof over our head. And I think expressing my feelings here is an excellent way to work my way through. It feels hard though, to stay positive and motivated and hopeful. But maybe that is why I blog: To give myself a structure for looking for something good and positive.

image of hot spring and quote by Bertrand Russel
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Many of us have a little more time to read. That is why I thought I re-publish a post from 2012 about a wonderful poetry book I read:

This entry was first posted in January 2012:
The Best British Poetry 2011The Best British Poetry 2011

by Roddy Lumsden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well this is a first: I have never reviewed a poetry book and will have to find my way into it.

The Best British Poetry 2011 is a “subjective” compilation of actual British poetry as the editor Roddy Lumsden writes in the introduction. The poetry is mainly taken from magazines like “Poetry London“, “Poetry Review” and “Edinburgh Review“. Some of the poets have been published before some have not.

Even with knowing about the subjectiveness of the book I have been disappointed. There was no poem that stuck in my head or inspired me in any way. There are good poems in there I am sure but I guess I am a terrible old-fashioned poetry reader and have trouble with poems that do not make obvious sense. I prefer poems that tell a story or show a picture. This might have to do with the fact though that English is not my mother tongue and I might not instantly understand all the underlying meanings of images and expressions used.

I am still glad to have read it as it shows the wide variety of today’s poets in Britain. There are poets from British as well as foreign backgrounds who have a different view on life and express it in different ways. There are poets who write only in English as well as those who use dialect as well as foreign expressions. The creativity is evident even though it does not resonate with me.

Ian Duhig‘s Jericho Shandy is one example.

What I like about the book is that there is an appendix with information about each author as well as about the poems.

It is definitely worth reading!

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This is the German translation of the review:

Dieser Beitrag wurde zum erstenmal im Januar 2012 veroeffentlicht:

Tja dies ist meine erste Besprechung eines Gedichtbandes und ich muss mich hier erst einfinden.
The Best British Poetry 2011 ist eine “subjektive” Sammlung von aktueller britischer Lyrik wie der Editor Roddy Lumsden in seiner Einleitung schreibt. Die Gedichte wurden zumeist von Magazinen wie “Poetry London”, “Poetry Review” und “Edinburgh Review”. Einige der Dichter wurden bereits veroeffentlicht manche noch nicht.

Obowohl ich ueber die Subjektivitaet des Bandes wusste, war ich enttaeuscht. Da gab es kein Gedicht, das mir sofort im Gedaechtnis geblieben ist oder mich inspiriert hat. Es gibt darin gute Gedichte, da bin ich mir sicher aber ich denke, ich bin eine hoffnungslos altmodische Gedichteleserin und komme nicht wirklich mit Gedichten klar, die nicht gleich Sinn machen. Ich bevorzuge Gedichte, die eine Geschichte erzaehlen oder ein Bild malen. Das mag aber damit zu tun haben, dass Englisch nicht meine Muttersprache ist, und sich mir viele der genutzten Bilder und Ausdruecke nicht gleich erschliessen.

Trotzdem bin ich froh, den Band gelesen zu haben, weil er die riesige Vielfalt heutiger britischer Lyrik aufzeigt. Da gibt es Gedichte von britisch geborenen Dichtern wie auch von Einwanderern, die jeweils eine andere Sicht des Lebens haben und dies auch in unterschiedlichen Weisen ausdruecken. Da gibt es Dichter, die nur in Englisch schreiben aber auch solche, die Dialekte wie Welsch oder auslaendische Ausdruecke nutzen. Die Kreativitaet wird sehr deutlich obwohl sie mir nicht sehr nahe ist.

Ian Duhig’s Jericho Shandy ist ein Beispiel davon:

Was ich am Buch wirklich mag ist der Anhang, der eine kurze Information zum Dichter und dem Gedicht gibt.

Es ist es wirklich wert, gelesen zu werden!

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And last but not least let’s look at something positive and funny:

video credit: IndiaTimes via YouTube

Some people seem to think that posts with not so much unique content are not worth reading. But I need these positive video’s to keep my mood and my hope up and I feel I need to share it with you too. Only together we can get through this.

Many of us are stuck inside and probably feel like getting out and rampage a supermarket for sweets. But let’s be reminded what the results of such actions are 🙂

video source: Movieclips via YouTube

That is it for today. I wish you a creative Thursday to you all despite everything!

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Blast from the Past Book Review: The Colonel ~ Mahmoud Dowlatabadi/ Der Colonel ~ Mahmud Doulatabadi

March 2020

So, it looks like I am going to have lots of time for reading in the near future. My doctor told me yesterday that I am going to have an operation soon to beat cancer in my breast. There will also further treatment but the operation will lead to which treatment would be the best.

Yesterday, I just let everything sink in. It is wonderful how the hospital is going about this diagnosis. Three times I have already met up with the breast care nurses who are able to explain any questions we have. I got a folder full of information not only about the medical situation but also any financial hardship and how to keep my well being up. All this helps a lot.

But it’s still a lot to take in and it is harder to be mindful and not to succumb to worry and fear. But I am determined not to let the drama take over my life. Been there done that. So I breathe, meditate, drink a cuppa and concentrate on keeping my life up as normal as I can. I work with music, mindfulness and at least 9 hugs a day from the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world 🙂 .

Well, that is the update from my side but now over to a great novel I read in 2012 and I can only suggest to you to check it out.

This review was first posted in April 2012:

The Colonel

The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

15/03/12
Awwww am excited to read this book suggested for this month’s read at the International Fiction Reading Group in Norwich. When I read the back of the book it’s atmosphere reminded me of Isabelle Allende’s “House of Spirits” even though it is not magical realism. I’ll keep you updated what I think about it.

11/04/12
Today we will discuss it and I am glad I read it even though it was really hard work. Will go into more detail later on when I know if I am allowed to publish the review somewhere else as well because we were asked to write reviews by the publisher I think. But one I can say it is similar as well as nothing like the “House of Spirits”.

19/04/12
At last, I finished the review:

The colonel gets called in the middle of the night to attend to the funeral of his youngest tortured daughter. While going to the police station to get the body, preparing the funeral and getting home again he remembers the history of Iran from the Second World War up the revolution in 1979 as well as how his family is and was involved.

This seems to be the content of Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s novel “The Colonel” recommended by PEN, published by Haus Publishing in July 2011 and translated by Tom Patterdale. But when you start reading you get sucked into a nightmare of traumatised characters who try to make sense of decades of Iran’s governments which use violence and terror as means ruling.

This “making sense” is mirrored in the reading experience as the book works with changing point of views between the colonel, his oldest son Amir who has been tortured by the secret service of the shah regime and a third person narrator. The reader also has to make sense of characters turning up from the colonel’s and Iran’s past (his wife, The Colonel, a foreign ambassador….) and it is not clear if they are ghosts or “just” in the colonels mind.
Both the colonel’s and his son’s memories are intertwined with what happens in the present and the reader is challenged not only to make sense of another culture but also of the storyline.

Many have mentioned how accurate Mahmoud Dowlatabadi describes Iran’s history from the Second World War up to the revolution in 1979 even though the author himself rather wants the novel to be judged by its literary importance. He wants it to be published in Iran but this historic accuracy seems to make it dangerous to the actual government and therefore it is still hold back by the Iranian authorities.

For me this book is a brilliant description of the psychological reactions of citizens living in a society which is ripped apart by revolution. It uses the literary means of different points of view as well as the mixture of past and present to show how your psyche gets confused when there is hidden trauma and violence that you are helplessly confronted with.

“The Colonel” has many levels (a historic level, a personal level…) that need exploring which makes it a challenging reading experience but it is worth facing it.

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15/03/12

Ahhhhh ich kanns gar nicht erwarten dieses Buch zu lesen, das fuer diesen Monat bei der International Fiction Reading Group in Norwich vorgeschlagen wurde. Als ich die Beschreibung auf dem Buchdeckel las, fand ich, dass es eine aehnliche Atmosphaere hat wie Isabelle Allende’s “Geisterhaus” obwohl es nicht zum Magischen Realismus gehoert. Ich werde Euch auf dem Laufenden halten, was ich darueber denke.

11/04/12
Heute werden wir das Buch diskutieren und ich bin froh, dass ich es gelesen habe obwohl es wirklich schwer war. Ich werde mehr dazu schreiben, wenn ich weiss, ob ich meine Besprechung auch woanders veroeffentlichen darf, da wir gefragt wurden, welche fuer den Verlag zu schreiben. Ich glaube es war der Verlag. Eines nur: Es war irgendwie wie “Das Geisterhaus” und irgendwie auch gar nicht.
19/04/12 (Diese Besprechung beruht auf der englischen Version, da ich die deutsche noch nicht gelesen habe)
Der colonel wird mitten in der Nacht aus dem Haus gerufen, um sich um das Begraebnis seiner gefolterten juengsten Tochter zu kuemmern. Waehrend er zur Polizeistation geht, den Leichnahm holt, das Begraebnis vorbereitet und wieder nach Hause geht, erinnert er sich an Iran’s Vergangenheit vom 2. Weltkrieg bis zur Revolution 1979 und wie seine Familie dabei involviert war.

Das scheint der Inhalt von Mahmud Doulatabadi’s Roman “Der Colonel” vom PEN empfohlen, beim Unionsverlag Zuerich herausgegeben und von Bahman Nirumand uebersetzt, zu sein. Doch wenn man das Buch zu lesen beginnt, wird man in einen Alptraum traumatisierter Charaktere hineingezogen, die versuchen, mit Jahrzehnten von gewaltaetiger Herrschaft von Iran’s Regierungen klar zu kommen.

Dieses “klarkommen” wird in der Leseerfahrung wieder gespiegelt, da die Erzaehlperspektive zwischen dem Colonel, seinem Sohn Amir, der von der Geheimpolizei des Shah Regimes gefoltert wurde, und einem Erzaehler wechselt. Der Leser muss sich auch mit Charakteren auseinandersetzen, die aus der Vergangenheit des Colonels und Iran’s auftauchen (seine Frau, der alte Colonel, einem auslaendischen Botschafter…)und es ist dabei nicht klar, ob sie Geister sind oder “nur” in der Fantasie des Colonels existieren. Die Erinnerungen des Colonels sind mit denen seines Sohnes und der Gegenwart des Romans verflochten, was den Leser herausfordert, nicht nur eine andere Kultur sondern auch die Handlung zu verstehen.

Viele haben darauf hingewiesen, wie genau Mahmud Doulatabadi die Geschichte Iran’s vom 2. Weltkrieg bis zur Revolution 1979 beschreibt aber der Autor selber moechte den Roman mehr von der literarischen Seite begutachtet haben. Er mochte den Roman im Iran veroeffentlichen und diese geschichtliche Genauigkeit scheint der dortigen Regierung gefaehrlich zu sein und so ist eine Veroeffentlichung im Iran noch nicht erlaubt.

Fuer mich zeigt dieses Buch eine grossartige Beschreibung der psychologischen Reaktionen von Buergern, die in einer Gesellschaft leben, die von Revolution zerstoert wurde. Es benutzt die literarischen Stilmittel unterschiedlicher Erzaehlperspektiven sowie das Wechseln von Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, um zu zeigen, wie die Psyche von Menschen verwirrt wird, wenn sie hilflos mit verstecktem Trauma und Gewalt konfrontiert wird.

Dieses Buch handelt auf vielen Ebenen (eine historische, eine persoenliche…), die es zu entdecken gilt, was das Buch eine herausforderne Leseerfahrung macht, die es aber wert ist.

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Blast from the Past: Book review: February the Fifth/ Buchbesprechung: February the Fifth

September 2017

A book I thoroughly enjoyed in March 2012:

February The FifthFebruary The Fifth by Derek Haines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rarely laughed so much:

When February Gregorian the Fifth wakes up one morning just find out that his father August and two elder brothers March and October have vanished and he is next in line to become The Supreme Potentate of the twelve sun systems of Gloth he is not impressed. So far he had a life without pressures or interesting tasks and there is really nothing he wants to change.

His sisters April, May and June are worried what will become of him and so they should as of course there is an unbelievable conspiracy on the way to change Gloth forever. But you should never underestimate the powers of the Dodecahedron which gives every new Potentate the means to protect the rule of the Gregorians over Gloth. Thank goodness for Gregory the Thirteenth Pope of Rome on Earth in the sixteenth century and later Supreme Potentate of the twelve sun systems of Gloth who had a lot of foresight about conspiracies.

A fantasy story full of funny turns and twists, unlikely heroes and life lessons well learned. I highly recommend reading it.

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Habe selten so gelacht:

Als February Gregorian der Fuenfte eines Morgens aufwacht und heraus findet, dass sein Vater August und seine beiden aelteren Brueder March und October verschwunden sind und er der naechste Supreme Potentate der zwoelf Sonnensysteme von Gloth werden soll ist er nicht wirklich beeindruckt. Bisher hatte er ein Leben ohne grosse Zwaenge oder interessante Aufgaben und daran will er wirklich nichts aendern.

Seine Schwestern April, May und June machen sich Sorgen was aus ihm werden wird und das sollten sie auch denn natuerlich gibt es da eine unglaubliche Verschoerung die Gloth fuer immer veraendern wird. Aber man sollte nie die Macht des Dodecahedron unterschaetzen, das jedem Supreme Potentate die Mittel zum Schutz der Gregorianischen Herrschaft ueber Gloth gibt. Dem Universum sei Dank fuer Gregor dem 13. Papst in Rom im 16. Jahrhundert und spaeter Supreme Potentate der zwoelf Sonnensysteme auf Goth, der eine Menge ueber Verschwoerungen geahnt hat.

Eine Fantasy Geschichte voller lustiger Wendungen, unwahrscheinlichen Helden und Lebens Lektionen, die wirklich gelernt wurden. Ich rate jedem es zu lesen.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Book Review: Love Least Expected

December 2019
 
Unfortunately, this book isn’t available anymore. However, please check out the authors at your favourite book shop. They are all brilliant.

May 2015
 

Publisher: Valerie Twombly

Publishing date: 3. February 2015

Editions: Kindle E-book

Genre: Romance

Bee’s 5 of 6

 

About the story: 

Well, about the stories in this case. This is a teaser book that shows nine more or less romantic stories from 9 authors who’s books will be published in the next few months or have already been published. What a brilliant idea! However it is so much more ~ but about that later.

This is a short overview over the stories:

1. Under the Mango Tree

A young Indian girl meets an English Man. Will they be happy?

2. Rolf’s Quest

Merlin has a descendant. And he has to lift the enchantment of him being trapped in the tree through finding true love.

3. Fall into Darkness

A nearly condemned Angel meets a girl who can see people’s death in their eyes. Where will this meeting lead?

4. Roses are wrong, Violets Taboo

Will Greenhouse owner Alexander get over his grandfather’s death and find love with Rose?

5. Alphabetical Disorder

Susie thinks she needs to abandon the one she loves because of a Romani prophecy that asks her to date in alphabetical order.

6. Love’s not viral

Hollywood actors can be strange. We all know that. But what happens when they take a picture of you and pretend to date you?

7. Taking the Plunge

Eve dropped ten dress sizes since high school and after leaving her boyfriend meets her old crush. Where can that lead?

8. The Trouble with Never

Summer leaves her violent husband and meets her high school sweetheart again. That can only spell trouble?

9. Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate

When an heiress of a chocolate empire is institutionalised it won’t be easy to help her. Will Chris?

 

About the Author: 

I try to be as short as possible as of course there are nine authors. Still it is good to know even a little about them. For more go to their pages or buy the book which gives overviews to each story about their author.

Meredith Bond

Meredith is published both traditionally and indie and known for characters that you cannot easily forget. Besides writing her heart belongs to her family and teaching others to write. You can find out more about her on her webpage.

Aubrey Wynne

Aubrey’s passions are children and animals and she is an elementary school teacher by trade. She writes humorous short stories besides novels and you can find out more about her here.

Valerie Twombly

Valerie has always had a thing for creatures with fangs and was excited when she discovered paranormal romance. That is the genre she writes in now and creates strong and seductive characters. Find out more about her and her books on her author’s page.

Kris Calvert

Cupcake baking Kris has a passion for post-it notes, pearls and alliterations. The former copywriter needed a little pushing to start writing romance novels. You can find out how good she is at it on her page.

Katie Stephens

Since being retired Katie opened a box of partially finished stories, plays and musicals just to have her husband ask her when she really will retire. Hopefully not very soon because her stories are great. Find out more here.

Nessie Strange

Nessie a mother of two likes a good story and has tried everything from abstract painting to journalism. Now she is into writing and you can find our more on her page.

Kishan Paul

In the book it says: “with the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, her thriving counselling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity. Find out more on her author page

Isabella Harper

Stay at home writer Isabella has always been creating stories and is now fulfilling her life with her husband and children. Besides obtaining fitness certifications or being in the countryside. Find out more here

Michaela Miles

A few months ago Michaela was so kind to take part in “The Bee Talks With…” even though she is a busy lady: husband, three children, boss at her web design company and doing a BA of English Literature. Find out more about her books and herself here

 

Honey Bees in the book:

Now this book is full of very different stories. From the Indian girl who meets an English man to a woman fleeing her violent husband you can find trouble, romance, ingenuity and passion. They are teasers for their authors books but they are also fully fletched short stories which give you total reading pleasure all through the book. If I would have to chose a favourite I could not as they are so different. They kept me hooked even though I had trouble reading “The Trouble With Never” but that has simply to do with my own experiences of violence in a relationships and nothing with the quality of the story.

A great book and I will come back to read the stories time and time again.

Stinging Bees in the book

Only stinging bee I can find is: I want more and as soon as I can I will

And the mead of it all?

If you love short stories and romance then this is a great gift for you. Brilliantly written stories full of suspense and characters that speak to your heart no matter from which experience you come from. So entertaining!

book cover Love Least Expected

“The Fat Years” by Chan Koonchung/ “Die fetten Jahre” von Chan Koonchung

This entry was first posted in December 2011. However, as it is or was a banned book I make it part of the 2017 banned book week:

The Fat YearsThe Fat Years by Chan Koonchung

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Old Chen one of the main characters in the story is meeting some old friends one by one. He is happy with the state of China in a fictional 2013 after a world financial crises has left the United States less powerful. Apparently China has reached a “Golden Age of Ascendancy” and everyone is very very happy. Besides a few who are not. Interestingly many of these can remember that that “Age of Ascendancy” did not start exactly when the rest of the world fell apart. There were 28 days in between but no one seems to be able to remember them. Well Old Chen’s friends do remember and want to know! So they kidnap a high Chinese official and make him talk but what will they find out?

This story is written from the different viewpoints of the characters and strangely many of them have met before in more or less strange incidences. They are all very interesting characters and you certainly learn a lot about China. But the story drags a bit on until they get to kidnap that official. The reality of that story often does not feel so fictional and I have actually started wondering if there is more truth to it than it wants to reveal. There must be a reason why it is banned in China! Well the best is to read the book and have a look for yourself!

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Dieser Beitrag wurde zum erstenmal im Dezember 2011 veroeffentlicht aber da das Buch verboten ist/war veroeffentliche ich ihn nochmals fuer die “Woche der Verbotenen Buecher”:

Master Chen einer der Hauptcharaktere in dieser Geschichte trift mehrer alte Freunde nacheinander. Er is glucklich mit der Situation in China im fiktionalen Jahr 2013 nachdem eine Weltwirtschaftskrise die USA machtloser gelassen hat. Offensichtlich hat China ein “Goldenes Zeitalter des Aufstieges” erreicht und jeder dort ist sehr sehr gluecklich. Ausser den paar wenigen, die es nicht sind. Komischerweise koennen diese wenigen sich daran erinnern, dass das “Zeitalter des Aufstieges” nicht zur exakt gleichen Zeit begonnen hat wie der Abstieg des Rests der Welt. Da waren 28 Tage dazwischen aber niemand scheint sich daran zu erinnern. Aber die Freunde von Master Chen koennen sich daran erinnern und wollen wissen, was passiert ist. Und so kidnappen sie einen hohen Chinesischen Beamten und bringen ihn zum reden. Aber was werden sie herausfinden?

Diese Geschichte zeigt sich in den verschiedenen Standpunkten der Hauptpersonen, deren Wege sich komischerweise schon vorher in mehr oder weniger komischen Begebenheiten gekreuzt haben. Sie sind alle interessante Personen und man lernt in diesem Roman sicherlich viel ueber China. Aber die Geschichte zieht sich ein bischen lange hin bis sie den Beamten kidnappen. Die Realitaet in diesem Roman fuehlt sich nicht so fiktional an und ich habe begonnen, mich zu wundern, ob da nicht mehr Wahrheit enthalten ist, als der Roman wirklich enthuellen will. Es muss ja einen Grund geben, warum er in China verboten ist. Aber es ist wohl das Beste fuer Euch, den Roman zu lesen und Euch Euer eigenes Bild zu machen.