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Book Review: The Hitman and the Thief

Book Cover The Hitman and The Thief

Title: The Hitman and the Thief

Author: Richard Dee

Published: 1. September 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Part of a series: No

Rating: 🐝🐝🐝

( Bee’s Rating System: 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 This is an extraordinary read;
🐝🐝🐝🐝 I love it; 🐝🐝🐝 It was ok; 🐝🐝 There were a lot of problems; 🐝 I could not read it)

In one sentence: An exciting journey through a crazy world but not quite my thing

From the blurb of “The Hitman and the Thief”:

Assassination can be a messy business, especially if you’re having a bad day. Dan Jones is the ultimate problem solver, the hitman for crime boss Fliss Bauer.
Fliss has a rival, Kalindra Dallin. She runs a particularly unpleasant planet. Dan is told to arrange her demise. It’s just another job; until a random event means that it all goes horribly wrong.
To save his skin, Dan is forced to try again, only this time he has to work with a partner. He doesn’t want to but it’s the only chance he’s going to get; if he wants to put things right.
Can the hitman and the thief get the job done, more importantly, can they keep each other alive?

My Review: You probably should not take on a book review just when you start chemotherapy. It’s a long journey to health, and the chemicals bugger more with your mind than you anticipate. Well, at least I didn’t expect mind fog on a big scale. 

On the other hand, it is such a wonderful thing to escape your exhausting reality into a faraway world where two strong females fight for supremacy over their planets. Struck between are Dan the hitman & Lydia the thief. Not by choice, of course, which gives their interactions so often enticing tensions while figuring out how to finish their job.

These tensions kept me reading even though I could not entirely sympathise with either character. They are well-drawn but aren’t the sort of character’s I love to follow. Too business-like and sleek, I guess. They kept my interest well enough because I really wanted to know if they’ll be a couple or if Dan stays with Hesta Fliss’s right-hand woman. Sorry, for this romantic streak. 

Richard Dee is brilliant in his world-building and bringing in a technical reality that makes you feel like you are right there. You can smell the fumes and feel the cold wind blow over an industrial planet lead like a dictatorship. However, I enjoy reading about the psychological development of characters. 

Where do they come from? Why do they act the way they do? And while “The Hitman and the Thief” tells enough about the character’s pasts I couldn’t quite feel their realities. I feel though that is simply a question of preference.

The fast-paste twists and turns in this story are exciting and make you want to read all night long. The characters carry the story wonderfully, and I really didn’t expect the end. So, all in all, it was a good reading experience but just not quite my thing. 

If you like to read sci-fi brimming with action and worlds that make you want to go and explore then this book is for you. Richard Dee has written many books, and I am going to explore more of his work once I feel better. 

Beta Readers comments:
“Richard’s latest book, The Hitman and the Thief, takes the reader on a twisting journey through different worlds. The action moves swiftly, with unexpected twists and turns. As usual, Richard’s excellent technical knowledge conveys a gritty reality with ease. This is a fun read, hard to put down and I sure hope there is a sequel in the making.

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Portrait Richard Dee

Author Bio –
Richard Dee is from Brixham in Devon. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then he went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
He has also worked as an Insurance Surveyor, Lockmaster, Harbourmaster and Ships Pilot, taking over 3,500 vessels up and down the Thames, passing through the estuary, the Thames Barrier and Tower Bridge.
Since the publication of his first Science Fiction novel, Freefall, in 2013, Richard has written another twelve novels, a textbook and a selection of short stories. He has been featured in several anthologies, including 1066 Turned Upside Down and Tales from Deepest Darkest Devon.
He writes Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures and also chronicles the exploits of reluctant amateur detective Andorra Pett.
Richard is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.

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India with Sanjeev Bhaskar/ Indien mit Sanjeev Bhaskar

August 2020

And another way to travel while we can’t 🙂

September 2017

I posted this book review for the first time in 2012. The book is a wonderful introduction to India and even though we do not want to go anymore I would read this book time and time again:

India with Sanjeev BhaskarIndia with Sanjeev Bhaskar by Sanjeev Bhaskar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sanjeev Bhaskar known from the hilarious sitcom “The Kumars at No 42″ travelled to India and let us take part with his personal and funny way of telling about it. The pictures are beautiful and many of his encounters with the people of India as well as Pakistan are really touching.

He remembers his visits to India as a child when he met his extended family both on fathers and mothers side but also tries to find out more about the events in 1947 when India and Pakistan were created and which impacted his family greatly. He tells us about the millions of people who had to leave places they have lived all of their lives and had to experience a lot of violence due to the political insecurities. He also gives us an insight into Indian culture, modern India as well as giving a lively image of the places he visited. “India with Sanjeev Bhaskar” is a book I would love to own
Sanjeev Bhaskar, der in Grossbritannien von der Serie “Die Kumars von Nummer 42” bekannt ist, reiste nach Indien und laesst uns daran teilhaben durch seine sehr persoenlichen und lustigen Erzaelungen. Die Bilder sind wunderschoen und seine Begegnungen mit den Menschen von Indien wie auch Pakistan sind sehr beruehrend. Er erinnert sich an seine Reisen nach Indien als Kind, als er seinen weiteren Familienkreis sowohl vom Vater als auch der Mutter besuchte. Er versucht mehr ueber die Ereignisse in Indien 1947, als Indien und Pakistan getrennt wurden, heraus zu finden.

Er erzaehlt von den Menschenmassen, die ihre Heimat verlassen mussten, in der sie ihr ganzes Leben verbrachten haben und die Gewalt erfahren haben, die durch die unsichere politische Lage hervorgerufen wurde. Er gibt uns auch einen Einblick in die indische Kultur, das “neue” Indien und zeichnet ein lebendiges Bild von den Plaetzen, die er besucht hat. Dies ist ein Buch das ich gerne besitzen wuerde!

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photo of mountains and dawn sky. White Writing with quote by Shakespear: We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Re-Post: Book Review: The Author’s Guide to Working with Bookbloggers by Barb Drozdowich

Author photo Barb Drozdowich

image credit: Barb Drozdowich

August 2020
This is an excellent book for all authors who are not internet savvy. Barb has written many more books since so please check her out anyway.
June 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
Publishing Date: 2. April  2015
Edition: E-Book
Genre: non-fiction
Formats: E-Book, Paperback
Source: BookTour.Tips (free copy in return for an honest review)
Bees: 5 of 6

About the Author:

Barb Drozdowich is a book blogger and author coach in all things internet and blog. She uses everyday language that is easy to understand to explain how book promotion works on the internet and has several books published and more in the making about the topic.

Honey Bees in the book:

I think this book is brilliant as it is short, gives you easy to understand explanations and many, many useful tips on how to approach book blogs and bloggers. It also advises you well on what to make your mind up about when you decide to use book blogs as a promotional tool for your book. It is logically structured and gives you an overview of book blogs and book bloggers, in general, about queries, giveaways, interviews, cover reveals and much more.
However, I am a book blogger myself so much of her information is already known to me. I have to say though that all suggestions and tips are down to earth and spot on. Barb Drozdowichhas did a survey of fellow book bloggers to find a broader basis for her guide. I doubt you can go wrong if you follow her advice. You certainly would find a spot on my blog if you use her tips and guidance.
And she made me aware of Google Alerts, which I didn’t know yet, and it already has helped me. So thank you very much Barb!

Stinging Bees in the book:

What I am going to write now is not really a stinging bee rather something to keep in mind: The readership this book is aimed for are those authors who have no idea yet about how blogs and the internet works. If you as an author are a blogger yourself then a lot in this book is already known to you. Yes, I know I repeat myself a little here but better safe than sorry.

And the mead of it all?

This book is a must if you are an author looking into promoting your book via blogs and have no idea how they or the internet work. If you are a blogger, much of the information is known to you but it still gives you some more ideas on how to make your blog a better place for authors. All in all a great read and excellent guide!

Cover of The Author's Guide to Working With Book Bloggers

photo credit: Barb Drozdowish


Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with book bloggers? If book bloggers are the new gatekeepers to ‘book publishing success,’ do you wonder how you can tap into that source of free promotions? How you can move comfortably into that world, putting your best foot forward?
Look no further, because The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of over two-hundred bloggers, covering all aspects of communication between authors and review blogs. Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers demystify the promotion of your book on a book blog.
You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, as well as the following:
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• The Review
• The Giveaway
• The Guest Post
• The Book Blurb Excerpt
• The Cover Reveal
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Tiny Book Review: Banana Yoshimoto ~ Kitchen/Kueche

Previously posted in September 2017

This month’s read on #supporttranslatedbooks is another Banana Yoshimoto book: Goodbye Tsugumi and I can’t wait to read it. But here my 2011 review of Kitchen:

October 2011

Sorry, dear readers, our internet is playing up therefore just a “lazy” entry:

KitchenKitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, its a book about kitchens in Japan and I already love it…..

I really enjoy this book. I like the way Banana Yoshimoto writes and I like the story as well. As someone who has lost her mother early in her life the passing away of loved ones is a theme close to my heart. But even though a sad theme it is also funny and very real. Definitely worth reading.

Yes, I really enjoyed the book. Some reviews say it is also about trans-sexuality but I think it does not give a very good insight into the topic. The male to female transsexual is depicted as a very beautiful and extravagant person, does not seem to have had a lot of problems with the transition. Or at least she does not openly say anything about it. Well, I know that it is not that easy to go through all the operations and hormone treatment. And it is also difficult for the person and his or her family to deal with the misunderstandings of the surrounding. I would have wished to find more of that in the book. But that does not take anything of my enjoyment of “Kitchen“.


Ich habe diesen Post schon Mal im September 2017 veroeffentlicht

Das Buch, das wir diesen Monat auf #supporttranslatedbooks lesen ist ein weiteres another Banana Yoshimoto Buch: Goodbye Tsugumi und ich kann es garnicht erwarten,es zu lesen. Aber hier erstmal meine 2011 Besprechung von “Kueche”:

Oktober 2011

Entschuldigt liebe Leser, unser Internet funktioniert mal wieder nicht richtig. Deshalb ein “fauler” Eintrag:

Tja es ist ein Buch ueber Kuechen in Japan und ich liebe es jetzt schon…..

Ich geniese dieses Buch wirklich. Ich mag wie Banana Yoshimoto shreibt und ich mag auch die Geschichte. Ich habe meine Mutter frueh im Leben verloren und so ist Sterben ein Thema nah an meinem Herzen. Trotz des traurigen Themas ist das Buch auch komisch und sehr real. Es ist wirklich wert, es zu lesen…..

Ja ich habe das Buch wirklich genossen. Einige Besprechungen sagen, dass das Buch auch ueber Transsexualitaet ist aber ich denke es zeigt kein sehr klares Bild ueber das Thema. Die Mann zu Frau Transsexuelle wird als sehr schoene und extravagante Dame gezeichnet, die kaum Probleme mit dem Uebergang gehabt zu haben scheint. Ich weiss, dass die noetigen Operationen und Hormonbehandlungen sehr schwierig sind. Und es ist ausserdem noch schwieriger fuer die Personen und deren Familien mit dem Unverstaendnis der Umgebung umzugehen. Ich habe mir gewuenscht, mehr davon in diesem Buch zu finden. Aber das hat meiner Freude am Buch keinen Abbruch getan.

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Book Review: The Many Lives Of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

August 2020

I published this review first in June 2015. You can now buy the whole series.

book cover ruby iyer book series
cover taken from Goodreads
Publisher: Amazon White Glove
Publishing date: 13th November 2014
Edition: Kindle E-Book
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Formats: Paperback, Kindle E-Book
Source: BookTourTips in return for an honest review
Bee’s 3 out of 6

About the story:

Ruby Iyer, a young woman with a troubled past, gets thrown off a train platform. When waking up, she realizes she has survived an electric surge of a thousand volts which has tattooed a lightning tree on her back. That is not the only “gift” though: She has gained enormous strength and her so far hidden anger erupts more easily. 

This leads her on a journey through her home city of Bombay, which is in danger of being destroyed by the teenage army of Dr Braganza to save her best friend. Will Vikram Roy and her be successful?

About the author:

BookTourTips says about Laxmi Hariharan: “A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist with “The Independent” and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others. London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

Honey Bees in the book:

“The Many Lives Of Ruby Iyer” is an action-packed story that does not get boring. You are lead through the city of Bombay experiencing its heat and claustrophobic masses of people. An exciting tale evolves before you about the end of Bombay but maybe also about the end of the world. 

Ruby’s mother’s words pop up many times to remind her where she comes from and makes the reader want to find out what happened before. And you hope she will find her place in the city that she never felt belonging to

Stinging Bees in the book:

I had a hard time to get into “The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer”. You get thrown into Bombay and Ruby’s life with hints of her past, but I could not figure out precisely what lead her to be the person she is. For me, there seemed to be too many jumps from one situation to the other without a logic development in herself.

I also had trouble with the language used. It seemed to me very American and not in sync with Bombay. But I do not know an awful lot about Bombay besides it being a significant city for filmmaking and software development. It might be that a more Americanised English is used as many might have studied in the United States. Besides, it is a YA novel, and this sort of language might appeal to a younger audience.

And the mead of it all?

“The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer” is an action-packed, fast-paced story that never lets you get bored. If you like YA novels you like this one but if you prefer books that show you more of the psychological development of a character this one is probably not for you.

Please find out more about Laxmi Hariharan and her books here:
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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!

video credit: DW Documentary via YouTube

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.

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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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!


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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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.


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!