Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country
“But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart’s desire, their dream… But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted.”

The rating for this volume was really saved by “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” – you basically get four short stories in which Dream just plays a minor role and somehow they didn’t work for me.

rating: 2/5

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists
“Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.” 

What happens if Lucifer gets sick and tired of hell,just closes it down and gives the key to Dream? Really liked this plot and seeing all this different characters trying to charm Dream to get the key themselves. The solution to the problem was also very interesting and not something you could guess from the start.

rating: 4/5

Jostein Gaarder – The Orange Girl
“If I’d chosen never to the foot inside the great fairy tale, I’d never have known what I’ve lost. Do you see what I’m getting at? Sometimes it’s worse for us human beings to lose something dear to us than never to have had it at all.” 

At some points the narration annoyed me. I knew pretty much from the beginning that the story of the orange girl would be the story of how the father met the boys mother and his imaginations about what she could need all the oranges for were downright stupid. Gaarder tried to make it look like a fairy tale and it’s talked about such for four or five times and it’s not really working? Still the scene where the boy finally remembers the one night his father is talking about in his letter is heartbreaking and you really want him to survive but of course you know that it won’t happen.

rating: 3/5

Neil Gaiman – American Gods
“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.” 

This novel is difficult. And all over the place. Basically it kind of takes you on a road trip and builds you up towards the big battle – but the battle isn’t all that important in the end and it kind of goes downhill from that moment on. You have one major plot following Shadow and some minor ones explaining how some Gods ended up in America. You get to meet a couple of Gods from different cultures (just let me tell you how happy I was about not only the Egyptians but also the African ones!), some get explained, some don’t. At some moments I had the feeling I was missing out something in the story because I didn’t know the mythologies behind a few of them… my copy of the book has a novella added at the end which kind of gives you an idea about who Shadow symbolizes and it really made me sad that this wasn’t in the main novel. There are a lot of great quotes… I dunno, it’s really a lot like a road trip and the single scenes are better most at the times standing for themselves and not in the bigger context. That made the rating go down here really was the plot concerning Hinzelmann. Yeah, didn’t see it coming but it was totally unnecessary for the main plot and was placed at a point in the novel where it just didn’t work for me.

rating: 3/5

Anthony Miller – What Would Satan Do?
“In the end, he just decided not to worry about it – his usual approach to dealing with problems these days – and ambled off toward the parking garage where he’d left his beloved automobile.”

Got it because of the title and cover art. It has some funny moments and is totally over the top. Another story about what happens if Lucifer gets tired of hell.

rating: 2/5

Linda Castillo – Tödliche Wut [engl:: Gone Missing]
“Doch auch Gläubige müssen manchmal mit dem Teufel kämpfen.”

Mum read it and told me I had to read it too… another example how our tastes in books differ. Castillo has a weird way of writing – it’s very simple and probably shall give you the feeling of hearing Kate’s thoughts the moment they are thought but it’s just weird. The book is part of a series of crime novels where the main protagonist once was Amish, works now for the police and is solving crimes connected to Amish people. Whatever, you get explained a lot about Amish people and most of the time it was the most basic things which you just already know. Pennsylvania German is used at a few points which wasn’t really working in the German copy of the novel as you can mostly guess the meaning – like Dutch. It takes 2/3 of the novel to get the pacing up and the solution is a bit thin and didn’t really work with the prologue in my opinion. And it most definitely didn’t make me want to read the other novels in the series.

rating: 2/5


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