E. Lockhart – We Were Liars
“I just to be blond, but now my hair is black. I used to be strong, but now I am weak. I used to be pretty, but now I look sick. It is true I suffer migraines since my accident. It is true I do not suffer fools. I like a twist of meaning. You see? Suffer migraines. Do not suffer fools. The word means almost the same as it did in the previous sentence, but not quite. Suffer. You could say it means endure, but that’s not exactly right.”

It’s difficult to talk about this book without going into too much detail because you don’t want to spoil it for anyone. It took a few pages to get into it but after that I couldn’t put it down and read right through it deep into the night. You don’t see the ending coming at all… I was bawling at the end and couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. Definitely a book I’ll need a proper copy of at some point!

rating: 5/5

Alan Moore; Kevin O’Neill – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 
“In heaven’s name be a man, sir! Your pitiful whining sickens me!” 

Liked the concept and some of the characters but that’s about it really.

rating: 3/5

Alan Moore; Kevin O’Neill – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2
“I must confess, I admire the British people’s bravery. With horror at their doorstep, they seem unconcerned.”

The story was okay although I’m not the biggest fan of alien invasions. The sex scene was somehow random and unnecessary – I’d have preferred to see more of the other characters.

rating: 2/5

Alan Moore; Kevin O’Neill – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
“Embroiled in slave rebellion, I escaped crucifixion simply by declaring ‘I am Vito’, everyone else apparently being called ‚Spartacus’.”

The comic parts were okay although I didn’t get why Mina was blond and how exactly her companion now was – the rest wasn’t my cup of tea. The whole thing is just terrible sexualized for no appearent reason.

rating: 2/5

Ursula Poznanski – Erebos
“You’re always trying to interfere in my life – and now you’re practically throwing a party, you’re so happy something went wrong for me. Provided of course that someone wasn’t telling you complete and utter rubbish!”

Okay, the ending of this one was a bit weak but still plausible. The strongest aspect truly is Erebos and I enjoyed the parts inside the game the most. Really made you wish it actually existed in the form it was originally intended!

rating: 4/5

Christie Sims, Alara Branwen – Taken by the T-Rex

Read this and the other two for a challenge and hated every single minute of reading it. At some point I actually went back to the start and started counting how often the phrase “big lizard” (48 times) was used to at least have some fun with this.

rating: 1/5

Christie Sims – Mating in Flight

Slightly better written than the T-Rex one but still not very inspiring…

rating: 2/5

Christie Sims – Stealing from a Dragon

Probably the best written of this three – still not my cup of tea though.

rating: 2/5

Bill Willingham; Phil Jimenez – Fairest, Vol. 1: Wide Awake
I never met the real you – only a monster who’d lost herself in a dream.”

Maybe I’d like it better if I had read the series before this one as well but as a first it wasn’t really good. I liked the illustrations but the characters were a bit flat and the story took very long to get started.

rating: 2/5

Sylvia Plath – The Colossus and Other Poems
“No pit of shadow to crawl into,
And his blood beating the old tattoo
I am, I am, I am.”

I like a lot of Plath’s work but definitely not this collection. There’s not a single entire poem I enjoyed or even felt like I understood – actually most of the metaphors and pictures completely remained riddles to me.

rating: 1/5

Marisha Pessl – Die amerikanische Nacht [engl.: Night Film]
“Eines Tages würde ich den beiden die wahre Geschichte erzählen. Aber jetzt, heute Nacht, sollten sie ihr Märchen behalten.”

The story of this book sucked me in and I really wanted to know how it would end. You start with both feet on the ground, not questioning reality, and then the world gets turned upside down and you just can’t be sure anymore. This book would have had a much better rating though if Pessl would have known when to stop. The whole last act with the island pretty much ruined it for me… yeah, it implies that Scott is indeed in a Cordova movie but it takes too much mystery about the man away. Why not end it at the point where Scott supposedly starts to get a grip on his life again and maybe having a final scene which somehow implies how wrong he is about that? Also I kind of expected Ashley to not truly be dead nearly the entire novel… and wanted to actually watch a few of Cordova’s movies, they sounded all very intriguing!

rating: 2/5

Hans Kruppa – Nur du
“Glaub an dich,
dann hast du eine Religion,
die dir weiterhilft.”

There are some kitschy poems in this collection but overall I really like it and what chapters he chose.

rating: 4/5

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