David Graham

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David Paul Graham wurde 1951 in Stratford-upon-Avon in England geboren, studierte an der Reading University und danach in Hans Werner Henzes Meisterklasse in Köln. Er ist begeisterter Pädagoge und leitete Kompositionsprojekte mit Jugendlichen in mehreren Ländern Europas und in Kuba. Er komponierte Kammermusik, Musiktheater und Hörspielmusik, sowie Filmmusik für Bill Douglas und Volker Schlöndorff und entwickelte Musik-Videos mit Harald Klemm. Nach seiner Jugendoper "Die Mädchen aus Theresienstadt" (2010) kommt 2013 seine Kinderoper "Fünf und ES!" nach einer Geschichte von Edith Nesbit zur Aufführung.

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The Knowing: A thrilling horror fantasy

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Just not my cup of tea
misspidervor 4 Jahren

In hindsight, I wonder why I chose to read this book, but then again it happens from time to time: you pick a book you find interesting, either because of the summary (original: yes) or the cover (mysterious: yes). You think this could be something different from the well-trodden path of horror and mystery you usually read, widen your horizon and all that stuff. What can I say? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This book is definitely a very strong case of 'doesn't' for me...

It started off well enough, with a slight sense of humor and big question mark in my mind. What was going on here? Did I miss something important because I did not read the previous book? I sure missed some kind of introductory retrospect to put me on track. As it was, I constantly felt left out, and that I just 'didn't get it'. So on I went - yeah, I'm still one of those rare creatures who are not able to DNF a book, no matter what...). Hoping for things to get better, for something to come that finally grabs my attention with a big WOW (or at least a small Aha!) effect. Sadly, that moment never came, and after finishing the book I felt disappointed, irritated and bewildered. And of course annoyed - not by the book but by my poor judgment that made me chose the book in the first place and wonder how I could miss the fine print telling warning me that the book is not compatible with my reading habits.

Regarding the story, I never felt anything but indifference towards the characters and an immunity to the certainly existing, but sadly not my kind of, humor. More often than not, I missed the smooth transition between chapters and events, they rather felt aligned and without some tighter connection to put them together into a well-rounded whole.

As my review is based on my very own personal taste and, in this case, dislike of the book, I do not feel in a position to either recommend or not recommend it - I'd rather suggest to find out on your own, maybe by dipping your toes into a sample chapter first...

(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)

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