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The Black Sheep and the Rotten Apple (gay historical romance)

K. A. Merikan
Flexibler Einband: 342 Seiten
Erschienen bei CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 04.02.2017
ISBN 9781542925181
Genre: Sonstiges

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(THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES) BY STROSS, CHARLES(AUTHOR)Paperback Jan-2009

Charles Stross
Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei Ace Books, 01.01.2009
ISBN B006EF2Z3A
Genre: Sonstiges

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Hemovore

Jordan Castillo Price
Flexibler Einband: 270 Seiten
Erschienen bei JCP Books, 24.01.2017
ISBN 9781935540915
Genre: Sonstiges

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In a world, where vampirism is simply a (very deadly and very contagious) disease.
Mark (V-) works as an assistant for the Hungarian vampire artist Jonathan. He procures his blood, runs errands, sells his pictures (entirely black for a humans unrefined eyes). He also had a crush on him forever, but for the high contagion of the virus can't even tough him, or anything he touched, without gloves.
But then suddenly Jonathans apartment it broken into, a few people killed and Jonathan and Mark are made out to be the villains. Apparently a man from Jonathans past has found him and is quite displeased with him. They have to go flee and go into hiding, easier said than done without money and a killer on the loose posing as Jonathan.

I'm pretty disappointed in the book. It is not at all what I imagined reading the blurb.

I like the idea of half-way realistic take on vampires as a disease and I liked the start about all the logistics: Getting blood, commercial products catering to the infected, Jonathans art that only vampires can see. That was pretty interesting and I would have loved to see more of that.

But after a short while it just degenerated into a pretty stereotypical "hunted by the villain and the police" kind of action film scenario. I thought it was a bit confused too, since they kept going back and forth without much plan and in the end it felt a lot of the flight was essentially entirely pointless. Actually, there are a lot of very stereotypical plot-points in there, that just grated on my nerves.

The romance was basically nonexistent. If both of them had just been friends, the whole plot would not really have missed much at all. At first there was nothing but Marks attraction, then they had been madly in love for years. No real transition, but not much thought given to any of it, not much said either.
I've said it before, I like the falling in love phase or the building a relationship phase in romance books, and again, there is nothing of that in here.

In the end I felt bad that the book deceived me into thinking it would be a more classy take on vampire romance, because it is not, not at all. It's well written and not boring, but that's really the best I can say about it.

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The Time Machine (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

H. G. Wells
E-Buch Text: 128 Seiten
Erschienen bei Wisehouse Classics, 31.01.2016
ISBN 9789176371381
Genre: Sonstiges

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The Time-Traveler invites a few of his friends and explains his theory about the 4th dimension and time travel. He shows them a prototype of his time machine and the nearly finished one in his lab.
The next time the narrator is invited to the Time-Travelers house he shows up very late and tells the assembled men a strange story about travelling to 802.701A.D. seeing the (presumed) evolutions of men and the adventures he had to face to get his vanished time machine back.

I'm not always a fan of Wells works, but I though this one was quite enjoyable. The science and logic that he uses for the 4th dimension is actually pretty much correct, and most of the story seemed pretty sensible.

Even though this is (one of) the first time travel stories, his vision of this far future hasn't yet been done to death in popular culture, so it actually felt still quite fresh.
I liked the slow start on the adventure, his study of the new men he finds (Eloi) who are weak, small and happy, but dumb.
And while the Time-Traveler (there is never a name given, pretty much everyone goes by their occupation) never finds out what happened to the world in all that time, he speculates a lot (a lot of it admittedly falsely too) on the social and economical changes that lead to the state of things.
I though the moralizing a little tiring after a while and the implied class split quite condescending from a modern perspective (rich people : dumb and weak, workers: brutal and debased).
I thought the exploration and adventure parts where done nicely with a good amount of excitement going on, though the end felt a little anticlimactic, especially since he adds a trip into the even further future to near the end of the world. I have to admit, I'm not quite sure what picture he was trying to paint there, but maybe it has no deeper meaning.

In the end I thought it was a nice, fun story.

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An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities)

KJ Charles
E-Buch Text: 211 Seiten
Erschienen bei Loveswept, 03.10.2017
ISBN 9780399593987
Genre: Sonstiges

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Mark is on the lookout for the missing heir for the title. But when he finds Pen the two of them just instantly hit it off. He just doesn't care to inherit the title and estate at all, since being stuck in a fully male role would not fit him at all. And Mark would prefer his lover not to be an aristocrat either, but there is still a murderer on the loose and no one has any idea, what he is even after.


So, I'm not loving his part. I felt the romance happened way too fast. I like a slower build up, some more getting to know each other. I liked Mark and Pen, but they kinda just tumbled into each other and where instantly in love. I want my romance novels to have a little more romance and anticipation.

The book still was as well written as Charles ever writes and it kept pulling me along, but it felt kinda short. I always wondered what happened to all the pages I read, because I felt not much was really happening in them. It wasn't really boring, but I felt I missed something.

I really liked Mark and I didn't mind Pen, but he fell a little flat for me. I felt Pen was a bit reduced on his gender-fluidity. That seemed to be the whole sticking point, whereas Mark had a lot more personality going on, so most of the time you could forget about the fact, that he has just one arm.

The whole murder plot would have been fine, if it where a crime novel, I felt it took center stage too much. In the end it was a little too clean, all nicely wrapped up with a tidy bow, happy end for everyone included.

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Lovecraft Letters - I

Christian Gailus
E-Buch Text: 127 Seiten
Erschienen bei beBEYOND by Bastei Entertainment, 10.10.2017
ISBN 9783732531622
Genre: Sonstiges

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Ich war von dem Buch nicht besonders beeindruckt.
Der Start ist gut, eine interessantes Verwirrspiel, wo man nicht genau wusste, um wenn es gerade geht, aber danach flacht die Geschichte ab.

Es gibt drei Handlungsstränge: Ein Psychiater, der selbst Wahnvorstellungen entwickelt (oder doch nicht?), ein junger Mann der in einer Höhle verfolgt wird und ein Professor, der bei seinen Recherchen zu Lovecraft auf etwas Übernatürliches stößt.
Alle wirkten so, als hätte ich sie schon einmal gelesen, sehr generische, bekannte Tropes, von denen nicht wirklich abgewichen wird. Die Wendungen am Ende sind nicht wirklich welche, da sie absolut erwartet kommen.
Entsprechend kommt nicht wirklich Spannung auf, geschweige den Angst (und ich bin eigentlich eher ein Angsthase).
Auch der schnelle Szenenwechsel durch sehr kurze Kapitel trägt dazu bei. Hinzu kommt, das die Hauptcharaktere keine Tiefe entwickeln, sondern flach und eindimensional bleiben.

Der Schreibstil ist professionell und fließt locker, allerdings benutzt der Autor immer mal wieder eher hochgestochene Worte und wissenschaftliche Vergleiche, die etwas arrogant wirken und sich nicht so recht in den restlichen Narrativ einpassen.

Für mich fühlte sich das Buch an, als wurde hier einmal Formel F durchexerziert, und Kreativität und Originalität zu Hause gelassen. Für den durchaus lesbaren Stil gibt es zumindest noch 2,5 Sterne.

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Candide (AmazonClassics Edition)

Voltaire
Flexibler Einband: 144 Seiten
Erschienen bei AmazonClassics, 25.07.2017
ISBN 9781542048545
Genre: Sonstiges

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Frankenstein (AmazonClassics Edition)

Mary Shelley
Flexibler Einband: 252 Seiten
Erschienen bei AmazonClassics, 02.05.2017
ISBN 9781542046152
Genre: Sonstiges

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Victor Frankenstein widmet sich an der Universität zu Ingolstadt den Wissenschaften. Bald ist er so gut wie seine Professoren und in seinem Eifer erkennt er eine Methode um Leben zu erschaffen. Er erschafft einen überlebensgroßen Mann, ist aber geschockt von seinem Werk und der Hässlichkeit der Kreatur, so dass er vor ihr flieht. Jahre später trifft er sein Werk wieder, dass mit einer Drohung vor ihn tritt.

Also, vorab muss ich einmal sagen, dass das Buch Frankenstein nur sehr wenig mit dem zu tun hat, wie die Geschichte in die Populärkultur übernommen wurde. Alleine das macht die Geschichte schon mal lesenswert.

Das Buch hat schon ziemlich geniale Züge, muss man einfach sagen. Die Verknüpfungen zwischen Frankenstein und seiner Kreatur, beide unabänderlich in ihren Positionen, vorbestimmt durch die früheren Taten des anderen, moralisch unfähig etwas zu ändern, weil sie dafür immer den anderen anders brauchten als er ist. Die Aussage und Darstellung ist tiefgreifend und sehr talentiert.

Das Problem ist allerdings der Stil der Zeit, der sehr auf Länge ausgelegt ist. Alles, gerade Natur und Emotion wird ins minutiöse Detail dargelegt, während gewissen Plotpunkte halt einfach mal dahingeworfen werden und nicht so wichtig sind. Logik ist  Nebensache. Mir wurde dass einfach zu viel, und die 150 Seiten fühlten sich wie gut das doppelte an.

Das Buch ist die Erzählung Victors und Victor ist einfach keine sympathische Person. Ich hatte mehr Verständnis für die Kreatur, die grausame Taten begeht, aber selbst darunter leidet und seine eigene Grausamkeit erkennt. Victor hingegen behauptet noch auf dem Todesbett er ist unschuldig und hätte nicht anders handeln können. Er sieht seinen eigenen Fehler nicht bzw. nur in der Erschaffung der Kreatur, und projiziert alle Schuld ausschließlich auf sein Monster.

Aber es lohnt sich definitiv das Buch gelesen zu haben. An der Erzähltechnik hätte man arbeiten können, aber die Gefühle und der Grundlegende Konflikt sind meisterhaft dargelegt.

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The Courtship of Julian St. Albans (Consulting Magic) (Volume 1)

Amy Crook
Flexibler Einband: 360 Seiten
Erschienen bei CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 28.06.2013
ISBN 9781490393254
Genre: Sonstiges

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Alex Benedict works as a magical consultant for the police since his estrangement from his wealthy and influential family.
As Mandeville, the fiance of the very rich heir Julian St.Alban is murdered, Alex takes the case. Unusual circumstances force Julian to invoke an ancient courtship lottery (think the Bachelor), and Alex decides to take part, as to better observe the other suitors and find the culprit among them. But as Julian and Alex get along better and better, Alex decides winning might just be his major goal, after all.


I was pretty excited about this book, since I adore unusual magic systems, and Alex's acoustics-based magic was quite unusual and fun, too.

I loved all the bits in the book about the magic, making potions and amulets, listening to auras, magical creatures and all that. Even the pretty long and detailed parts. But it's new and unknown to me, so it works.
But then the author pads the whole book with just mundane, everyday clutter. The world is essentially modern, just with added magic and some rather archaic traditions for the elite.
So when we get to listen to a full report on Alex's day, every action and hour accounted for, basically, it gets boring fast.
There is so much in there about going out to eat, or someone cooking, about drinking tea, playing card games, driving around, having entirely normal and meaningless chats with people. Nothing about it is unique to the world, interesting or unusual. It's what most of us do. So I really did not need to read a full page about Alex and friends taking breakfast or visiting a bakery, when a short sentence would do just as well. Not to mention endless, detailed analysis's of his foods and clothes. It doesn't further the plot or deepen the characterization and I just did not care. The book could have easily been made about half-length, without missing something important.

That said, I did like the plot, when something did happen. I though the action part where good, the mystery was not bad, even though I thought in the end it was a bit of a throw-away, but I liked it while it lasted. I did not immediately get who was the murderer, maybe because I didn't read the book in one go, but I wasn't very surprised either. Though, I do have to say, in the end I found the whole case wasn't very well explained, and seemed rather forced or maybe the villains where just stupid, I don't know.

I did like Alex, though I felt the book did a pretty major bait and switch with him. In the first 10% I read as a teaser, he was more of a grumpy, anti-social outcast that was hard to get along with.
And right after that he morphs into a charming, joking, chain-flirting guy, who acquires friends left and right. I think the author wanted to go for a transition, but it was essentially a sudden cut.
I think I liked him better in the beginning, but I found him still charming and cute for the rest of the book.

The romance is a pretty minor part, even though it's integral for the story. Julian really doesn't show up all that much, compared to all the other side-characters, like the guardians, and he's pretty flat too. Sympathetic, but with little depth. Alex doesn't even think about him too much when he's not around, as is usual in most romances.
The relationship with Alex also evolves quite fast and really smooth, there is no drama or doubt in that respect. It's not so much a slow burn, as just no burn at all.

All in all I did not hate be book, because the magic bits where so intriguing, but it annoyed me a lot of the time with it's length, and in the end I did not quite feel satisfied enough with any of it. It get's 2,5 stars, rounded up, because I'm nice like that.

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The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic) by Patrick Weekes (2013-10-08)

Patrick Weekes
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Erschienen bei 47North, 01.01.1888
ISBN B01N3QJSHU
Genre: Sonstiges

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Loch as quite a big grudge against Archvoyant Silestin, who killed her family, branded her a deserter and left her for dead, and then adopter her younger, blind sister as a political ploy.
To get back at him she plans to steal back a priceless elven manuscript that he took from her family and which currently resides in his super-secure valult in his palace on a floating city. Not an easy job, so she assembles a crack-team of magical thiefs and rogues: a shape-shifting unicorn, a death priestess with a talking hammer, an illusionist mage, an acrobatic contortionist, who doesn't condone violence, a tinkering safe-cracker and a boy who has back luck at the most opportune times.


This is not a bad book, but very plot-fixated. Like an action movie.
I liked the beginning, there's a big cast of fun and a bit weird characters, a complex heist plan, all that's cool.
But it gets quite apparent very soon the author did not spend any time on anything that is not the big heist action.
Worldbuilding is pretty basic, and it's essentially a modern feeling world where you exchange technology for magic or crystals. Characters stay one-dimensional all book and aren't explored outside that one simple mould they got cast into. Relationships are explored as far as they are needed for plot elements but are kept really short even then.

The plans for the heist get escalated to a quite simply silly complexity, and whenever the book was making you think some part went wrong it was either planed in from the start or immediately integrated.
I felt I was watching some strange Rube Goldberg machine of fantasy machination. Whenever I thought "Did it stop?", it immediately went on running. It was kinda fascination in the beginning, but it started to feel annoying and insignificant after a while. It was clear there was not going to be a wrench to the insides, it was just going to do it's silly little tricks till it was done. That took all excitement out of it for me.

So in the end, the book was pretty entertaining to read, but it did not get me to want to keep reading. I had to push myself to finish the book even though, whenever I did read, I did have fun. I just was not invested in any of it. Not the characters, not the heist, not the world.

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Scavengers: August (Scavengers #2) (m/m zombie steampunk erotic romance) (Zombie Gentlemen)

K.A. Merikan
E-Buch Text: 88 Seiten
Erschienen bei Acerbi&Villani ltd., 15.07.2012
ISBN B008LYXTD2
Genre: Sonstiges

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After Ira and James parted fighting they have not seen each other for a month until James sees Ira again at a political tour through the university. He tries to reconnect with Ira, but they fight again. After that James tries to find Iras home, even though he has barely any idea where to look.

I didn't like this one as much as the first part.

I want to know more about the world. There are some interesting glimpses of zombie science, the religious movement, the Joners walk, but they are just so short and not really elaborate. Why bother with an interesting, unusual setting, if it's barely explored?

Most of the book was spent between James and Ira arguing, it seemed, and the whole push and pull was pretty annoying to me. I can understand why Ira was angry at James and I can even understand James opinions, and he was trying, but I just wanted them to be done with it.

In the end, nothing of it mattered anyway, since they never really resolved their differences so much as said "Fuck it, lets fuck instead".
The sex scenes are pretty hot, though, and I like Ira and James together. But the relationship feels quite hurried at times, since they don't even manage to be on the same page most of the time unless it's in the bedroom.

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Scavengers: July (Scavengers #1) (m/m zombie steampunk erotic romance) (Zombie Gentlemen)

K.A. Merikan
E-Buch Text: 75 Seiten
Erschienen bei Acerbi&Villani ltd., 27.05.2012
ISBN B0086VZVHC
Genre: Sonstiges

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After the zombie plague changed the world as we know it at the end of the 19th century, James Hurst has been doing well in the overcrowded London, but his funds start to dwindle.  He hires the expert scavenger Ida Russell to help him get to his former mansion in zombie infested land to get the riches that where left there.

I liked this one a lot. Hey, steampunk, zombies and steamy gay sex, what's not to like.

The book is a little short, so the worldbuiling gets left behind a bit. Usually I'm all over a good, in-depth world, but it worked well, regardless. Probably because the basic concepts are so well known already, you don't really need to expand on them to make yourself understood.
Also, the world does not feel lacking or lackluster so much as just unexplained. Maybe the following books in the series will shed more light.

I liked the characters, they where pretty likeable to me and I adored the contrast between the two. The dynamic is pretty hot and I liked how Ira teases poor James. It's kinda cute, even though Ira doesn't seem the kind of guy who does cute.
The whole affair seems to be ripped out of the rest of the plot a bit, though, like a sex scene got transplanted into a different book it doesn't quite belong to.
But that's probably also due to the shortness of the book.

In any case I'm eager to read the rest of the series.

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Autobiography of Mark Twain

Mark Twain , Harriet Elinor Smith
Flexibler Einband: 414 Seiten
Erschienen bei Univ of California Pr, 16.02.2012
ISBN 9780520272255
Genre: Sachbücher

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Rule Breaker

Lily Morton
E-Buch Text: 302 Seiten
Erschienen bei null, 17.08.2017
ISBN B0747V7LQ6
Genre: Sonstiges

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Dylan and his boss Gabe are constantly at each others throats, though the insults are mostly just bluster. Dylan is actually the only person who really dares to stand up to Gabe, as most of the other employees are cowed by him.
But Dylan is also very much attracted to Gabe, which is safe enough, as long as Gabe has a boyfriend and pays him no mind if not to insult him. But then Gabe starts to pay attention to Dylan, and things start to go toopsy-turvy.

I absolutely adored the book until ca. 60%. I love the snarking and sarcasm, all the snippy dialog was very funny. My husband and I are a lot like that, so I could relate entirely.

But after that it just got so angst and unhappy, I had a hard time with it. Gabe's an asshole most of the book, but he's at least a lovable, charming asshole at first, but then he's just upping the ante of assholeness until I just want him to fuck off. And I kept feeling bad, when Dylan felt bad for hurting him, because that's obviously exactly the thing Gabe was shooting for, so fuck him.
I really liked Dylan, he was just a sweetheart, always trying to help everyone, while still not backing down all the time. And I could relate why he always tried harder with Gabe, no matter how bad it got.

In contrast the end was just too sugary-sweet twu luw-y, I'm sure I got emotional whiplash just from the turnaround Gabe did. I mean, of course I wanted him to be less mean asshole and more charming asshole as before, for Dylan, but he's not even that anymore. It felt just too fucking idyllic to be even remotely realistic.

Still, I do recommend it for the strong start.

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Human for Hire

Mia Conti
E-Buch Text: 93 Seiten
Erschienen bei null, 31.08.2017
ISBN B0759ZF93F
Genre: Sonstiges

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Noah works as a heat consultant, which basically means a whore for alpha werewolves to knot while in heat. He instantly has the hots for his new client Dean, going so far as to play nursemaid when he gets the werewolf flu.

Exceptionally mediocre is all I can say about this book.

Since I don't usually read shifter books I thought knotting sounds interesting, but the sex scenes feel kinda flat. Short, straightforwards and pretty stereotypical all around.

The whole relationship feels flat and there is no drama besides Noah agonizing over not being professional with Dean but not wanting to be either. Deans just an empty slate, neither the reader not Noah has any idea what's going on in there, since he barely talks. But the again, both MCs are just cardboard cutouts, there's no actual personality going on for them, not a reason why they are attracted to each other besides good looks and hot sex.

The whole book just felt like a collection of the most stereotypical tropes. It's not badly written, but it feels utterly cliche (and it's not even my kind of genre, so how would I even know that, if it where not so blatantly obvious).

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The Art of Mutual Pleasure (M/M regency)

K.A. Merikan
E-Buch Text: 127 Seiten
Erschienen bei Acerbi & Villani Ltd., 29.03.2017
ISBN B06XVXF5JM
Genre: Sonstiges

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Benjamin has been obsessed with Onanism since he saw his schoolmate Frederick kiss a male friend. Now he's an adult, but he cannot get over his affliction, which he believes to make him ill and frail. He visits a doctor, who proposes a new therapy: Taking the seed of more viral men into himself to replace the one he has lost due to his affliction. Benjamin is very happy with this treatment until Frederick points out to him, that he's fallen for a swindler.

This is more porn than a romance, but I liked it.

Benjamin really is naive to a fault, but I think it is written quite believable. Cringeworthy at time, but still it still felt realistic. People fall for stupid stuff all the time, even now, and this is the regency period, where they actually did believe those basic principles laid down in the book.

The sex scenes where very hot and pretty kinky at times with multiple partner, anonymous encounters, drinking ones own sperm.
The romance is a bit lacking since its just peppered though the book in little bits and pieces till the last two chapters, but as a depiction of an open relationship I found it not too bad. There are way too little of those.

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Lord Lynster Discovers (The Traitor Lords Saga) (Volume 1)

Adella J. Harris
Flexibler Einband: 274 Seiten
Erschienen bei CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 24.06.2017
ISBN 9781548312527
Genre: Sonstiges

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As James' father is found out as one of the traitor lords who plotted to kill the king, James is left to deal with the aftermath of his father's suicide and the suspicion of being involved in the scheme himself.
With the help of his childhood friend and butler to his late father, Daniel, he's trying to find out who his fathers messenger was, to avoid being implicated himself.

This is not a horrible book, but entirely unremarkable. The writing is decent, no big mistakes, nothing jarring. It's an easy read and keeps you going, but it's just boring, if you stop to think about it.

The MCs are quite flat, without much character or any interests, and there is not one lick of chemistry going on between them. Most of the romance is just in their heads.
For the first third of the story, they just act like Master and butler, even though quite friendly, then one of them is in prison for a big chunk of the book and then they immediately jump to the overdone endearment phase. There is just no heat, no sizzle at all. Even the sex scenes feel boring, done and passionless.

The mystery is pretty strange too. I assumed with a plot to kill the king their would some actual danger, high stakes, something. But the book never managers to get a sense of dread going, even though someone is in prison and it's descried as pretty horrible.
I just thought the whole thing was badly thought out. A traitor kills himself, and they never send any police to check it out, search his house, look at the corpse , find evidence? Really?
Evidence against James and Daniel was quite frankly also flimsy, at best. So the butler was at all the parties the lord gave? How unexpected. The son too? No, really? *roll eyes*
Then there is the entirely silly happy end. The amount of accepting people at that time must have been staggering to make that happen.

It's just that pretty much nothing in this book feels realistic or plausible. Not the romance, nor the investigation nor the supporting cast. It's an easy, brainless read if you just want do have something light to fill some time, but other than that, I can't recommend it.

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Snapshot

Brandon Sanderson
E-Buch Text
Erschienen bei Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC, 17.02.2017
ISBN 9781938570155
Genre: Krimi und Thriller

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Davis and Chaz are cops on snapshot duty. Snapshots are a strange technology that allows to recreate a whole city at a past date and the cops are send in to observe crimes, find the location of evidence and the like. After finishing their task for the day, the two men stumble upon a mass murder that had been suppress in the real world. The men get interested and try to find the murderer before the end of the day.

I have to admit, I feel slightly let down by the book. I loved the idea of the snapshots, I though the world building was very neat for such a short book and felt as if it was part of a bigger universe.
The characterization was very good and I though the character managed to be a bit stereotypical for a crime novel, but not too much, so it was a good balance.

I just thought the book needed a bigger twist, I expected something really awesome, fresh and unexpected. And I did not get that, not really. The twists kinder fizzed out for me. They where nice, but nothing more and I thought there needed to be something more. The whole murder investigation also ended pretty anticlimactic, so I was a bit disappointed. Reasonably decent 3.5 stars.

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Ehe ohne Sex - Das Arbeitsbuch

Mina Urban
Flexibler Einband: 62 Seiten
Erschienen bei winterwork, 15.08.2017
ISBN 9783960143123
Genre: Sachbücher

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[(Off Campus)] [By (author) Amy Jo Cousins] published on (January, 2015)

Amy Jo Cousins
Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei Samhain Publishing Ltd, 27.01.2015
ISBN B01BRV3B0G
Genre: Sonstiges

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Toms dad got busted for some ginormous money scam. Tom has been haunted by the press and is left with no money at all. He manages to get back to his college, barely managing to scrape together the money with cab driving at weekends, being essentially homeless until he gets approved for college housing. He's being tossed in with a traumatized gay kid, Reese, who wants nothing more than for this jock to be out of his room he was promised alone. But Tom won't budge, not even when Reese brings around guys to fuck, regardless if Toms in or not. But Tom actually finds himself unexpectedly interested in those encounters he can overhear.

So I loved this until about 60%, when I get overwhelmed my Toms negativity and problems. Nothing seemed to get better, only worse.

I liked the characters, the main ones and the supporting cast, too. I thought they where all very well portrait, with depth and realism. Both of the main characters had some horrible thing happen to them and they both had to dig through it. And for the most part I thought it worked very well. Their friends Steph and Chuck where also awesome, supportive and fun. I especially liked Chucks entirely unfiltered but nevertheless complete support of the whole situation.

But the book is pretty much in Toms head all the time. And Toms head is a fucking dark place. There are some light spots, especially when he gets together with Reese, but at some point I just got too overwhelmed with all the unrelenting negativity in there.
And I did not always get him. The longer the book went on, I felt Tom should make some progress. I admit, I have no idea what either Reese or Tom would feel, but at some point I stopped being able to relate to his troubles and just thought he was being an asshole to Reese, or just a drama queen in general.

In the end, all the progress and happy end was so sudden, compressed into one single chapter, that I felt the book was not well paced. Maybe showing the progress over a longer period and stretching the troubles out less would have helped, or maybe the book was just too long for my taste.
In the end I thought it was more of a 3.5 than the solid 5 I would have given for the first half of the book.

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The Christmas Wager

Jamie Fessenden
E-Buch Text: 169 Seiten
Erschienen bei Dreamspinner Press, 14.12.2016
ISBN 9781634779067
Genre: Sonstiges

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Andrew convinces his friend Lord Thomas to invite him to Christmas at his families estate, just that Thomas has been estranged from his parents and brother since he declined to marry the girl his father picked out for him 6 years ago.
But Thomas cannot back out of a promise and so he shows up at the estate to find that the family has not been celebrating Christmas since his brother's wife died 3 years ago, and that his niece Susan doesn't even know what Christmas is. His father forces a wager on him: Either the manages to get a Christmas ball organized in two days time, or he'll be cut off.

I enjoyed this book even though the story had a few weird elements that I had to try very hard to suspend my disbelieve on. Like the wager Thomas' father forces on him. It doesn't fit with what we know of his father and makes little sense in general.

The interaction of the main characters is very nice and funny at times. I did enjoy the dialog a lot.

They are very good friends before they become lovers and at first I thought is a typical friends who are mutually in love story. But it's not, not really. Andrew makes a move at Thomas, who is mostly confused by this, but tries very hard to stay as good a friend as before. As Thomas notices he might be in love with Andrew too, Andrew pushes him away, because he can't quite believe it to be true. To me that's an unusual dynamic, that still felt quite realistic and natural. I liked how Thomas tried to convince Andrew he actually really does love him.

There's also a subplot about Thomas' unhappy widowed brother and a cute 4-year old girl doing Christmas-y stuff. There are actually more secondary characters I liked, like the twins and Rebecca. It doesn't distract from the love story so much as makes it more grounded and adorable.

So, heartwarming and romantic all around, for that I can forgive the slightly weird, silly plot bunnies that sometimes pop up.

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Hottie Scotty and Mr. Porter

R. Cooper
E-Buch Text: 107 Seiten
Erschienen bei null, 26.06.2016
ISBN B01HLS9UR2
Genre: Sonstiges

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Scott, EMT and firefighter, moved to the small city of Montgomery to help out his sister with her two kids after her divorce.
There is only one other gay man in the city, the widower Cole Porter, who works at the school library. The knitting circle decides it's time for Mr. Porter to date again and thus they compile a list of eligible gay man and try to set him up. They also make a point to tell Scott he is most certainly not on that list.
Because Scott talks like a frat-boy and is fixated on workouts and healthy eating, people think he's just a dumb jock with no brains and no interest in a relationship.
But he's actual been pinning for Cole since that one night stand they had a year ago. But Cole is sophisticated and intellectual and Scott can't believe he might be someone Cole might actually find interesting.

This was just so cute and adorable.
Granted, Scott feels a little younger than 29, with his easily distracted air and frat-boy speech patterns (no one older than a teenager should inject 'like' into sentences), but I though it worked well with Cole, who's controlled and sophisticated, but also emotionally incompetent. They just worked so well together in the end.
I enjoyed the long dialog, character development and the slow burn even though I thought the knitting group was quite a bit over the top in their blatant, uncalled-for disregard for Scotty. They would have made nice Disney villains, though.

Sometimes it felt like it was also a parody of bad romance novels (you know, firefighter with no brains and no interests, way too invested fag hags, etc.), but that's not a bad thing.

I though it was an enjoyable, heart-warming read, overall

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Marine Biology: A San Andreas Shifters Short Story Prequel

G. L. Carriger , Gail Carriger
E-Buch Text: 72 Seiten
Erschienen bei GAIL CARRIGER, LLC, 03.10.2011
ISBN 9781944751029
Genre: Sonstiges

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Alec, marine biologist and werewolf never expected to survive his transformation, but he did. Now he just tries to keep out of the way, since his dad, the packs beta, hates his guts for being gay and intellectual (he's also a smart ass, which doesn't help).
Two merpeople ask the packs help in finding some embezzling selkies and Alec, as the go to ocean-guy is tasked with helping them.

Ok, so this one did not work on any level for me.

The romance went from 0 to moving in together in a day without so much of a proper talk about anything at all.
I could deal with it being fast, if there was any indication of "something". But it's just interest and some kisses, which would be fine and suddenly they apparently plan to move in together.

I just did not get them as a pairing. As a matter of fact, I did not get any personality from Marvin besides flirty and not much from Alec either.
I didn't like Alec much in Sumage Solution and I did not like him any more here. I did not feel the story expanded on his character at all, he's still entirely obscure to me. Hell, Marvins sister Giselle showed more personality then the main characters.

Alecs alpha state and gayness where apparently common knowledge, so his big reveal felt pretty silly and doucy. Also entirely anticlimactic.
The whole story felt entirely lost and confused to me. There wasn't really much going on, the plot line felt just weird and random, even for a short story.

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The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 (Volume 1)

G. L. Carriger
Flexibler Einband: 314 Seiten
Erschienen bei GAIL CARRIGER LLC, 20.05.2017
ISBN 9781944751098
Genre: Sonstiges

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Bryan, called Biff, is beta to an pretty unusual werewolf pack, having a gay, intellectual alpha, a merman alpha-mate and several other gay members. As he's registering his pack for their new location, Bryan hits it of with the mouthy sumage (kinda like a squib for mages) Max, regardless of the fact, that werewolves and mages can't usually stand each other (or smell, from the wolf perspective).

I love this one. I wasn't so sure about it, since I tried one of Carrigers regular novels and wasn't too impressed, but I guess everything that did not work there did work here.

The humor is the same, I always liked her style in that.

The main characters are cute, the banter is a little over the top, but I enjoyed it regardlessly. Sometimes I like it unsubtle. But the characters are well-build with a certain depth to them. The supporting cast is pretty good too, I especially liked the poly Kitsune.

The sex scenes where extensive but not all about the sex, at least most of the time, so that kept it interesting. There was an unexpected amount of angst in there, like sledgehammer to the guts unexpected. Very heart-jerking.
I'd already pecked the book for a very stereotypical romance with not much else going on, but the book quite thoroughly and sneakily proved me wrong. Well done.

I also was really impressed with the amount of world building in this one. I don't usually read about shifters, so I'm not sure how much is original, but I liked the level of detail, I liked how mages where portrait (I'm a sucker for unusual magic systems) and I was impressed how she managed to get so much history and background information into the story without smothering you in exposition or without seeming like that's what's happening at all.

All in all a very addictive book.

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science-fiction

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

John Scalzi
Flexibler Einband: 320 Seiten
Erschienen bei Tor Books, 15.01.2013
ISBN 9780765334794
Genre: Science-Fiction

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Ensign Andrew Dahl and a few colleges just got transferred to the flagship of the Universal Union, the Intrepid. But soon they notice a few weird things going on: Their colleges avoid the captain and bridge crew at all costs, pretty much every away mission has someone killed, but never the high ranking officers and impossible tasks are simply solved by a little black box.
After Andrew manages to survive one away mission just barely and gets transferred to the bridge in an act of revenge, he's trying to find our what's really going on on this ship.

So, I enjoyed this one tremendously. I'm not a Star Trek fan, though I've seen enough episodes as a child, but I wasn't sure if the book was for me because of this. But it very much was for me.

I just thought it was very funny, meta, clever and nerdy. And weird, but all the good kinds of weird.
I did like the cast of characters, but I had a bit of a hard time to keep the names straight after the introduction. They where a bit too similar for my wonky brain sometimes. Andrew is the main character, but we get to know a few others quite well. They are all quite likeable and I liked how the different opinions on the situation where portrait.

I liked the references, the tropes, all the meta-ness a lot, but I can see why some people are turned off by it, since it does use the same bad logic and exploits it for his own plot. Though that is exactly what I liked about it, all the levels of meta. And it is logical in its own universe, Probably.

I did not enjoy the Codas too much, though. First Person was pretty funny, but the other ones I'm not too sure about. They seemed a little forced, especially the 2nd person one. It's just a weird format in general.
Also, I did get that it was supposed to be more emotional level than the book, which is more action-packed and thoughtful, but
 I was kinda done with the book at that point and it was just dragging me on unnecessarily, so the emotional impact fell flat for me.

All in all a very fun, funny book, though.

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