Jeder Mensch by Ferdinand von Schirach Ferdinand von Schirach ist ein beachtlicher Streiter für Recht und Gerechtigkeit – sowohl als Jurist wie auch in seiner “zweiten Karriere” als Schriftsteller. (Jedes seiner bisher veröffentlichten Bücher ist übrigens uneingeschränkt lesenswert.)Er hat ein feines Gespür für das, was Recht ist, was Recht sein könnte und was Recht sein sollte und die Klugheit, sich dafür auf vielerlei Ebenen ...

Junge Frau, am Fenster stehend, Abendlicht, blaues Kleid by Alena Schröder My rating: 5 of 5 stars Die “Junge Frau” ist ein leises und berührendes Buch, ohne jemals ins Sentimentale abzugleiten. Es liest sich schnell, leicht und locker, ohne es an Empathie für seine Protagonistinnen mangeln zu lassen oder das teils tragische Schicksal zu banalisieren. In zwei Erzählungssträngen erzählt Schröder die Geschichte von vier (eigentlich fünf...

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Recently, I came across “Bridgerton” on Netflix and – much to the dismay of my family – I really enjoyed it. Now, what would be more sensible than to look for the “source material”? So I did and was somewhat mystified why, at the time of writing this, “The Duke and I” only features an average score of 3.87. Looking into this made it obvious that one scene from the Netfl...

Funkenmord: Kluftingers neuer Fall by Volker Klüpfel My rating: 2 of 5 stars Puh… Das also war Kluftinger 11 und einem von uns beiden geht langsam die Puste aus. Ich habe jetzt extra mal nachgeschaut: Klüpfel und Kobr sind jeweils Jahrgang 1971 und 1973. Weite Teile des Humors der beiden Autoren stammt aber eher aus dem miefigen Altherren-Umfeld: Angefangen von Vodka-saufenden Russinnen, über einen indisch-stämmigen Priester, dessen Darstel...

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir My rating: 5 of 5 stars Just when I thought Andy Weir was a “one-hit wonder” for his great and exciting “The Martian”, he comes along and writes something that completely blew away my mind. “Project Hail Mary” is spectacularly well done, features even more “scientific vibes” and despite being deeply rooted in science fiction, everything in this book feels (shockingly) plausible and believable. Earth ...

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s 1982 and Vivian “Viv” Delaney leaves her confining home to find fame and fortune in New York City. By chance, Viv ends up in Fell, New York, where she finds a job as a night manager at the eponymous Sun Down Motel.At the end of November 1982, Viv disappears. 35 years later, in 2017, her niece, Carly Kirk, follows in Viv’s footsteps after the death of Carly’s mother, Viv...

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells My rating: 3 of 5 stars I seem to be the odd one out but this new Murderbot novella simply didn’t work for me. At times, it felt very slow while, at other times, the story raced along – a very uneven pacing, unfortunately. Mensah and the others hardly played any role and our beloved Murderbot pretty much acts as some random security consultant, trying to make sense of a murder. Apart from the (here rathe...

Marrying Mr. Wrong by Claire Kingsley My rating: 3 of 5 stars Oh, well, from the lofty heights of Obama’s presidential memoirs which I enjoyed, I went on to read this. I needed a short moment of pure escapism and easy-going reading: “Please excuse me for a moment while I disengage my brain!” For that purpose, this novel worked well enough – albeit not perfectly but we’ll come to that. Anyway, this is the third instalment of a loosel...

A Promised Land by Barack Obama My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Politics doesn’t have to be what people think it is. It can be something more.” When Barack Obama started his rise to power, I felt hopeful but sceptical as well: Would America, of all nations, really elect a Black man as its president? And who was that guy anyway? As a German, I had been vaguely aware of Obama but I knew next to nothing about him. That would change over time but do l...

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m German. I’ve never watched an inauguration of an American president. The one of today’s President Joe Biden was no exception even though I was hoping for something better than what had come before… (“It seems to me that I have been dreaming a horrid dream for four years, and now the nightmare is gone.”) Amanda Gorman’s amazing poem ...

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
Book Review / January 26, 2003

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan My rating: 1 of 5 stars So nicht, Mr. Jordan Auch bei mir der Eindruck, daß Jordan schlicht nur noch Geld machen möchte. Um seine Figuren, die er lieblos und farblos beläßt, geht es ihm nicht mehr. Den Inhalt dieses Bandes könnte man problemlos auf einer DIN-A4 zusammenfassen.Ich hatte nicht viel mehr erwartet – wohl aber erhofft. Ich werde auch den nächsten Band kaufen, aber ich kann ...