June 17, 2012

The Reading Files - Oh my tome!

And one more for my Tea & Books Reading Challenge! If I continue this way I might not just joke about upgrading to the next level, I might actually do it. But, let's not get ahead of myself. First things first as they say.

I addition, and now you'll be just as impressed as I was, I managed to read two smaller novels. Impressed? Of course. The tome had almost 900 pages and at first I thought it might take me even more than a week to finish it, but then that magical thing happened ... in one word - unputdownable. And when I finished I still had two days for some more reading. Which I did. Obviously.

Eine Billion Dollar (Andreas Eschbach)
Translation: One Trillion Dollar
Source: bought new
Genre: Thriller

Ein hübsches Gedankenspiel: Hätte einer unserer Urahnen vor 500 Jahren ein paar Florin angelegt, könnten wir heute dank Zins und Zinseszins ein Vermögen einstreichen, das für mehr als ein sorgenfreies Leben ausreichen würde. Für John Fontanelli, den armen Schustersohn aus New York, wird dieser Traum Wirklichkeit: Am 23. April 1995 erfährt er, dass sein Vorfahre Giacomo Fontanelli ihm, dem derzeit jüngsten Fontanelli-Spross, über Eine Billion Dollar hinterlassen hat. Gestern fuhr John noch Pizza aus, heute ist er reicher als die zweihundert reichsten Menschen der Welt zusammen. Und trotzdem nicht glücklich.
Denn die Sache hat -- wie kann es anders sein -- einen Haken. In seinem Testament berichtet Giacomo Fontanelli von einer Vision. Sein Erbe soll dank des Vermögens den Menschen ihre verlorene Zukunft zurückgeben. Für John eine drückende Verantwortung : Er, ein Ex-Pizzalieferant, als Retter der Menschheit? Da meldet sich ein mysteriöser Fremder und behauptet zu wissen, wie die Prophezeiung erfüllt werden kann.

Title & Cover: Look. Closely. Like it!
Story: What if an ancestor left you money which has grown to a trillion Dollars in the past 500 years? What if the testament reveals that this money comes with the prophecy that the one who inherits it will give humanity their future back?
Narrative: Mainstream and/but engrossing.
Characters: Characters with dimension for the most part. Not counting the badly drawn female characters *shudders*.
Thoughts: Plot idea? How could I resist! Implementation? Realistic up to the end. If I have one complaint then it's how the author is bloody awful when it comes to tackling romantic scenes. Other than that - highly recommendable!

The Devouring(Simon Holt)
#1 The Devouring
Source: bought used
Genre: YA Horror

"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."
When Reggie finds an old journal and reads about the Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, she assumes they are just the musings of some lunatic author. But soon, they become a terrifying reality when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.
Risking her life and her sanity, Reggie enters a living nightmare to save the people she loves. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?
Bone-chilling, terrifying, thrilling ... what are you waiting for?

Title & Cover: Trust me to pick the book with the creepy cover, ha. Though, honestly, this series has pretty cover versions too, it's just that they weren't available when I bought it.
Story: On Sorry Night the Vours will feast on your fears and take your soul! Of course this is just a horror story to scare little kids, or is it?
Narrative: Delightfully spine-tingling.
Characters: Loved the siblings and Aaron, though I wish that Eben had been more fleshed out (but hey, it's only the first part of a trilogy).
Thoughts: What a lovely horror story! And, let's just say, if you can't handle the cover, you probably shouldn't read the book.

Wake(Lisa McMann)
#1 Dreamcatcher
Source: bought used
Genre: YA Paranormal

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.

Title & Cover: This cover qualifies as "strange". What can I say, theses things happen when you want to read the book and buy it used. You can't be picky.
Story: Janie gets sucked into other people's dreams. Desperate to try and control this, she realizes that she's got more power over this ability than she thought.
Narrative: Very simplistic. And seriously lacks emotion.
Characters: I honestly couldn't connect with any of them, which I blame mostly on the writing style.
Thoughts: This book is so, well, detached. The reader on the outside looking in. Bland. And thankfully, short.

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