Bücher · Englisch · Gesellschaftskritik · Mystery · Science-Fiction & Dystopien

Stephen & Owen King: Sleeping Beauties

Originaltitel: Sleeping Beauties

Autor: Stephen King & Owen King

Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton

Genre: Englisch, Dystopie, Mystery

Seitenzahl: 736

Erscheinungsjahr: 2017

ISBN: 9781473665194


All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?

The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.

And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world altogether…

Die Sache mit der Spannung

Im September 2017, nur einen Tag nach der Veröffentlichungen, stand ich in einer Londoner Buchhandlung und hielt mein Exemplar von Sleeping Beauties in den Händen. Nun ist es Februar 2018 und ich habe das Buch endlich beendet. Und das lag wohl nicht nur an meiner Leseflaute des ersten Semesters. Weiterlesen „Stephen & Owen King: Sleeping Beauties“

Bücher · Englisch · Jugendbücher

N.H. Kleinbaum: Dead Poets Society

Originaltitel: Dead Poets Society

Autor: N.H. Kleinbaum

Verlag: Klett

Genre: Jugendbuch, Englisch

Seitenzahl: 112

Erscheinungsjahr (Erstausgabe): 1989

ISBN: 978-3-12-579690-4


Life suddenly becomes excitin for the boys of Welton Academy when their eccentric new English teacher, John Keating, appears. He teaches them to „seize the day“ and to enjoy beauty in every aspect of life. Inspired by this enthusiasm, they revive the Dead Poets Society, a secret organization dedicated to poetry. They frequently meet in a hidden cave outside the campus and revel in the recital of all kinds of poetry. Under the influence of their beloved teacher, the boys start learning to be true to themselves, and everything seems to be turning out fine. Then a tragedy happens …

The novel is based on the film written by Tom Schulmann, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams in the role of John Keating.

Es gibt Bücher, die kommen genau im richtigen Moment in dein Leben. Und das war mit Dead Poets Society bei mir genau der Fall. Weiterlesen „N.H. Kleinbaum: Dead Poets Society“

Bücher · Englisch · Sachbuch

Kate Harding: Asking For It

Originaltitel: Asking for It – The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – and What We Can Do About It

Autor: Kate Harding

Verlag: Life Long Books

Genre: Sachbuch, Englisch

Seitenzahl: 222 + Anhang

Erscheinungsjahr: 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7382-1702-4


Every seven minutes, someone in America commits a rape. And whether that’s a football star, beloved celebrity, elected official member of the clergy, or just an average Joe (or Joanna), there’s probably a community eager to make excuses for that person.

In Asking for It, Kate Harding combines in-depth research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than victims. Drawing on real-world examples of what feminists all „rape culture“ – from politicos‘ revealing gaffes to instituional failures in higher education and the military – Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.

Ich habe Asking for It in einer Aufzählung englischsprachiger, feministischer Bücher gefunden und es war der Untertitel, der mich gerade auf dieses Buch aufmerksam gemacht hat. Befinden wir uns tatsächlich in einer „Rape Culture“? Wodurch zeichnet sich diese überhaupt aus? Weiterlesen „Kate Harding: Asking For It“

Bücher · Englisch · Horror · Mystery

Stephen King: The Shining

Originaltitel: The Shining

Autor: Stephen King

Verlag: Anchor Books

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Englisch

Seitenzahl: 659 (+ Anhang)

Erscheinungsjahr (Erstausgabe): 1977

ISBN: 978-0-307-74365-7


Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. Bu as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote … and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Mit The Shining liefert King eigentlich die typische Geschichte über ein Spukhaus. Trotzdem hat er es geschafft, mich tief in die Geschichte hineinzuziehen.

Eigentlich hat Shirley Jackson mit The Haunting of Hill House bewiesen, dass mein die Geschichte über ein Haus, das seine Bewohner wahnsinnig werden lässt, weitaus schneller abhandeln kann. Allerdings nutzt King den Raum, den er The Shining lässt, um nicht einfach irgendeine generische Geschichte, sondern etwas wirklich Einzigartiges zu schaffen. Weiterlesen „Stephen King: The Shining“

Bücher · Englisch · Fantasy · Historisch · Mystery

Alison Goodman: The Dark Days Pact

Originaltitel: The Dark Days Pact

Autor: Alison Goodman

Verlag: Viking Books

Genre: Englisch, Historisch, Fantasy, Mystery

Seitenzahl: 490 (inklusive Nachwort)

Erscheinungsjahr: 2017

ISBN: 978-0-670-78548-3

Hierbei handelt es sich um den zweiten Band der Lady Helen-Trilogie. Daher empfehle ich euch vorher The Dark Days Club.


Summer, 1812.

After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer witz the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers, whose demonic conspiracy threatens to plunge the newly Enlightened world back into darkness.

As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing and learn to move in society disguised as a man, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driv-ing him toward violent bouts of madness? Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection. At the same time, she has her own mission to fulfill: to find and seize a Ligatus, a journal containing dangerous secrets, before it falls into Deceiver hands.

Intrepid Lady Helen, first met in the Dark Days Club, returns in another genre-bending supernatural adventure set in the glittering Regency world.

Weiterlesen „Alison Goodman: The Dark Days Pact“