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Anderland: Die USA unter Trump - ein SchadensberichtAnderland: Die USA unter Trump – ein Schadensbericht by Ingo Zamperoni
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interessant, mit nützlichen Denkanstößen und einigen neuen Erkenntnissen. Wenn man sich abseits der üblichen Berichterstattung über Trump, seine Politik und deren Auswirkungen informieren möchte, ist dieses Buch ein guter Anfang.

Nicht so packend, wie ich es gehofft hatte. Ein großer Teil des Buches war eine nicht enden wollende Aneinanderreihung von Anekdoten. Der Punkt, der da gemacht werden wollte, ließ oft ziemlich auf sich warten. Daher habe ich in der zweiten Hälfte des Buches relativ viel schräg gelesen.

Nichtsdestotrotz, interessant genug um vielleicht irgendwann ein weiteres Buch von Ingo Zamperoni in die Hand zu nehmen.

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My year in books

2019 on Goodreads2019 on Goodreads by Various
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read a massive amount of comics in 2019. One contributing factor was comiXology, the other one Kindle Unlimited. For Christmas this year I gifted myself with collected hardback editions of all volumes of Saga, Vol. 1 and Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, but I also very much enjoyed the Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars series by Lemire.

My most anticipated sequel to a series this year was Tiamat’s Wrath and it did not disappoint, 5 stars! Children of Ruin and Storm Cursed were fun sequels as well.

Favourite novels were A Memory Called Empire—looking forward to that sequel, sadly only in 2021–and The Raven Tower, an author that has become an instabuy for me. Also unexpectedly good was Afterparty.

Other honorable mentions for novels:

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1) by Mira Grant

Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle, #1) by C.L. Polk

Semiosis (Semiosis Duology, #1) by Sue Burke

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers

The Girl with All the Gifts (The Girl with All the Gifts, #1) by M.R. Carey

Best brain candy was The Cavern. Underwater horror stuff is my favourite!

My favourite novellas this year were Walking to Aldebaran and The Black Tides of Heaven—to be continued at some point.

Some excellent short stories were to be found in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories.

Honorable mentions for short stuff:

Emergency Skin (Forward collection) by N.K. Jemisin

Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 145 by Neil Clarke

Articulated Restraint by Mary Robinette Kowal

Lightspeed Magazine, February 2012 by John Joseph Adams

The Best We Can A Tor.com Original by Carrie Vaughn

Biggest disappointments of the year were Hollow Kingdom and Emily Eternal—this sounded so great, but was such a mess…

Also not for me were:

Inheritor (Foreigner, #3) by C.J. Cherryh

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

Randomize by Andy Weir

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1) by Grace Draven

All in all this was a good reading year. But I planned ahead a lot and committed to too many buddy reads. They were fun, but barely left me room for any mood reading. So the big plan for 2020: fewer buddy reads and a serious attempt at minimizing my TBR pile. Less planning, fewer statistics and more spontaneous choices…

Happy new year and lots of great books for all of us in 2020!

Authors stats 2019:

Male authors: 79
Female authors: 58
Non-binary authors: 4
Authors of color: 18

US-American author: 95
United Kingdom: 12
Canada: 6
Australia: 5
France: 4
Germany: 3
China: 2
India: 2

And the rest of the world:
Argentina: 1
Austria: 1
Belgium: 1
Chile: 1
Croatia: 1
Czech Republic: 1
Greece: 1
Grenada: 1
Malaysia: 1
Russia: 1
Singapore: 1
Unknown nationality: 2

Page Stats for 2019:

Total December: 2.281
Total November: 2.381
Total October: 2.662
Total September: 2.606
Total August: 1.855
Total July: 2.038
Total June: 1.797
Total May: 1.944
Total April: 2.530
Total March: 1.707
Total February: 2.389
Total January: 2.819

Monthly Average for 2019: 2.251 pages
Total page count for 2019: 27.009 pages

My Book Tapestry does not fit into this review, I posted it into the comments at the bottom of my profile page.

My year according to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_i…

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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin EverythingSoonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, finally getting round to this… not really…. my NetGalley version only consists of the introduction and the first two chapters: How to get into space cheaply and asteroid mining. Once I realized that, I mostly skimmed and just perused a bit here and there.

Entertaining, amusing style, that borders on slightly silly. Amusing, very simple comic strips—I recommend reading the ebook version on something that allows colour. Easy to understand explanations of complex topics. Space elevators, reusable rockets, Elon Musk and the odd Star Trek joke make an appearance.

It‘s ok, if you are looking for something light to flick through, when you have a few minutes to spare. Coffee table reading, mostly decorative.

I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

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Ich gebe auf…

Das Millennial-ManifestDas Millennial-Manifest by Bianca Jankovska
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Definition eines Manifests:

„Ein Manifest (lateinisch manifestus ‚handgreiflich gemacht‘) ist eine öffentliche Erklärung von Zielen und Absichten, oftmals politischer Natur. Als Begriff der Kunst- und Literaturgeschichte auch für ästhetische Programme seit 1800 verwendet.“

Danach habe ich hier vergeblich gesucht. Im ersten Teil schreibt die Autorin in verschiedenen Versionen über die Schwierigkeiten von Dating per sozialen Medien und beschwert sich endlos darüber, warum sie damit unzufrieden ist. Im zweiten Teil wird übers Arbeitsleben gemeckert. Es wird hauptsächlich auf kreativ arbeitenden Menschen im Kommunikationsbereich geblickt.

Wenig befriedigendes Leseerlebnis. Ziemlich seichtes Diskutieren über alles und nichts und viel Wiederholung von gängigen Plattitüden. Sehr negativ, sehr anklagend gegenüber allem und jedem. Macht keinen Spaß und ist wenig konstruktiv.
Nach etwa 100 Seiten habe ich noch etwas im Rest rumgeblättert und hier und da mal reingelesen, aber es wurde nicht interessanter oder gehaltvoller.

Generell ist das Buch bei Gleichaltrigen ganz gut angekommen, es war wohl eher nicht das richtige für mich. Bin wohl zu alt und hatte es in meiner Jugend auf jeden Fall zu einfach. Whatever.

Mehr hier:
https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/das-mi…

Hier ist eine gute Rezension von jemandem mehr auf einer Wellenlänge mit der Autorin. Sie hebt ein paar gute Punkte hervor:
http://chapteronemag.com/das-millenni…

Und:
https://www.watson.ch/leben/review/77…

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Spicy stuff

It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest ChilliIt Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli by Marc Fennell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you heard of Chilliheads? These people are nuts. Bonkers. Wacked in the head. Look at this, the really painful bit starts 8 minutes into it:

https://youtu.be/9k-SBpElcWA

Delightfully silly topic. Unless, obviously, you are a chilli head. In that case this is dead serious, mate! A fun playlist is further down.

Shockingly, there are some shocking and disturbing parts in this narrative as well and not in a good way.

The mentioned Ed Currie and breeding the Carolina Reaper:
https://youtu.be/hrF3jVppfr4

The audio talks about trolling, fraud, the mental state of chilliheads… Amazing how much drama people can create around something that does really not seem all that important.

Free from Audible, thank you! P.S.: I love the Aussie accent of the narrator. The audio was nicely dynamic, almost like a radio production. However, a few times the other speakers were not easy to understand and some of the background noises were not clear and made me wonder what was going on.

It was fun to discover something completely new to me. Unfortunately it also led to me watching youtube videos of crazy eating challenges almost all day yesterday. 🙂

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Small sample playlist….

https://youtu.be/Dyrmfv0JbIU

https://youtu.be/Mb-QVfwCmYg

Jesus H. Christ on a motorbike. Yeah, right, not going to do that in a hurry. Laughing tears, seriously… Animals are more evolved than we are, right… lol….

Meanwhile, in England…
https://youtu.be/1vVwIZnV5vw

I was rooting for the guy on the far right… He was so nonchalant about eating those things… and then he was suffering, but soldiering on…

Can you imagine the afterburn? *shudders*

Pizza?
https://youtu.be/6AiI1UcYSuY

It‘s a lingerer! Mistakes were made! Lol. OMG, my cheeks are hurting from laughing so much.

This guy is certifiable!
https://youtu.be/tYbYa3HF2Hg

Meanwhile, back in England…
https://youtu.be/5nbGPCLfIYk

Bon Appetit!

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