Book Tag: The Time Capsule

If you ever saw book-related videos on YouTube, you probably know that sometimes they do tag videos in which they answer a set of questions. Since I’m not into filming myself (I’ve tried. Meh. I’m working on it. Things like Book Chat or tags or hauls are so much more exciting in video form.) and I really wanted to do this tag because it is really original and fun! It’s the Time Capsule tag by MathomBooks! Chek them out, they are awesome. Maybe some of you bloggers out there want to do the tag? Do it! Just refer to the original video and do it! It’s fun 🙂

So in this tag, imagine you want to stock a time capsule. What would you want to put in there?

The Rules: You can choose five books. One to entertain, one to evoke emotions, one to enlighten, one to teach the beauty of reading and one to explain our modern culture.

So, here are my picks! In this wonderful read color, you get the answers of my boyfriend! Bonus!

To Entertain:

Out choices to entertain!

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams – Wouldn’t it be fun to read this in the future as an alien race who just built an interstellar highway through Earth? I think so. But I will not put this book in the capsule until I finished it, because I actually just read the first book.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling It’s the best book in the most entertaining series.

To Evoke Emotions

Our choices to evoke emotion!

Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder – A sad and beautiful book about a little girl who is really sick. It’s a really sweet and deep children’s book.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – You really feel for Nobody, you are sad with him, happy, angry.

To Enlighten

Out choices to enlighten!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Okay. A cliché answer. But, this book had a huge influence on me! I read it first when I was about 11 and it really had an impact. It teaches so much about friendship, love, life… This is why I chose it.

1984 by George Orwell – To show how a society should not be like.

To Teach the Beauty of Reading

Our choices to teach the beauty of reading

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers – This book is probably my favorite book of all time. I read it in German, so I don’t know if the translation is any good, but I hope so. If you like fantastical storys at all, and if you like really creative world-building, witty and intelligent writing styles, check out the Zamonia books by Walter Moers. This one, Rumo and The 13 1/2 Lifes of Captain Bluebear are the best.

So why The City of Dreaming Books to teach the beauty of reading? Because it describes how magical reading is, it is a book full of love for books, of how they smell, feel and make you cry, laugh and how they can change your life.

Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury To show how dangerous it can be not to read books

To Explain Our Modern Culture

Our choices to teach about our modern culture

You can’t possibly explain everything about modern culture in one book. You can give a little bit about what people believe in, how our political system works or doesn’t work, something that explains this in detail, something that gives metaphors. So this is a really hard question.

1984 would be too cynical as an answer, right? I will go with Dead Famous by Ben Elton. It shows that we have a legal system and crappy reality tv.

Lautlos by Frank Schätzing (author of The Swarm. This book was unfortunaly not translated) – This thriller shows what is important to modern culture and the conflict between western and eastern societies.

I hope you had fun with our answers! What would you put in a time capsule? Answer in the comments or post it on your blog!

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Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The earth has survived two attacks by the buggers, an alien race. The war is still going on and another invasion attempt is awaited anytime now. Ender is six years old. But he isn’t an ordinary boy. He is a Third. In an overpopulated world, it is not allowed for a family to have more than two children. But Ender’s parents have a special permission, because their children are of special interest to the military. Continue reading

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June TBR!

Before you read the actual post, I want to say that I wrote this a few days ago, but up until now didn’t get a chance to shoot the photos. This month will probably be a really busy month for me, which means just a few posts from me. I will be posting more in the future, but it might be a month or two until then.

This month, I have kind of a theme to my TBR. Which is “sequels”! I have to read some sequels. As almost noone writes standalones anymore, I have started so many series that I haven’t finished. Also, this will help lowering the TBR pile, for I own quite a lot of books that I haven’t read yet and I really want to change that. This also means not buying too many new books. I don’t think I will be able to buy no new books until I finished all of my unread books. Because this would take months. But I try to read at least one book from my TBR before I buy and read a new book.

So, on with my TBR! This month I plan on reading:

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin – If I’m honest with myself, I end the TBR here. If I start this book and don’t allow myself to read other books inbetween, I will only be able to finish one book this month. If I finish it. But I’m sooo looking forward to reading this! It will just take me forever. I’m a slow reader as it is, but reading in English takes me even longer than reading in German. And this book is huge! Almost 1000 pages and tiny fonts. And so many names that all sound alike!

What I plan on reading in the highly unlikely case that I finish A Clash Of Kings earlier than I thought:

Other sequels I plan on reading soon

The Novice by Trudi Canavan – I loved the first one. Really excited for the second one!

The Return to Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis – or at least one of the four.

A Million Suns by Beth Revis – Sequel to Across the Universe, which I loved. I preordered A Million Suns and I still haven’t read it. Shame on me.

Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell – Third book in the Saxon Stories series, I really liked the first two. Yay, vikings! Battles! Axes! Swords!

Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons

 

 

All these books have been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. But I just bought a new book that I will probably fit in somewhere (which does not fit in with the theme, but oh well):

Watchmen by Alan Moore – I’m so excited for this! Yay! Another graphic novel, and the one that gets the highest ratings. It’s also on the NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy list and I plan on reading all of the books on that list. I loved the movie, but fortunately I have horrible memory when it comes to movies! Seriously, that’s a good thing.

Just a few minutes ago I watched Pricilla from the readables’ June Book Haul video. I was thinking about reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter this month and then watching the movie and comparing the two. Now that Pricilla does it too, I really really want to! So maybe I will buy the ebook and read it this month. We’ll see.

What will you read this month? What do you think about my picks? Will I be able to finish A Clash Of Kings? Leave me a comment 🙂

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May 2012 Reading Wrap Up!

So May is over! Way too fast, for it is my favorite month of the year. But June is okay, too, I guess. Although May was so sunny this year and it’s 5 hours until June and it is already raining like crazy.

I got a kindle this month and read four books on it already. I also read four physical books. Here they are!

Some of the books I read in May

Middle Grade:

Harper Madigan – Junior High Private Eye by Chelsea M. Campbell

Loved the setting, did not like the plot too much. Cute read though! Check out my review!

Young Adult:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

I’m underwhelmed by this. It’s okay, the writing is quite good, but that’s all for me. The setting is a little too far fetched for me and I didn’t care for it too much. It got some great reviews from other people though. And I really love the cover too.

The Thirteenth by G.L. Twynham

I’m in love with this book. Really. SO awesome. Check out my review!

Bizarro:

Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland by Carlton Mellick III

A new found love – the Bizarro genre! I will for sure read more of this. Check out my review of this book here!

Science Fiction/Dystopian:

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I liked it! I think it is a good book to learn about the way suppressive regimes work.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I liked this quite a lot. Although it was a little hard for me to get through at times, for I’m not that into military strategy stuff. But I loved the ending! (Technically I finished this on June 1st, 2 am. Whatever. I hadn’t slept yet so for me it was still May 😉 )

Fantasy:

The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

Loved this! Such a great read. Great setting, great plot. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series! Chek out my review!

Play:

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre

Loved it! Don’t know what so say about it though. Therefore probably no review.

Update on challenges:

For the Around the Stack in How Many Ways challenge, I read a play (No exit) , a crime book (Harper Madigan) and a book of the bizarro genre (Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland) this month!

What else went on here at The Book Hunter?

I participated in the Book Chat by Misty!

I introduced the On The Hunt feature, which will be about books that sound interesting to me and I want to read/buy! This time I talked about pirates!

Also I’m 5 books ahead in my reading challenge on goodreads! Awesome, right? Let’s dance the awesome-dance.

What did you read last month?

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Book Review – The Thirteenth by L.G. Twynham

Let me start by saying: This is the first book ever that I finished and immediately started reading again. I am so in love with this unique plot and all the characters, I just feel the need to read it again so that I can soke all that up that I may have missed the first time around. I experienced this with movies before (I think I saw High Fidelity at least five times back to back before I took a break), but never with books. Yes, I loved books before. Very much. But I did not feel the need to read them again.

That being said, lets talk about what The Thirteenth is about. Val is just about to turn eighteen. Apart from her love for comics and superhero shirts, she is quite ordinary. She kept pretty much to herself her entire life and has not many friends except from Delta, her designer clothes wearing, shopping addicted best friend. The only unusual thing about her are her reoccurring dreams of a village which seem to take place hundreds of years ago and a pain in her arm. And then, on her eighteenth birthday, a tattoo appears on her arm and really unnatural things start to happen.

Plot+me=Love. Really. At first, I was not that drawn into the book. I just really enjoyed reading it, but I could put it down easily. But then, after I hit the 40% mark on my kindle, I couldn’t stop anymore. I read the remaining part of the book in one sitting. I really liked the superhero-like things that happened in the book. I liked the twists and the crazy things that went on at the end and in between. Awesome plot is awesome.

I really liked the characters too. What I really liked about Val’s character was that she is quick-witted and funny and often acts before she thinks. That makes her an even more likeable character and hero. Sometimes I wanted to scream at the book to make her stop and think, but in the end I’m glad she had that attribute, because I now realized how much I like her for it. I really liked Delta, too, although she is portrayed as self-centered and Barbie-like, she still was a likeable character.

The villians in this book where awesome, too. They were pure evil, wicked and sardistic and so much fun to read about.

One thing that I did not like – there was a little bit of insta-love going on. It did not take over the story at all, but I couldn’t stand how fast Val fell for this guy. Not cool. Also, the love interests where a little too gorgeous for my taste. I was never into boygroups, in fact I hated them, so overly gorgeous men still make me want to puke. A little less photoshop, a little more reality please. BUT – as I said, the story didn’t focus on this and I quite liked the turn it took.

The tone of the books was another thing I really enjoyed. It was witty and sarcastic, just the way I love it. The writing style was simple but good. I didn’t like how the third person narrator was somehow limited to one character, but then within the scene seemed to change the character it was focused on. I found that to be a little irritating, but it didn’t bother me all too much.

The Thirteenth is the first in a series of six books. Will I read the next book? I’ll let you guess that one.

Have I raved about this book enough? I thing I have. Now, go out and read this wonderful book. If you love it, tell me! If you hated it – don’t tell me yet. I want to stay in seventh heaven with this book just a little while longer. I’m afraid that if someone pointed out the flaws to me – because lets be honest, every book has something someone hates about it – the spell would be broken and the magic of this reading experience will fade. Do you know what I mean?

Read an excerpt here!

Check out Pricilla’s review, the awesome youtuber through whom I learned about the book!

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Book Review – Harper Madigan: Junior High Private Eye by Chelsea Campbell

Harper Madigan has a detective agency at his school. And he is very serious about that. He even wears a trench coat, he is that serious. Somehow, everything is going wrong at the moment. The vice principal assigned him a partner, something that he really does not need. He just can’t find something to proof that his arch enemy is a criminal. And Danigal, who he used to be very close to, asks for his help. If Harper can’t prove that she is innocent, she’s going to be expelled! Who pushed the theater diva? And how is the powerful PTA involved? They control everything at this school, after all.

After hearing what this book was about, I had to read it. I’m really, and I mean really, into kid detective stories. I love Disney’s Fillmore! , Veronica Mars and I own almost 150 The Three Investigators cassettes. I’m normally not a huge fan of crime fiction, but this book sounded just awesome. I ended up being a little bit disappointed.

The plot itself was quite good, though a little bit too straight forward for my taste. I hoped there would be more twists and turns, and I hoped the solution would be a little bit more exciting. I was not happy with the solution at all, and I even thought the ending a little too unrealistic, because the evidence was just not enough to proof who did it. At least in my opinion.

As for characters…I was frustrated with Harper, because he just does not want to see the truth. And then, when he finally changes, I just could not buy that. It was a sudden change and just not believable to me. He came across as rather arrogant, which is okay for a detective, but annoyed me at times.

I loved how serious the tone of the book was. However I had hoped for a more humorous tone, something more similar to Disney’s Fillmore!. But that was just my expectation, I can’t hold that against the book.

That all being said, I thought the book was really entertaining. Despite some small concerns, I enjoyed the story and the reading experience. Although I had my problems with the ending, it did open up the possibility of a sequel. And I would totally read that! I would however hope for a more complex plot. I suppose this is planned as a middle grade book. In that case I am sure that the audience can handle more twists and turns!

Read the first two chapters on Chelsea’s website!

Chelsea is not only an author, she knits too! She sells knitted My Little Ponys at her Etsy shop!

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On The Hunt – Arrrrr, Pirates!

On The Hunt is a new feature on this blog, on which I plan to share the books that I plan on reading someday because they sound so awesome. It might be about books I already own or others. I might always do a theme, but we’ll see. Maybe they will end up being just a collection of books that sound good!

Wax statue of Jack Sparrow – Madame Tussauds (taken from wikimedia.org)

After watching The Pirates Of The Carribean today (and drooling over Captain Jack Sparrow, the prettiest man ever!…except for my boyfriend of course. Ehem. Love you!), I realized that I have not read one single book about priates! I think. I’m pretty sure. I think. Although “pirates” is a definite buzz word for me! (Check out Misty‘s book chat on buzz words and deal breakers!) I love the idea behind pirates, which to me is freedom, equality and a whole lotta rum. Yes, that is the romantic side of pirates. I know that it wasn’t like that. I don’t mind historical incorrectness in this case.

So I did a little research, browsing through listopia, which is my favorite tool on goodreads. Seriously, I could spend hours with it. And I have. I found some promising books there, and I will share them with you!

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Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson – THE classic of this genre. Right? I have seen many adaptations of this story, but I have not read the original yet. I already downloaded this to my Kindle because it’s free, but maybe I will listen to the audio book from freeclassicaudiobooks.com.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – I already own this as a Penguins Classic, so it already is on my huge to-be-read pile. I have seen the Disney version, of course. I’m interested to read the original story!

Pirates! by Celia Rees – I have not heard anything about this book before today. It is a YA pirates book apparently. We’ll see!

The Princess Bride by William Goldman – I’m not sure about this one. I mean, I’m not sure wether or not it is about pirates. I have no idea what it is about actually, but it seems like everybody loves this. And the movie. So I really want to read this! And watch the movie.

The Dust Of 100 Dogs by A.S. KingMisty rated it 5 stars on goodreads. It seems I have to check it out then! You can watch the trailer here!

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke – I found out about this on A Tapestry Of Words’ Waiting On Wednesday. I suppose it’s more about assassins and magic than about pirates, but it still sounds awesome. It will be released this year in October!

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding – I may be stretching it here but – Steampunk pirates!! That just sounds almost too good.

Would you read pirate books? Do any of these sound good to you? Let me know!

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Book Review – The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

Once a year the city gets rid of the poor, the homeless, all those who are suspected criminals. They are driven out by the city guard and the magicians. Like every year, there are some people who won’t leave the city without a fight. It is useless to throw stones at the magicians, but they do it anyway. This year, by chance, Sonea is part of the crowd and throws a stone, too. She puts all her rage and frustration into this stone, and as it is supposed to hit the magic shield and fall to the ground – it just passes and hits a magician. Now her only chance to survive is to run and hide.

I really enjoyed the story. I particularly liked the setting of the book. This city, where the contrast between rich and poor is so huge, and where magicians serve the king and on his order keep the city “clean”.

I really liked Sonea as a character. She was strong and always thinking about how she could help “her people”, meaning the people who live outside the city wall, with her ability. The only thing that bothered me about her was that she had an opinion of the magicians, and that opinion was set. She believed everyone who told her things that supported that opinion without thinking twice. I think that this adds to her character though, it makes her character interesting. I really liked Rothen and Dannyl, too. They were very likeable and had funny moments together.

The atmosphere of the book was probably the thing I loved most about it. As I said, I loved the setting, and I loved the author’s descriptions. It reminded me of what I used to love about a story as a child, and it reminded me of some of my favorite computer games. I used to play adventures like Myst, Atlantis or Egypt and I used to really immerge in the story and setting of the game. [I just lost the game btw.] The feeling I had while reading The Magicians’ Guild where quite similar, and I just loved the book for that.

The Magicians’ Guild is the first book in the Black Magician Trilogy. I will definitely read the next book! This trilogy has serious favorites-potential!

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Book Chat – Desert Island Books

This book chat is hosted by the wonderful Misty from The Book Rat! You should check out her blog if you don’t already know her. This month’s topic desert island books. You choose five books, one in each of five different categories. Survival books are not allowed. Here is what I’d take!

1. Re-Read

I originally wanted a really huge book for this one, so, you know, that I have a lot to read while I’m stranded. BUT: I think it would be awesome and classy to be on a desert island with this one: I choose The Tempest by William Shakespeare!

2. Never read:

I will bend the rules a little here and choose Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is actually just one book in three volumes, so that is not cheating. But I already read the first volume, so… But I never finished the whole thing, so I think it counts.

3. Childhood favorite

For this category, I can not quite decide. The books are from the same author though. I would love to take a bind-up of all his works, because he was such a great writer and storyteller.

I would either take Momo or The Night Of Wishes by Michael Ende. Both of those books I loved as a kid and enjoyed the story as films and audiobooks too. The Night Of Wishes is a really cute story that I reread and enjoyed throughout my life and although I haven’t read Momo since I was in primary school, the story is still with me. From this book I learned, that, if you’re cleaning a street, you should never look at the whole street ahead of you. Instead you should focus on the little bit of street at your feet. This way, it won’t seem as much and you will be ready before you even know it. This comes to my mind a lot when I have to accomplish a task that seems huge or when I just have to walk down a long street.

4. Series

This is hard! I think, I will chose A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin. I haven’t finished the series yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it. And the books are huge, so I can really pass the time with this one!

5. Everything-you-want-slot

I can not go to a desert island without my favorite book, which is The City Of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. It is my comfort book and I love reading it so much!

Which five books would you take to a desert island?

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Book Review – Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wasteland by Carlton Mellick III

Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wasteland by Carlton Mellick III

Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wasteland by Carlton Mellick III

If that title did not make your mouth water already, feel free to continue reading my review! You will either want to read this book right away and run to your next online retailer (I don’t think you will be able to find this at your local book store…) – or you will be disgusted and never want to read my blog again. I just have a handful of readers, so I really hope for the first option.

Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wasteland is a book of the bizarro fiction genre. This genre is fairly new, it exists since about the early 2000s. So what is this genre about? Imagine cult films, like the famous midnight movies from the 70s, Takashi Miike films, Tim Burton, maybe Quentin Tarantino – so cult films – as books. Really weird, sometimes disturbing, absurd, satiric storytelling is what bizarro fiction is all about. Now that, I believe, is really polarizing. Either at this point you are really interested or you already know you’ll hate those books.

I started reading this book almost by accident. I had just gotten my Kindle and my boyfriend was looking through the available books and read this title out loud. We laughed about it, since it sounded like the worst book in the world. I told him to get the sample on my Kindle and read it to me while I was getting ready. And we were surprised how good it sounded! After finishing the sample, I knew I wanted to read the whole book! It was that good.

The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world. After almost everything was destroyed by a nuclear war, the only remaining company took over and formed a new country – McDonaldland. The McDonalds regime is strikt, cooking is against the law, you have to eat three times a day and pray five times. The government controlls every aspect of life. But there is something terribly wrong with the people of McDonaldsland. The more sex the women have, the more they turn into giant wolves, and some man grow extra limbs. Of course, McDonaldsland cannot let this happen. So sex is against the law and women who broke the sex law and the male mutants are thrown out of McDonaldsland into the Wasteland, where the wolves live.

taken from knowyourmeme.com

No, seriously, I just loved the story. The setting is brilliant, it is twisted and weird and all I could wish for. The plot was action packed and fast paced, and there where a lot of fight scenes. This is definetly not a book for sensitive people. There is blood, gore and characters that you just learned to like are brutally killed. There also is sex and rape, as I said, not for sensitive people. Oh, on this note, don’t read the book right before you go to bed. You certainly don’t want to dream of the stuff that goes on in this book. I can tell you that.

I really don’t want to give too much away, if you are interested, you really should experience it on your own. If you are into weird, disturbing, satiric cult films, I think you will love this book as much as I did. If you hate that kind of films, you certainly don’t want to touch this book with a ten-foot pole.

5/5 Nuff said.

Title: Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wastelands

Author: Carlton Mellick III

Publisher: eraserheadpress

Format: Paperback, Kindle-Edition

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