Donnerstag, 26. April 2012

Terry Pratchett: Small Gods

Small Gods (Discworld, #13)Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So smart. So wonderful. And funny.

I love how it is ultimately about responsibility. The responsibility of people, history and god (or gods, depending on where you are from). I love (being an atheist myself) that he didn't declare what is right or wrong. You believe or you don't. Fine, as long as you think too. I loved the part where Brutha (love him) and Om are in there desert and he talks about the god being replaced by the religion. Smart. And that deities need people too. It is too often forgotten. A lot of people I know should read this and maybe re-think their way of believing.

Anyway.

Also: Didactylos. That name is perfection. Best name ever. Apart from maybe Aristocrates. *lol*

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Montag, 23. April 2012

Terry Pratchett: Pyramids

Pyramids (Discworld, #7)Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He did it again. Seemingly effortless he approached ancient Egypt, history, the question of religion, love, the nature of camels and quantum.
Smart.
Funny.
Wonderful protagonist.
And makes you think.


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Samstag, 21. April 2012

sleep



bought a new cat bed and it is very very small
so Leeloo contents herself with the floor

Donnerstag, 19. April 2012

shopping




Trip nach Frankfurt zum Primark. Nicht dass ich in den Schuhen viel laufen könnt oder so.. aber sie waren so günstig (15 Euro) und sind rot und verdammt hoch :-)

Und ja, der Hut ist cool *lol*

Mittwoch, 18. April 2012

and now, something serious

“You want to say Hi to the cute girl on the subway. How will she react? Fortunately, I can tell you with some certainty, because she’s already sending messages to you. Looking out the window, reading a book, working on a computer, arms folded across chest, body away from you = do not disturb. So, y’know, don’t disturb her. Really. Even to say that you like her hair, shoes, or book. A compliment is not always a reason for women to smile and say thank you. You are a threat, remember? You are Schrödinger’s Rapist. Don’t assume that whatever you have to say will win her over with charm or flattery. Believe what she’s signaling, and back off.


If you speak, and she responds in a monosyllabic way without looking at you, she’s saying, “I don’t want to be rude, but please leave me alone.” You don’t know why. It could be “Please leave me alone because I am trying to memorize Beowulf.” It could be “Please leave me alone because you are a scary, scary man with breath like a water buffalo.” It could be “Please leave me alone because I am planning my assassination of a major geopolitical figure and I will have to kill you if you are able to recognize me and blow my cover.”

On the other hand, if she is turned towards you, making eye contact, and she responds in a friendly and talkative manner when you speak to her, you are getting a green light. You can continue the conversation until you start getting signals to back off.

The fourth point: If you fail to respect what women say, you label yourself a problem.
There’s a man with whom I went out on a single date—afternoon coffee, for one hour by the clock—on July 25th. In the two days after the date, he sent me about fifteen e-mails, scolding me for non-responsiveness. I e-mailed him back, saying, “Look, this is a disproportionate response to a single date. You are making me uncomfortable. Do not contact me again.” It is now October 7th. Does he still e-mail?

Yeah. He does. About every two weeks.
This man scores higher on the threat level scale than Man with the Cockroach Tattoos. (Who, after all, is guilty of nothing more than terrifying bad taste.) You see, Mr. E-mail has made it clear that he ignores what I say when he wants something from me. Now, I don’t know if he is an actual rapist, and I sincerely hope he’s not. But he is certainly Schrödinger’s Rapist, and this particular Schrödinger’s Rapist has a probability ratio greater than one in sixty. Because a man who ignores a woman’s NO in a non-sexual setting is more likely to ignore NO in a sexual setting, as well.

So if you speak to a woman who is otherwise occupied, you’re sending a subtle message. It is that your desire to interact trumps her right to be left alone. If you pursue a conversation when she’s tried to cut it off, you send a message. It is that your desire to speak trumps her right to be left alone. And each of those messages indicates that you believe your desires are a legitimate reason to override her rights.

For women, who are watching you very closely to determine how much of a threat you are, this is an important piece of data."

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Wanna discuss? It's not as if I'm constantly thinking of rape but it is vital and it is something men should think about. I have met men who, after one date, expected me to email them daily and more than once and who have been pissed that I wasn't even remotely interested as if I it was my duty to be. Some men just don't take no for an answer and this pisses me off, always. So... I think the post addresses vital points.

Sonntag, 15. April 2012

how to...



... get food.

1. Look pretty and and on top of things.
2. come up with complicated technique
3. prod food and then eat.

My uncle and aunt brought this over and took our food thingy with them. My two don't really like it because it involves fiddling so much. But at least he understood the basic idea behind it.


Mittwoch, 11. April 2012

change


I'm now no longer blonde or whatever that color was. I'm dark brown. And I really like it. Also, I'm on Instagram. My username is: jr_moon. I will stare at you until you follow. Starting right now...


Dienstag, 10. April 2012

Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Quite frankly, I would never have picked the book up if it wasn't for the movie, which I planned to watch. I usually prefer reading the book before watching the film adaptation.

So I read it and was like, well... okay.

I'm not impressed. The style lacks ...finesse. The syntax is very simple and please, leave some 'but's and 'however's for other people. You don't need them to start sentences when your character is arguing with herself. Maybe, some re-writing could have gone into it.

I needed to suspend my disbelieve quite a lot in this. There were moments that caught me and made me happily read on. But then there were those that made me stop. Because, why didn't Katniss shoot Cato (or one of her prime opponents) earlier? She had at least 3 chances. Was it because of moral reasons? If so, I didn't read about them and would have needed more insight into her thinking. Because it felt as if the author just needed to prolong the story. Adding the mutts in the final bit was just too much. Especially since there was no consequence or explanation whether this has happened before, to use people in this way. Would this happen again?

Which leads me to the next point: back-story. Where George R. R. Martin might occasionally overdo it and leave me completely exhausted with details of the history of the world he creates, some back-story would help. It not simply explains how these people think and why Katniss goes along so willingly with the styling etc. It would also make everything more believable. Because I know where the things happening are coming from and it is not just some random cruelty to make the reader read on.
Think Tolkien, Pratchett, Douglas Adams. They created worlds. Do that too, please.

It is supposed to be for young adults, right? Well then I guess it is okay to add the Romeo and Juliet story arch. I read the play and it is my least favorite (apart from the language) of Shakespeare's because... well, I just want to slap them on the head and think: grow up. So, all that with the fake and not fake love story was a bit too fanfiction like for me.

However, Katniss is no Mary Sue, so that is a plus. She can handle herself. It's not her fault that the author gives her bad ass skills with bow and arrow and then refuses to let her use them. It's as if you gave Batman a shiny new Batmobile and then took away the keys from him.

I've started on the next book, a little bit reluctantly but it won't take up a lot of my time so I guess it's okay to give it a try.


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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Now that's more like it. The stakes are higher and we get a glimpse of the world and of society. The style doesn't seem as simple (but that could be because the content distracted me because it was much more interesting). I'm more happy now and will start on book 3 right away.





View all my reviews Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have two pages of things in my journal that I didn't like or that I thing would have been better.
Let me say that I'm on Buttercups side (anyone who imagines a cat as a pair of mittens doesn't even deserve my attention). I was majorly annoyed that Katniss was a puppet all the time, because she was the one character who had power. But she didn't use it or claim it, mainly she didn't even ask what was going on just let herself get dressed and ordered around. This annoyed me.

I wonder whether the author didn't know her character (or didn't see how she developed during the story) or whether the character didn't know herself because the way Katniss described herself on p 271 (Finally he can see me for who I am. Violent. Distrustful. Manipulative. Deadly.<(i>) is not the Katniss the reader encounters. She is deadly in the Arena.. but only when she remembers that she is a magnificent shot and could actually kill everyone in sight and not blow up food. She plays the parts assigned to her very well and without questioning them for someone who claims to be distrustful. She is very ready to demand peace or avoid killing for someone supposedly violent. And she has a surprising lack of insight for someone who claims to be manipulative. She is neither of those things. So what is it? Bad writing or a character who doesn't know herself?

Also, dear author, while I appreciate that you try to be original (while writing a story that is as old as history books) and sophisticated (by naming an Avox Lavinia when she has nothing but the lack of tongue in common with Shakespeare's most traumatized female character), there is no need to call 'brainwashing' not by its name but 'hijacking', because we have already encountered before. Then you explain the word 'to hijack' and it backfires because you either insult my intelligence as a reader or you dumb down you protagonist even more because she doesn't know a basic word.

What did work, as it finally happened because I was under the impression it might be the climax, was everything in the Capitol and the ending (Buttercup touched me). Because the end was personal and there, the author seemed to know what she was writing about. The rest of the story, where I was expecting more information about the world and the state of the revolution, I was trapped in a hospital with a confused protagonist (and not even that confusion paid off).

To sum it up. The plot: nothing new (no wonder she refereed to ancient Greece or Rome). So you have to really put a spin on it and you have to master it. In language and story-lines and character strength. You want a struggling heroine? Have her struggle but not be a puppet on a string. You want to show atrocities of dictatorship? Please go ahead and show them, but make them count in the overall picture.

I'm not sure whether it was about a girl struggling with the reality or a society fighting for their freedom. It was a little bit of both but not quite enough. And that is sad because there is a lot of potential in the plot as such.


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Montag, 9. April 2012

First wedding shoot 2012


Nachdem ich vom Urlaub heimgekommen bin, hat mich die liebe Manu angerufen und gefragt, ob ich spontan für sie auf einer Hochzeit einspringen könne, da sie aus familiären und traurigen Gründen den Auftrag nicht ausführen konnte.
Natürlich springe ich dann gerne ein und so durfte ich die romantische (und leicht windige) Hochzeit von Marina und Dominik fotografieren.




Location: Hoher Darsberg (http://www.hoher-darsberg.de/) Für mehr Eindrücke hier und hier klicken. Der Hohe Darsberg ist gerade um die Ecke.

Vielen Dank an alle. Die nächsten Termine sind im Mai, ab Juni bin ich noch stellenweise frei. Vielleicht sieht man sich ja?

Samstag, 7. April 2012

Jack Kerouac: On The Road

On the RoadOn the Road by Jack Kerouac
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Giving it 2 starts because 1,5 aren't available.

I planned to read this some day, but read it now because I wanted to finish it before the movie comes out (I prefer reading the books before watching the movies). I wanted to read Old Bull Lee before I'll see him portrayed by my beloved Viggo Mortensen and I can only say, that he will nail this performance. Old Bull Lee is perfect for Viggo, his description is Viggo (soft voice included). So, I was pleased with that.

The narrative started out very exciting and I happily sped along with the characters. And then I wanted to introduce Dean to a good therapist. And then I was annoyed because one road trip was like the other and I think, I got it from the first and I didn't need three more, especially that last one to Mexico which annoyed me because the book just wouldn't end.

So...yeah. Well. I don't think I'll watch the movie when it comes out but rent the Blu-Ray, no mater how much I cannot wait to see Viggos performance. The story as such just is not one that I'll go through again.


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Here is the trailer, if you're interested. It stars, next to Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and some other people:

Dienstag, 3. April 2012

Montag, 2. April 2012