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Mesmerized by Alissa Walser

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Stories are invented and untruthful. At least most of them are. Anybody could come up with anything. But some, he says, convey a sort of primeval idea. And become true simply through the aptitude of those who understand them. It's not about concepts or whether something actually was like that. Stories like these come from an unconscious drive. Which ultimately only needs to be aroused.
This is not the book for readers who are plot oriented, not much happens for the longest while, and even when it does, it's not altogether exciting. But if what I'm saying makes you think I didn't like this book, then I guess I'm not saying it very well. I loved Mesmerized, the idea of the book, the story it actually is based on, the odd writing style and the ruefully ironic musings on people and life, in general. In German, the sentence structure would have annoyed the hell out of me. I'm glad I read the English version, because here it was absurd and interesting.
People refuse t…

Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (Nightmares, #1) by Demelza Carlton

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This review is a part of a reviews only book tour hosted by Irresistible Reads Book Tours. Visit the Tour Page for more reviews!

This is not my usual kind of read: but it was a good getaway from the routine. Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer is an odd story, and as far as I'm concerned, it's very unique. I would probably have liked it a lot more at thirteen, but I'm glad I read the book anyway.
About the book:  There are real monsters out there. The worst part is that they’re human.
“Name?” “Nathan Miller.” “What happened? “I was shot.” “Her name?” “Caitlin Lockyer.” “What happened to her?” “Looks like someone tried to kill her.”
Nathan found a girl lying on a beach covered in blood. Saving her life was just the start. Now he’s the prime suspect and he has to find out who’s really responsible. Both of their lives depend on it.
Who hurt her? Why was he shot?  What did he promise? Why doesn’t his story add up?  Who was the dead man on the beach? What will she remember when she wa…

The Great Mogul by Rajeev Jacob

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When I got the review request, I was so fascinated by the description that I scurried off to Goodreads to go through the reviews. Except, to my irritation, I never found a Goodreads page. Having read the book now in one very exciting sitting, I am even more annoyed, because The Great Mogul by Rajeev Jacob is a unique read. I really wouldn't want it to disappear among the hundreds of mostly mediocre books that the Indian publishing industry churns out every year. The Great Mogul is, in its own delightful and rather eccentric way, awesome. I admit, the book is hardly perfect, but it is well crafted and engaging.
Summary: The Great Mogul is a 900 carat diamond which was last seen by jeweller Travenier in the hands of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the seventeenth century. There have been no sightings of it since then leading historians to conclude that it has been either cut up, misplaced or lost forever. The lives of the beautiful but much abused Khyrunissa, the thieving but loyal Bhai…

Erebos by Ursula Poznanski

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“I withdraw my consent from reality. I deny it my assistance. I dedicate myself to the temptations of escapism, and throw myself wholeheartedly into the endlessness of unreality.”
Ursula Poznanski is an Austrian author, who mainly writes children's books. Erebos is a young-adult science fiction thriller set in London. It is about a computer role-play game that is more than just a game! The book is translated into English by Judith Pattinson.
The kids in sixteen year old Nick's school are all into some sort of game, passing DVDs around in secret and he is desperate to find out what it is. When he finally gets the white square package from Brynne, he is intrigued by its rules. Always play alone, never talk about the game, and never tell anyone your player name. Erebos is a multi-player computer game and Nick's character is a dark elf called Sarius. The characters have to fight battles and earn points and find wish crystals and all that sort of gamey stuff I understand little…

Unter den Linden and Kassandra by Christa Wolf

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I'm not sure if an English translation of Unter den Linden is available, do let me know if you find one. Kassandra, on the other hand is definitely available in English, translated by Jan Van Heurck. Christa Wolf is pretty much among the most famous German authors and I am glad I read her works. I found Unter den Linden pleasantly contemplative and Kassandra was quite a read. What engaged me above all was reading up on the author's life. So, once done with these two, I was keen on acquiring her autobiographical novel: Stadt der Engel or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud; until I remembered the other German female authors I had waiting on my shelf. I'd still like to read Stadt der Engel, but maybe not right away!
Unter den Linden: There are three stories in this collection, but the title story alone is enough to completely enrapture the reader. Unter den Linden has an intriguing narrative structure. It is set in a dream and the line between fiction and reality is blurred. It is a B…