I was thinking about posting some of my short wannabe-reviews again.
So with today I begin posting "Nokta Reads 2014" once a month.
I hope you enjoy it, while it lasts... ;)
The House of the Vampire - George Sylvester Viereck
This way quite a gay book, in more than one ways...
I wasn't happy with Viereck always writing the full name when mentioning the protagonist, after the 10'th time it made me want to stop reading the book. But I never do that, so read on I did.
Minor spoilery Spoilers ahead for this!
I love that this had no Happy end. I like that an old book like this, first published in 1907, used the theme of an 'emotional' & artistic energy sucking Vampire!
You can read this at Gutenberg Project, it's a quick one -> The House of the vampire - G. S. Viereck
Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen (The Taste of Apple Seeds) - Katharina Hagena
I don't think the Author really knew what she wanted to write about...
The book only got such a "high" rating from me, because she had a few good laughs that made me smile (okay, laugh out loud!).
The main protagonist was basically eating, sleeping, wearing 50+ year old dresses, which she kept destroying in one way or another, and riding her grandpas bicycle to the lake to swim around naked. Not to forget, running around while going Commando.
Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
Vay anam!!! Where to start!?
My poor, poor Cyrano! I saw it on TV as a (very small)kid, but never read the Play. Never did I realise, what I had missed all those years!!ONE1!
I have always been of the believe, that people with a beautiful Mind are a thousand times better to love than people with a beautiful Face and/or Physic.
And sadly Cyrano was a troubled man, lacking self esteem & self love thanks to superficial people being the majority in his surroundings and this World in general.
He was trying to hide his vulnerabilty and integrity(regarding the World) by colouring his every words with stinging, straightforward insults... laced with his dry wit & sarcasm among other things.
It hurt to see, that in the end he sacrificed his own happines just so as not to hurt & offend(in his eyes) his beloved Roxane.
Oh, and I just kind of might have fallen in love a tiny bit with Le Bret, his friend.
Also available at the Gutenberg Project for free in English -> Cyrano de Bergerac - E. Rostand
Ein Weinberg in der Toskana - Wie mein Traum wahr wurde (A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream) - Ferenc Máté
This was the 2'nd book out of Máté's "The Tuscan Trilogy", and I am still livid about the fact, that our Public Library had this one but not the first.
I really, really dislike (read, HATE!) it whenever I read a book series out of order, basically not reading from the beginning. But I was being repeatedly reassured by one of the Ladies that this was the first part. DX
Anyway, this is an non-fictional Autobiography about landlife in sunny Tuscany and about the process of renovating a House & cultivating grape vine so as to make Wine (& some money).
Máté has done a nice job of making me wonder in between reading sessions when he was going to go mad, get himself & his small family ruined, drive off the next cliff or if he ever would gain a single drinkable drop of the so dearly desired Red Liquid.
Also, feel free to recommend me books... always love to hear about a new/unknown one.
My fave genres are Horror, Science Fiction, Classic and such.