#Bookreview ‘Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen’ by J.K.Rowling #ccbookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing as part of my 50 classics challenge

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

by J.K.Rowling, translated by Klaus Fritz

HP und der Stein der Weisen

Blurb (from Amazon):

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle. Who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard. Just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards. And he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colourful faculty at his unusual school. Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world.  He never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

Did I like it?

I guess you could say Yes. The story is interesting, the writing style of Mrs Rowling is very well translated by Mr Fritz. As this is book 1 of the series. It makes you wonder what comes next. And if you like the genre, YA and fantasy. It’s absolutely OK. You won’t regret the time you’ve spent with the book. There are things missing but the most part is revealed later in the series. So no critic about that.

What I didn’t like.

Let’s say nothing about the book. The book is a very good start to the series. Even in the translated version. What I don’t like is the whole fuss that was made about this series. Book launches were events where, mostly kids, were waiting in front of the stores to get their hands on them. As soon as they hit the stores. Then came the films. Now we have theme parks. Musicals, it’s getting too much. I don’t blame Mrs Rowling for all of this. If she gets rich she deserves it. The fuss is just much too much for my taste.

Would I recommend it?

Yes. If you haven’t read the series you’re missing a part of today’s society. 16 out of 20 points.

Ausone’s notebook, 47.th instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Hello, humans.

It’s Monday another week has passed. Not much happened here in my little corner of the world. No BBQ of the new neighbours. Nothing, just a calm week.

It’s Monday another week has passed, Not much happened here in my little corner of the world. No BBQ of the new neighbours. Nothing, just a calm week.

This gives me two opportunities.

Number 1: Dear Readers, if you want me to express my opinion. My thoughts about something that’s interesting for you. Just let me know. There’s a comment section below. Tell me what I should talk about. And I will do my very best. Can’t promise that it will happen immediately. But I will talk about whatever my readers want me to talk about. (Sounds kind of nice and intimidating at the same time, “My readers”).

Number 2: Finally, I can rant a bit. The two major sports event for the year are over. The European football Championship and the XXXI. Olympic games. Which is….nice. Hopefully, there will be less nationalism in the news now. I, as a simple cat, don’t get it. Let me explain and I will use Belgium as an example. I’ve already mentioned, some weeks ago. That the Belgians have this, more or less, ridiculous habit of giving names to their teams. Not clubs, the national teams. In general, “Red whatever”, The relay 4x400m is called “Belgian tornados”. Hockey team “Red eagles”. And the Belgian media is, as expected, exxagerating. Interviews, at 7 am. With the enormous outcome. “We want to win.” No one expected something like that. Isn’t this normal, You compete, you qualify for the final, you want to win the final. If you don’t want to win the final, why competing in it? For the hockey team, it was even more annoying than for the rest. They’ve won their semi-final on a Tuesday and the final was on a Thursday; both in the middle of the night. So Wednesday morning the news started with “Red eagles” qualified for the final. All of Belgium is behind them. Followed by an interview with a player about how they will play in the final. And what to think about their opponent. Thursday morning a feature about their coach, who isn’t Belgian. Hope, he won’t have the same destiny as the coach of the football team. Who was sacked after the Belgians were elimintaed from the Championship. Because the “Red eagles” lost their final. Something that comes not as a complete surprise. They weren’t competing against a group of kids from the local kindergarten. They were competing against another team who qualified for the final. And who wanted to win too. And as only one team can win. Why can’t they just accept that there is just one team who can win. Yes, after you’ve lost the final you have the right to be disappointed. But you were qualified for the final. Isn’t this something good? You just can’t always win.

And it’s not like that only in Belgium. It’s the same crap in Germany. After half of the events were over. German media interviewed the chef d’equipe. Who was disappointed. Some results were good, others will face serious consequences. Will they be sent to prison or maybe even killed? For not winning in a sports competition? I’m quite sure the German chef d’equipe never participated in high level sports. So, I’ve absolutely no idea what the f… he’s talking about. Maybe they will just get less money and those who won get more. Or maybe, really, just maybe they will realise one day that there are other participants who can win too. In any sports. If you won yesterday, you may not win today or tomorrow.

No new photos made. Maybe next week we’ll have some. Thus, a photo from the stock. And just for a change, the annoying pure breed.

Rashid knee

See you next week



DANTE’S KEY by G.L Baron #Mystery #Bookreview #SundayBlogShare

Interesting theme, interesting review

Rosie Amber

Dante's KeyDante’s Key by G. L. Baron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three point five stars.

Dante’s Key is a complex mystery set around the Knights Templar and the paintings of Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The book opens with a prologue from 1217 Iceland, eighty Knights of the Templar order and their Grand Master seek permission to bury a precious casket, far away from the infidels and those who might use it for greed and power.

Present day, Manuel Cassini a professor of literature and expert on Dante has been invited to Paris for a meeting on New Year’s Day in front of the Mona Lisa.

A week earlier in Vatican City, Monsignor Claude de Beaumont appeared to commit suicide, his body was found with high tech equipment disguised as an Ipod. Interpol officer Nigel Sforza is assigned to the case. Two more dead bodies with possible…

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Review: “Playing Out: Swings and Roundabouts” by Paul Douglas Lovell

Another genre to have a look at.


Playing Out: Swings and Roundabouts by [Lovell, Paul Douglas]I was over the moon when I found out that Paul had written another book. I’m a big fan of his previous memoir “Paulyanna” and I found this book just as good. Not surprisingly  it is somewhat different, dealing with a childhood rather than adult years. Although it is based on the author’s life, the book is written as a novel and narrated from a neutral perspective.
I was also brought up in the 1970ies and loved reading about the time. It took me back down memory lane, with many smiles along the way.
Paul (the character) ‘s life was often hard and love-less, something that comes through loud and clear, despite the otehrwise humorous and distant style.
His life is certainly fascinating for someone only ten years old and these memories are ones that many of us will enjoy sharing. There are some great reflections and beautiful nostalgic moments…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview team #RBRT THE DEAD LANDS by @dylanjmorgan #SciFi #wwwblogs

I like the review…:-)

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Lilyn, she blogs at http://www.scifiandscary.com/

Rosie's Book Review team 1

Lilyn has been reading The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan


Oh, I wanted to love this book. It looked perfect. Mutants, science-fiction, post-apocalyptic setting… I’d seen great reviews, too. Unfortunately, The Dead Lands was a dud for me. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it. I just didn’t feel anything for or towards it. It evoked no emotions. It never aroused my curiosity, never made me think.

It was technically a science fiction novel in part because it was based on a different planet, but it wasn’t really based on a different planet. Apart from the advanced weaponry and cryogenics, the worlds that are featured in this novel (mutants aside) are disturbingly mundane. There’s nothing in them that suggests an exotic location. None of the characters appealed to me. They’re not cardboard characters, exactly, but they’re so…

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The Dirigible King’s Daughter by Alys West reviewed for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog @AlysWestYork A #Steampunk Romance

Although the genre(s) isn’t (aren’t) normally my cup of tea. This sounds interesting


  • 51uQrZJpsELAuthor: Alys West
  • Published: August 2016 by 
  • Category: Steampunk, Romance
  • four-half-stars

When Harriet Hardy moved to Whitby, newly famous from Mr Stoker’s sensational novel, she thought she’d left her past and her father’s disgrace behind her. But then an amorous Alderman and a mysterious Viscount turn her life upside down and she’s never been more grateful that she doesn’t leave home without her pistol. 

It’s clear Harriet Hardy, a supporter of the Suffragette movement, is not a woman to trifle with nor underestimate. We meet her as she loads the pistol she keeps in her reticule, before meeting a client. She owns and runs the property letting business left to her by her Uncle Humphrey. Harriet and her mother were left destitute after her father’s disgrace and subsequent death years before and if not for Uncle Humphrey, Harriet dare not think what might have happened to them.

Her experience the previous…

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