Ursula K. Le Guin – The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle #1) (Audio book)

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Dramatized by David Lewis Stein

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Pieejama šeit

Vērtējums: 4.25/5

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Ševeks, zinātnieks un fiziķis, ierodas uz Urres planētas, kur ar pienācīgu atbalstu un modernu tehnoloģiju būtu spējīgs pabeigt izstrādāt General Temporal teoriju, kas ļautu zibenīgi pārvarēt astronomiskus attālumus un ceļot ātrāk par gaismu.

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Karin Slaughter – Cop Town

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Izdevniecība: Century

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Nopirku to Latvijas Grāmatu izstādē 2016!

Vērtējums: 4.25/5

 

 

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Pirmajā Keitas Mērfijas dienā policistes amatā Atlantas pilsētu nošokē jau piektā policista slepkavība pāris mēnešu laikā. Dienas beigās zilumus nevar saskaitīt, ir iegūta iesauka Sheep, un gandrīz neviens kolēģis nelolo lielas cerības viņu sastapt nākamnedēļ.

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Hajime Isayama – Attack on Titan, Volume 03 (Attack on Titan #3)

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The last thing Eren remembers before blacking out, a Titan had bitten off his arm and leg and was getting ready to eat him alive. Much to his surprise he wakes up without a scratch on him, with a crowd of angry soldiers screaming for his blood. What strange new power has he awakened, and what will happen when the boy devoted to destroying the Titans becomes one himself?

Includes special extras after the story!

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Tess Gerritsen – John Doe (Rizzoli & Isles #9.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

It should have been a night to remember, but Maura Isles can’t recall a thing.

Maura is at a party. A handsome man approaches. He’s charming and sophisticated. She flirts and drinks champagne. And then nothing. Total blackness. Nothing, that is, apart from these two facts: a man is dead and her address is found in his pocket . . .

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Emily Carroll – Through the Woods

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‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Greg Iles – The Devil’s Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) (Audio book)

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The shocking new thriller from the king of southern gothic.

When he was a prosecuting attorney Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown – Natchez, Mississippi – that Penn will face his most dangerous threat.

Urged by old friends to restore the town to its former glory, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling. Five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market like props from Gone With the Wind. But one boat isn’t like the others. Rumour has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas. And with them comes an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport, and the dark vices that go with it.

When a childhood friend of Penn’s who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, the full weight of Penn’s failure to protect this city hits home. So begins his quest to find the men responsible. But it’s a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family’s life at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honour.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: ISIS Audio Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Noklausījos, izmantojot Audible sniegto izmēģinājuma iespēju.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon – Pride of Baghdad

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

From one of America’s most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers – inspired by true events, a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War.

In his award-winning work on Y THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq.

In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation – can it be given or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

Based on a true story, VAUGHAN and artist NIKO HENRICHON (Barnum!) have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Vertigo

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Cathy Kennedy – Meeting of the Mustangs

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A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and discover how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

E-grāmata eksemplārs no autores apmaiņā pret recenziju.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Jean Nicole Rivers – Black Water Tales: The Unwanted (Black Water Tales #2)

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In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard theirunwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children.

Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.

The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help…There’s something in the basement.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: JNR Publishing

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

E-grāmatas eksemplārs no autores apmaiņā pret recenziju.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Blēra un Treviss ir divi brīvprātīgie, skolotāja un māsiņa, kuri ierodas St. Sebastian bāreņu namā ar domu palīdzēt citu novārtā atstātiem bērniem un uzlabot viņu ikdienu. Jau pats sākums, kad abi galvenākie varoņi ierauga, kur viņiem būs jāpavada nākamais gads, nevēsta neko labu. Treviss pa humoram ēku salīdzina ar Drakulas mītni; arī darbinieku un finansējuma nav pietiekami, lai apmierinātu iestādes vajadzības.

Stāsts pamatā norit no Blēras skatpunkta, tāpēc arī vairāk uzzinām par viņas pagātni. Lai gan viņai nav jāuztraucas par to, ka maks varētu palikt tukšs, un varētu domāt, ka arī ģimenē un personīgajā dzīvē viss būtu daudzmaz labi, tad bāreņu nams liek atcerēties apspiestas atmiņas par autoavāriju, kurā zaudēti abi vecāki un no kuras pati knapi izglabās. Kā arī Blērā nebija tā populārākā meitene skolā, ar to domājot klasesbiedru attieksmi.

Autore prasmīgi izmanto valodu un dažādus elementus vajadzīgās atmosfēras radīšanā. Kad vajag, kaut kas iečīkstas vai nograb. Kad gribi tikt prom, kā par sodību laukā sākas sniegputenis un līdzīgi. :)

Kamēr Treviss visu jocīgo un neparasto mēģina loģiski un racionāli izskaidrot, Blēras uztvere un maņas ir stipri vien jutīgākas. Pirmā būtiskā pārmaiņa un dīvainība sākas ar fotogrāfijām, jo ilgāk viņi uzturas bāreņu namā, jo vairāk deformētas sejas paliek katrā jaunā fotogrāfijā. Arī daļa no bērniem uzvedas ērmoti, tā ka pat šermuļi reizēm uzmetas. Var vien atklāt, ka priecājos, ka tuvākajā laikā nevajadzēs doties pagraba virzienā. :D

Pagātne atkārtojas!

P.S. Nebiju gaidījis tik bēdīgas beigas.

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Blaire and Travis are two volunteers, a teacher and a nurse. They arrive at St. Sebastian orphanage with hope to help children unwanted by others and to improve their day to day lives. Already the beginning isn’t telling you anything good when both our main characters see their home for the next year for the first time. Travis jokingly compares it to the home of Dracula; St. Sebastian also don’t have enough workers and/or money to satisfy their needs.

The story is mainly from POV of Blaire; therefore also find out more about her past than about Travis’. Although she doesn’t have to worry that she might run out of money herself, but suddenly the orphanage make her to remember suppressed memories of a car crash in which she lost both of her parents and barely survived herself. And besides that she was also bullied in the school and wasn’t the popular girl.

The author masterfully uses the language and all kinds of elements to create the right atmosphere and vibe. When it’s needed, something creeks or clatters; when you want to leave, a sudden and heavy snow storm confines you in.

While Travis explains away everything weird and odd thing and tries to find logic and rationality behind it, Blaire’s senses and perception is much more acute. The first significant things that she notices is in the photographs, the longer you stay at the orphanage the more twisted your face is in each new photo.  Plus, some of the children are acting quite weird and even bone chilling. I only can say that I’m glad that I will have no need to go to the basement anytime soon.

And lastly a bit creepy rhyme:

‘’Mommy, mommy take me home, far away from the unknown. Pick me up and fly away into the light of another day. Rescue me from the halls of the haunted, the desperate, the evil, unloved, and unwanted.’’

Kazu Kibuishi – Amulet, Vol. 3: The Cloud Researchers (Amulet #3)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis. There they hope to find help from the Guardian Council’s powerful Stonekeepers. It’s a mission that Alledia’s survival depends on, and time is running out–Emily’s got to find Cielis before th Elf King finds her

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Graphix

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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