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Die Spur der Bcher
Die Spur der Bcher | Kai Meyer
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Ein magischer Detektivroman im viktorianischen London von Bestseller-Autor Kai Meyer London eine Stadt im Bann der Bcher. Mercy Amberdale ist in Buchlden und Antiquariaten aufgewachsen. Sie kennt den Zauber der Geschichten und besitzt das Talent der Bibliomantik. Fr reiche Sammler besorgt sie die kostbarsten Titel, pirscht nachts durch Englands geheime Bibliotheken. Doch dann folgt sie der Spur der Bcher zum Schauplatz eines rtselhaften Mordes: Ein Buchhndler ist inmitten seines Ladens verbrannt, ohne dass ein Stck Papier zu Schaden kam. Mercy gert in ein Netz aus magischen Intrigen und dunklen Familiengeheimnissen, bis die Suche nach der Wahrheit sie zur Wurzel aller Bibliomantik fhrt.
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Buechersuechtling
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Mehso-so

Three quarters of this book are different plot lines – and even though I didn‘t put it down often I lost track and overview. Which I didn‘t during „Die Seiten der Welt“. But maybe that‘s the crucial point, that by re-reading the trilogy before more of this book‘s plot would have been clear. I spent some time trying to remember the essentials of the series and maybe that hindered me in getting engaged.

“So-So” only for the trivia not for the plot.

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Buechersuechtling
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The questions is why a magic item that allows to recognise the author‘s real intention behind his book/story shall be destroyed. The answer “We are […] critics. Who wants to know the author‘s intention? It‘s our task to decide what‘s well-made and important in a book – and what‘s miserable. We are who can judge and recognise the value of a text [not a magic item].“ (p. 237)

⬆️⬆️⬆️ Clever and subtle but true in every respect. 😯

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Buechersuechtling
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The story ain‘t as gripping as I hoped it would be.
But I like the details that link it to „Die Seiten der Welt”. Fornax who might have gorged himself on books during the fire that destroyed the Alexandrine Library. Or he was cursed by a librarian. Who knows❓😂 (p. 222)

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Buechersuechtling
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You guys remember how I yesterday immediately had a crush on the character Wisenheimer❓🤔 In the novel he‘s named “Veterator” – and my Internet finally disclosed to me what I already assumed yesterday evening. (See picture above.)

It‘s Latin and means “cunning old bird”, “smart aleck”, “teaser”.

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Buechersuechtling
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I think it‘s really funny and wittily thought out that throughout the book – or: so far in the story – the reader constantly encounters the London tube that is obviously under construction the time the novel is set in. It‘s an amusing anachronism that most characters talking about it are sceptical towards it … Just wind fast forward ⏩ and imagine London (and or any other city that has one) without its Underground 🚇.

Catastrophic conditions.

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Buechersuechtling
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While I closed all doors and windows to keep the mosquitoes 🦟 out when I now turn on the light to continue reading I listened to a German singer-songwriter and the text of one of her songs reminded me of @Sarah83 who always suffers when it‘s hot.

“I live at the very top and the rain first comes up to me when it falls.”

Associations of a book nerd. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Sarah83 Don't know the song, but it is pretty true. 😆💓 4mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Don‘t know why but after all these years she‘s a musician by now she still seems to be kind of a hidden gem. Myself I was given this personal tip ten years ago. 4mo
Sarah83 What kind of music is it? 4mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Don‘t ask me such things. I‘m no expert by no means. Mostly I sort music like art, wine and cake. I divide into: “I like it.” and “I don‘t like it.” but I‘d say German singer-songwriter folk with witty texts that often tell a story or that often are subtle and that often contain clever puns. Is that _any_ helpful❓🤔 4mo
Sarah83 I will google it 😆 4mo
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Buechersuechtling
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“It was getting dark when Mercy reached the former coach-house. The shabby building was set at a crossing where, not long ago, suicides was driven a dowel through the heart and where they afterwards were buried under the street.
There were many suicides in St Giles. And there were many man-shaped bumps on the street.” (p. 121)

⬆️⬆️⬆️ I‘m sure this ain‘t fictional. 😶

Sarah83 Loved this description 💓 4mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 It‘s so ridiculous and creepy, both at the same time, that I‘m convinced it must be true. 4mo
Sarah83 It really could 4mo
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Buechersuechtling
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Update: I‘m no friend of adding sugar or the likes to food and drinks – especially to tea – I‘m more the fan of a slightly bitter taste but in that case some tablets of sweetener made this tea taste way less weird. It has fennel in it.
Which is absolutely _not_ _for_ _me_.

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Buechersuechtling
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After noon tea-reading.

(I‘m not a huge tea lover at all but over the past years so many different teas gathered in my cupboard that I decided I need to drink them away. I was annoyed by seeing all those open(ed) boxes. So it‘s tea, tea, tea for me for the next few days …)

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Buechersuechtling
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Only one and a half pages old but I already have a crush on the character Wisenheimer. Might be he‘ll become an annoying sidekick or a traitor or villain – or he commits suicide by accident through a „flammende Rede“ (only funny as German proverb: go down in flames because one‘s speech is so passionate it lights fire) …

But please, he is so wonderfully thought out. 💭

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Buechersuechtling
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Well, I‘m through the prologue – and, sorry, I very much hope the story will raise my interest more. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Folks, I might get old if I criticise abook‘s beginning because it reads like a showdown. 🤷🏽‍♀️

But: What a brilliant idea to make women cry and then add their tissues as “secret ingredient” to the paper love stories are printed on because the tears improve the story‘s impact. 😃 Wonderful‼️😍 Where does he take all these ideas from❓🤔

Sarah83 Es ist ja auch nicht schlimm, dass er es so macht 🤩 4mo
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Buechersuechtling
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Look 👀, what my neighbour left on my doorstep. 💗

A very huge, heart-felt “Thank you” goes out to lovely @Sarah83 who is the generous donor (and did great effort)‼️ Thank you so much❣️🤗 I was positively surprised and _so_happy_ 🤩 it arrived so early.

I plan to start it this weekend. If I‘m lucky I will do so with a glass of homemade peach ice tea which I will brew with my significant other tomorrow. 🍹

Erofan Beautiful cover 😍 4mo
Buechersuechtling @Erofan Yes, it fits in really well with the covers of „Die Seiten der Welt“. 4mo
Sarah83 Great it arrived so soon 💖 4mo
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Sarah83
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Pickpick

Just finished this beauty. 😍🤩😍🤩 @scripturient did you like it?
For all the others, it's about books, bookshops, magic and it takes place in Victorian England. 😊 Guess who bought already the second part?!?
To be true, it is between a pick and a so-so. There are some phrases, which appear quite to often in this book, so I hope this gets better in book two. 😍

Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling should I send to you now? 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💕 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Ja, das wär toll‼️? 5mo
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scripturient @Sarah83 Yes, I liked it but for me it was more a so-so. Loved the atmosphere but the phrases you mentioned just annoyed me a lot. 🤣 5mo
AlaMich I hate it when authors reuse the same words and phrases over and over. I get more and more irritated until I can‘t enjoy the book anymore. 5mo
BooknerdsLife What a gorgeous edition!!! 😍💙 5mo
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife it is such a great book 😍 5mo
Sarah83 @AlaMich you are so right 😭 5mo
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling hey. Ich habe ein Problem. Ich kann das Buch nicht verschicken. Passt nur in einen zu großen Karton. Ich hab jetzt mal online geguckt und es in super Qualität gefunden, zu einem ähnlichen Preis wie die Versandkosten. Darf ich das bestellen und direkt an dich liefern lassen? Dann hast du die schöne Ausgabe auch direkt zum behalten. 🤩 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Echt❓ Die Mühe hast du dir gemacht❓? Klar, gern. Ich bin aber natürlich auch gern bereit, dir deine Auslagen zu erstatten … 5mo
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling ach Quatsch. Ich muss dann halt nur deine Adresse an Amazon geben. Das ist ok? 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Klar, die haben die eh schon. Ich bestell da selten, aber eben nicht nie. 5mo
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling gut, dann schicke ich die Bestellung jetzt ab. Sollte dann in den nächsten Tagen da sein. 🤩 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Super. Vielen lieben Dank❣️ Ich freu mich schon. 5mo
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling Bestellung ist raus. Lieferung erfolgt zwischen dem 27.7. und 30.7. 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Gut zu wissen, danke. 🙇🏽‍♀️😘 5mo
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling gerne. Nur wegen deiner Vorplanung 5mo
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Sarah83
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Evening read. 😊

Freespirit Love your twilight😍 5mo
julesG That book is waiting on son's shelf. 5mo
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Sarah83
Die Spur der Bcher | Kai Meyer
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Enjoying the time on the couch. 🤩😍 @scripturient

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Sarah83
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It's #fridayreads time again. 😍🤩 Today proudly presented by my two buddy reads 🤩 the tagged one with @scripturient and Irondead with @Moony

Life could definitely be worse. 🤩😍

Katerina I met Hohlbein at a convention once a few years ago. He should not be promoting his own books. I have never heared a more spiritless reader 😆 I hope he doesn't do his own audiobooks :P 5mo
catebutler Lovely scene! And perfect Friday plans. 👍🏼 5mo
Moony @Katerina oh yes he is very dislikeable... @sarah I'll read more in the next week and than we can talk about it. 😂 5mo
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Heideschrampf I loved kai mayer in my teens, but lost touch with him. You think i should try again? 5mo
Sarah83 @Heideschrampf I haven't read many chapters until now. I will tell you later that day. 🤩 5mo
Gissy That teacup😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Sarah83 @Gissy it's one of my favourite 🤩😍 5mo
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scripturient
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This was published only two weeks ago. Can't wait to start this beautiful book! 😍😍

Sarah83 I also bought it one week ago. Just forgot to take a pic. 😂 2y
scripturient @Sarah83 Great minds think alike. :) 2y
Sarah83 😁 maybe we can read this as a buddy read 😄 2y
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Caroline2 Oh what a beautiful book! 😍 2y
julesG Gosh! Another one I'd buy based on cover and title. 2y
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