Der Lovelybooks Leserpreis 2016

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Es ist wieder soweit: lovelybooks startet seine jährliche Suche nach den beliebtesten Neuerscheinungen der Community. Vom 31. Oktober bis 10. November 2016 läuft die Nominierungsphase, in der man für seine Favoriten in den folgenden Kategorien voten kann:

Hauptkategorien:
Romane, Krimi & Thriller, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jugendbuch, Kinderbuch, Liebesromane, Erotische Romane, Historische Romane, Humor, Sachbuch & Ratgeber

Sonderkategorien:
Bestes Hörbuch, Bestes E-Book only, Bester Buchtitel, Bestes Cover

Mehr Informationen zum Procedere und zu tollen Gewinnen finden sich hier: http://www.lovelybooks.de/leserpreis/ und unter dem Hashtag #Leserpreis auf allen üblichen Social Media Kanälen.

 

Hogarth Shakespeare – The Story So Far

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In 1917, Virginia and Leonard Woolf founded the Hogarth Press so publish the best new works in literature. In 2012, the project was re-launched with the mission to have Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed authors. The following timeline above the project and its current state.

As a lover of the bard’s tragedies and comedies, I was of course curious to read the remakes. After half of the envisaged novels have been published, it is time to draw a first conclusion.

Jeanette Winterson – The Gap of Time

A wonderful novel which sticks quite close to the original plot but succeeds in transferring it to our days. What I admired most in it is the fact that it really shows that Shakespeare’s topics are universal, not only in place but also in time.

Find the complete review here: https://missmesmerized.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/jeanette-winterson-the-gap-of-time/

Howard Jacobson – Shylock Is My Name

I was a bit disappointed by this since I could not really relate to the characters and found most of it a rather confusing.

Find the complete review here (in German): http://miss-mesmerized.blogspot.de/2016/07/howard-jaconson-shylock-is-my-name.html

Anne Tyler – Vinegar Girl

I had so much fun reading this one, it is really hilarious what Anne Tyler made out of Shakespeare’s story.

Find the complete review here (in German): https://missmesmerized.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/anne-tyler-die-stoerrische-braut/

Margaret Atwood – Hag-Seed

My most beloved play, “The Tempest”, in a completely new shape which is in no way inferior to Shakespeare’s play.

Find the complete review here: https://missmesmerized.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/margaret-atwood-hag-seed/

All in all, apart from Jacobson, I loved the novels and admire the writers’ capacity of keeping the ghost of the story but making something new out of it which works in our time. I am looking especially forward to Jo Nesbo on “Macbeth” and Gillian Flynn on “Hamlet” which are to be published in the next years.

For more information, consult the Hogarth Shakespeare page: http://hogarthshakespeare.com/