City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)

by Cassandra Clare | Teens |
ISBN: 9781416955078 Global Overview for this book
Registered by KillerPueppi of Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 12/30/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by KillerPueppi from Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, December 30, 2008
paperback, first part of the "The Mortal Instruments"-series.

"When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...."

Das Buch soll als Ring reisen:

1. sonnenscheinHD
2. tourvel
3. farie-glen
4. erinacea
5. DieHenkerin
6. Sao-Diego12584
7. moonysshadow
8. knittingcat
9. Schneefee
6. Sao-Diego12584
4. erinacea
5. DieHenkerin

(hab die Liste mal etwas "angepasst", da wohl einiges durcheinander geraten ist. Ach ja, Band 2 gibt es auch: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7216933
und Band drei: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7568584
...
...


und wer noch?

Journal Entry 2 by sonnenscheinHD from Eppelheim, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, February 28, 2009
Schau mal an, was da heute in der Post war, danke! Steht als zweiter in der aktuellen Liste, dauert also nicht lange :-)

Update 11.03.09: So, jetzt habe ich es schon zu Ende gelesen. Dumm, dass da dieser Ausblick in den Band 2 kommt, das juckt mir glatt in den Finger... und bei dem offenen Ende.
Also, das war sehr schön, eine Art Harry Potter für Teenies mit ein wenig Sookie Stockhouse, aber ohne Sex; etwas Harry Potter nur in NYC; ein wenig Samarkand, nur mit älteren Jugendlichen... Absolut lesenswert, also auch schön einfach zu lesen. Hat Spass gemacht, danke fürs verringen!

Journal Entry 3 by sonnenscheinHD at Eppelheim, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (3/15/2009 UTC) at Eppelheim, Baden-Württemberg Germany

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Der Ring/ Ray reist weiter und freut sich auf deinen Eintrag - viel Spass beim lesen!

Journal Entry 4 by wingtourvelwing from Alsdorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, March 23, 2009
Ist vor zwei Tagen angekommen.

02.04.2009

Und schon gelesen. Mir hat das Buch ganz gut gefallen, allerdings frage ich mich die ganze Zeit, ob ich es nicht doch schon auf Deutsch gelesen habe *amKopfkratz*
Sonst fällt mir gerade nichts ein - vielleicht noch später.

Journal Entry 5 by wingtourvelwing at Alsdorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, May 11, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (5/7/2009 UTC) at Alsdorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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Endlich unterwegs! Ich hoffe ihr verzeiht mir und setzt mich nicht auf die schwarze Liste *liebguck*
Wird bestimmt nicht mehr vorgekommen!

Journal Entry 6 by faerie-glen from Ulm, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Angekommen!

Edit: Hab's mehrmals versucht, aber der Schreibstil ist einfach furchtbar. Außerdem lese ich recht viel "alternative" Fantasy, und da ist dieses Buch nun wirklich nicht besonders originell.


Journal Entry 7 by moonysshadow on Saturday, July 25, 2009
Angekommen!

Ich habe auch schon angefangen, das Set-Up gefällt mir ganz gut, dafür bin ich über den Schreibnstil etwas enttäuscht.

Journal Entry 8 by moonysshadow on Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Ich habe das Buch schon anfand der Woche weitergeschickt, hier nun mein Review:

Ich fand die Geschichte gut lesbar, aber nicht sonderlich packend - viele der ideen waren zwar interessant, aber nicht genügend ausgeführt, um wirklich eine spannende Welt zu schaffen.
Die "runes" fand ich am besten, und auch der Humor hat mir ganz gut gefallen, nur hat er am Anfang des Buches etwas gekünstelt gewirkt, da sich die Charaktere (v.a. Clary und Jace) kaum kanntenm, aber schon munter am necken waren.

Journal Entry 9 by knittingcat on Thursday, August 06, 2009
Das Buch ist wohlbehalten angekommen, vielen Dank! Evtl. dauert es ein klein wenig länger mit dem Weiterschicken, da bei mir momentan leichte Ringschwemme herrscht. Werde mich aber beeilen.

Journal Entry 10 by knittingcat on Thursday, November 19, 2009
Uiiii, das Buch ist doch um einiges länger bei mir, als ich gedacht hätte. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima Culpa. Ich bitte um Vergebung.

Eben ausgelesen hat mir das Buch insgesamt sehr gut gefallen. Anfangs wirkte es auf mich so, als hätte die Autorin einiges von Harry Potter entliehen. Dieser Eindruck verflog GsD nach einer gewissen Zeit und die Geschichte gewann an Eigenständigkeit und Charakter und entwickelte sich nicht ganz so vorhersehbar wie zuerst vermutet.

Ein Mix aus Fantasy, Spannung, Teeniegefühlswelt und nicht nur schwarz-weißen Charakteren. Insgesamt sehr gut zu lesen und die Vorschau auf Teil 2 der Trilogie macht Appetit auf mehr.

Das Buch reist weiter, sobald ich die nächste Adresse habe.

Released 11 yrs ago (1/4/2010 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Baden-Württemberg Germany

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Ging bereits um den 04.01.10 auf die Weiterreise zu Schneefee. Leider hatte ich vergessen den Release Alert zu machen :(

Werde bei Schneefee nachfragen, ob das Buch dort ankam. Hoffentlich ist es nicht verloren gegangen.

Journal Entry 12 by Schneefee from Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, March 08, 2010
Hm, jaaa, das war'n bisschen doof jetzt :-(
Nachdem ich Packstation-Problemchen hatte und nicht über angekommene Sendungen benachrichtigt wurde (wurden dann nach 2 Wochen eben als "nicht abgeholt" zurückgeschickt, obwohl das Packstation-System der Ansicht war, es läge gar keine Sendung für mich vor), habe ich für dickere Sendungen die Adresse meiner Eltern rausgegeben. Da ist immer jemand zu Hause und ich bin +- alle 3 Wochen da... mit "JE-kommt-etwas-später - Vorwarnung ist das mMn noch zu verschmerzen.
Dieses Mal jedoch klappte es seit Weihnachten GAR nicht: Mal war ich krank, mal musste ich arbeiten, dann wieder krank, dann auf ner Hochzeit, dann Musikparaden"tournee", dann Auto kaputt und keiner wusste, woran's lag - ich bin tatsächlich erst LETZTES Wochenende wieder hingekommen! *heimweh*
Und dieser Nasenbrecher (ja, ich lese gern im Bett) hat die ganze Zeit geduldig auf mich gewartet.

Journal Entry 13 by Schneefee from Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, April 29, 2010
far-travelled book: Clary and the Shadowhunters went with me to Switzerland and Italy. Nice book, but I would have liked it a lot more 10 or 15 years ago.
You don't need to enlist me for the further books, pueppi, but thanks for sharing anyway.

Journal Entry 14 by Sao-Diego12548 at Köpenick, Berlin Germany on Friday, July 02, 2010
I liked the book, it was quite interesting to read. However, I will be waiting for the turn that turns the events in the end in another direction.
It's not going to make the Top of my english fantasy book list, but was a nice read.

Since I'm meeting erinacea next week, the book will travel on then.

Journal Entry 15 by erinacea at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Handed over to me yesterday by Sao-Diego12548, who was quite happy to part with at least some of her luggage. ;)
There are a few other books here right now, but I'll try to make it quick.

Journal Entry 16 by erinacea at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Monday, July 12, 2010
Okay, this journal entry is going to be loooooong and only half of it is going to be about the actual book, and that half is going to contain spoilers en masse, so consider yourself warned, 'kay?

When SaoDiego gave me this book, she also brought along a Pratchett book which, originally, I'd expected to start reading first, but of course that would have too easy. Right?

It all started when, for purposes of deciding which of the books to read first, I had a second (or third or whatever) look at this one's cover - and was nearly jolted out of my seat in shock. I've no idea how I'd managed to miss the author's name or its significance before, but all of a sudden it all came together. I mean... Cassandra Clare!

You see, a few years ago she went by the same moniker on a HP fan site I was active on. Back then, CC was her nom de plume for (obviously) Harry Potter fanfiction. She was very famous, actually, and quite popular, a big name fan as Wikipedia so nicely put it. Heavily contentious, too. In fact, her Draco trilogy was recommended so often that I eventually yielded and decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the first part - personality-wise, the characters had next to no connection to the original books, but the story was well-written and action-paced, and the dialogue was wonderfully snarky and really witty. (Later, I learned that almost all of these witticisms were actually copied from Buffy and that CC even got into trouble for plagiarism because of that. Understandably, that put a bit of a dent in my enthousiasm.) The ending was atrocious, though - never before or after have I seen a Deus Ex Machina of such clumsy execution. I also tried the second part, but the plot quickly deviated off course and stopped making sense, so I jumped ship halfway through.

Cassie (as she was lovingly called by her fan base) was much acclaimed in the fandom and from her own forum posts about her stories (which both she and her fans described as better than the original and the way JKR would have done it if she'd known any better; I'm paraphrasing of course, but that's what stuck in my head) I got the impression that she was conceited, condescending and sometimes downright rude. To be fair, I've seen violently adoring fans in other fandoms too, and it's entirely possible I'm completely misjudging CC because of something some of the less rational of her fans wrote in her defense. Unfortunately, the forum seems to be down right now, so I cannot check.
Anyway, later I heard that she'd stopped writing fanfiction (and had to take down her stories for legal reasons) to concentrate on a series of her own she intended to publish. This one, apparently.

All this went through my head while I, completely baffled, kept mouthing "Cassandra Clare ... I don't believe it ... Cassandra Clare!" over and over. To be honest, if I'd made the connection sooner I wouldn't have joined the ring, but seeing how it was already on my nightstand I was curious to see how her own writing differed from her fanfic stories. Needless to say, I had rather low expectations and knew from the get-go I'd be completely unable to take the story seriously.

What follows, as already announced in the beginning, is going to contain detailed spoilers, so I'll colour them white and you can highlight the space to make them visible. Also, ranting ahead, don't read if that bothers you.

On the first page, I decided that Clary and her "best friend" (yeah, right!) were probably secretly in love with each other without knowing it, or at least without Clary knowing it. I liked the "murder scene", though I was a bit in disbelief that everyone involved was a teenager. Luckily, that got explained later-on and in retrospect actually made sense. When Jace turned up a second time, I said (I really did, though I don't expect anyone to believe me) "I bet he's going to turn out to be her longlost brother or something". When it turned out that there had been a son (suppsedly dead, as was - supposedly - the father) my reaction was "Oh jeez, I didn't mean that literally!" because, you know, it was kinda obvious from the start that Clary was Valentine's daughter. Then I spent the rest of the book hoping against hope my hunch would not turn out to be true because shipping-wise (well, and generally too, to be honest) Jace seemed so much more interesting than Simon. I never made the connection between the initials and the nickname (something I'm a bit miffed about because I'd already fallen for this same trick in another book I read within the last three weeks), but I am wondering how the Lightwoods could possibly have missed the similarity of the name, middle name and all, to another boy who was supposedly long dead. I had no idea how my prediction would work out exactly - for the longest time I thought the Waylands had adopted the boy or that maybe the two boys had been switched at birth... but in the end it was much easier than that.
I didn't have a clue that Luke was a werewolf and I did not expect Hodge to turn traitor. I did recognize the Mortal Cup on the card, but I thought it'd be more symbolic than it ultimately turned out to be.
Simon being an archery expert was frightfully convenient. I don't generally mind hobby talents that come in useful, but it bugs me if they are sprung at me like that, exactly at the moment they're needed.
When Valentine claimed to have been the good guy all along, I perked up and was prepared for a beautiful twist that would have made me forgive CC everything else. Unfortunately, there were too many holes in his story that made it clear long before Jace saw the light that this was not to be. Still, I commend Clare for having thought up such a bloodyminded villain. If only he didn't have such a ridiculous name... I guess the German family name is in reference to his fascist ideas, but I cannot help thinking that Valentine Morgenstern has a ring to it that is not all that dissimilar to Voldemort. Now Magnus Bane, on the other hand, that's a name fit for a villain.


I liked the epilogue, and not only because it meant the book was over. *winks* I like how Isabelle and Alec are completely accepting of Jace and Clary's identities, and though it is a bit odd to see them so friendly towards Clary all of a sudden, it's not an unwelcome change.
My favourite character by far was Jace, then after a long stretch of nothing Clary herself, then probably Hodge, but I couldn't really say. Now that I think of it, it occurs to me that there really aren't all that many characters in the story and that the pool for likeable characters is even smaller. :/ I felt sorry for Simon (I'd have felt like a misfit in that situation, too) but I didn't really like his character. In fact, I liked him best when he was a rat.
I know I've read the falcon scene before (it made a big impression on me at the time), probably in some fanfic story or other (it'd fit the Lucius/Draco Malfoy family dynamic to a T) and I sure hope one of Cassie's own. I really liked the descriptions of Clary's drawings, they somehow made her seem more like a real person. Though I generally like fighting scenes, the ones in the book were a bit disappointing, possibly because a lot of the time Clary's only in the sidelines.

Um yeah, I'm not going to read the next installments, but thanks for letting me participate. It was an... um, fascinatingly unexpected experience. :)

Journal Entry 17 by erinacea at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, July 21, 2010
DieHenkerin has already read the book, and while the list of participants is a wee bit confusing, it does look like everyone on it has had the book at some point. So, what next?

Released 10 yrs ago (8/20/2010 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Berlin Germany

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On its way home again. Thanks for the ring, KillerPueppi, and enjoy your family time! :D

Journal Entry 19 by KillerPueppi at Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, August 23, 2010
The book arrived at home today.

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