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Earth Abides – George R. Stewart 4.5/5 I found out about this book from Moid (@ MediaDeathCult on youtube). This was on his list of top 100 SF books (#9). The premise of course was intriguing because of Covid19. The other option for reading a “virus kills everyone” Book was Stephen King’s The Stand, and…

I’m Dead

Reading process for the Remembrance of Earth’s Past: Book #1: The Three Body Problem Ok, ok, I’m a bit lost, but it’s ok. Oh, I get it, it’s like a simulation game thing. Wow there’s a lot of science AND philosophy here. Nice. This was excellent. Totally different from anything I’d read before. I think…

The Recipe for a SpyThriller

Ingredients: 1 battle hardened protagonist1 old and grumpy (ex) boss2-4 colleagues from protagonist’s agency2-4 colleagues from other agencies1 antagonist1 decoy antagonist1 shit hitting the fan1-2 kickassery scenes1 gotcha! moment1 dash of dry humour1 idyllic scene with the love interest1 pinch of foreshadowing Instructions: Give people a preview of what the problem is going to be…

Flash Bang Whiz

A History of What Comes Next – Sylvain Neuvel (Take Them to the Stars #1) 2.5/5 Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the ARC.Expected publication date: 2 February, 2021. Read: 12 January, 2021. In this new trilogy (?) from the author of Themis Files (reviews for #1&#2 and #3), Sylvain Neuvel, we are introduced to…

The Book of Nothing

Book of Life – Deborah Harkness (All Souls #3) 1.5/5 This final part of the All Souls Trilogy is here on my “Read” list because I’ve decided to finish the series I’d started and because I like vampires. No other reason. The first book in the trilogy is so much fun. I really liked it….

The End of Spice

Chapterhouse Dune – Frank Herbert (Dune #6) 2/5 After 17 years, I finally finished the series. And yeah, I had some issues. The review I wrote immediately after reading is this: Just one big confusion. The plot is interesting, what there is of it, there isn’t much, however.The characters are completely interchangeable.But the main issue…

Just Don’t Do It

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff – Sean Penn 1/5 Last year a group of us decided to do a book club and damn did we have fun. What we planned for was to have a series of books we would enjoy and talk about, but what we got was a true test of our…

King and Cats

Pet Sematary – Stephen King 3/5 To start off, let me just say that it took me FOREVER to find this book! Damn you King and your well thought out book titles! Were it not for my borkBuddies, I would have thought that I was just an idiot who couldn’t spell a simple word in…

Naïve Pointlessness

Only Human – Sylvain Neuvel (#3 Themis Files) 1.5/5 I read the first two parts of this trilogy in 2019 and I really liked them. The first one, Sleeping Giants, was amazing, the idea, the execution, the pacing… everything was really good. The second part, Waking Gods, was not so good. It suffered from the…

Addictive Immortals

Fledgling – Octavia E. Butler 4/5 Thanks to NetGalley and Library of America for the ARC. Octavia E. Butler had a 7-year break in publishing new works before she gave us vampires in Fledgling in 2005. Fledgling follows the experiences of a young woman who wakes up in a cave in a forest with strange…

Ascend the Empire

The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson 4/5 The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson 4/5 My experience with Mistborn (Era One) books started in 2012 when by buddy reader suggested to read The Final Empire as our MiniBookClub book. I tried, I honestly did, but I just could not get into it. I put the…

Joy is Madness

Poems to Night – Rainer Maria Rilke 5/5 Travelling the world: Czechia Thanks to NetGalley and Pushkin Press for the ARC.Expected publication date: 02 March 2021 Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875. He attended university in Prague and in Munich, switching majors from art history, literature and philosophy to political science, law…