Category Archives: Books

20 favorite books I read this year.

2017 was all in all a great year for my fantasy and science fiction reading. I started a couple of famous series for the first time and I read many authors for the first time. The straight-up best series of … Continue reading

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Alastair Reynolds – The Prefect / Aurora Rising (2007) Review

Series: Revelation Space / Dreyfus emergencies I hate it when people rename books. Alastair Reynolds’ novel has been known as The Prefect for a decade now, but will be renamed to Aurora Rising in 2018, when a sequel comes out. … Continue reading

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Charles Foster – Being a Beast (2016) Review

It must be great having Charles Foster as a guest lecturer at University. He’ll surely be full of witty remarks and fascinating stories, of the kind that make you wonder whether he is serious or pulling your leg. His book, … Continue reading

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Joe Abercrombie – The Blade Itself (2006) Review

The first entry in the First Law trilogy, an immensely popular fantasy epic among those who like that sort of thing (I include myself). Abercrombie was one of the essential voices in establishing the “grimdark” subgenre of epic fantasy that … Continue reading

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James S.A. Corey – Caliban’s War (2012) Review

Series: The Expanse, book 2 7.5/10 Not long after the events of book one, Leviathan Wakes, all hell breaks loose on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. A military standoff between the UN and Mars turns bad, but an even more worrisome event … Continue reading

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Peter Frankopan – The Silk Roads (2015) Review

“A New History of the World” Peter Frankopan is annoyed that the history lessons in the Western world focus so much on the Western world. Understandable, sure, there is only so much time for teachers to teach children history, but … Continue reading

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Jeff VanderMeer – City of Saints and Madmen (2001) Review

Genre: fantasy/new weird Series: Ambergris 1 My rating: 7.5/10 Before VanderMeer jumped into writing full novels (and became one of my favorite authors), he wrote a couple of novellas, all set in a colorful, gnarly fantasy world and surrounding the … Continue reading

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