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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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China Mieville – The Last Days of New Paris (2016) Review

7/10 What a very, very unusual novella. Ok, so this is Paris in the 1940s and the Nazis are trying to take over the city. We follow the resistance fighter Thibaut as he undertakes an exhausting trip through the abandoned … Continue reading

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Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (2016) Review

Genre: science fiction Series: Fractured Europe series, part 3 My rating: 8/10 Based on interviews and blog posts by Dave Hutchinson, a picture becomes clear that the Fractured Europe series was not envisioned in its entirety from the start. The … Continue reading

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Michael Chabon – The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007) Review

Genre: science fiction, alternate history Rating: 9/10 Michael Chabon is generally seen as a mainstream author who is not afraid to dip his toes into genre fiction now and then. His masterwork The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay flirted … Continue reading

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