11/22/63 by Stephen King

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 I know life is hard, I think everyone knows that in their hearts, but why dos it have to be cruel, as well? Why does it have to bite? This is very much not a normal Stephen King book, but at the same time it is. It’s both mysterious and familiar. It’s full of little things to make you stop and think about your days and how they impact the future. …

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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: Nikoros came away from the meeting having learned several new words, as well as some novel hyphenations of familiar ones, and a fascinating twist to the art of negotiation that his education had previously neglected Oh boy, was my review of previous Gentlemen Bastards book Red Seas Under Red Skies an unknown premonition. The mages reappear and what a fun adventure they create for our heroes. …

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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Goodreads page My rating: 4.5 out of 5 My review: When you can’t cheat the game, you’d best find a means to cheat the players. This has been a fun continuation of style set in the original Gentlemen Bastards (The Lies of Locke Lamora). It repeats much the same recipe - glorious (mis)adventures, schemes that are several layers deep and mixture of luck and misfortune in equal measure. …

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: I’ve got kids that enjoy stealing. I’ve got kids that don’t think about stealing one way or the other, and I’ve got kids that just tolerate stealing because they know they’ve got nothing else to do. But nobody–and I mean nobody–has ever been hungry for it like this boy. If he had a bloody gash across his throat and a physiker was trying to sew it up, Lamora would steal the needle and thread and die laughing. …

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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Goodreads link My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: The politically incorrect advice I would (of course never) give is this: go to the pub for a drink in the morning. This books is a revelation. It describes in a vivid way what happens when we don’t get enough sleep (it’s worse than I imagined in my wildest dreams). Lack of sleep disrupts learning, memory formation, compromises immune system and contributes to various ailments. …

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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Keep breathing, I said. It’s a habit you don’t want to break. This has been one fun book. Witty, quite funny and full of magic. There were a few dry spells (Ha! Get it?) here and there, but I still consider this a successful combination of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and more traditional CSI/detective books. There’s London, there’s magic, there is science and fake history. …

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Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: The world had never ceased to change, but it would also never change for anyone. I got to this book through reading Ken Liu’s translation of Three Body Problem (one of my favourite sci-fi series). He has done similar great work translating this story. The story reminded me of William Gibson writing in many ways (especially Neuromancer storyline), but sprinkled with Chinese culture. …

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Ringworld by Larry Niven

Goodreads page My rating: 3 out of 5 My review: Widely considered a classic of sci-fi, this book as been in my “to-do” shelf for a long time. I finally got to it now, and I have mixed feelings. The idea itself is interesting enough, all the interesting tidbits of trivia about a future world, aliens, fall of some distant civilization interesting. But somehow I am missing a bigger picture or a story line. …

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Endymion by Dan Simmons

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: The shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance. Quite different read from the Hyperion saga itself. Not quite as complex, but still fun action read written from two alternative perspectives - the hunter and the hunted. What happens when an empire spanning many worlds collapses one day to the next? What or who will fill the void? And what would they do to keep their newfound power? …

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The Institute by Stephen King

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 In the dark all the shadows disappear Another great Stephen King read. It made me laugh, it made me angry, it made me confused. But above all - it made me enjoy reading again. Stephen King can make improbable seem possible. The mixture of real work and fantastical is blended with great care, creating sort of “uncanny valley” feeling of “Maybe. …

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