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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The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

I do not generally read this type of stories so it took me longer than usual to get through it. An interesting mystery book nicely weaving between different times and occasionally connecting different points in time. Interestingly enough the whole point of the story is more about a house, rather than people or any specific adventure. There are bits and pieces of people and adventures but they seem unimportant and often disconnected from each other. …

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The Outsider by Stephen King

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Mixing reality and fantasy to create another great horror story in a classic Stephen King way. That’s what this book is about. It gives you a great mystery to solve, great characters to care about and question their every more. And when you finally see what’s going to happen towards the end it will have you on the edge of your seat. …

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: This might have been one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a while. Going from ancient Egypt all the way to custom generically matched treatment for cancer. This book covers it all. It reads like a mystery novel where the killer is a disease leaving clues left and right for the right investigator. I specifically remember being surprised at the handling of smoking and lunch cancer in the past and all the denials that came with it. …

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Wired by Douglas E. Richards

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: A very enjoyable action-packed read. What more is there to tell? If you like a combination of smart moves, surprise turns of events and people being chased from one place to another while improvising solutions… this is the book for you.

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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: Start of the Three Body Problem was quite unexpected - Chinese cultural revolution certainly did not seem like a likely start of a sci-fi novel to me. Bit by bit however, Liu Cixin built a world very much like ours, but with quite a different future. There’s the whole section dedicated to the Three-Body game within the book itself and I actually found it quite fun as well. …

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: I don’t read political literature, and sort of just stumbled upon this in the library. And what a great stumble it was. I am finding accounts of various pieces of diplomatic processes, quotes and recollections fascinating. It gave me a new perspective on what it means to be a diplomat. To bring to the negotiating table warring foreign sides, while fighting politics back home. …

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