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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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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Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: One of the more interesting reads lately. I have a nagging feeling I was lied to - yet I cannot figure out whether it was the book or the world all these years. If nothing else, it certainly got me thinking and that in itself is a great feeling. The fact we are destroying the world is not lost on me. …

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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: This really was an EPIC adventure. What would humanity do when faced with impossible odds of annihilation? According to Stephenson we’d see the best and the worst of humanity over the course of thousands of years while the survivors figured out a way to keep going. I like that Seveneves addresses some of the basics - what would we eat in space? …

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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Goodreads page My rating: 3 out of 5 My review: A nice way to know more about the world and history of Middle Earth. Especially nice to know how old some of the characters are and how some fables in Lord of The Rings are actually part of true history of that world.

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Witches are always fun. And stories are too as long as someone keeps an eye on them.

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: While it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book much, I just couldn’t bring myself to believe in such a reality. Maybe I wasn’t completely sold on the hypnopaedic idea of teaching people to like what they do. And the idea of idealized Alfa++ humanity being possible is even more ridiculous. The story about cyprus experiment reminded me of an older idea - all jobs, no matter how physical, dirty or menial are needed for society to work. …

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Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: A Perfect Day for Bananafish - Interesting narrative with subtle references to past events that leaves reader guessing (at least partially). Showing that depression is not always visible immediately or obviously Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut - I feel disgusted by Eloise. Feeling all sorry for herself and taking it off on Ramona and her husband (Lew). “They wanna think you spent your whole life vomiting every time a boy came near you”

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Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Goodreads page My rating: 3 out of 5 My review: Phew this was a fight. I liked some of the stories (Faery Hanbag, Hortlak, Catskin, Magic for Beginners) but others were just too painful to go through (mostly Stone Animals). It’s quite likely just my inability to grasp and submerge in the world of magic that Kelly Link tries to create. The stories which got my attention and at least partial understanding were excellent - surreal, funny, magical and in some ways walking the edge of familiar well enough that it kept me intrigued. …

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