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Despite having been on the internet since the early 90's, I still never know what to put in these summaries.

I'm an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, though I've found books I love in nearly every genre (except romance, which I view as a personal failing, not a criticism of the genre).

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Piranesi (2020, Bloomsbury Publishing) 5 steloj

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an …

Well Worth Waiting For

5 steloj

I've been excited by Susanna Clarke's writing since I first picked up Jonathan Strange, and when I first heard this book was coming out, I was suddenly aware that I hadn't heard about her in a long while! Some Googling revealed that she'd been suffering from severe health issues for years now, and this book was the result of more years of hardship than I could fathom. I preordered it immediately, and read it the moment it arrived.

Wow. So different, so quiet, and so, so good.

I've read plenty of reviews that disparage the book (usually because they felt the plot was thin or easily deduced, or because the narration was too simple or unrelatable), but I enjoyed the hell out of it. I was surprised when reveals came, I was drawn into the narration and worldbuilding, and I found the narrator endearing, if a bit alien in perspective. …

Notes from the Burning Age (Hardcover, 2021, Orbit) 3 steloj

Ven was once a holy man, a keeper of ancient archives. It was his duty …

Review of 'Notes from the Burning Age' on 'Goodreads'

3 steloj

Beautifully and darkly poetic, there's a lot here about the value of life, the fallacy of human elitism, and the bleakness of history. It's not an easy read, and as far as stories go, it's not one with the beginning, middle, and end. But it is a slice of a very dark life, and not a bad read.

Lord of chaos (1995, Tor/Tom Doherty) 5 steloj

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. …

Review of 'Lord of chaos' on 'Goodreads'

5 steloj

I can only imagine that it might be annoying that I rate all of the books in this series thus far as 5 stars. All I can say is that this is one of those rare series where I don't perceive of the individual books as separate pieces of media, but rather as parts of a whole.

EDIT: After yet another reread, I've decided that this is perhaps the best of the first six books. So many cinematic moments!

Review of 'Invincible Compendium' on 'Goodreads'

3 steloj

I'm a big fan of this series, and I enjoyed reading this collection. I will say, though, I hadn't recalled the casual homophobic slurs (Mark and William are constantly "jokingly" accusing the other of acting 'gay'--even Eve does it once), the slut shaming (while the abstinence-friendly tone could be ascribed to the comic's self-described labeling as a "family title", there are a couple of consequence-free usages of 'slut' that feel like red flags), or the "moral eugenics" arguments (the Unopan "solution" to the Viltrumite threat is to use breeding camps, and nobody bats an eye) when I was reading these issue-by-issue. It's clear that morality is a deeply personal topic in this series, and I see frequent attempts to highlight "doing the right thing, even when it's hard", but I'm not excited that these problems haven't been recognized or addressed.

Dave condenses his 17 years of financial teaching and counseling into 7 organized, easy-to-follow steps …

Review of 'The total money makeover' on 'Goodreads'

1 stelo

I can't finish this. I'm sure this system works for some, and I have no doubt that every glowing testimonial is true and honestly shared. But there's something about this whole process that doesn't sit right with me, and until I can suss it out, I can't finish this book.