Monatsarchiv: Februar 2016

The Perfect Match • 2012 • Dystopian short story by Ken Liu

★★★ Synopsis Sentient A.I. Tilly consults Sai in every aspect of life – starting from movie recommendations and ending in matching a partner: „I think you’ll be in love for six months“. As the A.I. is ubiquitous, Sai is not the … Weiterlesen

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State Change • 2004 • Magic Realism short story by Ken Liu

★★★★ Synopsis Children in this world are born with a physical object containing the soul. In Rina’s case, this is a ice cube. Her whole reclusive behaviour is about refrigerators as a consequence: When the ice’s state changes, she will … Weiterlesen

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The Paper Menagerie • 2011 • Magic realism short story by Ken Liu

★★★★★ Synopsis A cute story about a Chinese mother bringing origami animals to real life for her boy Jack turns heart wrenching. She doesn’t integrate to the U.S. culture where Jack grows up, doesn’t speak English, doesn’t cook or behave … Weiterlesen

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The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species • 2012 • SF short story by Ken Liu

★★ Synopsis Bookmaking in the sense of writing books (not gambling) is done by all species in the universe. Liu gives us a five alien cultures which differ heavily in the way they write. Review One sub chapter per culture, … Weiterlesen

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The Fifth Season • 2015 • Fantasy novel by N.K. Jemisin

★★★★★ Stunning. This is good in so many different ways: A fantasy that could be science fantasy but one never knows. A coming-of-age story that doesn’t pull tropes. A second person point of view: a literary figure meant as a … Weiterlesen

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Tolkien at Exeter College • 2014 • Non-fiction biography by John Garth

★★★ John Garth’s excellent investigation brings the exotic rules and habits at Oxford University of 1911 to life. He tells about interesting and funny pranks and debates which Tolkien participated in. Tolkien was such an scalawag in his undergraduate time … Weiterlesen

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Recommended Reading 2015

What was new and hot in 2015? Locus just published the Recommended Reading List for 2015, listing SF, Fantasy, YA novels, collections and anthologies, and all sorts of short works, was well as art and non-fiction. The SFWA is in … Weiterlesen

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Central Station • 2015 • Posthumanity SF novel by Lavie Tidhar

★★★★ Central Station is a commercial space hub far several hundreds years in the future set between Tel Aviv and Jaffa. It is a rich atmospheric universe of its own, filled with an astonishing motley crew of characters from two families: There … Weiterlesen

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Level up!

I’m proud to have gained 1 level as a book reviewer. Reward: My first auto-approve for titles by Tachyon Publications at Netgalley. Which means: I don’t have to ask for their soon-to-be-published books any more but can just download them. Which … Weiterlesen

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