Author Archives: Andreas

Level up! 150 followers

As a RPG gamer, I always think that the first few levels are intentionally easy, but having past the first ten level ups, things get more difficult. Level 1: set up the blog Level 2: Publishing the first review Level … Continue reading

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Monster • 2020 • Thriller novelette by Naomi Kritzer

First sentence: No one at the Guiyang airport speaks English.  Synopsis: Cecily is a gene editing professor who searches her best friend Andrew from high school. He’s hiding in a remote province of China (“like the Oklohama of China”) where … Continue reading

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Starship Troopers • 1959 • Military SF novel by Robert A. Heinlein

I‘ve read this in 2013 and reviewed it at Goodreads. I thought it a good idea to copy it to this blog. In this coming-of-age novel, Robert A. Heinlein (RAH) describes the military education of young Juan “Johnnie” Rico to … Continue reading

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The Snow Queen • 1980 • Science Fantasy novel by Joan D. Vinge

I’ve read and reviewed this novel in November 2013. Enjoy the unaltered text copied over from GoodReads. Wow, now look at that cover art by Michael Whelan! This Science Fantasy novel follows the plot line of Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow … Continue reading

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The City & the City • 2009 • Fantasy novel by China Miéville

I’ve read and reviewed this novel in February 2015. Enjoy the unaltered text copied over from GoodReads. I’ve read Perdido Street Station and Embassytown from Miéville. So far I’ve got mixed feelings about his literary ambitions, not every novel seems to suit my needs. … Continue reading

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Among Others • 2011 • Fantasy novel by Jo Walton

I’ve read and reviewed this novel in November 2013. Enjoy the unaltered text copied over from GoodReads. “You are REALLY going to read this book?” My wife pointed at the pink dust cover.“Ahm…” I felt embarassed.“That’s a girl’s book!”Obviously, I … Continue reading

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Awards and Lists

The utility page of this blog titled “Awards and Lists” has seen some love. I’ve added the entries for Hugo Awards for Best Novel 1953-2020 Nebula Awards for Best Novel 1966-2021 Both have links to my reviews, and I plan … Continue reading

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Ancillary Justice • 2013 • Space Opera novel by Anne Leckie

I’ve read and reviewed this novel in November 2013. Enjoy the unaltered text copied over from GoodReads. “Grab handgun, shoot tyran’”, that’s the novel’s essence. It isn’t that easy, of course: the tyrant as well as the protagonist is facetted … Continue reading

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Swarm • 1982 • Transhuman SF novelette by Bruce Sterling

★★★★☆ Synopsis: In the 23rd century, Humanity has fallen in two opposing fractions: gene-editing Shapers, striving for optimised biology and genius intelligence, and the Mechanists, replacing anatomy with cybernetic parts. This story follows Shapers, who have found a competitive advantage … Continue reading

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Gridlinked • 2001 • Space Opera novel by Neal Asher

As you can see in the cover illustration, I‘ve read this novel in German. It’s title makes more sense to me than the original one, it translates back to „The Dragon of Samarkand“, addressing both the central planet Samarkand in … Continue reading

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