Tag Archives: Novel

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) • 2018 • Alternate History novel by Mary Robinette Kowal

How dare I rate this Hugo / Nebula / Locus / Sidewise Award winner with only 2.5 stars? Because I’m honest, because I often don’t match with popular opinion, and because I can’t shut my mouth talking about suboptimal works … Continue reading

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New York 2140 • 2017 • CliFi novel by Kim Stanley Robinson

I wrote this review in May 2017 at GoodReads. I thought it’s a good idea to transfer it to this blog as part of the other KSR book reviews. Water, water everywhere – do you want an impression how your … Continue reading

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Green Earth • 2015 • CliFi novel by Kim Stanley Robinson

My first dose of KSR (as the author is usually abbreviated) was in 2009 when I read is Alternate History novel The Years of Rice and Salt. Looking back, it feels very strange, that of all things it’s been this … Continue reading

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Hild • 2013 • Historical Fiction novel by Nicola Griffith

There is a huge number of authors worthy reading and I always try to grab not only new ones but also touch those that were around since like forever. Nicola Griffith has been this year’s discovery for me, having found … Continue reading

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The Midnight Library • 2020 • Magical Realism Novel by Matt Haig

I had this on my wish list and got it as a birthday present. Resting on the shelf, I picked it up half a year later which is fast for a book on my Mt. TBR.  Only later I found … Continue reading

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The Story of the Stone • 1988 • Fantasy Novel by Barry Hughart

“Ox, what do you smell in the air?” he asked. “Wet earth, pine needles, pork fat, donkey manure, and perfume from Mother Ho’s House of Joy,” I said. “Wrong. You smell destiny,” Master Li said happily. Someone summarized this as … Continue reading

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The Wheel of Time 3: The Dragon Reborn • 1991 • Fantasy Novel by Robert Jordan

My rereading project of the Wheel of Times series rolls on, I’m already in the middle of the fourth book and thought it about time to review The Dragon Reborn.  If you want to track the last reviews, follow these … Continue reading

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Inhibitor Phase • 2021 • Space Opera novel by Alastair Reynolds

Synopsis: Inhibitors are alien machines which nearly extinguished humanity. The novel follows Miguel de Ruyter who fled to a reclused, battered world Michaelmas with his family and a small community. They smallest sign of technology would reactivate the Inhibitors attention … Continue reading

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A Master of Djinn • 2021 • Steampunk novella by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Synopsis: It is Cairo, 1912, and the world is different than ours, because supernatural creatures like djinn and angels have entered our dimension forty years ago. Cairo is a modern and lively city as important as London or Paris, where … Continue reading

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The Witness for the Dead • 2021 • Gaslight Fantasy novel by Katherine Addison

Synopsis: Witness for the Dead is set in the same world as the award winning The Goblin Emperor (review) but focuses on a mostly different cast of characters and far outside of the imperial court.  Thara Celehar, a prelate of … Continue reading

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