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Lady of the Wind

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  1. Finished Cibola Burn by James S.A Corey, the fourth Expanse book, last week. I didn't like the new characters as much I usually do with these through most of the book and then completely changed my mind in the end. Light spoilers:

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    I love how both Elvi and Havelock don't see how bad Murphy is through most of it. Then suddenly, when it gets bad enough, they both change their views. Thought it was a great insight into how people want to believe that their side is right and will see events through that lens until something completely chatters it. Also thought it was brilliant how the whole book is really small in scope, and then the epilogue comes along and places the story in the wider context of the world, making you rethink everything. 

    I also always love how fast-paced these books are. It never gets slow or boring.

    Currently finishing my LotR re-read with The Return of the King and loving it.


  2. Finished All The Birds in the Sky last week and loved it. It's blend of modern (perhaps near future) every-day life, magic and science makes it really hard to classify and it feels original and. The central conflict between magic/nature and science was really well done. But the highlight and focus are the two main characters, who have a wonderfully warm, but complicated relationship. The book has a very modern fell to it. I wonder if books where climate change is the big threat, like this one, will become more common. It has a lot of great story-telling potential (apart from being an important social/political topic).

    The news and speculations around Amazon's Lord of the Ring series inspired me to reread the books, so currently reading the trilogy. It's my first time reading them in English (read them once in translation ten years ago or so and absolutely adored them) and I'm loving it.


  3. I don't post here much but often read these threads for book recommendations, so thought I'd share my reads as well. I read pretty much only great and excellent SciFi-Fantasy nowadays, thanks to you guys!

    So far this year I've read 

    The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey which I thought was okay. Liked the beginning but lost interest when the story changed focus. The ending was mildly interesting, though.

    The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Got this one in translation as a Christmas gift. Thought both the book and the translation was excellent. It has a warmth and humanity about it that made it a joy to read.

    The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin, also in translation. I adore Le Guin, and these were no exception. The translation was also absolutely wonderful. Possibly the best translation I've ever read.

    Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I bought this one on impulse and it was a bit of a let down. The whole book is told as a set of interviews by a behind-the-scenes-manipulator sort of character. The author didn't really pull it off though, and it mostly resulted in a lot of telling, not showing. 

    And most recently finished Pride and Prejudice. Haven't read Jane Austen before, but I will again. The language was a bit of a challenge at first, but I loved it once I got used to it.

    Now onto All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, I think.

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