Title: The Windup Girl
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Stars: 5 of 5
This is a difficult book. Very difficult. That makes it all the more worthwhile to read.
This book is loaded with genetics, manipulation, history, views and visions, hopes, dreams… you name it and I probably found it somewhere.
All of this and also the background of each character is intriguing and takes you on a trip through a Bangkok you’ve never seen before. I think that’s a good thing, although having a peek at a Megodont would be amazing. It’s difficult to say much about this book without giving things away. If you like a peek into our possible future you need to read this. Again, it’s not an easy book if you really read it.
This is a very serious question. Quay Hotel isn’t your average hotel, as the main character in this short story realises all too well. In a way it’s like ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles. You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.
This is my first attempt to write a horror story. It came out ‘horrorbly’, I think, but I’ll leave the final word to you.
As to what this book is about:
A man somehow gets lost in his own town after dropping off his girl at the airport. He has to spend the night at Quay Hotel. It‘s a night he‘ll never forget…
You may notice there’s no paperback available. That’s because the cost for that would be totally unbalanced to the size of the book. Maybe someday I’ll have written enough ‘horrorble’ stories to compile all of them into a paper book.
It has happened a few times already that my writing has been compared to that of other writers. So was “The Story of the Mimosa” compared to the “Hitch hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy “by no one less than Douglas Adams. Such praise is amazing and always welcome for a writer.
A few days ago, on a social medium called Ello, I was mentioned by someone so I had a look at the post. What I found there surprised me in the best way.
Since Terry Pratchett is gone I found on Ello a new favorite writer for fantasy literature. @paulkater
lucky me: he is alive and very creative… and I didn’t read all of his books, so I will have some more to read. but I took a new one with me called ‘The Magic of The Bull’. I read seldom the little texts on the backside of books, so I didn’t know anything about it. I read this book in two days, it’s so amazing. The beginning sketch a normal family with two kids in the funny age and the usual fightings between brother and sister. All is normal and not fantasy like until to a thunderstorm. Step by step send Paul Kater the heroes of this story on their way in the history of their living place…
I can only say: read it!
@paulkater thank you for this book, I had a great time to read it!
This is the kind of praise that touches me deeply. Being compared to the man that I admire highly, Sir Terry Pratchett, is more than I had dared to dream of.
I think I’ve read most of his books. The famous Discworld series is something that will stay in my memories forever. The witches he has developed and portrayed, the noble men of the Nightwatch, the great turtle Atuin on which the entire world travels through space, all of them are things that make me happy.
After finding that amazing review I found it too good not to share so I dropped a tiny bit of it on Twitter, and what happened:
I’m almost inclined to believe that it’s true. (And if it’s not true I’ll ignore your comments to that respect and float off in my little, happy bubble, knowing that there are at least a few people on this earth who know the truth! 😉 )
Anyway, this is where the tooting ends and the real work of a writer continues. Writing. Coming up with more stories. Working on continuing the dream.
I’ll leave you with a quote from one of Sir PTerry’s books:
‘Ankh-Morpork! Brawling city of a hundred thousand souls! And, as the Patrician privately observed, ten times that number of actual people.’
Title: Miss Peregrine’s home for remarkable children.
Author: Ransom Riggs
Rating: 4.5 stars
About the book.
A peculiar book. Very much so. At first I found the book was very slow in picking up speed. Perhaps it was necessary to solidify the background of the main story but I feel it could have been done a bit quicker considering it’s not a very long story. That’s why I cut off half a star.
All in all however it was a very interesting and engaging story, painting a remarkable (peculiar) world inside our world. An enjoyable read for certain.
Note – there be spoilers and such after the cut, so proceed at your own convenience…
There is a new book out in the wild. It’s a book that I originally wrote in Dutch as a labour of love. What’s it about?
The Magic of the Bull
Cuijk, a small town in the Netherlands. After lightning hit the statue of the famous Exporum Bull, strange things are visible there… but not for everyone! Fleur, her brother Bram and even their parents experience something they could never have suspected in their wildest dreams. Around the Bull things happen that bring back the past and also pose two major questions: “How do we get home?” and “Who looks after the dog?”
A fun little detail is that the statue really exists. Most of the details in the book are based on historically correct facts as far as I could uncover them. Researching this book took me about 3 years. I hope you will enjoy it!
Title: A long way to a small, angry planet.
Author: Becky Chambers
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 5 stars
This book had my attention from page 1 until the end. Reviews had already prepared me for something good with their references to Firefly. They were right.
The story takes us on a journey along the stars and through worm holes that are being made while we travel along on the Wayfarer. Meeting all the crew was a wonderful surprise (I fell in love with Kizzy, tell her ‘hi’ if you happen to meet her).
If you like adventurous science fiction with humour and a big slab of Firefly feeling then this is a book you shouldn’t miss.
The English translation the book that’s become my labour of love for the town where I live. It’s going to be out for sale in all the usual places on March 25, so in 10 days.
What is this book about?
Cuijk, a small town in the Netherlands. After lightning hit the statue of the famous Exporum Bull, strange things are visible there… but not for everyone! Fleur, her brother Bram and even their parents experience something they could never have suspected in their wildest dreams.
Around the Bull things happen that bring back the past and also pose two major questions: “How do we get home?” and “Who looks after the dog?”
I hope you love reading about this Dutch family as much I enjoyed writing their story!
Hilda 19 is out since a while and you hear little from me. Part of that has to do with things in life. Things involving jobs, new jobs, other workplaces and so on. Those take up time and energy. Still I hope that someday I’ll be as good a writer as for instance Stephen King or Ursula Le Guin. That’s something for later, when I grow up. As I try to write this, my cat Grimalkin is walking over the keyboard, attracting attention.
So what’s happening in the area of real interest: books.
I’m working on book 20 of Hilda which is always a pleasure. Carol and I are still working on getting the sequel to “Wanted: hero” out there. The next book to come out will the “The Magic of the Bull”, which might be closer than you think. 🙂
In between all that I have also updated the cover for “Charisma, the young witch.”
I think this looks a lot better than what was there before!
Long time ago, in March 2014, I published a book called “A girl named Sandy“. Until this day I still consider this one of my best books.
The story has an open ending. Somehow that just happened. Of course this begs for a sequel. A few people mentioned that to me also, which is understandable. Who doesn’t want to know what happens to Sandy and Paul after everything they went though?
At some point in 2015 I started writing a sequel. The start of that looked promising but the further the story progressed, the more I lost interest. It wasn’t what I was looking for. After a few more attempts to revive the story I thought, “Bugger this. This isn’t going to work.” And so I left the not even half complete manuscript lying around on a hard disk where it refused to collect dust. (This is because hard disks are made to be dust free.)
Now, fast forward from 2015 to the start of this week.
On the way to work (yes, your favourite author still has a daytime job to manage the bills and such) I sat thinking about a world that’s not just Science Fiction and not just Fantasy but an intriguing mix of the two.
Can you see it in your mind already? You can?? Let me see! Oh, right. That’s interesting enough but… 😉
Anyways, that idea popped back into my head when I was out doing some grocery shopping today (don’t ask me how my mind works, I don’t know either but it gets me through the days) and then I remember the dustless manuscript of the Sandy sequel. And a star was born! Or at least an idea. I shall retire the entire failed manuscript and start from scratch. (Hmm, suddenly one of my cats comes along for a scratch. Is she reading along here?)
So, to everyone who’s looking forward to a sequel to Sandy, there might actually be one someday. Don’t expect it to be out soon, though, Carol and I are still working on the sequel to “Wanted: hero” and there are some other things on the stove. (Why do I think of Hilda’s kitchen now?) But it’s definitely maybe going to happen!