Book review. The Final Empire.

Title: The Final Empire.
Author: Brandon Anderson.
Genre: Fantasy.
5 stars.

Mistborn

This was a big book. Big in size and big in surprises. I discovered surprises behind many a corner, and each flip of a coin (yes, this relates to the story in so many places) bounced me to new places and allowed me to meet new characters.

The only thing I sometimes wondered about while reading this book was: would it be possible to convey the same information in this story with fewer details. I think that is what turned this book into such a long one. Don’t get me wrong: the book was never boring. I just wonder about this as I am a writer who tries to keep as many details away from people. I think it’s good for the reader to develop their own interpretation of a world, a building or a person.

Book review. The Windup Girl

Cover of “The Windup Girl”

Title: The Windup Girl
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Genre: Cyberpunk
Stars: 5 of 5

This is a difficult book. Very difficult. That makes it all the more worthwhile to read.
Dystopian? Check.
Cyberpunk? Check.
Threatening? Check.

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.

Book review. Miss Peregrine’s home for remarkable children.

Title: Miss Peregrine’s home for remarkable children.
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Fantasy
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…

Continue reading “Book review. Miss Peregrine’s home for remarkable children.”

Book review. A long way to a small, angry planet.

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.

Book review. Kraken War by Hannah Steenbock

Title: Kraken War
Author: Hannah Steenbock
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 of 5

This book is the sequel to Dorelle’s Journey. We meet fierce dragons and their strong (and not so strong) riders.

Their world is plagued by Kraken that attack fishing boats and the many wings of dragons are needed to beat them off. Who is behind those attacks? And why are two dragons plus riders suddenly gone?

Read this book and you’ll know.

Book review. The Jakkattu Vector

Title: The Jakkattu Vector
Author: Pavarti K. Tyler
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 5 of 5

When the world has been messed up by the best of the best, there’s not much to hope for, it seems. Until help from outer space arrives. But is it really help? Do these beings really want the best for what remains of Earth’s population?

I love this book. It has a great pace and fascinating characters that live in an amazing world. Sabaal and Julip, two characters from the story, rock.

Well done, Pavarti. I’ m looking forward to more of your books.

Book review. The ‘Mortal Engines’ series, by Philip Reeve

Title: Mortal Engines (4 books)
Author: Philip Reeve
Gerne: Steampunk
Rating: 5 of 5 stars.

Apparently this is a series for younger people but let me assure you that adults will enjoy these books as well. Mr Reeve paints an amazing world where cities have put on wheels and tracks, and started roaming the lands. London isn’t restricted to England any more.

The main characters, Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw, stole my heart. I’m not telling more about them but they’re an amazing and intriguing couple of people. And let’s not forget the Stalker named Grike who is brilliant in his own way.

The stories are loaded with amazing details, many of which require some knowledge. Let me share one of them that appears in the last book, “A Darkling Plain”. In it is a moving city called Murnau. It’s a German city. In that city is a location where airships can fly to a docking area, which is called “Uber den Linden” (Over the lime-trees.) In East Berlin there’s a place called “Under den Linden” (beneath the lime-trees). It’s that kind of detail which made me fall in love with these books even more.

The last chapter of the last book… will not leave your eyes dry. Well, perhaps it will but I cried. It’s beautiful but painful.

I’ve heard that Peter Jackson is going to make a film of this series. I plan on not watching it.

Book review. City of Bones.

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: paranormal/fantasy
Rating: 5/5 *****

A gripping tale. Meet Clary who is tossed into a world she’s never heard of when her mother suddenly disappears.

It’s hard to say something about the story without spoiling it at the same time, but if you like great good guys, and bad guys on motorbikes that have special features, you can’t go wrong with this book.The action is fast-paced, the characters are well worked-out and there are surprises around every corner. The rest of the series is definitely on my list.

 

Book reviews.

Dear reader,

it seems I’m not doing much more lately than post book reviews. Rest assured, there is work being done in the background. For now that is Hilda 19, Hilda 20, the second Lily Marin novel, the translation into English of my Dutch time-travel fantasy, and the translation into Dutch of my children’s book ‘The young witch‘. Next to that I have a few side projects on the stove and I’m preparing for this year’s Nanowrimo.

Since I was on vacation for a while I did manage to read a few more books, and they were, in no particular order:

Caliban’s war, by James A. Corey.
Science fiction.

A fabulous sequel to ‘Leviathan Awakes’, Caliban’s War dumps us more adventures with captain Jim Holden and his crew of the Rocinante. Things in the atmosphere of Venus aren’t quieting down, strange monsters pop up in the further regions of the solar system, and the hunt for a disappeared girl makes everything come together. I can hardly wait to read part three of this stunningly well written series.

Mortal Engines: Predator’s Gold, by Philip Reeve
Steampunk.

We meet up again with Tom Natsworthy and his girlfriend Hester Shaw as they fly their airship, the *Jenny Hanniver*, into new adventures. There are more moving cities, lots ice and plenty of surprises once they join the people on the city of Anchorage. Oh, there is also Professor Pennyroyal, one of the explorers Tomadmired in his days as an apprentice historian back in London.

This book had me say ‘No! No!’ a few times out loud… things looked to go very bad… but the end of the book made it worth that! This series is a must for steampunk lovers. I’m ready for book three now!

Nexus, by Ramez Naam
Science fistion.

An intriguing and thought provoking book that plays in the near future (around 2040). Nexus is a drug that enhances human brains in amazing ways. Is something like that safe to go out into the world? Who will use it for the good, and who will abuse it for the bad?

Book review. Aglow.

aglow cover

Book title: Aglow
Author: Will Forest
Genre: Social Fiction
Stars: 5 of 5

5 booksThis is a fascinating book. It takes place in Mexico and South America where the search is on for the mystery surrounding a codex found in an ancient part of a library.

What makes this book so fascinating? The concept of the story, where people find each other to unravel a mystery is one. The revelations that come about is another one. The texts read out from the ancient codex and other old writings are also well crafted. They gave me a lot of food for thought.

If the cover of the book, showing nude people, shocks you, this is a book you should read. If it doesn’t shock you, you should read it too. If you’re interested in the connection of people to nature, guess what… it’s a book for you.

Yes, there is talk of nudity in this book. Yes, people take their clothes off in this book. But it’s not what for you may think. I’m adding this because too many people connect nudity with sex. Sex involves nudity but certainly not all nudity automatically means sex. If you want to know more… read the book.