Can't Stop the Signal

About the little things, and the big things. Actually about all the things

The City & the City

The City & the City - China Miéville It's a mystery, so I was biased against it from the start, but it had enough quirks and weirdness to keep me interested all the way through. Even so it's my least favorite Miéville so far. The present-day eastern european setting brings something different to the genre and it works well for me. (Btw, is it scifi or fantasy, I'm not quite sure?)

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells - Sebastian Faulks Faulks isn't Wodehouse but he makes a really good attempt, and the result is nearly as hilarious as the original.

Odinsbarn (Ravneringene #1)

Odinsbarn (Ravneringene #1) - Siri Pettersen Noe av det beste jeg har lest på norsk noensinne. Intenst, intelligent og rett og slett vakkert. Siri Pettersen unngår alle de klassiske fantasy-fellene men spinner likevel en fantastisk historie med rot i det norrøne. Denne kommer til å ligge i bakhodet og surre lenge.

The Goldfinch: A Novel

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt Despicable characters, outlandish plot, yet an amazing story that I couldn't help falling in love with.
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi Part Ender's Game (without the hero worship) part Starship Troppers (without the fascism) and quite a lot of fun. A few plot errors (one pertaining to the whereabouts of the crew of the Sparrowhawk spring to mind) and a couple of "just so"-moments took a little bit away from it.

Busemannen

Busemannen - Knut Nærum,  Elisabeth Botterli,  Askild Hagen,  Jørgen Mehren,  Peder Udnæs Tidvis hysterisk morsom, tidvis faktisk spennende, men av og til litt repeterende og platt. God underholdning, særlig hvis du har forlest deg på Nesbø.

MaddAddam: A Novel

MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood A great ending to a great story. I kinda regret not rereading the prior volumes as it's been a while and I had a hard time remembering things, particularly who the different characters were. A reread might be on the cards.

The story in itself is rather slow-moving and retrospective but much more upbeat than I remember from before. It's not a thriller by any means, and anyone unfamiliar with the author would probably give up early on.

And Mrs. Atwood, protest all you want, you do write Science Fiction and it's of the very best kind.

Spinozaproblemet

Spinozaproblemet - Irvin D. Yalom, Inger Gjelsvik If you're moderately interested in psychotherapy and philosophy this will interest you. It's slow paced and the plot is almost an afterthought, but it still makes for a good read and a very nice introduction to Spinoza.

KonspiraNorge

KonspiraNorge - John Færseth Grei gjennomgang, og sikkert strålende for de mest interesserte. For meg med en litt tilfeldig interesse for konspi-gjengen ble det litt mye.

På liv og død: En leges bekjennelser

På liv og død: En leges bekjennelser - Wasim Zahid Veldig bra, svinger fra nært og intimt til bitende kritisk, men hele tiden ryddig og respektfullt.

Plan D

Plan D - Simon Urban It got better, although it never quite got out of the crime thriller mould. I would've liked a bit more exploration of the alternate timeline, although I enjoyed the descriptions of the 2011 DDR very much. Now I'm hungry for a Wart-burger.

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Series #14) - Robert Jordan,  Brandon Sanderson It's not an ending, it's THE ending and thank the dark one for that.

Sanderson pulled it off moderately well, although some choices were rather silly and felt contrived (Gawyn went after Demandred why exactly?)

Det vi kan stå for

Det vi kan stå for - Geir Lippestad Absolutt lesverdig om enn noe overfladisk på enkelte områder, og trekkes ned litt for mange gjentagelser. Jeg har en mistanke om at det kan komme en lengre og mer spisset bok om fem til ti år, når roen har senket seg litt mer.

Railsea

Railsea - China Miéville Moby Dick meets Treasure Island on rails. Beatiful and cunning with a dash of Vonnegut-ish narration.
1632 (Assiti Shards, #1) - Eric Flint Naive, overly optimistic, very simplistic characters but fun in a teenage fantasy kinda way.

2312

2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson I really liked this one even if it was slow going at times. KSR has a writing style that's really demanding for inattentive people like me. Sometimes I wake up having read several pages without registering a single word because my mind caught on to some previous tangent and veered off into space (pretty literally in this case.)

This book continues exploring some of Robinson's previous themes such as climate change, alternative forms of government and solar system colonization. He also brings in transhumanism and AI among other stuff. As always he's more about ideas than plot, so don't expect a thriller. If you liked the Mars trilogy this is for you.

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