Book: “Nova” by Samuel R. Delany


Rating: ★★★★★ Finished reading Samuel R. Delany’s “Nova”. It is an enthralling masterpiece of science fiction that transcends the boundaries of its genre. Published in 1968, this novel continues to captivate readers with its imaginative world-building, rich character development, and thought-provoking themes. Set in a distant future where humanity has spread across the galaxy...

Book: “Dragon Palace” by Hiromi Kawakami: A Mesmerizing Journey into Myth and Reality


“Dragon Palace” by Hiromi Kawakami just came out this week and since it’s a quick read (only 168 pages) I finished reading it today. It’s a mesmerizing literary work that immerses readers in a dreamlike world of myth and reality. Kawakami’s storytelling prowess shines as she weaves a tale of a mysterious palace beneath Tokyo’s bustling streets, where ancient dragons and...

Book: “The Stars Like Dust” by Isaac Asimov


“The Stars Like Dust” by Isaac Asimov is a fascinating addition to his Galactic Empire series, offering a glimpse into the universe’s pre-Galactic Empire era, long before the prominence of Trantor. Just finished reading it today. The story unfolds with a promising young protagonist, Biron Farrill, who hails from the influential Nebula Kingdom of Nephelos. However, the tale takes...

Book: “The Magician’s Daughter” by H.G. Parry


Finished reading it today! It was an interesting book and full of surprises I didn’t expect… Recommended ! In the enchanting world of 1912, magic has become but a faded memory, a long-lost wonder. Yet for Biddy, a young woman raised on the enigmatic island of Hy-Brasil by a reclusive magician named Rowan, magic is her everyday reality. This is the premise of H. G. Parry’s captivating...

The Factory: A Mesmerizing Exploration of Identity and Purpose


Just finished reading “The Factory” by Hiroko Oyamada! It is a thought-provoking and enigmatic novella that takes readers on a surreal journey into the depths of a mysterious, self-sufficient industrial complex. Oyamada’s work, brilliantly translated into English by David Boyd, offers a unique narrative structure, switching between the perspectives of three central characters...

A Thought-Provoking Journey into a Surreal Future: “The Emissary” by Yoko Tawada


Finished reading “The Emissary” by Yoko Tawada last night and I have enjoyed it and highly recommend it if this is the type of book you enjoy, but it may not be for everyone. It is a remarkable piece of speculative fiction that transports readers into a surreal and thought-provoking future. This novel, originally written in Japanese and expertly translated into English by Margaret...

Book: Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany


Finished reading “Babel-17” which is a science fiction novel written by Samuel R. Delany. It was first published in 1966 and is known for its exploration of language and communication in a futuristic setting. It’s a classic so I had to read it. The leader of the Earthpeople’s Alliance ventured deep into Transport Town to find Rydra Wong, the cosmic poetess known for her...

Book: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett


I recently acquired a relatively new book by Ann Patchett called “Tom Lake,” and what makes it truly exceptional is the fact that Meryl Streep narrates the audiobook version. It’s an absolute delight to listen to; today I initially intended to dedicate only an hour to it, but I’m already halfway through! About the book: In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters...

Book: The Internet Con: How To Seize the Means of Computation by Cory Doctorow


It looks like Cory Doctorow has a new book coming out on September 5th, 2023! It sounds very interesting so I have just pre-ordered it on my Kindle. Book description from Amazon: When the tech platforms promised a future of “connection,” they were lying. They said their “walled gardens” would keep us safe, but those were prison walls.The platforms locked us into their...

American Prometheus: A Captivating Journey through the Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer


Excellent book! I have just finished reading and highly recommend it. In 2005, the world was introduced to a groundbreaking biography that illuminated the life and accomplishments of one of the most influential figures in modern history, J. Robert Oppenheimer. Titled “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” this enthralling book was meticulously penned...

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