Mostly enjoyed Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy for its detailed narration of societal shifts pre WWI, the lead-up to the war and the war itself. A good way to get a feel for how it came about. Especially as WWI for me never got much attention as the Netherlands remained neutral during it (the big 1914-1918 story we were taught concerns the up to 1 million Belgian refugees, and the POWs fleeing across the border / being repatriated through the Netherlands during the flue pandemic)
Many characters are more caricatures, and many dialogues meant to explain some strain of reasoning that influence how WW1 developed are rather simplistic.
Follett is one of those authors that has hit upon a well working template for his books, and then re-uses that time and again. Good amusement though.
Vaslav, a historic novel by Dutch author Arthur Japin, focuses on the fateful day famous ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky last danced and stopped speaking, just after World War I.
Only appeared in Dutch it seems.
Empire Falls was the first book I read by Russo years ago, and though nothing much happens in it, it made a big impression in how it recounts the deeply human things that make up our everyday lives. Since then I’ve read a few more, and not all of them succeeded in having that same effect. This one, That Old Cap Magic, did. Fun to read, diving into the mind and life of the protagonist, and kept me reading until finished.
Read a summary (I use Blinkist for summaries) of The Grain Brain. Good reminder to get back on track. In 2011 I cut out carbs and lost almost 20 kg. Eight years on, I’ve slowly gained half of that back, which I feel uncomfortable with. Time to pay more attention again.
Exit Strategy is the next installment of the Murderbot Diaries.
This one is a bit short and a bit less humorous but still a fun read, tying up a lot of loose ends. I think there is no logical next one.
Or it will be a new storyline unrelated to previous parts, set in the same universe.
I met Mark Belfry earlier this year on Prince Edward Island, where he gave me his card which mentioned his book The Suncaster.
Enjoyed The Suncaster a lot. I think it is good, believable, and enjoyable SF, relatively near future (about 100 years)
The second book, The Somewhere Sun, next to pushing the story forward, is a bit more spiritual yet a spirituality based in quantum physics. Nice juxtaposition of vicious and virtuous cycles.
Looking forward a lot to book 3, unsure though if and when that will appear.