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[Review] Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The mystery and fear of Lovecraft meets the excitement and scientific discovery of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama.

It sounds a strange thing to say, especially given the nationality of the author, but the novel is very American. The blind acceptance of arming everyone to go on a scientific mission I guess is a little jarring for a Brit. It’s not a criticism by any means, just an interesting discussion point on the point that arming civilians is de rigeur in fiction.

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[Review] The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely sublime writing. One of my favourite books of all time now. The characters are handled with such care and attention, I felt myself in some severe anxiety at points for their safety.

The world is beautifully realised, and yet almost fades into the background as it becomes so comfortable and familiar, giving you more time to spend with these complex and nuanced people.

I was dragged through the book, almost without noticing, thus is the skill of Mr. Rothfuss. Bought the sequel today…

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[Review] Lost City by Jay Stringer

Lost CityLost City by Jay Stringer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent end to a gritty and relatable series. Eoin Miller is a deftly realised character, and the setting is perfect for a crime story.

It’s such a refreshing change to have something set in a place other than generic USA or London. Stringer’s depiction of life in the West Midlands is insightful, honest, and pretty much spot on.

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