Category Archives: one brilliant book

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Synopsis (from Goodreads): For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling … Continue reading

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Starfish (Rifters 01) by Peter Watts

I will never thank dear Melfka enough for recommending books for me. Thank you, my dear, I owe you. Synopsis (from Goodreads): A huge international corporation has developed a facility along the Juan de Fuca Ridge at the bottom of … Continue reading

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The Crook Factory by Dan Simmons

Synopsis (from Goodreads): In 1942, at the height of World War II, the famous writer Ernest Hemingway sought permission from the U.S. government to operate a spy ring out of his house in the Cuban countryside. This much is true… … Continue reading

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Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos 01) by Dan Simmons

Oh, my lovely Melfka, what would I do without your recommendations?   Synopsis (from Goodreads): On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship … Continue reading

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Olympos (Ilium 02) by Dan Simmons

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer’s timeless narrative, but that was before twenty-first century scholar Thomas … Continue reading

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Blindsight (Firefall 01) by Peter Watts

Lovely Melfka featured this one on her blog – thank you, I owe you a lot! Synopsis (from Goodreads): It’s been two months since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Sinuhe the Egyptian by Mika Waltari

A quote instead of synopsis (because it is a pretty good quote and explains roughly everything): “I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory of the gods … Continue reading

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Review: Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

This book was recommended by Carole Rae on her blog – thank you, I owe you again! Synopsis (in a form of a pastiche): Victor Mancini is a recovering sexaholic. Perhaps “recovering” isn’t the right word but it’s the first … Continue reading

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Review: Stories of Your Life and others by Ted Chiang

Lovely Melfka mentioned this one on her blog and she posted photos of the author too as she was able to talk to him face to face – do visit and see all the goodies yourself! Thank you, my dear … Continue reading

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Review: The Scar by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

Synopsis: Meet Lord Egert Soll, a young guard officer from Kavarren. It could be said he was born under a very propitious star. The only child, a scion of an old and rich family of aristocrats, he never lacked anything. … Continue reading

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