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Noisy Deadlines

Joined 2 years, 2 months ago

Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my Kobo.

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (EBook, 2021, Tom Doherty Associates) 5 stars

It’s been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; …

Feels like a warm embrace

5 stars

This novella felt like a warm embrace. It's cozy, cute and light. A traveling tea monk exploring the world coming in contact with a conscious robot. Robots were long forgotten by humanity, having fled to the wilderness to live their own lives. I loved the discussions about life purpose and consciousness. It made me want to continue reading the next one.

Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed (2015) 5 stars

Personal stories and different perspectives

5 stars

It was nice to read thoughts on the topic from people of various ages and sexual preferences, males and females. I find it’s hard to have an open conversation about this topic nowadays. The essays are very personal and honest bringing diverse perspectives. I'm glad these voices are out there debunking the prejudice that childless people (especially women) are selfish or that there is something wrong with them. Being a woman who decided at an early age to not pursue motherhood, this was a refreshing read for me.

The Sandman Vol. 1 (Paperback, 2018, Vertigo) 3 stars

Preludes and Nocturnes collects the first eight issues of The Sandman comic by Neil Gaiman …

Review of 'The Sandman Vol. 1' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

I've heard a lot about this series over the years, but I never actually read it. I gave it a try, and it didn't really catch me. It's probably too dark for my taste as it clearly has horror elements. I didn't like seeing people suffering because of the cruelty of deities, it's not really my thing. The art is beautiful, though. 

Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, Book 7) (2006, Orbit Books) 5 stars

Review of 'Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, Book 7)' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

Have I mentioned that I love the titles of this book series? This one has necromancers who want to put their hands on an old lost book that contains forbidden magic powers, so, lots of zombies. Also, vampires because, why not? Harry Dresden finally gets a job with the White Council and starts getting regular income. So, I hope he is not broke all the time anymore, he deserves it, he's a good guy. Oh, and did I mention zombie dinosaurs? 

Clean sweep (2013) 4 stars

"On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian …

Review of 'Clean sweep' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

A fun quick read, I liked the idea of a Victorian Bed and Breakfast being a cosmic outpost with its own powers. It's a good urban fantasy mixing up with space vampires, werewolves, and a badass protagonist who is the Innkeeper.

Wild Seed (Hardcover, 2005, Science Fiction Book Club) 4 stars

In an "epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant" story of love and hate, two immortals chase …

Review of 'Wild Seed' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

A hard read, not because of the writing style, but the theme and the underlying metaphors: slavery, discrimination, power abuse. It's weird and disturbing, there weren't any lovable characters for me. I wasn't sure if it was sci-fi, magical realism or something in between. I was hoping the main character, Anyanwu, to have more active powers. She was powerful but at the same time powerless to deal with Doro's influence. It was a disturbing read at many moments for me, not really my cup of tea. The writing is excellent, tho.

Maus (Hardcover, 1996, Pantheon) 5 stars

In a world where Jews are mice, Germans are Cats and the Polish are pigs, …

Review of 'The Complete Maus' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

I wanted to read a Graphic Novel and my partner told me about this one. It’s really good! But it’s sad. I caught myself in tears in many moments while I was reading. It’s not an easy topic (Nazism and the story of a Polish Jew who survived Auschwitz concentration camp). Extremely touching. We cant’ forget this horror as to not repeat it again, ever. 

Unconquerable Sun (Hardcover, 2020, Tor Books) 3 stars

Review of 'Unconquerable Sun' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

The idea/premise seemed good (Female Alexander the Great in Space!) but I think the execution lacked focus. There were 2 major points of view: Sun was third person and Persephone was first person. Each chapter had a different POV and sometimes I had a hard time discerning which character was talking. Although Sun was the main character, Persephone (in the first-person narrative) was way more interesting. The book felt a bit longer than it should be and the amount of world-building info dump bothered me at times. I was not excited to continue reading the series. 

Death Masks (2009, Penguin Group USA, Inc.) 5 stars

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, is hired by a mysterious priest to find …

Review of 'Death Masks' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

I think this one was more self-contained with fewer plot lines going on at the same time (as usually was the case with previous books). I love this series and will keep on reading.