of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu

A decent read but the style made it difficult to invest. This is an imagined history of the Cretaceous Period where Ants and Dinosaurs set up a kind of symbiotic civilization based on mutual needs. It covers around two thousand years of history and details how the relationship between the two species started and developed …

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Had potential but didn’t quite get there. This is set in Ireland in a future where the Sidhe, or the Tuatha de Danaan, have reappeared to get their vengeance on all Irish people after being trapped in a kind of hell for the last few thousand years. Ireland has been cut off from the rest …

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Some nice phrases and imagery but I found my mind glazing over far too often. Our protagonist Mark Spitz is part of a civilian clean up crew in New York. The only slight difference here to a regular cleaning job is that it is zombies that he is cleaning up rather than dirt. What follows …

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Wow, I just enjoyed that so much, it’s a beautiful book. Piranesi (not his name, he’s not sure what it is and doesn’t particularly care) leaves in the World, which is a series of halls and chambers that are full of statues, which cover three levels. The ground levels contain the sea whereas the upper …

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

5 star first half, 3 star second half. So this is the story of Addie (Adeline) LaRue. To get out of a marriage that she didn’t want, she makes a deal with some sort of spirit/god that she ends up calling Luc. He ensures that she will be free forever to do what she wants, …

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

I’m honestly not sure if I liked that or not. I think overall I did but there were definitely parts that I struggled through. The book is narrated by an unnamed woman who just calls herself Jane Smith. She lives a fairly normal life with her husband and teenage daughter, and works for a cybersecurity …

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Not quite sure what to make of that. Guy Montag is a firefighter, but in this world it means starting fires rather than putting them out. In this dystopian future, all novels are banned and anyone found with books are taken away and their house and all their possessions are set on fire. He seems …

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

I wasn’t sure I was going to like it after the opening chapter but ended up loving it. The book starts when our protagonist is quite young but most of the book is set when she is around seventeen I think. January has grown up with an eccentric millionaire, Mr Locke, in the US around …

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

A strange but compelling book. Set in Nigeria in 2066 this follows our only POV Kaaro as he goes about his daily routines working for a bank, and his other job as an agent for a secret government group called Section 45. Kaaro is a sensitive who can find things and people by basically reading …

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A good book but somewhat lacking in urgency. Set in a dystopian alternate North America, the US as we know it has been subsumed by a new fundamental religious country called Gilead. Due to a declining birth rate, any women who had a child out of a traditional first marriage are designated as handmaidens and …

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