What I read in March 2019
Bitten (Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong, 436p.
- I did not like this book. Maybe it just wasn't for me. When you get into the details of being a werewolf, the pain, the tearing of clothing and the wild hunger, it just puts me off. Maybe I don't like shapeshifters at all.
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal, 384p.
- This book is way more action packed than the first one. It feels more sci-fy-ish with a great deal of ordinary human life details. And that makes the story and the characters feel alive. Diversity, racism and human rights discussions are intertwined with the story. There is even a Brazilian astronaut that curses in Portuguese. Anyway, highly recommended as an entertaining and exciting soft sci-fi read!
The Lady Astronaut of Mars (Lady Astronaut #4.5) by Mary Robinette Kowal, 31p.
- A short story about older Elma and Nathaniel living in Mars. It happens 30 years after Elma joined the expedition to Mars. It's sad and hopeful at the same time. Will Elma go on another space travel exploration or will she stay and watch her husband die? I read it in one sitting.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, 414p.
- An evolutionary perspective with science mixing up with anthropology, politics, culture, religion, biology, economics, history. It's a fascinating read and it made me think about many things and change my world view. It gives us a higher perspective on how we got here and leaves an open question as to why we are here.
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger, 355p.
- A fun read, as always. But something about werewolves started to bother me. And all the fictional “aether” and “soul” content theories that governs this world. It's extremely well built but my suspension of disbelief was not so strong while I was reading this book. Overall it's a great steampunk fantasy, with lots of Victorian humor!
Reading plans for April:
- Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
- Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
- Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) by Martha Wells
- Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) by Martha Wells