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I'm reading mostly Fantasy and Thrillers, Memoirs and scientific Non-Fiction. I'm reading wherever my current mood takes me, so I'm really bad at sticking to lists I set myself. Still I try to fulfill several to-read challenges every year.

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Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett: The Long Mars: Long Earth 3 (2014, Doubleday UK) 4 stars

Review of 'The Long Mars: Long Earth 3' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm still not entirely convinced by the form of this story, and I finally know why. For me, the whole concept would have probably worked better as short stories or something similar. I keep expecting the separate lines to run together in the end, but they rarely do, which leaves me a bit confused about what the goal of the books was.

Still, I'm fascinated by the oportunities a long Earth/Mars/universe offers, so I'll have to keep going for the last two books as well.

Review of 'Untitled Sims 2 Of 2' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Is slow burn horror a genre?
I'm not an avid horror reader, but I guess 'tis the season. Family Business starts slow, so slow in fact, I considered putting it down around page 130, when still not much had happened. I'm glad I didn't, since it took up quite some speed shortly after that point and came together nicely in the end.
I did like the unpretentious diversity in the novel. The characters and especially Diya's grieving were convincing, and as I said before, I love how Diya makes sensible choices and even consults a doctor in case it's a mental problem. I feel like that doesn't happen often enough in this genre.

Ryan Jacobs: The Truffle Underground (Paperback, 2019, Crown Publishing Group) 4 stars

Review of 'Truffle Underground' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Ari Fliakos in Bestform

Ari Fliakos ist mein bevorzuger Hörbuchsprecher und hat hier mal wieder bewiesen, wieso.

Ich möchte jetzt einerseits echte Trüffel probieren, andererseits erschreckt mich die Gier der Konzerne selbst an einem scheinbar so ursprünglichen und landwirtschaftlichen Produkt.
Große Empfehlung!

Review of 'By Taylor Jenkins Reid Forever, Interrupted' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Reading this immediately after Under The Whispering Door was a mistake. Directly compared, Forever Interruped fell flat and felt flat. I don't know exactly why.

On its own, it is a nice little story about love, loss, and recovery, and I think my issue with it is that it's only nice. It's not breathtaking, neither in the Love nor in the Loss sections. I didn't care enough about Ben to mourn him alongside Elsie. I didn't even know Elsie enough to mourn for her loss. Maybe it's different for readers currently battling grief, but I didn't really find into the story to emotionally connect to it.

TJ Klune, T. J. Klune: Under the Whispering Door (Hardcover, 2021, Tor Books) 4 stars

Welcome to Charon's Crossing. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead …

Review of 'Under the Whispering Door' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Delightful, gentle, and despite the heavy topic actually quite shallow, but not in a bad way.
I enjoyed The House in the Cerulean Sea quite a lot, but this one actually a bit more.

reviewed Mythos by Stephen Fry (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #1)

Stephen Fry: Mythos (Paperback, 2017, Michael Joseph) 4 stars

Mythos is a modern collection of Greek myths, stylishly retold by legendary writer, actor, and …

Review of 'Mythos' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Nice retelling of the Greek Myths. I highly appreciate the lighthearted interpretation by Stephen Fry and his brilliant reading of the audio book.
Since I'm German, I grew up with the version by Gustav Schwab, which was by far more traditional and contained much less gay love as far as I remember.
I really recommend it.