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Anthony Burgess

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Reading books from all kinds of genres. @vurt_konnegut@fedi.koyu.space (fedi.koyu.space/vurt_konnegut) is my social account.

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Shift (2016, John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books) 4 stars

Don't know why people like this so much

3 stars

Don't get me wrong, world building is good and Hugh Howey does a good job doing just that, but I didn't get hooked at all. I was looking forward to finishing it. I personally know people that loved it and were happy to start with the next book as soon as they finished this, but that wasn't me.

The story is just dragging along, nothing that exciting going on, the plot is also relatively unsurprising. I started this book and it read like I'm just going through the motions. It's probably just not my jam, but I have to admit, it's well written in a way. I can see what people might enjoy about it.

I am not able to really recommend it, but I can also not recommend against it. I guess my opinion on this is just not interesting.

Essentialism (2014, Crown Business) 3 stars

Essentialism isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right …

Not sure what to think of it

4 stars

This one felt a lot like a business self-help book, which it is, but also felt like it had a lot of truth to it. Like a true business self-help book though, it contains a lot of "look at this CEO, using our ideas and being successful"-type of paragraphs. I'm never convinced about how true those testimonials can be. You can't just break it down to a few managing techniques and that's it, now your company is successful.

The writing was rather good in most parts, can't deny that. The comparison of sentences describing nonessentialists and essentialists was a bit on the nose, they always rubbed me the wrong way. I get the idea, you don't have to dumb it down even more. Other than that, it's just the idea of minimalism + don't spread out too much, broken down a bit too granular. It's the thoughts that automatically come …

Momo (AudiobookFormat, German language, 1999, Thienemann) 5 stars

The Neverending Story is Michael Ende's best-known book, but Momo, published six years earlier, is …

Now what you would expect from a childrens book

5 stars

I started reading this, because I already heard about it being as interesting for adults as it is for children. Now I think this book is much more written for adults anyway and I wonder how children interpret the story.

I don't think I even have to sell it much, it's not that long and it goes through the topic of being thoughtful with how you are using your time in life, but in a different way than you might expect.

Would recommend, it's a short but surprisingly deep book.

The Time Traveler's Wife By Audrey Niffenegger (2004) 3 stars

Surprisingly good story that's not too corny

4 stars

Starting this book, I was worried, that it's gonna be one of those heavy romance novels but I'm glad I stuck around. It sure is romance, no doubt about it, but the story was good enough to keep me interested until the end. I try to not spoil anything here, as always.

The mechanics of the time travel are well done. It left some questions open, but not enough to pull me out of the story. I especially like the way she goes about time paradoxes. It's a bit of an easy way to deal with it, but at least it's done consistently. Maybe that's just me, but I dislike books that try to come up with some complicated approach to some known fiction theme and end up creating obvious plot holes that distract me from the story itself. It could also be, that the story did a better job …

Wool Omnibus (2012, Broad Reach Publishing) 4 stars

This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for …

A solid story

4 stars

A surprisingly good story, so I'm gonna read the rest of the trilogy. It's worthwhile, the story seems to mostly make sense, the characters are believable, the descriptions make it feel somewhat natural and it has some surprises while not relying too much on those. I'm pleased by how the story is built and progression through the chapters is also influencing the way it is told.

Just an all-around solid book, would recommend it, even just the first book alone. I'm looking forward to what is coming in the next two books, hopefully it's not doing a Metro 2034 on me.