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2024 Reading Goal

52% complete! Alex has read 13 of 25 books.

Vernor Vinge: A Deepness in the Sky (1999, Tor) 4 stars

A Deepness in the Sky is a science fiction novel by American writer Vernor Vinge. …

Perfect winter book

5 stars

Sometimes it felt like a Cold war story complete with the capitalistic Good Guys, the mind ruling Bad Guys and the hint of mutually assured destruction or whatever. Then for the space twist: throw in some sentient spiders, weird astronomy and some trully brutal characters that makes you sick (without having to go into gory details, Vinge sure knows how to make a story pretty fucking dark) and you got an emotionally tough story on the cover.

Despite this, I was deeply hooked like never before! Usually there's some side story that makes you groan and cause a little struggle with a book, but here I was completely engulfed in each and every page, every side story engaging and contributing to the overall story. I've never had this strong engagement with a book before and I can't really articulate why. I guess my mind and mood was in a winter …

Edward Ashton: Antimatter Blues (2023, St. Martin's Press) 4 stars

Edward Ashton's Antimatter Blues is the thrilling follow up to Mickey7 in which an expendable …

The beginning of a better story

4 stars

This book was a lot better than the previous, where the "protagonist" just kept messing around and picking fights. The guy is still an ass and the banter is still fun too, but now there was actually a story with a purpose, complete with a heroic journey and self sacrifices. Even the aliens got a lot more character and a justified purpose.

I also appreciated how the overall tone was less depressing, with less brooding about death and failed colonies. There's still some of that left of course but things are finally starting to look better for this little colony!

Desirina Boskovich, Carita Forsgren, Mari Saario, Johanna Sinisalo, Hannu Rajaniemi, Anne Leinonen, Marko Hautala, Maarit Verronen, Olli Jalonen, Leena Likitalo, Tuomas Kilpi, Tiina Raevaara, Jyrki Vainonen, Sari Peltoniemi, Leena Krohn, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen: It Came from the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction (Cheeky Frawg Books) 5 stars

This anthology of Finnish fantasy edited by Desirina Boskovich features fiction from Carita Forsgren, Mari …


4 stars

This was a great smörgåsbord of stories in one book, mixing fantasy, scifi, horror and more. One thing the stories had in common was an emphasis on nature, one way or another and in various degrees, with hints of the Finnish culture, giving an overall nice and cosy feeling. I also had to look up more works from some of the authors.

However, I put away the book without finishing the last story as I can't stand streams of consciousness or whatever you call it.

Edward Ashton: Mickey7 (2022, St. Martin's Press) 4 stars

Dying isn’t any fun…but at least it’s a living.

Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable …

Expendable humans

3 stars

It's a weird and grotesque idea. And the book itself was a bit dark and depressing, especially the antagonist, but I still enjoyed the story. There's some "fun" scenes, like playing rock-paper-scissors above the black hole of death or the clones having a sex party, where you end up thinking; what the fuck?

Charles Stross: Accelerando (2005, Ace Books) 4 stars

The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits …


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The book is heavy with technobabble that's quite dated by now, as others have already mentioned. I didn't even manage to read through the first story before having to give up. Sad, as it looked like this book got some interesting ideas.

Might give it a new go in the future if I find the patience to handle the crazy.