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Based in the UK. I read books in splurges.

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Hannah Ritchie: Not the End of the World (2024, Little Brown & Company) 4 stars

Feeling anxious, powerless, or confused about the future of our planet? This book will transform …

It took me a long time to read, because it can be quite dense and, despite the overall positive message, has depressing sections.

It’s well worth reading. It’s a book of data and facts that show us how we’re not as doomed as we’re led to believe, and there are obvious and often simple routes forward towards a truly sustainable future.

finished reading System Collapse by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #7)

Martha Wells: System Collapse (Hardcover, 2023, Tordotcom) 4 stars

Am I making it worse? I think I'm making it worse.

Following the events in …

Murderbot mopes around for ages, some stuff happens at the beginning and at the end.

Not my favourite Murderbot book by any stretch, but still it's good, and the whole conflict about what an AI/human mashup would be thinking and worrying about is always interesting.

Ken Smith: Way of the Hermit (2023, Pan Macmillan) No rating

A nice, gentle book about a nice, gentle man. Since the book mirrors his personality, there’s no big drama or hook to keep you totally invested, so it wafts by as you read it. So it was pleasant, but not something I’m desperate to read again, nor am I insistent that someone else reads it.

Joel Martinsen, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu: Three-Body Problem Series (2017, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

I can see why the trilogy is well-loved. The switches between light years and subatomic distances, and between reality and virtual reality, gives you whiplash, the metaphors between the Cultural Revolution and the latter parts of the book are interesting, and the general creepiness throughout is fun.

There's a coldness and clinical aspect to the writing (or translation?) that adds to the creepiness, but it also keeps me, as the reader, at arms length. So for that reason I probably won't read the rest of the trilogy, but I'm happy to have read this first book.

Lee Craigie: Other Ways to Win (Paperback, 2023, Vertebrate Graphics Limited) 5 stars

‘I rode back down the hill to the athlete’s village. Some of Team Scotland had …

This was a more personal book than I was expecting, and a more powerful read as a result. I'm rather affected by it, and I suspect I'll find myself thinking about it often.

I think those people who knew Lee as a racer will find the non-racing sections interesting, and those who know her more for her activism will find her racing history interesting. Everyone's a winner!