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Recovering academic, part-time artist, fulll-time explorer of the mind

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Wonderful graphic novel memoir

5 stars

Great book! A fab story, “coming of age” in a way but a very select episode in the author’s life and I imagine it can’t have been easy to write and draw this one. The drawings alternate “basic” with absolutely fascinatingly detailed ones that show Travis observes his surroundings very very carefully.

The Hollow Places (2020) 4 stars

A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and …

This was a fast read. I always think I “don’t do horror”, but I realize I don’t do tension/suspense very well. It’s ok if I can just put the book down for a bit and return to it later. This story has enough switching between the suspense/action and the quieter parts for me, and enough self-awareness of the genre. Once the action kicks in in the final few pages, I was ok, as I can totally go “Oh ok, this is a story” (why I can’t do that when they go through the door the first time, I don’t know…)

I saw somebody point out there is a decent amount of foreshadowing and yes, I figured out what was going to happen, but then I also didn’t know how it would get resolved.

All in all a fun and fast read.

The Three-Body Problem (Hardcover, 2014, Tor Books) 4 stars

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien …

Yes but…

3 stars

Interesting premise but could get a bit wordy at times and once i read all three I couldn’t help but think back to the implied/embedded nationalism and misogyny. Or how being a historian of China ruins everything 😅