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Departing from my usual fare of fiction, I now The Mind Illuminated, a guide to Buddhist meditation by a neuroscientist. "What we make of our life - the total sum of our thoughts, emotions, words, and actions that fill the brief interval between birth and death - is our one creative masterpiece." says the introduction.

Probably Still the Chose One is a lovely fantasy short story. Given the choice of reading the Narnia books or this story, I'd go with the story, which goes on about many of the same things (but then again, I never liked Lewis and his Christianity-inserts).

Red Sister is a beautifully written fantasy novel that switches flawlessly between intimate characterisation, lyrical prose, and gripping action, all set in a deeply fascinating world. I mean: the moon is a parabolic mirror that heats a liveable strip of land at night, keeping the encroaching masses of ice at bay. Yess. And it's not scifi, it's fantasy. I loved everything about this book, including the main cast, the supporting characters, the plot, the unpredictable turns, …

I'm currently reading Red Sister, and it's bloody beautiful fantasy. I'm wowed.

I found something that would allow me to have an automatic blog post (pulled from goodreads) every time I finished and reviewed a book, and the temptation to set up a separate website just for that ( is very strong all of a sudden.

Look, I've got a new blog post: I read 16 things in November, and none of them made my "would not recommend" list!

Huh, I was given a copy of The Monster Baru Cormorant – so either I'll read the first book (The Traitor Baru Cormorant) next, or I'll start Red Sister as planned …

Seeing Miles pitching to his cousin Ivan that the aliens might replicate his penis and grow it on trees for artistic purposes, without ever really saying that, has to be a high point of the Vorkosigan books. Definitely a high point of my week.

Finished Wheel of Time, and it wasn't bad? But it wasn't great, either. It dragged a lot, and while the characters weren't bad, I didn't like any of them particularly, especially the main cast tended towards being annoying af. I'll go for the second part next year, but I'm not sure I can do this for 14 books.

The Wheel of Time starts like:

A band of three village boys pulled in over their head, and have to run from a scary black rider until they reach the next largest town and escape on a ferry over the river.

I'm not saying this sounds familiar, but …

I'm finished with Hyperion – while it's a good scifi book, for me it didn' t live up to the hype. I also didn't expect such a lack of resolution in favor of a cliffhanger ending.

Now I A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet.

Nearly done with Hyperion, and there's no way I'm not going to call Cyberpunk Cyberpuke from here on out.

For and fans: Several literary awards are just out, including the many books awarded the Kirkus Best Fiction award ( and the Amazon Best Book awards ( You can also still vote for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

After finishing The City & The City, I now Hyperion (finally). I'm about two thirds in, and while I don't get the hype, it's definitely a well-written book.

Hey, fans! There was a long, detailed post about different scifi future visions, complete with 3-4 recommendations per type. Can anybody here speak for the quality of the recommendations? They sound pretty fascinating:

I The City & The City, and so far, it's super cool.

I (finally finished) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Very very good (if lengthy) third part of his ongoing Stormlight Archives series.

If you're on a budget, but you love and : a reddit user compiled a list of 200 free scifi works on Gutenberg over here:

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