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Goddamnit, I just found out/remembered/looked up that the dying words of Boromir ("My brother. My captain. My king.") are a movie invention, and weren't there in the book.

My list of recommendations in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, containing only non-(white,male) authors. 14 authors I genuinely like or love, who have moved me or my worldview with their writing: rixx.de/blog/sff-perspectives/

(Let me know if you have recommendations or think I'm missing something!)

I read a couple of short stories as a filler, and am now finally starting Surface Detail, by Iain Banks. Second-to-last part of Culture for me, oh noes! It starts of pretty gruesome, let's see where this goes.

I was asked for book recommendations from non-(white, male) authors. Even with Fediverse character limits I had to write a thread, so I put them into a blog post.

SFF Perspectives โ€“ 14 recommended authors: rixx.de/blog/sff-perspectives/

Just finished Wool Omnibus, and I liked it! Kinda depressing, but a good spin on post-apocalyptic human settlements. Never too predictable, and no huge predictable arcs. Good scifi.

(Not going to read the next part, though โ€“ I have too much to read as it is, and people keep saying that the second part is not as good as the first one.)

I just finished Blindsight and Holy Moly, what a book!

In 2019, I'll pull back my aims to a total of 50 read books/stories. I'm feeling very tired about everything right now, so this seems a good choice.

I started the year off with two very good, very touching, very lovely books, though: I've read another part of the Murderbot Diaries (which continue to be nice), and then I was completely pulled away by Down Among the Sticks and Bones (part 2 of the Wayward Children series). A good way to start the year!

I have officially given up on Malazan, and this means that I read one book and one short story in December. Sad.

I still turned it into a blog post for consistency's sake, and because the one book I did read (Red Sister) is beautiful: rixx.de/blog/books-2018-12/

Man, I think I'm going to drop Malazan. I don't know what it is with me and acclaimed books, but this isn't the first time I'm totally bored/annoyed by something many many people like. Dune. Strange & Norrell. C.S. Lewis.

I'll be working a lot of time at home next year, so I'll need to figure out how to fit reading in there โ€“ I usually read in my lunch break and on my way to/from work, and on days I stay at home I read little or nothing. Not boding well!

I'm stuck in the first Malazan book, btw. I think I'm just too tired and swamped with work to read anything anymore this year.

Oh, Goodreads seems to think that the year is over already, and it's compiled my Year In Books, which is nice: goodreads.com/user/year_in_boo

(I'll probably read two more books and a couple of short stories this year, but I won't have time for more, so I won't reach the 200 items. Next year will be unfunny amounts of stress, so I don't think I'll manage even half that.)

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).

lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction

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, โ€ฆ

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 (reading.rixx.de?) is very strong all of a sudden.

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