Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb: Book Review

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb  My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, widely known in the fantasy world by her pen name Robin Hobb, published her first novel in the Realm of the Elderlings back in 1995. She recently (2017) completed her series of 13 main novels with the release of Assassin’s Fate….

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander: Novella Review

The tor.com novellas, which first made an appearance a few years ago, have proven to be a major force in the literary world, taking over major SFF awards, the Hugo and the Nebula among others. At first, I wasn’t completely sold in the concept of short fiction. The works of fantasy that I have completely…

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey: Book Review

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey My rating: 2 of 5 stars The zombie genre has steadily become more and more popular, considering its dawn with George Romero’s films in the 70s to its current life as TV series in The Walking Dead, experimental mixes with classic fiction – Pride and Prejudice and…

The Inkblots by Damion Searls: Book Review

Note: This review was originally published on Mindwise, the blog showcasing the work from the Psychology department of the University of Groningen.  The Inkblots by Damion Searls My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Take the official Rorschach Ink Blot test to see if you are crazy”, is the title of the first video that comes up…

The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Book Review

The Road by Cormac McCarthy My rating: 3 of 5 stars There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes. So, he whispered to the sleeping boy. I have you. In…

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie: Book Review

If you haven’t read the first book of the trilogy, you can read my review of Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie instead. Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Round and round in circles we go, clutching at successes we never grasp, endlessly tripping over the same…

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster: Book Review

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born on the 3rd of March 1947 in New Jersey. Only Ferguson is four different boys and these four boys are all the same. Archie’s life takes four different paths at the moment he draws his…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid: Book Review

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid My rating: 3 of 5 stars Book synopsis: In a city brimming with turmoil slowly about to erupt into a war zone, two young people dare to become a couple. Saeed finds in Nadia what people could call his polar opposite, a free, independent spirit. And Nadia sees in Saeed…

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund: Book Review

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars   Book synopsis: For Linda, isolation and loneliness are all she knows during her adolescent years. She finds an outlet with Mr Grierson, the new history teacher, and the scandal that breaks out when child pornography is found in his possession. And when…

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: The life of a slave on a plantation farm is a terrible life, especially for a girl at the verge of womanhood. Cora has always lived a nighmarish existence on the Randall plantation among the slaves. The white masters are cruel…