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…

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer: Book Review

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Area X is an anomaly, a place vaguely defined by boundaries that separate it from the rest of the world. In Area X, an unprecedented variety of new spieces of flora and fauna of immense beauty and intrigue have taken over, making it an unwelcoming…

The Power by Naomi Alderman (Book Review)

The Power by Naomi Alderman My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Roxy is born in London’s criminal underworld and when her mother is killed by two gangland members she is determined to use the power to avenge her mother’s death. Allie Montgomery-Taylor runs away after electrocuting her abusive stepfather to death with a…

Death’s End by Liu Cixin translated by Ken Liu (Book Review)

Death’s End by Liu Cixin My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars If you haven’t read the first book of the trilogy, you can read my spoiler free review of The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu Translated by Ken Liu (Book Review) instead. You can also click here for my review of the second book of…

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu Translated by Ken Liu (Book Review)

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Starting in China, in 1967, a young, brilliant woman’s life is forever changed. Ye Wenjie is witness to her father’s public torture and death under the accusation of being a Reactionist. The impact of this traumatic event won’t show until two…

End of the Year Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Hello lovely readers! Today I have a very exciting announcement: My Bookshelf Dialogues is hosting its first ever book giveaway! I thought that it would be fitting to gift a book that really affected me positively this year and that I truly think a lot of people would enjoy reading.  Writing a story is a wonderful…

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Book Review)

Morning Star by Pierce Brown My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars This review contains spoilers for Red Rising and Golden Son Book synopsis: The Helldiver of Lykos was carved a Gold and thrown into the wolves to take the Society down as an insider. After succeeding at the Institute, Darrow is taken under Nero au…

Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Book Review)

Golden Son by Pierce Brown My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars This review contains spoilers for Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Click here for a non-spoiler review of Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Book Review) Book synopsis: Darrow was born a Red, down in the mines of Mars, a Helldiver risking his life daily to…

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Book Review)

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton My rating: 3 of 5 stars What this book is about: As the sun finally makes an appearance in the vast plains of ice in the Arctic, Augustine looks back at his life thinking of the man he was before. He is old now, nearing the end of his…

Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny (Book Review)

Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars What this novella is about: In the year 2099 a bright scientist has come up with the “elixir of life”. A magic blue pill that adds centuries to the human life span by keeping the users, called “fixers”, from growing older….

Book Haul (October 2016)

The temperature in Groningen is slowly dropping and our dog walks are now taking place somewhere between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius. My courses are progressing in more dynamic rhythms and I have been in a great mood for science fiction and fantasy stories this month. And as usual, I bought some new books! When…