With the start of the television adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, I knew that I had to read the series of books. It’s been coming for a while, but finally, it was the turn of these books. I have to say, just like the TV show, that I was happily surprised at how good they were. I managed to finish reading the first book, The Magicians, in a few days.
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It was an interesting reading year. I finally managed to read more than 100 books in a year. It was challenging to say the least. However, it kept me focused. From time to time, I didn’t read as much. I kept away from reading multiple books at once. I only did this from time to time when the book I was reading wasn’t that good.
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For some reason, Sun of Suns popped up in my reading queue late last year. I wasn’t sure what to expect. While Sun of Suns started quite confusingly (it was hard to pin down the reason why it wasn’t gripping as the rest of the series), it matured quickly into a great book.
I managed to read four of the five Books of Virga late last year. I started this year by finishing Ashes of Candesce. All in all, it was a great series. I’m a bit sad that Schroeder didn’t write more books in this series. It just started getting really interesting towards the end, when more bubbles were discovered adjacent to Virga, some of which contained artificial life that existed outside of Artificial Nature.
I like the concept of AIs that are thinking whilst eschewing consciousness. It’s a theme that I’ve seen come up in a few different books that I read in 2015 (Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds).
Alastair Reynolds has been one of my favorite authors ever since I discovered him. In recent years, with his departure from the Revelation Space universe, his work hasn’t been as good. He was a master at hard science-fiction, creating intricate storylines that blew me aways.It was with high hopes that I anticipated his Poseidon’s Children series. I started the last book in the series, Poseidon’s Wake, a few days ago and finished it quite quickly.
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It’s not like Michael Connelly is a new name in detective novels, but it took the Amazon TV series Bosch for me to take another look at this prolific author. Years ago, I had read Bloodwork. It must have been around the time that the Clint Eastwood movie came out. Since I had enjoyed the TV series Bosch, I decided to start reading the Harry Bosch novels. I enjoy complex mysteries, like Hercules Poirot, and right from the start, Bosch was my kind of detective.
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2013 in books was lost due to a HD malfunction, but I have been recording the books that I read on my other computer. I had my ups and downs in reading, and I did spend time rereading books that I had already read before. I was able to find most of Roberto Bolano’s novels in epub format, which is simply great. The Peripheral was definitely a great read from William Gibson.
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Well, I’m about 3 months late, but rest assured, I still keep tabs on what I read. I’ve had my ups and downs last year, voraciously reading on my iPad for months on end, then falling into TV series for weeks before returning to books once again. In 2011, I read 85 books. I didn’t manage to read 100 in 2012, but I’ll try once again this year. Although, I’m onto a slow start. However, things are picking up again, and I hope to have at least 20-40 books read by midyear.
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