Review: Every time I write a review on a book that is considered ‘classic’ or the sort I’m afraid I am missing something or that, I don’t know, I’m not smart enough to understand the underlying message of the story. Or maybe, just maybe, the fact that some books are considered outstanding in their themes, characters or plots doesn’t make them any less boring to death....

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Review: I don’t know if it is just me but when I am reading a series I grow to like them more and more with every next book. I’m not sure if the author is getting better or the stories, if I am just more familiar with the style and the story but it has been true for almost every series I read (where I managed to go past the second book). The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin, the fifth book in the series, is living proof of tha...

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Review: I think the Hainish Cycle is growing on me. After I got rid of the initial expectations of what a Sci-Fi from the ’70s should be like I actually started enjoying myself. And The Left Hand of Darkness was the peak of the series. The longest so far, I found The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin to be a fantastic tale of a man that is thrown amid different cultures and struggles to understand them and to be understood. I lov...

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Review: Well! Here we are already on the third book of the series and finally I am excited. City of Illusions is, no doubt, the most suspenseful and well-planned book by Ursula Le Guin (in my humble opinion). I was getting kind of scared that I would be utterly disappointed by the Hainish cycle but I can see hope at the end of the tunnel. In City of Illusions we move back to Earth, hundreds of years in the future, where people, our people, ...

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Review: I started Planet of Exile by Ursula Le Guin convinced I wouldn’t like it. After all, the previous book was a great disappointment for me. Funny enough, I was surprised. The Hainish Cycle is a series of short novels connected only by the author’s name and a few distant connections between characters and places. So essentially you don’t have to read the other books to understand this one. From one side this is awesome since ever...

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Review:     It's been a long time since I've read any Sci-Fi books so I feel a bit rusty in commenting. When I went through Ender's Game and Speaker of the Death I was so hyped that I couldn't put them down. It was strange, the jargon took some getting used to but still, it was super entertaining. Things were a bit different with Rocannon's World by Ursula Le Guin.     Despite being written in two different genres, this book and the Earthsea...

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Review: I don’t know why but all book or series endings leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe I hate endings, or maybe I don’t like how the author decided to end their story — either way, I am never happy to read the last page. The Other Wind, the sixth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin, and so far the last one confirmed, was not what I expected as a conclusion of the story. It started promising with a bit of my...

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Review: Tales From Earthsea is a collection of short stories from the world of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin that take place before, during and after the events in the original storyline. It consists of five short stories – The Finder, Darkrose and Diamond, The bones of the Earth, On the High March and Dragonfly. Personally, I am not a big fan of short stories. I simply do not believe they are able to convey a full, meaningful plot and allow ...

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Review: It’s amazing how fast I am going through books these days. I’m not sure if it is this specific series that make it so easy or I am just in my element 😀 Tehanu, the fourth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula Le Guin, is the last book of the original series. As such I expected it all to tie neatly together with a bow on top. I do love stories which give us more answers than questions at the end. And in a way, Tehanu did fee...

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Review: As you can see, I am still going strong with the Ursula Le Guin‘s wave and I even think I’ll be able to finish all her works (that I have) in no time. I did notice, however, that the more I read the more I realize that just good prose is not enough. When I started with the first two books, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, I thought that their plot would be connected in some way. It turns out that the only connection so fa...

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Review: Predator’s Gold [The Hungry City Chronicles, #2] 4/5 (1)
All , Dystopian fiction , Fantasy / December 24, 2018

Review: Predator’s Gold is the second book of The Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve and I have to admit, the story is growing on me. I am still blown by Reeve‘s imagination but contrary to what I expected, he raised the bar even higher with this book. The story follows Hester and Tom two years after the destruction of London as they make their living on board Henny Hanniver, the aircraft that previously belonged to Anna Fa...

Review: Mortal Engines [The Hungry City Chronicles, #1] 3/5 (1)
All , Dystopian fiction , Fantasy / December 23, 2018

Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve was something unexpected. I have to admit that I didn’t hear about it until I saw the movie. Most of you would say, and I would agree with you usually, that the book is always better than the movie. Well, in this case I am not entirely sure. Now that I finished the book I realize that the movie was waaaay off the book plot and half of the things in it never happened in the book but it was th...

Review: A Discovery of Witches [All Souls #1] 3/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Romance / November 14, 2018

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness was a bag of corn and green peas for me. You know what I mean. You don’t? Well, it means that it has a lot of things I liked (like corn) and a lot of things that made me ugh (like the peas). But the fact that I stayed until 9 a.m. to finish it suggest that maaaybe there was more corn in the bag than damn green peas. I learnt about the book from the TV show with the same name. Now...

Review: The Alchemist 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / July 26, 2018

review: It has been a while since my last review and to be honest I didn’t expect my come back to be with The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I started it today by chance – I was at the gym and I had no music on my phone (I know there is this thing called The Internet but I was almost out of battery). So I decided to start the audio book then and here I am, few hours later, writing a review. I was a bit skeptic at first – I’ve ...

Review: City of Bones [The Mortal Instruments #1] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Romance / May 22, 2018

Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite series I’ve read in the past few years. It is a teenage drama mixed with a lot of magic, action, witty remarks and unrealistically attractive teenagers 😀 I can see why it appealed to me then and I kind of still think it’s awesome. A bit childish at times, but the story is interesting and the characters are exciting. City of Bones, the first book o...

Review: Speaker for the Dead [Ender Series #2] 5/5 (1)
All , Sci-Fi / May 17, 2018

Review: When I finished the second book of the Ender series, Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card I was super excited about writing the review. It’s been a long time since a book enchanted me this way – and not by cool action, smart-ass characters or otherworldly magic or creatures. Instead, it was the calm, truthful and extremely powerful themes and questions which Orson Scott Card brought up within the book that took me on ...

Review: Magic Rises [Kate Daniels #6] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / May 11, 2018

Review: I am not sure why it took me this long to write this review. I devoured the first six books like Winnie The Pooh a pot with honey but then I hit a ditch. Now finally, I crawled out of the ditch 😀 So let’s focus on the beautiful 6th book of the Kate Daniels series, Magic Rises, by Ilona Andrews. The story this time moves to a new location, Georgia, Europe, where Kate and Curran are invited to settle a dispute f...

Review: Ender’s Game [Ender Series #1] 5/5 (1)
All , Sci-Fi / May 10, 2018

Review: I ought to start by saying that I am not that much of a Sci-Fi reader, or at least I’ve never given the genre a proper chance. Apart from Star Wars, Stargate and the Startrek movies I’ve never watched/read an interesting sci-fi story. Until now. Ender’s Game, the first book of the quartet, by Orson Scott Card is indeed a marvelous adventure full of action, beautiful prose and deep, complicated themes about human nature t...

Review: Claiming The Alpha [Wild Obsession #2] 2/5 (1)
All , Erotica , Romance / April 13, 2018

Review: Claiming the Alpha by Adriana Hunter was the second part of the short series ‘Wild Obsessions’. When I say short I am being literal. Both parts are around 80 pages each and looking back at them now they should have been one book. There wasn’t enough action in each to make them look accomplished apart. As my first attempt at romance/erotica I am rather happy with my choice. There were some good moments that help me g...

Review: Taming the Alpha [Wild Obsession #1] 3/5 (1)
All , Erotica , Romance / April 11, 2018

Review: For those who know me you know I am not a big fan of straight up romances or sappy love stories. Don’t get me wrong, I think the romantic angle is essential to almost any story and some erotic scenes are pleasure to read (pun intended 😀 ) but I will never intentionally go for a story that has only that and nothing else. In one of my blog posts I mentioned that the best way to learn what works for you, how to write...