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    How To Get Rid of Books

    You may have noticed I own quite a lot of books. Around this time every year I go through everything I own and clear out the ones I don’t want. I do this mostly because I have limited space and there is no point keeping something just for it to sit on a shelf. So today I am going to share my process for purging books. CHOOSING WHAT BOOKS TO GET RID OF The first thing I do is just look at my shelves. It may seem pointless to mention it but this is what I do. I go through each shelf and pick out the books I’ve read and…

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    Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

    Too Like The Lightning is a new epic science fiction series written by Ada Palmer. And is the first part of the Terra Ignota series which is continued in Seven Surrenders.  This is a challenging book to read but the payout it gives is worthwhile. SUMMARY Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer–a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished…

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    Review | Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

    Crooked Kingdom is the second part of a duology written by Leigh Bardugo. The first book, Six of Crows follows the antics of a young conman, Kaz Brekker. Crooked Kingdom is a young-adult heist book set in the same universe as the Grisha Trilogy written by the same author. SUMMARY Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from…

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    My Favourite Books of 2016

    It’s that time again for my favourite books of the year. Like always these are my favourite books I read this year, they weren’t all published this year. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It’s about spiders evolving to the point where they can fly rockets. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré. I watched the movie version of this before reading the book. And I watched it a good few times so I went into this knowing how it would end. Despite that I was still amazed by the ending even though it played out almost the exact same way as the movie. Goldenhand by Garth Nix. I…

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    Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

    Stories of Your Life and Others is a collection of short stores written by Ted Chiang. This book contains the piece (Stories of Your Life), which the hit science fiction film Arrival was based on. This post will contain spoilers for Arrival. Since this is a series of short stories I’m going to review each one individually. SUMMARY Collected here for the first time, Ted Chiang’s award-winning stories–recipients of the Nebula, Sturgeon, Campbell, and Asimov awards–offer a feast of science, speculation, humanity, and lyricism. Standouts include “Tower of Babylon,” in which a miner ascends the fabled tower in order to break through the vault of heaven; “Division by Zero,” a precise…