Author Archives: readerofelse

About readerofelse

A student of a redundant, useless and thoroughly interesting subject and reader of many books, particularly fantasy, science fiction and plenty else besides.

Borderline – Mishell Baker

And the last of the Nebulas, admittedly somewhat late. Especially given that I now know who won. I got somewhat bogged down in reading The Dark Forest, and so managed to get about a month behind. But I’ve been looking forward … Continue reading

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Death’s End – Cixin Liu

Finally, we finish The Three-Body Problem series. And thank fuck for that. Because for all this was better than the rampant horrendousness of The Dark Forest, Death’s End is still a shitty, awful, horrible book. There’s misogyny (and gender essentialism) and some really not ok … Continue reading

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Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb

So. Robin Hobb. We meet again. I have something of a history with Robin Hobb. If you’d asked me who my least favourite author was at any point between the age of 14 and the age of… 24, say, I’d … Continue reading

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The Bad Quarto – Jill Paton Walsh

It’s strange how something about murder can be so comforting and cosy, but mysteries are often some of the most relaxing books I can read. And this was no different. I’ve been solidly enjoying the entire series, and fought my … Continue reading

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A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers

For all that, at any other time, I may not have been particularly keen on this book, right this second, it is frankly blessed relief. It is the total opposite of The Dark Forest, and that was exactly what I needed. … Continue reading

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The Dark Forest – Cixin Liu

It has been nearly a month since my last post. And do you know why that is? Because this book was a SLOG. It was a CHORE. I HATED it. And I still have to* read the sequel for the … Continue reading

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Too Like the Lightning – Ada Palmer

This is possibly the most interesting book I’ve read not just this year but last year too. This does not mean it is the best book. When describing it to others, my descriptor of choice has been “godawful”. Or “dire”. … Continue reading

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