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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

January 29, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

A book that features maths and potatoes. Can't get much better, can it?

Weir combines a fascinating premise with witty and humorous narration to weave a tale of human ingenuity and survival against the worst odds -- an entire planet trying to kill one astrobotanist. The use of Watney's mission logs, transcripts and letters as a narration tool was especially clever, allowing the author to balance the action between Mars, Earth, and the Hermes.

The plot wasn't a surprise (I watched the movie first) but the storytelling was. The mathematical and engineering problems captured my imagination -- there's a sense...

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Tithe by Holly Black

Tithe by Holly Black

February 17, 2020 Reviews 0 ★★★

Having loved The Darkest Part of the Forest, I was expecting something surreal and creepy from Tithe. While it delivered on those fronts, it also felt confused and half-hearted. Tithe took a long time to begin. The first part of the novel felt disjointed and slow. It may have been…

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The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

December 8, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The Pale Dreamer gives us a glimpse of Paige’s life before we met her in The Bone Season, taking us on an adventure through London after some poltergeists. It’s an excellent entry point for readers who are interested in The Bone Season series and want to give it a try….

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Butler to the Dark Lord by Sam Bowring

Butler to the Dark Lord by Sam Bowring

January 9, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★½

How would you survive as a butler to a Dark Lord? Sam Bowring’s Grim Choices novel allows you to choose how this story turns out. Will you die a horrible death, or become indispensable to your Master?

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This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

October 27, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

This Night So Dark tells us how Tarver became a Major in the army, and why he was all over the news when we met him in These Broken Stars. Tarver and Lilac, who are living together after the events of These Broken Stars, are talking about that eventful night because Tarver still has nightmares about it. And in the retelling, they realise that those events are connected to the crash of the Icarus and all that happened afterwards.

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