πŸ“š Finished Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

πŸ“š Finished Slow Horses by Mick Herron

Surprisingly engaging, despite knowing most of the story from the great TV adaptation. Enjoyed the writing and story (which is, as usual, more subtle than the adaptation).

πŸ“š Finished Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

πŸ“š Finished Translation State by Ann Leckie

This is very close to a perfect book for me. I enjoyed the characters, prose, story and space-alien politics very much. The three narrative perspectives rotate in a perfect cycle without ever being awkward. Great continuation of the series.

As a German native speaker I struggled a little with sie/hir pronouns ("sie" being the German word for "she" and "they" among other meanings), but after 150 pages my brain stopped to always try to read the next few words as German.

πŸ“šFinished Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

Fun and creative novel with a story that came together amazingly well at the end.

πŸ“š Finished Die drei Sonnen (eng: The Three-Body Problem) by Liu Cixin

πŸ“š Finished Witch King by Martha Wells

πŸ“š Finished Der alte Mann und das Meer (orig: The Old Man and the Sea) by Hemingway

πŸ“šFinished The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by - Shannon Chakraborty

Fun book and it taught me a little about the medieval Middle East. The structure in terms of chapters was very well done, and the characters were interesting and very likable and hateable.

πŸ“šFinished Provenance by Ann Leckie

Enjoyable book. I liked how it kind of switched genres between murder mystery, family drama, and thriller. As is usual for Leckie's books, it is very good at exploring unfamiliar and alien cultures and their interactions.

πŸ“š Finished Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley

Maybe even better than the first part of the series, even though some sections are fairly grueling.

πŸ“š Finished Venomous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman

Extremely cynical, very creative and weird book about conservation, ecology, finance and technology. The first third felt similar to Snow Crash to me, despite this book being much more conventional. Might be very interesting to reread in a decade or two.

πŸ“š Finished Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Amazing book and perfect ending of the trilogy. Great writing, characters and I enjoy the absurdity of it all. The aliens are feeling really alien and I am now kind of scared by fish sauce.

πŸ“šFinished Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Fun book. I can't decide if it is very current or very out of time, now that it is 30 years old. Very different from what I expected. Some parts feel quite tame compared to the evening news over the last two decades.

πŸ“š Finished Dune by Frank Herbert

πŸ“š Finished Wachen! Wachen! (orig: Guards! Guards!) by Terry Pratchett

I did not care for the beginning, as it felt more like a parody of a book I haven't read (similar to The Light Fantastic), but the book really found itself after 100 pages. Even though I knew 70% of the story by osmosis from the general culture before, it was great. From the current perspective, to me, it looks like a feel-good book similar to Becky Chambers and Travis Baldree from another, more ironic and less earnest time.

πŸ“š Finished The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard

πŸ“š Finished All Souls Lost by @dmoren@zeppelin.flights

This book was more funny and less dark than I expected from the title. It is a very good current take on the supernatural detective story, leaving the worst stereotypes of pulp novels behind. The (technologically old-school) detective clashing and mixing with the tech industry is a fun idea.

Great book with great characters and good plotting. Loved the Hawaiian shirt situation.

Mounting 2 SSDs with dubious 3D prints in an 5.25" bay is much less terrifying, then a 3.5" hard drive there. They are so light, the power cords might hold it roughly in place, if it all breaks apart.

Of course, all this only necessary because I cut out the 3.5" bay to fit the new GPU a few years ago. Might almost be time to get a new PC case after 15 year…

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