October Wrap-up

BR novels:
– Monstress, Vol. 5, comic, ★★★★★, siege of a city, war, revelations about the past. This was good, although different to the previous ones. More of an ensemble cast and more focused on setting up the scene for that siege and the war that will probably pick up speed in the next volume.
– Dragonquest, paper, ★★★★★, fun 2nd Dragonriders book. Fire-lizards! I enjoyed this a lot and it was much better than I remembered it.
– The Only Good Indians, audio, ★★☆☆☆, revenge, indigenous people, hunting. Carry-over from last month. There were some good parts in this. Some of it I even liked. It just didn‘t come together well. 
– The Ministry for the Future: A Novel, ebook, Netgalley, ★★☆☆☆, DNF at 56%, climatefic, too little plot, more a collection of essays, too much economics, blockchain, weird surrealistic meta-fic somethings. The plot that was there, I liked. The rest bored me silly.

Ongoing BR:
– The Doors of Eden, audio, featured BR, 6 hours left, will finish in November… Good so far, I like it. Tchaikovsky writes well and is great at world-building. I have to get to his back catalogue one of these days.

Planned BR, but didn‘t read:
– The Butterfly Garden, ebook, didn‘t manage to squeeze it in and after reading a friend‘s review I am not sure if I want to. Postponed.

Solo reads:
– Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory, short, ★★★★☆, intermezzo for Mensah and Murderbot 
– Shakespeare’s Sonnets, poetry, ★★★★☆, read-along with Sir Pat on Instagram.
– BLAME! Vol. 4, manga, ★★★★☆, fighting and exploring the megastructure.

Plans for November:

BR novels:
– The White Dragon — started already! Fun!
– Phoenix Extravagant, netgalley 
– Conventionally Yours, netgalley — romance readers
– Great Expectations, read-along on wordpress — this will be postponed, month tbc

This future is not for me

The Ministry for the Future: A Novel
by Kim Stanley Robinson

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This might be about great big ideas, but without a decent narrative or memorable, well-developed characters I simply don‘t care. If I want to read essays about possible solutions for climate change, I do that. And if I want to dive into blockchain or speculate about economics and virtual currencies, I talk to my colleagues at work. Throwing in the odd chapter with minuscule plot and barely there characters doesn‘t make this a readable novel for me. 

Mary and Frank were not bad and I liked the Antarctic setting, there just wasn‘t enough of all that. Hence, boredom. I started skimming a third into the book and finally DNFd at 56%. Not for me.

I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Life on Mars

I am currently reading…

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

That made me think again about the Mars Trilogy. I read it about 20 years ago and never dared to pick it up again. First of all, because was complex and hard works, secondly because I am afraid that I could end up not liking it anymore.

Unfortunately I managed to loose my reviews for the first two books of the trilogy. I am left with the mini review of the last book of the trilogy:

Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy, #3)
by Kim Stanley Robinson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Every now and then I stumble across a truly inspired book. This is one of them. One of three, actually, as it is the last in a trilogy, starting with „Red Mars“ and continuing with „Green Mars“. Colonists come to Mars and transform it into a liveable world, while trying not to make the same mistakes as Earth did. Beautifully written, great characterisations. Mars comes to life, it’s almost like reading poetry. I felt really bad after finishing it, because I had to part with this great story.

A few years later I read a companion book with several short stories:

The Martians
by Kim Stanley Robinson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My favourite stories were: 
– Exploring fossil Canyon
– Maya and Desmond
– Green Mars — great climbing!
– Sax Moments 
– A Martian Romance — ending with a silver lining

I loved Green Mars, great climbing. A very good addition to the main books. In my opinion you should definitely have read the trilogy before this. I don’t think any of it would make much sense otherwise.
The two stories about Michel and an alternative world were quite interesting. The stories at the end mention a crash. I don’t remember this from Blue Mars, I might have to read it again. Anyway, that was a fairly sad ending, although there was obviously a silver lining in A Martian Romance.