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The Sleeper and the Spindle, the review

I just read The Sleeper and the Spindle [The Book Depository] and it was glorious. I also purchased the audiobook on Audible and combining the two was the best thing ever!

This is a masterpiece by Neil Gaiman. This is a new fairy tale. I’m sure that just reading it is a pleasure. However, combining the book and the audiobook is completely perfect. The audio effects are amazing. I think that the book earns a new insight when combined with all the sounds.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Review

I finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time [The Book Depository] in two days. The books is brilliant: you enter into an Autistic kid’s mind and how he navigates and sees the world around himself. Christopher is a fifteen-year-old kid with autism. He lives with his dad. One day, when he takes a night walk, he discovers that someone has murdered the neighbor’s dog. And so, he decides to investigate who killed him.

This book is a breathtaking adventure where you discover the ins and outs of an autistic mind. And you do that from two points of view; Christopher’s and your own. You get involved in his world, and you end up questioning yourself how many different brains and ways of taking the world are out there.

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The Martian Review; or how to grow your potatoes on Mars

So, I finally read The Martian (The Book Depository). Please notice that I haven’t seen the movie. So, all the information here is about this brilliant book. It was capable of getting me hooked on a guy growing potatoes on Mars.

I’ve never been so hooked on a science fiction book before. The technical stuff didn’t seem unbearable, but necessary since I wanted to know what was going on Mars. I found the reading pace very fast, highly entertaining and smart. This came as a shock since I expected something else.

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Rivers of London Review

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Rivers of London is an amazing ride. Today I’m going to review this fantastic book. Keep in mind that I love Sherlock Holmes, fantasy and science fiction. So, there’s no surprise here why I might love Rivers of London so much. Rivers of London was titled Midnight Riot in the US.

The hero of the book is Peter Grant, a young countable from the Metropolitan Police. He has to investigate a crime, and the primary witness is a ghost. He works along with his superior Inspector Nightingale, who is a wizard.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a fantasy classic that children and grownups can enjoy. I decided to re-read all Harry Potter, and the first volume came with delight: Snape. I can’t say anything about Harry because I don’t like him very much. But Hermione, Snape, and Luna are perfect for me.

This first volume is fun, super quick to read, and an excellent way to get hooked in the Harry Potter series. I had already forgotten how much fun I had with it years ago. This time, I’m reading the UK version of the books. Even so, Hagrid comes as a complicated character. His way of speaking kills me. But he’s such a soft giant!

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The Sword of Shannara, an epic fantasy tale

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The Sword of Shannara is an epic fantasy tale that you will either love or hate. I’m a Lord of the Rings fan, and it seems that this novel is a tribute to it. Despite this, there are mixed feelings about the Shannara Chronicles out there. Some people love it, but others hate it. I belong to the group who finds it fascinating. It’s not exactly like LOTR, although you can see many similar things along the way. The world-building is nice, the characters are believable, and the story has some surprises by the end of the book.

But it has a downfall: there’s only a female character having something to say, and she’s a damsel in distress. Despite this, the story is worth it. So, I’ll be keeping my plan of reading all the Shannara Chronicles little by little.

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After The Gospel of Loki: Runemarks

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I lost count on how many times I’ve read The Gospel of Loki. Now, I plan to re-read it after I finish Runemarks. If you haven’t got your hands on these books, I recommend you to do it soon. The Gospel of Loki is one of my favorite books. It’s funny, witty and it makes you love Loki regardless of all his tricks and misbehaviors. Runemarks seems to be a great read as well. However, I wasn’t expecting the book’s size! (It’s going to be a challenge to put these two books together on a shelf!)

If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that Loki is one of my favorite characters. And so, I feel the need to read all things Loki. When I first read The Gospel of Loki I was delighted: Joanne M. Harris has captured the trickster in all his glory. Thus, there’s no surprise here I will read Runemarks too.

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The Shannara Chronicles: a lot to read!

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After watching The Shannara Chronicles on Netflix twice, I decided to read the whole book series. I’m not talking about the three first books, but the whole series (around 20 books, I think.) I’m well aware of the number of pages I’ll end up reading, but I love it! It’s been a very long time since I was hooked on a book series in this way. The last time this happened was with Lord of the Rings, and anything Tolkien.

If you decide to give The Shannara Chronicles on Netflix, know that it’s based on the second book of the original trilogy. I started with the first one, the Sword of Shannara. I didn’t expect to like the book so much, to be honest. But, I have tons of questions, and I want to find all the answers.

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Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone, a Sherlock Holmes’ magic story

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Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone is a witty novel based on Sherlock Holmes. When I got this book for free for review, I thought it would be just another book based on the genius Sherlock Holmes. I was wrong: this is a masterpiece of witts and fun! As you know, I’m super strict with all things Sherlock. So, I had no idea if this new version of Sherlock would pass my personal Sherlock standards test. It did! What happens when you mix magic and the most famous detective of all times? Warlock Holmes happens! While my beloved Sherlock was a genius, his counterpart in the novel is something else entirely. Warlock is messy, has the deductions skills of a marmot, and is crazy as a loon. In this novel, it’s Watson who has all the brains. Alas, he’s also scared shitless.

John Watson is penniless and needs a roommate. One of his friends convinces him to live with Warlock so that he can escape from him. While Holmes to proof as a very excentric individual, his friends to be even more so. Bestride is a nihilist vampire who is addicted to blood and will even lick it from the ground. Do you need to know the blood type of the victim? No problem! Let Lestrade lick it from the vicim, the walls… or whatever other place stained with it. If you thought that Lestrade was spooky, wait till you meet Grogsson, an almost brainless Ogre, who works with Lestrade. No wonder Watson is terrified!

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You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost)

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It’s a proven scientific fact: you are weird you’re never weird on the internet (almost). Well, maybe it’s not a scientific fact. Maybe it’s just what Felicia Day says from the deepest parts of her heart in her awesome book. A book that you need before tomorrow. Seriously. I’ve laughed while reading it and nodded in front of it countless times. Why? Because I can relate. Let’s face it: I’m a weird geek. I might not be a gamer, but, many of her stories ring a bell.

[Contains some spoilers ahead. If you want to make things right: go to the bookshop now. Yeah: NOW. Read the book tonight, and then come back and read this amazing post. Because, yes, it’s amazing. Modesty mode off, babe.]

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