The Travelers, by Chris Pavone, is not what you’d call a spy novel precisely. Yes, there are spies, intelligence agencies, secret meet-ups and more intrigue. But that wasn’t what gripped me while reading this book.
Instead, there was this sense of a life slowly unravelling and it was just delicious to read. Will it recover? Will it not? What will Will do? (ha. ha.)
Step into the shoes of Will Rhodes, a writer for Travelers, a world-renowned travel magazines. His life is less than the ideal that he has been chasing after – living in an incomplete house, a troubled marriage, and the sense that there’s just something wrong with his life. Continue reading “The Travelers, a spy novel?”→
The first volume of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash that I preordered finally came in the mail.
I was afraid that it might’ve been lost in shipping. A long time ago, a book I ordered on book-depository was lost in shipping (which they very kindly refunded when contacted). But there would’ve been a really long wait for another copy, the pre-orders were totally sold out. Continue reading “It’s finally here! Grimgar vol.1”→
I wrote my first impressions on this book here when I was about a 100 pages in.
This is a short compilation of what I liked about the long way to a small angry planet. With some luck, you might like what I’ve got to say and give this book a shot too.
It’s not ‘hard’ sci-fi. This book doesn’t throw around engineering and science fiction jargon around while expecting you to somehow understand it. It really is a book about a road-trip. Except that it’s through space, with stops on exotic planets, and the highway might be a black hole. Continue reading “the long way to a small angry planet: a review”→
I have to begin with this: the introduction is beautifully written. In simple and evocative language, it tells his tale of how he came about to writing. Haruki Murakami’s life, hardships, inspiration, and writing process. If you read nothing else of this book, read the introduction.
For the novels themselves, I can’t claim to understand what the stories are about or what the plot is. My initial thoughts were along the lines of: how was it possible that this was the first prize winner in a competition? (And that he’s a whacko.)
It’s not ‘hard’ sci-fi heavy on jargon. Instead, it focuses very much on people.
The writing, in my head, doesn’t flow like poetry. It feels more… serviceable. It really helps get into the mind of Rosemary, not her real name, who’s the main perspective into the world. The language feels like words real people might think and say. It feels real. The world feels lived in.
Maybe this says more about me than the book but, the people do feel a bit too nice. But, there are also hints of stuff under the surface.
I loved the scene of Sissix and Ashby texting. It was funny and honestly read like one of those funny text message threads I see posted on Facebook.
It has been a real delight to read so far, and the incredible thing is that nothing’s really happened. Becky Chambers would be perfect to write slice-of-life stuff.