Resurrection, by Leo Tolstoy

I just finished this one, my first Tolstoy, chosen because it's the shortest novel he wrote. The story is about a nobleman in 1880, Nekhlyudov, who finds himself on a jury. One of the accused is a woman he knew in is past, and who he wronged when he was young. While watching the trial he …

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The Great Gatsby. Still not sure if I read it.

Well, now I've finished it, but I still feel like I haven't. I had a terrible time trying to pay attention to this one, but I think that was mostly the fault of the narrator. Jake Gyllenhaal (in a trend of having famous actors read classics) gives a dull, monotone reading that would put you …

Death’s End, by Cixin Liu: Mindblowing scope

The final book in the Three Body Trilogy, Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) does not disappoint. Once again my mind is reeling from the barrage of amazing ideas and concepts that blasted me one after the other after the other as I listened to this book. I don't even know where to begin. If you've …

The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu

I just finished this sequel to the Three Body Problem, and once again my mind is blown. This book left me with a picture of the universe I never imagined... a dark forest indeed. The only complaint anyone seems to have about this series is the characters, and though they are more fleshed out in this one, they …

The Fold, by Peter Clines

I listened to The Fold recently, and while the premise was promising at the start, in the end it ended up being more frustrating and annoying than enjoyable for me. Our story starts with the protagonist, Mike Ericson, high-school teacher, getting a request from his old friend at DARPA to do a special top secret …

Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe

I listened to this recently on Audible, and it was not what I expected. Though this is marketed as a sci-fi, the setting is really more of a medieval/fantasy type world. The prose is also very dramatic, dark and flowery, which seems more fit to a fantasy novel. The main character being a torturer who …