Review: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”
~Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Plot summary

“At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war.

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Bonus review: The Expedition – A Love Story by Bea Uusma

“Vitön lyser. Mitt ute i ishavet, trots att ingen ser det. Nu, när jag sitter i Stockholm och skriver det här, så lyser det om Vitön. Det är ingen som ser det. Men den lyser.”
~Bea Uusma, Expeditionen: Min kärlekshistoria

Plot summary

“On July 11th, 1897, three men set out in a hydrogen balloon bound for the North Pole. They never returned. Led by engineer August Soloman Andrée [sic!] these men wanted to make history, but were frighteningly underprepared and inexperienced.

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Review: The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

“It is in meeting the great tests that mankind can most successfully rise to great heights. Out of danger and restless insecurity comes the force that pushes mankind to newer and loftier conquests. Can you understand that?”
~Isaac Asimov, The End of Eternity

Plot summary

“One of Isaac Asimov’s SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the 20th century. It is widely regarded as Asimov’s single best SF novel and one every SF fan should read.

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Poll results: Your favorite work of fiction of all time

The poll results are in!

Happy New Year 2017 to you all! Thanks for participating in the poll Your favorite work of fiction of all time, here are the results.

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Books read in 2016

Random book. Photo: Daniel Wehner (CC BY 2.0)
Random book. Photo: Daniel Wehner (CC BY 2.0)
The book year of 2016

2016 was pretty productive in terms of the quantitative as well as qualitative aspect of reading. As of 31 December 2016, I read altogether 52 books, amounting to over 10,000 pages. Below you’ll find a listing of some of the novels, short stories and other books I read. Most of the non-fictional works that I had the pleasure of reading are not included.

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Review: The Death of Grass by John Christopher

“A long time ago. I came to the understanding that all men are friends by convenience and enemies by choice.”
~John Christopher, The Death of Grass

Plot summary

“A post-apocalyptic vision of the world pushed to the brink by famine, John Christopher’s science fiction masterpiece The Death of Grass includes an introduction by Robert MacFarlane in Penguin Modern Classics.

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Review: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

“The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors.”
~Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Plot summary

“A seminal work of twentieth century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett’s first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater.

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