Review: Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

“The past believed in dates. And everyone’s life consisted of dates, giving life a rhythm and sense of gradation, as if from the eminence of a date one could look back and down, and see the past itself. A clear, comprehensible past, divided up into squares of events, lines of paths taken.”
~Andrey Kurkov, Death and the Penguin

Plot summary

“Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life.

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Listopia: Best Dystopian Novels and Books

“You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.”
~Nikola Tesla

With The Handmaid’s Tale based on Margaret Atwood‘s novel of the same name hitting the screens, it is time to consider what other dystopian novels and stories one should read. I find dystopian novels and stories to be among my favorite genres of literature.

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Review: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
~Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Plot summary

“Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for – identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia – in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula.

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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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Books to read in the future

Pile of Books. Photo: Raoul Luoar (CC BY 2.0)
Pile of Books. Photo: Raoul Luoar (CC BY 2.0)

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Don’t you think that sometimes there isn’t enough time to read? That you’d like to leave everything else aside and only read your life away. No? Well, in that case have fun doing whatever you’ll be doing instead of reading 🙂

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Poll: Your favorite work of fiction of all time

Dear all,

I hope you’re enjoying the fall time wherever you’re located. For this geographical location, winter is coming any minute now.

Now that I’ve been blogging for almost a week, I’d love to hear back from you. As a fan of fiction I’d be interested hearing about your reading experience.

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My Top 30 Books

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

On the topic of books, I never seem to have gotten over Albert Camus’ L’Étranger/The Stranger/The Outsider (1942). It was one of the first books that made me really think about what it means to be a human. The book was a compulsory read during those educating years at high school. All the signs were there to hate the book – all things mandatory made one automatically to be hesitant and mostly skeptical. But luckily there are exceptions to the rule.

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