In this, section, I write about books I like a lot. Sometimes I'll add a small review...
Project Hail Mary is a 2021 science fiction novel by American novelist Andy Weir. Set in the near future, it centers on junior high (middle) school-teacher-turned-astronaut Ryland Grace, who wakes up from a coma afflicted with amnesia. He gradually remembers that he was sent to the Tau Ceti solar system, 12 light-years from Earth, to find a means of reversing a solar dimming event that could cause the extinction of humanity. From the Wikipedia article: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Hail_Mary
My two cents: absolute fun to read!
A fantastic fantasy novel about a woman called Nora, who decided to end her once so promising life after a series of unhappy events.
She wakes up in the Midnight Library, where her old librarian guides her through the possibilities of life. Between Philosophy, Quantum Mechanics and Parallel Worlds, Nora gets to taste the current state of life paths she decided not to live in her regular lifetime.
An amazing book!
Some quotes from the book:
"You don’t have to understand life. You just have to live it."
"As Thoreau wrote: It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see."
A novel on how sea life suddenly turns against man. A fishermen on a small boats disappears in South America, orcas attack whale watchers on the shore of Vancouver Island. Plagues of poisonous jellyfish appear at beaches in Australia, and strange worms drilling into the frozen methan layers are detected in the North Sea. Scientists first look for answers locally, independently. Ships disappear without a trace. As more and more incidents happen, they start to talk. The US government sets up a think tank collecting the best researchers, and slowly they become aware that all forms of sea life seems to be triggered by an unknown life form to fight man. An unknown sort of glibber is detected in the brains of aggressive whales and poisonous crabs
Meanwhile, the methan shields in the North Sea collapse in scales and cause a giant tsunami on the Scandinavian shores...
How to communicate with such a life form? Is it intelligent? Will it reason? Schätzing has his protagonists raise some really interesting philosophical questions on mans attitude towards life and intelligence and finishes the book with a showdown between military and science and a cease fire between the swarm and man. Fantastic book!
A entertaining, stunning novel about a drop-out place in America. Hippies and wanna-bees, and their more or less chaotic attempt to drop out of a society they don't like. Smoking, talking wierd stuff. Flat stuff, basically. Wierd freeloaders arround them, of corse. And no possibility to get rid of them due to the "Love and Peace and a Place for Everyone" rule. After a while, the whole bunch is forced to leave the farm they are dwelling, and with an old school bus and two or three cars they'd head off for a farm in Alaska. They reach the place, yet have no clue how to survive. In the village, there are trappers and farmers with their own livestyle and their own rivalities, upon which some of the newcomers split up...
The way the novell is written gives the reader the impression Boyle must have been living such a livestyle. Everything sounds authentic, lively.
A journey into the traditional Japan, the time of the great Samurai warriors... The main character is a historic figure who existed & whom many places in Japan are related too.
This book is about a boy who went out to become a Samurai, his long way to achieve his golden goal and of course the problems & fights he had to stand. It is the story about his friend Matahachi too, who wanted to become a Samurai too but did not quite had the resistance to withstand his own desires. And it is the story of a deep love, unsatisfied over a long period. So, this book is full of action, philosophy and romance. Hmm, I read this just before going to Japan. Or was this book a reason more to go?
"The world is always fullfilled by the noise of the waves. The small fish who left themselfes handed over to the waves, they play and dance. But how knows the soul of the sea, hundred feet deep. Who knows its depth?"
Classics Article Count: 2
a few classics
On the road Article Count: 4
books from the road, and for the road
Spirit within Article Count: 2
anything from Science, Esoteric, Trance
Book uncategorized Article Count: 1
a few of my favorite books, sometimes with a little review...