I haven’t read as much as I’d wanted to in June. Boredom and a constant need to scroll and refresh have scrambled my mind. But hey, I still managed to finish two books (albeit short), both of which were focused on spirituality and religion. Religious Traditions Aren’t Bad, Mmkay? First up is Religion for Atheists… Continue reading June Book Reviews: Religion for Atheists and Siddhartha
It wasn’t until the HBO trailer dropped that Lovecraft Country jumped into my hands, escaping the clutches of my reading list. I love Lovecraftian lore and mythos, which is why this book stood out to me. Having read it, I adore it not for its depiction of cosmic horror but for its self-aware commentary on… Continue reading Lovecraft Country Review – Racism is far uglier than cosmic horror
Did you know: a 30-year-old Bangladeshi is more likely to have a longer lifespan and less likelihood of contracting stroke, diabetes, and heart disease than a 30-year-old black man from Harlem? Well, now you can thank Bill Bryson for that piece of knowledge. The Body: A Guide for Occupants is full of such tidbits and has… Continue reading The Body Review – Bryson does it again!
The Three-Body Problem is the first book I’ve read by a Chinese author. It lived up to its hype… almost. It’s a wildly imaginative story backed by hard science. But it’s lacking emotional heft and lacks in-depth characterization. Liu’s approach to aliens is vastly different. They’re technologically more advanced than us, yet they have their… Continue reading The Three Body Problem Review – Imaginative but lacks personality
Babu Bangladesh was a wild ride, with steep ups and downs. Numair has crafted a story drenched in Bangladeshi history without getting too nostalgic. Sadly, a pedantic tone and a narrative that never settles mars the overall experience of enjoying the story. Numair, I believe, focuses on the idea that reality is subjective. What we… Continue reading Babu Bangladesh Review – Great story, but full of itself
Transhumanism is a fascinating philosophy. It raises crucial issues, the most intriguing of which is the question: “what does it mean to be human?” Of course, there are no clearly defined answers yet, and the philosophy pushes it even further. Am I human if my body parts are metal? Am I human if I can’t… Continue reading Beyond the Aquila Rift Book Review – Brilliant Stories About Transhumanism
Theology, although a dominant presence, isn’t the best part of The Golden Compass. Instead, it’s the world with its inhabitants – armored polar bears, daemons, and witches – that make the book an excellent read. Although it’s a fantastic world, Pullman doesn’t show things as being alien. Instead, he presented them plainly and part of… Continue reading The Golden Compass Review: Excellent Because of its World
I love Warren Ellis’s style. I absolutely fell in love with Spider Jerusalem in Transmetropolitan and the unreliable narrator from Supergods. He carries over the style to Crooked Little Vein, the first novel I’ve read by him, and it was a rather interesting experience. Unlike his graphic novels, I must say the book was an… Continue reading Ellis’ Crooked Little Vein: The Pervert’s Guide to America
Kurt Vonnegut had a way of telling stories with unbridled optimism tinged with a hint of skepticism. Player Piano, his first published novel, is a great example of a career coming into focus, because not only is this a brilliant take on self-worth, it offers insight into what makes people tick. Vonnegut’s sharp satire cuts… Continue reading Player Piano: A Glimpse of The Present?
I’ve always had a soft spot for sci-fi that goes off in crazy directions. I also love how they speculate the future, especially stories published in the ’80s and ’90s. They imagine our (current) world to be an technological utopia. Truth be told, we take for granted a lot of tech in our daily lives,… Continue reading Sci-fi Book Reviews: Snow Crash and Year Zero