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Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" [Book Review]

Title: The Hunger Games

Series: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins

Rating: 4.5/5

Is this book for me? Unless you’re averse to sci fi/fantasy, the answer is probably yes. Easy to read, but not lacking in deeper issues. Well-paced, action-filled, with believable characters. Gripping.

Amanda Meuwissen's "Real Fangs" [Book Review]

Title: Real Fangs Author: Amanda Meuwissen Rating: 3/5 (subjectively. I can see it get 4/5 from somebody who likes the style of the story) Is this book for me? It’s a light, slice of life supernatural novella. Some vampires, some werewolves. No wars. No psychological drama. Not much plot, either. If you’re looking for something fun and almost fluffy, this is it. If you’re looking for something engaging or deep… not so much.

Amanda Meuwissen's "The Collector" [Book review]

Title: The Collector

Author: Amanda Meuwissen

Rating: 4/5

Is this book for me? It’s a light supernatural novella. It has the Devil, some hell creatures and a simple mystery plot. If you’re looking for something light and easy to read this weekend for your enjoyment, then go ahead. If you’re searching for complex plots or philosophical insights, skip it.

The Fiction of Relationship (free course)

This one just began. So, my current passion are MOOCs (massive online open courses). And my huge passion is Coursera, which gathered some of the best universities out there and had their wonderful professors teach all sorts of topics – for free. Many sources out there say that the current way things stand, with Coursera being both high-quality and free, is not sustainable. They foresee an end to this. So, for God’s sake, just go for this.

Note to self: Sucker Punch soundtrack

Definitely writing music. The wonderful White Rabbit cover, the awesome Sweet Dreams, the strength of I Want It All/We Will Rock You. (actual note to self: Keeper for Mangaka, 2$ and a chocolate bar, the odd bits of Flight From Hell, The Missing – with the Queen medley.)

The humanities are crap at writing

Dear Humanities Peers, This Is iRrAtionaL A year ago, when I was a Master’s student, I complained to a clever friend (also a web developer) about one of the texts I had to read for university. I told him it was horrible to read, that I could barely understand what the author wanted and I wasn’t entirely sure I got the point. „Why didn’t the author draw a picture?” he asked me.

Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman": "Preludes and Nocturnes" [Book Review]

Title: Preludes and Nocturnes Series: The Sandman Author: Neil Gaiman Rating: 4/5 Is this book for me? It’s a graphic novel – that’s a fancy way of saying „comics”. It’s also horror. I’m not fond of the drawing style. The writing is grand, each word falling as heavy as if it were engraved in granite, sent back in the past and reverberating at you from antiquity. This book is probably not for you.

Jim Butcher's "Storm Front" [Book Review]

Title: Storm Front

Series: The Dresden Files
Author: Jim Butcher

Rating: 4/5

Is this book for me? It’s an urban fantasy set in Chicago. It features a number of magical creatures, a plot best described as ‘detective mystery’, humor and, occasionally, profanity. If that sounds appealing, then the book is for you. If you’re looking for Deep Meaning, philosophical inquiry, Tolkien-like worlds, romance or Quotable Wisdom, then probably not.