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This is my favorite book of 2017.
It is laughing out loud funny and sad and very down to earth. Absolutely loved it and immediately got the sequel "Edward Adrift" as well.



600 Hours of Edward


A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’s classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.

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This is the best book I read/listened to all year.

I think we can all imagine how terrifying it must be to be stranded on Mars. And to witness how this man copes and fights for his survival with ingenuity and courage is absolutely fascinating.

I wish someone had warned me not to begin this book on a Sunday afternoon, when there was not enough time to finish it all in one go, because I really, really hated having to stop listening 2 hours past my usual bedtime, when reason told me to catch some sleep before going to work Monday morning.




The Martian by Andy Weir


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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Very appropriate when it's snowing outside, especially when it's still snowing by the end of March as it is now...

I've been downloading a lot of free ebooks lately. Many by self-publishing authors and most of those books were crap. This one, however, is a gem. Loved it and can recommend it unreservedly. Excellent read :-)




Ice Diaries by Lexi Revellian


It's 2018 and Tori's managing. Okay, so London is under twenty metres of snow, almost everybody has died in a pandemic or been airlifted south, and the only animals around are rats. Plus her boyfriend never returned from going to find his parents a year ago when the snow began - but she's doing fine. Really.

She lives in an apartment that's luxurious, if short on amenities, in a block which used to be home to rich City bankers. A handful of fellow survivors are her friends, and together they forage for food and firewood, have parties once a month and even run a book club. The problem is they have no long-term future; eventually provisions will run out. Tori needs to find transport to make the two-thousand-mile journey south to a warm climate and start again.

Enter Morgan, a disturbingly hot cage fighter from a tougher, meaner world where it's a mistake to trust people. He's on the run from the leader of the gang he used to work with. And he has a snowmobile. ...more


Source: Amazon








Just listened to this audio book.
Very interesting book with a lot of detail and trying to be objective.
However, the way I see it, he was an arrogant prick and she a spineless fool.



We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals

It was the most influential marriage of the 19th century and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master.

Now renowned chronicler Gillian Gill turns this familiar story on its head, revealing a strong, feisty queen and a brilliant, fragile prince working together to build a family based on support, trust, and fidelity, qualities neither had seen much of as children.

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Source: Audible.com









What a good idea !
And the person I'll be giving one of those books to will be myself... *g



Popular science books to put on your Christmas list



More info: CultureLab at NewScientist.com







Going through my old Stumbleupon blog, I found this blog entry of Jan 15, 2007. I checked Amazon and wonder of wonders ! The book IS BACK IN PRINT ! So of course I immediately ordered the hardcover version. Expensive but definitely worth it ---- *happy dance :-)


"I just reread the book Rimrunners for about the twentieth time and wanted to review it and recommend to buy it and finally get myself a hardcover edition - only to learn that it is out of print !!

C.J. Cherryh is my absolute favourite SF writer. Her Alliance-Union universe is the most convincing and probable of all the SF universes I have read about. Her style is inimitable and just does not let you put down that book.

"Rimrunners", "Heavy Time" and most of all "Hellburner" are my all-time favourites. Of course there are other great books in that universe like "Merchanters Luck", "Downbelow Station" and "Finity's End" etc.

Also highly recommended: "The Faded Sun" Trilogy"


So what is the point of this blog entry ?

The point is that it makes me sad to see such wonderful books go out of print, to think that so many people haven't yet read them and now have no chance to because they won't print them anymore. A great loss."








What they don't have, they link to. Very useful site.



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