Three brothers to save the fourth

Yea, I know the post title is cheesy, but this poem’s been running through my head for a while now. It started at work, we had this “how would you improve… question and I thought about all the trackers we’re using and then went with the “One tracker to rule them all”, etc :P.
Too many books 😀
Oh wait, there’s no such thing!

Anyway, the book review! Yes, I wanted to write about a certain book. A pretty good one too :). If you’re interested in a young-adult sci-fi novel with few brothers as main characters I’ve got just the thing for you!

The Fourth PieceThe Fourth Piece (Order’s Last Play #1) by E. Ardell

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What is it all about? Three brothers – Lyle, Devon, and Lawrie, who aren’t quite human, receive a psychic message from the long-lost brother who needs their help. Well, anyone’s help actually, but since the message reaches them it will have to do. Continue reading “Three brothers to save the fourth”

Top 5 Wednesday – Settings You Want to See More Of

imgresOooh, this is a good topic. Do you realize that most fantasy books are set in quite a similar world? Oh yes, there might be different monsters, names, views, but most of the time you’ve got the feel of old-time Europe. Why is that? Is it because that’s what we’re used to? Maybe the time had come to add some variety to the settings, culture, religions in our “fantasy” books. After all changing a name won’t get you far.

Today I’m choosing five setting that I’d wish to see more of, not by a certain book I’ve read, but rather by places and times inspired by our world that I find interesting. I wish to read fantasy or maybe science fiction novels with these types of settings. And why fantasy and sci-fi? Because I like these more :D. I might’ve read some contemporary reads and liked them, but I’ll always be faithful to fantasy. This is my genre of choice.

And if you know a book that fits some of these settings – let me know! I’d love to check it out :).

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fantasy island

Oceania, or pretty much any set of islands that is not Caribbean ;). Well, they might be similar I guess but you get my drift – plenty of islands, not that many people, maybe even a whole planet that’s just filled with islands and no bigger continents? Floating cities created over water. And pirates? Yes sure, but not a must. Usually, when you think about this type of setting you also get a story about pirates, but do they have to go together? Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday – Settings You Want to See More Of”

Solaris by Stanisław Lem at BBC

I have something different for you today. Instead of reviews I’ve got a proposition for some listening. There’s still 3 more days left for you to listen to part one of Solaris at BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pf12m.

I bet you’ve already heard of this book. I know there are millions of books out there, but this is one of the SF classics. I have to say it’s a must for every sf fan out there.

dramatization of Solaris
link to dramatization of Solaris

Forget about the movie with Clooney! I might have a sentiment for it, but let’s face it – it wasn’t very good. Weather you’ve already read a book or not, this dramatization is a good one. Two episodes 1 hour each are either a good reminder or an encouragement to read the book with all the fascinating details, philosophical thoughts and just a little bit of space madness.

I never understood this saying “to Lem a book” I know Lem’s books are not easy to read, but they are really well written. I got to read some of the stories in my primary school from “Tales of Pirx the Pilot” and “The Cyberiad” and although I probably haven’t understood them then, I already liked them.