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We're a plural system who loves queer & anarchist scifi.

But recently we just read a few randomly picked up mystery books in a row, in German, and we tend to review books in the language we read them in. That or similar may happen again, be warned.

No reading goals, just feelings.

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reviewed Phi Phi Island by Josef Haslinger

Josef Haslinger: Phi Phi Island (Paperback, FISCHER Taschenbuch) No rating


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Also zuallererst.... es sind die Erinnerungen einer europäischen Familie, die im Urlaub auf einer thailändischen Insel den Tsunami von 2004 überlebt hat. Das macht halt eine ganz bestimmte Perspektive.

Ich hab es jetzt an einem Tag gelesen (konnte mich kaum losreißen zum Bad putzen) und mag es. Über Orte, Personen und Gegenstände wird zwischen dem Urlaub davor, der Katastrophe, der Rückreise und der zweiten Reise nach Phi Phi Don ein Jahr später hin und her gesprungen. Statt geballter heftiger Szenen gibt es das Ergebnis eines Aufarbeitungs- und Einordnungs-Prozesses zu lesen, durchzogen von den tragischen Ereignissen.

Ich mag, dass über andere Menschen insgesamt sehr respektvoll geredet wird. Und dass von ganz vielen Gesprächen mit anderen betroffenen Leuten erzählt wird, wodurch ein breiteres Bild entsteht und der Autor sich mir auch einfach sympathischer macht.

Spannend, dass ich das Buch heute gefunden habe, nachdem ich mich gestern an mein Interesse an Katastrophen erinnert …

Bora Chung: Cursed Bunny (Paperback, 2021, Honford Star) 5 stars

Cursed Bunny is a genre-defying collection of short stories by Korean author Bora Chung. Blurring …

Pretty cool

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Most stories have some kind of gruesome supernatural component, I really enjoyed that. One I thought started out looking pretty ableist but then it took a turn that I also thought was cool but probably didn't really make up for the "blindness as a metaphor" thing.

Lauren James: The Next Together (Paperback, 2015, Walker Books, Walker Books Ltd) No rating

Not to my taste

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This is definitely my least favourite Lauren James book. It's from 2015, and it feels extremely 2015. It feels like quirky straight couples who probably have a webcomic together, and this specific kind of constant hyperbole that gets very tiring, and Steven Moffat.

I do like the basic concept, and I am somewhat tempted to read "The Last Beginning". But I don't like much of the content this concept is filled with.

And a lot of things just didn't make as much sense as I'd like them to. Like, they're not completely unbelievable, but it's just a big collection of "uh, ok, I guess that could work out". And sometimes it's just small details that would need mentioning, like that the laptop is encrypted and that's why the 2039 ones need their Superhacker to crack the password instead of just booting with a different OS like the 2019 ones do …

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reviewed The Husbands by Holly Gramazio

Holly Gramazio: The Husbands (Hardcover) 4 stars

When Lauren returns home to her flat in London late one night, she is greeted …

The Husbands

4 stars

The Husbands is a light-hearted book whose core premise is a marriage-themed time loop/multiverse situation: whenever Lauren's husband goes into the attic, an entirely new husband comes down instead, and reality warps itself so that this is the husband she's always had. Shenanigans.

This goes in a lot of directions I enjoyed. It explores the "what if" feeling of imagining what different relationships and lives would like with different people in them. There's funny montages of "nope not this one, nor this one, nope nope nope". There's a hilarious "is this husband cheating on me" scene. There's an incredibly awkward "oh I have a different job and I have no idea how to do it or even who my boss is" moment. There's also the nature of understanding who you are by seeing the ways you do and do not change in different multiverse situations.

Some of the time loop-esque …

reviewed Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #6)

Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters (1988, Corgi) 4 stars

Sub-series: Witches #2

Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Maigrat have fairy godmother-dom thrust upon them.


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I didn't like this one as much. I found it hard to follow the plot and I disliked how a lot of characters were .. characterised. I also suspect that a lot of references went right over my head, since I haven't really read any Shakespeare, and I've ignored all summaries of Shakespeare that ever showed up in my life.