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joachim@lire.boitam.eu

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I mostly read SF&F. My 2021

Languages: fr, en.

DM me if you want to read books that I've read, I can lend most of them as ePubs.

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Gnomon (2018, Vintage) 5 stars

Gnomon is a 2017 science fiction novel by British author Nick Harkaway. The book deals …

Demanding, but rewarding!

5 stars

It took me quite some time to read this book, but I really liked it. I wasn't expecting the final revelation, and I'll have to read it a couple of times more in order to link all the references and ideas expressed in the different narratives of the book.

The whole reflexion on surveillance society is also very interesting and timely.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Paperback, 2007, Gollancz) 5 stars

An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young …

Highly entertaining!

5 stars

These days, very few books keep me up until 2 at night. This one did it for me.

In a fantasy city inspired by Venice in the Renaissance, Locke Lamora is a thief. Not any common thief though, he's been brought up to be the BEST thief, along with his crew. He made me think of Arsène Lupin or Fantômas (minus the sadistic approach—which is taken by Lamora's enemies).

The action is fast-paced, the world is well made, but I regret that almost all major characters are men.

The Nutmeg's Curse (Hardcover, University of Chicago Press) 4 stars

In this ambitious successor to The Great Derangement, acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh finds the origins …

An exploration of the world through the lenses of colonialism and extractivism

4 stars

From the islands of Banda in 1621 to Standing Rock in 2020, Ghosh explores the colonial mindset and its legacy, and how indigenous resistance is key to the fight against environmental damages caused by global capitalism

Elder Race (2021, Tordotcom) 4 stars

A junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to …

Short and good!

4 stars

A nice little read with interesting ideas. I’ve been reading loooong books these last months, so it’s a good reprieve from the big-plot-storage mindset.

I especially liked how the setting is fully compréhensible as a Fantasy and as a sci-fi setting. The world works as both, the characters become more aware of the other side's point of view, as the plot works well in both ways.