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I read light, but broadly. Currently one of my favorite things is to dig up female sci-fi/fantasy authors from the 70s and 80s. I find it difficult to separate my own personal experience of a book from its "objective" good or bad qualities and rate and review it in a way that could be useful for some hypothetical Universal Reader. I just wanna chat, really.

Still trying to figure this bookwyrm thing out.

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2023 Reading Goal

20% complete! radio-appears has read 6 of 30 books.

Anthony Shriek (1992, Dell) No rating

I was only able to read this book because of the Internet Archive. No local libraries carry it, it's out of print and the cheapest secondhand copy is 50 bucks (and that's without factoring in the costs of shipping it across the ocean...). It's so obscure I couldn't even pirate it. And yet, it's also a cult classic by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, a great, but underappreciated author and editor of anthologies of SF/F stories by female authors (I got my profile pic from the cover of one of her anthologies!). It's a damn good 90s horror that I had wanted to read for ages.

I'm well aware that not being able to read a mostly forgotten horror novel isn't the end of the world, but I also know that there are many people in countries that don't have as solid a library system as mine does, who rely on the …

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Ogen van tijgers (Dutch language, 1982, Leopold) No rating

Tiger Eyes: a story of the future

Non-Dutch readers might know Tonke Dragt as the author of "The Letter for the King", a book which has recently been adapted into a Netflix series (...which I haven't watched.) This is probably also her most famous and beloved book over here. It even received a prize for being the best Dutch children's novel of the past fifty years. She also wrote science fiction for a slightly older audience - what we'd now call YA- and this book is one of those novels.

I'll just say a little bit about her life, because it's so interesting; She was born in what at the time was still the Dutch East Indies, and spend her early teens in an internment camp for Dutch women and children during the Japanese invasion of the country. It was during these years that she started writing, on bits of …

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Jingo (Paperback, 1998, Corgi Books) 4 stars

It isn't much of an island that rises up one moonless night from the depths …

Rereading this was a joy. I could fill this review with very current quotable quotes from Vimes explaining why policemen mustn't kill the people they have sworn to protect, to Nobby Nobbs discovering what it's like to be a woman and embracing his feminine side so wholeheartedly. But instead I will just suggest you go and have a read for yourself. So real laugh out loud moments.

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Nooit meer slapen (Paperback, Dutch language, 1989, De Bezige Bij) 4 stars

Am I finally of that age where I can genuinely appreciate a work of "real literature" or is this book just really that good, like everyone who recommended it to me said it was? Considering its age, this book feels like a surprisingly modern with themes that, if anything, have only become more relevant. Language and culture shock, anxiety and parental pressures, dealing with the "what-ifs" of life. These are nice, easily identifiable themes. Which doesn't mean that Hermans' approach isn't nuanced, it just means that you feel very smart when you realize "Ah! Here he's talking about the struggle between Man and Nature!" Which is another strong theme. One of the book's best qualities are how Hermans' writing makes you feel the desolation and eerie, dangerous beauty of the Lapland landscape.

The only thing that makes it feel very of its time are the really... iffy comments towards black …