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A to Z Challenge: T is for “Trapp’s War”

A to Z Challenge: T is for “Trapp’s War”

In my A to Z Challenge posts I’ve already mentioned several times books recommended to me by my mom, and today I’m going about another one. She handed Brian Callison’s “Trapp’s War” to me around the same time she let me read thrillers from her bookshelf, and as far as I remember, I’ve read it in one sitting. And then again, and again, and again… (Back when I was young and had plenty of time, I loved to re-read books.)

A to Z Challenge: S is for “Song of Time”

A to Z Challenge: S is for “Song of Time”

In yesterday’s A to Z Challenge post I wrote about science-fiction in space, and today’s one stays on good old Earth (how fitting on the Earth Day!), though Ian R. MacLeod’s book, “Song of Time” carries the reader into the not so far future, to the end of 21st century.

A to Z Challenge: R is for “Red Mars”

A to Z Challenge: R is for “Red Mars”

With today’s post in A to Z Challenge we’re going into space with Kim Stanley Robinson. I found “Red Mars” (the first book in Mars Trilogy) in a library, a massive book promising a lot of words to read, and since I had a science-fiction phase, I grabbed it without thinking too much. Besides, who wouldn’t like a good story of the first colonists on Mars? I knew I would. And I did, but I got much more than I…

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A to Z Challenge: Q is for Quotes

A to Z Challenge: Q is for Quotes

As the letter Q was quite tricky, in today’s A to Z Challenge post rather than writing about a particular book, I’ll focus on quotes from various books. Some quotes become famous, and even people who haven’t read the books recognize them. One of such is definitely “Not all those who wander are lost” by J.R.R. Tolkien, another one would be “Winter is coming” from George R.R. Martin, or Leo Tolstoy’s “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is…

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A to Z Challenge: P is for “Primeval and Other Times”

A to Z Challenge: P is for “Primeval and Other Times”

For today’s A to Z Challenge post I have a Polish book, but a book that has actually been translated into English, so if you get interested in it, you’ll be able to check it out. I first came across “Primeval and Other Times” (in Polish: ”Prawiek i inne czasy”) by Olga Tokarczuk in my high school class. It was the fourth year, we were trying to catch up with the material before the finals came, so we didn’t cover…

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A to Z Challenge: O is for “The Orphan’s Tales”

A to Z Challenge: O is for “The Orphan’s Tales”

For today’s A to Z Challenge post I’m once again going back to the familiar waters of speculative fiction, and will be sharing my impression of one of the most charming fantasy stories I’ve read in the recent decade. I came across Catherynne M. Valente’s book in Uczta Wyobraźni (Feast of Imagination) series by a Polish publisher, MAG. “The Orphan’s Tales” is actually two books, “In the Night Garden” and “In the Cities of Coin and Spice”, but their structure…

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A to Z Challenge: N is for Non-Fiction

A to Z Challenge: N is for Non-Fiction

A little late this time, but for the letter N in the A to Z Challenge I have a genre instead of one book, and a genre… I don’t really read. It’s not that I don’t like non-fiction, but with so many great fiction books out there, they seem to always fall to the end of my reading list. But every once a while I skip the fiction and pick up some non-fiction, and three very different books always pop…

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A to Z Challenge: M is for “Miracle of Rare Design”

A to Z Challenge: M is for “Miracle of Rare Design”

For today’s A to Z Challenge I’m coming back to the speculative genre with a book that is very special to me. I first came across Mike Resnick’s books when my friend gave me his “Soothsayer”. I loved the concept and I loved the main character, a girl able to see possible futures and affect which one would happen, so I quickly read two other books in the trilogy (”Oracle” and “Prophet”), and then I searched for more by that…

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A to Z Challenge: L is for “A Little Princess”

A to Z Challenge: L is for “A Little Princess”

Today’s A to Z Challenge post will take me good 25 years back (if not more), to one of the most charming books I’ve read as a child. But truth to be told, it all started with a movie, not the book itself. If I recall correctly, it wasn’t the shortened and simplified version with young Shirley Temple, but a Japanese animated series. Of course, when I discovered “A Little Princess” is actually a book, I could not ignore it,…

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A to Z Challenge: K is for “The Key to Rebecca”

A to Z Challenge: K is for “The Key to Rebecca”

After two rather obscure titles from Poland, my today’s A to Z Challenge is going to back to the safe waters of books in English, though I steer away from the speculative fiction, and will be writing about a book from another genre. Before I dived into the depths or fantasy and science-fiction, when I’ve already ran out of adventure books to read (my library had a great selection… but I had a great amount of time and was always…

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