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Het is oorlog maar niemand die het ziet (Paperback, Dutch language, Uitgeverij Podium) No rating

Een platgelegde Rotterdamse haven. Nederlandse spionnen die digitaal toeslaan in Moskou. Artsen die ineens niet …

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'Het is oorlog maar niemand die het ziet' is een buik van Huib Modderkolk en bespreekt in uiterst detail de schaduw-oorlog die zich plaatsvindt in de digitale wereld van de 21e eeuw.

Veel intrigerende verhalen over Russische spionage, de Nederlanders die terugspioneren, de samenwerking tussen de Nederlanders en Amerikanen en de consequenties voor de samenleving. Het verhaal is redelijk kort geschreven, maar heeft de kern en Modderkolk kan dit op een meeslepende manier vertellen. Dit boek bewijst ook weer hoe belangrijk digitale veiligheid is en wat de gevolgen zijn als de beveiliging niet op orde is.


Het bestverkochte boek ooit (Paperback, 2018, De Correspondent BV) 4 stars

Review of 'Het bestverkochte boek ooit' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Sanna Blauw beschrijft in dit boek de betekenis van cijfers en statistiek. Ze legt uit wat de cijfers betekenen, hoe ze regelmatig misbruikt worden in de media en wat de gevolgen hiervan zijn.

Vlot geschreven, maar alsnog de boodschap goed overgebracht, met verhelderende voorbeelden. Het is niet heel diepgaand, maar laat de lezer wel zien hoe statistiek gemanipuleerd wordt in het voordeel van belanghebbenden. Met een goed inzicht in statistiek en een niet-langdradig verhaal, geef ik dit een 4/5.

Concept M roman (Dutch language, 2018) 4 stars

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4 stars

"Concept M" is een interessant boek, met ethische kwesties en debatten die nu nog steeds actueel zijn.

Ik vind de manier waarop Romeijn het verhaal heeft verteld (flashbacks en achterlaten van informatie) zeer entertaining en de gebeurtenissen in dit boek zijn ook te vergelijken met de gebeurtenissen in het echt, wat ik zelf ook interessant vond.

Ik vind het nog onduidelijk of Romeijn hier probeerde haar politieke mening te duwen richting de lezer, maar een ding is wel duidelijk en dat is dat zij geen vertrouwen heeft in onze overheid.

Uiteindelijk denk ik dat dit boek interessante ideeën en concepten bevat, die ondanks de fictieve basis, nog steeds relevant zijn voor onze huidige maatschappij.


The Color of Magic (2005, Harper) 3 stars

The Colour of Magic is a 1983 fantasy comedy novel by Terry Pratchett, and is …

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4 stars

The color of magic is the first installment of Pratchett's disc world series. It follows Rincewind, a wizard who only knows one spell, and Twoflower, a dangerously curious tourist from the other side of the disc.

I think Pratchett's way of telling the story isn't my style. Too much detail, too much unnecessary information, which would've been suitable for some sort of sequel, but not for the first book of a 40+ book series.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy this book. I think this fantasy series has a lot of potential, and Pratchett's creativity and fantasy is astoundingly surprising, which constantly makes me wonder how in the world he came up with this novel.

His creativity is very entertaining yo read, Nx I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Review of 'Until the End' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This book was the most absurd bullshit I've ever read.

And I love it.

Landy's usual way of starting random plotlines, a convoluted mess of bullshit, was once again very entertaining to read.

And contrary to the earlier books, the ending wasn't predictable; no, contrary to that, it caught me by surprise, as I had expected Landy to kill everyone off in some stupid nuclear event.

So let's start with the various plotlines eh?

- The obsidian plotline seemed very annoying at first, because the biggest concern was obviously the Faceless Ones, and the monsters they unleashed on the Earth. The way Obsidian completely ended the universe, wasn't really surprising, as Darquesse had done it before in phase 1, and it was just like what I had expected; an ending where all characters were killed off, in some worldwide apocalypse.

- Now, the Martin Flannery plot was very entertaining to …

Leviathan Wakes (2011, Orbit) 3 stars

Humanity has colonized the solar system—Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond—but the stars …

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

So I started reading this book 1 year ago...

I remember very vaguely that it kind of bored me; the vocabulary was complicated, the author uses some technical words I don't understand, and it generally didn't entertain me...

However, the idea of an interplanetary society that's set up in this novel, is very fascinating, additionally with the perspectives of 2 different, opposite characters, is also a very interesting way of telling a story.

Ultimately, I would give it a 3/5

Sword of Destiny 4 stars

Sword of Destiny (Polish: Miecz przeznaczenia) is the second (in its fictional chronology; first in …

Review of 'Sword of Destiny' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The Witcher, the Sword of destiny is the second collection of short stories by Sapkowski.

It discusses various ethical, moral, and unnatural subjects, such as what makes someone a monster, and a big recurrent motive is destiny. Does it exist? Are peoplebreally destined for each other?

I like the way Sapkowski implies that destiny can only exist when people believe, and strive for it; more is needed than just destiny for destiny to happen. And I think personal beliefs and faith is required for destiny to happen.

Either way, the book really goes more in depth of Geralt as a character, and it elucidates his reluctance to take certain jobs. For example, in "a shard of ice" he ultimately decides to reject a job, because he doesn't perceive certain species as "monsters", due to them having a consciousness.

Ultimately, I'll give it a 4/5.

Review of 'Things fall apart--Chinua Achebe' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Things Fall Apart is a novel by Chinua Achebe, an Nigerian author whose fame is mostly from this book.

In Things Fall Apart, the Nigerian culture is described, and the reader will get to know the country, its origin, its history, and ultimately its culture. The impact of the British on Nigeria is also briefly described.

I think the book is rather interesting, as it really gives me a look into the Nigerian culture. Another remarkable thing are the idioms that Achebe has directly translated from Nigerian to English, and Achebe has changed some grammatical tenses and conjunctions to match the Nigerian language.

The Last Wish (Paperback, 2017, Orbit) 4 stars

Geralt de Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded …

Review of 'Last Wish' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The Last Wish is a collection of short stories, revolving around Geralt of Rivia, and his adventures with the troubadour Dandelion and sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg.

I enjoyed reading this, as there were some witty jokes, and insults being traded. Additionally, this also includes some interesting themes, such as racism at the Edge of The World, and truth in A Grain of Truth. This book is funny, yet contains some important concepts.

Lady of the Lake (1999, superNOWA) 5 stars

Review of 'Lady of the Lake' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Lady of the Lake is the conclusion to the 5-part The Witcher series.

Ciri has teleported, and discovers she has some magical power, allowing her to travel between space and time. She tries to return to her own world, and succeeds.

Meanwhile, Geralt and his companions are still scouring the continent for Ciri, and get caught up in an affair of Dandelion in Toussaint, after being pursued by mercenaries hired by Vilgefortz.

Something I find quite impressive, and admirable, is Sapkowski's accurate style of descriptions. I can imagine myself, standing on the remains of a battlefield, with the crows pecking the corpses, and the survivors moaning for help.

The battle of Brenna is brilliantly described. No romanticizing, no glorification of death or violence, just pure, raw, and frankly unnecessary bloodshed. The battle is told from the the perspectives of poor scribe Jarre, who has found himself in a pike regiment, …

The Tower of the Swallow (Paperback, Gollancz) 5 stars

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5 stars

The Tower of the Swallow is the sequel to Baptism of Fire, and gives a new way of narration and telling stories.

Ciri being hunted by allies and enemies, seeks refuge in a swamp, with Vysogota. Then, the story begins, with Ciri, Vysogota, Dandelion's Fifty Years of Poetry, and a witness in a lawsuit, recounting the events between Baptism of Fire, and the Tower of the Swallow.

With quick-witted dialogue, ingenious ways to finance the Redanian army, and the conclusion being 'that the most effective defence against intellectual domination is roundly to affront the domineering intellectual', I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though a bit more chapters of Geralt's companions would've been appreciated.


Baptism of Fire 5 stars

Baptism of Fire (Polish original title: Chrzest ognia) is the third novel in the Witcher …

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5 stars

Baptism of Fire resumes where The Time of Contempt left off.

After the events in Aretuza, and the brotherhood has fallen, a new organization takes its place.

Without spoiling too much, I think this is the best book so far.

The new characters fit perfectly with Dandillion and Geralt, just like Yennefer and Ciri do.

Geralt is reminded of the utter importance of working together, and he ultimately gives in and lets his companions travel with him.

The motifs of loneliness, the baptism of fire, secrecy, and even perhaps something others would conceive to be a 'not like the other girls' concept, I think it's also a book that speaks out against stereotypes of women, makes fun of myths, and of the false ideas in our society about various topics.