Change Agent (Daniel Suarez)

In a near future the illegal genetic modification of embryos is a profitable black market but the balance of power changes as a way of editing living humans emerges from the depths of highly organized gene editing cartels. I am missing the grandeur of Daemon and Darknet, but certainly not a bad book. More like on a level with Kill Decision. It good the good ideas and awful plot holes that are typical of Suarez’ books, but that’s probably the tradeoff you get.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Brian's Return (Gary Paulsen)

The final book after Hatched, the River and Brian’s Winter. Sadly not as excellent as all those before since it’s sole purpose seem to be to end the story about Brian. Quick to read and as comfy as a cushion, but still a weak requiem of one of my favourite stories and characters.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Blaues Licht (Gary Paulsen)

Zeitreisen, Überleben in der Wildnis und Affenbären. Eine Geschichte für junge Erwachsene. Schneller Stil, einfach zu lesen. Angenehm seicht.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Foxman (Gary Paulsen)

Ein Junge kommt notgedrungen aus der Stadt zum Leben auf eine Farm, weitab im Norden Minnesotas. Dort freundet er sich mit einem namenlosen Einsiedler in der Wildnis an, von ihm nur Foxman genannt. Keine Geschichte über das Erwachsenwerden, keine Geschichte über den Krieg, und auch keine über Verlust. Wunderbar und grausam.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Pattern Recognition (William Gibson)

A woman exhibiting an actual alergic reaction to bad design is drawn into a quest to find an anonymous internet phenomenon. Basically it’s neither science fiction in any way nor actually has anything to do with pattern recognition, but it’s quite a neat read. The story flows, contains a few bonmonts and the logic holes are not very painful. Definitely worse than ‘The Peripheral’, but not a bad book for me after all. (at least it’s easier to read than the aforementioned one)

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (actually more like 3.5 stars)

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The Peripheral (William Gibson)

It takes some time to get a hang on Gibsons style of writing and vocabulary, but once I got used to it it’s quite rewarding to read. Near future sci-fi about a world where the singularity amplifying differences in income and social status is called ‘the jackpot’.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


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