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Book Review: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

a memory called empireA Memory Called Empire
Arkady Martine

Tor, 2019
★★★★☆

It’s taken me some time to craft a review for this book because I’m not entirely sure how to review it; do I write something purely based on the book’s merit or do I write something based on my own experience of the book? The eternal question. The thing is, I’m not really into sci-fi/space opera. I don’t know what it is. Something about the worldbuilding and aesthetics of space opera just doesn’t really click with me, so that’s already a hurdle to overcome when picking up a space opera novel.

That definitely colored my experience with A Memory Called Empire, but looking at it objectively, it’s a rather superb novel. I can completely understand why it’s been nominated for a Hugo, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wins, frankly. It’s really a superb accomplishment on so many level. Continue reading “Book Review: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine”

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Wrap-Up: May 2020

  • Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (★★★★☆)
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry (★★★☆☆)
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (★★★☆☆)
  • A History of God by Karen Armstrong (★★★★☆)
  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Basterrica (★★★★☆)
  • The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (★★★☆☆)
  • The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY SO FAR: 54

There are two reasons I’ve read so much less this month. First, I just spent less time on reading, because as you’ll see, I watched a LOT of television this month! Second, I read some pretty dense books. Two high fantasies that were pretty long, as well as finally finishing a non-fiction tome that was incredibly intellectually satisfying but also mentally taxing.

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