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Book review: Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary,
by Andy Weir
Ballantine Books
5/4/2021
496 pages
Science Fiction

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Like some other readers, awed by The Martian, I was very disappointed by Andy Weir’s next novel: Artemis.
Still, remembering my pleasure reading his previous scifi novel, I decided to give him another chance and requested Project Hail Mary.

I was still a bit hesitant though, as I didn’t know the expression included in the title and was afraid it would be dealing with religion. But for all of you knowledgeable in American football, the reference is obvious.
Anyway, forget all hesitations, this is again the fruit of a great writer!
And don’t let the number of pages discourage you, you will go through them at the speed of light 😉 Click to continue reading

Book review: Languages of Truth

Languages of Truth

Languages of Truth:
Essays 2003-2020
by Salman Rushdie
Random House
5/25/2021
368 pages
Nonfiction/Essays
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My discovery of Salman Rushdie’s writing is definitely not the normal one.
I have yet to read his most famous books. The only novel I have read so far is Quichotte, which I found quite impressive.

Even though I totally disagree with the author’s views on religion, I find him to be one of the most profound minds in literature today, and one of the most articulate voices, alongside the alas departed Umberto Eco, one of his friends, as expected. Les grands esprits se rencontrent.

So when I realized a volume of recent essays was being published —Languages of Truth is the third collection of his essays– I knew it was appropriate to spend more time with this brilliant author.  

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Book review: If You Cross The River

If You Cross the River

If You Cross the River,
by Geneviève Damas
Translated by Joddy Gladding
Milkweed Editions
5/14/2019
Si tu passes la rivière
was first published in French in 2013
152 pages
Literary Fiction

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If You Cross The River was published in French in 2013, but I had not read it. Six years later, it finally became available in English. And it’s a very good thing. Keep reading to know why.
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