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Akasha

Akasha@bookrastinating.com

Joined 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi! I swim between written words and soar to the heights their wisdom grants me. I'm a book lover with a penchant for fiction, particularly in the speculative, esoteric, and sci-fi genres. Nowadays I find the most solace between the pages of animal protagonist novels. However, my curiosity extends beyond these genres and I am open to anything. Recently, I've been discovering the timeless treasures of some old classics.

I am invested in storytelling, creative writing, education and TTRPGs. Narratives that challenge my perception and sparkle my imagination not only make the journey through life worth the struggles, but add so many parallel experiences that I feel like a multitude. I'm here to celebrate the magic of consciously constructed wor(l)ds and seek new adventures with every page turned.

Let's connect to engage in discussions and fresh discoveries! You can also follow me on Mastodon.

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reviewed Red sister by Mark Lawrence (Book of the Ancestor, #01)

Mark Lawrence: Red sister (2017) 4 stars

"The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen's War trilogies begins …

Review of 'Red sister' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

Albeit an interesting read, filled with wonderful writing, thoughts and several "perfect sentences", I can't help but feel let down by the blandness of the clichéd world and characters. Pretty predictable in most cases, the world-building is uninspiring and the antagonists are one-dimensional. <spoiler>The world seemingly tries not to be Earth, yet they use the Arabic alphabet. That was pretty unnecessary and immersion shattering. Then, the main villain of this book is evil just because he is, fueled by his genetics that make him strong way above average ("fingers around which a child can't wrap their own fingers", and then predictably he gets possessed by demons and becomes even eviler. Give me a break.</spoiler> None of the characters seem to matter or their deeds to carry enough weight. It is obvious what everyone's next move will be, there's no surprise, whole most of the storyline could have happened without them. …

Bernard Werber: Empire of the ants (1999, Bantam Books) 2 stars

Review of 'Empire of the ants' on 'Storygraph'

2 stars

The review is based on the Hungarian translation. Admittedly, it might truly be terrible compared to the original, but I cannot imagine that all of the book's faults are to be blamed on a (debatably) bad translation.

The novel is bold in its philosophical ambition yet pathetically weak in the execution of those ideas. The human part of the book is not only bland, filled with one-dimensional characters who act and think upon absolutely improbable motivations, but completely disrupt the pace of the otherwise somewhat interesting ant adventure. The reader's engagement with the latter is time and time again violently cut back to the offensively absurd charade of the absolutely unbelievable humans, who only seem to serve as a semi plot setup for the sequels - yet their shenanigans take up at least one-third of the book if not more.

The scientific, political and philosophical contexts are, in most cases …