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With two e-readers, the occasional paper specimen and some audiobooks I’m never not reading, mostly in English but also in my native tongue Dutch.

My rating-system: 1 ⭐️ Nope, not for me... 2 ⭐️ Hmmm, I expected more... 3 ⭐️ Good and/or enjoyable, but not exceptional. 4 ⭐️ Really enjoyed this and/or learnt something. 5 ⭐️ Wow, an all-time favourite!

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Thistlefoot (EBook, 2022, Anchor) 3 stars

In the tradition of modern fairytales like American Gods and Spinning Silver comes a sweeping …

Good ingredients but not the dish it could be

3 stars

Magical realism mixed with folklore and a base of human cruelty. The bar was set (too) high Thistlefoot, comparing it to American Gods. The idea is sound and it has some good ingredients. The first, the last 6 and all the folklore chapters are a gripping read. The rest is too repetitive, mostly the main characters complaining about their woes. It could have done with a pinch of humour and a touch of real learning and growing.

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow (Paperback, 2021, Bloomsbury Publishing) 4 stars

Review of 'The Lost Future of Pepperharrow' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

The storyline of The Lost Future of Pepperharrow starts five years after Thaniel and Mori first met. Coincidentally I read it exactly five years after reading The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Both books leave me with the same feeling: the writing is lovely, atmospheric and full of steampunky magical realism. But both also feel chaotic in the end, like there are too many kinks and cogs in the watch.

Bright-sided (2009, Metropolitan Books) 3 stars

Review of 'Bright-sided' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

From disease to religion and from workplace to (global) economy, Ehrenreich uncovers the dark side of excessive positive psychology. Though entertaining, it doesn’t contain big eye openers for readers who already have a firm grip on reality.

1793 (Paperback) 4 stars

Review of '1793' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

Extreem plastisch beschreven historische horror. De gruwelijke details blijven je achtervolgen en - net als de karakters in het boek - krijg je de neiging een stevige borrel te pakken om alle narigheid weg te spoelen.

The Promise (Paperback, 2005, Anchor) 4 stars

Review of 'The Promise' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

The books by Chaim Potok have a timeless quality and contain useful lessons for next generations. The Promise dives deep into what it means to have completely different worldviews. What David Malter explains to Reuven struck home: “Each generation thinks it fights new battles. But the battles are the same. Only the people are different.”

The Priory of the Orange Tree (Hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC) 4 stars

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of …

Review of 'The Priory of the Orange Tree' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

For me The Priory is an epic fantasy which lacks depth, despite the abyss. Although promising and initially entertaining, the plot twists and finale feel rushed and the characters remain flat.