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54% complete! Manuel has read 13 of 24 books.

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Crossfire (Mass Market Paperback, 2003, Games Workshop)
4 star

A solid piece of crime fiction

4 star

Typical crime/ detective story without much ingenuity on that part, though not in a bad way. The novel is a solid piece of crime fiction: well crafted in its pacing and general plot points. Shira Calpurnia, the protagonist, is an overall believable character. Her actions, thoughts, motivations all add up nicely in front of what we get to know about her backstory. The same goes for the main antagonist as well as most of the side characters. The story fits well into the Warhammer 40K universe, especially when regarding one of the general plot points – one about the convolution of all the governing factions on an Imperial world. This convolution is also carried through by the use of flowery speech by most officials, and by showing infights and overdone bureaucracy when it comes to questions about jurisdiction and the like. A nice flair which also adds to that, are …

Crossfire (Mass Market Paperback, 2003, Games Workshop)
4 star

And one thing she would be damned sure to put in a whole chapter on, she promised herself as she reached for the next slate, was culture shock. It is a fact to which I would commend my reader's attention, she wrote in her head, that although the faith and dedication of the Adeptus Arbites is as steadfast as the Emperor's light itself, as you travel across all the Imperium's worlds you will find our order addressing its duties in ways unfamiliar to you and for this you must be prepared. I shall recite my own experiences in passing from Ephaeda to the world of Hydraphur…

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I can't really put my finger on it, but somehow this short paragraph makes me like Shira Calpurnia a lot. Probably, it's that she wants other people to be able to actually learn something from her experiences, and for that she's willing to share something, that others might see as a flaw.

Night Without Stars (Paperback, 2017, Pan Books)
5 star

Sequel to The Abyss Beyond Dreams. The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. Alien 'Fallers' have …

Three large gold-hued Multi-Segment eyes peered down at Florian, and Mooray emitted a lengthy liquid squealing sound, as if he was gurgling a thick syrup, interspaced with fast clicking as his tusks drummed together. Florian brought up his translation routine. ‘Greetings, my friend Florian of the land,’ Mooray was saying. ‘Are you meat hunting again this night?’ Florian took the modified flute out of his pocket and positioned the castanets carefully in his right hand. Using Vatni speech was a prolonged operation, even for an Eliter, but the routines governed his lips and tongue movements, allowing him a decent stab at speaking Vatni directly. ‘My gratitude to you for seeing me, friend Mooray of the water. You are correct in thinking I would hunt this night. Will you honour me with your presence?’

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At this part, I just had a big, fat smile on my face. The imagination and level of detail in the description of even small, day-to-day stuff are an important part of why I love to read Hamilton's books.

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Cryptonomicon (paperback, 2000, Arrow/Children's (a Division of Random House)
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E-book extras: "Stephensonia/Cryptonomica": ONE: "Cryptonomicon Cypher-FAQ" (Neal addresses "Frequently Anticipated Questions" and other fascinating facts); …

I've only read two other books by Stephenson, and as with those two, this one requires some mental gymnastics. I like it though, having to think about real world science while reading a - hopefully - thrilling story.