Books 1-5 in 2019 Reading Challenge

Washington Black - Esi Edugyan

Rating: ★★★★★

Beautiful story of a man of science who rescues a slave and the story of their friendship over the years.

The Great Wall - John Man

Rating: ★★

This book was all over the place. It felt like a sort of travel book of the author traveling all throughout China visiting different parts of the wall. The pictures aren’t easy to match up to the chapters where he talks about that section of the wall. This feels like it’s written for a very beginner who isn’t really familiar with Chinese history. He tries to make lots of Jones but they come off as a bit racist to me. Chinese had tones, so that meant I said this instead of that, how cute. Reading this book I don’t get that the author is a serious historian. I enjoyed reading this book and did learn more about the wall but it feels a bit thrown together, and could use editing to make it now cohesive, and easier to follow. He went over lots of legends and myths associated with the wall. They were interesting but I wonder if he was struggling to find hard archeological, and historical information to put into the book. Nevertheless, it was an easy read and mostly enjoyed it.

Neuromancer - William Gibson

Rating: ★★★★

What a trip. This is such an influential book in the history of sci-fi that it’s pretty much required reading for those into the genre.

An Excess Male - Maggie Shen King

Rating: ★★★★

Very interesting look at what society might look like in future China with too many men. Very detailed look at one family looking to add a 3rd husband to their family.

Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks

Rating: ★★★★

Exciting story of a Changer in the middle of the Culture-Idrian war and his quest to find a lost Mind.

NOTE: now all my reviews for books this year are ’liberated’ from Amazon’s GoodReads. Hurray!

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