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Space Opera

Over the last year I’ve been reading a lot, at least by my standards. I used to read much, mostly books in English, which was a nice way to keep my English skills at a reasonable level and to keep my brain working. TV and movies are nice, but they’re not very challenging for the brain. Then other things became more entertaining than reading. I’m not quite sure exactly what.

I started reading again when I spent a lot of my time waiting for planes on airports around the world and sitting on planes flying to other airports where I could wait again. For some reason I picked the first books from the non-fiction shelve. I came across some good books, some mediocre ones and one really bad book.

After the really bad one, I decided to ditch non-fiction and try a bit of fiction instead.

I’ve read a few Stephen King novels in the past and none of them was ever boring. “Cell” was no exception, and after I’d finished that one, I began reading science-fiction, my favorite genre. it took me quite some time, but I managed to get through the 2429 pages of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos. Four books that I’d recommend to every science-fiction reader.

After the Cantos, I moved to fantasy and decided to try the Discworld novels, which I’d heard was a lot of fun. What a disappointment. After finishing the two first books, I had laughed perhaps once. So now I’m back to sci-fi again, reading Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space”. It’s going a bit slow, Reynolds has a completely different way of writing compared to Simmons.

Now I’m probably stuck in sci-fi for quite some time. It’ll be fun.

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