June went by in the blink of an eye! In Ottawa, it was just a perfect summer month: not too hot, not too cold. It’s finally sunny, green and flowery everywhere, and happy kids are now enjoying the beaches of the Ottawa river. Hard to believe that a few months ago, all this beautiful landscape was hiding under a thick blanket of snow!
I published three reviews on MapleBooks this month, which I’m not so unhappy with considering how long I spent buried in the 860+ pages long Seveneves by Neal Stephenson!
I also wrote two articles:
- How to get the eBooks for the Coursera’s Science-Fiction and Fantasy course.
- How spoilers in official book blurbs simply infuriate me!
Books I reviewed this month
- In and Down by Brett A. Savory (5/5), an amazing (light) horror novel about a child exploring his inner world. My favourite book this month!
- All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (4/5), a heart-breaking, thought-provoking semi-autobiographic novel about depression and how it affects everyone in a family. Beautiful book, but wait till I tell you about Swing Low, by the same author.
- Dix ans d’éternité edited by Ariane Gélinas (4/5), a great short-story collection by the speculative fiction magazine Brins d’éternité, from Québec.
Other read this month
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
It’s really hard to give a rating to this book because I loved the first two-thirds and hated the last part.
The two first parts are about the escape from doomed Earth and that was probably the most entertaining piece of hard science-fiction I’ve read in recent years. It was really creative, gripping, and had me check Wikipedia and learn about technologies that Neal Stephenson refers to.
Unfortunately, the last part totally ruined it for me. To me, it didn’t fit really well with the previous parts, it was like another book. In some ways, it turned out very cliché, very predictable, and very unsatisfying. I also didn’t like how the people of Seveneves (still, in the third part only), their life, their skills, their politics, were 100% determined by their DNA.
I’d be interested in watching a movie adaptation of Seveneves though! There is plenty to show!