Stacking the Shelves - MapleBooks new reads!

Stacking the shelves is a book meme hosted by Tynga: it’s “all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!”.

Here, I do it again! Last week I was literally jumping up and down about The Leopard, Le Retour de l’Ours, Shopping for Votes, all Canadian books, and the long awaited Orphan Train. This week, I’m all excited again because I finally got the books I needed to put the Science-Fiction and Fantasy World Tour back on track!

The Three-body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin LiuThis is the book I wanted to get for the next stop-over of the Science-Fiction & Fantasy World Tour! Cixin Liu is a very popular Science-Fiction writer in China. This is the first English translation of 三体 (Three Body), which is itself the first book of the Three-Body trilogy. Here is the blurb:

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

I have only read good reviews of this book so far and I can’t wait to get into it! I’m planning to have the review ready by the 15th of December, so if you want to, get ready to review this book or any Sci-Fi/Fantasy book by a Chinese author and share it on that day! There will be a feature to share the link to your article on my own review page!

Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavić

Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad PavićAnother read for the Science-Fiction & Fantasy World Tour! For this one, I must thank Dragana from Bookworm Dreams. Dragana is living in Serbia and have this wonderful blog about her fantasy reads. I thought I would ask her for some recommendations and she very kindly provided me with a list of Serbian authors to look into. She said the Dictionary of the Khazars was a favourite and when I checked, it was available in English and indeed quite internationally known. So here it is: Serbia will be the SFF World Tour stop-over after next, on the 12th of January 2015.

A national bestseller, Dictionary of the Khazars was cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of the year. Written in two versions, male and female (both available in Vintage International), which are identical save for seventeen crucial lines, Dictionary is the imaginary book of knowledge of the Khazars, a people who flourished somewhere beyond Transylvania between the seventh and ninth centuries. Eschewing conventional narrative and plot, this lexicon novel combines the dictionaries of the world’s three major religions with entries that leap between past and future, featuring three unruly wise men, a book printed in poison ink, suicide by mirrors, a chimerical princess, a sect of priests who can infiltrate one’s dreams, romances between the living and the dead, and much more.

Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online by Paula Todd

Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online by Paula Todd Extreme Mean was a finalist of Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction in 2014. I love non-fiction but don’t read enough of it, so I challenged myself to read all those finalists. And yes, I’m totally repeating what I said about Shopping for Votes last week! 🙂

I’m particularly interested in this one since I’m an intense Internet user. I’m one of these people who found freedom and a way to express themselves through the Internet. I logged into the Internet for the first time in 1996, when my father bought a 36K modem and it has been an important part of my life ever since.
While the first years of Internet made me fascinated at how easily it now was to share knowledge and talk about our passions, Internet also gradually became victim of its own success. There are few controls over it, and unfortunately Internet became the medium for a new kind of violence: cyber-bullying, abusive comments and massive harassment. This book is about that:

With vivid reportage, Paula Todd goes deep into the world of “extreme mean,” uncovering the people who use the Internet to undermine lives rather than improve them. Through exclusive personal stories of online abuse from around the world, including the suicide of Amanda Todd and the untold costs of Rebecca Black’s experience as “the most hated girl on the Internet,” as well as interviews with troll-tormentors, accidental abusers, victimized kids, and adults, Extreme Mean explores the often surprising roots of online abuse, challenges current academic thinking, and offers new ways of understanding the nasty and the nefarious who erode humanity and threaten Internet freedom.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey This is another Science-Fiction novel I was intending to read for a long time. I just got the eBook and I really look forward to get into it! Since M. R. Carey is British, I thought of reviewing it for the SFF World Tour, representing United-Kingdom, but wonder if that would be cheating? I feel like it would be a better choice to read or re-read some timeless masterpieces by H.G. Wells or George Orwell. I’ll see!

I got interested in The Girl With All The Gifts in the most simple way: the blurb made me want to read it. I’m not sure there’s more to say?

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

So, between the books from last week and today, I think I’m good till the end of December!

What about you? What did you get this week?