I accompanied a bunch of rabbits on their adventures, was really glad that I don't get soaked in water if I lie, read a very sad story, once again joined a wizard on his daily work to fight the evil and last but not least finally managed to read a sci-fi classic that was on my wishlist way too long. If you want to find out more about the books I read in the last couple of weeks, just click on "more" :)
Watership Down by Richard Adams
No human protagonists? I thought that can't be a book I'm going to enjoy. But I was soo completely wrong. Those rabbits really grew on me and I could picture them on the meadows or running along near the river. There were a few slower parts throughout the book, but otherwise I really liked reading about the adventures of those rabbits. I absolutely can recommend this book! ★★★★
The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere by John Chu
I think it's quite difficult to rate a short story, because you get into it and then it's already over. This book once again showed me that I prefer longer stories, but nevertheless the ideas were really interesting and I enjoyed those few pages! ★★★
btw. I got this book for free on amazon, because Tor.com celebrated their Hugo Award nominees with free versions of those stories. I wrote about this last month here on booklikes, if you are interested.
The White Night by Jim Butcher
Like last month I read another novel of the Dresen Files this month too. I just can't stand not knowing how the series featuring the wizard Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden continues :) Once again I really liked it, but to be honest, it wasn't as good as the two previous ones - but still quite enjoyable, so --> ★★★★
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
This is my favourite book this month and I didn't expect it. So far I had quite a difficult time with science fiction classics, because I didn't enjoy them as much as I hoped I would. But Flowers for Algernon, a story about a 30ish year old man who undergoes an experimental surgery to become more intelligent, was amazing. Unbelieveable that this book was first published in 1959. It really makes you think about what people are allowed to do in the name of science. Flowers for Algernon is a sad and thought-provoking story, that definitely deserves ★★★★★.
Unfortunately the author of this masterpiece, Daniel Keyes, passed away on June 15th at the age of 86 because of pneumonia.
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
I loved the TV series about Malone, Lord Roxton, Professor Challenger and Summerlee going on an adventure to find a mysterious plateau where dinosaurs are still alive. When I was younger I didn't know that this show is based on a book by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. But since I found out about it, this book was on my wishlist. And now I finally found the time to read it. In my opinion the story took place too long in London - I would have loved if those four would have started their journey a little faster, but that's my only complaint. Otherwise it's a quick and enjoyable read. ★★★ 1/2
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books read: 5
genres: fantasy, science fiction
pages June: 1,613
pages 2014: 11,858
best book: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
worst book: -
currently reading: Shadowmarch - Das Herz by Tad Williams (orig. title: Shadowheart)
If you want to find out about the status of all my challenges: I wrote a seperate post about it here on booklikes.