Books

Don't take this as reviews. It's more like me logging what books I've read.


2022

Reading goals for 2022:
  • Read at least 25 books (not audiobooks) (not graphic novels) 13/25;
  • read at least 10 books by Czech authors (any format) 4/10;
Axiom's End - Lindsay Ellis - 16.4.2022
physical - English - scifi

I was sort of excited for this book because I like Lindsay Ellis's youtube channel. Well used to – I haven't really revisited any of her videos since she was "cancelled" (for incredibly stupid reasons).

I wasn't that excited though because I saw a few reviews when it came out. That's why it took me so long to get to it – it wasn't on my priority list when I was ordering books online for the last two years. But they had it at the library so I read it.

Another thing that drew me to this book was the premise. I like linguistics and communication stuff. Not that it actually did anything much with that. It is barely relevant. And the alien language was the logical polysynthetic language that dozens of conlangers have tried to make. Hardly beyond human comprehension.

It didn't do much with the social impact of fist contact and the leaks about it either.

I surmise from reviews that this is based on Transformers. I have zero context for that. I probably watched Ellis's videos on Transformers but I forgot it instantly. Didn't Transformers movie already come out in 2007? (Googled and it did.)

The aliens who were supposedly incomprehensible wren't really. Also don't mention numbers please. 6 mil is how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. So it's not exactly evil beyond human capability.

The prose was awkward/redundant in places, but not really bad overall.

The relationship between Cora and Ampersand was interesting but I didn't like where it went in the end. Ampersand is an asshole.

It was pretty engaging to read. Or maybe that was because I am hardcore procrastinating my finals prep.


Emisar - Jóko Tawadová - 12.4.2022
fyzický - česky (překl. Klára Macúchová) - světová literatura

Uhh a lot of stuff wasgoing on and I forgot that I read this. Anyway.

I thought the take on dystopia was unique with the old people being strong and young people being weak. And how it relates to problems with Japan.

It was sort of nothing-paced but it flowed well.


Národní třída - Jaroslav Rudiš - 9.4.2022
fyzický - česky - beletrie (obecně)

Moje máma mi vyspoilerovala zvrat. Jinak dobrý profil týpka který je typ chlapa co existuje (a je nesnesitelný). Nebo teda tady to je trochu extrémní verze.


Night Sky with Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong - 1.4.2022
ebook - english - poetry

This was extremely good. I cried because it was so good.

I read this because I read one of the poems, Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong reposted on tumblr. And I remebered it while I was on [book piracy site]. I regret not paying for this book. I will actually buy it when I get paid.


Radio Silence - Alice Oseman - 29.3.2022
physical - English - YA contemporary

When re-reading a book that I at some point counted as my most favourite it is always scary that a it could turn out that it actually sucks. Especially with this book since it is young adult and also liked by a part of the online book community whose taste doesn't really align with mine anymore. But Radio Silence was still great!

The story still resonated with me a lot emotionally. I also really appreciate that the center of the story is a female-male friendship.

That being said Frances' struggle with uni is literally nearly the logical opposite of mine. Which is kind of funny.


Spalovač mrtvol - Ladislav Fuks - 25.3.2022
ekniha - česky - česká beletrie(???)

Jsem maturitní četba pilled.
Překvapilo mě, jak málo na sebe věci v této knize navazují. Asi to ukazuje mentální stav Kopfrkingela?
Upřímně jistým způsobem mi to připomíná těch jako 50 str co jsem přečetla z American Psycho.


Má nejmilejší kniha - Markéta Pilátová - 11.3.2022
fyzický - česky - magický realismus

Spíše se mi líbilo. Upřímně nemám žádné silné myšlenky.

Deníku Avatára - Lukáš Marvan - 11.3.2022
ekniha - česky - poezie

Nečtu moc poezii a na tuhle e-knihu jsem klikla hlavně protože můj mozek řekl: "Jako Avatar: The Last Airbender haha."

The Word for World is Forest - Ursula K. Le Guin - 1.3.2022
physical - english - sci-fi
  • Ok so this is like a Vietnam war book I guess?
  • Davidson is like the most hateable guy ever.
  • I like the thing about introducing violence, even for justified reasons.
Armageddon ve slevě - Seanan McGuire - 21.2.2022
fyzický - česky (překl. Petra Kubašková) - urban fantasy

I think I am officially over Seanan McGuire? (Which, if you could see my reading over the past two years, is quite the character arc.) Also I felt really embarassed to read something with this cover in public.

Podivná knihovna - Haruki Murakami - 21.2.2022
fyzický - česky (překl. Tomáš Jurkovič) - fantasy/pohádka

Tohle je tak krátký, že mám pocit, že podvádím když to tady počítám. Obrázky hezký.

Tři rakve - John Dickinson Carr - 17.2.2022
fyzický - česky (překl. František Jungwirth) - detektivka

Klasika záhady zamčené místnosti. Přečetla jsem to doslova během jednoho dne.

Probudím se na Šibuji - Anna Cima - 16.2.2022
fyzický - česky - magický realismus(???)

Můj mozek teď nefunguje normálně. Takže recenze je v angličtině. Je to moje stránka, můžu si dělat co chci.

A love letter to Japanese culture. Which obviously appealed to me, even though I don't care about Murakami. I liked this book a lot, but the ending was kind of dissapointing.
I am genuinely surprised that Kiyomaru Kawashita never existed.
Also I felt really good when I got the references (I read a lot of Japanese lit related Wikipedia pages).

Stanice 11 - Emily St. John Mandelová - 9.2.2022
Fyzický - Česky (překl. Markéta Musilová) - sci-fi/literární

Tohle byla jedna z mých top 5 nejoblíbenějších knížek, ale naposledy jsem jí četla v lednu 2020. Neboli těsně před pandemií. A vzhledem k tomu, že je o pandemii, některé části teď hit different. Hlavně ta první část. Jinak je to totiž vlastně jejich pandemii skoro opakem té naší - alespoň v následcích na společnost.
Ráda si myslím, že jsme všichni propojení - ne nadpřirozeně, ale jenom tím, že spolu koexistujeme.

Roses and Rot - Kat Howard - 9.2.2022
Audiobook - English - Fantasy

The relationship and tension between the sisters was good. The abusive mother storyline was very emotionally engaging.
I disliked the parts that are like "This is what it is like in fairytales. You have to suffer." Yes I get that this is like fairytales! Imogen talks enough about them already!
I thought that the book wouldn't be that focused on the magical elements, I am not that into fae stuff. But the Tam-Lin stuff in the climax was well executed.

Za sklem - Sajaka Murata - 3.2.2022
Fyzický - Česky (překl. Jan Sýkora) - Světová literatura

Tuhle knihu jsem si poprvé půjčila z knihovny těsně před pandemii, a ani jsem jí neotevřela, protože jsem byla pohlcena pandemickou depresí. Teď jsem jí zahlédla v knihovně, tak jsem si jí půjčila znova, a konečně jsem jí přečetla. Což není moc působivé, protože má 110 stránek.
Česká edice má hezkou obálku a předsádky od Michaely Treuerové. Doslov je garbage a naprosto nesouhlasím s jeho interpretací knihy.
Hlavně mě ke čtení této knihy vedl hype od Ariel Bissetové. Nevím proč kdy věřím youtuberům.
Za sklem zajímavě poukazuje na téma konformity ve společnosti. To jak se lidé, kteří se normálně nemohou zařadit do společnosti "běžných lidí" vyrovnávají je něco v čem se částečně vidím.
Hlavní hrdinka je pravděpodobně autistka?

Sajaka Murata is a valid troll name

Rajské fontány - Arthur C. Clarke - 25.1.2022
Fyzický - Česky (překl. Vladimír Svoboda) - Sci-fi

Musím se přiznat, že jsem tuto knihu četla dost rozkouskovaně, takže jsem z ní asi nedostala 100% hodnotu. Líbilo se mi spojení historického děje s budoucím. I když možná by to bylo lepší, kdyby toho tam s Kálidásou bylo víc? Hlavní děj se stavbou kosmického výtahu mi nepřišel dobře paced, ale konec byl fajn.
To, že mimozemský počítač logicky dokázal že Bůh neexistuje se mi samozřejmě líbí jako ateistický wish-fullfillment, ale upřímně mě víc zajímá sociální dopad, který mám pocit, že tam nebyl dostatečně rozvedený. I když to by bylo asi těžké napsat dobře.

Kromě samotného příběhu mi taky přišel zajímavý doslov ještě z dob socialismu. Proč má překladatel takový problém s Hugy?

Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney - 23.1.2022
Audio - English - Litfic

This was nice to listen to while sewing and I like how it went into messy relationships. I particularly liked the growth of the relationship between Frances and Bobbi. The characters are constantly virtue signalling (I hate that term but idk how to say it better) about being communists/ feminists/ aware of world problems and generally seem detached from reality and insufferable. But I choose to believe that's part of the point.

Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro - 16.1.2022
Audio - English - Sci-fi

This book didn't do it for me. The narration style, while interesting and quirky at first got old really fast. I feel that the themes are pretty shallow and better explored in other books. Maybe this book is for litfic people who normally don't pick up sci-fi? Idk.

Ve službách spravedlnosti - Ann Leckieová - 13.1.2022
Physical - Czech (transl. Petr Kotrle) - Sci-fi

I think I should have loved this book, and I am not sure why I didn't. Also the female-as-default thing sadly doesn't work that well in Czech. (adding later) Thinking back I actually really like Esk One's and Seivarden's (or however their names are spelled in the original) relationship. Also go watch this animatic.

Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky - 9.1.2022
Audio - English - Sci-fi

Maybe corporations are the real monsters. This book felt like it should end and then it just went on. But like in a good way because this way it explored its' concept more in-depth than I expected.


2021 (since I started this page)

Three Act Tragedy - Agatha Christie - 31.12.2021
Audio - English - Mystery

Kinda unememorable. I feel like all Christie books are blending together in my mind at this point. Maybe I should read other mystery authors...

Authority - Jeff VanderMeer - 20.12.2021
Audio - English - Horror/Sci-fi (?)

As good as the first Southern Reach book, but in a different direction. I need to read Acceptance soon. But I feel that my experience was not as good as it could have been because I listened to this on audiobook. I think I should read a at least the third book physically so that I can focus on it better.

An Unkindness of Magicians - Kat Howard - 3.12.2021
Audio - English - Fantasy

An Unkindess of Magicians was 'meh' book. Part of it was probably because I listened to it on audiobook, which I feel makes me focus less on a story, but even without that factor it would probably be a 3/5.
It had a lot of interesting concepts and characters, but what it did with them feels ultimately unsatisfying. A criticism of this book I saw on Goodreads was that a certain twist (about Gray) was revealed too soon, but I disagree with that - I feel like it added more tension to Harper's story (although that never really amounted to anyting :/). The real problem with this book is too many "main" characters, and that some of the action scenes feel underwhelming.
I also felt that the ending could have done more with the themes of an unjust system perpetuated by an elite. After all of the suffering, I wanted too the Unseen World crumble.

Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien - 19.11.2021
Physical - Czech (překl. Stanislava Pošustová) - Fantasy

I actually finished reading the Silmarillion!!! It was on some form of my unread books shelf for about five years now. I borrowed it from my grandparents' house after I finished LoTR and then just never fucking read it. Well OK I read the first few pages an inordinate amount of times. But I never actually read the rest until now.
I thought I would have a lot of thoughts after finishing it, but I really don't. This is not a book it even feels right to give a star rating. It feels sort of like reading a wikipedia article about history. And that is pretty much what I expected. But also I kept forgetting who was who. But the important part is that I now understand the sexy Sauron fanart.
Also Lúthien had a dog! Huan best character.
Also what's the deal with Feänor online? Is he like the Vriska of the Silmarillion.