A hive mind space opera (3 stars) Ancillary Justice is a space opera about an artificial intelligence that lives divided between an ancient spaceship and several modified bodies, the ancillaries. The perspective of this character – that has many names, but not to spoil anything let’s call him Breq – is very well constructed. Breq…

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An uneven compendium of the strangest side of science (3 stars) Elephants on Acid is a collection of some of the most bizarre, curious and plain cruel experiments executed in the name of science. Among them, the LSD induced elephant of the title, Russian two-headed dogs, monkey head transplants, sleep deprivation, monkeys brought up as…

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An incredible account of the hidden side of globalization (5 stars) Ghetto at the Center of the World is an incredible book about an incredible place. Chungking Mansions is a 17-storied building in Hong Kong that has become an international trade hub because of it’s low prices and central location, gathering at any given time…

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Fictional horrors to deal with the real ones (4 stars) Originally released in 1981, Danse Macabre is a non-fiction book in which Stephen King tells the history of horror literature through the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as present the main influences on his work. The book also brings a very interesting theory about…

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Leonardo da Vinci on acid (5 stars) Codex Seraphianus is one of my favorite books, but I have never read it. No one has, in fact, because this encyclopedia of a surreal world is written in an imaginary alphabet, with indecipherable texts. The book was first published in 1981, by Italian artist and architect Luigi…

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Good introduction to the world of Borges (4 stars) I have often heard the following phrase about Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges: “I wanted so much to read, but It’s too hard”. Most likely because of the encyclopedic erudition of his texts and his love for metaphysics, philosophy and mathematic; interests that bleeds into his…

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Space aliens meet Hollywood aliens (4 stars) The book introduces us to the benevolent and advanced Yherajk, aliens that picked up radio and television signals from Earth and have come to introduce themselves to humanity. The Yherajk are actually sentient colonies of unicellular organisms that look like walking green bubbles. It also doesn’t help their…

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