Finished “Tu ne perds rien pour attendre”, by Janis Otsiemi. A good gabonese thriller, and also an intersting taste of francophone african literature, something I haven’t explored so much yet.

And Edgardo Cozarinsky’s “Dark”.

During my of last night, I read “Dark”, by Edgardo Cozarinsky. An initiation story set into in the , not the greatest ever, but a quick good anyway..

So, Chang Kang-Myoung’s “Hanguki sireoso” (FR "Parce que je déteste la Corée”).

Finished “Hanguki sireoso” (FR "Parce que je déteste la Corée”) by Chang Kang-myoung, nothing mindblowing, but an ok novel about a young woman moving from to to find a place to be happy.

’s “Jerusalem”. A huge of more than 1200 pages (in FR translation), an exception to my short books guideline of the last few weeks, but I couldn’t not avoid giving it a try!

Stopped ’s “Jerusalem”. It was good, but after having read 2 chapters (~100 pages on 1200), I had the feeling I had already read 2 short novels. So much in it, such a huge book. But lately, I don’t have the patience for those monumental dense world-novel. Maybe later.

“Mutineer’s moon”, by David Weber. Back to , with something -based. Already half of it, I think I will finish it, but it is not mindblowing or anything like that, basic stuff rly.

Finished Weber’s “Mutineer’s moon”, as I said, basic stuff, the kind of I will forgot as soon as I will have brought it back to the library.

“Looping”, by Alexia Stresi. Just because it was the one at the bottom of the pile, not sure why I borrowed that one, but hey it’s there, it’s only a little more than 200 pages, so let’s give it a try.

So, it happened that Alexia Stresi’s "Looping", was a good surprise for a random reading. Usually, I am not a fan of novels set in the first half of the XXth c., but that one was nice.

And Yu Lianke’s “Balou Tiange” (FR: “Un chant céleste”). A strange book, at least that is my feeling after a few pages. Could be interesting, but I can’t make my mind about it yet.

Finished “Un chant céleste” a few days ago. That was a really powerfull tale about maternal love.

And Alexei Makouchinski’s “Parokhod v Argentinu” (FR “Un bateau pour l’Argentine”). A nice physical book, as every book from Louison éditions, but still to decide if the novel is worth it.

So… “Parokhod v Argentinu” is certainly as well written as the books looks nice. But too well to my taste, the blurb said that when a book is perfectly written, even the story does not matter. But I am not on that side. So I stopped, because… yeah, 80 pages and barely any progression, even a beautifull text won’t keep me.

So, “Zink”, by David Van Reybrouck. I am curious, an author whose books (essays, novels, plays, a lot of things in fact) I have often seen, but I have yet to read.

“Zink” was a really interesting reading, somewhere inbetween novelised history, biography, novel, microhistory… It’s kinda about a man, living in a small now-Belgian town (between Belgium, Germany and Netherlands) which happened to be a neutral territory all the XIXth c. then wars came in. It is an absurd destiny for that town without nation at the time when nation-sate was a thing, a case which exemplify the whole abursdity of geopolitics of the nation-states of the XIXth and early XXth c.

And so, “A village after dark” (FR “Un village à la nuit tombée”), a short story by Kazuo Ishiguro. Intersting so far, but sleep (finally!) caught me mid-way, so not finished yet.

Finished ’s short story “A village after dark” and I really liked it! A wonderful text with a foggy mysterious atmosphere where memories seems like forgotten dream in which the characters wanders. It reminded me a lot of the only novel I have read from him, “The buried giant”, which I also liked a lot. I guess I should really take the time to read more thing form him!

“Souzou radio” (FR “Radio imagination”), by Itô Seikô. The first chapter sounds a little bit crazy, not sure yet, it can go really good or just end up disappointing. I will have to read more of it before having an opinion on it.

Finished Itō Seikō’s “Souzou radio”. Intersting, although I kinda feel like it felt short on something somewhere, but it may also only be me who did not have a full grasp of about due to my state of extreme fatigue of late.

And so, Niña Weijers’ “De consequenties” (FR “Les conséquences”). I’m always cautious when approaching something about the artists’ world, especially conceptual ones, but it has kept up until now (almost 1/3rd) without tiring me, so…

Finished Nina Weiers’ “De consequenties” yesterday. Interesting novel indeed, although I can’t help feeling like 1 or 2 chapter more would have been better to give a proper conclusion (even if open) to its story.

And so next one (which will end my library bookpile!!!… for now), “Ishi ni oyogu sakana” (FR “Poissons nageant contre les pierres”) by Yu Miri, back to some .

After that one, I may have an opportunity to go through my own , finally!

Stopped Yu Miri’s “Ishi no oyogu sakana”, I did not care about the story, so no reason to go further.

Scheer & Darlton’s “Le caboteur cosmique”, from the Perry Rhodan series. Old stuff, let’s give it a try, I hope it isn’t supposed to be read in order, because that one is given as the 44th. 😅

Finished “Le caboteur cosmique”. Yeah, old simple feuilleton space opera, with many leitmotiv of the genre: lost explorers, old hidden civilization, space emperor, pirates,… All in 200 p., hey I have to say “not bad”, still basic (and sometimes, it is good to go back to basics, isn’t it?).

And so… , let’s see… Charles Bertin’s “La petite dame en son jardin de Bruges”. I don’t know, it is simply at the top of the nearest bookpile, so… Here we go!

Finished “La petite dame en son jardin de Bruges”, by Charles Bertin, and I must say I was surprised. A really nice and sweet little novel about the childhood memories of the grand-mother. How many times had I flashes of my own grandma… A kind book about nostalgia.

Peter Randa’s “Les 7 cryptes d’hybernation”. Another one from my piles of old , french in that particular case. I know it is not the greatest, but it could be perfect for my tired brain!

Finished Peter Randa’s “Les 7 cryptes d’hibernation”. Basic action . Could make an okay B-movie. Basic stuff, but it reads.

And so, , with a complete change of scenery, Leena Lander’s “Käsky” (FR “Obéir”). I don’t remember having read anything from , so that will be a first! Let’s hope it’s worth it!

Finished “Käsky”, by Leena Lander. A really interesting psychological triangle between a judge, a soldier and a prisonner in the post-WWI , which also made me realize how few I know about the history of that country.

Clarke’s Space trilogy. First novel feels a little bit dated and childish so far, but I guess that was to be expected (especially after reading the preface by the author), so I will be patient and keep reading.

So, I have read Carke’s Space trilogy. I understand how it has impressed in his time, although part of it now feels dated. “Islands in the sky” felt a little childish, but I must say that I really enjoyed “Sands of Mars”, lot of the science is completely obsolete, but the sociological/political side of it was really interesting. As for “Earthlight”, being more scientific imo, I was not as enthusiast, but a good read anyway! Kinda felt the Cold War through it.

Also read “Tai yang chu shi” by Chi Li (FR “Soleil Levant"). A short novel about a young couple having their first child and all the changes it implies in their lives, and in themselves. Feels both universal and very much a glimpse at China in the end of the 80s. A really nice novel despite its simplicity.

Also read Heinrich Steinfest’s “Das grüne Rollo” (FR “Greenland”). Some sort of intriguing somehow kafkaian fantastic novel. I am not sure why, but I liked it. Maybe because it is in that vein of those labyrinthic novels in which you never really know where you are, where it is going and if the end is really the end. 🤔

And after some catching up, back to , with Juli Zeh’s Adler und Engel (FR L'aigle et l'ange). Less “theoretical” than the 2 other I’ve read from her, I would even say more “raw”. Certainly as efficient though. I only have a few dozens pages left and have no idea how this is gonna end, some kind of (more or less) “happy” end is still possible, but not sure it would suit that novel, it could depends on a lot of things. Wait & see!

Zeh really is one of my favorite author.

I finished Juli Zeh’s “Adler und Engel” the other. The pace slowed down toward the end, compared to the completely erratic first 2/3rd of it. I is somehow in accordance with the way the story unfold, but at the same, a little bit anti-climatic, and the endind also not as “explosive” as I was expecting. Still, a really great anyway!

After finished “Adler und Engel”, I started “La tresse“ by Laetitia Colombani, an unexpected big succes last year in France.

Stopped after 40 pages, 40 because after like 10 I started skimming through, then skipped pages without even noticing. Almost no dialogue, lots and lots a 3rd person internal thoug, mostly so boring…

Nope, not a book for me.

And so, Iulian Ciocian’s “Tărâmul lui Saşa Kozak” (FR “Le royaume de Sasha Kozak”). Feels like it is made of interconnected short stories rather than being one novel. Interesting so far. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Also, a first taste for me of contemporary of .

Finished Ciocian’s “Tărâmul lui Saşa Kozak”, it was really interesting to the end. Kind of an attempt to draw a picture of he society of post-soviet Moldavia. I don’t know how accurate it is, but it certainly at least carries the author’s view efficiently and convincingly.

“Le testament belge”, by Luc Delisse. The abstract sounds like something I could really like a lot, a little bit like a roman noir, but I have to say that so far it seems too wordy too keep me interested, although it may simply be an impression due to the fact I may be a little bit too tired these days to properly bury myself in it and enjoy it. I will give it a few more evening because I still think there is potential for a good read there!


Finished “Le testament belge”, it took me a few dozens pages to really get into it, but it was worth the effort! It is a great /roman noir which dives into the shadowy kafka-ish shenanigans of the ministry of in little (you know, the subdivision of a country that does not exist) as well as in the greater political scheme of (the forementioned unexisting country). Really enjoyable, and so improbable and surrealistic it rings true.

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