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Death’s End by Cixin Liu

How did you come across the book?

So, it‘s a Sci-Fi novel written by a Chinese author who is the first Chinese author to win the Hugo Award for Sci-Fi; a very famous Sci-Fi award. This is the third book of the trilogy. So it’s um… it’s really great. I listen to a lot of podcasts and some of the ones I listen to are like tech podcasts and so… and pop culture and stuff like that so, some of them they had mentioned this book, and they had all read it and fell in love with it, and so I was like “hell yeah”!I love reading and I love losing yourself in a good book, so, you know.

So far, what have you gained from it?

A perspective that I’ve gained is to look outside of yourself, and to look outside of our current day in age and to… well… it’s kind of like uh… it’s a mind expanding read, because it asks the question, “if humans had actually contacted an extraterrestrial life, when they first sent out messages into space, what would have happened to humans in society, over like a 400 year span?“ You know, would it have been a friendly encounter, or otherwise? He goes into all sorts of crazy things, you know. So, it’s really good, and it’s very… from a technological aspect too, from a science aspect… it touches on a lot of aspects that you don’t get from a lot of popular authors. By the time the third book comes around (this is the third book) there’s this alien species that is going to attack earth and so… you know, their figuring out ways to get around it and eventually ask the question, “is there any way to actually send a message into space that tells whoever’s out there that we are a safe and a friendly species?” I literally read the first book in like 2 sittings!

Would you recommend it, and if so, to who and why?

Absolutely! Um… specifically, I would recommend it to people who, you know, like to … well, first of all, who love fiction… and second of all, who are intrigued by extraterrestrial kind of, you know, “what’s out there?” stuff. And then thirdly… anybody who’s scientifically minded, you know. Anybody who has that “what if?” mentality, or who really pays attention to the details and who gets their kick out of things like NASA and SpaceX and going to Mars and stuff like that. You know, it’s just amazing!

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

How did you come across the book?

Actually, I bought it in… is it World Aid? First Aid?… Goodwill! The american version! I’m actually on holiday and I just needed something to read… and, as I like a bit of Sci-fi, the description caught my eye… about a flu pandemic so, you know… very american, based I think… well, anyways… at the moment I can’t remember where its based… but, it’s american! And, yeah, it’s so far been brilliant!

So far, what perspective have you gained from this book?

Perspective? Hmm… I guess… people are people, everywhere! Umm… I’ve literally only read a few pages… hang on… Toronto! It actually takes places in Toronto! Well, so far, not a lot has happened… a guy actually died on stage and the main witness that you see this from actually wants to be a paramedic, so it’s all kind of tying in and it proved that his calling was true, as he ran up on stage and tried to help and save him. And, his girlfriend went home and left him there… so. He was thinking that she would feel that he was a hero, but all she said was, “could you bring milk? I’ve gone home!” We haven’t even hit the flu part yet! So yeah, I guess that’s what I mean by people are people!

Would you recommend it, and if so, to who and why?

I think it’s a touch too early to tell… but so far I would, to people who like books that are a bit different… maybe. And, a bit weird! Yeah… so that’s it!