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I read a lot (sometimes). I have a slightly more comprehensive historical log of my readings on my website here:

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Heart of darkness (1950, New American Library)
5 star

Heart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Polish-English novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage …

The greatest work of literature I've ever read

5 star

Also one of the most racist works of literature I've ever read. I wrote a whole paper about how it can and should still be appreciated as a work of art, while still being able to recognize it's main horrible flaw.

Hamlet (Hardcover, 1996, Macmillan - USA)
3 star

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, adits hero, the tragic prince caught between action …

One of the greatest works of literature of all time

5 star

Definitely distinct from a lot of Shakespeare's other work though, I can understand the conspiracy theories that it wasn't actually written by him.

The Shining (Paperback, 2006, Hodder Paperback)
5 star

Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny move into the Overlook Hotel, …

One of Stephen King's only works of “real” literature

5 star

While most of Stephen King's works are just the drug-induced ramblings of a pulp horror writer (see It (1986)), The Shining is a real, inspired, artistic work with real actual themes and real actual characters and it's actually a work of literature. While the film is very good as well, I like how much more prominent Hallorann is in this compared to the film, and the themes and focuses of the book are different but equally good.

The King in Yellow (Paperback, 2020, Millennium Publications)
4 star

Wish the rest of the stories were as engrossing as the first four or so

4 star

Minor spoilers of the meta-plot

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3) (2005)
5 star

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel …

The single greatest (and probably one of the only greatest) fantasy novels ever written.

5 star

Wonderful world-building and beautifully crafted and wondrous settings, but unlike The Silmarillion (1977) it actually has an engaging, overarching story that keeps you engaged and gives you a reason why to travel through this world.

Very realistic look into what may have been a very real possibility

4 star

Obviously it's fiction, but apparently the plot described in the book was a very real fear of the SDECE, and like in the book may have been impossible to discuss without sheer luck on the investigators' part. Brilliantly written, and I really love the opening describing actual events to anchor the book in reality.

Midnight in Chernobyl (2019)
5 star

"Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster--and a powerful …

Excellent look into the Chernobyl disaster

5 star

Really good and detailed look into the creation of Chernobyl and Pripyat, the Chernobyl disaster itself, and the aftermath, but also has really good insights into the sociopolitical climate of the Soviet Union at the time. Definite recommend, especially if you're interested in nuclear power, but also if you're interested in the politics of the Soviet Union near its collapse.