Janik Vonrotz


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2021 Book List

In 2021 I read 20 books. Some of them were good and some bad. Out of these books only two stuck with me: Ilium by Dan Simmons and Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

Ilium is a must read for every fantasy and/or science fiction fan. It does not attract by a catchy story or using smart concept. The sheer unlimited creativeness gets one hooked on the book. Currently I am finishing the second book and it has been on of the largest I read in a while.

Flowers for Algernon is my definition of literature. Daniel writes about intelligence in a way that makes it much more understanding and compelling.

And here is the full 2021 book list:

Title: Schuld
Author: Ferdinand von Schirach
Comment: Ferdinand abducts the readers into the gray area of law and justice with his concise and attentive writings. In this book he presents short stories about guilt.
Rating: 710
ISBN: 9788790755768
Finished: 2021-01-05

Title: Trotzdem
Author: Ferdinand von Schirach; Alexander Kluge
Comment: Ferdinand and Alexander are sharing their thoughts, but are missing a common thread.
Rating: 410
ISBN: 9783641271169
Finished: 2021-01-05

Title: Sleeping Giants
Series: Themis Files #1
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Comment: Big robots hidden on earth. The first is awaken and its technologies are beyond human understanding.
Rating: 810
ISBN: 9781101886700
Finished: 2021-01-06

Title: Ecce Homo
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Comment: Difficult to read. I might give this another try, but first want to know more about Nietzsche.
Rating: 810
ISBN: 9783734045844
Finished: 2021-01-09

Title: GOTT
Author: Ferdinand von Schirach
Comment: Supplying the means for committing suicide is legal in Switerland. Through this I got insight on the debate about euthanasia.
Rating: 710
ISBN: 9783641256067
Finished: 2021-01-10

Title: Waking Gods
Series: Themis Files #2
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Comment: The initial idea was fantastic, but nothing new is added.
Rating: 710
ISBN: 9781101886731
Finished: 2021-01-17

Title: Only Human
Series: Themis Files #3
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Comment: The series closes without extending the basic idea and concept of the books.
Rating: 610
ISBN: 9781405935715
Finished: 2021-02-13

Title: Speaker for the Dead
Series: Ender’s Saga #2
Author: Orson Scott Card
Comment: Years ago I read the first Ender book. This book is a good start into the series.
Rating: 710
ISBN: 9781429963947
Finished: 2021-03-03

Title: Der Koch
Author: Martin Suter
Comment: A well known swiss authors wroter another book.
Rating: 610
ISBN: 9783257600469
Finished: 2021-04-18

Title: Xenocide
Series: Ender’s Saga #3
Author: Orson Scott Card
Comment: The book has more pages, but the story is not unfolding as it should.
Rating: 710
ISBN: 9780312861872
Finished: 2021-05-08

Title: Jeder Mensch
Author: Ferdinand von Schirach
Comment: Learned about the human rights charta and how it should be updated.
Rating: X/10
ISBN: 9783641283742
Finished: 2021-05-08

Title: Der Ursprung der Liebe
Author: Liv Strömquist
Comment: My first comic. Liv is presenting feminist topics in the best way possible.
Rating: 810
ISBN: 9783945034897
Finished: 2021-06-03

Title: Von der Pflicht
Author: Richard David Precht
Comment: With freedom comes duty. That’s it.
Rating: 610
ISBN: 9783641281199
Finished: 2021-06-27

Title: Children of the Mind
Series: Ender’s Saga #4
Author: Orson Scott Card
Comment: More endurance is need to finish the series.
Rating: 610
ISBN: 9781429963923
Finished: 2021-07-16

Title: Prelude to Foundation
Series: Foundation (Publication Order) #6
Author: Isaac Asimov
Comment: A lover of the foundation series, this book is a great adding.
Rating: 810
ISBN: 9780553278392
Finished: 2021-08-04

Title: Flowers for Algernon
Author: Daniel Keyes
Comment: A must read. This is a very creative way to teach about intelligence.
Rating: 910
ISBN: 9780547539638
Finished: 2021-08-31

Title: Hold Up the Sky
Author: Cixin Liu
Comment: Cannot remember any story.
Rating: 510
ISBN: 9781838937638
Finished: 2021-09-26

Title: Gedankenschlosser
Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Comment: Another well known Swiss author.
Rating: 710
ISBN: 9783257261585
Finished: 2021-10-06

Title: Ilium
Series: Ilium #1
Author: Dan Simmons
Comment: My book of the year. Science fiction beyond imagination.
Rating: 1010
ISBN: 9780575087989
Finished: 2021-10-30

Title: Carl Tohrberg
Author: Ferdinand von Schirach
Comment: Three short stories by Ferdinand.
Rating: 710
ISBN: 9783641203405
Finished: 2021-11-02

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