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Ancillary Justice
Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. In the Ancillary world: 1. Ancillary Justice2. Ancillary Sword3. Ancillary Mercy
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Yossarian
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Mehso-so

I never really figured out what was going on. No physical description and everyone gets female pronouns irrespective of gender. The lead acts on unknown impulse for unknown reasons — until she doesn‘t anymore. Seivarden changes personality halfway through for unexplained reason. I could never figure out anyone‘s motivation — hero, villain, bit players. No one will disobey the Lord! Everyone is disobeying the Lord! If I do this they must ... Why?

Yossarian Unsure if I‘ll read Book 2. Not next, at least. 1mo
TracyReadsBooks Book two is better—it‘s my favorite of the trilogy—and much easier to follow. And book three wraps things up nicely. I definitely think they are worth reading though I will admit, this series isn‘t for everyone. 1mo
Yossarian @TracyReadsBooks And yet Book One is the Hugo/Nebula winner. I‘m just not seeing it. 1mo
TracyReadsBooks @Yossarian I definitely think it‘s a love it or hate it type of series and I know people on both sides. 1mo
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writerlibrarian
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2019 Summary.
It was a good year for reading. Only one clunker. 60 good and really good books. 2019 was a good vintage. Diverse. Mostly women authors. Lots of good romances, mysteries and historical.

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claudiuo
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Just finished it last night and I can't wait to start the next book in the series (after some Blake Crouch and James S.A. Corey detours). It took a bit to understand and get used to the “multiple personalities“ of the heroine and the gender approach but there are so many original ideas that I loved it in the end. I recommend it a lot but make sure you give it some time to understand how the narratives (and main character “facets“) tie together.

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Limonotte
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Pickpick

It's not really a secret that I love space operas and I love books that examine and grapple with the concept of empire and civilization so honestly I'm shocked it took me this long to read Ancillary Justice. It took me a second to get accustomed to the diffused nature of the narrator but I dig it so much. Definitely going to pick up the next novel.

manifestsanity What other space operas are your personal favorites? 2mo
Limonotte @manifestsanity As far as recent faves go, I'm still low-key obsessing about A Memory Called Empire, which I can now tell got a lot of influence from Ancillary Justice. It's got a similar vibe re: a psychologically fragmented narrator and a beautiful/terrible galactic empire. 2mo
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Yossarian
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I‘m in the middle of 13 Narratives at the moment.

Sace I've got 4 narratives going, but seriously considering limiting myself to 2 at a time when I'm done with them. 2mo
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claudiuo
Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie

if everyone were to consider all the possible consequences of all one‘s possible choices, no one would move a millimeter, or even dare to breathe for fear of the ultimate results.

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claudiuo
Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie

Without feelings insignificant decisions become excruciating attempts to compare endless arrays of inconsequential things. It‘s just easier to handle those with emotions.

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Yossarian
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This book came very highly recommended, but I‘m finding it practically incomprehensible. Am I just not smart enough?

“Justice of Ente Seven Issa did many things One Esk did not ...”

“She was probably Male, to judge from the angular mazelike patterns quilting her shirt...”

Are these words? Do they form sentences? What?

Deifio Oh yes, that book is something. I liked it a lot too, but it did take some time to get used to the writing style. The main thing is, that everyone is grammatically a “she“, at least in the Radch Empire. tbh I can't remember who was male and female in this book. 😂 Another major point is the main protagonist, who is an AI on a ship, well the AI basically is the ship! Well, I'd say give it another go ;-) 2mo
Yossarian @Deifio I had a good sci-fi fantasy trilogy run with The Three Body trilogy and the Fifth Season trilogy. This one is threatening to kill my mojo, though. I‘ll give it a few more chapters to see if I can break through the lingo. 2mo
shanaqui Very simply: “[Character #1] did many things [character #2] did not“.

More complicatedly, “Justice of Ente Seven Issa“ designates a particular character by the ship they come from (Justice of Ente) and then their decade (Issa) and number within the decade (Seven). “Justice of Toren One Esk“ is the first member of the Esk decade on Justice of Toren.
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Yossarian @shanaqui I think maybe there are two kind of exposition you need in science fiction — world building exposition where you explain how things are different from our world, and linguistic exposition where you explain words that exist to describe things that don‘t exist in our world. But when you start using the linguistic part to explain the world building part, you are just over complicating everything. 2mo
shanaqui @Yossarian I don't agree, probably because I had no trouble and enjoy having to think a little when I read, but I do think it's a matter of taste. I love the Imperial Radch books, personally! :) 2mo
Lindy @Yossarian How did you get on with this? I absolutely loved it from the start, even the bewilderment of not understanding the unfamiliar terms. The terms make sense as you get further in to the story. Maybe it‘s not the right series for you right now, but since you enjoyed The Three Body Problem, I think you will enjoy this too. 2mo
Yossarian @Lindy I‘m plugging along — about halfway through. I‘m catching on to the lingo, but not a lot has ... HAPPENED. There‘s a present where the main character is trying to acquire a gun. There‘s a flashback where there is “intrigue”, but I am not yet intrigued. I‘ll finish it eventually... as for the rest of the trilogy ... 2mo
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Balibee146
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Mini haul... Only one of them for me 😁😁

ChasingOm Everyone talks about how good that book is, but the description seems so super-smart that I‘m intimidated. 😜 3mo
Balibee146 @ChasingOm me too.... Same with Iain M Banks Culture novels.... I have no clue... Hope I can make sense of it 😁😛🙃 3mo
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AutumnRLS
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"Mommy, take a picture of me with your new book cart!" ❤

TheSpineView Cute!💕 5mo
hes7 How cute! 5mo
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AutumnRLS
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Having a rough night. Need a little escapism and Hollow Kingdom (while very well written) was a little too apocalyptic for me after just finishing Severance by Ling Ma. If the world is ending, I'd rather it be in space.

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shanaqui
Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie

You know it's good because I want to stay up and finish rereading it, even though this is at least the fourth time I've read it, and even though I need to be up in the morning to get to the Leeds anti-prorogation protest in time...

Not sure how many hours or even books I've read, but I've certainly had some quality reading time, so yay! Last day of the #SummersEndReadathon ! :)

@Clwojick

Clwojick There are very few books that i will even consider rereading a second time, let alone 4-5 times. Glad you've enjoyed the readathon :) 6mo
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shanaqui
Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie

Another reread for pure joy. Not sure why I didn't get into this waaay back the first time I read it; I'm always hopelessly sucked right in now.

#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

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llwheeler
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Still reading Ancillary Justice, which means my final total for #sfftbrchallenge is 45/50. Pretty good! And I will finish these last 5 over the summer.
Thanks for a fun challenge @DuckOfDoom !

wanderinglynn Great job! 👏🏻 I still need to tally my #SFFTBR. 8mo
DuckOfDoom That a pretty Dune edition! Do you like Ancillary Justice so far? I did, but I heard from some others that it did not grip them as much 8mo
llwheeler @DuckOfDoom I really like it so far! I could see how people who want very fast-paced, quick read type sci-fi might not like it as much. I am reading it slowly, but to me that's not a bad thing. Kind of nice to take the time to savour a book. 8mo
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llwheeler
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Today is the first Saturday morning of the summer when I don't have to get up and teach 😍

I do have errands and chores to do, but they can wait a bit. First, chai tea, chocolate oatmeal, and some reading. I only got 15 pages into this last night but I'm liking it so far and really looking forward to continuing.

4thhouseontheleft 🎉 🎉 8mo
writerlibrarian It's really, really good. Just finished it last night.💜🙂 8mo
Daisey Sounds like a great way to start the day! 8mo
llwheeler @Daisey It was lovely! 8mo
llwheeler @writerlibrarian I saw your review of it - I agree with you about it being nice to read a really hyped book after the hype has died down. Although I've wanted to read it ever since it came out, just never got around to it til now. 8mo
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writerlibrarian
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Pickpick

I've resisted reading this series for a few years now. I think it was a good thing I read this really, really good novel after the hype died down. I liked how we got multiple first point of view from the same narrator. Leckie succeeded in twisting the very classic sci-fi trope of empire on the verge of civil war in a new, for me, incarnation. Good story, interesting characters. I kept reading until I ran out of pages. 4⭐️ #booked2019

Cinfhen Great way to kick off summer 💕 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage 👊🏻📚♥️ Good job and review! 8mo
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writerlibrarian
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I have new summer nails. Almost past 3/4 of Leckie's amazing novel. Also NHL Draft tonight from Vancouver.

LeahBergen Pretty polish! 8mo
Dragonfairykats Love it! 8mo
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writerlibrarian
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NHL Awards in Vegas tonight. Sid is in the house after 5 weeks driving around Europe.
This novel... is so so so good. I'm passed 50% and I'm reading every chance I get. The hype was real.
#readingandwatchinghockey kinda 😀😉

LeahBergen Giordano! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 8mo
writerlibrarian McDavid was awkward, Lehner was real, Matthews was cool... who will win the awkward award... Connor or Sid ? The Awkward goes to... Connor... Sid was pretty 😎 even had the stand up comic crack up. (edited) 8mo
writerlibrarian @LeahBergen Yes he was the best D of the season 8mo
writerlibrarian Carey Price is just the man... 8mo
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writerlibrarian
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This is my #booked2019 summer #genrebusting book. This is quite good. I had consciously not hopped on the bandwagon when this series became very popular and the whole gender debate raged on. Since then, this book has won many, many awards. So far, I'm enjoying it immensely. It really is genre busting while being constructing in a very classic, space opera way.

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esurient
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Camping #vacationread No. 4, night of husband snoring in my ear.

Hmm. This is taking a bit to get into. It's leisurely pacing and seems to be setting up for some really nice detailed worldbuilding, but... slowly. Setting aside at Chapter 4.

Lucy_Anywhere Keep going! I felt the same way, and then it just clicked and I was totally hooked! 8mo
esurient @Lucy_Anywhere 👌 will do! 8mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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Best part for last..the BOOKS 😍 Thank You so much @Laughterhp for all the goodies and the book recommendations! Such a great swap! Thank You @Avanders for hosting

Avanders Oooh 😍😍 10mo
Laughterhp I hope you love everything!! Now to scurry and go open my package! 😊 10mo
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prowlix
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Change of scenery and book! Finished first book (it was great) and about 1.5 hours audiobook for 5 total hours under my belt. Now trying to enjoy the 60 degree weather! #readathon #deweysapril

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j9brown
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Pickpick

Very good sci-fi! So confusing at first, but there are some really unique elements in here.

SW-T Loved it 💕 11mo
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kgriffith
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My #catsoflitsy doing their part to break in the new sectional.
Just started this one on audio. Martha Jones‘s mom is the narrator! #whovian 🤓 @lorannen, was this one of your recs from a while back? I have it in my head that it is.

Crazeedi Sweet kitties 😽😽 11mo
MallenNC It's important that the cats like it! 11mo
LauraBeth Last time we went couch shopping the husband was like, “We‘re looking for an expensive scratching post for our cats. Something with nice corners they can really sink their claws into...”😹 11mo
kgriffith @LauraBeth 🤣🤣🤣 11mo
lorannen It definitely was! Glad you're finally getting around to it. Neat Who connection - I had no idea ! 11mo
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Lizpixie
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#MarchIntoThe70s #Day4 #WontGetFooledAgain Today‘s prompt is a classic from The Who. I first heard them when I watched their rock opera Tommy, I think Peter Moon was a drum god! In this series, the AI that essentially IS the ship & its “zombie” soldiers, is betrayed by the ruler of the empire & has all but 1 of its soldiers destroyed. Trapped in a human body, it sets out to avenge itself on a ruler that is herself, many.

Cinfhen I saw TOMMY on Broadway performed by THE WHO in the early 90‘s. So good!!!!! But really disturbing 11mo
Lizpixie @Cinfhen the 70s was big for disturbing rock operas. Have you seen The Wall from Pink Floyd? It starred Bob Geldof as a singer called Pink who did drugs & drank & was very disturbed and disturbing!😳 (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! How could I forget...gave me legit nightmares!!!!! 11mo
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AthenaWins
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1. 53°F
2. About 68°F
3. 70°F
4. Cool breeze, warm day, partly cloudy.
5. Okay I don't really read a lot of "winter books," but there's a lot of snow on one of the planets in Ancillary Justice. Lol

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Morning folks! Today's quote comes from Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, the first novel in her Imperial Radch trilogy. If you love character driven scifi which is more about human nature than space battles, give it a go. I loved it, and it's won a whole slew of awards.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mehso-so

I am puzzled by this book. I thought I would love it. I had heard so many rave reviews. It won the Hugo and the Nebula! But something about it never clicked into place for me. I'm having a hard time figuring out if there's something I'm missing from the plot that's a failure on my part or if I did get it all and it just genuinely didn't do it for me? I do know I found Breq an elusive character, which is always a hard sell for me.

GrilledCheeseSamurai I dnf'd it sooo... 😬🤷‍♂️ 14mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @GrilledCheeseSamurai I think I would have if I hadn't seen so many rave reviews! I kept waiting for it to pull me in and it never did. 14mo
xicanti I remember liking it on an intellectual level, but I never fully engaged with it and I mostly picked up the sequel because I was voting for the Hugos the year it was nominated. I still haven't read the final book. 14mo
Ruthiella @xicanti I loved this book- Breq is elusive true but I found the concept and world so fascinating! However I too still have yet to read the third book!😀 14mo
llawela Agree with your review! Wonder if I wasn't the target audience, having barely any sci-fi reads under my belt. 6mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Wine, chocolate, and science fiction. A perfect evening.

SW-T Love the Imperial Radch books! Breq is awesome 😊 14mo
Ruthiella Loved the first two books in the series! I need to get to the third one but other books keep getting in the way😬 14mo
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ReadingSpoon
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Pickpick

This was exactly what I want my sci-fi to be. It forced me to stretch the boundaries of my imagination of human potential while commenting on the current nature of humanity. The audiobook is also phenomenally read. Adjoa Andoh uses several accents to convey regional dialects and personalities. All around, a fun time! I listened on Libro.fm

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tournevis
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That works! Down to the female-pronoun non-binary personhood thing. Wow! I'm impressed.

https://bookriot.com/2018/10/25/sci-fi-hero-quiz/

Thanks @ValkyrieAndHerBooks

ValkyrieAndHerBooks Oo! That sounds like a wonderful book! And I‘m loving this description of the MC! You sound like my kind of people! 1y
tournevis @ValkyrieAndHerBooks The three books in this series are amazing. I've read parts of all three, but never got around to read the whole thing, but even my partial reading blew me away. They are so good! 1y
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tournevis
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This was fun! Which science fiction hero are you?

https://bookriot.com/2018/10/25/sci-fi-hero-quiz/

CouronneDhiver I got Henry from Time Traveler‘s Wife 1y
tournevis @CouronneDhiver He's a hero? 1y
CouronneDhiver I haven‘t got a clue ... never read that book. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1y
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tournevis @CouronneDhiver Don't. I'm told it's very much like the movie and I just can't abide by the idea of a guy befriending a little girl he will know carnally when she's an adult. It's not romance. It's grooming, that's what it is. 1y
CouronneDhiver Oh gross! 😒 I promise, I‘m not that guy. Ewww 1y
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wingardiumfuriosa
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The perfect Saturday morning breakfast: coffee, eggs, potatoes (topped with plenty of Old Bay, of course), and a good book.

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SW-T
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#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

1. Ancillary Justice
2. 132
3. Getting a super sweet email out of the blue from someone who said I had a positive impact on her life during a point when I was feeling down.
4. Seeing family over the holidays.
5. “Hello, littens!”

wanderinglynn What a lovely letter to get! 💜 And thanks for playing! 👋🏻😀 1y
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Rudis
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Pickpick

I found the book hard to get into at first, but I really enjoyed it once I had time to savour it. The different narration, or way of looking at the world, took some getting used to, but once I was, the story flowed along. The plot was great, and I‘m excited to read the second book!

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JSW
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t wrap my head around this incredible sci-fi storyline. It‘s unique and fascinating but too much right now. I‘ll come back to Leckie when my life isn‘t so demanding and try again. #itsnotyouitsme

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Mitch
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Pickpick

Well that was interesting! For the first half, just as I thought I got a handle on what was actually going on - things morphed again! Kind of enjoyed it -but it was literally in the closing chapters that it all begun to make sense! Lots of space ships, artificial intelligence, laser battles & escape pods! The exploration of gender was really cool - where some races don't recognise gender difference and the gender pronoun becomes irrelevant.

TracyReadsBooks So happy to see you enjoyed it. The sequel, Ancillary Sword, is easy to follow right from the very beginning—and, I think it‘s even better than Ancillary Justice! (edited) 2y
Trismegistus This is one of my favorites! The sequels are just as good, and don't just rehash the first novel, either. 2y
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JSW
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@bookshopsc rocking the #pride display with sci-fi and fantasy options. #lgbtqia #diversebooks 🌈😍

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plaidchuck
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Pickpick

Wow! That's all I can think to start out with. A perfect blend in regards to the old and the new within sci-fi. Shades of Herbert and Le Guin, with a touch of space opera fun. Every word counted and the prose moved with forward momentum and sure-footedness. Highly recommended!

asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
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Trismegistus
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Pickpick

This is the science fiction I want in my life. Leckie handles her narrator's mindbending POV with ease. Add in a fully realized intergalactic empire with multiple species, social codes, and languages, and political intrigue that envelops the main characters with the inevitability of an approaching thundercloud, and you've got one gripping read. Definitely recommended.

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Trismegistus
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The Presger didn't care if a species was sentient or not, conscious or not, intelligent or not. The word they used--or the concept, at any rate, as I understood they didn't speak in words--was usually translated as "significance." And only the Presger were were significant. All other beings were their rightful prey, property, or playthings.

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SW-T
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Pickpick

Wow! This was the perfect read at the perfect time. Loved Breq, aka Justice of Toren One Esk, segment nineteen. Strong world building, great characters, interesting plot. The flashbacks were well-integrated and pacing was good too. Looking forward to the next entry in the Radch story.

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Dragon
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#4NewFavesin4days @Cinfhen this whole trilogy introduced a new type of science fiction. I tore through all three books! Thanks Book Riot and Litsy for the recommendations💚Day 1

Cinfhen I‘m always curious when I see this title on my feed, but it‘s so outside my reading comfort 2y
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen it is very different from what I considered my wheelhouse . But I‘m a long time Star Trek fan so I‘ve a soft spot for space ships. 2y
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SW-T
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Pickpick

Only forty pages in, but so far so good! So glad I left this on my TBR list! #foundanewseries

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slightlyfoxed
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#ManicMonday
1. I‘ve read 233 SF books in the past three years, but here are some faves: the Ancillary series, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, the Expanse series, All Systems Red, Old Man‘s War series... I could keep going, honestly.
2. Super Smash Bros on N64. #nostalgia
3. I was only alive for 9 days of the 80s - but I do confess to liking the Cure.
4. Die Hard, The Princess Bride, Labyrinth.

JoScho Thanks for playing ❤️ 2y
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earlgreyediting
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Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits on SFF & romance I've come across and share them with you over tea.

In today's news, the Organisation for Transformative Works is having a membership drive. Emma Newman discusses anxiety and book launches. And Orbit Books have announced a forthcoming fantasy novel from Ann Leckie.

Details at
http://earlgreyediting.com.au/2018/04/23/loose-leaf-links-60/

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JonathonLynch
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Pickpick

Really digging this book! Cool perspective, intriguing ideas, fascinating characters. I'm maybe 2/3's of the way through and I'm at the must-finish-now phase. And yes, I am reading this on Libby. Love it!

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JanJan
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A sleepy puppy and a Space Opera.

nanoauthor I love this book! Hope you enjoy 😊 2y
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krismlars
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Time to return to Litsy after an unintended absence. Holy reading slump! Here's hoping that some award-winning sci fi will do the trick.

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