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The Clockwork Dynasty
The Clockwork Dynasty | Daniel H. Wilson
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An epic, ingenious new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse, The Clockwork Dynasty weaves a riveting path through history and a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries. In the rugged landscape of eastern Oregon, a young scientist named June uncovers an exquisite artifact--a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll whose existence seems to validate her obsession with a harrowing story she was told by her grandfather many years earlier. The mechanical doll, June believes, is proof of a living race of automatons that walk undetected among us to this day. Ingeniously hidden inside the ancient doll is a lost message, addressed to the court of Peter the Great, czar of Russia. Russia, 1725: Peter and Elena, two human-like mechanical beings, are brought to life under the watchful guise of Peter the Great. Their struggle to serve in the court of the czar while blending in, and to survive? amid those who fear and wish to annihilate them, will take Peter and Elena across Russia, Europe, and, ultimately, across the centuries to modern day. The Clockwork Dynasty is Daniel H. Wilson's masterful new novel. It seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings that live by different principles than humans, but ultimately value loyalty. As June learns more about these beings, she is quickly drawn into a fierce battle that has spanned the centuries, and will ultimately determine the survival or extermination of this ancient race. Richly-drawn and heart-pounding, Wilson's novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisite characters with breathtaking technology--and unmatched action. The Clockwork Dynasty is a riveting, breakout novel.
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kd_lawson
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A deeper truth exists, waiting to be found... inviting me to go every direction at once, and none.

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Tianarose
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This was interesting. Loved it. I feel I may have gotten more out of it in print than audio. Feel like I lost some of the story but it was still a great book.

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Tianarose
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Audio cleaning and audio laundry and etc, etc....

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MrBook
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The second #NYC bookclub on my docket was the #2030SomethingBookClub. Almost 30 in attendance for this one.

A couple folks liked this one quite a bit, but otherwise it was declared a unanimous eh. 😆

If you‘re looking for an entertaining action-packed light read, like for the beach, then this selection would work.

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MrBook
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Tea, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies, and books. I‘m set. 😎

cobwebmoth Beautiful! 9mo
Amiable This is my definition of heaven right here on earth. 🥰 9mo
Kimzey Yum! 😋 9mo
BookHoarder32 Your mug is 😂 9mo
OrangeMooseReads Mmm cookies 🍪 9mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! I‘m continuing the healthy eating best I can *grumbles*. I have lost 15 lbs., so it‘s working, but I want tots 🙈! Anyway, accompaniment this warm and semi-sunny evening: my stir fry of broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, carrots, chicken breast, parmesan & asiago cheeses, and a variety of seasonings; and a cherry Diet Coke. MMmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

LauraJ Oh, I found your 15 lbs.! Also laying off the tots and pastries. I can literally see the bakery from my window, so it‘s not easy. 9mo
JacqMac Good job! I‘m back on my healthy food next week. No carbs for me. We will be suffering together. Lol 9mo
Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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Mimi28 Great job! There is a ton of stuff I am not supposed to eat but eat anyway. I have GAINED 15 pounds since my break up, but you are doing the opposite. You‘re an inspiration 👍🏽 9mo
Kimberlone For something healthy, it‘s looks very tasty! 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Good for you! That really awesome and I admire the commitment. 9mo
kspenmoll Yum! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 for eating healthy! 9mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Mehso-so

What to say? It wasn‘t a bad read, but it wasn‘t a great read. If you want something with little story but a sort of moral I suppose this would be good. Even then it‘s a bit of a stretch to say there is a moral. Not really my book or author. There were several points when I wish he would have just got on with it. The switching timeline was ok, but it did get annoying when 3 time lines with 2 happening simultaneously started. I‘ll go so-so.

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OrangeMooseReads
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I really hope I‘m not getting sick. Drank my coffee and ate my cereal and I‘m feeling not so good. Super fun dry cough and dizzy and body ache. I‘m not down with getting sick I have things to do. I‘m going to lay here and try to read for a bit. Hopefully I feel better.
I‘m liking this book so far. My brain doesn‘t want to connect words right now.

DGRachel I hope you feel better soon! 13mo
Adam86uk Oh no! Try some lemon and ginger tea with a bit of honey. Always helps a cough for me :) 13mo
Lcsmcat Feel better! 13mo
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readordierachel Hope you feel better soon! 13mo
Tamra Fight it with fluids and rest! (Including books) (edited) 13mo
Eggs Hope you're better soon 😕❤️ 13mo
SilversReviews I hope you feel better soon. 13mo
DHill Hope you feel better soon! 13mo
Librarybelle Feel better! 13mo
Bklover No! Hope you are feeling better soon! 13mo
mcipher Feel better! Hopefully the rest helps. 13mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 13mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Started this one last night. It seems like it‘s going to be kind of interesting. Hope it keeps my interest. #botmcatchup

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Jschultzems
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Disclaimer: listened to the audiobook. Loved this book! A captivating story about human-like robots that move among us undetected and the battle for survival they are enduring. Highly recommended.

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Faydflowright
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Finished this book last night! If you‘re looking for a sci-fi fantasy action novel with bunch of history elements in it (and of course robots) this one is a great pick. The whole book was pretty much all action and it was nice to see the back and forth story from present and past (also short chapters were nice too). The only downside is that June didn‘t have as much development like Peter did. This is Peter‘s story after all. Check it out! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

ofclumsywords Yay I can‘t wait to read this! 1y
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Faydflowright
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Really liking this book! Close to the end... not sure if I‘m ready for that :)

ofclumsywords 😱 I really need to start this book. I am being a bad book club friend 🤣 1y
Faydflowright Haha I only have like 10 pages left XD 1y
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Faydflowright
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Look what I‘m picking up at the library!

ofclumsywords Yay!!! First book for our book club! 😍 1y
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eloreads
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🌟3.5
Good book, but the ending was a bit rushed and not many things were explained. #botm

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BookwormAHN
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🌹Childhood fav. - Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz ☆☆☆☆
🌹Steampunk- The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson ☆☆☆
🌹Book Set Outdoors- Destination Truth by Josh Gates ☆☆☆☆
🌹Refugee MC- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid ☆☆
🌹Friendship- The Owl Service by Alan Garner ☆☆☆
🌹Flowers on Cover- A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆

April - June #Booked2018
@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I‘m LOVING these collages❣️❣️❣️great job on second quarter 🙌🏻 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! Congratulations!!🎉🎉 2y
BethM Scary Stories scared the beejesus out of me as a kid. I think it's sad that the reissues are edited. 2y
4thhouseontheleft I loved Scary Stories as a kid!! Congrats on finishing the prompts!🎉🎉🎉 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 👏🏻👏🏻😍😍 2y
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DanaBeth10
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Modern steampunk with a pinch of 18th C Russia. What more could a girl want?

RaimeyGallant Cool cover! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
Chelleo Welcome! 10mo
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JPeterson
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Mehso-so

Fun read, though the pacing seemed a bit off and the ending a bit rush. I was actually hoping for more steampunk elements and inventions, but those seemed to be lacking. The historical fiction portion was what kept my attention.

That cover, though. 😍

#booked2018
#steampunk

4thhouseontheleft I love this cover, that‘s too bad the steampunk elements were lacking. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review and I‘m in love with the cover too! 2y
Cinfhen nice choice! I‘ve been curious about this book ~ still not sure if it‘s for me.... 2y
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JPeterson
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Thank you, @TheLibrarian 🧡🖤🧡

I can‘t wait to read it!

TheLibrarian You‘re welcome!! I hope you like it. 2y
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Sydsavvy
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Finally in the mood for this!! #BOTM

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kerry
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Bailedbailed

I gave this 2 hours before bailing. I found the characters flat, and the story confusing and all over the place, and the pacing uneven. Others seemed to love it, so if you're into steampunk and/or alternate histories, definitely worth a shot. Just not for me.

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Kimberlone
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Not a huge fan of how the layout for January turned out, but I‘m excited to continue throughout the year and try out different formats, lettering, and boxes. I also picked up these planner/journaling stickers from the dollar section at Target today, and am looking forward to incorporating these other elements, as well! Really haven‘t been motivated to read much in the latter half of January, but hoping for more motivation in Feb. #bujo #january

Kimberlone I forgot to post about The Clockwork Dynasty, but I actually liked it! Interesting blend of steampunk, historical fiction, mystery, and action elements. Though I would have liked more character development in the narrator (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I think it looks great❣️ 2y
Kimberlone @Cinfhen thanks! 2y
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Lizbeth
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Only a third of the way through...but oh what fun! Alternative History were automations walk among us along with alternating chapters set in 18 century Russia about the origin of one. Super fun idea! @24in48 #bookriotreadharderchallenge2018

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Ksvz
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Mehso-so

2017 #161

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#JanInBooks18 #BookWithABeautifulCover
@bookisglee

This is a story about clockwork people, automatons that have lived through the ages and struggle to hide themselves from the human race.

Its kind of like a Vampire story meets Indiana Jones meets the Terminator.

And just look at that cover! 😍

Longer spoiler free review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2082714303

ephemeralwaltz Cool cover 2y
GripLitGrl Loving that cover!😍 2y
Reggie Is the Terminator trying to wipe out the vampires? 2y
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398.2 You just sold me on this book! Lol 2y
ju.ca.no I‘ve wanted to buy this one before, mainly for the pretty cover. Now I want it even more😍😂 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Reggie There are no actual Vampires in this story. It's just that some of the Automatons have an ageless quality about them that characterizes them much like vampire. 2y
Reggie Lol, I know, I was speaking in your metaphor. 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Reggie Gotcha! I would feel bad if you bought the book expecting Vampire's because of what I had said. 😅 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @398.2 Haha👍. It was pretty good. Not perfect but still quite enjoyable. 2y
TricksyTails "Vampire story meets Indiana Jones meets Terminator"! Sold! #Stacked! 2y
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Dwayne_Shugert
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Was at the Big House today to watch the Buckeyes beat TTUN!! 31-20 OSU!

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Dwayne_Shugert
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So far fantastic...

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BookBelle84
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I went into this hesitant because sreampunk is not my thing , but I really enjoyed this. The chapters where you follow the automaton through history I found really interesting. I just thought the book could have been a bit longer as the human character June I didn't think was well developed and it falls a little flat at the end. Love the cover!

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SpringtimeLibrarian
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A little slow to start, this #steampunk novel is as finely crafted as the mechanical beings at its heart. Find my full review - https://springtimelibrarian.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/the-clockwork-dynasty/

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Mehso-so

3.5/5 ⭐
This book was alright but the main issue is the pacing of this book. I really enjoy historical fiction but it was even getting a little tedious to me at the end.

There's a lot of focus on a relationship between an automaton brother and sister as well as the main present day characters relationship with her deceased grandpa. I loved getting to visit all the different times and places and cultures. I liked the chapter POV switching too!

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Character: "you know what an automaton is? Few know that word."

Me: um...let me introduce you to every YA steampunk book ever written!

A few chapters with a pot of coffee before work! TGIF!

IWriteInTheNight Lol that caption👌 love the cover😍 2y
nvhXesq Amazing cover! 2y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I haven't actually read anything by Daniel Wilson before but this cover 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 the steampunk vibes are too strong!

WarpedSweetness This is a great cover! I've always been fascinated by steampunk. 2y
vivastory I really liked this one 2y
KathyWheeler I really liked Robopocalypse and Jow to Survive a Robot Uprising. 2y
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Laughterhp
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This was between a pick and a so-so for me. It‘s a pick because I‘ve personally never encountered a book like this before. Clockwork people, alternative history/steampunk-ish, page turning adventure. I liked the history part more than the present day sections. It was a little confusing though, with the 2 points of view in first person. When they were together I had to stop and think about who was narrating. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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LaurenReads
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This book was way outside what I normally read. I liked it, the premise is cool, but the changes in time pulled me out of the story quite a bit. I don‘t normally read sci-fi, but that cover 😍 A good book, but not great.

SilversReviews I love the cover. Not sure I would like the book. 2y
MarriedtoMrT I typically avoid anything that has changes in time. I‘m, sadly, a mostly linear story reader and I prefer one set of characters to follow. 🤷‍♀️ My current read is outside this so I *occasionally* try something different. 2y
LaurenReads @MarriedtoMrT It was the same characters which I think made it even more difficult, remembering what happened then and what was happening in the present. 2y
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catiewithac
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Bailedbailed

I had to bail on this #botm extra that I picked up a few months ago. I made several attempts to finish it but I just didn‘t care for the writing of characters. Life is too short to waste on bad books! 👎🏻

Grimscythe It's definitely not an easy read and I wouldn't even consider it steampunk. I enjoyed it, but I think I gave it 3/5. It wasn't anything super fantastic. 2y
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Laughterhp
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#FirstPersonNarrator I‘ve just started reading this book and it has 2 points of view both in first person... For Annihilation, you don‘t even know the narrator‘s name yet (I‘m not that far into it) #UncannyOctober

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Lisaw13
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Mehso-so

This is between a so-so and a pick. There were parts I was really into it and then other parts I found myself skimming. The back and forth between timelines kept throwing me out of the story, but that's more a me issue since I like more linear stories. The ending I pretty much predicted so that's why it ended up being so-so. Not a bad read, just not amazing.

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Colleenma
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Came from dragon con this month and wanted a steam punk book. This fills that need. So good already

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Laughterhp
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My October Must Read and most anticipated. I can‘t wait to read these books! If I didn‘t have so many library books, I‘d have already started some of these! #UncannyOctober #Hallowreads

minkyb Nice choices! 2y
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Luv2readbookz
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Just finished this one. I love the cover and the story doesn't disappoint. I hope the story continues - there is much more to explore in this world of automatons.

JaclynW I love the cover! 2y
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brennahawleycraig
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The book I finished on today's flight. Wasn't sure, but ended up totally enjoying it. Love me a book that goes back and forth between present day and historical. #botm

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bookchellf
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I am loving this book June is a great protagonist and I love the idea of a secret society of automatons.

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brennahawleycraig
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Attempting to break my reading slump by this fourth-to-last reading challenge book. Also...six days till I turn 30! Excited for some bookish time.

vivastory Happy early birthday! 2y
brennahawleycraig @vivastory thank you!! Should be fun!! 2y
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TheLibrarian
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Mehso-so

This was my first steampunk novel and I really wanted to love it. The plot was interesting but the first 1/2 of the book was a little slow. It did pick up at the end and I did enjoy the alternating chapters of past and present.

merelybookish Cool cover. 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh poop, I was hoping for better. I haven't read too many steampunk but this one looked promising. Definitely back of my list now! 2y
TheLibrarian @merelybookish Agreed! @ForeverNerdy It was still good just not great. 2y
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Sydsavvy
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#shadesofautumn #fallintoreading #autumnreads #fallcolors - Not looking or feeling like fall outside but this gets me in the mood!

#BOTM #bookofthemonth

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Ehow
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I'm loving the Da Vinci code/A discovery of witches/angelology meets steampunk vibe I'm getting from this!!! From an expert in robotics that feels very grounded in his expertise while also being something completely different.

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Ehow Thank you :) I'm just getting into the swing of things! 2y
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mjdowens
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So until my next book arrives in the mail tomorrow, I have started this one. I just got to page 83 and it hit me why it seems so familiar. It is like reading a Terminator movie. Now it is just Arnold‘s voice speaking for the MC. Just great🙄

DGRachel 😂😂 2y
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