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Theory of Bastards
Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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A new world, no longer brave. Its the near future, a time of new technologies bodyware implants having replaced most past means of communication but also of climate change and dwindling resources. Francine is a luminary in her field of evolutionary science. She joins the Foundation to study a colony of bonobo apes: remarkable animals, and the perfect creatures to certify her revolutionary feminist theory of reproduction. When the terrible, dry winds rise up and cut off the Foundation, silencing all the devices and endangering the survival of animals and humans alike, Francine and the man she has grown to love make a decision that may determine the possibility of a premature ending or a chance to start life over. A literary novel with elements of dystopia and science fiction, Theory of Bastards is an absorbing, recognizable story that will keep readers turning the pages.
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I bought this one recently also! Hope it‘s good. 1mo
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readordierachel
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This was both very easy and very hard! Kept it to books published since 2010. I find myself thinking of these often. #top10ofthedecade #fictionedition

*Honorable mentions to Sally Rooney's Conversations With Friends, Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, Becky Chambers' A Closed and Common Orbit, and Paul Tremblay's Cabin at the End of the World

**I'm not even done reading Girl, Woman, Other and it still makes the list. It's that good. Seriously.

BarbaraBB I need to read Girl Woman Other soon! Great choices! 1mo
Jas16 Such great choices 1mo
batsy Lovely selection 😍 Nice to the The Animators and Normal People there ❤️ 1mo
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Billypar I feel like Mount Char has been on my mental tbr list forever...2020 has to be the year- I like what I've heard about it. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Two of these were on my fiction list as well! Great picks! 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, good. I have a few of these waiting on my shelves. 😆 1mo
Graywacke Great list. Seems I should try Normal People... 1mo
Ruthiella The Library at Mt. Char is one of those books I keep meaning to read! I feel I will really like it.😀 1mo
Cinfhen Love this list!! A little bit of everything 💟 1mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It's amazing. Well deserving of all the accolades. I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Couldn't leave those off the list. Two books that shredded my heart---in a good way? 🙃 1mo
readordierachel @Billypar It's a wild, wild ride. Honestly one of the most original books I've read. Look forward to your thoughts when you get to it! 1mo
readordierachel @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I saw that! I loved all your choices! You're always expanding my nonfiction tbr 😊 1mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen Something to look forward to! 😁 1mo
readordierachel @Graywacke You absolutely should! It's wonderful. 1mo
readordierachel @Ruthiella It's a trip. Unlike anything else. I hope you like it as much as I did! 1mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen It was so much fun to put this list together! 😊 1mo
merelybookish This is a fun list! You really mix up your genres! And glad to hear Girl, Woman, Other is good. Still think it's a shame she had to share the Booker with Atwood. 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I like variety 😁. I love Margaret Atwood and I haven't read The Testaments yet, but I'm inclined to agree. This book should have gotten to shine on its own. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @readordierachel Litsy is notoriously bad for mine! 1mo
vivastory Great choices 👍 1mo
youneverarrived A couple here I really want to read soon! Great picks 💙 1mo
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BookishTrish
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Lunchtime reading view #audiowalk

sudi Beautiful view 7mo
Simona I really like your lunchtime reading views❣️ ...and I‘m a little bit envious 😘 7mo
BookishTrish @sudi @simona Thank you both. The view is a lucky benefit of a lovely job 7mo
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readordierachel
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Ok, here are my #top6reads so far in 2019. All 5 ⭐. Theory of Bastards was my favorite favorite. Thanks for the tag @Redwritinghood ! What about you @batsy @Tanisha_A @JennyM @DivineDiana ? And anyone else who'd like to share 😊

swishandflick A Little Life! 😭 7mo
batsy Fabulous list and almost all on my TBR 🙂 Thanks for the tag! 7mo
Cinfhen Still need to checkout 7mo
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JennyM Great list...I will put my thinking cap on 😘 7mo
readordierachel @swishandflick Right? Gutting 😭 7mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen I hope you like it when you do check it out! 7mo
readordierachel @JennyM Look forward to your picks! 7mo
vivastory Which Toni Morrison books have you read? I've only read one, but I loved it. Wonderful list. All are on my TBR. 7mo
vivastory Except for Oscar & Lucinda. Already read (& adored) it. 7mo
readordierachel @vivastory Sula was my first! I can't believe it took me so long. I have Beloved and The Bluest Eye on my list to read next. I can't remember if we talked about it already, but which one have you read? 7mo
vivastory Song of Solomon. I read it late last year, around Xmas. I had always heard it was her most challenging book, but I was immediately drawn in 7mo
readordierachel @vivastory Adding it to the list. There is a documentary about her that I believe just came out. Not sure if it's in wide release yet. It's called "The Pieces I Am." Sounds fantastic. 7mo
vivastory I just heard about it. I will definitely be watching it... although it may take me awhile. I still haven't watched the documentary about James Baldwin. 😬 7mo
Cathythoughts Great list ! I‘ve read some & will be stacking others 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Tanisha_A Brilliant picks! My TBR is shooting up! Thanks for the tag love, will share in a bit. 🥰 7mo
youneverarrived A Little Life is amazing. I have the tagged back to read after your review on it 👍 7mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts ❤👍🏼😊 7mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived Ooh, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Look forward to your thoughts. 7mo
youneverarrived Thanks I‘ll let you know when I read it 😘 7mo
atla Ouch, my TBR list just grew by 3 books. I loved all 3 of your lower row, and haven‘t read any of the upper - so now I must add them immediately to my list! 7mo
BiblioLitten I have had Sula on my list for so long! 7mo
readordierachel @atla #sorrynotsorry 😁 Be warned that A Little Life is an emotional rollercoaster. So worth it though. 7mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It's a fantastic book! 7mo
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BookishTrish
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So far liking the lit fic sci fi vibe of this one #audiowalk

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BookishTrish
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New week, new #audiobook

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atla
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It took me a while to get into this, but I‘m so glad I stuck with it. @readordierachel posted a great review that had me rushing to pick this up & she encouraged me to keep going - reassuring me that the novel swiftly changes & becomes something else entirely, & boy was she right. It became amazing. This novel has so much heart, in a package with a little bit of evolutionary science, climate change, chronic illness, and dystopia. Thanks Rachel!

readordierachel Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! 8mo
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atla
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It‘s not often that I get 100 pages into a book without knowing how I feel about it. At 100 pages, I‘ve either decided it‘s wonderful or I‘ve cast it aside 75 pages ago. But This book has done it. I‘m intrigued by the premise, and so rarely do we get to read work which features women with chronic illnesses that I want to keep reading. On the other hand, I don‘t feel any emotional connection with the characters or story yet. Ugh, do I keep going?

readordierachel I would say keep going! But I loved it, so I'm biased. If it helps, it becomes a very different book as it continues. 8mo
atla @readordierachel Thanks! I‘m going to keep at it for a bit. I actually selected it and immediately ran to pick it up from the library based on your review :) 8mo
readordierachel I hope it clicks for you! 🤞🏼 8mo
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readordierachel
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I loved this so much. Lit fic with elements of near-future sci-fi, cli-fi, dystopia, social science, and biology---it's hard to really describe. An acclaimed researcher who has struggled with a lifetime of chronic pain comes to a facility to study the mating habits of bonobo apes. 👇🏼

readordierachel There are so many layers to this book: chronic pain and the ways medicine can fail people who have it, the drive to procreate, the biology of attraction, the possibilities and limits of technology, the future of the planet, evolution, love, friendship, connection. It completely absorbed and moved me. I never wanted to put it down. Favorite book of the year so far. 8mo
tpixie Wow! Lots in the book!! 8mo
readordierachel @tpixie There is so much! And so good! 8mo
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tpixie @readordierachel 🎉😊🎉 8mo
Cinfhen Sounds great!!!! 8mo
Cinfhen Fabulous review🙌🏻 8mo
Cinfhen @shawnmooney Does this interest you??? How about you @LeahBergen Sounds like a meaty book for a buddy read xx 8mo
batsy Wow! Sounds amazing. I stacked it earlier thanks to your post ❤️ 8mo
vivastory This sounds brilliant. Will definitely be checking out soon! 8mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Let me know what you think if you read it! 8mo
readordierachel @batsy I think it's really special 💕 Hope you like it if/when you get to it 8mo
readordierachel @vivastory I think you would like it. Look forward to your thoughts! 8mo
BarbaraBB Sounds fascinating. I hadn‘t heard of it but will check it out now! 8mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It really was! I very randomly heard of it and am so glad I did! 8mo
GatheringBooks there needs to be a #EuropaEditionBookClub as well @vivastory 8mo
readordierachel @GatheringBooks Yes! I would join 🙌🏼 8mo
GatheringBooks @readordierachel right?? less american-centric, i feel. :) 😍📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 8mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen I laughed when I saw I was tagged in a comment about a book with this title! LOL what are you trying to tell me, Cindy? :-) This novel sounds quite interesting, but perhaps not my cup of tea. :-) 8mo
Cinfhen Ha!! I thought the title alone might sway you @shawnmooney 😘😘I‘ll keep looking for another book we might be able to read together 8mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen perhaps in 2020! We are also thinking of doing An International Year Of Reading in 2020 (special focus on translated titles), and the #EuropaEditions books would be perfect! 8mo
readordierachel @GatheringBooks In general, I think they are less American-centric, but this one is set there 🙃 The author is originally from Canada though. 8mo
GatheringBooks @readordierachel ooh! even more interesting! 😍 8mo
rohit-sawant Wow, sounds fascinating! Great review! 8mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! 😊 8mo
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readordierachel
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I've been advised that my flight will be delayed by at least 5 hours. I'm always complaining about not having enough uninterrupted reading time. I guess the universe heard me. 🙄

Jerdencon Hope the flight isn't that delayed!! 8mo
C.Perone Uggghhhh that sucks😖 BUT happy reading!!!😬 8mo
Tanisha_A Hiii! I like when the universe hears us at times. 😁 Where are you going? Have a nice trip! 💜 8mo
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Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Still , the universe provides. Hope it‘s a great read ♥️👍🏻 8mo
wanderinglynn Ugh, but happy reading! 8mo
readordierachel @Jerdencon Thanks! 🤞🏼 8mo
readordierachel @C.Perone Thank you!! 8mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Hello there! I am headed to NYC for a 1-day work trip. Thank you! ❤ 8mo
readordierachel @wanderinglynn Thank you! 💕 8mo
batsy What a title and description! Bummer about the delay but enjoy your reading and safe flight. 8mo
readordierachel @batsy It's an absorbing read. So far I absolutely recommend it. Thank you! ❤ 8mo
LeahBergen 5 hours?? Yikes! 8mo
minkyb That is a major delay. 8mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @minkyb it ended up only being a 4-hour delay 😆 Still long, but I did a lot of reading! 8mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! That‘s a bit much, even for the Universe. 😁 8mo
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme Indeed. The universe went a little too hard 😆 8mo
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readordierachel
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This is real good so far. Near-future speculative fiction (think contact lenses that project a computer screen only you can see, implants that monitor your vitals, etc; tech is advanced but the world still seems basically the same). A no-nonsense researcher with health issues is studying bonobo orgies at a facility. I'm loving it 👍🏼 #currentlyreading

Lindy Sounds great! 8mo
readordierachel @Lindy it is so far! 8mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
Pickpick

Near future SFF about a bonobo researcher with a MacArthur grant.

Very readable. Kept connecting it to other books I've read. Station Eleven / Lady Oracle / We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves

PKD award nom 1/6.

Lcsmcat That‘s good company it‘s keeping. 12mo
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Like all book professionals & aficionados, I cycle through totes from my favorite publishers. Europa‘s my current favorite.

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TrishB
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Bailedbailed

The story had potential - but the lack of punctuation in dialogue is just down right annoying and I‘m bailing for now....maybe come back....

Kalalalatja I‘m passing on this for now, too! 1y
TrishB @Kalalalatja I know others had been chatting about this too and that it‘s just annoying...it was distracting and then made it hard to follow! 1y
batsy That's too bad. :( Such an intriguing title. 1y
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Andrew65 thats not good enough said andrew 1y
Reggie Lololololol @Andrew65 1y
TrishB @andrew65 @Reggie my thoughts exactly 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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TrishB
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Today‘s lunchtime read, courtesy of a work colleague!! Which is really unusual as I‘ve usually read everything or have no desire to!

Kalalalatja I‘ll be looking forward to your review, the blurb has piqued my interest! 1y
TrishB @Kalalalatja the story feels like it will be good, but it‘s one of those where the dialogue has no punctuation and it‘s really irritating me.....maybe a bail out of frustration.... 1y
Kalalalatja Ugh, oh no! I won‘t blame you if you bail 👎 1y
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Caroline2 Arghhhh Ali smith has a habit of doing that with dialogue and it gets right on my nerves!!! 🙄 1y
TrishB @Caroline2 and her books are confusing enough!! 1y
Caroline2 Yeah defo!! 😂 1y
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