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Phoenix Extravagant
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee
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Dragons. Art. Revolution. Gyen Jebi isnt a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint. One day theyre jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying governments automaton soldiers. But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei governments horrifying crimesand the awful source of the magical pigments they usethey find they can no longer stay out of politics. What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministrys mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight
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sebrittainclark
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4/5

This was such a good, short read. The world building with magic pigments that bring automaton to life was fascinating, and I loved that this story in a world full of war, conquest, and colonization was told through the perspective of an artist, not a traditional fighter.

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deirdrebeecher
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I was seduced by this cover. Fortunately the book within is equally exciting and memorable. An alt-hist influenced by the occupation of Korea by Japan in the early 20th century. It features Automata, Art, twisty political machinations, romance, family conflict over assimilating with invaders, dueling, revolution, and a they/them protagonist whose journey has nothing to do with they being they/them. Oh and of course a really great dragon.

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arkei
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

The use of “they“ is sometimes throwing me off that I have to reread the paragraph again, but so far, the writing is familiar even though it is my first Yoon Ha Lee book.

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arkei
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

But if wishes were wings, all the world would fly.

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arkei
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

Another #TBR for this month

😲 It's already July on my side of the world...

Looks like the fiction pile is heavier than my non-fiction pile this month ⚖️📖

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shanaqui
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I enjoyed this, but I'm still not entirely sure what I think. Part of me was expecting something more like the Hexarchate books, while this is much... well, easier for me at least to grasp pretty much all the concepts. I did like it, though.

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shanaqui
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

Looking forward to reading more of this once my exam is over... Will hopefully be sitting it tomorrow. I did sneak in some reading today and it's getting toward what I guess is the main plot stuff now, though. 👀

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shanaqui
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

So far, I'm not getting sucked into this, but I'm sure it's going to happen. I love that the protagonist uses the same pronouns as me.

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rachelsbrittain
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee
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Did some work to add a bunch of new books to my shelves and it's looking like it *might* be time to add a third shelf 😅🙈

LeslieO I love it! 2y
Bette Looks wonderful! ❤️🐶 2y
LazyOwl Love the set-up, it looks great 2y
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imyril
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee
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#WyrdAndWonder day 7 | fantasy from around the world

I grew up on Tolkien and a raft of vaguely European mediaeval fantasy; I love reading fantasy inspired by other cultures and periods. Today‘s stack includes West African mythology, 20th century China, Malaysia & Korea, Mughal India, and the Pueblo cultures of North America

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rachelsbrittain
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It may have been basically the only thing I got done today, and I know I'll inevitable rearrange them several times but I still feel pretty good about the two of us

DogMomIrene Love the BB8 next to The Martian🤩 2y
Bookjunkie57 Super cute 😍 2y
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous shelves! 2y
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Arvena Wow! 2y
LazyOwl Looks great 2y
wordslinger42 How beautiful!! 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Omg, they look fantastic! I‘m going to have you come do my shelves! 😅🤣😂 2y
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broughtyoubooks
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Finished this one on the train. Love a non-binary mc, and a robo dragon. All the fantasy elements were really cool and the world building, at least of the main city, was so good. End confused me a little but worth it.

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rachelsbrittain
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Calling all SFF fans! This book about a magically animated mechanical dragon and the painter kidnapped to create new instructions for it is so incredibly compelling I've barely been able to put it down (even during a very busy week). Yoon Ha Lee's writing is masterful. I loved the melding of magic and machinery and the fact that the POV character uses they/them pronouns. Can't recommend this one enough!

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rachelsbrittain
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Wishing everyone good things and rest today and a book as good as the one I'm reading

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rachelsbrittain
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee
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Reading + Rockettes

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rachelsbrittain
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Reading and dog cuddles

Sleepswithbooks ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️🐶 2y
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rachelsbrittain
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1. Phoenix Extravagant, Blazewrath Games, and Once and Future Witches

2. Physical book: The Year of the Witching (overdue to return oops)
Ebook: Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

3. Lots lol. For our dad @sebrittainclark and I are getting the Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View anthologies

#WeekendReads

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rachelsbrittain
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Reading snuggles

Elizabeth2 Aw! Hi pup! 2y
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rachelsbrittain
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No automata dragons yet, but really enjoying this book so far and love that it's from the POV of a nonbinary character

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rachelsbrittain
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Was able and up for setting aside a few minutes of dedicated reading time this morning and finished the first chapter of the second dragon book I'm reading at the moment, Phoenix Extravagant.

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imyril
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Finally reading this gorgeous beast and aaahhhh it‘s so different to Machineries of Empire, but so lovely. Jebi is a bit of an asshat but also a cinnamon roll; and we a mechanical dragon, tricky themes, awkward family relationships, and a sniff of forbidden romance - I think I‘m set for glorious melodrama!

night_shift Whoa.. this book looks so pretty! I've never seen blue edges like that before (also this sounds very intriguing - is it a sequel??) 2y
imyril @UnidragonFrag it‘s a fantasy stand alone out next week. This is a gorgeous special edition (bonus blue edges!) because 2020 has been weird enough the special edition made it to print in summer but the official release got pushed to autumn... 2y
imyril @UnidragonFrag huh Litsy ate my reply. Let‘s try again... Phoenix is a stand-alone in a new fantasy universe - officially out next week. This beautiful edition was the Goldsboro special edition (hence the blue edges) that made it to print in the summer even tho the official release got pushed to autumn 2y
night_shift That's so weird the special edition came out first, but that's 2020 for ya. Added to my TBR - thanks! 2y
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kathytrithardt
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee
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This is a compelling blend of technology and magic, filled with art, rebellion, lust, love, plot twists, and complex characters. I highly recommend it if you like non-binary protagonists, dragons, getting paid for your art, and the allure of a duel.

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Briary
Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee
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Here are all the books I'm waiting to be published this year. Here's hoping they still do, despite of it all. 🙄