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Angelmaker
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
A Wall Street Journal and Booklist Best Mystery of 2012 From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world from total destruction.Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew Tommy Gun Spork, he has turned his back on his familys mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to beshes a retired international secret agent. And the device? Its a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edies old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joes got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joes once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his fathers old gun . . .From the Hardcover edition.
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vivastory
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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The only Harkaway book that I have read is The Gone-Away World. Although I recall it was a bit of a slog at times, it 100% paid off & I ended up giving it 5 stars. Angelmaker, is not about #angels but rather about a doomsday device that is accidentally triggered by a clock repairman. He must team up with an octogenarian spy to save the world from destruction. It's been described as “gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy.“ Sounds good to me.

Eggs I‘m intrigued! Great choice👼🙌🏻 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💛🖤 😇 2mo
rabbitprincess I really liked this one and have to read it again! Planning to read Tigerman next. 2mo
vivastory @rabbitprincess I think I'll try to read it soon 📚 2mo
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Decalino
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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This book has a manic energy that got a little exhausting toward the end, but all in all it was a wild and fantastical ride full of gangsters, spies, scientists, monks and, at the center of it all, a clockmaker just trying to live his (quiet, lonely) life. Occasionally harrowing and frequently philosophical, Angelmaker packs a lot into its pages. Including intricate clockwork bees.

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Squidapus
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Mehso-so

Squidapus thought this book was very inconsistent; there are some great bits in there like the characters and the idea central to how the doomsday device works. But the author couldn't decide if this was a character study or a Hollywood movie. So a lot of the pacing and tone was all over the place. He'd have characters tell pages long stories that weren't important. Wasted talent because there's some great writing and characterization in there

Squidapus Side critique; this book sure did love to let you know that all the women in it were DTF, at all times, even with each other. Super male gazey which is impressive considering one of the characters is a 90 year old bisexual woman 2y
Clare-Dragonfly Ugh, I‘ve had enough of the male gaze in books! I am unstacking this. 2y
Squidapus @Clare-Dragonfly What made it awkward is he had an amazing 90 year old bisexual lady spy...and still in her flashbacks she thought about boobs and butts all the time 2y
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Squidapus
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Here's one for you; a man accidentally starts a doomsday device from the 50s and a secret agent tries to stop it while fighting a cornucopia of villainous characters. Squidapus is interested in trying this new author!

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janeycanuck
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Mehso-so

Not my style - I read it for the #ReadHarder 2018 task of a book with a female protagonist over 60, if I hadn‘t been trying to complete the challenge only using books recommended on the Read Harder podcast, I‘d likely have moved on to something else.

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BeththeBookDragon
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Mehso-so

I have no idea what to think about this book.

Victoriahoperose Omg. So glad I‘m not the only one. 3y
BeththeBookDragon @Victoriahoperose Some of it was funny, some I couldn‘t follow and it was longggg 3y
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AshleyS
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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I‘m pretty bad at shopping at local bookstores, amazon is just so cheap! But I checked out the new Moon Palace location in Minneapolis today and it‘s pretty great!

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Elizabeth_Chatsworth
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Boo the Yorkie: Aren't I angelic?

Mommy loves this novel ANGELMAKER. It's a steampunk-fantasy-gangster-espionage-romance genre mix up, with clockwork bees and old-fashioned villains in London's East End.

It's not the easiest read (verbose) but the (very British) humor makes the journey worthwhile. 9/10.

#dogsoflitsy #petsoflitsy #fantasy

booksandsympathy Sounds fascinating. 4y
Elizabeth_Chatsworth @booksandsympathy It's extremely verbose, so I'd recommend reading a few pages on Amazon before buying to make sure it's your cup of tea. It is funny though! 4y
Reggie Your genre mix up alone makes me want to read this. Lol 4y
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knp4597
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
Panpan

Meh. Not for me. Frenzied. Lots of jumping back and forth in time that lost me. Parts reminded me of “His Dark Materials” trilogy - which I‘m not a fan of, and Orwell‘s “1984”.

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Centique
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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#septembowie #underpressure

Well Joe is under pressure when his simple life as a clockmaker gets turned around by a pair of villains - Edie (despite being an accomplished octogenarian spy) is probably under pressure as she tries to save the world - and Cuparah (the steampunk submarine!) is definitely under pressure submerged to 1000 feet! 😜

Right hand photos - thanks Google. Left hand photos - the Rotorua Settlers and Steam Museum (they rock!)

Cinfhen I need to read a #Steampunk novel for #popsugarchallenge but I keep pushing it off!!! So NOT my genre 😶 4y
Centique @cinfhen This is really a literary mystery with just the variation that technology is a little different. If you like literary mysteries I don't think the tech would put you off. 😊 4y
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Victoriahoperose
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Panpan

This was so super slow and I just couldn't get into it. I'm super disappointed because I was excited to read it, but it just didn't ever capture my interest!

knp4597 I‘m glad I wasn‘t the only one 4y
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MaureenMc
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Book Fair, day two! Because one visit simply isn't enough, amirite?

#bookhaul

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FernsAndFairyTales
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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It took me a while to get into this one, but ultimately I enjoyed it. Doomsday plot with bees, super spies, and lots of humor (although I'll admit, some of that fell flat for me). But the parts from Edie's perspective made the book - her story was compelling AND kickass.

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Tnovo
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Lazy Sunday morning ☕️📖. Started slow but starting to enjoy this one about 70 pages in.

AlaMich It's wacky! You've been warned...😉 5y
Josie Your reading spot looks so cozy! 5y
Tnovo Wacky is good, @AlaMich nice break from reality 😉 5y
Tnovo Thank you @Josie my bedroom is my retreat, my happy comfy place. 5y
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caitso
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Book haul #2 from the Niantic Book Barn's annual sale! See anything you love?

Tnovo I LOVE the Book Barn!! ❤️️📚 nice haul! 5y
caitso @Tnovo isn't it THE BEST?! 5y
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Liberty
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Day 4 of the #Riotgrams challenge: favorite villain! I love Shem Shem Tsien, aka The Opium Khan.

"Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there was a boy born in the nation of Addeh Sikkim, in the royal palace, who wanted nothing more than to lead his people into a new world of prosperity and hope. He was suited to the task: clever and able and well-favored.” The Opium Khan looked nostalgic.

"I locked him in a steel box and burned him alive.”

Leniverse 😳 5y
Juli I need to read that book! 5y
AlaMich I can vouch for the awesomeness of this book!! 5y
AmyLarge I found the pacing a bit odd with this one. The ending felt like a sprint finish after having run a marathon! Not a favourite I'm afraid.... 😖 5y
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AlaMich
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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A crazy, wacky, wonderful book that I couldn't even begin to describe. You just have to sign up and go along for the ride! 😀

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Tonton
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Epic urban fantasy!

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rabbitprincess
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Close-up of the cover of the edition of Angelmaker I read. This was a recommendation from my cousin & I enjoyed it. Bought my brother a copy and he enjoyed it too. Keep meaning to read more Harkaway!

#seasonsreadings2016 day 14: steampunk (this is the first book I saw tagged as "steampunk" in LibraryThing that I'd read)

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Redwritinghood
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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I listened to this as an audiobook. I'm very slow with audiobooks, but that is not a reflection on the book. This was crazy fun. Very unique and irreverent, but well plotted and written. The narrator was great for this audiobook as well.

RanaElizabeth Harkaway's books are insane but great! 5y
Redwritinghood @RanaElizabeth This is the first book of his I've read. Will have to check that one out too. (edited) 5y
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Redwritinghood
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Based on currently available empirical data, this seems to be true.

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Lizpixie
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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#photoadaynov16 #day1 #novembertbr This is my preliminary TBR pile for this month.I have so many still plus all the books I've bought recently, so this is not a definitive list by any means. These are the ones I'd like to be reading next, until I get distracted by other pretty pretty books! To Kill A Mockingbird & The Secret Garden are top of the order, I've seen the movies but never read the books I'm ashamed to say. It's gonna be a great month.

James Great pile of books! The Name of the Wind will be a good place to start November. 5y
Gayan I see a Christopher Moore but can't read the title, which one is it please? I love his books. ❤️ 5y
Lizpixie @Gayan it's Sacre Bleu 5y
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Gayan Thanks! I haven't read that one yet, but I have it. 5y
Lindy Angelmaker is fantastic! 5y
Jess_Read_This Gorgeous copy of The Secret Garden! 💕 5y
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Redwritinghood
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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For #unforgettablewomen I pick Edie Banister. She reminds me of the cool snowboarding granny in the movie Hoodwinked (never trust a bunny). #booktober.

Cinfhen Ha😂love that graphic 5y
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Centique
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Wow, this was great. It started out slow and beautifully descriptive and I fell a little bit in love with this clockwork maker and his life. The shady but somehow good hearted underworld he's linked to was my favourite part. And then it started to go a lot faster and it got crazy and steampunk and superspies and horrendous villains and... WOW. Mind is blown.

(Picture is unrelated - lights I photographed today that felt a bit steampunk!)

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emily_jkn
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Book club is Sunday and I don't think I'm going to finish. 😯

brookelee At least I won't be the only one!! 5y
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Lizpixie
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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I. Have. No. Willpower. I'm in so much trouble,the husband was home & intercepted the large box these came in before I could get to the door😔But, look! Lovely lovely books make me feel better!😍 I've had to promise that October will be a #nobookbuymonth after I've already made September #allthebooksmonth.That's fair,I guess.Though I did point out I said nothing when he bought two quad bikes,a dirt bike & a caravan to put at his sisters property.

Hooked_on_books And books are cheaper and longer lasting than his purchases! 5y
Lizpixie @Hooked_on_books exactly! Can you come explain that to him please? He's not quite talking to me at the moment😬 5y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings It's so nice to know I am not the only Wife that wants to intercept book packages lol l get my monthly book subscription boxes and that was supposed to calm my book buying to basically nothing unless it was a special book like KMM's new release and now any Stiefvater. But occasionally... I NEED one because of Litsy. If he doesn't see it, he won't get as mad lol 5y
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Lizpixie @BooksTeasAndBookishThings my thinking precisely. At least he doesn't know that most of these books are only the first in a series!🙈🙉🙊 5y
BookishMarginalia That's what I was thinking! You're going to need the rest of the series! 5y
Sue Nice stack! I'm also planning on making October Nobooktober - with a couple of caveats. 5y
[DELETED] 2232195534 😂😂😂 5y
Claireluana Ooh some gems in there! 5y
Dragon Nice pile looks like hours of happy reading 😄👍 5y
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Yamich49
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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My #augusthaul for #augustofpages #photochallenge (minus my BOTM and books from book box subscriptions). There were a lot of ebook and audiobook sales this month and I clearly took advantage of them. 😬💸💸📚📚

Cinfhen Oh my! How awesome is that stash?!? I'm having lots of book envy today😩🤑❣ 5y
BookishFeminist 👀👀👀 girl you didn't include your subscription boxes! 😂 5y
Yamich49 @Cinfhen Right?!? Looking at everyone's stacks of books today is definitely giving me book envy. 5y
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Yamich49 @BookishFeminist 👀😏 Well I didn't have a picture of them on my phone and wasn't at home so I had to leave them out of this one....😎 5y
Zelma @Cinfhen me too. I bought a few books this month but mainly did my library thing and and read through some arcs. Book envy is real! 😆 5y
BookishFeminist @Yamich49 Also I see what you did there! 👀 trying to comment on my August haul when you've got twice as many & I included my BOTM! LOL. Gotta keep each other honest. 😏 5y
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Sarahj87
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway

Having trouble getting into this one. Not sure if it's the book or just in a bit of a reading funk 😦

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Oblomov26
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Had many candidates but this is the first that leapt to mind, Edie Bannister the 90 year old ex super spy ably assisted by Bastion her blind pug #favefemalecharacter #augustphotochallenge

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JessReads
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"Love causes people to do stupid things. That does not, she realizes now, make them the wrong things."

Just Nick Harkaway dropping some casual comic wisdom this morning.

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JessReads
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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It's a rainy road trip day! Good thing I have this to keep me distracted on the 5+ hour drive we have ahead of us.

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Redwritinghood
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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My eyes are tired tonight. Thank goodness for audiobooks. I've heard good things about this one and have had it on my TBR list for awhile.

carys14 Same here. It has probably been downloaded on my Audible app for almost a year now 5y
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Anei
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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I'm even more terrified of bees than I was before. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because bees are jerks, even if they're mechanical, and because there were a lot of really funny moments. Some parts didn't gel for me, but I was also pretty distracted reading it because I was in the middle of moving.

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GuiltyFeat
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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Took a couple of hundred pages to get going but once Polly turns up things really started to move. Steampunky lunacy with loads of London underworld gangster joy.

I bought this because I wanted to read The Regional Office is Under Attack and this was suggested as something similar. Chunkier and more literary than I expected but tons of fun.

ImaginativeMom The cover, please. 😊 6y
BeththeBookDragon I'm reading The Regional Office is Under Attack right now and I'm struggling a little bit getting into it. I'm not sure if it's the book or if I have too much on my mind to focus on the audio... 5y
GuiltyFeat @bethfriedman906 I think I'll hold out for a cheaper copy. The hardback will probably go for a penny plus postage in six months. 5y
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tnorris
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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https://caffeinatious.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/spygirl-and-an-angelmaker/

First pairing, The Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway and Spyhouse Coffee Roaster in Northeast Minneapolis ☺️☺️

LA_Mead Very cool! Going to head on over there and check it out! 6y
tnorris @LA_Mead thank you!! Let me know if you have any suggestions to make it better or give it more appeal ☺️ 6y
BookishFeminist I love Spyhouse so much!!! I miss it. 6y
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BookishFeminist Also just found your blog and followed it 6y
tnorris @BookishFeminist did you use to live here or do and just haven't been in awhile? Also, thanks!! I found yours as well and following :) 6y
BookishFeminist I used to live in St Paul, yep! From DC and moved back here. Spyhouse is one of my fave places to go though when I lived there and when I visit. My fave is the spygirl. 😊 are you in the twin cities or the burbs? 6y
tnorris @BookishFeminist I'm about 10 miles north of downtown. I lived downtown for about a year and loved it! I'm going to check out those other two places you mentioned! 6y
BookishFeminist @tnorris oh please do & let me know how you like them! So many more, too. :) 6y
becausetrains @tnorris did someone say Twin Cities coffee?! (@BookishFeminist mentioned your coffee/books project; I was raised in Circle Pines, lived in St. Paul, and miss me some Nina's.) 6y
tnorris @becausetrains I'm in the Circle Pines/Lino Lakes area now!! I miss living downtown so this has been a great excuse to explore the cities and combine my obsession with coffee and books! I'm headed to one of the coffee shops @BookishFeminist mentioned this weekend so thinking it will be my next blog! Also... Love Nina's! 6y
WordWaller I love this!! Following you now. So nice to see another blog focused on books and other things in the Mpls area! @becausetrains Nina's is great! I also am partial to Dogwood (any location but the uptown one is where I'm at the most) and J.Arthur's Coffee in Roseville (where I used to work!) 6y
becausetrains @WordWaller @tnorris oh man, the coffee 😍☕️ that's hilarious you live up that way! I used to work for the Anoka Co Lib in CP, grew up on Sunset Ave, went to Centerville & Centennial. I hope you find your niche there 😎 6y
BookishFeminist @WordWaller Dogwood is so good!! Love J.Arthur's too. I used to spend so much time there during grad school bc they were open 24 hours during college finals. 😂 I wonder if we ran into each other and didn't know it! How long ago did you work there? 5y
tnorris @WordWaller @BookishFeminist @becausetrains I haven't been to Dogwood or J.Arthurs! I'm making a list of all these great suggestions! 5y
WordWaller @BookishFeminist I only worked there for less than a year starting in Aug 2015 but for 2 years before that I was a care provider for the company who owns them and took my residents there all the time. I also used to study there until the early hours of the morning!! Did you ever get free espresso shots at midnight? Loved that 😂 5y
BookishFeminist @WordWaller @tnorris Can't wait to see your future posts! And yes I loved the free midnight espresso shots. 😂 I also went to the Starbucks in Roseville regularly bc during non-finals it was the only place open past 10pm that wasn't Perkins, lol. The baristas always gave me free shots out of sympathy for the size of the law books I carried around lol. 5y
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Anei
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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First #24in48 pick, because I keep hearing about it and I'm tired of not having already loved it. I have neither a judgmental reading dog nor do I have snacks, but soon perhaps there will be breakfast!

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SarahBZ
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This book was recommended to me by a few people and I should have listened to them much sooner than I did. It is a delightful mash up of Gaiman and Le Carre with a touch of something delightfully its own.

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TheLondonBookworm
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When your hiding from the glorious sunshine in Venice what better getaway than a spellbinding novel set in my delightfully rainy home town-London?

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JulAnna
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Next up 😊

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tnorris
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Mehso-so

Another book that started out so well. I really wanted to love it. But part way through I lost most of my interest. Periodically it would come back, but for the most part, I was left mostly wishing I hadn't bothered. Which is sad since I've liked several of his other books.

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Oblomov26
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway

I only started reading Harkaway last year and have now finished everything he has written to date ad have become more than a little bit of an evangelist amongst my friends. All three novels are brilliant, whimsical action packed and surprisingly moving.

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Slabby
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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This is the first book I have ever read cover to cover, twice in a row. If you haven't read it yet, put it to the top of your "to be read pile". In fact, stop reading whatever is in your hand right now and get it.

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Beth.Pedota
Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway

"Never mind, never mind, let's get to the part where we smite the unrighteous. I've brought my most alarming teeth!"

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Mimi28
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I'm new to this site so please excuse my newbie blunders. Also my concentration is really bad so I am reading 3 books right now. Just added this one to the mix. Kinda weird so far, but so am I. I really like the premise of the book too. I think the author's father is a famous writer.

Mimi28 P.S. I am assuming that a summary of the book is attached if it is already in the system. I hope so. I'll be more descriptive next time 😎 6y
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