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Radiance
Radiance: A Novel | Catherynne M. Valente
Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own, from Catherynne M. Valente, the phenomenal talent behind the New York Timesbestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father's films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony's last survivor, Severin will never return.Told using techniques from reality TV, classic film, gossip magazines, and meta-fictional narrative, Radiance is a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film.
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loz1327
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"You're not in Wonderland anymore, but you positively reek of rabbit"

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wideeyedreader
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Mehso-so

I was excited for this mostly based on the unique formatting and the promise of mystery, but I feel like the author relied too heavily on the format to make the book interesting and dragged it out far too long. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks I've tried to read this one twice and just couldn't get into the story. 12mo
wideeyedreader @TheAromaofBooks Yeah, I can see why! I only kept going past a certain point bc I wanted to know what happened... and now I‘m confused about it lol 12mo
shanaqui I have that feeling with a lot of Valente's novels, alas. But I love the Fairyland ones! 12mo
AmandaBlaze I felt that way as well. 11mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Mehso-so

This was about a three star book for me. It was longer than it needed to be at 400+ pages, and the ending wasn't worth the payoff. However, it did have some beautiful imagery and was well-written. #BookSpin

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AmandaBlaze
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1. Radiance - a most unusual book
2. The Appeal
3. More reading. Maybe hanging out at the dojo. :)
@rachelsbrittain #WeekendReads

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AmandaBlaze
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First complete sentence: “Being unable to retrace our steps in Time, we decided to move forward in space.“

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AmandaBlaze
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#bookspin No. 5

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AmandaBlaze
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What are you reading this weekend?
I love the way the story is told with regular narration, snippets from magazines, production meeting notes, etc.

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pppooraikul
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Randomly love this. Love does take so much effort.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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One word titles

bunny Wow, I've never seen that cover on Obernewtyn before, but I like it! 2y
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twohectobooks
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It‘s taken me WAY too long to get to this novel that first caught my attention and made it onto my shelves in 2017, but here we are at last!

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StaceyKondla
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 54 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

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vivastory
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#covercrush #7covers7days Day 6
@Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books @sprainedbrain @madamereadsalot1 @readordierachel
If you haven't been tagged, consider yourself tagged!
7 covers. 7 days. No explanation.

Leftcoastzen Very cool over. 3y
Ruthiella I love this one two. Simple yet descriptive of the content!😀 3y
vivastory @Ruthiella It really is! 3y
Cathythoughts Great cover 3y
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MayJasper
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Bailedbailed

I gave it 100 pages but it wasn't for me. I found all the characters of a negative mind set, either angry, frustrated and/or bitter. Not for me at this time.

tessavi The cover looks nice though 😅 4y
MayJasper Agreed @tessavi 😀 I guess I just wanted to read something with some hope in it. 4y
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businessmermaid
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Pickpick

After reading this and Space Opera, I am in awe of Valente‘s imagination. She writes the most surprising things with such daring and confidence. Radiance is a unique book — I‘ve never read anything like it. Because of that, it took me some time to get my bearings while reading it. But it is well worth reading because the setting is achingly gorgeous and fascinating, the story is beautiful and bittersweet, and the writing is wise and clever.

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businessmermaid
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1. Radiance by Catherynne Valente, The Last Time I Lied By Riley Sager, and The White Album by Joan Didion

2. Ravenclaw

3. Steven Universe

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Love Steven Universe! Thanks for joining in 💙💙 4y
businessmermaid @rachelsbrittain It‘s one of my fave shows! 😊 4y
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businessmermaid
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Starting this one next. I had my first encounter with Valente last summer with Space Opera and found it delightful, so I‘m excited to read something else of hers.

DaveGreen7777 Sounds good! “Deathless” by her is really good, too! 😀 4y
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businessmermaid @DaveGreen7777 Ooh I really enjoy her writing so I‘ll definitely check it out! 4y
AlwaysForeverReading Welcome to Litsy!!! 4y
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GivenLemons
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Pickpick

It took a little bit to get into this book, particularly since I thought Severin was pretentious. But the mystery draws you in and it was a race to the finish!

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Leniverse
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I rec‘ed this to the Spouse, but he took forever getting past the first few chapters so I was getting worried. (The beginning is hard going, and he‘s been fatigued from work.)
But he insisted he would finish it and in the end declared he was happy he had persisted. The verdict is that this is some of the best sci-if he has read in a long time. Up there with his fave, China Mieville, (strong praise indeed) but also reminiscent of Peter F. Hamilton.

twohectobooks I have had this on my shelf for way too long. Hoping I can get to it early next year. 4y
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Ansia
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But you begin where you begin, and hope - even if hope is a pickpocket with both fists full - to go, somehow, further and higher

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Ansia
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"How many beginnings can a story have, Daddy?"
"As many as you can eat, my lamb. But only one ending. Or maybe it's the other way around: one beginning and a whole Easter basket of endings."

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Velvetsun
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Last day of my long weekend....and what will surely be a stressful and grueling 3 weeks of work.

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kgriffith
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I‘m not actually reading this yet, but Cat Valente‘s responsible for the blueberry vanilla goat cheese and cinnamon sugar pita chip action I‘ve got going on here. Also revisiting my fried chicken to turn it into delicious sandwiches based on this recipe: https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/tyler-s-fantastic-fried-chicken-sandwich
#staycation #audiocooking #myfemmekitchen #summer #stonefruits

Caroline2 Yummy!! 😋 5y
MinDea That chicken looks yummy!! 5y
kgriffith @caroline2 it all is 😊 @MinDea I‘m using leftovers from the homemade buttermilk fried chicken I made and posted about the other day. That kitchen project was the gift that keeps on giving! 5y
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Leniverse
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Pickpick

This book is strange, and probably not for everyone. For the first 60 pages I wasn‘t sure it was for me. In the end I loved it and was sad to emerge from it. Radiance is part Gothic silent movie, part that bewildering scene at the end of the film adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It has a dash of Noir, a touch of carnival and comics, more than a hint of fairytale, and a liberal dollop of secret ingredient.

saresmoore Mmm, great review. She is a truly special talent. 5y
Leniverse @saresmoore On Twitter someone said, in connection with Space Opera, that she is the spiritual heir to Douglas Adams. Possibly that's more the case in Space Opera (which I haven't read), but I can see the comparison. She's a different thing all unto herself, but there's a bit of the same attitude to "reality". 5y
saresmoore Yes, that‘s exactly what it is. I think Valente takes her compassion and her snark a bit deeper than Adams, though. I found Space Opera to be remarkable in every way—wholly unique, just as Hitchhiker‘s Guide remains. 5y
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Leniverse @saresmoore I really need to read Space Opera! But I'm on a semi-book buying ban. 😅 Also, I have a huge stack of books that won't appreciate queue jumping by a new release. 😂 5y
Leniverse @saresmoore But I also feel compelled to defend Douglas Adams here. The Hitchhiker's series, especially the last couple of books, have a lot of debt. And pessimism. Valente is more optimistic on behalf of humanity, I think. Adams was depressed and disillusioned. 5y
2BR02B Great review. I agree that it's not for everyone- Valente's fantastical approach to space travel is sure to infuriate those who prefer hard science fiction- but it was a fun world to get lost in. 5y
Leniverse @2BR02B I go both ways. 😂 I love me some hard Sci-Fi, but I'm on board with weird alien dreamscape as well. What I'm not keen on is half-hearted, half-arsed attempts at science with as many inconsistencies and flaws as your average Hollywood movie. 😆 5y
saresmoore True. I think each author is incredibly talented and insightful and hilarious, but for different reasons. It‘s limiting when someone gets dubbed “The Next So & So”. I will definitely be reading this one! 5y
Moray_Reads This one blew me away. She keeps such form control but it's done with such a light touch. Something truly original. 5y
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Leniverse
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“I‘ve come to think you only get so much bravery in one lifetime, and if you spend it too soon, you‘re all out of ‘fuck it all to hell‘ by the time you really need it.”

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Leniverse
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"The stories were stowaways: they hid in the ships with the settlers, only coming out to breathe and stretch when absolutely necessary. And when the ships made landfall, the stories, having conserved their energy, burst free and ran wild, changing into local clothes and dancing up on stages and wearing flowers in their hair. Stories are like that."

saresmoore ♥️ 5y
CouronneDhiver Love that 5y
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Leniverse
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Yeah, I‘ve had mornings like that. He really should have gone for black coffee. There is no failure in black coffee, only the bleak bitterness of the void.
Ok, on second thought, maybe the tea isn‘t the problem here.

mcipher I love the phrase “bacon of grief” for some reason. 😂 5y
Leniverse @mcipher Yes, excellent, isn‘t it? 😂 5y
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Leniverse
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Catherynne Valente's books are always weird, like everything took a lateral leap somewhere and ended up slightly out of phase with what you'd expect. In Radiance we have space travel and a fully populated solar system, but no "talkies" - only silent movies, due to patenting laws.

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JessReads
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Morning reading featuring my #literarytattoo and more Cat Valente

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LondElle89
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This is Day 6 of the 7 Days of 7 Book Covers Challenge!!!! Y'all know what to do. #7days7bookcovers

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bekakins
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The thought of cassowary-esque creatures tracing young children basic Mandarin really tickled me! I've really been struggling with this book but this whole chapter has drawn me right back in!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Pink, red and white for #RiotGrams...

I‘ve read 2/3 books in this stack 🙈📚

tammysue 👍🏻💗 5y
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 5y
Eggs 💕💕💕 5y
Wife 💗 lovely! 5y
MelindaCooper I loved fangirl 💗 such a pretty stack! 5y
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Velvetsun
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#bookhaul part one. 😁📖💚

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MayJasper
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Photo challenge time - #sunmoonstars is today's challenge for #newyearreads by @bookloo and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I am looking forward to reading all these on my TBR. Thanks to @teebe 😍 I now own Radiance. Yesss❣

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!!!! 🌞🌙⭐️💗 5y
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MayJasper
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It's arrived!!!!! Thank you so much @teebe for my #secretsantagoespostal #ssgp #wintersolsticebookexchange parcel. Posted in mid-December it arrived today. I think it must be a record. Such wonderful gifts. I love each and every one. I will search for your book recommendations too. Such kindness. A big, big thank you.
@Avanders @MrBook @BookBabe

And thank you once again to @squirrelbrain for your wonderful #ssgp gift too.

Love to you both.

Tameeka The Ocean at the End of the Lane is so good! 5y
MayJasper Thank you @Tameeka I read my first Neil Gaiman last year and can't wait for my next. 5y
squirrelbrain Gosh, that did take a long time! It must have been stuck in customs somewhere along the way.... or maybe Santa liked it and tried to keep it for himself! 5y
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teebe Oh my god that took forever! I was worried it got lost. I‘m so glad it‘s finally made it there! 5y
Avanders Yay what a fun box!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️💚 5y
Wife That must have been stressful @teebe 😬 5y
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Moray_Reads
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Another staggeringly original, twisty, layered, genre-melting fanfare of a novel from Valente. It would be utterly pointless to describe it except to say that it is brilliant. Utterly brilliant and unlike anything else I've read. Tagging a short break now while I get up and decide what is next! #24in48

Kalalalatja Great review! 5y
mklong Well, good thing I have a trip to the library planned for today. After that review, I have to read this! 5y
twohectobooks I have this on my tbr bookshelf right now! 5y
Moray_Reads @twohectobooks read it now! 5y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai I friggen love Valente! ❤️ 5y
Moray_Reads @GrilledCheeseSamurai she's a flat-out genius 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
GrilledCheeseSamurai Space Opera is one of my most anticipated books this year. It sounds bonkers awesome! 😍😍😍 5y
Moray_Reads @GrilledCheeseSamurai she could write about anything and I would read it but this sounds amazing! 5y
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Moray_Reads
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This is so great. I love Valente's imagination. I think you'd really like this @TobeyTheScavengerMonk #24in48

vivastory Your posts are moving this one up my TBR 5y
Kalalalatja I really need to buy this soon! 5y
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Moray_Reads
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Well now I think I must read this. 5y
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Moray_Reads
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Eating off my knees because it's cold and the table is TOO FAR from the radiator ❄️❄️

Nebklvr Looks yummy 5y
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Sue
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Pickpick

I read this one yesterday and have some complicated feels. I really enjoyed the style, even though I found it a bit confusing most of the time. I enjoyed the way the characters were developed. The story itself seemed very confusing, until the wrap-up that happened in the last 20 pages. I think I really enjoyed it?

ReadingEnvy I usually love this author but struggled with this one. 5y
RealLifeReading Wow that cover! 5y
Bibliogeekery I love the cover! 5y
emtobiasz I found this one really challenging, but ultimately rewarding. (I think? 😂 Like you, I was a little unsure about how I felt at the end.) 5y
Sue @ReadingEnvy This is my first from this author (and I wanted to get it under my belt as her new one coming out this year looks awesome). I canny understand why you struggled though! @emtobiasz I'm glad it wasn't just me. I'm a huge fan of alternate formats and I think that probably kept me going. The further I get from the experience of reading it, the more I think I can say I enjoyed it... 5y
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JanelleSaysHi
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Daniel got me this novel for Christmas. It is described as a “decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own.” I don‘t really know when I‘ll get around to reading it, but I am certainly intrigued.

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Beachesnbooks
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1. I'll set my Goodreads goal at 50 because I hate falling behind, but will probably try to read significantly more than that 😂
2. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3. Favorite is magical realism or speculative fiction. I try to read all genres
4. Never done one!
5. I never pay attention to litfluence 😂

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KCorter
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I can't believe I'm bailing on a Catherynne Valente... but I have to save this book for later. The only copy I could find through the library was an audiobook, but I feel like I have to read this story in print. This narrator is absolutely lovely, but I have a difficult time following epistolary stories on audiobook.

Does anyone else out there feel like certain stories should be experienced in a specific format and only that format?

Bloomingjen yes. I know what you mean. I have this on my TBR. I have a certain type of book for audiobook. I am also particular about ebooks. i can only read less "serious" literature in ebook format. If there is a book I really want to READ then I need a hard copy. I think I have a hard time concentrating. 5y
llwheeler I know what you mean, I've bailed on a few audiobooks for the same reason. I'll come back to the books, just in print. 5y
Clare-Dragonfly I don't really listen to audiobooks, but I definitely think this one would be hard to follow that way! 5y
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Larkken Oh yes! I get really bummed when I accidentally put a hold on the wrong version. 😜 5y
2BR02B I've heard others say the same thing about Radiance. I read it in print and enjoyed it, and I can see how the news reels and stuff wouldn't translate well to audio. 5y
KCorter @Bloomingjen I relate to all of what you just said. I have switched from ebook/audiobook in the middle of reading to a print copy for the same reason. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to completely focus unless I am holding the book. Maybe it is because I am usually doing chores while listening to the audiobook or reading on my phone feels too much like just browsing the internet. 5y
KCorter @llwheeler Definitely! It is a shame, because this narrator (Heath Miller) is truly impressive. I will look for other books he has read, but epistolary just doesn't translate well to an audiobook. 5y
KCorter @Clare-Dragonfly I'm just asking for curiosity's sake, but is there a reason why you don't read audiobooks? I avoided them myself for years, so now I am being curious. 5y
KCorter @Larkken Same here! Some stories translate well across all formats (see: Neil Gaiman), but some only work a certain way. At least, I feel like I can't fully appreciate some stories unless I read them the "right" way. 5y
KCorter @2BR02B I will definitely come back to it! I was enjoying it, but I feel like I wasn't catching everything by just listening. Catherynne Valente can weave such complex stories that I think I needed that extra focus. You know which of hers was really good on audiobook though? 5y
Clare-Dragonfly Podcasts take up all my available listening time! 5y
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AMVP
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#septembowie #day7 - #lifeonmars

*falls on knees, raises fists to the sky*

"I'M BRINGING IT BACK!"

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Seriously, I've sung this book's praises so much, I should probably schedule a reread, just to make sure it's really that good (spoiler: it is).

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Conservio
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Got these lovelies about a week ago. #bookhaul #moarbooks😭😭

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LondElle89
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Part 1 of my Book Haul!!!

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geekybookgirl2
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This was a cover buy. This is the US cover.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I found the "stars" part of #starsandstripes! #jubilantjuly

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AMVP
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#maybookflowers & #rockinmay day 25 - #missing / #walkingonthemoon

Probably gonna have to adopt a filmspotting-esque pantheon so I don't keep posting about the same books. That said, I won't rest until everyone has read this book.

Cinfhen It's a gorgeous cover 🖤 6y
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