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Lindy
Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Congratulations Peg and Bernardine! #booker2019

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Redwritinghood
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Pickpick

This was a great read, even though it wasn‘t quite what I expected. I had expected to find out more about what happened to Offred than was included here. The only character from the first book that appears regularly in this one is Aunt Lydia, but her chapters gave detail on how Gilead developed. The book was somewhat predictable, but Atwood‘s writing and characters were so engaging that I still read this compulsively. #booker2019 shortlist. 4⭐️

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

If you enjoy character-driven stories, then you would probably love this. I‘m not a fan of such writing, however, so this is not a pick for me. There were some potentially fascinating characters in this book, but their treatment was very uneven. The narrative was choppy as backstory on various characters was interspersed with the main story in separate chapters. This book has an interesting construction, but overall the execution was bland. 3⭐️

Redwritinghood Book 2 from #booker2019 shortlist. 4mo
Ruthiella I do often like character driven books. But I also love a good plot. Writing (ie luminous prose or whatevs) is less important. How about you? 4mo
Redwritinghood @Ruthiella I guess I look for the trifecta - solid plot, sympathetic characters, and good writing. 4mo
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Ruthiella @Redwritinghood Kate Atkinson comes to mind for satisfyingly meeting all three pretty consistently! Just thinking 🤔. 4mo
bedandabook I‘ve just finished it myself, @Redwritinghood, and whilst I did enjoy it I think I would probably agree with you. I‘d give it 4 stars (I don‘t mind character-driven books) but I too disliked the choppiness of the writing. 4mo
mklong Totally agree Jerrie. She created all these great back stories for the characters and then didn‘t give them anything to do. 4mo
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Redwritinghood
An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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Panpan

First book from #booker2019 shortlist finished! Unfortunately, I hated it. Verbose and trying way too hard to be tragic and dramatic. Also, the author often seemed more concerned with demonstrating Igbo mythology than creating sympathetic characters. Finally, any comparisons to The Odyssey are really missing the mark. There was some lovely prose in places, but it was often hard to find among the weeds. 2⭐️

DGRachel I find that I struggle with Man Booker nominees. I think I enjoyed one that I read last year and seriously hated a couple of the others. I find it useful to help select books I shouldn't waste my time on, as I know there's a good chance they won't be for me. 😉 4mo
rachelm I bailed on this one as an ARC and I don‘t regret it 4mo
Cinfhen I really LOVED this one!!! Especially for the myth, proverbs & folklore. I thought it was clever and engaging. 4mo
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Cathythoughts I loved this one too. It was a page turner for me ... 4mo
Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @rachelm @DGRachel This one seems to be a love it or hate it type of book. I just lost patience with it and would have bailed if it hadn‘t made the shortlist. 4mo
BarbaraBB It doesn‘t appeal to me at all. Your review confirms my suspicion 😉 (edited) 4mo
LeahBergen I second exactly what @BarbaraBB said! 4mo
Tamra Oh shoot! 4mo
batsy I'm with @BarbaraBB and @LeahBergen 😆 4mo
readordierachel Sorry the book was disappointing. At least your nails are amazing 😉 4mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel 💅🏻💅🏻💕💕 4mo
DivineDiana Too bad. 🙁 4mo
Redheadrambles One down five to go ?! 4mo
sudi I was actually going to buy this one, glad i read your review first 😊 4mo
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thebluestocking
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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The 2019 #booker shortlist was announced today. Sadly, the two I was rooting for, Lost Children Archive and Frankisstein, did not make the cut. #booker2019

Have you read any of these finalists?

📷: CNN.com

Ruthiella I‘m using people I follow on goodreads be my guide as to what I should ultimately try first. I am interested in reading the Shafik however . I‘ve never read anything from her but have been curious for a while. 5mo
BarbaraBB I have read none of these and I am so disappointed that Lost Children Archive didn‘t make the shortlist. 5mo
Redwritinghood I‘ve read 7 of the 13 on the longlist. These are the 6 I didn‘t get to yet. I‘m also sad about LCA not making the shortlist. 5mo
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mklong I've read the Shafak and Evaristo, and am currently reading both Ellman and Rushdie. I have liked all of them, Shafak probably being the weakest of the bunch for me, but was really disappointed that Lost Children Archive and Lanny both missed out! I'm excited to read The Testaments next week though. 5mo
Severnmeadows Loved Girl, Woman, Other! 5mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella That‘s my approach too. I may not read any of the shortlist for a while. 💙 5mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I‘m right in the middle of LCA right now and am really loving it. Adoring it really. We‘ll see tomorrow whether it wins #camptob. 5mo
thebluestocking @Redwritinghood Oh man! That‘s rotten luck. What is your favorite from the ones you‘ve read? 5mo
thebluestocking @mklong Wow! That‘s amazing progress. I‘ve heard really good things about Lanny too. 5mo
thebluestocking @Severnmeadows Good to know! I haven‘t heard a lot about that one. 5mo
Redwritinghood @thebluestocking Probably Night Boat. I also thought Lost Children and the Levy book were excellent. 4mo
thebluestocking @Redwritinghood Thank you! I‘ll keep an eye out for those. 💙 4mo
BarbaraBB I so hope it will! 4mo
andrew61 I've only read girl woman other and liked it a lot. I've reserved Orchestra of minorities but now sure how many others ill read. 4mo
thebluestocking @andrew61 Yes! Another pro-vote for GWO. 💙 4mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB It did!! 💙💙 4mo
charl08 I'm another fan of 4mo
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Redwritinghood
Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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Pickpick

This was a very clever book. The often comedic tone belies a more serious look at the question of whether consciousness, or the person, can ever be separated from the physical body. This question is explored in both modern terms (AI, sexbots, transgender, evangelical religion), and less modern times (the life of Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, feminism). Winterson also takes time to get in a few jabs at US, British, and Brazilian leaders, and Brexit.

charl08 Still reading this: really enjoying it, but so different from the other nominees I've read so far. 5mo
Redwritinghood @charl08 This is #6 of the 13 for me. I‘m struggling with Orchestra. 5mo
Redheadrambles @redwritinghood so pleased you enjoyed this one, as you know it‘s my favourite:) Ah Orchestra- is he in Cyprus yet ? 5mo
Redwritinghood @Redheadrambles No, still tending chickens. 🙄 5mo
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Redheadrambles
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am probably about to damn this one with faint praise. It was a perfectly fine read. I enjoyed it. It just didn‘t really nourish me much. A short, sharp, punchy novel about sisters, one of whom is a serial killer. An excellent and solid debut however I remain perplexed ( as I nearly always am ) about why it is on literary prize lists....Braithwaite is good but I think and hope more accomplished novels are in her future.

Cathythoughts Good review 👍🏻. I agree , not nourishing- well put 5mo
mklong Great review! Couldn‘t agree more. 5mo
Redwritinghood Agree. It was fun, but nothing special. 5mo
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Redheadrambles
The Wall | John Lanchester
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

This ended up being ok despite all indicators to the contrary. It might not be a literary prize-winning effort and as a dystopia it takes a fairly minimalist approach to world-building. Take one big wall, add water, baby politicians and some "Others" and that is your backstory. However, I approached this as a type of team-bonding novel; a low-key version of Platoon, set in England with tea and biscuits and as such I enjoyed it

Redheadrambles #booker2019( No. 5 / 13 ) (edited) 5mo
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DreesReads
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Pickpick

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.

This novel has an original structure, as we meet Tequila Leila, Istanbul prostitute, after her death. Her brain continues to function for 10 min 38 sec, and we learn her history from birth to death, how she came to be an Istanbul prostitute, how she met her husband and her 5 best friends. The story then turns into a madcap caper morning of them giving her the sendoff she wanted. #bookerlonglist #booker2019

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Redheadrambles
An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️
Booker 4 / 13

I am going to assume this novel is an exposé of toxic masculinity rather than the alternative read : one that is asking me to sympathise with this man's actions.

The fact that I remain unsure after 512 pages, concerns me.

Redwritinghood I‘m struggling with this one. 5mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood well I would love to say it is worth it but .... there are some positives but I might not be the best reader to ask about them :) Good Luck Jerrie ( the middle is very good ) 5mo
BookwormM I liked the beginning when things were simple and the chickens were all important but the end that was so bleh 5mo
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