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julesG
The Book of Elsewhere: A Novel | China Miville, Keanu Reeves
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Bailedbailed

I give up. Took me 11 days to get to 48%. The book is supposed to have 352pp, but I'm certain I've read more than 600pp already. I liked the GN, but I'm no fan of all the tangents, different POVs and endless dialogue (just an example, more than half a page of talking about how reinforced a particular door is - on my Kindle, with the font size setting on the smallest font possible).

This might be a good novel, but I don't have the patience.

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julesG @TrishB - I'd wait for the 99p deal 5d
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 5d
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BookmarkTavern LOL I‘ve also got an ARC of this. 😂😂 5d
TrishB I definitely will do. Cancelled my order! 4d
Caroline2 Meh. Disappointing!!!! 4d
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julesG
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Pickpick

Thank you, @thegirlwiththelibrarybag for pointing me towards this little gem of positivity.

I love the IG comics and can't wait for the book to be published.

#NetGalley #ARC #MountARC

Cathythoughts Cute 🥰 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Glad you enjoyed it! 🖤 1w
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julesG
Untitled | Untitled
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After a successful #JuneOfARC I was wondering what to do for July - I want to continue eroding #MountARC.

Thanks @Kappadeemom for posting about #CampNetGalley.

And now that I've signed up there's a high chance I'll ignore all ARCs and just read whatever else looks interesting.

Ruthiella You know yourself so well! 😆 2w
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julesG
Book of Elsewhere | China Miville, Keanu Reeves
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#ShadowCat is doing yoga. Guess he needed some time on the mat.

I'll give him a few more minutes and continue with the tagged #ARC.

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#CatsOfLitsy

Leftcoastzen Cat on a mat !😻👏😁 2w
Jari-chan 😻😻😻 2w
dabbe @Leftcoastzen #catmat! 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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AnnCrystal 💕😻💝. 2w
JessClark78 🖤 2w
RaeLovesToRead If this is what "yoga" entails then turns out I do yoga all the time! ? 2w
julesG @RaeLovesToRead lopsided corpse pose - one of his and my favourites 2w
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julesG
Bump | Sidney Karger
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Panpan

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Wyatt and Biz have been a couple for quite some time. At the beginning of the book their relationship has hit a rough patch, despite this the two of them decide to have a child together via surrogacy. Fast forward to over a year later, the two still haven‘t repaired their relationship, but are embarking on a road trip from New York to California to be present at their child‘s birth.

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julesG The novel seems to be perfect for Pride Month. I just didn‘t like that the relationship problems of the two MCs were built on miscommunication and problems with their wider family. Not to mention that having a child is no way to fix a relationship.

This story might actually work better as a film than a novel.

2w
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julesG
Ne'er Duke Well | Alexandra Vasti
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Pickpick

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Expected publication: 23 July 2024

This Friends-To-Lovers romance reminded me of "Romancing Mister Bridgerton". A friend, in this case Lady Selina, is trying to help Lord Peter to find a suitable wife. He needs a respectable wife, because he wants to gain guardianship of his siblings and knows the judge presiding over his case has a grudge against him. By the time this book is set, Selina and Peter have known each ⬇️

julesG other for several years and there already is a lot of chemistry between them. I would have loved to see more of their encounters from the beginning of their friendship, their earlier chemistry. Still, Selina is adamant that one of the three ladies she picked for Peter would be much better suited than herself; she's hiding a huge secret from the 'ton' (yes, Lady Whistledown huge).⬇️ 2w
julesG I liked the two MCs, they felt fully fleshed out. The reasons for their actions and also for Selina's secret are well-explained and made sense to me. The reader gets to see them realising their feelings for each other, the complications and how they overcome them. (Again, it has parallels to Romancing Mr Bridgerton - or maybe I just drew them since I recently re-read the book and watched the show.)⬇️ 2w
julesG The secondary characters were great. I really want to know more about the individual quirks of the other three ladies and see them find their matches. And any sequel needs more Lu and Freddie, as well as aunt Judith and Thomasina. 2w
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CarolynM Sounds good. I‘ll look out for it🙂 2w
BookmarkTavern Sounds very sweet! 💖 2w
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julesG
My Brother's Keeper | Tim Powers
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Panpan

A supposedly spooky Brontë-esque story.

I think it would have worked better with any no-name family rather than the the Brontës.

Do not expect Brontë-esque prose either.

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dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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julesG
Pole Position | Rebecca J. Caffery
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Panpan

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#MM #SportsRomance

Published already.

Unlikeable characters. Fanfiction writing. Lots of telling. Lots of things that needed editing and further development. And why invent words for F1 and F2, but then use actual teams and drivers' names from F1? Also, I'm just a lay-person when it comes to racing, but even I know the author got a lot of the terminology and procedures of racing wrong.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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julesG
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Pickpick

I dipped into this collection of quotes over and over. There were some favourites of mine and some new-to-me authors/novels/films/series that I added to my TBR.

Unfortunately, I had the feeling that quotes from male authors dominated the collection. i was hoping for more diversity.

All in all a book that would make a great gift for sci-fi fans.

#NetGalley #ARC #MountARC - Published in early June

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julesG
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Mehso-so

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A prequel novella to Dawson's HMRC series.

It's an alternate historical fantasy based on the historical figures of Anne Boleyn and her ladies-in-waiting.

The story didn't grip me like the other books in the series. It wasn't just the usual depiction of promiscuous Anne or Anne the witch that didn't sit well with me, what pulled me out of the story most often were the anachronisms used ⬇️

2.5/5 stars

julesG ... the anachronisms used (right now only "sharing a bevy" and "smog" come to mind, but there were more).

All in all an interesting prequel, but it didn't add depth or important information to the existing/contemporary storyline.
2mo
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