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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

Apparently this type of plot obstacle/conflict creator in stories disturbs me more than I realized. As usual in this series, the book has some good things to say, but it also felt even more rushed than usual. Did anyone else catch the weekly contact (phone call?) vs unsent letters plot hole, or did I read that wrong? I think the story did best in opening up new avenues for this series to explore - looking forward to it! ⚠️ Fatphobia, brainwashing

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Hammers on Bone | Cassandra Khaw
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Ending the day with this one…

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seibelsays
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He had sanity to lose? Wow, he'd thought that had fled for safety ages ago.

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Creadnorthey
Traplines: Stories | Eden Robinson
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Pickpick

Bit more than short stories these give a tremendously graphic snapshot of youth, family, poverty, survival and the list goes on. Rich with imagery and tough imaginings that feel sketched from the real world. A must if you‘re a fan like me quickly becoming one!

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Robotswithpersonality
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"Shouldn't someone have found the right answer by now?"
Good point.?

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Bklover
The Mist | Stephen King
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I reread The Mist this evening. It‘s probably my favorite Stephen King novella (although I love A Good Marriage). I hated the movie , but for some reason I revisit the book at least once a year.
Photo was taken by Phil Patterson three days ago showing the fog over St Louis. The photo was actually what made me think of and reread The Mist.

Julsmarshall Wow! That photo 😍 1d
mabell How amazing! We‘ve had some crazy fog! Thanksgiving night (awful driving back), then Saturday morning, which was lovely 23h
slategreyskies Wow, I‘d love to be in one of those tall buildings looking out with a sea of mist beneath me! 23h
Bklover @Julsmarshall @mabell @slategreyskies It‘s an incredible photo, and I‘m glad I didn‘t have to drive in that fog! 20h
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Pickpick

This is the melancholy story of Siew Tsin, who died young - and finds herself in the afterlife, married off to a rich old man, in the tenth court of hell.

Left to her own devices and almost completely ignored by the rest of the household - Siew Tsin‘s life is transformed by the arrival of a new wife, made of terracotta.

This is a short, beautifully described tale of self discovery and I think I enjoyed it more the second time round.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover ❤️📚 2d
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Sophronisba
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#SundaySentence

Even if you fully know that you live in a natural world that existed before you and will continue long after, even if you know that the wilderness is the default state of things, and that nature is not something that only happens in carefully curated enclaves between towns, something that pops up in empty spaces if you ignore them for a while, . . .

Sophronisba even if you spend your whole life believing yourself to be deeply in touch with the ebb and flow, the cycle, the ecosystem as it actually is, you will still have trouble picturing an untouched world. You will still struggle to understand that human constructs are carved out and overlaid, that these are the places that are the in-between, not the other way around. 2d
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rockpools
West: A Novel | Carys Davies
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A low pick for me, maybe too high expectations - I expected to love it; it was just good 🤷🏻‍♀️

Widower Cy Bellman heads into the American West, searching for living dinosaurs. His lonely young daughter is left behind in the care of her aunt. Despite the wide open spaces and big themes, this is a subtle novella, albeit with a surprising end. It would make for a great book club discussion.

Did I love it? No. It might just stay with me though.

rockpools I‘m going to use this for #booked2022 #involvesanexploration, although you do feel that Bess could learn more exploring the world from home (given the chance) than Cy did on his journeys. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae 3d
Cinfhen Cool choice!! I read this one and I thought it was really thought provoking!! And I appreciated how the author conveyed so much in under 150 pages!!! 3d
rockpools @Cinfhen It is extremely well-done! It just didn‘t connect with me quite as much as I‘d hoped it would, for some reason. 3d
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Ajax Penumbra 1969 | Robin Sloan
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Inspired by @Suelizbeth ‘s review which made me remember how much I enjoyed Mr Penumbra‘s 24 hour book store - I didn‘t know that there was a prequel novella - about how Ajax found the 24 hour bookshop and it was a delight!