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jdiehr
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Mehso-so

The good news is I finished a book. May has been so busy, I haven't had much time for reading.

The bad news is I struggled to get through this one.

It's always risky when I choose a science fiction book.

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BirdLaVie
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Mehso-so

Intriguing concept, charismatic characters, thought-provoking explorations on different eras all packaged in a sort of loose structure. This book was witty, charming, and written with fresh prose. While I was entertained and generally wooed, certain plot lines felt too slippery and unclear to me.

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AmyG
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@Jas16 OH WOW! What a wonderful surprise. And signed! Thank you so very much. I can‘t begin to tell you how much I appreciate this kind gesture. 😘

Jas16 It was entirely my pleasure 2d
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Melkyl
Wrong Place, Wrong Time | Gillian McAllister
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Pickpick

I listened on audio, and overall this was really good. It was a different take on time-loop books, as the time went in reverse. I like how the author kept me guessing and brought the story together at the end. I figured out a couple of things while others got me. I enjoyed it.

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CrowCAH
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Pickpick

Such a fun read!
The ghosts weren‘t scary. One‘s death was tragic, while the other was malicious, playing both seers against each other.
An arrrmazing pirate hero - a run away ship and a sword fight!

Highly recommended this series!!!

Can‘t wait for book club to see what the others thought!

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monkeygirlsmama
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Pickpick

Started this in print, but couldn't stay focused enough to come back to it. Decided to try picking it back up in #audiobook format since I had just finished what I was listening to. Yay for smart decisions because The Unmaking of June Farrow was an excellent story. Interesting characters with a sweet dynamic.

Originally when I picked this up at the library the cover and blurb gave me Addie Larue vibes, but they are very different stories.

4.5 ⭐

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MrT
The Devil's Thief | Lisa Maxwell
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Pickpick

Almyrida, Crete Holiday Reads 2024

KS : Interesting take on crime fiction masquerading as true crime.

TDT : thoroughly enjoyed this sequel. More of the same time travelling heist. Bit too long though.

ASOD : I love this authors novels, however this was mediocre short fiction, clearly most written before she hit the big time

AFC: Cosy Agatha Christie style crime which was a fun quick read

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HeyT
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Pickpick

Loads of fun with the crew of St. Mary's. I think the OTTness is what makes me love these so much. Definitely not stand alone though. It's been a while since I've read the earlier ones so I had to find summaries to refresh my memory.

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Billypar
Kindred | Octavia Butler
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Pickpick

This has hands down one of the best protagonist- antagonist relationships I've read in recent memory. The main character and her white, slave owning ancestor are two people who shouldn't know each other, and Butler writes their interactions like she is herself curious to find out what would happen if a black woman from modern times had to confront a slave holder. There is something unnerving about this realism in an inherently unreal context 👇

Billypar That quality also extends to the general atmosphere of threat. I've read other novels about slavery that have described more horrific violence, but something about having a modern character travel back in time to be at risk made me feel the main character's vulnerability more intensely. This surprised me: I'm not sure if it's because there's an extra buffer in a standard historical novel, seeing through a person's eyes from that time period? 5d
Billypar In any case, this is my new favorite of Butler's and is very much deserving of its new classic status. 5d
Texreader I loved this book 5d
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KathyWheeler I‘ve always been grateful to my sister, who took an African American Lit class in college and brought this book home for me. It‘s amazing, and I agree with what you said about the mc seeming extra vulnerable because she wasn‘t from that time period. 5d
Ruthiella I love Octavia Butler. She was fearless in her writing. And left us way too soon. 5d
LeahBergen Great review! This was a fantastic book. 5d
batsy Nice review. I definitely have to get to Talents and then this in quick order. 4d
Tamra Definitely memorable storytelling! 4d
Billypar @Texreader @LeahBergen @Tamra I loved it even going in with high expectations. I actually read it months ago but got distracted from posting a review, and it's been lingering on my brain ever since. 4d
Billypar @KathyWheeler It's a big regret of mine that I minored in English but never took a black- or women-centric lit course. And back in 2000-2004, diversity in the other courses was terrible - I can remember just one short story and two plays by black authors. No Butler or Morrison 😮‍💨 4d
Billypar @Ruthiella Way too early, and she was so ahead of her time. I would love to know what kinds of projects she would be working on now. 4d
Billypar @batsy She's one of those authors who can write equally well in a literary or sci-fi fantasy mode. In spite of the time travel device, this one feels to me more like a literary fiction novel compared to Parable/Talents, but it's a little like splitting hairs because of how all three are both, not fully one or the other. 4d
Aimeesue Excellent review - and you nailed the impact of modern day person confronting past atrocities. It really brought something to this story. Octavia B ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
Billypar @Aimeesue Octavia Butler was truly one of a kind - I can't tell if I should lookout for other time travel narratives to try and find the same effect, or if it's simply how good the writing is. 4d
KathyWheeler @Billypar I have a BA and an MA in English. Back in the 70s and 80s there were not many African American Lit courses. My sister, although my age, went to college about a decade after I did, so she was able to take a course. (edited) 4d
Reggie This is one of the first books I read because of Litsy and when I finished it I thought I have to read more of her, hopefully she‘s still writing. Imagine my surprise that Kindred came out the year I was born, and that she died in 2008. Made me so sad. 3d
Billypar @KathyWheeler It's good to see things are changing, even if it's slower than we'd like! 3d
KathyWheeler @Billypar Yes, it is. Most of the books I‘ve read by women and minority writers were read outside of my degree programs. I would‘ve loved to have had a class that included Butler. (edited) 3d
Billypar @Reggie Yeah, I almost never need to worry about finishing an author's complete works, but it's always sad to not see interviews or new releases, along with the main terrible fact of seeing someone leave us so young. 3d
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Read4life
Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
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This one has cleared space on my physical shelf and my digital shelf. #DoubleSpin for May is done.
#BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin #ReadOrDonate #readyourebooks #readyourTBR #TBRtarot

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
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