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Astroneman
La tirannia della farfalla | Frank Schatzing
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LiteraryHoarderPenny
Little Cruelties | Liz Nugent
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I did not enjoy this book. No character had any redeeming qualities and I was left wondering what the point/purpose was overall. At first I thought Nugent‘s writing of a narcissistic mother and sibling rivalry was on point but it became unbearable as everyone was awful about everything and to each other. It sits in my donation box ready to leave my house.

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booklover3258
Flinch | Shaun Tan
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/dlJ2ErURQWQ

Enjoy!

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alecia3dixie
The Hive | Barry Lyga, Morgan Baden, Jennifer Beals, Tom Jacobson
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This book dropped the ball big time for me. I was enjoying the first 100 pages. It was feeling Hunger Games mixed with Black Mirror. But, the main character got so annoying and selfish that I couldn't take it anymore. Absolutely ruined the book for me. This could have been a great view on hive mind mentality in society. There were so many great things said about how society acts in these situations. I could not read from the MCs POV anymore. 2.5/5

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Hooked_on_books
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Maggie Hope is imprisoned on a remote Scottish island with other specially trained British agents who know too much. Then people start dying. Sounds fascinating and the setting is indeed fabulous, but this book was a dud for me. MacNeal basically announces at the start that she‘s going to rip off Ten Little Indians then proceeds to do so, with an uninspired ending. This is my 2nd try with this author and she‘s not for me.

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rwmg
Pretty Boy Dead: A Novel | Joseph Hansen
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The book opens with Steve Archer returning home in the morning having woken up in a strange bed, only to find the police at his apartment ready to arrest him for the murder of his boyfriend, Coy. The bulk of the book is a flashback telling how this all came about (which I did not realise for quite a while and was thus terribly confused), and the final 20-30 pages (out of 200) shows Steve looking for the real murderer to exonerate himself. ⬇

rwmg It's a 1960s attempt at gay noir but, quite apart from language and attitudes which would not pass muster nowadays, I found some characters so forgettable that I had no idea who they were when they re-appeared. I have good, albeit vague, memories from the early 1980s of the author's Dave Brandstetter series, which I might revisit some day but this stand-alone deserves its fate of languishing in obscurity despite several re-issues over the years. 3d
The_Book_Ninja Sounds as bad as that cover looks. 3d
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monkeygirlsmama
Touched | Walter Mosley
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No idea what I just read. No idea how to really review it. Might be worthy of 1 star or 2, maybe 5. I'm going with 1. Very weird, and not my cup of tea.

monkeygirlsmama @dabbe I only finished it cause it was short. LoL 1d
dabbe @monkeygirlsmama 🤩🤗😀 1d
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alecia3dixie
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I absolutely loved the beginning of this book. Super interesting and fast-paced. The second part just got very confusing. It was like this book didn't know what genre it wanted to be and just threw everything in. So, everything got confusing and muddled. I think this is a fan fic for Nathaniel Hawthrone. I just did not care. If you're super interested in that author, this will be for you. Unfortunately, this didn't do it for me. 2/5

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Robotswithpersonality
Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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Well shucks. In reading this review, take into account the fact that I skimmed the last third because I just couldn't take it anymore. I like the idea of a found family crew, a badass female protagonist, various hijinks, emotional investment in relationships between characters. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? But I don't enjoy so much bad luck heaped on our heroes that the jam-packed action scenes leave me nothing but tense, especially when they are frequently accompanied by the self-flagellation shame spiral of the protagonist, and the frequent vacillation of interpersonal relations. 5d
Robotswithpersonality 3/? It took four missions for Eva to realize things had to change; considering the risk to her crew mates in missions two and three, that is an absurd buildup for no other reason than bulking up the text and ratcheting up the tension, at which point, I just get pissed off and impatient. 5d
Robotswithpersonality 4/? When the plot shifted to accompany the inevitable eventual epiphany of Eva that she couldn't keep this up, yet more shit hit the fan, again in an emotionally overwrought fashion. Somehow this character has time to get in and out of all kinds of trouble despite the amount of time she spends worrying about family, crew, friends and potential lovers, upcoming plans, recent and past mistakes, etc... it's just exhausting. 5d
Robotswithpersonality 5/5 I fear I'm failing to convey what bothered me because it all looks reasonable typed out. Maybe there are those who have the patience/temperament for it, but this wasn't leisure/entertainment reading for me, it was big ball of stress reading and I don't need that from my erroneously pitched as wacky 'it's got psychic cats and fish emperors!' sci fi. No, I will not be reading the sequel. 5d
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Lauredhel
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This is a worthy topic, but unfortunately a poor execution. The stories are piecemeal and disjointed. There is far too much telling and not enough showing - the graphic format was badly underutilised. The excessively small print in portions provided further friction to the reading process.

Read They Called Us Enemy (Takei) instead.

Prairiegirl_reading I was going suggest They Called Is Enemy but you didn‘t it! That one is excellent. Too bad about this one. 😕 6d
Lauredhel @Prairiegirl_reading ah well! The worst thing is I could see less well read (or more homophobic) people incorporating this into teaching / history programmes when there is a MUCH better book available (edited) 6d
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