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GingerAntics
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This is the story of my life today. And at the moment, I am out of any to give.
#margaretatwood #thetestaments #thehandmaidstale #zerofuckstogive #worksucks #hostileworkenvironment #toxicworkenvironment

TrishB Having one of those weeks too 😢 sorry for you! 1mo
GingerAntics @TrishB actually, this is tying wonderfully with therapy. lol Today was definitely one of those days, though. 1mo
vlwelser Why is this quote not on all of the things? Swearing is ok if it's Atwood, right? 1mo
GingerAntics @vlwelser I 100% agree with that. I just wasn‘t sure Litsy would agree with that. 1mo
vlwelser Atwood is one of my favorite people. She for sure gives zero fucks. 1mo
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Lcsmcat
Wilderness Tips | Margaret Atwood
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Number 6 for#24in2024, this is another set of short stories full of Atwood‘s mischievous humor and prescient insights. Loved it!

Jas16 6! That is incredible! 4mo
Lcsmcat @Jas16 I front-loaded it with books I knew I‘d get through so if I get distracted later in the year I can still make it. 😀 4mo
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Lcsmcat
Wilderness Tips | Margaret Atwood
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“Roughing it builds a boy‘s character, but only certain kinds of roughing it.”

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GingerAntics
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It‘s amazing how many quotes popped up on Readwise today that fit with the book I finished this evening.
#TheTestaments #MargaretAtwood #GodIsNotGreat #ChristopherHitchens #sexism #antiwoman #rebellion #religion

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BekaReid
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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“I have to be more careful about my memories. I have to be sure they're my own and not the memories of other people telling me what I felt, how I acted, what I said: if the events are wrong the feelings I remember about them will be wrong too, I'll start inventing them and there will be no way of correcting it, the ones who could help are gone. I run quickly over my version of it, my life, checking it like an alibi; it fits...“

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BekaReid
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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I've had barely any reading time this month with insane work deadlines, but the TBR continues to grow...Hoping to dive into at least one of these this weekend.

Tamra Inviting & enticing stack! Sometimes that makes it worse when time is limited. 6mo
TheBookHippie Frida!!! 6mo
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plemmdog
Wilderness Tips | Margaret Atwood
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Margaret Atwood, the author of The Handmaid's Tale, turns 84 today.

"Canadians are fond of a good disaster, especially if it has ice, water, or snow in it. You thought the national flag was about a leaf, didn't you? Look harder. It's where someone got axed in the snow."

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AllDebooks
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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I wouldn't say this is a favourite of mine. I think mostly because I didn't particularly engage with the characters.
However, the nature writing/scene setting is beautiful. The rural coming-of -age back story is moving and captures the post-war era perfectly.

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Twocougs
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Decided it was time to make my way through more of Margaret Atwood‘s canon. Between the poetry and incredible art this was fantastic.

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CatLass007
The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD

I think today is a day for another #unpopularopinion I read The Handmaid‘s Tale when it was first published. Actually, I only tried to read it. If I had known what #DNF meant back then that‘s what I did. It seems like everyone thinks this is one of the greatest books ever written. I understand that it was groundbreaking. It seems more prescient now than ever. But I just didn‘t like the book. I‘ve never read another #MargaretAtwood book. (cont)⬇️

CatLass007 But I‘ve been thinking about giving her another try sometime this year. So I am requesting recommendations. #TheBlindAssassin is what I‘m leaning toward right now. 13mo
Prairiegirl_reading I have heard the blind assassin is her best. I tried edible woman way back when and swore I‘d never read another but I read oryx and crake a few years ago and I liked that.It‘s pretty dark though. Dystopian. It‘s the first in a trilogy. I liked it enough to continue the series even though I ended up thinking it was the best of the three. 13mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I think Handmaid's Tale feels a lot more stilted than much of Atwood's other work because she's writing it as if it were the recovered manuscripts being debated at an academic conference many years after the fact. I agree that Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake are closer to her normal storytelling style. 13mo
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CatLass007 @Prairiegirl_reading @SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Thank you for your comments and opinions. I value the thoughts and thoughtfulness of all my Litsy friends. 13mo
TheKidUpstairs What kind/genre of books do you generally lean towards? One of the things I love about Atwood is that she writes in so many different genres, so even if some of her books don't work for you, it doesn't mean that none of them will! A few of my favourites: Alias Grace (historical fiction), Oryx and Crake (dystopian society/speculative fiction), The Robber Bride (literary fiction about complicated friendships), The Penelopiad (mythology retelling). 13mo
TheKidUpstairs @Prairiegirl_reading I did the same thing, with the exact same books! I hated Edible Woman and thought I just didn't like Atwood. Until a friend forced Oryx and Crake into my hands and I read it in a weekend! 13mo
Daisey I didn‘t enjoy The Handmaid‘s Tale either, but I‘m more of a historical fiction reader and really enjoyed Alias Grace. 13mo
CatLass007 @TheKidUpstairs I like almost all genres. I don‘t really care much for romance when it‘s the only focus of the book. I outgrew Barbara Cartland, Danielle Steele, and Harlequin Romance when I was still in high school. I‘ve even enjoyed the occasional Western (anything by Robert B Parker is an automatic read and even re-read, I tried some of the authors with whom the estate contracted, and they were a disappointment). SFF, mystery, biography… 13mo
CatLass007 Also, what exactly is speculative fiction? It all seems like science fiction to me. I think dystopian fiction is just a sub-genre of science fiction. Okay, I confess, I‘m old and out of touch. 😆 13mo
TheKidUpstairs @CatLass007 LOL, it does seem like so many different ways to say the same thing, doesn't it! Yes, I think speculative fiction is another sub-genre of science fiction. I guess I think of it as “If the science being done now continues to its possible conclusion, this is where we could end up“. If that makes any sense. One of those things I don't really know the definition of, but I know it when I read it 😆 13mo
TheKidUpstairs @CatLass007 None of her books (that I've read) really focus on romance as the main storyline, which is nice. Her more contemporary (well, contemporary to the time she wrote them) literary fiction works tend to focus more on relationships between friends and family - The Robber Bride and Cat's Eye are two of my favourites for that. Alias Grace is my all time number one (historical fiction with an unreliable narrator thrown in). 13mo
TheKidUpstairs Unpopular Opinion: I did not like Blind Assassin. I know lots of people who loved it, but it just didn't do it for me, and I'm not sure it's one of her more accessible works (not that that's necessarily a bad thing) 13mo
CatLass007 @TheKidUpstairs Thanks for the, not a definition, more like a connotation. I wasn‘t really referring to romance in Atwood‘s books. Just romance in general, e.g. Bridgerton. 13mo
CatLass007 And I don‘t really care for anything with zombies. I tried listening to Peter Clines‘s Ex-Heroes and I was quite disappointed. At least Audible has a return policy. 13mo
CuriousG Alias Grace is good, and I also liked Oryx and Crake 13mo
CuriousG One of my favourites that never gets discussed is HagSeed. It is a contemporary take on The Tempest. 13mo
KathyWheeler @CuriousG You‘re right! I never realized that HagSeed rarely gets discussed when Atwood‘s work is talked about, but I loved it. 13mo
CatLass007 @CuriousG @KathyWheeler I‘ve never seen HagSeed mentioned in any discussion of Atwood‘s work. I think I‘d remember that title. 13mo
KathyWheeler @CatLass007 There‘s a series of books by Hogarth Press that are modern takes (very loosely) of Shakespeare plays. HagSeed is Atwood‘s contribution to that series. 13mo
CatLass007 @KathyWheeler I noticed that when I looked up the book on Audible. I guess I‘ll have to add them to the infinite wish list. 13mo
rwmg If you're uncertain about Atwood, I would definitely recommend the Penelopiad (a re-telling of the Odyssey) because it's short.

My understanding is that speculative fiction is a catch-all term to cover science fiction, fantasy, superhero, and supernatural/paranormal fiction, and probably other genres/subgenres as well.
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CatLass007 @rwmg I looked at the Penelopiad and I enjoy mythology so it‘s something I‘m considering. Last year I listened to both Circe and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Both were excellent. 13mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards @CatLass007 Speculative fiction is an umbrella category to describe genres where the narrative is generated by speculation. It includes science fiction (what would the world look like in the future if...?), fantasy (what would the world look like if magic/dragons/witches/etc existed?), and historical fiction (what would the world be like if X event had been different?) 13mo
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