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Creadnorthey

Creadnorthey

Joined August 2016

Teacher teaching. Painter painting. Reader reading. Person doing person things.
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Monkey Beach: A Novel by Eden Robinson
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Ancillary Mercy | Ann Leckie
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The end of this series does not disappoint! Leckie builds tension over the course of 300 pages and then let‘s it dissolve in ten. Like a sugar cube in tea, the story‘s all the sweeter for it.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I was listening to this as an audiobook and it was just horrible. Already Doerr‘s descriptions can be overly saccharine, but the narrator took this to a whole new level! How many soft spoken, affected and breathy dialogues can I listen to? Only 39% of CCL apparently. Might read this in print at a later date, but for now my ears have bailed.

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Sleeper Season Two | Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
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This got all sorts of awards but meh. It feels dated and a whole bit misogynistic which ultimately makes this tiresome. But it was a comic book and I liked that…

Creadnorthey But thinking about it some more, it being a comic book doesn‘t excuse it. If this is winning awards The competition must be pretty bad. 2w
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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This one is a bit of a ham, both in size and execution. There are parts that are really good and gripping, but plenty that reads like a grade eight science project; (review continues in comments)

Creadnorthey a protagonist skill set that defies even this Speculative Fiction, moments where I, as a science neophyte, said why do that and not this, plenty of America is greater even while part of the international team, and a frat-boy narrative voice that screams cast me using the hippest up-and-coming actor in the movie version. I got sucked into this by Obama and Bill Gates Goodreads recommendation bots- beware! (edited) 2w
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This one is a bit of a ham, both in size and execution. There are parts that are really good and gripping, but plenty that reads like a grade eight science project; (review continues in comments)

Creadnorthey a protagonist skill set that defies even this Speculative Fiction, moments where even this science neophyte says why do that and not this, plenty of America is greater even while part of the international team, and a frat-boy narrative voice that screams cast me using the hippest up-and-coming actor in the movie version. I got sucked into this by Obama and Bill Gates Goodreads recommendation bots- beware! (edited) 2w
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Ancillary Sword | Ann Leckie
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I just love this universe and the complexity of emotion Leckie fills her universe with. In terms of how this book fits into the series, Sword has stiff competition with the previous Justice, and I hope Mercy will round this all out to satisfaction!

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Ok I‘m sold on this positive Sci-Fi meets zen monk stories where nothing really happens but world building and very human relationships between said monk and a 4th generation robot. Lovely and hoping for more in this gem vein.

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A new genre is born! And while “contemplative Sci-Fi” might not be everybody‘s cup of tea (pun intended) it‘s a great listen on walks and in the car!

Creadnorthey I‘m going right into listening to the second volume… 1mo
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Season One | Ed Brubaker
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This is a quick read with pretty good entertainment value, but doesn‘t peak high on the originality meter; less Tinker, Tailor more Bruce Willis action movie. Lives a dated reality so those reading be warned- very male grrr-grrr… and thus the 3 stars.

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This is a quick read with pretty good entertainment value, but doesn‘t peak high on the originality meter; less Tinker, Tailor more Bruce Willis action movie. Lives a dated reality so those reading be warned- very male grrr-grrr… and thus the 3 stars.

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Slade House | David Stephen Mitchell, Research Associate at the UNESCO Centre David Mitchell
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Bit of horror that I wasn‘t expecting. Felt a bit like Mitchell was trying on different styles in the early chapters, but love how it settles in to join a greater narrative thread (the Bone Clocks being the only other book of his I‘ve read) which leads me to read more.

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Big picture stuff. There is a bunch to process in this book and plenty to chew on. As a document this book may already be dated, but parts are certainly prophetic (a clear understanding of the Ukraine/Russian situation)- which leads me to believe what is being said all the more.

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E Butler
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This was a dark reflection of our now time stretched to a near future possibility- on the shelf next to others who take on the apocalyptic, this stands out with its vivid violence, terrifying nail-on-the-head speculation and beautiful moments of hope. Excellent read.

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Woo-wee there is a lot of talk about the danger of algorithms… gerrrrr-gosh reading this is hurting my head as well as hurting my heart. (Painting by Cosima Northey)

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This was great- life affirming, witty, deep, ironic, and tragic. Who can deny a writer when they write “Because like all writers, I have magic. I can pass through your walls with ease.” I have trouble seeing how you can keep a good writer down. Shame on Erdogan.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Another book with the moon as a feature. This is a small tasty morsel; crisp writing, typical (for Mandel) story with many threads all coming together to make a complete and satisfying read. There is also the overshadowing simulation theory that gives the whole story a “huh, gotta think about that” meta factor. I liked this a lot.

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Moonglow LP | Michael Chabon
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I liked this meander through the larger than life story of Chabon‘s grandfather. Like so much in life, there are moments that make up a life that only hindsight can make into some sort of sense, and even then we question what is really true or chosen truth. This book catches the spirit of that.

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There is some very beautiful writing in this, but I felt like it was a tumble to the end and somehow did not round out some of the more awkward corners 3 1/2 ⭐️s.

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There is some very beautiful writing in this, but I felt like it was a tumble to the end and somehow did not round out some of the more awkward corners 3 1/2 ⭐️s.

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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) | Dennis E. Taylor
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I enjoyed this Sci-Fi romp- I kept seeing this as the love child of The Expanse series and Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy series, but that might be selling it short, as there was plenty to chew on here. The action kept going at a good clip and sets up nicely for the sequels that I know are out there- and this was definitely good enough to continue the series.

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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) | Dennis E. Taylor

This is the love child of Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy and the Expanse Series.

TheSpineView Love this series! 2mo
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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) | Dennis E. Taylor

Heading into part 2 of the Bobiverse! Let‘s make the not too improbable assumption that all Sci-Fi is somehow connected. This being the case, I see this, because of its narrative tone, as a not so distant cousin of The Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy. Does it have the same classic potential? I must read on…

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Overall not my go-to read; but loved the ending where we get future dives and future speculation. Someone had lamented that the story just ends, I know what they mean but I felt that was the strength. Our time (this is pretty meta) as readers prying into the lives of others (as Mrs. R does), making their business ours is done. Life goes on (as it does for Mia) and we readers have to go on living with that too- really good summer read 4&1/2 stars.

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I‘m well into the first half- pretty smooth read and liking it BUT feeling the cringey factor BIG TIME. So much so that reading this alternately makes me want to put the book down while also motivating me to read on. Strange.

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Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
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In terms of space opera and science fiction this, the beginning of the trilogy, has it. The world building at first was a bit confusing, but as the setting fell into focus, I was duly impressed by its vastness, complexity, and like any good epic, it‘s necessity to the story. In the class of The Expanse and the Culture novels by the late Ian M Banks, this is modern Sci-Fi at its best.

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Alone | Chaboute
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As stunning as advertised.

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Wow and wowed again! Levels of humor and wit that cause you to laugh in the very darkness Plath takes you to play

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💕 3mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath

This gets very dark after chapter 9- still witty, still brilliant, but dark…

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath

Odd surprise similar to the surprise I had with Breakfast At Tiffany‘s but in a different way. When I read BAT I was surprised to read a very dark novel. Here with the Bell Jar, it‘s filled with much more wit and (though at times gross) humor, when I was expecting just bleak darkness…

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This is undoubtedly an important book that helps describe deep seeded troubles in our western (world) view. Punch up, as the words at the end of the book state: “A world without caste would set everyone free.”

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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An ultimate summer read just as summer is starting! Certainly a first novel, so looking forward to this author giving something as entertaining with maybe a bit more meat…

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This does a great job at turning the pages and, though I don‘t read many, judge this to be a righteous mystery/courtroom drama. The descriptions of the natural world are some of the best and engaging bits that make this the good read that it is. Shame I couldn‘t get over the “To Kill a Mockingbird” feel, even though there was plenty to set it apart… that‘s more me than the book…

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This is a classic- some of it is a bit hard to take with the modern palette, but the story still holds while the philosophies still give one pause to think even now.

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The writing here is some of Carey‘s best and there are turns of phrase that just break my heart again and again. Why it doesn‘t get the full five out of five stars is that some of this is as disjointed as the automaton Carey‘s characters are building/restoring, and so maybe I‘m missing some of the meta-ness of this, but there was a sense that I was missing a bit. Still ever so lovely.

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A badly drawn comic book- strange that I even finished it…

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The Tent | Margaret Atwood
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I can see how some might hate this while others love it- there is very little to anchor a reader. And while some of the pieces flew over my head, there are enough gems to keep the whole of it fun. Atwood‘s prose is too often delicious to be turned away. Special Place on Bookshelf.

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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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Hardly worth the read. The characters, Odile and Lily are almost too naive to stomach- only the book about books aspect of this kept me going and then only just barely. The author herself sums this book up best for me when one of her characters states “the lines: too true, too sentimental”. And again later another character says “though I practiced, the sentence sounded stilted.”- read at your own peril.

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Animal Farm | George George Orwell
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A classic. Nothing more nothing less and should be read by everyone.

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A classic. Nothing more nothing less and should be read by everyone.

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This was just super- elegant and eloquent writing with a terrific family drama that is sweeping in its effect. Lovely!

BarbaraBB Great pic! 6mo
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The Vanishing Half | Brit Bennett
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This was just super- elegant and eloquent writing with a terrific family drama that is sweeping in its effect. Lovely!

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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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This book has a lot to recommend it- plot threads abound with intrigue, the writing is strong and evocative, intelligent handling of environmental impact, wolves, and a narrator walking the fine edge of sanity. The end- spoiler- is a bit weak as the high tension of the book sees pieces fall a bit too neatly into place. Still far from a reading regret. Thumbs up- 4/5 stars!

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Like Daisy Jones and the Six, but with an added purpose on top of drugs, sex, and rock&roll. The BLM addition can feel heavy handed at points, but the systemic White hand has been guilty of this for years, decades, and centuries. Daisy J already has a Netflix series- my question: is there an Opal series in the making? It would be way more relevant.

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This was a chilling beautiful thrill of a read. Reading this in the thick of winter only adds to the creepy vibe that builds. Not completely unpredictable, but a most satisfying read. Also happy to hear there is a sequel!

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Leviathan Falls | James S. A. Corey
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This is the last installment and it is time. That‘s not a criticism, but more of an observation that the writers have truly crafted a story arc that brings back all the favs- and with a blockbuster ending that is really the only realistic way the story could end. I‘m sad but satisfied that this roller coaster of a series has come to an end.

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China Mountain Zhang | Maureen F. McHugh
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The sci-fi in this is wonderfully woven and seamless, if maybe sparse in “how it works” detail. Yet McHugh‘s world creation is incidental to the human stories that unfold. Her stories show a humaneness that, fraught with problems or rife with victories, are timeless even if in this futuristic setting.

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Really good book, not fantastic, but if you like conspiracies and true crime this is for you! This could have delved deeper into native relations at the time, so the whole thing unfolds as a white savior story- saving the indigenous from not only the “baddies” but also themselves- enter the fledgling FBI. The real culprit here is the guardian system imposed on the Osage by the US fed.

LoverOfLearning Oh great review!! Definitely agree! But also wow the writing in this book was fantastic! I couldn't put it down! 8mo
Creadnorthey Thank you #LoverOfLearning for the koodos 😁 6mo
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The Refugees | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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I‘m not one for short stories, but this collection is the exception. It is really really good- each story is engaging and plumbs depths of universal themes that question identity. A beautiful must.

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Sunnyside | Glen David Gold
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Found this one to be too much of a slog- granted there are super bits but the sum of the parts did not make a cohesive whole. I always felt there was a bigger structure Gold was alluding to, but if it‘s there I couldn‘t grasp it. I dragged myself to the end with the hope that it would come together. It never did.

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Where the book I read previously was a slog, this reads like candy- not the type to rot your teeth! This is the healthy kind that has some hard bits, is sweet and easy and ultimately satisfying. Happy holidays!