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CyaneFillion

CyaneFillion

Joined June 2017

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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The author has such an incredible talent for writing interconnecting stories of strangers, and of unfolding the consequences of small and higher events in those characters' lives. Even though overall there wasn't a whole lot of action in the book, I could not stop reading. I was never bored, and the continuous shift in point of view sped up the lace of my reading even further. I also enjoyed the small presence of the "ghosts" and "other space".

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Circe | Madeline Miller
Mehso-so

This was a very slow book, and unlike the pining in the Song of Achilles, there wasn't really a lot of plot besides flowery language until the last 30 pages or so. I think I would have enjoyed this story more if I hadn't read so many books already, and for the most part I personally got the impression that even though it was a story from the pov of Circe, it was still nearly completely framed by the men in her life. I just had other expectations.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
Mehso-so

I don't think Blake Crouch books are my thing... I tried Dark Matter but also did not like it. I just felt very bored throughout the story in Recursion. It felt like both the story contained way too little, yet too much at the same time. I thought maybe this could have been a really strong short story of maybe 100 pages, but it's over 3x as long. I think I'll be giving up on this author.

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Foundryside: A Novel | Robert Jackson Bennett
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I really didn't think I was going to be so invested in the story! At first the build-up was a little slow, and I was thinking of this in parallel to the City of Stairs, but shortly after, the story took off and made me feel very inspired. I would say the only qualm I have with the story is that I dislike harassment and sexual intimidation as a plot device and suffering for female characters. It was just an unnecessary paragraph.

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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Enjoyed this book a lot! It has a very diverse cast and a very interesting eldritch premise, which I feel is a deliberate move away from racist works in the genre. While there were not many big catalysts in the book (I reckon those will be for the sequel), I did thoroughly appreciate the themes of racism, xenophobia and other very real issues that ultimately drove the plot more than whatever eldritch horrors there were. Highly recommend.

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Defending Elysium | Brandon Sanderson
Mehso-so

A neat short story that gave me insight into the Cytoverse.

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Cytonic | Brandon Sanderson
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I am so so thrilled to have finished this one! Admittedly, I did think the first 20% and last 20% had the best content and were paced better, but I am still really pleased with the ending of the book. I don't think I can give anything spoilerfree to say, but am glad some of my suspicions from the previous book turned out to be correct! I'll probably read all the novellas now.

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Starsight | Brandon Sanderson
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I literally finished this in one day, that's how absorbed I was in the story. At first I thought the pacing was a little slow, but when I got to the end, I fully understood the reasons for it and the narrative decision that will likely continue in the sequel. I cannot express how glad I am to finally read a YA book where the romance is near nonexistent, or not the biggest side theme.

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Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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It has been such a looong time since I actually enjoyed a YA book. I am SO glad I decided to read Skyward, though, because it is incredible. I was a bit hesitant at first, because I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy Spensa as a character, but I was dead wrong about that. I think Sanderson provided many plot points that I am excited to see getting resolved in the next books, and Skyward itself was nicely paced with engaging space battles. Recommend!

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The Kingdoms | Natasha Pulley
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I thoroughly enjoyed this take on "history" and the dynamic between the two main characters. The author is quite good at writing the delicate relationship between two traumatised men who pine for each other. I am a little sad that, despite the 5 books in this specific niche genre she has written, not one of them has the female support characters survive or reach their own happy ending. I wish they weren't used as plot devices for convenience.

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I really liked this cosy autumn read. It's got everything I was hoping to get out of the book; sweet slowburn romance, queerness, low stakes and a very cosy feeling all throughout. One of my favourites of this year!

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Enjoyed this small glimpse into the Darkling's past. Not much to say, the colouring and lineart were reslly nice, and despite its relatively slow pacing, I thought it set up his motivations as a character well.

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Nona the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Oh my GOODNESS. Now THIS is a book to pull you out of a reading slump. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am now busy speculating as to what will haopen in the sequel Alecto. Cannot say much more without spoiling things, but I loved seeing the sweeter sides of everyone in this installment. Really hope shit goes down in the final.

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I was really sad to discover I did not like this book. Many people who share the same interests when it comes to books told me it was great, but I was mostly uninterested in the plot, the interludes didn't really contribute anything for me, and many parts of what was going on felt both disjointed and very straightforward instead of intriguing. I don't think I'll continue this series, to my regret.

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Enjoyed this quick read, it was interesting from the get-go and had a cool concept. Do wish the way different people were described was not as...antiquated, even though it is an older book.

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Mehso-so

This one was all right, I enjoyed the dynamic, but I'm having a hard time sympathizing with the angle Maxim is taking here to convince others to take up arms.

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Mehso-so

Enjoyed it, but pace was a bit quick for me, I'm not used to comics that aren't manga.

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Enjoyed this comic! Loved Arisa, she is perfect.

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Mehso-so

I liked the book, though I will say, I didn't expect the movie adaptation to be as faithful to the book as it was. That meant I enjoyed it, but also made me a little sad that there wasn't much more to the book than what happened in the movie. I plainly skipped the "foreword" and whole "abridged" extra sections at the end, because they felt boring and didn't add anything to my experience. I would still recommend the book, but only the main parts.

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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Oh my goodness, what a ride! So, the first 70 pages or so were a drag to me, it was very slow and not very entertaining. But after that, I read it all in a day. I am so so glad I managed to predict all the big plot points before I even started the second book, but so much more intrigue and mystery has been introduced now. I am super excited to find out what happens in Nona next month.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Nobody told me this amazing book was going to be a mystery first and foremost! I loved it, there was such a good dynamic between characters, the lore is sort of thrown at you, because Gideon as a character doesn't necessarily understand it, and it all flows so well. I could not stop reading this, and I am so glad I finally saw for myself what the well-earned hype was about. 100% recommend.

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The Blue Salt Road | Joanne M Harris
Mehso-so

Not really my style of book. I liked the fairy tale esque feelings in the book, but I get really uncomfortable when books focus on specific aspects of childbirth or raising children, so that detracted from my experience. I'm pretty sure most people would enjoy this more than I did though!

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The City & The City | China Miville
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Very good book, picked up pace dramatically near the end. I enjoyed all of the characters and their interactions, and thought it was a very fun and unique setting. I was a little sad for the ending for spoiler reasons, and I thought perhaps it was a little bit rushed/could have dwelled more on points in the end, but I still really liked it and would 100% recommend it to others.

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The Half Life of Valery K | Natasha Pulley
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My goodness, this book. I finished this within 24 hours because of how enthralled and invested I was in the plot. What is it with Natasha Pulley writing delicate slow burns between complex older men while a whole plot is going on in the foreground??!! I super recommend this book and hope other people will like it as much as I did.

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Jade City | Fonda Lee
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Enjoyed this book, although it took me 2 months to get through it. I appreciate the focus point veing the Kauls as a family, rather than a few main characters, and the issues arising from familial ties and expectations. I wish the intrigue and action had picked up sooner, but I enjoyed what the book set up for the sequel, and I want to see how many more plot points I can predict!

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Really good collection of short stories of all the cosmere worlds! There are so many spoilers in most of them, but there's so many little hints and secrets that you might not get in the full books. Highly recommend it.

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Mehso-so

Enjoyed it near the end, but it was quite a slow read, especially for Sanderson. I know it's his first big book though, but I wasn't as invested sadly.

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Snapshot | Brandon Sanderson
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A very quick, but fun little story about a detective duo! I literally can't say more without spoiling things, due to the length of the little book, but I read this in one sitting and enjoyed it.

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Mistborn: Secret History | Brandon Sanderson
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This was a very insightful read into some of the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive stuff that has been going on. I want to know so much more though! I'm super excited to start theorising about the connections.

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Every time you think you know something, there's another secret. This was a really fun read that opened up cosmere and Scadrial speculations even further, and clearly foreshadows things to come in the Mistborn series. I really enjoyed the book and the character arcs for the protagonists. I really hope the 4th book will come out soon, so I can see what is in store for the rest.

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Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson
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Oh my goodness, the joy of a book where I can't accurately predict everything that happens! What an interesting book with revelations about the wider cosmere stuff...I couldn't put it down. I want to start the third book as soon as possible, because the ending was quite sad.

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Alloy of Law | Brandon Sanderson
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I don't know why I kept postponing this book, as I ended up reading it in a day! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I was so proud when I accurately predicted all big plot twists in the story! Can't wait to start book 2.

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Literally every time I start a Stormlight book, I just have to keep reading until I finish it. This was SO GOOD! We finally get some insight into some of the bigger areas of intrigue within both Roshar and the Cosmere, and with a disabled protagonist. Read this in a day and enjoyed it way more than the Lift one. This just is one of my fave series.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
Mehso-so

This was an alright and quick read. I think I was mostly a little sad, because I thought there would be more to it than there actually ended up being. I had this hyped up to me, so I thought it wouldn't be as straightforward as I found it. However, I did enjoy the concept and execution of it. I will also say that I don't usually read first person pov, so that might have contributed to my experience.

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The Dark Forest | Cixin Liu
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I struggled a lot to get into this book, because at times it can be quite dense, and there are times when the writing to describe women is...less than ideal. However, when the plot started to take shape, I could not put it down. It's truly an interesting timeline and story that takes place across this book and the first, I've never read anything like it. I'm intrigued by what could be in the final book, as the ending was quite good for this one.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it seems to be targeted at a younger audience than Sanderson's cosmere stuff. I was so intrigued by the magic system and the bits of lore we got, but my goodness did I wish there was a sequel! With the ending the way it was, I really hope we get more of the Rithmatist world soon.

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Very sweet short stories about different characters in the Captive Prince series. It was so nice to revisit the world and people again, and to see little snippets of after story.

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I enjoyed this book, although it felt more like romance with strong fantasy elements. I felt like there wasn't much that surprised me, but I did thoroughly enjoy the direction the ending took.

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The Strawberry Thief | Joanne Harris
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I enjoyed this sort of last chapter in Vianne's story, and the story of Lansquenet. It was a very sweet and cyclical ending to the journey that started with Chocolat. I'm a little sad that some of the relations and endings for characters weren't elaborated on more. I also found a lot of spelling/punctuation issues, which isn't plot related, but did bother me. Overall, I'd recommend the story, even if it is one of the quieter ones in the series.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This was a really calming and nice book. It's refreshing to have a genuinely nice and innocent protagonist in a book, and the fact that it was a kind of magical mystery with an infinite house made it even better. Highly recommend it, it's short and the flow of the books is very easy. Read it in one sitting.

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Vicious | V E Schwab
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This was a fun read to pass the time. I found the hatred between the main characters to be the most interesting part of the book, but I was thoroughly entertained for the whole ride. I will say that it was a little bit frustrating that the first half is literally all flashbacks, but other than that I have little to say than that I enjoyed it.

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This was so good, and got me to actually read non stop for 2 days. The plot was super intriguing and I kind of enjoyed that it was more about the concept and story than the characters in it. The first half was my personal favourite bit, but although the latter half feels like a lot of exposition in one go, it did help to set the stakes and frame of the trilogy. I would recommend this to friends.

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The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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I thoroughly enjoyed this arc in comic book form! It was done very well and depicts the topic of loss in a very easy to follow way.

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I enjoyed this, I was for once incorrect about most things, and definitely misread the tone between some of the characters. It had a bit of a slow start, though, it was only about halfway or so that things began to pick up. The ending also felt a little rushed, but other than that I thought it was fun and read most of it in a single sitting!

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City of Miracles | Robert Jackson Bennett
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I really enjoyed most of this book. The story was thrilling, and Sigrud makes for a really good pov character. I'm a little sad at the ending, I didn't think that it was going to go that way. There was also a little snippet in the last 10 pages that kind of left a bad taste in my mouth and just took away from my enjoyment of the book (it's a little segment about consent and trauma for women, and didn't need to be there/came out of nowhere).

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City of Blades | Robert Jackson Bennett
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I REALLY enjoyed the sequel to City of Stairsz way more than the first one. Mulagesh is now probably my favourite character, and I felt the story in this book was a lot more thrilling and captivating than the previous one. I'm now even more excited to read the final book in the series. Highly recommend this.

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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett
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Oh my goodness! This is such a good book! I love me a good fantasy meets murder mystery, and this book delivered really well! I loved the characters, the whack lore and plot! Occasionally there was a weird moment where I felt it was a bit "men writing women" but it wasn't too bad or discomforting for me to take a big note of it. Anyhow, since this book wrapped up so nicely, I'm curious what the other two books are going to cover. Definitely hyped.

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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
Mehso-so

I enjoyed the last 100 or so pages kf the book, but the rest was a bit of a struggle to get through for me. It felt a bit too structured, easy and predictable to me, but I did enjoy where most of the characters ended up in the end (with the exception of a few that seem very out of character). I gave it a so-so mostly because I only enjoyed the last small bit. I did think Nina's story was the more exciting one, and I'm sad for it to maybe end?

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Mehso-so

This was an alright read for me. Enjoyable, but probably my least favourite in the grishaverse books. Nina's story was far more interesting than Nikolai's but also triggered me badly. I think I'm just a little sad that we don't really go in depth with Nikolai's worries and struggles, and he feels more like a side character in his own book. Zoya has also never been my favourite character to read, so that probably added to the mix. I'll read book 2.

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Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel, and am in love with the designs each volume! It's nice what they've done with the Sloane and Hurley arc, and I can't wait for Crystal Kingdom!