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DuckOfDoom

Joined September 2016

LibraryThing member DuckOfDoom

A reading duck! Quack Quack
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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
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Tales from the Loop | Simon Stlenhag
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Things that keep me from joining any reading: Pen & Paper Roleplay. Today: alternative 80s in Sweden by Simon Stålenhag. There are also illustrated books from him and there is an Amazon series in the making!
Creating stories yourself is just as good as reading books 😁

It is a loosely book related post, so I thought it's ok to post here 😁

Chrissyreadit Sounds very creative. 4d
LibrarianRyan Always okay. Doom away! 4d
RachelO I‘m kind of intrigued. And your friend there looks totally engrossed in it all! 4d
wanderinglynn That looks like so much fun! 4d
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#bookmail !! I am really happy that Call Down The Hawk arrived just 3 days after publication. I thought it would take longer to arrive at the slow bookstores here in Germany.

hannah-leeloo They are beautiful covers 😍😍😍 4d
Leniverse I made the mistake of reading the first few chapters of Call Down the Hawk, which the author made freely available. I desperately way to read the whole trilogy, but only the first book is written. And I hate having to wait between books. 😆 4d
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Books and people who like books. Photos do not have too be Instagram quality. Just say what you think
2. Weekly how-are-you-posts and too many photochallenges.
3. - Mute hashtags in the App
- sort people I follow into circles or something.
4. I try to post a review of every book I read.
5. Yes
6. See 3. I would really like to have different feeds so I can sort all the awesome people I follow!!!

Sace 1. I find myself scrolling past Instagram quality posts. I also tend to ignore posts with a paragraph length block of hashtags. I'm not anti hashtag, but sometimes the list of them is longer than the blurb! 6d
DuckOfDoom @Sace I have almost never searched for hashtags on Litsy - I look upon my feed of people I follow, and find new people through the comments. Hashtags are ok, but not really needed here😅 6d
Sace I tend to search the manga hashtag because it's definitely a niche genre here and I don't want to miss any good recommendations! 6d
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Graywacke @DuckOfDoom @Sace i use hashtags for group reads. They‘re really useful there. The thing that I really really don‘t like lately is that I‘m constantly hitting links by accident and find scrolling very difficult. (Has to do with an iPhone iOS update). 6d
Sace @Graywacke I don't have problems with that kind of hashtag use and I will be the first person to hit up a cat hashtag but sometimes I see posts with more hashtags than content. I should probably confess here that I might not completely understand the theory and use of them 🤣 6d
ljuliel Thanks for the replies. I agree, the BOOKS seem to have taken a back seat at times. Another thing that sorta bugs me ( not a lot, but ....) is I see truckloads of pictures of books people buy or get at the library, but where are the reviews ? There seem to be some folks who like to show what they buy, but either never read them, or put a review in here. I like the reviews. It‘s where I get ideas for new books to read. 6d
ljuliel @Graywacke That‘s been mentioned a lot in these questionnaires. I had the same problem. It happened after an Apple update. They‘ve had 2 more since then, which has made the problem much better. It‘s not completely gone, but it‘s better. Check to see if you‘ve added those newest updates. Mine says version 13.2. I hope this helps. 6d
DuckOfDoom @ljuliel I think book hauls are great if they are followed with reviews! I can often spot a couple of books that spark my interest, and when a review gets posted, I can decide if I want to add it to my TBR. But that is still about the books. If it's more about the pretty picture of books, I loose interest. But I just don't follow those posts, and am pretty happy with the content of the rest 6d
Graywacke @ljuliel mine is 13.2, and no updates available. 😕 6d
ljuliel Well, darn. I was hoping that‘d help. @Graywacke 6d
Sace @DuckOfDoom @ljuliel I don't mind book mail and book haul posts or photo challenges because I don't like to get out and it feels like being at a book store. I've always been drawn more to a cover. One thing that social media has changed for me is wanting to read a book BECAUSE of a review I read. But before social media, I would just wander into a store and wait for a book to call to me. 6d
ljuliel @Sace. Yes it‘s much easier to shop for books while reading reviews online. Going into a bookstore with no ideas at all is a bit daunting. I like to at least have an idea of what to search for. 6d
Sace @ljuliel oh I'm the complete opposite. I like to explore and discover. 6d
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Would anyone care for a #buddyread of this chunkster, maybe followed by the Unreal and the Real at the start of next year? I think Novellas and Short Stories are great for a buddyread, as stories are concluded fast, but the books are daunting!

llwheeler I'd be interested 1w
TheSpineView I am.👍 7d
DuckOfDoom @llwheeler @TheSpineView Great! Let's see if some others want to join us! Any cool hashtag suggestions? 7d
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TheSpineView @DuckOfDoom Surely there are others who want to join in. As for names, LeGuinStories?? Sorry that's all I have. 7d
DuckOfDoom @TheSpineView @llwheeler #LeGuinStories sounds good! Both of you could also post to spread the word 😁 7d
TheSpineView @DuckOfDoom Just reposted! 7d
wanderinglynn I‘m interested! 7d
DuckOfDoom @wanderinglynn great! I am so happy that there are so many of you who want to do this buddyread! In the next days or ao, I will have a look at the length of the stories and we can decide the pacing of the buddyread 😁 7d
SamAnne I'm interested! And your Litsy handle is hilarious. 7d
AnansiGirl I‘m interested! 7d
llwheeler Just reposted 😊 7d
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Mehso-so

This is one of the very few books that would have been better if they were longer. Magic Houses scheming for power in a world were Magic is boosted by the suffering of others? Sounds great! But the intrigue really fell short with the straightforward writing. And I would have preferred to skip one point of view for a plot twist along the book.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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More than a small upgrade from my well-worn paperback!!

Sace How beautiful! 2w
LibrarianRyan I've never seen one in Blue!! 2w
DuckOfDoom @LibrarianRyan I believe it is a new Waterstones edition that fits well with the "The Starless Sea" cover 2w
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cjk Gorgeous! 😍 2w
LibrarianRyan @DuckOfDoom That would explain it. The UK starless Sea cover is so beautiful. I don't like the US cover. But then again, I'm getting the book free so I can not really complain. 2w
IndyHannaJones Do want... 2w
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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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Mehso-so

It could not start out more YA clichée than this, but the book got better at the end. I feel like the second book could be more interesting!

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The Prey of Gods | Nicky Drayden
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I really cares for some characters, although I feel the book wanted too much in too little space. Gods, awakening gods and conscious AIs is a cool combination, but it could have been longer, taking more time for details.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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Incredible! Don't have more words currently

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So good, I agree! 3w
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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I am finally getting into this!!

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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I really, really liked it. But in the end, this is a very hyped urban fantasy. If that's not for you, you probably won't enjoy it.
I especially liked the main character, Alex. She is fierce and definitely not a good girl, but I like the way she stands up for her friends and herself.

julesG OMG, I see so many raving reviews about this novel at the moment, I need to get a copy. 4w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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A surprise under the cover 😍

julesG 😍 1mo
Texreader Fun! 1mo
readingjedi Nice! 1mo
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SweetAngst UK edition? 3w
DuckOfDoom @SweetAngst It's the signed Waterstones edition. 3w
SweetAngst It's beautiful! I got the Barnes and Noble edition with the annotated chapter. 3w
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Magonia | Maria Dahvana Headley
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Mehso-so

Liked the start, the rest was rather ok.
Did not like the almost love-triangle, but it was resolved in a good manner.

cathysaid But the cover... ❤️ 1mo
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I have a huge #TBR shelf outside of my library. And I love it!! I don't mind all the books waiting for me, but instead tend to stand there and look happily at all the choices I have.
How do you deal with an overflowing TBR pile?

#shelfie

Eggs You embrace it❤️❤️❤️ I know the feeling-I have as much if not more!! Life happens while you‘re busy doing something else-you are not alone... 1mo
Balibee146 I have a whole tbr bookcase too... Prob same again on kindle... I deal with it by getting new books 😁😁😁 1mo
Nute I‘m learning to not be overwhelmed by the number of books that I have yet to read, but instead to look at it as an exciting anticipation! 20h
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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It's finally here 😍😍😍😍 have to finish the current book, but I am so excited

MrBook Niiiiice! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Blades in the Dark | John Harper
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Playing pen and paper RPGs has become one of my favorite hobbies. In Blades In The Dark, you create a crew of daring scoundrels who try to work up their way in the underworld.
The city of Duskwall lies in a realm where the sun has shattered, ghosts haunt the city, and the lightning wall protecting the people from leviathan demons, who are hunted in the Void Sea for blood, which powers the city.
I can't wait to play!

MrBook Nice review! 1mo
Squidapus Squidapus just got a copy of this on Monday! 4w
DuckOfDoom @Squidapus I hope Squidapus has a great time reading and playing it! I will be running an adventure triology the days before Christmas. I am really excited, there are so many options! 4w
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Oh my, it's beautiful. And it even kinda matches the gift edition of The Belle Sauvage I have 😍😍😍

Maike Gosh that‘s pretty 🤩 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai 😍😍 I was gonna buy the regular edition...but now.... 🤔 1mo
DuckOfDoom @GrilledCheeseSamurai it's really damn pretty, but I don't know if it's available anymore. I ordered mine from WaterstoneI don't know if it's sold anywhere else 1mo
MrBook Whoa! That is beautiful! 1mo
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Tales from the Loop | Simon Stlenhag
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A different kind of book: an roleplaying book. Tales from the Loop is about kids that live in in the area of a particle accelerator in an alternate 80's by Simon Stålenhag. Robots, and magnetrine ships are common and the occasional door to another time or reality can happen around the Loop.
You create kids that get in trouble, solve mysteries and face their personal problems. Non-lethal, because kids don't die.

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Owning the mass market Paperback as well as the anniversary editions did not stop me from buying the illustrated edition. And it is so beautiful! There can never be enough of Fitz & the Fool

Sace Those are gorgeous! 1mo
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The Books of Earthsea | Ursula K. Le Guin
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#shelfie of some beautiful books in my library. Anyone seen the new Dune edition? It's beautiful.

Lizpixie I have Dune in the Penguin Galaxy Edition. It‘s simple but beautiful. 1mo
LibrarianRyan I want that Dune edition so bad. I saw it in the book store on Sunday, but I restrained myself. However, I get paid Friday, and Saturday is Sister-in-law day, and our number one stop is the book store, so I might finally indulge. 1mo
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How to Build a Digital Library | Ian H. Witten, David Bainbridge, David M. Nichols
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Hello Litsy, I try to be more active!!
My library is finishes, including a blanket with arms that I can wrap around myself when reading. It is supercozy, and with the bad weather in the past few weeks, I can say it is super-relaxing to hear the rain against the window while reading!
I will post some #shelfies throughout the day.
Depression is hitting hard, and I often lack the motivation to post, even though I love Litsy and you all 🦆♥️📚

julesG 😍 This looks very cozy! Hugs to you! 1mo
Lizpixie This looks amazing! I wish my library looked this beautiful, mine looks like a hoarder lives in it(well, it‘s true. Just a bit)You should be proud of yourself. Sending much love from an aussie♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
LeahBergen This looks lovely!! Sending ❤️❤️❤️. 1mo
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Texreader Looks amazing and I hope you have a lot of self-care. We Littens are with you! 1mo
Sace You've created a beautiful space. ❤️ 1mo
ju.ca.no This looks so lovely and cozy! Perfect place for self-care too!😘 sending hugs your way, I hope you‘ll feel better 🤗 1mo
LibrarianRyan I'm so glad to see you back. And your chair looks comfy. 1mo
JacqMac That looks so cozy. 💕 1mo
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How to Build a Digital Library | Ian H. Witten, David Bainbridge, David M. Nichols
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Step 1: move all your read books in the now empty room because you a) still need to buy shelves and b) need the former shelf as your TBR shelf. It was bursting anyway.

Hey Littens, I was really absent these past two month and I actually don't know why. Well, I am back and will be documenting my library building efforts. I get 4 and a half shelves!!! . The other half of the room will be my boyfriend's workbench and 3D printer space! 😁

Megabooks Welcome back! 3mo
Lizpixie Welcome back lovely! I was absent myself for awhile due to health reasons, when I came back it was like I‘d never left. Can‘t wait to see your library🙌 3mo
sudi Welcome back and wow, those are a lot of books 😯 3mo
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Moray_Reads Welcome back! Such a lot of books... 3mo
WanderingBookaneer Welcome back! 3mo
tessavi Looking forward to see the progress! 3mo
mcipher I see ducks, too! 🦆😉 3mo
Susanita WB! 3mo
TK-421 Welcome back! 2mo
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#LitsyDnD session with Littens from Germany!
I am the almighty Dungeon Master
@Maike is Helja, a dwarven cleric in search of her faith
@JulesG is Theirastra, a Drow Elf rogue on the run
@Heideschrampf is Lorilla, a Gnome Wizard out of luck and money
@Moony is Faridah, a city watch guard and war-tired ex soldier
@LaLecture is Merla, a Halfling Bard who collects exciting adventures.

Heideschrampf Super excited for my first RPG. Thanks for making it happen! 5mo
readordierachel Love the dice! 5mo
wanderinglynn How fun! 5mo
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PickwickPlockPlock Have fun! 5mo
Bianca Awesome! I love d&d. 5mo
TK-421 Awesome! 4mo
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Anne of Green Gables | Mary Sebag-Montefiore
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Today I started Anne of Green Gables while waiting for the Rammstein concert to start. 40 minutes to go until the support band starts!

GlassAsDiamonds 😂😂😂😂 I thoroughly approve of this course of action! Actual book or eReader (and do they still have the “no hair products or gems without 10ft of the stage” warning for the pyrotechnics????)?? 5mo
TK421 That is awesome! I loved Anne, and now I'll be listening to Rammstein this afternoon. Enjoy!☺ 5mo
callielafleur That is a very random combination! 😂😂😂 5mo
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Redemption Ark | Alastair Reynolds
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Surprise signed copy! I had no idea when I bought this in May, I just wanted to read the next book!
Lovely surprise 😁

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Heaven's Shadow | David S. Goyer, Michael Cassutt
Mehso-so

I've started this book for over 8 years, the book of shame because I've never finished it. When I started university, I was not able to read much in the first 3 years, and now that I do, I pushed this one back and back.
Guess what, I've finally read it!! It was not bad, a fast paced, cinema inspired first contact story.
But it was also kind of uncreative, so just an ok book for me😅

DuckOfDoom Also, what do you thin about reviews without pictures? Somehow, that's what keeps me from posting more. I've read many good books this year that I want to share, but I have trouble taking pictures :/ 5mo
julesG I read those reviews anyway. I don't mind posts without pictures. TBH, I probably read them more carefully than the ones with pictures. 😁 5mo
wanderinglynn I read reviews regardless if there‘s a photo. 5mo
glitterkitty459 I read reviews anyway, but sometimes when I don't feel like taking a photo I'll just use a photo editing app and a screenshot off the internet (the app I use is PhotoGrid and it has free backgrounds) 😊 5mo
rabbitprincess I don't usually put pictures on my reviews and am happy to read ones without pictures too 😊 5mo
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Panpan

Rape as plot device makes no other rating possible :(

IndyHannaJones Oh boo. I was thinking about picking this up 6mo
readordierachel Ugh. No thanks. 6mo
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Star Wars Trilogy | George Lucas
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I think the pride of our household can take part in #ShowMeYourStarWars 😁

@Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid NICE!!!! 6mo
Clwojick 😱😱😱😱❤️❤️❤️❤️Woah. (edited) 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 💙💙💙That‘s the ship I need! 6mo
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julesG @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's the ship my kids would love to have AFTER getting the Enterprise. 😸😸😸 6mo
GypsyKat 😍😍😍 6mo
LibrarianRyan Ahhhhhhhhh😘🥰😍 6mo
RadicalReader Magnificent 6mo
Nute Wow! I like it! A LOT!! 20h
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Perfunctory Affection | Kim Harrison
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I don't know why, but I can order subterranean press editions at my local bookstore in GERMANY.
Nice 😁

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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#sffs #scififantasyswap
Wow @Heideschrampf , what an awesome package! You are a talented crafter - I hated to unwrap the gifts, they looked awesome. Esther's spellbook is my so cute 😍 I love everything 😁

Heideschrampf Yay! I'm happy you like it. I really enjoyed crafting the things, though they came out wonkier than i'd have wished 🙈there's also some thrift store finds like the star wars cards, i hope you don't mind. ❤️ 7mo
DuckOfDoom @Heideschrampf Not at all! I like cool thrift store finds. The 'main protagonist' and 'plot device' buttons are really funny 😂 7mo
Heideschrampf May this button ever remind thee thou art the main protagonist of thine own story! 💪🤘 7mo
Heideschrampf Damn! I just now realised i forgot to include the Terry Prattchet CDs 🙈 7mo
Avanders Wow! 🧬🦄♥️🐉👏🏽 7mo
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Crown of Feathers | Nicki Pau Preto
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The first YA I've enjoyed in quite a while. There are tropes, but the writing style of the author is better than the last ones I've tried. She actually takes time to tell a story and set up a scene.

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The #SFFS #scififantasyswap package from @Heideschrampf arrived!
It's so funny, I packed mine in an old Fairylootbox, too!!
@Avanders

Heideschrampf Wow, das ging aber schnell! Dann musst du wohl noch tapfer sein und warten ;P 7mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 7mo
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Beyond a Darkened Shore | Jessica Leake
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Well, 50% in and this book has told me that a girl is to blame if men make the attempt to rape her, and that even a tough warrior girl needs to be saved from rape by a tougher, good-looking, noble saviour.
WHAT THE FUCK?!

LibrarianRyan Ughhhhhh 7mo
laurenbescoby I have this sat on my shelf from a Fairyloot box. Burgh. I question them picking this book for a box with that sort of message for the young women purchasing it! 7mo
julesG Gah! Still have this from FairyLoot as well. I had high hopes, given the blurb on the back. 😔 @laurenbescoby 7mo
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DuckOfDoom @laurenbescoby @julesG it was only one scene that really threw my off, because it was so bad. But even one case of victim blaming is too much, in my opinion. I am finished now and the whole story was bland and the usual mix of YA tropes :/ 7mo
laurenbescoby @DuckOfDoom that's why I cancelled my fairyloot sub. After 3 books I was bored. So many repeated tropes 😣 7mo
DuckOfDoom @laurenbescoby I like YA books between bigger fantasy titles, but it's been a long time since I read one that does something interesting. Fairyloot seems to have gotten worse with their picks, too 😣 7mo
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Odinsbarn: Ravneringene 1 | Siri Pettersen
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I was a bit concerned when I read that it's an YA book, BUT after I read it I can say it does not read like your standard YA. It's from Norway, and I hope it will be translated to English soon, because it had a bit of this classical fantasy feeling meets a Norse mythology inspired world. The author really took her time to flesh out the characters and their journey (some might say it drags a little, but I enjoyed the slower pace).

DuckOfDoom @julesG you wanted to know if I liked it 😁 7mo
julesG Thanks!!!! It's still on my list. I think we have a similar taste in books, so knowing you liked it is the tipping point. 😉 7mo
julesG PS: have you seen the original Norwegian cover? The German edition is very tame. 7mo
DuckOfDoom @julesG it's just hidden - when you open the book, the rest of the illustration is right there. But I had the same thought when I saw the original cover on Goodreads 7mo
julesG Ah, makes sense. 7mo
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#SciFiFantasySwap #sffs
@Avanders @Heideschrampf

Package goes on it's way today. I'm sure it will arrive this week, DHL in Germany is superfast. Hehe, Nina, you will have to stare at the package for days 😈🦆

Heideschrampf Ich hab vergessen dir zu antworten! 🙈 es sieht jetzt schon toll aus! Deines geht morgen auf den weg 😘 7mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 7mo
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Panpan

The writing style of the second half was very different from the first half. Unfortunately, I had to speed read it, because I hated the first half so much.
The author took a good story and drowned it sex and rape and violence and words for vagina that sound degrading. Wrapping that up in a forced meandering writing style the first half and you get this book.
The book could have been really good - that's what tips the scale from so-so to pan 😣

catiewithac Thanks for the warning ⚠️ 7mo
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Ancestral Night | Elizabeth Bear
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One of the best books I have read this year.
A space opera that can be read as a standalone, which explores aliens as well as human emotions, morals and identity. I loved it!!

GrilledCheeseSamurai I picked this up just the other day! Look g forward to starting it. 👍 8mo
RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 6mo
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Dodo | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
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#litsymail @julesG
Thank you so much! I've had this book in my hand countless times, but somehow never bought it. The perfect gift!! 😍

julesG Perfect! They even got the cover/edition right. (it was shown with the Manila folder cover online) 8mo
squirrelbrain How lovely @julesG ! ❤️ 8mo
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The Girl King | Mimi Yu
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I really liked the first half of the book. The second was very disappointing. Not to mention that the bit of the plot mentioned in the prologue was not really taken up in the plot, the end was the typical YA uninspired stuff. I had high hopes, but nope 😐

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Odinsbarn: Ravneringene 1 | Siri Pettersen
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Found today in my local bookstore - fantasy from Norway.
The title would be something like Child of Odin in English, from the Ravenrings series. Can't wait to start this 😍

JazzFeathers Fantasy from Norway?????? 😍😍😍😍 l'd love to be able to read it. 9mo
DuckOfDoom @JazzFeathers I hope it will be released in english, too. It was already translated into a ~10 other languages, so I think the chances are good 😀 9mo
julesG I have it on my rebuy-watchlist, let me know what you think of it. 8mo
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Soleri | Michael Johnston
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A slow fantasy with a lot of political plotting and a mysterious empire inspired by ancient Egypt, that has lasted for thousands of years. It is told with different POV characters that are all related.
I really liked it, it is definitely worth checking out. I hope the next book will be released soon, because the mysteries that are revealed on the book make me want to find out more about the world.

ScarletQuill Sounds awesome! Stacked! 9mo
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Soleri | Michael Johnston
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Both
Galaxy
Tea fuel
Both
Rivalry
LotR
Urban fantasy
Both
Neither
Series
No YA at the moment. I usually enjoy YA as a palate cleanser, but I read so many bad ones lately that I'm taking a break.

Currently reading the tagged book - is has so few Goodreads reviews, so I'm not sure if I've found a hidden gem. I am only one chapter in, so this is exciting!

@hermyknee #thisorthat

hermyknee I can‘t wait to see your review of this one! Looking forward to it!! 9mo
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The Queens of Innis Lear | Tessa Gratton
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A slow, fantastical retelling of King Lear - but with focus on the daughters. Told through multiple perspectives, Tessa Gratton weaves a beautiful world with her magical writing.
But the book had some issues, including pacing. Nevertheless, I really liked the writing style. It's definitely one of the better retellings I recently read.

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Panpan

I wanted to like the book, but:
- instalove
- love triangle
- plot twist could be seen from chapter 2
- the book reads a if the author had planned a sequel, but the publishers did not pay for one. The ending was rushed.
Also: it is Japan inspired, but I fail to understand why every foreign mythological word has to written in cursive. For this world, the word is normal and it just destroyed the flow. But that's my personal pet peeve, I guess...

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Predator's Gold | Philip Reeve
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Panpan

The love triangle ruined everything. It was so bad. I can't even describe it. :(

julesG Ugh! That sucks! 9mo
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Finding Baba Yaga | Jane Yolen
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Pickpick

This was one of my first fantasy books in verse. I really liked it! I still find reading in verse a bit weird - I read quite fast, and I the poetry touches me, and I understand some of the layers in it. But somehow I got the notion (school probably), that you have to analyze everything to get the full meaning. I think that might actually be the wrong way, what do you think about it?

what's your favourite fantasy or sci-fi poetry?

AnansiGirl The only sci-fi poetry I‘ve read so far has been 9mo
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Godblind | Anna Stephens
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Pickpick

Grimdark fantasy debut by a female author! Fast and we'll written, but TW for rape and human sacrifice.
I thought the characters could use some finer work in the beginning, but it all comes together and of course it ends in a cliffhanger and I NEED THE SECOND BOOK NOW!!

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The Beast Is an Animal | Peternelle van Arsdale
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I really liked the book. But I think the title is so stupid!!! It actually is not a beauty and the beast retelling, as I deducted from the title.
Also, why was "forest" written "fforest" the whole time.... It was only annoying, not special...

BookHoarder32 Lol, I really liked this book, but totally agree with you on the fforest and the title. 10mo
Kimberlone One of my biggest pet peeves in Fantasy/Sci Fi books is when normal words are spelled weird! It‘s one thing if it‘s a totally made up word but makes no sense if it‘s a normal English word that has been just had the spelling changed! 10mo
DuckOfDoom @Kimberlone If they use an old spelling that's fine by me, but I always think in writing it would have been easier to write The Forest with a capital letter to show there is something about it. 10mo
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Revelation Space | Alastair Reynolds
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This book was so packed with sci-fi mystery I still can't believe it all fit in there... I had so much fun thinking about explanations as the story evolved!

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Untitled | Unknown
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@teebe your #makerswap package was indeed returned. And arrived damaged... I will make sure nothings missing and then mail it again in the coming weeks. Do you want to know what's in there or do you want to wait?

teebe 🤦🏻‍♀️ Sorry Canada Post is causing problems but I‘m glad we know where it is now! And I can wait to find out. 10mo
DuckOfDoom @teebe - have I mentioned that it is on it's way again? Since a week or so. I really hope it gets there soon - you have waited too long! 9mo
teebe @DuckOfDoom I think it arrived! I‘m away on a business trip right now but someone collected my mail and let me know a box came in. 9mo
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