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DuckOfDoom

DuckOfDoom

Joined September 2016

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Not a phrase I thought I would encounter in an epic fantasy...

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Current #readathon read, but in reality I just wanna brag with my GIANT Halloween (all year) teamug!

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#readathon is going great! It's my first time reading so much since about 1.5 years I think and I am very happy that I have decided to join.
Becky Chamber's book are always fantastic, and I really enjoyed this one. Perfect book at the perfect time!

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1mo
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Job interview done, got the job, made food, ate food. Made tea, grabbed a book. #readathon time!

TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 1mo
DuckOfDoom @TrishB thank you 🦆❤️ 1mo
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slategreyskies Congrats!! 🎉 ✨ 1mo
rockpools Congratulations 🥳! You‘ve earned that readathon 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Bookzombie Congratulations!! 1mo
JessClark78 Congratulations! 1mo
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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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When all your pre-ordered books this year arrive at once, because of GB to EU shipping stuff.
Which one should I start?

julesG Book Eaters 1mo
TracyReadsBooks That‘s a great stack of books. I haven‘t read it yet but The First Binding in high on my list. I‘ve read good things about it. 1mo
DuckOfDoom @TracyReadsBooks I heard very good things about it, too! I might squeeze in a Discworld novel between my current read and The First Binding, though :D 1mo
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Tor short fiction books are my go-to if I need something to read between other books.
Today I picked up Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water which was a good story. It was not surprising that something at the start was very wrong. The main character is trapped on an alien planet in a endless cave. When she finds a window, the story unfolds. That's all I can tell.

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Empire of Sand | Tasha Suri
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Mehso-so

I needed a lot of time to finish this one, and that may be one of the reasons I did not like it so much. At the start, the world is very black and white and although the main character is an adult, it has much of the simplicity of a YA novel. This is neither good nor bad, everyone has to decide for themselves.
I liked how the story ended, though.

julesG You finished!! 🎉🎉 1mo
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Empire of Sand | Tasha Suri
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Hello everyone!
How have you been? I've been absent for such a long time - but today I'm back 😁 currently reading this book, but not really invested in the story. Has anyone read it? Does it get better?

tessavi Welcome back! 2mo
TK-421 Welcome back! 2mo
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Finished Part 3 of Tigana for my Buddyread with @Maike and now I will start this one. Looking forward to dive into some space action with Firefly feeling. Really liked part 1😍

Maike 😁👏 have fun! 9mo
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Tigana: Anniversary Edition | Guy Gavriel Kay
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#readathon, the fireplace is so soothing!

TheSpineView Love reading by the fire!❤📖🔥 9mo
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The Kingdoms | Natasha Pulley
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I've been posting aome #shelfies on Instagram, today I realized I should share them with you, too. Trying to be more active here, with some success! Will join the #readathon this weekend!

So, which book would you pick? Once again, I am overwhelmed by the TBR, and can't decide what to read

wanderinglynn Several of these, like Black Sun, are on my TBR! 🙌🏻 9mo
julesG The Kingdoms was very good. Did you get the signed edition? 9mo
DuckOfDoom @julesG I did! Looking forward to reading it, it's a standalone, right? 9mo
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julesG Yes, it's a standalone. 9mo
Laughterhp Black Sun was very good! 9mo
TracyReadsBooks I‘m late to reply but Ancillary Justice is phenomenal—takes a while to figure things out but once you do, it‘s impossible to put down. Second and third books are even better. Black Sun is also amazing—an evolutionary step forward for fantasy. I loved both! 9mo
DuckOfDoom @TracyReadsBooks I loved Ancillary Justice, too! The whole trilogy. one of the few books I have read on this shelf - maybe I'll read Black Sun next, a lot of you seem to like it 9mo
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Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
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The plot thickens, the kitten purrs.

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Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
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I caught up with my #buddyread with @Maike yesterday. I love Abercrombie's Charakters and can't wait to devour the second half of the book.
It's leek and cheese soup week, as we are in quarantine. It's delicious.
The kittens are doing great!

Texreader They are precious!! ❤️🐈🐈 #catsoflitsy 10mo
rabbitprincess 😻😻 10mo
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ReDawn (Skyward Flight: Novella 2) | Brandon Sanderson, Janci Patterson
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I struggeled with my reading last year. Today I checked Goodreads and I am very much ahead of my schedule (goal is 75, last year was 100 and I barely made it).

Just finished ReDawn, only to discover I started with the second novella. Now I'm off to read Sunreach. It will still be fun, I know it!!!

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The Autumn Republic | Brian McClellan
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Yesterday I finally started my first book of 2022 and had a good hour of reading time with one of the kittens on my lap.

When are the next readathons? I need some info, I was gone for so long!

#catsoflitsy #kittensoflitsy

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 And welcome back! Check out the @LitsyEvents page for all that‘s happening. 11mo
elkeOriginal OMG THAT CAT! Always amazed at the positions they find comfortable🤦🏼‍♀️😹 11mo
rabbitprincess 😻😻😻 KITTY! 11mo
Kimzey 😻 11mo
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King of Thorns | Mark Lawrence
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I have 2 kittens now - 4 months old. They bring me calm and since I obviously can't move, I started a new book.
I read book 1 so long again I can't remember anything 🙈

AmyG Kittens! ❤️ 12mo
jenniferw88 🐈❤🐈❤🐈❤ 12mo
JessClark78 ❤️ 12mo
Bookzombie So cute. 12mo
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#selfcare weekend log:
Finished 1 Book, ate awesome food, started new book.
If I can actually manage to sleep more than 2 hours tonight, which I randomly could not manage the last two days, I might actually be less stressed on Sunday. Wish me luck, I am so damn tired 😴

BookwormM Good luck not sleeping is the worst 1y
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How To | Randall Munroe
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Giggled for a couple if minutes.
xkcd has such a great humor, and I learned a lot in the first 2 chapter of the book.
This will be a #chapteraday book, I think

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Carpe Jugulum | Terry Pratchett
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Reading goal: finish this one. 2/3 s in. I think I can do it! Except maybe I'll just fall asleep. Thank god Haidi (the shark on the left) is there to keep me awake

#summerreading

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A Longer Fall | Charlaine Harris
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#summerreading Stack 2/6
The Thief: ✅ 3/5
The Reluctant Queen: ✅ 4/5
A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking: ✅ 3/5
The Merciful Crow: currently listening to the audiobook
A Longer Fall: TBR

This stack fells like I actually read a lot of the summer reading books. Which I did not. But, there's a lot of summer left, right?

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Velocity Weapon | Megan E. O'Keefe
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Hello there!
I'm deciding to spend MORE time on social media - by returning to Litsy. I've been gone for a long time, so what did I miss? Any cool new Littens to follow? Tag them below.
I'm slowly, but surely working through my #summerreading stack. Halfway through Velocity Weapon, I really like it. I just love sci-fi 😍

TK-421 Welcome back! 1y
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Books, Blogs, & Reality | Ryan Ringbloom

@Maike, @JulesG and me have a reading blog now. We are reviewing books, doing buddyreads, and posting a generally about all things bookish.

https://scepticalreading.com/

hannah-leeloo That sounds great. I hope you all enjoy ❤️😁 2y
wildwoodreads Looks great! 2y
julesG You should update the URL. 😁 2y
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Devastation Class | Glen Zipper, Elaine Mongeon
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This book wants to be YA Star Trek with enough action to get a movie deal, but instead it is just boring. The plot 'twists' are very predictable. The characters represent standard tropes, some die pointlessly because the authors could not make the story go forward any other way. Every chance for real character advancement, or actual, heart-felt drama are thrown down the drain.

#netgalley

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Children of Ruin | Adrian Tchaikovsky

I think I know what's keeping me from posting much on Litsy. I don't have the motivation to snap pictures of the books I am reading. Time is so short these days and somehow, taking pictures of what I am reading is not so important. Ughhh maybe I should just post without pictures? I have read a couple really bad netgalleys recently, and I have read a lot of books this year I haven't posted about here...

BookishMarginalia If photo-less works for you, embrace it! 💜 2y
TK-421 I agree! If taking photos of books is holding you back from posting then text only posts might be the way to go 2y
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The story feels familiar, but the storytelling is great.
The length of the book is exactly right and I loved the small worldbuilding details, the item lists, and Almost Brilliant.
#buddyread with @julesG and @Maike

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Dragons N' Antibodies | Linh Nguyen-Ng
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The main character is a scientist searching for a cure for his daughter.One night, he is visited by his DNA.
The conclusion is battling poison with poison, bu there were some sections that basically said you are the master of your DNA and can heal yourself by just really wanting it, which left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.
I think the story has a solid foundation, but I am not sure I like the message I get from it.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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I love removing the dust jacket and discovering something awesome!!

Liatrek Love that cover! 3y
ferskner Or the opposite: when I read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, I discovered one night when I was trying to go to sleep that the dust jacket glowed in the dark! 3y
DuckOfDoom @ferskner What a Discovery! I have to look around for some photos that capture the glowing 3y
Heideschrampf What edition is this? 😍 3y
DuckOfDoom @Heideschrampf it's called the Hardcover Deluxe Editon from Penguin 3y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Starting the next #buddyread with @julesG and @Maike
This book has been waiting on my shelf for far too long! Really exited if Morgenstern has kept the magic of The Night Circus.

julesG I'm afraid. I didn't like The Night Circus. 3y
mcipher I looooved this. I also loved Night Circus but I think this one was even better. 3y
Maike Your edition is so beautiful! 3y
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I recently got a Netgalley account and this was one of the first ARCs I received.
I really liked this graphic novel. Somehow, on my first read, the text bubbles were missing. The story worked without those, too, so the art is damn expressive. It was better with the full story though.
Horror, monsters only children can see, and a talking stuffed Octopus. I can see myself picking up this and the next book when it is released at my comic book store.

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I had some catching up to do for my #buddyread with @ju.ca.no & @julesG
I did it!! I finally found some rest this evening.
There is much going on in this book. I really want to know more about the ghosts. What are your thoughts?

julesG 👏👏 Not so sure about the ghosts, but I want to know about Mori's past, if Thaniel is doomed, and what role Grace is playing. She'll hopefully come up soon and not at the end of the book. 3y
julesG To the end of chapter 20 until Friday? @ju.ca.no 3y
ju.ca.no @julesG I‘m very curious about how the story will go on! I think Grace will appear soon and Mori might disappear soon🤔 I really enjoy the book so far, it‘s a very easy, engaging and quick read😊 chapter 20 until friday sounds good to me! 3y
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DuckOfDoom @julesG @ju.ca.no Chapter 20 sound great! I have almost forgotten Grace, and now I dread what happens when she appears again. I wonder if Six will play a bigger role in this story 3y
ju.ca.no @DuckOfDoom yes I actually hope she will! Six is a really interesting character I think :) 3y
julesG @DuckOfDoom Six seems like an afterthought at the moment. Maybe she'll get her own book next? 3y
DuckOfDoom @julesG @ju.ca.no I would love a whole book about her. She is such a lovely character. 3y
ju.ca.no @DuckOfDoom yees😍 maybe for the next book😁 3y
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Waste Tide | Chen Qiufan
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Part environmental thriller, part cyberpunk sci-fi, and part male people doing things and the only female person has things happening to her 🙄
I liked some parts, but others didn't work for me.

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Waste Tide | Chen Qiufan
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"What are you?"
"A nuclear explosion that has been slowed down a million times; a byproduct of billion years of convergent evolution; your second personality and life insurance; the free will that emerges from quantum decoherence. I'm accidental; I'm inevitable. I'm a new error. I'm the master and the slave. I'm the huntress and the prey. I'm only a beginning."

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Mehso-so

Quick read, but the story was so damn predictable 🙄

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Goldilocks | Laura Lam
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I am sooo locking forward for this book!!
Above is an excerpt from Laura Lam's book description, as found on Goodreads.
I have read only False Hearts by this author, but I loved it so much that I thought I would blurb about her new release.
#bookrecommendation

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@ju.ca.no @julesG
Start digging into our #Buddyread now! But I have a problem: I can't remember how much we decided to read this week 🙈

julesG 5 chapters? And I haven't started yet. Instead I keep checking Litsy, listen to audiobooks, clean, repot plants, water the orchids, sort the custard packages by BB dates. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ It's not a reading slump, it's coping with my anxiety of catching this CoVid thing and ending up in hospital. I try to stay positive, but it's nagging at me. Sorry. I'll catch up. Promise. 3y
DuckOfDoom @julesG Anything I or We (Litsy) can do to help?🦆♥️ I can totally relate, when my anxiety kicks in for whatever reasons, I can't concentrate on much. Books are the exception, somehow 3y
julesG Audiobooks and doing chores works fine. But #GhostCat is helping too, she demands regular naps on my legs. 😉 3y
ju.ca.no @julesG no need to stress🤗 if you need to spend your time otherwise to cope with anxiety it‘s pf course perfectly fine, take your time😘 I‘m sending hugs and am glad that Ghost is helping you🤗 and yes @DuckOfDoom we said five chapters 🤗 3y
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King's Cage | Victoria Aveyard
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I tried #audiowalking today with a loan from the library, I just want to finish the series. 1.75 x Speed makes it bearable (I am not a big fan, but have a compulsion to finish series)
The park was FULL of people. I can understand that sitting home gets unbearable, but I did not expect that many people outside. It was a bit uncomfortable really, felt like no #selfisolation going on at all.
I will pick a different route next time.

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The Phoenix Empress | K Arsenault Rivera
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Panpan

I liked the first book, the Tiger's Daughter despite all its flaws, but this one was 75% boring, dragging along from here to there. It is not an epistolary novel anymore, and that's a bit sad, it was what made the first one more special
Hopefully book three picks up speed.

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The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell | Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
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Pickpick

It it silly? Yes. Is it childish? Yes! Are some of the jokes really stupid? Yeah
But the rest are funny. It is hilarious and takes on all tropes it can find. Also - tea magic.
The first one tried too much to be Terry Pratchett, but I think they have found a balance here.
Only recommended if you like really bad puns, though

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I have read the whole trilogy by now, and I think I promised @julesG to let her know what I thought of them.
I liked the books, it was a kind of complex YA style. Easy to read, story and characters more complex.
It is just not what you would expect. Inspired by Norse mythology - I thought I would see something familiar here, but the story is ONLY inspired.
There are lengths, but overall I recommend them. There should be an English version

julesG Thanks! I'll get them through the library then 3y
hilded I loved these 💗 3y
Sweetkokoro I feel a deep urge to brush up on my 5 yrs of German language learning to read these since they aren‘t in English. Those covers are so enticing! 3y
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Howling Dark | Christopher Ruocchio
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Mehso-so

I need a long time to finish big books these days, I don't know why, but I find it much more difficult to rate them.
This one has the second in a trilogy sickness. The beginning really dragged. Really draaaaagged.
In the middle, it started to get interesting, as much more of the players in the game was revealed.
I look forward to the last book, and hope the start of that one will be more exciting!

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A Pilgrimage of Swords | Anthony Ryan
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Sentient Weapons are a late obsession of mine, as I plan for one of the characters of my DnD group to find one soon. This Novella is about a sentient Sword and it's nameless wielder, going on a pilgrimage.
I liked the authors other novels ok, but this story is definitely his best one so far.
A short and fun read!

night_shift It... never occurred to me that this could be a thing in fiction books. When I think of sentient weapons, the only thing that comes to mind is Excalibur from Soul Eater, which is like the worst character ever lol though, that could be a funny DnD thing.. 3y
Sweetkokoro Im now way more interested in this book now that I know it follows a sentient sword. The cover has always piqued my interest but I never read the synopsis haha, I have got to stop doing that. 3y
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9.81 meter per second squared ist not the Speed. It is the acceleration. The accept of gravity. If you want to talk physics, maybe you should brush up the basics.

I am deeply disappointed by such lazy behaviour. Get a fact checker, please. ☹️

julesG 😲😖 3y
Maike 🙈🙈🙈 3y
Mrs_B ARGH! That makes me so cross! 3y
MayJasper I hope you have some much better reads this year 😊 3y
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DARKDAWN. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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The Nevernight Chronicle and I had a problem.l since the beginning. I liked the conclusion much more than Godsgrave, but I feel I have some rather harsh words to say:
This feels like a YA novel that the author desperately tried to make an adult novel. So he introduced lots and lots of cursing, sex, and gore, without understanding that the storyline stays a YA story with tones and tones of YA tropes.
I liked the books, but this annoys me to no end

uwak I felt this way too. I think it would've helped somewhat if Kristoff had aged up the characters more but I think him also being a primarily YA author was also a significant part. 3y
Sweetkokoro This is what has worried me about starting this series, I don‘t want an adult fantasy book with YA tropes or bogged down with sex, gore and violence to “seem adult “. I wasn‘t a fan of his YA book Aurora Burning so it‘s made me hesitant to touch any of his other stuff. Also I have seen a few people with similar complaints you have about this series. 3y
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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#WinterGames #UglyChristmassweater
#TheFilthyAnimaly
I present you a Rammstein Christmas sweater called "a tree burns'

@rather_be_reading @Clwojick @StayCurious

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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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Panpan

This book is near future sci-fi, Bible retelling, and a hero on a quest in this order. On 900 pages. It is too much. In his better books, Stephenson is lengthy at times, but this felt if he tried to do all of this at once and it just did not work out. The last part could have been good, but I overflew the pages because I just wanted it to end.
Interesting concept, but just too much ideas in one book.
#WinterGames TBRread (Buddyread with @julesG

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Starsight | Brandon Sanderson
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Ditched reading challenge, immediately got out of reading slump, devoured book. Loved it!!!

rather_be_reading if you let me know if this was an impulseread or holidayread or tbrread you will get points 3y
rather_be_reading 1pt🍬 for now 3y
DuckOfDoom @rather_be_reading It was an TBRRead! 3y
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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My reindeer Name ist Snowflake Maple! Kind of cool!😁
#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

@rather_be_reading @Clwojick @StayCurious

Patchshank Kingle Long Beard ❄️ 3y
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Starsight | Brandon Sanderson
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My reading progress this month. I am very unhappy about my reading slump, but I know the reason now:
I have 19 books on my MountTBR challenge, but tons of new ones I really want to dig in - I think I am stretching this one so I don't have to pick an old book over a new, exciting one.
So, I am ditching my #MountTBR challenge. At this stage, all that happens is that the new release become books old ones, repeat.
Back to mood reading!!!

Tex2Flo Mood reading! My favorite! 3y
Balibee146 I so get this. I've given up all challenges and even most buddy reads as they just triggered a slump for me 👍 3y
rockpools @Balibee146 Also with you on this! I‘ve been slumpy for at least 5 months of this year, partly because there‘s been a guilt/stress/‘should be‘ element to my reading. It‘s still taking HUGE amounts of willpower to not sign up for all the challenges next year 🙄. 3y
DuckOfDoom @Balibee146 @RachelO I will do only the Goodreads reading challenge, as every year, but I set a reasonable goal. Also, audio books, graphic novels etc counts for me. I am currently doing a buddyread with @julesG, but it is the most relaxing buddy read ever. Absolutely no stress, but we already got halfway through a really big chunkster! 3y
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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DuckOfDoom 1. Year 2. Same 3. City 4. heat 5. Hair. 6. Stem 7. - 8. Share. 9. Steam 10. Ram 11. Chair 12. Earth 13. Shy 14. Mast 15. Rat 3y
rather_be_reading 46pts❄ 3y
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Starsight | Brandon Sanderson
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Now I know what I will be reading the next days!! 😍

Reviewsbylola @HotdogZanzabaar was just talking about this series today! 3y
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