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GerardtheBookworm

GerardtheBookworm

Joined April 2017

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This is a fun Hallmark rom com situation but with a queer twist! Spoiled, rich Matthew Prince is cut off from his fortune and exiled to his grandparents' winter town. Coming into conflict with local resident Hector, he learns about kindness, empathy, and charity in this holiday enemies to lovers romance.

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What if the Power Rangers (The Dragon Keepers in this manga) were fame obsessed celebrities and enslaved monsters for the sake of entertainment? This manga takes a twist when one of the villains infiltrates the team to destroy them from within. A fun plot line filled with mecha suits and ironic twists.

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An interesting crime noir set in Sri Lanka. A financially strapped ride share driver becomes involved with enigmatic passenger and gets caught up in national politics and social injustice. Inspire by the film Taxi Driver, this queer based read is a great page turner.

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Lesbian Love Story | Amelia Possanza
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Sappho, Abby Wambach, and Mary Casal. Each has contributed to lesbian culture, history, art, literature, music, and sports. Writer Amelia Possanza explores the aspects and influences of female love and feminism via her own experiences and iconic figures in this part memoir and part queer studies nonfiction.

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Ozark Dogs | Eli Cranor
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A gritty crime noir set in rural Arkansas. Vietnam vet Jeremiah tries to raise his rebellious teen granddaughter while her father, his son, serves time in prison for murder. When his granddaughter is kidnapped by local drug dealers with a vendetta against him, it becomes a violent confrontation that thriller page turner. For readers who enjoyed S A Cosby's Razorblade Tears and Jean-Patrick Manchette's The Mad and the Bad

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Fascinating piece of historical fiction. In 1918, a young Chinese woman runs off to Paris with the aid of her cousin to escape an arranged marriage and befriends an abused French socialite who helps the European war effort during WW1. Intrigue and romance follow and sheds a light on the Asian immigrants who assisted on the war front during the conflict.

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Henry Hamlet's Heart | Rhiannon Wilde
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This was so beautifully written for a YA. In his last year of high school, Harry Hamlet tries to come out of his shell but becomes conflicted when he begins developing feelings for his best friend Len. Sweet and endearing. If you love the Heartstopper series, Red, White & Royal Blue and Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda, you should pick up this book!

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Lavender House | Lev AC Rosen
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The Lavender House, a private residence in San Francisco owned by a wealthy soap heiress who dies under mysterious circumstances. When a disgraced gay detective is hired to investigate her possible murder, he discovers secrets about the residents and his own truth in this queer themed mystery

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The fascination story of the 1700's British vessel that was sent on a secret mission against Spain and found themselves shipwrecked on an island in Patagonia. Starving and abused, the crew mutinied against the captain and managed to return to England only to be tried and court martialed for their actions. This is their story.

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Speedboat | Renata Adler
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This is a classic, frenetic approach to writing so this is for those readers that enjoy quirky, non-linear storytelling with no clear direction. This is a series of commentaries, journals, essays jumping one thought to another like a stand-up comedy routine (and it does have plenty of humor) with adages and remarks woven in. Told through a fictional journalist named Jen Fain observing the world, this is a reflection of the real Renata Adler.

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American Mermaid: A Novel | Julia Langbein (Art historian)
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I had high hopes for this novel because Madeline Miller gave it a great blurb but this seems to be a rehash of selling your soul for Hollywood like in novels like Paul Beatty's The Sellout. Same idea but with a former teacher turned bestselling author who sells her book to Hollywood and goes on an adventure in Tinseltown. Though interesting premise, characters and story dull and monotone. I slogged through to the end.

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Queen of Teeth | Hailey Piper
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A grotesque, genetically anomaly causes a young woman to develop vagina dentata. Realizing her connection to a corrupt pharmaceutical company in this body horror novel but with feminist overtones.

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We Sold Our Souls | Grady Hendrix
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I love Grady Hendrix and his homage to pop culture. A washed up musician tries to reunite her former bandmates and discovers one of them literally sold their souls for fame and fortune. A tribute to rock and roll and heavy metal music, this is more than supernatural horror, it's an experience!

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Chain-Gang All-Stars: A Novel | Adjei-Brenyah, Nana K
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In a dystopian future, inmates are forced to fight to death in a gladiator battle in order to gain their freedom. Two female convicts and lovers enter the tournament as they uncover a prisoner for profit scheme that touches upon the social commentary of African Americans and the corrupt penal system. Readers of Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room, Chuck Palahunik's Fight Club, and Anna Freeman's Fair Fight will appreciate this novel.

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Society of Shame | Jane Roper
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In this satirical novel, Kathleen, a politician's wife, is rocked by scandal due her husband's infidelity and public menarche humiliation. Recruited by a secret organization to rebuild her image, she reluctantly becomes a celebrity and spokeswoman leading other activists and movements to wary. A hilarious commentary on cancel culture and public shaming.

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Shards | Bret Easton Ellis
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Inspired by his previous works and 80's high school years, a teenage Bret is a budding closeted writer going to a wealthy prep school in LA. As he deals with his burgeoning queerness, he deals with his disaffected peers, sex, drugs, booze, and even the possibility of a serial killer on the loose.

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Suburban Hell | Maureen Kilmer
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This was a hoot! A group of bored housewives christen their backyard shack and unleash an evil entity. They soon find the true meaning of 'suburban hell' as Buffy meets Desperate Housewives in this horror comedy.

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The Painted Veil | William Somerset Maugham
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A classic novel of socio-economics, religion, redemption, love, and obsession. In the 1920's, socialite Kitty marries the Dr. Walter Fane out of convenience and accompanies him to China during a cholera epidemic. There she drifts into an affair with a married general and finds purpose and faith in her life.

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Rooster Fighter, Vol. 1 | Shu Sakuratani
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He craves revenge. He beds hens. He battles giant demons. He is content. He is the Rooster Fighter! This wacky manga is a hoot!

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Snort a line of coke while you drown in a sea of vodka and whiskey bottles while wearing your sables and furs, it's the trashiest, campiest novel of it's time. Valley of the Dolls! Three women seek fame and fortune but find depravity and decadence as get caught up in the sex, drugs and rock and roll but with the celebration of prescription meds (dolls)! So wig snatch and catfight your way into Jackie Collins reality show oblivion and read this!

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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A meditative, sweet examination of life, death, and nature via the relationship of a young girl and her grandmother on coastal island of Finland one summer. A classic reprint from the New Review of Books.

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This Is Happiness | Niall Williams
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Read this for a book club. A glacially paced literary read told from the perspective of a senior Noel reflecting of his time spent in the fictional Irish town of Faha in the 1950's. As the traditional village prepares for the modern age of electrification, it's about the people, the families, and friendships found in this coming age story. Beautifully written with lyrical prose and plentiful with themes, it still needs editing in storytelling.

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Weight of Blood | Tiffany D Jackson
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This is a complete homage to Stephen King's Carrie but with a POC character. Biracial Madison is a teen outcast in her small southern town, bullied by her peers, and tormented by her racist, fanatical white father. When a supernatural power grows inside of her, she is going enact revenge at her prom and get back at all the bigots in this horror themed social commentary YA.

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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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A fun rom com adventure. Trained bodyguard Hannah is assigned celebrity actor Jack to protect him from a stalker. However, they fall for each other.

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Actor and writer Ryan O'Connell pens a humorous and honest fiction novel of a successful screenwriter with cerebral palsy who craves intimacy. After hiring a gay sex worker, things go awry with the protagonist's life that becomes obsessive and ridiculous in this look into the relationships and the dating world.

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I own the original novella of this indie author and Penguin Random House picked him up and compiled his work into a trio of horror stories. Beginning with the first of an e-mail exchange gone wrong, the second, a grieving couple on a remote island meet a stranger, and the last, a friendly neighborly wager goes off the rails in this macabre and chilling tales.

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Life of Melody | Mari Costa
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Super cute teen graphic novel. A fairy godfather andca beast disguise themselves as humans, find an abandoned baby and raise it as a family. It's two men and a baby in this queer rom com.

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Luda: A Novel | Grant Morrison
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One hot mess of a novel. Comic book writer Grant Morrison tries to blend horror and fantasy in a story of a drag queen named Luci Labang and her protégé Luda who are working together in a pantomime stage show. With people dying and magic happening, Morrison's attempts to be literary and metaphorical are left in an overwritten, confusing hard to read piece of fiction. Skip this.

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Peter Darling | Austin Chant
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An interesting premise of the Peter Pan story reinvented as a sequel and retold. Imagine if Pan was a young trans man who has a thing for Captain Hook in this enemies to lovers M/M trope.

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1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War | Lisi Harrison, Daniel Kraus
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The first book in a series. The Graveyard Girls are a quintet of middle school friends who take their love of ghost stories to the extreme as they share their spooky tales in a graveyard one night unleashing the supernatural. Think Scooby Doo meets Scary Stories to Tell in Dark mixed with Goosebumps.

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The Tryout: A Graphic Novel | Christina Soontornvat
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Based on Christina Soontornvat's childhood, she has struggled with being the only half-Asian living in a small Texas town. To combat that, she convinces her BFF (and only other POC person) to join the cheerleading squad? Do they make the cut? Find out in this middle reader graphic novel.

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Poor Lily must deal with so much such as illness and a new sibling on the way. When she learns that evil doppelgangers have invaded her home, she must seek the help of magical creatures to purge these entities from her house in this metaphorical middle reader about growing up and healing.

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Motherthing | Ainslie Hogarth
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A psychological thriller horror. Starving for maternal affection, caregiver Abby is saddened when her late, disapproving mother-in-law returns as a vengeful spirit to haunt her. In addition her elderly patient that she cares for and loves is being transferred to a different facility. Desperate, Abby resorts to extremes to protect her patient and deal with ghostly in-laws that goes completely off the rails in this novel of trauma and mental health

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A coming of age memoir by New Yorker writer Hsu Hsu. Hsu reflects on his friendship with fellow Asian American Ken, their journey through life, college, and Ken's tragic senseless death and the impact their bond created. 90's pop culture references, trends, and the human experience are explored.

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Signal Fires | Dani Shapiro
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I've been a fan of Dani Shapiro since her nonfiction Inheritance. In her return to fiction, she examines a group of neighbors and their lives on the next few decades after an accident binds them together in 1985. What follows are familial bonds from birth, life, death, illness, age, Y2K, and eventually Covid in this literary novel.

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Bad Cree: A Novel | Jessica Johns
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Haunted by nightmares and spirits visions, Cree Native Mackenzie returns home to investigate her sister's mysterious death. Soon, she is hunted by supernatural forces of Native American folklore in this cultural mixture of fantasy, thriller and horror.

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Lessons: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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Once again Ian McEwan doesn't disappoint in regards to literary writing. In Lessons, that same beautiful prose appears focusing on protagonist Roland who develops and discovers life lessons throughout the decades as the world changes around him. Dense and slow in pacing, McEwan fans will savor his beautiful prose but the glacial tone can leave you frustrated and bored at times

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Strip: A Memoir | Hannah Sward
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Not for everyone. Gritty, raw and honest, Hannah Sward grew up neglected by her Bohemian parents and was forced to raise herself leading to a life of abuse, sex, drugs and rock and roll. Turning to a life of stripping and prostitution, she eventually turned to sobriety and redemption in this personal memoir.

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Blackwater | Jeannette Arroyo
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A supernatural YA graphic novel. Something paranormal is occurring in the town of Blackwater where a track star is afflicted with a lycanthrope curse, a trans teen struggles with being a medium, while high school drama, town politics, and burgeoning romances happen in this teen read.

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Hawk Mountain | Conner Habib
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This was intense! A teacher and single father, Todd, reunites with his school bully, Jack, at the town of Hawk Mountain as old wounds are reopened and secrets are revealed. Soon, the story veers into horror territory as retribution and revelations threaten the characters in this psychological thriller. Podcaster Conner Habib's debut will leave readers wondering what happens next.

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This pretty reads like a Lucifer fanfic. Callie reluctantly agrees to handle her family's escape room business when one of her clients turns out to be a group of inept Satanists who steal a magical artifact and try to summon the Devil. Instead they call forth the hunky Luke Morningstar, the son of the King of Hell, instead and the pair need to retrieve the stolen item to save the world. Hilarity and typical rom-com tropes ensue.

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ChupaCarter | Ryan Calejo, George Lopez
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In New Mexico, 12 year old Jorge feels like an outcast until he meets a mythical Chupacabra named Carter and the two become BFF's. This is good especially when Carter is being stalked by a monster hunter. A sweet, cultural story about friendship and acceptance.

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Honey and Me | Meira Drazin
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This one was referenced in comparison to Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. A coming of age story of two childhood besties who are from the same Jewish community but attend different schools. Things get complicated when one attends the same school as the other leading to competition, jealousies, and mean girl behavior. I tried to like this one but it started off slow in the beginning and couldn't keep the momentum in the second half. Just meh for me.

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We Own the Sky | Rodman Philbrick
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An interesting middle reader for historical fiction. 1920's Maine, two orphaned siblings are taken in by a distant cousin who runs a flight aerialist circus. Things are going great until the local KKK terrorizes the town forcing the characters to help stop these extremists. Influenced by real events, this piece of history is one for young readers to pick up.

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If I Survive You | Jonathan Escoffery
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A wonderfully written debut. A series of short stories connects the characters to refugees of the Kingston, Jamaican conflict of the 1970's. Then it continues to the children as they endure conflicts and tragedies as well as culture shock, racism, financial hardships, and natural disasters. A worthwhile read!

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Bartender's Cure | Wesley Straton
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A palatable imbibing of amazing cocktails shaken with spice of the human experience as protagonist Sam takes a break from law school to become an NYC bartender. As she figures out her next step, she becomes a friend, confidant and therapist for her coworkers and regular patrons.

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An interesting perspective at looking at wonderment via science, psychology, and spirituality.

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Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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Though flawed for its overwriting and drawn out plotlines, this was well done for a novel of fantasy and magical realism. A pair of estranged artistic siblings inherit their legacy as descendants of the mythical Baba Yaga as they come to terms with their Russian/Slavic Jewish heritage. Beautifully presented in this amazing prose and verse, this is a story about stories, folklore, and culture.

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The Boys | Katie Hafner
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Disappointed in this one. This empathetic novel of an introvert trying to heal his marriage while fostering two siblings should've focused solely on the journey to healing. However, the character development is lacking and there's no direction to which the story is going. Can't recommend.

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Bluebird | Ciel Pierlot
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An intergalactic conflict between a train of factions brings a Sapphic gunslinger trying to rescue her kidnapped sister and a rebel warrior with a secret together as they dodge enemies and villains wanting them dead. It's non-stop action aboard their ship Bluebird as they make their way across the cosmos in this sci-fi western adventure.