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JulietBoydAuthor

JulietBoydAuthor

Joined December 2018

British author. Children's/young adult fantasy. Short stories. www.julietboyd.com www.patreon.com/julietboyd
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A bizarre story that didn't really work for me.

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Audio version. This story is mainly told by recordings on an ipod, which are intended to be sent into space on a rocket, for any aliens who happen to pass by. It's about a boy discovering his family isn't all it seems. Enjoyable, but the way the story is told made it feel remote to me.

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Audio version. Completely bonkers book, set in Ireland, about a boy searching for an imaginary friend. Get the audio, if you can.

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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Audio version. A good story, but nothing that really makes it stand out for me.

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Lottery Boy | Michael Byrne
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Audio version. A gritty, middle grade tale of a boy living on the streets and a lottery ticket about to run out.

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I found this very slow and not terribly satisfying. It felt like set-up for book three. We'll see. That's next on the list.

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Audio version. A charmingly told tale of a father gone missing and a young girl discovering the truth of her magical heritage.

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Watch Hollow | Gregory Funaro
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Audio version. Magic, creatures that come alive at night and impending peril. I really enjoyed this one.

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The Beast Awakens | Joseph Delaney
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The shole is advancing and within it lie monsters. A young fey boy qualifies as a gate grub, charged with going into the shole to do dangerous tasks. The story was interesting, but everything seemed to happen too quickly, was over and done with and just accepted as so.

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Audio version. A fun tale of a witch who has the special power of finding things and a quest to find the lost day.

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Early Asimov Book I | Isaac Asimov
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An interesting volume of Asimov's first stories, which he freely admits weren't up to much, in the commentary. In fact, that commentary is the really interesting part. I have volume two, as well, but I think I'll leave it a while before diving in.

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Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Audio version. An enjoyable end to this trilogy.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I did quite enjoy this book, but didn't find it in the least bit scary.

Megabooks I don‘t find much classic horror scary. Maybe our fears have evolved? Maybe it‘s CGI? 5mo
JulietBoydAuthor @Megabooks Yes, I think you're right. 5mo
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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I really enjoyed this one. It hit just the right note for me.

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Audio version. A short, but disturbing tale about an abusive father/dysfunctional family and an archaeological reenactment that goes too far.

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Worm Story | Morris Gleitzman
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Audio version. This book took me places I never thought I'd go. 😂

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Blood Sinister | Celia Rees
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Audio version. A girl, who has undiagnosed problems with her health, finds a set of diaries from one of her ancestors. As a result, she comes to believe that vampires exist. This one didn't keep my attention well.

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An interesting analysis of where AI is right now, in terms of creativity.

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Into That Forest | Louis Nowra
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Audio version. A tale of two girls lost in the wilderness and looked after by a pair of Tasmanian tigers, told by one of them looking back over her life. I enjoyed the first half, but not so much the second, which dealt more with life after returning to civilisation.

ReadingRover I have this on audiobook too. Haven‘t listened to it yet. 5mo
JulietBoydAuthor @ReadingRover It's well narrated, but the style of language takes a little getting used to. 5mo
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The Fire Court | Andrew Taylor
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A murder mystery set in 1667. This second book pretty much carries on where the first left off. The Fire Court is tasked with getting the parts of London that were destroyed rebuilt as quickly as possible. Some people are determined to get their way. Cue illegal goings on. An enjoyable sequel. Possibly a little longer than it needed to be.

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Secret Path | Christopher Pike
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Audio version. A boy moves to a new town and discovers the locals call it Spooksville. A short, fun tale about a graveyard and a secret world.

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Audio version. If you were given the chance to make a deal with the devil to extend your life by getting rid of things that didn't matter, what would you choose? An excellent, short book about facing up to death and what is important in the modern world.

BooknerdsLife I‘ve been wanting to read this book🙌🏼 6mo
JulietBoydAuthor @BooknerdsLife Hope you get around to it soon. 6mo
BooknerdsLife @JulietBoydAuthor Thank you 🤗💖 I hope my library get a copy soon too 6mo
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The Town | Shaun Prescott
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Audio version. I think, maybe, you have to be Australian to get this book. I'm not and I didn't.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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I had high hopes for this, as I loved The Martian. Unfortunately, I didn't find the plot believable and I didn't care about the protagonist.

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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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A tale of murder and mystery, set in Germany in 1659. The hangman races against time to prove that the midwife who brought his children into the world is not a witch, before he is required to torture her.

toofondofbooks Love this series ❤️ 6mo
JulietBoydAuthor @toofondofbooks I thought the background about the author's family was fascinating, too. 6mo
Anna40 Heard about this one! Not a big fan of historical fiction but it does sound good 6mo
JulietBoydAuthor @Anna40 I'm not a huge historical fiction fan, but I like them when they're as true to life as they can be, given our knowledge. I think this fits that bill. 6mo
Anna40 Thanks for the info. Might give it a try :) 6mo
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Audio version. Seriously? You leave me on a cliffhanger and book three is checked out at the library till August?! Listen quickly people. You can do it. 😁 Book two ramps up the action quite considerably, but to say anything would be a spoiler, so 🙊.

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Trojan Odyssey | Clive Cussler
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Reader's Digest Select Edition. An adventure tale of natural and man-made disasters, with a bit of pure evil thrown in for good measure. This one was a bit too far-fetched for me.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Audio version. A giant metal hand is discovered underground, but where did it come from? This story is told mainly through interviews/conversations, which worked very well as audio. I enjoyed it. Off to see if the library has book two.

Geeklet This has been sitting on my shelves for ages. I gotta get to it sooner or later. 7mo
JulietBoydAuthor @Geeklet No time like the present. 😁 7mo
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Audio version. This is an excellent insight into the habits and customs of the time, with an entertaining and chatty style of narration from the author.

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The Distant Echo | Val McDermid
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Reader's Digest Select Edition. Set in two time periods of late 1970s and early 2000s, an original crime investigation and a cold case review, it revolves around the murder of a young woman in Scotland. I guessed whodunnit fairly early on, but I think I might have been meant to.

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Hell Bent: A Brady Coyne Novel | William G. Tapply
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Reader's Digest Select Edition. A lawyer investigates suspicious circumstances and gets involved in stopping a crime being committed. Okay, but I felt no tension regarding events. This may be because of what was removed in this condensed book.

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Weird | Jeremy Strong
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Audio version. From the POVs of two teenagers, who are definitely not politically correct, a fun tale about work experience at an old people's home, and love.

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The Sign | Raymond Khoury
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Reader's Digest Select Edition. This is more than a so-so, but I can't help thinking it was trying to tackle too many big issues in one story.

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Even Money | Felix Francis, Dick Francis
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Reader's Digest Select Edition. I have a whole stack of these books, gifted to me a couple of years ago, all by writers I would probably never read otherwise. I thought it was about time to read them. This one was okay, but I didn't really feel engaged with it.

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The Little Snake | A.L. Kennedy
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Audio version. This short, fable-like tale, about a girl and a snake, packs a lot in regarding friendship, love, poverty and war. Well worth the read.

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Clownfish | Alan Durant
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Audio version. When a boy's father dies, he discovers that he's returned as a clownfish at the local aquarium. A story about the acceptance of loss.

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Audio version. I'm not sure why I finished this one, other than to confirm that this kind of book isn't for me.

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To my mind, this is everything a retelling of ancient myths should be. It has personality, humour and a lot of references to modern life, such as how the Greek gods have given us certain words. If you don't add something of yourself to the myths, then you're simply copying, which is pointless.

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Bang Bang You're Dead | Narinder Dhami
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Audio version. A girl believes her twin brother is the person who is reported to have a gun in the school. She tells why, as she tries to find out. This story isn't what you think it is, but even after the reveal, it didn't quite work for me.

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Oakleaf Bearers | John Flanagan
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Audio version. Another enjoyable episode in this series.

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Audio version. Shades of Indiana Jones as Jane Doe is thrust into a world of booby traps, adventure and impossible things. Leaves you on an informational cliffhanger. 😱 I'll definitely be looking out for the next book.

Laura317 This sounds great! I‘ll check it out. 8mo
JulietBoydAuthor @Laura317 It's a lot of fun. 8mo
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Audio version. A guide to how to persuade cats and humans. Amusing way to tackle the subject, probably better if you're a cat lover. I'm more of a dog person.

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House of Many Ways | Diana Wynne Jones
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I enjoyed this one much more than book two. A lot closer to the feel of Howl's Moving Castle.

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Audio version. An enjoyable, magical tale, from times past, about a young girl who wants to join her father on his whaling boat. It also has a secondary story, which is obviously there to allow the ending, but seemed an unnecessary distraction from the main story.

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Audio version. A short and humorous tale about an alien invasion, told with a realistic, but very mild, West Midlands accent. I did guess the big joke at the end quite early on, but that, in a way, made it funnier.

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Audio version. Two stories revolving around the Mohawk tale of the skeleton man. I enjoyed the first story in this duology much more than the second. It felt unnecessary. It wasn't a bad story, but I didn't need everything to be tied up nicely. I quite like endings where you are left to decide the truth.

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Castle in the Air | Diana Wynne Jones
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This one didn't keep me nearly as interested as Howl's Moving Castle.

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Public Enemy Number Two | Anthony Horowitz
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Audio version. Another fun tale. These are just the right length for an afternoon of boring decorating tasks. 😁

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The Falcon's Malteser | Anthony Horowitz
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Audio version. A crazy tale of mystery, murder and maltesers. Full of old movie references, bad jokes and an abundance of puns. Lots of fun.

wordzie 😎 9mo
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Audio version. A fun tale about a girl who doesn't do things the same way others do and friendship.