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Maria_Pulver

Maria_Pulver

Joined April 2016

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Embassytown | China Miville
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This is a rather unusual book: it has the coming-of-age material, and some love story, and there are aliens, and adventures, and diplomacy and war. But at the center of the story there is a language, an alien language that no single human can speak and special pairs of "ambassadors" are grown and trained to use it. I could never imagine, that Ferdinand de Saussure's linguistic theory can be turned into an interstellar adventure narrative #bookclub

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It's wonderful how Wells continues to keep the tone and the plot development without loosing the quality of the storytelling ❤
#told_by_a_woman #serieslove2024

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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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This is a very easy read (listen) with a Murderbot aka rogue security android becoming more and more a very decent human #told_by_a_woman #serieslove2024

TheSpineView 👍📖📚 1mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Danny Conroy, the protagonist and the narrator, reminiscents about his childhood by saying: “Our father never met his own wife.“ The irony is poignant as he realizes much later that he too failed to truly know his wife. In some way he repeated not only his father's success but the failures as well. It's just that the cost of these failures was not as high.
Once again, Ann Patchett tells a very usual story in an amazing way
#told_by_a_woman

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Mehso-so

I know it's a genre classic and is appreciated by many. Despite its engaging language and pace, the narrative has numerous logical gaps, unresolved plot threads, and a murky ending. Though it explores intriguing concepts, none are fully developed. Furthermore, its misogyny, especially considering the era of its publication amidst second-wave feminism, is particularly jarring. One wonders if the author ever ventured beyond his hovel.
#bookclub

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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This book is a bit more meditative in nature compared to the first part. It's still full of humor and of an unexpected adventure, and lovely heroes - human and not. The ending is sort of obvious: even if you a Murderbot in a search of answers, finding them won't be any easy and you have to start looking from within.
#SeriesLove2024 #told_by_a_woman

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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When a security android slash synthetic slave goes rogue, it becomes a wild card in a sci-fi adventure. However, the best part of the book is the part of this android being very humane, shy, sarcastic and sacrifices himself to safe the humans who for the first time treat it decently.
Will go straight to the second book in the series
#SeriesLove2024 #told_by_a_woman

rretzler Love Murderbot! I‘m caught up and impatiently waiting for the next book to come out! 1mo
Maria_Pulver @rretzler finished the second book yesterday, but had to put aside the third - have a book to read for a book club meeting first :( 1mo
rretzler @Maria_Pulver I envy you a bit getting to read them fairly closely in time. It seems I'm always waiting for the next one to come out and I forget what happened last. Perhaps a reread is in order! Enjoy, once you get back to the third! 1mo
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You could hardly err on a book about a book, or a library, or better yet both. And if it entertains the idea that manuscripts don't burn - you have it all. Though they do burn, or drown, or get eaten by mice. But stories survive and get retold. Bulgakov's Woland has more flair with that, but Doerr's Zeno Ninis feels closer to us, mere mortals, with his humility and humanity. And with his story

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Panpan

As I was very disappointed in the first book of the series, I only read this one for the book club discussion. It is dull (
#told_by_a_woman #bookclub

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Panpan

This book is often labeled cozy or literary embrace, but as it lacks a conflict or moral dilemma, it is simply dull. The worldbuilding is incomplete and unclear, and for me it hints at a population manipulated by a dictatorship maintaining specific social order #told_by_a_woman #bookclub

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A Memory of Light | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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Facebook reminded me that today is the birthday of the last book in #TheWheelOfTime - my favorite series ever. Should I #reread again? 🤔

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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The book comes with all the tropes of the genre: slow suspense, a creepy house, lecherous men, and a female antagonist. It also connects to other books in the genre, creating a sense of camaraderie with likeminded readers. Deeper themes are subtly addressed: women's lack of independence, power abuse, social inequality. Though, character development falls short, as the protagonists remain almost unchanged #told_by_a_woman #womenwiters #moderngothic

SamAnne Great review. 4mo
Maria_Pulver @SamAnne thanks 🙏 Getting it under 450 symbols was a struggle 4mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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It‘s a nice turn how a character that loved “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre” is now a subject of a gothic mystery herself. The main heroine and most of the other heroes bow to these two books here and there as well. #womenwiters #told_by_a_woman #moderngothic

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A bit oversimplified, but still interesting in his analysis of ethics definitions.

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