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Nebklvr

Nebklvr

Joined June 2016

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If the reader is looking for a short, informative, quiet biography of a brilliant author of thoughtful works, this is the book. Weaving passages from Cather‘s work into the narrative to form a seamless and appreciative narration, Mr Taylor does a wonderful job of making Willa Cather accessible.

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Wait Till Next Year | Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Even if you aren‘t a fan of baseball, the sense of community and family pride portrayed in this narrative will lighten your load and bring happiness to your heart.

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Mehso-so

This is the anti-small town friends and family book. Many of the people were quietly cruel and the main character was extremely mealy mouthed. The quirky character was a bit too much and the story felt vague and drawn out.

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The Gimlet Slip: A Novella | Fiona Davis, Greg Wands
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This was a fast-paced love letter to the guys and dolls of Prohibition. Unfortunately, the ending was twee. This wasn‘t deep or realistic but it was fun.

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Bailedbailed

This has been on my shelf for years. I have started it twice. Sixty pages in and I don‘t find it interesting at all.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 5d
Nebklvr @dabbe 😂Everyone raves about it but I just couldn‘t 3d
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Pickpick

This was a strange concept. Thoughts about the author vacillated between finding him off-putting and admiring his complete ability to understand himself.

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Mehso-so

There wasn‘t much new info and it was somewhat stressful to go through all of the Trump mayhem again.

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Welcome to Lagos | Chibundu Onuzo
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A group of misfits find themselves thrown together by circumstance in the dangerous, complex place that is Lagos. The best character in this novel is Lagos and the character we get to know best is the complex Minister of Education. The weaving of loyalties and circumstances is a thing of beauty.

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Medusa | Katherine Marsh
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The flip side of the misogynistic mythology we have been taught ….Girl Power. The team work and story telling is top notch. It was a little preachy at times but she doesn‘t lie.

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The Wrong Way Home | Kate O'Shaughnessy
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The pace was slow but the characters and atmosphere were fantastic. The plot was unique with the cult and underlying feelings of danger.

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The Next New Syrian Girl | Ream Shukairy
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Mehso-so

While it was a little slow starting, this novel delves deep into mother-daughter relationships, guilt, hopelessness, and young love. It was quite emotional.

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Home Away From Home | Cynthia Lord
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I would recommend the audio on this one as the bird calls help build the atmosphere for this middle grade novel about change, home, friendship, birding, and the vagaries of using the internet. The main characters found much to wonder at in the nature surrounding them and invite the reader to join them.

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The Drowning Place | S. W. Kane
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Mehso-so

This was a slow mystery novel. The pacing was excruciatingly slow, the plot convoluted, and the women…well, the writer can write an atmospheric tale but my interest waned as it felt like every death in England since 1992 was being tied into the story and the villains felt a bit one note. I really enjoyed the first book in this series.

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The Night War | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Bravery, treachery, and a ghost. This novel has great characters and the atmosphere id superb. The ending felt a bit rushed.

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Grave Robbery | Deanna Raybourn
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Mehso-so

This was ok but it lacked the swift storytelling and charm of her other books.

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Farther Than the Moon | Lindsay Lackey
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Brotherly love and respect, team building, and working for your dreams….this is an amazing story.

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Great illustrations, believable characters who experience a great deal of personal growth, and a well paced story. It is amazing what people do to attain their dreams. I can‘t imagine being in this situation.

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Mehso-so

Mr. Wilford does an impressive job of linking the beginning of the CIA with the OSS. However, important areas of concern seem rushed or ignored altogether. The CIA's relationships in Taiwan and Pakistan especially. Also, Mr. Wilford acknowledges the failures of the CIA's intelligence gathering concerning September 11 but brushes over the failure regarding the Ukrainian invasion. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the advance reader copy.

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Anne of Green Gables | L. Montgomery
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There are many wonderful characters in literature. However, not one of them is as singular and fantastic as Anne Shirley.

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Wonderful world building, zany , lovable characters, and a great dollop of danger make this a must read fantasy.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute cover 💙💛 3w
Nebklvr @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous story! The covers they have now are superb 3w
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A gently rolling plot, fantastic characters, and good writing make this heartstomper a hit. Thank goodness things have improved at least a bit on the mental health front.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one ❤️ 4w
Nebklvr @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I read it for book club. I usually avoid asylum books because they are so depressing. 3w
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Mehso-so

A cozy mystery with a murder-solving librarian in a town of citizens possessed by demons. This was too quirky and the ending too complicated . Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance reader copy.

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Dogtown | Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko
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Mehso-so

The pacing was inconsistent but the characters were superb. Who doesn‘t love a book about dogs?

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Lou is determined to be a good friend to Cece, a better friend than she had been to Francie. The author captures the feeling of being torn between childhood and growing up. There was amazing character growth and it was lovely to see adults displaying compassion. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for a review copy.

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The Puppets of Spelhorst | Kate DiCamillo
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Mehso-so

While this was a cute, whimsical tale, I don‘t think kids would be pulled into the story.

Karisimo I agree 1mo
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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The atmosphere was prime. Creepy and intense. Most of the characters felt true; however, one central character felt inconsistent. There were many various threads in this story and a few too many unanswered questions but it was still an excellent read.

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An Appetite for Miracles | Laekan Zea Kemp
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Two teens are grieving and struggling and when they find each other, they find love. A young man who believes in the power of music to heal. A young woman who believes in the power of food to form connections. This was a beautiful novel in verse.

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The Reunion | Kit Frick
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This was not a mystery. It was a bunch of rich people problem essays until the death and then no resolution of anything before a hasty, unsatisfying and vague ending.

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Blakeley‘s “Vulture Capitalism” is a challenge to acknowledge the deficiencies of our current system of treating markets as unplanned and “free” while corporations utilize nefarious means to exploit workers and consumers alike. Most authors do not offer the examples of hope and progress Blakeley utilizes to illustrate the options available to our current system. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance reader copy.

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Premeditated Myrtle | Elizabeth C. Bunce
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Myrtle is a fantastic character. If you like precocious youth and witty banter with a bit of mystery, you will love this one.

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In a conversational tone, O‘Connor introduces the reader to the rock stars of believers in Big Foot. There are multiple times in the narrative where things become very political. So sue me, it was fun.

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Mehso-so

While the setting and storyline promised atmosphere and intensity, it wasn‘t until the last 25% when thongs started to come together.

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Artifice | Sharon Cameron
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Mehso-so

For a story about smuggling and forgeries in WWII, this had an excruciatingly slow pace. The storyline was promising, the execution, lacking. I really enjoyed another novel by this Author.

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Tree. Table. Book. | Lois Lowry
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Mehso-so

This would be a great read aloud for kids studying WWII. It attaches the emotional resonance to the time period without being too dark and disturbing. It is a pretty slow moving book so I have doubts as to whether they would stick with it on their own or have the context to understand it.

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Mehso-so

While much of the humor felt aimed at a more adult audience, the resolution felt overly simplistic. Fun but forgettable. The format change to ebook played mix and match with the text and footnotes. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.

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An informative look at revisiting the route if the pony express told in a conversational tone. The Author‘s respect towards the land, horses, and the people he met along the way was palpable. Who is the intended reader? Most of the people who would br interested in this particular adventure would already know much of the information imparted by the Author regarding the livelihoods of those he meets.

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For a quick down and dirty explanation of the shifting loyalties and tensions between China, Taiwan, and the United States, this can't be beat. It is written in such a way as to be completely accessible to the novice in foreign affairs while still maintaining a respect for the people standing on the knife blade of empire and politics. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC.

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Wild Poppies | Haya Saleh
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A short, effective story of vulnerable children in s war zone. The child characters are well drawn. The “evil” adult characters were one note. There were many coincidences to move the story forward.

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It was interesting to see the growth of the dogs and the author and his love of his new community. There were times when I was on the fence, so to speak, about his contention that dogs make people better. Do they? I believe so. However, it isn‘t there job to do so. All of that is the responsibility of the human.

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Murder in the Swamp | Dorothy Kliewer
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Bailedbailed

The writing is repetitive and stilted and the main character, supposedly an intelligent and independent woman, is portrayed as a man obsessed ninny.

Texreader Oh I just hate that. Glad for the heads up 2mo
Nebklvr @Texreader yes. Pet peeve. 2mo
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Reread this for book club. Winspear writes about the effects of war on the protagonist, Maisie Dobbs, with an eye to the tragic. She can write a lovely sentence laced with deep sentiment. The mystery was interesting. There was a bit too much going on but overall, it was quite good.

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Bailedbailed

The characters are not interesting and the pacing of the plot is dismal. I really wanted to read something set in Mexico City but not this one.

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This was an intriguing blend of memory and time travel. Utilizing time travel as a medical condition was imaginative and tying it to the senses was genius. I felt there was a rich sense of place. The characters were interesting and the romance and friendships provided some light and warmth.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Sounds interesting. Definitely stacking! 2mo
Nebklvr @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I hope you enjoy it. Would love to hear what youthink 2mo
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That's Not My Name | Megan Lally
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Well plotted. Atmospheric and emotionally fraught. This is an easy recommend even though I had a hard time believing certain plot points initially.

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Mehso-so

This atmospheric story about scholars, Fairies, and a bunch of villagers isolated in a snowy land, pulls the reader in to another realm. Unfortunately, the ending fizzled.

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Give Me a Sign | Anna Sortino
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What does it mean to be deaf? Different teens with differing levels of hearing and different comfort levels in communicating with speech and ASL learn to become a supportive community in this romance. Thoughtful and sweet.

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Ferris | Kate DiCamillo
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A lovely story about family. Those who remain and those who have passed on.

LeslieO Wasn‘t it lovely! Kate DiCamillo never disappoints 2mo
Nebklvr @LeslieO She is a sneaky one though. Every time I think she is going to settle for sweet and funny, she sticks in an emotional wallop. 2mo
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B*WITCH | Paige McKenzie, Nancy Ohlin
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This felt like a scooby-doo story with none of my favorite characters.

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A Rebel in Gaza | Slim Nassib, Asmaa Al-Ghoul
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This short book provided great information on the challenges of living in Gaza as a woman. The writing is great and the atmosphere of living in a war zone under the leadership of religious fanatics is chilling.

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This sweet story of family has humor and sorrow, hard times and community. The treasure hunt portion didn‘t add much to it and could have been jettisoned.