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Pedrocamacho

Pedrocamacho

Joined November 2016

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Paul | Daisy Lafarge
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I enjoyed “Paul”, but it is a tough read. Paul, the character, is such an obvious pile of trash from page 1.

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Perfect Paragon | M C Beaton
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This is another great road trip listen. Agatha and her crew are so ridiculous. Lots of fun.

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My wife and I listened to this on a road trip. It was perfect road trip fodder: light, silly, and fun.

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Humorous all the way through, this is another enjoyable book from Scalzi. It helps if you are a super-nerd as well and love Star Trek.

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The Twilight World | Werner Herzog
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Hiroo Onada, a Japanese Lieutenant from WWII, stayed at his post on Lubang Island, Philippines until 1974, when a student from Tokyo University finally convinced him the leave. Herzog, ever the fan of extreme characters, created a documentary about Onada. This book are Herzog‘s notes and impressions of Onada‘s life on Lubang.

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Loved this book. Quick and fun read. While this book bears the imprint of 2020 and our contemporary problems, it remains enjoyable.

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Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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As always, I loved the quirky characters and interconnections in Egan‘s new novel. Fun as always.

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How to explain this book? Imagine Werner Heisenberg discovering his Uncertainty Principle. What must have been going through his mind? What external circumstances might have aided his discovery? As a work of fiction, this book fills in the blanks.

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Another Blake Crouch book, another book that I greatly enjoyed 🙂 This one is in good keeping with “Dark Matter” and “Recursion”: suspenseful with a scientific plot and hook. Very fun!

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This book defies easy description. I definitely enjoyed it. Honestly, it was a pretty wild ride by the end.

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This is a history of six nuclear disasters. Three of them, Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, are very well known. The other three are not, which was great. This book serves as a wonderful summary of the causes and effects of these disasters.

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A Desolation Called Peace | Arkady Martine
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I really enjoyed this second installment in Martin‘s Teixcalaan series. The characters, as with the first book, are strong and entertaining. I‘m ready for the next book in the series.

Pedrocamacho Update: Unfortunately, this series was intended to be a duology 😢 Martin says that she does plan to write more in this universe though. 4mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I am a big fan of Mandel and this book didn‘t disappoint. I love stories with time travel to begin with. Throw in the Simulation Hypothesis and a pack of great characters and you are really cooking 😊

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The Body Scout | Lincoln Michel
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I really enjoyed this book. Kobo is a fun character. The dystopian setting is interesting and unique in some ways.

LoverOfLearning Brilliant cover! 6mo
Pedrocamacho @LoverOfLearning Completely agree 😊 6mo
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This book is great! It satisfied most of the curiosity that I had about the global supply chain. It explained each stage well, including all of the technology that makes things work. The author does all this without losing sight of the human-side of it all, costs, benefits, etc.

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It was a pleasant surprise to see this book at the bookstore given that I really loved the River Song character in Dr. Who. This book does a great job carrying that character forward while also being structurally novel. It‘s a fun read.

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Mickey7: A Novel | Edward Ashton
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I really enjoyed Mickey7. Mickey and Nasha are a blast. Love the backstory. I am very excited that Bong Joon Ho is making a movie adaptation!

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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This is a fun short story by Madeline Miller. It left me wanting more.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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This book is a lot of fun. I wasn‘t sure that I‘d dig the whole necromancy thing, but I did in the end. Ready for the next one.

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Flea‘s book is definitely best consumed in audio format. He cheers, laments, and almost cries on numerous occasions. His apologies to those he‘s hurt in his life gain poignancy with his voice. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I read Grohl‘s book a few weeks ago and they couldn‘t be more different. I liked Grohl‘s book but it read like conversation over beers with someone you just met. Flea‘s book has much more of a confessional quality to it.

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This book is a prequel to the Lock-In series. It is very short. In fact, it reads like a teaser that someone who hasn‘t read any of the series might enjoy. I really like the Lock-In series, but this book didn‘t do much for me.

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This book was a hoot! I enjoyed reading about all of the dumbass birds. Honestly, the humor notwithstanding, there‘s some good information on birds in here 😊

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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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I really enjoyed Mott's book. Somehow he found the means to write a book that is irreverent, while remaining serious; funny, with an undercurrent of sadness and dread.

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I liked Grohl‘s memoir. It was a fun read, especially as a Gen X‘er. There are many aspects of his life that are omitted. The book really is focused upon his life in music and, mostly, his positive experiences and influences in music. For that reason, there are parts of the book that feel “an inch deep”.

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Head on | John Scalzi
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I enjoyed this follow up to “Lock In”. Chris and Vann are simply fun characters to follow through an investigation. Also, the world created by Scalzi is still interesting to me. I‘m already on the list at the library for “Unlocked” 😊

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Lock In | John Scalzi
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This book was a lot of fun. It is part sci-if, part mystery. There is a pandemic, but it is used for world building, i.e. this isn‘t a pandemic book. I‘ll surely read the next one.

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The case made in this book that patriarchy is the guiding force behind modern evangelicalism is compelling and hard to deny. If you desire a way to view modern politics, especially the right, this is the place to start.

I found the discussions of how evangelicals view masculinity particular hard to listen to. Honestly, in my mind, nothing is less masculine than being performatively masculine all of the time. How little one must be.

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The Farthest Shore | Ursula K. Le Guin
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What a wrap to the story of Ged. I loved the journey and the menace.

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Aftermath | LeVar Burton
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I love LeVar Burton so much. The book was okay overall, but the end was very cheesy. Maybe I‘d have enjoyed it more if he had read it to me.

(2022)

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The Tombs of Atuan | Ursula K. Le Guin
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I had just finished the first book in the Earthsea trilogy and, luckily, had the second one sitting around, because I really wanted to read it. I love how Ged isn‘t the first person character in this book.

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Far Sector | N K Jemisin
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This graphic novel was a lot of fun. I love N.K. Jemisin‘s work so I was always going to give this a go. Glad I did.

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I‘ve heard a lot of about Earthsea in the past and I‘ve loved Le Guin‘s work for years so it was always just a matter of time. Nevertheless, I loved meeting Ged and hearing of his adventures.

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I really enjoyed “Maxwell‘s Demon”. For fear of spoilers, I‘ll only say that there were certain parts of this book that I needed a magnifying glass to read 😊

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Truth of the Divine | Lindsay Ellis
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I greatly enjoyed this follow up to “Axiom‘s End”. It seems as if Ellis can take the third book in lots of different directions. I‘m excited to see where she goes.

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Overall, I enjoyed “Project Hail Mary”. My only complaint is that Ryland Grace‘s inner monologue is so close the Mark Watney‘s (from the Martian). I really liked one aspect, but it has spoilers so look below 👇👇👇

Pedrocamacho I really enjoyed the first contact aspect of the story. Rocky was awesome. 11mo
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The End of Men | Christina Sweeney-Baird
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When I picked up this book, I thought it would be more about a world where the vast majority of men have died in a pandemic and less about the pandemic. In fact, it is more about the pandemic and less about this other world. Overall, I liked the book as constituted. I just think the other formulation would have been vastly more interesting. So, many topics were left unexplored or under-explored - teased.

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I like the premise of the Foundation series, but the premise itself causes this book to be like a book of short stories, which isn‘t my favorite. That being said, I‘ll probably read the next one. 😊

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Lewis has written the only book about the Covid-19 pandemic, so far, that I‘ve found to be readable. It helps that he chose a fixed window in the past and stuck with it. That being said, Lewis always forms such a strong narrative around the people that he features. I am always left wondering if the nuance was missed.

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Zoe's Tale | John Scalzi
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This book expands upon a character and a few events from the “The Last Colony”. I‘m glad that Scalzi expanded on the Zoe character. She was worth it.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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This was a fun audiobook to experience while riding my bike 😊 🚴

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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This book wasn‘t what I expected with its tight focus on Marie and her abby. Yet, I was engulfed by it. I miss reading about Marie already.

Pedrocamacho Also, Tony Soprano has nothing on Abbess Marie. Nothing. 12mo
Cathythoughts Nice ! This book is getting great reviews 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Pedrocamacho @Cathythoughts I'd heard that too. It definitely deserves them. I was also struck with how little it has in common with “Fates and Furies“. 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s interesting… I loved Fates & Furies 12mo
Pedrocamacho @Cathythoughts Me too 🙂 12mo
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This is a great book. Smith visits a number of landmarks to human bondage in America and the transatlantic slave trade. He encounters folks trying to expand our understanding of its consequences as well as those in thrall to the Lost Cause false-narrative.

Hooked_on_books This book is incredible! I was delighted to just see it longlisted for the National Book Award. 12mo
Pedrocamacho @Hooked_on_books Agreed. And what a list to be on. Lots of goodies. 12mo
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I didn‘t love this book, but it did leave me with a lot to consider (i.e. the roll of spite in human relations is just one of many). BTW, the subtitle must have been added by the publisher because the book has some to say on this topic, but it is very brief.

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I filled in more than a few gaps in my knowledge regarding the Crusades. I knew that possession of Jerusalem was the primary locus of the conflict. However, it was very far from the sole focus. Cities like Antioch, Acre, Tyre, and even Damascus and Cairo were in heavy dispute as well.

bibliothecarivs Cool to see that book again. I owned it about 10 years ago but had to let it go before reading it to make room for others I wanted more. 13mo
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This book was a lot of fun. It was suspenseful throughout. I loved the characters and the mermaids.

Reggie The poor dolphins!!! 13mo
Pedrocamacho @Reggie Yeah! They went down so hard. They barely lasted a page after Theo forced them out of the hole. 😢 (edited) 13mo
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Fake Accounts | Lauren Oyler
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I am still deciding about this book. There were some facets and subplots that lost me and others that gripped me. The self-awareness of the protagonist was both necessary and off putting. Sometimes being puzzled by a book is great and that may the case for this book. I‘m just not sure.

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Feral Creatures: A Novel | Kira Jane Buxton
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I really loved “Hollow Kingdom”, and Shit Turd of course. This is a fun follow up. It‘s a little less hilarious but a little more soulful. I really want to chill with all of the creatures.

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I really enjoyed Candace‘s story. It manages to be an immigrant story along with being post-apocalyptic…and an interesting/unusual apocalypse to boot. The fever doesn‘t result in ravenous zombies. Rather, bodies “sleepwalking”, mimicking the actions of life.

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Axiom's End: A Novel | Lindsay Ellis
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I saw this one browsing at one of my favorite local bookstores (BookBar). One of the staff members was very enthusiastic so I grabbed it. This turned out to be a great choice. I love first contact stories and this is a good one. I‘ve even heard that the second in the series will be coming out soon.

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I enjoyed Montell‘s work on shared features between Cults and social activities that can be considered ‘cultish‘ (e.g. multi-level marketing, influencers, fitness communities, like Peloton). She shines a light on these activities without creating false equivalences and losing the nuances. This is a great read for those who remain fascinated by the ways and reasons that humans organize themselves.