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Pedrocamacho

Joined November 2016

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Saga 1 | Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
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This graphic novel was blast 🙂 I really enjoyed the artwork.

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This book is one part sci-fi, one part love story, and one part mystery and I am here for it! It was blast to read 🎉

Skeeterisme @Pedrocamacho ♥️ Mike Chen. Can‘t wait to read this 1w
Pedrocamacho I‘ll be excited for your review, @Skeeterisme! 1w
Hooked_on_books I really like Chen. I look forward to this one. 1w
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This is another book club choice. It‘s a quick, fun read 🙂

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Hiddensee: A Novel | Gregory Maguire
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This was another book club choice. I ended up liking the story of Herr Drosselmeyer. At least, the next time I see the Nutcracker Suite, I will have an origin story to noodle over 🙂

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House of Odysseus | CLAIRE. NORTH
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This is the second in the “Songs of Penelope” series (the first was “Ithaca”). This story of Penelope jousting with Meneleus is suspenseful and fun. I loved the portrayals of Helen and Aphrodite 🙂 I am ready for the “The Last Song of Penelope” this summer. Contra the Odyssey, I was hoping that Odysseus would stay trapped for longer. Not ready for him to get home yet.

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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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This is my second Percival Everett in as many weeks. I‘ve loved them both. I can‘t wait to see American Fiction. Jeffrey Wright is perfectly cast 🙂

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Dr. No | Percival Everett
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I really enjoyed “Dr. No”. The characters are fun and the way that Everett plays with language just adds another level. Honestly, he seems to be a bit of a polymath.

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Ender's Game | Orson Scott Card
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Read this one for my book club. I‘m not a fan. The dialogue couldn‘t have been more clunky and the secondary story is just straight weird.

2024

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Another fun Rothfuss novella, but not the third book of the Kingkiller Chronicle 🙂

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System Collapse | Martha Wells
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I‘m always a little sad when I finish another Murderbot iteration. They‘re so good and I just want to keep going 🙂

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Gallant | V.E. Schwab
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Read this one for my SciFi book club. It was okay. I enjoyed the ending but I had trouble getting sucked in.

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Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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I really loved this book. In particular, I liked that no creature or perspective is to small or undeserving. Just a very different and interesting read. 👍

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The normalized, widespread, and systematic murder of the Osage for their oil rights by a significant proportion of the white community of Osage County, Oklahoma is yet another awful chapter in American history. This book is chilling and well-written. I hope the movie captures the dread.

BkClubCare I have read recommendations to also read this for a native perspective (fiction 1mo
Pedrocamacho @BkClubCare Love it! Thank you 😊 I love suggestions 1mo
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The consequences of modern society‘s ability to obscure important truths, profit off of that obscurity, and ignore large segments of the population are folks like Naomi Wolf, Steve Bannon, and Donald Trump.

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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Scary how much of this book remains powerful and relevant….

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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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Like all of Scalzi‘s books, this one is laugh out loud funny and a joy to read! It‘s also another parody in the vein of another one of his books, “Redshirts.” Great read! Give it a read!

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I really loved this follow up to “Mickey 7”! Still enjoyed Mickey, Nasha, Berto, and the other characters. The story was fun with no lag. Just a great read 🙂

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Witch King | Martha Wells
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This book is a ton of fun! I loved Kai, Ziede, Bashasa, and bunch of the other characters. I‘m just going to assume this will be the first book of a series 🙂

CoffeeK8 I am really looking forward to reading this! 6mo
Pedrocamacho It‘s a blast, @CoffeeK8. I hope you enjoy it too! 6mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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There is a lot to like in this book; the concept, for example. It reminded me of “The Power”, but different and interesting. However, the characters seemed too saccharine, at times, and I found that frustrating.

SamAnne I felt I would have liked it as a short story. There wasn‘t enough there for a novel. 6mo
Pedrocamacho Yeah, that sounds right to me, @SamAnne. I do think that were some interesting questions yet to consider, but they weren‘t explored 6mo
SamAnne @Pedrocamacho yes, agreed. 6mo
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I loved this book. I enjoyed all of the point of view characters. I loved the fight scenes. There were many times that I didn‘t want to put the book down, but had to for work (boooooo). I‘m definitely ready to read book 2: “The Art of Destiny” 🙂

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Similar to “Circe” and “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller, “Ariadne” elevates characters largely ignored by Greek mythology and tells their stories. I really loved this book and am excited to read more by Jennifer Saint (including “Electra”, which I need to get my hands on).

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Five-Carat Soul | James McBride
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This is a book of short stories, but all in the same vicinity. I really enjoyed almost all of them, especially the last one where the protagonist is a lion 😊

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God's Problem | Bart D. Ehrman
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Ehrman writes about the Problem of Evil and how Christians have attempted to “square the circle” the millennia. I love a good dilemma and this is a classic. Multiple horns and lots of consequences; according to Ehrman, too many facile responses to a very deep philosophical conundrum.

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I enjoyed the rhythm and pace of this book. I enjoyed the characters and the themes. It was an all around fun read!

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( Da Vinci Code + One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest ) * nonfiction = This book 🤷‍♀️

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The Ghost Writer | Philip Roth
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I wouldn‘t say that enjoyed the entire book. Yet, at some point, the story changes and becomes much more interesting. Overall, I‘d say Roth‘s female characters are paper thin, but he can definitely write parents with expectations 🙂

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This is a fun read about frequencies in general. As the title suggests, it is largely focused on human hearing.

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This is a wonderful book about love, loss, and family trauma. I love the chapters written from the perspective of a particular fig tree 🙂

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Tread of Angels | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This is a fun little fantasy / mystery read.

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I‘ve been waiting to read an analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic that has the temporal distance needed to draw real conclusions. This is the first book that I‘ve read the feels that way. There is still much to know but this is a step in the right direction.

Hooked_on_books I read this book somewhat reluctantly and it‘s really good! 11mo
Pedrocamacho It really is, @Hooked_on_books. He has books focusing on other viruses as well. The one on HIV is fascinating. 11mo
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Binti (Binti, #1) | Nnedi Okorafor
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This is a fun little novella. Given its length, anything I write will inevitably spoil something so I‘ll leave it at that.

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I really enjoyed this book. It is part comedy and part tragedy. At a minimum, it is hard not to love the irreverence of Katherine.

marleed I read her as Frances McDormand playing the role! 12mo
Pedrocamacho So smart, @marleed! Definitely strong Frances McDormand-vibes! 12mo
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World We Make | N K Jemisin
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I love Jemisin and I really enjoyed the first book in this duopoly. I liked this one a little less. I enjoyed the characters, but found the story lacking in suspense.

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I loved this imagining of the period just before the beginning of the “Odyssey”. Claire North tells the story of Penelope protecting her kingdom from the suitors and myriad other calamities. Honestly, in North‘s telling, Penelope is the more wily and clever one of the couple. This is my favorite Clair North book since “The First 15 Lives of Harry August” :)

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I really loved “The Ghost Map”, so I wanted to give this one a crack. It‘s all about the how the science/ art of decision making has improved over the centuries. I enjoyed reflecting on the process of making decisions and how key various human faculties are to a successful process.

CoffeeK8 This sounds really interesting! 1y
Pedrocamacho @CoffeeK8 It is 🙂 1y
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This is a great book for those interested in the structure and veracity of Marco Polo‘s “Travels” and/or the Mongol Empire under Kublia Khan.

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I picked this book up as companion piece to Rachel Maddow‘s latest podcast, “Ultra”. It worked very well in this capacity. It was an interesting read.

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The Android's Dream | John Scalzi
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This is probably my least favorite Scalzi. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. The ending was a bit much.

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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. 2y
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