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PickwickPlockPlock

Joined April 2018

I'm trying to read more (scifi, contemporary fantasy and classics). Always on the lookout for recommendations, esp. books by women 🇩🇪
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Why does an author write a Sherlock Holmes pastiche only to replace Watson with his own character? And why would that new character be a male doctor? It's a shame, because the initial idea, a kind of sequel to The moonstone, was a good one, only the execution was poor.

rabbitprincess I agree, an odd choice on the part of the author! 1y
CaramelLunacy That sounds very disappointing! 1y
BiblioLitten Hi 👋🏼 Hope you are keeping well. 🙂 10mo
PickwickPlockPlock @BiblioLitten Hi, yes I'm well, thank you, I hope you are doing ok too. I should check Litsy more often 🙂 10mo
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Mehso-so

My plan is to read as many Sherlock Holmes pastiches from Kindle Unlimited as I can during my free 3 months as prime user. This one was okay, but nothing special.

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Mehso-so

Ropa is a ghostalker in Edinburgh after some kind of... Revolt? Catastrophe? There are a lot of good ideas - too many, actually, so that the library of the dead from the title is only one small part of the story. I think this is the start of a new series, but unless the sequel will be tighter, I don't think I will read it.

CaramelLunacy If you don't mind reading middle grade, this sounds a bit like Victoria Schwab's Cassidy Blake series - the first involves dealing with ghosts in Edinburgh. 1y
PickwickPlockPlock @CaramelLunacy I actually read that one and liked it very much. The books are very different, though. 1y
CaramelLunacy @PickwickPlockPlock I'm glad you liked that one. Shame this one was so all over the place 1y
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Lord Edgware Dies | AGATHA. CHRISTIE
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Mehso-so

I thought this was only okay. Poirot is always one step behind, for a change, and I actually felt sorry for him. The anti-semitic stereotypes were jarring.

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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I started this after a year, because I was worried it might not be my thing. I shouldn't have worried, I couldn't put it down! The story follows a new ambassador to a big empire, where she tries to find out what happened to her predecessor. She's clearly the center of the story, in contrast to many other scifi books with multiple povs and a much wider scope (which doesn't mean that the world building is bad! I'm just a character driven reader).

RaeLovesToRead My friend gifted me this on Kindle. So glad to hear that it's good! 😊 1y
PickwickPlockPlock @RaeLovesToRead I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did 😊 1y
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I enjoyed this more than the first one, that I finished right before. Enola takes a case and deals with loneliness. I like that it's not only a big adventure for her, and I like how Sherlock and Watson are portrayed. What I didn't like, though, was the solution of how the crime was done. While it was fitting for Victorian or Gothic Literature, I had expected something else. There was an excerpt for the next book that sounded really promising.

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My edition has the Netflix adaptation cover, but that's fitting because I watched the movie first. It took me a while to warm up to book!Enola, but now I like her and will start the second book next (the movie added a lot of things; there's a second one coming, by the way). It was an enjoyable read.

ju.ca.no Oh I loved the movie! I need to read the book as well😍 1y
PickwickPlockPlock @ju.ca.no I loved the movie too! Like I wrote, the book is different. 1y
ju.ca.no @PickwickPlockPlock I‘m curious now☺️ 1y
rabbitprincess I love the books! Haven‘t got around to the Netflix adaptation but am up to book 4 in the series 😆 1y
PickwickPlockPlock @rabbitprincess I'm nearly finished with book two! I think I need to watch the movie again 😊 1y
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I'm late to the party, but now I understand the love! Somehow I had expected something different. Lucky for me, the second book is on sale as an ebook this month.

rabbitprincess I have that Doctor Who colouring book! 😊 1y
PickwickPlockPlock @rabbitprincess The police box is unmistakeable 😁 1y
New Kid on the Book Wow the cover is great! 1mo
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Angel of the Crows | Katherine Addison
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I love it. It's like this has been written just for me, Sherlock Holmes stories with a supernatural bent. Only Watson is called Doyle, and Holmes is an angel called Crow. You will get the most out of this if you have a firm grip on the canon and recognize the differences. Justice for Tonga! A Holmes version that is not a rude, sociopathic egotist is also a plus.

DrexEdit I quite liked this too. I hope the author is writing more of them! 1y
PickwickPlockPlock @DrexEdit I hope so, too! First thing I did was checking if there was a sequel. 1y
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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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The newest Murderbot novella is as good as the others. Murderbot is playing detective this time. I hope the next one will be a full novel again, because novellas are too short!

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The Nine Tailors | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I actually read this once years (decades?) ago, but I couldn't remember anything apart from lots and lots of bell ringing, so I prepared by reading the wikipedia article about change ringing (not a thing here in Germany, and the book made much more sense afterwards!). The plot starts slowly, but it has a powerful ending.

readordierachel I like your book sleeve! (If that is indeed what it is?) 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @readordierachel It is actually my kindle sleeve, but now that you say it, a slim book would fit in there, too! 2y
shanaqui I really should read something on change-ringing before my next reread. Everything I know about bell-ringing I know from this book! 2y
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Here, have a picture of a creepy lego house and a book about a creepy house (and its inhabitants). I'm not good with creepy books, and this book skirted close to the limit of what I can stand (I have seen reviews that find it too boring - for fans of the genre probably true). I liked the author's Gods of Jade and Shadow, and I liked this one: the writing style, and the characters, especially the women.

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I watched the Branagh movie last month and wanted to go to the source to see what they changed. Quite a lot, actually, but I would have been very surprised if it had turned out to be a faithful adaptation 😄 (I like the movie and the book, they are just different). The ending is quite abrupt. I would have liked another paragraph or two to gently leave the book. While it was fun to see Poirot work, I like characters that have doubts once in awhile.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I didn‘t mind the movie but some of it - like when Poirot ran and just his moustache in general were just not quite right... 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag To be honest, Branagh is totally wrong for Poirot, look-wise. 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PickwickPlockPlock, especially when David Suchet exists 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I pictured Suchet when I read the book. 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PickwickPlockPlock, I read a lot of Christie when I was a teen - and I never particularly clicked with Poirot until after I‘d seen him play him. Perfect casting. 2y
rabbitprincess @thegirlwiththelibrarybag LOL this is exactly the reason I haven‘t seen the Branagh movie; the moustache is all wrong! And even Albert Finney runs too much in the 1974 version 😂 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @rabbitprincess, I mean it was a good action sequence - I just don‘t know what Poirot was doing in it... 🤣 2y
CornerLibrarian Reading her short stories right now and they are so comforting in these distressing times...like eating mash potatoes! 2y
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Lord Peter goes undercover in an advertising firm. He can handle the work, but nearly ruins it because he has to wear his expensive shoes. Just typical 😄. Sayers worked in advertising herself, so she describes the work and people in such great detail, that it's really obvious she doesn't know as much about the topic in the subplot. Peter seems a bit callous at times, but overall, I liked it.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag This one was my favourite of the Peter Wimsey books I read when I was a teen ☺️ 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I can't decide which my favourite is, but I like the ones with Harriet. She is a good sparring partner for Peter. 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PickwickPlockPlock, I‘m not sure it would still be my favourite, if I reread them now. Harriet was great ☺️ 2y
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So this was a wild ride! I had lots of fun, but I can understand how some would only find it confusing and exhausting. Take a kind of victorian fantasy world with magic and other worlds, use a sherlockian setup with queer characters and mix in allusions to Dracula, Nosferatu, Lovecraft, Baba Yaga and fairytales and you get this. I would have liked a bit more (any?) depth to the characters, but it's just not that kind of book.

CarolynM It made me laugh - I loved it. 2y
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False Value | Ben Aaronovitch
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After I was disappointed in the last one, I liked this much better. I wonder if Aaronovitch will start a new plot arc, this felt like a standalone book. Only the IT company bit was too much and had me rolling my eyes at times (I'm a software developer; I don't know if that made it better or worse).

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The Annotated Persuasion | Jane Austen, David M. Shapard
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A re-read, and still I was glued to the page and couldn't wait for THAT letter. You know the one. Now I'm in the mood for the film adaptations.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa My favorite Austen book! 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It might have become my favourite too, over the years. I think now I have to read Pride and Prejudice again to make sure! 2y
ravenlee Always my favorite! That letter...swoon! 2y
MadelineMcCrae The 1995 film adaption is my favorite! And that letter is just 😍 14mo
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I thought that the book started strong and I couldn't put it down, but then it all kind of fell apart. I also really disliked how the only female character of importance was written. Since it's the author's first book, I will give her another chance and hope for the best.

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The Five Red Herrings | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Maybe I'm too exhausted these days, but I found the focus on train timetables too tiring. There was a fun bit at the end where Peter re-enacts the crime, though.

Moray_Reads This was we l one of my least favourite Wimsey books. It gets so bored down in the details that I got lost and bored. Still had some good moments though 2y
Moray_Reads This was we l one of my least favourite Wimsey books. It gets so bored down in the details that I got lost and bored. Still had some good moments though 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Moray_Reads It's also my least favourite Wimsey novel so far (I haven't read them all yet). 2y
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I remember being very disappointed when I read this first years ago. Now I think it's a really good book, but a very boring romance 😄. I was reminded of Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, which I liked very much.

Probably universal opinion: Mrs Norris is horrible. Maybe controversal? I can't stand Henry Crawford.

readordierachel I remember being disappointed by this one as well (yes, especially that dry romance). Think I need to give it a reread! 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @readordierachel I gave this another chance after listening to the BBC radio full-cast dramatisation. I was thinking, hey that's not as bad as I remember 😄. I'm interested to hear your opinion, if you read it again. 2y
CaramelLunacy I really liked the BBC radio full cast, but think Fanny and Edmund are both terrible bores who need to lighten up on spoiling everybody else's fun... 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @CaramelLunacy Edmund maybe, but it's not like anybody ever notices what Fanny thinks or disapproves of, or that she has the power to spoil anybody's fun. 2y
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Unnatural Death | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Eh, definitely not among my favourite Wimsey novels. Bonus points for Miss Climpson, though. But I guessed the twist at the end, and I got a strong sense of 'even if this old lady might indeed have been murdered, she was terminally ill anyway, so it's not that bad a crime'. I'm sure the woman in question would beg to differ!

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The Five Red Herrings | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Book mail! I SHOULD write, 'send help I keep buying books when I have already so many unread ones', but I don't want help, I want more time to read. I tell myself there are worse vices 😄

AmyG I tell my husband to be happy I don‘t hoard shoes. He is getting off cheap. 🤣 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @AmyG Yes, he should be thankful! 😂 2y
Buechersuechtling “I don't want help, I want more time to read.” – 🙋🏽‍♀️ Me, too‼️ 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling My company has stopped Kurzarbeit and now I have to work an hour more a day again. I don't like it 😭 2y
Buechersuechtling @PickwickPlockPlock Cookie 🍪 for comfort plus tissues. 🤗 2y
readordierachel There are certainly worse vices! No one will judge you here 🙂 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @readordierachel I knew people here would understand me 😊 2y
CaramelLunacy Love your username. My regards to Thursday Next 2y
Suet624 There‘s no shame in buying books!! 2y
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Mehso-so

Short story collections can be a mixed bag, and it's the same with this one. My favourites were probably the second doctor and Jamie vs. the necronomicon, and old sixie and Peri crash a wedding.

Heideschrampf Is that the lockdown edition? 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Heideschrampf It's from 2019, so pre-lockdown. 2y
Bookwormjillk I love your mug! 2y
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CBee ANIMALLLLLLL!!!! 😁😁😁😁 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Bookwormjillk @CBee It's my favourite mug! 😄 2y
Darthdad Love the Animal mug 2y
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Not a good pastiche. Holmes didn't feel quite right. I'm glad I only borrowed it.

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Mehso-so

I am wavering between a pick and so-so. I found it good in parts, but Maggie could be very annoying. My hope would be that she had enough growth in this book to make the next book better, but I'm not sure I will read that. As always with post-apocalyptic fiction I wonder how society is supposed to work. Where's the gas coming from, food, clothes? To trade goods is one thing, but who is producing it? I found that more unrealistic than the gods.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
Thank you for the tag, @EadieB

1) No. Halloween isn't as big in Germany as in other countries, and even if someone rings they are normally too lazy to walk up all the stairs to the top floor where we live.

2) No. Halloween wasn't a thing when I was a kid, and now I can't be bothered 😂

I have no idea who has already played...
@BookNAround @Jess861 @readordierachel @claudiuo @Enchanted_Bibliophile ?

Enchanted_Bibliophile Thanks for the tag 😁 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🧡🎃 2y
EadieB Thanks for playing! 2y
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I found the first one in the Lychford series only okay, and the second one isn't a pick, either. It's interesting enough, but the special something is missing. I prefer Cornell's Shadow Police books. Still, they're short, so maybe I will give the third one another chance.

imyril We‘re on opposite poles here - I didn‘t get on with the Shadow Police (I found the first one awfully grim) but I love these for ploughing a parallel furrow with a lighter mood 😊 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @imyril Oh yes, the Shadow Police is nearly too grim for me, but I found the world building so interesting. Maybe the novellas just are too short to suck me in. 2y
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City of Ghosts, Volume 1 | Victoria Schwab
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My first Schwab is a ghost story for younger readers. Cass has a ghost friend since she nearly drowned and can go behind the veil. The highlight for me was the description of Edinburgh, the city that Cass visits with her parents. I recognised the places from my visit a few years ago. It's the first part in a series, I think, and there are hints that there is still a lot to learn for Cass.

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve enjoyed this and the second book. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I didn't know the second one was out already! I will have to look for it. 2y
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Three months and 900 pages later, I have worked my way through the beautiful annotated Sherlock Holmes edition of the 4 novels. There are lots of different illustrations and annotations. Some Sherlockian ideas are really out there, but I had the feeling that Klinger toned down the weird, compared to the Baring-Gould editions. One book down, two to go!

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The World's War | David Olusoga
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Mehso-so

The book tells the stories of the forgotten soldiers of world war one, meaning the non-white men from around the world that were needed by the empires on both sides. They were badly needed, but always treated as 'lesser'. How the white governments worried they might get uppity, and how to keep them away from white women. It made my blood boil.
I found the book a bit disjointed, but that was probably due to my lack of knowledge about WWI.

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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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This biography does a great job of explaining how as an unmarried woman Jane Austen was not important to Georgian society and had to depend on and to defer to her family. It's hard to say what she was like, because her family destroyed letters and later tried to paint a prettier picture, but I had a clearer idea after reading this.

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I held back on reading this, so I would have a book that I was sure to love, and I was right. I love Murderbot, the snarkiness, the evolution, and the return of ART. Can't wait for the next one!

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I finished this one today at the beach. It's a light pick for me, because it started strong but didn't have a strong ending. The description of the very real double standards for men and women in historical fiction is always so depressing.

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That was more meta than expected, but that made it fun. On the whole it's a bit too long and fragmented (three coda parts!), but still a pick.

Bette Good review...not quite there, but I liked what he was trying to do. 2y
Darthdad Really enjoyed this book 2y
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This reads like an episode of the show, and I mean that as a compliment. The librarians have to deal with Mother Goose and everybody gets their moment to shine. Lots of fun if you like the show!

UwannaPublishme I love this show and also the movies, but haven‘t seen then in awhile. Time to revisit! 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @UwannaPublishme Actually, I have never seen the movies, only the show. Something to look forward to! 2y
UwannaPublishme The movies are soooo good. Plus a great cast. You must see them. 2y
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Pyramids | Terry Pratchett
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One more down in my discworld reread. I may have read it only once before and couldn't remember much. I loved the parts in Ankh-Morpork and everything related to the mummies, but on the whole it's not one of the better ones.

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Thank you for the tag @Erofan !
Here are my #top6reads of the year so far (Wyrd Sisters is maybe a cheat because it's a reread).

What are your top 6 @Megabooks @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lesanne ?

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh! I‘m about to start Cerulean Sea... thanks for the tag 2y
Lesanne Hey thanks for the tag! I‘ll have to give this some thought....🤔 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I hope you will like it as much as I did! 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Lesanne I'm glad I track my reading with Goodreads, that makes it easier to find my favourites. 2y
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Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I'm slowly filling in the gaps of my Wimsey collection. This is an early one, meaning there are more annoying antics and less depth than in the later ones, but it's still enjoyable. I was surprised how often Wimsey was in peril, but then his middle name is Death!

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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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Thank you @Lesanne for the tag

1) Do 2 books together count as a stack? Then there is one under the couch table and one next to the bed. I have one big virtual stack of ebooks.

2) Fingersmith. Not read yet.

@hes7 @HeyT @SamanthaMarie do you want to play?

#TwoForTuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
Lesanne You‘re welcome! 2y
SamanthaMarie Hahaha yes. A huge virtual stack of ebooks!!! 😅🙌🏻 2y
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I needed a break from the book I was reading (really, I should stop trying to read non-humorous books, they are not working for me at the moment) and read this one instead and loved it. I laughed and I cried and reached the ending too soon. Maybe the writing was sometimes too on the nose to get its message across, but I don't care.

GrilledCheeseSamurai I'm halfway through this one and just last night, while reading, I reached for my phone and ordered the hardcover edition so I could have it for the shelf. Fantastic story so far and I'm absolutely loving it! 💯 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @GrilledCheeseSamurai It's a beautiful book inside and out. This was one of the rare cases that I regretted that my kindle can show the covers only in black and white. 2y
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Mehso-so

I didn't know anything about the book before going in, apart from the fact that it has strange pictures. So I was a bit baffled what direction it took. Unfortunately the protagonist is a whiny brat and, probably an unpopular opinion, the pictures take away from the story (every picture practically screams 'look what I found, now I have to make up a little story for it no matter if it fits in or not!).

HeyT Okay so I read this around the time it first came out and all my goodreads friends were like this is so amazing and I just didn't get it because like you I felt the pictures were more gimmicky and that the story was forced around them in a way that was not entirely good. 2y
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1) New Zealand. I wrote in my school year book 20 years ago that I want to go there someday, but haven't managed it yet. No plans.

2) My son is back at school every second day. He's happy to see his friends, and I'm glad it's quieter in the home office.

3) @Curiouser_and_curiouser
@UwannaPublishme
@ravenlee
@BiblioLitten
@thegirlwiththelibrarybag

Thank you for the tag, @Erofan!
#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

UwannaPublishme Thanks for the tag! Hope you‘re doing well over there. 🤗❤️ 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @UwannaPublishme Yes, we're doing fine, thank you, I hope you do as well! 2y
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Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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Spin wants to become a pilot like her father, who was branded a traitor, and fight against the aliens that attack her world. That plot has been written a thousand times before, but this book has great world building and unique details like Doomslug and M-Bot. I couldn't put it down because I needed to know why it was all happening. It's the first one in a series but thankfully it doesn't end on a cliffhanger and we get answers.

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After I didn't have much luck with my last few fiction books, I very much enjoyed Chris Hadfield's account about his career as an astronaut and his time in space. He's the Canadian astronaut that sang a Bowie song in space, that's all I knew about him before 😁

MsMelissa He‘s awesome! He went to my high school, although I‘m younger so we weren‘t there at the same time. 2y
rabbitprincess Haddie is the best! He also contributes to a chapter of Randall Munroe‘s 2y
rabbitprincess @Book_Fiend_Melissa That is so cool! 😄 2y
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The Wee Free Men | Terry Pratchett
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Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm for the tag, but it's a really hard question! Ask me again in a few months and my answer will probably be different.

1) Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
2) Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men
3) Martha Wells: All Systems Red

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2y
UglyOldBat Love Terry Pratchett ! 2y
Gezemice Oh, love Pratchett! And re-reading Murderbot now because Network Effect came out. Love it! 👍❤️ 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Gezemice I have Network Effect waiting for me on my kindle 😊 2y
Gezemice @PickwickPlockPlock Yes, I bought it too but I just **have to** re-read before. I am onto Exit strategy now, so soon :) 2y
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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My first Virginia Woolf and, uh, probably my last. Enough said.

shanaqui Yeah, To The Lighthouse took me that way too. I don't... get it. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @shanaqui I'm sure she was a great writer, but that book was exhausting to read. 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser I agree and know exactly how you feel. 2y
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Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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The first Percy Jackson book didn't grab me at the start. It got better and I found it enjoyable, but it's not a pick. I know I'm not in the target group 😁, I read it to see if it might interest my son. I think we will wait another year or two, though.

Curiouser_and_curiouser A carton of milk is such a great iPad stand isn't it? 🤣 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Curiouser_and_curiouser Much better than a cup that might fall over! 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @PickwickPlockPlock Certainly! Yep, cups are only good for phones, I think we all know that. Great choice! 2y
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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#unpopularOpinion
I didn't like it. There's no real plot, the characters are flat, the circus sounded more creepy than enchanting and I just wanted it to be over 😞

readingjedi Do you know what? I don't entirely disagree with you. 2y
MoonWitch94 I think this is one of those cult faves that people either love it ((guilty!)) or hate it. No one really falls in between. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @readingjedi @MoonWitch94 I think it depends on what one is looking for in a book. The mood of the book (can't find a better word) didn't resonate with me and the rest didn't keep me interested. 2y
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MoonWitch94 @PickwickPlockPlock I get that. It‘s a very atmospheric novel, and even though I really enjoyed it, at the end I did go “what in the world was the point?” To me it was a hybrid of fantasy & literary fiction. 2y
MsMelissa You‘re not alone. I loved the beauty of the writing, but the story itself fell completely flat. 2y
readingjedi @MoonWitch94 It's interesting that you found it atmospheric when that's the very quality I thought it lacked! Theoretically, it's the kind of novel I love but I found it flat and lifeless in practice. I really did think I was the only one who didn't love it though! 2y
BookNAround Add me to the unimpressed camp. Frankly, it bored me. 2y
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulThursday

1) Tomorrow is our 10th wedding anniversary and we had tickets for the Harry Potter play this weekend. It's canceled and the new date is in November.

2) Scythe by Neal Shusterman, but I think about bailing (not the right topic for the moment).

3) After seeing it mentioned several times, I started watching Detective Anna on youtube.

Than you @wanderinglynn for the tag.
@claudiuo @Erofan do you want to play?

wanderinglynn I‘m glad you were able to get a new date for the play. ❤️ 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @wanderinglynn Fingers crossed that it won't get canceled again! 2y
MoonWitch94 Oh man!!!! At least you got a new date for the play. I want to see it so badly. Thanks for playing ☺️ 2y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh! You are watching Detective Anna!!! Yay! The second season has been green lit - so there is going to be more! 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @MoonWitch94 I know, we bought the tickets a year ago! There still are advertising posters everywhere, because the play had only opened in march here in Germany. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I'm only on episode 5 so far. There will be another season? Yay, I heard it ends on a cliffhanger! 2y
TheLibrarian Happy 10 year anniversary! Sorry you will be missing out on Harry Potter but hopefully your day will still be good 2y
UwannaPublishme Happy 10th Anniversary! Glad you have a new date for the play. 2y
Erofan Thanks for the tag! 😘 And Happy Anniversary 🥳🎉🥂 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Erofan Thank you 🎉 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PickwickPlockPlock, I‘m 4 episodes away from finding out 😅 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Well, now you're warned 😄 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PickwickPlockPlock, watching this show has made me realise how much I like reading wiki entries for shows 😂 I don‘t really mind spoilers (with some exceptions) - and there is hardly anything online for Detective Anna (the best stuff is on IG - I‘m now following the accounts for the show and the two leads, the translation feature on IG leaves a lot to be desired 😂) 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I have been searching the internet for news. Apparently they began filming season 2 in march and had to stop after two weeks because of COVID-19 😞 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PickwickPlockPlock, the important bit is after a gap of three years, that filming was started... how far in are you now? 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I finished episode 16 today. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @thegirlwiththelibrarybag At the moment yes. With the whole situation like it is, I had trouble concentrating on a book or show, and Anna is perfect for binge watching. 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PickwickPlockPlock, I was exactly the same! I think Anna helped nudge me back into having enough concentration for books ☺️ 2y
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The novella takes place in the same universe as A dead djinn in Cairo, but with a different protagonist (although she's mentioned). Two agents investigate the, well, haunting of a tram car. I really enjoy the world building, I hope there will be another novella.

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