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The_Penniless_Author

The_Penniless_Author

Joined October 2020

Author of four books, including TRUE NORTH and MEMOIR OF A DOOMSDAY PROPHET. https://www.facebook.com/randall.devallance.author
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When I was at school I used to think that everyone disliked me, and it wasn't far from true.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl 💔 5h
AnnR Awww, that's a sad first line. 3h
dabbe 😢 7m
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#TLT @dabbe

1. Jeff Bridges

2. Steve Buscemi

3. Humphrey Bogart

There are probably a dozen or more other names I could rotate through this list.

Tag whoever hasn't played yet!

dabbe I know! Narrowing to 3 is hard, plus I might change my mind in an hour!
1. #thedudeabides 🤩
2. SB is incredible. He can be supremely evil and funny at the same time!
3. Bogie's my babe. Next to my husband, of course!
Thanks for playing! 🧡💜💛
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Rabbit, Run | John Updike
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Rabbit, Run (John Updike)

2. I don't know if "excited" is the right word, but I can't wait to get my Foreign Service assessment over with ? Looking most forward to seeing the Violent Femmes.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @Cazxxx @CBee @dabbe @BarbaraBB @Suet624 @jdiehr @jlhammar @Jari-chan and anyone else!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy October! 3d
CBee Eek! The Violent Femmes!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3d
The_Penniless_Author @CBee We've been on quite a roll since the summer - first The Cure, then Brian Jonestown Massacre, and now Violent Femmes. This show will be especially cool, since it's the 40th anniversary of their debut album (which, I forgot until I went back and looked, includes all their biggest singles), and they're going to play the whole thing beginning to end. 3d
CBee @The_Penniless_Author sounds super awesome 👏🏻👏🏻 2d
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Imagine my surprise when I grabbed a newspaper on my way out of the grocery store and opened it to a picture of my book! Thanks to Seven Days for the excellent review. Turns out I possess "...just the right amount of the bizarre," an assessment my wife seconds. ?

https://m.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/page-32-short-takes-on-five-vermont-books/Cont...

Bklover That would be a wonderful surprise! Congratulations!! 4d
CBee Woo hoo!!!!! 🙌🏻 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4d
Blueberry 👍🏼, exciting! 4d
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Yuki_Onna Wooh!!! How cool!👏🥳 4d
IuliaC Congratulations!! 👏 4d
dabbe Sheer awesomeness. 🤩😎🤩 4d
BarbaraBB That‘s so cool!! 4d
RaeLovesToRead 💃💃💃💃 3d
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#sundayfunday @BookmarkTavern

Little late to the game here, but I think any kid introduced to Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, and Louis Sachar (especially the Wayside School books) at a young age will develop a love of language and a decent sense of humor.

BookmarkTavern I‘ve found myself thinking about the Wayside School books again recently. I think my nibling would love them. Thanks for sharing! 4d
The_Penniless_Author @BookmarkTavern It was great revisiting them with my daughter a few years back. They're just as clever and wonderfully absurd as I remembered them from when I was a kid. 4d
BookmarkTavern Oh! It looks like he wrote a new one in 2020! Now I‘m definitely going to have to revisit them. ❤️ 4d
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Librairie Pantoute | Quebec, Quebec, Canada (Bookstore)
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Spent the weekend celebrating the Mrs.' birthday by exploring Quebec City (our first time visiting) including a stop at Librairie Pantoute, a great little bookstore if one speaks French 😀

Suet624 My parents spent their honeymoon at the Chateau and I‘ve always wanted to see it in person. 4d
The_Penniless_Author @Suet624 It was beautiful. We didn't get to stay there, unfortunately (a bit too expensive), but we did stay at the Clarendon, which is the oldest hotel in Quebec. 4d
Suet624 How wonderful. Some day I‘ll get there. 4d
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. If cleaning our church once a week for $20 counts, then I was 13. Otherwise, my first real job was a pizza delivery guy at 16.

2. No, unless you count writing, but that's more of a hobby/creative release. I'm certainly not doing it for the money! 😁

3. Yes, if you work for the federal government. I can't complain one bit about the schedule and flexibilities I have now.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella

Eggs Agree #3! Thanks for playing 🥳 1w
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Rabbit, Run | John Updike
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This book is exhibit A in support of my belief that the likeability of a MC is irrelevant if the writing is good. It's clear what Updike's judgment of Rabbit's behavior would be (and he's explicitly stated his feelings in interviews and articles), yet he narrates nearly the entire novel from Rabbit's perspective in a way that makes an understandable, if not terribly sympathetic, character. Whatever else Rabbit might be, he felt undeniably real.

RaeLovesToRead Knew you'd like this 😋 3d
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Updike is so good at picking out and describing all the little unspoken details that make up so much of people's interactions with each other - tiny gestures, expressions, posture, dress - and especially the characters' inner-monologues as they take in, process, and pass judgment on those things. I was really impressed! 3d
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Heads up to all you Kindle Unlimited subscribers that you can now download my novel, TRUE NORTH, for free through KU.

If you haven't yet ordered your copy of TRUE NORTH, now is the time - you literally have nothing to lose! 😁

True North https://a.co/d/e37OTJf

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Lunch. The older I get the more convinced I am that lunch should be the biggest and most elaborate meal. Late enough in the day that I've worked up a hunger, early enough that even if I stuff myself there's time to work it off.

2. Tagged

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @dabbe @IuliaC @julesG @SamAnne @swishandflick @RosePressedPages

julesG Thanks for the tag 1w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing!💜🍽 1w
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 🧡🎃🧡 1w
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#TLT @dabbe

1. Mattie Ross (True Grit) - number 1 by a mile, on short list of favorite character ever.
2. Judith Hearne (The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne)
3. Three-way tie between Moiraine, Egwene (Wheel of Time), and Lady Jessica (Dune)

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB @ImperfectCJ

dabbe Some more books to add to my TBR! I read TRUE GRIT eons ago; time to read it again! Thanks for playing! 🧡💜💛
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RaeLovesToRead Judith Hearne is an... interesting choice! 🤣🤣 2w
Leftcoastzen I love that you picked Judith ! Amazing that I‘ve never read True Grit ! Thanks for the tag! 2w
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ImperfectCJ Thank you for the tag! Today's the kind of day when if someone said, "name three books," my mind would go blank, so naming three heroines has been a little beyond me. I'll see what a (hopefully) good night's sleep does for me and hopefully I can play a day late, because I like this prompt! 2w
The_Penniless_Author @ImperfectCJ Don't worry, I almost always have trouble naming three of anything. No big deal if you aren't able to come up with something; my tags aren't homework assignments, and I won't dock you any points. 😁 2w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I'm an interesting guy. 😏 2w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Look at the leaves (I do live in Vermont, after all), hike, go apple picking, have backyard fires, eat s'mores, watch football, and just generally enjoy the chill in the air.

2. Melancholy

3. Rabbit, Run (Updike)

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @BarbaraBB @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @IuliaC @RamsFan1963 @swynn @eeclayton @jlhammar @IndoorDame @dabbe @TheSpineView

Leftcoastzen Would love to see that New England fall! Loved the rabbit series! 2w
The_Penniless_Author @Leftcoastzen It's definitely our time to shine. 🤩🍁 At least until November gets here and it's Stick Season. 2w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Stick Season! 🤣😂🤣 2w
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wanderinglynn Feeling similarly. Melancholy was my second choice word after weary. 💙 2w
The_Penniless_Author @wanderinglynn Ha, no joke, weary was my second choice! 2w
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm It is better than Mud Season (May), I'll give it that. 😁 (Actually, May is one of my favorite months here, just not if you have to drive anywhere without paved roads.) 2w
wanderinglynn Great minds! Or maybe weary, melancholy minds . . . 2w
The_Penniless_Author @wanderinglynn I suppose most melancholy people are weary (and vice versa) 😅 2w
CBee The weary discussion immediately brought the song Try a Little Tenderness to my brain…. “Oh, she may be weary…..” I may or may not have been jamming to it in the car yesterday (Otis 💚💚). I‘m a generally melancholy person so, I feel ya Randy 🫠 2w
CBee And thanks for the tag 🙂 2w
eeclayton Thanks for the tag 🙂 I actually bailed on Rabbit Run, I'll be curious to read your review. 2w
The_Penniless_Author @cbee You're melancholy, like Otis Redding, and have a yellowish-orange pet with a comically long face? We should be friends! 😆 2w
The_Penniless_Author @eeclayton Oh no, now I'm too scared to post it! 🤣 2w
dabbe Okay, next year autumn-leaves party at @The_Penniless_Author's place! That will get rid of all of our melancholy! 🤩🤩🤩 Thanks for the tag, too! 2w
CBee @The_Penniless_Author I guess you could say she‘s sorta yellowish orange, but she‘s more auburn reddish. But STILL! She does have a nice long snoot. Her name is Izzy and she‘s almost 16! And oh my yes, Otis is 🔥🔥🔥 (edited) 2w
The_Penniless_Author @dabbe Until you discover that I charge market rate on Airbnb, at which point your melancholy becomes full-on depression 😂 2w
RaeLovesToRead Updike on Rae recommendation? 😁 2w
RaeLovesToRead Also, I get to stay for free right? 🥺 I'll bring snacks... 2w
Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing ❤️🍏🍎🍁 2w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead What kind of snacks? 🤨 2w
RaeLovesToRead Whatever they have at the duty free? 2w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Canadian Club whiskey and Toblerones it is! 😆 2w
RaeLovesToRead Man, I hate Whisky. You can drink the Whisky and I'll have the Toblerone. 2w
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A Man Without a Country | Kurt Vonnegut
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A series of essays from the middle of the George W Bush years that are part old-man musings, part political rant, and part lamentation for the state of humanity. In other hands it could have come off as a bit tedious, but Vonnegut is funny and charming enough that it was a pleasure to read, even the bits I recognized as recycled from his many lectures and commencement speeches.

Ruthiella I feel like every novel I‘ve read from him is a lamentation for humanity. It‘s what I love about him. ❤️ 3w
The_Penniless_Author @Ruthiella Absolutely, and the tone switches back and forth from humorous to melancholic so seamlessly, which I think is the best and sanest way of regarding the world. 3w
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A Man Without a Country | Kurt Vonnegut
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

As a kid I was the youngest member of my family, and the youngest child in any family is always a jokemaker, because a joke is the only way he can enter into an adult conversation.

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#tlt @dabbe

1. Movie - Pee-wee's Big Adventure
2. TV - The Simpsons (at least the first 10 or so seasons)
3. Book - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Tagging anyone who wants to join in!

dabbe 1. I remember watching Pee Wee's show in (gasp) college! 🤩
2. YES! Longest-running show of all time.
3. On my TBR; can't believe I haven't read it yet.
Thanks for playing! 🤩🤗😃
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The_Penniless_Author @dabbe I loved Pee-Wee's Playhouse too (we still watch the Christmas special every year), but Big Adventure is my favorite and the best movie Tim Burton ever directed. 3w
wanderinglynn HHGTTG! 🙌🏻❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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dabbe @The_Penniless_Author Now that's saying something! Have you ever seen Burton's short entitled “Vincent“? That's my favorite of his. 3w
dabbe @wanderinglynn A now must-read for me! 🤩 3w
The_Penniless_Author @dabbe Yes! I love Vincent. It was like a side project Disney agreed to bankroll while he was an assistant there. I went to college at a school with a really good animation department, and all the art kids had a bootleg VHS copy they passed around. 🙂 3w
dabbe @The_Penniless_Author I didn't know that! 😃 I dressed up like Vincent at my high school for Halloween (teachers LOVED to dress up!) 🧙‍♀️ 3w
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The Enormous Room | E.E. Cummings
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Mehso-so

A bildungsroman detailing the three months Cummings and his friend, B., spent in a French prison during WWI (due to B.'s less than complimentary accounts of the French authorities' management of the war effort in his letters home). This is held up as a sort-of spiritual predecessor to Catch-22, and Cummings can be quite funny in his skewering of the prison administration. He is also, of course, a poet, and there are some beautiful passages and

The_Penniless_Author inventive wordplay in this book that by themselves justify giving it a chance. That said, there are other, even longer sections that drag on interminably. The narrative isn't chronological but a series of vignettes - descriptions of prisoners, routines, etc. - that can be disorienting at times. Possibly this was done deliberately to mirror the effect of being in prison, where time begins to lose its meaning, but that doesn't make it any pleasanter 3w
The_Penniless_Author to slog through. 3w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Julius Caesar, so I could make a hilarious quip about knowing what salad he's going to order. Of course, he'd speak Latin, so we wouldn't be able to understand each other anyway.

2. 1969. I'll get to Woodstock early and claim the best spot 😌

3. Unwittingly, coffee mugs. I always end up buying one wherever we travel, and now we have a kitchen cabinet with like 40 of them stuffed in there.

CBee Hubby was watching a documentary about old Julius last night. I walked in and said “watch your back” 😂🫢 3w
IndoorDame It would be awesome to go to Woodstock! Excellent choice! I may end up joining you there if this time machine really works 😁 3w
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The_Penniless_Author @CBee Caesar's great for quips! 🤣 3w
The_Penniless_Author @IndoorDame Yeah, I feel like it hits the sweet spot of being 1) before I was born, yet 2) recent enough that the world wouldn't feel totally alien, and 3) involving a cultural event I would really enjoy experiencing in person. I'm not sure how many people this time machine fits, but you've got shotgun 😁 3w
Eggs That‘s hilarious 😆 I was 17 during Woodstock but I would never want to be there - too peopley. Thanks for playing 🎶☮️ 3w
The_Penniless_Author @eggs I was -10 😁 My dad was 22, though, and actually started up that way with some others before the van they were in broke down in southern NY. He ended up staying on a farm for the summer and picking apples. 3w
dabbe You could also tell Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March“ and save his life! 🤩 3w
RaeLovesToRead You'd rather hang out with Julius Caesar than break bread with your Rae pal? 😟😟😟 3w
The_Penniless_Author @dabbe I don't know, it didn't work the first time they tried it 😁 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I'm sorry, is someone who I tagged but hasn't even bothered to respond to the prompt yet speaking? 👂 3w
dabbe @The_Penniless_Author If you got there wayyyyy before .... 🤣 Oh, and here's a clip from my favorite comedic acting troupe about this very topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHJCi5Il7zE
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The Natural: A Novel | Bernard Malamud
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Oh yes. I used to play soccer, basketball, and baseball, and also ran track a couple years during school. I still jog to stay in shape and like hiking and swimming. My sports watching has been whittled down now to soccer (mostly the English Premier League) and the NFL. But I'll occasionally watch just about anything.

2. The tagged book is the only one coming to mind right now.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @IuliaC

CBee I am seriously non-sporty. I was the dancing type 💃🏻 3w
TheSpineView Great book! Thanks for playing 3w
RaeLovesToRead My answers to this would be: 1) no and 2) ha! no 3w
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RaeLovesToRead Unless... is pizza a sport? 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Competitive eating is very much a sport in the US. I don't see why you couldn't become the Michael Jordan of pizza snarfing. 😛🍕 3w
RaeLovesToRead I'm on the wrong continent... 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I could have told you that. 😉 3w
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 🙂 3w
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Thanks to Catherine at Your Book Group for her review of TRUE NORTH.

Read the full review here: https://www.yourbookgroup.com/true-north/

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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Well cats, the wait is over - our copies of TRUE NORTH have finally arrived! Cats?? Cats!!!

Looks like Sophie and Linus's enthusiasm has dampened a bit waiting for the mail to show up. Don't they know all the incredible things people are saying about this book on Goodreads? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/182117650-true-north

Get your copy now, available everywhere you buy books, including Amazon (and if you do happen to download or...

The_Penniless_Author ...purchase from our hegemonic God-Emperors, please feel free to leave a review or starred rating once you've finished reading. It would really mean a lot. Thus concludes the shameless-begging portion of this post. 😁) 1mo
dabbe Bought it, and it's on my TBR! Hello there, adorable kitties! 🖤🐾🐾🖤 4w
The_Penniless_Author @dabbe A flooring contractor just stopped by to measure, which shook them out of their torpor to say the least 😂 Thanks so much for the support! 4w
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RaeLovesToRead Linus' expression 😅 4w
ShelleyBooksie Adorable cats!! 4w
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The Enormous Room | E.E. Cummings
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

We had succeeded, my friend B. and I, in dispensing with almost three of our six months' engagement as Conducteurs Volontaires, Section Sanitaire Vingt-en-Un, Ambulance Norton Harjes, Croix Rouge Americaine, and at the Moment which subsequent experience served to capitalize had just finished the unlovely job of cleaning and greasing (nettoyer is the proper word) the own private flivver of the chef de section...

The_Penniless_Author ...a gentleman by the convenient name of Mr. A. 1mo
The_Penniless_Author Phew, that was a longer first line than I bargained for! 🥵🤣 1mo
ShyBookOwl 😅 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I prefer the theater if it's a movie I really want to see, but in reality most movies I watch these days are at home.
2. I guess hiking, or just being in the woods? Most of my hobbies when I was young were sports-related, and I've reached the age where organized sports are more depressing than fulfilling.
3. We eat out more than we should. I'm also not sure a lot of what we eat at home constitutes "cooking". ?

Eggs 🤣🥳😂 1mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Much as I predicted a month ago, my favorite book of August was also my favorite for July - White Noise.

2. The casual mix of absurdism, wit, and existential dread.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB @Eggs @wanderinglynn @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @ImperfectCJ @Leftcoastzen @Librarybelle @andrew61 @Vansa @CBee @dabbe

wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😀 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 1mo
CBee Thanks for the tag, Randy 😊😊 1mo
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BarbaraBB Wow, White Noise is your favorite! I read it too but a long time ago and I can‘t remember much! 1mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing!😍📖📚 1mo
Eggs Thanks! Loved your True North book🥰 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I have purchased White Noise. My fave this Aug was probably NPC tea because it was cute and cheerful. I can name a few books that DIDN'T make book of the month 😅 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @eggs Thanks so much! That really means a lot to me. 😊 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @BarbaraBB My favorite for July and August, anyway (although it would probably rank high on my all-time favorite list too). Luckily I read it over part of both months, because I haven't had time lately to read much else. 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead What's your anti-book of the month (and don't say mine 🤨)? 1mo
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 🤗 1mo
Leftcoastzen Thanks for the tag! Love your answers! 1mo
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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The early reviews are in!
“What a riot of a book!“ -Felina, Goodreads
“The writing was so good, and the way the story was organized was perfect.“ -Diana, Goodreads
“...unique and quirky and wonderfully descriptive.“ -Marcia, Goodreads

Thanks to everyone who purchased a copy of my book. Your support means so much. Reviews help other readers discover my books, so consider leaving an honest review on Goodreads, Amazon, or your favorite review site.

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Haven't had a chance to do much reading lately since we've been visiting family and enjoying a Pittsburgh homecoming. After a pierogi lunch we visited my spiritual home, Randyland, then on to Bicycle Heaven, the world's largest bike museum, to pay homage to Pee-Wee's beloved Schwinn. We unwound with a few (dozen) games at Pinball Perfection, took advantage of free admission at the Warhol Museum, and capped it off with a rare Pirates victory!

Bookwormjillk Pittsburgh is such an underrated city 1mo
Sara_Planz I‘m from there and it really is such a wonderful place! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @Bookwormjillk @Sara_Planz I swear that Pittsburgh has been top of those "most liveable" and "trendiest" city lists for at least 25 years now. I'm glad it never quite blew up the way Seattle or Austin did. It's changed some since I last lived there, but not in any fundamental way. Still a really affordable place where creative people can pursue their passions. A great city for weirdos, in the best possible way ? 1mo
RaeLovesToRead "Randyland"? ? 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Google it. It's cool as hell. 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. The Big Lebowski
2. Grey Gardens - the original documentary, not the fictional remake
3. That my daughter grow up healthy and fulfilled 😊

Eggs The dude abides! Thanks for joining in 🥳 1mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. No. No, no, NO! 😑

2. Any Wodehouse novel. I've had enough of billionaire tech-bros thinking up new ways to ruin the world. Give me Bertie Wooster and the idle rich any day! At least they enjoy their money. 😅

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @eeclayton @CBee @IndoorDame @julesG @Susanita

julesG Thanks for the tag! 1mo
CBee I agree wholeheartedly with your #1, bitcoin scares me 😳 1mo
Vansa Oooh lovely choice for book with rich protagonists!!! 1mo
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TheSpineView I would love to try idle rich on for size.🤣🤣🤣 1mo
eeclayton Thanks for the tag 🙂 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @TheSpineView I'll even settle for idle middle class 😁 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Hmm, will have to have a think... 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I just keep thinking about Win from the Harlan Coben series. He basically shows up with a helicopter and an arsenal whenever the going gets tough for bestie Myron Bolitar. And then there's Christian Grey, I suppose.... 1mo
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Bread and Puppet Theater | Bread and Puppet Theater, Peter Schumann
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Spent a rainy, chilly day touring Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, including a stop at one of our favorite places on Earth, Bread and Puppet Theater. I'd need a hundred pictures to adequately capture what it feels like walking through their museum.

Graywacke So cool! 1mo
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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The wait is over!!!

Launch day is here, and my novel, TRUE NORTH, is now available everywhere you buy books. Forget pre-orders...time for orders-orders!

Amazon: True North https://a.co/d/cLxSlLa

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/true-north-randall-devallance/1143727696?ean=97...

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julesG Congratulations! 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Happy launch day!! 1mo
Jari-chan Woohoo 🎉 congratulations! 🥳 1mo
Eggs Congratulations!! I just downloaded it on kindle unlimited👍🏼 1mo
fredamans 👏 👏 👏 1mo
Cazxxx Oh wow congratulations! I‘ll check it out 😊 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Happy Launch Day! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
zezeki That's amazing, congrats!! 🥳🥳 1mo
peanutnine Congratulations! 1mo
Ruthiella Congratulations! 👏👏👏 1mo
eeclayton Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Julsmarshall Congratulations! 1mo
lumbricuslibri That‘s awesome. Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Leftcoastzen Congratulations! 1mo
Deblovestoread Exciting day! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Mine‘s arriving Monday and I can‘t wait!! ❤️ 1mo
dabbe Just placed on my Kindle! Congrats! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks, Meagon!! Hope you enjoy it as much as the last one. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Linus: where ma copiehhh? Sophie: you're a cat, dingus 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead First, my cats speak the Queen's English, thank you very much. Second, Sophie is also excited about the book, she just doesn't wear her emotions on her sleeve (except for exhaustion and/or despair, of course, when she pulls out her trademark faceplant 😂). 1mo
monalyisha What a big deal! Congratulations! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @monalyisha Thanks so much! ☺️ 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @TheSpineView Just sending a reminder that the Kindle version of my book is now available, as we had discussed over email. I know you've got a busy schedule, so whenever you're able to get to it is fine. Thanks again for agreeing to take a look! 😊 1mo
TheSpineView @The_Penniless_Author I have it on my list to read. 1mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author so I noticed I can get it on Kindle Unlimited, but I want to make sure you get paid! I have no idea how that works for authors and wasn‘t sure if it would be more financially good for you to have me get the physical book or the kindle one? Mind you I can also buy it on Kindle for $5….. 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee Apparently, you receive royalties per page read for Kindle Unlimited downloads. It's a little confusing, something like $.0043 for every page of my book that you scroll through. I think a physical sale or regular Kindle download probably pays slightly more, but in the end I'm more concerned with how many people read/own it, so whatever works best for you is fine by me. Thanks for getting it 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee whoops! Meant to say "thanks for getting it regardless of the format" but bumped the send button too soon. ? 1mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author okay, cool! Will get it today 😊 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee Thanks so much 😊 1mo
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Impatient for the release of my novel, TRUE NORTH, Linus and Sophie have taken to surveilling the mailman for signs that its delivery is imminent.

Not to worry, cats - just one more day! But don't forget to place your order...

Amazon: True North https://a.co/d/7lVq3JS

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/true-north-randall-devallance/1143727696?ean=97...

ShelleyBooksie Adorable 1mo
AmyG My cats would do that (when I had cats). So cute. 1mo
dabbe Cuteness overload! 🖤🐾🐾🖤 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Words cannot express my love for this picture! 🥰🥰 1mo
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Sophie's had a difficult week - her owners went out of town for the weekend; the store only had "Mariner's Catch" Friskies in stock (her least favorite); and to top it off, my novel TRUE NORTH is being released in two days, and she still doesn't know how to read!

Luckily, you don't have that problem (I assume). Pre-order your copy of TRUE NORTH now and chase away the hump day blues!

(Links in comments)

CBee This is seriously my kind of self promotion, Randy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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IndoorDame Give Sophie lots of pets for us! We understand that the kitty life can be tough! 🩷🩷🩷and congrats! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee I'm trying very hard to find a way to promote my book that doesn't make me want to curl up in a ball and die from shame. 🤣 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @IndoorDame Will do, and thanks! 😊 1mo
Cuilin @The_Penniless_Author you wrote a book! Stand proud and tall as you shamelessly shout it from the rooftops!!! 📣🗣️ (though the cat post is clever.) 1mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author you‘re doing great and I‘m totally here for it 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @Cuilin I'm trying, but it's not in my nature. Hopefully I don't run out of animals to enlist! 😺 1mo
wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Congrats! How exciting to have a book published. Definitely shout it out! 🎉🥂 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Major congrats!! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Wednesdays amirite? Don't worry Sophie, I got your back! 1mo
Larkken Wow, that‘s great! Hopefully the “good” friskies come back into stock soon so Sophie can properly toast your success 😂 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Sophie's wondering if you can come eat up the rest of the Mariner's Catch for her. 😻🤣 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @Larkken There's an order of Turkey with Extra Gravy on the way as we speak. 😄 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @wanderinglynn @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks! I'll shout a bunch for now, with the promise I'll shut about it in another week or two 😁 1mo
Bookwormjillk How cool! Congratulations 🎉 1mo
dabbe Hello, Sweetest Sophie! 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Almost too many to pick just one, but since I'm looking at Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy right now I'll just say Zaphod Beeblebrox.

2. Keeping with the Hitchhiker's theme, I suppose 'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish' is pretty unusual 🐬

Tagging anyone who's interested! ✋️

julesG #2 was on my mind too 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 🩵🦋 1mo
wanderinglynn Zaphod! 🙌🏻 Lots of great (weird) names in HHGTTG 1mo
Ruthiella Awesome! Perfect choice for both questions. 😂 1mo
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Arabesques: A Novel | Anton Shammas
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Bailedbailed

Reading this was like taking a stroll down a meandering garden path, only for it to eventually dawn on me that I was lost in a hedge maze. A series of run-on sentences as intricate as lacewok strung back to back to back, I was never able to fully ground myself in the narrative. Maybe I just wasn't in the right headspace for this one, and maybe I should have expected something of the sort given the book's title, but regardless, I give up. 🏳️‍

LiteraryinLawrence Sorry this didn‘t work for you, but I love your review! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks. It always feels wrong giving bad reviews to good writers, but as much as I liked some of the turns of phrase and descriptive language in this one I just couldn't stay focused. It felt like a burden picking it up each time. I often enjoy sprawling, loose narratives (The Hive, for instance) but this one didn't do it for me. 1mo
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Linus has a problem- he's forgotten the release date for my novel, TRUE NORTH, and is worried he missed it! Oh, Linus. 🙄

Never fear - TRUE NORTH goes live this Friday, August 18th. Pre-orders are available at the links below. Place yours now and help put Linus's mind at ease!

Amazon: True North https://a.co/d/71wHwTH

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/true-north-randall-devallance/1143727696?ean=97...

CBee This pic tho 😂😂😂 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee He's like a living cartoon sometimes. 😂 1mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author his name is perfect for it 😊 1mo
dabbe Hello, Lovely Linus! 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Linus is genuinely the real life Rum Tum Tugger 🤣🤣 Love the cat-vertising! 1mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Not until August 30th. I'm starting to think we're the latest to go back to school in the country.

2. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro) - very different, thankfully, than my own school experience 😂

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB @IuliaC @dabbe @CBee @Yuki_Onna @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @eeclayton @Kimberlone @SamAnne @batsy @ImperfectCJ

eeclayton Thanks for the tag 🙂 1mo
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 🩵🖤💙 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Aw, Never Let Me Go 😢 I'm gonna say The Good Girl's Guide to Murder! 1mo
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True Grit | Charles Portis
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Today is National Book Lovers Day. For those like me who still can't see any images when using the Litsy app, the prompt is to open a book, turn to a random page, and share a sentence.

Tagged book, page 81: "I do not know to this day why they let a wool-hatted crank like Owen Hardy preach the service."

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @AmyG @IndoorDame @IuliaC @BarbaraBB @CBee @dabbe and anyone else who wants to join in!

AmyG Thanks for the tag. I am away so if I get a chance to figure this out on regular Litsy, I will do this. 2mo
Eggs Nicely done! Thanks for joining in! 2mo
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 🤗 2mo
RaeLovesToRead I can see pictures again!!! Thank goodness!!!! 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Me too! We're saved! 😆 2mo
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Even if it hadn't explicitly mentioned it on the back cover, you can't help but think of Huckleberry Finn while reading this book - a young boy wanders off from home and travels downriver with a friend he's helped rescue from captivity, reveling in their freedom and the wonders of nature. It's no ripoff, though - this is a more stripped-down, elemental story, with a patina of magical realism that makes it feel almost like a fable or fairy tale.

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Arabesques: A Novel | Anton Shammas
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Grandmother Alia had never in her life heard of communism, despite the sickle laid upon her belly on Thursday, the first of April, 1954.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl 💜 2mo
KaylasReadingNook “On the 24th of February 1815, the lookout at Notre-Dame de la Garde signaled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste and Naples.” 😄 2mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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Death is everywhere - hovering in the air (the "airborne toxic event"), on the TV and radio (natural disasters, mass graves), even in the doctor's office ("concerning reports") - and our only answer is to buy more junk. I was hesitant to read WN because of its place in the PoMo pantheon and influence on writers I'm ambivalent towards (DFW, Eggers) or actively dislike (the Jonathans), but in the end I'm glad I did. Absurd, hilarious, and...?

The_Penniless_Author ...about as good an explanation as there is of how we got where we are today starting in the Reagan era. This seems to be quintessential "love/hate" book - either you think it's genius or trash (one person on Goodreads gave it one star for being "not a work of genius", which seems harsh ?). For this Gen X'er, though, it captures a certain feeling I've always had about the world better than just about anything I've ever read. 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#wondrouswednesday @eggs

1. I try to and usually succeed (though life sometimes gets in the way).
2. Takes you outside of yourself for a bit, forces you to slow down, and builds empathy at the same time it's building your vocabulary.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @ImperfectCJ @Cazxxx @Gissy @swynn @IuliaC @Yuki_Onna @Reggie @plemmdog

Eggs Well done - thanks for playing ❤️📚🙏🏻 2mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! I try to read every day, don't always succeed. I agree on question no. 2; I'd also add escaping from the real world for a while, maybe to heal some emotional wounds or to better understand the behaviors of those around us... 2mo
plemmdog 1) I read every day 2) Psychological benefits: to know that we are not alone. A book is portable, requires no battery, can be carried anywhere, and allows us to be immersed in a world that belongs as much to our own imagination as it does to each author 2mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. The one I'm reading now, which will probably be my favorite book for August as well - White Noise
2. It's one of those books I've known about and have been meaning to read seemingly forever, then came across in a used bookstore when I had store credit to burn.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @Leftcoastzen @eeclayton @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @BarbaraBB @andrew61 @dabbe

dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 🤗 2mo
TheSpineView Love used bookstores! Truth be told... any bookstore. 🌞 2mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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War is the form nostalgia takes when men are hard-pressed to say something good about their country.

Leftcoastzen He‘s so good 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @Leftcoastzen I had never read Delillo before and only knew him - and this book - by reputation. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it knowing some of the writers who cite it as an influence, but it's so much better than even my highest expectations. I really love it. 2mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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Babette lay on her side staring into the clock-radio, listening to a call-in show. I heard a woman say: "In 1977 I looked in the mirror and saw the person I was becoming. I couldn't or wouldn't get out of bed. Figures moved at the edge of my vision, like with scurrying steps. I was getting phone calls from a Pershing missile base. I needed to talk to others who shared these experiences." ?

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Grey Bees | Andrey Kurkov
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Tagged
2. I bought the Count of Monte Cristo roughly 20 years ago and would estimate I'm on page seven, so I think that will end up winning no matter how the rest of my life goes.
3. Becoming a published author. I was going to say "becoming a parent", but I spend too much time worrying over whether I'm doing it right to be proud. (Then again, I do the same thing with writing. ?)

Tag @RaeLovesToRead

Eggs #3 Both are awesome achievements 👍🏼👌🏼👏🏻 2mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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Then there was a second male voice from the flight deck, this one remarkably calm and precise, making the passengers believe there was someone in charge after all, an element of hope: "This is American two-one-three to the cockpit voice recorder. Now we know what it's like. It is worse than we'd ever imagined. They didn't prepare us for this at the death simulator in Denver..."

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Untitled | Unknown
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Being in Vermont, this isn't as much of a problem for me as it is for some others here. Just a window-unit a/c and the occasional swim when the weather allows.
2. George Orwell, Charles Portis, Nikolai Gogol, Yevgeny Zamyatin

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @dabbe @BarbaraBB @jdiehr @jlhammar @eeclayton @IuliaC @CBee @Yuki_Onna

TheSpineView I can't imagine only having a window unit AC. 😳 🥵 Thanks for playing. 2mo
Bklover Oh, Vermont looks beautiful! My daughter just moved there for a job and says it‘s just wonderful. 😊 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @Bklover It is. We also moved here 11 years ago for a job. Or rather, found a job and used it as an excuse to move here 😁 I hope she moved somewhere outside of the flood zone. What an unlucky time to relocate here! 2mo
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Bklover Oh, she loves it! She works in New Hampshire and lives 20 minutes away in Vermont. Hasn‘t been affected by flooding much. She has enjoyed every minute since she got there! 2mo
dabbe Will do! Thanks for the tag! 🤗 2mo
eeclayton Thanks for the tag 🙂 2mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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"This is where California comes in. Mud slides, brush fires, coastal erosion, earthquakes, mass killings, et cetera. We can relax and enjoy these disasters because in our hearts we feel that California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom."

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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Along with Booksirens and Booksprout, my novel is now available on NetGalley for a limited time. If you're a NetGalley reviewer, please don't hesitate to shoot me a request anytime over the next month and I'll be happy to approve.

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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

The station wagons arrived at noon, a long shining line that coursed through the west campus.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag, @RaeLovesToRead 😁

1. Ok
2. The atmosphere, the setting, the MC's inner monologue and ruminations on the strange circumstances in which he finds himself, the pacing/gradual reveal of the truth behind those circumstances, etc.
3. Discworld!

Tag @julesG @TheSpineView @ozma.of.oz @ImperfectCJ @Gissy @IuliaC @Bookwomble and anyone else who's interested.

IuliaC I really enjoyed Piranesi! And thanks for the tag 2mo
julesG Thanks for the tag! Piranesi was great. Especially liked the audiobook 2mo
BookmarkTavern Oh thanks for the tag! 2mo
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TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 2mo
Bookwomble Piranesi is such an amazing book. 5 ⭐ for sure 🤜🤛 2mo
Eggs Great responses 🧡 Thanks for joining in! 2mo
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