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The_Penniless_Author

Joined October 2020

Author of 'Memoir of a Doomsday Prophet' and 'The Absent Traveler'. https://www.facebook.com/randall.devallance.author
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H is for Hell | Bob Johnston, Simon J Plant, Gemma Paul
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#manicmonday #LetterH @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Hyperion (Dan Simmons) or Hotel New Hampshire (John Irving)
✍️ Frank Herbert
📽 Heathers
🎤 Thee Headcoats
🎵 How Soon is Now? (The Smiths)

CBee Heathers was my choice too 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2d
The_Penniless_Author @CBee It seems to be making some sort of comeback. My daughter and her friends are always talking about Heathers: The Musical, so when I told her it was a movie first and that it starred "Joyce from Stranger Things", she couldn't wait to see it ? 2d
CBee @The_Penniless_Author does that make you feel old like it makes me feel old? 😂😂 2d
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The_Penniless_Author @CBee Not as much as when she's name-dropping some "professional YouTuber or TikTok-er" I've never heard of. ? 2d
CBee @The_Penniless_Author ah yes. My oldest son is into YouTube and I‘ve learned much more than I‘d ever thought possible 😂😂 2d
RaeLovesToRead Will do mine once Pickles vacates my lap... think we may have a couple of matches this week! 2d
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Nice misdirection there. Looks like we're matchless! 2d
RaeLovesToRead Yeah... I remembered some better stuff 😋 2d
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You should have written it down, then 😉 2d
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Fathers and Children | Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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"Once upon a time young people had to study; if they didn't want to pass for ignoramuses then they had to work, whether they liked it or not. But now all they need is to say 'everything in the world is garbage!' and they're home and dry. The young were delighted with the idea. Before they were just blockheads, but now they've become nihilists."

Same now as it was in 1862 ?

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Fathers and Children | Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"Well, Piotr, no sight of them yet?"

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The Honjin Murders | Seishi Yokomizo
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Sort of a meta detective story. The narrator is a writer of detective novels who gets evacuated to a rural village following the Allies' bombing of Japan, which happens to be the site of a "real life" locked-room murder mystery that occurred years earlier. The story is the narrator's attempt at reconstructing what happened based on the recollections and notes of various individuals, some of whom had more direct involvement in the case than others.

The_Penniless_Author There's more than a dash of Agatha Christie here, including the detective, Kosuke Kindaichi, who reminds me of a younger, Japanese Hercule Poirot. Not only is the narrator a detective novelist, but Kindaichi and one of the primary suspects are both huge fans of mystery novels, which helps inform their actions. This is very much a detective novel about detective novels, heavy on plot and light on characterization, but a great puzzle nonetheless. 6d
rwmg wishlisted 6d
RaeLovesToRead This was good, but also kinda silly (in an Agatha Christie / Conan Doyle kinda way) 3d
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Very silly. I give it credit in that the explanation technically fits with everything that came before it, but it's still pretty convoluted. There's no way you're piecing that together through logic and careful reading. 2d
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G Is for Goat | Patricia Polacco, Patricia Lee Gauch
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#manicmonday #LetterG @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Game of Thrones
✍️ Nikolai Gogol
🎥 Goodfellas
🎤 Guided By Voices
🎵 Game of Pricks (Guided By Voices)

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 1w
RaeLovesToRead 6 out of 7... 1w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You already own 6 out of the 7 books I've chosen, you mean? 1w
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The Dog of the South | Charles Portis
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Charles Portis writes the best dialogue of any author I've ever come across, hands down. Characters talk around and past one another, trade non sequiturs, and launch into meandering digressions that meld arcane trivia, wooden philosophical babble, and petty grievances in a way that's utterly unique. Neither has another author better captured America's paranoid, grasping, grifter heart. On my shortlist of favorite writer of all time.

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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Post-Apocalyptic, I suppose, although there's been a glut of those books recently.

2. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Works nicely as a parable about life and parenthood.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @IuliaC @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

CBee Thanks for the tag! I dig post apocalyptic books too 😊 2w
TheSpineView I agree there are a lot of post-apocalyptic books. Thanks for playing! 2w
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! I've just realized post-apocalyptic books are totally missing from my to-read list! I should definitely add some 😊 2w
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F Is for Fabuloso | Marie G. Lee
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#manicmonday #LetterF @CBee

📖 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
✍️ Follett, Ken
🎥 Fargo
🎤 The Fall
🎵 Fuck and Run (Liz Phair)

Your turn @RaeLovesToRead 😊

CBee I almost picked that song!! One of my favorite albums in my (long ago) teenagehood 😂 2w
RaeLovesToRead Is it bad that I own, like, 5 out of 6 of the books you've recommended so far 😳 2w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Yes. I'd say terrible, even 😉 2w
RaeLovesToRead I'd love to say we have similar taste. Or that great minds think alike. But I think it genuinely is just that I have alllll the books 🙈 2w
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The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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Enjoyed this book so much I read the entire thing in two days. What started out seeming as though it would be a series of interwoven vignettes involving the residents of a boarding house for women in Tokyo eventually coalesced into a single, tightly plotted narrative with an ending that was both surprising and yet fit perfectly with everything that had come before it. I've never read a mystery quite like this one. Maximum ⭐️s!

The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Oh, and while buddy reads are definitely not a competition, I am nevertheless #1 buddy 😁 3w
batsy I enjoyed this a lot, too! So atmospheric and compelling. 3w
Yuki_Onna 🙌 Who said they would be the worst buddy reader ever? 🤔😂😉 Now you're No. 1 while my edition hasn't even arrived yet! 😁
@RaeLovesToRead
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna I know, right?! 😉 The cheek of it!!! 3w
The_Penniless_Author @batsy Yeah, honestly I would have enjoyed it just as much even if things hadn't tied together so neatly at the end. I could have read a whole book of interwoven anecdotes in that setting. 3w
The_Penniless_Author @Yuki_Onna @RaeLovesToRead My secret to success in life has been setting rock-bottom expectations, then exceeding them 😂 3w
RaeLovesToRead No matter how low I set my expectations, I will always find some way to wiggle out of achieving anything. 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Maybe you should do the opposite and set your expectations sky high. Then when you don't meet them, you can say, "Well, what did you expect? I was aiming for the stars!" 3w
BarbaraBB I loved this one too thanks to @Vansa who introduced me to it! (edited) 3w
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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I have to give c-RAE-dit to @RaeLovesToRead for this recommendation. I haven't read any of the other Hobb trilogies. There may be better starting points to introduce oneself to the sprawling fictional world she's created. Still, what impressed me most about this book was how intimate it felt - a handful of characters and settings rendered in exquisite detail that still managed to give a sense of the larger world outside the story. 5⭐️

RaeLovesToRead Go to Dad-joke jail for that horrific pun 🤣🤣 You have ruined my day 😋 (So glad you enjoyed the book 🥰🥰🥰 I need to get cracking on the 3rd before you overtake me..) 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Watts the matter? Was it Rae-ly that bad? 😀 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Does Litsy have a "block" function? ? 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Thankfully, no. Otherwise you might accidentally block me and miss my hilarious puns! 3w
RaeLovesToRead 😐🔫 3w
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Dubliners | James Joyce
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

1. I'm going to say Ireland. I've been to Hawaii several times and all over the Caribbean, so I don't really need another tropical island in my life.

2. If it's Ireland, I guess Dubliners? To be honest probably none, since I won't be spending much time there lounging on the beach 😄

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @eeclayton

RaeLovesToRead The UK is an island and has the added benefit of your Rae pal 😊😁 Just saying... 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead How about I wave to you from Ireland? 👋🙂🇮🇪 3w
TheSpineView I too have been to Hawaii and all over the Caribbean. The Aleutian Islands would be a great destination. Thanks for playing 3w
eeclayton Thanks for the tag ☺️ 3w
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 😃 And yes, I'd like to visit Hawaii! Don't know yet about the book 3w
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E is for Elvis: The Elvis Presley Alphabet | Jennie Ivey, W. Calvin Dickinson, Lisa W. Rand
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#manicmonday #LetterE @CBee

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 😊

📖 (The) Eye of the World
✍️ Ernest Hemingway
📺 Enlightened
🎤 Eric B & Rakim
🎵 Ever Fallen in Love (The Buzzcocks)

CBee Thanks for playing 😊😊 3w
RaeLovesToRead Good song! 😁 Reminds me of Shrek. You've switched to first name for author now 🙀🙀 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I can't even begin to fathom why that song makes you think of Shrek 😕 3w
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead As for author, I was desperate. I couldn't think of any E's to save my life. 3w
RaeLovesToRead Because it's in the film! At least... I'm pretty sure it is. Ernest 'Emingway 😉 3w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Ack, gross! What an awful cover🤮 Who in the world is responsible for that? 3w
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag, @RaeLovesToRead 😎

1. That's an easy one, Ship of Magic. Technically, it's also my least favorite book of August, since it's the only one I've read this month 😩 But I do enjoy it quite a bit.

2. Like all the best fantasy epics, it has all those things. Will probably seek out Hobb's other series as well.

Tag @IuliaC @fredamans @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

TheSpineView Love Hobb! Thanks for playing 1mo
RaeLovesToRead You finished it??? Why was I not informed?? What did you think? Have you started The Mad Ship?? 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks for the tag! I too have only finished one book in August. 🤣 1mo
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I didn't say I've finished it, I said it was the only book I've read in August 🤣 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yeah, well, you've got a better excuse than I do! 😁 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Oki doki... don't go overtaking me now! 😊 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 🤣😂 Very true! 1mo
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"D" is for Deadbeat | Sue Grafton
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#manicmonday #LetterD @CBee

📖 Dog of the South (Charles Portis)
✍️ Dostoevsky
📺 Deadwood
🎤 David Bowie
🎵 Dark Globe (Syd Barrett)

Get it girl! @RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead David Bowie is bae! 😍👨🏼‍🎤 Now to think up some D-based good things 🤔 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Not his first name! If you insist on being pedantic, then I'll add Depeche Mode as a runner-up. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Nonono, I mean David Bowie is BAE!!!!! As in "before anyone else". As in, my Goblin King boyfriend ? 1mo
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CBee @The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead this convo between y‘all is the best thing ever 😂😂😂 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Oh, I just assumed you didn't know how to type the letter 'B' 😉 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee You see the respect I get! ^^^ 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead y‘all keep going, seriously, this is the best 😂😂😂😂 1mo
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Although I lived in New York for several years, I had never visited the Morgan Library and Museum before last week. Did you know that JP Morgan was obscenely wealthy? 😁 So much so that he had not one, not two, but THREE Guttenberg Bibles in his collection. Lots of other cool stuff too, including a fragment from the original manuscript of Paradise Lost, an original copy of the Apocalypsis, and Henry VIII's personal Bible.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 😱😍 Adding this place to my bucket list! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm There are a couple medieval bestiaries on display as well. They probably even include a wyrm! 😁 1mo
TrishB At least the peasants and non-wealthy can see them! 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead We need to add this place to the imaginary tour of the states that you're going to take me on! 😄 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB Say what you will about the robber barons, at least they left behind some nice public institutions on their way to the great beyond. I don't have high hopes for the current crop of tech bros when their time comes. 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You're going to love imagining seeing it! 1mo
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Books Kinokuniya - New York | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Since @RaeLovesToRead has embedded in my head the idea that one must buy at least four books every time one leaves the house, I picked these up on our trip to NYC last week. The two on the left came from The Strand, while the two on the right are from this fantastic Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya, which I would recommend everyone visit if they get the chance (there are stores in Chicago and on the west coast as well).

#BlameItOnTheRae

RaeLovesToRead Yes! My teachings are being accepted around the globe 😋 Love the hashtag 😄🤣 The Honjin Murders was good and I'm looking forward to reading The Master Key. Excellent haul, my penniless friend! Will have to check out the others too... 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I will also have to pay a visit to Kinokuniya if I'm ever your side of the Atlantic 1mo
rwmg We have Kinokuniya in Jakarta as well 1mo
Sparklemn I love the four books rule. My house would be overflowing with books. Not a bad way to live! 1mo
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"C" Is for Corpse | Sue Grafton
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#manicmonday #LetterC @CBee

📖 Catch-22
✍️ Chandler, Raymond
📺 Community 📽 Casablanca
🎤 The Cramps
🎵 Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams)

You're up @RaeLovesToRead 😋

CBee Thanks for playing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Psychic Rae guessed your C book 100% correct 😄💕 Will do mine later today!! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Aww - Community!!! Why didn‘t I think of that?! Love that show! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You so smart, Psychic Rae! 🔮 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 😀

1. It would have to be general/literary fiction. All my favorite books fall under that umbrella. If that's too broad, then probably fantasy.

2. First half. What's an ending with no buildup or stakes? I can imagine my own ending anyway 🙂

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!❤️📖 1mo
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#manicmonday #LetterB @CBee

Book: The Buried Giant
Author: Bangs, Lester
Movie: Big Lebowski
Band: Black (Flag, Sabbath, or Lips, I can't decide 😀)
Song: Banned in DC (Bad Brains)

Your turn @RaeLovesToRead 😁

CBee Great answers! Thanks for playing 😊😊 1mo
fredamans Bad Brains 🤘 💝 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Thanks, Randy! I'll get on it. I have a lovely copy of The Buried Giant, complete with matching bookmark... shall add it to the Randy-stack! 1mo
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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#Two4Tuesday

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

1. Probably more than one, but the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes to mind right away.

2. Fantasy epic involving living ships 🚢

Tag everyone!

TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Personally, I think my summary was better 😉 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Only a landlubber would ever confuse a "ship" with a "boat" ? I thought you Brits were a nautical people. 2mo
RaeLovesToRead You remember the Boaty McBoatface debacle, right? Maybe re-evaluate your opinion of us 🤣 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#manicmonday #LetterA @CBee

"Thanks" for the tag @RaeLovesToRead ?

Book: Annihilation
Author: Adams, Douglas
TV Show: The Americans
Band: Alice in Chains
Song: Alternative Ulster (Stiff Little Fingers)

Tag @IuliaC @julesG @AmyG and whoever else wants to join!

TrishB An SLF fan- hubby went to see them (again!) a couple of weeks ago. 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Don't roll your eyes at me, Randizzle! I didn't know you were a Jeff Vandermeer fan ? See? I'm already learning more about you... should I make a "Randy playlist" out of your alphabet offerings...? 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB Good God, they're still playing live? I had no idea! 2mo
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I've only read The Southern Reach trilogy, nothing else of his. Annihilation was easily the best of those. Yes, you should make a playlist. Is it just me, or are we way behind? I see some people on H already. 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Oh, I think I'm mixing up Favorites A to Z with the Alphabet Game. 2mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 2mo
TrishB Yep! A lot of the old punk bands! 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB I saw both The Damned and The Cramps in 2004, and even way back then it felt anachronistic. 🙂 I'm guessing SLF don't make it to the States much. 2mo
TrishB Hubby is a mad Damned fan, going to see them (again) in November. They were supposed to tour the US recently but vaccine difficulties got it cancelled. 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB Nice! Is Patricia Morrison still playing bass for them? 2mo
fredamans I really thought I was the only punk on here 😂 Alternative Ulster 🤘 (edited) 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @fredamans Seems like there are more of us than anyone realized 😄 2mo
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I'm a language/etymology nerd and got turned onto this book by my favorite podcast, A Way With Words. A well-researched and engagingly written study of Old English and how it eventually morphed into the language we speak today. Worth it alone to learn the subtle differences between aelf-siden (elf-enchantment), aelf-adl (elf-disease), and aelf-sogetha (elf-ailment). 😂

The_Penniless_Author Also pictured for no reason: the results of my family's first attempt at glass-blowing, at the Corning Museum of Glass, maybe the single coolest museum of any type that I've ever visited 🤩 2mo
RaeLovesToRead I ❤ your glass thingys! 😊 2mo
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Reading has been slow-going as of late, but on the plus side I did come across this early medieval recipe for treating "elf-enchantment" ?‍♀️?‍♂️

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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Wander down a small alley off London's Fleet Street and you'll find a pub with a crooked, creaky charm.

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Norwood | Charles Portis
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It's a shame, I only discovered Portis about a year ago and I'm already more than halfway through his oeuvre. Five novels is not a large output for a writer, but having only read three so far he's already one of my all-time favorites. Norwood was his first, and like most first novels it's a bit shaggier and less ambitious than those that came later. But the signs are all there, specifically his pristine dialogue, maybe the funniest I've ever read.

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Norwood | Charles Portis
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Norwood had to get a hardship discharge when Mr. Pratt died because there wasn't anyone else at home to look after Vernell.

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Elizabeth Hardwick is a prime example of a seemingly extinct species - the general essayist. Reading through the wide-ranging pieces in this book, it's incredible to realize that she was still writing into the mid-90s, when such things already felt anachronistic. It's a cliché to talk about the shallowness of online discourse, but reading an expansive mind given the time and space to make insightful connections across a broad and disparate range👇

The_Penniless_Author ...makes me mourn for what's been lost. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Word! 3mo
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The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Crime fiction with a more cynical, fatalistic (I would say "realistic") worldview. Usually features a morally ambiguous protagonist that spends as much time fighting against institutional power (the police, city hall, etc.) as they do fighting crime.
2. Tagged. Raymond Chandler is one of my favorite writers of any genre.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @ozma.of.oz @julesG

ozma.of.oz Thanks for the tag! 💖 3mo
TheSpineView Good choice! Thanks for playing! 3mo
julesG Thanks for the tag! 3mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag, @RaeLovesToRead 😁

1. It's an essay collection, so I guess Elizabeth Hardwick's mind?
2. I'd give The Murder of Roger Ackroyd five stars 🌟
3. It usually takes me several years after a book is published to become aware of its existence, so this isn't something I can answer 😆

Tag @jdiehr @Kimberlone @RamsFan1963 @swynn

eeclayton I'm the same as far as number 3 is concerned. I happen to have something to look forward to at the moment, but it's definitely an exception 😁 3mo
Eggs # 3 - 🤗😂😎 3mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. I suppose "author" suggests a writer executing their own, unique creative vision.

2. Why yes, thank you for the opportunity to shamelessly self-promote! ?

https://www.beaconpublishinggroup.com/thecosmicembrace

https://www.amazon.com/Memoir-Doomsday-Prophet-Randall-Devallance/dp/1949472310?...

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @Therewillbebooks

TheSpineView No shame is self promotion! Thanks for playing! 3mo
paulfrankspencer That strikes me as an apt distinction. 3mo
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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This is literally the first time I've ever guessed the identity of a killer before reaching the end of a mystery novel (before I'd ever reached the middle, no less). It was a thing I intuited rather than deduced, so I guess I'm most like Caroline out of all the characters 😄 I trusted that Christie would find a way to make the conclusion fit the evidence, and by God she did. After so many other mystery books and shows that rely on obfuscation or..

The_Penniless_Author ..shaggy plotting to conceal what happened, it's such a treat to read an author who gives you every bit of information you need to solve the case, yet creates such an intricate plot that it seems impossible any of the characters could be guilty. She's still the gold standard all these years later.🪙 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Special shout out to @RaeLovesToRead for making you read it 😉🙃 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead The self-tag. So it's come to this. 🤣 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead Acknowledge my contribution to your mystery lit education!!!! 🥺🥺😋 4mo
The_Penniless_Author Thanks to @RaeLovesToRead for her understated and totally behind-the-scenes contributions 😀 4mo
RaeLovesToRead 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃 4mo
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Gon Swimmin' | Masashi Tanaka
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Easy!

🏖The Beach
🏊‍♂️Swimming pool
🧊☕️Iced Coffee
🛩Overseas Travel

My entire summer is arranged around trying to swim as much as possible, whether nearby or on some Caribbean beach. To better accomplish this, I require large amounts of caffeine to fuel my plotting over how to get out of work and other social obligations to free up more swimming time.

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 😀

MoonWitch94 Swimming is essential in the summer! Thanks for playing 😎 4mo
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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1. 🕵‍♂️🇧🇪👨‍⚕️🇬🇧🗡💀
2. The Dragon Waiting. Unlike any other fantasy book I've read. Would love to see a sequel.
3. Guston in Time ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

tpixie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a great book to read along with the mystery of Mrs. Christi. It was written right around the time she disappeared! 4mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 4mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. I'm not sure. I'm reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and there's a telephone on the cover. Since I'm less than halfway through the book I'm not sure how well a telephone captures the story's essence, but I can confirm that a telephone does make an appearance. Also, as the cover claims, the author is in fact Agatha Christie 😁

2. Nope, @RaeLovesToRead made me promise to read it 😀

Tags!

RaeLovesToRead If it's the same as the UK version it's a good cover 👍 4mo
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

1. Nothing. Come to think of it, maybe that's why I'm so unsettled all the time 🤣
2. Not usually. It does help me fall asleep, but I never remember anything I read at night.
3. Total quiet, OR some kind of white noise.

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🌙📖🙂 4mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Like just about any other type of book, it depends on the author and the execution.

2. I would say a moody book is one that spends a lot of time and descriptive language on setting and how that setting impacts the characters' psyches. Especially if it's dark, depressing, or unsettling; I would never use the term "moody" for a happy, light-hearted book.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @AmyG @Kimberlone

TheSpineView Great description of mood! 4mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 4mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! Very inspired description of moody books! 4mo
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1. Not sure if I'm willing to call the Wheel of Time books "great" or not, but Moiraine definitely made them a whole lot better than they would have been otherwise.
2. Generally strong, or else they just become a prop or sounding board for the MC. It depends on the focus and structure of the book, though.

TheSpineView I agree with you on #2. Thanks for playing!🌞 4mo
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Built around a series of letters between the painter, Philip Guston, and his close friend, the writer and art critic Ross Feld, this book is equal parts academic retrospective and memoir of the pair's relationship. I didn't know much about Guston prior to reading this, but came away with an appreciation of his later work, and his disillusionment with and rejection of the Abstract Expressionists made me like him even more.

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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Now it is a different sort of contest - not what you saw - not what you - we - talked about.

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Alexander Pushkin | Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, A. D. P. Briggs
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More interesting than enjoyable, this collection is exactly what the title suggests, fragments of various unfinished novels and short stories. The introduction posits that Pushkin's importance to Russian literature is greater than even Shakespeare's to English literature, a claim I can believe given the universal reverence the great Russian novelists of the late-19th and 20th centuries had for him. I've been told Pushkin's poetry can only be...

The_Penniless_Author ...fully appreciated in Russian, so it's nice to have a more accessible entry point into his writing. It was also nice to learn that a bona fide literary genius wrote despairing letters to his friend about how he'd been unable to complete a novel after 10 years of trying. "I start off well, but then I run out of patience and cannot manage." Amen to that! ? 5mo
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Thank to @RaeLovesToRead and her incessant evangelizing, Ship of Magic is now indelibly stamped into my subconscious, so I'm going to have to say that.
2. Not at all. I'm either concentrating on a book or listening to music, but if I try them simultaneously both end up being a disaster.

Tag @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @IuliaC @jdiehr @TheRiehlDeal

RaeLovesToRead YES!!!! Join me in my world of Liveships! 🥰 You'll either adore it (🤞🤞🤞) or you can give it a tepid review and get even with me for my lukewarm response to Stoner & Vonnegut 😅 5mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 😊 I totally agree on point 2! 5mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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Alexander Pushkin | Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, A. D. P. Briggs
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He was wearing a black frock coat, turning white along the seams, and summer trousers (even though it was now well into autumn), and on his yellowish shirt front, beneath a worn black cravat, shone a false diamond; his fraying hat had clearly seen both sun and rain. Meeting this man in a forest, you'd take him for a brigand; in society-for a political conspirator; in your vestibule-for a charlatan peddling elixirs and rat poison.

DivineDiana Very descriptive fashion analysis! 5mo
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Alexander Pushkin | Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, A. D. P. Briggs
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Peter the Great sent a number of young men to foreign lands to acquire knowledge necessary to a Russia he had transformed; among them was his godson, an African named Ibrahim.

(I couldn't find my book in the database, but it's 'Peter the Great's African, Experiments in Prose' by Pushkin.)

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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I know I have in the past, but it's been a really long time since I've remembered one of my dreams the following morning.
2. I don't think I've reread any book more than once. If I have, it was definitely Slaughterhouse Five.
3. Shake these vestigial COVID symptoms, paint my porch/foundation, spend time with an old friend who's visiting, and be outside as much as possible.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @AmyG @Gissy

AmyG Thanks for the tag! 5mo
Eggs Feel better ❤️‍🩹 5mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 😊 I've got Slaughterhouse Five on my to read list for this year 👍 5mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Depends on how long the trip is for, whether I'm flying, how long the flight is, etc. Usually though it's two - one primary book and one backup.
2. Only! Paperbacks for life! 😁

paulfrankspencer Sounds about right. 5mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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Just back from our trip to Barcelona, and I couldn't resist posting these pictures of Sagrada Familia. Unfortunately, they don't do the place justice. The sheer scale of it, the light filtering through those beautiful stained glass windows, the architectural details that make it feel like some organic thing that sprang from the ground...it's truly breathtaking.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 5mo
CarolynM Fabulous😍 5mo
Dilara Beautiful! Clearly, the tourists are back in Barcelona😁 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @Dilara Yes and no. There seemed to be plenty of people to me, but according to the locals what we were seeing was relatively dead. That's one of the reasons we gambled on visiting there now, the chance to see the city when it isn't overrun (not to mention how cheap it was to rent an apartment). 5mo
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True Grit | Charles Portis
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I was surprised to learn that in the 1970s True Grit was regularly taught in schools alongside Twain and Whitman and all the other established classics. It makes sense, though; Portis pulls off a narrative tour de force here. Mattie Ross is one of my favorite MCs ever, a figure of unwavering self-assuredness and almost Biblical wrath wrapped up in the package of a 14-year-old girl bent on avenging her father's death.

KathyWheeler I read this book a few years ago and was surprised at how good and how humorous it was. Loved it. 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @KathyWheeler This was my second Charles Portis novel and I loved both of them. Might have to seek out the rest of his stuff. 5mo
KathyWheeler @The_Penniless_Author True Grit is the only one I‘ve read but I‘d like to read something else of his. 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @KathyWheeler Masters of Atlantis is really funny and even more relevant now than when it was written, given how far we've descended into conspiracy-theory lunacy. 5mo
KathyWheeler @The_Penniless_Author thanks! My library has it as an ebook, so I‘ve checked it out. 😊 5mo
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What's better than a one-week trip to Spain? Beats me, but one thing I'm sure isn't better is when your first flight is delayed and you miss your connection to Barcelona 😫 On the bright side we got a practice run through TSA screening, so we should totally ace it when we do the whole thing over again tomorrow!

DivineDiana So sorry. Glad you are looking on the bright side! 5mo
wisherwishinguponastar I hope you have a safe trip! My brother is in Spain right now and the pictures make me jealous!!! 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @DivineDiana Thanks. Funnily enough, I've been stressing out so much planning this trip that once things fell apart today it was strangely freeing. 🙂 5mo
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The_Penniless_Author @booksellerofyourdiscontent Thank you! 😊 I'm sure if I saw them they'd be making me jealous right about now too 😅 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww, sorry things haven't gone to plan. Hope today goes better 🤞✈ 5mo
IuliaC Safe trip and enjoy the your vacation! 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Thanks, Rae. We have a five-hour layover between flights today. Meaning that everything will be right on time and we'll need to figure out how to kill an entire afternoon in Philadelphia International Airport 🤣 5mo
RaeLovesToRead But you were telling me just the other day how much you love Philadelphia 😉 Safe travels! 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Haha, Philadelphia's actually not a bad place. It just has an outsized number of murders. 😄 I've spent a lot of time at Philadelphia International, so if anyone's prepared to weather an afternoon there it's me. Hope you're having a good time and stuffing your face with carbonara 🍝😋 5mo
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The Long Goodbye | Raymond Chandler
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Depends. I used to like them more, but with how many books - and even more so, TV shows - there are based around anti-heroes now, it's not exactly a subversive trope anymore. Also, too many supposed "anti-heroes" are really just jerks who happen to be the story's protagonist.
2. Tagged. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal anti-hero.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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Saw this at B&N and couldn't resist the impulse buy. I rarely re-read books, but made an exception in this case. Somehow I left this one off my top 21 of 21 list, which is unforgivable given how good it is. About as perfect as a novel gets; not a word is wasted, and the twist ending is both devastating and wholly earned, so rooted in the characters' particular psychologies that in retrospect it was inevitable, which are the best "twists" of all.

TH3F4LC0N I read that book last year and really liked it! So gray, so duplicitous. A far cry from James Bond, that‘s for sure! 😅 5mo
Kammbia1 The best spy novel I have ever read. Rest in Love, John Le Carre. 5mo
truthinfiction Is it necessary to have read the previous novels in series to be able to appreciate this one? 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @truthinfiction Not at all. I think it was le Carre's third novel, and while it references characters who appeared in the first two books (and would continue appearing in future books) all the context you need is right there. It's a standalone book, not a proper sequel. 5mo
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