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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Gallan
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Mehso-so

Actually finished this one late yesterday & must confess I didn‘t love it as much as I had hoped to. The book has an interesting premise—a secretive government organization believes magic is real & was in the world until it wasn‘t & wants to bring it back. Cool idea, right? Right. Parts of the book were interesting & funny & really enjoyable. Ultimately, however, the story dragged on & was much longer than it needed to be. Ok, not great.

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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For over 300 years the HSS Matilda has been flying what remains of humanity to a fabled Promised Land. Life onboard the ship, however, is rather unpleasant, especially for those confined to the lower decks, those on the lowest rungs of society (which is organized much like antebellum society). A transition in power & discovery there might be a way off the ship complicates things tremendously. Lots of big issues addressed in this compelling book.

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📖The Hobbit
🎞Around the World in 80 Days
🎼Route 66 (Chuck Berry)

#manicmonday @JoScho

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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Snowy days are made for good books. I picked this one up ages ago (seriously, you don‘t want to know how long ago) & enjoyed what I read BUT, as often happens, I got distracted by other books, put it down, & just didn‘t pick it up again. I really need to work through my TBR stacks so that‘s what I‘m going to do.

✔️no errands
✔️no school
✔️6 inches of snow
✔️freezing cold temps
✔️lots of reading and hot cups of tea in my future

❄️❄️☃️📚☃️❄️❄️

Cinfhen Stay warm & safe!! 17h
ElishaLovesBooks This looks good! 16h
TracyReadsBooks @ElishaLovesBooks I‘ll let you borrow it next time I see you! Hope you have a good book to read today! ❄️📖❄️ 15h
TracyReadsBooks @ElishaLovesBooks Can‘t wait to hear what you think! Enjoy!!! 14h
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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Coffee, books & BBQ are always better with a friend! Spent a wonderful evening with the always fabulous @ElishaLovesBooks (seen above perusing a book) enjoying a little of all three. Perfect timing too since there is no school tomorrow & we are expecting 3-6 inches of snow. Thrilled to get my hands on a signed copy of the tagged book—especially since the author‘s event last Friday was sold out. Found the other three books on the sale shelves. Yay!

ElishaLovesBooks Best night out! 💓💗💓#bookfriendsarethebestfriends 1d
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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Today‘s #bookhaul is small but mighty. Do I already own copies of Stardust and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Yes, yes I do...but not these editions. Super excited to add illustrated editions of both books to my library!!!😍

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One of my favorite parks in the city not only has fabulous landscaping but also statues of authors...because why not? Love this one.

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Gallan
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😂

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Gallan
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This weekend‘s reading...

Tamra Love that needlework! 3d
TracyReadsBooks @Tamra I wish I could take credit it for it! Needlework, however, is not in my skill set. The needlework is actually on a pillow—which caught my eye for the same reason it caught yours—from IKEA. 3d
Tamra @TracyReadsBooks you have great taste. 😊 3d
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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😢 That time you heard about an event and were all excited to go only to discover that the event went from being un-ticketed (weeks ago) to ticketed and IT‘S ALL SOLD OUT!!! Can‘t say I‘m surprised—the tickets are free, it‘s Carmen Maria Machado, and the book is garnering rave reviews! Have to pay better attention—which means I‘m going to go check on next week‘s Benjamin Dreyer (Dreyer‘s English) event. Don‘t want to miss out two times in a row!

Emilymdxn So long until this book is released in England and I want to read it SO badly! I have to wait months 🙁 4d
TracyReadsBooks @Emilymdxn Ugh, that‘s a bummer! Waiting can be so hard! 4d
LiteraryinLititz Oh no!! Sorry that happened! 3d
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Sandman #1 | Neil Gaiman
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🔍Clue
🏺Pompeii
📚So far so good
📖It‘s probably more accurate to say I didn‘t discover, rather than put off, Neil Gaiman until about a decade ago. Started with Sandman then The Graveyard Book and then anything and everything he‘s written.
❓Have you ever read a book that made you want to visit where the story was set? (And did you?)
❓Bonus: If you could be a character in any book, which would it be & why?

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Emilymdxn Annie Proulx‘s short stories made me desperate to go to Wyoming! My parents have been but I never have. It‘s expensive from England and hard when you don‘t drive. Maybe one day 4d
vivastory Victorian lit made me fall in love with London. I still need to visit. 4d
ljuliel For your questions , I think the main place I want to visit when I read about a location is probably the beach. Any beach will do. We‘ve been to the beach before but it‘s been a long time. Hoping to go back someday. Always something getting in the way of that ! 4d
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ljuliel Character in a book ? I can‘t think of anyone I‘d like to be. I think I‘ll just be me. I‘ve grown accustomed to this sack of skin I‘m traveling in. 4d
Crazeedi I'd love to visit Italy. Two of my favorite series set in venice and Sicily. 4d
Bklover Hogwarts. And I‘d be Hermione🧡 4d
wanderinglynn Yes, after reading City of Ghosts, I‘ve moved Scotland to the top of my to-visit list. As for characters, I‘d love to be Sherlock Holmes just to experience that level of intellect. 4d
ImperfectCJ Oxford (I can't even remember what book it was... maybe an Ali Smith? A character grew up there and I became intrigued). Alaska after Into the Wild and The Great Alone (oddly enough). There are characters I'd like to be more like, but not any that I want to be. 4d
Crimson613 History books always make me want to visit new places. I also read tons of manga and that did push me to visit Japan, I've gone twice via my school :) Maybe I'd be tatsuyuki bc he's a pampered yakuza and has a Devoted lover. I need some love in my life 😂😂 plus he looks like a vampire and that's cool 😎 3d
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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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Saunders is a masterful storyteller & this is an impressive collection of stories. The above quote encapsulates everything you need to know going in—there are moments of grace in dire circumstances but seldom happy endings, moments of courage, redemption, & hope but also futility, desperation, depravity, cruelty, utter ridiculousness. All the best & worst we can be as humans. Love it/hate it, this collection gives you something to think about.

Megabooks Good to know! I picked this up as a bargain book but haven‘t read it yet. 4d
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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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Saunders on good writing and what it does. (This is from his conversation with David Sedaris at the end of the book.)

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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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😂

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Thanks for the tag @MrBook .

1. Everything really—particularly that it really is all things books & people who love them. Plus, it‘s a welcoming, positive community in my experience
2. It‘s all interesting
3. Have to think about this
4. Daily usually
5. I enjoying following along but I usually only participate in questionnaires
6. Maybe a more up-to-date database for comics although I can add them so it‘s not the biggest problem

@ljuliel

ljuliel Thanks very much for your replies. It‘s good to get other‘s opinions. I‘m glad you‘re very content with the group. 💕 5d
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While much of the Day was devoted to finishing the Arc of the Scythe trilogy, I managed to squeeze in a trip to Chicago Comics for #ncbd. Just a few comics today. Unearth #4 & 5, Nomen Omen #2, Everything #3, Locke & Key: Dog Days and Undiscovered Country #1. Looks like a night for comics and then back to Tenth of December.

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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Wow—Neal Shusterman knows how to tell a good story. The Toll brings the Arc of the Scythe trilogy to a thrilling conclusion. As in his other books, Shusterman‘s characters, as well as readers, are confronted by & must deal with big questions about AI, faith, utopia, responsibility, power, & so much more. If I have one complaint, it‘s that there are some characters I would have liked to see more of but that being said, I really liked this book.

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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Today‘s #bookmail is super cool, awesome, and amazing so as much as I am enjoying Tenth of December by George Saunders, I am going to pause and put it aside (temporarily I promise) and read this one. 625 pages and go!

Also, this cover!!! 😍

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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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Took my next book with me on a long walk this morning—have to take advantage of upper 40s and sunny because winter will be here soon enough!

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Bent Road | Lori Roy
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All families have secrets...sometimes they are small, insignificant ones while other times they are the kinds of secrets that fester, reshape lives & dreams & yes, even the family itself. After staying away more than 25 years, Arthur Scott returns home to Kansas shortly after which a young girl goes missing. Roy‘s book is a well-written story about family, secrets, loneliness, & how far someone will go to protect the ones they love. Good read.

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Chrononauts vol 1 | Mark Millar
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Wow, this comic is a fantastic journey through time & the minds of two bros—really it is like reading about the adventures of genius versions of Beavis & Butthead. So the premise is great—we develop the tech to time travel—but the characters are obnoxious. Fortunately, along came Chrononauts Futureshock #1-4 which brings some much needed depth & nuance to the story & the characters. Really liked the art, everything else was unrealized potential.

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Bent Road | Lori Roy
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Sticking with a mystery for my next book.

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As a mystery, I enjoyed the story—great setting, likable main characters, & a solid plot with some good twists & turns. As a mystery involving a forensic archaeologist who becomes something of an amateur sleuth by the end, it was a bit annoying as almost everything written about archaeology and how it‘s done was wrong. Annoyance aside, I enjoyed the mystery & may well read more in the series in the future.

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Nothing like Friday book mail to make sure you have plenty to read over the weekend...and by “plenty” I mean waaaay more than I could read in one weekend once I add this to my TBR stack(s)!

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Middlewest #12 | Skottie Young
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39 books & comics in October. Favorites include: Middlewest continues to be a fantastic read—looking forward to December & the next issue. Exile from Eden was a solid sequel to Grasshopper Jungle. Frankissstein was weird & wonderful. Reynolds‘ MG is just as good as his YA—loved Look Both Ways. Pumpkinheads was the PERFECT October read. Blackfish City was very entertaining & Black Science, Vol. 9 was a fantastic conclusion to a great comic.

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Fantastic finish to this SF thrill ride that asks, quite simply, just because we can do something, should we? And assuming we do, what are the consequences of such hubris? What sort of world will we find ourselves in? There‘s also family drama, space, villains, aliens, love, violence, heroes & adventure. Entertaining from start to finish, I really enjoyed this series. Love the art throughout, too. Extra shout out to this cover which is very cool.

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Going with a mystery for my next book.

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Looking for a YA short story collection retelling Edgar Allan Poe‘s tales?!? 13 of them to be precise? Look no further, this book has you covered. And for a bonus it includes the original tales as well. On the whole I liked all the stories & there‘s a good mix of horror, creepy, & simply atmospheric & moody—in other words, there‘s something for everyone. It definitely fit well with the autumn/Halloween vibe.

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#ncbd! Came home with something for everyone which is fantastic since the wintery weather is giving us all sorts of reasons to stay inside. Ironheart #11, Star Pig #4 (final issue), Runaways #26 (that cover!), Invisible Kingdom #6, Wonder Woman Annual #3, Ignited #3 & #4, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #13 (for daughter), Chrononauts #1-4 & Black Science, Vol. (for my son—after I read them of course!). Excited to start reading!

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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Haven‘t posted an old book cover in some time so to remedy that here‘s the 1973 Avon paperback edition of Gone with the Wind. The price for all 1,024 pages? $4.95.

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❄️❄️❄️That‘s right, we‘re under a Winter Weather Advisory today with a strong chance of accumulating snow through Halloween...❄️☃️🎃☃️❄️... This is a little unusual for Chicago this time of year (though not unheard of). So don‘t mind me, I‘m just going curl up with this entertaining collection of short stories and a hot cup of tea and not go outside until I have to!

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This has to be my next read, doesn‘t it? I mean, Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to get ready than to read some original and reimagined Edgar Allan Poe tales? 🍁🍂👻💀🎃🍂🍁

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Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
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After war & the irrevocable march of climate change leads to environmental disaster(s), people flee to floating cities in the Arctic. A woman riding an orca accompanied by a polar bear arrives in one such city & changes everything. Miller‘s writing is assured & the worldbuilding is phenomenal in this story populated with intriguing characters living in a fascinating (possible but let‘s hope not) future. I really enjoyed this book. Great SF read.

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Little bit of everything in my latest Book Outlet #bookhaul. I sort of feel like a squirrel stockpiling nuts for the winter—yeah, I have a huge TBR pile but there‘s always room for another book, right? And you never know what you might want to read. You need to have options...

Just preparing as 🍁🍂🐿📚🍂🍁 will soon turn to ❄️☃️📚☃️❄️.

😊

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Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
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Sleeping isn‘t happening so I guess reading is...Honestly, I‘m ok with that!

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Went to the bookstore to get a couple of books for my niece and walked out with a couple of books for me! 😊 Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is for my son and I to read. The tagged book is a collection of short stories.

And yes, I did get my niece some books too! ❤️📚❤️

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Saw this at the bookstore. Looks cute.

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Paper Girls Volume 6 | Brian K Vaughan
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It‘s Brian K. Vaughan. The fate of the universe as we know it is at stake. It‘s the 80s—complete with paper girls, Sony‘s Walkman, Halloween, shenanigans and all the good things. And yes, all of this is to say, this is a great comic. I‘ve seen mixed reactions to the final volume but I enjoyed it and thought it was a fitting end to the series. Good story, great art & fantastic colors.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Thought the ending was fine and enjoyed the series as a whole quite a bit. 👍 3w
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Middlewest #12 | Skottie Young
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#ncbd!!! Took the kids with me today—my son picked up a box of 50 comics for $10. I like the way he shops! My daughter stuck with three older issues—Flash, Ironman & Captain American. My purchases are below—Middlewest #12, Pretty Violent #3, Wonder Woman #81 & Ascender #6 new this week. Also added Paper Girls, Vol. 6 which I somehow missed when it was released earlier this month. I think we are all looking forward to an afternoon of reading!

GatheringBooks awesome picks! what a great bargain! 3w
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Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
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Next up.

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Impressive, really, that this was a debut. I found it to be a well-written, entertaining read intertwining the story of a woman accused of being a witch in the 17th c. with that of a graduate student starting her dissertation research. There are many of the usual things you expect to find—a love interest, a creaky house, nefarious professors—but that‘s ok. It‘s kind of what you want in this sort of story. It is a great read for this time of year.

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His Hideous Heart | Dahlia Adler
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A bookish evening yesterday—a great book club meeting in which we discussed Johnny Tremain, what makes a book a classic, & which recent MG/YA books might be regarded as classics in the future. But why just go to book club & talk about books when you can stop by a bookstore & pick up a new book on the way?!? Picked up the tagged book which is a YA collection of short stories retelling 13 of Poe‘s greatest stories—this should be fun!!! ❤️🎃🍁🍂❤️

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Johnny Tremain | Esther Hoskins Forbes
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Finished my reread just in time! Our book club decided to read a classic this month & this was picked when I admitted it was the first book that made me cry. I think it holds up. Lots that could be said about why it‘s a classic—too much for a short review but I couldn‘t help thinking how this book, Treasure Island & others like them—with young people overcoming obstacles, danger, adventure, world-saving—anticipate what we call YA today. Still fun!

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Love the design of this 2018 reissue edition of the tagged book.

LibrarianRyan I do to. I just wish they would have done the entire series instead of just book 1. 3w
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Diving into my TBR pile for my weekend read.

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Coda Vol. 3 | Simon Spurrier
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This comic started out weird & entertaining & just kept on getting weirder & even more entertaining as it powered through to a very satisfying end. Mutant unicorns, landlocked mermaids, demons, ogres, bandits & thieves (& more) inhabit a post-magic world in this rousing dystopian fantasy. I didn‘t love the artwork (though there were some visually stunning panels) but I do think it fit the story. Vol. 2 was good, Vol. 3 even better. Fun read.

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Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
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How cool is this edition of Frankenstein? My daughter is in a STEM program that emphasizes science & technology (etc...) in all the core subjects including English—so, it makes sense they are reading what is regarded as the first science fiction story. Better yet, this edition has annotations to help direct discussions on the “social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity.” I almost want to go back to high school & sit in on their class...

LauraJ Need this! 4w
ShyBookOwl Ah! So cool 4w
Nute Very cool! 4w
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That-Bookish-Hiker I need this so bad! 4w
rwmg I've just read Frankenstein. I wish I'd had this edition 4w
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Thought I‘d finish the day‘s reading with a little horror because why not?!? This comic just won the Eisner Award for Best New Series & it‘s definitely a trippy ride through an unending nightmarish landscape. It‘s about a priest named Father Burke who is chasing a murderer who happens to be able to travel through time & space (according to the blurb on the back). Yeah, this is a good one & can‘t wait to see where the story goes.

GrilledCheeseSamurai So good! I can't wait to see what they do with the tv show. 👌 4w
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It‘s Wednesday #ncbd fans! Excellence #6 (not sure where this one is going but I‘m still along for the ride), Steeple #2 (this is the new comic from the writer of Giant Days) for the single issues. Coda Volumes 2 & 3 (read Volume 1 ages ago & remember enjoying it so excited to get back into it) and Gideon Falls Volume 3 because this is one very good, very creepy story (&, therefore, perfect for this time of year).

GrilledCheeseSamurai Coda. ❤️ 4w
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