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eris404

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Book 9: I watched the only season of the series based on this book. The basic story is the same: on the way to intercept an alien ship, the crew of The Nightflyer experience strange things. Gory deaths occur. The story isn‘t substantial enough for multiple seasons—the important plot points were covered in one. The characters are very different, but are more fleshed out and interesting in the series. It‘s good, but not his best. #30booksin30days

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Book 8: As much as I love comics, I used to not count graphic novels as real reading, but there is so much more to them. It took FOUR people to produce this volume (Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, Antonio Fabela and Simon Bowland). It‘s beautiful, a whole world—an earth on which gravity has failed—brought to life. How would we live, grow food? What happens when it rains? Why did it happen at all? Lots of action, but also heart. #30booksin30days

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Book 7. I was dubious about my 1st western. Written in 1912, I expected casual racism but was surprised by deep anti-Mormonism. The elders are kidnappers, murderers, & implied rapists. The protagonist, Jane, a wealthy rancher, is pressured by the elders into marriage to punish her willfulness. Jane loves her church, but also wants to do what‘s right, whether helping poor Gentiles or keeping her freedom. It‘s both hilariously bad & lovely in spots

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Under a Dark Sky: A Novel | Lori Rader-Day
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Book 6—I‘m not sure about the protagonist, Eden, a woman who admits that she is too passive & ashamed of crippling fear of the dark. It was hard to listen to the other characters bully & blame her for things that are clearly not her fault. I did like how Eden‘s own story is revealed, layer by layer, explaining her compulsions and self-hate. It‘s a decent mystery; I think fans of British murder mysteries will enjoy this in spite of its faults.

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To Your Scattered Bodies Go | Philip Jose Farmer
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My fifth book I think was a disappointment, because it is award-winning and considered a classic but I just thought it was tedious. The premise is interesting--after death, all humans wake in a new body on the bank of a giant river. Being humans, they quickly wage war on each other and rape and pillage, more from boredom than anything else. The main character is famous, good at everything, and completely an ass.

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I loved this audiobook. The reader, Paul Michael Garcia, is wonderful and this is just a great story. Chronically unemployed and self-described asshole Web takes a job with a crime scene cleaning company. There‘s a bit of gore and a bit of noir and a bit of the seedy side of Hollywood, all of which are great fun. But Web isn‘t just a lazy asshole and the slow reveal of who he is and how he got here is really the best part. #30booksin30days

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The Time Machine | H.G. Wells
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2 September 2019
It‘s satisfying to read a 100+ year-old book about time travel on a technologically advanced device (my iPhone, using the Serial Reader app). I loved how the Time Traveler at first believes the regression of the Eloi is due to communism, but in reality is the result of extreme capitalism. The Morlocks eat the rich indeed. #30booksin30days

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Bag Of Bones: A Novel | Stephen King
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I finished this one out of stubbornness, rolling my eyes at the widowed, 40-ish author falling in love with the 22-yo, flawless single mother (even if the character is embarrassed at himself). The writing is self-conscious, like King can‘t get out of his own head. The narrator quotes Chandler—when you‘re stuck on a story have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand—after the damsel in distress dies in the narrator‘s arms. #30booksin30days

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Bag Of Bones: A Novel | Stephen King
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So here's a thing: I can't bear to write in a book and yet I am utterly delighted when I find someone else's marginalia, especially in such lovely handwriting.

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Listening to the audiobook and just wanted to say David Pittu is a wonderful reader/performer.

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World Without End | Sean Russell
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Currently reading....

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My favorite place to read: by the fireplace in this Starbucks. The day I was reading this, the person next to me told me he was friends with the author‘s mother and we had a nice chat about the book. Both of us had lived in Uptown (where the book is set) and I shared my favorite illustrations of the neighborhood. It‘s an odd feeling seeing a place you know well in a book (or a movie), especially when the creator knows it so intimately.

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Hellfire Club | Jake Tapper

"There's a lesson there, of course," Smith said. "When a rat pokes his head up from a sewer, he needs to be hit on the head with a shovel immediately. You cannot just sit back and think, Well it's just one rat or That's somebody else's problem. Because it's never just one rat, and it eventually becomes your problem."

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The Hellfire Club | Jake Tapper
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Current read

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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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In honor of Independent Book Store Day last weekend, Libro.fm gave away several audiobooks, including Tangerine. I've been listening to it while I run or use the stair mill. I like the narrators--the reader for Lucy in particular is a little frightening. As an aside, I like the idea behind Libro.fm and I chose Women & Children First as my local shop. ❤️

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#beatthebacklist2018 prompt for 3 May--a book set in another country: Smila's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg. This book hits a lot of my reading challenges task. It's one that I've been meaning to read for years and it fulfills the Nordic Noir task for one of the various clubs I belong to. In honor of Star Wars Day tomorrow, I present the novel on my Star Wars body pillow.

May the Fourth Be With You!

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My hold came in at the library :)

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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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Technically my second backlist read of 2018, but I posted the first last week #beatthebacklist

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Acacia | David Anthony Durham
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#BeatTheBacklist the current book I'm reading is Acacia by David Anthony Durham. Not sure how I feel about it so far.

The bookmark isn't being rude. It's from a company called Novel-T, who make "team" shirts for different books and authors. They also made little bookmarks/cards with the same design. This one is for Moby Dick. They have had a booth at the Printers Row Lit Fest if you're in Chicago.

You can see more shirts at www.novel-t.com

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I'm not sure how this book got on my radar - I don't read mysteries often. I did like this one generally although I feel like the balance between exposition and detective work was off. Cordelia starts off as a competent detective and her observations are keen. She makes reasonable inferences from clues she finds. But then characters will simply blurt out what they did and why. Even so there were some surprising bits, twists I wasn't expecting.

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Here's something fun- the Bookout app can generate an infographic about a book you've read.

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I read this book for a class and found it very useful and insightful. Although the title implies math, it explains concisely how we learn and create memories in general. It outlines strategies and techniques to study for comprehension (not just test taking), to handle procrastination, to create new habits, to improve memory, and to reduce performance anxiety. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to continue to learn in any setting.

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14 | Peter Clines
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My review below is very general because I don't want to spoil anything about the plot (it is a mystery after all). Rating an audiobook is a little tricky too - the previous book I listened to had a narrator I didn't like and that left me wondering how much of the book I may have liked more if I had read it in print.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1883663015

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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And another image for the #nkbtbjanuary challenge, crossposted from Instagram. This one is for "2016 Debut." I have not read this one yet, but I'm very interested in it. Because giant robots.

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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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Here's another #nkbtbjanuary challenge entry, this time for Favorite First Book in a Series. I'm not wild about this cover, but it's mainly because it doesn't match my copies of the other books in the series. I'm like that; if I have the first volume in a series in hardback for example, the others have to be in hardback as well, etc.

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So I've joined a bunch of book challenges this year. I'm all about challenges lately, whether it's a race or doing 100 push ups or whatever. So I joined one called Beat the Backlist, which is all about reading stuff in your TBR pile. They also have mini challenges for Instagram. This one was for Favorite Opening Line. #nkbtbjanuary

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt

So I'm doing the Beat the Backlist challenge (novelknight.com/2017-beat-backlist) as well as a couple of other reading challenges (because I'm a crazy person) and I chose this as my first selection to listen to while I train for a race. About 15% through and I'm not sure I like the narrator's voice.

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Lock In | John Scalzi
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I listened to the audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton. I wasn't sure I'd like him, but I think he did an excellent job and would definitely listen to him again.

The story itself is engrossing, even if the plot is somewhat far-fetched. I'm a little tired of the police procedural in general, but it's a decent mystery told with humor and in an interesting, detailed world. I am a sucker for near-future settings (especially with "robots") though, FWIW.

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Dimension of Miracles | Robert Sheckley
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So I listened to this because:
1. It was recommended by Neil Gaiman;
2. It was read by John Hodgman;
3. It was compared to Douglas Adams' writing (it predates Adams however).

I hated this book. HATED it. I kept going out of sheer stubbornness. It is pretentious as fuck and not funny. OK, there were a couple of moments I laughed at, but mostly it is just irritating.

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The Sin Eater's Daughter | Melinda Salisbury

Finally finished the audiobook - the narrator is lovely. I have mixed feelings about the book overall. There were parts, passages, I really liked, but the author worked extra hard to keep that love triangle going. I'm just not a romance novel person, even if it has a fantasy wrapping.

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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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So I've downloaded a new app called Serial Reader. You can "subscribe" to a book, which they break down into manageable chunks and send to you daily. It also tracks your progress. I'm finally going to finish Crime and Punishment.

curlyfro Very cool! 4y
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"These were not simply dark images, icons flitting across a screen: they were immediately true."
-Gary Kilworth, "Wayang Kulit"
I've been reading short stories with coffee in the morning on the fire escape. I don't like most of them but this one is quite good. It's about shadow puppets and gods.

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Mehso-so

Some lovely language and full of ingenious ideas - each story is unnerving but also very depressing. The last story left me feeling nauseous. Ultimately an unsatisfying read.

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"You're beautiful," she says.
He glances back along the corridor, then down at the floor. "That's cool," he mutters.

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