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Joined March 2018

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Aw. This is down to 99 cents, but the writing style isn't clicking with me.

#pricedrop #pass

esurient It seems to strike the same tone as: 18h
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That Summer | Sarah Dessen
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#bookgossip Article slants one way, the comments are divided, and the only thing the commenters seem to agree on is that Nicholas Sparks is pretentious.

I am boggled that so many big-name authors have weighed in on this. I've legit never heard of Dessen before this, not that I'm really knowledgeable about the YA field.

https://jezebel.com/bestselling-authors-band-together-to-dunk-on-a-college-18398...

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Mehso-so

I am not nearly as enamoured of Nikys as Penric is, unfortunately. This is the third featuring this particular romantic pursuit, there's a fourth one that follows this, and I'm growing tapped out.

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Penric's Mission | Lois McMaster Bujold
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*snerk*

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Penric's Fox | Lois McMaster Bujold
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On spectacles.

AiBBot Such a great book 1w
Clare-Dragonfly I remember the revelation about leaves, too. ❤️ 1w
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly When Bujold nails her vivid descriptions she really nails them. 7d
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Penric and the Shaman | Lois McMaster Bujold
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Heh.

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I know we have a lovely assortment of novellas in this series, but I greedily long for a novel.

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#pricedrop! Couldn't resist!

esurient I read a couple of her stories before, and "Red as Blood and White as Bone" was AMAZING. https://www.tor.com/2016/05/04/red-as-blood-and-white-as-bone 1w
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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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Okay, Tor. I see we are back to prying open my wallet.

https://www.tor.com/2019/11/04/read-an-excerpt-from-unnatural-magic

(Releases tomorrow, Nov. 5.)

esurient This excerpt promises so many things! Thoughtful fantasy racism! Female friendships! Leadership without punching things! GIMMIE. 2w
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A Queen in Hiding | Sarah Kozloff
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Tor Publishing usually hits it out of the park with their marketing team, but this book looks to be a huge honking miss for me.

There's probably a limit to what a writer can do to express the mind of an 8-year-old, but adult-me has to able to read it too, and this dialogue is just painful.

https://www.torforgeblog.com/2019/11/04/excerpt-a-queen-in-hiding-by-sarah-kozlo...

(Releases January 2020.)

esurient From further in the excerpt; child: 'Mamma---wake up!' Mother: 'Um, what?' 2w
esurient (I am so sorry, book.) 2w
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A Wolf Apart | Maria Vale
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I know, I know -- I rated book one in this trilogy only so-so, and then I went out and bought book two.

I did like this one better (it focused on a different pairing), and I did also skip vast swaths of sex. And I will probably get the next book, and then I will take a drink when Silver becomes the next law-speaker who exists outside of pack hierarchy.

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Recap: Formerly scheduled for release this past June, was delayed for revisions after pre-publication buzz uncovered misunderstandings of legal terms upon which the book premise was based. Now cancelled.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/books/naomi-wolf-outrages.html

esurient I had not been aware, but this journalist also apparently had a habit of backing conspiracy theories: https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2014/10/5/6909837/naomi-wolf-isis-ebola-scotlan... 4w
Clare-Dragonfly “Death recorded” meant “criminal pardoned”? Does anyone know more about this? What a bizarre legal term. 4w
esurient The focus of the book, and context of the term, was specifically the Victorian-era legal system (or so I understand; I have not researched this much either). The June interview that began questioning her understanding of the term is discussed in this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/books/review-outrages-naomi-wolf.html 4w
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly Correction: the interview took place in May. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00057k4 4w
esurient Que to approx. the 21:00 timemark for interviewer discussion of the term. 4w
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Because yesterday I thought it was a wonderful idea to spend 3 hours gardening in 50 degree temps amid pouring rain, today I am napping, amusing myself on my phone, and waiting for my head to settle enough to understand plot.

esurient In my defense, the soil was PERFECT. Eighty bulbs planted! Twenty other bulbs dug out to be rehomed! Spring/summer is well-positioned to be glorious! 1mo
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The Last Wolf | Maria Vale
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Mehso-so

The problem is this should be a really fricken cool horror novel, but it's published by a romance line and the romance bored me to bits. The sex scenes spanned chapters!

Thumbs down for profoundly not caring about the POV character having pants feelings. Thumbs up for a really unique werewolf culture that's definitely more wolf than man. It's a wash.

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The Last Wolf | Maria Vale
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The Last Wolf | Maria Vale
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I'm only just through the prologue, but A+ for the worldbuilding. First in a trilogy. Currently free on Kindle.

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The Tiger's Daughter | K. Arsenault Rivera
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Oh good, I had wanted to read this one!

Lucy_Anywhere I'm so gutted this is for the US only! 1mo
esurient @Lucy_Anywhere Oh, I'm so sorry! 1mo
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Yes hullo, sign me up for this read-through, please.

https://www.tor.com/2019/10/09/introducing-the-great-c-s-lewis-reread

Clare-Dragonfly Wonderful! I‘ve just started a reread of Narnia (in the PROPER ORDER), and I‘ve never read any of his other books but ought to. Now, how do I make sure I see these posts? I didn‘t spot a newsletter signup or anything… 1mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly They offer a newsletter, but I think it's sent out monthly. I follow the site through the rss feed. I haven't tested this, but I believe if you have an account there, you can make this blog series as a 'favorite' and be notified when a new entry is posted. https://www.tor.com/series/the-great-c-s-lewis-reread 1mo
esurient I'll test this, because I'm curious. And 'make this' = 'mark this.' 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Hmm, I think I might have an account. Thanks! 1mo
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Such ponderous writing!

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Heck yeah, circa 1904 narrator, fourth-wall break at me!

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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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Right. Nope. This is Ursula Vernon takes a Lovecraft idea, thinks 'that was wrong and stupid,' double subverts it, fixes it, and adds a dog.

I gotta go track down some original source material and read this again!

esurient (There are no tentacles. There is gibbering. There are bones and wire. And nests.) 2mo
esurient Od Magic is getting bumped in favor of 2mo
esurient Also added to the TBR list 2mo
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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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This book is fucking creepy and I am so glad to be reading it in daytime.

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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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I'm following this read with Od Magic, I'm telling you now.

esurient A story where it's the stones on the mountain top that are not evil and it's the humans that need to negotiated around: 2mo
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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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#releasedayyay!

Oh, I have been waiting for you.

How fortunate that I find myself unable to sleep at 3 in the morning.

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#pricedrop! Yes, I will buy you!

The illustrations in this series are always prettier in person (in the print editions), but I'll take what I can get.

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(Releases November 2019) I had adored the short story this novel is expanded from, but I'm apprehensive about the novel. Kritzer's opted to make it YA, and that's... not really my genre.

Still! The excerpt is very much in the voice of the AI character, which I had so much loved reading in the short story. So, I'm tentatively very interested in this?

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Toad Words | T. Kingfisher
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Title story "Toad Words," retelling of the Diamonds and Toads fairytale. (I think I first encountered that tale as The Talking Eggs.)

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"Let Pass the Horses Black," a Tam Lin retelling.

esurient Is it time for Halloween yet?! I'm ready! 2mo
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Proper English | KJ Charles
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Mild pick. Loved the character interactions, and especially the on-page depiction of female support systems. Plot/romance is set at a cracking pace that was just too fast for me (I like me my slow burns), but this book was only a couple hundred pages so nobody had the chance to slow down.

Probably not a book I'll reread, but definitely an author I'll read again.

esurient (The climax would have been so much easier to resolve if the heroine had JUST listened in on the early blackmail conversation! ARGH.) 2mo
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Proper English | KJ Charles
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No no no, bad heroine! Of course you eavesdrop on the blackmail conversation!

esurient I think I saw a review that mentioned Haworth gets murdered, and let me tell you that scene cannot take place soon enough. 2mo
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Proper English | KJ Charles
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The library copy finally came in for me! Yay!

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I am intrigued by you, Kindle sample.

#steeplesfingers

AiBBot It is soo good. I have laughed at and been inspired by the spectacular sarcasm. 2mo
esurient @AiBBot Yay, sarcasm! ❤ 2mo
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Letters to Tiptree | Alexandra Pierce, Alisa Krasnostein
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Well, times change, and removing Tiptree's name from this award does not erase her work or influence, but I am heartbroken by this choice.

http://file770.com/tiptree-name-will-be-removed-from-award/

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Hither Page | Cat Sebastian
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Well heck, that was sweet, and I called one of the murderers. Huzzah!

I want more books in this series.

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Hither Page | Cat Sebastian
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Heh.

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Hither Page | Cat Sebastian
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...when the Kindle sample ends, but noooooo, you must read more.

#steeplesfingers

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Politics and Prose | Washington, DC (Bookstore)
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Succeeded in attending the RBG presentation! Two hours of waiting in line got us within 50 people of the cut-off. If we had wanted something fancy like a seat, we should have gotten there an hour earlier.

#2019NBF #nationalbookfestival

Reading list has been expanded thusly:

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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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In the name of Allah, the compassionating, the compassionate! (p. 10, 11)

I do believe the illustration depicts the lady as pious, but that looks like epic eye-roll to me.

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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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At last he turned upon them asking, "And what do you women call this article?" Whereto the damsel made answer, "The basil of the bridges," and the Proter cried thanks to Allah. (p. 58-59, 60)

Clare-Dragonfly Oh my. 3mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly That was my reaction too. 3mo
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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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And Shahrazad signalled to Dunyazad who said, "O my sister, recite to us some new story, delightsome and delectable. " (p. 38, 39)

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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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ISBN 094134737 -- Gorgeous illustrations!

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Oh heck I need this.

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On sale! #pricedrop

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#pricedrop! My husband and his family are passionate fans of Hayes' Super Powereds series; I haven't tried him yet.

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Bride of the Rat God | Barbara Hambly
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I have heard some really good things about this one.

Also, this non-English edition has the best cover for this, hands down.

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Irish Red | Jim Kjelgaard
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1951 printing. So pretty; couldn't resist.

I read dozens of these Grosset & Dunlap books in their Famous Horse Stories line when I was a kid, but heck I like dogs too.

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Yay, I guessed right in the character identification!

And while I have minimal experience with trans culture and have done zero research on this novel's authenticity (although all signs point to positive), this scene with a seven-year-old using child-logic to explain to his siblings why he wants them to see him as male is super cute.