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hoggman

hoggman

Joined April 2018

he/they, apprentice butcher in Philadelphia. Loves humorous fantasy and sometimes sci-fi. Memoirs and nonfiction are my comfort zone.
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The Color of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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Good book, good coffee, good start to a saturday morning. Only one way I can make it through a 10.5 hr day...

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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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"What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter."

Oof. Too real.
#discworld

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right! The surreal has become all to real! 4mo
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The Color of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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I started with some of the newest #discworld books, so the first has been sitting on my shelf for over a year. I lent it to my partner first, and she loved it so I stuck it back on my reading list. So glad I'm finally giving it a read. Great choice.
Its wild reading such a parody on classic 70-80s fantasy, especially after seeing where the series eventually goes. Fantastic read so far, looking forward to seeing more of Rincewind after finishing.

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House of Furies | Madeleine Roux
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I was so happy that there wasnt a weird forced romantic subplot. I'm sure the sequel will have one, but at least I dont have to worry about that yet. This was a great book. Creepy as hell, but maybe not downright scary (not to me at least). Loved it.

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House of Furies | Madeleine Roux
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About halfway through this now. I don't usually read YA (though I do occasionally enjoy middle-grade fiction). In fact, I haven't in years! I just looked up the age of Louisa, the protagonist, and I guess she's 17? Big surprise, she feels much younger to me. Maybe because this book doesn't give her a love interest (at least not yet, halfway through). That's actually what drove me away from YA. Teenagers always seem to want the romantic subplot...

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Wyrd Sisters | Terry Pratchett
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So many bookmarks, and here I am using a receipt...
Also, highly recommend the app My Reading: Reading Organizer. Keeps track of what you're reading, and how many pages you need to finish it by your goal (or vice versa, how long itll take if you read X pages per day). You can also take notes in it, but I prefer to write in my books.

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Wyrd Sisters | Terry Pratchett
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It's finally starting to cool off out here, which means two things:
1) time to turn on the radiators
2) time to curl up on the couch with a blanket

Right on track to finish Wyrd Sisters by the end of October. Great read so far.

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Wyrd Sisters | Terry Pratchett
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Had this on my shelf for a few months, finally got the chance to start it! Great choice for October, I think. I've been itching for more Discworld. Now that I've finished up everything else I was reading, it's time to start on some #witchyreads 🐱🐝🔮

Linsy Yay, I‘m excited to see what you think! Discworld, specifically the witchy ones, has been on my TBR since I read my first Pratchett earlier this year. He‘s awesome! ✨ 14mo
hoggman @Linsy I didnt read him until this year either! So many of my close friends, my whole life, have read and loved him, though. Hes such an influential author, so reading his books this January felt like coming home, since they tend to shape people, in my experience. I'm not exaggerating, I was in awe. And the witchy ones I've read so far have been great! I started with the tiffany aching books, which was a good intro to the world. 14mo
Linsy @hoggman Oooh, good! I can‘t wait!!! 14mo
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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This book was absolutely fantastic. Even disregarding the captivating plot and believable characters, Zumas has such a beautiful way with words. Her writing is incredibly descriptive. This is a brilliantly written witch trial, with all sides of the story coming together, clashing and connecting. No spoilers, but the end is beautiful. Glorious.

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The Shepherd's Crown | Terry Pratchett
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I thought the parallels between Equal Rites and this, Sir Terry's last book, were fantastic. Bringing a girl into a school of wizards, training a "boy" as a witch... I also loved that when his gender was commented on, his response was that he wasn't a boy, not really, nor a girl. Later Discworld books have so much Quality #Queer Content. #GNUTerryPratchett

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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Scared the shit out of me. Gonna have to read more of Gilman's work, I suppose. This is a classic, I can't believe I hadn't read it before!

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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Got my book, got my sandwich, great start to a cold October Saturday. Been working on Red Clocks for over a month! Now that the chaos of moving and some work-related issues are over with, it's time to really get cracking.

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@Butterfinger the package you sent for the book swap just came last night! Everything in it is great, I've actually been needing a new book journal as well 🤗 I can't wait to start both of these novels, and I'll be sure to tell you what I think of your husband's 😁 Thanks so much!
#hocuspocusswap

Butterfinger It seems so sparse next to yours. I'm glad we connected and both books have plenty of humor. 14mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍🎃🎃 ty for participating! 14mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Very well-written for Kwan's first novel. Rachel is a bit of a Mary Sue, but her boyfriend is a bit of a Gary Stu so they are perfect for each other. I appreciate that they didn't take the "rich people are people too" route.

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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"Angry sea," people say, but to the biographer the ascribing of human feelings to a body so inhumanely itself is wrong. The water heaves up for reasons they don't have names for.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan

I'm really loving this so far. I appreciate that they don't pull the whole "the bourgeoisie are people too" bullshit. Like half of these characters are horrible people, and most of the ones who aren't are still capitalist scum who waste their money on frivolous things instead of putting it to any real use.

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Men At Arms | Terry Pratchett
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Participated in a book swap last weekend with a couple of friends. Got rid of a few classics I'd been meaning to read but hadn't gotten around to.

rather_be_reading hey check your email. i need your full address for the Hocus Pocus Swap 🎃 1y
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Starting this one today for the book club. It's a little outside of my usual wheelhouse, but let's see!

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"It's true that he painted, not once but many times, the loneliness of a large city, where the possibilities of connection are repeatedly defeated by the dehumanizing apparatus of urban life. But didn't he also paint loneliness *as* a large city, revealing it as a shared, democratic place, inhabited, whether willingly or not, by many souls?" - 44: 7-11

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A close friend recommended this one to me, glad I was able to find a copy! Almost all of the selection in barnes and noble business section is uhhh extremely capitalist. Surprise surprise.

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Revisiting The Lonely City, the first book I reviewed on here. Listened to the audiobook last winter, but I found a physical copy in my local small book shop! I might recommend it to the book club, since we select our next book this weekend.

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Guards! Guards! | Terry Pratchett
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Loved this one! The older Discworld books are less meaningful to me, I've found, less in-depth, but it was great nonetheless! Sam Vimes, the protagonist, is likely my favorite Discworld character, and the change we see in him, even in just his first book, is fantastic. 10/10 would recommend.

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Unsure how to feel about this one. I wasn't much into the whole writing class plot, and I often skimmed the stories, but I enjoyed Kulwinder's plot, and she, Nikki, and Mindi are all interesting characters who contrast each other nicely. I was pretty unimpressed by the writing itself, however. I suppose it's been a little too long since I've read YA fiction. If you enjoy YA though, I'd encourage you to pick this up!

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Snuff | Terry Pratchett
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A weird mix of comic fantasy and crime drama. ACAB but in fiction I love Sam Vimes. He is a fantastic and complex character.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Had some trouble getting into it, but once I did, I finished this in a few days. Fantastic, and relatable for me in odd ways. Would recommend.

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The Color of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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HAH.
We got 41, if we include only the ones that Sir Terry himself wrote.

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Snuff | Terry Pratchett
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You say "this is my land," but you did not make the land. You did not make your sheep, you did not make the rabbits on which we live, you did not make the cows, or the horses, but you say, "these things are mine." This cannot be a truth. I make my ax, my pots, and these are mine. What I wear is mine. Some love was mine. Now it has gone.

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Thud! | Terry Pratchett
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I like to have an audiobook and physical book going on at any given time, this is the current!

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Just started this for #readharder an assigned book you never finished. Pretty good so far.
#classic #horror

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The Letter Q | James Lecesne, Sarah Moon
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Good book overall, but damn there were like 2 trans contributors at MOST. Would recommend, even with that sore disappointment.
#queer #lgbtq #anthology #readharder

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Stopped by the flbs on the way home and picked up these two! Persuasion (an annotated edition!) is for #readharder and Snuff is just for fun. I started the audiobook a while ago, but a crime-mystery is just too hard to follow in that format. This should be better!
Snuff probably shouldn't be the first city watch book I read, but its #discworld so I'm not worried.

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The Letter Q | James Lecesne, Sarah Moon
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"Anyway, what you really are is Queer. Not 'queer' in the sense of 'a guy who only likes guys,' but queer as in the sense of being really, really different."
- Bruce Coville on his bisexuality

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Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven | Denis Medri, Brandon Easton
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Just started this one for the #readharder challenge, a comic that isn't DC, Marvel, or Image. Should be a quick read, but its sweet and I'm enjoying it.

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The Letter Q | James Lecesne, Sarah Moon
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I've had this on my shelf for at least a year, finally getting around to reading it for #readharder essay anthology.
I'm especially looking forward to Bruce Coville's part, i loved him as a kid.

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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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Good day for tree climbing. Loved the book, but perhaps not the ending. It felt too neatly tied up. Gave a lot of insight into the workings of the Discworld, however, and helped me to work out a lot of the finer details of other Discworld books I've read.

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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Very good, very honest, very well written, but all of the characters were reprehensible.

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The Letter Q | James Lecesne, Sarah Moon
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Books for #readharder that I've owned for years and am finally going to read/finish! Top down:
3) A genre classic - Dracula
6) A book about nature - In Defense of Food (might read The Third Plate by Dan Barber instead)
14) A book of social science - Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs
22) An essay anthology - The Letter Q
#queerreaders
Excited to get started!

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Some books for #readharder I havent been able to get yet. Top down, left to right:

19) translated book of genre fiction
10) romance novel by or about a POC
1) published posthumously
23) with a female protagonist over 60 (not sure if this will quite count, but should still be a good read)
9) colonial or postcolonial lit
24) assigned book I never finished
13) Oprah book club selection
8) comic written and drawn by the same person
7) A western

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Really interesting and detailed. My only major complaint is that the author tends to ramble quite a bit, jumping from topic to topic without giving much sense of timeframe or subject until you're already halfway through the new one. This one was for the #readharder challenge, #5 on the list

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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Been meaning to read this one for years. Luckily, a new friend lent me her copy! We both take notes in books, and she wants to see what I write in this.

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Equal Rites | Terry Pratchett
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This book was the perfect balance of strange, eerie, and hilarious. The darker aspects are balance perfectly with humor, and as always Sir Terry Pratchett kills it on the sheer beauty in his writing. Full of illustrative wording and quotes that stick with me. I love how the #discworld books all interact with each other.

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Equal Rites | Terry Pratchett
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Having a lot of Thoughts about this book. Lots of interesting points and connections to both other #discworld books and other media in general, especially lovecraft. Lots of #Lovecraftian weirdness
EDIT: but not Lovecraftian darkness necessarily, or rather the darkness is balanced by Sir Terry's lighthearted humor.

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1. I visit my university's library every day and the public library about once every month or two.
2. I love all libraries, so i don't think I could say. I really miss my hometown's library, it weirdly had mpre selection, as a small town, than we do in Philly.
3. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, My Friend Leonard by James Frey, and The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett.
4. Real young, probably 5 y.o, maybe younger.
#trivialthursday @GarthRanzz

GarthRanzz Thanks for participating Adam! 2y
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Equal Rites | Terry Pratchett
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Been looking for a copy of this for weeks! Glad I finally found it, I've been trying to read more from Sir Terry #speakhisname #discworld

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"'Oh, the boys!!' Buttercup fairly exploded. 'I do not care about "the boys." Horse loves me and that is quite sufficient, thank you.'"

Mood

ReadZenRites Classic 😊 2y
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The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Preparing to tackle the silmarillion. Thank god for libraries and study areas, I'm sure I'll need the quiet.

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Boy Erased: A Memoir | Garrard Conley
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I said this book wasn't interesting. Maybe the story of conversion therapy is told a little too often. Maybe we need more variety of narratives. But I forgot something.
I forgot what it's like to be the lonely, scared, #queer kid struggling for acceptance from my family.
This book is no doubt important for the queer youth, and, as a queer adult, it sure made me feel proud of our community.
Could be better written though. Hard to follow at times.

hoggman I should mention, the flags are my own, not specific to the book. 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
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Boy Erased: A Memoir | Garrard Conley
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Unsure if I'm actually gonna finish this one. The conversion therapy story has been told before, it's not something I'm curious about, and honestly the author just isn't a very interesting person.
I'll try to finish this one up at work today, but if I dont, i dont.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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hoggman @RaimeyGallant thanks! I'll check it out 2y
RaimeyGallant Awesome. And to get you started, I recommend following @cseydel @bookwormm @stilllookingforcarmensandiego @merelybookish 2y
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Favorites | Garret Mathews
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1. I wear a lot of black, grey, and dark colors, but I think my favorite color is teal or gold.
2. My favorite genres have gotta be memoirs and low to mid fantasy.
3. I could never pick a favorite, i love animals. Snakes are real nice though ❤
4. Collections are for people with money. I collect books?
5. Kettle corn
6. Hot cheetos
7. Coffee, then tea. Hot chocolate is only for the winter and only if it's homemade.
#myfavoritethings

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I have my doubts about this one. Tiffany is getting a bit old or a bit young for my taste in heroes. I want to at least give the rest of her books a shot before continuing with the rest of discworld, though, so here we go!
Is it possible I'm reading too much at once? There's a lot of audiobooks, since my library doesn't have much, so ill probably finish them quick...

jamie_in_the_library Welcome to Litsy! This is a great place to meet bookish friends :) #litsywelcomewagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
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