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imyril

imyril

Joined November 2018

Reptile, bookwyrm, nasty woman, geek. Resolutely idealistic. Has dragons or space pirates? Will read. Long form reviews at http://onemore.org
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The Light Brigade | Kameron Hurley
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I didn‘t enjoy this at all, but I can appreciate it - Starship Troopers by way of Jarhead with an unexpected sideswipe of bootstrap paradox. This is fierce in its rage to the extent of preaching in places, and visceral in the literal sense of slopping them over the page in its violence. Nonetheless, it‘s well done and I admire it - and could even see myself rereading it in future.

shanaqui I've been guiltily looking at this one in my library pile for months and it just didn't seem like something I would enjoy. Which has been my experience with Hurley in general -- her writing is good and she's always working at her craft, but...... 4d
imyril It‘s a lot of shitting in the woods and seeing your friends get blown apart in a very bleak world. I think it does well at loyalty and as a defence of critical thinking, but ... well, it‘s as fun as it sounds :P Altho the ending surprised me, when it shouldn‘t given the commentary on hope along the way. It‘s a good bit of craft 3d
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The Light Brigade | Kameron Hurley
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This is... uncomfortable for my European socialist ass :P

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Today I Am Carey | Martin L. Shoemaker
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A big hug of a book exploring whether an android is capable of love. This won‘t be for everyone - it‘s slow paced, episodic, and not very subtle - but it‘s also full of compassion and evoked many feelings.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Today I Am Carey | Martin L. Shoemaker

Well fuck

I needed that rug under me

Put it back

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Today I Am Carey | Martin L. Shoemaker

‘Fiction is our empathy net. It lets us understand other people and other experiences.‘

DON‘T YOU MAKE ME CRY TWICE IN ONE DAY MISTER

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Today I Am Carey | Martin L. Shoemaker

“Her profile is still within me, still available, but now she is not there to add to it”

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A tightknit squad of queer scientists in moments of jubilation and crisis as they explore a far flung star system. A love song to science and space exploration, an invitation to seek the stars for knowledge not profit. It feels like it could be a possible prequel to the GC - but there‘s no explicit connection. Just tears, rolling helplessly down my cheek.

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I began with a problem suspending my disbelief; I ended with a full heart having been told a satisfying tale of dedication, resistance and reparation. An excellent self-contained novella, but I rather hope we‘ll see more of the Sisters in future. Recommended.

shanaqui Ooh, I bought this for my sister, but I've been meaning to give it a try myself. 2w
imyril @shanaqui definitely worth a read. It took me a little to get into it and it‘s sliiiightly too neat narratively, but I love the feel / ethos of it. Now want more stories of nuns rebelling to Do The Right Thing 2w
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Unholy Land | Lavie Tidhar

The #BookSpin number of the month is 18 - which for me is a 2018 #SubjectiveChaos nominee (I don't generally read/vote in the first round of the cross-genre category, so I missed it last year). January isn't one of the months I was planning to BookSpin as I'm focused on catch-up to finalise my 2019 #SubjectiveChaos nominees - but oh, gosh, tempted. I'll see how I go?

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks So many books, so little time!!! Keep me posted on if you end up reading it - I may have a drawing at some point in this process, with posted lists/completed books as entries. 2w
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Ormeshadow | Priya Sharma
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Published by Tor.com, I expected this to have more - or less ambiguous - genre elements. The historical tale of an unpleasant family was okay and had moments of brilliance (the sheep shearing), but I was looking for much more than the rather obvious ending to win me over.

But yay, first read of 2020 and first book in #LitsyAtoZ (because I can‘t resist a challenge like this) @BookishMarginalia

Lucy_Anywhere Yay, you decided to join the challenge! 2w
imyril @Lucy_Anywhere Couldn't resist 😂Maybe this is the year I finally read Queens of Innis Lear (but I'm still scratching my head over X and Z!) 2w
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‘It is my hope that this story is your thread, and at the end of it you find a door.‘

AAAAAAAAAAH

LoverOfLearning I really enjoyed this book! 😍 2w
imyril @LoverOfLearning it's so magical. For Reasons I'm actually putting it down for a couple of weeks, but I'm very excited to come back to it! 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Right, here we go! I'm joining the #BookSpin challenge hosted by @TheAromaOfBooks - they'll pick a number each month, and I'll read that book from the list here. I'm probably only going to target joining for 6 months of the year as I'm heavily overcommitted in the first half of the year, but I'll see how I go :)

TheAromaofBooks Yay! Your list looks great! I'm excited to see what number we get tomorrow!! 2w
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Daggerspell | Katharine Kerr
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I still love this book. It reads very differently now and I respond to different elements (Cullyn redeeming mistakes in former lives; Jill recognising Nevyn; Lovyan's politics) - but I think I'll always love this book.

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Love this #BookSpin challenge from @TheAromaofBooks for nudging me to chip away at my TBR! I am going to target 6 BookSpins for the year (depending on other commitments in any given month). List to follow tomorrow :)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'm always looking for ways to trick myself into reading those books that I added to my list because I wanted to read them! 😂 3w
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Daggerspell | Katharine Kerr
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It gets me. Every. Damn. Time.

😭💔😭❤️😭

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Thank you so much to @sblbooks for my awesome #SantaThing books - The Five and Dark Matter are perfect picks for me. Pictured here with the rest of my Christmas bookhaul (yep, it's been a really good one)

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Thank you to my Muskedragon buddies and my #SantaThing buddy for an epic Christmas book haul! Very excited 😍💝 Merry Bookmas all xx

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Beautifully written reweaving of ancient tales. For all its feminist leanings, it never flinched from portraying an uncompromisingly patriarchal world. I could wish it had a little more kindness for its female characters who are almost always set against one another, but I thoroughly enjoyed Circe‘s company and the thread of compassion that leads from start to finish. It made me rage, it made me mourn, it has the perfect ending.

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Head on | John Scalzi
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Just the diverting entertainment I was looking for. Another fast and furious case exploring the criminal abuses of the post Haden‘s Syndrome world. Chris is an easy narrator (I love keeping score of threep collateral damage) and Agent Vann is peak awesome. Plus they get a cat. What‘s not to like?

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The Bone Ships | RJ Barker
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Oh my. I‘m so glad I made time for this: considered world building, interesting characters (if not necessarily likeable; I loved the non-human characters best) and a gripping plot that had me on the edge of my seat - if not surprising, certainly deeply satisfying. I‘m going to be thinking about it for days: I can still hear the rigging creaking and the splash of waves. Can‘t wait for book two. One of the best of my year.

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The Bone Ships | RJ Barker

“It is not an impossible task I set you.”
“Not impossible in the unlikely event it goes perfectly,” said Meas.

A quarter in and O HAI PLOT and challenging the world building and I‘m so here for this but also NOOOOOO DON‘T KILL THE DRAGONS

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The Bone Ships | RJ Barker

Right. It‘s finally time to sail the Hundred Isles aboard the Tide Child. SO MUCH AWESOME WORLD BUILDING! Characters also intriguing but that‘s fine, tell me more about this world, RJ

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Apparently this is the penultimate Lychford novella and if Judith‘s predicament hadn‘t already destroyed me, that news would have done. Lights Go Out picks up the threats hinted at previously and throws them at the coven as Judith quietly unravels after her Herculean effort to save Lychford previously. Love the growth here for Autumn, and - as ever - Cornell‘s tough loving glance at English life and attitudes.

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“We do know, however, that this is a magical creature who‘s not powerful enough to avoid being kicked out of the W.I.”

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Tis the season to return to Lychford

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Steel Frame | Andrew Skinner

This is the unholy offspring of a one night stand between Pacific Rim and Battlestar Galactica. I‘m loving it.

imyril IT‘S OKAY, SHE‘S NUCLEAR 🤖 2mo
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Steel Frame | Andrew Skinner

‘If someone calls, you go. Into the fire, if that‘s what it takes. Into the wind, even if it‘s blowing full of hate and cinders. Towards the screams, if they‘re lucky. Into the quiet if not.‘

Took me a chapter or two to settle down but we‘re right in with a battered search & rescue protagonist and a hunk of renegade junk steel and I‘m buckled up for the ride. Let‘s cancel the apocalypse, Rook.

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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Oh my poor bruised heart. Politics, poetry and yearning - this is a beautiful tale of not belonging and of struggle. I can‘t wait to see where Arkady Martine takes this series next. #scifimonth

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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We have lift off! It‘s #SciFiMonth at last and I‘m so excited for 30 days of revelling in all things SF. I‘m deep in Arkady Martine‘s space opera debut A Memory Called Empire and loving every development.

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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It's official: a spark became a flame, and we have a #SciFiMonth read-along! We'll read at our own pace, with weekly discussion prompts for those that wish to post their thoughts.

Chapter breakdown for weekly discussion: https://onemore.org/2019/10/29/the-sparrow-read-along/

We're an informal bunch, so if you fancy joining us... join us :)

Bookwormjillk Cool! I just started this book yesterday! 3mo
imyril @Bookwormjillk perfect to chat with us as we play catch up 😄 3mo
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FIVE (days to go) - I came home from Bristolcon to discover the lovely folk at Head of Zeus had sent me some perfect #SciFiMonth bookpost! Very excited about my TBR (will need time travel to read it all, but nothing new there)

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A glorious collection of retelling and re-imaginings centering female characters and frequently challenging the traditional female fairy tale experience. Particular favourites for me: The Last Man Standing, The Bogman's Wife, Meeting Baba Yaga and No Country For Old Women

Full review: https://onemore.org/2019/10/11/foxfire-wolfskin

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Under the Skin | Michel Faber
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SEVEN (days to go) and I‘m wondering about squeezing in a reread of Michel Faber‘s alien debut for #SciFiMonth. Although I‘m not sure I can put myself through the film again...

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EIGHT (days to go!) - @deargeekplace and I are giving away two of these amazing books to celebrate the start of #SciFiMonth - sign up and join in the first week to enter the draw! (see link for more details)

https://deargeekplace.com/scifi-month-update-free-stuff/

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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NINE (days to go!) We were talking about The Sparrow a while back on Twitter & I casually suggested a #SciFiMonth read-along. There was a spark of interest so time to get serious: shout now if you would like me to set one up for November!

shanaqui I could go for that... I originally read it for a book club oh so long ago! 3mo
imyril @shanaqui I haven‘t reread in years but I remember loving it so much 3mo
shanaqui @imyril oh yeah, it blew me away. Didn't love the sequel as much, but still... 3mo
deargeekplace I‘m in! 3mo
imyril @deargeekplace game on :) 3mo
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TEN (days to go)

It‘s time to count down to #SciFiMonth! Our annual geek out over books, movies and other media will be running through November - including a read-along of Record of a Spaceborn Few, a twice as nice giveaway to get us started and a heap of fun along the way! Fancy joining us?

Details and sign up link - https://onemore.org/2019/10/17/scifimonth-2019-plot-your-course/

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Oh my poor devastated heart. What a fitting conclusion to a brilliant series ❤️🐉🦇🔥❤️

shanaqui Yeah. ;_; 3mo
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The stories are as beguiling as the cover art

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Meanwhile, on Sarn: SCREAMING INTENSIFIES

shanaqui Ahahaha, is all I have to say. 4mo
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A satisfying end to the journey - bravo to Anna Stephens for winning me to her cause in spite of my lack of enthusiasm for grimdark. This is very grim, and very dark, but it also lights a lot of candles and gave me some unforgettable characters to care about. Expect me to see me reference Gilda regularly for years.

Full review (minor spoilers): https://onemore.org/2019/09/21/bloodchild-anna-stephens/

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The Bone Ships | RJ Barker

I am way more excited to read this than I should be (I was the oddity who didn‘t love Age of Assassins) but SHIPS CREWED BY CONVICTS and ARCHIPELAGOES and MAGIC and A MAP and SEA DRAAAAAAAGONS

(Why yes I love a fantasy map. More space opera should include star charts, fite me)

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Anyone for a read-along? @deargeekplace and I will be completing our journey through The Winnowing Flame starting mid September!

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/20304545

deargeekplace Yesssss!! 5mo
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I adored this book. Audrey is distinct from the grandmother who overshadows her, and a delightful companion. Her adventures in linguistics fighting the politicisation of research are just as gripping as Isabella‘s journeys and feel very timely with their central questions of how the stories we tell about ourselves and others change our attitudes. Wonderful stuff, side by side with marvellous myth making.

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“I‘m not very good at friends. But I suppose it doesn‘t matter anymore”

😭💔😭💔😭

Oh, Cora

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I love love love that the conflict is academic and reputational, not romantic or sexual. And by the time Audrey says this, it‘s an absolutely stinging rebuke.

Just wonderful.

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“I didn‘t mean to start a riot”

...once a Camherst, always a Camherst

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Is it wrong that my immediate thought was ‘...when you took it off her‘?

Apparently I have instant ship for Audrey and Cora.

shanaqui I bet my sister will join you in that. 5mo
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Darksoul | Anna Stephens
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I don‘t do much grimdark these days, but I make an exception for Anna Stephens. Still, I spent much of Darksoul grimacing or flinching and really not enjoying myself. I feel like Darksoul worked harder and was more focused than Godblind, but was also more conventional / predictable; and I have Thoughts about the handling of Crys, Ash, Tara and Rillirin. Nonetheless, a solid second book if you have the stomach for it.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Quiet, cosy, meandering, sometimes melancholy, always charming. Another fine yarn from Diane Setterfield - a bit of a shaggy dog story, but the sort you can curl up with and enjoy on a wet afternoon by the fire.

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MURDER-CAKE WOMAN

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