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kalinichta

kalinichta

Joined October 2016

Possibly the slowest, moodiest reader you've ever met.
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You know how people go drunk shopping online and end up ordering outlandish things? I made my first foray into drunk shopping and bought... a book. AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?

Soubhiville What, only one? Maybe you need another drink! 🤣📚 2y
kalinichta @Soubhiville 🤣 Cheers to that! 🥂 2y
rubyslippersreads I agree with @Soubhiville 😀🍷 Also, lovely Tortie. 😻 2y
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kalinichta @rubyslippersreads 😄 Cheers, and thank you! 2y
Tamra Sounds very right to me! 2y
AmyG Ha! 2y
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The Book of the Year | No Such Thing As A Fish
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No Such Thing As A Fish fans and other strange fact nerds: someone brilliant has put together a Goodreads list of all the books referenced in the Fish podcast! I am dying, as is my TBR.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/131792.No_Such_Thing_as_a_Fish

Magpiegem Ooooooooooooh!!!!! 2y
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Ring the Hill | Tom Cox
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I received a generous Powell's gift card for Christmas, and it took me forever to decide what I wanted to use it on. Been a fan of Tom Cox since I started following his My Sad Cat Twitter ages ago. Tod A is a musician (Cop Shoot Cop, Firewater) I love a lot. And, well, Raymond Chandler is Raymond Chandler. #bookhaul

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On Literature | Umberto Eco
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Italy acquires Umberto Eco library and archive

"The acquisition follows an agreement between Eco's family and the culture ministry, with the state to guarantee the conservation of the remarkable heritage, making it accessible to students and scholars."

https://www.wantedinmilan.com/news/italy-acquires-umberto-eco-library-and-archiv...

batsy That's wonderful. I don't know if you saw this? https://twitter.com/tedgioia/status/1351432153922416640?s=19 2y
kalinichta @batsy I have seen that! It's what I think of any time his library is mentioned. 2y
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Y'all, I need some book recommendations because I'm flailing. I want to read something that is dark, a little morbid, a little quirky. The vibe I'm looking for is along the lines of Edward Carey's Little. It can be scary, but it doesn't have to be. A character or two should be a little outside social norms in their behavior, and there should probably be some detached body parts somewhere in it. Any ideas?

Eyelit I don‘t know if it fits the Dark requirement but it fits morbid and quirky... 2y
kalinichta @Eyelit Oo, interesting, thank you! 2y
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Mehso-so

I was interested in a book that was kind of sick and creepy, and this did deliver somewhat on that. But I'm wondering if Flynn hates women or if she was trying to paint a picture of a hometown that would fuck anyone up. Aside from two women from outside of the narrator's hometown, all the females in this book were portrayed as manipulative and vindictive. Most of them seemed more caricature than character. The denouement felt rushed. ⬇

kalinichta And the main character's decisions in many cases were questionable at best. That being said, I did like Flynn's development of the main character. I feel like I should give Flynn another chance to deliver on some decent story development chops, especially since this was her first novel. 2y
Bookish.SAM I had the same trouble with this one... could not even remotely comprehend the main character‘s actions. I later got sucked into the mini-series and the actress did a great job of making it make a little more sense...it also had a pretty fun soundtrack. 2y
kalinichta @Bookish.SAM I might watch that sometime then, thanks for the tip! Because her explanations of doing it for the story or so her 13-year-old half-sister would like her were not really cutting it for me. 2y
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Woo, managed to finish another book! I'm sure it says far too much about me that I didn't find this book creepy, and I think I might like to live with Merricat, Constance, and Jonas on the moon.

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Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood | Trixie Mattel, Katya Zamolodchikova
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Mehso-so

I'm in an extended can't-settle-on-one-book period, but I did manage to breeze through this one. I fully love drag queens Katya Zamolodchikova and Trixie Mattel and never miss an episode of their web series UNHhhh, so there was no way I wasn't going to read this. That being said, the book is only okay, but carries a good message of being yourself and loving yourself couched in Trixie and Katya's trademark offbeat humor.

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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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An interesting little video at the link about The Folio Society's edition of Doctor Zhivago, with art from Paternak's father in a new translation by Pasternak's nephew.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CCQbPyXJv_G/?igshid=cs93w3rkj0q2

BarbaraBB Gorgeous edition 😍 2y
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The Hakawati | Rabih Alameddine
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Just finished this book, and I'm a little sad that, after over two months of dragging it out, I'll no longer have these stories of family and fantasy to dip into each night. Alameddine creates a cozy patchwork quilt of story to wrap yourself in. Stories inside of stories inside of stories.

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The Hakawati | Rabih Alameddine
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Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.

[quoting Fernando Pessoa in _The Book of Disquiet_]

batsy ❤️ 3y
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Been moving house & drawing out a particular 500+ page novel. But in the meantime, I did finish Ali Wong's book. Framed as a series of missives to her 2 young daughters, Wong puts forth the case for being unapologetically yourself, giving your all to what you love, grabbing hold of what the world has to offer, & not settling for anything less than the best in all areas of life. And, of course, it's funny.

Photo from Green Apple Books' Twitter.

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1. Rebecca Solnit, Mary Roach, Sy Montgomery

2. Maya Angelou, Caitlin Doughty, all of Sleater Kinney (and women musicians in general), Malala Yousafzai

3. I'll go with an easy favorite, Sarah Scribbles https://sarahcandersen.com/

4. Bitch magazine

Love 👏 This 👏 Prompt. 🤘

#friyayintro @howjessreads @4thhouseontheleft

alisiakae Why do I not know about Bitch magazine? I need to rectify that now! 3y
kalinichta @4thhouseontheleft They've been around for a while, but they seem to fly just below the radar. Very smart articles, and very unapologetic stance. 3y
Nute Excellent responses! 2y
kalinichta @Nute Why, thank you! 2y
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Blount's travelogue is appropriately subtitled "Rambles Around New Orleans". It is by no means a travel guide and by no means gives a fully rounded view of the city. But it is a charming ramble around town filled with charming, rambling stories of New Orleans and the time Blount has spent there. A good way to spend time with NOLA if you've already visited and fell in love.

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Spring | Ali Smith
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Mehso-so

I wasn't really feeling this installment in the Seasonal Quartet, and I can't quite put my finger on why. It didn't bring me as much joy as Autumn and Winter. I didn't wonder over Smith's way with words like I did the first two.

Oh well, still looking forward to Summer (the book, not the season - I hate the season).

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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book | Brian Froud, Terry Jones
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Some evening reading in honor of Terry Jones.

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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book | Brian Froud, Terry Jones
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Terry Jones, who was famously known as a bringer of joy as a part of Monty Python's Flying Circus, but who also was the author of several books, has died.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jan/22/terry-jones-monty-python-founder-an...

Moray_Reads Oh! What a shame, such a funny man 3y
kalinichta @Moray_Reads He was a delight. 3y
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The Bear Comes Home | Rafi Zabor
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"Bear, I hate to tell you, but this is what life is like. You go along for awhile until you've had more than you can deal with and then you go the rest of the way in pieces."

Boy howdy, can I relate to that.

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A Black Women's History of the United States | Kali Nicole Gross, Daina Ramey Berry
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Eyelit Thanks for this! 3y
Tonton Thank you! 3y
kalinichta @Eyelit @Tonton Absolutely my pleasure! 3y
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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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I moved right on to Winter after finishing and loving Autumn. It started off a little rough because Art, one of the MCs, started out a little awful. But by the end I was quite pleased, with both Art and the book as a whole. Glad I got a tip-off about the connection between the books as I might not have picked up on it on my own.

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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You guys... I just let out the goofiest nerd-laugh of delight upon discovering House of Leaves has an index. So excited, yet intimidated, by this book.

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The Annotated Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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I got a Powell's gift card for Christmas, and my haul arrived today! Gheeeee! So excite! 😄

readordierachel Score! 😍 3y
kalinichta @readordierachel An embarrassment of riches. I was so excited to get them I could barely focus on the adulting I was supposed to be doing. 3y
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My 2019 reads. I read as many books over the whole year as some of you read on one month, but I exceeded my (admittedly low-balled) goal, so I'm good with that. The definite standouts were America Is Not The Heart and Autumn.

batsy I see a few in here that I loved ❤️ 3y
kalinichta @batsy It certainly wasn't a bad reading year. Not a lot of "empty calorie" books. 3y
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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Well, I just fell right off the radar, didn't I? Life has been... challenging. But I've still been reading. Just finished the above, my first Ali Smith, and I'm enchanted. The dreaminess, wordplay, humor, astute insight, and heart of this book had me enraged from the start and didn't let me down. A book to be cherished.

Megabooks She‘s a treasure! Welcome back! 3y
kalinichta @Megabooks I've already got Winter queued up to read. And thank you! 3y
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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I've never had a book pull on my heartstrings as frequently as this one. A meditation on love and death and war and all the horrible and wonderful things we humans do to each other. And while it got very heavy at times, requiring me to put it down for a bit to recover, it was a true pleasure to read.

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Paperback Writer | Richard Taylor
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All your favorite songs reimagined as vintage book covers, from Lit Hub.

https://lithub.com/all-your-favorite-songs-reimagined-as-vintage-book-covers-you...

Eyelit This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing 😂 3y
FlowerFairy Life on Mars and Red Right Hand! 😍😂😍 3y
kalinichta @Eyelit My pleasure. 😀 3y
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kalinichta @FlowerFairy I think Sheena and Rid of Me are my favorites 3y
batsy Thank you for this, some of those are too good 😁 Paranoid Android is good one! 3y
kalinichta @batsy Happy to be of service. 😊 3y
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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This book is just about killing me right now.

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The Answers: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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Hmm... It is an interesting concept, trying to engineer an ideal relationship, but the Girlfriend Experiment collapses in on itself, not least of all because the egocentric dude who has come up with the idea makes a shambles of it. The MC, Mary, is an interesting study, and it was a readable story (except for the parts where egodude Kurt was the primary focus). But I found the resolution very unsatisfying, seeming to just drift off into vapor.

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The Answers: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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About 45% of the way through The Answers. Kurt is insufferable. Please send help.

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Can a year of sleep change your life? Let's find out!

Even though the MC was kind of a terrible person, I couldn't wait to see what happened next in her pursuit of a life reset through sleep. (And I have to admit I was envious of her ability to take a year off to sleep. Oh, beautiful sleep...) And that psychiatrist!

#BetterLivingThroughChemistry

Leftcoastzen It‘s such a strange and wonderful book! 3y
britt_brooke I love Moshfegh! 3y
kalinichta @britt_brooke I'll definitely read more from her. 3y
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Rebecca Solnit, man. Every time I read her, I feel like my mind opens a bit more, and I can see things a little more clearly. In this collection of essays, she focuses her sharp, grounded powers of analysis mainly on the subject of silence - who is silenced (spoiler: it's basically everyone except cishet white men), how, and what happens when the silence is shattered.

Photo: Haymarket Books Twitter

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I finished this book a day or so ago, and I miss it. I especially miss spending time with Hero. This is a slow, quotidian book, which may not be attractive to some readers, but I feel is perfect for the story of a woman who is just learning to be human again after her world ends, and a snapshot of a Filipino-American community in 1990s Northern California. I loved it.

batsy Yes to everything in your review! Loved it for those reasons. 4y
kalinichta @batsy I've been spending the past couple of days trying to find something to read that would hit that same spot. 4y
AndjoSant Attended her talk at the Sydney Writers Festival & bought her novel on the spot, 4y
AndjoSant Can‘t wait to sink my teeth into it, great to see Filipinx authors coming to the fore 4y
kalinichta @AndjoSant Very cool. Hope you enjoy it! 4y
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I sometimes volunteer at the Kids' Book Bank. One of the perks is that I sometimes get to rescue books that would otherwise be discarded and add them to my personal library. Today, I saved Encyclopedia Brown from "book heaven".

#volunteering #HeavenIsActuallyAShredder

tammysue 🙌🏻😊 4y
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I've seen a few reviews of this book describing the mc as unlikable, but, in all honesty, I saw a lot of myself in this book. It is a pretty accurate portrait of someone who becomes consumed by love (or "love") in an attempt to fill an unfillable hole inside (and illustrates the reason I now choose to remain single). I've never seen this aspect of myself portrayed so honestly, to the point of almost being unnerving. That being said...?

kalinichta I found the merman stuff itself a bore and could have done with less of the unsexy detailed descriptions of sex (I don't mind sex in a book at all, but after a while it started to feel like the stuff I've put in NaNoWriMo projects just to too my word count) and the mc's reveries about their mystical perfect union (gag). And it absolutely sucks that she's never held accountable for her care of her sisters dog. 4y
Reggie Nice review!! 4y
kalinichta @Reggie Thank you so much! 4y
batsy Yes, great review! I was on the fence but your review, as always, has given me a different impression and now it sounds like something I'd give a shot 🙂 4y
kalinichta @batsy Oh wow, thank you! I take that as a huge compliment coming from you. 💙 4y
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If you're looking for a book about books, this is not the book you're looking for. But you should read it anyway because it is a delight. Bythell, owner of the largest secondhand bookshop in Scotland gives a daily account of a year in his life as a bookseller, including hilarious, mystifying, and heartwarming interactions with customers and colleagues. An eminently readable dispelling of the romantic myth of owning a bookshop.

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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Sunny morning with a book, coffee, and a cat getting in on the sunbeam action. This is the life of leisure I was meant for.

#JokingNotJoking #CatsOfLitsy

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More Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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Another visit with our friends from Barbary Lane means more soap opera-like twists and turns, and I think it's even more fun than the first one. Though our corn-pone Midwestern gal (who is a little too corn-pone and Midwestern to be from Cleveland, even in the '70s) Mary Ann gets a little annoying in this one, I feel even more in love with most of the returning characters. Also, can I please move back to northern California now?

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Mixed feelings about this. I have issues with it from the portrayal of the gentile German citizens in general to the odd word and image choices (sometimes causing me to put the book down and ask, "What does that even MEAN?"). But I came to care for a number of the characters in the book, which will always pull me through to the end. I'd like to read the story Liesel wrote.

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It's Me! | Eric Drachman, Isabelle Decenciere
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I feel very attacked right now.

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Finally reading Kitchen Confidential, and while it's as entertaining as expected, man, could it use a copy editor. I'm less than 20% in, and I have already seen enough missing words, wrong words, and lack of proper punctuation to make me despair. I'm really surprised to see this kind of work in such a hugely popular, bestselling book.

Does anyone else find their reading experience marred by poor copy editing? Or am I the only nerd?

candority Oh, that drives me nuts! 4y
Soubhiville Usually I‘m annoyed by it, but I don‘t remember noticing any while reading this... I have the kindle version so maybe it‘s been edited or updated? Actually I‘m probably not the best judge this time as I read it during my surgery recovery last summer, probably not completely coherently... 🤪 4y
Susannah I see errors in books all the time, and it drives me crazy. I wish I could find data related to the number of copy editors in the book industry over the past 20 years to see if it has declined. Whether a book is fiction or nonfiction, poor copy editing takes me right out of a book. 🤦‍♀️ 4y
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JazzFeathers @Susannah l do see mistakes (usually typos) more than l used to. I do think this is a service publishers are shrinking on. 4y
kalinichta @candority Especially when you have to re-read a sentence three times to figure out what that heck it means. 4y
kalinichta @Soubhiville 😃 I'm reading a Kindle version, too. I've taken to highlighting instances now, and I found three within an hour's reading. I may get my hands on a paper copy to compare because it's really astounding to me. 4y
kalinichta @Susannah I know with the growing popularity of the internet, I'd seen numerous online articles that clearly hadn't been copy edited, but to see it increasing in books is distressing. 4y
SamAnne Agreed. And I‘m doing the audio. 4y
quanners The audiobook is a great solution to that annoyance and it‘s read by Bourdain. 4y
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As you can tell, I couldn't relate to this book at all. 🙄

I remember spending time poring over maps and encyclopedias in my youth, and this book beautifully tapped into that casual geographer mindset. Informative and entertaining, never getting too technical, this book had me fondly remembering those evenings stretched out on the living room floor, scanning maps just to see what was out there, while also turning an eye to where maps are going.

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Lazy Sunday reclining in bed with Ken Jennings' "Maphead". It's already full of the kind of informational asides and trivia you'd expect from a former "Jeopardy" champ - just my cup of tea. Stella is into it, too.

#catsoflitsy #cartography #mapnerd

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I really don't know how I feel about this book. It's a memoir partially of Gold becoming an adult, but moreso of Gold coming through his kind of fucked up relationship with his mother, who has probably more than one undiagnosed mental condition. Sometimes it's compelling, but mostly it's like one, big self-therapy session. Still, I think people who have difficult relationships with their parents might find solace here.

kalinichta Also thought you guys would appreciate these recs from Gold's bookseller days. 4y
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Brilliant.

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Woohoo! Finally have this memoir from the author of "Carter Beats the Devil" thanks to a Christmas gift card. The endpapers are covered with intriguing references to the content, like "lolly is a slut" and "story yeast". Excited to get started!

Soubhiville Cool cover! 4y
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Every time I read science fiction, I think, "I should just not try with science fiction." This short book took me forever to read, and any interest I had in finding out what was going on fizzled out halfway through. Meh.

Image from treehugger.com.

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The High Window | Raymond Chandler
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For me, reading Raymond Chandler is not about plot or whodunit, but about beautiful turns of phrase and description, dry and sometimes unexpectedly absurd humor, and the subtle and complex peeks into the character of Philip Marlowe. In the High Window, Marlowe is referred to as a "shop-worn Galahad" and shows an almost anachronistic adherence to the practice of consent, especially as concerns a damaged young woman. Marlowe is a fascinating puzzle.

kalinichta The photo, btw, is the back cover of this '70s paperback edition. The front cover is just fugly. 4y
gradcat Ah, Philip Marlowe—he‘s one of the swooniest fictional detectives...😍🥰👍 4y
kalinichta @gradcat He's just so damned intriguing! 4y
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The High Window | Raymond Chandler
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Sometimes you're reminded that Chandler wrote poetry when he was a young man.

"[...] old men with faces like lost battles."

That line keeps killing me every time I look at it.

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The High Window | Raymond Chandler
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Freaky reading coincidence: I've been reading "A Gentleman in Moscow" on my Kindle during the day, and a paper copy of "The High Window" at night (to reduce screens before bed). As most of you know the first book is about a man put under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow. The second book takes place in 1940s Los Angeles... and refers to a Hotel Metropole.

I did a double-take when I came across that last night. ?

BarbaraTheBibliophage Bookish synchronicity is the best! 4y
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Sad to say, this was not the book for me. It was not the unputdownable page-turner that The Heart's Invisible Furies was. And I found the main character whose only personality trait was ambition almost completely uninteresting. But I did like the Gore Vidal and Edith chapters. And I did actually finish it, so there's that.

RaimeyGallant Good to know. 4y
Bakingbookworm I agree. I was so saddened not to love it as much as Heart‘s Invisible Furies. I thought it was predictable with Maurice being too cliched as the ‘bad guy‘. 4y
KatieDid927 I completely agree. 4y
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kalinichta @Bakingbookworm @KatieDid927 I'm so glad I'm not done on this one. This is one of those instances where so many people love a book I don't love that it makes me wonder if I missed something somehow. 4y
kalinichta Done = alone 4y
KatieDid927 @kalinichta Yeah I‘m honestly not sure what people are loving, other than Boyne‘s brilliant prose. There‘s no depth and the story was incredibly predictable. I‘ll forget about this book completely in a few months. 4y
kalinichta @KatieDid927 Yep, exactly. 4y
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