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khooliha

khooliha

Joined September 2016

Gonna get crushed by a tbr pile. They/Them
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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories by Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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Would Like to Meet | Rachel Winters
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It took a bit for me to calibrate to this book (and it was still too cringy for me from time to time) but ultimately I ended up liking it.

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Would Like to Meet | Rachel Winters

Surely there's been a romcom with plagiarism in it as a plot point? Surely this main character should recognize that this man is stealing from her? (Stealing is not yet confirmed, but if this jerk is on the up and up I will eat ALL of my hats.)

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Update: Christmas Eve is an important (TERRIBLE) date in this book, dang it was seasonal all along

P. S. Murders are BAD, poems are GOOD

khooliha A goofy review to distance myself emotionally from the awful facts contained in this book? I never! 5d
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Yeah, I don't think I'm bothering to go seasonal this winter.

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Only the Devil is Here | Stephen Michell
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Mehso-so

Sometimes not much happens and then the kid is the Devil.

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Only the Devil is Here | Stephen Michell

Having an overstuffed kindle means grabbing next reads at random, so, uh, the devil is here, I guess. Not really reaching for seasonal reads, I suppose.

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While it lacked that ceetain something that makes me obsessed with a book, I was still really charmed by these nerds.

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Lords and Ladies | Terry Pratchett
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This book is very... sad on a reread. Granny Weatherwax's relationship to the state of her mind is basically too much, in light of real life events.
Anyway, I at 31 feel sad about Magrat's everything in this series, since I think this is her goodbye. I wish the people who knew her best had liked her more.
But also? The book is good! Kind of too much for me to reread anytime soon, but good!
#OokBOokClub

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Lords and Ladies | Terry Pratchett

The thing that's striking me as sad on this reread is how little Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg know Magrat. They have just... never liked her or bothered to know her.
#OokBOokClub

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Lords and Ladies | Terry Pratchett

Me, reading this book for the first time since middle school: Oooooohhhhh, Agnes has a crush on Diamanda.
#OokBOokClub

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Lords and Ladies | Terry Pratchett

Magrat's whole arc is that "I -am- tired of being nice, I -do- just wanna to go apeshit" meme. #OokBOokClub

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Lords and Ladies | Terry Pratchett

I missed last month's #OokBOokClub but I feel pretty confident that I can catch up!

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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I don't read many memoirs, so I can't really compare this one, but this book is excellent and if Her Body and Other Parties hadn't made Machado an auto buy this one certainly would have.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado

It's late and I'm Tired, but I couldn't go to bed until choosing my next book. I always have to know what's on deck!
Anyway, I'm excited to read a memoir and get upset tomorrow!

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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Thanks to this romance novel for really making me think about my own parents' divorce, I guess.
(Plus, sometimes you just want a passell of fictional dudes pushing back against toxic masculinity.)

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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Been excited about this concept since I heard about it, so it's definitely getting bumped to the top of the tbr now that it's here!

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Untitled | Unknown
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Halloween is over officially, so it's time to get some queer romance back in these eyeballs!

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Gotta agree with Grady Hendrix in the introduction here. This isn't just one of my favorite horror novels I have ever read, it may well be one of my favorite novels period. What a book, what a book.

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I am moving So Slowly through the last 100 pages of this book, but it's because something every few pages brings tears to my eyes.

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Update: Sad

khooliha This is a much sadder and much more tender book that I was anticipating. 2mo
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Spent a couple days in Orlando and I had some time to kill and that means plugging the phrase "used book store" into google maps and driving. Pretty pleased with this little haul!

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While nothing in this anthology blew my mind I enjoyed each story! A lot of Poe's macabre plots creep me out even more when enacted by teens. Plus: the stories that did the inspiring are included too!

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I may be only 40 pages in, but yeah, I was needlessly worried about not liking this book. #screamathon

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Tomorrow I'll start The Tribe, a book I have heard unfailingly good things about. I am (baselessly) concerned I won't like it. #screamathon

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
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Decided to push through the end of this one tonight. It's a weird one - it has all of Greenhall's classic pointed prose, but nothing happens SO MUCH, especially for a book about a muder chain letter! I wish so badly that I liked it better.
#screamathon

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
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Preeeety casual about this poisoning, everybody! #RIPGracetheCat

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall

Can't believe I'm on my second horror novel of the year about a painter dad and the mystery he gets embroiled in. #screamathon

khooliha Of course, I'm a third of the way into the Teenhall and the embroiling still isn't happening. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Way to go! 👻🖤🧡 2mo
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Anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year? I have only done it successfully once, in 2013, but I want to try again this year.

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall

I must be misremembering the Ken Greenhall description in Paperbacks From Hell, because this Teenhall cannot possibly be for teens, despite looking like a teen scream and being about a chain letter. The main character is a cognac selling, antique mirror collecting guy on his way to divorce town with A Lot of thoughts about likability, human interactions, and portraiture. Classic Greenhall, with absolutely zero regard that a teen might be reading.

khooliha Which is all to obviously say that I am loving yet another Ken Greenhall banger. 2mo
khooliha I hope that every last one of his books is a banger! 2mo
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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
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The Teenhall is pulling no punches! Ken! The teens!

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
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Next up is the teen Ken Greenhall, which I will henceforth call the Teenhall.
#screamathon

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The Store | Bentley Little
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Gotta say, I was hoping for a more supernatural Shopping But Evil, but this book is mostly Corporations But More with a supernatural gloss. Libing here in 2019 I'm already acquainted with the evils of capitalism (which are super evil, to be fair). Thr ending seems naive 20+ years on and the main character isn't really forced to reckon with the absolute worst thing he did. It was a fast read, though.

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The Store | Bentley Little
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Gratified if these last 50 pages or so that the main character is a shitty a dude as I thought in the first couple of pages. (I know this has turned out to be a book about corruptability and complacency, but dude sucks.)

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The Store | Bentley Little
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Ready to read about Shopping But Evil. #screamathon

4thhouseontheleft 👻🖤🧟‍♂️ 2mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I'm Upset

julesG Well, now I'm doubly curious. I think it just went onto the top of my TBR 2mo
khooliha @julesG I look forward to seeing what you think! This has to be one of my favorite books this year. 2mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I'm in the last 70 pages or so and just hit the end of chapter 33, which is Very Ominous, and all I have to say is that if something happens to the Sixth I am going to FLIP a SHIT
(If something happens to the Ninth I will be destroyed, but I simply cannot see that happening)

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I almost made a post about how nothing could happen the the Fourth and now I'm 😢

khooliha IT GOT WORSE 2mo
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My (admittedly modest) #Screamathon tbr! The top three are books I am partway through and hoping to finish soon. Gotta say, of the untouched I am most excited for the Ken Greenhall rarity that had me gasping out loud at the used bookstore when I found it.
#screamathonphotochallenge

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir

I was hoping to wrap this up before October 1st, so I could slide cleanly into #Screamathon reading buuuuut a book this chock full of necromancers has to half count, right?

4thhouseontheleft I'd say it counts! 2mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Just reached the end of Act 2 and all I can say is OH NO THE FIFTH

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir

I am REALLY enjoying this book, but I don't really have anything clever to say about it. It's good!

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Horror: The 100 Best Books | Kim Newman, Stephen Jones

Pretty damn bold of this incredibly un-diverse book to give Harlan Ellison some space to shit on the entire genre of rap music.

khooliha I am owed more than 5 women, more than ZERO people of color, more than 1 queer person. We are all owed more. 3mo
khooliha (My demographic tabulation might be off but, counterpoint: the numbers are still horrific.) 3mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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As many times as I have seen this cover I never realized that these are sunglasses.

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Yeah, that would have been a one sitting read if I had started it earlier in the day. The perfect read to help me bounce back from back-to-back bails.

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore

quick midnight shout out to Good Books: they are real and they are my friend

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Time for a carefully applied antidote.

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Dang, so close to the end, but this chapter about Tess of the d'Ubervilles and sexual assault is the last straw. This book is from the 90's and is about Victorian literature, but I'm alive right now and I don't have to fucking read it.

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The author just posited that The Picture of Dorian Gray is disturbing from the first paragraph because the reader knows that roses and lilac are not simultaneously in their strongest bloom and that seems like a lot to expect from me, an idiot.

holarosarita Oh yeah man, the Victorians were OBSESSED with flowers. 3mo
khooliha @holarosarita Welp, that's one thing you've got on me Victorians! 3mo
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Horror: The 100 Best Books | Kim Newman, Stephen Jones

Between the early going of this book and all of "Is Heathcliff A Murderer?" I am absolutely parched for a modern book.