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khooliha

khooliha

Joined September 2016

Gonna get crushed by a tbr pile. They/Them
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Caressed by Ice | Nalini Singh

I have a lot of hopes for this series, but one I'd like it to deal with asap is being so shitty about drugs.

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Caressed by Ice | Nalini Singh

The Krychek in this series has to be named after the X-Files Krychek, right?

julesG That was my first thought too. 4d
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Such Pretty Flowers | K. L. Cerra
Bailedbailed

Not bad, I don't guess, but I gave it a third of the book and still wasn't engaged, so it's time to move on.

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I think this book (and Sebastian's other mid-century romances) are kinda perfect. They give me the exact thing I want. What gifts!

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No! No!!
(Assassination fee second only to Vetinari, and only barely)

julesG 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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Truly, Madly, Deeply: A Novel | Alexandria Bellefleur
Bailedbailed

Turns out I cannot take a book only having a single POV & being weird about divorce & being under informed about podcasts. Too many strikes!

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Wake Me Most Wickedly | Felicia Grossman
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My hat is remaining uneaten!

julesG 🤣🤣 2w
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The Sins on Their Bones | Laura R. Samotin

I pre-ordered a book from my local bookstore and I got a copy from Canada? I live in Florida???

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Wake Me Most Wickedly | Felicia Grossman
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Sol, buddy, if your brother isn't trying to have you killed, I'll eat my hat

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Your Shadow Half Remains | Sunny Moraine
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Small haul for Independant Bookstore Day, but I got to chat with one of the owners (who I hadn't seen in awhile) and the pen was on sale!

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Fake Boyfriend Fiasco | Talia Hibbert
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Shout out to a line that made me tear up in an airport!

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Visions of Heat | Nalini Singh
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I think Vaughn is kind of a dud, but sentient beings formed by the psychic internet make up for it

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Consort of Fire | Kit Rocha
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Just a fantastic time! First in a duology, so not exactly a HEA here, but this was absolute aces - love these three, love this world, can't wait to meet the Phoenix

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Consort of Fire | Kit Rocha

I will never not laugh when the fire and earth dragon guy literally makes localized earthquakes while coming. Everyone else is right to give him shit for this! This book is Great

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The Other Wind | Ursula K. Le Guin

My god, Ged, just spoon this guy until your wife gets back!

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Some specious taxonomy going on here...

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The Spite House: A Novel | Johnny Compton

Hey Eric, do you not want to talk to a reporter about what happened at the house or do you want to intimidate a librarian into telling you about what happened at the house? I feel you should pick one.

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Devil in Winter | Lisa Kleypas
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A much better outing for me than Dreaming of You, even if Ivo Jenner bites it. I don't have the love for Kleypas that some do, but I'm glad to have not disliked another one from her.

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Devil in Winter | Lisa Kleypas

Hey, Ivo Jenner! My favorite guy from Dreaming of You! Oh no, you're dying???

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BIG ups to this indie store I ordered this from shipping it early so that I could inhale it in less than 24 hours. Good stuff! At least my second favorite of the books of hers I've read.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Beautiful cover! 3mo
khooliha @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Her past 2 books have had a pre-order campaign with Love's Sweet Arrow where you get a bonus cover - they both great! 3mo
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Johnny, you were going to get married without mentioning your deceased brother?? You're wild for this one!

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The BREATH I just sucked in when Matthew takes Athena's glasses to clean them! That's so intimate, dude!!!

khooliha Marked as a spoiler because this book isn't out yet? Thanks for sending it early, indie book store! 3mo
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Finding Gene Kelly | Torie Jean
Bailedbailed

Sitting here at working, thinking about coming home to having to read this book and thinking Ugh is a real dnf thought, so goodbye!

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Finding Gene Kelly | Torie Jean

BOY this lady isn't very smart

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Finding Gene Kelly | Torie Jean

I don't know if this was written after the Chris Evans will play Gene Kelly in a biopic news, but it does cast him in a fantasy about a remake of An American in Paris and: Chris Evans Doesn't Have Gene Kelly Energy

khooliha I will be saying this until this movie doesn't come out 4mo
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Cat Sebastien just -hits- for me, and this thing hit. Plot? Almost nonexistent. Vibes? Off the charts.

khooliha The Cabot novellas are, canonically, crying-in-sweaters books, and I adore them for it 4mo
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Whalefall: A Novel | Daniel Kraus
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A soft sort of pick, because it's a propulsive read, very effective in that way, but man, fuck that dad. Fuck him.

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Whalefall: A Novel | Daniel Kraus

Okay, he has an explanation for the lack of italics in the acknowledgements but I Do Not Understand It. The language became special to you, so it deserves to be unitalicized??

julesG That's a weird explanation. 4mo
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Whalefall: A Novel | Daniel Kraus

There haven't been too many yet, but to not italicize the scientific names is driving me nuts.

julesG Ugh! I can relate 4mo
khooliha @julesG The author is coming to our book club and I am probably going to ask about this choice 4mo
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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Mehso-so

It's very weird to come out of a nearly 600 page book and just feel entirely neutral about it. Mostly I'm just relieved that I get to read something else now.

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"Too much inclined to passive goodwill" - have you met yourself, Severian??

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Thankful for Hoopla and audiobooks today, as I feel like shit but also I need to read this book that Is Not Grabbing me. I won't bail, because I really do want to keep up with Shelved by Genre, but if they weren't covering this book I'd let Severian's space travel remain a mystery.

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Mehso-so

Not as engaging as the first half of this saga, it's not like these two books are bad, but Citadel of the Autarch just didn't engage me the way the other books did. Severian, you are forever a little freak to me.

JLaurenceCohen But what did you think of the twist that [redacted] is Severian's [redacted]? 5mo
khooliha @JLaurenceCohen it made me SO MAD. Too much freak juice, Severian! 5mo
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The Dark Fraction, eh? Good one. (Opening Barker, closing King, don't know if the skeleton center is anyone specific)

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What Happened Was Impossible? It sure was!

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A Power Unbound | Freya Marske
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I had other plans for my 3 day weekend, but there are no regrets. Good book, good trilogy, can't wait to revisit it. (I'm fascinated to be reminded how Jack plays in the first one - I remember hating him. Sorry, Jack! You are a prick, though!).

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A Long Time Dead | Samara Breger
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I love these vampires, I love this book

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Q-in-Law | Peter David

I think this book is mostly pretty bad, but the deliciousness of Picard telling Q that passionate hate usually also indicates passionate love - my dude, are you hearing yourself? Talking to you most *ahem* hated guy??

khooliha Of course, this book doesn't know that queerness is real, so it misses the tasty treat too. 7mo
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"I can tell the women I've fucked apart, I promise."
Severian, you absolute freak, the book is nearly over and also, since you feel you have to state it, I'm not sure I believe you

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This series casually dropping things like vivimancers, the opposite of necromancers (dead people who can summon the living who are, in turn, capable of summoning the dead back to life), is why it's cool.

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The Shepherd's Crown | Terry Pratchett
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It's a strange book, it's a lovely skeleton with some parts fleshed out in a way that tricks you into thinking you'll get to read new Discworld books forever. I think it's a fitting end, even if it's not a goodbye.
#OokBOokClub

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The Shepherd's Crown | Terry Pratchett
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why won't they call that boy a witch
#OokBOokClub

julesG Good question. 8mo
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The Shepherd's Crown | Terry Pratchett
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I knew about the death in this book (it was inadvertently spoiled for me years ago) but I didn't know how -early- it would be. Seeing the world think and mourn is hitting me hard.
#OokBOokClub

julesG Same! I hate it. I knew it was coming. 9mo
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The Shepherd's Crown | Terry Pratchett

Well, I guess the time has come.
This already feels unfinished/unpolished, but unlike Raising Steam (which pushed me away), this one more feels like a fable so far - I think this will work, for a witch story especially.
#OokBOokClub

julesG I'm still not ready. I don't want to have read them all. 9mo
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Whoops, finished this last week and forgot to review! A weird book, I grew to enjoy it more and more, even if I don't always get how this Urth connects to ours. But texts don't exist to be solved, so that's fine. (Also, I recommend the podcast Shelved By Genre, who put forth that thesis.)

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Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Mehso-so

Another book club pick, this book is Fine but I don't think it really works. Way too much wind up for not enough pitch.

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Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Sometimes a book is trying to be horrific but then it says "Four hundred children flew into the air as if they had been shot from catapults." and there's nothing to do but laugh.

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Untitled | Unknown

Signed up for a new book box that promises adult queer reads, it finally gets here today... and I got one of the wrong books, a YA novel, I think. I am now sitting with my disappointment.

khooliha I think/hope they will fix it! And this shipping error may ultimately mean I just get a bonus book! But right this second I'm bummed. 9mo
khooliha No bonus book, but the proper one will be sent soon. Only 1 hour of being bummed out. 9mo
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We Could Be So Good | Cat Sebastian

Going to see Some Like It Hot in a romance novel, great choice!

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Not going to review this one simply because I did not read it in an ideal way and also: what is there to say about it? If you like Ligotti it is A Lot of Ligotti; if you're new to Ligotti I'd probably say find something of his in another anthology? The stories are pretty similar, tonally and image-wise.