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majkia

majkia

Joined October 2016

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sci fi/fantasy fan, owned by a poodle and a doodle. Pearl Rule and Oxford Comma fan
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Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton
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Starfish | Peter Watts
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My March #ReadMyKindle selections. Hope I do better in March than I did in February!

@CBee

CBee You can do it 👏🏻👏🏻 4h
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Europe in Autumn | Dave Hutchinson
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This was a very strange book. Alt History, with Europe divided into many tiny states, and our hero a courier who crosses all the guarded boundaries to deliver people and things across borders. But there is another level of reality he's only so far gotten a glimpse of.

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Good Mix!

#Roll100 for March.

@PuddleJumper

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Another intriguing and confusing addition to the series. Confusing, in a good way, as you're never sure what will happen next. Lots of character development for Lynly and Havers as well.

#Bookspin

@TheAromaofBooks

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Eversion | Alastair Reynolds
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Very odd and surprising stand alone book that appears to be alt history but turns out as something quite different.

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Eyes of the Void | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Finished Eyes of the Void for #Doublespin and
Dead and Buried by Stephen Booth for #Bookspin

@TheAromaofBooks

Both great reads. :)👍

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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Dead and Buried | Stephen Booth
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Difficult entry for the series, with bad things happening to Cooper's life. As usual, the main 'character' is the setting. The moors and the Peak district front and center at the heart of the story.

#Roll100
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Starling House | Alix E. Harrow
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Characterization is super. I could almost see them in my mind. The setting, ditto. Atmospheric, creepy, horror done right IMO. The plot and the progression is great, kept me glued to the book. Best book so far this year.

It kept evoking something I already read years ago. I'm not a big horror reader, so enjoying this so much was a surprise.

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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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Just saw that Paramount has options to turn Starter Villain into a movie! Talking dolphins, controlling cats! I hope they follow through!

Julsmarshall OMG! I hope they get this made! (edited) 3w
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Welp, I finished it. I found the writing lovely, but really couldn't find a lot of reason to care about the characters who were, I admit, beautifully drawn.

#ReadMyKindle
#Roll100

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@CBee

Julsmarshall My opinion was similar. Beautifully written but kind of hard to care about the characters. Loved the cover! 3w
CBee Awesome job! 😊 3w
PuddleJumper I'll give that one a miss! 3w
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Will only have time for two this month.

#Readyourkindle
@CBee

CBee Perfect! 😊 3w
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Shards of Earth | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Strange unkown aliens attacking human worlds for no known reason. A few humans have been altered to 'fight' them. Only a few survived when humanity drove off the aliens. But they didn't win. Just - the aliens left.
Nicely written, very complex and he did a good job clarifying as much as possible.

I love that the attacking aliens are so, uhm, alien.
Really interesting, and intriguing book.

#Doublespin for January
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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February picks:

#Bookspin : Believing the Lie - Elizabeth George
#Doublespiin : Eyes of the Void - Adrian Tchaikovsky

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Starling House | Alix E. Harrow
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February ebooks to read:

#ReadMyKindle
@CBee

CBee Looks awesome 😊 4w
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Discworld 04 - Mort | Pratchett, Terry
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Funny jokes but I like Desth more in later books. Mort not quite so much.

#Backlist Readathon
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@TheAromaofBooks
#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Vienna at Nightfall | Richard Wake
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This is a scary read. It's about Hitler beginning to move on Europe and Austria specifically. It was far too close to current events, in the way Hitler and his cronies acted, for comfort.

#SeriesLove2024 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView
#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
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Fallen Dragon | Peter F. Hamilton
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PuddleJumper Looks good! 1mo
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The Anodyne Necklace | Martha Grimes
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I adore Jury and Plant. Laughs, great frienship, smart guys, intelligent kids, sneaky adults, and smitten women. I confess the mystery itself is secondary to me, because I love the Jury/Plant relationship so very much.

What's not to love.

#BacklistReadathon
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@TheAromaofBooks
#Roll100
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A Desolation Called Peace | Arkady Martine
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Complex and interconnecting characters, well drawn and thoughtful.
Aliens and civilizations that are different and complex
Beautifully written. Plot a bit hard to follow at times, but then there are many layers that make that true. Players with competing wants/needs/fears.
I confess to some confusion with the interactions of some of the characters. I think I need to re-read at some point.
Great read.

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Naked in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb

Way way way tooo romance-y for my tastes.

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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Very complex inter-relationships
- impressive atomosphere and world building
- Beautifully written with lots of introspection and consideration of events
- not as important as other aspects of the tale.
- guess who's on who's side. politics....
- loyalties tested, and sometimes with unexpected results
- I really enjoyed it. And am moving on to book two immediately.

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- The strength of the book are the characters, definitely. And I liked the diversity. Especially Thimble!
Atmosphere/Setting: - Nicely done world making and just a hint of magical stuff.
Well written and easy to read. Not much of a plot, but the story moves ahead anyway I did love how the characters come together, despite Viv at times.
• Enjoyment: - Definitely enjoyed it.
Rating: 3.5 💙

#Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
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Daggerspell | Katharine Kerr
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CAWPILE Rating:
Character: 6 - some characters well drawn
Atmosphere/Setting: 7 epic fantasy tropes
Writing Style: 8 - I enjoy her style
Plot: 7 - confusing, with multiple timelines and people reincarnated
Intrigue: 7 - plots and plots
Logic/Relationships: 5 - I found some of it rather unbelievable or at least odd
Enjoyment: 7 - I did enjoy the story.

#SeriesLove2024

@Andrew65 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Fantastic! 2mo
BookwormM I love this series 2mo
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Complex steampunk listed as middle-grade but pretty adultish to me. Only the main characters are kids I suppose makes it listed as middle-grade.

In an alt-NewYork, three kids and a few cronies try to solve a centuries old cipher in an effort to save the building they live in. It's impossible... Or is it. And, what will they win. Can they save their home?

I really enjoyed it.

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@5feet.of.fury

#Reading Westeros #GOTChapteraDay

Just finished a day early. This is a re-read for me, so I'm noticing all the differences between the TV series, and the books. It's been a long time since I read the book the first time, so the TV series was most fresh in my mind.

Wonderful book, but brutal in the telling.

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Imaginative, very nicely written, with some jaw-dropping plot twists. World-building is terrific and the characters are deeply drawn and those you can come to really care about. I did find things confusing at first, which dropped my rating of the book a little.

I look forward to the rest of the series, but will have to re-read this one when I get all the books.

I listened to the audiobook read by Jessica Wittaker who did a great job.

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Two good selections!

#Bookspin - Legends and Lattes
#Doublespin - Shards of Earth
@TheAromaofBooks - Thanks so much for doing this again this year.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!! 2mo
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Series I'll be working on for #SeriesLove2024

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Andrew65 You‘ve reminded me I need to get back to the books by Leigh Bardugo. A great list, best of luck 😁 2mo
TheSpineView Those look good. Good luck! 2mo
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The Doors of Eden | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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What happens when you are having fun, just off on an adventure to track down cryptids you know aren't real.... but you find one, no more! that are real! And your girlfriend gets sucked out into some other reality and there you are left behind. What then?

A fun and imaginative stand alone, with lots of lovely biological science in it.
#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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The Old Fox Deceived | Martha Grimes
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I love this series. I'm re-reading the first several, as I read them when they first came out. Jury is such a sweetie, and I love how he searches out the kids and the unentitled to befriend and help.

The mysteries are complex enough that you have to work to figure them out, and the characters she creates are fascinating.

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Not that you can read them, but here's my 2024 #Roll100 list

PuddleJumper 😂 Good luck! 2mo
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Starter Villain | John Scalzi

I know humor is dicy. I hate a lot of stuff others find funny. But John Scalzi has my number! I've loved his last few books that make fun not of people, but of assumptions and actions that IMO fully deserve to be rediculed. And, intelligent cats is a bonus.
#SnowedIn @PuddleJumper

Ruthiella Wait till you get to the dolphins ! 🐬🤣 2mo
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Happy Holidays everyone!

Ruthiella Happy Holidays to you too! 2mo
bthegood happy holidays - ❄️🎄 2mo
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Series: Her Royal Spyness #14

Fun, imaginative homage to [Rebecca]. Mrs. Mannering, indeed....

#Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks
#SnowedIN @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper 🌞 🌞 2mo
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I'm enjoying the unique Venitian outlook on life, love and death. And I love his family. It wasn't very LGBTQ friendly, this episode, but not because of our hero, but rather the attitudes of others, so that made that bearable.

#CasttheDie
#Roll100

@PuddleJumper

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Queens of An Alien Sun | Peter F. Hamitlon

Entertaining YA story of a girl on a generation ship, heading for a new world. The ship had been taken over by aliens and the humans had no idea, until things began to go very very wrong.

I love Hamilton so read everything of his. He's imaginative, creates complete characters and uses lots of science to come up with intriguing plots.

Ruthiella Where‘s a suggested place to start with Hamilton? I‘ve heard 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace Oh nice. I gotta finish my volume in the Void trilogy, as part of the Commonwealth saga, the first volume of which I would work on afterwards. 2mo
majkia @tokorowilliamwallace You might want to try his Salvation Trilogy beginning with Hope you like it. 2mo
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The List | Michael Brissenden
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My Backlist Readathon for 2024. 12 Authors I'll read throughout the year.

#BacklistReadathon

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tokorowilliamwallace I usually try to seek out backlist books at the library and thrifting over new/recent releases anyway, but this is a cool idea for me to set for my TBR next year. I'll keep a look out for more. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I was putting together my list of authors yesterday, too!!! 2mo
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The Captain's Daughter | Peter F. Hamitlon
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A generation ship has been secretly taken over by aliens. The humans are fighting to get it back. Quite good YA space opera without the angst and misery, just folks trying to get to a new planet alive.

#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper ❄️🥳 3mo
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Tonight You're Dead | Viveca Sten

I've enjoyed this series until this book. The mystery was fine, and like most of the characters, but the female they use to link the series, has become whiny and needy and I've no patience with that.

#CasttheDie @PuddleJumper

#SnowedIn

PuddleJumper 🥳🥳 3mo
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I wanted to like this but found I'm just not into this. I listened to 2 hours of it and am moving on.

#Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Some books just aren't a good fit!! 3mo
CatLass007 I didn‘t like it the first time I listened to it a couple of years ago. In fact, you listened much longer than I did. But this year I gave it another try, remembering how much my Mom loved listening to the old radio dramas when she was a girl. So I decided to listen with fresh ears and it really made a difference. I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. I‘m sorry you didn‘t enjoy it, but I‘m glad you gave it a good effort. 3mo
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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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I'd forgotten the changes made for the TV series, vs the Books. I really found the alterations for a different media understandable and thought they were actually good choices for a visual version.

I love this series. Depth and understanding of human nature, great complex characters. The Protomolecule is frightening, compelling, and the questions it raises kept me glued in.

#SnowedIN @PuddleJumper
#CasttheDie @Clwojick @StayCurious

PuddleJumper ❄️💙❄️ 3mo
kwmg40 I love this series too. I'm thinking of doing a reread for #SeriesLove2024. @Andrew65 @TheSpineView 3mo
majkia @kwmg40 I've read all but the last two books, so this is my re-read to finish the series. I love this series so much I was reluctant to finish it! (Still am, if I'm honest). A weird quirk of mine. 3mo
kwmg40 @majkia I was also reluctant to finish the 9th book, but I'm not quite done yet, as I have some of the novellas still to read. 3mo
TheSpineView Love this series!❤️📖📚 3mo
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Quite good military sci fi without an alien in sight. Or... Is it AI or something else?

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IndoorDame Fun spins! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!!! 3mo
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#CastTheDie @PuddleJumper I better get reading!

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Dark, even for this series. Scotland in winter, and the world of DS McRae is even darker. Although there were laugh out loud moments with the black humor of people doing thier best to survive horrible situations.

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#Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

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CatMS Love Scottish mysteries 3mo
majkia Agreed! 3mo
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Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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December! Happy to learn we'll do this next year too!

#Bookspin #Doublespin

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#ROLL100 @PuddleJumper

Hopefully I can fit them in!

PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 3mo
CatMS I'm a big fan of Donna Leon 3mo
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