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majkia

majkia

Joined October 2016

“Books! Best weapon in the world!“ - The Doctor
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Doggone Dogs! | Karen Beaumont
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My new reading buddy. Buffy is 11 weeks old.

MadelineMcCrae Adorable🥰 3d
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The Blessing Way | Tony Hillerman

Interesting with lots of local color and Navajo background. Surprised at how little Leaphorn appeared in the story.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman

#NYWHODIS #NewYearWhoDis @AbigailJaneBlog @monalyisha

This was fun. What do retired folks do to entertain themselves. Well, solving murders sounds like a great way to stay active.

Nicely written, lots of humor and just a touch of melancholy.

AbigailJaneBlog Ahh you've got a lot further down the list than me! I'm glad you liked it though, definitely check out the sequel if you enjoyed 🎉 4d
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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett

I listened to the Audio version read, very ably, by Alma Cuervo

What is reality? Something solid and independent of us? Or created by what we believe, and how we think it is? Can we make the world change by merely creating a shared reality that we all agree to live within? And if so, how can that be altered? Can it be?

Terrific read. A strong female protagonist, a complex plot, world-building that was deep and elaborate and well-planned.

majkia #bookspin from December (long library hold). #TheAromaofBooks 1w
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Inspector French's Greatest Case | Freeman Wills Crofts

Lots of travel for the good detective as he attempts to solve a diamond robbery and murder. Not much in the way of suspense, just a concentration on detecting.

I enjoyed it, especially somebody running around London and getting anywhere he wished to be in a matter of minutes!

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This Immortal | Roger Zelazny

Hmm.. Not my favorite Zelazny. Not much of a plot, llthough parts of the story were very good. The mythology mainly.
#TBRDeckofCards - Jack of Spades: dystopian
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Excellent as usual. The City of Dragons is found in ruins. But, will it awake for the dragons? Meanwhile, once they learn of it, the traders will hurry to pull it to pieces to sell off everything. How to stop them...

Hobb is so very good at mixing plot lines and creating such complex characters.

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Closed Circles | Viveca Sten
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
swynn Ooh, you're in for a good one. I love the Divine Cities trilogy. 2w
tokorowilliamwallace I'm intrigued by the translated work here. Looking forward to see your commentary. 2w
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Dying to Sin | Stephen Booth

This series uses the intriguing setting, weather and people of the Peak District to set the mood and heighten suspense and confusion. Such an interesting series.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

Reading this a bit before January due to library loan uncertainty.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the characters, although it was a bit too romance-y for me. Still, very glad I read it.
#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22
@AbigailJaneBlog!
@monalyisha

AbigailJaneBlog Yess it was definitely the atmosphere for me! Glad you enjoyed it 💫 3w
monalyisha OoOoo I think this is my first official #NYWD22 reading post! Glad it was mostly a win! 🙌🏻 (edited) 3w
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'm reading some more books in Hillerman's series this month, too, I hope. I've really enjoyed the first several!! 3w
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I soo want Ian to find some sort of happiness. Sigh. He's such a great character.

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper

Australian brother is found dead, miles from his car. No sign of violence. What happened what lead up to this?

I really enjoyed the slow boil of this one, and the heavy emphasis on the environment as a factor in not just the death but in the lives of the locals.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman read the book himself, giving you the author's own thoughts. Ok, but not really anything new or different. Interesting though, how flawed and silly the gods seem.

@TheAromaofBooks #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Cactus | Dan Torre
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My Christmas Cacti are going crazy this year.

SRWCF Wow - gorgeous! 😍 1mo
majkia @SRWCF Thanks! 1mo
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Very cute cozy. I'll probably read more of the series. Agatha is socially awkward and bossy. But she grows on one.

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Malice | John Gwynne

Sorry to say I bailed after about 400 pages. Got tired of teenage boys beating on each other as character development.

imyril I‘m so glad other bookworms read Gwynne so I don‘t have to 😂 Thank you 😘 1mo
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As usual, complex, psychological, and with lots of surprises.

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Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman : Summarized: Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman | norse mythology neil gaiman norse mythology neil gaiman
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Broken Skin | Stuart MacBride

Glad to get back to this Tartan Noir series. Talk about colorful characters... Including the crazy arse Inspectors!

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Deck of Cards | Rebecca Lickiss
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#TBRDeckofCards .. Darnit, you folks keep coming up with great ideas for challenges.
@Clwojick

tokorowilliamwallace How's this one work? 1mo
majkia Draw one or more cards each month. 1mo
Clwojick @tokorowilliamwallace basically you just come up with a list of 52 prompts or even specific books, ans assign one to each card. Then you shuffle and randomly select as many cards as you‘d like each month, and read a book that matches the said prompt. You can click on the hashtag to search some prompt ideas that others have come up with. 3w
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Breakthrough | Michael C. Grumley

I really enjoyed this one, and hope to continue the series. Researchers create a data base and translation program to understand Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Navy loses a submersible and asks the researchers for help. What the dolphins discover is otherworldly.

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Arabella of Mars | David D. Levine
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Year One | Nora Roberts

This was my first Nora Roberts book. It was okay. I thought the plot was a bit stilted and found it a bit too romancy for me. In light of current events, though, reading about a pandemic was interesting. Depressing too.

ItsAnotherJen I loved this one! 2mo
majkia @ItsAnotherJen glad you did. 2mo
ReadingIsMyHobby The reason it took me so long to get through it was because of the pandemic. I definitely agree with it being depressing. Was really hard to read in a time like this. 6d
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This was a real surprise. I loved the military humor and the characters. Definitely reading more of this series. My favorite character was... a gun. Yeah, you have to read it to get that.

#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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#NewYearWhoDis not #WhoDatNation, LOL.

Looking forward to these two reads for the January #NYWD22

@AbigailJaneBlog!
@monalyisha

AbigailJaneBlog YESSSS 2 great books there 😍 2mo
monalyisha They both look so fun! I hope you enjoy! 📖 2mo
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Recovery Man | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This book in the series really shakes things up. I'm eager to read the next book to see how it all affects our hero.

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Eon: Eon: Book Two | Greg Bear
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“It's going into a wide elliptical orbit,“ Judith Hoffman said.
#FirstLIneFriday @ShyBookOwl

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey

Interesting take on magic and those who can wield it. Twins, one magic, one not, reunite when the non-magical sister begins an investigation of a murder at a magical college.

#doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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#bookspin and #doublespin for November! Happy reading everyone! #TheAromaofBooks

ozma.of.oz Magic for Liars is fun! I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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What I was picturing as I read this thriller set in the northern part of Iceland. Quite interesting, in how it was presented. A bit slow at first but I enjoyed the second half much better. Nice characters and a complex enough plot to surprise.

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Such a great series. The mysteries are complex, but it's the characters that are the draw.

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A Traitor to Memory | Elizabeth George

Complex, as always with Elizabeth George, heavy on the psychological side of things, with both Lynley and Havers misbehaving!

#bookspin #TheAromaofBooks

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The Caves of Steel | Isaac Asimov

Has not aged well. I didn't remember the religious stuff from the book. And the casual sexism which made me stop re-reading Foundation is apparent here too. Women were just distractions, of no consequence other than for the support of their men.

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Hosts | F Paul Wilson

This is the first appearance (at least obviously) of The Adversary.

Jack reconnects with a long lost sister, only to discover she is mixed up in The Adversary's plans.

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Scared to Live | Stephen Booth

This one was quite different from the series so far, involving bad guys from outside the Peak district. Surprising.

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This is the volcano they go down into in Verne 's book. Last day in Iceland. What a fabulous week!

RayHallucinogen Great shot. 3mo
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Icelander | Dustin Long
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On a week trip to Iceland. Not getting much reading done.

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the initial fold | Nick Adams

DNF

I bailed on this one at 82% read. I think half the bloody book was missing, as things kept happening I did not remember reading . Also, it was supposed to be better than 400 pages, but all it read on my reader was less than 300. Not a bad idea, but ....

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Lucifer's Hammer | Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

Granted, this is very dated regarding social standards, but I loved all the sciencing going on. The science is why I've always liked these authors.

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I bailed on this one. Just couldn't get into it. And the whaling was horrible.

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Very fun read. Great characters, imaginative world-building. After a comet brought magic back, things changed....

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The Bad Company | Craig Martelle

Military sci fi with a twist. Weres and vampires and enhanced humans, oh my. The tale: How to survive when things go FUBAR (definitely an official military term).

Words of wisdom: 'Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics.'

#bookspin, #TheAromaofBooks

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Characters are always Hobb's strong suite and it is true here as well. Strong second book. Dragons and keepers head up the river to try to find Kelsingra, a mythical city of dragons. Will they find it?

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Of Fire and Night | Kevin J. Anderson

Great series. Lots of unexpected twists and turns, massive battles with aliens, and lots of great characters doing the best they can.

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Circe | Madeline Miller

Compelling, beautifully written. Complex story of Circe, her magic, her island, her life.

#doublespin #TheAromaofBooks

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Such a great series. Ian struggling with his demons from the Great War, often hunting men in the same condition. This one takes place in the Fens and has lots of atmosphere and colorful locale and locals as well as the psychological depths these books keep exploring.

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The Bad Company | Craig Martelle

Bookspin for me this month:

13. The Bad Company - Craig Martelle

Double bookspin:

15. Circe - Madeline Miller

#bookspin #doublespin #TheAromaofBooks