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speljamr

Joined September 2016

I must have all the books! INTJ. GoodReads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/speljamr LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/speljamr
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Great book about the last sanctioned judicial duel in medieval France. Judicial duels required a lot of legal red tape to be approved, but when you're a knight and a squire rapes your wife it gets through. These duels were absolutely brutal affairs. This gives you a view of it via this historical event. This is supposed to be in development as a movie soon.

#history #medieval

Michellekidwell That looks like a good book! 3d
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Paper Girls Vol. 6 | Brian K. Vaughan
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The final volume???? Noooooooo!!!! I don't want it to end 😭😭😭😭😭

nikirtehsuxlol I actually know the colorist Matt Wilson! 1w
britt_brooke @nikirtehsuxlol 💚💚💚 Please tell him the coloring makes my soul happy. It‘s so beautiful! 1w
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Another nice TOR publishing novella. It's initial description is a bit deceptive to what the setting really ends up being. I figured it out pretty quickly. Still, a good quick read.

#scifi #sciencefiction

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Altered Carbon: Download Blues | Richard K. Morgan, Rik Hoskin
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Mehso-so

An interesting addition to the Takeshi Kovacs universe. Really helps visually highlight the concept of sleeving human bodies. It was fun seeing this universe in full comic book color. The story itself was just ok, not as good as the trilogy books.

#sciencefiction #comics

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This is book 2 in the Under the Northern Skies trilogy. I think I loved this book even more than the first one. This is really an alternate history medieval setting rather than actual fantasy. There's no magic here, just 3 living hominid species on an alternate England fighting for supremacy. Lots of politics, culture, and war strategy.

#fantasy #alternativehistory

Cathythoughts 😳😱spiders 4w
speljamr @Cathythoughts Not real spiders, just a metaphor in this case. 4w
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This is a great history book about Brian Boru, high king of Ireland, and the Battle of Clontarf. It's done with a novelist's prose, but a historian's insight. Lots of good resources at the end for further reading.

#irish #history

jveezer I loved Lion of Ireland and have been hoping to stumble across a copy for decades... 4w
speljamr @jveezer Thriftbooks.com 4w
AutumnRLS Nice! I picked up my first Morgan Llywelyn at the Ren. Fair when I was but a wee lass. 4w
Cathythoughts Sounds good .... will stack as Christmas present for hubby .. he would love it 👍🏻 4w
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A nice, short, concise book going over the latest thoughts on consciousness. Not a lot of detail, but a good starting point if you do not know the latest research and thoughts on this subject.

#science #neuroscience

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Wow. What an intriguing look into a convent gone very wrong, and the process by which such matters were dealt with in Catholic church courts.

#history

8little_paws Omg. Ok the synopsis of this book is off the charts. 1mo
SW-T That synopsis 😳 1mo
Anna40 I grew up near a convent that was also a private school for girls. A friend of mine attended the school and told me that there was a secret cemetery behind the convent for the nuns' babies. Now whether that was teenage talk or true I don't know ... 1mo
speljamr The best take away from any of this is that all kinds of stuff happens, human nature is hard to fight, and things the Catholic Church thinks make it look bad they will go to great lengths to cover up. The incident in the book is full of abuse and murder. Many of the sexual relations described here were not consensual. This has only come to light since the Inquisition's archives were opened to researchers. 1mo
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Got a new book and a new longsword feder together.

#longsword #HEMA

SW-T Nice looking feder. Happy reading! 📚😊 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Going through some of my dad's stuff and we found these original first and second readers that were my great grandfather's. These ones were published and approved for educational use in Ireland.

SauerPatch That‘s so very neat! 😃 1mo
Oryx Wow. Very cool 1mo
Mtroiano Cool! 1mo
Crazeedi Those are just totally precious, such a treasure 1mo
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Excited to see one of my favorite fantasy trilogies turned into a role playing game!

https://geektyrant.com/news/green-ronin-is-creating-an-rpg-base-on-the-broken-ea...

#fantasy

readordierachel Hell yeah! 2mo
Branwen YASSSSSSS! 😍 2mo
daena Woohoo! 2mo
Nute That is very exciting news! 2mo
SW-T That‘s great news! 2mo
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The 4th volume in the Tensorate series, where we learn about the rise of the Protector. This is the shortest of the 4 books and is a pretty fast read. I'm still really hoping that someday the author might give us some full length novels set in this world. The world building in these books is just begging to be fleshed out even further.

#fantasy

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Permafrost | Alastair Reynolds
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This is one of the best stories I've read from Alastair Reynolds. It grabbed me right away and I couldn't stop reading. A fascinating time travel concept.

#sciencefiction #scifi

gallowbraids I have this on my TBR list 2mo
JennyM And I loved that he had a 70-something female as a time traveller! 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 👍🏻 2mo
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A great short story about an uplifted chimp who is a police detective in a human world. Read it while I was sitting at the campfire tonight.

#sciencefiction

IamIamIam Omigosh, have you ever seen Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp?? Some channel used to show reruns when I was a kid and this totally made me think of it!!! Although they were all chimps... lol 3mo
Cathythoughts Campfire 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Oldschool_millenial @IamIamIam WHA?! You're the first person I've seen/heard mention that show! My dad's cousin (like he) likes collecting old/odd things and one of them was a Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp VHS that had a few episodes on it. She loaned it to us like 10 years ago! 3mo
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I love new release day! Especially when such beautiful volumes appear in my mailbox due to pre-orders.

#fantasy

Ashley_Nicoletto The Ascent of Godhood is GORGEOUS. 😍 3mo
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Tuesday | David Wiesner
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Let's be clear, both these questions have only one answer: I have a TBR I'll never finish before I die. Keeps me going trying to beat death. Life goals right there.
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheEllieMo Same situation here, though you put it far more eloquently! 3mo
Tex2Flo I don‘t even WANT to finish my TBR. I want a huge TBR at home so I have lots of choices depending on my mood. 3mo
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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librarygoddess619 Same here too!!! 3mo
GloVerdino Oh so true! 3mo
Slajaunie Ditto! 3mo
BooknerdsLife Hahaaaaaa YES!!! 😂😂 The Story Of my Life!!! 👍🏼😅📚📚📚📚💀 3mo
rwmg Just imagine if you did finish your TBR before you died. What would you do with the rest of your life? 3mo
TheSpineView I too will die with unread books. I have told my son to be careful what he gives away. Some are valuable. Thanks for playing! 3mo
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Another fabulous JY Yang short story. I really wish we would get some full length novels from them.

#fantasy

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If this wasn't science book of the year when it was published it sure as hell should have been. I've never come across a book that does such an excellent job explaining the complexity of this subject. Robert Sapolsky's writing is perfect for the layman trying to understand complex scientific topics. His Stanford lectures on YouTube are just as good. Everyone should read this book if you care anything about why we behave and react the way we do.

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I would prefer to be called a polyamorous reader. I love a lot of books.

Megabooks I agree with you!! 3mo
Cathythoughts Interesting!!! I think I‘m a good mix of monogamous / introvert/ extrovert and part altruist ... this is good fun to think about 👍🏻 3mo
megnews I agree! 3mo
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eachwishrezigned This year I‘ve remained committed to being a monogamous reader and it‘s actually helped me get books done faster. 😊 3mo
Freespirit I appear to be a mix..polygamistic altruist ! 3mo
TheEllieMo I seem to be a bit of a mix, a polygamist extrovert! 3mo
AbigailDays Oh dear, I'm a neurotic polygamist! I keep picking up books until my brain overloads 3mo
Clwojick I agree with @Freespirit I‘m also a polygamistic altruist 🔥🔥 3mo
Geeklet Monogamist introvert. At most I‘m reading one physical book and listening to an audiobook. I stray a little but I tend to stick to speculative fiction and nonfiction. 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Polygamous/altruist fo-sho! 😁 3mo
Eeyore031370 Polygamist and Extrovert!! 3mo
currerbelle A polygamist through and through. Though I think I prefer your use of "polyamorous." 3mo
Lostinagoodbook I'm definitely a monogamous introvert. :)
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lkurgs Polygamist and altruist! 3mo
Ddzmini It‘s an issue for me as I see myself in all of these... not good not good 😳😝📖📚😋 3mo
sprainedbrain I‘m the whole left hand column. 😃 3mo
Scochrane26 I‘m a monogamous reader mostly. One audio, one print. I‘m also an altruist because I want to talk about good books with people. 3mo
Charmaine1972Ellis In an extrovert reader 3mo
Oldschool_millenial Neurotic and polygamist 3mo
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What an interesting short story embedded in real Chinese mythology.

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Faith: Dreamside | Jody Houser
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This is a side adventure outside of the usual Faith storyline. Honestly, I thought this crossover with Dr. Mirage was better than the normal Faith volumes. This one was definitely a good story.

#comics

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Taste of Marrow | Sarah Gailey
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This one was a bit better than the first, but it still wasn't all I'd hoped for. The concept sounds great, but some of the characters just didn't feel like they were really fleshed out. I know a lot of people loved these, and they were worth reading, but I guess I'm just not quite understanding some of the hype these books got.

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Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language | Noah Webster, Bishop Samuel Fallows
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I do love coming across old reference books. This one was published in 1942.

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Medieval Combat in Colour | Hans Talhoffer
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Got my dad's bookcases today, and filled them with his civil war books. I also added my medieval sword manuals to fill the extra space. These really help finish up the look in my library room and cover the old unworking fireplace. The clock is a working antique piece from early 1900's.

#shelfie

Cathythoughts 👍🏻😍📚📚 3mo
AbigailDays You know the library is seriously cool when it includes sword manuals! 3mo
Velvetfur That all looks so beautiful 😊 3mo
Shuga My hubby would love the sword & the books of course 3mo
jveezer I love old barrister bookcases!!! ❤️ 3mo
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Peter Von Danzig | Harry R.
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I absolutely loved this translation of the Von Danzig longsword treatise. This one is easier to understand than others I've looked at since it focused on making it easier to read in modern English than it does on being exact in the translation.

#HEMA #longsword #swordmanship

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Another fantastic Tor novella. I would really love to see some full length novels set in this world. We need more from this author.

#fantasy

speljamr @writerlibrarian I did. It's why I bought this one. 3mo
llwheeler Pretty sure they just announced a novel and more novellas coming, though I'm not sure the novellas are in the same world. I need to read these! 3mo
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Decided to give a new manga series a try. I bought the first two volumes of this one, and I was not disappointed. This is a wonderfully complex and interesting world. And the artwork is very well done. I want to know these characters more.

#manga #comics #fantasy

Serotonin Good choice 👍 I like this series too! 3mo
Hidie I tried watching the anime...haven't finished it but it was interesting. 3mo
Bette I picked it up on a whim and liked it too. 3mo
allureofbeauty I think I have that one to try sometime 3mo
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3 beautiful new sword books delivered yesterday. Got these because I won a $100 Amazon gift card at work.

#HEMA #swordsmanship #sword

gallowbraids My son wishes to take of fencing, glad to have come across this post of yours. I have always wanted to learn sword play myself. 3mo
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Homemade summertime s'mores milkshake and reading time. Does it get any better?

Crazeedi Yummy!! 4mo
Bookzombie Yum! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz O M G 😋😋😋I'm envious! 4mo
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Dragon Chocolate, marshmallows super yummy! 4mo
CaitZ That looks delicious 4mo
TheWintergarden I have a minor obsession with Smores mainly I think because Graham crackers are unavailable in oz. 😊💜 4mo
Deifio Awesome! 4mo
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This has to be the best book I have read this year! I cannot recommend it enough if you enjoy medieval history. I can't wait for the movie they are going to make about Yasuke. The prose used to tell the story makes it much more like reading a novel, absolutely not the typical dry academic history prose. Get this book. Read it. You won't regret it.

#history #medieval #japan #samurai #african

TNbookworm Great review. This book has been on my radar for a while now. 4mo
Liatrek Awesome! adding to the TBR ❤️ 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book too! 4mo
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The Undefeated | Una McCormack
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This turned out to be a thought provoking read on childhood viewpoints and slavery. Initially that sounds like a strange combination, but it definitely works here and gives something to really think about.

#scifi #sciencefiction

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Stealing Worlds | Karl Schroeder
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Came home to find this pre-order in the mailbox. Karl Schroeder ranks right up there in my top authors. I'm never going to be able to keep up with all the great new releases coming out this summer.

#scifi #sciencefiction

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This volume turned out to be a bit better than the last, but it's the 2nd half that has the better story arc. They need to do more longer better story arcs with this character.

#comics

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Tonight's #BookAndDinner featured honey bourbon marinated chicken, with red sauce and marble jack shredded cheese on gnocchi, and green beans.

#history

MrBook Hot damn! Adding the book to my TBR too. 4mo
speljamr @MrBook I'm 3/4 the way through the book. It is exceptional. 4mo
MrBook 👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
MrBook Last week I finished Matsuo Bashō‘s “The Narrow Road To the Deep North & Other Travels”. 👌🏻👌🏻 4mo
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Velocity Weapon | Megan E. O'Keefe
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Another new release deposited on my doorstep.

#scifi #sciencefiction

MrBook 😳😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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Faith Volume 3: Superstar | Jody Houser, Louise Simonson
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This 3rd volume in the Faith series is lacking compared to the previous two, but I still think it's a good read. Hoping for a little more excitement in volume 4.

#comics

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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. Def Leppard
2. Fall
3. Equally sci-fi and fantasy
4. Pizza
5.👍

#friyayintro @howjessreads

LauraJ Looks like my list (except for the fantasy reads) 🖤 4mo
RvnclawWhovian Pizza is my favorite food 4mo
Cathythoughts Lots of “fall “ coming up ! Definitely my favorite season too ♥️👍🏻 4mo
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FantasyChick Def Leppard ❤❤❤ 4mo
Slajaunie With 2 and 3 we are in agreement! 4mo
Susanita Mmm 🍕 4mo
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Britannia | Peter Milligan
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More of my Thriftbooks #bookhaul from their 15% off sale. These are all comics from the Valiant comics universe.

#comics

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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All my latest Thriftbooks packages finished arriving. I got a whole bunch during their 15% off sale.

#bookhaul

Crazeedi Nice! 4mo
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Another new release novella published by Tor. This summer is going to be filled with so many new books!

#sciencefiction #scifi

Cathythoughts Amazing cover 4mo
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Atlas Alone | Emma Newman
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Came across another sweepstakes some of you might be interested in: https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/spaced-out-summer-sweepstakes

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 👍🏻 4mo
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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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New release Tuesday! Nothing better than coming home to find one of my pre-orders delivered.

Geeklet Isn‘t that the best feeling? I hope that one is a good one! 4mo
speljamr @Geeklet There are so many good ones coming out this summer, there will be surprises every month. 4mo
LittlePixels Reading this one now. I pre-ordered and have been counting the days! ❤️ Neal Stephenson. 4mo
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Anyone know a good use for a bunch of old encyclopedias? These are from 1969 I think.

audraelizabeth Ive seen art made from books which I dont normally advocate but could be cool. Maybe donate them? 4mo
CrowCAH They‘re beautiful! 4mo
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tournevis I use the covers for custom binding and the pages and illustrations for art. It required tearing the books apart, which can be cathartic, especially the racist bits. 4mo
Poet422 I‘m with audraelizabeth, find a worthy charity thrift store. Let someone donate to charity to do the things tournevis describes.... 4mo
rretzler Pinterest, I‘m sure, would have a bunch of crafty ideas. 4mo
speljamr I think I'll look at some art project ideas first. If nothing grabs me I'll donate them somewhere. Thanks for all the feedback! 4mo
seajune Read them! 4mo
OwlReader Thanks for the follow!! 4mo
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The Medieval Knights | Louise Park, Timothy Love
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Just spent a weekend at Fechtschule New York learning and being exposed to lots of new sword techniques. It was an incredible camping weekend and highly recommend for anyone practicing #HEMA. This knight was in the final mass melee battle they had this weekend.

Cathythoughts This looks amazing 5mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! 5mo
Magpiegem That picture makes me think of bed knobs and broomsticks 😊 5mo
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Drood: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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Today's Thriftbooks #Bookhaul.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Nice! Drood has been languishing in my TBR for a while 5mo
KathyWheeler I started Un Lun Dun but wasn‘t in the mood for it; lately I‘ve been thinking about revisiting it, so I must be in the mood for it now. 5mo
Fridameetslucy Drood is a good diverting read- I‘m a dickens fan so this held my interest - but I urge you to read dickens Mystery if Edwin Drood first 5mo
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Today's #BookAndLunch.

inthegreensandblues That sounds like a fascinating story. 5mo
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The Dragon's Path | Daniel Abraham
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Enter the "What to Read After Game of Thrones" giveaway from Orbit books. Looks like there's only 4 days left to enter. (Sorry, but it looks like US only)

http://swee.ps/JXQmrrkar

#Orbit #OrbitBooks #Fantasy

jb72 Cool 😎 5mo
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My dad gave me all his civil war books. This is only 3 of the boxes. Time to start inventorying.

#CivilWar #History

Theaelizabet Lucky you! 5mo
Fridameetslucy Wow. You might like the reference materials I have from a conference I attended on civil war flags at the Smithsinian in the 1990s. I used to be a textile conservator. if you want them I will gladly send them you. 5mo
sprainedbrain Book inventorying is so much fun! 5mo
LeahBergen How wonderful! 5mo
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Starting this one today. Looks like it's going to be a hell of a ride.

#history

Theaelizabet Wow. 5mo
LeahBergen That sounds fascinating! 5mo
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻looking forward to your thoughts 5mo
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Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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I have to say, this one was not as good as I had anticipated. I know it's an alternate history, but the jumps through time are just too fast for such short chapters. The characters never got to fully develop in a way I could care about them. I am disappointed this wasn't as good as it looked.

#AlternateHistory