“She misplaced herself in the woods over and over, until she knew by heart every way to get lost.”
My favorite part about this book is a witch and a boy being friends is so cool to me.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders was a great read. I only read the first chapter but it was enough to get the jist of the book. It is about 2 socially outcasted people. A witch and a boy. They become friends and have to work together to save the world. The tones in this book also differ between a serious tone and a absurd dramatic tone. This is definitely a really interesting book to read.
This book is, wow! At the start it had a sweet, child friendship vibe, but much like Harry Potter gets darker as the series progresses, by the time I was at the end of this book I'd been through so much with these characters that it seems laughable my initial thoughts were that it's a children's book.
It's Fantasy, Sci Fi, Cli-Fi, Magical Realism, Apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller, Drama.... what is this book?! It's amazing is what it is.
I loved this book! It‘s hard to go wrong when you start with a six-year-old girl speaking to birds and discovering that she is a witch, though I was a little skeptical when the next chapter was about a boy who desperately wanted to see a rocket launch. But this book is all about science and magic being two parts of one whole, and it‘s about massive world-changing events and creations while being focused tightly on these two people.
Why I have I never heard of this... it‘s good! One reason I love the Hugo Awards - it points you in the direction of treasures! Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz talk all things science fiction including it‘s relevance to life and society. 👍🏼
Trying something a little different while on vacation! Has anyone read this book?
A little behind on my reviews...
I really tried with this one. I got about halfway through and realized I couldn‘t care less what would happen. The characters were just too depressing when they were kids and uninteresting when they got older. The pace and story just weren‘t working for me.
This book was full of really cool ideas. Those ideas need a much better writer or a much stronger editor. The structure didn't work. Too many scenes were there for no reason. Some pivotal moments were glossed over. The supporting characters were poorly integrated. The author has a tin ear for dialogue & has difficulty mixing tones. And the denouement is aggressively stupid. The end, merely trite.
#ReadHarder2019 -trans/nonbinary author
Took me a minute to get into this (the tone, especially in the first section, was Roald Dahl with swearing which is not what I was expecting) but it really grew on me, as did the two characters. There is a lot going on in this world but Anders brings it together in a surprising and satisfying way!
I loved this genre mixing, terrifying, optimistic novel. It combines so much of the world we live in (climate change, technological advancements, good coffee) with lovely sci-fi/fantasy touches (talking birds and doomsday machines). I can't wait to read more from Anders ❤️
I‘m marking this a Pick because I did enjoy it overall, but it‘s also a Disappointment. I loved the hell out of the beginning, to the point where I imagined myself screeching about it to random folks on the street. It was gloriously weird and charactery in an OMG WHAT EVEN IS THIS???? way. Totally my thing.
It‘s still weird at the end, but for me it got less charactery and the magic eventually whomped out. I think it might‘ve been a bit too long.
I finished ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY on the first leg of a 10.5-mile #audiowalk that took me through a cool residential area, down a riverside path I‘d never explored before, and past three libraries that I forgot would be closed since they switch to summer hours after Victoria Day.
I took Casey for an #audiowalk first thing this morning and forgot to take pictures. Oops. Here‘s one from last night instead.
I‘m still loving this book. Kudos to narrator Alyssa Bresnahan for her volume modulation, too. She doesn‘t whisper; she adjusts her tone to SUGGEST she‘s whispering, and her producer keeps the volume even. This outdoor listener is grateful.
I wanted to hang out in the backyard and read, but today‘s run and my general walking about left me 1500 steps short so I went on an #audiowalk. Now I‘m 5000 steps over, which I can live with.
I‘m glad I got more time with this awesome book, too! It felt like a potential 5-star read in the beginning, but now that‘s up in the air. It all depends on how it ends.
Woke up at 2:30 am to finish this book for #DeweysReadathon. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. It was disappointing because I really wanted to love this book. The premise is super creative and I love that it transcends genres. But, the writing felt contrived and the characters had no depth. So much potential, but fell flat for me. I kept reading hoping that it would get better, but it didn‘t. 😕
This book was weird. Very different than anything I‘ve read before. Basically a book about science vs magic. I would recommend it. I felt it dragged a bit in the middle where I almost put it down and didn‘t pick it back up. But I did and I‘m glad I did. Laurence and Patricia are oddballs and always feel like they are outcasts except when they‘re together.
#readharderchallenge - book by trans or non-binary author
Forces of nature and technology face off in this scifi fantasy centered around two people desperately trying to do the right thing in a world that makes the way very unclear.
Thank you, Tor, for publishing such innovative great reads! I switched over to audiobook while traveling this week and the audio version is fantastic too.
📕 All the Birds in the Sky (Anders)
📗 eReader (soft glow of the screen makes for a great late night reading!)
📘 Bleak House... Sorry, Dickens! (Still feeling guilty from high school. I think it was the only assigned read I have flaked out on. 😳)
Two misfits become friends in middle school, and due to strange circumstances part ways. Years later, Patricia is a powerful witch, and Laurence is a tech genius. Together, they want to save the world. Patricia talks to animals, can fly with the birds and seeks help from an ancient tree. Fast paced coming of age fantasy.
Current read! I‘m getting some Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibes. #youcanfly
Listening to Charlie Jane Anders makes priming kitchen cabinet doors not so grueling.
(And Im using cans of vegetables to elevate the doors so I can paint the edges)
1. My girlfriend loves making roasted chicken and veggies of assorted varieties and flavors
2. I saw Anders on a panel a couple years back, and heard good things about the book, which was recently on sale.
4. Different editions of The Princess Bride, all Palahniuk's books
5. There are a couple domestic trips I'd like to for in, but international is unlikely
I finished this book this morning (finally!) after having to start from the beginning since I had started and stopped so much. It was okay. I liked the concept and I thought much of the dialogue and description was very clever. I think it tried to do too much, though, and so returning to previous plot elements felt abrupt.
Regardless - My bookish #bujo layouts for 2919 are looking pretty smashing if I do say so myself!
Oh. My. Gosh. @Valink this #MakerSwap box is divine!!! Your stitch work on the embroidery is top-notch! And I love all the related items you chose... the sewing tin, and needle minder are going to be very handy additions to my embroidery box! And I love the pattern of the one you've provided for me to stitch!
Thanks @LibrarianRyan for hosting!!!
This story was a love story disguised as a magic vs science trying to save the world.
Besides that there really wasn‘t a storyline. I was confused the whole time I read it expecting a “ah ha!” Moment of understanding to happen but it never came.
The writing was good and the characters were interesting but despite that I didn‘t live or hate this book. Would I read it again, no. Would I recommend it to others, no.
def not a scary read.
Hoping to finish the tagged book today. I don‘t know how to I like it and my attention seems to wander whole I read it.
Feeling festive with this beautiful bookmark made by @BookBabe