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All the Birds in the Sky
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our futureChildhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.
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llwheeler
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Oct #roll100 picks! All the Birds in the Sky and Gardens of the Moon - that's 6 and 71 for me... I do have a book for 100, but I messed up and put the 2nd in a series, when I haven't read the first. Plus it's a Brandon Sanderson and the odds of me reading 2 Sanderson books even by the end of the year are not high 😅
So I'll focus on the other 2 picks, and if I have time catch up Too Like the Lightning and Unspoken Name from previous months

PuddleJumper You're doing great! 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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If you are a fan of science fiction and/or fantasy and ever have the chance to see Charlie Jane Anders in person, I highly recommend doing so. She is THE BEST—always has something interesting to say, wears the most fabulous dresses, and signs her books with exuberance. I see her whenever she‘s in town and this is the first book I ever had her sign (there have been more since).

Tell me about your favorite signed books!

#FavoriteSignedBooks

TrishB Brilliant 👍🏻 off to find this weeks now! 10mo
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Sharv_Sona
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I barely slept last night and woke up early to finish this book. It was a great book, but I have a feeling that my standards for a good ending increased after finishing Aurora‘s End. Nonetheless this was a great book with a great plot so I will be giving it a pick and...⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

Ps. That‘s my very fluffy pillow in the background. :)

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Sharv_Sona
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders

Control is an illusion.

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RickButler
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Pickpick

My first Charlie Jane Anders book, but it won‘t be my last. If you like witches, assassins with unusual moral codes, boy geniuses and rogue AI‘s, this is for you. I could not put it down. Really excellent.

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HufflepuffGirl90
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Mehso-so

So I just finished this one and I still don‘t really know what happened.

Full review on my blog here:

http://bookshelfadventures.home.blog/2021/05/31/all-the-birds-in-the-sky-by-char...

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lowellette
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Great environmental fiction. This starts out like a Kate DiCamillo book but ends up with a science fiction/fantasy blend that will sift through your brain for years.

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Lizpixie
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Andrew65 Great 🙌🙌🙌 2y
jb72 Great job! 2y
TheSpineView Excellant! 👍 2y
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Lizpixie
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Having an icecream & coffee break so thought I‘d give an update on where I‘m at for both #Scarathlon2020 & #24B4Monday #readathon plus all the other many many thons including #CocoTurns50 & #ReadYourWayReadathon Not sure about this book, it‘s strange & quirky which I like but it‘s casual mistreatment of children takes a bit of getting used to. We shall see whether it works out in the end. 1pt #TeamSlaughter

TheSpineView 👏👏👏 2y
Andrew65 Fantastic! 👏👏👏 2y
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Jovy
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Mehso-so

This was just meh. Started out very promising with the magic vs science concept, but the execution felt choppy and left me dissatisfied. It‘s weird enough to make me glad I read it though. 💫💫

#Booked2020 #animaloncover
#PopSugar2020 A book by a trans or nonbinary author
#MountTBR2020

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sorry it was so meh ... but good job! 2y
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RowReads1
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kgriffith
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“Birds taste good,” Berkeley observed, bouncing on his front paws a little. “They flap around and try to fly out of your paws. They are like toys with meat inside.”

I don‘t know why that last bit tickled me so, but I‘m still giggling. This book is just quirky enough to be charming without pushing into coded caricature, and so far is not what I expected.
Pictured is Xander, who chitters at birds, but will probably never have one between his paws.

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RowReads1
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kgriffith
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I‘ve finally started this one, after owning the hardcover since its release date. I‘ve been chatting books with someone I hadn‘t talked to in a while and it‘s been refreshing and motivating me to get to ones they‘ve read and enjoyed recently. Not to mention my semester being done means I can read recreationally, guilt-free!

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brandierickson
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Pickpick

Such a weird book. I loved it.

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AJackets
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Pickpick

Book 3: All The Birds In The Sky

This book would be on my recommend list. A perfect mix of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. This is a very accessable read. I do not typically just read sci-fi/fantasy. It reads like a dream.

What happens when a group of witches go to war with the world's largest tech company? The 2 people leading the charge are childhood lovers.

Charlie Jane Anders has won a Nebula, Hugo and most importantly a Lambda.

tl;dr - read it!

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Fr3NcHtOaSt
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Ready to read this. Seems like a Romeo and Juliet type story between witches and techies, all while trying to save the planet. Sounds interesting and a quick skim through a few pages, got me hooked.
#allthebirdsinthesky #charliejaneanders #witch #engineeringwunderkind book #books #reading #bookstagram #litsy

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TracyReadsBooks
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I don‘t know about everyone else, but I enjoy seeing pictures of people‘s bookshelves, reading nooks, book stacks, book swag—I ❤️ it all. So, I thought maybe a #SundayShelfie every week would be fun?!?

Annalee Newitz & Charlie Jane Anders are 2 of my favorite SF writers—always thought-provoking, inventive, & compelling—& this shelf holds my signed copies of their books. Plus, Legos!

Maybe we can make this a thing? I‘d love to see more shelves!

Tracyantoon I think I have every single one of those books on my TBR! 3y
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Jari-chan
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Mehso-so

A great idea, but the writing still needs some working. I like the mix of fantasy and sci-fi that Anders used. But it all is a little messed up and often I didn't know, where the story was going. Also, to much lovey dovey.

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DJasmine
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Genre: Fantasy
Date Started: November 30, 2019
Date Completed: December 11, 2019
How did you choose this book: I found this book at Dollarama and read the summary, and I decided to buy it.
Summary: Two kids named Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead were special. Patricia specialized in talking with animals and even turning into a bird; she gained this ability/magic ever since she found an injured bird and helped it heal.

*313 pages*

DJasmine While Laurence specialized in science; he built a supercomputer and a time machine but could only go 2 seconds forward. These two meet in junior high school and become allies. Although they become allies and push through the never-ending nightmare of junior high, they are separated because of an enigmatic guidance counselor with a hidden agenda. 3y
DJasmine Ten years later, they once again meet as adults and try to reconnect but as they do that, they are drawn into a problem where the world around them is collapsing. This is because there is a war between science and magic. This creates a problem for both of them because one (Patricia) is on the side of magic while the other one (Laurence) is on the side of science. 3y
DJasmine The fate of the world most likely depends on Patricia and Laurence. This war endangers the life on Earth and Patricia and Laurence are expected to combine their specialties to solve this problem. As this all occurs, love between the two adults are also happening. 3y
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Chynnaaa
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Science and Fantasy Fiction

Date started: November 27th, 2019
Date finished: December 2nd, 2019

Honestly, Dollarama has pretty good books. I've found great stories there from time to time. I found this book while buying snacks.

Chynnaaa Patricia Delfine is naturally gifted at magic. She learns she can talk to animals when she wanders into a forest as a child, where she encounters a bird kingdom that inhabits a World Tree. Laurence Armstead is naturally gifted at science. At a young age, he invents a wrist-held time machine that can propel him forward into the future two seconds. A group of rocket scientists grow to like Laurence, and they treat him like one of their own. 3y
Chynnaaa These two eccentric misfits find each other in the same private school. They form a desperate friendship, and they help refine each other's talents. However, circumstances split the two, and they go their separate ways. Patricia and Laurence meet again as adults, but a war between magic and science creates a rift between what they once had. They're on opposing sides, but they know the best of both worlds. 3y
Chynnaaa The war threatens to destroy life as we know it, and the stakes are detrimental to the world. Patricia and Laurence have to combine technology with nature's essence to mend the havoc. 'All the Birds in the Sky' features a love that slowly shifts and grows through time, and how it connects opposites by being each others' counterpart. It also showed the progression towards advancements in technology, and how the world began to forget nature. 3y
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PNWBookseller85
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That was so fun! I sometimes struggle with book club choices. I get grumpy that I‘m not making progress on my TBR pile(s). But I really enjoyed this one. A little slow in the middle, but ultimately a really fun ride.

Clwojick I‘m happy to hear this! I see this boom at the thrift store all the time, and I‘ve been interested, but have yet to pick it up. 3y
Lucy_Anywhere This book was wild! So much going on, but I really enjoyed it! 3y
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amyf0x
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Patricia and Laurence are childhood friends, but their growing powers in magic and science, respectively, threatens to destroy their relationship—and the rest of the world along with it.

Read September 22-29
Book 51/55

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everlocalwest
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@thevictoriousone read it immediately! I adored this novel about magic and science, nature and technology. This is clifi that is much more concerned with how we think about the coming death of our planet than the repercussions of an apocalypse. I realize that sounds uninteresting and navel gazey but it is really brilliant. It's also about being an outsider and how we can find home in another person and about love - what we gain and what it costs.

readordierachel Lovely review. I need to move this up my tbr. 3y
everlocalwest @readordierachel yes! Move it up - I hope you love it! 💙 3y
thevictoriousone You had me at a tag and “read it immediately” 😁 3y
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Kaylasarka
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders

“She misplaced herself in the woods over and over, until she knew by heart every way to get lost.”

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Kaylasarka
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders

My favorite part about this book is a witch and a boy being friends is so cool to me.

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Kaylasarka
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Pickpick

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.

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julesG
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Pickpick

Magic + (computer) science = magical story

A bit urban fantasy and science fiction.

Couldn't put it down.

Thanks @scripturient for giving it to me.

Cathythoughts What a great cover 🦅 3y
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julesG
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Another round!!!

#BFCR4 @wanderinglynn

I just signed up.

Halfway through my first book of the challenge already.
#selfcareSunday

TheSpineView Great goals! 3y
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 3y
wanderinglynn I sent you a question via Slack. 😀 3y
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sophierayton
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Pickpick

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.

tessavi Stacking this based on your review ✌️ 3y
sophierayton @tessavi Let me know what you think when you've finished. 3y
tessavi @sophierayton that could be a few years 😅 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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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.

Aimeesue I saw Charlie Jane at the National Book Fest today, and she read a piece from this book. Sounds great! 3y
Mandigolightly Added! Thanks for the rec! 3y
Clare-Dragonfly @Mandigolightly I hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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“You know… no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you‘re not. But if you‘re clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.”

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Loving this book and this beach! Until my feet got sunburned 😭

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Clare-Dragonfly
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“She‘d tried to make friends, because she‘d promised her mom (and witches kept their promises, she guessed)”

Really liking this so far!

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Mitch
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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. 👍🏼

https://www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com

TracyReadsBooks Love their podcast and so excited they won a Hugo! I can also tell you they are equally wonderful in person. I‘ve had the opportunity to see both of them, together and separately, on book tours and each time it was a lot of fun. If either Annalee or Charlie are in your neighborhood, I recommend seeing them. 3y
Mitch @TracyReadsBooks that‘s great to know. I love discovering new things - and for a while I have a while back catalogue to go through! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Valeka
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Trying something a little different while on vacation! Has anyone read this book?

kgriffith It‘s been on my list for ages, I own it, just haven‘t gotten there! 3y
Valeka @kgriffith We should read it together! Litsy read-a-long!! 📖📚 3y
kgriffith @Valeka I wish I could commit, but I have my book club read and an ARC I need to prioritize! I hope you love it though 😊 3y
ladyneverwhere I read it a couple months ago and loved it. But it's definitely a little odd and doesn't fit into any exact genre which I know some people have been put off by. I hope you like it! 3y
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Erika13137
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Bailedbailed

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.

#cantwinthemall #nolatefees

JCPaulk My wife kinda liked it, but it wasn't for me either. 3y
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CorLie
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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.
#ReadHarder
#ReadHarder2019 -trans/nonbinary author

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Erika13137
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*sigh* so many books to read, so little time.

DivineDiana Truth! 😕 3y
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Pickpick

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!

ehewett88 really enjoyed this book I got into her after meeting her at a book convention in new York. 3y
WhatWouldJaneDo @ehewett88 that's awesome! I was reading an interview with her recently, she seems like a cool person. 3y
funnypages “Roald Dahl with swearing” may be the best description ever. 3y
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BookishShelly
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Pickpick

I loved this book at the beginning and still enjoyed the middle. While the last third was good, it kind of petered out for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ladyneverwhere
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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 ❤️

CouronneDhiver This book didn‘t work for me at all, but for all of the reasons you gave, I can see many people really enjoying it. 👍🏽 Definitely an adventure! 3y
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unabridgedchick
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Seriously obsessing over this book but also dragging my feet at finishing. I'm not ready.

Notafraidofwords That‘s me all the time with a book I‘m enjoying. 4y
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xicanti
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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.

xicanti I guess I‘m kind of glad my connection to the story faded in such a way that I‘ll remember ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY as a Disappointment rather than a Betrayal like certain other could‘ve-been-5-star reads (ie, THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley and BOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi, both of which I‘ll always be mad at). 4y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I liked this one a lot, but I also spent a lot of time afterward thinking of all the ways that last chunk could be improved. 4y
xicanti @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘m worried that if I do too much of that it‘ll transform from a Disappointment to a Betrayal. The opening gave me such high hopes for the experience. 4y
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xicanti
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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.

DivineDiana Walking pass three libraries! 😲 4y
xicanti @DivineDiana I went and looked in the windows of the first one, just to get my book fix. Summer hours are so inconvenient for the Saturday roamer. 4y
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xicanti
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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.