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The Prey of Gods
The Prey of Gods | Nicky Drayden
In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yesthe days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:
A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .
An emerging AI uprising . . .
And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.
Its up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure theres a future left to worry about.
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DuckOfDoom
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I really cares for some characters, although I feel the book wanted too much in too little space. Gods, awakening gods and conscious AIs is a cool combination, but it could have been longer, taking more time for details.

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sidherinn
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Mehso-so

A vengeful goddess, a genetically engineered virus, and a robot uprising make this a very dense plot with a pretty slow start. Personally, there were too many POVs for the narrator to not make them sound different. And I was pretty confused, almost the whole time, with how they all ended up being connected.

I did enjoy the mix of science fiction and fantasy. And I want to find more books like that. I might try this author again later. 🌕🌕🌕🌑🌑

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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1 - 📕 tagged and 📕 Rosemary and Rue
2 - Good Omens 😇
3 - Good Omens 😈

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rretzler Isn‘t Good Omens marvelous? 5mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff @rretzler It‘s delightful and everything I wanted it to be! ❤️ 5mo
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shanaqui
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It's the 18th! Opened my #SFFS #SciFiFantasySwap parcel! Two books from my wishlist, one I've been meaning to read, and FUDGE! 😍

Thank you, @TCLinrow ! And thanks @Avanders as well for running the swap!

Avanders 🧬🦄♥️♥️👏🏽 7mo
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rjsthumbelina
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This book was totally unlike anything I have read before. Demigods, a dikdik virus, sentient robots, hallucinogenic drugs, and magic powers? Plus it takes place in South Africa, and has a ton of LGBTQIA+ representation. It was certainly weird and took me a while to get into. But it was well worth the work of sticking with it. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. Listened to the #audiobook via #Audible

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cocomass
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Bananas. This is the first book I‘ve read where I can confidently say, “If you liked Library at Mount Char, you‘ll love this one!” So so weird. A little clunky in places, some scenes dragged on, but very creative with some lovable characters and interesting concepts. Looking forward to reading Drayden in the future!

#ReadHarder2018 #ownvoices #blitsy

readordierachel Yes! I loved this one too! I have her next one, Temper, waiting patently on my kindle. 12mo
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cocomass
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Just picked this one up from the library. It‘s my pick for the “Read a book with a cover you hate” category for #ReadHarder2018 challenge. I‘ve been wanting to read it since it came out a couple of years ago and I‘m excited to dig in.

sprainedbrain I read this for a postal book club and really enjoyed it! Definitely not to be judged by that cover. 😳 13mo
cocomass @sprainedbrain I‘ve heard nothing but good things and so far it‘s super compelling! 13mo
readordierachel Oh, I loved this one. So much fun. 12mo
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morgan_lionheart
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Mehso-so

This was great for the first three quarters, but the end fell apart - it felt like Drayden bit off more than she could chew. It's about demigods living in a future South Africa. It has robots, genetically engineered monsters, gods, drag queens, gay teens, a dik-dik infestation, and hallucinogenic drugs.

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lostinabookbrb
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Interesting look at gods/goddesses. Loved the character development. Set in South Africa.

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abbylibrarian
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My current library pile (PART of it). Howie and I will whittle it down this weekend. #howiereads #libraryhaul #weekendreading

readordierachel 😻😻😻 14mo
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Laughterhp
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Here are a few books that I DNFed recently. Sometimes, I‘m just not in the mood to read a certain book or I can‘t get into it. I don‘t have any issues bailing on a book anymore!

Though I‘ve been told I would like a book that I already bailed on... Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I started and couldn‘t get into and was told I had to get past the first 100 pages... I don‘t know if I‘ll go back to it though.

#ReadingResolutions

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aeeklund
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I have to work today, but all I want to do is curl up and read. This one‘s off to an intriguing start, and I want to stay in the world she‘s created. I‘m eyeing it where it sits on the corner of my desk. I RESENT THE NEED TO EARN MY LIVING.

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sprainedbrain
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This book! I had never even heard of it before it arrived as my last book for #readersgonnaread and I will admit that when I first saw it, I was skeptical. There is so much going on here: future South Africa, personal robots, genetic engineering, ancient gods and awakening demigods... seriously, it‘s bonkers, but also unputdownable and so fun. Loved it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Okay this is really interesting. I'd be interested in how well written/accurate it is since she is not actually South African... 1y
sprainedbrain @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘m no scholar on South Africa, but the first line of the author‘s acknowledgements says ‘This is not a story of South Africa. I will never be capable of telling such a thing, even if I moved there and studied it...‘ Personally, I think it‘s probably could have been set anywhere—it‘s really a story of a possible future, with a little bit of cultural history included. (edited) 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @sprainedbrain ah okay, interesting approach! 1y
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Laughterhp
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August TBR

My plan for this month and hopefully I can stick to it for the rest of the year!

To Read 3 library books off TBR
To Read 3 owned books
To Read 3 ARCs - this month its 3 Audiobooks
To Read - Books for #LMPBC and #LTLPMBC

#AugustIsATrip

vkois88 Some great titles... lots on my TBR as well!! You got this 🤗🤗 1y
Booksnchill Loved Norwegian By Night! 1y
Laughterhp @Booksnchill Oh good to hear! That‘s my choice for a book swap, so hopefully that means everyone else will love it! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great list!!! 📚📚📚 1y
Reviewsbylola Looks like you‘re in for an awesome month!! 1y
Booksnchill @Laughterhp just read American by Day as well and loved it! (edited) 1y
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prowlix
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Morning read with some snuggles. I started this early this week on my lunch break bc I thought it was a novella. It definitely isn‘t but I‘m loving it anyway! Where else can you get robots + demigods + queer teen + cross dressing politician? 👌🤖

readordierachel Loved this one! It's 🍌🍌 1y
prowlix @ReadOrDieRachel it really is! I‘m really loving it so far 1y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This book was completely bananas and I was 100% in for the crazy the whole darn time. What a unique and interesting spin on the fantasy and sci-fi genres. I hope Nicky Drayden writes more books soon, because I need more of this kind of crazy in my life!

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sprainedbrain
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My nightstand is currently inhabited by a mix of #13books13weeks choices, my current stack for #24in48 and the tagged book, which is my last #readersgonnaread traveling book.

TheHeartlandBookFairy Goals 😊 1y
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Maike
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Think Library at Mount Char, throw in some bots and let everything take place in South Africa. What a crazy ride!

DGRachel Wow! That‘s one heck of a combination! Maybe I need to push that higher up my TBR! 1y
8leagueboot Okay. That pitch has me deeply interested... 1y
readordierachel Loved this one! 1y
ReadingEnvy I need to read this still. 1y
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

The bits I liked - the diverse cast of characters, the character development, the humour.
The bits I didn‘t like - pretty much everything after the concert started cause really, I‘m just not a fantasy person.
The book deserves all of the praise it got, it should be on the TBR of anyone who does enjoys fantasy.

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sandra888
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well-written, imaginative, intriguingly flawed characters. also, disturbing in a good way.

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janeycanuck
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The hardest part about working from home is going back to work after breaking for lunch outside with my book.

llwheeler So true! 1y
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nosferatoos
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I loved this book so much. I‘ve been reading it in sections for an online book club and it was so hard not to read ahead 😬 I have already rec‘d this book to so many people so everyone please read it.

DGRachel It‘s on my TBR for this year. Sounds like I need to move it up sooner rather than later. 2y
TamaraH71 Loved this book. The little girl on the cover freaks me out. Did you finish it thinking there would be a second book? 2y
nosferatoos @TamaraH71 I didn‘t think there was a second book but I wouldn‘t be mad about a sequel. I kinda loved all of these characters and I want more time with them 😬 2y
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jhstack
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Finally started Nicky Drayden's 'The Prey of Gods' last Wednesday and finished it yesterday. Not quite sure how to describe it, but it has demigoddesses, diverse characters (as it's set in a not-too-far-off South Africa), abilities, and an AI/bot uprising. If that doesn't sell you ...

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nosferatoos
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Reading this for #BookRiotInsiders book club and I am behind (like always) but I‘m LOVING IT SO FAR. Hopefully I‘ll be caught up in time for the discussion tomorrow. #bribookclub

Laalaleighh I just learned this so I can‘t resist doing it: 🐬🦀 2y
nosferatoos 😂 wha an amazing way to start a book 2y
Laalaleighh Haha I still can‘t wrap my mind around it 2y
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Daughter-of-words
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“A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country...an emerging AI uprising...and an ancient demigoddess hell-bent on regaining her former status by preying in the blood and sweat(but mostly blood) of every human she encounters” this book was fantastic! It had a little bit of everything, sci-fi, fantasy, mythology, romance, and humor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookishTrish
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I'd swear the pile multiplies while I'm at work. (I'll post pix of today's #bookmail tomorrow)

Cinfhen We love #bookmail❣️❣️and I really liked 2y
ClairesReads Manhattan Beach is on my very soon to be read too! 2y
Lcsmcat I loved Moonglow, and am reading Manhattan Beach now. Interestingly, both were gifts, at different times, from the same dear friend.😀 Enjoy! 2y
DGRachel Prey of Gods is still TBR on my bookshelf but I read and enjoyed Uprooted a couple years ago. 2y
minkyb Nice I loved Moonglow. It was my first Chabon. 2y
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NerdyRev
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Wow, this is a very strange, but so worth it book. It is difficult to describe as it is part robopocclypse, part goddesses, part magic powers, and some drug use type book. If that interests you, then this is up your alley. Told from different characters who will all wind up the same place. This is weird and fun sci fi.

TheBookAddict @KennethTolesJr it sounds like this may be up your alley. I know I‘m intrigued. Thanks @NerdyRev for sharing...you‘re making my never ending TBR pile grow. 😅 2y
KennethTolesJr @TheBookAddict Seems like it almost has everything I like in it. Definitely a book to be read. 2y
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UrsulaMonarch
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Mehso-so

I loved the first half of this book. "Diverse" does not even begin to describe the characters and setting established, much less the complications that develop from genetic engineering, a new drug, and more. I was hooked!
But things really fell apart for me as the plot focused to a final battle, which was the nadir of the book for me sadly. The last 10% of the book took me as much time as the first 90% as I grew less interested ?

batsy I like the emoji progress of your reading :) 2y
UrsulaMonarch @batsy 😂thanks! Glad it came across... I thought of adding an arrow but decided it was too much ☺️ 2y
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melrailey
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I love this! I met Jeff Vandemeer and wished I‘d read more than just The Southern Reach Books. Just finished Underground Railroad today and can‘t wait for Zone One as I had wanted to read it for s while. Honestly though The Prey of Gods might be first. It looks just like what I‘m in the mood for. Oh and my two favorite Walking Dead characters! Thanks! #dutopianblues

Natasha.C.Barnes So jealous about future home!! 2y
kamoorephoto I want to read Borne so badly... 2y
ReadingEnvy I've heard The Prey of Gods is interesting. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto They really praise The Prey of Gods over on bookriot. I have it on my TBR solely for this reason. 😂😂 2y
NerdyRev I have been waiting to read Prey of Gods until you received yours. I hope you enjoy them all! 2y
UrsulaMonarch I just went from never having heard of this book to having my interest piqued to being delighted that there were no holds on it on Libby to checking it out! Thanks @ReadingEnvy @Ashley_Nicoletto & @melrailey ! (edited) 2y
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Asktheletters
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Hands down excellent on audio - Prentice Onayemi is so good. Beware the robot apocalypse! 🤖

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TracyReadsBooks
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There is a lot going on in this book but it all works, the author weaving together 6 POVs into a cohesive & really inventive story. Things are great in South Africa with personal robots making life easier for people, a booming economy & more. Just under surface there is trouble—an ancient goddess who seeks to regain her power, the early seeds of an AI rebellion, hallucinogenic drug & kids with powers they don‘t understand. A wild thrill ride. ❤️

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TracyReadsBooks
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Yesterday it was 57 degrees and raining. Today it is 21 degrees and snowing. Clearly the only thing to do is retreat inside with a cup of Chocolate Chili Tea, a sesame cookie and a good book. I feel warmer already!

UrsulaMonarch Lovely photo! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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So in early December, I loaned this book to a friend when her flight got cancelled and she opted to take the train home instead. Timing worked out except it was a 5 hour trip and she didn‘t have a book or time to stop and get one. Hence, the loan. Well, she returned it—with more books and some chocolate treats! I‘m going to go ahead and finish it before it has a chance to wander off again. 😉

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stuartjrodriguez
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Dang! Loved the heck out of this book. Super fun with lots of humor and heart; great heroes and a villain you love to hate; fantastic plotting and pacing. Enjoy your science fiction with a healthy side of the fantastic? Check this one out ASAP!

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Anyone else just listen to the Book Riot podcasts and buy shit?

🙋🏻💸

Every. Time.

Dragon Oh yeah! 📚 💰 2y
Beachesnbooks Yes! That's why I also bought Infomocracy! Lol. Haven't gotten to it yet 2y
sparklemotion I blame my huge wishlists on them. 2y
Redwritinghood Yep! Guilty. 2y
readsusieread OMG YES! 2y
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thereadingwomen
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Happy #NationalScienceFictionDay! Dylan @thebookcorgi insisted on sharing his favorite #ScienceFiction book from 2017: THE PREY OF GODS! Exiled goddesses, little girl with wings, sentient robots—this book keeps you guessing until the end. Drayden has a new book coming out in 2018, and we can‘t wait to get our hands (errr... paws) on it. 🐾📚

In honor of #sciencefictionday, what are some of your favorite sci-fi books?

audiobooklover Cute dog 2y
inourbookworlds The only science-fiction I'm into is Star Trek 😂 but I would love to try these kind of books out... 2y
MamaGina Shhhhh @audiobooklover ... I don't think Dylan knows he's a dog!🐶 2y
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llwheeler The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord is one of my favourite books 2y
VeganCleopatra ❤️ The Mad Scientist's Daughter 2y
joshua828 Lord of the rings. 2y
Shauna1 Red Rising, Illuminae, Across the Universe, These Broken Stars. Love corgis :) 2y
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BookishTrish
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#birthdayhaul: the ones that got away. Until I raced back to pick up The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack #zombies #braaaaaaains. What am I missing out on?

DGRachel I loved Mount Char. Lost Boy and the tagged book are both on my @TBR shelves. 😊 2y
BookishTrish @DGRachel I've heard a lot of great things about Mount Char. I may have to snag a copy soon... 2y
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nanoauthor
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Snacks and stuffed animals in Chicago. Headed home for winter break! #college

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TracyReadsBooks
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Just popping in to say a third of the way into this book and I love it. Well written and populated with dynamic and engaging characters, it is also wildly inventive with great world building. Definitively enjoying it and looking forward to getting back on the plane so I have more time to read. Oh, and I think the cover is really cool—love the girl‘s expression.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Travel Book #1.

Honestly, half the fun of traveling is deciding which books to take. (Well, maybe not HALF the fun but I enjoy the selection process.) This one is science fiction and just sounds like a whole lot of awesome. Since it‘s probably a bit much to take two books for a trip that will last just over 24 hours, I may just start this book tonight.

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nanoauthor
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Man, this book is so weird but so good.
Hanging in the library staff room waiting for a work meeting. They have a ton if tea in here.

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ness
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Robot pals, demigods, pop stars, adorable boyfriends: This book pretty much has everything.

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ness
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Gosh, Sydney is a delight.

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nanoauthor
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Lunch and reading from earlier today. Happy (belated) thanksgiving, Litsy!

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readordierachel
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This book is super fun. Well worth picking up this deal if you like Sci-fi/Fantasy.

2BR02B Thanks! I've been wanting to pick this up. 👍 2y
Redwritinghood Oooh! I‘ve been eyeing that one. Didn‘t know about the deal today, though. Thanks! 2y
readordierachel @2BR02B @Redwritinghood 👍 I hope you guys like it as much as I did! 2y
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BookladyOnTheMove
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Might be up late tonight!

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LibrarianRyan
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#thisisnotamerica it's South Africa. #septembowie

Cinfhen Really!?? SA?!? Cool 😎 2y
Cinfhen Do you have a challenge for October?!? 2y
LibrarianRyan @Cinfhen yes. #monstermadness2017. I will repost my graphic after my iPad charges. 2y
Cinfhen Ok! 👌🏽 2y
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Sue
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Decent stats for September- the total is slightly inflated including the 6 Saga graphic novels I devoured in a day. Still pretty happy with the total.

I'm sitting on a total for the year of 196 and wondering if I can make it to 250?

The Prey of Gods was definitely my fave for the month. So freaking good!

Nafiza I can't wait till my library gets a copy of Prey of Gods. I am glad you liked it so much. 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👍 2y
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LectricSheep
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My #letshyggebookswap package is here, @alovely26 , and it's wonderful! (Those are socks in the back-- there were four pairs, but I'm wearing one right now 😂) All the books look excellent-- the prey of gods is actually on my TBR! The journals are so cute and I love the travel mug-- it's the perfect size for my morning drink. Thank you thank you thank you! ❤️

alovely26 I'm soooooo glad...... I was sooo worried that you didn't like it 2y
LectricSheep @alovely26 No it's perfect! Everything is so thoughtful. Thank you so much! 2y
monkeygirlsmama That‘s awesome! 2y
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