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The Oracle Year
The Oracle Year: A Novel | Charles Soule
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From bestselling comic-book franchise writer Charles Soule comes a clever and witty first novel of a twentysomething New Yorker who wakes up one morning with the power to predict the futureperfect for fans of Joe Hill and Brad Meltzer, or books like This Book Is Full of Spiders and Welcome to Night Vale. Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies. He's also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Siteas it's come to be calledand the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trustincluding a beautiful journalistit's all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world. Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, Marvel writer Charles Soule's audacious debut novel takes readers on a rollicking ride where it's impossible to predict what will happen next.
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Coleen
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Mehso-so

I was so looking forward to this book and was excited when it popped up on Hoopla. The premise was good: a guy wakes up having dreamed about 108 world predictions which ultimately all come true. He begins releasing them anonymously through a website and then of course everyone wants to know who he is.
But I was ultimately really disappointed in this one. Flat characters, non-fluid story line, and very mediocre writing overall.

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avalinah
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My first thoughts after finishing The Oracle Year: wow. That was a ride. Agreed, the book can be somewhat slow burn at first, but when it gets going, it just keeps on going. I couldn‘t pull my face away from the page for the last third of the book! Full review: http://bit.ly/2XlZHSH

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rather_be_reading
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Last line: If it turned out that she did have more to day, well, there was always tomorrow.

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rather_be_reading
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We are the sum of our choices. Choose well.

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rather_be_reading
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the sight...would be embedded in her soul forever like a tick...

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rather_be_reading
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Will tossed the coin into the fountain. Circular rings radiated out from the spot where the coin broke the surface of the liquid.

I loved the imagery here.

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rather_be_reading
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After all, a team without a coach is just a bunch of people playing with each other.

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rather_be_reading
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...names start popping out of my brain like bread out of a toaster.

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rather_be_reading
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First line: Anything can happen, Will Dando thought.

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rather_be_reading
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Mehso-so

Ok I devoured this book! However, i felt like it had many plot holes and had the potential to be so much better. The writing was great which made it a fast read, but i felt like it lead to nowhere. Also, not a genre in my wheelhouse. I wanted to love it, but only liked it.

Susanita Yikes that cover. 4mo
Vivlio_Gnosi Another solid review. Thank you. 4mo
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Angitron I totally felt the same about this one. Great review! 4mo
rather_be_reading @Angitron ty! glad im not alone! 4mo
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rather_be_reading
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My fav book lunch date

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rather_be_reading
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Reading outside on my lunch break 👁

Joe_Jones That was a great book! I am looking forward to his next one that comes out in December called Anyone. 4mo
avalinah Loved this one :) 4mo
Recommended4Reading My eyes are dizzy...someone help me! (lol) 4mo
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rather_be_reading @Joe_Jones i just heard abt his new one! 4mo
rather_be_reading @avalinah i am devouring it! 4mo
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rather_be_reading
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Love getting to read at Starbucks before work

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rather_be_reading
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Book 82 of 2019
#botm #botmbacklog

Lucy_Anywhere Wow, 82 books!! That's great going 🙌 4mo
rather_be_reading @Lucy_Anywhere ty! a lot of ebooks and poetry helped me along the way! 4mo
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alli
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Unputdownable!

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Gaylagal2
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Pickpick

This book was so fantastic! And not just because of the story-which wondered a couple of times- but because of the way Soule set up and wrote about the characters. His writing grabbed me and I for one can't wait for his next novel 🤓
#theoracleyear

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Gaylagal2
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1. 9 f***ing degrees!
2. 65
3. 65
4. Rain and snow
5. The Oracle Year

#hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 9mo
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

Great premise, mostly enjoyed this but the writing was a little sharp for me, I like a bit of a softer approach.

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Whodunit85
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Mehso-so

Eh. The characters were good, and the concept fascinating, but then it went all political-thriller on me and I just wasn't into it anymore.

rather_be_reading yes, agreed! 4mo
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Whodunit85
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Final read of 2018 almost complete. I had a long hiatus, but hopefully am back in the swing of things for 2019.

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pariisannja
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JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Purrfectpages I love this! 11mo
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JulAnna
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Mehso-so

This was just ok. Reminded me a bit of Dark Matter in its pacing and the fact that it at some times went too far into the weeds. Quick read.

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Guildedearlobe
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Pickpick

The Oracle Year is full of adventure but short on answers. It‘s an engaging what if premise that morphs into a standard comic thriller. Basically, it‘s a book that never really figures out what it supposed to be. I enjoyed the tale but it only truly stands out when it‘s exploring its sci-fi side. Narrator Charlie Thurton is solid. He moves the book along and his characters are well delineated but nothing here will be especially rememberable.

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BekaReid
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Pickpick

This was a fast-paced book with a lot of twists and turns and an interesting exploration of free will.

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Light_of_Aether
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Pickpick

Excellent book!! Didn't want to put it down once I got about halfway through. An excellent sci-fi novel which uses modern technology to great effect.

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SnowEcho
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Mehso-so

reads like an action thriller with power money mob mentality and supernatural thrown in - not much soul, trying to have a conscience but not a believable one. just trying to be clear about expectations - I was entertained! I‘d recommend this for something absorbing - Not exceptionally thought provoking stuff but still a fun quick read. Felt kinda john Grisham like, which I enjoy - except no lawyers - but you get a former banker. Try it :)

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Hooked_on_books
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Will Dando suddenly knows 108 things that will happen in the near future. The book then unfolds as he chooses what to do with this info and sees the ripple effect of the events and reactions to the foreknowledge. This book grabbed me on page one and tore forward, never letting go. I really enjoyed it.

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

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bookandcat
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#botmbacklog Book 3: 4/5 ⭐
Will Dando is The Oracle. The anonymous viral sensation gifted with 108 predictions that are slowly being posted online...and coming true. Will doesn't know why he woke up from a dream with these in his head, but as he sells them to corporations and watched the global uproar over his predictions (ranging from mundane to huge), he begins to wonder...why him?
This was a fast-paced thriller great for summer. 4/5⭐

bookandcat This also crosses off the "prophecy" book for my OWLS for #newtsreadathon2018 ! 1y
Catsandbooks I thought it was great too! And now I got my husband to read it! 1y
bookandcat @Catsandbooks that's awesome! Hope he enjoys! 1y
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bookandcat
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We went out for brunch at IHOP and I snuck some reading time in when he went to the restroom. Onto my second #botmbacklog book!
Don't worry, not all of that food is for me 😂 the Belgian chocolate mousse pancakes were so tasty though! #brunch #bookandbrunch #botm

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Scott_BookInvasion
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Pickpick

This was a really great ride! Unpredictable, engaging, and funny. This kept me locked in throughout and I highly recommend it!

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Twocougs
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book but just couldn‘t get there. Should have finished it a couple day ago but just wasn‘t motivated. Maybe the real world is more interesting and crazy.

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Catsandbooks
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟 4.5/5 stars! This was such an interesting read. It was a fast pace action sci-fi story that I think would make a great movie or TV show, which is something you don't hear too often about a book.

Djkpanic I loved this one too! Such a cool concept. And yes, I second the movie idea 😊 1y
Scott_BookInvasion I‘m about 3/4 of the way through and I love it! The tv right we‘re already purchased before the book was publicly released! —http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/charles-soules-the-oracle-year-already-acquired (edited) 1y
Catsandbooks @MisfitNerdBooks oh thank you for letting me know! I'm excited to see how they tackle it! Enjoy the rest of the book! 👍🏼 1y
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ness
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Panpan

Wow, did I ever hate this book. One of my book club buds described it as Reddit‘s first book, and super accurate. I mean, it‘s a book about free will and the protagonist‘s name is Will. (Ugh.) Alas, that‘s the least of its problems; the book is chock full of racism, sexism, ableism, fatmisia, anti-religion, and more. Watch us all hate this garbage book: https://youtu.be/7hkH_P1-0io

DivineDiana I hate it too just by your description! 😡 1y
Alfoster Yikes! Sounds awful!😳 1y
ness @DivineDiana @Alfoster It should have been good! The concept was amazing. NK Jemisin would have done something so incredible with it. In Soule‘s hands, however, the execution was horrible. 1y
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Preciouz29
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how I feel; I went in with high hopes and expectations, but then I realised it was not a lighthearted read. It had its ups and downs, and could have been a bit shorter, but I enjoyed it enough to finish.

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Joriebooks
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Waiting for my car‘s oil change. Almost done with The Oracle Year. I‘m liking it so far.
So glad I signed up for #BOTM. My favorite books this year have come from them. 📚🤓

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ness
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Finally forcing myself to read this month‘s book club pick. Blech.

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Lindy
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Any Littens in a reading slump? Check out this brief episode of Just the Right Book with guest @mkindness Michael Kindness, who for years did the Books on the Nightstand podcast with Ann Kingman. (I still miss it.) Michael talks about the tagged book in this episode.
http://justtherightbook.collisions.libsynpro.com/in-a-reading-slump-we-can-help

8little_paws I liked their podcast too:( 1y
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GerardtheBookworm
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A new sub-category for guys: the dicklit or dudefiction. In The Oracle Year, a millennial slacker wakes up one morning and discovers he can make predictions that can change the course of the world. However, religious and political leaders feel threatened by his Nostradamus prophecies and chaos ensues. A satirical look at our world concerning politics and religion with a bromance element.

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Copwithabook
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Late night reading and audiocoloring. The Oracle Year is getting intense so sometimes I have to put it down for something a little slower paced. Anyone else have to do this?

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jz4usc
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Pickpick

Very interesting and intriguing read! The storyline is definitely one of the most original I have read in a long time. There were a few moments where I lost interest but then the story and suspense picked back up again and I could not wait to see what was going to happen.

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Scott_BookInvasion
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Didn‘t get to talk to him much because I didn‘t recognize him before it all started. Wanted to ask him about the tv series adaptation coming for this. Super excited! #Elevengeddon2018

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Bookies
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This book worked for me. I saw some of the criticisms, and this is one of those times I just can‘t relate. It has an imperfect protagonist in extreme situations with knowledge he doesn‘t know how to handle. Sure, some of the predictions are mundane, but they have to be for exactly the situations that require them for the grand scheme. This was a fast read with quick pacing. It would make a great screenplay.

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suvata
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Pickpick

Wow! I loved this book. What if you received 108 prophecies in a dream and they all start coming true? The Oracle Year is one man‘s answer to that question.

Schlinkles I loved this book too! 1y
suvata I passed it on to my husband. Hope he likes it too. I‘m anxious to discuss it with him. 1y
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jackilynn
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Mehso-so
Richryan52 Very nice review! Are you by any chance a Sherlock Holmes fan? (edited) 1y
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Scott_BookInvasion
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Sooooooooooo excited to meet all of these authors (and more) tonight and get these glorious tomes signed and anointed by the glorious authors! More photos of the madness likely posted tomorrow.

TheLibrarian So jealous. Enjoy!!! 1y
magicalshelves Yes, Schwab! She is so nice! 1y
thec0zy Ooh great stack! 1y
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suvata
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I am really, really enjoying this book. 75% done.

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jackilynn
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Well that would be quiet the chess game 🤔

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suvata
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Up next!

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jackilynn
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"Superman didn't wait to be told what to do with his powers. He just used them."

**picture found on Google**

Yanes ... and he used them to do good. 1y
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