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Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy 1 | Marlon James
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Bookalong
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Pickpick

4🌟This book will not be for everyone. But I loved its originality. I dont read a lot of fantasy anymore but James got me with this one. These characters, the queerness, the violence, and the language. It's compared to Game Of Thrones in many ways but its not Game Of Thrones. Definitely a book you have to try for yourself as it will hit people differently. I am eager to start the next book now! #bookreview

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Eggbeater
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#MarvellousMarch #Readathon
3rd book read @Andrew65

Just finished my reread in preparation for Moon Witch, Spider King. It is a crazy story within crazy stories and it is one of my favorites. It is modeled after very violent mythology and not for the faint of heart, but I fell in love with the insane characters and I'm eager to start the second book.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
PNWBookseller85 One of my all-time favorites! Loved the sequel just as much, if not more. I think what he‘s doing with time/narrative/truth/perspective is so so so brilliant. 3mo
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Andrea4
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Finally started back into this book! On a mini-vacay this weekend and though it's still chilly in southern Ontario, things are warming up so it was time for some very bundled up, fire side reading. Lake in background is Erie and on the other side we can see Toledo, Ohio. 👋

ShelleyBooksie Jelly. Beautiful spot 4mo
Andrea4 @ShelleyBooksie it really was! So cozy and zen there, I could finally relax! 4mo
janeycanuck I‘m south western Ontario and thought about heading outside to read yesterday but the wind was too much where I was. Soon, though!! 4mo
Andrea4 @janeycanuck yea, technically this was Saturday so less wind for sure-yesterday was crazy! 4mo
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KCofKaysville

I am bailing on this. It's just a bit too much for me now. I will read something else by the author later that's shorter. Also too much sex and violence.

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Therewillbebooks
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This is what we're rolling with for February.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

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AmandaBlaze
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Preparation for the upcoming readathon hosted by @Andrew65
Over 2,400 pages in those 4 books!

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AmandaBlaze
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So excited! This hold came in. I hope to read it after Passengers. This looks to be the year of series and chunksters!

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Taylor
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This was outstanding on the reread.

I never left a review the first time, because I knew I wanted to reread it!

There‘s so much to talk about—(I could never get to it all)—but I was stunned that I never had to go back into the characters list and remind myself of who was who. Everything stuck in my brain better.

It‘s a trippy fantasy novel. The next book comes out this month I believe, and I can‘t wait to see where this goes.

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Kdgordon88
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#BeginsWith #Black

3 books on my Kindle TBR

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! 📚🖤📚 5mo
Eggs Perfection🖤🖤 5mo
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Addison_Reads
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#BeginsWith @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

I tried to read this and put it aside, but I'd really like to try it again soon.

vivastory I've been meaning to read it since it's release. Really hope to soon since book 2 is being released. 5mo
vlwelser I keep borrowing this from the library and reading parts. It's mega long. Not sure what my problem is though. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 🖤📚 5mo
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Addison_Reads @vivastory @vlwelser I've checked it out twice and liked what I read, but kept getting distracted by other books. I feel this is a book I need to commit and give all my attention to so I can just let myself get caught up in the world building and characters. It is long and there's a lot going on in it but something tells me it will be worth it. 5mo
Eggs Great choice 🖤💗🖤 5mo
Taylor @Addison_Reads Everything you just said, is exactly how it is. 5mo
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Taylor

But she was Sangoma. To live as her is to know that evil forces rise day and night to come for you. Or wronged spirits.

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Taylor

I‘m rereading this, since book two comes out in a couple months, and it is so much better the second time.

Whereas before I didn‘t get into it until like two hundred pages in, this time I‘m finding it gripping, right from the jump.

It feels intense and extreme and all the characterizations are intriguing.

I know this series got picked up by HBO; I believe it‘s in development hell, but I‘m really hoping it gets made.

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Blueberry
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I just discovered a new to me podcast that I am enjoying. Sorry the picture isn't clearer.

NataliePatalie Oooo cool 12mo
Liz_M I love this podcast so much! Marlon's voice is utterly charming and it frequently makes me laugh out loud. 12mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 “The child is dead. There is nothing left to know.”

ReadingOver50 I had such high hopes for this book but I absolutely hated it.
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Lucy_Anywhere @ReadingOver50 Oh no! Really? It has a fab premise! 12mo
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TK-421
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I managed to finally finish the tagged book last night, logging 1 hour, 45 minutes & read Anne of Ingelside for 15 minutes before bed. Next up: I‘m going to binge Murderbot on audio! I don‘t know if I‘ll make it to 20 hours this weekend but I‘m going to enjoy reading as much as possible! #20in4Readathon

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 Good luck 😊👍 13mo
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Taylor

What is love for child, if not mania? I look at the magic of my smallest boy and cry, and I look at the muscle and might of the oldest, and grin with a pride that we are warned should be only of the gods. And for them and the four in between, I have a love that scares me.

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Taylor

It took well over a hundred pages (closer to two hundred really), but I am all in on this book now. Fully emotionally invested, diving into the lore, putting a lot of time and thought into figuring out the names, places, groups and so on. Marlon James came through in a big way with this.

TheKidUpstairs I find James' writing takes a lot of work, demands a lot of attention from the reader, but the pay off is always worth it. 14mo
ChaoticMissAdventures That is good to know! I have started it a few times, once even in audio (that was a mistake) I keep it because I know one day it will click with me too. 14mo
Taylor @ChaoticMissAdventures Yeah, you just gotta get up to page 130 or so...then it starts getting really interesting. 14mo
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Taylor

It reminded me to never take the story of any god or spirit or magical being to be all true. If the gods created everything, was truth not just another creation?

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Kaag
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Chain every trigger warning for sex and violence to the spine of this book. Also... lots of gross stuff. Take naps before reading and don‘t miss a line. It may feel like work but if you can imagine that being a good thing then this may be for you. It‘s incredibly bleak but I suspect if I went line by line at the end of the series practically every character will have redeeming qualities. It‘s just that things are complex and it‘s a hard hard world

Kaag For a frame of reference, my favorites this year... The Light Brigade, The City and the City, Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore, Master and Margarita... it‘s the best book I‘ve read since Gideon the Ninth... after The Malazan Book of the Fallen and The Silmarillion, this is my favorite fantasy novel. 1y
SamAnne I agree the writing is brilliant....but I found it a really difficult read. Will now admire the author from afar.... 1y
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sarahbarnes
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Mehso-so

There is no doubt James is a brilliant writer. This is an epic story and definitely sucked me in at points throughout the book. But I wasn‘t cut out to handle all the violent death scenes. 😂

SamAnne My feelings exactly. Such admiration from him as a writer, but won‘t be reading future books in the trilogy. 1y
sarahbarnes @SamAnne Glad you agree! Yes, I‘m not sure I‘ll be able to read the future books, either. 1y
SamAnne @sarahbarnes it was perhaps one of the most traumatic reading experiences I‘ve had! Which speaks to his power as a writer. But don‘t think I can read the next one. (edited) 1y
sarahbarnes @SamAnne I agree! I was glad when it was over! 😳 1y
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Littlewolf1
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@KatieDid927 thank you so much for my #elfswap gift. I love everything so much and I will be snacking for the rest of the day. Both of been on my TBR for so long so I‘m super excited to read them. Merry Christmas #elfswap2020

KatieDid927 Merry Christmas! 😊 2y
Avanders 😍🧚🏽‍♀️♥️🎄 Merry Christmas! 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 Tracker is a hunter. He always works alone, but when he is hired to find a missing child, he finds himself part of a strange and secretive group all searching for the same boy in a dangerous, hallucinatory ancient Africa 🐆

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Eggbeater
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Here are my #5*Reads2020 so far. If you like epic fantasy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James blew me away and really stuck with me. All of these books really struck me in some way.

@Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍I think we also have similar taste! Many of those are on my IRL TBR! Thank you so much for sharing I love seeing the books you chose! 2y
HOTPock3tt @Eggbeater a murderous relation!! I love that series SO much!!💕 so happy to hear they‘ll be another one in 2021! 😃#VeronicaSpeedwell and “Their eyes were watching God!” I read that for the first time last year and it blew me away! 💗 (edited) 2y
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jen_the_scribe
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I can't even find the words to express the complexities of emotion this book evoked in me. At times it was a daunting, terrible read. Not terrible as in badly written, but terrible as in "causing terror." I can see clearly now why this book is often called "the African Game of Thrones." It was difficult to get through during the more gorey scenes. But in between there was humor, love, and magic. Not for the faint of heart, but worth the effort.

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jen_the_scribe
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"A man will suffer misery to get to the bottom of truth, but he will not suffer boredom."

I've been in a huge and almost never-ending reading slump in 2020. Virtual learning and my anxiety at an all time high made sitting down to read difficult, and that's made me pretty sad. I'm restless. But I only have 10 chapters left in this one, and I'm determined to read one or two chapters a day so I can hopefully finish by the end of this week.

Trashcanman You got this!! 2y
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jen_the_scribe
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We got a new sectional a couple of days ago, and it's so comfortable. I'll be here all weekend on my comfy couch with a book or two or three lol.

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shanaqui

I'll be honest, I've been kind of dreading this book, because it's so unlike what I usually read. I have no idea what's going on, and I don't like any of it. I wish I knew someone who loves it who could convince me to keep going. When the plot is described, there are interesting elements, but the idea of wading through Marlon James' prose to get there is not enticing. I did start getting the hang of it after 25ish pages, so we'll see how it goes.

Hooked_on_books I found it really engaging but not especially enjoyable. I say if you‘re not engaged in it, bail. 2y
shanaqui @Hooked_on_books How long would you give it to get interested in it? 2y
Hooked_on_books Many people say 50 pages. I say between 50 and 100. If it hasn‘t gotten better by then, it won‘t. With this book, there are no big changes or shifts coming, so I wouldn‘t encourage you to keep reading until some specific thing happened, since there‘s nothing to really aim for. 2y
shanaqui @Hooked_on_books Interesting. Thank you for your help! 2y
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GreenGrl87
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These #3books are at “the bottom” of my TBR. They are all books I‘ve heard rave reviews for over and over and I certainly plan to get to reading at some point, but so far they haven‘t really jumped out at me as needing to read ASAP. Have you read any of them? If so, what did you think? Do I need to bump either of them up the list?

SamAnne I still haven‘t recovered from the tagged book, LOL. Perhaps the most violent book I‘ve ever read. It is beautifully written and leaves a lot to think about, but I think I‘m skipping the trilogy.... 2y
GreenGrl87 @SamAnne oh gosh! That makes me even more reluctant to read it then... 2y
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jen_the_scribe
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Rocky approves of our book haul 😍❤🐱📚 #CatsofLitsy

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jen_the_scribe

"It reminded me to never take the story of any god or spirit or magical being to be all true. If the gods created everything, was truth not just another creation?"

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jen_the_scribe
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Pumpkin spice coffee, cinnamon swirl cake, and a good book 😍☕🍰📚

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jen_the_scribe
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After a long, frustrating week of virtual learning for my kids (and me as their "learning coach,") it feels good to enjoy the rain, a cup of coffee, and my books.

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jen_the_scribe

"Something to fight for, or nothing to lose, which makes you a finer warrior? I have no answer."

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jen_the_scribe

" 'You were bored.'

'Like a god waiting for man to surprise him.' "

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Jb2003
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I loved this book. Different from most published writing, but a truer sense of storytelling and not novel writing. Not for everyone, but definitely good for someone who can handle non-linear progressions. Can't wait for the next one!

*Recommend having some familiarity with African culture, myth/legend, and storytelling style for ease of read. Does have a good bit of what Western culture would consider vulgarity in it.

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jen_the_scribe
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Lazy Sunday with my mom's pup, Bambi. My pup, Luna, is huge so she's not in the shot lol. I just love when books have maps 😊🗺☕📚 #bookswithmaps #dogsoflitsy

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jen_the_scribe
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Sundays are for reading 😊 It was honestly a little disorienting when I first began reading this book, because his style is unlike anything I've ever read before, and it's pretty graphic at certain points. But the more I move through the story the more I like it. It reads like African folklore, which makes sense because he got some inspiration from African mythology.

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jen_the_scribe
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Started this one last night. Now I'm enjoying it in the car while I wait for my husband to renew his driver's license at the DMV.

Scochrane26 Every time I see someone reading this book, I recommend his podcast. You may already know about it —Marlon & Jake Read Dead People. 2y
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Eggbeater
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#24B4Monday #readathon Book 2 complete @Andrew65 @jb72 @SumisBooks

?????This will go down as one of my favorite epic adventures. It was billed as a fantasy novel, but it was way more complicated and built off of African mythology and told using an almost biblical style layering of stories, if the bible had a more cohesive narrative and used the word "fuck" a lot. I am really excited it!

More raving below⬇

Eggbeater I had to be very patient with it in the beginning while the story was unfolding because it was told in an intricate manner that was so different to me, but I was intrigued by it and found it worth the initial effort. This book is brutal and doesn't pull any punches, so trigger warning for everything that upsets you. It is not a fairy tale, the characters are addictive and the author is merciless with their outcomes,but it is magical. 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
SamAnne I loved and equally, absolutely loathed this book. It's still spinning my head. 2y
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Eggbeater
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#24B4Monday #readathon Day 1: 8 hrs 7 min
I didn't finished any of the 3 books I started, but I made a lot of progress with this book, which is very engrossing and involved. It may take a little longer to finish, but I am really into it.

@Andrew65 @SumisBooks @jb72

vivastory I loved Brief History of Seven Killings & have heard a lot of mixed things about this one, but I'm def curious 2y
Andrew65 That‘s a great time well done 👏👏👏 2y
Trashcanman 💯 2y
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Pedrocamacho
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To be honest, I am still processing this book and I am not sure what I think of it. There are things that I really liked about it and things I did not. So, I find myself torn. All that being said, it isn‘t a boring read so that‘s good 😊

SamAnne I felt the same way! Quite the ride. While I appreciate what Marlon James does, I don‘t think Incan handle reading the next boom in the trilogy! 2y
Pedrocamacho @SamAnne Agreed, @SamAnne. I really liked the Tracker character. However, the story is sooo masculine. I mean, did all of the female characters have to be witches? I suspect that “History of Seven Killings“ was also super-masculine, but I don't remember it that way. 2y
SamAnne @Pedrocamacho so super masculine! Some of the sex and violence seemed a little gratuitous to me. And you are right about the female characters. Had not come to my mind. 2y
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jen_the_scribe
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One of the books I've been waiting on finally arrived. I'm so excited about this one!

Scochrane26 Have you listened to his podcast? I love it. 2y
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 No! I didn't even know he had a podcast, have to check that out 2y
Scochrane26 It‘s called Marlon & Jake Read Dead People. Jake is his editor. 2y
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 I just looked it up, sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing. 2y
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ItsAnotherJen
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You know what they say..there is a fine line between genius and insanity. That is this book. Its enormous and I'm set on finishing it, but I can't decide if I'm actually enjoying it. I'm mostly confused and alternatively horrified at some of the violent scenes. It's not for the faint of heart.

Eta: finished it and because it's so crass and violent..I would not recommend 🤦‍♀️ 👎

vlwelser I'm struggling through this one also. I want to like it. Sometimes. It's too long. Maybe if it was set up as short stories it would be easier to digest. 2y
SamAnne Yeah, it was too much for me. I appreciated the writing but the violence was too much. 2y
Scochrane26 I don‘t think I‘ll ever read this book, but I do love his podcast. 2y
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mollyrotondo I listened to this one (big mistake for me). I liked certain parts and thought I was understanding and then it lost me somewhere. I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. It was too long. And I don‘t understand why we need books two and three 2y
ReadingOver50 I did not care for this book. Thought it was overhyped 2y
ItsAnotherJen @mollyrotondo Yeah, its 24 hrs long on audio. 620 pages if you read it. I'm only 1/3 of the way through..😰 The writing can be amazing. I can't abandon it. I'm setting short goals and will get through it. 2y
Nebklvr Soooo...you wouldn‘t recommend for me to read it? 2y
ItsAnotherJen @Nebklvr No! ? But everyone responds to different books differently, so I would just say at the very least "proceed with caution 2y
Nebklvr But it was quite short 2y
ItsAnotherJen @Nebklvr This one is pretty long! That book sounds kind of good, I've never heard of it. 2y
Nebklvr @ItsAnotherJen It is checked out right now but we do have it 2y
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Andrea4
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#whatwouldyoudo #quarantine

1. Well I'd love to say books though when I was isolated without work it was mostly TV so aspiring or honest answer? Lol
2. Dandy blend tea thanks🥰
3. Savoury all the way (popcorn looking at you!)
4. @llwheeler @cwheeler

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Andrea4
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Wow how long I've been away! And how long not really reading it seems!!! Covid, work, trying to date LOL have sucked all my brain power for reading. So here I attempt. In small bites. In the sun, in the warmth, smell of sweet lilacs beside me.
I have missed you guys and this space.
Sometimes I wonder why it's so easy to stay from spaces that feel good...
Maybe I am just the kind that's easily distracted by new, shiney things!

Bklover Welcome back! 2y
Andrea4 @Bklover why thank you! 2y
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thebeercolonel
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Oh my word what a majestic epic book - Big meaty fantasy in an amazingly built mythical feeling ancient African setting with big themes running through the whole queer feeling shebang.

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CaitlinR

“Maybe this is how all stories end, the ones with true women and men, true bodies falling into wounding and death, and with real blood spilled. And maybe this is why the great stories we told are so different. Because we tell stories to live, and that sort of story needs a purpose, so that sort of story must be a lie. Because at the end of a true story, there is nothing but waste.”

Damn, this man can write!

#marlonjames

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Mehso-so

Well, I think I‘m glad to have read this, but I‘m hard pressed to recommend it to my friends. The language is lush. The many tales are rich in tone.

As a whole, it is sexually graphic and very gratuitously violent (this from a sometime reader of horror).

It takes time to learn and accept the novel‘s voice. On this, my second, I wanted to know who survived, and how. If you make it past the first half of the book, you‘ll be hooked.

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wanderinglynn
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#sundayfunday

1. Tagged
2. The Belgariad by David Eddings
3. Jim Dale

Scochrane26 Do you listen to Marlon & Jake‘s podcast? I love it. 2y
ozma.of.oz Black Leopard, Red Wolf has been on my TBR list for a while now! I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 2y
wanderinglynn @Scochrane26 no, I haven‘t. But I‘ll go try it. 😀 2y
Scochrane26 @wanderinglynn Another Litten recommended the podcast. It‘s Marlon & Jake read Dead People 2y
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