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Space Unicorn Blues
Space Unicorn Blues | TJ Berry
A misfit crew race across the galaxy to prevent the genocide of magical creatures, in this unique science fiction debut. Having magical powers makes you less than human, a resource to be exploited. Half-unicorn Gary Cobalt is sick of slavery, captivity, and his horn being ground down to power faster-than-light travel. When he's finally free, all he wants is to run away in his ancestors' stone ship. Instead, Captain Jenny Perata steals the ship out from under him, so she can make an urgent delivery. But Jenny held him captive for a decade, and then Gary murdered her best friend... who was also the wife of her co-pilot, Cowboy Jim. What could possibly go right? File Under: Science Fiction [ Rocks in Space | Stand Up to Reason | The Human Experiment | Last Unicorn ]
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HeyT
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I don‘t know what I was expecting but this was a little darker than I thought it would be. There were still light hearted moments and relationship growth between characters that I loved but man this is scathing towards humanity. That said I enjoyed the whole thing and am glad to have already checked out the next one.

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HeyT
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#BookReport
Managed to finish off three books this week including the chonk that is A Crown of Swords.

#WeeklyForecast
I plan on continuing with Space Unicorn Blues and #TheWheelOfTime with The Path of Daggers before heading into Seanan McGuire's Ghost Roads in Sparrow Hill Road.

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HeyT
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Today‘s #LibraryHaul. I own The Collapsing Empire in ebook format but have been more productive reading physical books lately so I went to borrow it and came out with two more. The tagged book is one I often pick up at the bookstore but never quite commit to bringing home so when I saw the library had it and its sequel I couldn‘t resist.

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Mandoul
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Super excited to finally have these, after a long wait. Thanks @Reggie for recommending the tagged book!

Reggie Yayyyy, I really hope you like it!! 5mo
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Lizpixie
Space Unicorn Blues | T. J. Berry
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#AyUpAugust #Day14 #Animal This one is right up there with “Most unique SciFi ever written” Gary is a half unicorn space pilot who has his ancestral stone ship stolen & is put in chains so Captain Jenny can use his ground down horn to power the faster-than-light drive. Years later,when he‘s finally free,he gets involved in a doublecross & is rescued by the very person who held him captive and has to make a deal with the devil to get his ship back.

Cinfhen Like I said before you post the most unique books 😜 6mo
mcipher Hwa?!? People‘s imaginations are so amazing!! 6mo
squirrelbrain This one sounds *really* bizarre! 🤔🤪 6mo
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Lizpixie @Cinfhen why thank you Cindy! @mcipher they certainly are @squirrelbrain it is but it‘s also very good. The sequel, Five Unicorn Flush, came out recently. There goes my #bookbuyban💸 6mo
Katerina I started this book, when the hype was still going strong, but couldn't get into it. I'll give it a second chance soon. 6mo
Squidapus Squidapus loved this book. You think it'll be a silly adventure but holy crap does it get dark and emotionally heavy. 6mo
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Lindy
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It‘s science fiction/fantasy mashups like this that make the spec fic label so useful. It‘s got vile humans stomping across the universe spouting Manifest Destiny rhetoric, enslaving & harvesting parts from magical creatures like unicorns, dwarves, dryads & fairies. It‘s not all doom & gloom. In fact, it‘s more of a bonkers romp with a diverse spaceship crew of misfits. Entertaining #audiobook narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross. #LGBTQ

Lindy Thanks to @Reggie and @saresmoore for bringing this delight to my attention. 😊🚀 🦄 (edited) 9mo
Reggie Yayyy!!! So glad you liked it! 9mo
Lindy @Reggie 😁🦄 9mo
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Lindy
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Humans are never more persistent than when they are in the wrong.

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Lindy
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“I have no idea how to figure out which bars are for gay people. They should put a sign outside so people know.”
“You didn‘t see the six rainbow flags hanging from the roof?”
“I thought they were just being festive. Lots of people like rainbows. I like rainbows. Leprechauns like rainbows.”

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Lindy
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Survey a thousand cultures from throughout the universe and each would have terrifying stories about thin grey aliens with huge black eyes who visited their planet to poke at them.
(Internet photo)

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saresmoore
Space Unicorn Blues | T. J. Berry
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This #RealLifeLitfluence credit goes to @Reggie whose magnanimous reading tastes know no bounds! Reggie‘s compassionate life outlook is paired with a sharp eye for great storytelling and his reviews rock my socks off every time.

I‘m super stoked for this fun hybrid SF/F to bring me a new perspective and an extra jolt of joy.

AmyG I love reading his reviews, too. 9mo
saresmoore @AmyG He always has something unexpected & insightful to say. I love that fresh perspective. 9mo
Lindy This one caught my eye thanks to @Reggie too. 9mo
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Cathythoughts Love @Reggie yes , compassion comes through in his reviews & comments 9mo
batsy @Reggie 's reviews are the absolute best. Such a generous and voracious reader. 9mo
Reggie Omg, this made me tear up. This is too kind and now I hope the book lives up to my hype. You have no idea how you all have changed my reading life. And before this starts to sound too academy award speechy, lol, just thanks. This was very nice. @saresmoore @AmyG @Lindy @Cathythoughts @batsy 9mo
TrishB Totally agree. Look forward to @Reggie reviews all the time 💕 9mo
saresmoore @Reggie ♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
Reggie @TrishB 💕 9mo
Christine I love and agree with everything about this. ❤️ (Including your acceptance speech, @Reggie!! 😁❣️) 9mo
DivineDiana And I agree with @Christine ! ❤️ (edited) 9mo
Centique Beautiful 💕 There is nothing better than seeing bookish friendships bloom 🌹 You guys are both bookstars 💕 9mo
Suet624 @Reggie I recently discovered that somehow I had stacked 2,000 books in Litsy. 50% of them have to be books you recommended. Your reviews are the bomb. 💕 9mo
Branwen This looks very interesting! 🦄🚀 I hope you enkoy it! Can't wait to hear all about it! 9mo
Moray_Reads I have this on my TBR, can't wait to hear what you think! 9mo
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Reggie
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This science fiction/fantasy mashup had everything. It made me laugh, I saw a clear movie with all the action going on in my head, and it even punched me in the heart a couple of times. It all starts off with Gary, a half unicorn half man getting out of jail after having been there for 10 years on a murder charge. He hooks up with his old ragtag crew and they head off into space hoping their pasts won‘t eat them ALIVE!!!Super Pick!!!

Reggie @Squidapus Thanks for putting this out there. 9mo
Cathythoughts Sounds completely mad ... in a good way ♥️👍🏻 (edited) 9mo
Reggie @Cathythoughts it‘s so good and I‘m not even doing it justice. Check it out. I preordered the sequel as soon as I finished it and I never preorder anything. 🙂 9mo
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JennyM Sounds a hoot!!! 9mo
Reggie @JennyM it is. But it had a lot to say about humanity and it got real dark in some places. The feels sneak up on you in this one. So good. 9mo
Mandoul Thanks, i'm sold! 9mo
Reggie @Mandoul I‘m glad, because it deserves to be read. I hope you like it! 9mo
Mandoul You had me at unicorn chimera in outer space! 9mo
saresmoore This sounds like it might be exactly what I need right now. 9mo
Reggie @saresmoore go for it!! 9mo
Centique Space unicorns - this is something I didn‘t know I needed! 🦄🌓💫 9mo
readordierachel Yay! I have a copy of this on my shelf right now! 9mo
Reggie @Centique not only is the universe super diverse with mythical creatures, his copilot is a lesbian, Maori woman in a wheelchair!!! Lol, it‘s got a lot going on. 9mo
Reggie @readordierachel The whole thing sounds super silly but it‘s totally worth it! (edited) 9mo
Centique @Reggie whoa! That‘s awesome! 9mo
Lindy I‘m sold. I‘ve just started listening to this today. 👍 9mo
Reggie @Lindy I hope you‘re liking it so far. 9mo
Lindy @Reggie Yep. It makes me more likely to go out and work in my garden even though I‘m feeling old and stiff, just so I can have uninterrupted listening time. Right now, however, I‘m rereading the print books I‘m going to talk to Jenny about on the next @Readingenvy podcast. 9mo
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Squidapus
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Okay, so I can't overstate this enough; read this book! 450 characters was not nearly enough to describe how good this is. It's a story about whether people are capable of change through trauma or perspective. It has incredible diversity and representation (asexual Indian half-unicorn, handicapped Maori lesbian, trans Asian crime boss, bigoted white guy). It takes a silly premise, treats it 100% seriously AND IT WORKS. This book is an frickin ride

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Squidapus
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Stop Squidapus of you've heard this one before; a half-unicorn just out of prison whose horn powers FTL travel, a wheelchair-bound Maori woman who imprisoned him for two years, the man whose wife the Unicorn killed and ate and a trans bar owner who used to be an anthropologist have to travel on the unicorn's asteroid ship to reach a meeting that will determine the fate of humanity in 24 hours. A SHOCKINGLY good novel, surprisingly dark and heavy

Reggie Lol, I haven‘t but it‘s definitely stacked!!! 10mo
Squidapus @Reggie Tale as old as tiiiiimmmme~ 10mo
Reggie Were you bothered at all with the anti-humankind slant this book had? It‘s not that it was unfounded or undeserved. Maybe the truth just hurts. 9mo
Squidapus @Reggie Honestly, Squidapus and I are pretty cynical so the answer at the end just made us nod and go "Yeah, that's a fair assessment." 9mo
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Squidapus
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Instead of reading a book he bought yesterday (...which keeps happening) Squidapus is gonna tap into his backlog and grab a book he grabbed a while back. A Maori shuttle captain teams up with a half unicorn who's horn powers faster than light travel. After such a serious book as Luminous Dead, a comedic, ridiculous adventure seems like the right choice!

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PJPeski
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There is an NPR news reporter in this book. #lakshmiSingh

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PJPeski
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Moodier, more introspective, and sadder than I thought. Every species, Baka and human, has regrets.

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Lizpixie
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Well that book was fantastic! One of the strangest I‘ve read, but so much fun to read. Take a big jar, pour in a dash of Firefly, a touch of Star Trek, a bit of Piers Anthony & some unicorns. Shake before sprinkling in a pinch of Terry Pratchett. Serve. That is this book. If you‘ve always wanted Sir Terry & Neil Gaiman in space, then this is the book for you. It‘s got more of a dark side than Discworld but it has his touch of the bizarre. 5⭐️

JanuarieTimewalker13 My first reaction to the title was “WHAT???!!!!” Hahaha...I‘m so stacking this! 2y
Shadowfat I'm even more excited to read this now! 2y
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt9 Finally,the last book in today‘s haul. A book I‘ve already almost finished(I‘m on pg330)This book is freakin fantastic!Think Firefly.With Unicorns. And various other mythical creatures who are actually aliens that have been visiting earth for millennia. Throw in spaceship drives that run on unicorn horn,a living eco-ship & Sisters who worship the Pymmie, a race of godlike aliens about to put the whammy on humans for being dicks. Fun!

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LibrarianRyan
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Yesterday was sister in law day. The very first place she wanted to go? The #bookstore. How could I saw no? 😜

Sace 💙💙💙💙💙 The covers 2y
azulaco Ooh, The Mermaid is out? I applied to read it on NetGalley, but I got turned down. I love Christina Henry - excited to get this one! 2y
LibrarianRyan @azulaco I thought it had been out for a month but hadn't seen it. I tripped over it trying to help someone else. 2y
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Daughter-of-words
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Fairytale creatures in space! This was a fun, fast paced and action packed read with a diverse cast of characters. For fans of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. 🦄🦄🦄🦄/5

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Daughter-of-words
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#bookmail and #happybookbirthday to my cousin T. J. Berry on her debut science fiction novel💜🦄 I‘m so excited to read this book! Knowing the author it‘s sure to be hilarious!

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GenreMinxReviews
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This story is a fascinating blend of science fiction with fantasy elements! Also, it was not all unicorns and rainbows, there were lots of difficult situations that occurred as well as a few rather gross incidents, yuck. There is a lot to love with this story and the ending was nothing like I was expecting on so many levels but it was so right! I could not get enough of this misfit crew! Full review at www.thegenreminx.com #TheGenreMinxBookReviews

LibrarianRyan Yeahh. I have a digital galley and just have not gotten to it yet. Glad you liked it. 2y
GenreMinxReviews @LibrarianRyan 😊 I hope you like it when you do. Some reviewers loved it and some were meh. I‘ll be curious to see how you like it (or not). 👍🏻 2y
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