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Gideon the Ninth
Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you'll ever have with a skeleton. The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Tamsyn Muirs Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis wont set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideons sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Bookworm54
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This one has some mixed reviews, but I LOVED it! And the narrator was amazing which is always a bonus.

Gideon has always wanted to escape from the ninth, but now she is cavalier to her enemy, the reverend daughter, necromancer and heir to the ninth. The emperor has called on each of the houses to come to the first house for a trial of wits and skill to become his immortal hands. But the process is even deadlier than they imagined.

BookmarkTavern I love this book! The next one is amazing! 💕 1mo
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deeannloso
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Bailedbailed

Not my cup of tea. The narrator was great and it was a bit funny, but it just didn‘t keep me engaged. 😕

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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peanutnine
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#ReadingBracket2024 March fiction update
Wow wow wow this was such a tough month to choose a favorite, I read so many amazing books! Narrowing it down to just two was still extremely difficult but I decided to choose one fantasy and one romance for the bonus slot.

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deeannloso
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“The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.

Tamsyn Muir‘s Gideon the Ninth, first in The Locked Tomb Trilogy, unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.”

Areader2 Love the narrator! 2mo
deeannloso @Areader 👍🏻 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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#ItTakesAllKinds Day 24: From what I understand, this fulfills the #InsaneProtag criteria - or maybe it is Harrow the Ninth? i have yet to sink my teeth into this series especially since I only have this first book at the moment. 💀☠️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☠️🖤👍🏻 3mo
BookmarkTavern Oh this is such a fun series! 🧡💙🩷 3mo
Eggs ☠️🖤💀 3mo
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peanutnine
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I dunno why I held out on reading this one for so long but it was my bookclub's pick this month and I'm so glad! It's about necromancers so yes, it's dark & a bit macabre but it's also compelling & witty & I didn't want to stop reading. There's a mystery to uncover in a Gothic palace, a possible murderer to reveal & so many sword fights. Gideon was such a fun character to experience it all through her eyes
#SeriesLove2024 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome! 3mo
BookmarkTavern This series is so good! 🥰 3mo
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kgriffith
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“Ghastly and obvious are my middle names” 💀😂

Tea_and_Starstuff Ianthe, so terrible in such a fun way! 4mo
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kgriffith
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It‘s important to prop up the usefuller books.

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Jadams89
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The Storygraph AI-generated previews crack me up sometimes. Yes, my favorite genres: adventure, mystery, and lesbian necromancers 🤣🤣

I loved this book, though keeping up on audio was tough at times.

BethM Spectacular 😂 5mo
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forestandcrow
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Idk if i just havent read enough but i just cannot get into this book. Anyone else read it yet? Is it a slow start?

julesG Well, I'd say push through the beginning and you'll enjoy the book, but I know that not everyone enjoys the wild ride "The Ninth" books offer. 5mo
BookmarkTavern This is one of my favorites! It does have a bit of a slow start, and it is a pretty weird book. I‘d suggest giving it a couple more chapters. Or switch to the audiobook if you like audio! The narrator is fantastic for the whole series! 5mo
forestandcrow Thank you! I may try audiobook. 😅 5mo
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NikkiCureton
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“Evidence,” he said, “outweighs testimony.”
“But you‘re God.” And God said, “And I am not enough.”
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an exciting journey to and ending that I did not anticipate (although maybe I should have). Will definitely keep reading the series.

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kgriffith
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Had a lovely lunch date discussing the Locked Tomb series with two friends, complete with skull snacks 💀🍄

julesG Clever idea 💀 5mo
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K.Wielechowski
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Gideon is pissed about the hand she was dealt in life and has no qualms making it everybody‘s problem. When she‘s forced into the cavalier job for necromancer Harrow, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and her mortal enemy, she turns her anger towards whatever is picking off necro/cav pairs.

Dark humor, a bit graphic, and confusing at times. Read it slowly, refer to the guides in the front and the back, and consider reading it a second time.

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kgriffith
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Third time around, adding more fans to the cult as we go 😏

BookmarkTavern I‘ve been doing this with my sister. 💖 6mo
kgriffith @BookmarkTavern love it 🫶🏼🥰 6mo
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ashsbookmarks
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Ruthiella Those are the two I have! 👍 7mo
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Kryckett
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Even better on the re-read. I loved it in audio, which was how I consumed it the first go ‘round. But I am super glad I went for the print version this time. 💀💀💀💀💀

GondorGirl Every time I read one of these books I find twenty new things I didn't notice of previous times. 8mo
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Lizpixie
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#AutumnPlease #Day16 #BadBossDay I don‘t know about you but Harrow sounds like one HELL of a Bad Boss! #Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub 6pts

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤😅 8mo
Eggs 🦴🩶💀 8mo
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Gissy
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#AutumnPlease Day 8
#Bones another book waiting for me ☺️

@Eggs

Eggs Brilliant 💀🖤👏🏻 8mo
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currentlyreadinginCO
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gossamerchild
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Still not sure I truly understood anything that happened in this book 🤣🤣. But an undeniably cool cover. With many #skeletons AND #bones.

#scarathlonphotochallenge @Clwojick @StayCurious
#TeamBOOklovers @Bookwormjillk

Clwojick I felt the same! I wanted so bad to love it, but I bailed because I didn‘t think I understood a thing 😂 8mo
gossamerchild @Clwojick I didn't bail, but... there was so much to love... but... yeah 🤣🤣 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘ll admit this one took me a fair while to get into (that‘s a LOT of world building to take in) but by the end I was absolutely on board and I‘ll definitely be reading the sequel. Very inventive, ghoulish and odd. I‘ve never read anything going this deep into necromancy before and I enjoyed the trip, and also the cool mix of sci fi and fantasy that you don‘t see much.

#scarathlon #skeletoncrew

Ruthiella I absolutely love this series. Every book (so far) has been wonderfully confusing at first and then it starts to coalesce. Not for everyone, for sure. 8mo
kwmg40 I too like the mix of sci fi and fantasy in this series. 8mo
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Gissy
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#Scarathlon photo challenge Day 2 #Bones

I also want to read the tagged book 💀 🖤

Alfoster Cool pic!❤️ 8mo
Gissy @Alfoster Thank you 💀🖤🖤🖤 8mo
StayCurious Great picture! 8mo
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Tea_and_Starstuff
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Hi book friends! I got a new phone, found out I couldn't download the litsy app, and suddenly became much worse at keeping it updated. But I have some free time, lets see if we can get caught up on reviews!

Wanting to complete a row in July's #bookspinbingo finally had me read this, which has been sitting on my Libro.fm app after buying it on sale. I was hesitant because I've heard mixed things about the series from trusted reader friends. (1/2)

Tea_and_Starstuff After reading, I can see why friends bounced off, but it worked really well for me! The characters were sometimes glib, but the plot wasn't. Fascinating worldbuilding, and it managed to be both compulsively readable and intriguing complex. A scattering of elements comes together in a satisfying finale, and I immediately wanted to read the sequel. (2/2) 10mo
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DebinHawaii
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Mehso-so

Finished this week & I‘m still not sure how to rate it so going for so-do. I kept telling myself to stop reading it but then I couldn‘t & got caught up in it. I found it too long & too confusing—like the author just went for the most difficult way to say or do things (like naming characters) & I DID NOT like the ending AT ALL. It did have dark humor & I liked Gideon & a couple of the other characters grew on me. I don‘t think that is enough to ⬇️

DebinHawaii …try the next in the series (even if it‘s a library ebook) but probably not or at least not for a while. Overall too chaotic & muffled for my tastes & there are other books out there I‘m more interested in.🤷🏻‍♀️ #SeriesLove2023 #RushAThon 10mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 10mo
TheSpineView I didn't care for this either. Hopefully the next book will be better. 10mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 10mo
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SpeculativeFemale
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While there were some confusing parts with too many names and secondary characters to easily keep straight, the payoff was well worth it. I plowed through this book in a way shorter time than I expected. It was so odd and unique, I just could not put it down.

Ruthiella I‘ve come to enjoy the confusion I‘m at the beginning of each of the locked tomb books. 😂 10mo
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wildwoodreads
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We went on vacation last weekend and I visited a fun indie bookstore @johnscreekbooks in John‘s Creek, Georgia. It was the cutest store with a good selection so of course, I picked up a few things.

Then we also visited a Barnes and Noble on our way home so I could grab a copy of B. Dylan Hollis‘s cookbook. It was a good book buying week.

Full haul: https://wildwoodreads.com/2023/08/08/johns-creek-books-and-gifts-book-haul/

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LaurenMags
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Panpan

I couldn't get into the book at all. It was trying too hard to be edgy.

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BookmarkTavern
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Yo! There‘s a podcast doing a reread of the Locked Tomb series!

BRB Nona is on hold for now. #BookAdjacent #Podcast

https://www.lockedtombpod.com

Ruthiella Excellent! I‘ll definitely check it out. 👍 12mo
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RobynTholme
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Pickpick

This book took a little bit of time to hook me - then I finished the second half in a day. I did almost nothing but read. Worth it!
I‘m excited to read more from this world.

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Areader2
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Read the book a few years back and was on the fence but listened to the audiobook and wow was so much better, this book isn‘t for everyone it‘s a complex , descriptive sci-fi Fantasy collaboration that definitely pays off !

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TheSpineView
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Bailedbailed

Unpopular opinion! I called this one a DNF after 20% read. The reasons why are many. First, it tried to be a blend of Sci-Fi and Fantasy and it didn't work for me. I felt it needed to be pure Fantasy. Second, the world building was lacking and it made the plot stilted. Third, hated the characters. The final nail in the coffin was the plot which was very weak. So many loved this one and I don't understand why. Sigh... Total was of my time!

TheSpineView Needless to say, I will not try to finish at a later date or read anything else in the series. #SeriesLove2023 @Andrew65 13mo
Andrew65 A shame, but one less series to get to. 13mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 That's true 13mo
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Soubhiville I really disliked this one too. 13mo
Gissy 😲, I have the whole trilogy so I will try it😬🤷🏽‍♀️ 13mo
HeatherBlue I was able to finish it, but I had a lot of the same feelings!! 13mo
Ruthiella I loved this book, but agree with @Andrew65 , it‘s a relief to know what you DON‘T want to read! 😃 And you are not wrong, all the characters are pretty awful. 😂 13mo
TheSpineView @Soubhiville @HeatherBlue I am glad to hear there others that didn't care for it. I thought I might be the only one. 13mo
TheSpineView @Gissy At lot of people loved it. I just didn't get it. I thought the writing was terrible but read it and decide for yourself because lot enjoyed it. 13mo
TheSpineView @Ruthiella I think it is one of those books you either love or hate. 13mo
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Clwojick
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I crashed way too early last night, so I missed out on these babies! It‘s currently 7am, but I‘m counting down the hours until it‘s respectable to be digging into these yummy cupcakes. 😂 #Readingsnack #EasterOMC

vlwelser You wouldn't be the first person ever to eat a cupcake for breakfast.... 1y
Bookwormjillk What‘s the difference between muffins and cupcakes really? 1y
peaKnit Is it ever too early for a cupcake? I did not get the memo, just finished a cookie for breakfast 😂 1y
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AmyG Those look delicious! 1y
Clwojick @vlwelser @Bookwormjillk @peaknit @AmyG Yeah, I lasted a whole 30 minutes. 😂 1y
BookmarkTavern Well those definitely look like breakfast cupcakes to me! ❤️ 1y
peaKnit 🤣 29 minutes longer than I would have. 1y
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MissHel
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What a fun ride! This looks like a fantasy novel, but! It‘s actually a sci-fi And Then There Were None. All of the characters are just miserable in the beginning, but they grow on you, rather unlike the Christie novel. #pop2023 #modernretellingofaclassic

Ruthiella Nice use of the prompt! 😀 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Bailedbailed

80 pages in, and this still feels like a chaotic mess. My elder kid likes this series so maybe I'll try to revisit it later, but for now I just am not feeling it.

Nessavamusic I bailed on this too! 1y
ImperfectCJ @Nessavamusic Glad to know I'm not alone! I've been a lot quicker to bail on books than I used to. It might be that I'm growing jaded and impatient with age, or maybe it's just that I have less time to read after spending most of my day yelling at kids to get off my lawn or complaining about the work ethic of younger generations. (And since sarcasm doesn't always convey well in comments, I should point out that I do neither of those things.) 1y
Nessavamusic @ImperfectCJ same, if I‘m going to give a book 2 or less stars I try to bail. I do occasionally hate read finish things, especially if I own the book. 😂 1y
ImperfectCJ @Nessavamusic My teens love when I hate read. For some reason, they get a kick out of seeing me get worked up about books, and apparently it's most amusing when I'm ranting. 1y
Clare-Dragonfly If you don‘t like chaotic messes, this is not the series for you! 😆 1y
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MissHel
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I‘ve tried several times to get into this book, and maybe this will be the one!

(Pictured:Tonight‘s Adult DIY- we did beginning block printing. I was worried that they wouldn‘t be into it because it‘s kind of a basic intro, but the folks had a great time!)

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tphil10283
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this insane compelling sci-fi fantasy about necromancy written by a mad genius.

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Fammybooks
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I have no real words for this. It was beautifully written. I waited so long to read this, and I‘m wondering why. It‘s so good.

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Johanna414
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Bailedbailed

I don‘t know what it is about this book, because I genuinely feel like I should love it..l but I keep losing interest. This is the 3rd time I‘ve tried reading it and bailed. There have been some hilarious lines and I like the characters, I just continually pick up other titles rather than finishing this one. I made it 200 pages before giving up this time 🤷‍♀️

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sarahgreatlove
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Wowzers!!! I didn‘t really know what to expect of this. I thought these might be too gory for me to too scary maybe ? But then I found out the author is a kiwi so I dove right in! Just LOVED the snarky tone. Such brilliant voice and humor. I didn‘t quite know what was happening sometimes but didn‘t care. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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claudiuo
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Confusing and hard to follow in some parts but still a great read. I have to admit, I started it once and it didn't really draw me in but gave it one more chance and ended up liking it a lot. A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks This was my #BookChain read for 5th prompt.

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks Talking about #BookChain... After reading this book I was stumped as far as prompt 6: title with half as many letters as this book. I thought I will be stuck here for a while. Serendipity at its best: The book I was reading to celebrate Black History Month was Passing... I realized it has a 7 letter title just now 😻 1y
TheAromaofBooks Nice!!! I am stuck there myself. I definitely already have some ideas for improving prompts for next year 😂 1y
PuddleJumper I'm stuck on 6 too 😂 1y
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kera_11
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lesbian swordswoman in space. lesbian necromancer that she has to protect but has been her archenemies her whole life. reluctant teamwork & secrets revealed. obsessed with Gideon &her sass & rage. slightly confused by all the character names & nicknames the whole time &the ending made me sob so hard my roommate heard me from another room. pretty sure I‘ll read the second one but this def more fantasy than romance so don‘t get it twisted

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PageShifter
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Mehso-so

I love complex characters and characters in this book definitely were that xD But at the same time this book had way too many characters, and they had long names + nick names. That was overwhelming.

I loved the atmosphere but hated the writing style.

I think the plot was decent but the writing style made it feel more confusing than it otherwise would have been.

#SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView I heard mixed reviews on this one. Not sure if I want to read or not. 1y
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parasolofdoom
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Favorite 22 Books/Series (represented by book 1 cover) of 2022!

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MeganAnn
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Just finished the tagged for the #nsr22 Grimdark category. Absolutely loved it!! This & Hundred Thousand Kingdoms are easily my favorites for fantasy.

Anyone have a suggestion for a quick read in the Sword & Sorcery category? I‘d love to finish the fantasy section by the end of year.

For Sci-fi, I read these 2, plus a ton of Ruby Dixon‘s sci-fi romances which don‘t really seem to fit these categories. Might finish 1 more if I get a chance🤷‍♀️

Nessavamusic Great job! Sword & Sorcery and short generally don‘t go hand and hand, but I can recommend this indi! 2y
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ShyBookOwl
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What a strange world we live in... Social media now decides what books go on sale (read: are worthy). That is not a slight on this book, which I've never read. Just an observation.

julesG Weird! 2y
ravenlee Isn‘t this just a variation on bestseller lists? It‘s just something very specific that‘s driving the popularity. 2y
ShyBookOwl @ravenlee Good point. Seems less jarring when you put it that way 2y
ravenlee Not to say it isn‘t weird, but I‘ve always found bestseller lists to be a strange thing. Highlighting and discounting books that are already popular, to make them more popular, based largely on existing publicity efforts and “word of mouth” - so booktok seems like a pretty logical progression to me. 2y
ShyBookOwl @ravenlee Agreed. Litsy is my only social media platform, and things like tiktok seem built upon the premise that ppl have no attention span, which seems counterintuitive to book culture. So there's a clash there that confuses me. When my 14 yr old nephew scrolls tiktok I get an instant migraine, so imagining his peers deciding which books get popular boggles me 😅 Maybe I'd get it if I participated 🤷🏽‍♀️ 2y
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Lieh
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Pickpick

I wish there was an option that would do this more justice than 'pick'. Ibwas already excited for my reread, not even half-way through the book. I will race to the bookstore to go and get myself the second book of the series, and be devastated if they dont have it.

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galueth28
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"In the myriadic year of our Lord - the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death! - Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth."

Lots of skeletons AND skeleton monsters in this one!
#scarathlon2022 #scarathlondailyprompts #teamslaughter

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galueth28
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It was a bit of a slow start, but the plot picks up once the bodies start falling. And I really vibed with Gideon's sense of humour 🤷‍♀️

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xicanti
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Sometimes I read a book and I‘m like, “Yeah, that was really good. I liked it a lot.”

Then I reread it and I‘m all, “WHAT IS THIS COOL, PERFECT BEAUTY WITH ITS GORGEOUS ATMOSPHERE AND SNARK AND GENERALIZED AWESOMENESS AND WHY DID I NOT LOVE IT WITH EVERYTHING IN ME THE FIRST TIME BECAUSE IT. IS. EXCELLENT.”

Yeah. This‘s some good shit.

Also, Gideon Nav is still my favourite Gideon of all the Gideons. #somanygideons

4.5 stars. No; 5.