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Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel
Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning "Lady Astronaut of Mars." Locus Bestseller ListChicago Review of Books--Top 10 Science Fiction Books of 2018Goodreads--Most Popular Books Published in July 2018 (#66)The Verge--12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels for July 2018 Unbound Worlds--Best SciFi and Fantasy Books of July 2018Den of Geek--Best Science Fiction Books of June 2018Publishers Weekly--Best SFF Books of 2018Omnivoracious--15 Highly Anticipated SFF Reads for Summer 2018Past Magazine--Best Novels of 2018Bookriot--Best Science Fiction Books of 2018The Library Thing--Top Five Books of 2018On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.Elma York's experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition's attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn't take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can't go into space, too. Elma's drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
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Cortg
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Had to get up early to make sure the kiddo was out the door by 7am for Science Olympiad, giving me a few hours of quiet time to start this next read before the next kid needs to get up to help with an Eagle project and I venture over to help with the high school musical props and set. Happy Saturday, it‘s going to be a great day!

MidnightBookGirl Sounds like a busy day! Love this cover!!! 4d
ShyBookOwl Great book and I loved the sequel even more! 4d
Cortg @ShyBookOwl Good to know! This is a book club book since we haven‘t read a Sci fi book yet. @MidnightBookGirl The cover screams bad-ass STEM women! ❤️ 4d
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Crazeedi Warning!! Busy Saturday ahead! 😉 4d
Cortg @Crazeedi ALWAYS a busy Saturday, but they‘ll be off living on their own in a couple years so I‘m making the best of it now 😉 4d
Crazeedi @Cortg yes the time goes quickly, so savor each day❤❤ 4d
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TheSpineView
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My review of The Calculating Stars is now on my blog at www.thespineview.com It is an alternative history/Sci-Fi novel about Elma York a young, brilliant mathematician who wants to become an astronaut. A meteor strikes the east coast and at first causes harsh winters then goes onto cause global warming that will lead to extinction if mankind does not colonize the stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

wanderinglynn Great review! An off-topic question: what platform do you use for your blog? 3w
Cortg Thanks for the review! My book club is reading this soon!
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TheSpineView @wanderinglynn Word Press and the host is Blue Host. I am very happy with both. BTW, I did my own design. It is a hobby and didn't want to spend tons of money and I like a more simple and sleek look. 3w
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TheSpineView @Cortg You're welcome! 3w
wanderinglynn That‘s why I asked! I love the design. I use WP too, but too lazy to do my own design. I just use one of their template designs. 3w
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beaconhillbooks
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3.5 stars

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TheSpineView
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#friyayintro @howjessreads @4thhouseontheleft

📘 It is between LOTR and Heir of Fire.
📘 The Calculating Stars
📘👍

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Amie
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I rarely read science fiction, but I loved this. It's over 400 pages, but it went quickly. My book club is reading it, and I am interested in what they'll all think of it because it's very different from our typical books. I will definitely read the sequel.

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meowmeowd
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I usually don‘t like stories that happen before the ‘80s, especially when the norm is to diss women and minorities but this one wasn‘t too bad probably because of the space storyline. Was a little slow though. I thought it was going to be more sci-fi-ish but it was OK. Probably won‘t read the sequel.

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silentrequiem
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The BF and I went down to Truth or Consequences for my birthday weekend last weekend and I made him listen to the tagged book on the drive. He's hooked.

Pictured: The view from the hot springs in TorC.

Christine So pretty! 2mo
Nute Beautiful! 2mo
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Pedrocamacho
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This story is a lot of fun and set in a world where the eastern seaboard of the US is struck by a meteorite in 1952. A group of women are determined to become astronauts, in spite of sexism, in order to help humanity escape the planet.

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rkeo
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My first alternative history, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the empowering, believable, strong female lead. Her struggles were portrayed accurately for the time period, and she powered through and fought for equality in a way that had me rooting for her the entire time. This book won multiple sci-fi awards, including thr Nebula, and it is well-deserved. I can't wait to dive into the sequel.

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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

The meteorite hitting and the resulting confusion started this book off with a “bang”, so to speak! It caught my attention right away, and I was hooked. It definitely slowed down in the middle, but there was plenty of sexism and racism going on (it was the 50s!) to keep things “interesting”. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I will be continuing the series.

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majkia

Best book of the year, for me. What a great read.

imyril Wasn‘t it lovely? And how lovely to cross your path again :D 2mo
majkia I noticed your handle and was pleasantly surprised. And this was my ony 5 star read of 2019. 2mo
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Jari-chan
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What a wonderful novel! Elma became a dear friend of mine. I laughed with her, feared with her and was happy, whenever she reached something she was fighting for. Even though it's an Alternative History story, there's a very true base about this book: Racism and sexism...

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Maybe I‘ll get some reading done before I fall asleep?? Here‘s hoping! #longday #evenlongerweek #currentlyreading

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Time to put more books on hold 😁😂 #librarybookhaul #weekendreading

DrexEdit I love your selections! 😊 4mo
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imyril
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EIGHT (days to go!) - @deargeekplace and I are giving away two of these amazing books to celebrate the start of #SciFiMonth - sign up and join in the first week to enter the draw! (see link for more details)

https://deargeekplace.com/scifi-month-update-free-stuff/

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Schlinkles
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3.5⭐️ I really liked what this set up and look forward to the next one, but this took a while to get to the pay off.

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Schlinkles
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It‘s finally below 90 here today and we‘re also getting much needed rain. Settling in with this month‘s sci-fi and fantasy book club pick.

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BarbaraJean
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I finished this over a week ago & LOVED it...now my husband is reading it & is SO frustrated with it that my enthusiasm has waned a bit.😂 I loved the combination of alternate history, female empowerment in the face of rampant sexism, and its examination of stigma toward mental health treatment/anxiety...all with a Hidden Figures vibe. I HATED the poorly-written sex scenes—if I have to read one more rocket-launch double entendre, I will scream.⤵️

BarbaraJean Some of my husband‘s frustration is that he was expecting sci-fi and found that to be only a minimal backdrop. But he‘s also annoyed by the sexism of the time (I told him that‘s because he‘s never had to live through any sexism), and by the writing—he feels like the author shoehorns in every possible reference to making casseroles & drinking martinis (“I get it—it‘s the 50s!!”). It should be an interesting book club meeting tonight!! 5mo
cherinium I have to admit, sometimes I'd prefer to not hear the opinion of others if I really love a book. I can be very impressionable and sometimes, I lose some of my joy when I hear of someone's dissenting opinion. This is one thing that keeps me from talking books (or anything) that I love too much. (I know, I shouldn't care what others think, but it's a hard habit to break when you are a people pleaser. 5mo
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Cortg
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I‘m bringing in 3-4 books for my book club to choose from. We haven‘t done any fantasy or sci-fi yet and I‘d like to introduce this genre. I don‘t want them to have to continue on a series so I‘m wondering if these books wrap up nicely or leave you with a cliff hanger. Any thoughts?

valeriegeary I love Bear and Nightingale so so much but feel like it doesn't do well as a standalone, you need to read the whole series. Another possibility, a similar kind of book that would standalone might be Spinning Silver. It's a little on the long side but reads pretty fast. 5mo
BookNAround Several of my book clubs have read The Calculating Stars and while many people have chosen to read further, you don‘t have to to have a sense of an ending. 5mo
Cortg @valeriegeary Thank you! I've had Bear and the Nightingale on my TBR for a while now and was hoping to kill 2 birds with 1 stone but I'll hold off and read the series on my own. I'll take a look at Spinning Silver. Thank you for the recommendation!
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Cortg @BookNAround Thanks so much! It's also good to know several of your book clubs have chosen this book. Whew! 5mo
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Shakespearience
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Bedtime reading and finishing a book before falling asleep are the best feelings. I really enjoyed this alt. history/sci-fi read about Lady Astronauts. Sexism and racism are SO FRUSTRATING though, but it did seem accurate so that is to be expected.

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silentrequiem
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Day 1: #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Thanks for the tag @erinreads! Have you been tagged yet @annamatopoetry?

annamatopoetry I have not! I also didn't get a notification on this one, but consider me tagged! 5mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Mehso-so

The 50's style lingo felt a bit forced. I also did not enjoy what felt like a flow between the story telling, a diary entry and a loosing of the 4th wall. The writing style was a total miss for me while the story was almost too close to reality and the characters were interesting and diverse. So in all the book was a mixed bag for me.

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BarbaraJean
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Saturday reading! I am SO enjoying this book. I started it on Thursday and have already devoured 2/3 of it. One of my fellow book clubbers said he read it in two days and immediately went out and bought the sequel. I can see why! Although I have to ask—anyone else reading this find the “romantic” husband/wife scenes a little cringey? I‘ve read about five too many “rocket launch” double entendres. 😬

llwheeler Totally agree lol. The rocket double entendres were my least favourite part - though I do appreciate that those scenes help show an established couple, who are past courting/newlywed, with a dynamic relationship and -gasp- a sex life. Don't always see much of that in fiction/media. 5mo
BarbaraJean @llwheeler Yes, I agree—I do really appreciate the portrayal of their marriage overall! 5mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"Without a plane, what was I supposed to do? Math the problem to death"

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Hestapleton
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I went in for the tagged book and came out with more. What should I start?

shanaqui I vote The Calculating Stars, because I tore through it in just a couple of hours, personally! 6mo
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Crazeedi Nice stack! 6mo
Reagan Oooh Dead Wake! The library is such a slippery slope 😂 6mo
OnlyYoo I really want to read The Binding and Five for I vote for those two! 6mo
Scash1114 Supermarket and Midnight in Chernobyl are both 😲😳 6mo
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Bowietrek
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I was not disappointed. Excellent book. The alternate history timeline was well done and and the characters outstanding, especially the lead character. It deserved the best novel Hugo award it received. Looking forward to the next book.

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Mitch
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This wasn‘t quite what I was expecting but I really enjoyed it! It‘s a slow burn and much more character driven than plot driven. The science & mathematics of how we get into space is explained well & embedded naturally into the story. The gender divisions & racial disparities are deftly handled as are the characters flaws & relationships. It was a fast, enjoyable read, with disaster, heart break and ambition as well as a good sprinkle of humour.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 6mo
ShyBookOwl I thought it was pretty good, but tbh, I actually preferred the next one in the series! 6mo
Mitch @ShyBookOwl that good to know - I have it on order 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 6mo
ShyBookOwl @Mitch nice! Enjoy 6mo
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Mitch
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Perfect beach day today - finished the tagged book and listened to my Bookclub pick on Audio.

Snack of the day - mango and chocolate gelato! #bfcr3

AmyG Nice! 6mo
kspenmoll Looks heavenly! 6mo
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Mitch
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Weekly check in #bfcr3
A good week:-
✔️walked 44.5 miles
✔️swam x4
✔️Started another audiobook
✔️Had one mega treaty snack every day

@Blaire @nelehelen @Siani123 @callielafleur @Chrissyreadit @sudi @MicrobeMom @crazeedi @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌🙌 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
Crazeedi Such a great job Mitch!! 6mo
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Crazeedi Btw, a beautiful picture, how wonderful to see such beauty in your days! Lucky you!! 6mo
Mitch @Crazeedi thank you. The summer hasn‘t had too many of these kinda days so when they come we try to make the most of them! 6mo
sudi Great job 👏👏👏 6mo
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Mitch
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Nestled in the dunes for an afternoon with a book and impromptu picnic. 👍🏼

LeahBergen 😮😮 Beautiful! 6mo
tpixie Lovely! My husband will want the grasses- he‘s been transplanting native grasses to our backyard- our ‘north‘ & ‘south‘ meadows 😊 he‘s a farmer at heart. Happy Reading 📖 📚♥️ 6mo
Mitch @tpixie that‘s so cool. We go to this beach specifically for the dunes. We love the grasses 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Mitch @LeahBergen it‘s a gorgeous place. So much sky 💕👏🏻💕 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can I come and live with you and Mel?! 🤣❤️ 6mo
Blaire Beautiful!! What a great spot. 6mo
Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks my house if your house! 🤣 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Chelsea.Poole This is a perfect picture ♥️ 🌊 🌾 6mo
Mitch @Chelsea.Poole it was such a pretty day 💕 6mo
Velda1957 Awesome 6mo
kspenmoll How lovely! 6mo
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Mitch
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Really enjoying this - perfect summer backyard read. I equally love opening books on my shelf and seeing postit not messages from Litsy Swap partners 😘. Thanks for this @BookNAround it‘s really good 😘

TrishB I love that too 👍🏻 or bookmarks you hadn‘t realised where there. 6mo
Mitch @TrishB it is isn‘t it ! So lovely to reread the messages and connect back 💕 6mo
BookNAround Glad you‘re enjoying it. 😁 6mo
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shanaqui Excellent book *and* bookmark choice. 😉 6mo
Mitch @shanaqui of course xxxxx 6mo
Mitch @shanaqui I thought the whales suited this climate focused book!🙌🏼🥰🙌🏼 6mo
Mitch @BookNAround it‘s perfect 😘 6mo
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EclecticReaders
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The new Hugo Awards have been announced! Article: www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2019/8/19/20812571/hugo-award-2019-winners-worldcon-mary-robinette-kowal-best-novel-into-the-spider-verse See any favorites or any books you‘re adding to your TBR?

BookishJess Just added The Poppy War to my TBR! 6mo
SW-T Thanks for sharing! Might check out some of the short stories. 6mo
EclecticReaders @BookishJess That one‘s been getting a ton of great buzz! 6mo
EclecticReaders @SW-T Awesome! 6mo
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Mitch
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Time to get Calculating Stars down from the shelf I think! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

https://io9.gizmodo.com/here-are-your-hugo-2019-award-winners-1837368271

monalyisha I just ordered this one -- & “Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach“ (which is a FANTASTIC title)! :) 6mo
Mitch @monalyisha agreed! 6mo
wanderinglynn So many to add to my already overflowing TBR! The Hugos are the only awards list where I usually like all the books. 6mo
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ralexist
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In 1952 a meteor hits DC and starts an extinction event reaction. This accelerates our space exploration program as we need to find a new planet to inhabit within 50 years. I was introduced to the author through her Glamourist Histories series (think Austen w/the addition of magic) & she's brilliant at alternative history because she doesn't change everything but merely alters enough so that everything changes. I highly recommend this & her too.

Chrissyreadit @Avanders @hermyknee this looked like a book that might be of interest to both of you. 6mo
hermyknee Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit ! Added to my TBR!‘ (edited) 6mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit what @hermyknee said! 👆🏽 Thanks! 😘♥️ 6mo
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Jaimelire
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Just finished my first book on my new Kobo. Alternate history, starting after WWII. A meteorite hits earth and results in long term weather changes that force humanity to explore colonizing space. The book focuses on a former WASP pilot and “computer”. This book deals with sexism & racism of the 1950s...which is rampant even in this alternate reality. If you liked “Hidden Figures” you might enjoy this one too.

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Aimeesue
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Next up for my Summer of Cli-Fi. Very good, yet infuriating so far. 1950s meteor strike of, well, basically my house, as DC and the Eastern seaboard burn. Kind of relieved that I wouldn't have to live through the devastating aftermath.

Also: the ebook's on sale in US stores today.
#kindledeal

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Angitron
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Bailedbailed

Another bail. This one started out really strong, and then I lost interest. May return to it one day (may not) but for now I‘m putting it to the side!

Bookwormjillk I bailed on this one too. 7mo
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Really enjoyed this alternate history of the beginnings of the space program, in this telling expedited because of a meteorite strike in the DC area that is an extinction event. Deals with discrimination (gender and racial) in the space program and the role of female “computer” mathematicians in making spaceflight possible. #hugo2019

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imyril
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My cup is full and runneth over.

I saw a review that said this book shamelessly panders to a certain type of reader. I am happy to be that sort of reader. All my joy in space exploration, with diversity and burn the patriarchy. Also, Dr Nathaniel York is my favourite fictional since Jacob Camherst. Delightful.

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IndoorDame
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I love borrowing books my literary friends have just finished - I get great jems I wouldn't have chosen for myself. This alternate history of the space program is eerily topical though it's set in the 50s. Through the fictional plot Kowal explores discrimination against women & black americans, and the climate crisis. It's also well written and a fun read. I'm interested in seeing where the sequel goes.

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shanaqui

*Finally* reading this -- yes, after I was in a total hurry to get it when it first came out. That happens all too often -- so many books, so little time. I'm enjoying it a lot so far, though I don't think it's going to beat Revenant Gun for my Hugo vote!

the-woman-who-read-everything I really loved this one - hope you enjoy it! 8mo
shanaqui @the-woman-who-read-everything I accidentally read it all in one day, so yes! 😁 8mo
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Sharpeipup
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Thank you @slightlyfoxed for this (literal)goody bag & all it contains!
#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange @BookishMarginalia

LeahBergen What‘s inside?? We all like to see. 😄 8mo
Sharpeipup @LeahBergen I‘m taking some photos of all the goodies now...just posted one of the mug that came with it... 8mo
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NotCool
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A slow speed apocalypse caused by a meteoroid impact and subsequent global warming leads some people to desperately try to set up colonies in space, while others discount the possibility of climate change, cause its not hot right this second. It‘s set in the 1950s so the sexism, racism, and antisemetism are more overt. Otherwise, it could take place today.

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Bklover
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Reading this and really enjoying it. Science fiction that is alternate history starting in 1952. I haven‘t read much alternate history and it‘s fascinating seeing people and events worked into a new version of the past. Also love the strong female character who is quite relatable because Guess What! She‘s not perfect! Looking forward to the second in this series who many say is even better!
Oh, and Izzy says good morning!!❤️

JoScho Good morning adorably Izzy!!!! 8mo
sudi Izzy is so cute 🐶 8mo
brit91 💜🧡💛💚💙Izzy is too cute!!!😍💖❤💙💚💛🧡💜 8mo
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BookFreakOut I just got this at our used bookstore! 8mo
wanderinglynn Izzy is adorable! ❤️🐶 8mo
AlaMich Hi Izzy! ❤️ 8mo
Redwritinghood 👋🏻👋🏻 Izzy! 😍😍 8mo
ladym30 What a sweet face❤️! 8mo
GypsyKat Such a cutie!!! 😍 8mo
Bklover @JoScho @sudi @brit91 @BookFreakOut @wanderinglynn @AlaMich @Redwritinghood @ladym30 @GypsyKat Izzy says thanks for all the kind words! That look on her face said “Are you finished on Litsy yet?” ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. #dogsoflitsy 8mo
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Lauredhel
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How good is this book? I started it late at night, having finished Cracked, and got very little sleep.

Lexicon1982 One of the best books I‘ve read this year! Great strong female character and great plot! 8mo
tournevis Haven't read it yet, but hearing her gush about doing research for this, talking to actual astronauts, mathematicians and Nasa engineers, is a blast! 8mo
Deifio This book is great! Read the second one right after ☺️ 8mo
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shanaqui

I've started setting a ten book TBR each month -- I can read anything else, but Horta got in the ten. I think this duopoly is topping my list for next month, plus the next Kate Daniels and Toby Daye books in those respective series. Then... Hmm, probably high time for more Daisy Dalrymple.

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RealLifeReading
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Hooray! This great book, the first in the Lady Astronaut series, won the Nebula Award for Best Novel!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love those Legos! 9mo
bookishnerd Oh, awesome!! 9mo
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llwheeler
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I'm not saying I matched my mug to my book on purpose this morning but... 💙

I'm loving this book not only in terms of the story, but the tactile experience of reading it. Maybe it's cause I've read a string of ebooks and old paperbacks recently, but this book is gorgeous and easy to read. The font, spacing, binding... loving it. Three cheers to some designers somewhere!

shanaqui Maaaaan I need to read this already. 10mo
llwheeler @shanaqui it's been on my tbr for a while, glad I'm finally getting to it 9mo
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Lexicon1982
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Pickpick

Loved it

Bklover I‘m reading this now and loving it! 8mo
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