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Upright Women Wanted
Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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rabbitprincess
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This book was the perfect length for the story it told but left enough room for more. I would read more!

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peanutnine
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Interesting novella. In the dystopian future life has reverted back to old western ways since modern supplies are hoarded by the State to fight the War. Esther runs away from home to join the Librarians, women who travel the country distributing Approved Materials. But she doesn't realize that the version of herself she's running from might actually have hope of a future.
Gailey blends world-building action & heart into a wonderful queer adventure

Crinoline_Laphroaig I would definitely read more in this world. My only complaint was it was too short. 3mo
peanutnine @Crinoline_Laphroaig yes I would definitely read a series 3mo
GondorGirl @Crinoline_Laphroaig Same! I want to know more about the world and the librarians! 3mo
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GondorGirl
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If you've got any reading challenges that need a short book this one comes in at 175 pages and was fantastic. It was feminist, smart, and queer as hell. Part of me wants a whole series about these librarians, the other part thinks this was perfection on its own.

Nutmegnc Moving it to the top of the list!! 3mo
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SkeletonKey
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Thoroughly enjoying this novella so far. Outlaw librarians and old (new?) west antics.

broughtyoubooks Listened to this on audio and loved it. 5mo
SkeletonKey @broughtyoubooks - Definitely would enjoy reading more of these. 4mo
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sarahbellum
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#12booksof2021

Favorite from #February. As a librarian myself, it was fun to read about some futuristic, badass librarians in this short Western romp

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds fun. 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig "Are you a Coward or a Librarian? ? 5mo
sarahbellum @Crinoline_Laphroaig I need to get that quote framed for my office for inspiration 🤩 5mo
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Nutmegnc
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Are you a coward or are you a librarian? 🤣🤣🤣 Best tagline ever!!! New free download from Tor!!

Texreader That‘s brilliant!! 5mo
Nutmegnc @Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 I‘m in love 😍. (edited) 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace I saw this reviewed by a booktuber going in blind, and getting it recommended by a paid recommendation service based off the input you give them. I found the link in the Tor newsletter email. I just got my new Kindle from Black Friday in the mail, so it'd be a nice addition, has an interesting premise. (edited) 5mo
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Soubhiville
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This fun western queer novella with traveling librarians is free to download from Tor.com right now! I loved it!

Avanders Awesome, thanks! 😄 5mo
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LibrarianRyan
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LA_Mead Just got my copy! 5mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Happy Holidays Littens! Tor‘s eBook Club December book is the marvelous Upright Women Wanted! Available for download in mobi and ePub formats before 11:59 PM ET, December 17th, 2021.

https://ebookclub.tor.com #TorBookClub

Available in the US and Canada.

BeaG I tried to sign up. It says I need an activation code. 5mo
ozma.of.oz @BeaG An activation code? That‘s weird, I‘ve never seen that before. Maybe try switching browsers and see if that changes? 5mo
BeaG @ozma.of.oz ok, thanks. 5mo
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swynn
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Mehso-so

Loved the idea, but parts just don't make sense to me. (Chiefly: how do the Librarians get away with what they're doing? And a character conflict that is never resolved.) My reading may also have been affected by consuming it on audiobook, which I'm not very good at.

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mariaku21
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I had more moments that I was rewinding because something would happen that I just needed to pause my work but what a good story. Gailey created characters that I cared about and by the first chapter I was hooked. This was such an interesting take on a western.

My only complaint is how quick this really was and that it ended too soon but it was a great listen.

#popsugarreadingchallenge #ReadingWomenChallenge

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LeslieO
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Excited for August! #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 10mo
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kathytrithardt
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A dystopian reminder of what could happen if we aren't vigilant about our human rights.

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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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I agree with the other posters who thought this should have been a full novel instead of a novella. The characterizations are developed well for the brief length, I just wanted a little more material between the main plot points. Interesting worldbuilding in thinking through subversive social networks!

mariaku21 I'm so far like 25% in and really enjoying this one. I can't believe how short it is! 11mo
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Shadowfat
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I thought this was ok. It was well written but I wasn't a big fan of the plot, I thought it could have been more developed. This is the first western I've read!

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I enjoyed this near-future, dystopian, queer Western. I love that librarians are queer antifascist secret agents, and the main character Esther‘s internal journey to acceptance of herself as a queer woman and an activist was a meaningful one. I think I have to agree with a lot of readers that this doesn‘t work so well as a novella and could have used more space to build the world and develop the characters more. Still, a quick and enjoyable ride!

underground_bks Read for June Bookland Challenge—Fiction/Classic: Library Book 11mo
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Johanna414
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Mehso-so

This was alright... I liked the premise, but wanted more. I think I would have liked it better as a full length novel.

Schnoebs Same!!! I had some seriously high expectations for it and it just left me hanging. 12mo
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Jari-chan
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Well, this could've been longer. I hope Sarah Gailey decides to come back to this world and these characters for a longer stay. I liked the idea of the dangerous Librarians in this western setting, also the characters are very well written. For a story this short, Gailey really did the best that's possible.

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kwmg40
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This Hugo Best Novella nominee by Sarah Gailey is a very fun read! It features a group of subversive queer librarians in an Old West setting. #hugoawards #hugo2021

I'm currently at 5 hours and 40 minutes for the #20in4 readathon. I hope to read a bit more tonight, but my family is being very noisy, watching the Toronto-Montreal NHL playoff game ! 😄

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good progress 👏👏👏 12mo
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ElleSkel
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This was fun. I loved the concept I just felt that it would have been better with a little more. Some emotional jumps and other things seemed a bit forced and rushed but I guess that is to be expected in a novella. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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janeycanuck
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Why wasn't this longer?! The Western style wasn't really my cup of tea but I would have loved more backstory on Esther. I do find it quite perplexing the Librarians continue to exist as State employees? But this was light fun and a great afternoon read.

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Laughterhp
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I found this book very blah. Maybe I‘m not a fan of some novellas or maybe I just don‘t like Sarah Gailey. I found this book a bit boring. It was super short on audio but I still turned it up to 2.0x speed.

I won an ARC of this on #LibraryThing last year and am finally just listening to it. I‘m glad to finally have it off my list.

The second Gailey book I haven‘t really enjoyed. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sydneyerin
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I really enjoyed this queer western! I don't think I've ever read a western before but if there were more like this I would start. I loved the characters, they were badass and compelling. Thanks for the recommendation @sebrittainclark

#NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha

4thhouseontheleft I really hope the author writes another book set in this world! I loved it too 1y
monalyisha Ohhh, I have a Goodreads shelf called “TBR-soon” & I think I may need to add this to it. 1y
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Blaire
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this but it felt a little slight to me. Insufficient world building to understand the dystopia and the role of the librarians and rebels. I liked the characters but was left with a lot of questions. Short and quick read but left me wishing there‘s been more development to the world and the women in it.

Mitch That‘s a frustrating feeling - left wanting more. 😞 1y
Blaire @Mitch there was a lot of classic western stuff - horses and fighting sheriffs - but there wasn‘t enough substance for me to feel invested in the fights or to understand some of the choices that were made. 1y
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HeathHof
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Unpopular opinion. As a fan of both westerns and dystopian fiction this one just isn't doing it for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Bailing at 68%

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sydneyerin
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I'm so excited to have my #NewYearWhoDis list from @sebrittainclark

My library has several of these so I should be all set for January. I'm thinking I'll start with Upright Women Wanted, it sounds like my kinda book!

Thank you @monalyisha

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broughtyoubooks
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Travelling women and nonbinary librarians in a super patriarchal society taking in a runaway on their travels. It's short and I love Gailey and it holds the cowboy Western tone that I love from American Hippo.

This book made me realise I would love to see them write something in the vein of BioShock.

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j9brown
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Mehso-so

This was cool and unique and yet it somehow felt trope-y at the same time? I think it was all the romance. It was well done and I'd recommend, but it wasn't for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Jen2
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Such a great story. Read in one sitting!

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effani
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This was a delight. Queer librarians resisting fascism in a dystopian Western. It's a quick but unexpectedly emotional read. I recommend it if you could use an injection of hope in your life - and who couldn't, these days?

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Godpants
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I saw this on a list of must reads for the year, and a book about gay librarians fighting fascists sounds just like the book I need right now.

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rsteve388
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I loved this book!!! Such a fun, amazing queer story that had danger, intrigue, and a bleak future.. I need a series out of this book, the librarians who smuggle supplies, people and hand out approved books. I need it all. It's an excellent story.

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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

This was the post-apocalyptic western I didn't know I needed, where librarians travel through the rough and lawless land between towns. It's a super quick read and so great!

#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Texreader Wonderful review! Stacked! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I got to read uninterrupted for a few hours today, which was all I needed to start, devour, and finish this. And it was AWESOME! I really like how Gailey, with very few pages, can suck you into a different world, from what we know, and make it believable, action-packed and interesting. 👌

#BookSpinBingo #FreeSpace

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! And yay for uninterrupted reading time!!! 2y
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SincerelyWinona
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5⭐️s for this incredible novella set in a dystopian future that felt slightly akin to the Handmaid‘s Tale. A western, but with queer librarians instead of cowboys. My only complaint is that there isn‘t a whole librarian series set in this world yet!

ItsAnotherJen Sounds interesting! #stacked 2y
lahousewyfe Loved this book! ❤️ 2y
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Gnora
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Challenge 2 of 50: A book by a trans or non-binary author

I have been meaning to get around to Sarah Gailey's work, and I am so glad that Upright Women Wanted was my introduction. As a librarian, the concept that they are playing with was amazing and I would love to see this world expanded.

#popsugar #readingchallenge #2020

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Zoes_Human
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Mehso-so

In this dystopian, weird western with a slow-burn romantic subplot, the state war machine has created an impoverished and repressive society. Media is regulated and resources rationed. Esther flees an arranged marriage, hoping to atone for her sins by becoming a Librarian delivering Approved Materials.

Fun and fast with an interesting universe, but overall too hopeful for my current mood and too romantic for my particular tastes.

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eraderneely
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July #Bookreport
Only a few days late

Got a few short books on kindle, then whatever my book club picks, and then hopefully The Vanishing Half!

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Gnora
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52/52 for the year! Thats SOMETHING accomplished this year, at least. Let‘s see how far over I go between now and December. 📚🐛

#goodreads #readingchallange #52books #goals #metgoal

Onceuponatime Yay! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Reggie Congrats!! 2y
Gnora Thanks y‘all! 🥰 2y
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brandierickson
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A quick, fun read. A futuristic western with lots of queer representation. I would like to read more books in this universe!

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lahousewyfe
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Are you a coward or are you a Librarian? Spun through this adventure in a little over an hour this morning, and I want to go join the rebellion now!

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jackilynn
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When you go to grab a new book to read but your cat has decided to use your stack of library books as a pillow Do not awaken the beast!! Lol🤷‍♀️🤓🐱

TheBookDream Oh no! How cute ❤️😻 2y
jackilynn @TheBookDream this is about the only time he is ever cute. He is usually pretty evil. I almost don't want to disturb him lol 2y
TheLibrarian How precious! Based off your comment above, you might not want to wake him 🤣 2y
ozma.of.oz That‘s adorable! But yeah, maybe try another book until he wakes up on his own. 😆 2y
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comics_librarian
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Mehso-so

It could stand to be a bit longer and would benefit from more world-building, but this tale of lesbian, gun-toting Librarians in a dystopian western setting makes due with simplicity.

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cleoh
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• tagged! Finished it a couple days ago; super fun read
• I would really love a Rick Riordan universe crossover - I think Percy and Aru would have great fun making trouble while Annabeth and Mini watched in horror
• I think it depends on the book, but the books I enjoy most are third person omniscient that follow multiple characters!

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs 💗 your crossover idea - thanks for joining in 📚🤗👏🏻 2y
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AllieLovesBooks
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I liked it, but the insta-love aspects bothered me. It‘s a novella so that is to be expected, I suppose. ❤️ Also, dont try to read pre-walk with huskies, this is the result. Haha 🖤🐺 #dogsoflitsy #books #dogs

Schnoebs I just got this and can‘t wait to pick it up. I still need to read the second book in her American Hippo series too! 2y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Fun book about not being locked into what others think your role in life should be. Rather, live with courage and conviction and take some risks.

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CoffeeK8
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Did a little #audiowalk with the puppy today. We have some lovely flowers in my yard

Kimzey Beautiful! 🌷 2y
niftytiffd Lovely!! 💗🌷😍 2y
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