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Sleeping Giants
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truthand a fight for control of earthshaking power. A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolvedits origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. But some can never stop searching for answers. Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hands code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. Whats clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling historys most perplexing discoveryand figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction? Advance praise for Sleeping Giants This stellar debut novel . . . masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. . . . A page-turner of the highest order.Kirkus ReviewsReminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, Sleeping Giants is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars.Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising First-time novelist Sylvain Neuvel does a bold, splashy cannonball off the high dive with Sleeping Giants. It bursts at the seams with big ideas and the questions they spawnHow much human life is worth sacrificing in the pursuit of scientific progress? Can humanity be trusted with weapons of ultimate destruction? And the biggest: Are we alone? But all that really matters is that this book is a sheer blast from start to finish. I havent had this much fun reading in ages.Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogyFrom the Hardcover edition.
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PageShifter
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Mehso-so

The format of this book made it hard to be emotionally attached to characters. They felt individuals but I think like something was lacking at the same time.

The beginning was interesting & mysterious but at some point I got tired with this format - I had thought that only the beginning would have report format.

This was surprisingly intriguing to read but the last quarter lost me. Ending was awesome!

TheSpineView Well done 1mo
JamieArc I really liked this series on audio. I read the print of the first one and thought it was okay, but switched to audio for the second and loved it. I think the format of the book works really well on audio. 1mo
PageShifter @JamieArc That's possible! I am still going to continue - this wasn't bad. But I am happy to hear I wasn't the only one who didn't love this. At least not as physical book! 1mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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PageShifter
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel

“Generally speaking, people tend not to question what they‘ve been told was true.”

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shanaqui
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Enjoyed this reread, as ever. I was so confused recently by reading a review where someone said the anonymous interviewer is a cookie cutter bad guy. He's not a good guy... but bad guy isn't quite right, either. He's nothing so simple.

As ever, creeping my way towards a line in ways best known to myself, heh. #BookSpinBingo

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shanaqui
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel

Rereading (again) with the hope of finally finishing the trilogy this time! I can never read this without thinking of the interviewer as Agent Coulson from Avengers.

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Karisimo
The Themis Files | Sylvain Neuvel
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The Themis Files trilogy is accessible science fiction told in a sort of epistolary format.

Very close runner up #letterT is The Time in Between by Maria Duenas.

#AlphabetGame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 3mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Okay, it was touch and go there for a while, but that was brilliantly wrapped up. Intense! I guess this is where individual definitions of what constitutes robot books comes in. There is a device that is consistently referred to as a robot but needs humans to operate and this story was all about scientific discovery, politics and interpersonal relationships. Which are all things that can be in robot books, but usually the robot is not just a prop.

Robotswithpersonality P.S. Will I read the second book in the series? Probably, in time. Provided NO ONE tries to push me into it. Fastest way to turn me off a book. 5mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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🤭 💇‍♀️

JamieArc This series is excellent in audiobook format! 5mo
Robotswithpersonality @JamieArc Alas, I've never got the hang of reading by ear, but it's good info, nonetheless, thanks! 😊 5mo
JamieArc @Robotswithpersonality This series is actually what turned me on to audiobooks. The format of the book lends itself well to a full cast audio, so it‘s almost like listening to radio theater. 5mo
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shanaqui Ahh, this reminds me of how much I want to reread these books. My mental “casting“ for the interviewer is always the guy who plays Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ahaha. 5mo
Robotswithpersonality @shanaqui I can see that: organized badasses of the world unite! 5mo
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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5⭐
TᖇY TᕼIS Iᖴ YOᙀ ᗩᖇᙓ Iᑎ Tᕼᙓ ᙏOOᗪ ᖴOᖇ...
Science Fiction
War of the Worlds meets Transformers
Unprecedented and a tad frightening
Full-cast narration
Told in an interview format
My first Re-listen of the year…and I‘ve decided to tackle The Themis Files. While the book is not without its flaws, I still honestly loved it anyway. Character development may have suffered because of its unique format but it sure doesn't lack in sarcasm or intensity.

Megabooks Oh yeah, this is a fantastic audiobook! This is my favorite of the series. 8mo
Laughterhp This was a great audiobook!! 8mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH @Megabooks @Laughterhp Yes this is my fav of the series, also! 8mo
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Rissreads
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I really enjoyed the first book, the story was really original. The second book not so much. I won‘t bother with the third.
It was my pick for my bookclub. We have never had a science fiction book before. They all hated it! 🤷‍♀️

JamieArc Oh no. I loved this trilogy and I‘m not a science fiction person. I think I liked it so much because the audiobook is really well done. It‘s full cast. I definitely liked the second two in audiobook better than the first one I read in print. 10mo
CarolynM When my book group did a sci-fi, I was the one who hated it😆 Still, that's why we're in book groups, don't you think? 10mo
Rissreads @CarolynM sure is! I love the excitement of finding out what the next book will be! (edited) 9mo
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HollyBahling
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Onto the next. I am so intrigued by the case file style of this book and it including interviews as it‘s method of story telling. Fox (Mulder) seems excited with the paranormal/extraterrestrial vibe to the synopsis.

allureofbeauty I love this one. It‘s also especially good on audio. 10mo
HollyBahling @allureofbeauty I‘m really enjoying it. I‘m over a third of the way done already. 10mo
julesG @allureofbeauty I second the #audiobook. 10mo
BethM I read this trilogy must faster than I anticipated. It was really intriguing. 10mo
HollyBahling @BethM I believe it because I finished this one in 5 hours! It was super easy to read quickly. 10mo
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KatieDid927
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Thank you so much @LeslieO !! The book is so cool and the chocolates extra yummy! (I may have snuck a taste already.) And thanks to @bookish_wookish for hosting! #LittleChristmasSwap #LCS

LeslieO You‘re very welcome! Enjoy! 11mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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#TBRPile 📚 “It was my eleventh birthday.”

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wideeyedreader
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Engaging and inventive, but I felt like I didn‘t know any of the characters—also not sure the interview format really works for this story. I felt removed and distant from the events, which is not something I like in my sci-fi. I‘m not sure if I‘ll continue the series yet.

JamieArc If you do continue, this series works really well in audio. I read the first in print too and thought it was just okay, but listened to the second two ans really liked the full cast audiobooks. (edited) 1y
wideeyedreader @JamieArc I might have to do that! 1y
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Mogoeg
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Lots of fun! A strong, tightly paced sci-fi thriller. Very high concept & cinematic. Looking forward to the sequels & to answers to such questions as: who is the mysterious narrator/interviewer? who is the mysterious stranger that contacts the interviewer & how do they know what they know? And other stuff I won't spoil here.

My unofficial reading theme for September is BIG science fiction (space opera, big ideas) & this kicked things off nicely.

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LaraS
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Little Rose suddenly finds herself in a glowing, square hole in the palm of a giant metal hand. 20 years later, Rose is a highly trained physicist leading a team to learn the hands secrets.

Book 1 of 3. LOVED it, but everyone seems to agree the last book is terrible....do I skip the rest of the series never knowing how it ends, or keep reading & risk disappointment?! 🤔

Artwork here:
https://www.deviantart.com/guido9/art/Sleeping-Giant-640932434

JamieArc Keep going, but listen to the audiobooks! They are full cast and are excellently done! 1y
LaraS @JamieArc thanks for the suggestion - I've put the next audio book on hold at my library! 😎 1y
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wen4blu
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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“It was my eleventh birthday.”

#firstlinefridays #currentlyreading
@ShyBookOwl

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SassenachTheBookWizard
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Holyyyy crap why isn't this book hyped up and everywhere?! 😳😳😳😳 5/5 ⭐ one of the best books I've read all year. I hella slept on Sylvain Neuvel

suvata I agree. It was a great book. 1y
ItsAnotherJen This series is so good!! 1y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks This is a great book! I enjoyed the whole trilogy! 1y
julesG Great series that you're catching up on. 😉 1y
jackilynn I love this series, I absolutely devoured it a few years ago! The audiobooks are fantastic. 1y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Starting off today with a dog walk and this book

Littlewolf1 This is on my TBR 1y
annahenke Great book! 1y
SassenachTheBookWizard @annahenke agreed! Can't believe it doesn't get more hype! 1y
annahenke @SassenachTheBookWizard I‘m definitely an evangelist for it. Such an interesting premise and format! 1y
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Bwig7
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Interesting and Quick Read

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rather_be_reading
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This was great! Def out of my usual go to genre but it was written so well! I also enjoyed the interview/journal format it was written in. The ending was 😲. Now to decide if Im going to read the rest of the series.

allureofbeauty I love this book so much 2y
MartinaLove I heard so many good things about this book. I heard the audiobook is amazing. Sadely, I have a short concentration when it comes to audiobook. I was only able to listen to one but I think I might try this one. 2y
CallMeIshmael This book is amazing and there second one in the series is also pretty good, but the 3rd 👎 2y
rather_be_reading @CallMeIshmael good to know! ty! 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Lunch time reads

SolitaryBookLover Loved this! Not usually my genre but I really enjoyed it 2y
ads0123 I loved this trilogy! The audio was phenomenal!!!! 2y
rather_be_reading @SolitaryBookLover me either! im so pleasantly surprised! 2y
rather_be_reading @ads0123 i mite have to check tht out! ty1 2y
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rather_be_reading
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LOVING this book so much! Why didnt someone tell me!!

PurpleyPumpkin OMG this one is so good! I now have all the books in the series and I think I‘m going to reread this first one before starting the next. So enjoyable!😉 2y
jackilynn The audiobooks for this series are fantastic! 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Book 59

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Macnjen
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the interview format of the book but did not enjoy where the story went in the last quarter or so. I‘m not a huge fan of sci-fi but isn‘t wasn‘t so far off that I couldn‘t follow it. I loved the unidentifiable narrator and his snarky attitude. This is the first of the trilogy, and I‘m glad I read it. I don‘t think I‘ll be reading the remaining 2 because the storyline just really wasn‘t for me. It‘s a fast read #litsyatoz for N

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Bookwormjillk
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I had a lot of fun with this book! I loved the format, and the multiple voices really worked well on audio #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
ElleSkel I enjoyed this too! 2y
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Pogue
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I loved the way this was written, and it is the first book from my TBR pile I made!

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Lesanne
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The premise is very cool but I just kind of lost interest in the execution. Relaying the story through journal entries and interviews was edgy and interesting at first but its limitations became apparent about a third of the way in, and I grew frustrated at not knowing anything about the mysterious interviewer. I‘m making it a pick because the story is so unique. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

CallMeIshmael Loved this one and even the second although a little less....the 3rd one is well let‘s just say you have to force yourself to finish it 2y
JamieArc I agree with you, and then I did the second one in audiobook format, and loved it! The format lends itself so well to audio, and it‘s full cast. I highly recommend giving the second book a try, but in audio! 2y
Lesanne @JamieArc That‘s an interesting idea, I‘ll have to try that! 2y
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Lesanne @CallMeIshmael Hmmm, good to know! 2y
BookMaven9 Both books were pretty interesting and then the final book just fell completely apart 2y
Lesanne @Booklover2 That‘s also good to know! 2y
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Mrs_B
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I have immediately ordered the second one.
I loved the style of using interviews to tell the story - made it really fast paced.
The premise is very creative and I‘m looking forward to reading the next to see where it goes!
Good choice @TCLinrow !!!

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Oooh, this has World War Z vibes and I LOVED that writing style. 😍 Stacking! 2y
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Mrs_B
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I am so excited to read this one @TCLinrow ! A prefect pick! And I love bournville! Thank you so much!
Merry Christmas to you too 🌲🌲🌲
#jolabokaflod #jolabokaflodswap
@MaleficentBookDragon

BethM These books are so good! (edited) 2y
TCLinrow I'm glad you liked it ☺️🎄 2y
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arader68
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Mind bogglingly good.

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BethM
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Thanks for the tag @IndoorDame ! Rose‘s enthusiasm to find the truth drives this story and much of the narrative. As does the unnamed character. (We call him something eventually but my sleep deprived brain can‘t think of it.) if you enjoy sci-fi I highly recommend this series! Tagging: @KaylaD @AkashaVampie @MaleficentBookDragon

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BookBelle84
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Day 18 #top20series #20series20days

Best way I can think to describe this trilogy is pieces of a giant alien automaton are found buried on Earth and what happens when humans try to use them. Told in a World War Z style format. Really interesting story telling

JamieArc And the audio is so well done that even if sci-fi is not your thing, you‘ll still love it! 2y
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Aussie_SFF
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
Mehso-so

Wow this book was a test. On the one hand I love the concept. Ancient alien tech that we have finally evolved far enough to sort of understand and stumble around with. But the format just killed me. I was reading this as an e-book and what worked really well in the Illuminea files, did not work for me here. Half the time I had to work out who was talking and I took ages to read this. Think I will try the audio book for the rest. 3/5 Stars

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Cathy_J
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I saw this book featured in a list of great audio books and I would have to agree. It is a series of interviews, transcripts and articles read/performed by a talented cast of narrators. A giant metal hand is unearthed and solving the mystery of the artefact becomes a global puzzle. This is part 1 of a trilogy and I have to keep reading! 😊 🌟🌟🌟🌟

allureofbeauty Such a good book. 2y
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Nich
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My July Wrap up

-Phantom of the Opera and Other Gothic Tales ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Saga of the Volsungs ⭐⭐⭐
- Talking with Psychopaths and Savages ⭐⭐
- Sleeping Giants ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read some of the Saga comics which are not featured in this picture because I had to give them back to the friend I borrowed them off

- Saga vol 6 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Saga vol 7 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Saga vol 8 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Saga vol 9 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My book of the month goes to Sleeping Giants could not put down!

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Nich
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It has been a long time since I actually posted anything on here.
Here's to a new book

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SolitaryBookLover
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I‘m not usually a fan of this genre but was pleasantly surprised! A well told story with elements of mystery, history, science, romance, politics and relationships. All great ingredients for a story. I listened to it on audio and highly rate the quality of the narrators, I specifically liked the characters of Kara and the unknown narrator. I will definitely be tuning into the sequel.

ItsAnotherJen Yes! This series is excellent on audio! 2y
SolitaryBookLover It was so good! Great narrators 😊 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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I really enjoyed this book for book club a lot more than I expected! I really liked the interview style of writing and how much information we learned as the story unfolded #coronabook #28 🦠🦠🦠🦠

JamieArc If you continue this trilogy, the audiobooks are full cast and are excellent! 3y
Jbakesmcgee3 Good to know, thanks!! 3y
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Jari-chan
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I chose this book barely for a challenge. The synopsis didn't sound that interestung to me. But WOW this book was a big surprise, a really BIG surprise.

I'm still impressed how Neuvel manages to put so much soul into his characters, even though you only meet them via documents. How great is that?! Other authors can't get their characters right with a normal writing style... 😅

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Schlinkles
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This is the pick for this month‘s postponed sci-fi and fantasy book club. It‘s great so far and I‘m sad I won‘t get to discuss it for awhile but happy to do what needs to be done to get the craziness under control!

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BreakingRad1977
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5 Stars. Even though it's written in interview form, it's still a fantastic read. Excellent ideas and in my opinion, unique.

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Read66
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Loved this book and the writing approach - transcripts, interviews etc - used to roll out the exciting story. Highly recommend

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CaitlinSiem
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I‘ve read and listened to this book before and I still loved it. I haven‘t ever continued the trilogy and I‘m looking forward to doing just that this year. It‘s just fun and interesting.

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Rachel.Rencher
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This is easily one of the coolest book covers that I've ever seen. 😍

@Neuvel

Victoriahoperose Such an awesome book! 3y
janeycanuck Gorgeous! 3y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Kind of obsessed with this glitter filter 😍

Next up to read: Sleeping Giants 📖

knoves Such a pretty cover. 3y
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BMWtheAuthor
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A unique narrative method that had me ravenously reading. For the full review, please visit http://benjamin-m-weilert.com/index.php/2019/11/07/book-sleeping-giants-2016/

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uwak
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Panpan

I really wanted to enjoy this book more but I think the format of the narrative (told through interview transcripts and journal entries) really dampened the experience 😩 it's unfortunate since the base concept of the story is absolutely fascinating (discovery of alien tech in the form of a giant robot) but it was tough to care about the characters and a lot of the action-y segments are muddled as a result.

#scifi #kindle #libby

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uwak
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next #bookclub pick happened to be something on my "want to read list" and that's very nice ? sci-fi pick from last month (Autonomous by Annalee Newitz) apparently wasn't great but I have high hopes for Sleeping Giants.

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CyaneFillion
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This was a really unique book, written in interview records. As a sort of first contact with alien novel it reminded me a little of the Illuminae series, except for that surprisingly little had to do with space (for now). I thought it was captivating and read it in less than a day. I'm just gonna jump right back into the sequel now that this has dragged me out of reader's block.

jpmcwisemorgan I really enjoyed this one. It has a bit of an X-Files vibe to it for me. 3y
CyaneFillion I'm really excited to see what happens next. I just started Waking Gods! 3y
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