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rretzler
The Martian Chronicles | Ray Bradbury
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So much more than the blurb describes, Ray Bradbury‘s book is a commentary on humanity itself - humanity‘s sense of entitlement and our treatment of our planet and species, as well as humanity‘s treatment of another planet and species. By the end, our species has nearly ruined not one, but two, planets and almost brought two species to the brink of extinction - but Bradbury still gives us some hope. Sci-fi classic. 4.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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rretzler
Uglies | Scott Westerfeld
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There were a lot of things to like in this book - a lot certainly to think about in a society that tries to avoid conflict and war by making everyone look pretty and taking away individual differences based on looks. But the protagonist wasn‘t really likable and her decisions were made for the wrong reasons. Plus I can‘t help wonder who does the work in the new Pretty society. I gave it 4.0/5.0⭐️, but that may be generous. #2019

Cailey_Mac This was my first dystopian series when I was younger, and I loved it! It definitely is problematic, but it spoke to me so much since that was the era of seventeen magazine, and everyone looking so “perfect” 3d
rretzler @Cailey_Mac I think it may have appealed to me more if I had been able to read it in my early teens, as I would have related more to the pretty vs ugly issues back then and the teen angst it may have caused. I did like it, but being far removed from those days, perhaps it‘s natural for me to think more about the practical aspects of the society. 😄 2d
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melissajayne
Odyssey | Homer
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I enjoyed this modern retelling of this classic. I would have to do a side by side reading of this translation and the Fagles translation to find out which version I liked more and see what the differences are between the two. #2019 #litsyatoz #litsyatoz2019 #lettero #o

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melissajayne
Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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It started out a bit slow but really picked up as I was able to get involved in the story. Really enjoyed it, despite the horrific images I saw once I viewed them. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I forgot to take a final photo of the book. #bookreview #bookstagram #2019

melissajayne I went down the rabbit hole (pardon the pun on this one) on finding out info. I had to set aside the book last night as I was gagging at the images. 1w
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melissajayne
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Shows how the 66 books of the Bible fit together. Read it for a bible study class I was taking at my church. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookreview #2019

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rretzler
Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Another powerful novel - this one in free verse. I listened to the audiobook read by the author. It‘s difficult to imagine any young person being in the situation where the rule is that if someone in your family is killed, you must kill the murderer. I know it happens and am so thankful that my children will never know what that‘s like. My heart goes out to anyone in that situation and I hope that Reynolds‘s book can help end it. 4.5/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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rretzler
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My first Ellis Peter‘s Brother Cadfael mystery. I enjoyed it but didn‘t love it. It was a fun book and an easy read, and I do think I‘m going to like Brother Cadfael. He seems like a down to earth, practical man unlike others in his order. The story sort of worked out in the end, but not in the way I wanted - the ending seemed a bit contrived to me. I‘ll definitely keep reading the series. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

suzisteffen I love these for the depiction of Wales and England during the time when England was in an internal civil war but also conquering Wales - its first colony. (😡) Also I am always encouraged to learn more Welsh in Duolingo when I read these books. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1w
rretzler @suzisteffen I think I will enjoy that aspect as well. My knowledge of English history starts mainly in the 14th century, with some exceptions. Still trying to get my head around the Welsh pronunciations!😝 Until I read this, I always imagined Cadfael was pronounced cad-fy-el instead of cad-vile. 😂 1w
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kricheal
The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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What a tough book to review. It's a very very good book, but I didn't enjoy it. It was harsh and sad and the ending was bitter bittersweet. #29 #2019

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rretzler
Number Ten: Tom Tom | Colin Cotterill
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The Jimm Juree Case Files 10th book concerns a friend of the Juree family who has a stalker. However Jimm soon discovers something more may be at play. These short stories are fun little peeks at Jimm‘s life in Thailand with her interesting family and friends - honest ex-cop grandfather, senile kooky mother, sweet, but stupid, body builder brother, transgender hacker brother, and sensitive gay police lieutenant friend. 3.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

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rretzler
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Pick for fans of Stephen King‘s The Shining. Before the Play is a prequel to The Shining that was published in Whispers Magazine in 1982. It consists of five acts which explain the history of the Overlook Hotel prior to the Torrance family becoming caretakers. I found it to be an interesting addition to The Shining. Thanks to @everlocalwest for bringing it to my attention. 3.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

KathyWheeler @rretzler Thanks for posting the link! I was fixin‘ to go looking for it. 2w
rretzler @KathyWheeler Took me a little looking to find it, so I thought I‘d save those interested some time. 2w
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BookwormM Must read this I love The Shining 2w
rretzler @BookwormM Have you read Doctor Sleep yet? I haven‘t - thinking I probably need a reread of The Shining since it‘s probably been 30+ years since I last read it. 2w
BookwormM I am thinking along the same lines as you reread The Shining then hit Doctor Sleep. I have just finished the Dark Tower series and now I want to dive into the King multiverse of cross overs 2w
KathyWheeler I loved Doctor Sleep. 2w
rretzler @BookwormM @KathyWheeler I haven‘t read any Stephen King since probably the mid-80s - I was on a teen/early 20s horror kick that died when I was in college. But I did love The Shining (and The Stand was a favorite of mine for many years!) 2w
KathyWheeler @rretzler I had quit reading his books for awhile but then he came out with 11/22/63 which had an intriguing premise and was really good. 2w
rretzler @KathyWheeler Too funny - I was also intrigued by 11/22/63, and I bought it when it came out, but have never actually gotten around to reading it. I‘ll have to try to find it and finally read it. 2w
everlocalwest Awesome! Thanks for adding to the database (and posting a link, d'oh!). 2w
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