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Robotswithpersonality
Minds of Winter | Ed O'Loughlin
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Well that was gigantically disappointing.
There were hints of a story I wanted to read: a mysterious, possibly cursed object with a long history of doomed adventure, investigated in the present day by a pair with their own secrets/possible dark pasts, the promise of answers to both historical and contemporary mysteries; 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? maybe even magical realism/ghost stories in the possibility of appearing and disappearing land and people in the far North, which even today seems foreboding despite being no longer a place unmapped/unexplored. 3d
Robotswithpersonality 3/? Unfortunately the present day framework was a collection of bare snippets with seemingly needless drag out of distrustful banal reveals between two strangers. The looks back in the past too often dragged on - trying to each be their own story in adding to the MacGuffin's mystique. It made it hard to care about any set of characters when you know you're just passing them by and looking for the clue buried inside the anecdote. 3d
Robotswithpersonality 4/? I'm not a polar exploration historian so I have no context for how much the author completely made up or just reported verbatim from history, so it kind of loses its liveliness if one's left to wonder if this is mostly torn from a textbook. There are any number of melodramatic conversations which obviously the author would have had to extrapolate, but as interludes between men obsessed with exploration and ambition and the women left behind, they all start to blur together. 3d
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Robotswithpersonality 5/? The link from the modern woman to the grandfather was the most intriguing, but we didn't get near enough of it. 3d
Robotswithpersonality 6/6 The book seems to mourn the loss of an age of exploration, of mystery, to the extent that it tried to both leave the mystery unsolved and give the most baffling, unsatisfactory answer to it at the same time. In modern times looking back, exploration is associated with conquest, invasion and resource stripping, I'm afraid there was no romance left to recapture, and the more fantastical fiction floated was too fragmented to enjoy as an alternative. 3d
Texreader That‘s so disappointing! Love the cover 3d
Robotswithpersonality @Texreader Exactly! Serves me right for being seduced by a cover. It's always a risk, me experimenting with historical fiction, but the synopsis definitely played up the mystery plot in a way I don't think the book makes good on. 🙎🏼‍♂️ 3d
Texreader Oh I would have grabbed it by the description too! So glad for your honest review. 3d
Robotswithpersonality @Texreader It makes me slightly happier to have read it knowing I saved someone else from doing so! 😅 3d
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Robotswithpersonality
Minds of Winter | Ed O'Loughlin
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Polar explorer math. 🤦🏼‍♂️ Or is that accounting? 🤔

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Tamra
The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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I just rewatched season 1 of the screen adaption of The Handmaid‘s Tale and I have to say, there is some serious sh*t going on in the US today that uncomfortably resembles Atwood‘s dystopia. On multiple fronts. 🥹

Leftcoastzen It seemed so dystopian when I read it upon publication, after the show & a reread recently, it‘s far too close to what‘s currently going on. 1w
Tamra @Leftcoastzen eerily so. I keep thinking about how Atwood was relating about all the precursor events and nobody paid attention or said anything. It‘s the frog in the pot. (edited) 1w
Leftcoastzen Indeed . Every time a story came on TV or radio that leans this direction, a little thing in my brain goes click! 1w
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Suet624 It‘s frightening. 1w
Texreader 😫 1w
batsy It was a mistake for me not to have read The Handmaid's Tale sooner; now I'm scared to because of how relatable it might feel. Like I just read this recently and it's harrowing and all too real 😓 7d
Tamra @batsy it‘s still worth reading or watching! I need to get my hands on Parable. 7d
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TheAromaofBooks
Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Well, the time has come - #LMPBC is going to be retired! 😢 I'll miss this, but everything has its season. I've created a group for mystery/thrillers, there are other options also open, and plenty of slots if you want to create your own group as well, so check out the sign-up sheet and come read along!!

bit.ly/3wioA8a

Thank you so much for hosting @suvata !!

Clare-Dragonfly Oh, no! Now I‘ll never live my dream of having True Crime (on the) Group W (bench) 😔😂 1w
Bookwormjillk @Clare-Dragonfly lol 1w
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea @robinb @Jerdencon - Yay!!! I'm so excited to be reading with you all again!! I'll have to rummage about for some choices for the next round. I enjoyed all our picks this past round - I'm halfway through Celine and LOVING it!! 1w
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks @robinb @Jerdencon I'm so glad we're going to be reading together again! I'm going to come up with some ideas this weekend. 1w
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Lcsmcat
Wilderness Tips | Margaret Atwood
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Number 6 for#24in2024, this is another set of short stories full of Atwood‘s mischievous humor and prescient insights. Loved it!

Jas16 6! That is incredible! 1w
Lcsmcat @Jas16 I front-loaded it with books I knew I‘d get through so if I get distracted later in the year I can still make it. 😀 1w
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xicanti
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I‘m having one of those days when the world‘s bigotry weighs even heavier on me than it normally does, which means it‘s a good time to read Thomas King. A caramel latte won‘t hurt, either.

sarahbarnes 💙💙 1w
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IndoorDame
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Finished this small powerful book during #hyggehour last night. Rice‘s quiet new take on a post apocalyptic scenario in an Anishinaabe community explores the dual threats of reliance on infostructure and technology and what happens when we suddenly loose that, and the menace of the white world constantly encroaching further and how the community can best band together and stay true to their values in the face of that onslaught.

Aimeesue Nice review! Summed up the book very well 1w
TEArificbooks I‘m excited for the sequel comes out the 27th 1w
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Lindy
Landscapes | Christine Lai
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An elegant, melancholy novel set in near-future Europe, where an art historian recovering from trauma is archiving a private library in a once-grand house that‘s now in ruins. Her journal entries are interspersed with her ekphrastic writings, mostly about sexual violence depicted in paintings by the Old Masters, but also of work by her first love, JMW Turner. Meanwhile, an obscenely rich man is making his way to her. #CanLit

Chelsea.Poole Great photo and great review! 2w
Suet624 Fascinating review. 2w
batsy Nice review! This sounds so good. 2w
Lindy @Chelsea.Poole @Suet624 @batsy thanks friends! This novel is longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness USA Canada Prize. 1w
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Lindy
Landscapes | Christine Lai
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February 16: poetry as refuge; queer history + fiction from Japan, Finland, Canada, UK & Australia
https://youtu.be/yjknPyadxC8

#booktube #CanLit #womenintranslation #audiobooks

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IndoorDame
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A crack echoed through the boreal land-scape, a momentary chaos in the still afternoon air. #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl