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Cold-Hearted Rake | Lisa Kleypas
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Bah. Female MC is inexplicably awful, male MC makes some progress but ends up being overbearing and awful, too. He growls at her and she plans to disappear after lying to him about not being pregnant, and that‘s AFTER the “growth” of the whole stupid book. The only reason I kept reading at all was I liked the supporting characters. May read the next as I liked them better but I won‘t go out of my way. Big peeve below. #52Books23 #firstwordisthe

ravenlee Supporting characters are introduced as older sister Helen and younger twins Pandora and Cassandra, all younger than deceased brother Theo. It says the parents named them all from Greek mythology but only Helen was named for a mortal - but Cassandra was mortal as well and met a terrible end after the fall of Troy (which her curse meant she foresaw). Sloppy writing and research, Kleypas. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I‘d say Cassandra was the only real mortal, considering Zeus was Helen‘s father! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Also why would you name your children Pandora and Cassandra. 😑 (edited) 2w
ravenlee @Clare-Dragonfly I mean, I named my daughter Cassandra (after thinking long and hard about the Trojan Cassandra‘s fate), but Pandora? Come on. 2w
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My Volcano | John Elizabeth Stintzi
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A light pick because of its originality. The book is bonkers! A volcano arises in the midst of Central Park and it seems connected to Mount Fuji. All over the world volcanos are acting up and weird things start happening everywhere. Unimaginable things. I don‘t watch many movies but I‘d make an exception if this book would be made into one.

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Cinfhen Hoping to pick this up over the weekend!! Awesome photo 😁looks like a gorgeous sunny day 😎 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen sunny but cold! Curious what you‘ll think about this one 🌋 2mo
squirrelbrain I can see I may have to get this one soon! 🤔 2mo
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Megabooks I finished this up last night and agree. It started out a strong pick but got a little too fantastical to stay one. I still enjoyed it though. I‘m also using it for #booked2023 #transcharacter. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
Hooked_on_books A movie made out of this would be like an acid trip! But, frankly, the book kinda is, too. I really responded to the volcano as metaphor for gun violence. It‘s this huge thing staring us in the face and we just shrug and look away (in my country, that is). I really liked that message, as it‘s so true. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I already used another one for that prompt 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I never thought of gun violence but I never do in real life either. I agree that it is different when you live in the US and guns are everywhere. You might be right about the volcanos being a metaphor. What do you think @Megabooks ? (edited) 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love the cover. 2mo
Megabooks Barbara @Hooked_on_books I read it as climate change. That was what has popped up everywhere and can have multiple outcomes depending on how we react. (I kinda liked how the book had multiple outcomes for the characters, but it was a bit confusing!) I can see gun violence too. This was an interesting one. (I forgot you read manhunt this year, not last, B. 👍🏻) 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think there are many metaphors in this book and climate change is one as well. Every so often in the book, there‘s a date, a name, and how the person or people died, and all but one are deaths by gun violence. The names are otherwise unconnected to the rest of the story in the book, so that‘s how the metaphor revealed itself to me. 2mo
Ruthiella I like bonkers! I‘m looking forward to this one. 😜 2mo
LaraReads Gorgeous photo! And what I wild sounding book. Love the cover too. 2mo
Librarybelle Gorgeous photo! 2mo
batsy Great review and excellent photo, as always! 🙂 2mo
AshleyHoss820 Now I know why this has been on my TBR! Sounds awesome! Love this review! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I read it as climate change too and how we look away while the sighs are everywhere. I kept wondering about the mentions of real people killed by gun violence. I thought they were killed due to gender or sexuality. I think I made that up because almost all narrators are lgbtqi+ 2mo
BarbaraBB @AshleyHoss820 @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella I can‘t foresee if you‘ll like it or not, I guess you probably will 2mo
BarbaraBB @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @LaraReads It‘s a gorgeous edition too, format and paper quality are 👌🏽 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @batsy Thank you. The church tower Anne Frank could see and listen to is in the background (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen I love this sidebar conversation- it‘ll help me as I start the book @Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB And I agree, the physical quality of this book feels really special. I love the size & format. And how cool about the church tower. 2mo
squirrelbrain I agree @Cinfhen - this book sounds rather bonkers so understanding the metaphors before one starts may be rather useful and insightful. Thank you @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks @BarbaraBB 2mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I do see a focus on LGBTQ+ people killed being mentioned, but I think Philando Castile was included and as far as I know, he was not queer. But of course I could be wrong about that. And I do think the author intended the volcano to be a metaphor for many of the ills of society that we simply choose to ignore, which is part of why I thought this book was so good. It has a lot of depth. 2mo
Cortg Sounds like a fun read! I may have to check it out! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It‘s a very powerful message and metaphor, and brought to us by the author in a complete new and original way. It‘s very good, I agree. I now appreciate it more thanks to our discussion! 2mo
kwmg40 I have this out from the library and looking forward to it, especially after reading the discussion here. 2mo
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 I‘ll be very interested to hear your thoughts about it 2mo
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