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BarbaraTheBibliophage
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Twice I tried to get into this book and put it down. The third time it all connected for me and I loved it. It‘s sci fi and cli fi but it‘s also about grade school friends who take different paths and reconnect as adults. Plenty of fantasy, great characters, and lots of action. Can‘t wait to read more Charlie Jane Anders!

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Arca | G.R. Macallister
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It follows the main characters of her first book in the series, Scorpica, which was one of my 2022 favorites. These women are grappling with the changes happening in the queendoms. As rulers and women of power, they must hold their realms together despite uncertainties. And they each have their own style of completing these tasks. Just as excellent as the first book!

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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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Trust is structurally unique. Each perspective is told in a complete story instead of interspersing each perspective throughout the novel. So it reads like four connected novellas. But all the details are evident only when the last story is complete. Each layer offers new questions and a refined sense of the “truth.”

Excellent as an audiobook!

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This is complex and layered with the perspectives of a young female convicted murderer and her psychiatrist. Set in the early 19th century, it also explores class and gender conventions of the time. Excellent historical fiction choice!

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Scochrane26 I love this book, think I‘ve read it 3 times over the years. The miniseries is also excellent. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Scochrane26 I've been thinking about trying the series. Glad to know it lives up to the book! 4w
LeahBergen I loved this book! 4w
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Dawn | Octavia E. Butler
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Although published in 1979, Butler envisions a future for the Earth that‘s not just possible but probable. And amid the futuristic story, she writes about top-of-mind topics in our century. Butler teaches her readers through Lilith‘s experiences. You‘ll examine what it means to be human and how another race of beings might see us. Can‘t wait for part 2!

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Aimeesue Octavia B! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Nice!!! 1mo
Reggie What kills me is when they put all the humans together again they‘re all wretched and think yeah let‘s make guns again. Lol, I loved this trilogy. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie 💯 Clearly, Octavia had no rose-colored glasses when observing human behavior. I‘m really trying to stretch out her books, in between wanting to devour everything quick AF. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen This would be a great choice for #partofatrilogy for #booked2023. I may use book 2 for just that! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Aimeesue Yaaas!! She is amazing! 1mo
BookBelle84 I saw these covers at the bookstore the other day and absolutely loved them 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BookBelle84 I agree! I read an ebook with an older cover design. This one has so much more punch! 4w
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Red London | Alma Katsu
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The newest Red Widow mystery is set in a world that is both post-Putin and post-Ukrainian war. It focuses on the relationship of Russia‘s new (and fictional) government with its oligarchs. Lyndsey Duncan finds herself smack in the middle of all the conflict and uncertainty as she works a case with her employer, the CIA.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage This isn't being released until mid-March 2023. But I recently read Red Widow and decided I didn't want to wait for book #2. That alone tells you I enjoyed the series!

Also, #sorrynotsorry for dropping a couple of reviews today. I haven't felt like writing lately, but the bug struck me today. #hooray
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This was a sweet and poignant book, mainly because my dad died way too young, like Alice (and the author). I understood Alice‘s impulse to remake her dad‘s habits and possibly keep him around for a few more years. Straub‘s writing also floats around all many universal truths. Rather than repeatedly walloping us, she inches various options forward and lets Alice lead the way.

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GidgetsTreasures75 Loved this one 💖 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @GidgetsTreasures75 It‘s just such a book from the heart. And then to have her own father, author Peter Straub, pass away soon after. 😭😭 1mo
GidgetsTreasures75 @BarbaraTheBibliophage yes! I lost my father 22 years ago and this book just hit me with its love for the character‘s dad and then her own dad. How sad that he passed but I‘m glad he got to see this published. It‘s such a love letter to their relationship. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Every moment of this book is a story with jokes. Along the way, though, Aarons includes poignant moments and plenty of self-discovery. As an early Gen-Xer, I relate completely to her story, despite our differences. Aarons reminded me of how fraught the 1980s were for young women. (Not that it‘s improved!) And she managed to do so while making me laugh at the memories.

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CarolynM I can relate to that title🥴 I refuse to identify as baby boomer or gen X - I think there needs to be a separate category for us children of the 60s 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CarolynM I agree!! I was born in the last 6 WEEKS of “Baby Boomers,” and def don‘t fit with the earlier part of the generation. Not quite Gen X either but closer! 2mo
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Dark Celebrations | Calvin Demmer
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This collection is appropriate for horror fans to celebrate all year long. He takes typical holidays and events and turns them into extraordinary—and gory—celebrations.

No one does short-form horror like Demmer. His imagination is darker than an attic room with a burned-out light bulb on a moonless night. Every story is a full-on freight train without a single wasted word.

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Reggie I have not heard of this but definitely stacked. 2mo
dabbe The cover is terrifying as well! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie Cool! Search out any of his work. This is the second collection I‘ve read from him and all stories I‘ve read are excellent! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @dabbe Yes, I should look up the artist!! 2mo
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The Wilderwomen | Ruth Emmie Lang
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Ruth Emmie Lang explores family relationships with a solid dose of magical realism in her new book, The Wilderwomen. It‘s a sweet and engaging exploration of sisterhood and the complications inherent in mother-daughter connections. This is my first venture into the world of Ruth Emmie Lang‘s writing. It won‘t be my last.

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CBee Her first book is probably one of my all time favorites! 2mo
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