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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m hoping to finish all of my In Progress reads this week. It‘s a big ask, so we‘ll see how it goes. I expect to have an #unpopularopinion of Bandit Queens, I‘m not far enough in Will to have much of an opinion, Gryphon is tedious, and Murder Your Employer is pretty delightful on audio. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen I love the title for this one! Glad to hear it‘s delightful 2d
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#unpopularopinion 🤷 Maybe even very unpopular opinion? Since there are maybe three people in the world who do not adore this one.

I was totally in the mood for something low-key, but this one was just way too low-key. I thought it pretty boring to be honest... Why should I care about the characters when I know that everything will be magically fixed? Deus Ex Machina extreme.

Writing style too superficial, no atmosphere or character depth...

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The Nightmare Man | J. H. Markert
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This hurts to write because the book came so highly recommended. I can‘t say anything I want to for risk of spoilers. The book starts painfully slowly, and I nearly bailed 1/3 of the way out of boredom. The threads start to come together, I had a thought which turned out to be true, and that made me mad. I hate figuring out twists early. 😂 Anywho, I didn‘t find this creepy, scary, or original, but it wasn‘t dreadful either. #meh

DGRachel The more I think about it, the issue is one of expectations. The book was good for what it was - a kind of suspense/thriller. What I was promised and expected was a novel so terrifying and creepy that I wouldn‘t be able to walk outside alone at night for a few days. This is not that book. 1w
vivastory Sorry this didn't work for you. I'm finding that short stories work better for me lately in terms of creepiness. 1w
DGRachel @vivastory I have an ARC of the new Darcy Coates novel. My fingers are crossed for that one. Ooh, and I have another of hers on my shelf. Maybe I should grab that next… 1w
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vivastory I haven't read Coates yet but I keep meaning to. I started the new Dilouie today. Really enjoying it. In fact I have only about 100 pages left 1w
vivastory Lol, looking through the feed for Episode 13 I see you didn't like it 🤷‍♂️ 1w
Chrys I may give this a try, but with proper expectations 1w
DGRachel @vivastory 🤣🤣 1w
DGRachel @Chrys Yes. I think my expectations were just too different from my experience. But also, there are readers who found it terrifying. So, maybe go in with no expectations? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
bthegood I enjoyed this, at first found it “scary“ then just creepy - it reminded me (a little) like “The Dark Half“ - by King - 🙂 It's hard not to expect a lot when reviews are good - sometimes though it's just a miss 🙂 (edited) 7d
DGRachel @bthegood Yeah, I know mine is an #unpopularopinion. I don‘t read a lot of King, and I tend to have an unpopular opinion about the scare factor of his work, too. The Shining didn‘t phase me. I also don‘t understand the fear factor around The Exorcist. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But, I was terrified by I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark. I do scare easily, I guess just by different things. 7d
bthegood @DGRachel The Shining is one of the scariest books I've read 😂- that's why I do not feel bad when my opinion is not popular - we all have differences and that's a good thing - keeps the reading world interesting😃 (edited) 7d
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Grave Secret | Charlaine Harris
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You could have knocked me over with a feather when it was revealed who the killer was. This is the fourth and final book in the Harper Connelly series. I enjoyed this series more than her Sookie Stackhouse series. There just were too many Sookie books and they were mediocre at best. I know that‘s an #unpopularopinion but it‘s mine and I‘m stickin‘ with it. (cont)⬇️

CatLass007 I like how this series answered all the pertinent questions but recognized that not everything can be wrapped up in a happily ever after bow. 2w
ravenlee The Sookie books started fairly well but very quickly petered out. I reread the series a couple years ago to finish it, but it was a real slog. 2w
CatLass007 @ravenlee I listened to the entire series. I‘m still not sure why. I guess it‘s because I‘ve always been a completist. It‘s not until the last few years that I learned to say that I wasn‘t enjoying myself and I could stop reading something. Then I could move on to the next book in my TBR. 2w
Blaire Oh I‘ll check out this series. I read all the sookie ones even though the last few were terrible but I really liked the first several. They were my maternity leave reads years ago. 2w
CatLass007 @Blaire Go for it. I hope you enjoy the series. 2w
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It | Stephen King
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(1986) This was the bestselling novel in the US for 1986. I know this is a favorite for many readers, and I get it -- I love the blend of personal and cosmic horror, and SK knows how to stage it effectively. But I find his sprawling prose style exasperating, the wink-nudge racism hasn't aged well, and there's a scene near the end that left me needing a brain bleach, not to mention holding an #unpopularopinion.

Bookwormjillk Yeah that scene was pretty terrible and the reason why I won‘t re-read this one. 2w
swynn My reaction was "So-So" until I hit that. Now I'm just glad it's over. I'm checking out the film adaptations, partially to see how they finessed the ending. My recollection of the TV miniseries is that it was very different. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures The racism in his older works is one reason I do not revisit them. 2w
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Okay #unpopularopinion. You all loved it but I am halfway through and calling it quits. It probably is the language. I have to read out loud to make sense of what I‘m reading. It‘s been taking me forever that way and it leaves no room to enjoy the story. So it‘s me, not the book but I just lost patience and want to read something I actually like to read 🤷🏻‍♀️

#Booked2023 #wronglyincarnated

Cinfhen At least you tried! Hopefully you love your next book 🤞🏼 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I really did. But I felt like an idiot, reading slowly aloud, trying to make sense of what I read. Next up is 🤞🏽 2w
squirrelbrain I can imagine it was difficult to read, so don‘t beat yourself up about it. I found a lot of the language strange and struggled to understand, particularly to start with, and I was reading in my first language. BQ will be better! 😁 2w
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sarahbarnes I'm sorry this one didn't work for you! I loved Bandit Queens and hope you enjoy it! 2w
TrishB Hope you enjoy your next 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2w
dabbe These reviews are just as important as the picks. I value your opinion; therefore, I'm not reading it! You're doing us a favor you know! 😍😘🤗 2w
BarbaraBB @dabbe Thank you for trusting me 🩵 I have to add that English isn‘t my first language so that might me the reason I had such a hard time with the book 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Suet624 I remember when I reviewed this book that I was concerned it might be tough for you. Your English is fantastic but this took time to get into the swing of the language. You‘ll love BQ. 2w
dabbe @BarbaraBB What is your first language, if you don't mind my asking? (because I would have NEVER known!) 🤩😍🤗 2w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 @dabbe Thank you both for the kind words ❤️❤️ My first language is Dutch, Denise! 2w
dabbe @BarbaraBB How cool is that? I can't speak it (unfortunately), but my ancestors on my mom's side are from the Netherlands: their surnames are Pastoor and Van Dyke. 💙💚💙 2w
Megabooks Yeah, this really worked for me because I went audio, but even then it was very colloquial and slang-heavy! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you, that is definitely reassuring 🤍 2w
BarbaraBB @dabbe wow, those are real Dutch names for sure although we write Van Dyke as Van Dijk! 2w
dabbe @BarbaraBB I was trying to remember how to spell my great-aunt's last name: phonetically it was Vanvuctaveen. I never knew her, so the name spelling escapes me! #smallworld 🩵🤍🩵 2w
BarbaraBB @dabbe That name must have evolved over the years, it doesn‘t ring a bell. The only Dutch surname I can remotely think of is Van de Veen 🤔 2w
dabbe @BarbaraBB I texted my sister for the name. Boy, was I way off! It's spelled Vugtaveen. Is that closer? 2w
BarbaraBB @dabbe I googled it and you are right. It‘s not a very common surname but I found plenty of people called Vugteveen (with an e instead of an a)! 2w
dabbe @BarbaraBB Thanks for doing that! I need to dig more and learn about my Dutch heritage (and obviously learn how to spell better!) 🩵🤍🩵 2w
BarbaraBB @dabbe You‘re doing great! 2w
dabbe @BarbaraBB 🤩😍🤗 2w
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