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Andrea4
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"so Fire and Air enjoy each other's company in their Mutual Hotness Admiration Society"
??? Now I know what this is referring to but I have no problem in reading this as my Fire Sign Self enjoys my Air Sign beau because we compliment and admire our own hotness ???

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Andrea4
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Took the day off and am studying my tarot. On top of maybe 10% finished puzzle haha.
Can't recommend this book and Deciphering Tarot enough!

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Pickpick

Author's epilogue pushed it to a pick. I didn't realise how deeply personal this is to the author nor that actual cases are discussed (yes, sometimes I go in fairly blind). That said, I did find that the narrator's inner dialogue was peppered far too liberally with questions that drove me a little insane. I also was annoyed by her supreme authoritative view on all matters re: victims/survivors even if I agreed with a lot of it.

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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this one! In large part due to its genre self awareness and the constant list of horror movies and books and tropes etc.
Also a perfect story to largely listen to and finish today given I drew the 3 of Swords. ♥️🗡️🗡️🗡️

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Andrea4
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So many other horror movie and book references in this! Including the one they just mentioned- the house next door. Which I just finished a book ago! Lol
The devil's in the coincidence!

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Burnt Tongues | Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, Dennis Widmyer
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Like most short story collections it's hard to rate. I gave it a 3 because some stories were quite amazing to me and others just fell flat, especially after Palahniuk's promise at the beginning that I would be rattled by these stories.
TW for literally everything and anything you can imagine in these stories, which is probably not surprising given the transgressive title applied to this anthology. Enter at your own risk. Prepare to be disgusted!

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Andrea4
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So characters just got to the "master bedroom" and the one asks, so am I sleeping in the "slave quarters"? They both pause and finally main character asks if that's where that term comes from.
Fun fact: this is why on listings in Ontario, Canada (not sure if all Canada) now use "primary" instead of the word "master".
#FunFactFriday

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Andrea4
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Ok some of you may have caught that underneath my stack of books was this behemoth of a puzzle!
I started last Sunday and listening to a couple audiobooks and bingeing on old Grey's episodes, I have finished!
Coke anyone?

wanderinglynn That‘s an awesome puzzle! 💚🧩 4w
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Submitting first assignment and starting on second module of course!
Also finally cracked the second tarot book I bought- trait deciphered. Oooo baby, things are getting intense! 🤣

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The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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Well, that's done!
Absolutely great! This is that kind of supernatural mystery that makes you wonder- it is really happening or has fear just unwound a few people? It's filled with shocking events but nothing is gruesomely detailed. It does not rely on that sort of horror for its suspense.
Do you ever just have a feeling about a place?
Bonus, I thought this narrator was fantastic!

Bookzombie I haven‘t read this, but love Barbara Rosenblat. 1mo
Andrea4 @Bookzombie is she just a narrator or does she write too? I don't think I can search books narrated by her on my apps unfortunately...but I'll try! Haha 1mo
Bookzombie As far as I know she is just a narrator and actress. You can Google her and find some lists probably. I really enjoyed listening to her read 1mo
Andrea4 @Bookzombie I will have to do that! 1mo
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The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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Still really enjoying this- never heard of this author before yesterday and I'm pretty sure I'll take a gander at her other works. Also this narration is on point, at least IMO.
But a note, a work written in 1978 about affluent (mostly white) people in southern USA undoubtedly comes with particular tones and views. The first most table is in regards to homosexuality. However, treated not as badly as one might expect?

robinb I think I have and have read most of her books (being a southerner 😊). But it‘s been so long since I‘ve read any that I don‘t really remember much…except I think I liked them?? 😂😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Andrea4 @robinb well that's still a positive review! Also, as only a southern-ontarian (hahaha) I enjoy stories set in southern USA. Especially when they come with insights and perceptions about the people therein :) 1mo
robinb @Andrea4 👍 I enjoy most US southern stories as well (surprise! 😂). And if I‘m remembering correctly I think her books reminded me a little of Dorothea Benton Frank‘s…another good writer, hers mostly set in South Carolina. 1mo
robinb @Andrea4 Just let me know if you‘d like me to recommend any southern books/authors that I‘ve enjoyed. Either here or you could email me at robinb.litsy@gmail.com . 😊 (edited) 1mo
Andrea4 @robinb that's so sweet of you! I will email you (maybe easier?) 1mo
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The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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Just picked this one up today and I'm quite enjoying it. I wanted to find something scary, chilling, supernatural, thrilling, atmospheric, or something like that for the season 🎃 and I just googled some good, Halloween books and this popped up!

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Andrea4
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What mornings look like for me doing daily draws.

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Well started my tarot course yesterday and today is really first day of starting the work. Card of the day draw. I've picked this practice up multiple times over the years but always stopped for various reasons. I'm re-committing hard to it this time. Along with the course I'll be using Tarot Correspondences which is AMAZEBALLS! it's a great quick reference source (instead of me trying to cram shit in a tiny book in mishmashed order lol).

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Peaces: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Returned this today because I hadn't picked it up in days and I always hate holding on to something if someone wants to read it. I might pick it back up later, just don't think I was in the mood.

Lindy It‘s her strangest yet. Did this one as a buddy read and I think that helped me stick with it. Neither of us could make much sense of it, yet we still enjoyed reading it. 2mo
Andrea4 @Lindy I can understand that. It's certainly not bad or so out there that I had no clue what was going on but it might not be the best to listen to while I'm doing other things haha. This is my first read from her too. 2mo
Lindy @Andrea4 I think I was in a better position than you for another reason: I've read every one of her books and my past experience led me to trust the author to take me wherever she wanted. 2mo
Andrea4 @Lindy yea, I definitely want to read her other works- haven't gotten my hands on them yet. This one at least leaves me intrigued about her other works. 2mo
Lindy @Andrea4 👍 2mo
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Peaces: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I started this audio on the weekend. Did anyone who read it also kind of get that feeling that while you're following it you're not really sure what's happening? Haha and not in a bad way, in a trippy, dream-like way.

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The End of Her | Shari Lapena
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Panpan

What did I just listen to? It started out pretty decent, maybe a few too many stilted moments of "she thought something seemed fishy here," but still OK. Then the various characters, especially women, all seemed to blend together both because of the narration but also their sheer lack of uniqueness. Then a climax, an end? But no. Last 10% was random twists that didn't make realistic and also were rushed. Maybe it's my mood...

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The End of Her | Shari Lapena
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I feel like this book just needs to end.
Why isn't it done yet?
Lol
Maybe just my mood...but probably not.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Maybe I should unstack it! 2mo
Andrea4 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it could be my mood buuut I just didn't really care about any of it. By the end, I was kind of like if all these characters murdered each other, I'd be ok with that 😂 2mo
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Mehso-so

Diffused rain.
This is the only way I can describe this book; it covered multiple stories over many years in a jumping fashion and the whole story seemed understandable from the beginning and yet something foggy hung around it all. It is a story that goes along quietly, there is a hush to it. I felt no flares, no passions, no great urgency. I neither liked it nor hated it.

CollapsingLibrary I am absolutely in love with you using “diffused rain“ as a book description 2mo
Andrea4 @PurrfectFeministPerspective oh thank you ☺️. Though I can't take full credit, someone in the book mentioned diffused rain and I thought yes, that's exactly the mood of this book! Haha 2mo
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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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I finished this the other day and it really only took me 3 "sittings". We can all guess the premise, that's obvious enough but I think there were a few twists that kept it intriguing and also added a *more* disturbing air to it.

deeannloso I loved this book! 2mo
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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She'd never believed in love at first sight but she did believe in recognition at first sight.

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A Darkness Absolute: A Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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Devoured in 3 days, which easily could have been 2. First Armstrong and I'm sad my library doesn't have the first in the series in audio but I got tired of waiting so I just said screw it and started with the 2nd! Honestly, you miss a little but the important background deets are reiterated so it doesn't ruin the story. I loved the Canadian, wild setting and the story. Definitely continuing

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A Darkness Absolute: A Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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Almost at halfway and pretty sure that was the first reference to Timmy's ...which makes sense in a Canadian setting that is supposed to be off the grid.

#CanadianLit #CanadianLiterature #TimHortons

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One by One | Ruth Ware
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I've been quiet lately because instead of bingeing on books I've been bingeing on a podcast about tarot and esoteric symbols etc.
But this audio hold came in and I gobbled it pretty quick on my long runs and today. Not the best Ware, imho, but still obviously entertaining. I think I saw a few of the twists coming so I feel the first half may actually have been stronger.
Also, delicious cookies! Because I didn't make pie and my beau grumbled 😂

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Fool LP: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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Listened to this largely while running and it gave me quite a few good chuckles and smiles! I liked Shakespeare for Squirrels more but perhaps that's because I love a Midsommers night dream. Tbh I haven't read King Lear, so maybe that would have impacted the listening but in truth Moore's work stands alone as just fucking good fun.
""Moi?" Said I, in perfect fucking french!"

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Pickpick

Another Ware that I thoroughly enjoyed. I must admit that I guessed the ending at pretty much the earliest it could be guessed. I considered other options as red herrings appeared but I felt pretty sure about my guess. I believe it's easier to guess the twists when it's a physical book vs audio. Still super enjoyed watching how it unfolded though!

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Andrea4
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I've been devouring this book. Not sure why it took me I think 2years to get to it lol.
I've even chosen to sit outside on break in hopes of finishing it. I think today feels just lovely...though not sure I'll feel that way later during my 2 hr run lol!

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The cards (tarot) do not predict the future.

This little passage about reading is the closest I've come to agreeing with a work of fiction about the tarot.

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The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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Devoured this pretty quick! Must get the third!
I love Del Toro -books, movies, whatever- clearly, his style appeals to me!
I love all the characters, the action, the dialogue....blah blah blah, go read!
Also, still love the art of jacket covers but prefer them off. Haha

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The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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You ever hear facts like this in a fictional work and immediately go look it up? 🧐Sorry Del Toro and Hogan, it's not like I don't trust you guys, but it's fiction, right? Lol

So, it's true.
I can't even fathom that amount of money. Unreal.

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The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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Waiting for my ☕ to be done so I thought I'd sit on my new little kitchen nook and read.

Also, I started this series ten years ago. This is the SECOND book....it took me a while 😂

@FantasyChick have you read these ones?

ShyBookOwl Omg 😲 same! Lol I read The Strain probably 10 years ago too and really liked it... but never picked this one up. I'd have to re-read The Strain first though. 4mo
Andrea4 @ShyBookOwl haha! I even got the second one fairly closely after finishing the first one. And I love the series...so confused with myself 😂 I definitely remembered enough from the first/it handily recaps some stuff in the second so I didn't reread the first one. 4mo
Tamra So cozy! 4mo
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FantasyChick No I haven't! You'll have to let me know how you enjoy it! Loving that nook too 😍 4mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick you're going to want to! 4mo
Andrea4 @Tamra surprisingly so for being in the kitchen! 4mo
FantasyChick Consider it stacked!!! 4mo
Lazy_Day_Reads I nice reading area is always needed! 4mo
Andrea4 @Lazy_Day_Reads 100% agree 4mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Mehso-so

Don't know what to think, really. Not captivating enough to continue the series. Kind of boring so my mind wandered and then coming back I'd almost be lost because it felt too complicated?
I think I preferred Finch to Alice. And can someone explain to me Alice's anger?

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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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When will you let this go?
I remember being questioned similarly and more than a decade later that still haunts me.
Why do we ask anyone that question? If anyone could choose to let something go that they didn't want to carry anymore, as if a bag of groceries, they would. Obviously it's not that simple.
This audio has an 1hr interview with the author but I'm not sure I want to listen. It could make the book better or worse. Should I listen?

Insightsintobooks I just bought this because it was on sale. I have a question though before I start it... I was 19 when I was first trafficked... my trafficker was considerably older than I was.... do you think I might be triggered by this book? 4mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks well I think the whole book is a TW for anyone with any kind of sexual assault experience. She is not trafficked but the premise is she was 15 with someone almost 3x her age. And it contains details of the grooming and of the assaults. 4mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks I guess it depends where you are at, mentally and emotionally. I'd say read it cautiously and if it begins to overwhelm, no one says you have to finish it right? 4mo
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Insightsintobooks @Andrea4 that is true. Thank you. 4mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks of course, any time! I understand wanting to know. I find the worst for me is when it's not expected in a book and I'm completely unprepared for it. 4mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks oh but *really* importantly for this novel, that situation is not the end of her story.♥️ 4mo
Insightsintobooks @Andrea4 That is good to know. That the situation isn't the end. Thank you. 4mo
BoleyBooks My next read. 🤓 4mo
Andrea4 @BoleyBooks I hope you enjoy it! It brings up so many questions! 4mo
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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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This story moves in and out of years, in the beginning it's a very obvious shift but as the story moves it becomes less so (maybe an audio more than visual issue).The author does a good job in showing how survivors can easily slip back into memories. They can overtake. A lot of this book makes me want to jump back to the present moment, where something can happen/change. It feels like you're slowly drowning in the past. And that's perfect really.

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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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Exactly half way. This book is like watching a fatal pile up of cars that is horrifying but you can't turn away from.
Previously I would've loathed 32yo, inert Vanessa but after much of my own work and hearing the stories of so many others, I feel a bit of kinship, mostly sadness, and like I'd like to lend her a strength to move beyond her self blame/hatred, to move her to DO something to help herself, and yes, others.

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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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Just started this morning and already I feel this huge sadness and empathy for a woman-child who is essentially torn in two. You can see one side of her trying to cling to rationalizing while another part fights that. And while she presents her teacher in a rationalizing, sympathetic way, if you "read between the lines" you see how he saw her, how he targeted her, groomed her.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Ok, what is up with the movie adaption of this making so many changes?! Strange. Book was better/more realistic. I liked the switching timelines and it wasn't hard to follow. I do tend to think authors stretch imagination when there is that one moment when all the pivotal things happen. Coincidental, no? Lol then again life can be/feel like that.
Not a read if you're still feeling covid isolated, altho maybe like for me, it helps silver line it.

marleed I liked both but saw the movie first. I really did like the badassness of Sandra Bullock in the movie more than the book portrayal. But I thought the movie missed what was really important to the book - the kids lived their lives blindfolded and in visceral ways were prepared for real world (well, real in this dystopia!) situations in ways adults could not. 5mo
Andrea4 @marleed I liked both too. I thought it was strange how much they changed the characters and their dynamics though. And yes, so much effort is put into describing how she trained them and that gets overshadowed in the movie. 5mo
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Just started this this morning, cuz you know, I can't get enough of that apocalyptic/pandemic-y feel these days lol.

@FantasyChick @BookishTrish let me know if you guys got my book mail I posted a few weeks back! Also, I'm now officially moved so before you mail me anything, remind me to send you my new address if I haven't by then!
#ReadersGoneRogue

FantasyChick Pretty sure I got a package from you! Hope the move went well! 5mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick that took a while ..lol. 5mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick and yes, the move went quite well! Pretty much all settled in, just actually need some more furniture to make it homey 🥰 5mo
FantasyChick Send me your address when you get the chance. I have a little housewarming gifty for you 😘😘 5mo
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In the midst of moving so I've been driving for at least 2.5-3hrs each day since Sunday. I realise it's only Tuesday but I started this Sunday and finished the last 15m this morning and I feel like it's Friday lol.
Imo this is a great only crime novel-it presents a lot of transcripts etc, of course redacted/abridged. TW abound BUT there isn't the super gorey detail one might expect to find. Crimes are stated matter of factly and not dwelled on.

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I quite enjoyed this and it's one of those bibliophile books, especially for murder mystery fans!
the ending kind of let me down because of how much of a stretch it seemed ...and without spoiling it, I will say after the 1st reveal. The 2nd, if we can call it that, was less so.
All in all I liked the concept of the unreliable narrator who admits unreliability calling into question his unreliability lol.

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I enjoyed this side story line to get a more in depth background sketch on each misfit. Storm's narrative resonates the most with me personally; feeling too big and like you can't fit in the world, feeling the need to make yourself small (in every way) if you're bigger physically. 💔

I love her eventual realisation. ♥️

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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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Ripped through this one in about 5 days. Really enjoyed it and didn't really know who had done what or really what was truly done. I like a book that can plausibly set up multiple people and I loved that the one watching was in fact not just one.

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Andrea4
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44 min. This narrator is terrible and it's not the Newfie slang that's bad. The characters change but it feels like a run on and I can't tell if they're connected.
Hearing about a drunk woman getting sexually assaulted while she's puking and saying no hits way too fucking close to home.
It's important for people to write this and read it but for some, those feelings, those memories live so close to their surface, reading becomes reliving.

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Anyone else listened to this and just felt completely annoyed and put off by the narrator? I don't think I've ever hated the narration of a book so much! I'm maybe 30m in and don't think I can keep going.

ShelleyBooksie The book itself totally put me off. I gave it away. 5mo
Andrea4 @ShelleyBooksie yes, I see a lot of people had a hard time with it. And given that I saw some reviews about the all the misogynism and violence towards women I think I bailed at the right time. 5mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I really enjoyed this one. A multi POV story where the cast all have some kind of connection.
There is something to be said about Orange's writing when he can make me empathize and can almost fully redeem some of the characters who typically I would never think redeemable.
I like when everyone has a story and also gets to tell it.
We need to hear more voices.

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Not easy- it comes across as a stream of consciousness on whoever's POV we're following but it can be difficult to tell which POV we're on. And of course it's horror so there is gore and violence. If you get queasy, maybe skip it. I did enjoy this though- that omnipresent slasher figure turned a little on its head here. I also love a good revenge story and those about broken families.

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Bailedbailed

Watch the movie.

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Yea, that's all I gotta say.

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Just getting into this one and am already finding it difficult. I turned down the speed back to just normal because I think part of it is the narration- I can't quite put my finger on it but I know it's happened with other male narrators where the narrations kind of comes out as a stream of consciousness and I find that hard to get into, I think?

FantasyChick I find that a lot with this author's writing. The narrative is very run-on in anything I've read of him. I actually set this one aside for a bit and thought I'd try the audio instead. My hold just came in lol. 6mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick oh ok, well maybe it's not just the narration then. I also don't feel a little crazy for thinking so 6mo
FantasyChick @Andrea4 Definitely not crazy. I've read 2 previous books by him (both female MC) and it's the same pattern: run on, stream of consciousness narration, slow and hard to follow begin then kick starts like holy hell for the remainder of the book - with the same narration style and just as confusing....only faster paced 🤣 Hard to follow but pretty good reads all around for the most part haha 6mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick yea it seems fast in the way it's written but so far the plot is slow. But given the reviews and the fact that I'm a sucker for a good horror story, I'm wanting to stick with it 6mo
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I did enjoy this for the most part; I found Susanna a little grating after a while. the prominence placed on women and the LGBTQ community made it that much interesting. I'm honestly surprised this was a first novel.
I'm very intrigued by Jack the Ripper and if anyone has some good non-fiction resources to share, please do! I have no idea what the general consensus is on Jack the Ripper presently but i'd love to read into it!

JaneyWaneyB @Andrea4 Have you read The Five? Absolutely brilliant one of my favourite books 2mo
Andrea4 @JaneyWaneyB no I have not, but I've stacked it now! Thanks for the rec! 2mo
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A step up from vol 3. We have a new rival band on scene- European, no less! Haha
So many changes are happening and change isn't easy!

Who else remembers the paper dolls that came with paper changes of clothing? Love it!