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Angeles

Angeles

Joined August 2016

The Book loving introvert. I love classics, history, historical fiction, philosophy, religion, science fiction, fantasy, romance and anything weird.
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Read dangerously | Azar Nafisi
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Pretty good book so far. Part memoir, but mostly an essay and meditation on literature as a force for freedom and openness in the full sense of the word. Don‘t agree with all she writes but interesting all the same.

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Act of Oblivion: A Novel | Robert Harris
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Great book. The audiobook narrator was not too much to my taste so I ended up reading a hardcover from the library. The novel has some exciting action, and some thrills, but a lot of the book is slow paced and deals with the English political history of the republic and of the restauration of the monarchy in England. American history of the period is explored in less detail but I still enjoyed it.

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Panpan

I dragged myself to finish this book but I should have bailed. The problem is that the set up is so great and mysterious that there is no good way to resolve it. If you like ambiguous non endings tinged with melancholy you are the audience for this trilogy. I, unfortunately, am not.

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Act of Oblivion: A Novel | Robert Harris
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The audiobook is pretty 👍 I might just get the hardcover. Slow burn kind of historical novel but I love it so far

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I Hunt Killers | Barry Lyga
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I couldn‘t stop listening. Great story and appealing protagonist and extremely bloody and scary story. I am not sure if I have the guts to finish the series (two more books).

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Bailedbailed

I am bailing out on this book. Rayburn is one of my favorite authors and the narrators are great but somehow this book is neither corky and funny enough, which would make it interesting, nor a dark and scary thriller, which would make it exciting. I love the ladies in the story but I couldn't buy the whole we are very serious assassins.

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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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A cat and book combo. What could be better?
I have been thinking to read this for a while and my library had it available today!

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Ojos de agua | Domingo Villar
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My TBR pile from Spain. This year I exercised self-control and got fewer and smaller books 📚😎

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I am starting this cozy, fun book. So far pretty enjoyable. I Love the narrator

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God of Lost Words | A J Hackwith
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An excellent ending to the trilogy. The middle book flagged a bit but the ending is a beautiful love song to story, reading and books. The audiobook is an excellent choice but you might want an actual book to underline all the beautiful sentences about stories, and libraries, and life.

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Vlad | Carlos Fuentes
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Mehso-so

Not too good. The language and ironic look at Mexican society is great but the ghoulish images and sexualization of little girls at the end is disturbing and seems to have no purpose but to shock. The end is not convincing and the portrayal of the wife in the story is shallow and follows the stereotype of “women can‘t be fathomed “ also, according to the wife, Mexican ladies prefer men that can hurt them. Disappointing

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Great creepy ghost story. The narrator is very good so I recommend the audiobook highly. The next book in the story is the suffering and it is only a so-so for me (it also has a different narrator) the main reason is in the girl from the well the ghost is the narrator and she‘s interesting and in the next book the teenage boy is the narrator and it is hard to make a teenager interesting to anyone but another teen.

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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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Excellent fairy tale with a sweet love story and satisfying revenge tale. I love the fairy godmother, Agnes, which is a great take on the traditional one showing up at prince/sses christenings. Loved it

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Great adventure fantasy. The different POV chapters from different characters got a bit old for me after a while but I usually don't enjoy switches in POV in a story. Even with that and seeing who the traitor is almost from the beginning there were plenty of thrills and surprises to delight a reader. I enjoyed the meditations about stories
and the power of imagination but I am a sucker for that kind of thing. Pic is of Kiwi and a shrew

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The book was really great . I disliked the narrator a lot and I almost quit because of it. I found him monotonous. Get the book, skip the audiobook. The story is a great mystery/science fiction combo

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Bailedbailed

Somehow I could not get into the story. Too bad because I really liked the previous book in the series. The narrator is still great, but unlike dial A for aunties I wasn‘t laughing non stop.

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Vlad | Carlos Fuentes
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My next audio book after finishing the return of the king. I got the Spanish audio version so I will be even more scared!!! Also I figured the swearing will be more satisfying 😏.
The English version is available in the USA

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Not the Witch You Wed | April Asher
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Great cover, and a fun fizzy paranormal romance. It was nice and sweet but some of the side characters were more interesting and deep than the two main characters. It is the beginning of a series, so I hope the next stories in the series will be better.

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Awesome audiobook so far. Hell, books, kick-ass librarians. What is not to love?💕

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Bailedbailed

The conceit has run thin. I enjoyed the first book where we met our elderly serial killer but this second book in the series just couldn‘t grab me. I was bored and a bit annoyed by the lady, and so I bailed.

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Regency Marriages | Elizabeth Rolls
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This book was not in the litsy list but it is soo good I finished it in one night. If you like regency romance and love Jane Austen, you should definitely check out the non fiction story of the real regency heroines: Mad & Bad

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I can not resist a book about 🐱. This is a great one. Short to the point chapters based mostly on available scientific evidence and with bullet points at the end of each section so you can get the main points easily

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Next book by the author the empress of salt and fortune! I hope it is just as good. I plan to cat-fish and read tonight 😀

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Listening to the wonderful performance by Andy Serkis (AKA gollum in the movie). It is Awesome. The only thing I dislike is that he gives the hobbits some kind of Irish-adjacent accent that is sort of annoying, unfortunately. Are the Irish supposed to be short with hairy feet? Not sure! but it is the only criticism I have. I am loving the experience

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Death in Brittany: A Mystery | Jean-Luc Bannalec
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I was as able to figure out who the murderer was before the end so it is not the greatest as a mystery but this is really a different type of cozy mystery. Inspector Dupin and Brittany and its eccentric characters and beautiful countryside are the real point of the book. Loved it and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series

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It lives up to the hype. I loved it, and the audiobook narration was great. A fierce story of revenge, power and love. The empress reminds me of Catherine the great and her rise. The story doesn‘t sugar coat what it takes to grip power, and shows the empress as both clear eyed and ruthless.

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A bit of brain candy now that I am somehow in a fiction reading slump. I find I can not get into a story lately. I just keep re-listening to old favorites and reading easy non fiction. I don‘t mean to say math is trivial, but Yates is such clear writer that she makes you see the reasoning with little effort.

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Death in Brittany: A Mystery | Jean-Luc Bannalec
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Listening to a murder mystery by Jean-Luc Brannalec set in the Breton coast. It is the first book in a series,and it is making me want to visit the north of 🇫🇷!!

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The Talisman | Walter Scott
Bailedbailed

I‘m am sorry to say I will be taking a break from this. Unfortunately it is too “preachy” in the sense that is is more a treatise on the crusades than an exciting adventure story which I was hoping for. Also I must admit that a lot of the depiction and the language about Islam and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Palestine is prejudiced and condescending

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The Talisman | Walter Scott
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Beginning to read one of the classic adventure books I bought at a library sale. I could not resist how pretty the book is and I love the illustrations. I‘ve never read Walter Scott but I watched Ivanhoe so I hope it will be fun

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Really thought provoking book. He mentioned some interesting facts about electric vehicles and the environment that were eye opening.
The book is the kind you can read in small bites, my only criticism is that it doesn't go in depth in any particular subject and sometimes his arguments are not clear enough because of that.
The pic has nothing to do with the book. I just think it is pretty fun

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Bailedbailed

Despite the great reviews I couldn‘t get into the book. I didn‘t care about Marie and found I could not finish.

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Awesome! I enjoyed the mystery; the puzzle to be solved by our hero is really neat and the atmosphere is creepy and crazy: Is a demon murdering people in a doomed ship?
The ending seems to suggest there might be in future other mysteries with the same protagonists and that would be really neat

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I love Becky Chambers, but I expect more of an adventure, an exciting story with the warm loving characters she creates. This book is really a fable about what is the meaning of life and what makes us human but there is no excitement or adventure. The two characters are warm and cute but not enough to save the book for me.

RamsFan1963 I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't love this. If it had been longer, the characters developed more, then I might have given it a pick. 13mo
Angeles @RamsFan1963 That is true. It could have been a great book 13mo
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Panpan

The most scary part of the book is the front cover. It was icky rather than creepy for me and the trope were everyone has secrets and you have an unreliable narrator was not well deployed. The ghost/supernatural portion of the story seems like an afterthought. I was expecting better given the hype. Thankfully it is a very short book.

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Mehso-so

Great retelling of an interesting legend, and a nice look at a fascinating culture but the way it was written mostly in third person made it hard to get into the story. The witting felt wooden, but it is still a fun vampire story with a murder mystery added so I am glad I picked it.

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The Lesser Dead | Christopher Buehlman
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My spooky October read. So far a great audio book and a crazy love letter to NYC and its subway, with a lot of bloodshed and attitude 👍

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Master of Djinn | P Djeli Clark
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The book is wonderful and the narrator is just great. I will have withdrawal from this world after this book because I have read already the other short novellas in this universe. If you want a real treat and to see if you are likely to like this book the LeVar Burton reads podcast has Levar read a short story in this universe called the angel of the Angel of Khan El-Khalili. I love that podcast as well so thumbs up for LeVar Burton too!!!

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t get into the story. Maybe because it feels a bit as a retell of a fairy tale and I am not fond of those. I didn‘t feel like The world the author created was convincing and real so I lost interest

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Mehso-so

The portions with the two old friends who accidentally get the baby are fun and cute but I can not get over the part where the parents devastation is described quite vividly so that the fun portions (chapters go back and forth between parents, cops, and the clueless duo of old men) make you feel queasy about enjoying the comedy and warmth of the two friends trying desperately to return the baby

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The Road to Oxiana | Robert Byron
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I have been listening to this little travel adventure gem in my commute. The weird casual anti Semitism is disturbing since it was written in the eve of wwII. There is as well general racism towards anyone really non British but it is useful to remind myself the good old days weren‘t that good for most of us.😀

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Well, I passed by Barnes & Noble and I couldn't resist adding to my TBR!!

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Excellent little book about humor and its uses with a lot of the original latin from both Cicero and Quintiian (who is not in the title but whose treaty on humor is half the book) it is fascinating and insightful. If you love the classics and thinking about how human nature has not changed in millennia you should really get this book.

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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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There is a full novel in the same world as the a dead Djinn in Cairo! It had a bit of a wait for the audiobook in my library, but I just got it and I can tell one chapter in that I am going to enjoy this😄

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Jackaby | William Ritter
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I don‘t usually enjoy YA, but this is just a great Sherlock Holmes/supernatural mix story that is fun and atmospheric. The mystery wasn‘t great, I figured out who was the villain almost from the start, so if you are after true mystery you will be disappointed. However the protagonist is sweet smart and endearing without being cloying and I loved the fantasy and steampunk mixed with fairy tales and mythology.

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The Witness for the Dead | Katherine Addison
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I loved going back to the world of the Goblin Emperor. However, without the tension and high stakes political maneuvering of the royal court in the previous book, the story felt not exciting enough. Ironic, since the protagonist investigates two sets of murders and dispatches a ghoul . Still a good book, but not outstanding.

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Another awesome fantasy novela from p. Djeli Clark! This is one of the few male authors that really writes awesome, fully realized female protagonists. It is getting to the point that he‘s an automatic buy for me no matter the story he chooses to tell

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The Witness for the Dead | Katherine Addison
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Finally, a second book in the Goblin emperor universe is here! The Goblin Emperor is one of my all time faves so I hope this will be a treat👍

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It has recaptured the fun and sweetness of the first of the wayfarers book. It is a sweet hug of a book and great to help my book slump where I can take nothing dark, or even just a bit hard, on my fiction. This book is jut 100% Zoloft delivered as a story.

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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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Really great audiobook. The strongest part is the craziness of the plot and the fun family dynamics. Great escapist fun. It has the vibe of crazy rich Asians with out all of the brand name mentions and consumerism and more of the sweet, funny, loving family that can still drive you crazy