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Angeles

Angeles

Joined August 2016

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The Library | Andrew Lang
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Massachusetts has the best old libraries! This is where i spend my lunch time😄

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Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power | Stephen Greenblatt
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I‘m in a non fiction mood and this seems like a great read right now

Booksnchill I enjoyed this on audio 3w
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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I generally don't like end of the world type books and don't enjoy ironic smart allecky books, BUT the protagonist (a Seattle Crow) is so charming, engaging and lovable that i spent yesterday night finishing the book instead of sleeping.

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Here is the gist of this delightful book:
Our ancestors were as lazy, unfocused and inattentive readers as we are: stop blaming technology😁

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Last of the Beatrice Hyde-Claire mysteries! I loved this series, the bantering and the love relationship at the center of the story was great. The awful relatives are a bit too over the top for me but this is minor quibble

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The second installment of Beatrice Hyde-Claire series is even funnier than the first! I am loving this series

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Midnight Riot | Ben Aaronovitch
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Great fantasy. I love that the Goddess Mother Thames is a Nigerian lady. I must say the audiobook is superb because all the accents are great. I also like that the protagonist who becomes a magician apprentice is not the usual white boy. I just wish the author had not made Newton the guy who discovered how magic works; because even though I am a scientist and love physics, Newton the man was a real nasty piece of work

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Mehso-so

The audiobook is really good, but I must say sometimes the wise guy voice of Falco is too much of a 20th century hard boil noire detective which to me undermines the historical setting of the Roman Empire. Still enjoyable but I don‘t think I could read the whole series

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Bailedbailed

After reading how if you are an employee you are a dog and a slave, and before the chapter about Jesus Christ might (possibly) offend me even more i bailed on the book. It started out with a good main idea, but the macho posturing and a couple of factual errors in his arguments, together with the crazy idea that if you do not work for yourself you are a slave, convinced me to give up.

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The Jane Austen Handbook | Margaret Sullivan
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Reading this book truly makes me happy to have been born in modern times. I could not survive regency England! No matter how much I enjoy Austen😳

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" skin in the game keeps human hubris in check"
Nassim is abrasive, oppinionated and sometimes wrong, but always an interesting and thought provoking author

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Awesome book I found on my library sale for two dollars. I am not sure about cellini‘s life, but the illustrations by Salvador Dali are well worth the price, and truly weird in the best way

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A Brazen Curiosity | Lynn Messina
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Excellent audiobook. It is a nice cozy mystery with a side of romantic interest. I am looking forward to the next in the series

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My Ideal Bookshelf | Thessaly La Force
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Found this little gem at my favorite independent bookstore. Best coffee book ever!!!

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A tumba abierta | Alfonso Domingo
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I don't think there is an English translation but this bittersweet revenge fantasy/crime caper about stealing Franco's body from El Valle de Los caidos is great fun and gives a truly honest look at Spain today and its unburied ghosts from the civil war.

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The Order of Time | Carlo Rovelli
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Awesome, poetic writing, great science clearly explained, and the beautiful, sexy voice of Benedict Cumberbatch narrating this amazing book. What else could you ask for?

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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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Totally different from her science fiction series but really imaginative and amazing world building.The book is slow pace at the beginning so some people might not like it but i think it works

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Got to love how Northern European authors don‘t shy away from old protagonist in their fiction ✌️👍👍👍. Also I enjoy books with serial killers as the hero. What does that say about me?😳😱😱😱😱

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The whole series is great 👌. It sags a bit in the middle but the mystery and hair-raising scapes are just fun

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Disciple of Las Vegas | Ian Hamilton
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Love the series and Jennifer Ikeda narration😍😁

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Bailedbailed

It just didn‘t hold my attention. The world building was great, the audiobook narrator really good but somehow the action and dialogue dragged for me. I tried twice to give it a go and now I am giving up on it.

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Has anyone read this? I am thinking of buying the audiobook because the author sounds so funny in the available sample, but I just can‘t take boring self-help treatises anymore! It is not available in my library, so I‘d have to buy it.🤔

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Time's Convert | Deborah Harkness
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The audiobook was excellent. The new narrator was not as good as Jennifer Ikeda, but then that is hard to achieve. If you are a fan of the previous trilogy by Deborah Harkness, this book is less adventure and action and more the background story of one of the secondary characters of the original work. I would not mind a couple more books in this universe, but I hope the author will eventually give us a totally fresh book in a new world.

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Wind, Sand and Stars | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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Bailedbailed

The language is if course lyrical and beautiful, but because I was expecting a travel adventure and not musings on life and the art of flying it fell flat for me. I will try again in a few months now that I know what to expect and read this as a slow introspective memoir rather than an air travel adventure

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Time's Convert | Deborah Harkness
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My Christmas audiobook. I loved the All Souls trilogy, and this is pretty good, but I Wish they had kept Jennifer Ikeda as the narrator. She is the best!

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They are all the same. It is what the serial killer says about men. The novel was sad, funny,and weird. The sister relationship is just great. Loved the ending

RaimeyGallant Can't wait to read this one! 10mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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I am afraid to start the second book of this series! The first one was so gruesome and made me consider if I would ever commit war atrocities, and I did not like the answer. Still, the cover is gorgeous. Maybe in a year or so😭

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Great finish (kind of) to the series. It finishes the story line but it leaves open possible new adventures. I am not sure how I feel about that 🤔. The story sagged a bit for me in the third book, but the fourth book really brought it home

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It seems the humans in outer space are all fromNYC👍❤️❤️❤️

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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Awesome Halloween read! The bleak portrait of NYC for its black residents is more scary than the monster👍

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Love ❤️ the snarky robot! also, I can see myself doing 35000 hrs of media consumption without the superior smarts or amazing physical ability 😒

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Bailedbailed

I could not finish it. Not only was it repetitive, but also reductionist. It started with interesting insights, but Wright is so obsessed with providing proof of the soundness of Darwinian evolutionary psychology, that midway through the book it felt that if you belched after drinking coke, the author would tell you Evolution made you do it (and it planned it before the dinosaurs went extinct)

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Lovely little book. Even the inside is pretty, with page numbers in red ink. I Don‘t know that I agree with the quote, but just like Oscar, it is interesting

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Patria | Fernando Aramburu
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Harrowing, sad and beautifully written. The story shows the true cost of terror as a political tool, both on the victims and on the perpetrators. Awesome portrait of one of the most beautiful and culturally rich parts of Spain. The mothers in the story are so real they made me think of my own even though I am Galician rather than Basque.

RaimeyGallant Sounds like a super important story. 14mo
Angeles @RaimeyGallant it is. Also sad and interesting to consider the perspective of the terrorists and their families. Also the silent mass of people in the community that just try to get by and do nothing. I believe there is an English translation but I am not sure of the English title 14mo
RaimeyGallant Thanks. :) 14mo
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I love this crazy, zany rip off of Sherlock Holmes and the narrator is just fantastic. The stories are beginning to feel repetitive but it is still great fun

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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The audio of this book is fascinating. I am mesmerized by all the different voices. I am sure if I bought the print version it would be too experimental and literary for my taste, but as an audiobook I can not stop listening 😄

Tamra I too loved the experience! 1y
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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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This book is so good especially as audiobook that my ten year old demanded to listen to it a second time. The only other book this successful with him was Coralline. The narrator is AMAZING and the author really shows what a boy thinks like. I have heard reasoning similar to Ghost‘s internal monologue from my own son when he got in trouble ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Gate Crashers | Patrick S. Tomlinson
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The dedication on this sci fi comedy is worth checking out the book. Anyone who enjoyed Carlin can‘t be too boring a writer 😄

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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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Getting out of my reading slump with a nice new fantasy read. The audio has a really nice narrator. The view from my bedroom helps as well

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Panpan

There was no unifying theme other than here is how people who are not American bury their dead. I was annoyed at how she described Spanish burials because I could tell how little she understood of WHY we deal with our dead the way she describes. The facts are accurate but she misses the forest for the trees so I can not imagine how much she misinterpreted cultures farther away from American white protestant.

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Great love letter to Mumbai and modern India. The marriage of poppy and chopra is one of the sweetest and more romantic portraits of a mature relationship I have read in a long time. The baby elephant is just great and the audiobook narrator is perfect

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Orwell on Truth | George Orwell
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It is eerie to see how many of Orwell's arguments and observations about lies, propaganda and authoritarism as well as the weak side of Western style democracy are relevant to the present moment.

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Leonardo da Vinci | Walter Isaacson
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Although Walter Isaac is great at describing the amazing creativity and genius of Leonardo, he shows no balance on the negative side of the genius. I can not judge on the art or engineering but for example Leonardo buys this poor kid he call Salai and Leonardo sleeps with Salai when the child reaches adolescence. this is portrayed in the book as Kind if okay or at least as a non issue. Leonardo was a genius but not a saint.

GingerAntics First, he didn‘t buy him. Leonardo never owned slaves. Leonardo was Salai‘s teacher. Second, 15 was adulthood back then. The concept of teenagers is only from the last 100 years or so. By 15th century standards, and even 19th century standards, Salai was old enough to consent. 6mo
Angeles I have to disagree. He might not have bought the kid for life but it was temporary slavery. The boy could not leave his Master until certain amount of time had passed and he didn't decide to go with Leonardo, he was "given" to Leonardo. About consent, there is a difference between what is legal and what is morally right. Also homosexuality was a crime at the time so Leonardo was promoting criminal behavior of a youth 6mo
Angeles Sorry about the long answer. I still think Leonardo was an unbelievable genius 6mo
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A great beginning to a trilogy set in an alternative Elizabethan England. It is interesting that all of the story has a cast of only men and a love interest who is disguised as a man for most of the story. Still I am looking forward to the rest of the series

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“ I decided I‘ll teach him. And I did” - Nannie Doss. It feels awful to find yourself laughing at witty remarks by a murderer, but that is why this book is such a guilty pleasure

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I generally don‘t go for memoirs but I loved this one.

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Leonardo da Vinci | Walter Isaacson
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Got to love New England! Listening to the new Leonardo biography and watching snow pile up on my deck. What could be better?😄

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Provenance | Ann Leckie
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The audio book was great, I loved the narrator. The story was more on the line of the long way to a small angry planet than on the Ancillary trilogy, although the book takes place in the same universe. If you want a powerful space opera you will be disappointed in this book, but as a stand alone it is great fun and excellent writing.

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Mehso-so

I really like the narrator and the mystery is interesting. I especially like how the city of Edinburgh becomes almost a character in the story. However I think the constant explaining in the book of how Victorian mores oppressed women became tedious toward the end. I don‘t appreciate preaching in my fiction even when I agree with the author

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Minecraft: Blockopedia | Inc. Scholastic, Alex Wiltshire
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My kid (ten years old)is home sick, so to pass the time, he wants to share a review of one of his favorite books:
“This book is very helpful to play Minecraft and it teaches you about every single block from air blocks to end stone. This will help you wether you are a lazy creative dude or a into it survival dude”