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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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Pickpick

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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Panpan

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. 1mo
Angeles @RamsFan1963 That is true. It could have been a great book 1mo
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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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Pickpick

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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Pickpick

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

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Love Michael Dirda! His essays are just great, and he is really getting me to give Conan Doyle‘s short stories and other non Sherlock books a second look.😀

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The Long Fall | Walter Mosley
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I am already on the third book of this series. Generally I don‘t like hard boiled detectives but this series protagonist has a family and kids and is so interesting I don‘t mind the murders

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Pickpick

I usually don‘t like short story books but this set of horror/fantasy stories based on the PI adventures of one really rough werewolf with,of course, a heart of gold were lots of fun. Especially because the narrator sounded just right for a down and under ex-cop with anger issues

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The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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Here is my book loot from the “library of baby brother “ it is great to get free books and know if I don‘t return them he STILL has to talk to me!😄

Scochrane26 My family and I borrow books from each other, too. 7mo
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Pickpick

I thought the novel was fun and compelling but too long in places. I used an audiobook together with the paperback and that made the comic part of the story pop. The contrast of the brave and adventurous uncle and the whining pusillanimous nephew who tells us the story is great fun. Of couse, knowing Jules verne was French, you understand why the uncle is German and the nephew English

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The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
Mehso-so

It was only OK. A sweet contemporary romance it starts really great with a fun premise but midway through it drags. Also, it is hard to pull charmingly the old trope of scrappy nice country person (in this case old lady) comes to the big city and teaches those lost, clueless city people how to re-connect and be friends.

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Blue Moon Rising | Simon R. Green
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Bailedbailed

The audiobook was not to my taste. The narrator‘s rhythm felt off and made the story drag. I believe the ebook would have been enjoyable but my library did not have it available.

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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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Obviously, there is no point to "reviewing" letters to a young poet: it is a masterpiece. However, this new edition by liveright publishing includes the letters Rilke is answering! It is wonderful to get the other side of the conversation, and I have never seen the English translation of those letters before. So if you can afford another book, definitely buy this edition.

Buechersuechtling 🥰 Now I want to read that book. Thank you for this wonderful post. 9mo
SpaceCowboyBooks Love this book 9mo
Nute Agreed! A masterpiece! 9mo
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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Here is today's book pile from visiting my lical indy. Somehow I can't do fiction this weekend

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The best audiobook yet this year!! I am not sure where the story is going, but this is so good I Just don‘t care.

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Intriguing non-fiction I got from the library.

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Next mystery read😀

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The Angel of the Crows | KATHERINE. ADDISON
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Awesome! The narrator is great, and the world building is imaginative and fun.The only complaint is that the mysteries are mostly a rewrite of the original more famous stories. If you don‘t mind that, you get to enjoy the story with a Sherlock that is charming and lovable and weird, unlike the jackass genius Sherlocks so popular in newer adaptations for film, tv and print. Also, a Watson that is smart and competent, not a slow-witted fool

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Great, and sad history, not only about when books and library burning have happened, but more important: Why.
I especially found enlightening the story about the burning of the library of Sarajevo, which I had not heard of. My criticism, the author spends a lot of time in talking about authors destroying their private letters/journals before dying. I believe authors don't owe us their private thoughts, and that is not burning books.

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Mehso-so

If it wasn't for the excellent writing this would be a pan for me. The prose is great, but you don't get the feeling that Addie is ever truly a part of the eighteen century; she is a modern woman stuck in the past and doesn't change in 300 years. Also, the supposed love interest in present day NY is... boring and whiny. I would personally go with the evil, cruel, ancient God: at least he would not be terrifyingly boring.

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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Horrific, bizarre and really creepy and cool. I might have to re-read it to get all of the bizarre details. I love all of the folklore and how the author mixes horror and fantasy with the true and awful history of the birth of a nation and the clan in the twenties and thirties.

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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Jeff Davis, Bobby Lee, Stonewall Jackson- all in league with worse than the devil.

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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Starting a cool new read. It begins with 3 wise cracking friends in a stake out, and involves guns and taking out the kKK. I think I am going to like this.

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The Book of the City of Ladies | Christine De Pizan
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Bailedbailed

I made the mistake of buying the audiobook. The narrator is great but reading out loud just makes the repetitive arguments more tiresome. It is a great historical document but between treating mythological female characters as real women and some of the preachy tone I could not finish. It is a important book and if you want to study it buy the text, not the audiobook

LiteraryinLawrence I read this in college. Blast from the past! 12mo
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Mehso-so

Fun audiobook with the continued cosy mysteries In the town of spellbound. Fun, low stakes crime solving with a wacky cast of characters (there is a vampire ghost, for example). The love interest in the series is beginning to feel a bit tiresome so that is why it is not a pick for me but the rest of the story is still great fun

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Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
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I hate that the story doesn‘t really end and I think the protagonist is too snarky and smart about strategy and alliances to be realistically a young teenager but she is so funny and entertaining I don‘t really care. You spend the whole time in her head and that can be boring or annoying pretty quickly so I am impressed! The picture is just the view from my window. I love the snow and fallen leaves 🍁

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Relaxation time! Philip Pullman and a warm bath. I can feel my stress just melting away😎

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I am back to reading Naomi Novik. I loved her dragon Temeraire series but was not a fan of her two fantasy/fairy tale inspired books. This, however, is great so far. Excellent Halloween book 🎃

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Book of Life | Dylan Meconis
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I got the queen of the sea at my favorite Indy, an unlikely story. It is Great!! Loved the art, and the story is so touching and wonderful. It is a great graphic novel, just beware the ending is not conclusive because there is a second part of the story coming.

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A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t finish this. The narrator is great, the theme of Olympian Gods appeals to me, but I found the heroine so clueless and self centered that I could not bring myself to care about how the story ends. Also, I think It strange that Hades would be interested in someone so immature. You would think the God of the dead could do much better!

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Bailedbailed

It took too long in my opinion for the book to get to the actual action at sea. The back stories of the protagonists made them mostly annoying, so I was hoping all of them in the second ship also got eaten by mermaids.

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I got this book recommended in one of the bookish podcasts I listen to and it sent me to get the classic the author is riffing on: the book of the city of ladies. It is always great when you discover a ”new” classic from a contemporary author. Now I have two new audiobooks to enjoy 😊

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Imbciles annimos | Jos Mariano Leyva
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Mehso-so

Sidi (sorry, it is not on the list) is the new historical novel by Arturo Pérez Reverte. I don't think its out in English yet. It started excellent and exciting but flags in the middle and is left in a sort of cliffhanger. Not up to the usual standard

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The Order of the Day | ric Vuillard
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The cynic in me is not surprised by the contents of this book. "Follow the money" is always excellent advise for the skeptical observer of politics. Still, this is the most upsetting expose I've read in a long time. Smart, well written and depresing. It made me despair of humanity. This is not a book about Germany and world war II, but about all of us in Europe and really, in the world. It is not only about the past, that is what makes it scary.

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Horrifying book, but pretty funny. It could be a bit lower in the snark and I would have enjoyed it far more but the audiobook is enjoyable.

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The Book of Life | Deborah Harkness
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I am in a reading slump! Re-listening to my favorite trilogy ever😀. I love Jennifer ikeda‘s voice. There is something soothing and warm about her voice that gives me comfort.

Scochrane26 I‘m reading the physical book right now. First time I‘ve read the trilogy & love it. I need to watch the tv series. 1y
Angeles @Scochrane26 If you can borrow the audiobook free from your library I recommend you try listening as well. I got the physical book as well but I love the audio. I don‘t want to watch the Tv show because I fear I have a picture in my mind of what Diana looks like and a real life actress just can‘t compete. Enjoy! The first reading is the best! 1y
Scochrane26 @Angeles I will keep the audio in mind when I want to reread them. I understand about the show, but I mainly want to watch because I like the lead actor. 1y
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Tyll | Daniel Kehlmann
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This was an excellent audiobook. The narrator was very good and with an adorable German accent. The novel is more magic realism than historical fiction. The one criticism one can level is that the protagonist Tyll, does not change throughout the story. It reminds one of Tom Swayer in that regard, some people don‘t like that type of story because there is no “character growth “ so it is something to know before you start reading 😀