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Arkrayder

Arkrayder

Joined August 2016

Irish 🇮🇪🇪🇺🌍 - Bookworm 🐛📚- The Beatles 🎸 Music Lover - Tea drinker 🫖 - Font admirer - Graphic Designer - From Wicklow.
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I read this book to my nine year old daughter and she loved it and I must admit I liked it too. I was surprised with the ending and poor sap that I am found it sad. It brought up memories of my dad and how much I miss him.

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I wonder what The Hobbit would have been like if J.R.R. Tolkien had written it in the same style as The Lord of the Rings? 🤔🧐

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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown

A rainy night and a book. A perfect night in SoCal. 💧☔️🌧️🌂 Hope we have many more nights like this.

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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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One of my favorite quotes from LOTR.

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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien

Have a hankering to read this again. 🧙🏻‍♂️👑

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The Dead Alive | Wilkie COLLINS
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A quick read. I need to read more Wilkie Collins though. 📖

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Mehso-so

Needs editing.

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This was a fun read. It covered the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II paranormal entities but it also had ghosts from the Real Ghostbusters series as well, which I thought was neat.

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Mehso-so

Another “ghost” book which would benefit from tighter editing. I think serial killers of Southern California would be a more appropriate title as it seems mostly concerned with murder than the supernatural. I can only describe the book narrative as disjointed. It feels like walking in on the authors conversation with someone else as some details just appear out of nowhere with no link to what has been written previously.

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Dark Emerald Tales | Ann Massey O'Regan
Mehso-so

Could do with more editing.

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1984 | George Orwell
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I have finally read 1984! I don't know why I didn't read it a long time ago. The ending felt like a bit of a downer but having thought about it I see it as hopeful. Saying why I believe this book to be at its heart a book about hope would ruin the ending for those who have not read it. Do yourself a favor and read 1984. Hopefully you wont be disappointed.

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Fevered Star | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This was an overall enjoyable book. It feels like a build up to the last book in the series. Although the first one also felt like a build up too. The battle at the end of the book between the Crow God Reborn and the Sun Priest felt lacklustre to me. It started and was over. Here's hoping the last book in the trilogy lives up to the showdown the first and second book are hinting at.

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Interesting read. A fantasy tale based on the Maya and Aztecs. I don‘t know of any other fantasy story‘s based on those two cultures. The characters are fairly fleshed out and the story builds to a climactic ending and delivers that ending. I hope the series continues to be worth reading.

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I highly recommend this book about John “Lucky” Luckadoo an American Air Force pilot who flew 25 missions in a B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II. The book describes in detail Lucky‘s experiences throughout his time in war. The writing style makes it feel as if the reader is part of the crew, flying along side those who fought against one of the worst inhuman mad men in history.

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I don‘t know much about FDR. It was a good read and I didn‘t feel it lagged anywhere. The book mostly centers around FDRs ambassadors to Germany, Britain, France and Italy and relates their experiences in each of those countries during the build up to World War II. Starting with America‘s isolationist policy to the war up to Pearl Harbor and FDRs sudden death. Very informative and well written.

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Another great history read. I seem to be reading a lot of American history recently. If you you would like to glimpse a little of the circumstances of Benedict Arnolds decision to turn traitor, then this is a good book to read. It vividly paints a picture of what was one of the revolutionary wars most important battles. If not the most important. The Battle of Lake Champlain. The snubbing of Arnold by Congress after this battle is dumbfounding.

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This was a fantastic book. I feel I‘ve learned a lot from reading this. I had heard the name Danial Boone before from movies, etc. but this really introduced me to a historical figure I‘m surprised I didn‘t know more about. Boone didn‘t have an easy life. It just mystifies me how brutal man can be to man. Very well written.

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Great reading through this. Really brought me back to my childhood.

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This was a suspenseful story and had me guessing about how it would turn out from the start. When I thought the story was going in one direction it turned right around and went in another and didn‘t relent right up to the end. A good entertaining read.

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Mehso-so

This was an interesting and brief book. It give a description of natures way of dealing with problems and evolving new ways to cope with adversity in unique ways compared with the human tendency to being efficient and choosing totally unsuitable remedies to problems. The brevity of the book is nice but topics tend to be less in-depth and hard to keep track of.

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This was an interesting idea. Each story is based on archaeological evidence of Paleolithic and Neolithic times. Starting with a chance meeting of human and Neanderthal and ending with the rise and fall of Ur. A lot of the descriptions in this book bare a resemblance to current life and some are alien to customs and practices of today, but it is fascinating to read how cities and religions may have started and how they became so important to us.

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A terrific book which brings together China‘s history in one book. I knew very little about China when I started reading. I am impressed with how far advanced they were to the rest of the world. I especially identify with the Chinese view that family and striving to be morally good.

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Mehso-so

I had never heard anything about Athens, Tennessee. Not surprising, since I am from Ireland. But there‘s a good tale here and possibly should be know by more people. I found parts of the book confusing in the way the story was laid out but over all it was an enjoyable read and a fascinating piece of history

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War: How Conflict Shaped Us | Margaret MacMillan
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This was well written and researched. It had some information that I had not heard of before, but it tended to wander from one topic to the next and felt disjointed. Each topic could have been a book in itself. If you‘re interested in war it‘s a book you should read.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book for the most part. There were a few stories that weren‘t my cup of tea and a couple of clunkers. I felt that each story was just the right length for its content. Worth reading, even if you‘re not a sci-fi fan.

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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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Fatal Enquiry | Will Thomas
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Another fun read.

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The Loop | Jeremy Robert Johnson
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This is a great read. It starts slowly but around page 100 it kicks into high gear and really sucks the reader in. The descriptions of violence and horror are a little detailed but where the book shines is it‘s character interactions and I found the ending staying with me after I set the book down. A highly entertaining read.

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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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Inspired by a line from Algernon Blackwood‘s The Willows. It‘s a fairly fast paced book and keeps the readers attention glued to the page, to find out what happens next to the two characters Kara and Simon. To say who or what the antagonist is in this book, would I think, take away from Kara‘s and the readers slow realization of what is happening. Suffice it to say that it is a different horror here. And the story really works well because of it.

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Dracula's Child | J.S. Barnes
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I liked the way the author wrote this book in the same style as the original and didn‘t try to add “modern” tones to the narrative. There are no new fangled, high tech ways to trying to defeat the Count here. Speaking of the Count I wish there had been more of an appearance of him in the story. He‘s more in the background in this novel. But all in all an enjoyable read.

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Gump & Co. | Winston Groom
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Another book for the 372 Pages We‘ll Never Get Back podcast. Extremely weak story. Sequel book to the original Forrest Gump. Just trying to cash in on the movie success. Banal and unfunny. If you haven‘t read it I would advise not to.

HatefulGrablin Oh no, I just bought that book! Guess I'll at least have to try it 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Arkrayder @HatefulGrablin I‘m probably just in a weird mood. I hope you enjoy it. 10mo
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Dracula's Child | J.S. Barnes

A good start to the book so far. Feels like a true continuation to the original. 🧛🤔🧄

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Panpan

Very racist and dry. Wasn‘t as interesting as I thought.

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Machine (White Space, #2) | Elizabeth Bear
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I liked this book. I haven‘t read this author before and I was pleasantly surprised by how the novel kept my interest. It is an entertaining read.

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Seems interesting. 🤔

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A quick, fun read. 🇮🇪🤣🙂

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I love this line. 😀

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Mr. Spaceship | Philip K. Dick
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Mehso-so

Interesting idea. I like Philip K. Dick books. 🚀🧠🤔🪐🧐

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There were a few stories in this that I enjoyed and for these I am grateful that I read the book. The author writes well and keeps the readers interest. What let the book down for me dealt with child abuse and while I am aware the world unfortunately has these horrific acts happening in it, I have an extremely hard time reading about them. Scenes in which this occurs can be overly detailed, going more for shock value. Other than that a good read.

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This was an okay book. The main thing it has going for it is it‘s foreshadowing of the sinking of the Titanic. It was a little eerie some of the similarities of events in the story and real life. 🚢🌊🥶

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The House of the Vampire | George Sylvester Viereck
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This was an okay story. The “vampire” of the tale is certainly unique. All I will say is he is not the blood sucking kind and thankfully not the Edward Cullen kind either. A major mark against this author is his nazism which I didn‘t learn of until after reading this on the Serial app.

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Very interesting book. I‘m glad I found it on the serial app.

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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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Happy International Women‘s Day!!! 👋🏻🙂

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This was an interesting read. I wish each object was presented a little bit more in depth. Overall it whet my appetite to find out more about each subject. I think it would be a good introduction for anyone wishing to learn about our journey to the stars. 🙂🚀🛸🔬

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Finding Camlann | Sean Pidgeon
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This book was slow going. The academic hunt for King Arthur was for me what kept me reading. The remainder, not so much. The ending was lackluster and disappointing for me. In my opinion the characters are one dimensional and their backstory just doesn‘t sit well with the search for Arthur. It‘s like the author was trying to mimic the love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, but it just seems to be a hot mess and doesn‘t add anything.

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The Dead | James Joyce
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First James Joyce book I‘ve ever read. Wasn‘t what I was expecting. Really liked the style of writing.