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BillBlume

BillBlume

Joined October 2016

Author of the young adult "Gidion Keep, Vampire Hunter" series www.billblume.net
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The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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The Order of Time | Carlo Rovelli
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I love this quote from Carlo Rovelli‘s The Order of Time, because it shows that the scientific pursuit of knowledge isn‘t dispassionate. The search for the answers that explain our universe is driven and defined by the emotions that make us human.

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The Order of Time | Carlo Rovelli
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Started The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli a couple days ago, and it‘s really blowing my mind. In a weird bit of chance, my holds for the ebook and audiobook came in at the same time, so I‘m doing both. I‘m essentially going through this entire book in both formats to help me better absorb the information. I‘d recommend the print book/ebook over the audiobook, even though Benedict Cumberbatch does an excellent job reading the material.

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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. Meyer does a nice job writing Nova‘s inner conflict as she infiltrates the Renegades. Perhaps my only real gripe is when the Renegades do police work. The most glaring example is the library stakeout. Detonator enters the library, and Sketch decides they can arrest her, even though all she‘s done is breath in the same air as their suspect. It‘s as absurd as an episode of “Hawaii Five-O.”

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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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In an interesting coincidence, I‘ve followed up one audiobook with another that both have the same reader. Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job with Seafire, and she does so again here with Renegades. Only, this time, she‘s sharing reading duties with Dan Bittner. He has a superhero type voice which is perfect for this, but he doesn‘t do well with the female voices. I‘m becoming less of a fan with audiobooks that change the reader based on the POV.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Gideon speaks what I‘ve been thinking for a while now. It‘s only taken her 144 pages/almost a third of the book to catch up to me.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I‘m struggling my way through Gideon the Ninth. I‘m a hundred pages into this book, and all this book has done is spin its wheels. A plot—even a hint of a plot—would be nice. If it doesn‘t pick up soon, this might turn into a DNF for me. Honestly, I really want to like this book, but so far, I‘m baffled by the buzz for it.

Owlizabeth I was in the same boat but now it‘s flying. Stick with it! 3w
BillBlume @Owlizabeth thanks. Hanging in there for now. I hesitate to say it seems to be picking up, because so many times, it‘s given me that false impression. 3w
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The ebook for The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is just $1.99 right now. I LOVE this book. It‘s brilliant for the lovers of the original Frankenstein and for anyone who wants a clever calloutb of blatant misogyny run amok. #bookdeal

Clwojick This was SOOOOO good on audio! 3w
BillBlume @Clwojick yes! That‘s how I did this book. Such a good reader. 3w
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Seafire | Natalie C. Parker
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I spent this past week working doubles at work, but I was so hooked by Natalie C. Parker‘s SEAFIRE that I managed to finish it. This YA about an all-girl crew evading pirates and hunting for their lost loved ones is exciting from beginning to end. I loved it, and I‘m looking forward to reading the second book. Also a rare case where a book that has two covers that I like both of them. #Seafire #NatalieCParker #audiobook

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So, I‘ve been querying agents for a long time now with one of my unpublished projects, and yesterday, an agent asked for me to send the full manuscript. I‘m honestly freaking out, because that‘s the last hurdle in the querying process. I‘ve no idea how long it might take the agent to read it and get back to me with an offer of representation or a rejection. The waiting is awful. 🤞 #AmWriting #AmQuerying #FreakingOut

JoScho That‘s awesome! Keeping my fingers crossed 🤞 1mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Congratulations and good luck! I‘m sending you some positive vibes 💞 1mo
BillBlume @JoScho @Clwojick Thanks! Will take all the positive vibes I can get. 1mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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After the first three chapters, I was starting to worry a bit. I didn‘t really get a sense of where the story was going, but after finishing chapter four, I‘m locked in. Gideon reads like a Deadpool in an epic fantasy, and for now, it‘s working for me. I‘m a bit unsettled by Tamsyn Muir‘s love affair with adverbs (my inner editor is twitching), but even I have to concede it fits Gideon‘s voice. #GideonTheNinth #TamsynMuir #fantasy

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Seafire | Natalie C. Parker
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Since my previous audiobook ended up being a bust, I was nervous how my next choice would turn out. I don‘t remember what prompted me to put the Seafire audiobook on my holds list, but I‘m glad I did. I‘m enjoying this book a lot. Natalie C. Parker has written an action-packed nail-biter of a book. Rebecca Soler also does a great job reading it. I‘ve no doubt I‘m gonna plow through this one. #audiobook #Seafire #NatalieCParker

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Diving right into this one. #GideonTheNinth #TamsynMuir

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Well, well, well... Look what just popped into my email. To my kindle I go! #LibraryBook #GideonTheNinth #TamsynMuir

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Bailedbailed

75% through this book, and I‘m bailing on it. The characters just keeping pissing me off by doing the dumbest things. We‘re talking out-of-character things. It‘s all the more frustrating because I love the diversity. I also like the setting, the backstories, and Pool‘s writing style. I just can‘t with these characters.

My full review (with gifs): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2791333907?

#TWCAD #KatyRosePool #fantasy

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I‘m 3/4 of the way through this book, & I‘m close to bailing. All the guys in this book are idiots. Jude‘s decision to throw his lot into Anton‘s card game to bail on his duties as Keeper and chase Hector makes no sense whatsoever. 🙄 This is clearly plot moving character, and if it‘s not, then Jude deserves to be a failure. This is the advantage to audiobooks, because I can roll my eyes repeatedly without losing pace.

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Been listening to this on audiobook. The buzz has been deafening for TWCAD, but while I‘m more than halfway through it, it isn‘t lighting my fire. Technically, it does all it should & does it well. I think I‘m just burned out on traditional, epic fantasy. I‘d enjoy the book more if it focused more on Ephyra & Anton. Jude constantly giving Hector a pass because he‘s crushing on him is getting real old and makes it difficult to like either of them.

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Immunity | Erin Bowman
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1. I‘m reading IMMUNITY by Erin Bowman and listening to THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS by Katy Rose Pool
2. My most recent book purchase is ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy. Got it 50% off, so couldn‘t resist.
3. 🌥 Hi: 86

#WeekendReads

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The Beckoning Shadow | Katharyn Blair
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I enjoyed Katharyn Blair‘s debut a lot. Vesper felt like a great protagonist, and her progression as a fighter and as a person felt well-handled to me. There were a couple plot points that bothered me. Among them was a message left on Sam‘s wall to him that only an oddity could read, and he‘s not an oddity. This is a series, so hopefully that will get explained in a later book. I‘d give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2. #UrbanFantasy #YA #KatharynBlair

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🛏 Sphere by Michael Crichton
🛏 Sleepwalkers
🛏 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

#ManicMonday

JoScho Thanks for playing 💙 1mo
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It‘s true. #AmWriting

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1. Jim Butcher‘s PROVEN GUILTY pissed me off by sexualizing a teen girl for Harry Dresden to fantasize about. I abandoned the series because of this book.
2. Ummmm... I got nothing here.
3. Bacon
4. Eastern U.S.
5. Yellow Shadow (from THE BECKONING SHADOW by Katharyn Blair)

#friyayintro

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The last issue in this collection is the best, which serves as a eulogy for Clayface. James Tynion IV does a great job with all of these characters, and that he made a B-level villain from Batman‘s many foes into a hero readers care about was an excellent achievement. Tynion‘s love & deep understanding of Batman and his extended family is obvious, but it‘s tough to give each character a chance to shine in comic books, because of the limited space.

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Loving this volume of James Tynion IV‘s run on “Detective Comics.” Especially love getting to see Tim Drake in action against a future, Batman version of himself. #comicbook #graphicnovel #TimDrake #RedRobin #Batman

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The Beckoning Shadow | Katharyn Blair
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Wicket is keeping me and Sheri company as we read in bed tonight, but what he really wants is for us to turn off the lights and go to sleep. #DogsOfLitsy

MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻 2mo
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The Beckoning Shadow | Katharyn Blair
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This gave me a good chuckle and certainly sets the tone for this book and the mess Vesper has landed in with these San Francisco oddities. #YA #youngadult #urbanfantasy

LibrarianRyan I now must read that book. 2mo
BillBlume @LibrarianRyan I‘m really enjoying it, so far. I hope the rest of the ride will prove as entertaining. 🤞 2mo
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The Beckoning Shadow | Katharyn Blair
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So last night, I started reading The Beckoning Shadow, and in the mail today was a postcard signed by the author thanking me for having preordered her book. Freaky! #Preorder #YA #youngadult #KatharynBlair

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The Beckoning Shadow | Katharyn Blair
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I‘ve been struggling with a book hangover after finishing Wilder Girls, and I think I‘ve finally found the cure in Katharyn Blair‘s The Beckoning Shadow. Had this on my shelf for a while, and last night, it finally forced its way into my hands. Got up to chapter four last night, and I‘m digging it so far. 👍

#YA #KatharynBlair #youngadult #YAFantasy

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I recently decided to catch up on James Tynion IV‘s run on Detective Comics, because I had to stop collecting issues for too long (comics ain‘t cheap!). This was fun, even if Tim Drake wasn‘t really a player in the storylines running from issues 950-962. #Batman #comicbooks #graphicnovels

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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I loved this book. It‘s bizarre and crazy in so many excellent ways. It‘s not just the fantastic and horrifying elements either. The relationships between all the girls and Ms. Welch and the headmistress hold a lot of layers. Especially if you look at this book in terms of how society treats teenage girls and young women, this book seems to hold so much just beneath the surface. #youngadult #RoryPower

Meaw_catlady Great review! 👏👏👏 so many layers 2mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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I‘m a little more than halfway through Wilder Girls, and it keeps getting weirder and more twisted...especially the parts from Byatt‘s point-of-view. We‘re at “bag-full-of-rabid-cats” levels of crazy now. #WTF #ThisGirlIsTrouble #YA #RoryPower

Meaw_catlady Just finished it ... so twisted . I‘m guessing there will be a sequel 2mo
BillBlume @Meaw_catlady I just heard from a friend that the author has insisted there won‘t be a sequel! 🙀🙀🙀 2mo
Meaw_catlady Ahhh!! Okay I‘m fine but also I wanted to see what happened ! 2mo
BillBlume @Meaw_catlady I‘ve got a third of the book left. We‘ll have to chat about this one! 2mo
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Once & Future | Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta
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Once & Future has been on my radar for a while. When I saw B&N has it on sale for 50% off, that was too good to resist. #booksale #bookhaul #YA

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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The first act of this book has been great. The story reads like a cross between The Lord of the Flies and Jeff VanderMeer‘s Annihilation. I‘m really enjoying it a lot. Been too long since reading a book in print only, instead of as an audiobook, has hooked me this much. #YA #RoryPower #WilderGirls #scifi

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Started Rory Power‘s Wilder Girls while hanging out with Wicket. Been continuing it at work. I‘m halfway through chapter two. This book is some bat-shit crazy mess (the good kind, so far). Seriously, this book is truly wild. #WilderGirls #RoryPower #YA #DogsOfLitsy

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‪Finished reading The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu) earlier this week. Think I‘ll be processing it for years. What a brain-bender. #scifi

CaroPi I listen that is pretty good but a bit too scientific for some. Do you think is difficult for those of us that normally don't read much Sci Fi? 2mo
BillBlume @CaroPi I‘m not sure how to answer that, because I fall somewhere in the middle. I read more fantasy than sci-fi. Personally, I found the book explained things in very relatable terms. Even if the science portion of the explanation didn‘t make sense, I felt I at least understood the consequences, which I found more important to know. 2mo
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I‘ve had my copy of Cixin Liu‘s Three-Body Problem for years. This translation by Ken Liu is quite the brain bender. Some of the best sci-fi makes us see our world in ways we never imagined, and that is exactly what this book does. I‘m not even halfway through it, but it has twisted my head in the most amazing ways. Left: Ken Liu, Right: Cixin Liu. #scifi

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I enjoyed Mary Fan‘s STaBD a lot. The setting is a fun mishmash of genre, so that exploring it was familiar but always fun. Anlei makes for a great main character. Mary Fan builds in a lot of good twists, some great action sequences. She also does an excellent job adding layers to her characters. I found Tai annoying, but he‘s kind of supposed to be annoying. I enjoyed the complexity to his character, though. #audiobook #MaryFan #YAFantasy

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Blackbird | Sam Humphries
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This is the rare graphic novel that snagged my attention almost entirely because of the art. Jen Bartel‘s artwork here is amazing, and I can‘t remember the last time a colorist earned my praise, but Triona Farrell‘s color scheme for this series really elevates it. The writing is okay for me. There‘s so much that isn‘t revealed within these six issues, and until the story sticks the landing in the later reveals, it won‘t have proven itself to me.

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Immune | David Kazzie
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Reading the first novella in David Kazzie‘s “Immune” series has turned out to be a welcome surprise in my reading. While the apocalypse of choice right now seems to be Chuck Wendig‘s WANDERERS, this has managed really catch my attention. I regret waiting this long to read it. David has impressed me with his writing in this story.

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To my Northern Virginia friends: One More Pages Books is an amazing indie bookstore. Go tonight and fight to keep it going. #NoVA

https://www.arlnow.com/2019/08/01/one-more-page-books-holding-auction-to-cover-r...

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Immune | David Kazzie
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Just started the first part of David Kazzie‘s end-of-the-world tale, and I‘m so relieved to say that I‘m enjoying it. I say “relieved,” because David is a friend of mine. There are few things as terrifying for a writer as reading his friend‘s writing for the first time. This particular line cracked me up. #bookquote #TheImmune #DavidKazzie #dogsoflitsy

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God as my witness, Sheri spoke these words this morning. 💙💙💙

CaroPi My boyfriend is not a reader but he dreams of me having a huge library in the bedroom.. That is why I am in love 3mo
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Been listening to Mary Fan‘s book Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon while walking Wicket in the park this week, and I‘ve been loving it. It‘s got a kickass protagonist with a sword, flying mechanical dragons, deadly shadows/ghosts(?) and cyborgs. I‘m going to be profoundly sad once I‘ve finished this story while waiting for the next. #YA #fantasy #steampunk #MaryFan #DogsOfLitsy

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I‘m participating in #SFFpit over on Twitter today in hopes of getting an agent. Promoting two manuscripts I‘ve written. RTs to boost the signal of my tweets would be most appreciated. I love to write, but anything to improve my chances of pulling in more money from it for my family would be wonderful. 🤞 Thanks, and if you already follow me on Twitter at “BillTheWildcat,” I apologize for my many tweets of self promotion today.

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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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This YA heist falls into that land of “I liked it, but I didn‘t love it.” While it‘s an ensemble cast, the main character is clearly Séverin. That‘s unfortunate for me, because I found him completely unlikable. I also never really found him a believable character. Most of the rest of the cast is a lot of fun, and I‘d gladly follow their stories, but I‘m not interested in suffering through Séverin‘s story for it.

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Non-reading stuff here. My wife Sheri found a recipe for chicken biryani. It was spicy, but such a good burn! Think this one is a keeper. #dinnertime

DGRachel It looks divine! 3mo
Redwritinghood I love chicken biryani. That looks delicious! 3mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Really like this line from Six of Crows. I think it sums up a lot of the emotional conflict of the book. #bookquote #SixOfCrows #LeighBardugo

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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The deeper I get into Six of Crows, the less realistic Kaz Brekker feels to me as a character. The best character of the batch (and the one that feels the most like a teenager) is Inej. Kaz reads more like he‘s thirty, at the youngest; that he‘s supposed to be seventeen isn‘t working for me at all.

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Go the Fuck to Sleep | Adam Mansbach
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“I wish my parents would turn off the lights and phones already.” #bedtime #WicketsWorld #DogsOfLitsy

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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So, I‘m still working through Six of Crows, and while there‘s a lot to like about it, I‘m constantly distracted by its classification in YA. I don‘t think this is a YA book, and I‘m curious to hear from both sides of the argument.

What‘s your vote? YA or not YA?

JSW The characters are young adults, but the story was not. 4mo
Shley9225 Meh I read this as a teen expecting it to be YA and had no problems with it. Nothing shocked me or stood out. I think it fits the upper end of this category just fine. 4mo
Ddzmini Definitely yes 📖😋😍 4mo
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It | Stephen King
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I will never understand why editors don‘t take the red pen to Stephen King. BEEP BEEP, STEPHEN! Seriously, the concept and structure of the book is brilliant. It‘s the only reason I‘m not panning it. The most insane part is the pre-teen orgy, though.

😳😳😳😳😳😳😳WTF?!?😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

I mean...DAMN. Really? Why do so many give this book a pass, despite that? Bev is a giant, grocery list of unforgivable female character tropes.

Kimberlone Agreed about the kid orgy, I‘m glad the movie chose to edit that part. I also think the book is way overly long, but I still liked it overall. 4mo
BillBlume @Kimberlone I checked with a website for the word count: 445,134 words. His only work that‘s longer is the uncut edition of The Stand at 471,485 words. 4mo
Kimberlone @BillBlume I read the book 2 years ago and then recently listened to the audiobook with my boyfriend and it clocked in at 45 hours!!! 4mo
BillBlume @Kimberlone holy crap! No wonder I had to borrow it a second time to finish it. 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I hated that part of book too. 4mo
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