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BookwormM

Joined February 2017

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Journey to the West by Cheng'en Wu, William John Francis Jenner
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The Magician | Colm Toibin
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#Netgalley #ARC #TheMagician

This book has made me want to read every Mann book that has been translated to English.

Beyond knowing that Mann was a German writer with a selection of books on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list I knew nothing about him, this book has changed that.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2021/12/08/the-magician-by-colm-toibin/

AmyG I am halfway through this book and YES....I want to read his books now, too. I won this on Instagram amd I also knew nothing of his work...just k ew of him. So far this is a wonderful book. 4d
Simona I really, really liked this book❣️ 3d
Liz_M I read the tagged book during pre-vaccine pandemic and was enthralled. And also desperate to experience a quarantine/convalescence that included gorgeous scenery, socializing, lavish and frequent meals, and advanced lounge chairs. 😂 😂 😂 3d
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Assuming my pre surgery PCR test is negative 🤞I will be having eye surgery on Monday.

December is going to be a month of audio books and reduce screen time as I am meant to avoid screens while recovering.

Hopefully all will go well and I will be back with you all shortly.

Andrew65 Good luck 👍 5d
rockpools Hope it all goes well, M, and 🤞for the pre-op tests. It‘ll be good to get it done before the end of the year 💐 5d
squirrelbrain Hope it all goes well - sending positive vibes. 5d
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TrishB Good luck 👍🏻 hope all goes well. 5d
Currey Good luck Book 5d
Chili Good luck! I hope all goes well. 🌺🌸 5d
EvieBee Hugs! 5d
MaureenMc Best of luck! 💗🙏💗 5d
ozma.of.oz Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery! 5d
CarolynM Hope it goes well 💐 5d
Simona Good luck with surgery and recovery ❤️‍🩹 5d
Simona Thinking of you 🤞 3d
Veebee Wish you a speedy recovery 💐 3d
TorieStorieS Hope that all is going well and that you are feeling better fast!!❤️ 1d
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Earthly Powers | Anthony Burgess
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Malta

I will be going with the tagged chunkster for this months read.

I could not find a book by a Maltese author so I have settled for a book set in Malta based on the author‘s experience there. After reading A Clockwork Orange years ago I am intrigued to see where this book goes.

rockpools I haven‘t found a book for Malta yet! And I haven‘t reviewed my Brunei 🇧🇳 book- but I enjoyed it 😊 🐍 5d
Currey Going with Kappillan of Malta which is a “meandering” historical novel set during WWII….I don‘t particularly enjoy war stories and I am a bit too crazed at this time of year for “meandering” but it was the only book I could find that took place in Malta and it has some good reviews on GR. #Readaroundtheworld (edited) 5d
Simona My pick for #Malta is Jutta Heim by Immanuel Mifsud, but the book isn‘t in the Litsy database. 5d
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Zorba the Greek | Nikos Kazantzakis, Carl Wildman
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#Reading1001

The further into this book the more I lost the will to read on the last 10 pages took forever.

Father Jack (for those in the UK) sums this up best “drink, drink, girls, drink!”

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#Reading1001

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. At over 1000 pages I was thinking this was going to be a look at minute details of Tom‘s life, instead we have 18 books which begin with a discourse about the nature of fiction writing and what is good & bad.

The main story about Tom I would classify as a romance. Many years are skipped over until we get to Tom‘s womanising and his love affair.

Later life is summed up in a few words.

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Last Orders | Graham Swift
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#Booker1996 winner

I can see why this won. Really enjoyed this almost simplistic tale of family, friendship and grief.

This starts out as a road trip to scatter a mates ashes as per his last request it starts out fairly light hearted and then as the story progresses we see the history between these men the good, the bad and the ugly.

These characters really stole my heart luckily I kept my cash close.

Honemade plaice and chips

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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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#Audio

The narrator sounded just like Hilary Clinton which was probably a deliberate decision however it gave the book the air of an extended rant against anyone who had offended her when she was in office. Added to this was the fact that the other characters were thinly disguised caricatures of world leaders somewhat spoilt the book for me.

The story itself was OK but it felt waaay longer than necessary

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The Replacement | Melanie Golding
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#ARC #Netgalley #TheReplacement

While I enjoyed the folklore aspect of this the police procedural side was unrealistic and let the book down. The murder, mystery, folklore aspects were great on their own there was no need for the additional layer of intrigue added to the story, at least not for this reader.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2021/11/20...

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Was worried after all the hype that I wouldn‘t enjoy this one but I loved it.

Wasn‘t sure about the narrator at first but he grew on me.

This book made me seriously lol 😂 and while I loved all the children my favourite has to be Talia

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#ARC #Netgalley #BeforeMyActualHeartBreaks

The best way I can sum this book up is GWTW Northern Irish style. We replace the American civil war with The Troubles & Scarlet with Mary a modest girl from a poor family whose one mistake at 16 defines the rest of her life including the fact that she is so blinded by what could have been that she fails to see what it is she actually has.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2021/11/14...

EvieBee This sounds great! 4w
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Kindred In Death | J. D. Robb
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Another solid addition to the series according to my labels from Nan this is book 29 😱

The murder in this one is very intense and gives Eve echoes of her childhood.

As usual the personal developments and events away from the murder are what makes this series so enjoyable.

I will return to Eve‘s New York sooner rather than later

DarkMina Love this series! 4w
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Anyone tried this yet? https://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/hiddenbooks/ I have so far managed a measly 3 books.

Picture is what happens to healthy eating when I have a day off work 🤣🤣

Loving the tagged book

BookwormM Now up to 5 man the clues are hard bet they will be obvious once you know 4w
mabell Oh wow! Where do you even start to eat it?? 😳😍 4w
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The Man Without Qualities | Robert Musil, Sophie Wilkins, Burton Pike
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#Reading1001

Woohoo finally finished this chunkster I did attempt to read this as a chapter a day but that didn‘t work I found it best to immersed myself for large chunks at a time.

The ending is more damp squib that epic explosion but this still gets a pick because of all the interesting ideas I highlighted a long the way.

Take time to enjoy the little things as you read as the ending isn‘t worth the effort otherwise.

Liz_M Amazing, congrats on finishing! 1mo
batsy Congrats! I want to attempt this ... someday 😅 1mo
BookwormM @Liz_M @batsy thank you 😊 1mo
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#Reading1001

“Sammy is having a bad week” no kidding Sammy is having a terrible week.

Told entirely in the Scottish vernacular and with plenty of swearing (watch out for the C word on a regular basis) this book won‘t be for everyone.

If like me the language draws you deeper into the book you will find a look at the good and the bad in society and hidden behind that rough exterior a misplaced heart of gold.

BarbaraBB Great read. And great review. 1mo
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Midnight in Everwood | M.A. Kuzniar
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#Netgalley #ARC #MidnightInEverwood

This ARC was provided by HQ (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Perfect Winter Magic!

I love, love, loved this book my only regret is that I didn‘t read it for the first time at Christmas, my recommendation to you is if you like the sound of this book wait until it is wintery where you are
Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2021/11/05/midnight-in-everwood-by-m-a-kuzniar/

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Femlandia | Christina Dalcher
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#Netgalley #ARC #Femlandia

2 word review - messed up.

Personally I enjoyed this look at how the world would be a better place or not if women were in charge. That said I can see why certain aspects are problematic.

This is a very black or white book one that doesn‘t allow for grey but that is the attitude of the founders of Femlandia and makes sense in context.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Promises in Death | J. D. Robb
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Another solid 3 star addition to the series.

Love the banter

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Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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Compulsive reading I had to know what would happen. What made Isabel special? Would Freida be chosen? Would Megan get what she deserved?

Loved the world building and could totally get on board with seeing this happen in the future.

School setting with teenage girls really amped up the tension as girls can be really cruel in normal life let alone a contest for survival.

OMG that ending 😱

keepingupwiththepenguins I've been looking for this one for ages, but never come across a copy! 😫 1mo
BookwormM @keepingupwiththepenguins my library had it via Libby 1mo
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The Ultimate Tragedy | Abdulai Sila
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Guinea-Bissau

Really enjoyed this look at life in Guinea-Bissau through the eyes of 3 interconnected natives.

This is a book featuring slavery and colonialism and the title tells you not to expect a happy ending. That said there are lighter moments and I feel I learnt a lot about a country I had never heard of before embarking on reading around the world.

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Them | Joyce Carol Oates
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#Reading1001 one word sums this up unlikeable. The characters including the secondary characters are all unlikeable and at least one I would class as a sociopath.

While not awful I did struggle to maintain interest in this.

BarbaraBB I don‘t really like Oates yet this was my favorite -a light pick 😉 1mo
BookwormM @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed Blonde 1mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t yet read that one. I did enjoy this one too though 1mo
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Them | Joyce Carol Oates
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#Reading1001 one word sums this up unlikeable. The characters including the secondary characters are all unlikeable and at least one I would class as a sociopath.

While not awful I did struggle to maintain interest in this.

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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#Netgalley #ARC #ThousandShips

One word review - Epic

Great retelling of the Greek myths from the woman‘s point of view.

Interesting use of different narrative techniques, my favourite being Penelope‘s letters to Odysseus. The whole story of the Odyssey told as the story of one man who will do anything to avoid coming home to his loyal and faithful wife.

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The Yield | Tara June Winch
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#ARC#Netgalley #TheYield

Story about the relationship of aborigines with the land and their language told through the eyes of one family.

Very educational for me to see that the damage done by colonialism occurs everywhere including Australia. Very scary to learn that the evil done to aboriginal families only ended just before I was born.

Love Poppy‘s dictionary and personal explanation of native words.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Billy Budd | Herman Melville
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#Reading1001

Compared to Moby Dick this is short and sweet.

In summary Billy Budd is handsome, naive, liked by almost all, set up, reacts badly, is tried by naval court, is punished and to add insult to injury his good name is tarnished by rumours.

A look at how life in the navy differs from life on shore and for civilians also a look at law vs savagery. Guilt and innocence.

Enjoyed more than I expected

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Last Graduate | Naomi Novik
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#Netgalley #ARC #LastGraduate

Love that the latest kindle update means my NetGalley covers now show on Lock Screen.

Read after reading first book if you have read first book you will know what you are in for although this time the scholomance itself steps in to manipulate events to return it to its original purpose.

Warning another cliffhanger ending.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Those Who Are Loved | Victoria Hislop
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#Netgalley #ARC #ThoseWhoAreLoved

Historical fiction about what happens to Greece after the occupation of WWII explored via the actions of 1 family divided between left and right.

Hislop shows that there is no black and white in war both sides commit acts of good and evil but it is worse when people of the same nation turn against each other.

Educational family saga

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The Honey and the Sting | E C Fremantle
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#Netgalley #ARC #HoneyAndSting

Historical fiction is a newish to me genre and the supernatural element is what drew me to this book, also BEES 🐝

Appreciated the after word explaining what was real versus fiction and the inspiration for the sisters made up of real women from history.

Full review here soon www.thereadersroom.org

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New Grub Street: A Novel | George Gissing
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#Reading1001

This could have done with being shorter but that was part of the message of the book. Write long literature that you are passionate about or write fiction that makes money.

Another takeaway message from the book - don‘t get married.

Appreciated the pictures quote which managed to accurately predict how our news would be delivered in bite size chunks.

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#ReadAroundTheWorld #SanMarino

An interesting history of San Marino that manages to walk the find line between getting bogged down in excess information and giving the reader enough information for a comprehensive overview.

I am not a fan of non fiction but this book worked for me

Simona My #SanMarino pick was … interesting, informative facts about pocket states, but nothing more 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
rockpools I don‘t seem to be reading much at the moment- I‘ve nowhere near finished this, so I think I‘m just going to stop 😐. Let‘s give Guinea Bissau a try instead! 2mo
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The Ultimate Tragedy | Abdulai Sila
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Guinea-Bissau October already how did that happen?

This month I will be reading the tagged book apparently the first book from Guinea to be translated to English.

Anyone still looking for ideas Camara Laye would fit the tag and The Dark Child is also on the 1001 list.

BarbaraBB I‘m going to remind this one for #ReadingAfrica2022, thanks! The Dark Child is set in (French) Guinean, not Guinea-Bissau, I discovered while researching for that challenge! 2mo
Simona That is also my pick😁 2mo
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#Netgalley #ARC #WeAreAllTheSameInTheDark

One word review - Delicious. Two word review - Darkly Delicious.

From the opening page I was transported to small town Texas. I loved this intense story and really loved the diverse characters and the way they deal with the injuries life has thrown at them.

Audio is ah-maz-ing

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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#Netgalley #ARC #HarlemShuffle

Liked but didn‘t love feel I would have appreciated it more if I actually knew Harlem.

That said this was a nostalgic look at life in the 50s and 60s and I particularly enjoyed the furniture descriptions.

Full review here www.the readersroom.org

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Final Goodbyes | Signe Christensen
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Goodbye little Roddy heart broken today 😭😭💔💔

Rissa1 😢 3mo
BookwormAHN So sorry 😿 3mo
IuliaC 😔🤍 3mo
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samanthagutt Im so sorry 😔💔 3mo
The_Penniless_Author 😔 So sorry for your loss 3mo
squirrelbrain So sorry to hear this. 3mo
ladym30 So very sorry for your loss.😞 3mo
fredamans Sorry for your loss. 3mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 3mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry. 💕💕 3mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m so sorry. He was such a cutie. 2mo
UwannaPublishme 💕💕💕 2mo
rockpools I‘m so sorry 💙 2mo
DivineDiana So sorry to learn of your loss. ❤️ 2mo
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#Netgalley #ARC #LiesLiesLies

Mixed feelings about this one I was interested to see what happened to the characters and how things got resolved but I also found all of them unlikeable and over the top caricatures.

The final twist was…well put it this way I don‘t think it would be possible but I get why the author did that rather than the other option.

And the scene with kitten added nothing and could have been left out .

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#Netgalley #ARC #Execution

Clearing my NetGalley backlog attempting 1 old 1 new wish me luck this counts as an old.

Murder and mayhem in the court of Elizabeth the 1st.

This is historical fiction do you know what will happen to the lead characters that doesn‘t prevent Parris from portraying them sympathetically and well rounded.

While I liked most of the characters Bruno really steals the show.

Already recommended to mum and Nan

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#Netgalley #ARC #ManWhoDiedTwice

Not just laugh out loud funny this was snort hot tea through your nose in a public place funny.

Amongst the humour there was some sadness but Joyce and the gang never let it get too overwhelming.

Great book looking forward to book 3

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Siddhartha | Herman Hesse
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#Reading1001 this type of book is not for me entitled man in search of enlightenment via rambling narrative.

One positive was I did not have any trouble falling asleep when I read this at bedtime 🤣🤣

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Hearts In Atlantis | Stephen King
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I enjoyed my time back on the Beam which basically means I liked the beginning section and the end the middle was a bit meh for me.

I did have some problems with this book which I posted previously this is one where I feel things could have been done better but I am still in awe of the way King keeps his multiverse going.

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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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#BookerLonglist2021 Book 13 and that‘s a wrap the list is complete.

I enjoyed the Marian timeline the modern timeline was meh and could have been tackled differently while still maintaining that “found footage “ reveal.

Enjoyed the details about planes and flying. The descriptions of locations were great and the historical note about flying women fit seamlessly into the narrative.

rockpools The reviews on your website made me laugh so much! We‘re reading this for a book club and generally people are loving it. I‘ve just had an outbreak of chunksterphobia and keep reading work business books instead of properly getting into it. But after Tracy and Nicole‘s reviews… 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
BookwormM @rockpools thank you it is fun when we don‘t all agree 3mo
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The Chain | Adrian McKinty
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Well it was definitely a page turner and an interesting social engineering idea but WTF was that ending about

Bookwormjillk Lol yeah 3mo
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Hearts In Atlantis | Stephen King
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This is more a rant than a blurb. I was happily revisiting the King multiverse with its Dark Tower vibe when bang this happened…

Girl attacked by 3 teenage boys (non sexual) but the adults clean up the blood send her home with no police involved at all!!

And then…

Woman is violently sexually assaulted doesn‘t call the police and our supposed nice guy basically tells her she asked for it and slut shames her.

Really disappointed

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The Fortune Men | Nadifa Mohamed
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#BookerLonglist2021 Book 12

Wish I had known this was based on a true story when I started it as I feel this would have allowed me to feel more connected to the characters as it was I felt the book moved really slowly until we got to the trial.

The format of the trial Q & A was great and such a travesty that based on that evidence Mahood was convicted.

An important story even if it didn‘t really work for me .

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Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Of all the McEwan books I have read no 2 are the same some I loved, some I hated and some like this one I really enjoyed.

The unborn child narrator is genius as is the way McEwan explains how he gets his knowledge.

The fact that there were no likeable characters and that I still cared about what would happen is the sign of a great story.

McEwan has a great turn of phrase and there were several quotes I would share if I could remember them 🤣🤣

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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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#BookerLonglist2021 book 11

Wow for a debut novel this really packs a punch.

Parts of this are too violent and tragic to make it an enjoyable read but I did appreciate it.

Landry and Prentiss will stay with me and we could all learn a thing or 2 from George and Isabelle.

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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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#BookerLonglist2021 Book 10

While I enjoyed this one I am puzzled as to why it made the Longlist the premise of what if? has been done before and done better. That said as a story that followed the lives of 5 random people from childhood to adulthood this worked well.

Major world events and smaller local changes in society and attitudes are all touched upon.

My favourite section was when they hit their 50s

FelinesAndFelonies I have this one on a stack of "priority" books. 3mo
StellaB I‘ve just got this from the library, you‘re review is really helpful 🙂 3mo
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Don't Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark | R.L. Stine, Christopher Golden, Madeleine Roux, Brenna Yovanoff, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Amy Lukavics, Barry Lyga, Josh Malerman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Maberry, Tonya Hurley, Micol Ostow, Brendan Reichs, Courtney Alameda, D. J. MacHale, Michael Northrop, Et Al

Husband loved this horror short story collection can anyone recommend similar books. He also likes Darcy Coates short stories but not full length novels

Mrs_B Maybe these: Amazon kindle do some good collections of short stories by genre, they‘re called “megapacks” I like the sci fi ones! 4mo
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Passage North | Anuk Arudpragasam
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#BookerLonglist2021 Book 9 #ReadAroundtheWorld #SriLanka

This one wasn‘t for me I found myself switching off when the narrator went on yet another detour away from the central story.

The history of the war seemed forced into the story as an afterthought and was jarring as it wasn‘t cohesive with the rest of the narrative.

I did enjoy learning more about Rani her reasons for ECT and the elaborate traditions surrounding funerals

squirrelbrain Interesting review! I found the first chapter hard-going but then it picked up a bit. He‘s just about to start on his journey though, so we‘ll see how it goes…. 4mo
rockpools I feel like I‘ve been (not) reading this one for months. The writing‘s beautiful… but I don‘t know that I care 😕 4mo
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Andean Express | Juan de Recacoechea
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Bolivia

A simple murder story set on a train travelling between Bolivia and Chile. Almost everyone on the train wants the man dead but which of them does the deed and why?

I enjoyed the descriptions of scenery and the customs process when moving from Bolivia to Chile

rockpools It makes me want to go on a loooong train journey. I‘m still surprised how few books we found in English from Bolivia. 4mo
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Cat's Cradle: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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#Reading1001

Vonnegut is not for me while I can appreciate that this was an interesting story I didn‘t love it and fail to understand the cult status.

Interesting parallels about how scientists inventing things to allow their countries army to win a war end up with the potential to destroy the war.

The world is ended by a series of cock ups and cover ups gone wrong.

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Wow for a book written pre Covid and not about a pandemic Shriver certainly managed to predict how citizens and governments would react.

Certain aspects of the book reflect society today I was particularly struck by the 2 tier society in the novel the lower tier are the unchipped in the real world these would be the unvaccinated.

What this book demonstrates is that human reactions are predictable despite different circumstances

BarbaraBB I just got a copy of this book too. Your review makes me want to read it immediately! 4mo
BookwormM @BarbaraBB hope you enjoy it 4mo
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