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Brooke_H
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Any other Sherlockian nerds here subscribe to the Baker Street Journal? I‘m up at 6am this Saturday morning to start reading the latest issue. This past week was rough. I didn‘t get in as much reading as I would‘ve liked. I‘ve taken on a new client that‘s making me jump through so many hoops to work for them. Not sure it‘s worth it. So many end-of-the-year activities for both kids at school. It‘s exhausting! Cherishing this morning quiet.

Sarah83 Looks great 😍 2d
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Brooke_H
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Mehso-so

The story is great, the writing is dry. I'm curious about the TV show that was made about it; I think it might be more exciting visually. Kind of a shame because the details of how this all went down are so important and fascinating. But the book reads like an unemotional news article. Also, I was made uncomfortable by a couple of points where Povich and others showed their white privilege.

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Panpan

Disclosure: I haven't ever read HP Lovecraft. If I were an HPL fan, maybe my review would be different.

This book is chaotic, nonsensical, messy, and super gross. (I don't think I've ever read a book that features pus so prominently.) Early in the book, Holmes and Watson discuss how mathematicians aren't ever criminals. Yeah...except Moriarty is a mathematician. And he's mentioned several times in this book. I will not read the second one.

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The Lady and the Unicorn | Tracy Chevalier
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Mehso-so

I really loved the parts of this book that dealt with the actual creation of the tapestries. I had no idea how medieval tapestries were made, had never thought about it before, and so that part was really fascinating. But almost all of the characters were either unlikable or boring. I didn't give any kind of care about the plot. But three stars for medieval tapestries.

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Helpless | Daniel Palmer
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Help! Has anyone tried to import their stacks from Goodreads and had an issue where, when you drop in the exported Goodreads file, you get an image of a down arrow pointing to a “clear upload“ button... for, like, ever? There's no indication it's doing anything? I have a gigantic library, so maybe it'll just take a while?

rretzler Mine took some time - I don‘t recall what it said but I just went on to other things and went back to it later. I imported about 2,000+ books. Unfortunately, I wasn‘t crazy about how they all imported so I reverted back to what I had in Litsy and am going to scrub the data before importing again. 1w
Brooke_H @rretzler Was there any indication it was importing? Mine just has had that arrow + button for almost 2 hrs now. 1w
rretzler It did have an arrow but it was stuck at the same place for a long time - I noticed a small button somewhere (I think near the upper right of the Import Stack screen that said check status, or something about import status. When I checked, it gave me a different status from the import bar. (Hopefully that makes sense. I wish I had a pic to share) 1w
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Brooke_H @rretzler Me too! I cannot find that button. I guess I‘ll just leave it until I shut down at bedtime. 🤷‍♀️ 1w
rretzler Good luck! Maybe it‘s just a glitch and it will work if you try again tomorrow. If not, you should contact @lorannen - email address litsy@librarything.com. Loranne is great and very helpful! 1w
Brooke_H @rretzler Thank you! 1w
Brooke_H @rretzler I tried again, and it worked! I know you were on the edge of your seat. 😉 1w
rretzler Fantastic! I hope yours imported better than mine! 1w
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Waiting for my daughter to finish her first-ever interview... 😱 (She‘s 14.)

Cinfhen Good luck to her and you!! 1w
Chelleo 🤞🏾hope it went well! 1w
Brooke_H @Cinfhen @Chelleo Thank you! They told her she is pretty much in, they just have to send an acceptance email as a formality. She‘s going to be a camp counselor this summer! ☺️ 1w
Cinfhen Exciting ❤️My son will be working as a sports staff member at a sleep away camp....he‘s 17! It‘s great to see them take on responsibility 1w
Chelleo @Brooke_H Excellent!! 1w
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The Librarian | Mikhail Elizarov
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Bailedbailed

I‘ll be stopping at p71. This book is all tell and no show, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. Intriguing premise with tremendously boring execution.

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Pickpick

Wow, I didn't expect to be so touched by this simple little book. I have no idea if she actually wrote the thing (I mean, honestly, she was 7 at the time). Maybe her mom or a ghostwriter wrote it. But it's very simple and sweet and super sad. I learned a lot and I was completely engrossed. I read it in one sitting.

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Mere Wife | Maria Dahvana Headley
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I have never read anything like this. I'm old, and I've read a whole bunch of books, so that's sort of saying something. I'm no Beowulf expert—I've read it, maybe 25 years ago. I enjoyed it. But this book is a whole new level of epic. It really is like an ancient epic poem. It's intense and crazy. The writing is gorgeous. And there's a chapter told from the collective “we“ of police dogs. I mean, does one need more? So so so excellent.

Tamra I‘m going to read Beowulf soon, so I‘ll stack this one too! 3w
Brooke_H @tamra I‘m looking forward to your thoughts in comparison with Beowulf! 3w
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Pickpick

It's kind of odd to review this as if it's just one book of Didion essays. It's actually seven books. And I enjoyed some of them so much more than others, which is not Didion's fault—her writing is always superlative—it's just that some of the subjects she writes about aren't my thing. "Salvador," for example was really hard to finish. The stand-outs (surprising no one) are "Slouching Towards Bethlethem" and "The White Album.”

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TFW you‘re on pg 1024 of a 1104-pg book...

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Long Shot | Azad
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This is such a long shot... I‘m at the CA assembly today watching the votes. You know, like you do. 😂 But all the assembly members have this book on their desk! Does anyone know what it is? I can‘t see it well enough. I even googled “brown book with 2 roosters on cover.”😂

rretzler Curious. No idea, but now I want to know too! 4w
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Pickpick

Engrossing speculative bio of Melville and his maybe mistress, Sarah Morewood. I enjoyed learning about this woman I had never heard of. Is there conclusive evidence that Melville was doing the deed with this married neighbor? Nope. Zero. But it's fun to read between the lines of the letters the two wrote to each other. This probably would have made a better novel than a bio, but I still really liked it.

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Mehso-so

Of course the writing is fantastic. And the story is compelling. But the sections of the book with Nell and Tig on their farm were almost unbearably disturbing to me (although if you are a farm person accustomed to animal sadness and ickiness, you probably won't be as affected). If those sections had been at the beginning, I would have DNF'd it. But I was too far in. One note: The subtitle "Other Stories" is weird. This is totally a novel. ?‍♀️

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Bailedbailed

After a struggle, I‘m DNFing this one at p73. It‘s too technical for me. A scholarly expert on the subject of gender identity I am not. I‘m tired of looking up words and trying to figure out what Butler is going for.

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This one is HAAAAAARD, y‘all! I feel like I‘m looking up every other word in the dictionary, it‘s taking me around an hour to read 10 pages. Very little progress, getting a bit frustrated. 😫

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Pickpick

Really good gonzo-style memoir of Sexton's American travels and observations during the 2016 campaign. He attends a ton of rallies and conventions for the Democrats, Republicans, Greens, and Socialists, and reports on all in detail. He also lives in fear from some truly scary death threats. And drinks. A LOT.

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Bailedbailed

I‘m calling it quits after 200 or so pages. I‘m not really into the teen alpha-male insta-love, and the complicated zombie info dump turned me off. It had a strong beginning, but lost me.

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Panpan

Yeah, I know. Don't @ me. I am also disappointed with myself. The truth is, I've only read a tiny handful of Dickinson's poems before, all in college. I found them simple and beautiful and enjoyable. I thought this book would be just stuffed full of that. But it wasn't. I'm probably too dumb to understand her poetry. Because, well, I didn't understand a good 95% of it. I struggled through almost every poem 5-6 times, desperately trying to Get It.

tpixie I don't understand pretty either 2mo
FeastOfFiction I‘m a high school English teacher and don‘t really get them either. Don‘t feel bad. I‘m not a huge poetry fan. 2mo
TrishB I don‘t get a lot of it. But it‘s lovely, sounds nice and I appreciate the emotion if that makes sense. 2mo
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Brooke_H I think I would enjoy a big fat biography of her so much more than her actual work. It‘s sad that she died so young and she seemed to have such a preoccupation with mortality. At least, I think she did? 2mo
CouronneDhiver Poetry is weird like that... no judgement here! 👍🏽 2mo
Butterflyamore Although I am a fan of poetry, I don‘t think most of Dickinson‘s poetry really appeals to me. I do think poetry should be categorized with sub genres. It‘s the same with any kind of book. There are so many different types. As far as “getting it” goes, no one can really say for sure what was in Emily‘s heart. Perhaps the scholars don‘t get it either, no matter what their analysis of her poems may claim. It‘s all subjective perspective. 2mo
Brooke_H @Butterflyamore Yes! I wish she had been published during her lifetime so we could have some direct discussion and corroboration straight from her. 2mo
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Brooke_H
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Y‘all, this book is haaaaaaard. I was not expecting such a tough read! I only understand about 20% of these poems. And I think roughly 99.9% of them are about death. Or I should say—they are concerning—the Theme—of our Mortality— 😂 So...good times.

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Better Days | Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad
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Pickpick

I love going back into this world with these characters.

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Brooke_H
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My love for Monty Python compelled me to buy this when it first came out in 2005...and it has been dutifully gathering dust on my shelf ever since. But the random number generator has spoken! I finally cracked it open!

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Pickpick

Impressive collection of pastiches. A must-read for fellow Sherlockian nerds. Gave me the same cozy feeling that curling up with the canon gives me.

wordzie Super 😎 2mo
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That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Pickpick

Ultimately to my surprise, I enjoyed this novel quite a lot. At first I was annoyed by its difficult dialect and in-your-face religion, but the surprisingly strong and complex female characters really won me over. The ending was too abrupt and there was a TON of eye-rolling melodrama, but overall pretty good. Note: The edition I have is so weird! It is a huge trim size and has no page numbers! Bizarre.

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That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Pickpick

Ultimately to my surprise, I enjoyed this novel quite a lot. At first I was annoyed by its difficult dialect and in-your-face religion, but the surprisingly strong and complex female characters really won me over. The ending was too abrupt and there was a TON of eye-rolling melodrama, but overall pretty good. Note: The edition I have is so weird! It is a huge trim size and has no page numbers! Bizarre.

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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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Wow, what a generous giveaway @TheSpineView 💐 Congrats on your milestone! #50klovelitsy

TheSpineView Good luck! 3mo
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Mehso-so

Positives: Not boring, easily consumed, a few nuggets of good info and things I hadn't thought of before. Negatives: Only a few nuggets? I was hoping for more. There is a lot of common sense solutions here. Some things Heitner seems to be against, but that are things that I find very helpful (for example, linking your account to your child's so that they can't download apps without permission).

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Hound of the Baskervilles Card | Pulp! the Classics
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I bought this addition solely for the totally entertaining cover. It gave me an excuse to re-read my fave Holmes.

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Not the most exciting book for my evening read, but it‘s got some decent tips.

Chelleo What age range does this address? (Children) 3mo
Brooke_H @Chelleo Grade school through teen. Kids get phones pretty young these days. It covers everything from social media to playing online games to texting. 3mo
Chelleo @Brooke_H Thanks!! This sounds promising. My kids are younger but I want to get us all started on a positive note. 3mo
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Brooke_H @Chelleo I have a 10 and a 14. My 10 doesn‘t have a phone yet, but of course there is the computer and the iPads and the school chrome book and even Netflix... whew! 3mo
Chelleo @Brooke_H We have a Kindle Fire and iPad that our 4yo and 5yo use along with our phones. My 5 year old knows how to turn on and use Netflix 🤦🏾‍♀️. I‘m pretty sure our 4yo will be a gamer. I‘ve set up restrictions on “their” Kindle but also try to actively use the devices with the to establish good habits (and etiquette). (edited) 3mo
Brooke_H @Chelleo Yes! It‘s all so complicated! 3mo
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Library | Sarah Stewart
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I just applied for a part-time librarian position at our city library! I‘m pretty sure I‘ll never hear anything about it, but I‘m kind of freaked out! I haven‘t worked outside of my home since 2007! 😳

Tamra How exciting!! I do hope you hear back. 3mo
Mitch That‘s very brave and very exciting.. 🤞🏼 3mo
AmyG Good luck! And you would do just fine. 3mo
Brooke_H Thank you!! 3mo
Cinfhen Good luck! Good for you for taking a chance 😃Hope you hear back 🍀☘️🍀 3mo
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X-Files: Secret Agendas | Jeff Mariotte, Nancy Holder, Andy Mangels, George Ivanoff, John Gilstrap, Marsheila Rockwell, Yvonne Navarro, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jim Beard, Kate Corcino, Jade Shames, Professor Joe Harris, (Co
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Super enjoyable for fans of the show. Some of the stories are a bit weaker than others, but I (almost) always think that about short story collections. After I finished it, I wanted to binge some episodes.

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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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Help! I have $5 in Kindle credit, but it expires in three days. I don‘t know which book(s) to get! Please help me decide!

JoScho Bookbub.com has kindle deals 3mo
Hestapleton Heads up: this promotion only works on select titles—nothing cheaper than $9.99. 3mo
Brooke_H Thanks, everyone! ☺️ 3mo
Tamra @BarbaraTheBibliophage I was leaning that direction too! 3mo
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X-Files: Secret Agendas | Jeff Mariotte, Nancy Holder, Andy Mangels, George Ivanoff, John Gilstrap, Marsheila Rockwell, Yvonne Navarro, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jim Beard, Kate Corcino, Jade Shames, Professor Joe Harris, (Co
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Early morning read featuring my X-Files coffee cup circa 1997. 😂

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Pickpick

This is my favorite book, and I've read it many times. So I'm always on the lookout for editions with non-Tenniel illustrations. The Dali illustrated version was a kind of Holy Grail for me because the only edition was one released in a very limited print run in the '60s. Finally they are in wide release, and they're trippy and weird and awesome and I'm glad to have this edition in my collection.

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Mehso-so

I got a few LOLs out of this one. I probably would have related more if I were a good decade younger. I appreciated Shlesinger's candor, especially since many of her stories are pretty damn unflattering. She says some weird stuff I can't get on board with and other stuff I was nodding my head along to. I mean, this isn't exactly the Great Feminist Manifesto. It would have worked better as either a straight memoir or flat-out comedy.

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Squeezing in some early-morning reading before the kids wake up. No school today...

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The Wolf's Hour | Robert R. McCammon
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Pickpick

Super enjoyable. For anyone who likes werewolf novels, historical fiction, war novels, sweeping epic sagas, James Bond-style action novels... This book is a mishmash of genres, and it works really well. The writing is not stellar (ugh, those sex scenes are, uh, no thanks), and I'll call out the author for the Plot Device Ladies (although Chesna is pretty cool). But I was still into this book.

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Mehso-so

I don't want to say much about this novel because I do think it's best to read it with as few spoilers as possible. I heard a few reviews of this book that talked about how funny it is, and I did not find it funny at all. I thought it was bleak, emotionless, depressing. The premise is excellent, and I really did get sucked in to parts of it. But the ending was the worst, and that really colored my whole reading experience.

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My friend surprised me today with this lovely Sherlock Holmes coffee cup! It‘s the best when friends know exactly what you‘ll love. ❤️

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Checking out some bookstores in Davis, CA.

ValerieAndBooks I went to UCDavis!! A loooong time ago! There were a couple used bookstores I frequented there... Berry‘s, and the other I‘ve forgotten the name of 🤔. 3mo
Brooke_H @ValerieAndBooks My husband also went there! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Brooke_H small world! I graduated in 1988. My husband is an UCD alum also. Moved away from CA a couple years after graduation, but we still go back to visit family. 3mo
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The Sherlockian | Graham Moore
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Any other Sherlockians here read The Baker St Journal? I‘m spending a lovely rainy morning with the latest edition. I use my ticket from the Sherlock Holmes Museum as a bookmark because I‘m a huge nerd. 🤓

Leelee08 I‘m 100% with you.🖤🎩🖤 4mo
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Pickpick

I feel that I should mention right away that my 4-star rating is based on the absolutely huge entertainment factor of this book, and it's unintentional hilarity. I do NOT believe in any of the bananapants crazytown bonkers stuff that goes down in this "nonfiction" book. But I loved every second of it.

This is probably Fox Mulder's favorite book. It actually reminded me of the very best X-Files episode of all time, Jose Chung's From Outer Space.

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Brooke_H
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This book is so bonkers. 😂 Happy Sunday!

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Thank you, @Rachel.Rencher !! 🤩 I can‘t wait to read it!

Rachel.Rencher Yay! Hope you love it 😍 4mo
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That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Congrats on an impressive milestone, @Nessavamusic , and thanks for the giveaway! 😎 A book I really want to read is That Lass o‘ Lowrie‘s by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She‘s one of my faves, but I haven‘t read this one yet! #20k1kgiveaway

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Pickpick

This book has cemented itself into my top 5 books about the Beatles. Rather than just a biography of the band, Gould focuses on the music and historical-social events happening in England, the US, and elsewhere in the world, along with how those events had a probable influence on the Beatles' music...and vice versa. So interesting, and written very beautifully. I also really love Gould's occasional snarky asides and observations. Fascinating.

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Last Picture Show | Larry McMurtry
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I‘m watching the movie now, and I don‘t really like it any more than I liked the book. I‘m grateful the movie does not include the more disturbing parts of the book tho. The acting is good. 🤷‍♀️ I don‘t get why the novel and movie were both so popular.

Caroline2 Yeah I was massively underwhelmed by the movie too! 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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This book is super entertaining. I‘m imagining that it was written by Fox Mulder. 😂 “Somebody somewhere does not want us to understand the true nature of this phenomenon and its true purpose.”

Kaye Good ! 4mo
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Infomocracy | Malka Ann Older
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Bailedbailed

A total slog to get through 70 pages. Dense and unnecessarily complicated. The characters are uninteresting and wooden.

BookishMarginalia Just the title turns me off... 4mo
Brooke_H @BookishMarginalia 😂 I heard it was so good! I actually tried it bc my one 2018 reading challenge I didn‘t finish was to read some cyberpunk. 4mo
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Last Picture Show | Larry McMurtry
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Mehso-so

This book has masterful writing, complex characters, I am sort of interested in reading the next book in the series (because I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess). Mostly the book is just bleak and joyless and icky.