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Chancecall

Chancecall

Joined January 2019

Older than some, younger than others.
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Pickpick

My first ever Robin Hobb book, this was a slow burner but well worth the read. RH has a very distinct writing style that took me a few chapters to get my head in gear but by the end was thoroughly enjoying. Characters and world were well built and the story was engaging. Look forward to reading the second in the trilogy. Photo is unrelated but couldn‘t go without one, This is the family‘s attempt to draw Rousseau the dog.

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Pickpick

Love the art style, I would say this collection is much more graphically violent than the first 48 odd issues, more akin to Kirkmans other work. Enjoyed flicking though it an issue at a time over a few weeks.

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Panpan

A social commentary covering the rise of populism and disillusionment of the “somwhere” class. It argues for a shift in political classification from the traditional left-right to a more cross cultural divide which does help shift my worldview to accept a more broad spectrum of ideas. However this book is reliant so heavily on statistics to support its arguments, I found my mind wandering frequently, almost didn‘t finish. Not an enjoyable read.

Chancecall For me, maybe it would have been better if the stats were split out into a second part of the book for the more die hard statistically minded to show there was support and evidence of David‘s findings. That would have made the actual fact based narrative much more appealing to read and non less relevant. 2mo
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Introducing Feminism | Susan Alice Watkins
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A good introduction to a complex topic. Bite size facts bolstered with supporting images covering the development of the feminist movement globally from the 17th Century up to the present day.

It covers all aspects from radical to liberal feminism and introduces important figures in the movement as well as recommending some continued reading. Will be saving this as a read for my daughter for when she‘s old enough to understand the concepts.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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As Lord Acton said, “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and this is very much the moral of the story here. Like watching a car crash in slow motion, I couldn‘t put the book down. It wasn‘t an enjoyable read but it was a valuable one. It made me think a lot about gender based power dynamics and also reflect on real attitudes toward women in the wake of the “me too” movement and genuinely how I might feel if those roles were reversed.

Chancecall Thing that bothered me though was how quickly (10 years into the course of events) women in the book went from gaining the power to seemingly losing their humanity and ability to empathise, becoming largely immoral and ultimately being responsible for the cataclysm and the end of the world. It felt way too forced and massively unlikely as a point, that women as a sex are at all, more capable of greater inequality than men. 2mo
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A quick read with easy to love characters (especially Raymond) with a feel good factor that will leave you wanting to go out in the street and do good deeds, to make some else‘s day a little brighter. Only comment against it was that the plot twist is not well hidden. I picked it up too quick, making the ending somewhat inevitable.

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Thoroughly enjoyed Good Omens, it was giving me some real Douglas Adams vibes. Very funny and loved the Horsemen. Only complaint would be it was too short. Image unrelated but designed by my wife- I was reading whilst she was busy with this.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed it to a large degree. Good character development and Katsu was super cute but some odd plot points that I found a little jarring and I am left with so many unanswered questions. So frustrating.

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How to Be a Woman | Caitlin Moran
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Really really enjoyed this book, down to earth modern thinking feminism wrapped up in tales of a life being well lived with little pearls of wisdom throughout. A lot of what Caitlin Moran has to say resonates strongly with me and I think she has an important message that is well worth taking some time to digest. Wish I‘d read it sooner.

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The Hell of it All | Charlie Brooker
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A collection of Charlie Brookers articles from the Guardian between 2007 - 2009 discussing everything from politics to the Apprentice TV show. Not recommended if you‘re easily offended since the humour is often fairly self deprecating towards everyone including the reader, often explicit. Can see a lot of inspiration in here that went into the Black Mirror series he now works on. Enjoyable read on lunch breaks.

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The Hell of it All | Charlie Brooker
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TV drama rarely deals with authentically frightening subjects. Except murder, which has been so overdone it‘s almost ceased to seem like a real or scary phenomenon. If I died at the hands of a serial killer I‘d probably just think ‘Ooh, how exciting, it‘s like something off the telly‘ before enjoying a nice lie down and a bleed. - Charlie Brooker

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I don‘t really know what to say about this book but I found it amusing to pick up and flick through. Kind of reminded me of my old workbooks from school, full of doodles and conversations with friends before the advent of mobile phones.

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The Hell of it All | Charlie Brooker
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First line - “I went to a fashionable London nightclub on Saturday. Not the sort of sentence I get to write very often, because I enjoy nightclubs less than I enjoy eating wool.” - this is going to be a fun read.

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1Q84 : Books 1 and 2 | Haruki Murakami
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The concept was interesting and it starts out strong but the writing style and sentence repetition was so irritating. The level of description at times was unbearable and completely pointless. The book could have been condensed down from 800 to about 200 pages without losing anything. It also contains an unsettling eroticism about it which is carried throughout the book, which feels again like it adds little to nothing to the story.

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Seconds | Bryan Lee O'Malley
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A biased review, having massively enjoyed Scott pilgrim before this. Well drawn as always, interesting, original story but not quite as funny as the pilgrim books. Worth picking up for the artwork alone.

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Mehso-so

An interesting read with some amusing anecdotes about one of the most iconic clubs of the early 90s. Littered with grammatical errors and more of a memoir from ‘Hooky‘ than a clear account of what actually happened at the club though.

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Rivers of London | Ben Aaronovitch
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Enjoyed it immensely, good character development, I like the world that BA has created and am always drawn in by anecdotal tales from history and am always suckered into stories of magic, fables and myths. Ticks a lot of my boxes. Feel like there is a lot more to explore here.

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Pickpick

A fresh look at an oversaturated market- thoroughly enjoyed this, read an issue every weekend so I could make the most of it. Well drawn with story arcs nicely laced together.

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Mehso-so

Interesting read, well written but an odd book with only one character and everyday objects being the star of the show.

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Mehso-so

Worth a read but not mind blowing. Felt like a regular “what if” type scenario but from the context of the “what.”

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Panpan

Oof, a difficult read- may be down t translation issues but I struggled to get invested enough to finish it.

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Pickpick

A great quick read, laugh out loud funny at points - just a collection of negative reviews but well written and easy to pick up at any point.

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Mehso-so

It provides a well though out explanation of the illness and why what is happening, is happening. The photo album analogy is massively useful and the golden rules are now incorporated into our care treatment plan.

However, it feels like it‘s written for those who haven‘t dealt with the issues yet, but not so practical at the point most would pick up this book.

Full of great concepts and ideas, perhaps a little too idealistic.