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Driftglass

Driftglass

Joined September 2016

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Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1 by Takako Shimura
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How did I not know this was being released in English?? The first two are available and I'm beyond happy about this!

#manga #yuri #lgbtq #yurimanga

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The Seafarer's Kiss | Julia Ember
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Turns out what my summer was really needing is a bisexual, Norse myth retelling of the Little Mermaid. So far, I'm enjoying this, so glad I stumbled upon it!

#lgbtq #bisexual #ownvoices #queerbooks

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When I saw this in the delivery at work there was an audible SQUEE and some book hugging! 😃😙📚
Soooooo excited to read this!

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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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Happy 80th birthday to Thomas Pynchon!

Gravity's Rainbow is my favorite book. I've read it four times...and through parts of it countless times. This copy (with Kerouac's 'Desolation Angels') has been with me road tripping across 25+ US states.
It's an endlessly creative, weird, and hilarious romp that never stops impressing me.
😎📚✨

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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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Another terrific VanderMeer novel about the power of learning and discovery, our complicated relationships with one another, and our connection to the natural world.

There's also a giant, flying, bear-thing that destroys anything in it's path. And Borne, a baffling plant/animal whose childlike innocence mutes his potential dangers.

Seriously...how does VanderMeer do this so simply in book after book? Astonishing!

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The Stone Heart | Faith Erin Hicks
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Yessss! Been waiting for this! 😀📚✨

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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I side with the vampires! Chocolate must be over 80% 😃👍

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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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Snowing raining outside...
Coffee and books inside...

Just starting this one! 😊📚✨

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Shadowbahn | Steve Erickson
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What Erickson does best, that is, sifts for questions and answers about America through our pop culture, is at peak weirdness. Perhaps frustrating for readers looking for a standard narrative but if you're OK with taking a surreal trip there's a lot to enjoy it.

Couldn't help but think of Scott Walker's fascinating song "Jesse" (2006), which also joined the towers to the Presley twin.

One of his best (my personal fav is Days Between Stations).

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Shadowbahn | Steve Erickson
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Whether he meant it or not, a Bugs Bunny joke will always play well with me, lol 😂📚✨

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Wires and Nerve | Marissa Meyer
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Oh look, it's a graphic novel continuation of The Lunar Chronicles but omg - Iko is the main character! Everyone else gets a part to play too but did you hear the part about Iko getting the starring role?!
It's a lot of fun. The only downside is having to wait for the next installment.

398.2 I need to get this! She was one of my favorite characters in the series. 3y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Funny and beautiful story about rediscovering the importance of human connection and remembering the strength of love.

It's told through a bunch of ghosts too lost or scared to continue on from the bardo, who observe Lincoln entering the crypt to hold his dead son.

I don't want to say anything else that might ruin the surprises this powerful little book holds. Astonishing work!

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Forever Peace | Joe W. Haldeman
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Stephen King is the champion of awkwardly worded hype blurbs! This one is my all time favorite. 😂😂📚✨

#bookblurbs

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What do you do when you're a detective at the scene of a suicide and you suspect it might be a murder? What if there are no real clues? And an asteroid is going to wipe out the planet in 7 months? Is it worth your dwindling time?

After years of recommendations, I've finally read this. Glad I did. I should have gotten to it sooner. Or maybe it's the existential puzzle I needed right now.

Luckily it's a trilogy because I want more!
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KimmyM I just finished this series and it's so excellent! 3y
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Code Name Verity | Elizabeth E. Wein
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Didn't know what to think of this for the first 100 pages.
Then it became good.
Then it became great!
Yeah, with an exclamation point!
The first section is a wonderful tale of friendship, that becomes more harrowing as it reaches it's conclusion.
The second half is one of the most suspenseful and stunning stretches of fiction I've read. These two women came alive on the page and will remain with me for a long time.

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Another one of my favorite author photos. I love it! 😂📚✨
#AuthorPhoto

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Fireman | Joe Hill
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Rather fun apocalyptic story that starts to buckle for a bit under the weight of some slow middle parts. The cast is pretty good but the villains are a bit cartoonish. That said, the premise is inventive and filled with genuine surprises.

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The Jane Austen Book Club | Karen Joy Fowler
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I've not read this one but it has one of my favorite cover blurbs. 😂📚✨

#coverblurb #bookblurbs

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Fireman | Joe Hill
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I'm about 100 pages in and liking it quite a bit!

But right now I really want to point out this amazing author photo! Whether they're great or terrible, I love seeing the photo chosen for a book's jacket. This one just might be my new favorite!
#AuthorPhoto

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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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OMG not the book!
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Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters
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The humor in the Mermaid story (3 of the 4 chapters) just didn't work for me as much as prior entries, making this entry feel a little flat.
But it's still super cute - and I love that fantastic first chapter!
Already awaiting the scouts' next romp!
(more Mal please!)
😊📚✨

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Paper Girls Volume 2 | Brian K Vaughan
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YESSSSSS!
Work day needs to end now please! I've got reading to do! 😙📚✨

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Diviners | Libba Bray
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Oh, Evie...you sassy, hungover flapper! Winning me over the second you appear!
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Manners & Mutiny | Gail Carriger
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Oh, is this series the cutest, or what?
I enjoyed this one a lot more than the prior entry. It's faster paced and made me laugh a lot more. It's a very satisfying conclusion to the series, easily earning a score of four out of five teacups!

And now I can go back and finish the last couple of books in the Parasol Protectorate series.

#yafantasy #steampunk

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Manners & Mutiny | Gail Carriger
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Book the fourth!

After a most stressful week and a half, I need something light and adventurous right now.

The final book. So much wit, charm, and tea...what shall I do when it's all done?

#steampunk #finishingschool

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Necrotech | K. C. Alexander
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Crass, violent, #cyberpunk action romp with a bisexual heroine? Sign me up!

Well...after a terrific opening, the next 100 pages or so moved by at a snail's pace. But just as I was about to declare "meh!", the momentum built and rarely let up. It has all the appeal of stumbling upon a grimy, sci-fi B movie at 2 AM.

I'd place it between 'so-so' (that early slog!) and 'pick' if there were such a rating. Definitely not for everyone.

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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She came into the store and there might have been an audible squee!
😃📚💖✨

#ya #youngadult #booknerd #allthebooks

AlexandraGriffin IM SO JEALOUS 3y
xplodybrain Ah. So that's what I heard 3000 miles of ocean away... 3y
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I was sold on page one. I mean, look at that opening!

The writing holds up to that strong start during it's 600+ page run. With our dead protagonist slowly decaying across decades of history in interconnected vignettes. It's in turn kinda gross, funny, sad, and hilariously gross.

It's tough to see this as a complete review because it's half a book. After volume one I'm very eager to experience the second half of Finch's tale.

#ya #yascifi

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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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Transgender main character, author, and cover model...not exactly sure why it's taken me so long to get around to this one. I think maybe I just don't want it to be bad. Nervousness about hot button topics overtaking the character story/drama and all that. Not due to unfamiliarity but my close proximity to the topic.

At 100 pages in, I'm relieved to be finding it quite good. 😊📚✨

#lgbtqya #transgender #transbooks #lgbtq

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Book two comes out and reminds you the first one remains unread.
...you know what I mean. 😎
Enjoying this so far. Only about 100 pages in but it's an odd bird, this one.
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Bleeding Earth | Kaitlin Ward
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Tired of the same old Apocalypse stories? Well, how about a Bloodpocalypse? Blood seeping from the ground, bones tripping people as they slosh through ankle deep blood?
Glad I read this at Halloween because it becomes a pretty savage horror story that doesn't pull punches.
I liked the characters and was rooting for Lea and her brand new girlfriend. Their relationship is cute, despite the disgusting situation.
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#ya #queerbooks #yahorror

AlexandraGriffin I will need to read this! 3y
Driftglass @GriffinAndHerBooks I was iffy about picking it up because the idea sounded kinda goofy. But the contast of earnest young romance and flat out horror is really something. I'll be very curious to hear what you think about this one! 3y
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The Ruins | Scott Smith
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Heres my #AllHallowsRead pick that deserves to be more widely known.

Desite rave reviews, Scott Smith's 'The Ruins' seemed to have vanished shortly after it was released.
Smith's storytelling genius is in what happens to ordinary people when faced with harrowing situations. In this case, vacationers who confront a horrific presense at an archeological dig.

There was a terrible movie version that fumbled the suspense at every turn.

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Oh no! It's got the penguin! 😲
I have all of Lovecraft's work many times over...but I really want to add this Penguin Classics version because that cover! 😂

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"The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive."

Another weird Clive Barker novel for an #AllHallowsRead pick. This time he'd set out to put his brand of creepiness into kids' books and it's quite good! It's also full of his illustrations.
#ScaryReads @litsy

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Weaveworld | Clive Barker
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Clive Barker's #DarkFantasy about a society that could create magic, who wove themselves into a rug to hide away from the evil beings hunting them. Of course, all manner of power hungry people and creatures would love to get that rug!
My favorite of Barker's weird horror/fantasy novels.
#AllHallowsRead #ScaryReads

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Replica | Lauren Oliver
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Fantastic start to a series!
One of Lauren Oliver's strengths is in taking a character from "ugh, another annoying everygirl" and making me feel her frustrations. Gemma's family with secrets and Lyra's life locked in a research facility are a perfect Oliver playground.
I'd planned to read Gemma's story then Lyra's but after four chapters I decided to alternate in 3-4 chapter chunks, enhancing the way the stories entwine.
Second book plz!
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Ghosts | Raina Telgemeier
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Another book for #AllHallowsRead that's on my TBR pile. Even though it seems a departure from Telgemeir's other works, with it's fatastical premise, I'm betting it'll have all the slice of life drama her graphic novels are known for.
Not exactly how the #DayoftheDead figures into the story but it's not hard to imagine.
#ScaryReads (though probably not actually scary)
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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The first horror book I remember reading is 'Salem's Lot. I was about 10 or 11 and swiped my mom's paperback from her bookcase. It had this cover image, with the metallic vampire face. I didn't find it to be very scary (I don't easily get creeped out by books) but I loved it. This remains one of my favorites. 📚💀🎃
#AllHallowsRead #ScaryReads

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Bleeding Earth | Kaitlin Ward
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A book I have sitting on top of my TBR pile is this YA #LGBTQ psychological horror novel that I've been wanting to read for a few months.
#AllHallowsRead #ScaryReads

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It's happening again...
The new show might be a while off but I can eagerly dig into this mysterious book right now! What secrets will I find inside?
Still hard to believe we're getting to go back to Twin Peaks!
😚📚✨

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Do you see all the awards on display? It earns every single one.
These characters are wonderfully vivid and their story is at times painful and beautiful. This book floored me! Read it!
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#lgbtq

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Six of Crows was a brilliant start to what has become one of my favorite fantasy series and I'm happy to say Crooked Kingdom is even better.
Leigh Bardugo tightens the suspense page by page, until it reaches it's breathtaking conclusion!
I'm going to miss these characters - especially stupid face Wylan. Does it really have to be over? I want more!
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Replica | Lauren Oliver
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Been looking forward to Lauren Oliver's new book.
Of course, I had to add two more to my eternal TBR stack! 😎📚

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It's so good to have these characters back in my life...especially stupid face Wylan 😊

bmsddk Hello! How are you enjoying the book so far? 3y
Driftglass @bmsddk Enjoying it so far. Only about a hundred pages in. Tomorrow I'll have lots of time to get lost inside 😊📚 3y
bmsddk Hope you get lost in the best of ways ☺ Looking forward to hearing your thoughts if you're up for it! 3y
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The Swan Riders | Erin Bow
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The follow-up to Scorpion Rules continues to surprise! It's filled with great character interactions and daring ideas. Erin Bow never allows the story to become bogged down by tired tropes. And a giant shout out for portraying a bisexual protagonist in a realistic and positive way!