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HotdogZanzabaar

HotdogZanzabaar

Joined May 2017

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Mitosis | Brandon Sanderson
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A quick Reckoners novella that takes place in between Steelheart and Firefight.

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Firefight | Brandon Sanderson
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Second book in the Reckoners saga, The reckoners leave a Newcago to fight a high epic in Babylon Reborn formerly Manhattan, but element of surprise is no longer on their side. Gotta say that I‘ve become a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson.

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Run | Blake Jack Crouch
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Not the best book I‘ve ever read but definitely not the worst. This was another recommendation from @Reviewsbylola she liked it but I honestly thought all of the characters except Jack were just unlikable and the whole story just felt phoned in.

Reviewsbylola I wish you‘d liked it more! 2w
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Steelheart | Brandon Sanderson
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Super heroes exist, but they‘re not here to protect but subject us. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and only a few have the will to fight back.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Great sci-fi plot that starts to drag a little at the end. Unfortunately I figured out what was happening really early so maybe that‘s why I felt like the ending was stretched longer than it should have been. But what do I know I‘m no novelist 😂 the picture is of @Reviewsbylola taking a picture of this book for her post.

Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 3w
DebinHawaii ??Love the @Reviewsbylola "action shot!" ? 3w
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So impressed with the world that Brandon Sanderson has created. The first book in the second trilogy set in the mistborn universe 300 years after the fall of the final empire. On to book two!

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Another good recommendation from @Reviewsbylola that did not disappoint. It‘s kind of a lunar caper that was absolutely written in hopes of turning it into a screenplay. Decent characters just the right amount of science and an entertaining story.

Reviewsbylola I‘m glad you liked it! 😘😘 3mo
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Just picked up the 2nd Mistborn Trilogy! Can‘t wait to see what their world is like 300 years later!

Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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Final book in the trilogy and I‘m so sad that it‘s over. Such a great world, story, and characters that I would put right up there with the song of fire and ice series. I want to give my brother Alex a big thank you for suggesting these books and I will be reading a lot more Brandon Sanderson books in the near future. (My daughter really wanted to model the book bedhead and all)

Reviewsbylola She‘s so cute. 🥰 4mo
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Second book in a trilogy that I am reading straight through. The world and main story are amazing with lots of action and drama. Also loads of parliamentary procedure! Ok I honestly could have done without all the political strategy stuff, a lot was said when a little would have made due. The political stuff really slowed the momentum for me. All that being said I still really enjoyed it and will be starting book three tomorrow.

Reviewsbylola And on to book 3! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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With @Reviewsbylola off to England, I‘m left home with the little ones. I‘ve vowed to dedicate my free time this upcoming week to reading. Gotta say... when my brother told me about this book I was pretty so so about it, but once I got a few pages in I was hooked. I‘m not a fan of reading trilogy‘s straight through but I can‘t help it. I‘ve got to know what happens next.

vivastory The series gets better with each book 5mo
Reviewsbylola Wow, look at you!! 5mo
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I read this for the first time about 10 years ago and I was blown away. Reading it now just reminds me to be grateful for what I have and to cherish those close to me. It is a sobering look at addiction and the mind of a man who is trapped in a hell of his own creation, and proof that you can make it out.

Reviewsbylola All I remember is that he wore the same pair of leather pants day after day without laundering. 🤢🤢 6mo
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If you‘re a fan “A Song of Ice and Fire” more often referred to as Game of Thrones you should love this. Book one is The history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros from Aegon the Conqueror through the Regency of Aegon III. Although this is written closer to a history book than a true novel it paints such a vivid picture of the Seven Kingdoms and how they came to be united as one. Great holdover while waiting for season 8.

Reviewsbylola Great picture!! I‘m glad to see you were finally able to put your soldiers to good use. 😘 6mo
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Saga: Book One | Brian K. Vaughan
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After a year long hiatus, I‘ve finally read a whole book! This is a graphic novel of course but it brought me back into the fold. (My wife‘s dog agrees) This was a 2017 Christmas gift from my brother. Once I started reading I couldn‘t put it down, I read it all in one sitting. Great sci/fi story with amazing character design. (The Stalk) this is a series that I will definitely follow up on.

Reviewsbylola Lol she‘s your dog too. 😆 Poor Gertie, she has no idea wtf is going on. 7mo
emilyhaldi “My wife‘s dog” 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
Cinfhen BTW @Reviewsbylola I NOTICED that comment right away 🤣🤣😂🤣Now I know why Gertie was excluded on the Holiday card 😉😂😂Glad you‘re back in the reading game @HotdogZanzabaar 6mo
Mdargusch Hysterical! “My wife‘s dog”🙄 6mo
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Sorry for the back to back non-book related posts, but on the way home they decided to hold hands so they wouldn‘t get lost. Had to share #sorrynotsorry.

somebooksaround So cute!!!! 1y
cobwebmoth So sweet!❤ 1y
Alfoster Awwww!🤪 1y
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Alfoster I meant to say 😍! 1y
Reviewsbylola They are the sweetest. ♥️ 1y
Mdargusch Adorable 1y
emilyhaldi Too much 💕 1y
Tadams4 So precious! 1y
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While my wife @Reviewsbylola is out with her book club I got to spend some quality daddy daughter time with these two lovely ladies!

Alfoster Awwww!😍 1y
Reviewsbylola ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
Mdargusch 💕💕💕 1y
emilyhaldi What a fun dad!!!🍦 1y
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I‘m a huge fan of zombie/survival/cursed earth fiction so I obviously was a huge fan of the TV show. I wasn‘t a big reader at the time so I was familiar with the tv show before I read these books, but I gotta say these bad boys didn‘t disappoint! The story follows the same plot points but there so much more in the book (isn‘t there always?) if you‘re a fan of the show you will definitely be a fan of the book!

Chelleo Hi!!! Why aren‘t you here with us at the #OhioMeetup!!! 1y
emilyhaldi Hey boy!! 👋🏻 we talking about you at the meetup 1y
HotdogZanzabaar @Chelleo I‘m with the kids today so @Reviewsbylola could get some sister time in with @emilyhaldi @Meredith3 and her mom @Mdargusch 1y
Mdargusch Great review! It almost makes me want to read these. 😁 1y
Reviewsbylola Yes there always is more to the book! 1y
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A Column of Fire | Ken Follett
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My wife @Reviewsbylola is half a world away right now but didn‘t forget about me on Valentine‘s Day. I loved “Pillars of the Earth”, and “A World Without End” so needless to say I‘m excited about this one.

Reviewsbylola What a sweet wife. ♥️♥️😂😂 1y
emilyhaldi True love 💘 1y
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Not sure how many of you are gamers, but Bethesda Studios based quite a few Fallout and Elder Scrolls missions and quests on H.P Lovecraft stories. Really looking forward to Kraken this open.

Reviewsbylola That‘s beautiful! 1y
emilyhaldi 🐙 1y
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Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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I saw the trailer for the movie based on this book series, and I thought “this looks pretty good”. I had already read the first book in this trilogy (wasn‘t a big fan) so I figured I could power through the next 2 books before the movie came out, but I couldn‘t have been more wrong! I thought the first one was a tough read but this one takes the cake. Super boring characters that are unlikeable and forgettable. (Continued in comments)

HotdogZanzabaar However if you‘re into long drawn out descriptions of the “main” character reading files, not so much the content of the files but how he perceives the information, and his concerns about what his mother would think about him and his new job. (Dudes got a serious Oedipus complex btw). For an absolute lack of a more accurate description this book was like really terrible sex that just won‘t end with somebody you don‘t really like. (edited) 1y
HotdogZanzabaar This book really failed to keep me interested so much monotony. Just when you think that you can‘t take anymore of the boring exposition “BAM” nothing happens. Probably still gonna she that movie though. 1y
Reviewsbylola Lol I‘m sure you will. 🤣🤣 1y
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WanderingBookaneer I bailed on this 3 years ago after hating the first one, but wanting to know what Area X was and how it got to be that way. A friend told me nothing was explained in books 2 or 3. I quit. 1y
HotdogZanzabaar @WanderingBookaneer. Same here. I didn‘t really like the first one but there was enough actual content to keep me fighting through it to the end. Can‘t say the same for this one. I will also bail on the books and hope the movie explains what area X is. 1y
Zelma I read and disliked the first book. It was eerie enough to finish but I was so annoyed and dissatisfied by the reading experience. Not my thing at all, though I know that is a minority opinion. 1y
emilyhaldi Thanks for the sex comparison- now I get it!!! 😆👌🏻 1y
Reviewsbylola @britt_brooke here‘s his reaction to book 2. 😂😂😂 11mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola 😆👏🏻 Have you read them? They‘re not my typical thing at all and I don‘t think they‘re yours either, right? The fantasy aspect throws me off. My husband says he‘s enjoying the 2nd book so far, but isn‘t far in. 11mo
Reviewsbylola Yes totally not my thing. Fantasy elements have to be very mild for me to enjoy them usually. @britt_brooke 11mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Yeah, same. I initially had a hard time visualizing this. I‘ve got my bearings now (maybe), but we‘ll see. 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ll be curious to see what your thoughts are once you finish it! @britt_brooke 11mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Stay turned! 😬 11mo
FlowerFairy I read this first but didn‘t enjoy it enough to want to read the next two. 11mo
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@Reviewsbylola starting them young. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Pop-up. I always enjoy watching my wife share her love of reading with our girls. Sadly I have yet to crack a book this year.

Reviewsbylola You‘re so sweet. ❤️ 2y
Mdargusch I love this 💕💕💕 2y
MinDea 😍😍😍😍😍 2y
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CareBear Look at their faces! How cute! 2y
emilyhaldi Awwww ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Reggie This is beautiful. 2y
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Ex-Isle: A Novel | Peter Clines
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Earnest Cline said it best “The Avengers meets The Walking Dead”. Everything I look for in a book, Post apocalyptic earth? Check! Super hero‘s? Check! Zombies? Check! If any of these things are on your reading checklist I seriously recommend digging into this series. This is the 5th book in the EX-heros series.

Reviewsbylola All the things I don‘t want in a book. 🤣🤣 2y
Mdargusch Yes, me too @Reviewsbylola . I‘m glad you liked it though. 👍🏼 2y
emilyhaldi Has my husband read it??? Great review man! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola He is bringing him the first book today. @emilyhaldi 2y
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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53 pages in and I couldn‘t tell you what this book is about. My wife @Reviewsbylola recommended this because she thought I would like it, but she couldn‘t have been more wrong. 😂 if nonstop Shakespeare references and band camp squabbling is your thing then I think you will love this. If you‘re looking for a dystopian / cursed earth novel you‘ve got your work cut out for you with this one.

Reviewsbylola I really think you would have liked it if you‘d stuck with it a little longer!! 2y
emilyhaldi Lol, The Lord is back!!! You better up your book recommendation game, @Reviewsbylola 2y
Reviewsbylola He took that picture on the floor of the dance lobby. 🤣🤣🤣 @emilyhaldi 2y
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The Last Town | Blake Crouch
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Do you like action boarding on horror with a touch of drama? If so this is it. This is the third book in the Wayward Pines trilogy and I read them all back to back. I don‘t usually do that but I had to know what happens next. All three of these books kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend checking them out.

Reviewsbylola Always glad when you love the books I recommend. ☺️ 2y
Mdargusch Great review! 2y
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Wayward | Blake Crouch
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Wow! I read this in about 6 hours, I just couldn‘t stop. Gripping from page one, a murder mystery in a town that‘s not what it seems. If you haven‘t read the first book in this series do so before reading this. Seriously so much book is packed into just 298 pages.

Reviewsbylola Totally agree! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Pines | Blake Crouch
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This book had me in the first few pages, and I couldn‘t put it down. It has a little something for everyone, murder mystery action. If you‘re looking for something different and exciting this might be it.

emilyhaldi You're back!!!!!! 🎉🎉 I loved all of his other books so I'm definitely going to give this one a try! 2y
Reggie The time in this one had my mind in a pretzel. I loved it. Haven‘t read the next 2, though. 2y
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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This is the inspiration for the movie Bladerunner also one of the few times I will say that the movie was better than the book. However I didn‘t like the movie before reading the book. So I guess the book was good because 1. I enjoyed it, and 2. It helped me to enjoy a movie that I didn‘t like before.

Reviewsbylola Solid logic. 😁 2y
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Remember writing papers in school that had to be 1000 words or more so you wrote sentences like, Furthermore I feel like anyone that reads the subject matter will agree with the opinion of most other people that the topic presented in the subject matter was of great relevance and very important to those involved. That's this book. Instead of character names he uses titles like: The archeologist, and The psychologist. Ok read, and only 195 pages.

Reviewsbylola Hopefully you enjoy the other books more. 2y
HotdogZanzabaar FYI I will be reading the next book in the series. 2y
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emilyhaldi Oh happy day! The Lord is here! 🙌🏻 2y
emilyhaldi Great review btw 👍🏻 2y
Mdargusch Welcome SIL. Glad you are joining in our obsession. 😂 2y
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