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Hyzie

Hyzie

Joined October 2016

Ramblings regarding reading.
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The Magician's Nephew | Clive Staples Lewis
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Uncle Andrew is the absolute worst uncle.

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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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This book never fails to cheer me up. Amelia Peabody travels to Egypt at the turn of the century, where she and her friend Evelyn meet the Emerson brothers in a tomb. Murder, mayhem, and mummies ensue. There is lots of shouting, and none of these people should ever use firearms.

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I am enjoying this, but I am not sure what genre it is.
I am not sure it knows what genre it is.
I am not sure it knows what a genre is.
I am not sure it cares.

Chelleo All of this! 😂🤣😂 12mo
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Cast In Shadow | Michelle Sagara

This is fun so far. It feels like the world is big and I am getting just enough character backstory to wonder but not so little I'm annoyed.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas

Finally starting my way through this. Despite having my ups and downs with the series (cough, Rowan, cough), it feels weird it is nearly over for me.

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Carrow Haunt | Darcy Coates

This is all of my favorite parts of a haunted house story so far.

Also a door just slammed and I dropped my Kindle. I'm guessing this is working for me.

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Prince of Thorns | Mark Lawrence
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Come for the psychopathic teenage protagonist, stay for the necromancers, politics, and hints of past nuclear holocaust.

TrishB Love the whole series! Jorg is seriously bad ass. The ending of book 3 is seriously one of the best endings to a fantasy series ever!! Enjoy 😀 3y
Hyzie Ooh, I can't wait to snag the next one, then! 3y
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The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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Things I learned from this book:
1. Haunted houses do not like animals. :(
2. Upper middle class people basically did nothing but sit around and drink genteelly in the '70s, even when horrible stuff was happening.
I did enjoy this, but it was one of those "scary if you were there" books versus being scary to actually read.

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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This might be due partially to me loving clever academic young protagonists (hello, Ender!), but I loved this. The aliens are appropriately alien and I approved of not having everyone be horrible just to force the protagonist into a bad situation. Looking forward to the next, but stands alone just fine.

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Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake
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Strangely compelling once it got going, I was intrigued by all three sisters, and since two of them ended the book with rather big surprises, I can't wait to see where the series goes. I kind of want a video game in this world.

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Watership Down | Richard Adams

"My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today."

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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Monty Python meets Doctor Who and they get drunk and decide to write a love letter to literature together.

This somehow works.

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Daughters Unto Devils | Amy Lukavics
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I was not expecting quite as much horror. Slow build and almost painful amount of angsting at the start, but did go somewhere. Last line of audiobook combined with rising music of ending genuinely scared me. Stephen King meets Little House on the Prairie indeed.

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I have once again failed to tear up at the latest touching romance novel. That is not to say I didn't enjoy it, however; it was a solid read and I am glad I did read it. If you enjoy "crying" books, I do feel this was well done. For those like myself whose tears are evoked exclusively by kingly sacrifices in doomed fantasy realms, this is still an intriguing read about finding yourself. I kind of want to murder her sister, though.

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Insanity | Cameron Jace
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This was fun. I was expecting a foray out of the real world and got "the real world is pretty interesting after all" instead. Pillar is fascinating. I am game for more adventures.

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Stealing Snow | Danielle Paige
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I have a high tolerance of (and even a genuine fondness for) love triangles, bitchy protagonists, and people wishing to refuse the call of prophecy.

And yet I still detested this. I had low hopes and it did not meet them. 27% is as far as I shall ever make it.

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Ella Minnow Pea | Mark Dunn
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This was a remarkably *smart* book and played with language in a way I am not sure I have ever seen an adult book manage.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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This was rather clever, though there were aspects leading up to the final ending I found a bit tedious. The ideas explored were interesting throughout, and I legitimately did not see a lot of it coming. I will be picking up his other stuff.

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Picked this up because everyone is reading it and it is probably going to garner awards, if it hasn't already. Honestly did not expect to enjoy it much (sad/uplifting romance is really, really not my thing), but so far I genuinely am.

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This evokes Morrowind for me to a startling degree. Utterly fantastic, somehow both dark and hopeful, and honestly one of the best books I have read. Five stars from someone who prides themselves on being able to name every book deserving that score. Sanderson is magic for me.

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Property of a Lady | Sarah Rayne
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Not best read alone at night unless you want to startle at every possible noise and whimper if it sounds like singing. Hits all my Gothic horror and history buttons. A creepy ghost story with long-lost notes and diaries to fill in the back story? Yes, please. First in series? Sign me up!

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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A lot darker than I expected, and somehow full of folklore and myths that feel rooted enough to be real. Very unsettling, but wonderful all the same.

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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire | Rosamund Hodge
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Romeo and Juliet. With, you know, necromancers, blood sacrifice, unexpected friendship, dark ancient magicks and characters you hope somehow avoid the fates of their namesakes. Expect to want to rip your hair out during the long wait for the next book and to be bemused at actually enjoying Romeo and Juliet.

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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This is what happens when Watchmen and Pet Sematary have a baby and let The Count of Monte Cristo raise it. Brutal, but fascinating.