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Jaime

Jaime

Joined April 2016

Mostly literary fiction.
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Green Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Very different from the first book. A little slower and a little more time spent on the character's inner lives. But a great ending and excitement for the last book in the trilogy.

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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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This was a fascinating book, even as I wasn't sure exactly where it was heading. Presented as a fake memoir of the author, it makes you wonder how much is autobiographical.

kspenmoll Love the photo. Just got book for xmas🎄 6y
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Red Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson
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If you are a secret science nerd like me who loves when books provide plausible solutions for interstellar travel and life on new planets, then OMG READ THIS. Fabulous "it could happen" story, excellent, sound science, and eerily prescient politics. If you liked The Martian, come see where he got all his ideas from!

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It was the sentiments like this that made me like The Red Tent, and mourn the fact that we still seem to be in the same place after so many years.

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This is a "pick" with reservations. I totally get why people love this book. I think I like what it stands for and the female community within it more than I liked the writing or the story. I think I would have been gaga over it in my teens and early twenties.

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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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Great read. I almost never highlight my kindle books but there were so many great lines in this one, so many great observations. Satirical. Lampoons a lot of our modern concerns. Jumps back and forth in time to reveal its secrets and truths in small increments- just enough to keep you wondering.

Suet624 Great photo! 6y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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Sound familiar???? 😳

Tamarity My ebook sample was only a few chapters, is the rest very video game heavy? 6y
Kimzey Yep! Sounds familiar! 😱 6y
Jaime @Tamarity The book is kind of epic. Jumps around in time. Video games minimal - this is a story about Samuel and Faye ultimately. 6y
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So... TC Boyle is an incredibly prolific and talented writer. I loved Drop City. I've loved a number of his short stories. I've read at least four other books of his. But this one... it felt more like a chore than it should have. I was frustrated with everyone and didn't really like anyone. I thought I was embarking on a little TC Boyle bender, but I think I will hold off. I just want something I can't put down.

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Desperation | Stephen King
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From lowbrow horror to highbrow philosophy, another page-turner. Can't decide whether to read companion piece The Regulators, since I've heard this is the better book. In the meantime, diving into something completely different to cleanse my palate.

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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What a creepy return to vintage Stephen King! More recent novels like Joyland and 11/22/63 reminded me just how much I've enjoyed his stories, and I figured I would end October with one final scary book. This one had me spooked for sure - and entranced by his characters.

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Under the Skin | Michel Faber
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Part allegory, part satire, part horror, part dystopia, wholly strange. How language denigrates or elevates; sexism; the meat industry; class warfare. Turn on your imagination- you're going to need it.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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The more I read, the more I liked this story. I've been trying to read "scary" books for October and this one is way up there. The author creates a unique setting and atmosphere, as well as a crafty protagonist.

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Joyland | Stephen King
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What a great story. Loved everything about this, from 70's nostalgia to the carny world to the supernatural.

GeekyGirlBooks What a great cover! 6y
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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Another winner from Neil Gaiman. Now I have to listen to the BBC dramatization - McAvoy! Cumberbatch! Dormer! - because I'm not yet ready to leave the world of London Below.

Angelala007 One of my favourite books. I loved it so much I'm afraid to re-read it. Does that even make sense? ☺️ 6y
Jaime @Angelala007 yes, but you don't need to worry - it's as awesome as you remember it to be! 6y
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Apartment 16 | Adam Nevill
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I got through the prologue and part of the first chapter and I was already skimming through all the tedious exposition and cringing at the horrible dialogue. So glad you can return Kindle books!

RadicalReader @Jaime best part of electronic book borrowing/ renting Returnabilty 5y
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Slade House | David Mitchell
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Really enjoyed this creepy tale involving a house that only appears every nine years. You think you know what's happening, but you don't. Answers just enough questions to keep you imagining beyond the final pages of the book.

TrishB Loved it 😀 6y
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I devoured this book in a day. It's really affected me. The story includes sadness and terror and suffering, but it also left me with hope and the feeling that someone(s) or something(s) out there is watching over things. It's a lovely story filled with characters I'd gladly read more about. Highly recommended!

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So good. Darkly comic, traumatic, fascinating book about "Jun Do" (haha), a N Korean "everyman" and his adventures first being an obedient citizen of and later an enemy of the state. He's a chameleon, allowing the author to explore multiple strata of modern day N Korean society. Story is so well- told.

RanaElizabeth Great book! 6y
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"'Most people think it's a figure of speech,' he said. 'The underground. I always knew better. The secret beneath us, the entire time.'" A must-read for all. Big book hangover with this one.

MrBook Nice! 😊👍🏻 6y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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So overall this was a fun and suspenseful mind-bender, but reading this right after Stephen King's 11/22/63 invited comparisons to both writing style and plot. King is a much better writer more focused on character development and the intricacies and consequences of the plot, and Crouch is more of an idea guy who needs to get through his story in 400 pages or less. Still good, still fun, and will be a great movie.

BellaBookNook Thanks for the review because I hear mixed thoughts on it. Are they making a movie of this book? 6y
Jaime Yes it's going to be a movie. 6y
MrBook Great review! 6y
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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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OMG you guys. I haven't read a King book in ages, but now I remember why they were all so good. Yes, this is a book about going back in time to stop the assassination of JFK, but it's also about friendship, loyalty, responsibility, love, and sacrifice. Totally lives up to the hype.

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The fourth and final (so far) Jackson Brodie mystery, which kind of gives the poor guy a back seat to the main character of Tracy Waterhouse, who makes some surprising choices that leave the reader questioning what the ethics of certain situations really are.

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True to the title, a lot of tragic events occur in this story. But because Atkinson is so good at her craft, she not only manages to tie up all of the seemingly unrelated events and characters, but she makes you feel like justice was meted out in all the right amounts.

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A masterfully written book that spirals in and around its main characters right up until the hugely satisfying ending. Pictured: Skaket Beach on Cape Cod, which has nothing to do with this book.

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I've read a lot of horror, suspense, unreliable narrator kind of stuff to not find the ending all that shocking. It was a cool way to unspool the mystery, but I found myself skimming the book to get to the end so I could see if my hunches were right (they were).

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This is what I consider "accessible" China Mieville, in the vein of The City and The City. It's an alternate history of the German occupation of Paris during WWII, though it's no Paris you or I would recognize. In addition to the Nazis, Paris's remaining citizens also have to contend with Surrealist art that has fully manifested into conscious creatures. And also, beasts from Hell. Unlike anything else!

rachel_mbc Oh dear, if this is accessible, I don't think Mieville's for me. 😉 6y
Jaime @rachel_mbc It's really tough for me to get into most of his stuff. I do recommend trying The City and The City, though. 6y
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Did I mention that I really like this series? Basically just a continuation of the last book, with even more cool found photos and increasing complexity of plot.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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So, so good. Two sisters who never met experience very different fates - as do the generations that come after them - as a result of the African slave trade. Spans Africa, Europe, and the Americas, and each chapter is a slice of one generation on each side of the family tree.

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Didn't even realize this was a YA trilogy - I was hooked from the start. Very clever use of found images that help bring the story to life even more.

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Didn't even realize this was a YA trilogy - I was hooked from the start. Very clever use of found images that help bring the story to life even more.

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I loved A Little Life, and I had high hopes for this one. It's a completely different kind of book, told in a completely different style, about ego, culture clashes, immortality, and more. Really engrossing and shocking.

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I loved A Little Life, and I had high hopes for this one. It's a completely different kind of book, told in a completely different style, about ego, culture clashes, immortality, and more. Really engrossing and shocking.

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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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I know people love this series, but I thought it was just okay. I found the way people spoke in the book to be too "modern" for the setting, so I was always surprised to see the date in the 1600's.

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Wayward Pines Trilogy | Blake Crouch
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Using my Kindle Unlimited powers for good: flying through some thrilling summer reading. While I wasn't a huge fan of his writing style, I enjoyed the storyline and am looking forward to watching the series.

OSChamberlain Season one was great. Haven't caught up with two yet. But dying to read the books! 6y
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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This was good because Kate Atkinson is a good writer- and because it was less of a traditional detective story and more of a story about 3-4 traumas that somewhat intersected. BUT. I am getting weary of dead children.

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The Promise: A Novel | Ann Weisgarber
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I didn't know what to expect & didn't expect much, but I was compelled by this story of two women from different backgrounds in 1900. It's a story about growing up, changes, death, duty, shame, prejudice, and forgiveness. And all under 400 pages.

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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I don't want to become a Litsy pariah, but I am very "meh" about this book. Perhaps one shouldn't follow American Gods with a fairy tale? Either way, I was a little bored, a little "so what?" and every now and then, a little enchanted.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I've only seen the movie 😬 (so no shunning from over here) 6y
Orbeck33 Different opinions are what make Litsy great! 6y
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As good as you've heard; maybe better. I'm reading it a second time to catch all the foreshadowing and detail I likely missed the first time around as I tore through it. Such fascinating imagery, commentary, and myth on the American experience.

MyBookLife I LOVED this book ❤️❤️ 6y
anwade88 Every Time I see someone post about this it makes me want to read it even more! 6y
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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What a lovely little story. Creepy and wonderful.

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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A modern-day haunting. Creepy as anything. Still thinking about the ending hours later. Not for the faint of heart. Very curious about the "different" Dutch ending! If you grew up in/near the Hudson Valley, you will recognize all the towns and locations!

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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I only read an excerpt but I'm totally creeped out. Is this book worth it?!

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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FLEW through this in less than two days. Told entirely in a series of reports, transcripts, and articles, it's very cleverly put together and compelling. Going to be a movie soon, too. At least two more sequels are in the works.

pageturnersnook I absolutely loved this novel and like yourself it was read in two sittings for me. Completely different way to approach writing a novel but it works so week. Cannot wait for the film. 7y
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Heartbreaking. Fabulous. Engrossing. Inevitable. I never wanted the story to end, even as I was dying to know the ending. Going to download her other book immediately.

lucy_literati The exact same reaction I had. I've had a book hangover ever since. 7y
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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I spent too much time trying to decide which page to photograph of this gorgeously compiled and art-directed book. If you love the soundtrack to Hamilton, you will love having all the lyrics, backstory, photos, and footnotes so beautifully preserved.

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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
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Super excited about digging into this tonight.... I think that brings the number of books I'm currently reading to four.

jeff Life is more fun when you read multiple books at a time, isn't it? 😀📚 7y
Jaime Yes, especially when the art direction is so stunning in at least one of the books! Already halfway through.... 7y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I adored this book and loved the structure. It's like a "choose your own adventure" where you get to read all the possible endings. Characters from this book cross over into A God in Ruins, and while you don't "need" to read this one first, why wouldn't you?!

Orbeck33 I didn't realize this was connected to another book. I'll have to try God in Ruins! 7y
Jaime Yes - Teddy is the main character in this one, and Ursula pops up here and there. But a totally different structure and approach vs Life After Life. 7y
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A God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson
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Loved this. Has a bit of a "surprise" ending that others may not like, but I found the book totally engrossing and the characters very real.

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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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One of my absolute favorites. Historical fiction + horror + magical realism + myth. I would have read it multiple times if I hadn't, in my excitement to have everyone read this book, leant it to someone who never returned it!

acorter I also leant this book out and had it never return. I later found a used, hc copy at my local book store and scooped it up! This book was so good, Simmons deserves my money twice anyway. 6y
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I loved two other books by Meg Wolitzer, so I tried this one. Don't bother unless you're trying to punish yourself - it's not an enjoyable read, and the ending only brought immense relief on my part.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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WW II in France. Two sisters with opposite approaches to dealing with the German occupation eventually learn to appreciate each other's efforts. Gut-wrenching at moments. Unsparing.