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Librarian199509

Librarian199509

Joined March 2018

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Badge of Loyalty | JUDE. TRESSWELL
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This book was so bad it doesn't deserve analysis. There are about four different not well thought through plots. Every single character is a horrid horrid person. The author is way to invested in rape. Just no from beginning to end this was shit.

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You'll Grow Out of It | Jessi Klein
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Mehso-so

This was disappointing. From everything about it it seemed it was going to be about a woman finding humor in being a non-traditional feminine woman. Instead it's about a woman who desperately wants to be the traditional idea of femininity. So for me, who says fuck you to gender norms, this was almost painful to read. Except from a technical standpoint it's really well written and not painful to read.

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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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Mehso-so

Yeah I definitely missed my window on reading these. The writing style is so geared for juvenile readers I found it annoying.

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American Fairytale | Adriana Herrera
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Mehso-so

Tom is an inconsiderate jackass at times yes. However, the author really dropped the ball not to realize what a jackass Milo is too. Milo doesn't want Tom to pay for things because Milo's mom was in an abusive relationship... Ok if you think Tom is going to end up being abusive you shouldn't be with him what an utter lack of trust undermining the relationship. Also Tom's allowed to make plans with your mom without consulting you Milo wtf

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His Consort | Mary Calmes
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Panpan

If someone wrote a book that's sole purpose was to illustrate what red flags in a relationship look like in practice it would be this book. Since that wasn't this book's purpose I can only say that this book is trash. On top of having all the red flags it was also really conservative, which separately, gross. Avoid at all cost.

Briary Steering clear from this one. But your choice of picture is perfect 😂😂 2mo
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His Consort | Mary Calmes

"I'm just afraid of hurting you if you try to leave me again."... This book jumps from toxic shit to toxic shit

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His Consort | Mary Calmes

...and now there's a long diatribe about how you shouldn't get any help from anyone and being rich is good and if you want to be rich all you have yo do is just work harder.... This is the most politically conservative gay vampire book ever

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His Consort | Mary Calmes
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Deep breath. Right so one there are more groups pf people than black and white but more importantly YOU CANNOT BE RACIST TOWARDS WHITE PEOPLE THAT'S NOT A THING

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His Consort | Mary Calmes
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Nothing gets in my crawl more than an author putting their dumbass misogynistics beliefs in a woman's mouth... There's just too much to unpack in this passage...

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Pickpick

So I liked most of this book. Jacob is a great writer and open and honest about their life up to college graduation. (I'm not sure why the book stops there or why grad school wasn't ever an option but it's their book). The one disappointment I have with it is that for a book about gender nonconforming and gender as a construct it maintains the feminine/masculine binary which just galls me.

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Noble Hops | Layla Reyne
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Pickpick

I almost didn't request this from #netgalley I was so disappointed in the previous book, but I'm very glad I did. This was better written and it was nice to wrap up the big case. My only complaint is that it was super easy to put down so the thriller aspect of it technically fails. Still recommend the books in this universe. ⚠ will want whiskey or beer after ⚠

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Wickedly Dangerous | Deborah Blake
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Mehso-so

This is a weird one to review. Right up until the 50% mark this book was great.... And then everything after the 50% mark had me literally yelling at it. The police work is wrong. The big tough protagonists go reactionary. They have no plan, ever. I listened to thw audio which didn't help because the narrator read in an incredibly perky voice. It starts with such potential but man does it flame out hard.

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Against the Grain | Charlie Cochet
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And now the abusive parents have shown up to replace character development #strugglingthrough

Swe_Eva 🙄😂 8mo
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Against the Grain | Charlie Cochet
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The abusive ex was just brought back in to the plot because the author needed a cheap way for the one lead to express his love for the other lead. No why have a healthy communicative relationship when you can just shoehorn in an abusive ex. So gross

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Against the Grain | Charlie Cochet
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So much of this book is the author just telling the reader what the characters are feeling. They didn't take the time to flesh it out and then show us through good dialogue or the characters' actions. Instead it's like reading a character cheat sheet. Not really great writing.

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Against the Grain | Charlie Cochet

"I wish a man would put me on a pedestal"... No ew no. I wish authors would stop the idolizing is romantic thing. It's not romantic is objectifing.

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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Pickpick

Sometimes I read remixes of classics. Most of the time they don't work. Holy cow does this one work. And Zoboi adds to PP by introducing gentrification to the storyline. I loved every second reading this. 10/10 #streetlit #yafic #gorgeousbooks

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Amazing! The asides can take the reader out of the narrative and they do lessen the overall tension of the entire series (including one's not yet written). However, it's just such a fun installment if a bit overlong.

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Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Pickpick

I don't know nearly enough about the history of Spain, especially Franco, to fully grasp everything these books touch on, but purely from the writing these are some of the most atmospheric books I've read. Carlos Ruiz Zafon writes beautifully. He manages to write fully realistic narratives that I fully expect to turn in to magical realism simply from the writing. I don't want to live in this world but I would like to visit the Cemetery.

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Rise & Fall | Charlie Cochet

It's not that this book is bad, it's more that it's treading the same ground as the last book with bonus relationship drama shoehorned in. I keep getting to the end of chapters and being surprised that there's more to read.

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Contraband Hearts | Alex Beecroft
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Panpan

So unimpressed with basically everything. The pacing is off. The characters have no chemistry and the relationship has no building. Believes that the needs of the few (wealthy and unjust) outweigh the starving masses. Like christ there were compromises the author could have gone with but everything in the entire book is black or white, no grays.

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Contraband Hearts | Alex Beecroft

The main characters are just so unsuited. The pacing is too slow. I'm at 75% and it feels like I'm going to be reading this forever.

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Contraband Hearts | Alex Beecroft

The naivete of Perry is just annoying. I'm finding it painful to read through. "oh maybe the person everyone finds terrible is a terrible person, but he's so wealthy why would he be awful, must be everyone else that's wrong". With such great logic how did he ever get to his position.

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Accelerants | Lena Wilson
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Pickpick

I gave this back to our Teen Librarian & told her to give it to every angry girl/young woman we have. Which she then promptly stuck it into her own stack to check out 😂 As a narrative this falls down at places. It's under 100 pages long & could have used a few more to flesh it all out. Mi-Na really doesn't think through her actions & I'm not convinced the author did either. Still totally recommend to all the angry (espec #queer) women out there.

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Collected Stories | Tennessee Williams
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A lot of these stories were never published and yeah I can see why. Gonna keep going cause I'm still fairly early into his career.

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The Seafarer's Kiss | Julia Ember
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Mehso-so

This was OK. A re-telling or the origins of Ursula, except without the how she became the Sea Witch parts. Seafarer's Kiss is a touch dark fantasy and a touch too slowly paced but the concepts are good. #littlemermaid #ff #queer #other

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Prickly Business | Piper Vaughn, Kenzie Cade
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Mehso-so

What I wanted and was offered: a cute romance between a sassy hedgehog shifter and a werewolf. What I got: a convoluted mess of a plot with very little consistent direction or pacing. Idk if you ever played the game of Person A writes a page then Person B writes the next and so forth and so on. This is a not so well done one of those collabs. You could almost see where one writer built up to a choice and the next writer veered wildly.

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Imagine claymation Tim Burton and Wes Anderson had a baby

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Invisible Man | H G Wells
Mehso-so

Too distracted to enjoy by the fact that never, not once, did anyone ever think of just throwing flour or powder of any sort or sand or dirt on the invisible man. Voila! Not invisible anymore until he baths and dries. This is not a hard solution people "oh noes how shall we ever find him". Rolls eyes throw flour where you think he is. Aargh!!!

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Wight Mischief | Jl Merrow
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Why would anyone be friends with Baz? Thoroughly dislikable character. The bad guy was a bad patische and a complete farce. The plot barely held together. The characters who fall in love spend a grand total of 3 hours together, not on the same day. Overall just not a good read. #LGBTQ #NOghosts #okmaybeghosts?

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I had a sense of myself as a haunted house. I never knew when the invisible thing would strike - and it was like a blow, a kind of winding in the chest or stomach. When I felt it I would cry out at the force of it.

Sometimes I lay curled up on the floor. Sometimes I kneeled and gripped a piece of furniture.

This is one moment...know that another...

Hold on, hold on, hold on.

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"And it wasn't the end of books rescuing me. If poetry was a rope, then books themselves were rafts. At my most precarious I balanced on a book, and the books rafted me over the tides of feelings that left me soaked and shattered.

Feelings. I didn't want to feel."

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"Male pride, I think the teacher called it. I thought it was the stupidest thing I had ever heard; a flat earth theory of social relations."

I love this book.

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"'He hates what women become,' said the wildman. 'That's different. He loves women until they become what they become.'"

Yeah fuck you too mate.

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I realised my behavior wasn't ideal but my mother believed I was demon possessed and the headmistress was in mourning for Scotland. It was hard to be normal.

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A Matter of Oaths | Helen S. Wright
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Pickpick

I'm so used to sci fi from the 80s feeling dated, but this holds up so well. This could have been written this year. I'd call it a small space opera. It has a fantastic set of characters from all different backgrounds. There's just enough hints to see that there's a bigger world out there than the reader is given. So glad this is back in print. #gayscifi #queerpoc #awesomebossoldladies

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Pickpick

Very good. Loved every second. Wouldn't change anything.

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Metro 2033 | Dmitrii Glukhovskii
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Pickpick

I'm not sure what I feel about this book. The translation is a little clunky but the narrative can be a bit info dumpy as well. Combined means there are entire chunks of just really boring passages. That said I can see why they made a video game out of it and how that video game is popular. #russianscifi #dystopian #barelyapick

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Killing Mister Watson | Peter Matthiessen
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Mehso-so

Interesting half historical half fiction account of the real life and death of Mr Watson. Unfortunately I am not a big Florida history fan. The different narrators were all written with the same voice making it neigh impossible to tell them apart. And just overall it was about 100 pages too long. #badman #goodman #mrwatsonwhoknows #somuchcasualracism #periodappropriateracism

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Lunav | Jenn Polish
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Bailedbailed

This is one of those unique bails where I didn't bail because the book was poorly written or made arguments I find reprehensible. No I bailed because I just can't take dark fantasy right now. It's not the book or author's fault I had to bail I was fully warned. I just felt like I had to read it. Made it half way and just had to nope out. #readingforescape #darkfantasy #f/f #nonbinary

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Solid look at what it means to be black in America and resisting the status quo. Well researched. Good historical as well as modern instances of anti-blackness used. Only complaint, it's a survey type of book so it's quite short. #akpress #blackinamerica

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Pickpick

Beautifully written. Emotionally moving even when you know the stories it's based on and so know what's coming. Miller did a fabulous job interpreting the myths into understandable language. Still annoyed book club picked a book for Pride where we knew going in the gay characters die. #gaygreeks #achillesandpatroclussittinginatree #mademecry

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Meet Attila Ambrus aka the Whiskey Robber a hockey goalie come pelt smuggler come bank robber in 1990s Hungary. The later half of the book gets a little repetitive as he just keeps robbing banks with ridiculous ease. His story is a hilariously insane but the book sort of ends in a down mood.

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I've really enjoyed this series. I'm sad but understand the author's is physically unable to publish more faster. This book really should have suffered from just way too much happening but I never felt that at all. My only complaint (and this is one I have with a lot of books) is that it has a young male character who just acts like no young person I've ever met sometimes. #gaynecromancer #overpoweredandiloveit #randomlanguage

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Pickpick

Sorry sorry. I don't even watch GOT but redheaded vikings amiright. This was ok I guess. I can see why people like it more than I did but it just fell a little flat. Almost a just pick something and go with it feeling for me. #gaymonks #gayvikings #playingwithhistory

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Baking With Kafka | Tom Gauld
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These comics were a little pretentious at times but I enjoyed so many of them. They're dry, sometimes absurdist humor. #cartoons

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What Is to Be Done? | Nikolay Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky, Michael R. Katz
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As I figured as a narrative this is wretched to read. However as a document about revolutionaries between the Decembrists and the Bolsheviks this is fascinating, but yeah if you have no interest or knowledge about those revolutionaries do not read this. As someone who finds that time of Russia interesting I actually enjoyed most of this. The second half does drag a bit more than the first though.

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An End to Summer: SpiritLands | Diana Rose Wilson
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Mehso-so

I got this from Netgalley... It was full of interesting ideas that were poorly executed. This is a book that could have been great if it had gone through another two edits. #gayromance #arc #netgalley

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What Is to Be Done? | Nikolay Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky, Michael R. Katz
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This is going to take forever to read. As a narrative, not great. As a historical, highly influential document, fascinating.

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