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Lucy_Anywhere

Lucy_Anywhere

Joined December 2018

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The Bone Season: A Novel | Samantha Shannon
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#TBRPile 📚 “I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning. Not many, I suppose. But more than there are now.”

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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#TBRPile 📚 “There was once an inn that sat peacefully on the bank of the Thames at Radcot, a long day‘s walk from the source.”

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The Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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Mehso-so

I‘m so disappointed, y‘all - I wanted to enjoy this dark academia fantasy a lot more than I did. It just felt very unbalanced; a lot of time was spent in the characters‘ heads, some of the POVs were more developed (and so more interesting) than others, and very little time was spent on exposition so that I never had a grasp on the world it was set in or the magic system that existed within it. A generous so-so.

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Mrs Death Misses Death | Salena Godden
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Mehso-so

A dark, witty, lyrical and oddly life-affirming look at death, this charmed me at first but then lost me. Some people will love this, but I found that the story lost its way after 100 pages and dissolved into a lament about how shitty the modern world is. The author is a spoken word artist so possibly a story that‘s better on audio. Another book down for #AwesomeApril #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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Mehso-so

First book down for #AwesomeApril 🥳 One of my favourite things about Brandon Sanderson is the original and meticulously thought-out magic systems he comes up with which have clearly defined rules that even the protagonist can‘t break. I loved the Rithmatic magic system 😘 but sadly it was the only thing I loved in this book. It wasn‘t that it was bad, just a bit meh and lacking the usual Sanderson depth of character and world building. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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A day late to the party but the timing of the #awesomeapril #readathon is absolutely perfect! I have two weeks off with no plans 📚 bring on the books! My goals are to finish off the tagged, finish at least one of my Libby holds, and my #doublespin book, Magic For Liars. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2mo
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Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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#TBRPile 📚 “I have heard it said, by those that cannot possibly know, that in the final moments of a man‘s existence he sees his whole life pass before his eyes.”

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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#TBRPile 📚 “It sounds like a sentence: Victoria Falls. At any rate, that‘s the joke I used to make until Her Royal Majesty Queen Victoria actually died in 1901, just before I landed on the continent.”

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The Silver Sword, Etc | Ian Serraillier
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#TBRPile 📚 “This is the story of a Polish family, and of what happened to them during the Second World War and immediately afterwards.”

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The Winter Road | Adrian Selby
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#TBRPile 📚 “You will fail, Teyr Amondsen. My eyes open. The truth wakes me. You will fail.”

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The Archived | Victoria Schwab
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#TBRPile 📚 “There‘s nothing fresh about this start.”

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This Savage Song | V.E Schwab
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#TBRPile 📚 “The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn‘t angry or drunk. She was desperate.”

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The Cheerleaders | Kara Thomas
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Mehso-so

I actually enjoyed the first three-quarters of this YA-thriller. The central mystery was intriguing and the messy, complex characters felt very realistic in how they dealt with their grief. However, the ending was a real let-down, knocking this down to a so-so.

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#TBRPile 📚 “Between Logan International Airport and Spencer, Massachusetts, most of it on an old warhorse of a Greyhound bus that stank of diesel and midsummer sweat, three people eyed her olive fatigues and thanked Charlie McCabe for her service.”

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Head on | John Scalzi
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#TBRPile 📚 “By the time Duane Chapman died on the Hilketa field, his head had already been torn off twice.”

imyril Such a brilliant opening line. 2mo
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Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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#TBRPile 📚 “Only fools climbed to the surface. It was stupid to put yourself in danger like that, my mother always said.”

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 📚 2mo
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Cast In Shadow | Michelle Sagara
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#TBRPile 📚 “Black circles under the eyes were not, Kaylin decided, a very attractive statement.”

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Blood Song | Anthony Ryan
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#TBRPile 📚 “He had many names.”

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Scarlet Odyssey | C. T. Rwizi
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#TBRPile 📚 “They say that on the day he was to become a man, he cried and wet himself in fear as soon as the uroko bull charged out of its cage in a blur of fury.”

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#TBRPile 📚 “Although you may not recognise it, you are standing in Covent Garden […] the piazza in puris naturalibus, in its mid-eighteenth-century state, complete with cobblestones, dust and open drains.”

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Artifact Space | Miles Cameron
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Hornblower, but in space! There‘s a big ship, mysterious aliens, sabotage, ambitious midshipmen and a whole lot of action as the Athens sails to the edges of the known galaxy. While I didn‘t really like the MC (despite being a Poor Orphan™️ she was amazingly instantly good at everything), the world building was beautifully done and there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested for 400 pages.

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Chosen Ones | Veronica Roth
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#TBRPile 📚”I‘ve got a question for you: How the fuck did we end up with the name ‘Dark One‘ anyway?”

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A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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Thanks for the tag @RamsFan1963
1. More than I used to now that I‘ve realised that my English teachers mostly picked the boring ones 😂
2. I‘m slowly working my way through an audio book of A Tale of Two Cities - I was named after Lucie Manette!
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BkClubCare I have fond memories of A Tale of Two Cities from 9th grade. 3mo
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Eight Detectives | Alex Pavesi
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I very much enjoyed this clever and unusual murder mystery that played homage to the rules of the genre but used my own assumptions (and an unreliable narrative) to keep me guessing until the last page. A great pick if you like whodunnits!

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Lagoon | Nnedi Okorafor
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As diverse, chaotic, and disorientating as Lagos itself, Lagoon never quite coalesces into one story. Instead it weaves together vignettes as an alien walks out of the water bringing change in her wake. Some welcome her, some fear her, and others seek to take advantage. There‘s a dazzling array of characters, human and not, making it more like a collection of folktales rather than a sci-fi. A unique and imaginative take on the first contact theme.

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A beautifully written historical thriller about a cavalry officer coming to terms with a terrible things he saw and did in the Napoleonic Wars. It‘s slow and lyrical and the perfect read to kick off a week‘s holiday at the beach.

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#TBRPile “If you want to know the history of a town, read the gravestones in its cemetery.”

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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A fierce feminist East Asian inspired sci-fi that didn‘t live up to my expectations. The MC was shouty and judgemental rather than fierce, she seemed to hate the few other female characters in the story, and she was such a Mary Sue that I disliked her. Also, everything was so over the top that it was exhausting. However, the book did make some insightful points and I appreciated the diversity rep but that alone was not enough to redeem it.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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It‘s arrived! Thank you so much @TheAromaofBooks I‘ve been wanting to read this so so long - it‘s going to go straight on my March TBR list.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! So glad that it arrived safely - I hadn't shipped to your country before and Book Depository wasn't a fan of what I wanted to put in each provided address line 😂 4mo
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Doomsday Book | Connie Willis
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A little late, but better than never!
1. Backwards! But never to stay for long 😂 I like the comforts of the present
2. Tagged! A historian gets accidentally trapped in plague-ridden England as a futuristic (ish) Oxford deals with an epidemic of its own. A chunky book but worth the read!
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TheSpineView Never too late! Thanks for playing! 4mo
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This book ❤️ It was funny and gentle and big-hearted and had lots to say about loneliness and second chances. Thanks for the rec @ozma.of.oz This was a fab pick for #NYWD @monalyisha

ozma.of.oz I am so glad you liked it! ❤️ 4mo
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I‘m setting this one to one side for now. I like the concept of mismatched detectives investigating weird shit in Victorian Edinburgh but the humour‘s a bit too silly and it‘s draaaaaaaaging. I may come back to it, but it‘s a bail for now.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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I loved this novella about a research expedition gone wrong from the perspective of a socially awkward ‘bot! Murderbot is my new spirit animal.

HeyT I love Murderbot so much. I seem to reread the whole series like every other month. It's become such a comfort read. 4mo
shanaqui Ooh, and you have quite a few novellas (and the novel) ahead of you! Though the second is one of my favourites, because of a particular character. 4mo
Ruthiella I ❤️ Murderbot! #Murderbotfanclub 4mo
Lucy_Anywhere @HeyT @shanaqui @Ruthiella I have already broken my book-buying ban to get the rest of the series as I am now on board the Murderbot train! 4mo
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I know this isn‘t on your #nywd list @ozma.of.oz but I figured I should start at the beginning of the series! This was a lot of fun to read and made me nostalgic for Buffy and Supernatural and all those other shows I used to watch back in the 00s. Also, how do I get my own Aeslin mice???

shanaqui I've been meaning to read this since forever -- my wife loved it, and now you've reminded me about the Aeslin mice, I really have to hurry it up. 😆 4mo
ozma.of.oz Yeah, I think a couple of mine were sequels! 😅 I‘m glad you liked the first one! And I totally feel the same way about the mice! ❤️ 4mo
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Going home for the first time in two years and a houseful of family has meant I‘ve been a little MIA from Litsy these last three weeks. But I‘m heading back to Bangkok - a long journey and plenty of reading time!

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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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#TBRPile 📚 “My parlour smelled of linseed oil and spike lavender, and a dab of lead tin yellow glistened on my canvas.”

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Red Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson
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#TBRPile 📚 “Mars was empty before we came.”

TheSpineView Hope you enjoy it. I liked the first two. The last book Blue Mars is in my TBR list. 6mo
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The Conductors | Nicole Glover
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All of these books from @ozma.of.oz look so good! I already have The Conductors, and the Chambers and Klune are both on my Xmas list. I just read (and LOVED) Middlegame so I'm excited to read more of Seanan McGuire. Also, that cover is giving me serious mid-00s urban fantasy nostalgia! #NYWD22 @monalyisha

monalyisha Nice! I‘m excited to read your review of The Conductors! And both the Chambers & Klune‘s first book were on the list that I created. So good & so comforting, both of them! Enjoy! 💙 (edited) 6mo
ozma.of.oz Ah! I‘m so glad you found some titles you liked! McGuire‘s and Pratchett‘s books are the second in their series, just a heads up. I can‘t wait to see what you think! 6mo
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#TBRPile 📚 “I will always remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that my father had died.”

monalyisha Hi there! Just checking in for #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22. I'm hoping you can respond to the email that I sent with your match & your reading list, &/or that you could create a post about which books you're planning to read from their list. Trying to do my best to ensure 100% participation! Hope you're staying warm (& well-read)! 😉 6mo
Lucy_Anywhere @monalyisha Hi! Thanks for the prompt. It‘s been a hectic week so creating a post for #NYWD22 is on my to do list for this weekend! 6mo
monalyisha @Lucy_Anywhere Sounds good to me! 6mo
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Revelation Space | Alastair Reynolds
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#TBRPile 📚 “There was a razorstorm coming in. Sylveste stood on the edge of the excavation and wondered if any of his labours would survive the night.”

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Fire from Heaven | Mary Renault
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#TBRPile 📚 “The child was awakened by the knotting of the snake‘s coils about his waist.”

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#TBRPile 📚 “Film legend and ‘60s It Girl Evelyn Hugo has just announced that she will auction off 12 of her most memorable gowns through Christie‘s to raise money for breast cancer research.”

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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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#TBRPile 📚 That night, when Mrs Chamberlain called, Emira could only piece together the words “…take Briar somewhere…” and “…pay you double…”.

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Summerland | Hannu Rajaniemi
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#TBRPile 📚 “Rachel White flung the cab door open, tossed the driver a banknote and dived into the rain.”

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#TBRPile 📚 “The new doctor took her by surprise.”

LostInSpace Loved this book! 6mo
StaceGhost The more I thought about this one the creepier it became 6mo
Lucy_Anywhere @LostInSpace @StaceGhost sounds like a perfect winter‘s read! 6mo
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The Corset | Laura Purcell
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#TBRPile 📚 “My sainted mother taught me the seven acts of corporeal mercy: to feed the hungry; refresh the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the traveler; comfort the sick; visit those imprisoned; and bury the dead.”

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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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I really enjoyed this fifth mystery- it‘s slow and it‘s as much about Strike and Robin as it is about the 40 year old mystery they are investigating. I didn‘t guess the ending (although all the clues were there) and even though both detectives had a lot going on personally, the story never felt too much like a soap drama. A long but enjoyable read! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Nation | Terry Pratchett
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#TBRPile 📚”The snow came down so thickly that it formed fragile snowballs in the air, which rumbled and melted as soon as they landed on the horses lined up along the dock.”

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#TBRPile 📚 “Four or five days after she died, I sat alone in the living room wondering what to do.”

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Wild Magic | Tamora Pierce
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#TBRPile ? “Each year, at the end of March, a great fair was held in Cría, the capital of Galla.”

Zuhkeeyah This was my favorite series by her! 7mo
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