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Mogoeg

Mogoeg

Joined September 2019

Geographer, disaffected academic, Ravenclaw, GenXer. I read a lot but I could read more.
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Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott
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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Pure Heart Enlightened Mind by Maura Soshin O'Halloran, Ruth O'Halloran
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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
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“How do you explain you've been enchanted by a creature, an apex predator?.... what if the post-menopausal narrative, like the prepubescent one, is focused not on romance, but on a creature?.... I am not interested in girl meets boy, but in woman meets whale. 'Questing,' Pollitt writes, 'is what makes a woman the hero of her own life.'“ (page 36)

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A quick and delightful read. All the stuff I love about steampunk with an amazing alternative history Cairo at the center.

I wish they would option a tv series based on this novella and the first one.

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Tons and tons of fun!

I really enjoyed the original Newsflesh trilogy, but couldn‘t get into Parasite at all. This seems like a return to form for Grant complete with a spirited cast of protagonists, side characters and oddballs and an excellent take on the monster attack at sea genre.

Given the ending, I suspect a sequel will happen but Grant/McGuire has so many series going at this point, it may be a while! That‘s okay, I‘ll keep busy!

Exbrarian Newsflesh is one of my all-time favorite series. Parasite, I finished the first book, but not the second. I have just started Into The Drowning Deep and I am enjoying it so far. 2w
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Did you ever think to yourself, 'I want a action-packed-monster-thriller filled with political & corporate intrigue, kind of like Feed but with deadly MERMAIDS instead of zombies!'? No of course you didn't, because that's just plain banana-pants! However Mira Grant (aka Seanin McGuire) KNOWS what you really want, even though you don't - and what you want is terrifying killer MERMAIDS of the SEA! Only 1/3 through and this is cracking-good!

Mogoeg Sculpture: Anne Marie Carl-Neilsen, 1921 2w
Chrissyreadit I love the sculpture! And that is a great book! 2w
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The Art of Over the Garden Wall | Patrick McHale, Sean Edgar
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Introducing a friend to the spooky, adorable world of Over the Garden Wall (we checked it out on a whim from the library and are now OBSESSED!).

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The Third Hotel: A Novel | Laura van den Berg
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A ghost story & a grief story - as all good ghost stories are. Weaving magical realism and horror movie tropes together - there is the palpable sense of dislocation that comes with travel to a new, enticing, yet slightly menacing place. This novel ambles along like a dream. And dang, but Van Den Berg can WRITE.

The ending was a bit of a let down - I felt it could‘ve - maybe should‘ve - ended when Clare left Cuba, but that‘s okay - still a pick.

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The Third Hotel: A Novel | Laura van den Berg
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No one, that was who.

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Ahhh....that was incredibly satisfying! I read the third and fourth ones in two days. Fantastic action, and a (happy?) reunion at the end. I‘m sad it is over - I really hope Wells writes more stories set in this universe.

AutumnRLS There's a full length novel coming out next year! I'm so excited. 3w
Mogoeg @AutumnRLS - Oh wow! That's awesome news! Can't wait! 1w
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Chiang deserves every accolade he gets. He is simply the master at speculative philosophical short fiction and there are some true gems in the uniformly strong 2nd collection of his work.

I agree with many reviewers that this collection isn‘t quite as strong as Stories of your Life, but that would be an almost impossible feat.

I don‘t buy many books to keep and reread but I will buy this one when it comes out in paperback.

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Midnight Riot | Ben Aaronovitch
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OK. So All my library holds came in at once. Uhhh.... I think I might have to quit my job to read full time.

Smrloomis I agree. Excellent plan 😎 4w
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Rotherweird | Andrew Caldecott
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I 100% decided to check out this book based on its cover! But so far I‘m really enjoying it and it is as quirky as I hoped it would be. #coverlove

GrilledCheeseSamurai Whenever I see this in the bookstore I'm intrigued and reach for it. I've yet to pull the trigger on buying it but I'm pretty sure it'll happen. 👍 4w
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Waste Tide | Chen Qiufan
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@MeesesPieces @Hestapleton @Hazel2019 | Look at what I picked up today! Excited for our Dystopian reads!

Hazel2019 I can‘t wait! 🙃 1mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A delightful little poison-pill of a book. My respect for the Japanese reading public grew greatly when I heard that this was a bestseller. Keiko is not just a psychopath (although she is most certainly that), she is an alien, here to observe and judge us all. There is a lot going on in this short novel, and I'm not in the headspace to do it justice here, so I won't try. In the end Keiko recognizes who she is - and that is so very satisfying. A+

Mogoeg Sadly this seems to be Murata's only work translated into English. I hope that that the success of this one will spur on further translations. 1mo
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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These novellas are such a freaking pleasure to read. I enjoyed this one as much as the first - there are no sudden transformations- Murderbot is still as antisocial as ever but slowly getting a grip on its own nature and exploring its relationship to humans and to other constructs.

Jeannie I love these so much! 1mo
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Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
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A lot of moving parts here, & it somehow mostly works. Convincingly terrifying post-climate change dystopian city? Check. Mysterious yet conveniently exposition-y plague ravaging said city? Check. Technology that's basically magic but not quite? Check. Getting the rag-tag band together to pull off the impossible? Check & check. Throw in a woman riding a killer whale & this is pretty much as advertised on the back cover. I enjoyed it a lot.

Mogoeg Photo credit: Kwakiutl killer whale vat Museum Rietberg, Wikimedia CC license. 1mo
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Mehso-so

This one was a close call - there were some inspired moments here & there that almost tipped it into ‘pick‘ but not quite.

In the end my feeling is that this book is overworked - as in over workshopped in that prestigious MFA program sort of way. Plus it is sooo overhyped- not the author‘s fault- but I can only role my eyes at the many blurbs declaring it a transcendent work of literary genius. I mean it‘s FINE. Calm down NYT & Vogue.

Mogoeg The picture is of my vitamins and my donut man mug from Fischer Eddie‘s because I just posted a picture of the cover 1mo
longisland_mom I felt the same. It was FINE. Enjoyable for sure at times but not like, omg you must read 1mo
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“I knew it started being over with Joel when I‘d open a bottle of wine and he wouldn‘t drink it. Sharing things is how things got started, and not sharing things is how they end.”

(I‘ll be honest with you guys, this book is not rocking my world, but I will concede that this is is a very good bit right here).

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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I can see why this is a love it or hate it kind of book in reader reviews. Not much happens and a major plot point (such as it is) is purposely left unresolved. But I am firmly in the love category.

A book about whether we can really ever know ourselves or the people we love. A book about observation, privacy, connection, and performances - for audiences and for ourselves. I loved all the characters, but the astronauts the most.

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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Waiting all day to get back to this gorgeous book. Borrowed it from the library but enjoying it so much I will probably pick up a copy for keeps.

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Powell's Books | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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In the happy place! (Hawthorne branch) #PDX

rather_be_reading The Mecca! They have more than one branch? 1mo
Mogoeg @rather_be_reading - They have three branches (and a shop at the airport). All three are substantial, but the downtown one really is a 'City of Books' - it's enormous! I love it, but the Hawthorne one is my 'local'! 1mo
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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A lot of horror freaks me out, so I'm not much for #screamathon - but tor.com published a piece called 'Horror Recommendations for All Tolerance Levels' so I thought I might dip my toe into the spooky atmospheric end of the pool just a bit in honor of the Halloween season!

https://www.tor.com/2019/10/01/horror-recommendations-for-all-tolerance-levels/c...

vivastory Interesting list. Thanks for posting! Just FYI some of the recommendations are a bit off (ie Library at Mount char is definitely not a low tolerance read. It's very disturbing) 1mo
cjk I concur with @vivastory about The Library at Mount Char- some of the scenes are very graphic. 1mo
Mogoeg Thanks @ckj and @vivastory - she has an Elizabeth Hand novel somewhere in the middle and I once read one of her books at a guesthouse when there was nothing else around - this was 15 years ago and I‘m still scarred. I will proceed with caution! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft #Screamathon is for all reading types! I only have one horror book on my pile, the rest are mild ghost stories, one cozy Halloween book, and a few witchy fantasy novels. 1mo
Billypar Even though I'm in the high tolerance camp, the tagged book is on my list. I'm not in it for the scare factor as much as I just discovered Oyeyemi this year and think she's amazing. And the Shirley Jackson one is also coming up because it seems to be one of the most beloved books on Litsy I haven't read! Great article- love the concept of horror for all 👹 🙈 1mo
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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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Only a little way in to this rather enigmatic novel but so far I'm enjoying it a lot. Howrey, I have learned from lazy sleuthing, is a former ballet dancer and so it makes sense that she is able to convey the inner lives of extraordinarily disciplined, competent and accomplished people in a compelling way. Plus one of the main characters is a 50-something female astronaut which, frankly, is unusual enough to me that it's a goddam delight.

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Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
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“Kaev went to the railing, watched the sea slosh at the struts underneath him, sipped his milk tea, smiled at the weird good fortune of being alive and unmiserable while so many people were not.”

SauerPatch Love this quote! 1mo
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Miranda in Milan | Katharine Duckett
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#7Days7Covers #CoverLove #CoverCrush #Day7

Hooray! I did it. This was a lot of fun.

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#7Days7Covers #CoverLove #CoverCrush #Day6 #Thailand #Bangkok

1st edition of a great book with a wonderful cover! Picked it up in Bangkok in 2004ish - a friend of a friend of a co-worker (or something) knew the authors and invited us to the release party at Jim Thompson's house after hours. We were allowed to wander around the house and gardens without an official tour guide. Very posh. One of the few times in life I have felt oh so glamorous!

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Long live Murderbot! I‘ll be reading the follow-ups but for now I‘m just going to give it the privacy it so desperately craves.

I‘m excited to discover Martha Wells other work as well.

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#7Days7Covers #CoverLove #CoverCrush #Day5

Recommended by a friend - no idea if it will be good but I have high hopes as the cover art is gorgeous - and it's is giving me an Edward Gorey vibe.

Lucy_Anywhere Ooooh, gorgeous cover! 2mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Murderbot is great company on the bus.

Jesstifies I love this series, I read them all this summer 🥰 2mo
AutumnRLS Love! 2mo
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Global Asian American Popular Cultures | Shilpa Dave, LeiLani Nishime, Tasha Oren
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#7Days7Covers #CoverLove #CoverCrush #Day4

So let's get real here. Academic book covers aren't exactly exemplars of great design, at least not in soc sciences & humanities - don't @ me if STEM text covers are awesome (note - they are not). They are usually a) boring as hell, b) super ugly, or c) barely adequate.

This one, however, knocks it out of the park. And the essays inside are great too!

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Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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#7Days7Covers #CoverLove #CoverCrush #Day3

I haven't gotten to it yet, but looks great! Alternate utopian steampunk history of the Belgian Congo? YES PLEASE!

SauerPatch I love this one! 2mo
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Hav | Jan Morris
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I loved this book but it made me melancholy. Morris describes it as an allegory & it is, but it is also a meditation on the nature of place & of cities in particular - their geography, their history - how they endure & how they don't. The second part, published in 2005, is a wistful, recognizable , portrayal of our post-modern, hyper-capitalist, post-9/11 world. Hav was always imaginary, but it becomes pure simulacra after 'The Intervention.'

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#7Days7Covers #CoverLove #CoverCrush #Day2 #Singapore

Issues one (front) and two (back) of this graphic novel about ordinary life in Singapore.

I know we aren't supposed to explain, but this is a drawing of an HDB - one of the public housing blocks that 80% of Singaporeans live in (they own the units - which they buy at a subsidized rate from the government).

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Hav | Jan Morris
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“or like the dark calculating looks that cats sometimes give you...“

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I love all the covers in this series!

#7Days7Covers #CoverLove #CoverCrush #Day1

@TCLinrow - Thanks for inviting me!

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The Warehouse | Rob Hart
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This book is good. Well written and a compelling look at what it means to be part of the labor precariat where the only jobs available treat you as completely disposable. But it was so grim and such a terrifyingly realistic vision of the future that I couldn‘t handle it. I need something a little more escapist!

Megabooks When you‘re not looking for escapist, this woman worked in a real Amazon warehouse. One of my favorites of the year. 2mo
Mogoeg Thank you! I will definitely add this one to my ‘to read‘ list! 2mo
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More Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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Visiting with some old friends. After college, when I was about to move abroad, I sold my complete set (up to then) of TOTC books. I‘m not usually sentimental about books but I still regret selling them from time to time. MTOTC and Babycakes are two of my favorites. Going to reread them all before finishing out the series with the two new ones.

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Hav | Jan Morris
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About halfway through Hav - written by the great Jan Morris. Her only work of fiction, it‘s not so much a novel as a travelogue of a fully realized imaginary place. I love the world building- in other hands it would be tedious but here it is masterfully done.

TCLinrow This sounds like an awesome book 🙂 welcome to litsy 🎉 2mo
Mogoeg Thank you!🦋 2mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2mo
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