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Nebklvr

Nebklvr

Joined June 2016

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Mehso-so

I wish the second half of this book had been first. The second half was Garland Blaine‘s childhood and about the culture. The first part was about so many different peoples and places, it didn‘t feel anchored. It would have been much more interesting to read after the more intimate stories of Mr Blaine. It would have been easier to place people. Still quite interesting. Late #Indigathon2021 late #NonfictionNovember21

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Daughters for a Time | Jennifer Handford
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Mehso-so

Tragic tale of love, grief, and sisterhood.

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This is very academic. It is going to be slow going.

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Pemmican Wars | Katherena Vermette
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Mehso-so

Gorgeous illustrations. Not enough words for me but I am new to the graphic novel realm. I liked the historical bits. #IndigAthon21

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Pickpick

The Standing Rock Sioux‘s peaceful demonstration against the ETP and Dakota Access Pipeline, the machinations of private security company, TigerSwan, and the militarization of the police force are subjects discussed in depth. The focus, though, is on four women who led the campaign against pipelines. If you are interested in Social and Environmental justice…this is for you. #NonfictionNovember21

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Working on a bit of very depressing nonfiction.

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Son of a Trickster | Eden Robinson
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Mehso-so

I may need to read this again. The subtext went right over my head. Gritty, violent, and strange with dark humor. I will never be able to forget the otters. #Indigathon

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Magic's Most Wanted | Tyler Whitesides
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This book was great fun with just the right amount of danger and adventure.

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Mehso-so

Informative.

4thhouseontheleft Prochaska! Have you read his original book, Changing for Good? I used to use his methods often with my case management clients. 2w
Nebklvr @4thhouseontheleft I haven‘t. I read this one for a Behavior Modification class. Learned alot so far. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Nebklvr I first read Prochaska in a Psych class. It‘s come in handy over the years! 2w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Pickpick

This was so much. The characters were over the top but I loved it anyways. I actually found some of it to be darkly funny.

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Mehso-so

A mysterious dresser, a different world…. Perhaps it is because it was set in this world that I didn‘t find it magical or enthralling.

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Weird Kid | Greg van Eekhout
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Mehso-so

Short middle-grade scifi. It tries too hard to be funny and for the most part fails. Great premise but a little bit of a slog in places.

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Pickpick

A beautiful combination of culture, family issues, and tradition. A wonderful story. #Indigathon

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Half-Resurrection Blues | Daniel Jos Older
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Mehso-so

Hmmm… More gory than I expected. A complete job of world-building and singular characters.

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Pickpick

I was worried this would be too meta for me but it was a fun mystery. Contemporary Sherlockian detective and proud, slightly mystified writer.

EvieBee I really like this series. It‘s weird but good lol! 4w
Nebklvr @EvieBee I have never read any of his adult fiction but this was great! Felt like a throwback to Doyle and Christie. 4w
EvieBee I read all three of the books in this series in about a month and because I miss them, I started watching Foyle‘s War lol! 4w
Nebklvr @EvieBee I didn‘t know that was real! I will have to check it out. 4w
Magpiegem I love these books but I have a thing for meta-fiction 4w
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The In-Between | Rebecca K.S. Ansari
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Tragedy looms for siblings Jess and Cooper and their new friend, Gus, if they don‘t find the answer to a decades old mystery. The plotting and characters are great! Fabulous suspense and heart-wrenching family moments. The perfect spooky fantasy for a chilly autumn evening.

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Scared Stiff | Annelise Ryan
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Mehso-so

I almost dnf‘d this a few times because the baudy humor was so over the top. The second half was better but i have some issues with the ending. My mother loved it so….to each their own.

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Nellie vs Elizabeth! Both made the trip around the world in under 80 days. One of the very few things they had in common. If you have a young adventurer in your life, this would be a great gift! Thanks to the publisher and edelweiss for an advance review copy.

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The City of Mist: Stories | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Oh, sadness. The beauty and mystery of Barcelona. The wistful ghosts, cold assassins, wandering writers, and mournful lovers will never find stories to inhabit like those of Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I will never again wait with bated breath for his latest gothic invention. This last collection of stories will be published in November. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for a digital review copy. May you rest in peace, Senor Zafon. And thank you.

BookwormM I have loved all his books so sad 😭 1mo
Nebklvr @BookwormM I haven‘t read all of his young adult novels so I think I may have one of those left. 1mo
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Pickpick

Adventurous fun. It felt like a lighter version of The Golden Compass. Great animal characters and dangerous situations.

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Mehso-so

It was cute and funny but a bit too long.

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Panpan

Impossible to like or even care about these characters. Pretentious and cynical.

EvieBee I‘ve tried to read this one at least 5 times. I‘m convinced it‘s not for me. 1mo
Nebklvr @EvieBee It doesn‘t improve so if you don‘t like the beginning, you won‘t like the rest. I only finished it because it is a book club book. 1mo
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Rez Dogs | Joseph Bruchac
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A very short, simple story set during the Covid-19 pandemic. A young girl from Boston stays with her Grandparents on the Reservation and they share stories from the past with her, including one of a dog which resembles the new dog in the family. Very simple but very moving. A great way to share current and past events. Thoughtful.

megnews On my tbr for next month. Good to see a positive review. 1mo
Nebklvr @megnews Oh, I think you will love it. It is so good. 1mo
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The Sea in Winter | Christine Day
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A beautiful story of physical challenges, anxiety, depression, and grief. A story about Indigenous characters concerned with land rights. The family members are portrayed as loving and complex. The only issue I have with the story is the very fragmented nature of the story.

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Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance digital copy. This book restored some hope in regards to race and religion. I have had some doubts since 2016 about whether any progress was possible. This book gives step by step instructions on how to include and welcome a more diverse population at church.

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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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This is a very quick read about bullying, body issues, fat phobia, and teen friendships. It felt very true to life in that nothing ever seems to happen to the bullies but the emotional growth of the protagonists was inspiring.

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Pollan explores the asinine laws surrounding poppies and the varied world of psychedelics. This was informative and quite often humorous.

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The Bone Jar | S. W. Kane
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A perfect book to read as it gets more cool and dark sneaks jn earlier. Creepy. Mysterious.

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Persist | Elizabeth Warren
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A thoughtful look at her career in politics. Persist!

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Mehso-so

An extremely important event is chronicled in a very uneven book. From moments of “hold your breath intensity” to a recitation of person, place, and time. Thanks to Edelweiss for an early review copy.

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Recommended for You | Laura Silverman
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A thoughtful holiday romance. Enemies to lovers with several underlying problems to keep things interesting! Fabulously told.

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So, This Is Christmas | Tracy Andreen
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A sweet, madcap Christmas story. Perfect for any season but redolent of Christmas spirit. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy.

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Mehso-so

Winton has a strong respect for the dangerous beauty and bounty of the Australian landscape. His rich descriptions kept me bound to the page when his all too frequent bouts of unreasonable violence disgusted me. The ending felt cruel and pointless.

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Pickpick

An interesting collection of interviews with Women Authors from Africa. This book destroyed my TBR.

charl08 I have this on the shelf! (And need to pick it up again) 2mo
Nebklvr @charl08 It was very cool to see the similarities and differences in what problems they were facing. 2mo
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No Words: A Novel | Meg Cabot
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Mehso-so

Escapist fun with feminist commentary. Some of the female protagonists actions and relationships seemed to mock the intelligence and professionalism displayed in other parts of the story. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance reading copy.

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Pickpick

Well….this was infuriating. I wish they had written a second book about Ford‘s experience and fleshed it out a bit more.

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This could have been tragedy porn or a sweet, idealized look at a community standing together as they suffer loss. Instead, it was a dignified, loving look at a place which has survived setbacks and a people who are generous and loving, ambitious and petty, and strong enough to stay united even when they don‘t necessarily agree. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for a digital ARC. Watch for it in early October.

Cinfhen Beautiful review , I think this might interest you @4thhouseontheleft I‘m definitely going to look for it 2mo
Nebklvr @Cinfhen I hope you find it a worthy read. The Author is on a podcast: Unorthodox. It is quite good too. (I am not an own-voices? reviewer) 2mo
Cinfhen I need to up my podcast game…I hardly listen to any. I‘ll look for the author‘s podcast…thanks for sharing 💗 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Just reading that title makes my heart ache. 😢 @cinfhen Definitely interested in reading this. 2mo
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How Green Was My Valley | Richard Llewellyn
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A melancholy story of a family, community, and place which are no more.

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The Cat That Saved Books | SOSUKE. NATSUKAWA
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Scheduled for release in December. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for an advanced review copy. A magical cat, a compassionate young woman, and a grieving teen travel to different labyrinths to save books. This is an allegory about reading challenges, blinkist, and modern publishing versus the innocent joy of knowledge and reading. It could have been sharp, cynical, and mean spirited. The joyous nature is a testament to the author.

KatieDid927 Well this is a most excellent cover. 3mo
Nebklvr @KatieDid927 yes, I thought it was lovely too! 3mo
KathyWheeler I never heard of Blinkist, so I looked it up. Sounds similar to Cliff Notes. I don‘t think you can properly get the point of a book in 15 minutes. I love that cover. (edited) 3mo
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Nebklvr @KathyWheeler I find the Blinkist idea similar to Twitter. Just enough info to get me into trouble 3mo
KathyWheeler @Nebklvr I just can‘t do Twitter because it‘s hard to follow conversations — for me anyway. I have an account basically because my rec center announces swimming pool closures on it. 😄 (edited) 3mo
Nebklvr @KathyWheeler That is the best use of Twitter! 3mo
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The Splendor | Breeana Shields
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Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital ARC. This novel weaves a spell similar to that of the Night Circus. The characters are complex and the plot is interesting.

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Panpan

The Author has the knowledge available to share. It was interesting to learn the differences between the recommendations given by Christian vs Muslim Doctors. However, there was a dire tendency to list and catalogue every bit of that knowledge until it sucked any interesting bits out.

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Mehso-so

Toxic secrets and damaged families. I read this for book club. I was dreading it but it was interesting (and depressing).

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Crimen en Barcelona | Paco Ardit
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As a way to practice reading in Spanish, this was good. The story itself was designed to help students learn Spanish. A little soap opera mystery. I will try to find some good literature written at a middle-grade level.

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Pickpick

All of the subjects have been covered before, true. Also true, they have never been covered in such a beautiful and thoughtful manner. Will be mulling this over for a long time.

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Just starting this beautiful book. It has the best description of depression i have ever read. I am reading so slowly because I keep rereading passages for their beauty and wisdom.

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Mehso-so

It had all of the makings of a creepy sci-fi but lacked the intensity.

Libby1 I LOVED it, but understand your comments. 3mo
Nebklvr @Libby1 I have some more contemporary fantasy books with Moreau ties so will see if I like those. 3mo
Libby1 @Nebklvr - fascinating. I‘m interested in hearing about them once you read them. 3mo
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Fool Moon | Jim Butcher
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Mehso-so

Good story but needlessly complicated plot and way too violent for the likes of me. I will recommend it though to the fantasy lovers for whom it will be a better fit.

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Panpan

Gothic sisterhood. Rather meh.

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Words on Fire | Jennifer A. Nielsen
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A bit of a slow start but I ended up feeling quite attached to the characters and tense regarding their situation. Interesting subject matter.

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Mehso-so

A witty fantasy story with adult themes. If Harry Potter grew up to be a broke and virtually friendless PI…. A lot of things going on with the plot, almost too much.

Traci1 I think this one is the weakest in the series. They do get better. 4mo
Nebklvr @Traci1 I have the second one. Will give it a try. 4mo
SilverShanica The farther you get the better the series gets. It‘s one of those series where there is a lot set out in this book that seems minor, but that comes back later on and is a major thing. 4mo
KimHM The series definitely gets better, not so obvious and lazy re: character development. 4mo
Nebklvr @SilverShanica @KimHM The second one was better but too violent for me. Thanks for the info and happy reading! 3mo
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