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Nebklvr

Nebklvr

Joined June 2016

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Murder at Half Moon Gate | Andrea Penrose
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This is a great historical fiction series. A shame they couldn‘t spend a bit more time on proofreading.

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Mehso-so

I appreciated learning about the public health initiatives and how Dr Wen addressed barriers to care. The last part about Covid-19 was a review of the last few years.

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Seven Days in May | Fletcher Knebel, Charles Bailey
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A story of a planned military coup. Not nerve-wracking at all. It was a lot more thoughtful and less action-oriented than I expected. This was written in 1962 and reflects the attitudes of the time.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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This was significantly less lighthearted than i had been led to believe. Grief is a character in this story. It haunts adults and children alike. There were times when the Author‘s soapbox had flashing lights. These times would have benefited from a more show not tell approach. Still, a lovely ode to the imperfect but loving family.

KathyWheeler I loved it, but I was expecting a light-hearted story, not one where death and grief are woven throughout. 6d
Nebklvr @KathyWheeler Yes, the cover and reviews led me to expect something lighter 6d
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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This series is so much fun. There is plenty of action and it has its funny moments too.

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Nebklvr @Dragon Gets better each time 7d
Dragon Totally agree 👍 7d
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On the Wandering Paths | Sylvain Tesson
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Being in nature is a balm to the mental state, Sylvain Tesson hopes it will assist him also in physical recuperation. This is a very slow, meditative, and philosophical look at the recuperative powers of nature. It went a bit into the weeds philosophy wise for me. Thanks to Edelweiss for a digital arc.

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Year of the Reaper | Makiia Lucier
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Action-packed adventure. Danger stalks the royalty of this land. First the plague decimated the families and now a more personal enemy sets their sights on the Queen and those around her. Atmospheric, if a bit too violent for my tastes.

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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St James is a master of atmospheric writing. I love the way she blends storylines.

CoffeeNBooks I can't wait to read this one! I love Simone St. James! 2w
Nebklvr @CoffeeNBooks I have read everything of hers I can get my hands on 2w
CoffeeNBooks @Nebklvr I'm reading Lost Among the Living right now. The Sun Down Motel and Silence for the Dead are my 2 favorites of hers so far. 2w
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Nebklvr @CoffeeNBooks The Haunting of Maddie Clare was creepy too 2w
CoffeeNBooks @Nebklvr Yes, it absolutely was! 2w
SilversReviews So good!! 2w
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Real | Carol Cujec, Peyton Goddard
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Charity is nonverbal and can‘t control her body but she wants so much to communicate with those around her. A wonderful look at the power of advocacy, love, parents, and teachers. An inspirational story of a young lady who found her voice.

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How to Become a Planet | Nicole Melleby
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A very realistic look at depression and the tolls it takes. The bravery of Pluto, her family, and friends as they try to face a new reality while just wanting to return to the past is heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking.

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The Islanders | Mary Alice Monroe
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These kids have major family issues to deal with but they are also kids on Summer vacation. They learn about friendship, responsibility, independence, and the local wildlife. Loved this one.

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The Plentiful Darkness | Heather Kassner
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The atmosphere is Pied Piper. It even has a rat although this one is on the side of good. There is mention if a pandemic which took many lives so beware. That said, this was a nice bit of creepy goodness.

Kimberlone What a great cover! 3w
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A quick history of the Wigwam Tea room near Estes Park built and operated by homesteader and entrepreneur Anna Wolfrom Dove. Great pictures, largely undated. A wandering and repetitive timeline. A feminist history.

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Blessings | Anna Quindlen
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This was flat. I was not surprised by anything that happened. The characters were complex but the story just felt meh.

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The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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This book was as stifling as the society it depicted.

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EvieBee @Lesliereads cracks me up! 🤣 4w
Nebklvr @Lesliereads House of Mirth was wonderful 4w
EvieBee @Nebklvr I too moved House of Mirth! 4w
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The Nightmare Thief | Nicole Lesperance
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An imaginative tale of magic, dreams, and villains. Unfortunately, there were just too many plot points and the resolution was too quickly wrapped up.

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These Unlucky Stars | Gillian McDunn
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What is luck and what is just life? A young girl comes to terms with her responsibilities and insecurities while maintaining her larger than life personality. She meets her match in the grumpy lady of the neighborhood. A lovely coming of age story.

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Hope Springs | Jaime Berry
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Complex characters and life situations plus found family make this a thumbs-up read!

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The Beatryce Prophecy | Kate DiCamillo
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A fairy tale in the traditional form. The goat may be out of Disney. It has true evil and true good and lots of interesting characters. So much fun.

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Houdini and Me | Dan Gutman
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The first half was quite fun and a little creepy. The second half unwound the best part of the story.

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Some books about reading focus mainly on the stories while others focus on the profound impact the stories have made on the reader. This one felt like a slow pinball machine…glancing off of each of these options to head down various rabbit holes. It was ok but I wanted it to be fabulous.

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Across the Desert | Dusti Bowling
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This Author writes wonderful survival tales. In this one, three girls come together in a life or death adventure in the desert. The characters are complex and the plotting is well done. I appreciated the nuance around addiction, poverty, and grief.

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Too Bright to See | Kyle Lukoff
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Bug knows about ghosts. When Uncle Roderick dies, many things come to a head. Grief, money problems, increased ghost activity, and looming middle-grade. This book covers so many issues and does so in a pretty saccharine way. It is a fairy-tale version of finding yourself (Disney, not Grimm). However, it is sometimes nice to read sweet fairy-tales. They can offer us hope for a gentler world.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Science, adventure, and fun. This was fabulous. One of the most unique voices I have read in awhile. Like the newer version of Number5. Action packed but still character driven.

Amandajoy When you say “Number5” are you talking Johnny 5 from Short Circuit? 1mo
StaceGhost I just started this! I‘ve been excited about the series since I heard about it but only just got to it 1mo
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Nebklvr @Amandajoy probably. A movie i watched eons ago 1mo
Nebklvr @StaceGhost yes, me too. Kept putting it off as scifi not really my thing 1mo
Nebklvr @Dragon me too 1mo
Smrloomis YESSS! Murderbot is the best 😂 1mo
Nebklvr @Smrloomis Finally bit the bullet after hearing so many glowing reviews 1mo
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A nonfiction dinosaur book for middle-graders. The first bit was an info dump but then it became much more conversational in tone. Very interesting.

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Magical Reality of Nadia | Catherine R. Daly
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Who doesn‘t need a genie? Although this quick, fun read has a “genie” to help Nadia deal with the prejudices of a new classmate and some relationship issues with her friends, it also does a good job of showing some nonmagical ways to deal with these problems. Very accessible.

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This was the book I didn‘t think I needed. The Secret Garden was lovely. Why the need for a remake? Well, let me tell you. THIS is why. The garden in this case is an urban garden. Anxiety, panic disorder, and the different types of dealing with death are dealt with in such a nuanced and thoughtful way. Counseling is shown as a positive. The illustrations take the story to the next level. I can‘t wait to recommend this book to young patrons.

EJG31 Her other graphic novel, Anne of West Philly, is also really good. 2mo
Nebklvr @EJG31 Will need to check it out. Thanks!! 2mo
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Unseen Magic | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Magic can be dangerous. Aldermere is a place of magic. The atmosphere is fabulous and the characters fantastic. The perfect amount of creepiness is tossed in to spice up the story. Anxiety is described in an excellent fashion.

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Reading this one and what a horrible human Cornelius Rhoads was. Ick. He is smokin for sure.

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The Insiders | Mark Oshiro
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This book was wonderful. When Hector‘s family moves and he needs to attend a new school, he quickly feels labeled as an outsider and othered. Bullying and indifference cause him to withdraw but a magical room provides him with safety, comfort, and friendship. Most of the characters, minus the bully, were complex and the relationships heartwarming. The plot was interesting. If only we could provide a room like this to kids….

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Strong Like the Sea | Wendy S. Swore
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A young girl facing many anxieties as she strives to be adept at everything her brilliant mother does. Along the way, she discovers the meaning of family and how to face ones fears. She and her friends learn balance.

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1996 | Gloria Naylor
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This is a fictionalized memoir about a time in Gloria Naylor‘s life when a conflict with a neighbor brought about a period of isolation, paranoia, and harassment. Some of this will boggle your mind while some of it will cause a bit of paranoia. Insomnia and unwelcome thoughts are just a part of the disturbances. Creepy.

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1996 | Gloria Naylor
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I just started this and it is stressing me out!

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Edugyan places the reader in full view of the brutality of a Caribbean plantation, Arctic village, and English hanging. There is no escaping. It is the slow wait of waiting and hopeless seeking as the claustrophobia slowly steals your breath. The characters are complex and the writing exquisite. This is a Canada Reads contender.

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This is a humorous look at a young boy with a short attention span in a rigid school system. He addresses many of the challenges he faces with humor and strength but he also demonstrates anxiety and anger which are barely addressed. The father in this story is a jerk and while examples are given to support this, he is never called out. It feels a bit unresolved.

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So much fun! Max sees ghosts. He is tired of being the class freak but after he meets his estranged grandfather, a whole new magical life appears. Adventures and magical creatures abound. Real world problems and emotions must be dealt with in addition to the fantastical. Great characters and good atmosphere. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for a digital ARC.

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I am infuriated by our maternal-infant mortality rates. This book had large amounts of info regarding the topic and compassion for those families who have suffered the loss of an infant. The formatting of the book in an a-b-c manner felt “off” and caused for significant repetition. As an introduction to the topic, it is fine. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for a digital arc. Should be out now.

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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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Russia best beware. Woland and Behemoth may decide to make a return trip. A frenetic satire about the oppression and stupidity inherent in life under repressive regimes. A little gory, darkly funny, and completely crazy.

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A Touch of Ruckus | Ash Van Otterloo
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A creepy ghost story combined with an environmental awareness plot. Parts of it were fun and it is short enough to look appealing but a little more development at the beginning and end would have been nice.

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In her short life, Lorraine Hansberry was an activist and the playwright of “A raisin in the sun” which transformed the way Black people‘s stories were portrayed in theatre. No longer just relegated to singing, dancing, and comedy, the economic and social arc of a family was shown. Her life was filled with contradictions but supremely her own. Thanks to Librarything and publisher for the ARC. It ended a bit abruptly. Writing is serviceable.

tenar Oh, I‘d like to read this. Thanks @jenniferw88 for the tag, and thanks @Nebklvr for reviewing it for us! 2mo
Nebklvr @tenar She was a fascinating woman. Hope you enjoy it. 2mo
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Catalina Incognito | Jennifer Torres
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A cute story for beginning mystery readers.

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The Summer We Forgot | Caroline George
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Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an Advance Reader Copy. I love books about memory so the premise of this YA mystery was right up my alley. When the body of a teacher and mentor is found, a group of teens need to confront their memory loss regarding the time they spent with him one Summer. Unfortunately, what could have been an intense mystery was undone by too many secrets and vague references. I just lost interest.

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Ms Naylor took me back to Brewster Place. To understand and forgive and hope for the men I had judged too harshly in “The Women of Brewster Place”. The characters and atmosphere are lush as bits of each man‘s life, each man‘s pain, are spilled out over the pages and streets of Brewster Place.

merelybookish I just read The Women of Brewster Place and wondered if this was as good. 3mo
Nebklvr @merelybookish I haven‘t hit a bad one yet. Mama Day, Bailey‘s Cafe, and Linden Hills were good too. But if you just read The Women , this would be the perfect time for The Men. 3mo
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Fox Crossing | Melinda Metz
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It was sweet with great characters, including a Fox. However, heavier topics were tossed in and there weren‘t any resolutions for many of the characters.

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Long Lost | Jacqueline West
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A slow start but once it gets going, a lot of creepy fun.

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A great plot, wonderful characters, and fabulous writing. I was cheering on kids through the whole novel. I do wish there was more resolution regarding the librarian‘s husband.

Cathythoughts Great cover ❤️ 3mo
Nebklvr @Cathythoughts They do have gorgeous covers, don‘t they? 3mo
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Time Villains | Victor Pieiro
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So much fun! Time travel, pirates, monsters, and adventure galore. An imaginative roller coaster of warriors, queens, and fictional fellows.

Anna40 Is this for older kids? My son is 7 turning 8 in July. I think he‘d enjoy this but is not into books for older kids, e.g. Harry Potter or Neverending Story … 3mo
Nebklvr I think he would like it. It is the first in a series…around 300 pages but nowhere near as dark as Harry Potter. Mostly goofy fun 3mo
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The cyclical, repetitive nature of hard memories and regrets gives way to a more positive energy and focused activism in this memoir of a Cree man trying to rediscover his connection to his heritage. It is s Canada Reads contender. So many trigger warnings.

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As more refugees will be heading away from conflict,this book is slotted to be a contender for CanadaReads. The shifting timeline bogged the story down and removed some of the intensity. No sweet fantasies are allowed here. Reality is grim and ever present.

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The Good War | Todd Strasser
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A very relatable Middle Grade novel. Everyone should be able to relate to something in this story whether it is the bullying, internet safety and radicalization, racism or white supremacy. One strand of the resolution was unsatisfactory but the others were great.