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OhNoMersault

OhNoMersault

Joined June 2016

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Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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Bingo

BarbaraBB I loved this book ❤️ 4mo
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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11 pages in and I‘m sold.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai

So far this is like if Goldfinch and Immortalists has a baby.

Bookladylinda 🤔 interesting........ 8mo
readordierachel In a good way? 8mo
OhNoMersault Yes, all the interesting parts about art and process woven into a solid time hopping narrative that bounces between the aids crisis in Chicago in the mid 80s and a missing person investigation with one of the characters in present day Paris. (edited) 8mo
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What do testes and prostates have in common? Nothing, there is a vas diferens between them.

TheBookKeepers Bahaha 8mo
cathysaid 😂😂 8mo
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I am so surprised at how much I loved this one. I initially thought the idea of this book was a hokey means of writing a memoir but the non-sequential story telling made a complete picture in a way that was organic but also memorizing.

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Between and pick and a so-so. I liked the sections on grief, particularly that Rob‘s world got smaller and harder as time went on, a nice antithesis to what we‘re normally fed about “time heeling all wounds.” Still, the author‘s second fiddle puppy dog routine made the book drag for me.

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I like the chapter styling of this one. A memoir told through coming of age mix tapes. The author is a little woe-is-me-hopelessly-awkward-rock-of-ages-fanboy for my liking but it‘s true to himself so I guess it isn‘t his fault his life became a Hollywood trope.

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Panpan

What a waste of time. Super juvenile, pedantic writing. I hung in there because folks said it was a page turner but I honestly didn‘t care about the mystery or a single character.

Reggie I still remember that pic you posted of people falling out of a raft for what book, I forgot, but then you said you didn‘t care if they survived. Lolol 12mo
OhNoMersault @Reggie ha! I promise I‘m not such a stone cold bitch in real life. Such are the foibles of summer trash books; every character is one-dimensional and I‘m happy to see them written off the page. 12mo
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was awful and do not get all the love I see for it. Glad to see I‘m not alone. 12mo
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Meh. Book of the Month has been so movie of the week for the last several months. This was a quick read in a cool setting but could have used a lot more character development and more fleshing out of generational poverty and class conflict.

Reviewsbylola I don‘t disagree. I liked it but it wasn‘t amazing. Their last few months have been extremely weak. 12mo
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Mr. Splitfoot | Samantha Hunt
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I don‘t know if my mind is where the character‘s is but I‘m chortling like a middle schooler right now.

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Florida | Lauren Groff

I am crossing my fingers that this is a book of the month selection for June.

TheLibrarian Do you want to know the selections? Some of us found some spoilers. 1y
OhNoMersault Meh, they‘ll be out in about ten minutes anyway. 1y
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Mr. Splitfoot | Samantha Hunt
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“Having made the correct shoe choice, I now understand the nature of mystery in the universe.”
Truth.

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Mr. Splitfoot | Samantha Hunt
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Nope. I did not need any more validation that white men are always given the benefit of the doubt when the opposing view is provided by a woman.

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Does this get better? Can‘t stand the book but love the extra reading time I‘m getting on my vacation in Colombia.

kyraleseberg It was an underwhelming "meh" for me. 1y
Kimberlone Where in Colombia? 1y
BarbaraBB You are in Colombia? Tell us more! I was there last year and fell in love with the country 😍😍 1y
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OhNoMersault Medellín. Incredible public transportation which is a must for me in countries where driving seems totally insane. 1y
Soulsby It does get better but deff wish it had Veritys point of view included into it! 1y
OhNoMersault @Soulsby , I finished it but really did not like it start to finish and I generally am fine with sociopathic and unreliable narrators. 1y
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Halsey Street | Naima Coster
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At times very difficult to read. The three central characters are all constantly self-destructing while feeling as though it‘s those around them making the poor decisions. They are deeply flawed characters with equally flawed relationships. This book does an incredible job depicting longing for a life not lived and memories that never quite happened.

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Halsey Street | Naima Coster
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So many of the descriptions in this book remind me of my own complicated relationship with my mother. Too real.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones

I‘ve read so many reviews filled with vitriol for Celestial but unless she starts drowning kittens in the last 50 pages, I 100% identify with her decision.

emilyhaldi Lol, I thought Jones did a great job of playing the conflict from both perspectives! By the end I honestly wasn‘t sure what the “right” answer was 🙃 1y
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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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This book was unputdownable. Gobbled it up in a single session and am desperate to reread it to catch all the clues I missed in the first telling. A play by play account of a small town stricken by environmental disaster told in a dream-like remembrance. 5/5

Juli I want to read this but I am too chicken! 🐔 1y
OhNoMersault It wasn‘t scary. The writing wasn‘t stream of consciousness in a way that posed a significant reading challenge. You get a feel for it almost immediately. 1y
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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I was late on the bandwagon with this one. Not quite as good as I was hoping, blame the hype, but the descriptions of place and foreboding nature of how closely we are all tied to our surroundings made up for any obnoxious plot developments. 3.5/5

DivineDiana I felt the same way. 😕 1y
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Halsey Street | Naima Coster
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Ready for a quality read to cleanse my palette from the saccharin sweetness of the last book.

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I almost never do this but I could not go on with this book. Quitting reading this fluff was the best life decision I‘ve made in a long time. There are not enough hours in the day to waste a single minute on a Sweet Valley High rendition of the Alienist.

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Well, this is weird. I like “Inventory” so far.

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Ali Smith would be more appropriate for this DMV wait

emilyhaldi Ugh, I was in the same boat today 😒 2y
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Eegads, I‘m only 40 pages in to last month‘s BOTM. Time for speed reading.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Guys! Kristin Hannah must be spying on my book reviews. Idaho+History of Wolves+‘Nam flashbacks? Yes please!

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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Loved loved loved this book, my first foray into Ali Smith.

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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“The lifelong friends, we sometimes wait a lifetime for them.”

readinginthedark I need to read this one! 2y
Litlady I love Ali Smith's prose. Need to read more by her. 📚❣ 2y
Suet624 💕💕💕 2y
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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“Thin as the skeleton of a cartoon fish left by a cartoon cat”
This book is so strange.

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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God bless this incredible book for making the wait at the social security office seem less miserable.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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This book was pure magic. A snapshot into what it is to be a lonely teen in an isolated place. The scenery changes but the feeling is so familiar. 5/5

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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“Who wants to ruin one of the things you like thinking about most?”

ferskner The letters were my favorite part of this book. 2y
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Checking in to the Ari Fliakos fan club where I‘m not just the president, I‘m also a member. If you were into the way Ari narrated The Nix, you will find lots familiar here in his character inflections. Great story too that melds old lore and ritual with modern tech information processing. 4/5

BarbaraBB Did you read Sourdough? Is this one just as good? 2y
OhNoMersault @BarbaraBB I haven‘t yet but it‘s on the TBR after this one 2y
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There wasn‘t anything too complex to parse through in this sweet little procedural mystery. Likable protagonist, vivid setting. There‘s something that still feels a little icky about a white, American man writing about Asian female passivity culture but you can‘t win ‘em all. 3.5/5

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Hooked from the very first page.

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Underground Airlines | Ben H. Winters
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Pretty good so far. Glad to have dug my head in the sand regarding the press for this one.

Bloomingjen I read this for a reading challenge and thought it was pretty good 2y
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Intimidation by durian. A bitter pill, indeed.

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Road trip reading. Woman. Man. Emergency. Quite dead.

RiotMom The way your caption spaced out makes this read like a distressing poem 😂 2y
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The Sheltering Sky | Paul Bowles
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Nope. All of the mental masturbation of Camus and Sartre with none of the talent.

BookNAround Oh dear! 2y
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The Sheltering Sky | Paul Bowles
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This is the fifth book in a row to feature sexual assault. Crawling under a rock.

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The Sheltering Sky | Paul Bowles

Reading this for book club. Do you ever red a book and wish that any single other supporting or bit part character was the protagonist instead of who you‘re actually stuck with?

TommieMarie74 Yes!!!! 2y
Julsmarshall Definitely! 2y
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Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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Hoopla road trip listening locked and loaded.

coffeenebula Hoopla is awesome! 2y
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The Sheltering Sky | Paul Bowles
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“If on these days she was subdued and seemed most reasonable, it was only because she was imitating mechanically what she considered rational behavior.” The holidays with extended family is a prime example of my behaving this way.

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City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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I wouldn‘t quite call this a caper since most of the book was bleak af, but both protagonists were fun and the story moved at a great pace. Ron Perlman is a gentleman and a scholar always.

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The Beauty | Aliya Whiteley
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Another sojourn into the narrative trend of all women being dead. How related to the rise of the alt-right is this pattern?

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An Untamed State | Roxane Gay
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This was a difficult book to read. It being the fourth book club book in a row to heavily feature assault against women didn‘t help matters. On to space opera with hopes that not a single character gets raped.

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Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. | Neal Stephenson
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Oh man, love these tiny dodo chapter enders.

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Wasn‘t sure about any of the selections this month but both Chalk Man and Wife Between Us seem beloved on Good Reads. #botm

Reviewsbylola Wife Between has had amazing reviews from what I‘ve seen. 2y
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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What a ride. The first section of this book has a traditional linear narrative and then bam, it turns toward magical realism but of the black magic sort; spooky and haunting with themes invisibility in race and class, long-buried histories made fresh again and spirals of tangential stories woven tighter by the page. Beautifully written and impossible to put down. 5/5.

BarbaraBB Stacked! 2y
vivastory @BarbaraBB It's amazing. Easily one of my favorites of the year 2y
BarbaraBB @vivastory And to think I never even heard of it. Definitely TBR! 2y
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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Well this certainly got real Danielewski, real fast.

bookloo Also reminds me of “I‘m Thinking of Ending Things”. 😬💞 2y
Notafraidofwords Biggest pet peeves in books 2y
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