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PickwickPlockPlock

PickwickPlockPlock

Joined April 2018

I'm trying to read more (scifi, contemporary fantasy and classics). Always on the lookout for recommendations, esp. books by women 🇩🇪
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Buried In Blue by L G Rollins
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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Woohoo Wizards United has been unexpectedly released in Germany (there hadn't been an official release date). No idea yet how it works, and my son is looking over my shoulder the whole time and does the spells.

#wizardsunite

Buechersuechtling What did your post “teach” me❓😂 1. I‘m no “Potterhead” – well, I knew the before … 2. I‘m getting old, so old. (Needed to ask the Internet to find out what you‘re talking about. 😳) – But never mind, just enjoy – the game and your Sunday‼️😄 2d
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling Thank you, the game will have to wait, now is barbecue time with the in-laws 🍽 😁 2d
Buechersuechtling @PickwickPlockPlock BBQ 🔥🥩🌽🥖🥗. 🤤. Enjoy your meal. 2d
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The Light Fantastic | Terry Pratchett
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'But he still had his pride, and wizards don't like to see women perform even simple magic. Unseen University had never admitted women, muttering something about problems with the plumbing, but the real reason was an unspoken dread that if women were allowed to mess around with magic they would probably be embarrassingly good at it...'

One of the reasons I love Pratchett!

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The Colour of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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One down, fourty other discworld books to go! The Rincewind books are my least favourite, but I was surprised what a pleasant read this was. Okay, there isn't really any plot, but I found it so interesting to read again how the discworld started out. And there's Luggage, of course. Who doesn't love Luggage.

#terrypratchett #discworld

Leftcoastzen Hazzah luggage!🧳 6d
Kaddele Luggage! Woohooo! I really liked this when I first read it as a teen, not so much the second time a few years later but maybe I should give it another go soon ... 5d
PickwickPlockPlock @Kaddele I think I was pleasantly surprised because my expectations were so low. I had forgotten the good bits. 5d
Kaddele I‘ve definitely forgotten most of it so it‘ll be worth a try soon ... 5d
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The Colour of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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'It was when he tried to move that he found his robe was caught on some obstruction. By craning his neck he found that the edge of it was being gripped firmly by the Luggage's lid.'

Oh Luggage, how I have missed you 😊

rohit-sawant Looking forward to reading this! 2w
PickwickPlockPlock @rohit-sawant Are you new to the discworld in general? 2w
rohit-sawant @PickwickPlockPlock Yes! The book has been sitting on my shelf for years and planning to jump in this year. 2w
PickwickPlockPlock @rohit-sawant I hope you will like it! And if you don't, try another from the discworld, because they get better! 2w
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That was a fun ride! At first I found it hard to keep track of the different women who 'commented' in the script, but that got easier once they also appeared in the story. Bonus points for the depiction of Holmes and Watson. I enjoyed the telling of the lives of the women, their stories had a nice gothic feel to it. I will definitely read the sequel and was happy to see that a third book will come out later this year.

Erofan I also liked this book and I want to read the sequel soon! 😃 2w
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The Colour of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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The first missing Pratchett books have arrived. Soon operation Discworld reread can begin!

#TerryPratchett #discworld

julesG It could begin right now, you've got the first books. 2w
PickwickPlockPlock @julesG But I haven't finished my current read. 2w
Vagablonde I'm looking at this and trying to convince myself that I don't need a new copy of Mort, but that hardcover is tempting. 2w
PickwickPlockPlock @Vagablonde I find that the old covers have nostalgic value, but some of the new hardcovers look really nice. 2w
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The First Discworld Novels | Terry Pratchett
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I've decided I want to read the Discworld novels again in chronological order. But first I had to find out which ones I actually own, and in which language. So I rounded up all Pratchett and/or Discworld related books and put them in the right order (or so I thought - afterwards I found another three Pratchett books on the shelves 🙈). I will fill the gaps as I go, already ordered the first missing ones yesterday. This project will take a while...

teainthelibrary Ambitious! 3w
PickwickPlockPlock @teainthelibrary I know it will probably take me a few years, I'm not in a hurry 😁 3w
julesG #OooBOokClub - We're a good year in, but only 10 DW Novels in. DW 11 - Reaper Man is up for June. The book club is reading all Pratchett's books in order of publishing date. So we've inserted the Bromeliad series, too.

I'll republish the whole schedule in a moment.
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PickwickPlockPlock @julesG I don't see me catching up with you, because I'm too much of a mood reader, but that's an incentive 3w
julesG Just saying, you might be able to catch up. But no pressure there. 3w
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This picture makes my heart happy. 3w
PickwickPlockPlock @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Terry Pratchett's books have been an important part of my life for the last 25 years or so. It has occurred to me that I would be a different person if I had not read them. 3w
Buechersuechtling @PickwickPlockPlock I‘m not a very big Terry-Pratchett-fan. I‘m more a now-and-then-reader of his “Death”-novels but I love your witty idea. The photo is just wonderful. – Enjoy 📚, and keep us informed. 😃 2w
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling My order with the first missing books has arrived. I can start soon ☺ 2w
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The Mermaid | Christina Henry
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The Mermaid is a #kindledeal today. I haven't read it (not quite my thing), but maybe someone else is interested. The screenshot is from the German amazon site, but it's also a deal on the American site.

julesG Thanks! 1mo
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The Merchant's Partner | Michael Jecks
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Mehso-so

A knight and a bailiff try to solve the murder of an old woman, the so-called witch in the German title of the book. There's a lot of riding to and fro, and speaking to the same people again and again. The book was okay, but nothing special.

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Mehso-so

The blurb sounded like a blend of Without a Clue and Jackaby: Watson is really clever, and Holmes talks to demons. Unfortunately the author always go for the cheapest, stupidest joke and sidesteps every chance for character depth. Things begin to get interesting right when the book ends with a cliffhanger. It's a series, but I'm not interested in the rest.

#sherlockholmes

Sarah83 I was always uncertain,if I should start this series. Now I am sure, I won't. Thank you 😊 1mo
lyradora Yeah, I was disappointed. I was looking for a serious historical paranormal mystery. Nothing in the blurb led me to believe that it was a broad, almost Pythonesque satire. I wasn't in the mood, so I quit after two chapters. 1mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Good to know. Also, I love Without a Clue! 1mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 Yes, don't bother, there are so many other pastiches out there! 1mo
PickwickPlockPlock @lyradora Pythonesque is the right word. It's too bad because the author obviously knows the original stories very well, but I wanted more substance. 1mo
PickwickPlockPlock @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Me too! I think it's time for a rewatch! 1mo
Sarah83 I know 🤣🤣🤣 so I am happy about every pastiche I don't need to read. 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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Must...not... peek.... 😱
I don't want spoilers for the tv series, but resisting is hard! I need to wait until the 31st!

#GoodOmens 😇😈
#TerryPratchett

julesG OMG!!!!! Need to head over to WhatsApp, @Maike posted a Thalia voucher for 19% discount. 🙈🙈🙈🙈 Don't tell my bank account. 1mo
PickwickPlockPlock @julesG I used a coupon for the book, too. I won't tell your bank account if you don't tell mine 😁 1mo
julesG I fear Mum (the bank account) is going to find out anyway. Sigh! 1mo
jillrhudy Literally the only new entertainment I‘m looking forward to in 2019 1mo
Maike @julesG always happy to help 😄😄 1mo
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Panpan

That was quite awful. The colonists were horrible, the Starfleet people were at each other's throats, Saru's like an emo teenager that at one point towers over Burnham aggressively - did the author even watch the show? That the book was written before season two, where the Discovery and Enterprise meet and the whole Burnham & Spock relationship is different than in the book, is not the book's fault but doesn't help it, either.

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The Merchant's Partner | Michael Jecks
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In my neighbourhood there's a basement window sill that acts as a small free library. I took this book with me when I passed it today. I have never heard of the book or the author, but the blurb promises it's in the vein of the Cadfael series. We'll see!

Sarah83 These books are sitting on my shelves aswell 😂😂😂 1mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 Unread, I take it? 😁 1mo
Sarah83 For sure 😂😂😂 1mo
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This non-fiction book takes one through a victorian day, from describing the clothes they donned after waking up, the soap they used, the food they ate, the work they did. While I knew a lot before, it was different to have the facts brought together in such an organized way. I found it very interesting and enjoyable.

Tex2Flo Love this kind of book! 2mo
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Only two chapters in, and already the treatment of my favourite Discovery character, Saru, has me gnashing my teeth 😬

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The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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My first L.M. Montgomery book, so I didn't know what to expect. I liked it, but didn't love it. I found the ending too far-fetched.

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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) | Dennis E. Taylor
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Bob signs a contract with a cryogenic company and wakes up as an AI, property of the government and candidate for a space mission. Oops. After a strong start the book gets bogged down a bit, but recovers. It isn't high literature, but I had fun and will check out the sequel.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Contemporary fantasy, science fiction, classics

2. Non-fiction

3. YA, True Crime, Mystery/Horror

4. Science Fiction and contemporary fantasy

5. The screaming staircase by Jonathan Stroud

6. Clean by Alex Hughes

7. Thanks @BiblioLitten for tagging me; anybody else who wants to play: tag, you're it!

@Clwojick

Erofan 👍 2mo
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If you read Sherlock Holmes pastiche mostly for clever crimes and victorian atmosphere, this short story collection, starting with cases before the duo met and up to 1900, might not be for you.
If, on the other hand, you enjoy reading about Holmes and Watson's friendship, you should pick this up (let's be honest here, if they weren't friends, Watson would have strangled Holmes in their first year as flat mates).

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca | G. Willow Wilson
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Mehso-so

I thought this was the next volume that I hadn't read, but I was wrong. (I wonder if the librarians who bought it for the library made the same mistake; it's volume four in German, but volume 8 in the American version). So I was a bit confused who some of the people were and what had happened before. Otherwise it probably would have been a pick!

ShyBookOwl Haha what a bummer mix up! 2mo
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Der Aufstieg und Fall des D.O.D.O.: Roman | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
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No real dodos in this book, but that's my only complaint 😉
An organisation wants to master time travel. There's the mixture of strange people and chaotic events that's typical for time travel books. A real chunkster, but not too long. Definitely worth a read if you like the subject.

DuckOfDoom I really liked it too, but was sad about the lack of real dodos. I wonder if the story will be continued... 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @DuckOfDoom I thought the story had gone full circle and stopped at the right place. I can't imagine what a sequel would have to offer... 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @DuckOfDoom Huh. Apparently there's an iOS app where you can read little sequel stories in that universe, but written by someone else (https://www.geekwire.com/2017/d-o-d-o-files-neal-stephensons-time-travel-novel-s...). 2mo
DuckOfDoom Interesting! I hoped this would remain standalone, but these days, you never know :/ I hope my boyfriend will listen to the audiobook, and he is a bit sick of all the sequels ^^ 2mo
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Look what I found again, my first ebook reader, a Sony PRS-300 Pocket Edition (my kindle is pictured on the left for size comparison). It had a 5 inch display and was slow as a snail, but isn't it a beauty? Unfortunately the battery is done for and dies after a few seconds. I'm thinking about trying to change it.

shanaqui Ahhh, that was my first ereader too! 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @shanaqui Did you have the pink model, too? 3mo
shanaqui No, just a rather plain silver. It belonged to a lot of different people as their first ereader before it died! 3mo
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Kaye I had one of those too but mine was just silver. I never saw a pretty colored one. 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye My husband had one in a dark blue. I think I never saw a silver one! 3mo
Kaye Wow that would have been pretty too. I don‘t remember seeing any colored ones besides silver back when I got mine. I can‘t remember what year I got it, but we lived in this house, which is 17 years. Do you remember what year they made these ? 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye I had a feeling it was about 10 years ago, and a quick search confirmed they came out in 2009 in the U.S. and a few months later in 2010 Here in Germany. 3mo
Kaye Thanks for the year. I couldn‘t remember. I know it took longer to put books on it than the Kindles now. You had to hook it up to your computer and transfer them that way I think. Does your Kindle battery still hold a charge ? My iPad mini battery finally croaked. I think I‘ve only had it for about 4 or 5 years. They dont seem to last as long as the kindles do. (edited) 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye My kindle's battery has worsened over time, but it can still last a week or longer without charging. 3mo
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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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This wasn't for me. The beginning was interesting, but then I struggled. Bad things happen, scenery and characters change, bad things happen, repeat. After a third I googled for spoilers to decide if I should hang in there. I did, and it got better, but it wasn't the kind of book I like (although it's well-written and it's clear the author has a plan). I didn't like the main character much, and I would have found his wife's story more interesting.

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This was my birthday present. The project mission is to travel back in time and get hold of Jane Austen's letters and a completed manuscript of The Watsons. It reminded me of Connie Willis' time travel books. I found the description of the Austen family and the ending well done and fitting, but didn't care much one way or the other about the time travelers and the love attachment. Still a good read, though.

Kaye Happy birthday 🎂 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye Thank you, but it was over a week ago 🤗 3mo
BookNAround I quite enjoyed this one, and I say that as an infrequent reader of time travel books. 3mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @BookNAround If you enjoyed that, you might like the Doomsday Book. 3mo
BookNAround @PickwickPlockPlock I have read and enjoyed that one. I needed a lot of prodding to read it but was very glad once I gave in. 3mo
dalma_st_paul @PickwickPlockPlock interesting premise. Have you read the 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @dalma_st_paul Yes, I have, that's where I got my user handle from 😉 2mo
dalma_st_paul Ahha😀 should have known!! 2mo
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I had lots of reading time for this library book because I stayed home with my sick son the last days (he's feeling better now). It started a bit slow, but I didn't mind because it was clear that soon nothing would be the same. I really liked Beatrice and was angry how she was treated. Some parts had a Downton Abbey vibe (I'm not complaining). I prefer the English version's cover.
A great book, I will check out the author's other book sometime.

Louise Did you find that the English wit in this book translated well into German? 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Louise I wouldn't have called the book especially witty, so maybe it doesn't, but I didn't have the impression that I was missing a layer, so to speak. 3mo
Louise Interesting. In English, there is often a very British dry humor in the banter between the characters. Aside from poetry, humor may be one of the most difficult things to translate. 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Louise That's one of the reasons I normally prefer to read English books in the original, but this was a library book, so I didn't have the choice. 3mo
Louise I can understand that! I enjoy the humor of Ingrid Noll and prefer to read her books in German. Of course, I don‘t really have a choice, as only 2 of her books are available in English! 😆 (edited) 3mo
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Valkyrie | Tina Skupin
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This book is between a pick and so-so. It's about the Valkyrie Frida who wakes up in modern day Stockholm (where the German author lives). On the one hand I found the characters and descriptions flat and the humour not my kind, on the other hand it was an interesting setting, it didn't drag with 500 pages and there was a turn I didn't see coming. There will be a second book this year.
#SFFTBRChallenge norse mythology, #mounttbr2019 book no. 6

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The third of the Rivers of London comics. The story was okay, there were a few things I really liked, but I just can't get used to the artwork 😒
Which is a shame, because there's a comic in progress about Nightingale, my favourite character.

julesG I am not a fan of the graphic novels either. 4mo
Ericalambbrown I haven‘t tried the comics but I love the books! 3mo
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Not quite as amazing as the first one, but still a good book. I didn't have the time for long reading hours, so maybe it's just been me and not the book. Definitely will read the next one, but not right now.

Sarah83 I think, if someone knows Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch all the other stuff isn't that great. 😍 4mo
julesG @Sarah83 Lockwood and Co is for teenagers. My son liked it a lot. I thought the first book was the best. The series was the reason I got him hooked on the Bartimaeus trilogy, because it's the same author. 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @julesG @Sarah83 Stroud doesn't write funny or strange stories, but he is a very good writer. The first book had me glued to the pages. I read the first Bartimaeus book loooong ago, but I didn't like it much. 4mo
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In the Vanishers’ Palace | Aliette de Bodard
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In this Asian society science fiction setting a scholar has to live in a dragon's (she can have human form) palace. I liked another shorter novella, but here the balance between only hinted at backstory and described scenes were off. Also, I thought there should have been either more about the twins living there, or they should have been left out altogether and more focus on the romance.

#SffTbrChallenge Fairytale retelling (Beauty and the Beast)

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1. It's easy to connect with others, to leave a comment or just like a post. I'm a shy introvert, getting out of my shell is hard.

2. I would like the android app to have the same features as the iOS app, especially the possibility to edit comments.

3. Hash tags for photo challenges or #SffTbrChallenge

4. I now keep track of the books I read for different challenges and that motivates me to read more.

5. @Crazeedi

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BiblioLitten I just edited a comment, and now I appreciate it even more. 😁 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @BiblioLitten Yeah, rub it in 😁 4mo
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madamereadsalot1 Editing comments would be fantastic! 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @madamereadsalot1 I find it so annoying when I have to decide to either delete a comment and post again or to stare at a typo 4mo
madamereadsalot1 Oh lawd, me too! I just usually cross my fingers and hope the reader for the comment knows it was an accident and I can't edit. 😂 4mo
Crazeedi I agree on the editing!!! I hate when I have to delete my whole comment cause I messed up 4mo
batsy I so agree on editing comments! Reading other people's posts I'm learning about how feature-packed the iOS version is compared to Android's 😢 4mo
Litsi I wish we had double the post length. I like that people leave thoughtful posts and not only “does anyone beside me read on rainy days / like mysteries/ drink coffee “ etc. type of posts. 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Litsi That's a good idea, twice the length would not be too long to read, surely. 4mo
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Jackaby | William Ritter
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Mehso-so

Nothing wrong with the book (even if I guessed the baddie), the writing is okay and characters likeable, but it only scratched the surface. What are the rules for the supernatural? More than once Jackaby said, you could not really think that! Of course she did, you didn't bother to explain anything. I thought he was like a very distracted incarnation of the Doctor. Anybody read the next books?
Prompt New York Times bestseller for #SFFTBRChallenge

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Cranford | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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I watched the BBC series a few years ago and now read the book for the first time. The inhabitants of the little town Cranford are mostly women: widows and old spinsters. There is no big story arc, it's like a collection of vignettes about the women's lives. That may sound dull, but I found it charming, touching, sometimes sad and sometimes funny. I enjoyed it very much.

Kaye Excellent book 🌟 4mo
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I didn't know much about the book going in. Basically there's a ghost problem and only the young can see and get rid of them. Those scenes in haunted houses are breathtaking and scary. Really, if you are even remotely interested in the topic, go read this book. It's the start of a series and my library has the rest, yay! The only sign it's YA was that I saw one story turn way in advance. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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As expected I was in tears by the end. This is a sad book with wonderful illustrations in black and white. I couldn't turn off my grown-up mind and think about how the adults act, but the book is aimed at older children and obviously focuses on Conor. I'm glad I read it.

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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'It is a true story, the monster said. Many things that are true feel like a cheat.'

Took my son to chess club and used the waiting time to drink a latte macchiato and read a bit.

madamereadsalot1 Absolutely love this book! 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @madamereadsalot1 I'm only halfway through, but I'm pretty certain I'll be an emotional wreck when I finish it! 5mo
madamereadsalot1 Oh gosh, yes! It's such a beautiful and heartbreaking book. 5mo
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I really liked this book! A must-read!
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Butterflyamore Such a great quote! And such a great book! 4mo
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The second book about the Nursery Crimes Division is just as good as the first one. It started strong, then lost a bit of steam in the middle, but the showdown was brillant. I hope Fforde will get around to writing the promised third book.

cobwebmoth I hope he does write another one. I really liked this series. 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @cobwebmoth Yeah, fingers crossed. 5mo
Sarah83 I don't know this series 😮 5mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 No?! You have to change that! 😯 5mo
Sarah83 I really should. 😍 Which is the first of this series? 5mo
Sarah83 Thank you 😍 5mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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My latest library book haul, all from the YA shelf. All three got lots of love here on Litsy. Can't wait to start reading, but first I have to finish my current read.
(I borrowed the Harry Potter funkos from my son. )

#blameitonlitsy

Buechersuechtling Book or audiobook of “A Monster calls”❓😍 Apart from that: Have tissues 🤧 nearby. 🤭 (But I loved it.) 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling Normal book. Yes, I will keep tissues nearby (and wait till I'm alone and can cry as much as I want) 5mo
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'They walked round to the back of the car and Dorian opened the boot. Inside was a finely painted oil of the same car, but in much shabbier condition.'

Dorian Gray as a used car dealer. The car is in mint condition, but has an oil painting in the boot. That's my kind of humour and exactly what I expect from Fforde 😂

Redwritinghood He‘s so great. 😂😂 5mo
Litsi Sounds fun 4mo
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The comic is another interesting entry in the Rivers of London universe. There are some really nice character moments, and now I know where Maksim came from. Nevertheless I would have preferred a regular novel or novella because 1) nobody looks like I imagined them, especially Nightingale and Molly, and 2) I don't really like the drawing style (apart from one or two panels where the artist was aiming for something different).
Still worth reading.

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Ben Aaronovitch posted a link to an excerpt of his new novella coming out in June.

https://www.gollancz.co.uk/uncategorized/2019/01/21/read-an-exclusive-extract-fr...

The setting is Germany and I admit that as a German I'm a bit apprehensive.

#RiversOfLondon

BookHoarder32 Oh my goodness, love your username! I'm knee-deep in Jasper Fforde right now. 😁 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @BookHoarder32 Haha, thanks 😁 (and you have an ARC of October Man? I'm jealous) 2mo
BookHoarder32 I do! I found it on NetGalley. 2mo
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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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A real chunkster with over 600 pages, it could have easily lost a couple hundred pages. It wavered between a pick and a so-so. The most interesting parts were those narrated by Marian, my favourite character. She's not allowed to be the protagonist, though, or the love interest, because although she's smart and brave and has an alluring figure, she's ugly! Oh no! 🙄
My next classic will be written by a woman again, I think.
#MountTBR2019 no. 2

Leniverse Yes, I wish Marion got to be the narrator of the second part too. She‘s amazing. Wilkie was great at creating strong female characters (heroines and villains), and male villains. His male heroes are all insufferable milksops though. Marion can‘t be the love interest here because he is playing with gothic tropes, so the weak and swooning maiden has to play that part. (And because the hero doesn‘t deserve Marion.) 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Leniverse The hero is so... bland. (you're right, he doesn't deserve her. If someone better came along for Marian, I wouldn't have minded, but so it's the villain who adores her the most, and she's glad to be the third wheel). 5mo
Leniverse The villain is awesome though! And the interplay between him and Marion. I want a graphic novel spinoff where Marion has overcome her internalised misogyny and is crushing the patriarchy during the day, and doing vigilante justice at night; with the Count as her always resurfacing arch nemesis, of course. 😁 5mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @Leniverse That sounds awesome 😁 5mo
Moony Wow the sheep is sooo cool! 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Moony Thank you, it's a work in progress for my colleague's newborn daughter 🐏 5mo
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Rivers of London - Night Witch #1 | Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel
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A belated Christmas present from my sister 😁 (the book shop's fault, not hers). My nephiew chose the wrapping paper. I have a cold, and these cheer me up.

mabell I hope you feel better soon! 5mo
dsfisher Such a fun series. Get well soon! 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @dsfisher Thank you! I read the first comic in the series, can't wait to get started with these two. 5mo
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I don't know how to rate this. On the one hand, I devoured it. In the beginning the world felt really dangerous.
On the other hand, it is flawed. I like the protagonist Meg, but there was no real reason why the other characters all loved her and cared for her after just meeting her. I like the idea that the others ruled, but the human world should have differed more because of this.
Prompt Including a prophecy for #SFFTBRChallenge

PickwickPlockPlock I liked the book, but I don't know if I will read the rest because there's a romance looming in the distance that could feel squicky because of the wolf/leader/dominance/pushing around thing. 6mo
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The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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Mehso-so

Part of my latest library haul: In the far future, there's an empire of distant planets, only reachable by long space journeys. Then something happens... The story is told by several pov characters. I would have preferred more science and less politics. It wasn't my first Scalzi and probably not the last, but I don't think that I will continue this series.
For the #SFFTBRChallenge prompt Set in the future.
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RamsFan1963 If you read the Old Man's War series, you noticed it moved from straight space opera action to a more politically oriented story as it progressed. I don't mind a little politics. I enjoyed this, but I haven't gotten around to the sequel yet. 6mo
PickwickPlockPlock @RamsFan1963 I read the Old Man's War series. It's been some time, I don't remember much details, but I think I enjoyed the first book the most. Maybe you hit on the reason why 🤔 6mo
RamsFan1963 @PickwickPlockPlock Yes it's more fun to read about the building of a Federation or Empire, than it is to read about the administration and bureaucracy of it. 6mo
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My first Christie novel is also her first. Some twists were obvious to me, but it was published in 1920, different times. The resolution had one twist too many for my taste, though.
First I rolled my eyes at narrator Hastings, at the end I could have throttled him. The star of the book is Poirot. What a fantastic character, no wonder he's still famous. I saw a tv movie with David Suchet not long ago, and now I can say he is perfect for the role.

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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Another great comic from my library. I recognised the title but didn't know what it was about (a shapeshifter and a supervillain, and if they really are the villains). Apparently it's a webcomic, so I was surprised that it has a real ending. There are a few tone shifts, a bit silly at times and getting darker and more complex at the end. I might have developed a little crush on Ballister Blackheart (his nemesis is Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin).

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This one was even worse than the first one. I didn't bail, but skimmed large parts of it. The author normally writes Lovecraftian books, apparently, and I can't shake the feeling that she would have preferred to leave Holmes out. I would have preferred that, too, because then I wouldn't have read it in the first place! At least I can use it for the #horror prompt of the #SFFTBRChallenge.

Sarah83 I understand that 🤩 6mo
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This is not a good book. I knew that before, but I was in the mood for something different. Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes and Watson are shoehorned into the Lovecraft story. The little things don't add up. Watson and his wife live in a flat, not a house, without a single servant. I started the next one because I got it together with part one, but i don't have much hope for it. Fits the prompt lowest rating on Goodreads for the #SFFTBRChallenge.

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Untitled | Unknown
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MicrobeMom 😂🤣 I might get to that someday! 7mo
charl08 Hmm. No thanks! I like my crazy TBR. 6mo
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This was my first Phryne book. I love the TV show and was a bit concerned that I wouldn't like the books. At first, I had to adjust because the characters are a bit different. Also, I am not a fashion fan, I'm not very interested in reading sentence after sentence about Phryne's wardrobe. But in the end it was fun and I will probably read the next book too. I haven't met Mr Butler yet!

shanaqui Ooh, you're in for fun -- there's a Mrs Butler too! 6mo
PickwickPlockPlock @shanaqui So I've heard, I can't wait to meet her! 6mo
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