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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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Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Dr Greta Helsing has more than one #vampire patient.

#chillingphotochallenge
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@TheReadingMermaid

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Panpan

Probably unpopular opinion: I didn't like it much. It took me 2 months to work my way through it because I started, read another book instead, read a bit further etc. It's not horribly written, but I didn't like the protagonist, and the characters I did like had really small parts. It's a good thing I read the first Murderbot novella of the author before reading this, or I might never have given it a chance.

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I liked the third and final book in the Greta Helsing series. I loved the bits where Greta is treating her supernatural patients, but didn't care much for how high the stakes were and the scope of the threat. The solution was too neat, but all in all I had fun reading.

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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I am trying to stay strong and not buy every ebook that sounds interesting. But I have been interested in these two for some time now, and with each under 2€ I couldn't resist. I'll try to do better for the rest of the month, I swear.

BookHoarder32 Ooo Early Riser is so good ❤️ 2w
PickwickPlockPlock @BookHoarder32 I heard it described as a Western in Wales, and I don't care for Westerns... But I love Fforde's books, so... 😌 2w
BookHoarder32 I didn't see the western part... 🤔 it feels uniquely Fforde to me 😆 2w
Deifio I bought The Night Tiger, too! 😅😁 2w
PickwickPlockPlock @Deifio I love the English deal of the month 😁 2w
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This novella is set in an alternative fantastical version of Cairo in 1912, where Djinns and angels exist and the English never got hold of egypt. We follow the female protagonist, an investigator, in a pretty straight-forward mystery. It's really short, but the world-building is great and I liked the writing style. There's another novella set in that world that I will check out 📖

DrexEdit New follower! Thanks for this review. It seems I already have stacked this book, so now I have to check it out soonest. BTW, I love your username! 😊 👍 3w
PickwickPlockPlock @DrexEdit Thank you 😁 The novella is quite short, the perfect size to squeeze it between two longer books 😉 3w
xxjenadanxx Ooh this sounds good! Stacked! 2w
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Sourcery | Terry Pratchett
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Mehso-so

Just as expected I'm starting to find Rincewind tiresome. I found it interesting that Lord Vetinari made his first appearance. Coming up: a reunion with Granny, yay.

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The fifth and last Lockwood book is a worthy conclusion to the series. It went into a direction I had not expected. Normally I'm not a fan of YA, but this is the exception. The series could make a great scary tv show one day.

julesG We loved this series, too. Can't wait to reread with the little kid. 😉 1mo
PickwickPlockPlock @julesG I would love to read this with my son. It will have to wait for another few years, though 👻💀 1mo
julesG Something to look forward to. 😁 1mo
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LiljaPleasant Loved Lockwood! This will be one of the series I'll read for my ducklings 😁 1mo
PickwickPlockPlock @LiljaPleasant My son will probably find it less scary than I did when he's a little older 🙈 1mo
LiljaPleasant @PickwickPlockPlock Yeah, same here... Eventhough I have two girls... But I'm a real scaredy-cat 😅 1mo
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Moab Is My Washpot | Stephen Fry
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Mehso-so

I'm a bit at a loss what to say. Stephen Fry was a liar and a thief and I found the book's content more horrifying than entertaining. I have Fry's second autobiography on my TBR stack, but I will wait a bit before start that.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😱 that‘s not good! Great review though! 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It wasn't what I had expected 😶 2mo
Sarah83 Which time did you review in this book? 2mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 The book covers his childhood until he turned 20. He was arrested and convicted for theft with 18. 2mo
Sarah83 I read the one after that. I think, he meets Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson in it. It's quite nice. 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 Maybe I find it so depressing because it ends just when he seems to turn his life around, but that's only a couple of pages at the end. So the next one is more what I expected going in? Good to know. 2mo
Sarah83 The next one is funnier... Going to theatres, to castings, living in different parts of England 🤷 it is a bit too long, but not so depressing. 2mo
Severnmeadows There‘s something about him that annoys me when I see him on TV 😊...however, I love his (edited) 1mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Severnmeadows As a German I sometimes saw him in movies or (scripted) tv shows, but from that I can't really judge his personality. Thanks for tagging the book, but I'm not really a fan of poetry 🙂 1mo
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The fourth Lockwood & Co. book is more about the relationships between the characters, and the mechanics of the ghost problem. I found it to be more 'grown-up' than the last ones for these reasons, and enjoyed it very much. There's only one book left in the series, I think.

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Carry On, Jeeves | P G Wodehouse
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My first Wodehouse, a chance find at the library. At first I found it mildly amusing, but the more I read, the more I liked it. Wodehouse has a really funny way with words. Bertie is an idiot, but likeable. I had expected Jeeves to be the genius in the background, and was surprised that Bertie and everybody else asks for his help. When I returned the book, I found the dvds at the library and brought them home with me 🙂

Aimeesue Wodehouse ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
QuietlyLaura Hugh Laurie is excellent as Bertie Wooster! His facial expressions are hilarious. Stephen Fry is superb as Jeeves. ❤️❤️ 2mo
Sarah83 I love the TV series 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 2mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @Aimeesue @QuietlyLaura @Sarah83 I've only seen Hugh Laurie playing grumpy old men before, I've got to say he makes a very believable dimwit 😁 2mo
Sarah83 The interaction between Fry and Laurie is so awesome. I really enjoy their playing. 😍 2mo
RamsFan1963 @PickwickPlockPlock If you watch the various Black Adder series, especially Black Adder The Third, you will see Hugh Laurie can play a truly glorious idiot. 😁😁 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @RamsFan1963 Black Adder is one of the shows I have heard of but never had the chance to watch. Maybe I can catch it on youtube 😉 2mo
Kaddele It was the other way for me - the first time I saw Hugh Laurie in something serious I was absolutely flabbergasted :) Bertie is one of my favourite narrators - I adore his voice. 2mo
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I had a hard time with this. More than once I had to stop and read a lighter book before continuing. I recognize the importance of the book, but it was like watching a train wreck. All the men are horrible, including the narrator, who probably was meant to be a good guy. The depressing thing is that we all know it's a fictional example of a very real situation for millions of women through the ages.

rretzler I have this on my list to read for 2019 and I keep putting it off. For me it is also a must read, but not something from which I think I‘ll get enjoyment. 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @rretzler For me, it helped to read it in parts. I wanted to finish it, 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock ... But I found it too depressing to read it all at once. 3mo
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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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Number 4 of my #discworld reread explores the world further and is funny, although this time around I found Death's inability to understand humanity surprisingly sad. Must be my age.

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In the third White Trash Zombie book we meet people from the previous books again, there's a bit more about how the zombie business works, and things resolve a bit too neatly. Doesn't matter though, it's still a fun, light series with a bit (or more) of gore and a likeable, female loser heroine.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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I heard only good things about Murderbot, and yes, it is that good! Only too short, but at least there are more books in the series.

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I enjoyed the third book in the Lockwood & Co. Series, apart from Lucy's reaction to the new girl. I'm always wary of male authors who pit girls or women against each other.

LiljaPleasant I loved the books!!! But I'd say they don't act their age at all... Even for kids/teens who are trained to be agents and stuff... I tend to add 3-5 years to the given age of kids and teens in books so the age matches their acting. Aaaand yeah, all that jealousy... My reaction: Oh booooy... U serious? 🙄 3mo
julesG My son loved this series. Right now he's in love with the Bartimaeus trilogy. @LiljaPleasant Sometimes you need to add 10+ years to the charachters' age. As in 3mo
LiljaPleasant @julesG wooow... Okay, I'll keep that in mind. :) 3mo
julesG @LiljaPleasant Apart from the first 75 pages being character introductions, the only jarring bits in the book were age references. A master mind criminal, head of a successful syndicate, thief, owner of several establishments,... walks and talks like in his late 20s to early 30s but is supposed to be 17? Just like the rest of his crew. I swear, the author only made the characters younger to fit the YA genre. BUT it is a good book. Really. 3mo
LiljaPleasant @julesG I might put it on my wishlist. My TBR pile has just waaay too many books on it 😅 3mo
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Equal Rites | Terry Pratchett
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A couple years ago I tried to reread this, didn't really make progress, left it half-read. Now I picked it up again, started from the beginning, and finished it in 2 or 3 days. Granny Weatherwax is in it, but she's not quite the Granny we know and love. There's a scene where she's out borrowing that now made me sad.

#discworld

julesG Granny in her early stages. 😉 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @julesG I love Granny in all her stages 😁 3mo
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It's like this book was written for me. An old english country house after WW1 with dubious guests, mixed together with my favourite science fiction trope, the time loop. I'm not 100% sold on the 'why', but that didn't matter much for me, it's still a 4.5 stars read. I wish this book would start a new genre.

Cathythoughts Well done .. lots of characters I hear 😬 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Cathythoughts Yes, it' better not to have long reading breaks, to keep all the characters straight. 3mo
wanderinglynn Your review sold me. Stacked! 3mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @wanderinglynn It's one of my favourite books I read this year. 3mo
IndyHannaJones Can't wait to pick this one up 3mo
jillrhudy How many deaths is it? 7 or 7 1/2??? 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @jillrhudy 7 in the British title, 7 1/2 in the American title, but the content is the same according to the goodreads author bio. I hate when publishers do that. I haven't counted the actual deaths in the book 🙈 3mo
julesG It's 7 1/2, because the last one doesn't happen. I counted, since I read it as an ARC. 😉 3mo
jillrhudy @PickwickPlockPlock We die more in America these days. Of exasperation if nothing else. Of course they have looming-maybe-sorta Brexit, so maybe they have half a death on US. . . 3mo
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I pledged to read 15 books for the challenge and ended up with a list of 25, so not bad. I read a couple of novellas and some YA books, which is a bit unusual for me, and the challenge also made me read some older books from my TBR stack - mission accomplished!

Thank you @DuckOfDoom for the idea. It was my first reading challenge and I had a lot of fun!

#SFFTBRChallenge

PickwickPlockPlock Another unexpected gem, apart from the tagged book. 3mo
DuckOfDoom I love both the tagged books!! They are awesome. Any other gems? I'm glad you had fun. Maybe I will do another, more lightweight one, the management got totally out of my hand 😅 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @DuckOfDoom Another challenge would be great. I will tag my favourites in the comments. 3mo
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My #top6reads of 2019 so far. It's a good mixture, 1 non-fiction, 1 classic, a WW1 novel, the rest fantasy/science fiction. Only one written solely by a man.

@Cinfhen

BookHoarder32 Oo yes Lockwood & Co... need to get back to those... so many books, so little time... 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @BookHoarder32 Me too, I only read the first two Lockwood books so far. 3mo
BookHoarder32 Me too 3mo
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jchawkins D.O.D.O. was such a great yarn, oh man. 3mo
Moony Looks like a very good reading pile. My years so great until now. 3mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue and I enjoyed “Alchemist‘s Daughter” very much! 3mo
Cinfhen Loving all the #Top6Reads 🤩thanks for tagging me 3mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy We did! I also really enjoyed How To Be a Victorian. I still dip into it occasionally. Makes me appreciate AC and novocain. 😁 (edited) 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Aimeesue Yes, reading about other times is fine, but I prefer modern medicine 😁 3mo
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The Light Fantastic | Terry Pratchett
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Better than the first, and it would have been the right ending for Rincewind. We will see how much patience I will have with him in his other books.

#discworld

jillrhudy 😍 4mo
LiljaPleasant Loved this book 😍 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @LiljaPleasant It's part of my discworld books reread. I last read this book over 20 years ago. 3mo
LiljaPleasant Woooow. For me it's the first time reading the Discworld books. Or... Well... I tried 12 years or so ago and it just wasn't for me this time... Now I love it! 3mo
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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‼️😄 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling Thank you, the game will have to wait, now is barbecue time with the in-laws 🍽 😁 4mo
Buechersuechtling @PickwickPlockPlock BBQ 🔥🥩🌽🥖🥗. 🤤. Enjoy your meal. 4mo
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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!🧳 4mo
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 ... 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Kaddele I think I was pleasantly surprised because my expectations were so low. I had forgotten the good bits. 4mo
Kaddele I‘ve definitely forgotten most of it so it‘ll be worth a try soon ... 4mo
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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! 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @rohit-sawant Are you new to the discworld in general? 4mo
rohit-sawant @PickwickPlockPlock Yes! The book has been sitting on my shelf for years and planning to jump in this year. 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @rohit-sawant I hope you will like it! And if you don't, try another from the discworld, because they get better! 4mo
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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! 😃 4mo
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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. 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @julesG But I haven't finished my current read. 4mo
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. 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Vagablonde I find that the old covers have nostalgic value, but some of the new hardcovers look really nice. 4mo
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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! 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @teainthelibrary I know it will probably take me a few years, I'm not in a hurry 😁 4mo
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 4mo
julesG Just saying, you might be able to catch up. But no pressure there. 4mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This picture makes my heart happy. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 😃 4mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling My order with the first missing books has arrived. I can start soon ☺ 4mo
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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! 5mo
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The Merchant's Partner | Michael Jecks
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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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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 😊 5mo
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. 5mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Good to know. Also, I love Without a Clue! 5mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 Yes, don't bother, there are so many other pastiches out there! 5mo
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. 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Me too! I think it's time for a rewatch! 5mo
Sarah83 I know 🤣🤣🤣 so I am happy about every pastiche I don't need to read. 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
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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. 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @julesG I used a coupon for the book, too. I won't tell your bank account if you don't tell mine 😁 5mo
julesG I fear Mum (the bank account) is going to find out anyway. Sigh! 5mo
jillrhudy Literally the only new entertainment I‘m looking forward to in 2019 5mo
Maike @julesG always happy to help 😄😄 5mo
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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 😂😂😂 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 Unread, I take it? 😁 5mo
Sarah83 For sure 😂😂😂 5mo
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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! 5mo
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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

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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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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! 6mo
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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... 6mo
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... 6mo
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...). 6mo
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 ^^ 6mo
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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! 6mo
PickwickPlockPlock @shanaqui Did you have the pink model, too? 6mo
shanaqui No, just a rather plain silver. It belonged to a lot of different people as their first ereader before it died! 6mo
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Kaye I had one of those too but mine was just silver. I never saw a pretty colored one. 6mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye My husband had one in a dark blue. I think I never saw a silver one! 6mo
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 ? 6mo
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. 6mo
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) 6mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye My kindle's battery has worsened over time, but it can still last a week or longer without charging. 6mo
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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 🎂 7mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye Thank you, but it was over a week ago 🤗 7mo
BookNAround I quite enjoyed this one, and I say that as an infrequent reader of time travel books. 7mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @BookNAround If you enjoyed that, you might like the Doomsday Book. 7mo
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. 7mo
dalma_st_paul @PickwickPlockPlock interesting premise. Have you read the 6mo
PickwickPlockPlock @dalma_st_paul Yes, I have, that's where I got my user handle from 😉 6mo
dalma_st_paul Ahha😀 should have known!! 6mo
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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? 7mo
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. 7mo
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. 7mo
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. 7mo
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) 7mo
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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. 7mo
Ericalambbrown I haven‘t tried the comics but I love the books! 7mo
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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. 😍 7mo
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. 7mo
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. 7mo
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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. 😁 8mo
PickwickPlockPlock @BiblioLitten Yeah, rub it in 😁 8mo
BiblioLitten 😅 8mo
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madamereadsalot1 Editing comments would be fantastic! 8mo
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 8mo
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. 😂 8mo
Crazeedi I agree on the editing!!! I hate when I have to delete my whole comment cause I messed up 8mo
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 😢 8mo
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. 8mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Litsi That's a good idea, twice the length would not be too long to read, surely. 8mo
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