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RamsFan1963

Joined March 2018

LA Rams Fan, Book Lover, Old School Comics Fan, Hufflepuff and Retail Warrior
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67/150 I've read my fair share of non-Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories and they vary in quality because either the writer is slavish to Doyle's style and adds nothing to the character, or they vear too far away and it seems like Holmes in name only. Most of these stories lean towards the former, which doesn't mean they aren't still enjoyable to Sherlock fans, just nothing ground breaking. 3.75/5

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As Weekends Go | Jan Brigden
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Plenty to occupy my time this weekend.
What This Comedian Said Will Shock You - Audiobook
The Whole Art of Detection - Ebook
Goliath - Print #LitsySciFiBookClub
Thy Kingdom Come Trilogy - Graphic Novels

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Hi everybody!! We're roughly at the midpoint of June. I hope everyone was able to get a copy of The Forever War, in print or on audio, and have enjoyed reading it. Its about time to make selections for July's #ClassicLSFBC read. I'm opening the floor to everyone, if there's something you've been wanting to read or an author you've wanted to try, now is the time to get in your pick. I'll get the ball rolling ⬇️⬇️

Ruthiella I‘ll pick from wherever everyone else nominates. 4d
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CatLass007 I have a number of David Brin‘s books, some of which will be first time books for me and some of which will be reruns. I‘m going to nominate Sundiver, the first book of the Uplift Saga. I will only be able to participate if I already own the book, if it‘s free on Audible, or I can borrow it from the library. I‘ve got a sick kitty and the vet needs the money more. 4d
CatLass007 I know we‘re only supposed to nominate one book a month, so @RamsFan1963, you should pick whichever book is more deserving. Sundiver or The Andromeda Strain. 4d
julesG I can't think of a single one right now. 4d
Lesliereadsalot Really liked The Host by Stephenie Meyer of the Twilight Saga. 4d
TheSpineView Would love to read an Andre Norton book. 4d
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I don‘t know what you guys have read before I joined, but I‘d like to nominate Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson. However, I‘d also be absolutely thrilled if the group read the suggestion made by @CatLass007 Brin‘s Uplift Saga, because I just recently finished the second book and would absolutely love to have people to geek out over the series with. 😅❤️ 3d
CatLass007 @TheSpineView I‘ve never read anything by Andre Norton. And I‘m going to blame the fact on having so much great science fiction to choose from. @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘d love to do a reread of Dorsai! But not this month. Can‘t afford it. 3d
RamsFan1963 I'm going to pull my selection of The Sheep Look Up, and replace it with JG Ballard's High-Rise, due to availability. It's on Spotify, but getting a print copy appears to be either unavailable or expensive. Due to the Tom Hiddleston movie, High-Rise is available and inexpensive. 3d
Ruthiella @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm This group only started in November 2023, so we‘ve not read much yet: 1. The Stars My Destination, 2. More Than Human, The 3. Dispossessed, 4. Dahlgren, 5. Way Station, 6. Snow Crash, and 7. The Forever War. 3d
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ruthiella Oh cool! So I haven‘t missed as much as I thought! 😅 3d
Bookwomble We haven't read any short story collections yet, which my be interesting to try, and I while I'm inclined to offer Asimov's Nightfall as it's on my tbr, I think "I, Robot" will generally be easier for people to obtain, so I'll nominate that ?? 14h
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66/150 While this is the last book of the Phule's Company series, its not really a conclusion in any way. General Blitzkrieg is finally defeated, and Captain Jester remains in charge of Omega Mob, still not promoted to Major. There's was a fun chase across planets as Jester went looking for his missing butler, crossing paths with characters from previous volumes, but in the end it goes full circle back to the starting place. It's too bad ⬇️

RamsFan1963 that more books weren't written for the series, there was still a lot of potential left for more fun adventures. 4 💥💥💥💥 66th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65 4d
DieAReader 🥳Fantastic! 3d
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65/150 With the penultimate book in the series, things pretty much follow the same formula. Phule and Co. get into various hijinks and misadventures before fixing it all in the end. I liked that the humor was more character based this time, much less broad and slapstick. There was some nice character development among both the established Legionnaires and new characters too. 4 💥💥💥💥

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64/150 This wasn't bad, just repetitive. If you read the first volume you got the gist of the story Chaykin wanted to tell. Working in comics isn't easy, the publishers treat the talent like crap, and the artists treat each other like crap. I could have done without every 3rd word being f**k, it becomes numbing at a point. Chaykin's artwork is still outstanding.
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63/150 Definitely a step up from the 3rd book in the series, although the humor still remains a little too broad and farcical. With the bad guys having names like Major Botchup and Lieutenant Snipe, it's a little too on the nose to be very subtle. Overall, it's still fun to see what entanglements Captain Jester and the Omega gang get into, and how they work their way out with brains, luck, and not a small bit of criminal cunning. 3.5/5

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2w
AmandaBlaze I really enjoyed his Another Fine Myth series when I was younger. 2w
RamsFan1963 @AmandaBlaze I never finished that series, I might take another run at it once I finish the last two books in the Phule's Company series. I have several audio books lined up so it might be awhile 2w
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Hey Kids! Comics! | Howard Chaykin
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62/150 I've always like Chaykin more as an artist than as a writer, partially because of his fondness for profanity in excess. This is a fictional history of American comics, Marvel and DC are Verve and Yankee Comics, from the 30's to the current times. There are obvious characters familiar to anyone who know anything about comics, especially Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. 4 💥💥💥💥

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I honestly know almost nothing about Bridgerton, but I wanted to see what I looked like with hair again 🤣🤣
Thanks for the link @CrowCAH

Deblovestoread Dashing! 2w
TheBookHippie Very distinguished !!! 2w
Leftcoastzen Awesome! 2w
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BkClubCare Cool hat!🎩 2w
CrowCAH Well from this picture you look handsome with hair!!! 😁 2w
AllDebooks Very dapper, proper Bridgerton 👌 2w
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61/150 Sadly, I did not enjoy this one as much as the first two Phule's Company adventures. I don't know if it's because there was a co-author this time, but the humor seemed strained and most of the jokes fell flat. It doesn't help that the 1st part of the book is really just a continuation of the 2nd book, then when the Legionnaires are transferred Landoor, that mission comes off as rushed so that there's not a cliffhanger.

RamsFan1963 I appreciate the lack of a cliffhanger, but the world and its culture would have benefited from some fleshing out, because all you come away with is that it's a bunch of people really into amusement parks and roller coasters. Hopefully book 4 will get things back on track 3 ⭐⭐⭐ 2w
DieAReader 👋🏻 #Next 2w
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The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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60/150 As military sci-fi goes, this is as anti-war as you can get. War isn't glorified, its usually stupid and death comes swiftly, without warning or reason. William Mandella rises from private to major, never really understanding the reasons for the war with the Taurens. I'm going to put the rest of this review under a block so not to ruin it for those still reading the book. 4⭐⭐⭐⭐
#ClassicLSFBC

RamsFan1963 I wonder if anyone will find this book homophobic? Once Mandella returns to Earth and discovers the majority of the population is homosexual, a measure to reduce the population growth, he's the odd man out. Then later, in a clever twist of America's history of treating homosexuals, heterosexuality is seen first as a crime, then just as a mental disorder. I don't think there was any negative or offensive 3w
RamsFan1963 characterizations of any of the gay characters, soldiers and civilians. I'll be interested to see what other people thought of the idea of planetside homosexuality. 3w
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Ruthiella Wow! That was fast. 😅 3w
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella I was listening to it every day to and from work so that was about 2 hours each day, so it went by fast. 3w
DieAReader 🥳Great!! 2w
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The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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Starting this today on audio. It will definitely be a different kind of military sci-fi from the last two Phule's Company books 🤣🤣
#ClassicLSFBC

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59/150 This is the 2nd adventure of the band of misfits and losers known as Phule's Company, although they have become a more cohesive team. Upper command still wants to punish Captain Jester, so he and his team are sent to protect a space station casino from an organized crime takeover. This book isn't laugh out loud funny, but it will make the reader smile at the antics and misadventures of Phule's Company. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Untitled | Untitled
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58/150 I would say this is my favorite volume of the Bounty Hunters series so far. The dual storylines come together as Valance leads Imperial forces to Bestine, unaware that his fellow bounty hunters, lead by T'Onga, are also there working for Crimson Dawn. Lots of actions, surprises, betrayals (by the Empire of course) and sad losses. Also, the artwork was very consistent for a change, no big divergence in styles. 4.25/5

RamsFan1963 This volume is not in Litsy's database. 58th book read for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65 3w
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3w
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72/100 was a good score, it might be higher but there was a couple of movies, like Love Story, that I'm not sure if I actually saw or just heard about.
Favorites:
1. Star Wars (duh!)
2. Superman (still the best Superman movie of all time!)
3. Animal House

#ThreeListThursday @dabbe

kelli7990 You did better than me. 3w
PaperbackPirate Wow, great score! I loved Superman too! 3w
dabbe Christopher Reeve. 😭 Thanks for sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Working through most of this readathon, so I'll keep my goals simple.
Start Phule's Paradise
Finish The Whole Art of Detection
Read Star Wars: Bounty Hunters Vol. 6
Good luck to everyone joining in.
#20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 3w
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Phule's Company | Robert Asprin
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57/150 This was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting something much broader, something slapstick. Instead it was a classic underdog story. Captain Jester, as punishment, is put in charge of a company of "misfits and losers" who are the dregs of the Legionnaires. There's plenty of humor in the story, but lots of heart too as Jester builds his team's confidence to make them a real fighting force again. I'm ready to read book 2, Phule's Paradise.

RamsFan1963 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 57th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65 3w
DieAReader 🥳Great! 3w
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 3w
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Bailedbailed

I'm really unhappy I had to DNF this book. I found the subject very interesting, underwater archeology and shipwrecks, but the narrator made it nearly impossible to enjoy. His odd speech pattern sounded very mechanical, like an AI program reading, no tone or inflections. I'm going to seek a printed copy because the writing was interesting and well detailed.

BookishMadHatter I think audiobooks are fantastic but there are lots I can't get past a few minutes with because of the narrator 3w
RamsFan1963 @BookishMadHatter I wish I had checked some of the reviews on Litsy before venturing to read it, a reviewer warned that the narrator caused her to bail too 3w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
Hooked_on_books I just bailed on this for similar reasons, although the book is also not what I was hoping for. I really don‘t think they could have had a worse narrator if they‘d tried. It makes me feel badly for the author. 3w
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56/150 Of the various Marvel Star Wars titles, I enjoy this one the most. The Bounty Hunters are a mixed bunch of characters, with varying degrees of honor and trustworthiness, from the heroic T'Onga and Valiance to utter scum like Dengar. The artwork varies too much at times, from crude cartoony style to a much more detailed, realistic look. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
56th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

RamsFan1963 This Star Wars volume is not in Litsy's database 4w
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4w
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The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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Originally, I planned to let voting go until the end of the month, but since this is the overwhelming favorite, three times the votes for Deus Irae, I will go ahead and announce that June's selection for #ClassicLSFBC is The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. A copy should be available at most libraries or used book stores. If you have premium subscriptions to Audible or Spotify, it's available on both formats for free.

Lesliereadsalot I‘m in on this one! 4w
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TheSpineView I have a physical copy but good to know it is free with Audible plus. I might just read and listen together. 4w
Roary47 Yay!! Thanks for the tip on audible. I‘m ready to go. 😍 4w
RaeLovesToRead UK LITTENS: This is currently 99p on Kindle!!!!!!!! 4w
RamsFan1963 @Lesliereadsalot Do you wish to be added to the #ClassicLSFBC list? 4w
CatLass007 Yay! I was kinda hoping this would be the June choice just because it is free on Audible. 4w
KathyWheeler I just downloaded this from Audible and I‘m looking forward to it. Would you mind adding me to the list? Thanks. 4w
RamsFan1963 @KathyWheeler Okie Dokie! You're added to the list 4w
Lesliereadsalot Yes! Add me to the list. 4w
The_Literary_Jedi Also available on Kindle Unlimited if you have a subscription 😀 3w
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55/150 If you can get around all the talk of lures (types, materials used, ways of trying them) and fly fishing, there's a nice little mystery here. The who becomes obvious before the end, it's the how and why that is the big reveal. I liked the characters, the flirty banter between the female sheriff and the painter/part-time PI without it ever getting really romantic. This is the first of a series, I might have to check out the rest. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Snow Crash | Neal Stephenson
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Bailedbailed

I'm done. I read this six years ago, and panned it. I tried to reread it with a fresh attitude, but I still think it's an over hyped mediocre piece of cyberpunk, so I'm bailing at 40%
#ClassicLSFBC #hailthebail

Crazeedi No reason to torture yourself! Too many books, too little time 1mo
Oryx I've tried and bailed on this twice. I thought I must be missing something with it, so I'm glad it's not just me! 1mo
Ruthiella I finished it, but I agree with your assessment. I really wanted to like it, but it was just OK. Have you read any thing else from Stephenson? 1mo
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RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella I have Cryptonomicon, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Interface and Reamde on my TBR shelves. Whether I'll ever read them is debatable, Crypto and Reamde are major chunksters. I did read Zodiac by him and thought it was so-so 1mo
TheSpineView I was thinking of bailing also. Now I don't feel guilty about it. I totally agree that it is way overhyped. Very disappointed. 1mo
dabbe YES! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
julesG I bailed too. And then I went and started Seveneves yesterday. I must be mad. DODO is good, probably because of the co-author, Nicole Galland. 1mo
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead This reminds me of our discussion about Neuromancer! 😱 4w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Gah. I'm gonna hate it, aren't I? 😅 4w
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We only had two books nominated for #ClassicLSFBC June reading selection. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and Deus Irae by Philip K. Dick & Roger Zelazny. Voting starts now until the end of the month. I'm throwing my vote for Deus Irae, but either book would make for interesting reading.
#ClassicLSFBC @Bookwomble @Ruthiella @TheSpineView @BookmarkTavern @wanderinglynn @Readergrrl @Johanna414 @Lizpixie @BookBelle84 @Larkken @julesG

Ruthiella Well, I will vote for my pick, but something tells me I‘m gonna get outvoted. 😂 1mo
CatLass007 I looked on Audible and the Forever War trilogy is free. So, @Ruthiella, I will add my vote to yours. 1mo
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Lizpixie I‘ll throw my vote to 1mo
julesG @CatLass007 ohhhh! Goodie! I'm throwing my marker in the The Forever War hat. 😁 1mo
PaperbackPirate I love…this author. 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I can‘t decide and I‘m still not sure I‘ll have time to participate this month. So naturally I put both on hold at my library and will try to read both. 🤣😂🤣 1mo
Roary47 I can honestly read either since they are both at my library, but would prefer the forever war. 🥰 1mo
kwmg40 I‘ll go for 1mo
TheSpineView My vote is for 1mo
wanderinglynn I also vote for 1mo
CSeydel Oh I‘d read either of those, but I know I have a copy of Forever War around here somewhere 1mo
Bookwomble I'll vote for Deus Irae simply because I've not read it yet, but I suspect The Forever War (which I have read and really liked) will probably be the better book based on DI's torturous composition. Happy to read either, and will possibly read both 😊 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Bookwomble I read The Forever War back in '79-'80. It's been long enough that I'd enjoy a reread. The book is way ahead of Deus Irae in the votes. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I have only just become aware of this book club!!!!!! Really want to join, but I also have a lot of reading commitments already..... ☺️ 4w
The_Literary_Jedi I‘d love to join in with you! 4w
RamsFan1963 @RaeLovesToRead @The_Literary_Jedi I'll add you both to the list, feel free to join anytime you want. 4w
RaeLovesToRead Thanks! I'll use the hashtag if I read Snow Crash too! 🥰 4w
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New Book of Rock Lists | Dave Marsh, James Bernard
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Only 31/100 albums make my list. Most of that comes from the 60's, 70's and 80s, I'm not even sure who some of the later groups and artists were. I would have added a couple more Bowie albums and Night at the Opera by Queen on the list also.
Thank you for the tag @dabbe #ThreeListThursday

dabbe I think only 1 Bowie made the list. 😱 And where was Queen? And more Led Zepp? I've got tons of new albums now to listen to! 🤩😂😀 1mo
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54/150 I've always been a big comic book fan, from my first Superman comic when I was 6 years old until now some 54 years later. If you're interested in comics, especially American one, then you'll find this very informative and detailed. I like that the author doesn't just cover DC and Marvel, but he gives equal attention to independent comics, underground comics, newspaper & magazine comic strips, manga, and the new development
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RamsFan1963 of online comics. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 54th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Awesome! 1mo
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Star Wars : Bounty Hunters T04: Crimson Reign | Ethan Sacks, Paolo Villanelli, Ramn Bachs
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53/150 In the aftermath of the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event, Valance is presumed dead, but he's actually been captured by Vader and forced to once again work for the Empire. The other bounty hunters are on the run from the Crimson Dawn, a criminal syndicate trying to take over the Underworld. The dual storylines work out well, but most of the action is with the bounty hunter as they run and gun, trying to stay ⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 two steps ahead of the Empire, the Crimson Dawn and other bountry hunters working for them. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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52/150 Taking place after The Empire Strikes Back, the carbonite encased body of Han Solo is stolen from Boba Fett by the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn. Jabba assumes that Fett has double crossed him, so he puts a huge bounty on Boba Fett's, leading to an all out war among the bounty hunters. Part of the massive crossover with all of Marvel's Star Wars titles, it does lose some context read without the other parts of the story. ⬇️

RamsFan1963 However, it still makes for an exciting adventure, mixing establish characters like Luke and Chewbacca with newer characters created for the comic. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1mo
TieDyeDude I like the current Star Wars comics, but the big crossover events are a bit frustrating. This was okay, but I didn't think it worked well as a stand-alone. They did a better job with the Crimson Reign crossover, IMO. 1mo
RamsFan1963 @TieDyeDude I'm reading that next 1mo
Bookwomble I thought that was Cyborg Superman Vs Chewbacca! 1mo
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My friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, while possessed of one of the most vigorous minds of our generation, and while capable of displaying tremendous feats of physical activity when the situation required it, could nevertheless remain in his armchair perfectly motionless longer than any human being I have ever encountered.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Burning Chrome | William Gibson
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51/150 While Neuromancer is the better known Gibson book, I found this to be the superior read. Short stories that carry a punch, views of a world full of technological wonders, but Gibson prefers to explore the dark underbelly of that shiny future, what people will give up or become to survive. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
51st book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

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1. Fire of Unknown Origin - Blue Oyster Cult (1981)
2. Out of the Blue - Electric Light Orchestra (1977)
3. Super Trouper - ABBA (1980)

Any one of these I could listen to over and over again.
#TLT @dabbe

Crazeedi ELO, yes! And yes!! 1mo
dabbe My hubby loves #1, too! Thanks for sharing. 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Bookwomble I loved ELO Out of the Blue when it was first released - wore out the vinyl! In the early 90s, I replaced it on CD, but thought too much of it was filler and ditched it. I bought it for a third time last week and I love it again! 🎻☔💙 1mo
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It's time for nominations for June's #ClassicLSFBC selection. Hopefully, everyone was able to get a copy of May's selection, Snow Crash, and is enjoying it. Nominations will begin today and go on until the 23rd.
I'll start the nominations with my choice, Deus Irae, written by two legends, Philp K. Dick & Roger Zelazny.
@Bookwomble @Ruthiella @TheSpineView @BookmarkTavern @wanderinglynn @Readergrrl @Johanna414 @Lizpixie

CatLass007 I‘ve enjoyed Zelazny that I‘ve read but I don‘t think I‘ve read anything by PKD. So I‘ll second the nomination of Deus Irae. (edited) 1mo
Ruthiella I‘ll nominate 1mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I think I‘ll abstain from making a rec for this round. June is looking to be a busy month and I‘m not 100% sure I‘ll be able to participate. ❤️ 1mo
Bookwomble I love both PKD and Zelazny and have Deus Irae on my tbr, so I'll third the nomination 😊 @Ruthiella The Forever War is a great book, but I've read it and need to do something about my TBR mountain! 1mo
Ruthiella @Bookwomble Understood! One reason for my nomination is because I already have a copy. 😂 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella @Bookwomble To be totally honest, I picked Deus Irae also because I already own a copy. Plus, I'm a big fan of both authors too. 1mo
Ruthiella @RamsFan1963 That‘s a win/win strategy! Also, Deus Irae is available on Hoopla, so I won‘t have any trouble accessing it. 👍 1mo
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For me, it's a tie between Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes and Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band. Both songs make me want to switch the dial immediately!! Also, Escape is probably the most unrealistic song about infidelity ever written. #tuesdaytunes @TieDyeDude

TieDyeDude Ha, I re-watched an episode of It's Always Sunny recently where they were arguing about Escape being a Jimmy Buffett song 😅 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wahj_Dexhxw

Solid choices. “Thanks“ for playing 😉
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Megabooks I‘ve always found both these songs funny! 1mo
AlaMich I was a kid when Afternoon Delight was on the radio…never had a clue what the title referred to! 😂 1mo
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Leftcoastzen Eewww! Agree 1mo
Ruthiella Oh, I love both those songs. They remind me of being 10 years old and having no clue what either song was really about. 😆 1mo
CarolynM I agree Escape is completely unrealistic, but I thought it was kinda cute when I first heard it. My 24yo daughter, however, is appalled by it🤣 1mo
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50/150 To be honest, I don't get the hype surrounding this book. Yes I found the story interesting, and I'm giving it a pick, a low pick, but I don't think it's anything especially ground breaking. I can't imagine I'd make it past the first episode of the TV series. I'll be interested to see what the other members of #LitsySciFiBookClub think, if I'm in the minority on this. 3.25/5. @TheSpineView

quietlycuriouskate It was a low pick for me. Not a bad book by any means but, like you, I don't get the hype. 1mo
Ruthiella Curious to see where I‘ll land. I haven‘t started yet. Still making my way through 1mo
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Lesliereadsalot Really liked all three books in the trilogy and thought the tv series was terrific. By the way I‘m also BearsFan2024 (haha) 1mo
TheSpineView I agree with you on this one. 1mo
batsy I loved it, especially reading the trilogy and seeing the whole arc of it. But the writing/translation is not doing it for some readers and I get it. 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 1mo
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Listening to the audiobook of The Three Body Problem for #LitsySciFiBookClub, reading Snow Crash for #ClassicLSFBC and reading Burning Chrome just for myself. 😂
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

RamsFan1963 I had to edit my post, I didn't realize when I was using the photo collage app that I used the picture for first line fridays instead of the one for weekend reads. 1mo
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The Dead Boy Detectives | Ed Brubaker, Bryan Talbot, Steve Leialoha
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49/150 I haven't seen the TV series yet, so I thought I'd read the graphic novel first. Charles and Edwin are detectives, but also ghosts, which helps in their work as most people don't notice them. They get a case involving missing children, zombie corpses and an immortal madman. It's pretty obvious who the bad guy is, but it's still a fun story. 3 ⭐⭐⭐💫
49th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

Jari-chan Just watched the first episode yesterday and liked it 🤭 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 1mo
KathyWheeler My husband and I watched the entire series and loved it. 1mo
rwmg Loved the series, thinkinking about getting the comic books 1mo
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Burning Chrome | William Gibson
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I put the shotgun in an Adidas bag and padded it out with four pairs of tennis socks, not my style at all, but that was what I was aiming for: If they think you're crude, go technical; if they think you're technical, go crude.

From "Johnny Mnemonic"
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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48/150 I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, but Agnes and her elderly cohorts in crime detection quickly grew on me. The mystery is well done, plenty of misdirection and red herrings to keep the reader guessing until the end. I didn't guess who the killer was, even though it seemed obviously with the reveal. The story drags a little in the middle, but the rousing conclusion makes up for it. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

DieAReader 🥳Awesome! (edited) 1mo
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Burning Chrome | William Gibson
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This will be an ultra-rare double reread for me. According to Litsy, I read and panned Snow Crash 6 years ago, but I'm reading it again for #ClassicLSFBC. I don't remember much about it except it was chaotic. I originally read Burning Chrome around '88-'89, so it's been long enough for it to feel new again.

Ruthiella I read a review that positioned Snow Crash between Neuromancer (which I found difficult to follow at times) and Ready Player One (which I loved). 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella I loved Ready Player One also, but I was only so-so for Neuromancer. I'm finding his short stories in Burning Chrome more entertaining than the novel. 1mo
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Devolution | Max Brooks
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#unpopularopinion A lot of people seemed to enjoy this book, but I'm bailing after 75 pages, past my usual 50 page make or break point. I don't like any of the characters and it's just not keeping my attention.
#hailtothebail

JamieArc Perhaps the audio version makes it better. It was excellently done, with a full cast. 1mo
RamsFan1963 @JamieArc I have heard that the audio is very good. Maybe when I finish my current audio book I'll see if it's available on audio at Libby or Spotify. 1mo
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47/150 I'm not sure if giving this 5 🌟 is enough praise for this amazing, exciting, thought provoking, and emotional story. Dead Wake is my favorite Larson book, but this is a close second. Drawing from both the Confederate and Union sides, Larson weaves a thrilling drama of the battle of Fort Sumter, which lead to the American Civil War. Unrealistically, neither side thought it would lead to war, and if it did, it would be short ⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 with little loss of life. Of course, now we know that they couldn't have been more wrong, as the war was the bloodiest in American history. I chose to do the audiobook, and it was narrated very well by Will Patton, his voice added gravitas to the story. I do have one quibble. There was some censorship which I found odd, considering this is a history of the Civil War, every time someone used the N-word it was bleeped out. 2mo
RamsFan1963 Why? In historical context, the word was used quite liberally by Southerners, and Northerners, so why bleep it? Who was it going to offend? Who didn't expect slave owners to speak of their slaves in that manner? 2mo
Lindy I imagine that hearing the N-word is hurtful to certain listeners, even though it is historically accurate. By bleeping it, listeners know exactly what word it is, while at the same time there‘s a reminder for everyone that this word has power and isn‘t to be used lightly. 2mo
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RamsFan1963 @Lindy Maybe so, and had this been fiction I probably wouldn't have noticed or cared. If this was a book about WWII, would you expect them to bleep out slang words for Jews, Germans, Italians or Japanese? I wonder if this is a wholly American thing, expecting American readers to be more sensitive to the word than people in other countries? I'm not condoning the word, but I've never run into it being censored in a non-fiction history book. 2mo
Suet624 Larson really can do no wrong - every book of his is superb. 2mo
marleed @RamsFan1963 @lindy, I‘m reading a physical copy in stereo with the audio. The book writes n—-r when quoting transcript rather than spelling out the slur. Knowing that may give credence to the audio bleep - which is a jarring sound while wearing headphones with the narration. 2mo
Lindy @marleed good to know, thanks 😊 2mo
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Movies of the 80s | Jrgen Mller
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I ended up with a score of 134/187. I used to be a big movie goer, at least once or twice a week. Then Covid came along, theaters shut down and I got out of the habit. Since 2020 I've seen two movies in the theater (the last Fantastic Beasts movie and Indiana Jones & The Dial of Destiny).
#TLT @dabbe

dabbe Not bad at all! I watched tons of movies in the 80s but have tapered off since then. Now I just want to rewatch beloved ones from the past. Thanks for playing! 🤩🤗😀 2mo
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Rabbits | Terry Miles
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1. Tagged. It was such a total mindf**k, but I loved it!!
2. Technically it came out on April 30th, but I just started Erik Larson's The Demon of Unrest. I happy to report that its excellent, one of his best books IMHO.
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
Wanna play? @audraelizabeth @Buechersuechtling @ReadingIsMyHobby @Onceuponatime @TheBookDream @Daisey @Bookishlie @Sharpeipup @Cuilin @ReadingFeedsTheSoul @Lucy_Anywhere

Bklover Oh, I‘m glad you like the new E Larsen! I‘m looking forward to it. 😊 2mo
TheSpineView Another Larson. Excellent! Thanks for playing 2mo
BiblioLitten I have started noticing that rabbits are becoming a regular feature in psychedelic trippy books. 2mo
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Cutthroat Cupcakes | Cate Lawley
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46/150 I don't read a lot of cozy mysteries, but when I do, I like the ones with a little magic thrown in. I don't want to throw in any spoilers, other than to say the story involves witches, a magic candy store and cursed candy. I appreciate that the romance elements are kept to a minimum, even though there's obvious attraction between the two lead characters. I'm not sure if I'm invested enough to continue the series, but ⬇️

RamsFan1963 as a one time adventure it was a lot of fun. 4⭐⭐⭐⭐ 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 2mo
wanderinglynn Cursed candy? Sounds like fun! 2mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2mo
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45/150 This was an interesting moment in American history, when the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States, toured the country, was welcomed by Hollywood stars and generally treated like a ally. The book is a bit repetitive, Khrushchev acts the buffoon, then loses his temper and throws a tantrum, apologizes and then it starts again at the next location visited. 3 ⭐⭐⭐💫

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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April | Julie Murray
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I have Saturday and Sunday off before I start a new job that I'm very excited about (salary position, great benefits), so I can get a headstart on this readathon.
Goals:
Finish Cutthroat Cupcakes
Finish K Blows Top
Start Devolution
Start The Demon of Unrest (which I preordered on Audible)
Read several stories out of The Book of Swords
Read as many hours as possible.
Good luck to everyone joining in.
#AwesomeApril @Andrew65

wanderinglynn Congrats on the new job! 🥳 2mo
AnnCrystal 👏🎉 Congratulations ☺️👍. 2mo
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Ruthiella Congratulations! 👏👏👏 2mo
kelli7990 Congratulations! 2mo
bthegood congrats on new job and enjoy your reading this weekend 🙂 2mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us again, best of luck with the new job. 😊 2mo
PaperbackPirate Congratulations on your new job, and happy reading! 2mo
Bookwomble Congratulations on the new job. I hope your first week went well 😊 2mo
Suet624 Congrats on the new job! Always exciting to start something new. 2mo
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Cutthroat Cupcakes | Cate Lawley
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I didn't profile my guests.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Untitled | Untitled
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Almost all of my Spotify is 80s songs, so it's hard to pick 3 favorites, so I just choose the ones that popped into my head first:
1. Don't Answer Me - The Alan Parsons Project
2. Rock This Town - Stray Cats
3. Turning Japanese - The Vapors

Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie
#ThreeListThursday @dabbe

dabbe Added to our new Spotify Playlist: LITSY SONGS OF THE 1980s! Thanks for sharing! 🤩🎶🤩

Click below for the playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5sZRAAKVORN1SRh7S6l60g
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Mickey7: A Novel | Edward Ashton
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44/150 Multiple deaths and resurrections shouldn't be this amusing, but this book is genuinely funny. Mickey is a great character, who's developed a unique view on life as an expendable, the person who does the dangerous, life ending jobs, knowing he'll be brought back in a new cloned body. Witty and often laugh out loud funny 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
44th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

DieAReader 🥳Awesome! 2mo
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Way Station | Clifford D. Simak
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43/150 I finished this last night, but I wanted to think about it before posting. Can you describe a book as gentle? If so, then this book is gentle, and so optimistic about humanity and our future in a Galactic community (I see the Star Trek similarities). Enoch is an amazing character, giving up so much, to be the lonely, maybe outcast, keeper of his station. He gives up so much, because he wants so much for mankind. 5 🌟 read #ClassicLSFBC

Deblovestoread Lovely review. I‘m going to start today. 2mo
Ruthiella I would describe this book as gentle, for sure! 👍 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Through the Dragoncon in Atlanta, and other cons, I've had the pleasure of meeting Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Delilah S. Dawson, Keith R.A. DeCandido, John Jackson Miller, Robert J. Sawyer, S.M. Stirling and Timothy Zahn.
I'd like to meet Neil Gaiman and John Scalzi. Also, Erik Larson, Sam Kean and Mary Beard (3 of my favorite non-fiction writers).
#sundayfunday @BookmarkTavern

RamsFan1963 Oh! I forgot, I've also met Richard Paul Evans. He did a book signing for The Christmas Box when I worked for Waldenbooks 2mo
BookmarkTavern I‘d love to meet Neil Gaiman! Thanks for posting! 2mo
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