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RamsFan1963

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I've got a good mixture for the weekend, some history, some science and some science fiction.
#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. 😊 7h
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68/150 A somewhat dry and detail heavy history of how the Union, and the Confederacy to lesser extent, financed the Civil War. Some now common place financial institutions came out of the conflict, like a federal currency and a federal banking system, instead of each state having it's own money and banks. 3 ⭐⭐⭐💫
4th book for #MarvellousMay @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 7h
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Desperate Measures | Joe Clifford Faust
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In more polite times, Doctor Bombay's would have been called a dive.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Star Trek: Myriad Universes #2: Echoes and Refractions | Chris Roberson, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Geoff Trowbridge
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67/150 Dark and Twisted alternate versions of the Star Trek Universe. I'm not sure this would appeal to the casual fan, a certain level of familiarity with Star Trek lore definitely enhances the impact of the stories. 4.25/5
Book 3 for the #MarvellousMay @Andrew65

Andrew65 Love thes books, well done 👏👏👏 2d
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New #bookmail from MySciFiClub. I'm glad they're both stand alone stories, I have too many series going now to start more. I've only read Sandman Slim by Kadrey, and I didn't care for it, but this sound interesting. As for the other book, I've not read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, but I've seen lots of good reviews for him on Litsy & Goodreads.

#nevertoomanybooks #neverenoughshelves

The_Book_Ninja Yeah, sandman slim? read half of book one and wondered what the fuss was about 2d
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The Trouble with Wednesdays | Laura Nathanson
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1. I grew up on a farm, so there was always gardening to do, planting, weeding and harvesting.
2. My mother grew flowers but that was her domain, the kids stuck to the vegetable garden.
3. No Blade of Grass by John Christopher or Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore. Both are dystopian stories, I'm not a happy nature story reader 🤣
#wonderouswednesday @Eggs
Thank you for the tag @Ddzmini

Eggs Great responses - thanks for playing 🌺 3d
Ddzmini Vegetables count do you still grow them or did you decide not to do that as you grew up 🤗 2d
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66/150 One of the best audiobooks I've listen to this year. Odenkirk is an amazing writer/narrator, with his dry, self deprecating sense of humor. You don't have to be a fan of Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul to enjoy this. I really didn't watch much of either, but I LOVED Mr. Show years ago on HBO. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2nd book finished for #MarvellousMay @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2d
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Temptation Tuesday | Melinda Michelle
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1. 90% voracious reader 10% bibliophile. I don't care about the format (audio, ebook or print), I don't collect books, despite my huge TBR shelves, and I'll read anything (books, magazines, newspapers, Flipboard etc.).
2. Bibliophiles are more into, IMHO, the ownership of the books and bookish items than the average voracious reader. Both groups have a great love of books, but one seeks more permanence than the other.

TheSpineView You're welcome! Happy Tuesday! 4d
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65/150 The amazing story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish national who volunteered to enter the Auschwitz concentration camp, with the sole purpose of spying on the Nazis, formulating rebellions and generally interfering with Germany's wartime efforts. Fairweather's description of the Nazi atrocities is both brutal and unflinching. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
1st book finished for #MarvellousMay @Andrew65

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This last week was not a good reading time for me. On Tuesday I was told that the Office Depot I have been working at for the last 4 1/2 years is closing in July. Hopefully I'll get back into the reading groove with this readathon.
Goals:
Finish Star Trek - Myriad Universes: Echoes & Refractions
Start and Finish A Rebel in Auschwitz
Start and Finish Ways and Means
Start The Accidental President

#MarvellousMay @Andrew65

Ruthiella Bummer about the closing. Will you be able to move to another store? 1w
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella I haven't decided yet, things are still up in the air. 1w
Leftcoastzen Oh man ! I‘m so sorry! I had a position where all the stores in the chain closed . It was more than a job , I really liked all the coworkers & managers.😔 1w
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RamsFan1963 @Leftcoastzen Yeah that's the part that's going to hurt most, because I've worked with a core group of people for almost 5 years, I think of them as friends not just coworkers. I hope we can keep in touch, but just like when you leave high school, you plan to be friends forever but you eventually drift apart. 1w
Andrew65 Good luck, and thanks for playing along 😊 Sorry to hear about the job front, sending best wishes. 1w
Bookwormjillk Sorry to hear about your store. That‘s no good. 1w
ShelleyBooksie So sorry to hear about your store! 1w
Bookwomble Sorry to hear about your job, Kevin. I hope something new turns up for you soon 🤞🏻 1w
BiblioLitten Sorry to hear about the store. 6d
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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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64/150 I was 26 at the beginning of the 90s, and although I associate more with the 80s, in music especially, I felt an overwhelming sense of warm nostalgia from this book. Not all of the Nineties was great, some parts I'd forgotten were down right lousy, but overall it was nice to look back on a time I still remember fondly. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

charl08 I really wanted one of those phones... not sure why?! 7d
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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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The Nineties began on January 1, 1990, except for the fact that of course they did not.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Lol 1w
Megabooks This was a good collection. Glad you enjoyed it too! 1w
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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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63/150 I have to admit that this was a bit too much "pip pip and cheerio" for my tastes. I liked the mystery, even though I figured out Mr. Brown's identity fairly easily. Unfortunately, I found Tuppence and Tommy to be two of the most annoying characters I've ever come across in fiction. I have no desire to continue to follow their adventures. 3 ⭐⭐⭐

KathyWheeler I found Tommy and Tuppence so annoying that I never finished this book. 1w
truthinfiction Aye! Same here. I read it last year and before it I was reading Christie books exclusively. Since reading it, not so much. 😅 1w
Bookzombie I have attempted this one on audio more than once and found them annoying. However, I do like the 2015 Partners in Crime tv miniseries. 6d
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The Trouble with Wednesdays | Laura Nathanson
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Better late than never....

1. Cooking and eating (After books, food is my other great love.
2. Only here on Litsy.
3. Weather permitting, the park or my deck
Thanks for the tag @Ddzmini
#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in👍🏼👋🏻🙏🏻 1w
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1. Sea of Tranquility (fiction) and tagged book (non-fiction)
2. I like instrumental or classical music. No lyrics, they break my concentration.
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 2w
Lindy Looking forward to what you think about Sea of Tranquility (when you get to it) 1w
RamsFan1963 @Lindy I've got a two week wait on my Libby hold for Sea of Tranquillity. I'm anxious to read it, so many great reviews. 1w
Lindy @RamsFan1963 You might get your hold quickly; it‘s only 6 hours long so people ahead of you might not keep it for the full loan period. 🤞 1w
RamsFan1963 @Lindy I hope it doesn't come too soon lol. I just had 2 Libby holds drop today 🤯 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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62/150 A quick collection of 12 stories involving the paranormal during the COVID-19 pandemic. None of the stories really stood out as memorable, but it's a quick listen, I finished it walking to and from work, and it's okay if you want some Twilight Zone style weirdness. 3 ⭐⭐⭐
This is not in Litsy database.

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61/150 While the conclusion was a tad bit deus ex machina, it was still a stirring finale to the Embers of War trilogy. No one is safe in this book, as characters you've come to know die in both heroic and tragic ways. I was sad when this was over, I want more adventures of the Trouble Dog and her crew. Powell will be added to my list of auto buy authors. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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1. Light of Impossible Stars by Gareth L. Powell, The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman and Star Trek: Myriad Universes #2 by Various Authors
2. Tiger Lily
3. Working 🥺

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Megabooks I hope you‘re enjoying 2w
RamsFan1963 @Megabooks I'm getting vast waves of nostalgia from The Nineties. I was 26 when the 90s began, I miss a lot of things from that era. 2w
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First Neal Adams, and now we've lost George Perez 😭
#comicbookheroes

Leftcoastzen Oh Geez, this makes me sad! 2w
Bookwomble Aww! I loved his run on Avengers 💗 2w
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It's a gloomy, rainy weekend, perfect for staying inside and reading. I have my usual selection of print, ebook and audiobook to chose from. I should finish at least one of these by Sunday.
#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Andrew65 You‘ve reminded i need to get back to the next book in the Q Continuum. Hope you have a good reading weekend. 2w
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60/150 An informative look at man's fascination with and exploration of the Red Planet, Mars. The author has real passion for discovery, and you can feel it in her writing. Each mission to Mars was an intense moment, on the brink of failure or success, you feel apart of each triumph. If you're not into science, some of this might seem a bit dry and text bookish when the astronomy and geology lingo gets heavy. 3.75/5

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Even with the miracle of modern travel, it takes days for me to reach the edge of Nullarbor Plain: three or four flights, a quick shower in Perth, then a night or two backtracking east in a rented truck.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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59/150 I'm happy to say that book 2 of the Embers of War trilogy is even better than the first. There's no let down in the action, if anything its ramped up, and the characters are given more depth as we learn more about them and their pasts. Of course there's a cliffhanger ending, setting up the final battle with the Fleet of Knives, but I'm pumped to see how this plays out. 5 big ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Trouble with Wednesdays | Laura Nathanson
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1. Occasionally, especially after a marathon read and I'm not ready to let the book go yet.
2. I don't reread books.
3. Find a better job.
Thank you for the tag @TheRiehlDeal
#wonderouswednesday @Eggs
Wanna play? @audraelizabeth @Buechersuechtling @ReadingIsMyHobby @Onceuponatime @TheBookDream @Daisey @Bookishlie @Sharpeipup @Cuilin @ReadingFeedsTheSoul @Lucy_Anywhere @Onepageatatime88 @SpiderGoddess

Eggs Good luck on the job search 👀 and thanks for joining in ☺️ 2w
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1. What is this "vacation" thing you speak of? ? On the rare occasions I get them, I usually have at least 5 with me.
2. 2 or 3 physical books, a couple on Libby and a few more on Audible.
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday
Wanna play? @audraelizabeth @Buechersuechtling @ReadingIsMyHobby @Onceuponatime @TheBookDream @Daisey @Bookishlie @Sharpeipup @Cuilin @ReadingFeedsTheSoul @Lucy_Anywhere @Onepageatatime88 @SpiderGoddess

daisyheadmaesie I used to take physical books! Now I just take my Kobo. :) I will typically always find a used bookstore, though, and come home with more than I arrived with. 😂😂 3w
RamsFan1963 @daisyheadmaesie To me that's the best part of a vacation, especially a new place I've never been, hunting down used book stores and Indie books stores. 3w
TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 3w
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58/150 Nothing like a good old school Star Wars adventure. Taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strike Back, the Rebels are on the run since destroying the Death Star. Han Solo is sent to rescue a spy deep in the Empire's territory. Corey gets his characterization down perfectly. Han, Leia, Luke and even Chewbacca come off sounding just the way you expect from seeing the movies. 4 💥💥💥💥

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Embers of War | Gareth L. Powell
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57/150 I love a good space opera, and this is one of the best I've come across in a long time. Well rounded characters, multiple POVs, tense space battles and a mysterious new alien species. Fans of the Dune and The Expanse series would find this enjoyable. Now on to Book 2: Fleet of Knives. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
1st book finished for #20in4 readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds brilliant, well done 👏👏👏 3w
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Batman: Odyssey | Neal Adams
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It's with a sad heart that I just discovered that artist Neal Adams has passed away at the age of 80. He was my Batman artist, not to mention his great work on Green Lantern & Green Arrow. 😭😭💔💔

Leftcoastzen He was wonderful! 😭 3w
The_Book_Ninja That‘s sad. I was recently reading about his battle for artists‘ rights and his involvement in the formation of The Comic Creators Guild. A great man indeed 3w
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Honor Among Thieves | James S. A. Corey
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From the Imperial core to the outgoing stars of the Rim, the galaxy teemed with life.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I'm lucky enough to have Friday & Saturday off, so I can get a running start on April's #20in4 readathon. My goals are to read at least 20 hours and finish 2 books.
Thank you @Andrew65 for hosting.

Andrew65 The timing is great for you. Some good book choices as usual. Good luck 😊 3w
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The Black Chalice | Marie Jakober
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Bailedbailed

That's it, I'm done! Over a hundred pages of this and still nothing has happened, the book is moving at the speed of a glacier. No way I can stand another 375 pages of this nonsense.

Suet624 Good call to bail. I‘m one of those nerds who keeps going despite muttering about how much I dislike a book. 3w
RamsFan1963 @Suet624 I try not to bail, but when I look at a book with dread at picking it up again, it's time to move on. 3w
Suet624 Definitely 3w
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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56/150 I've seen some so-so reviews for this, but I enjoyed it very much. It's not another Sunset Motel, even though it uses the dual time lines motif of that novel. Shea, a blogger in 2017, is investigating the Lady Killer Murders of the 1970s, and is drawn in by Beth Greer, the woman accused of being the killer. Part murder mystery and part ghost story, it's more why it was done than who done it.
4.75/5

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Usually on weekends I have three books going, an audiobook, an ebook and one in print. I bailed on my most recent ebook, so it's only these two for the weekend.

#WeekendReading @Andrew65

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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1. The Book of Cold Cases and The Black Chalice
2. Library Holds. I use the Libby app more than actual physical library visits.
3. Tagged book on Libby.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Black Chalice | Marie Jakober
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On the twenty-fourth day of November, in the year of Our Lord 1103, in the forest of Helmardin, there did my lord and master Karelian of Lys, knight of the Reinmark, kinsman and vassal of Gottfried the Golden, fall thrall to the powers of darkness. May God have mercy on his soul!

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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55/150 I've always enjoyed the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and I have to say that this is one of the best I've had to pleasure to read. The plot is wonderfully complex and twisted, just when I think I got it, things are turned on their heads and it's off in another direction. Of course, when Holmes does the big reveal/explanation at the end, it all makes sense. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

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54/150 I didnt think this book would be for me, since I'm neither female, Asian nor have kids, but I found it hysterically funny. Wong is brutally funny, blunt and to the point, not shy to own up to her own faults as much as she points them out in others. I've never seen her stand up, but now I need to go find one of her shows online. TW: she talks a lot about sex and her sexual parts.
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bookwomble Her Netflix specials are hilarious 😄 1mo
5feet.of.fury I loved it, she‘s wild. 1mo
Suet624 She‘s hysterical. 1mo
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Bailedbailed

This is a case of "its not you its me". I'm interested in the subject, and I'll probably come back to the book in the future, but right now there are other books I want to read/ listen to more than this one.

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1. Tagged, plus Dear Girls and In On The Joke
2. Only changes where I want to read, outdoors instead of indoors.
3. When I start seeing robins and the weatherman is calling for rain just about every day, then I know Spring is here.

Welcome back @MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thank you! It‘s good to be back! Thanks for playing 🌷☺️📚 1mo
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Welcome to Night Vale | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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53/150 Night Vale isn't for everyone, the unrelenting surreal weirdness can get wearing at times. This novel doesn't always make logical sense, but it does follow Night Vale's own brand of internal logic. If you like the podcasts, I recommend the book. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

TieDyeDude Is Night Vale still going? I stopped somewhere between episode100-125 I think. They started doing too many "event" specials, and I wasn't loving the books. 3w
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1. Yes I do. They're very unpredictable so you don't know which way the story will turn.
2. Tagged. It's a bit of a cheat since it's a graphic novel, but when I think anti-hero, John Constantine is the epitome of that kind of character.
Thank you @TheSpineView for the tag. #Two4Tuesday
Wanna play? @audraelizabeth @Buechersuechtling @ReadingIsMyHobby @Onceuponatime @TheBookDream @Daisey @Bookishlie @Sharpeipup @Cuilin @ReadingFeedsTheSoul

TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#AwesomeApril Readathon Wrap-up:

Finished The Green Odyssey ✅
Finished The Goodbye Coast ✅
Finished The Catiline Conspiracy ✅
Finished Doctor Who: The Ruby's Curse ✅
Read 52% of The House of Silk
Read 58% of Welcome to Night Vale
Read 21% of In On The Joke
Total reading time: 26:46:30

Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting.

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In On The Joke (ebook)
Welcome To Night Vale (audiobook)
The House of Silk (print)

With Sunday being Easter, I don't have to work so I'm hoping to finish one of these over the weekend.

#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Andrew65 I loved House of Silk. 1mo
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"Influenza is unpleasant," Sherlock Holmes remarked, "but you are right in thinking that, with your wife's help, the child will recover soon."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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52/150 This is a real treat for Doctor Who fan. Who doesn't love River Song? She's one of the best characters to come from the show, after the Doctor of course. This twisty time travel story has her moving from 51st century prison, Stormcage, to 30s NYC to 30 BC Egypt and back again. Plus it's a book with a book, you get both River's story and her fictitious(?) counterpart Melanie Malone. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
4th book for #AwesomeApril @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 1mo
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SPQR II: The Catiline Conspiracy | John Maddox Roberts
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51/150 The first book in this series was a straight up murder mystery, and this one starts the same, then morphs into a bigger conspiracy to overthrow the Roman Republic. Anyone who knows their Roman history should find the weaving of factual characters and events with the fictitious very entertaining. 3 ⭐⭐⭐💫
3rd book for #AwesomeApril @Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks good, well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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Broken Shelves | Anne Malcom
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Better late than never. Thank you @TheSpineView for the tag. #Two4Tuesday

1. Sadly, as you can see from my every multiplying TBR shelves, I do delay reading books I've bought.
2. I'm not sure, but I'd say the oldest is about 10 years, give or take a year.

TheSpineView Lots of shelves! So hard not to hoard! Thanks for playing! 1mo
TheLudicReader I am sure I have books that have been on my the shelf for at least a decade (or more), too. Glad I am not alone 1mo
BookBabe Same! 1mo
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50/150 At first I was leery of this book, not sure how I felt about updating iconic PI Philip Marlowe to 2022. I'm glad I gave it a chance, because it was an amazing read. Gritty, violent, dark and extremely twisted. Marlowe remains a white knight, a man with a strong sense of honor, of right and wrong. I hope Ide plans to do more Marlowe books.
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2nd book for #AwesomeApril @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 1mo
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49/150 Earthman Alan Green has crashed landed on a primitive, backward planet, sold into slavery. After two years of captivity, he learns of another spaceship that has landed, but the crew has been captured and will be killed unless he can rescue them. This is an old fashion space opera adventure, with daring escapes, savage cannibals, ancient forgotten technology, and pirates who sail on the land. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
1st book #AwesomeApril @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
swynn I have that one on a short stack of books that I'm likely to get to ... umm ... sooner than most of the others ... probably. Good to hear that it's a good one. 1mo
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Obviously, at some point in her travels, River Song met the fashionably challenged 6th incarnation of The Doctor. Poor Colin Baker had to wear the ugliest outfit the Doctor has ever worn.

KathyWheeler Yes, he did! It was horrible. 1mo
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