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Runner5ive

Joined August 2016

Urban fantasy fanatic. Book club co-organiser. Narcissist. May follow back if you've read something I like or would like to read myself.
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Monstrous Regiment | Terry Pratchett
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I didn't love this book. It felt like a single gag joke that was stretched out to 500 pages. **SPOILER Girls dress as boys to go to war, then have to go undercover as women to infiltrate the enemy SPOILER**. The feminist moral is important but not as subtle as Pratchett usually makes it. Still, a good book.

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Mehso-so

Not the best in the series. Soooo much internal monologue. Big explosive ending with the protagonist and his brother surely ending up dead (won't spoil) but a huge cop out explanation of how they survived. I know I'm reading a book about demons and gods and werewolves and vampires but I can only suspend my belief so much. Otherwise, ok.

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Mind Games | Carolyn Crane
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Justine is a hypochondriac who is able to transfer her hypochondria to others (lamest superpower ever) and is hired by a high functioning psychic to 'zing' dangerous targets. First person narrative from a hypochondriac is as enthralling as it sounds. Protagonist is a bit dull - seems her only personality trait is hypochondria or horniness. Otherwise, interesting concept and decently executed.

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Killing Pretty | Richard Kadrey
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Probably my second favourite Sandman Slim novel so far. Quite a few reviewers on Goodreads said they liked it the least because it felt rushed; I like my books to be fast-paced because I get bored if it's not going somewhere, so maybe that's why I like it so much. I don't like arbitrary dialogue, which it did suffer from in places. Next book will start a new series!

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Finished all the Miss Marple books. Not a bad book, could make a good movie if done well. I'm hopeless at guessing whodunnit. I love reading them but I can never guess them.

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Iron Druid Chronicle book 7. This series can be hit and miss but this book was one of the best, if not the best so far. I've enrolled to do uni next semester, even having paid my tuition already, but I'm glad to be having my summer break. Can't wait to go camping this weekend! Might rain so I cant take a book :(

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Did I just finish 2 books in one day? Yes! Read final book in omnibus Vol 3 of Wizard of Oz series. The final book was Scarecrow of Oz and I feel Baum at this point was getting better at writing a coherent story, even if this is one of the shorter books in the series. PS I'm meant to be Dorothy in this filter.

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Second last of the Abby and Ophelia mysteries. None in this series has disappointed. Cute and quick to read. Finished this one on a hot afternoon (I'm in Australia), tanning on my balcony while playing some lazy weekend music. I've also read a couple of books in omnibuses since the Kitty Norville. Time to pick another from the TBR stack.

Eyelit Love this series! Fun pic 😃 3mo
Runner5ive I love it too. It's cosy like a warm hot chocolate on a cold day. Thanks, glad you like my pix! I do sometimes struggle to find the perfect filter for every book. 3mo
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Kitty's House of Horrors | Carrie Vaughn
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Another semester of uni done, and I was SO keen to read another fiction book. Picked up from where I was up to in the Kitty Norville series. No disappointments! So good I read it in two days. I'm just gonna attack my TBR pile for the next month, yeah.

Bookzombie Enjoy your break and reading time! 3mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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I felt this book told two stories: one about how grief affects the writing process (for better, for worse). The other is about whether animals mourn their dead humans the way humans mourn their dead pets. I love being taught things when I'm reading a story, and Nunez teaches so much about writing, and famous authors, and their mental health issues. The dog story gave me all sorts of feelings. This is a book I'll never forget.

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Tricks for Free | Seanan McGuire
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Probably the last book I'll read for a while; I'm moving house next weekend and I'll be back at uni right after. I might try to squeeze in one book in the week I have off to move. The book, as always for the incredible Seanan McGuire, was amazing. Not as amazing as 'Magic For Nothing' but still worthy. Book includes Aeslin mice novella 'The Recitation Of The Most Holy And Harrowing Pilgrimage Of Mindy And Also Mork.'

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Night Watch | Terry Pratchett
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As my moving date draws nearer (and commencement of semester 2 at uni) I've ploughed through another book: Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. Wasn't bad. I've been donating some of my 'read' books to the local 2nd-hand bookshop, but there are so many other 'read' books I've read that I can't let go of! They're filling up my packing boxes! My new place may need to fit a second bookshelf...

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Another Sandman Slim book. Kadrey's series is pretty good, very gritty and bleak. Not a bad series but I'm getting a bit tired of the books, wondering where it's all going, if anywhere.

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At Bertram's Hotel | Agatha Christie
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Not Aggie's best, especially among the amazing Marple series. It felt like it should have been a Poirot.

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Magic and Loss | Nancy A. Collins
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Very fine end to a good trilogy. There was one line at page 207 between Millicent and Syra that had me drop my jaw. Impressed.

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NO WITCHES WERE HARMED DURING THE MAKING OF THIS BOOK

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An addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon are on the run from all sorts of gods that want him dead. Lots of action, quite a bit of god interaction. Was a good read.

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Tales from the Nightside | Simon R. Green
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Finished the Nightside series with this book of short stories. Typical Nightside stories, feeling like failed ideas that never made it to a novel-length book. Was a good series, I'll miss the stories but I'm excited about exploring new books.

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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Book club book (June 2019). Read this book in two days, had no idea I would love it so much! Haven't seen the movie yet. Highly recommend to anyone who ever played an old 16 bit game, or enjoyed WarGames.

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Slashback | Rob Thurman
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Another semester of uni done (constitutional law passed, just waiting on mark for legal ethics) so getting some reading done. Slashback: best book in series so far. Cal and Niko fight Spring-heeled Jack (legend says he has eyes like balls of fire but that wasn't in book). There were a few other supernatural creatures that were pretty obscure but well written. Was a good addition to the series. Will read as much as I can before next semester starts

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The Casual Vacancy | J.K. Rowling
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Was not that great. I wasn't expecting it to be Harry Potter, but I also wasn't expecting it to be a bad book. Every single character is flawed, none of them have any redeemable qualities to make their flaws forgivable. It didn't seem to have a 'point' except to force the reader to voyeuristically watch everyone suffer and be miserable. (sorry no selfie for this book, deleted from my Kindle before I thought to take a picture!)

DivineDiana That‘s unfortunate. I have this book on my TBR shelves. 😕 9mo
Runner5ive You may like it a lot better than I did. It's essentially about a drug addict single parent and their child who live in poverty, which I have experienced myself as a child. So I don't really like reading books about it, intended to 'entertain' me. 9mo
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The Hanging Tree | Ben Aaronovitch
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Managed to get another book read between uni assignments. Not as good as the one with the invisible killer unicorns, changelings and faery realms, but a very worthy addition to series and it did progress a plot thread continuing from the first book. Aaronovitch is consistently good and I love his wry wit.

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The Age of Miracles: A Novel | Karen Thompson Walker
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Mid semester uni break so read this book for book club. Not a bad read, although a bit depressing. I'm not a huge fan of apocalyptic stories, coming-of-age stories or passive protagonists but I didn't mind this. I'm interested to know how other book club members felt about this book.

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Ash | James Herbert
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Third in David Ash series. Meh. For a book about a paranormal investigator, it had very little about paranormal investigating. Lots of gore, very few ghosts and I wanted ghosts. It was overly long as well. I just couldn't like this one like I wanted to.

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Kitty Raises Hell | Carrie Vaughn
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Finished reading Kitty Norville #6. A cult who kill werewolves sends a fire demon after Kitty, and Kitty uses the help of TV paranormal investigators to defeat it. A new vampire arrives to offer help but Kitty doesn't trust him. The brother of Kitty's best friend who was killed shows up wanting answers. Overall, not bad.

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A Caribbean Mystery | Agatha Christie
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House/pet sitting for a friend and I'm powering through my TBR pile. I enjoy a little bit of Christie as a palate cleanser between my urban fantasy. Surprised by how racist the characters are, but I'm sure it's a sign of the times. Thankfully things have changed. The killer was so predictable I expected a curve-ball and that it was someone else, simply because it was 'too simplistic'. Not one of the better Marples, still good

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Thief of Time | Terry Pratchett
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Been house sitting and pet minding for a friend, so I've been without my usual distractions at home. Hence, I've been doing a lot of reading. This was probably one of my favourite Discworlds. One thing Pratchett does I hate is the small chapters that don't set the scene - I like to know from the first few words where the characters are, for context. Pratchett is good with the social commentary though. Overall, enjoyed this one.

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Veil of Shadows | Jennifer Armintrout
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Finished the Lightworld/Dark world trilogy. The first two books were good. It promised to be epic. It didn't really end that way, but it was an ending. Probably more a so-so rating, but sometimes you just want to read a trilogy, which is what I wanted and I can't really complain.

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Bleeding Out | Jes Battis
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Finishing off this series. I'd call this book a beautiful cop out. It's like the author realised he had a PhD in English and that his writing could be prosaic and florid. The ending was nice but too easy. It's like Battis lost interest in keeping the series going. Probably an ok thing since he peaked in book 3. Pic is a rainbow unicorn to represent the LGBT characters in the series (Battis has also written gay studies scholarly articles).

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Final book in the series, excepting the short stories collection. So John Taylor is all "I'm not going to do any more cases or save the world because I'll be a married man soon." Next minute he's doing a case and saves the world. Wedding happens in the last 3 pages. Alright book to end the series on.

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Book 4 in the Abby & Ophelia Mysteries series. Really liked this one. A few things I should've seen from a mile away, I didn't pick. I think I'm getting less cluey as I get older. Can't wait to read the next one in the series!

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The Brightest Fell | Seanan McGuire
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Book 11 in the Toby Daye series and, as always, wow. This book kind of read a bit like a "greatest hits" as Toby travels through lands and meets people she had met in previous books, in an effort to find her missing sister. Stakes are, again, high. There is blood. There is magic. There is tragedy. I give this all the stars out of however many stars.

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Trapped | Kevin Hearne
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I'm still here Litsy friends, just takes me a longer to read books since I'm studying for my law degree. This one was a pretty good addition to the series. The romance was a bit... forced? sudden? I usually ignore the romance in UF but in this book it was not there one minute, then suddenly there the next. The description of their first love-making was "I went there." ? Story was good though.

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Second in the Golgotham series. Bit cutesy, little bit too much lovey-dovey for my tastes but otherwise VERY good. I enjoy the world-building, I was engaged and cared about what was happening to the characters. (Image above features my left hand)

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Book club book for August, chosen by poll. Wasn't excited about this book but I have to say it's not bad. It's about a mixed race family (Chinese/American) where the eldest daughter is found drowned in a lake, and her family try to figure out why. A lot like The Lovely Bones. It's about communication, and trying to be different when you want to be like everyone else, or forced to be like everyone else when you want to be different. Not a bad read.

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Garden of Shadows | V.C. Andrews
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I have a secret to tell you... I enjoy reading Virginia Andrews. I've read the series (starting from Flowers in the Attic) but left it a while before picking up this prequel. I think it's time I finish off this series for good.

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Currently reading. Noir/fantasy.

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Now reading "The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side" after having seen the movie a bazillion times (Elizabeth Taylor and Angela Lansbury). The movie is quite different from the book but it's still a brilliant movie! Among my top 5 favorites. Not entirely faithful to the book but that is completely forgiven!

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Infernal Affairs | Jes Battis
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Random selection from the TBR pile. This series has been getting better as it progresses (a blessing because it really didn't start off well). Hopefully the trend continues.

Runner5ive Not bad if you're interested in the protagonist's favourite Virginia Woolf novel, or a supporting character's least favourite music band, or how much coffee the protagonist has in the cupboard. If you want any actual story, it's scarce. 2y
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The Patchwork Girl of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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Now to start on the Oz series volume 3, with The Patchwork Girl of Oz. I'm reading the entire Oz series just so I can finally eventually read "Wicked," because I won't feel right otherwise. They're usually nice quick reads.

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Hard Day's Knight | Simon R Green
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Time to read the next in the Nightside series.

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Serena | Ron Rash
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Had a lot of trouble with this filter for this picture. It was hard enough finding a filter that fits a book about a woman who plans to commit murder in North Carolina in the 1930s. It has text at the top so I couldn't reverse it so book title is reversed. The filter put a hat on the book cover. And Litsy images get severely cropped when loaded. Anyway, this is a book club book, sounds interesting, and I've enjoyed the first chapter.

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Time to take a book from my TBR pile. Looks like it's the next in the Sandman Slim series. It will be interesting to find out how Sandman Slim escapes from hell (where the devil left him in charge) but it won't be the first time he's escaped from hell.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Reading the original Bram Stoker's Dracula for book club. I'm finding it pretty easy to read for a book 120 years old. Very gothic. 25% through and it's really good; can't wait to have it read!

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Abracadaver | Laura Resnick
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As mid-semester break approaches I decided to get up-to-date with the Esther Diamond series. This whole series is great fun. I hope I find the time to get through it!

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Faust | Goethe
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Haven't been able to do much reading since I have returned to uni, but I just finished Faust! Just in time for book club this Saturday. Now I'm going to read more about contract law 🙄

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Untitled | Unknown
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My book Christmas tree. If you think that's a lot of books, that's only half... of my urban fantasy collection only... that are unread...

laurenbescoby Wowza! 2y
Bookzombie Cute tree and topper! 2y
minkyb Love this! 2y
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After trudging through the last book that took me THREE MONTHS to read (in its defence, I was doing a uni course as well), I've started "Doubletake" by Rob Thurman.

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Kim | Rudyard Kipling
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I'm still here. I've started a bridging course to go back to uni. It's taking up more of my time than anticipated.
I have been reading "Kim" by Rudyard Kipling, for my book club in November. It has also been a little boring so I haven't been reading it as eagerly as I normally would.

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Child of Darkness | Jennifer Armintrout
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(2 in trilogy). After war with humans, mythical creatures were driven underground. They separated into Lightworld (fae etc) and Darkworld (werewolves, vampires, elves and shit). LW Queene Ayla receives warning from previously unknown fae who live aboveground that DW plans to take over LW, and offered to have LW kin move aboveground. Queene declines, chooses to fight.
Not a bad little series bit can't take creatures called "waterhorses" seriously.