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Schlinkles

Schlinkles

Joined April 2017

Bookstore owner and manager, bibliophile, and all-around nerd since 1979
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Carter Bays has a true gift for telling a story that zigs and zags and weaves through a large cast of characters. When you think there's no way all the plot points will tie together, they do. This book is a glorious look into what it meant to be a human in 2015 and the specific idiosyncrasies of being a human online and on a phone in 2015. A comedy of manners that has Buddhist monks, AI, model trains, and political intrigue, what more do you need?

CaitlinR Great review, thanks! 3mo
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This book takes time travel tropes and makes something new, not an easy task. Emma Straub has added to that canon in a profound and beautiful way. This book touched me more deeply than I could've imagined.

AmyG I am looking forward to this one. 3mo
Kdgordon88 I love time travel and your review has me stacking this one. 💜 3mo
robinb This one sounds wonderful. Stacked! 🙂 2mo
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Aaaaaahhhh, this book wrecked me! It is a love letter to gaming, friendship, and collaboration. It's messy, sad, brilliant, and beautiful. It made me laugh, it made me weep, it really made me want to play Donkey Kong in a pizza place. I loved how the narrative style changed to reflect the state of Sam and Sadie's evolving relationship. Sometimes how the story was told was as important as what the story was.

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Book club reading commitments are done for the month, now I can focus on some ARCs.

EvieBee Nice! I‘m first on the library hold list for this. Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. 3mo
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Black Buck | Mateo Askaripour
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It‘s time for the Savannah Book Festival again and yesterday I had the pleasure of escorting Mateo to speak at a local Savannah school. He‘s a true delight and the kids loved every minute of it.

Ruthiella I‘ve wanted to read his novel since it first came out! So many books, so little time! 4mo
Schlinkles @ruthiella Ain‘t that the truth?!? 4mo
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Just so much yes

LeticiaToraci Is this based on Pride and Prejudice? It seems very interesting! 5mo
DGRachel That sounds fun! 5mo
Schlinkles @LeticiaToraci It‘s a sort up of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie mashup, where Emma and Mr Knightly have a party with guests from all of Jane Austen‘s books. 5mo
wordslinger42 I can't wait to read this! 5mo
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Mehso-so

Another fluffy mystery series centered around Jane Austen, but other than a couple of references to events and people in Jane's life, this could really be any generic regency mystery. The inclusion of Jane Austen prompted me to read it, but it really has very little to do with her. A few of the twists were easy to figure out and the villain reveal was a little ridiculous, but I was entertained and that's all I was looking for from this.

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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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Birthday done right

BkClubCare Happy Birthday 🥳 8mo
perfectsinner Happy birthday 🎂🥳 love reading in the hammock! 8mo
DaveGreen7777 Happy Birthday! 🥳🎂 8mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 8mo
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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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My favorite decade in essays by one of my favorite writers…pure catnip!

Ruthiella I had that phone! 😂 8mo
Hooked_on_books Oh my goodness, I think I need this! 8mo
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The Blade Itself | Joe Abercrombie
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Who waited until a week before book club to start this 500+ page beast? Guilty…

Twainy The audio!! I‘m listening to The Wisdom of Crowds. The narration is adding at least another star to this 5 star book. Steven Pacey is perfect for this series! That‘s entertainment! 😁 9mo
Lauram I do the same thing every month! I manage to finish with an hour to spare. Good luck! 9mo
sbains1980 Reading Before They Are Hanged right now! ❤️ 9mo
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A lazy Sunday with Jane Austen and my reading buddy, Prudence = perfection.

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The Final Girl Support Group | Grady Grady Hendrix
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After having to cancel our event with him last year due to Covid, finally got the honor of hosting Grady Hendrix. Do yourself a favor and find out when he‘ll be in your town. He‘s so much fun!

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This is the type of history book that I love. It's easy to digest, written in an anecdotal style and I learned several things I didn't know. In a homage to Travels with Charley, Philbrick takes his dog, Dora, (and his wife, Melissa) along for his recreation of Washington's tour of the country. He paints a full picture of Washington and the founding fathers, not glossing over their flaws but instead portraying them as men doing the best they could.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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My god, she‘s brilliant.

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I'm definitely late to the party, finally reading this now. It's hard to think of what to say about this book that so seamlessly entangles fiction and nonfiction, philosophy and physics, life and death. This was a book so unlike anything I've read before. It was challenging and enchanting.I'm not sure I've encountered a book that has such beautiful moments set against such disturbing descriptions of bullying and suicide.

Suet624 You‘re exactly right. About everything. I loved and will always remember many passages of this book. 10mo
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Myrtle‘s best investigation to date. I loved learning more about Myrtle‘s mum and can we talk about the cover? Miss Judson!!

EvieBee Ooh! So glad there‘s a third one coming out! 10mo
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Rereading this this weekend for next week‘s Jane Austen book club. I thoroughly enjoy this series, it‘s just light and fun.

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Gallant | Victoria Schwab
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The Secret Garden meets Stardust is a pretty accurate description, but throw in the creepy factor of Coraline and you get Gallant. This wasn‘t an original idea but Victoria Schwab‘s writing always grabs me.

Branwen OMG! 😍 I would sell my soul to be able to read this book so early before its release! She's one of my favorite authors! 💕📚💕 So lucky! I'm really glad you enjoyed it! 10mo
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The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker
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The one bonus to finally reading a book you had on your shelves since 2014 (the receipt was still inside) is that the follow up is already out. Instant gratification…7 years in the making.

DrexEdit Yay! I'm really looking forward to this too! I'm going to buy it eventually, but right now I'm waiting on the library hold list. #7!! :-) 12mo
Cheshirecat913 💫 It is awesome when that happens. I really enjoyed the first one. 12mo
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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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I basically loved everything about this book. It was everything I wanted it to be.

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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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This just isn‘t for me right now.

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Squirrel Do Bad | Stephan Pastis
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I absolutely adore the Timmy Failure series and this graphic novel is everything I hoped it would be and more. It‘s ridiculous, it hilarious, and there are nods to Pastis‘ other work. The world need more squirrels helping chihuahuas and cats find true love. ❤️

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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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All my book club commitments are up to date so I can sneak in some ARCs

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For this month‘s Jane Austen book club

charl08 Loved this one: hope you have a great discussion. 12mo
janeycanuck I really enjoyed this one, hope you do, too! 12mo
sbains1980 So good! Enjoy ❤️ 12mo
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Finally have had a few days away from work and responsibilities so I‘m getting to read things that I‘ve been looking forward to.

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Poison for Breakfast | Lemony Snicket
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This was just simply delightful.

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Providence | Max Barry
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“At last it‘s time and you file in to watch the contact video.”
#FirstLineFridays

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Providence | Max Barry
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This month‘s sci-fi & fantasy book club pick

ChasingOm I love Max Berry! 12mo
Schlinkles @ChasingOm Me too! 12mo
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This arrived today and I‘m stoked.

Reagan I had no idea she had a new one! 13mo
Ruthiella Love the subtitle! 😀 13mo
DogEaredBooks So jealous! I‘m so excited for this book! 13mo
JacqMac I didn‘t know she had a new one. *adding to cart* (edited) 13mo
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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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For this month‘s sci-fi & fantasy book club.

Lucy_Anywhere I loved this book! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 14mo
Schlinkles @Lucy_Anywhere I loved it too! 13mo
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I‘ve been slacking on this round of #lpmbc

Finally getting started…

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For this month‘s Tequila Mockingbird book club. I find myself appreciating Hemingway now that I‘m older. I really disliked all of his books when I read them in my late teens and early twenties.

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For this month‘s graphic novel book club.

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I‘m going to be in conversation with Ruth in a couple of weeks for the Savannah Book Festival so I‘m reading through her work. I thought this was good for a debut. I knew who the bad guy was pretty early on, but enjoyed learning the why. This was also a nice take on the unreliable narrator.

Bookwormjillk Cool! 1y
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Final Girl Support Group | Grady Hendrix
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Grady Hendrix is back with another unique take on the horror genre this time giving agency to final girls, the last one standing in murder sprees that have inspired slasher flicks franchises. Grady has a unique talent for writing believable female relationships and the idea of all of these women being in group therapy with each other is fascinating. I definitely did not see the twisty ending coming.

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One of the things I really love about science fiction is the ability to explore issues in a way that almost feels safer than in regular fiction. This book takes the emotional intensity of the refugee situation presented in Moshin Hamid's Exit West and ups the magical realism to full blown alternate realities. This is a book that I'll be thinking about for a long time and will need to sit with for a while to really process.

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Grady‘s books are always a good time and he‘s just a nice human so I‘m excited to dive into this ARC

mdm139 Lucky duck! 1y
Addison_Reads I'm jealous. 😀 But I can't wait to see what you think. 1y
Hooked_on_books Oooo, I didn‘t know he had a new one coming! So exciting! 1y
vivastory How exciting!! Did you see they released the casting update for adaptation of 1y
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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This book isn't what it appears to be on the surface, its much more. From the brilliant structure, where the present day portions happen over the course of just one day and the quick jumps back and forth to pivotal moments in both Elle and Wallace's lives, to the handling of some really dark topics, this book won't let you put it down. I found the ending to be really interestingly ambiguous. Miranda Cowley Heller knows how to tell a story.

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Howards End | E.M. Forster
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A perfect Saturday with perfect reading buddies

TrishB 🐶 they do look perfect! 1y
Hooked_on_books Sweet babies! 🐶🐶💙💙 1y
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Howards End | Edward Morgan Forster
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April‘s Tequila Mockingbird book club pick is my first ever Forster.

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Hoping to get this finished to meet the Indie Next deadline on the 29th...

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The Clergyman's Wife | Molly Greeley
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Now onto this month‘s Jane Austen book club pick for Tuesday

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The Gutter Prayer | Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
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Time got away from me and I ended up having to read this month‘s sci-fi and fantasy book club 517 page pick in a day. Fortunately, I really enjoyed it! Great world building and interesting characters made this fly by.

Ruthiella Wow! Good job, that‘s a lot of pages! 😃 1y
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Popcorn Bob | Martijn van der Linden, Maranke Rinck
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Yep, incredibly weird. Most of this just did not work for me. I did love Ellis‘s dads, Gus and Steve, and their rubber ducky designs though.

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Popcorn Bob | Martijn van der Linden, Maranke Rinck
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I promised one of our sales reps that I‘d read this even though it sounds extremely weird.

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I'm not sure why I went into this expecting a lighthearted romp, this book is not that. It's packed with well-researched history and broken characters. This was not the story I expected, it was much better.

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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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Been eagerly anticipating this one!

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Big Time: Stories | Jen Spyra
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This one had me laughing out loud so much, my husband decided to read it after me based solely on that. Jen Spyra is clearly a disturbed individual in the best possible way.

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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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I‘m not sure how I feel about a book where Joe Goldberg is seemingly the most well-adjusted person in it.

papertimemachines I did not even realize this was a book. 1y
Reggie I kinda felt like he was the most well adjusted person in the other books as well. Lol, I‘m still looking forward to this one. 1y
Ruthiella Yikes! No kidding. 1y
Megabooks Definitely understand this review! 1y
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What a weird and hard to define, yet fascinating book. Flight of the Diamond Smugglers is part memoir, part treatise on loss, part nature essay, and part history book all wrapped up in one slim volume. Frank's writing is beautiful and evocative, and the story he tells is heartbreaking.