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TieDyeDude

TieDyeDude

Joined September 2016

33, Philadelphia-adjacent, fan of books, bats, and tie-dye. I may disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler.
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The Stand by Stephen King
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Mehso-so

A good story with some very odd narrative decisions. Starts off like a twist on A Christmas Carol, but for whatever reason the receiver of the ghosts is not the one whose story is being told. I spent a long time trying to figure out the point of the story, and by the time it became apparent, I kinda stopped caring as much...

Readage Lamb is one of my favorite authors and yet this book did absolutely nothing for me. I bailed 😬 1w
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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An absolutely delightful graphic novel about friendship, fate, and fall. I got this because of Faith Erin Hicks' art, which is excellent, as always. I've never read any Rainbow Rowell, but I thoroughly enjoyed this YA story.

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Rocky Mountains | Jan Mader
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I have been M.I.A. for a while as my girlfriend and I moved cross-country from Philly to Colorado. It has been intense and very stressful, but there end is near. I'm back in PA for a couple weeks to wrap up some stuff, and I wanted to share the view from our backyard as I celebrate my 3rd Litsy-versary. I hope to get back to normal shortly 😁

ShyBookOwl Wow! 4w
MicheleinPhilly Beautiful! We‘ll miss you in Philly but I have no doubt you guys will thrive there. Happy Litsyversary! 4w
Bookwormjillk That‘s a big move! 4w
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AmyG I moved from NJ to CO in July 2018. Yes...it was very stressful. But when you get settled and acclimated....it‘s wonderful. Wishing you much happiness in CO. It‘s a great state! 4w
Aimeesue Enjoy Colorado! I miss the hot springs so much. And being able to tell what direction I'm driving by looking at the mountains.😂 3w
ValerieAndBooks Wow! Where in Colorado? We moved from there to the Philly area five years ago, so trying to search my memory for this part of the range. We lived there for just six years. 3w
ValerieAndBooks P.S. I do sometimes miss my own backyard view which was of Pikes Peak ! 3w
DivineDiana Now that‘s a view! 3w
TieDyeDude Thanks, @MicheleinPhilly. The culture options are certainly less abundant, which will take some adjusting. 3w
TieDyeDude @Bookwormjillk Surely is! And quite sudden, but there doesn't seem like there'd ever be a convenient time to move like this 😁 3w
TieDyeDude @AmyG Are you still out there? We are in the wilds of Western CO 3w
TieDyeDude @Aimeesue Hot springs are very high on our list 😁 3w
TieDyeDude @ValerieAndBooks We are in Rifle, CO, about 3 hours west of Denver. Quite remote, but beautiful. I actually camped and worked on Pikes Peak for 3 weeks when I was in AmeriCorps in 2008. Colorado Springs was nice. We also spent three weeks on Mt. Humboldt. 3w
TieDyeDude @DivineDiana I hope we don't get jaded with the view anytime soon 😋 3w
ValerieAndBooks @TieDyeDude ahh, the other side of the mountains! 2008 is when we moved to CO (Monument, just north of CS). Wishing you all the best in your new home and place 😊. 3w
AmyG I am in the Rocky Mountains! Edwards (edited) 3w
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Lost Stars | Claudia Gray
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Maybe the best new canon Star Wars books. Enough of a connection to the original trilogy to be familiar, but not too much to distract from the engaging new characters. Spanning the original trilogy before ending with a glimpse of the Battle of Jakku, this story was a massive undertaking handled beautifully.

Meaw_catlady I loved this book!!! So good! Did you read Leia Princess of Alderaan? 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai This one totally caught me by surprise with how good it was! 🤘 2mo
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Megabat | Anna Humphrey
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Megabat is pretty adorable!

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Mehso-so

A decent listen. Definitely geared towards a YA audience. A few too many cliche moments. I was not a fan of the narrator's voice. There are a good deal of characters, and I didn't feel like her range was adaquite. I can't quite say it's a recommendation, but it was entertaining.

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Colorado Kid | Stephen King
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Exciting news! My lady friend got a job at the Garfield Country Library system in Western Colorado. We will be moving out in October. Sad to leave Philly behind, but excited for our next adventure.

phatsallylee Good luck! 2mo
AmyG Oooo, you will love CO! It‘s a wonderful state to live in. Wishing you all the best! 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2mo
Jess Congrats and good luck! 2mo
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Star Wars Queen's Shadow | Emily Kate Johnston
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One of the least popular aspects of the Phantom Menace in book form! Senatorial debates, political intrigue, and committee alliances. I jest, it was actually a decent story, really fleshed out the relationship between Padme and her handmaidens, added some fun details to the original prequel.

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Very enjoyable, though it further cements how unfortunately the character was treated in the movies. The reveal at the end about where her armor came from was a little blah, but I liked the storytelling aspect and the side story of Vi and Cardinal was very good.

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Mehso-so

Are sugar gliders still a thing?

This was a pretty light read about a very for exotic animals. The overarching story involves trying to solve the mysterious deaths of several sugar gliders while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Throughout are her missing about past and present patients.

It was okay. She either keeps a very detailed journal of her life or conflated a few things. The tangents sometimes takes away from the main story.

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Dimension of Miracles | Robert Sheckley
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A wonderful sci-fi novel, reintroduced to the world by Neil Gaiman, and superbly brought to life by John Hodgman. I share in Hodgman and Gaiman's surprise that Sheckley and Douglas Adams never crossed paths, because the similarities are uncanny. A human is unexpectedly transported from Earth to a quirky journey through the universe. I am certainly interested in exploring Sheckley's work further, as well as other Gaiman Presents titles!

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This book examines the struggles of warring physicians at the dawn of modern medicine, innovations in medicine and the resulting backlashes, the creation of medical college in the US, and so much more. The main focus, however, is on Mutter himself. Intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate, and principled, he could have been considered ahead of his time had he not been so instrumental in changing the world to fit his vision.

TieDyeDude *Fun side note: I learned of this book when I met the author's father at a beer festival in Philadelphia. We stick up a conversation that turned to books, when he mentioned he was Ernest Cline's father-in-law. As the conversation progressed, I talked about a recent trip to the Mutter Museum (quite the experience!), and he said his daughter was a writer and recommended this book. Crazy! 3mo
AmyG Ha. Life can be funny, sometimes. 3mo
phatsallylee Mutter museum ❤! Love the story of how you ended up reading this book. 3mo
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Just in case Kraven shows up in the next Spider-Man movie, as has been suggested, I thought I'd read Kraven's Last Hunt. This amazing panel is from Kraven's first appearance, drawn by Steve Ditko.

rretzler Good idea! Although I must admit to being more curious about Shang-Chi. 3mo
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In anticipation of a potential relocation, I've been burning through a serious backlog of graphic novels. East of West Vol. 1 and Batman and Robin Vol. 1 were stellar. Skull Kickers Vol. 4 and Captain Marvel Vol. 2 were fun. Martian Chronicles was very underwhelming. Killing Pickman was intense and weird. The rest didn't leave much an impression.

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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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A very sweet, understated LGBT YA romance/coming-of-age graphic novel. Nice art, though nothing extraordinary. I did like the choice of color, though, using only shades of blue.
Also pictured, a roast beef and cheddar panini 😉

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Identity Crisis | Brad Meltzer
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I am a glutton for punishment this weekend! A brutal gut punch of a story, shaking the DC roster to its core, while still being a solid murder mystery.

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Disassembled | Brian Michael Bendis
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Flying out to IL for a wedding. Finally getting some reading time in. These books are bleak! But also very good! Events push Avengers and X-Men, past and present, to their breaking points. Brian Michael Bendis is such a brilliant writer

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Bailedbailed

I could be wrong, but I have the feeling this is a very predictable story in a unique setting. Unfortunately, I am not in the mood for "a reluctant heroine has to find these items before time runs out." I also couldn't take another of Zelie's screams of "Inan" (sorry Bahni!). I'll likely go back at some point, since there are unique and appealing aspects, but not right now.

LibrarianRyan I only made it half way as well. It wasn't as exciting as expected. It was good, but not great, and so slow. Then the entire Nora Roberts thing happened, and I just have no desire to pick it back up. I probably will eventually, but it will be a while. 5mo
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Very cool! I'm not particularly fond of Superman, but I was in the mood, and I picked a couple of winners! Also very happy to see Paste Magazine quoted on the cover

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A pretty cool "What If" looking at Superman's worst day (up to that point. I think it was before Doomsday). I really liked the new twist on a classic, probably underestimated villain.
Bonus content includes a solid Superman/ Swamp Thing tale (which has Superman shaving at the end), and "For the Man Who Has Everything," which I remembered from the Justice League cartoon.
Definitely worth a read.

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Killing Pickman Hc | Jason Becker
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Mehso-so

An interesting read. I didn't like the style much, kinda reminds me of McKean's Arkham Asylum, but, like, an amateur version. Did not anticipate the ending. A decent story that deserved better art.

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Oh, come on! I know Batman doesn't have any superpowers, but a stick?!?

hermyknee 🤣 5mo
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Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn | Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Philip Tan
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Excellent story, excellent art, very well done.

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Panpan

Well, that was... unmemorable. Apologies to Dave Taylor, but I hated the art.

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Blacksad: Amarillo | Juan Diaz
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I'm sad to have completed the Blacksad series, because they are such engaging, beautiful books. A Silent Hell was a little lackluster in its story, but still a fun ride and includes a great section where artist Juanjo Guarnido breaks down his process. Amarillo was a different kind of story for the series and quite good. I'll definitely be checking out the PlayStation game in September!

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Mehso-so

This was really interesting, though not very good. Obviously meant for kids & teens. I know we owned a copy growing up, but I don't remember any of the stories. There are certain parts, especially the first chapter, that act like instructions for story telling, which is needed these days, but overall I didn't much care about the book. It will be interesting to see what del Toro does for the movie.

LibrarianRyan This is one of those books that adults and kids vary on greatly. Most kids love it. Most adults do not. I find this interesting. SSTTITD came out before the world had goosebumps and Fear Street. For the longest time it was the only horror for kids. No counting classic horror. 5mo
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I warned my girlfriend that I would be falling into a Star Wars pit as Episode IX approaches, and it has begun. This was an excellent examination of the tumultuous early days in Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's relationship. A relatively small story, which allows for more focus on the characters. I didn't connect much with the new characters, though.

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I won't go into how asinine the abortion debate is, but if you want to hear a good discussion about the value of women's anger, give this podcast a listen. I'll definitely be checking out her book!

TrishB She‘s always a good read 👍🏻 5mo
Weaponxgirl Thanks for recommending this podcast. This book has been on my tbr a while and is available on scribd in the uk. 5mo
minkyb Found it. Thanks for the rec! 5mo
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Black Jack is sucking up all the snuggles while I rewatch a childhood film, Little Nemo. A very strange film based on some very strange comics. There was also a video game for NES.

Meaw_catlady Awwwwwwwww 🃏🃏🃏 5mo
rretzler 😻 5mo
Weaponxgirl So cute! 5mo
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Thrawn | Timothy Zahn
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A very good prequel Star Wars Rebels, and an excellent introduction to Thrawn. Despite every intention, I never read Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy, but I enjoyed this very much. Book two is on its way!

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I believe this is the first time an author has liked my post about their work. Very cool! 😍

Weaponxgirl That‘s so cool! 5mo
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An excellent account of a road trip through the deep South to explore the LGBTQ culture in areas most Americans assume it can't survive. But people are standing strong against prejudice and choosing to stay where they call home instead of taking the perceived easy road and heading north. It also serves as a story of the author's life as she returns to places that shaped her. Excellent writing! Highly recommended

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Triquetra: A Tor.com Original | Kirstyn McDermott
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https://www.tor.com/2018/09/05/triquetra-kirstyn-mcdermott/

A crazy, twisted short story sequel to the Snow White tale.

rretzler Sending to my kindle now! 5mo
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Free Comic Book Day 2019 (All Ages) | Cavan Scott, Hope Larson
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A little late, but I won a Facebook contest with my local comic shop, Wade's Comic Madness. My prize was every release for this year's Free Comic Book Day, plus a few graphic novels. Good stuff 😁

Traci1 Wow, lucky you! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👏 5mo
Weaponxgirl Wow! Congrats! 5mo
Erofan 😍👍 5mo
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I am fascinated by the Cold War era, and this book provides an exhaustive look at the Cuban Missile Crisis. Avoiding the pitfalls of overdramatization, Dobbs highlights, almost casually, how easily we could have slipped into nuclear war. Great book.
Sometimes to its detriment, the narration lacked emphasis, and there was also so much detailed information, it was very easy to miss key moments. I think it would have been better to read the print.

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All the stars! Part mystery, part behind-the-scenes Hollywood expose, part feminist manifesto, part biography, part memoir; The Lady From the Black Lagoon has everything! I loved it all. I especially enjoyed the narration from the author. This is an extremely personal project, and her voice wonderfully conveys all the emotions. I can't recommend this enough.
Pictured are some things I own that are mentioned in the book.

Weaponxgirl That ink and paint book looks great! 6mo
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I'm only an hour into the audio, and I'm LOVING IT!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The high points balanced out the low points, but there were still a good number of low points. I've appreciated the deep dive into the psychies of characters we have seen before, but these are characters we've seen before in a not terribly original story. I also wasn't impressed with the audio performances.

ApplesandSpindles Thank you for saving me the effort. 6mo
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Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again | Gary Calamar, Phil Gallo, Peter Buck
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Happy #recordstoreday
Pretty good haul from Creep Records in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, they did not have the Billy Joel release. It was either sold out or hasn't arrived. I couldn't get a clear answer ☹️

Clwojick I have been on a hunt for years for a Beach Boys record. Specifically one that has Kokomo on it. I always check the thrift stores, and second hand pawn shops, but I have yet to find it! Kokomo was the first song I learned the lyrics to when I was 5, and my first ever “favourite” song. ♥️ 6mo
TrishB Hubby got loads of stuff- he left the house at 5am this morning. 6mo
TieDyeDude @Clwojick I love that song. I don't often see much Beach Boys on vinyl. 6mo
TieDyeDude @TrishB I couldn't convince myself to get up that early 😁 6mo
TrishB lol 😆 he loves it! 6mo
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https://www.tor.com/2019/01/16/beyond-the-el-john-chu

I dunno, food-centric stories just don't do anything for me...

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https://www.tor.com/2011/11/02/hello-moto/

So many questions, but none of them really matter in this very short afrofuturistic story about wigs integrated with technology and bad juju.

Weaponxgirl I‘m having the thing flashbacks with that picture right now 6mo
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The Coffin | Phil Hester, Mike Huddleston
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A dense, powerful graphic novel. Tells a complete story with a cool concept, satisfying character arc, strong ending, and great art.

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An amazing collection of stories celebrating 80 years of Batman. I especially loved the story of the gun and Knute Brody!

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A look at Japanese culture through the lens of a single father coming to terms with his brother's homosexuality when his husband comes to visit.

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There was a lot to like here, but also some very out-dated, cringe-worthy jokes. The one that sticks in my head is a very funny Moulin Rouge spoof, immediately followed by people explain to a Baz Luhrmann type why he's gay. There is also a political spoof chillingly similar to Trump's campaign, complete with "Make America Great Again"...
It's been a while since I've watched Mr. Show, but the humor overall is very much in line.

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Some of the "myths" were pretty obnoxious, and I was worried that the book would pander too much to the ignorant, but the author's do a very good job of not just providing evidence to the contrary, but also examining the source of the myth and the historical reasons it has persisted.
Could also be titled: Damn, white people REALLY suck...

Weaponxgirl 😂 so many books could be titled that! I found this a interesting read, especially since I‘m from the uk so some of the myths were new to me. 7mo
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A coconut milk latte with avocado toast and Jonathan Ames at Juniper Tree Juice Bar in Chester Springs, PA.

DivineDiana Putting this on my “to visit” list! 7mo
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The DC Icons Series | Sarah J. Maas, Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo
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I've finished this very uneven series, all in audio. I thoroughly enjoyed Catwoman, maybe because her origins haven't been told 100 times. Wonder Woman was okay, but a little too reliant on YA tropes. Superman was entirely forgettable. Batman was very disappointing.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know!! Thank you!! I own Catwoman (American edition). I‘m lusting over the British one, but I have enough books for a zombie apocalypse, so trying to hold back. 5mo
TieDyeDude @JanuarieTimewalker13 Happy to help 😁 I used the library for these, but I'm constantly tempted to Catwoman... 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Life is short. One edition isn‘t excessive. And you support your library (as do I...bc I would be lost without my library...i feel like that‘s one area in society where good has won out over evil). Go for it 📚❤️but which edition? You know I‘m curious. I would get it soon while there are still some hardbacks available. 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ughhh, I just checked Book Outlet for you, and they have everything BUT Catwoman. They have hardbacks for $6.49. Maybe you can keep checking. It may pop up, I think it has in the past. 5mo
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Superman: Dawnbreaker | Matt de la Pea
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Decent, but ultimately forgettable. Young Clark Kent tries to get his powers under control while learning about his past and trying to fight a conspiracy. A pretty basic Superman story. Lacking Batman's detective skills, he punches and fumbles his way to the conclusion.