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Tonton

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He‘s always a Nw York poet to me

vivastory Lana Turner we love you, get up! 7d
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Poet in New York/Poeta En Nueva York | Frederico Garcia Lorca
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My heart is still there.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Shinjuku Takashimaya Kinokuniya Book store foreign books sales staff pose with free tote bag if you buy the book💝🌟great t-shirts too!

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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke

Great interview with Attica Locke on her new book, Heaven, My Home: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/07/attica-locke-heaven-my-home-books-...

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The Institute | Stephen King
Louise Nice interview. Thanks for sharing! 1w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Christmas in August dog days、 but needed this miraculous and lovely book of short stories to shake off the blues. Recipes (very British comfort food) included. Exquisite style and grace.

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Alternate history (Jewish refugees settle in Sitka region of Alaska-Israel does not exist); mystery (murdered messiah); and love and family angst to work through. Re-reading in memory of my dad who loved it because chess, essential for the soul and life. You must think several moves ahead.

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Desperate chase to recover US military CID ID in gritty 1970‘s South Korea. Fast action noir and excellent portrayal of time and place. My dad had many TDY (temporary duty) there and I visited a few times; the US military presence is so different from tourist experience. Sueno and his partner in Tarantino territory!

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Going Out | Scarlett Thomas
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Boy in the bubble x suburban London teen angst x Wizard of Oz❗️= another brilliant Scarlett Thomas novel. Yep, I‘m a fan.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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English language bestsellers in Tokyo!

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Beloved | Toni Morrison

RIP Toni Morrison

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Went to the library for the first time in weeks; here‘s my stack!

Megabooks The Johnson one is great!! 1mo
Tonton @Megabooks looking forward to it😎 1mo
Smrloomis I agree with @Megabooks! I also really liked the Bright Ideas Bookstore. 1mo
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Been away but I‘m back after a pretty bad first half of 2019; last Thursday was devastating. Rin-Rin, our rescue pup and diva with the heart of a samurai princess, fought like a warrior (brain tumor) but the meds stopped working, and we had to make a hard decision. She slipped away peacefully surrounded by love. Still cry at odd moments, but going to the library for quiet respite. Honoring book chewing diva on here🐾❤️

Megabooks My thoughts and heart go out to you! I‘m so sorry for your loss! 💙💙💙 1mo
Tonton @Megabooks Thank you so much. 1mo
TrishB Aww so sorry 💔🐶 1mo
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Cathythoughts Sorry ♥️ 1mo
Susanita I‘m so sorry 😢💔 1mo
Beatlefan129 I‘m so sorry 1mo
LauraJ So sad. Sending hugs. 😿 1mo
Simona I feel you💔 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So sorry 💔 1mo
BookwormAHN So sorry 😿 1mo
Mollyanna I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 1mo
JennyM So sorry ❤️ 1mo
Velvetfur I'm so sorry for your sad news, lots of love and healing thoughts to you and your family xxx 1mo
andrew61 Sorry about your loss. 1mo
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 1mo
CarolynM 💔 Sorry for your loss 1mo
BookDragonNotWorm I'm so sorry. I lost one of my rescues to a brain tumor earlier this year and I'm still getting teary. But we we're lucky to have them while we did. 1mo
Tonton @TrishB Thank you so much🐶 1mo
Tonton @Cathythoughts Thank you so much🐶 1mo
Tonton @Susanita thanks so much🐶 1mo
Tonton @BookDragonNotWorm we are so lucky ❣️ 1mo
JessClark78 So sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 1mo
batsy I'm so sorry ❤️❤️ 1mo
Smrloomis So sorry to hear that 😢 Sending you good thoughts 💕💕💕 1mo
Reggie I‘m so sorry❤️ 1mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
catiewithac Interesting 🤔 2mo
rretzler Lots of books I want to read on the list. 2mo
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Read this and weep: Adrian McKinty writes the Sean Duffy police procedural which I love and recommend without reservation. Critical acclaim didn‘t pay the bills. He worked as an Uber driver, he and his family got evicted. How can this be? Agent stepped in and persuaded him to write The Chain; got a 7 figure movie deal. Believe. https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/08/adrian-mckinty-interview-crime-nov...

Bklover Good for him!!!👍👏👏 2mo
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Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
sarahbarnes 😆😆😆 3mo
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emz711 Ah thanks! I'm so excited!! 3mo
rretzler Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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Here‘s an interesting link for upcoming summer books translated from the Japanese、
Link: https://savvytokyo.com/6-japanese-books-to-enjoy-this-summer/

crazyspine Cute fishies 3mo
Cathythoughts Adorable pic 3mo
mreads Those books look great Thanks for the link. And a want some of those fish too 🙂 3mo
fleeting But wait - I wanna join that game! 😂 3mo
Palimpsest Thanks for the link! 2mo
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Bookstores and libraries are such beacons of light and art and truth. Sacred ground!

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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mreads Great book 3mo
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Books Kinokuniya - New York | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Haven‘t posted lately on Litsy due to a veritable sh*tstorm on all fronts (work, caregiving, health, and last but not least my dog go‘s senility issues) but have been able to escape overthinking during reading breaks. Will be posting reviews soon. In the meantime a little illustration 😎 of my state of mind...

vivastory Hope things calm down for you soon! 4mo
fleeting Sending well-wishes! 4mo
Tonton @vivastory Thank you! Starting to come up for air😎 (edited) 4mo
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Tonton @fleeting Thank you! Should be getting better soon🌸 4mo
Tanisha_A Ugh! Hope things get better for you soon soon! 4mo
Tonton @Tanisha_A Thanks!Hopefully will be getting in gear from Monday🌟 4mo
Reggie Hope everything smooths out for you!! 3mo
Tonton @Reggie Arigato Reggie! 3mo
Smrloomis Hope things are getting less crazy and more manageable now! 🤞🏽 3mo
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The Accident on the A35 | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Here‘s an elegantly done new mystery by the author ofMy Bloody Project, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. There is a fatal car crash on the A35 near a small town in France. The dead driver is a very proper, conservative lawyer, and absolutely nothing indicates foul play. Inspector Gorski is bothered by one question: where was the victim driving home from? And that, my friends, is the hook that unveils a hot mess. Literate fun!

BookwormM Great review will have to check this out 4mo
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Marshal Guarnaccia is Sicilian working class, and feels he can‘t compete against Firenze‘s hot shot murder squad,politics, and is uncomfortable with the upper classes. If you like Maigret, you will love the marshal. He‘s self deprecating and a bit inarticulate, but he instinctively has a grasp of human nature. A famous writer is found dead in her bath, and he‘s reluctantly thrust into the world of the rich and famous. Very grumpy: strict diet!

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One of my favorite writers. Freeling is British, but has an understated and cool European sensibility. Here Van der Valk, Amsterdam policeman, is roped into a private search for a missing golden boy businessman that takes him into Germany and Spain. This one won an Edgar.

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Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap | Anne McGill-Franzen, Richard L. Allington

Get ready for summer reading❣️Here‘s a great 🌟list to plan around: https://crimereads.com/the-most-anticipated-crime-books-of-summer/hickleberrypun...

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The Japanese countryside is where a lot of strange superstitions, myths, and legends proliferate. This tells the story of 3 generations of the strong, strange matriarchs of the Akakuchiba family, owners of ironworks that dominate the mountain region. Their story is told in tandem with the social/cultural changes in Japan mixed with touches of magic realism. Who wouldn‘t love a mother who could be a seer, a daughter leading a motorcycle gang?

Tonton But it all is a bit thin and the greatest mystery remains unsolved. The potential is there, this was in a transitional phase between light novels (YA) and her award winning novel My Man which deserves its own translation!Red Girls is a bit bumpy and I was way too aware of the translation which needed editing,unfortunately. 4mo
Tonton Example: there is a bit where the youngest grandson is addicted to playing video games “when the family computer” came on the market. Sorry, it‘s not a family computer, it‘s Nintendo‘s FamiCon which is the brand name (short for Family Computer ) but it is not a computer, it is a video game console. It is the little stuff but it gets on my nerves. Sorry for the rant! 4mo
batsy That's unfortunate about the translation, because it sounds so interesting! 4mo
Tonton @batsy It is interesting, and you can see what the author is trying to do. It‘s just when I become more aware of the translation than the flow. I‘m probably being really nit picky... 4mo
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rretzler Not read any of them. 😔 4mo
Squidapus Squidapus is hoping for Revenant Gun to win! 4mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean

This is a great thing: garbage collectors save books to create library: http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/news/turkish-garbage-collectors-open-library-full...

rretzler I have such a hard time understanding why anyone would throw away a book. I can‘t even bear to give any of mine away (or swap or lend them.) 🤣 What a great thing to have happen to to the discarded books. 4mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Great discovery today: dropped by the bookstore and found the Japanese translation!

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The Scholar | Dervla McTiernan
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Cormac Reilly is finally given the chance to escape from cold cases, to take over a new homicide investigation. His partner Emma discovers the victim of a fatal hit and run,whose father is the head of a big pharma company which is funding Emma‘s research research. Cormac has enemies, powerful interests dictating the investigation parameters, and for a dreadful time he begins to doubt Emma. Excellent follow up to The Ruin;fast and fun.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Started The Ruin ... but got side -tracked. Must give it another go ♥️👍🏻 4mo
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A Long Silence | Nicolas Freeling
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I re-read this after many years and it still makes me feel hollow. Van Der Valk is bored. A young man is hired by a jewelry /antique boutique by chance. Something doesn‘t seem right so he goes to the police for advice and help. It‘s not a case, no overt crime,but Van Der Valk is curious as a cat, and begins to investigate on his own; all quite unofficial. It goes all wrong, and it is devastating.

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Criminal Conversation | Nicolas Freeling
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My dad and I would devour anything by Freeling. He has an unique voice and the coolest understated style. Van der Valk is a detective in the French police, and he is handed a case where a financier points to adultery and murder, which his wife has, naturally,nothing to do with. Like Maigret, Van Der Valk is an astute observer and instinctively aware of human psychology. French cool.

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Mortal Engines | Philip Reeve
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I don‘t read too much YA, but glad that I picked this up at the library. London (and other cities) are on the move, gobbling up smaller cities and towns over devastated ground. There are other cities that are static, high in the mountains protected by a Great Wall;there are airship pirates, lethal undying cyborgs, a boy engineer and a girl who wants revenge in this fast steampunk fantasy. And I have a mad crush on the pirate/spy/assassin Anna Fang

erzascarletbookgasm My teenager recently read this and look forward to read the rest in the series. 4mo
Tonton @erzascarletbookgasm I think there are 3 more volumes! 4mo
Tonton Yikes、the boy is not an engineer、 he is a Historian. 😮My mistake, there are engineers too 4mo
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Today is the end of 10 day Japanese national holiday week (the Heisei emperor abdicated and the Crown Prince has ascended the throne.) So nice surprise to find the watchmaker is Japanese in this wondrous mashup of historical fiction and fantasy set in Victorian London! All I will say is I need the clockwork octopus, and there is a very sweet gay romance as well. Enjoy!

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Encyclopedia Brown | Donald J. Sobol

I loved this as a kid! Link to information about the author: https://crimereads.com/encyclopedia-brown-and-the-case-of-the-mysterious-author/

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Beyond Black: A Novel | Hilary Mantel
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Beyond Black is a brilliant portrayal of a damaged psychic, Allison, who has a grubby petty criminal as her spirit guide. She works the suburban circuits outside of London, in gatherings at what in the US would be strip malls along highways, hotels, and pubs. The world is permeable; the dead are restless and the living as well. She takes on an assistant/manager who hopes to make money from a tell all book and begins to tape conversations.

Tonton The lives of modern psychics and their strange understanding of the real,the fake,and need to make a living while weathering psychological and physical repercussions is fascinating. Alison‘s childhood torments grow clearer, and the nightmarish reasons for why she does what she does are revealed. Bloody brilliant! (edited) 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Sounds awesome. I really love Hilary Mantel's scope of writing. 5mo
KateFulfordAuthor Great review 5mo
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Gorgeous university press book cover designs...I‘d buy them just for the art; reading an added bonus! Link: https://lithub.com/these-are-the-best-university-press-book-designs-of-2018/

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Revenge of the Translator | Brice Matthieussent
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Darkly funny and it is designed so pages are laid out like very long footnotes. I‘ve done translation work, and have friends who do. The frustrations are very real, and at times ‘what fresh hell is this?‘ Great style and development, twist ending where the real life translator of the novel makes an appearance!

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It hasn‘t stopped raining in Ireland for decades. Forget the dystopian hopelessness and brutish violence; this is a heartbreaking love story at its core. Beautifully written.

Bookwomble This seems to be an obvious reference to Chambers's The King in Yellow - improbable coincidence, or is there a link? 😶 5mo
Tonton @Bookwomble Thanks、did not know about The King in Yellow, I‘ll have to check it out!Actually my first thought was whether there was a reference to The Yellow Kid、 who was a slum kid character in the very early history of comics: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yellow_Kid (edited) 5mo
Bookwomble @Tonton Following your link, I have a vague memory of having come across the Yellow Kid before, but I'd have never made the connection. The King in Yellow is the title of a short story collection about a play of that name which drives readers and audiences mad due to the cosmic horrors it reveals, being designed to pave the way for the advent of Hastur, the King in Yellow, who will destroy human civilization. It influenced H.P. Lovecraft. 5mo
Tonton @Bookwomble putting on my TBR! 🌟 5mo
Bookwomble @Tonton 😁👍🏻 5mo
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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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Perfectly done police procedural that encompasses all the detailed meetings and daily slog to find the culprits. Hits all the social problem checklists (still relevant now) and happily shows strong and loving family for Huss. Didn‘t connect somehow: felt it would make a great tv series as actors would bring that plus alpha emotional weight and je ne sais quoi to it. I‘m sure other readers will like it. And great cover photo!

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Rivers of London | Ben Aaronovitch
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It‘s coming to TV、 possibly up to 8 episodes!Link: https://deadline.com/2019/04/simon-pegg-nick-frost-rivers-of-london-1202602550/

julesG Oh, I hope they don't ruin it. 5mo
Ericalambbrown I‘m pretty jazzed about this. I really love Simon Pegg and he‘s got serious nerd cred. 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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jillannjohn Thanks for posting! 5mo
akckitty I've only read 1 from this stack. I must get on this soon! ☺️ 5mo
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Garnethill | Denise Mina

Conviction continues the story begun in Garnethill. Great interview with the author: https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/27/denise-mina-no-such-thing-apolitic...

andrew61 I didn't know it was part of the garnethill story - can't wait to read it. 5mo
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Yes, sometimes I‘m seduced by cover designs, for vinyl albums and books alike; one way to discover what you would never find otherwise. Had high hopes for this one as it followed Babylon Berlin which was made into a acclaimed series. Louche detective kicked out of Berlin and into Cologne works as a PI and treats his police duties as a side job. Movie star killed by falling light, silent vs talkie studios wars, rising Nazi party, blackmail, and

Tonton Political /family pressures, an actually interesting girlfriend: all the elements are there to appreciate, but I just couldn‘t connect with it. Maybe I‘m in a reading slump...but there‘s a dog and hamburger sliders! So all is not lost. 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Great lists! 5mo
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Black Water Rising | Attica Locke
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Read Bluebird, Bluebird and became a fan immediately. This is her first book, and it‘s equally impressive. Ex-radical activist turned community lawyer is just trying to make a living, and is sucked onto a whirlpool of political and corporate corruption during Houston‘s oil boom. He and his pregnant wife are witnesses to a murder, and he is reluctantly drawn into an union strike. Evocative of the city and the times; racism and betrayal the same.

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Devil's Day | Andrew Michael Hurley
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Insidiously slow creeping horror in isolated rural community; you know something horrible is coming but you just don‘t know in what brutal form. Made worse by revealing by degrees the unreliability of the narrator (wtf!) The isolation and resulting superstitions and customs true all over the world I think. Beautifully written, and reinforces why my boots will not leave concrete. Note: the book description on Litsy is incorrect.

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Purple Rain | Prince
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Suet624 💕💕💕💕😭😭😭 5mo
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A sort of backward discovery: found a feel good indie movie on Netflix starring Alfre Woodard (l‘m a fan) titled Juanita. saw in the credits that it was based on the tagged book so will have to read it now! Juanita leaves Columbus, Ohio on a journey to find herself and it‘s a sweet and hopeful story. Just the thing to put a smile on your face.

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