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Tonton

Joined June 2016

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Coming late to this series; so much fun! Socially crippled necromancer and a swordswoman who‘s great at zingers and 2-handed sword fighting but equally inept in emotional expression, what‘s not to like? Followed immediately by Harrow the Ninth so feeling very pumped at the moment!
Illustration: surfing 🏄‍♀️ in Kanagawa, Japan.

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The White Album | Joan Didion
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From The Paris Review interview RIP Joan Didion

Graywacke Great quote, special writer. RIP 🙁 3w
batsy That quote! ❤️ 3w
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Pity the Beast | Robin McLean
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Hallucinatory nightmare vision of the American West set in a vaguely contemporary and yet not, maybe an alternative post dystopian parallel time,freaking hope so.A woman is raped and left for dead, escapes; a posse is after her. Brutal, ultra violent to the point of WTF please don‘t go there but the writer does. Fearless and mythic scope, poetic and giving voice to the land and animals. Not for everyone. Reinforced why my boots stay on concrete.

Suet624 Love your last line. 1mo
Tonton @Suet624 Thanks! (It‘s true)😎😂 1mo
Nute Excellent review! 3w
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Cain's Jawbone | Edward Powys Powys Mathers

I have the boxed unbound pages edition, saving having to cut up the pages. Can‘t make a dent, so heads and tails! The one winner took 4 months to solve; hope to try to make another start over the holidays❣️ https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/nov/27/cains-jawbone-how-novels-puzzling-...

DrexEdit Wow! Fascinating! Good luck with the puzzle solving! 🍀🧩 2mo
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Dostoyevsky‘s original manuscript.

Chrissyreadit That is fascinating! 2mo
Soubhiville 😲 Whoa! 2mo
Simona 😵‍💫 … just wow. 2mo
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batsy Love it 🤩 2mo
Bookwomble Well, my goodness - imagine trying to type that up! 2mo
Tonton @Bookwomble can‘t even! 😂 2mo
Nute Wow! The things in our lives that only our own minds can decipher! 3w
Tonton @Nute ❣️ 3w
SRWCF ❤️ ❤️ ❤️!!! 4d
Tianarose God I pity his editor. 4d
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The Promise | Damon Galgut

The odds are on The Promise. I love the bookmaking on literature prizes! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/nov/02/damon-galgut-favourite-to-win-2021...

erzascarletbookgasm Makes me want to read it more! 👍 2mo
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Coming up from under a bit of the blues. Helped by delivery of stack this Culture Day (national holiday in Japan.) Mystery, essays on Black performance and artistry, memoir, and popular music history!

Bookwomble Hope you're out from under those blues, now 💖🙂 2mo
Tonton @Bookwomble Hey thanks! Skies are bit brighter now❣️😎 2mo
Bookwomble 💛 2mo
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The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula Le Guin
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Lindy Good news! Already looking forward to the shortlist next year. 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Great picture ❤️ 3mo
tenar Thanks for sharing, this is the best news I‘ve heard today! 3mo
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Tonton @Lindy I can‘t wait either! 3mo
Tonton @Cathythoughts Thanks, the Strand backin the day❤️ 3mo
Tonton @tenar it was a rather squee moment for me 🌟 3mo
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Tokyo Redux | David Peace
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Went to the bookstore for the first time in ages! Today‘s stack including the latest Vanity Fair, a real treat in Tokyo.unplanned color coordination🌟😎

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Silverview | John le Carre
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Extract from first chapter of Silverview- One of my Dad‘s favorite authors and in remembrance, one of mine as well. So much on morality and betrayal of trust-link also includes link to audio reading! https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2021/oct/09/they-told-me-i-was-...

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Intriguing look behind the scenes of how the Booker Prize is judged! I didn‘t know it was televised. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/05/arguments-anticipation-and-careful...

squirrelbrain I just read this before seeing your post - fascinating article! 3mo
BarbaraBB Very cool. Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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The Animals In That Country | Laura Jean Mckay
CarolynM It's a strange book, but I didn't think of it as SF. 4mo
Tonton @CarolynM Maybe included as speculative fiction? So many categories in genres… 3mo
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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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So excited, just started it but can tell it is primo! Latest in one of my favorite series! Bryant and May of the Peculiar Crime Unit on the case; the kind of book you read slow to keep it from ending.

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The Stranger Times | C.K.McDonnell
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The Church of Old Souls in Manchester is very much like Mick Herron‘s Slough House; instead of housing a crew of spooks, the church houses the motley crew of editors and journalists of the Stranger Times, a weekly newspaper specializing in reports on strange happenings. If the news feed has you down, this is the perfect book to lighten the mood. Very funny Herron/ Pratchett mashup with a touch of Gaiman😎❣️

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A Past That Breathes | Noel Obiora
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Liked the cover and the blurbs sounded the book would be enjoyable de-stressor for these strange times. Dad always said that if you can‘t say anything nice about a person or thing, don‘t say anything at all. What I can say is this is a wonderful example of a very detailed script/story summary:descriptions of characters, how they relate, a breakdown on the story arcs, courtroom antics in boring legal brief-ese. 100% does not make you care.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Raining today and the rest of the week in Tokyo, can hear fall footsteps.
Harlem Shuffle on this list of recommended fall books from LiHub:

https://lithub.com/22-novels-you-need-to-read-this-fall/

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Billy Summers | Stephen King
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I‘ve been a fan since Carrie and Firestarter, and l love everything he‘s written. He keeps raising the bar. There are writers you are thrilled to discover and then there are writers who you run and get the newest book because whatever they do it‘s Christmas.Billy is an assassin for hire on one last job. Character driven, betrayals, twists, and a young woman with her own demons who changes Billy. Colorado touches and boom out of the park ending.

TrishB I feel the same about King 👍🏻 5mo
deeannloso Loved this book but it made me cry 😢 😭 5mo
Tonton @deeannloso sort of hollows out your heart😢I didn‘t want to put in a spoiler though. 5mo
Tonton @TrishB He just is such an incredible storyteller. 5mo
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Cain's Jawbone | Edward Powys Powys Mathers

I read about this, bought it, opened up the box of unbound pages-need to put into order, then figure out the right solution out of many to solve the murder! Intimidating yet entrancing, will have to set a start date and get a new notebook!

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Here‘s a great link to the author and the book: https://crimereads.com/rediscovering-the-gin-soaked-screwball-mysteries-of-craig... In the meantime if you‘ve ever watched Nick and Nora and loved it, here‘s a great example of the peculiarly American louche, bantering, urban high styling mix of society and crime back in the golden age! Still hoping for an Asta to appear.

DivineDiana I do enjoy Nick & Nora! ❤️ 5mo
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
rockpools That‘s a really interesting selection! Think I need to explore WWB a bit further 😊 5mo
Tonton @rockpools WWB is pretty cool 😎! 5mo
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I loved Matt Ruff‘s Fool on the Hill and still do, and decided to reread this trilogy (which is this 1 book.) We got Joan dealing with alligators in the sewers, her ex who is building the tallest skyscraper as well as “Electric Negro” androids which makes for intensely uncomfortable satire, a black captain of a submarine, an AI Ann Rand; an ambitious and only partially successful funny yet pointed social commentary. Also the talking VW.

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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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Margery Benson is a lonely and increasingly diminished home economics teacher who impetuously walks out of her job. She‘s been fascinated since she was a child by tales of the search for a golden 🪲 beetle and gives herself a good shake to organize an expedition (advertising for a companion) to an island jungle. It‘s a wild journey of self discovery, female friendship, grit, betrayal, surprise, and hope. Grudging admiration turned to liking!

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Fun, furious, breakneck speed; nonstop over the top! Tutor and exam taker for scions of Indian helicopter parents ends up with perfect score result for a client. Instant fame, tv and social media stardom for the client as our hero ends up as his manager. Wild excess and unraveling and corkscrew twists. Just have to 😂 and go with the flow; calling Netflix! Just cries for a streaming adaptation.

LeahBergen I recently bought this one! 👍 5mo
Tonton Hoping you enjoy it! 5mo
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The Colossus of New York | Colson Whitehead
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Love letter to New York City, from all kinds of perspectives and detail that had me nodding yes, yes, yes I lived this, I saw that, I walked past there, I fell in love here and cried just on that corner and I miss it, always a New Yorker and some day I will return.

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Luckenbooth | Jenni Fagan
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Fairytale,fantasy, refracted horror from shards of lives spanning 1910 to the 1990‘s: gangsters, mediums, loners, a miner allergic to light, 6 red-haired sisters, a criminal Minister of Culture, and the devil‘s own daughter who curses number 10 Luckenbooth, Edinburgh. Plus William Burroughs in a cameo turn!

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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A generation spaceship, the Matilda, is a recreation of plantation slavery. The lower the decks, the darker your skin, and how you work for a living. Heroine is learning to be a healer while finding out how and why her mother disappeared. Which is the catalyst for a revolution 🔥of sorts. Stubbornness, smarts, hope, and searing sense of injustice for a revelation!

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Black diva and skinny white English songwriter team up;story of an ahead of the curve duo unveiled in oral history by the daughter of a key band member. Also shows you how old I am because I kept wanting to check what Ben Fong-Torres wrote about them! This story gets it right and true.

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Alpha male fathers of a murdered gay couple realize they had rejected their sons for their sexuality and to prove their love too late they go after the killers with no mercy. I grew up watching revenge films and stories of samurai/bushido honor killings; the fathers don‘t care about honor; they want justice. Great interview: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/31/sa-cosby-the-holy-trinity-of-south...

Tonton I should add not legal justice but visceral bloody justice. An eye for an eye. Southern noir and tore through the pages🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5mo
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A black box Is an opaque non-transparent system that uses information to produce a particular set of results, but that works in a way that is secret. Saori Ito was raped. She faced a black box that protected her rapist. She decided to fight back publically and write about it: lighting Japan‘s #MeToo moment. Just bought the English translation. Read it and stand with her.

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Civilisations | Laurent Binet
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Arrived today from Book Depository 5,713 miles away! Love Binet and so much fun ahead with alternate history; the Aztecs conquer Europe. Getting out the popcorn for this one😎

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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style | Kurt Vonnegut, Suzanne McConnell
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Beverly Cleary's Ramona | Beverly Cleary
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RIP

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Mascot for Osaka Secondhand Books Association! Goats eat paper so a bit risky? Named Koshotan.

sisilia Kawaii! 10mo
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Soubhiville I love this! 10mo
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Need a smile? This gave me much needed laugh 😆! https://lithub.com/50-very-bad-book-covers-for-literary-classics/

candority Hahaha some of those are hilarious! 😂 10mo
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DrexEdit 😢 10mo
Bradleygirl nooooooooooooooooooooooo 😭 10mo
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batsy Those are really different and I love it. The Japanese cover is distinctive. 11mo
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Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
Simona It was my favourite book of 2019 and truly is the masterpiece ... 11mo
Tonton @Simona It‘s wonderful! 11mo
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Pizza Girl: A Novel | Jean Kyoung Frazier
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Library haul! Have two days of work to meet deadline then reading reward😎

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Memorial: A Novel | Bryan Washington
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Cathythoughts Exciting... must have a look 12mo
Soubhiville That picture is hilarious! 12mo
batsy 😆🐶 12mo
LeahBergen I love this photo! 😆 12mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Went to the bookstore after long hiatus because of pandemic, got a small stack for a treat: Dune to re-read, 3 new! Set for the weekend❣️😎

batsy The Dying Detective sounds really interesting! 12mo
BookishMarginalia Nice! I love the annual best essay collections — I‘m a sucker for a good, thoughtful essay😎 12mo
Tonton @batsy I just finished it, and it‘s very good, definitely a must read. Will put up review over the weekend.🌟 12mo
batsy @Tonton Oh, that's good to hear! 🎉 12mo
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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani

New year, new start, and the list of all bookish in 2021 to plan TBRs❣️🌟 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jan/02/2021-in-books-what-to-look-forward...

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The Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett
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