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Trismegistus

Joined May 2018

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Mehso-so

This book did not deserve the hype. Supposedly about women's experiences of the Trojan war, it adds very little in this regard. The opening and closing chapters are moving, but otherwise it's a by-the-numbers retelling of highlights from The Iliad that ironically still focuses on the men. Barker tells us that characters love, grieve, or fear, but never demonstrates it. The anachronisms are a bad stylistic choice. It doesn't deliver on the premise.

Book_Fairy_Mary Couldn't agree more! 13mo
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Ancillary Mercy | Ann Leckie
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Pickpick

A solid conclusion to a wonderful series. I love that Leckie writes a new story with each volume, and how her conclusion is hopeful without neatly (and unrealistically) resolving every outstanding question. I recommend this entire series.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Pickpick

This book largely deserves the hype. It's a beautiful depiction of human affection, interpersonal conflict, hubris, grief, compassion, and the transience of all these. There's humor, pathos, and historical references obvious and subtle. Female characters are mostly an afterthought, a failing Saunders shares with many authors, but a greater one here given his perceptiveness otherwise, and the one thing keeping this excellent book from perfection.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this one a lot. Novik has created a harsh worlds for her characters to inhabit, but she never lets them wallow in it. I particularly loved the sections with Wanda and Stepon, and the interactions and plot arc of Irina and Mirnatius... Excellently done. This one definitely merits a second read.

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Mehso-so

This book started out with so much promise, but it's scuttled halfway through as Medina lays on the melodrama by the shovelful. Meanwhile, the adult characters are so oblivious it beggars belief. It's a shame, because the depictions of bullying and high school social dynamics are spot on, and had the rest been equally as realistic, the novel could easily have been a classic.

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Pickpick

A very quick read that was both harrowing and uplifting. After witnessing the abuse and murder of multiple young childhood friends and family members, Brohi devotes her life to ending the marriage of prepubescent girls and "honor" killings of girls and women in tribal cultures. She perseveres in her efforts despite the social approbrium and death threats. Though a bit short on specifics of what her NGO has accomplished, it's a riveting read.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Pickpick

This book is phenomenally good, the kind of read where you can't start another book for days afterward, because you still have to chew it over.

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The Rook: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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Panpan

I would not have been pleased to pay full price for this one. I commend O'Malley for passing the Bechdel test and forgoing a love interest for his female lead, but he writes her dialogue and interior monologue as though she were a 20-something heterosexual male. That, along with the 75:25 infodump-to-action ratio and O'Malley's burning love of adverbs (oh my God, the adverbs), made reading this one a slog.

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Taran Wanderer | Lloyd Alexander
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Pickpick

I was FURIOUS at this book when l first read it as a child. As an adult, it's one of my favorites. Alexander has such love for his characters, and writes their arcs of maturation without preaching or heavy-handedness. This is an all-around lovely tale.

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Who Fears Death | Nnedi Okorafor
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the unique non-Western Europe fantasy setting and magical system. The observations on sexism and racism were also spot on. But learning to see beyond one's self-absorption to commiserate with others is also an important element of the hero's quest storyline, and the main character never did that here--never even tried--which ultimately kept this novel from living up to its full potential.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Excited to start this one, and even more excited to have met the author tonight! 😃

rather_be_reading awesome! 14mo
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Ancillary Mercy | Ann Leckie
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Another Ann Leckie fan joined me on the commute today. 🤣 Bona fide #bookworm

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Ancillary Sword | Ann Leckie
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Pickpick

God, this book is so good. Leckie's excellent worldbuilding continues, and I love, love, love that Ancillary Sword is an actual sequel, rather than an unimaginative repackaging of its predecessor. Instead, we get new settings! New complications! A new plot that builds on the previous one. And so much character development, all of it spot on. There's so much to enjoy here; like Ancillary Justice, this is a definite recommendation.

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Pickpick

Despite the title, Shields spends little time discussing her experiment wearing minimal makeup and "unrevealing" clothing. Rather, her focus is on how societally constructed pressures to "look good" convince women to focus on appearance at the expense of their abilities or desires. There's little here that 1000 feminism 101 texts haven't said before, but Shields is a talented writer and the message-especially regarding consumerism-bears repeating.

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Pickpick

"Pick" is a nuanced choice, because this book was well written but so unflaggingly dark it was difficult to read. Still, I was still mulling many of these short stories over long after I finished the volume, and the brilliant "Especially Heinous" alone justifies the cover cost. Machado makes a lot of very sly, very pointed observations about the things modern culture does to women and their psyches.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1) A good cover can make me notice a book, but only the content can make me love it.
2) Neither. I'm a park bench reader.
3) Chapter finisher, for sure.
4) Absolutely.
5) Of course! That's half the fun.
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SilversReviews Fun on reading on the park bench. Agreed about your comment on covers. Thanks for playing. 1y
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City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
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Mehso-so

I so wanted this book to be more than it was. Chakraborty built a great fantasy world, only to populate it with characters who think, speak, and act like 21st century teens. I had to slog through this, and doubt I'll read the sequel.

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Square | Mac Barnett
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Pickpick

I loved this. Just as delightful as its predecessor, and without retreading the same story. Barnett‘s story is whimsical and sweet, and Klassen's artwork complements it perfectly. And we get to see an all new side of Square. Definitely recommended!

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The weekend is almost over, so time to tally my #13inThree results: two books finished, and two more at 75 percent and 14 percent, respectively, over 14.5 hours of reading. Many thanks to @Samplergal for hosting!

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Untitled | Unknown
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This is pretty much what I'd be doing anyway, so let's make it official! @samplergal #13inThree

TheBookKeepers 🎉📚😎 1y
Samplergal Yep! Enjoy reading and let us know of your progress so we can cheer you on! 1y
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TheBookKeepers How‘s your readathon going? 1y
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Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
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Pickpick

This is the science fiction I want in my life. Leckie handles her narrator's mindbending POV with ease. Add in a fully realized intergalactic empire with multiple species, social codes, and languages, and political intrigue that envelops the main characters with the inevitability of an approaching thundercloud, and you've got one gripping read. Definitely recommended.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Slower and more meditative than its predecessor, but every bit as good. Miller has crafted another gem out of the classics, and one that's become my definitive version for these characters. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

TheKidUpstairs I'm reading this now, and absolutely loving it! I was worried it wouldn't live up to Song of Achilles but it definitely does. (P.S: Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon) 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 1y
Trismegistus @TheKidUpstairs Thank you! And yes, aren't both books so darn good? Even more of a feat, when you think about it, because she didn't just write another version of her first book again. 1y
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Trismegistus @Eggs Thank you! Glad to be here. 😀 1y
TheBookKeepers “Meditative” is such an excellent way to describe this read!! I‘m 15 chapters in and loving it so far. I also adored her previous book! 1y
Trismegistus @TheBookKeepers Thank you! And you won't be disappointed; Circe is excellent through to the final page. 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 1y
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Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie

The Presger didn't care if a species was sentient or not, conscious or not, intelligent or not. The word they used--or the concept, at any rate, as I understood they didn't speak in words--was usually translated as "significance." And only the Presger were were significant. All other beings were their rightful prey, property, or playthings.

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Music of the Ghosts | Vaddey Ratner
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I loved Ratner‘s first novel, In The Shadow of the Banyan. Such a poetic and beautifully written novel about a truly ugly period in Cambodia's history. I am expecting this novel to be just as moving.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
Mehso-so

This just didn't do it for me. The social ideals are spot on, but there's no nuance. Jemisin's societies are either populated by racist totalitarians or communal parenting utopians who smile benevolently on outsiders and polyamory. It's the uncle who marched for civil rights but still insists HIV was sent by God to punish "the gays" that makes fighting prejudice so hard; such contradictions don't exist in this heavy-handed novel, to its detriment.

sammisho Same! 1y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Perfect reading for tonight's severe weather.

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Love this book for the way its characters confront the same issues we do today, but without ever slipping into anachronism. So. So. Good.

Chelleo Love that mug! Welcome! Checkout #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips by @RaimeyGallant and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. They‘re great and should help you get settled in. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome!!! 1y
Trismegistus @Chelleo Glad to be here. 😀 And thanks for all these great tips! 1y
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