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Yossarian

Joined March 2016

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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield, Chapter 1. #readlong #buddyread with me (and @Ruthiella and whenever else wants to be tagged!)

What would tell a new author who brings you a manuscript that is written in the first person but describes things the narrator couldn‘t possibly know (like the circumstances of his own birth)?

More questions on Chapter One in the comments!

Yossarian David claims, despite being born late Friday night, he had never seen “Ghosts or Spirits.” But what about the elms who were “giants who were whispering secrets . . . tossing their arms about . . . too wicked for their peace of mind”? What about Mr. Chillip who walked “as softly as the ghost in Hamlet”? What about Miss Betsey Trotwood, who “vanished like a discontented fairy”? Does he see ghosts and spirits everywhere?
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Yossarian Miss Betsey Trotwood is presented as both a strong, independent woman who escaped from a horrible marriage and as a total asshole who abandons her family. Are we supposed to respect her or hate her?
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Yossarian David Copperfield, Sr., we learn, was “double my mother‘s age,” as mom was not yet twenty. What are we supposed to make of this age gap?
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Yossarian Pegotty and Mrs. Copperfield have the same Christian name, but what is it?
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Yossarian Anything else you want to talk about? The caul auction? “Handsome is that handsome does”? The 105 pound residual annuity? There‘s a lot here for 11 pages! 19h
Ruthiella I‘ll get back to you asap! I‘ve yet to read the first page! I‘ve not read it, but I know Tristam Shandy also starts with the protagonist‘s birth which he couldn‘t possibly know. Also note that allegedly David Copperfield is Dickens‘ most autobiographical novels. Interesting how the father was killed off early when IRL Dickens‘ father didn‘t die but was rather feckless and unsuccessful. 17h
Yossarian @Ruthiella I try to avoid playing Freud, although killing your father in literature seems like a relatively safer manifestation of an Oedipal complex. 15h
Ruthiella Dickens is one of the few authors where I do know a bit about his personal life. And I‘ve read this book before, so I have the benefit of knowing what‘s coming (vaguely) - in this case the step-father. (edited) 10h
Ruthiella Speaking of which, the age gap between the parents, while not uncommon for the era allows for (i) a natural death of the father and (ii) the mother to be young enough to remarry and bear more children. 10h
Yossarian @Ruthiella I got “double her age” and “not yet twenty,” so at the oldest they were married at 19 and 38 and he died at 39. I don‘t know what was considered a “natural death” back then, but I know Dickens believed into spontaneous human combustion in Bleak House, so his biology may have needed some refreshing. 9h
Yossarian As for step-fathers, I‘m starting to get that idea from Chapter 2. 9h
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David Copperfield | Dickens Charles
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If anyone cares to join me as a #readalong or #buddyread, I just picked up David Copperfield, which I have never read before (although I‘ve read and liked other Dickens) and plan to read a chapter a day for 64 days in preparation for Kingsolver‘s Demon Copperhead, which is supposed to be based on it and comes out in about two months.

Join me!

Ruthiella When are you starting? I‘d love to reread David Copperfield! 1d
Yossarian I just read Chapter One today and I‘m going to post about it tomorrow! Jump on whenever you can. I‘m a slow reader! 1d
Ruthiella @Yossarian Okay! 😃 1d
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Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
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People I respect gave this book good reviews. I feel like I‘ve been punked.

Hooked_on_books Ew. I definitely won‘t be reading this one. That‘s awful! 😵 3w
Leftcoastzen 😬😄 3w
CarolynM 🥴🤢 Ghastly! 3w
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BarbaraBB I‘m with you 🥴 3w
Vansa 😂😂Thanks for sharing, though, super entertaining. 3w
julesG Ugh!!! 3w
Susanita 😱 3w
LiteraryinLawrence Wowwwwww 3w
sprainedbrain Oh my. 😬 3w
jlhammar Yuck! Why, just why? Who likes that? 3w
Karkar Yeah no why do this. 3w
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In theory, I enjoy the idea of exotic names and places and vocabulary sprinkled into Fantasy or Science Fiction. In practice, WTF?

sherri Too difficult for me.🤔 3w
GondorGirl I find audio books to be a lot easier if there are a lot of odd fantasy names (or even names/words in languages in not familiar with). 3w
Yossarian @GondorGirl I wonder how “official” audiobook pronunciations are. Did the audiobook for Game of Thrones match all the pronunciations for the later TV show? 3w
GondorGirl @Yossarian I'm not sure got all books, but I know Susan Dennard got to send pronunciations and accent suggestions to her audio reader. 3w
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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So I‘m reading this book. It‘s new and very long, but it‘s actually broken into 3 parts, with each chapter alternating between the stories — one set in the ancient past, one in the present, and one in the distant future. And they‘re all separate stories, but they kind of intersect in unusual ways . . .

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I‘m ambivalent overall on trigger warnings, but this book also has graphic pedophilia and incest, and there‘s no warning about that.

Also, all three (children having incestuous sex and cutting) are all presented in a positive light, which strikes me as possibly more upsetting than just that they are “depicted.”

Yossarian Oh, also human sacrifices. 1mo
5feet.of.fury Yikes. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead It's like having a label on American Psycho that says "may contain bad language" 1mo
Yossarian @RaeLovesToRead Yep. Deciding to put a warning for one thing kind of implies that there‘s nothing else worth warning about. 1mo
KathyWheeler I‘m also ambivalent about trigger warnings, but if I were to put some on this book, from the way you describe it, I‘d put ones for the pedophilia, human sacrifice, and incest before cutting. Crazy! (edited) 1mo
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The Books of Jacob | Olga Tokarczuk
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“There are four types of readers…The sponge absorbs everything it comes into contact with... But he is not able to filter out what is most important. The funnel takes in what he reads at one end while at the other, everything he reads pour out of him. The strainer let‘s through the wine and keeps the sediment…The sieve, on the other hand, separates out the chaff to give a result of only the finest grain.”

What kind of reader are you?

Ruthiella All four at different times depending on what I read I think. 🤔 1mo
LKK526 @Yossarian @Ruthiella Agree with @Ruthiella. I once picked out a paperback by an author I liked and was griping because all her plots seemed the same. It took me half-way thru to realize I had already read it. LOL. That‘s on me🙄🤭 1mo
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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Mehso-so

Over the course of 700 pages, three people in three different centuries struggle with undiagnosed executive function issues before eventually taking action with inconclusive results.

Soubhiville This was so disappointing for me. 1mo
Yossarian @Soubhiville She could have called it “Three Even Smaller Lives.” 1mo
Soubhiville 😂 1mo
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Ruthiella I‘m on the fence about whether I should read this or not… 1mo
Hanna-B @Ruthiella don‘t bother. 1mo
Reggie @Ruthiella as someone who reads horror, this by far is the scariest book I‘ve read this year. In the third section, humanity is under constant threat from pandemics and lgbt rights have been rolled back. And like all the great fortune teller writers she knows it‘s coming. She just put it 60 years into the future. I‘d give it a go. 1mo
Yossarian @Reggie They also had greatly expanded LGBT rights in the 1890s, and fictional marriage brokers in the past and future (but not present) and American fractured into regional countries that are discussed but never developed… She‘s created a lot of pretty jigsaw puzzle pieces that don‘t all connect, and those that do don‘t make a picture. 1mo
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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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I know this book is set in 1978, but I‘m still 100% expecting to read about how Colleen stormed the Capitol.

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Devil House | JOHN. DARNIELLE
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I don‘t know how to explain this correctly, but I think my book and coffee are from the same universe.

Erinreadsthebooks 😂 I think you‘re right!! 3mo
Ruthiella What is the universe trying to tell you? 😆 3mo
merelybookish Things are stark! 3mo
BarbaraBB 🤣 3mo
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We gave my mom a hand-knit RBG for Mother‘s Day yesterday and she sent this picture this morning — Ruth Leading Her Flock.

KristiAhlers OMG! I love everything about this! 3mo
AmyG That‘s great! 3mo
TrishB Brilliant 😁 3mo
sprainedbrain Love it! 3mo
Soubhiville Very punny! 3mo
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No Gods, No Monsters | Cadwell Turnbull
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This was a mess. The author clearly had lots of good ideas, but chose to use ALL of them. Racism, magic, gender/sexuality spectrum, the multiverse . . . What did I miss? Anarcho-syndicalism for a few chapters, I think.

Changing from third to first person in ways that are supposed to surprise, but only confuse when you‘re barely following what might be Section One of a series, but doesn‘t cohere into a “Book.”

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The Latinist | Mark Prins
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This was brilliant and I‘m shocked I‘m the first to post about it. It‘s a modern re-imagining if Daphne and Apollo at Oxford, with a great literary adventure and a split POV between a doctoral candidate and her thesis advisor who is so evil, but thinks himself so good, that I sometimes had to walk away for a while.

Not every modern retelling needs to be The Odyssey!

Andrea4 Haha isn't that the truth??!! Though it is a fun story! I'd like a modern retelling of Daphnis & Chloe. It has fun adventure like the Odyssey! 3mo
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New Jersey enacted a plastic bag ban this week, so if you happened to go to the grocery store today, but forgot your reusable bags, you could pay 99 cents each for this — what? Objectively pro-martyrdom propaganda?

Pogue If I don‘t take bags I just toss the stuff back in the cart, and just load up the car. But we have had to pay for bags for years. 3mo
Branwen Ugh. 🙄 I definitely use those plastic bags to take out kitty poop. I'm glad I don't live in NJ anymore! 3mo
DGRachel I have no problem with paying for reusable bags if I don‘t have any with me, but those are…offensive. 3mo
Megabooks Wow…just wow 3mo
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I want to start a book club where we just read about women who have almost ten of things you‘re only supposed to have one of.

BookBabe 😂🙌🏻 4mo
Megabooks Lol!! 4mo
Readergrrl 😂😂😂 4mo
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Soubhiville 🤣 4mo
vivastory 😂 4mo
Oryx Maybe the occasional man ? 4mo
Yossarian @Oryx I don‘t know. Seven or eight deaths is one thing, but 15 lives is just excessive. 4mo
BarbaraBB 🤣 4mo
thegreensofa 😂🤣😂 4mo
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Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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Anyone think@these two know each other?

Caroline2 I hate that little life cover so much. It really makes me cringe. 4mo
Alfoster My Dark Vanessa was heartbreaking to read! Is Little Life the same? Not sure I could deal with so much pain right now! 4mo
Suzze @Alfoster A Little Life is heart wrenching. 4mo
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squirrelbrain @Alfoster - IMO A Little Life is far worse than My Dark Vanessa. 😭 4mo
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 - it looks like they‘ve changed the UK cover to this version…I saw it in Waterstones the other day and heard a staff member saying it had been changed recently. I hate it too. 4mo
BarbaraBB I hate that A Little Life cover too. And yes, they seem to know eachother but it‘s no fun relationship 😉 4mo
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Bibliolepsy: a novel | Gina Apostol
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Just popping in to say that this book was first published in 1997 and in the ensuing 25 years nobody appears to have pointed out that Flash Gordon was not a member of the Justice League.

KathyWheeler I guess they meant The Flash? 5mo
Yossarian @KathyWheeler Yes, but Flash Gordon‘s a whole other character. 5mo
Leftcoastzen Geez 5mo
KathyWheeler @Yossarian I know. That‘s the only reason I could think of for that mistake though. Can‘t believe no one picked up on that in the editing process though. 5mo
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If the car in front of me at the red light was a Litsy post about how she DNF‘d her book on NFTs?

merelybookish 🤣 6mo
ElizaMarie It‘s a sign!!!! 6mo
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Im Not Hungry But I Could Eat | Christopher Gonzalez
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I really hope they don‘t tell me, so I get to guess which story is not narrated by a bisexual Puerto Rican cub.

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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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In Chapter 1 Jane‘s father moves to Taiwan for a year for a job. Jane visits him and learns Dad is in love with a man and never planning to come home. Jane tells her mom that dad is lying to and cheating on her, then feels guilty throughout the book about “outing dad.”

I guess I am just not accepting the book‘s conceit that this falls within the intended definition of “outing.”

TheBookAddict 🤔 I agree, I wouldn‘t consider it as “outing dad.” Mom needs to know whether he decides to cheat with a male, female, or non-binary person. 6mo
Megabooks Idk…I‘m on the fence about it. They had been separated for quite awhile and lived on separate continents, so I‘m not sure how alive the relationship was sexually. I think there was a belief on mom‘s end things were one way and on dad‘s another. (Mom believed they were together, and dad believed it was on paper only.) I think that disconnect was at the heart of their issues and the cheating was secondary. Dad should‘ve been honest with mom himself. 6mo
Megabooks Have you gotten to the way their daughter feels about it through her life because that is a really interesting arc. Perhaps why the author wrote it that way. 6mo
Yossarian @Megabooks I‘m about 2/3 through, and the chapters aren‘t chronological, so I‘m not sure where on the “arc” we are. Fiona was 30 and going home and then Jane was 26 and now Fiona is breaking up with Jasper. 6mo
Leelee.reads I just saw this post and was like, “Hey! @Yossarian is back!!” Good to see your posts again! 6mo
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Welcome To Blues Clues | Angela C. Santomero
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Blues Clues: No Way Home!

vivastory 😂 6mo
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Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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On the one hand, maybe it‘s too soon and I should have waited until after the pandemic to read a book where the pandemic shows up in the middle.

On the other hand, the “leave your groceries in the garage overnight” pandemic feels like seven pandemics ago.

Megabooks Yes, the more I reflect on this, the more I appreciate its details. 6mo
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No Gods, No Monsters | Cadwell Turnbull
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Libby is trolling me.

Megabooks 😂😂 6mo
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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When I was a sophomore in college, I had the most DeLillo-esque experience in my life, and it involved (incidentally) a DeLillo book. Our class was assigned White Noise, and when I started reading it, I experienced tremendous deja vu — like I had read it before, even though I knew I hadn‘t. Then, in class, another student said, “Did any of you get deja vu reading this?” and about six or seven of us immediately admitted to it! (See Comment!)

Yossarian By now we were all freaked out. How could a bunch of 20 year olds, most of whom had never even heard of Don DeLillo all experience exactly the same case of deja vu? It was like something out of a DeLillo novel. Then, a week later, one of my classmates cracked the case . . . 6mo
Yossarian The first scene (about two pages) of the book was a Reading Compression passage on the AP English Exam the year two years earlier when many of us were High School Seniors, so had read the beginning of the book — not knowing it was White Noise — in the middle of a standardized test, and then forgot about it until we were assigned the book 2+ years later. 6mo
Sapphire That is hysterical. Kudos to the mad research skills of the student who figured it out. 6mo
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Chrissyreadit I love the mystery and that it was solved. And agree with @Sapphire that student has great research skills! 6mo
ReadingEnvy Oh my gosh how bizarre! 6mo
Ruthiella Great story! I loved this book but never read any further from him. I definitely wanted to try 6mo
lauraisntwilder Oh, I love that!! 6mo
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Silence | Don DeLillo
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Does it bother you when books are set in a “future” that didn‘t happen?

This entire “novel” (hardback short story) is set over the course of one day — a futuristic Super Bowl Sunday 2022 between the Titans and Seahawks. That outcome is looking increasingly unlikely today. Do we care?

Megabooks 😂😂 I certainly don‘t like football! 6mo
Sapphire I find it jarring to read any novel where the futuristic setting is now current or past. It‘s not how accurate the predictions might be. If they make too many references to the actual dates I keep forgetting it‘s supposed to be the future to the reader. 6mo
Sapphire I had a book group friend many years (1990s) ago who loved Delillo. But I never read him. Where is a good place to start? (edited) 6mo
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Meshell1313 If the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl would you fly that day? I know I wouldn‘t. Just in case. 😂 6mo
Yossarian @Sapphire I think White Noise is considered the Classic, is probably the most “DeLillo-esque” and isn‘t a doorstop. If you read it and like it, you‘ll probably be a DeLillo fan. If not, you probably won‘t like any of his other stuff either. 6mo
Yossarian Which reminded me of a White Noise story that I wrote under that book title. 6mo
Sapphire @Yossarian thanks! 6mo
Sapphire @Yossarian thanks! 6mo
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I don‘t even know what happened here. I love his poetry. I was excited for the novel. But it was a mess. 100 pages of unnecessary world building, setting up a series of intrigues. Then, a character dies and everything is dropped, to set up other intrigues that also aren‘t resolved. People are acting suspiciously. We suspect something! But we never find out.

100% set up. 0% payoff. Unless I‘m just not smart enough and missed the point entirely.

Hooked_on_books Nice to see you. Welcome back! 6mo
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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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I just want to add that even though it is an integral part of my vocabulary, I had never seen “farkakte” written down until I read Anthem.

cariashley I had to really think about what word this actually was for a sec and then it hit me 😂 6mo
BarbaraBB I have no idea what it means 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
julesG @BarbaraBB I think it's Yiddish. Might mean something like "messed up" or "lousy". It reminds me of "verkackt" in German, which means anything from messed up to fucked up, depending on the situation. 6mo
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Yossarian @BarbaraBB Yes, it‘s the Yiddish F word. 6mo
DavidDiamond Lol! I knew the word as well but had never seen it spelled out. I remember thinking “oh! So that‘s how you spell it?”. 6mo
Bklover Welcome back! You should hang around for a while! 6mo
LKK526 Yossarian is correct 6mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Six hardbacks I‘m working on today, to various degrees. The Sentence and To Paradise are signed first editions.

BarbaraBB I enjoyed The Sentence a lot and am now reading To Paradise. So good! 6mo
Megabooks Loved PHM. The Sentence and To Paradise were good as well. 6mo
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I need someone to please read this for me and let me know what I just read. It was amazingly…something. Amazingly brilliant? Amazingly horrible? It‘s The Great Gatsby, but from Nick‘s Girlfriend‘s point of view. And she makes golems. And Jordan is a Vietnamese Mary Sue. And Gatsby is a demon. And Nick is a . . .

It‘s a hot mess, but I can‘t stop thinking about it. Can we please take Gatsby out of the public domain until we clear this up?

TuesdayReviews And the title presumable references Fitzgerald‘s book The Beautiful and Damned? (edited) 6mo
Yossarian Yes, but in this one I think they‘re all damned. 6mo
Simona I‘m strongly curious … stacked! 6mo
BarbaraBB I stacked too! 6mo
alysonimagines It‘s a hot mess but somehow I ended up loving it anyway. I think this book had me at Jordan. 6mo
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The Books of Jacob | Olga Tokarczuk
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I went to the bookstore today fully intending to buy this 900+ page behemoth, but when I opened it up, the PAGE NUMBERS WENT BACKWARDS.

I was not mentally prepared to read a book that was counting down, so I made an alternate selection.

wanderinglynn That‘s wild! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence That would really throw me off! 6mo
BkClubCare Oooo my 6mo
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DGRachel I thought it was a misprint until I looked at the table of contents. I have some book club dates I have to meet first, but I can‘t wait to dive into this one. 6mo
Simona I love this book! It was my favourite book from two years ago, it is still on my all time favourites list, and I expect to be this year International Booker winner … 6mo
Simona … and welcome back 😘 6mo
rockpools Welcome back! And that‘s intriguingly weird - I guess I‘m going to have to try it @Simona ! 6mo
Simona Think ahead @rockpools - one big book ✅ from the dozen (or +one if the judges feel like it) 😘 6mo
sarahbarnes I just started this one today…and suddenly noticed about 5 pages in that this was happening. 😂 6mo
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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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I had to reset my password and log in after two-plus years to tell everyone how great this book was.

ReadingEnvy What makes it so great? Welcome back. 6mo
AmyG I had to put it down and take a break. It‘s so disturbing in it‘s truth…I‘ll pick it up again when I can handle it better. 6mo
Yossarian First, it‘s very up to date — it seems practically impossible with publishing schedules to have a post-January 6 novel written and published, but this is one. 6mo
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Yossarian Second — it‘s a very compelling story, with a fictional 15 year old gay son of a Sackler billionaire trying to rescue a prisoner of a fictional Jeffrey Epstein while a fictional Biden nominates a moderate Republican to the Supreme Court. 6mo
Yossarian Third — the top two “one star” pans on Goodreads complain it was written by “an AI fed on the Conservative news machine” and that it was nothing but “left wing propaganda.” The ideas are unique enough that it‘ll piss off anyone who cannot open their mind enough. 6mo
Yossarian @AmyG Definitely “disturbing in its truth.” It begins with the idea of teenage suicide as a social contagion. I can see how that can be too much for some, but I think it‘s worth it. 6mo
AmyG I will revisit and finish it. I definitely want to finish. And YES-I noticed, too, how up-to-date it was. I guessed things were added right before publishing. (edited) 6mo
Yossarian @AmyG Maybe, but if the rest of it was written before January 6, 2021, it was scarily prescient. 6mo
AmyG Hmmmm. That‘s true then. 6mo
BarbaraBB So good to have you back here! I bought it because of @Megabooks review and now that you are returning after two years because of this book makes me want to start it right now! 6mo
Megabooks Good to have you back! @BarbaraBB is right, I enjoyed it too!! 👍🏻💯 6mo
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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Last run to the bookstore to pick this up before we have to Shelter in Place in New Jersey, probably.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm in NJ too and think a shelter in place is coming. Honestly, it probably should've happened sooner. I hope you enjoy your new book! 2y
JackOBotts @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Yossarian Make that 3 for NJ. We have a pending grocery pick up on Sunday, but are trying to make the most of our indoor time. 2y
phatsallylee Also in NJ and thinking the shelter in place order is coming tomorrow. Did a last minute grocery run this morning. Plenty of books, beer, and food! 2y
BarbaraBB Missing your posts. Hope all is well! 2y
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Half a King | Joe Abercrombie
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FIRST NOMINEE FOR WORST SENTENCE READ IN 2020!

Texreader I‘m with you on that! 2y
Leftcoastzen Wow, that‘s something! 2y
Hooked_on_books This could definitely be a winner. 2y
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BarbaraBB 😂😂 2y
RavenclawOwlCat What in the world! 2y
RaeLovesToRead 😳😳😳 2y
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When your community won‘t voluntarily engage in Social Distancing, it sometimes becomes necessary to employ harsher enforcement measures to scatter large groups.

Tamra 😜😜 2y
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sprainedbrain 😂😂 2y
BookBabe 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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Ruin of Kings | Jenn Lyons
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I am reading both these books at once, and cannot keep them straight. They have literally the same plot.

In both, our heroes are royally born boys who have been secretly sold into slavery. They have been chained to oars and forced to row endlessly across the seas.

At the ends of the chapters I have just finished, they both find themselves shipwrecked on a frozen barren northern island.

DieAReader 🤨🤔😬 2y
Soubhiville Well that‘s strange... 2y
LauraJ Have you ever seen Joe Abercrombie and Jenn Lyons in the same room at the same time? (edited) 2y
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I don‘t get it. It seems to be billed as a great love story or coming of age or something. But it‘s a 17 year old boy and a college instructor who‘s about ten years older. Are we all just okay with statutory rape now?

KristiAhlers Yeah that made me horribly uncomfortable and I couldn‘t get into that read at all. 2y
blockedreader Storytelling should have no bar ,neither should imagination. 2y
Yossarian @blockedreader Even if it were something more relatively non-controversial, it should still come up. I have no objection to inter-racial relationships but I‘d think it was weird if I read a story focused on one where race was never mentioned! Use your imagination however you want, but don‘t talk about love between a teen and an adult and ignore the elephant. 2y
blockedreader And what would you say about lolita then? Thats also considered a great novel by many, plus if the story is only about an adult and a teen ( as I've not read the story) then its simply boring and deserves no appreciation, and such cases are seen aplenty everyday around us in which younger partners seem more willing and intrested. 2y
Yossarian @blockedreader ??? The whole point of a Lolita was that Humbert was acting inappropriately/criminally. It was the central theme. I am done with this conversation as it will clear to anyone reading that you are not making coherent statements, and I do not engage in incoherent discussions. (edited) 2y
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Theodore Roosevelt, Civil Service Commissioner, interviewing federal officials in Baltimore that sounds like something out of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Lindy 😯🤭🤨 2y
RamsFan1963 Read Island of Vice. The things Roosevelt had to put up with as Police Commissioner for New York City will boggle you mind. 2y
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A great, quick read memoir from one of my high school classmates who married and was widowed by another of my high school classmates. Direct and honest, but also not at all depressing.

In fact the memoir isn‘t even mostly about being a widow. Despite the title, the couple was in the process of adopting a boy when Scott died in his 40s, and the impact on the adoption process drove the narrative more than recovery.

Recommended.

8little_paws oh wow! i'm interested. 2y
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Sociological Field Notes, Update: I have tracked the elusive Karen to Starbucks, where she had set up camp in a field consisting of food brought in from outside. She immediately complained that the floor was not clean enough. An employee promptly mopped the area in front of her. Karen has now placed the complimentary newspaper on the floor in front of her so that she will not get the bottom of her sneakers wet on the freshly mopped floor.

ChasingOm 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Yossarian Update: She has now arranged the three “comfy chairs” into a tight circle so that no one can sit in the other two without intentionally invading her personal space. 3y
LauraJ Umm, maybe Karen should go home. 3y
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Dolly I‘m no expert but it sounds like she has a mental illness. 3y
Yossarian @LauraJ Unlikely. She is now yelling at the barista who is telling her that the store closes at 10:00. The barista is pointing to the sign, but Karen cannot be swayed. “Google” says 10:30, and that‘s what we‘re going with. “We have no control over what Google says, ma‘am...” 3y
LauraJ There are daily assaults at the Starbucks down the block. How many of these Karens do you think there are? 3y
Yossarian @Dolly Maybe, but your personal issues are no excuse for abusing retail employees. 3y
Yossarian @LauraJ Enough to form their own subculture worthy of Sociological study! 3y
Suet624 Great post! 3y
Amiable Wow! 3y
cuiuup Bahaha this is amazing 3y
julesG Now I do have to read this book. 3y
Geenie ❤️😂 amazing 3y
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Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
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Mehso-so

I never really figured out what was going on. No physical description and everyone gets female pronouns irrespective of gender. The lead acts on unknown impulse for unknown reasons — until she doesn‘t anymore. Seivarden changes personality halfway through for unexplained reason. I could never figure out anyone‘s motivation — hero, villain, bit players. No one will disobey the Lord! Everyone is disobeying the Lord! If I do this they must ... Why?

Yossarian Unsure if I‘ll read Book 2. Not next, at least. 3y
TracyReadsBooks Book two is better—it‘s my favorite of the trilogy—and much easier to follow. And book three wraps things up nicely. I definitely think they are worth reading though I will admit, this series isn‘t for everyone. 3y
Yossarian @TracyReadsBooks And yet Book One is the Hugo/Nebula winner. I‘m just not seeing it. 3y
TracyReadsBooks @Yossarian I definitely think it‘s a love it or hate it type of series and I know people on both sides. 3y
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Frog and Toad | Arnold Lobel
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My eldest child has been selected (as a Freshman) to direct her college‘s Spring musical — Frog and Toad. She rewarded herself by re-purposing a Wegmans Eagles football-themed cookie cake.

Jas16 That is awesome. Congratulations to her! 3y
Butterfinger Wow! So neat. 3y
Cortg Congrats! That is so AWESOME! My high schooler is directing her 1st show at the middle school for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Her high school theater department did Frog and Toad a couple years ago and it‘s still talked about on a regular basis, it was hysterical! I hope your daughter has a blast with the show!!! 3y
MoonWitch94 Congratulations 🍾 3y
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Sensation Comics (1942-) #27 | William Moulton Marston, Evelyn Gaines
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Sensation Comics #3 (March, 1942)

Before inventing Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston invented an early polygraph machine for questioning German POWs in World War I.

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The Talmud: A Selection | Norman Solomon
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One of history‘s longest running book clubs is the Daf Yomi. Since 1923, it is a tradition for Jews to all study the same “Daf” of Talmud on the same day (a “Daf” is both sides of a piece of paper, numbered 2A and 2B, for example).

There are 2,711 Dafs in the 63 Tractates of the Talmud, so the process takes about 7 1/2 years. The 13th cycle ends tomorrow, and the 14th starts Sunday and ends June 7, 2027! This is the first side of Sunday‘s Daf.

lauren.lerner Some of my friends are taking this next cycle on. I hope to do it one day myself! 3y
Yossarian @lauren.lerner I‘ve tried a few times, but ironically, two pages per day is WAY too fast to do anything other that scratch the surface. If someone started a Daf A Week program, I might try that. 3y
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House of Mystery (1951-) #188 | Sergio Aragons, John Albano, Joe Orlando
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A formula that will turn a man into a monster?

“I‘ll just pour it into this empty milk bottle, and store it in the refrigerator!”

Nothing could possibly go wrong with that plan!

House of Mystery #1 (December 1951)

Yossarian I saw this when it was an episode of The Young Ones. (edited) 3y
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Night Eight. All full up!

Sace So beautiful. I'm sad it's the last night. I love the chanukah lights so much. 3y
AmyG How beautiful. I remember the days when the kids lived home and we all had menorahs. Happy Hanukkah! 3y
Nute Beautiful! 3y
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CarolynM Lovely! Happy Hanukkah! 3y
Zelma Wow, so pretty. 3y
EKonrad The last night always makes me so sad! 😩 3y
Jb2003 Beautiful! Happy Chanukah!!! 3y
sprainedbrain Beautiful! 3y
LeahBergen Happy Hanukkah! 3y
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Top: Ian McKellen reacting to the ludicrous idea that anyone would make a movie of Cats. (Six Degrees of Separation, 1993).

Bottom: Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatrical Cat in a movie of Cats (Cats, 2019).

OnlyYoo Haha my sister went to see Cats yesterday and said he was the only actor that meowed! 3y
marleed I can‘t believe how many bad things I‘ve read about this movie. Too bad because I loved the musical which I saw, oh my gosh, some thirty years ago! 3y
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Great in Bed | Debby Herbenick, Grant Stoddard
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Is this pet adoption poster implying that Hannah is a prostitute?

CocoReads That‘s a good one though! My youngest works for the humane society and they‘re always trying to come up with clever ways to get animals adopted. PSA: spay or neuter your pets folks—especially cats. Her shelter is overrun with them. 3y
Sace @CocoReads I just got our stray spayed. She's recuperating right next to me! 3y
Amiable 😄 3y
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CocoReads @Sace that‘s great! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! 3y
Sace @CocoReads thank you! 3y
Yossarian @Sace That‘s going to seriously interfere with her career as a courtesan. 3y
Hooked_on_books Well…she HAS been seen kissing other pups! 3y
Sace @Yossarian I know 😔 I'm a horrible human. 3y
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Action Comics (1938-2011) #1 | Jerry Siegel, Homer Fleming, Fred Guardineer
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Action Comic #1, June 1938

I understand why Superman wants his alter ego to be a weakling, but why does he also have to be a whiny bitch?

She agreed to go on a date with you. Don‘t spend it whining that she hasn‘t gone on a date with you before.

Lois‘s face is the face of a woman who will NOT be giving Clark a second chance.

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Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
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I‘m in the middle of 13 Narratives at the moment.

Sace I've got 4 narratives going, but seriously considering limiting myself to 2 at a time when I'm done with them. 3y
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Action Comics (1938-2011) #1 | Jerry Siegel, Homer Fleming, Fred Guardineer
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Action Comic #1 (June 1938)

I feel like the decision to make Clark Kent a newspaper reporter is based on a faulty conception of how journalism works. Who calls in a wife-beating tip to the newspaper before calling the cops, so that Clark can arrive while the beating is still in progress?

JanuarieTimewalker13 Hmmmm, excellent point, but they probably got the tip from the police, no? 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Here‘s my guess, a civilian worker at the precinct calls the paper. 3y
Reggie Maybe the wife beater is a politician? 3y
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Yossarian @JanuarieTimewalker13 Maybe, but so quickly that he gets there before the police do? 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Uhmmm, he‘s Superman. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Here‘s a real world hypothesis: Siegel and Shuster originally wanted Superman to be in Newspaper comics, so maybe they sweetened their chances by making Clark a journalist. They were rejected, and then went to comic books. I don‘t know, just a guess. 3y
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