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Zoes_Human

Zoes_Human

Joined February 2019

She/her. Likes toast and rainy days. Find me on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17061542-zoe-s-human
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Telephone by Percival Everett
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Tales from the Loop - Our Friends the Machines & Other Mysteries by Anders Fager, Simon Stålenhag, Mikael Bergström, Steve Daldry, Gabrielle de Bourg, Björn Hellqvist, Nils Hintze, Nils Karlén, Reine Rosenberg
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Cambios para Josefina: un cuento de invierno by Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley, Jos Moreno
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Ulysses by James Joyce
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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
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The start was a bit bumpy as the characters were less than appealing; however, once we arrived in Borderland, the story picked up dramatically. Something in between a portal fantasy and a horror dystopian, it is a thrilling, action packed manga with appealing art. Great for Squid Game fans. Looking forward to Volume 2 of the 2-in-1 set.

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Telephone | Percival Everett
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“There are many things that no one knows, which is comforting, up to a point.”

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Jackal | Erin E. Adams
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A captivating work of horror that kept me changing my mind as to who the culprit was right up to the unexpected reveal at the end. As does the best of its genre, real life societal horrors merged with paranormal fears to manifest as an entirely credible nightmare.

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Jackal | Erin E. Adams
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“Sometimes excavating history means confirming a truth people have known collectively for years. Other times, it means digging up a past that has been left in a shameful shadow.”

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Bailedbailed

It lost me a giant cockroaches. I fucking hate cockroaches. I grew up in assorted homes infested with them, and I just cannot get behind any kind of cockroaches. It brings back bad memories and skeeviness. DNF @ giant cockroaches.

Chrissyreadit I struggled with the roaches in this book too. 2d
rwmg I would definitely want prior notice of giant cockroaches 2d
Zoes_Human @rwmg Right? The content warning we didn't know we needed. 1d
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Rhythm of War | Brandon Sanderson
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A four star book with a five star ending. A lot of secrets, twists, plots and reveals came to the surface in Rhythm of War and I was delightfully surprised by many of them. GraphicAudio does such amazing work with these books. You should definitely give them your money.

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Jackal | Erin E. Adams
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“When love feels like a series of checked-off boxes, something is wrong. Relationships aren‘t meant to be itemized. “

rachelm Oo this sounds good 6d
Zoes_Human @rachelm Oh and it is. I'm usually very good about going to bed at my bedtime. I like being well-rested and I'm a consistent sleeper. I *really* had to make myself put this down last night because I was so into it.

Content warning though: child harm. I know that's a big NO for lots of folks.
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rachelm @Zoes_Human I appreciate the warning!! 6d
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The art and storytelling are every bit as I expected from this team, but I wasn't prepared to slip into witchcraft. Ten years after the final events of Descender and there is no technology whatsoever, only hovels and witches? Also, the transhumanist theme that I loved so much in the first series is completely gone. I'm gonna need a minute to adjust.

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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“… he growled unamiably …”

Is there really any other way to growl, Joyce?

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Mark Twain is very funny when he's punching up or even across, but man! Every time he gets to a brown country in here he's all like “Savages!“ Fucking colonialism. And he was forward thinking for his time. Whew. I'm moving on at page 90. Plenty to read in the world. #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks I've never tried this one, although I do have Tom Sawyer on my Classics list because it's been so long since I read it. 7d
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks I've reread Huckleberry Finn recently, and I still enjoyed it and felt it had a lot to say that was still relevant. However, I think it's a complicated book to make required reading for teens, especially Black teens. 6d
TheAromaofBooks I agree, I don't think it's a book that should just be arbitrarily tossed at school-aged kids, but I think in the right situation it can lead to some good discussion and analysis. He can be a very nuanced writer. 6d
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely agreed. If we gave teachers the space and time they need to truly teach what we ask them to teach, Huckleberry Finn has SO much space for discussion and analysis that applies to real world choices. It also has a lot of good entry points for complicated discussions about race, deliberate racism, and racial bias. There's simply no way to have those discussions in a classroom right now though. 6d
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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“The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant‘s heart on the hillside. For them the earth is not an exploitable ground but the living mother.”

Leftcoastzen Seeing all those beautiful books is comforting!😸 1w
Zoes_Human @Leftcoastzen I always feel very safe in that room indeed. It doubles as my guest room, and folks seem to like that aspect as well. 1w
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Mehso-so

Definitely a great book for any young reader interested in not just Dinosaurs but paleontology. For myself, I could have used more dinosaur facts and less information on how paleontologists figured it out, but that's a subjective matter.

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I just found out that 19th century scientists speculated that dinosaurs had two brains, one of which was located in their butt. I‘ve never been happier with a piece of trivia in my life.

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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Wishing I loved the book as much as the art.

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Pickpick

A wonderfully fun and hopeful scifi graphic novel. Intriguing art, diverse characters, exciting action, and a hopeful but realistic look forward to the possibilities of the future. This is the queer future I am looking for.

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Planets | Elizabeth Carney
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Mehso-so

National Geographic definitely makes solid science books for beginning readers. This one is a Level 2 for those who are reading independently and ready for longer sentences. It's current on modern astronomy and, as usually, includes definitions for harder words and jokes.

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New Life in Autumn: Autumn #2 | Michael G. Williams
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More than 10,000 years in the future, the city of Autumn flies above the Earth. The power structures that support the lifestyles of Pluses and Upgrades keep the Arties and Mannies firmly in their places. But when one golem becomes concerned for the droves of children that go missing from the lowest levels and the murder of a former lover, those structures are threatened and he must find answers before he finds the end of his immortal life.

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All The Weyrs Of Pern | Anne McCaffrey
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Mehso-so

More scifi than fantasy, this novel starts out slowly as a lot of background is needed to set up for the more exciting bits. There's also something of an all-star holiday spectacular feel to this one as all the most significant characters from the past join in. Those who are terribly science-minded may struggle a bit with this one as, by her own admission, the author takes some liberties here. Enjoyed a visit to Pern for my #bookspin read!

TheAromaofBooks I feel like I really enjoyed this one as it filled in some of the background for how Pern first came to be settled. This series definitely had its ups and downs, though! 2w
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks Agreed! And I think which books in the series I liked best had a lot to do with where I was at in my life, you know? 50 and 14 are far more than 4 decades, it's like two different humans in a lot of ways. 2w
rwmg Oh yes, this is the one that left me a sobbing wreck 2w
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Josefina entra en accin: un cuento de verano | Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley, Jos Moreno
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What a sure fire way to light up the interest of a little reader in history! I know I'm nearing the end of this series and it makes me a little sad. I'm gonna miss Josefina and the Montoyas. I'm also going to find a grown up history on New Mexico. I'm more intrigued by this era than ever before.

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Ramayana | Kenneth Anderson, Krishna
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Bailedbailed

It is an almost impressive act of penmanship to take such an exciting story and make it so god-awfully dull. I have got to find another translation.

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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I‘m quite taken by this.

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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Loving the art of this edition

Leftcoastzen I want that edition! 3w
Zoes_Human @Leftcoastzen Be forewarned, it‘s SUPER heavy. I have to use a couple of throw pillows to hold it up. 3w
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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“Paris rawly waking, crude sunlight on her lemon streets.”

Well, that‘s fucking delicious.

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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“History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

From your mouth to God‘s ears, James.

bibliobliss I tried with this one. Good luck to you! 3w
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I Want My Hat Back | Jon Klassen
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Mehso-so

I love Klassen's art and his sense of humor; however, this one didn't make me laugh as much as I've come to expect from him. Perhaps had I not read This Is Not My Hat first, I might have enjoyed this more, but that really was peak animal and hat humor.

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Noir: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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A remarkably well researched hat-tip to the noir novels of the past laced throughout with Moore's trademark quirky, filthy, ridiculous humor. Fair warning, in capturing the voice of the 1940s, he captures it all including some language and attitudes about race and gender that no longer fly. All of it is clearly made out to be as ridiculous as it is, but the presence could be stressful for some readers.

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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“Etiquette is etiquette. He kills his mother but he can‘t wear grey trousers.”

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Noir: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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“The entire town of Monte Rio consisted of a gas station and a tire-flattened raccoon.”

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Noir: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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The only way to write a kissing scene that I like:

“They commence making an ‘mmmmmm‘ sound as they kissed, as if they each had discovered something delicious and needed to hum about it to the other, all the while trying to remove each other‘s clothing without coming up for air…”

😂😂🤣

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Untitled | Unknown
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A solid May! I even got a #bookspinbingo 😁

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Ready for June #bookspin ❤️📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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The Nutcracker | Jennifer Adams
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A highly simplified version of The Nutcracker ballet with lovely art illustrating dance movement. Beautiful, multiracial imagery.

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The New Negro | Alain Locke
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Alain Locke, considered the philosophical architect of the Harlem Renaissance, carefully curated some of the finest works of the era into this magnificent anthology included some of his own tremendous think pieces. This collection of plays, poems, short fiction, and essays of and on the era by its contemporaries provide an insight into one of the most beautifully artistic cultural movements of the United States.

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The most thoughtful and nuanced biographies I've ever read. Malcolm X is exceptionally polarizing. He is either either demonized or angelicized. Manning Marable did an incredible job of presenting his life in a fully humanized way. His best and worst traits, his contradictions, his complexities, and his undeniable passion.I have a better understanding of both the icon and the man.

For audiobook fans, the narration is likewise exceptional.

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Bailedbailed

Wooooow. Ummm, no. 😳

Liatrek I bailed on this one too! 1mo
tpixie I enjoyed them up to 6 or 7 but then they became redundant. Loved Gma Masur (edited) 1mo
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I am enjoying this series far too much. It's written much more accurately and delightfully that the Choose-Your-Own books of my childhood, and my joy at dying of dysentery is beyond words! A great throwback to my early reading adventures that I am thoroughly enjoying.

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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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Mehso-so

I don't really know what happened here, but I enjoyed the trip.

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Ummm, that‘s exactly like a lot of folks in subsidized housing, Megan Lindholm. Way to stereotype.

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FINALLY!

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The New Negro | Alain Locke
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“As you know, men are apt to idolize or fear that which they cannot understand, especially if it be a woman.” —Jean Toomer, “Fern”

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Tales from the Loop - Out of Time | Free League Publishing
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I had no idea there was a TTRPG for the Tales from the Loop Universe. I was psyched to come across this in my library system.

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Bailedbailed

Meh. Just not my kind of thing. Lots of Doctor Who quotes sans context lumped together by themes. The best lines seem to all be in here along with lines that look suspiciously like they were chose for page layout more so than content. DNF at page 50 because, while book-shaped, this does not fulfill book-want for me.

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TheAromaofBooks Books of quotes just never seem to work for me. You can't really sit and read them, and how often do I just need a quote on a random topic?? 😂 1mo
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks Yeah, I think I might be the same. i love Doctor Who though, so I thought I‘d try it. 1mo
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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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Reading horror on the porch at twilight with the wind blowing through the leaves of the trees is delightfully creepy.

Bklover Sounds perfect! 1mo
Ruthiella You‘re a braver reader than I! 😱 1mo
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A delightful board book far more aimed at the joy of adults, but, hey, it's a board book. Babies don't actually care what's in them. Read it in your best Bob Ross voice. It'll be great.

Ruthiella Happy little trees! 🌲 🌳 🌲 🌳 😃 1mo
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In English or Spanish, this series is great for little readers interested in life in the 1800s. It even includes enough interesting details of the customs of the time to hold the interest of older readers. I'm looking forward to the next book!

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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A lot of setup in the beginning, including some great character development for Shallan. Her growth and evolution really made her an unexpected favorite of mine. But then BAM! So. Much. Battle. Lots of excitement followed up with some nice ending closure.

On a side note, someone at GraphicAudio needs to be told that French kissing sound effects are totally unnecessary.

RaeLovesToRead Kissing sound effects?!?!?! 🙊😱😱😱 2mo
Zoes_Human @RaeLovesToRead I KNOW! GraphicAudio is know for their full movie-quality sound, which is, by and large, wonderful. But that was just a step too far. 2mo
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Watercress | Andrea Wang
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A beautiful but bittersweet tale of family and heritage and the way food connects us to our roots. All accompanied by the lovely art that I've come to expect from Jason Chin.

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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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Mehso-so

Always meant to read a Patterson out of curiosity, and this Dolly Parton co-authored book seem like the perfect one. It's not my thing, but I can definitely see the appeal. Glamour, romance, excitement, intrigue, a light and easy read. I won't be reading another, but I enjoyed how Dolly's voice was well captured and the way her experiences were captured through the Nashville journeys of two characters.

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The Machine War | Jeff Lemire
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A solid conclusion to an fun and beautiful graphic adventure with a lead-in for the next series. I think I might have liked it better if it had simply ended there without the set-up for Ascender, but that's a very subjective thing. The art in this series is exceptional and I'll be very happy with the next series if I get to enjoy more of that.

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I Am Golden | Eva Chen
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A sweetly encouraging picture book centering the experiences of children of Chinese descent, in particular the children of immigrant families. A reassuring reminder of the beauty within and without for children who can face discrimination in harsh and undermining ways.

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