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deirdrebeecher

deirdrebeecher

Joined September 2016

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Ayoade On Top | Richard Ayoade
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I don't think this is a roast, more like ceviche, with Gwyneth Paltrow in the acid. Basically Richard Ayoade watched a forgettable DVD and this is his stream of consciousness rant about it. I cackled my way through it. Defo a pick for me.

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Minor Mage | T Kingfisher
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This is a really lovely novella. The author stated at the end that she wrote it always intending it to be a children's book even as her publishers told her it was not. I would happily give this book to an 10+ child I think that the messages with in it are fantastic. Loved it as and adult reader too. Entusiastic pick.

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I love a bit of golden age British crime. Richard Hull is a new find for me and I am enjoying him a lot. Clever and well written his books were very original at the time. This one interweaves a trial with the investigation. What's more his investigator is an ordinary hardworking policeman, not an aristocratic dabbler or a gentleman detective with a private income. 90% holds its own with modern books. 10% let down by sentimental ending.

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Was in a bookshop in Rejkavik and these were the most Scandi thing I have ever seen.

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Voodoo Doll | Leah Giarratano
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#chillingphotochallenge #voodoo #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Gone on hols with all my sister's except one who just had a baby. So made this doll to include her.

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Spencer's List | Lissa Evans
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I decided to join a Halloween competition and then read the least Halloween book on the planet. Sorry @Clwojick #Teamslaughter. But on the brightside it is 100% a pick. Nothing really happens, it is a group of normal people muddling through life normally. I just loved the charcters and I wanted to be around them.

Clwojick Sometimes these are the best books! And don't worry about reading only Halloween books. Starting Friday the point values increase, so theres still lots of time to get in some points if you want to. :) 1mo
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Oktoberfest: Roman | Sobo Swobodnik
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I was trying to think of a visual for October, which made me think of Oktoberfest, which made me think of beer steins, which made me Google creepy beer steins and that is how we got here. Apparently skull beersteins were a popular graduation gift back in the day. #ChillingPhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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Ready Or Not | Melissa Brayden
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Very enjoyable movie, nothing ground breaking, just a good old fashioned gore-fest with a leavening of humour. Samantha Weaving is excellent. Would definitely recommend. #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

batsy I enjoyed it a lot too! 1mo
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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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I was pleasantly lost when I came across this ruined Tower House somewhere near Lough Derg. Circled by cawing crows it had an amazing atmosphere. Day 9 #chillingphotochallenge and #Raven
#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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The Chestnut Tree | Charlotte Bingham
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A beautiful orange dawn from a few days ago. Starring the Chestnut tree my Grandfather planted so his kids, grandkids and now great-grandkids would always have conkers. #Scarathlon #TeamStoker @TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick #ChillingPhotoChallenge #Orange

Linsy I love that!! 🧡 1mo
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This fascinating picture of a bat fetus is my entry for Vampire photo.
#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick #vampires

wanderinglynn That‘s amazing! 1mo
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The Country Girls | Edna O'Brien
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What if I don't have a house number? *shrug* I'd go by date house was built but we are not entirely sure when that was. I'll go with when my great-granddad bought it.

1890. That's a nice chunk of change.

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Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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My favourite cat cover for the #ChillingPhotoChallenge, from the Queen of Horror Shirley Jackson.
#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Jason and the Argonauts | Apollonius of Rhodes
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What stands out the most to me is how none of these are female. With the possible exception of Ghostface who I think was female in one film. So while I'm Jason. I'd like to suggest Nurse Ratchet for the alternative horror Virgo.
#scarathlonminipost #scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Got it, I'll lash into it over the weekend.
#TriptychBuddyRead#TeamSlaughter

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There is no creepier image of a coffin, than the Harry Clarke illustration for Edgar Allen Poe's The Premature Burial.
#ChillingPhotoChallenge #day3 #Coffin #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick #scarathon

Megara 😍 ⚰️ 2mo
Clwojick ☠ ☠ ☠ 2mo
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This is probably the most beautiful book I own. Zarafa the giraffe caused such a sensation in Napoleonic France, she was painted by numerous artists. So the plates in this book are to die for. Favourite non fiction cover. #7days7covers #covercrush

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You know I get a little bored with fantasy covers sometimes. Ya think the publishing houses could do better than reusing the same hero pose in cloak with sword/orb/staff The Lady Trent novels score on beauty, originality, and also hinting at the premise with the reference to scientific drawing. My favourite fantasy covers #7days7covers #covercrush

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The Children's Book | A. S. Byatt
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#7covers7days my favourite cover with a lalique art nouveau dragonfly.

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The Tin: From the Irish Epic Tin B Cualinge | Thomas Kinsella, Louis Le Brocquy
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Antique fair find. Always wanted a copy of this book because I love the brush drawings by Louis le broquey. The font is georgous too.

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Old Baggage | Lissa Evans
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For when you want a relatively gentle book that still engages the brain. An ageing suffragette creates a club to teach a group of girls how to be the women of the future. But gets sidetracked when she realises a relationship to one of the girls. Very good historical fiction with robust interesting characters. A little let down by the link from climax of story to ending. Overall very strong pick.

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As a huge Becky Chambers fan I finished this novella with a feeling of disappointment.
The science part of this novella is fascinating and well written. But I read Becky Chambers because she makes me fall in love with her characters and this didn't happen here. There were moments when I could feel the warmth but the coals never caught fire. The second half is better than the first so it is worth persevering, a pick but not an omg amazing pick.

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Wry Martinis | Christopher Buckley
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1. Indoors
2. Expresso Martini's
3. Botswana because of the Alexander McCall Smith novels
4. Black
5. Don't have to look, they are all black!

#friyayintro

gradcat Yaaasss! I forgot about Botswana—I love those books! 3mo
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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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I was initially reluctant to read this book. The voice, the cover, the subject matter all screamed Anne Leckie to me and I was a bit worried that it would just be a clone. However once I gave it a proper go, I was satisfied that it was it's own, very good story. Well worth a read for those who enjoy complex political machinations in their Sci-fi.

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Holy Shit how have I not read this book before? Still has massive impact in 2019, must have been like a bomb going off in 1985. Dark, murderous, Scottish noir. It is not perfect but it is the opposite of bland.

Balibee146 Fab you had such a visceral reaction to it and yes I bought it in Edinburgh the week it was published and it caused quite a kerfuffle RIP Iain Banks, sorely missed ❤️❤️ 3mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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This book has been added to my firm favourites, re-read when I want a pick me up, shelf. I blew through it and the three other Murderbot Diaries in two days and then turned around and re-read them. I 💝Murderbot.

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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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A solid pick. If you like Mark Lawrence I think you'll enjoy this book. It was really nice to read a fantasy novel which is not based in Europe. I really enjoyed the dialogue and there were some good characters. The death and destruction just went a bit too far for me. Another genocide, is that the third or the fourth It just didn't elevate that last step in the ladder to love.

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The River | Peter Heller
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I have been longing for a good action adventure recently and this really hit the spot. It's fast paced, with great characterisation and poetic description of the natural world, modern Jack London. However towards the end there is a point where the author chose to cut away to tell the end of the story in a different way. It felt wrong to me. I am still happy to highly recommend this book though.

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The Maker of Swans | Paraic ODonnell
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There is a ghormengast quality to this book. Fascinating characters whose motivations are opaque. You read on hoping for the fog to lift and it never really does. My gut reaction is ambivalent, but I prefer a book to be over my head than not and I know that for others this will be a pick.

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Mehso-so

For when you've ran out of Agatha Christie's and Dorothy Sayers. Moray Dalton is not a bad direction to turn. She is far more realistic, when her characters are broke it is not a case of living with Uncle Hubert with only 50 a year dress allowance. It is a question of next weeks rent. However her plot forumla is nowhere near as satisfying. So her books are generally very good but end on a flat note.

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Places in the Darkness | Chris Brookmyre
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It's not perfect, there was a major plot point which I guessed early and so fell flat when it arrived. It's written in present tense, which I found very jarring in places.

But I was sucked into the story nonetheless, mainly because he created two interesting female characters with strong arc's. It ramped up to a very successful ending. This would be a good one for Richard Morgan sci fi fans.

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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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Bailedbailed

All I can think is that this must be a case of wrong time wrong place. Because this is a fantastic book that for some weird reason I just don't feel motivated to read.

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Dork of Cork | Chet Raymo
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James M Cain : Noir
Frances Hardinge : Historical
Marie Brennan : Adventure
Terry Pratchett : Satire
Lois McMaster Bujold : Character

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On a short break in Vienna and have a case of Library envy. Giant globes with nonsense countries. Secret doors and illuminated manuscripts.

mabell Sounds and looks spectacular! 10mo
batsy 😍 10mo
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The Hours Before Dawn | Celia Fremlin
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For anyone wistfully wishing to be a 1950s housewife here's a bucket of cold water based on Freeman's own experience and published in 1958.

Louise's baby will not sleep through the night. Trying to care for baby, daughters and husband she is almost going insane from exhaustion. When a new lodger raises her suspicions, she is unsure what is reality and what is waking nightmare. Social satire and psycologial horror in a gripping thriller

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Dork of Cork | Chet Raymo
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#hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌎 10mo
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In the tradition of The Perfect Storm. This is a searing examination of a disaster, but one which took place not in the mists of time but 2 yrs ago. On a ship with weather reports, satellite phones and email. But as the 24hrs of conversation recorded on the black box revealed. Technology can not compensate for underfunding government agencies, corporate greed and a pig headed ships master. In the end only the master had a redemptive moment.

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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This was a bit crime by numbers. I never felt surprised by the plot twists. There was an attempt to deepen the main characters, to round them beyond their stereotypes but at the end of the day rich, spoilt, beautiful people are hard for me to get all that worried about. But it is competently written and someone looking for a pacy little mystery might do worse.

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Loved it! Do you know when you want to force people to read a book and would be odd with them if they didn't love it as much you do. That is how I feel about this book.

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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Humour either lands or it doesn't. I kept waiting to laugh and didn't.

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Bailedbailed

This started well, interesting character, intriguing hook, a feeling that the author had done her research into the period. But once the murder is discovered it all went a bit turgid. There was a lack of energy and direction to the investigation. I have tried to finish it several times now and it just can't keep my attention.

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Saw this recommended on NPR book concierge and went to buy it but it is not on UK&Ire release yet. Arrragh but I want to read it now.

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Louise Penny is my latest crime series binge. I love her detective, I love the complexity of her secondary characters. I love the way she manages to balance the darkness of crime with the cozy character of her Québecois village. I love the way she buries deep arcs within her books which erupt three books down the line. So far The Brutal Telling is my favourite, she made a very brave choice and I really enjoyed it.

TrishB I‘m loving this series too! 12mo
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Night Shift | Charlaine Harris
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I'm so frustrated, right up to the last 10% this was working up to be one of my favourite Charlaine Harris. She builds up the tension to fever pitch as something stirs under the crossroads. But the boss fight fell completely flat to me. Deflating.

Mommamanzi SAME here. What the heck?! 4mo
deirdrebeecher What was even the point of the others being there? 4mo
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So now we have settled in to midnight we know the characters Olivia and Manfred get drawn into trouble when one of his clients dies during a seance.

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Midnight Crossroad | Charlaine Harris
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After a bit of a slow start this book kicked into gear nicely. Set in the same world as the Sookie Stackhouse / true blood books, it has the same unusual balance of cosy and creepy.

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Bailedbailed

I am starting to get quite irritated by Historic Fantasy being missold as historical fiction. As a history nerd I found this book very jarring, it is not based in late Victorian London, but on the London of late Victorian Gothic novels, ie fantasy. But I might have powered through that irritation if I cared one jot about the characters. Instead I felt constantly pushed away from them by the interjected dialogue and the weird pace of the story.

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Words of the Year | Susie Dent
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Suzie Dent's twitter game is a source of great joy for me.
😂

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The Belting Inheritance | Julian Symons
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Panpan

It would have been a pick, it is a nicely written silver age British mystery. But a minor black character gets treated appalling. It's a small part of the book but I read it 3 days ago and it is still making me feel sick. I don't feel Symons is pushing a racist agenda. He is simply observing how black men were treated in 50s Britain, which I think is important we remember. Nevertheless I have to pan it.

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I am looking for comic recommendations for my niece. A tween girly girl with some learning delays due to cerabal palsy. I want bright happy comics, which are not kiddies books. I want something like Bunty but less gender reinforcing.