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diovival

Joined November 2016

Speculative fiction is my first love.
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"...I started to wonder, Where is my fantasy, my future? Why don't Black people exist in speculative worlds?"

Man, the editor's introduction took me back to my childhood. I remember falling hard for speculative fiction. Like her, I wondered what happened to all of the Black people that seemingly disappeared from various versions of those strange and familiar worlds. My suspension of disbelief depended so much on ignoring the absence of BIPOC.

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The Maze of Transparencies | Karen An-Hwei Lee
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Second warm day in a row!! I really needed this. 🔆

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The Maze of Transparencies | Karen An-Hwei Lee
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"The analog flying foxes of the air, the fruit bats with the wingspan of a child, roost under the eaves and orifices of the rotunda, upside-down like furled umbrellas in the groove of a coat rack or a lacquered tree."

Lindy 🦇👍 2y
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The Maze of Transparencies | Karen An-Hwei Lee
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Someone please tell me. Is Karen fucking with me?? I just want to know. Asking for a friend. That friend is me. Because I am in tears, literal tears, crying laughing at the literary excess.

rockpools Exactly how I imagine an orphaned data cloud narrating 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m kind of intrigued by your quotes - it looks quite something. Are you actually enjoying it or...? 2y
diovival @RachelO I am oddly delighted by the absurdity. This is so much like beautiful nonsense. I keep reading but I don't know wtf I'm reading. It's a toss-up whether someone else would enjoy this or chuck it across a room. 2y
rockpools @diovival 😂😂 I don‘t think I could handle it right now, but I‘ll definitely keep it on my radar! 2y
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The Forgetting Room | Nick Bantock
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We got a bit of sun and warmth today! FINALLY. I am so sick of the cold. It is the middle of May. Pittsburgh, do better.

Three books came in my Lit Love subscription from Amazing Books. I never know what's coming and it's fun to see what they pick for me.

#Minnie took a moment to sniff each book. Then #MooMoo decided these books were best suited for sitting and sunbathing.

AlaMich Same here in Chicago. Flannel sheets are still on the bed and the heat is coming on far too often. 2y
diovival @AlaMich Ugh! I just want to walk around in a tank top. I want to walk around in a sundress. I'd rather sweat than be too cold. I neeeeeeeed these cold temps to go away. 2y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Free audiobook to anyone willing to try the Penguin Random House audiobook app. The app rating in the Google Play store is not great. I wonder what this is like on the iPhone.

Sace I'm giving it a shot. No trouble downloading or listening (so far.) Thanks for sharing this information 😊 2y
diovival @Sace Yay! It sounds like they added some much-needed features to the app recently. Glad it's working. 2y
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The Maze of Transparencies | Karen An-Hwei Lee
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I cannot stop giggling. These sentences are extra as f***.

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The Maze of Transparencies | Karen An-Hwei Lee
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"The information highway, bereft of its data warehouses, lies noiseless as a liquid gold sun drops into the horizon, one glowing elegy to a bygone age of digital flotsam and jetsam."

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The Maze of Transparencies | Karen An-Hwei Lee
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Book: "...this age of crisis. No amanuensis...”

Me: *puts dictionary on speed dial*

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The Maze of Transparencies | Karen An-Hwei Lee
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This sounds like such a strange little book. #nextup

Sace That does sound....unique. 2y
ItsAnotherJen I'm intrigued. 2y
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Mehso-so

From cover to cover every story is a Filipino story. At times tender or absurd or unsettling. Siasoco created a diverse group of complex characters. After reading the first two stories I began to lose interest in this collection and needed to take a break to go hang with some others books. I'm glad I picked this up again a couple weeks later and gave it another shot.

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”Congratulations, Hugo, you are the equivalent of a human platypus."

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Nothing quite like a little casual bigotry to bring a character into sharp focus. Equating American with whiteness. The derogatory Tagalog used to reference people of Chinese descent. This made me bristle.

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Comedy specials, Netflix rom-com and now this book. Loved them all. Count me in on whatever's next for Ali Wong.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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That's a wrap! I really enjoyed my reading day. I clocked 11 hours 8 minutes of reading time and very nearly finished my second book. Now to sleeeeeeeeeep.

#24hourreadathon

ravenlee 😮 wow! 2y
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"I'm your mother. I don't write fancy. I don't use words like 'facetious' or 'effusive.' I use words like 'doo-doo,' 'caca,' and 'punani.' Once I embraced that, these letters were an absolute pleasure to write."

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I've snacked. I've napped. I've finally finished a book! And, I'm feeling pretty good. Now I break for dinner.

#24hourreadathon

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Almost finished my book and going to join #MooMoo for a quick nap. You'd think I would get a good night's rest before a #24hourreadathon and you would be using the sense I wish I had yesterday.

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"Jen and Oona are in sync like ballerinas in the New York City Ballet. And I am the drunk clown who stumbles on stage in the middle of the ballet and trips on his own pee."

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And away we go! #24hourreadathon

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I haven't read much of anything this week. 😬 I'm going to snack, relax and redeem myself.

http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

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Out of all the excuses I could use to add yet another book to the TBR pile, this seems like an excellent one. #stacked

candority It is so good! Definitely worth the read. 2y
Lindy Real life imitated aspects of this novel recently when a couple from Quebec decided it was a good idea to wait out the pandemic by travelling to Old Crow, Yukon. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/quebec-couple-old-crow-yukon-covid-19-1.551... 2y
diovival @candority Yay! I'm not sure when I'll get to read it but it'll be near the top of the tbr. 2y
diovival @Lindy good grief 2y
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Story: The Rice Bowl
First line: "Viva wants her boobs back."

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It's here! It's here! My #bookhaul from Amazing Books & Records has arrived. I had no idea what they were going to send my way. Love that there was a handwritten note from the owner and an extra book thrown in. 📚

These are all new to me. I'm intrigued. Has anyone read one or more from this stack?

-Outside the Dog Museum by Jonathan Carroll
-Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
-Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
-The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood

Billypar Nice! Hopscotch is on my TBR shelf and should be coming up sometime soon. 2y
diovival @Billypar Good to know! 2y
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Graphic memoir. America forcibly incarcerated Japanese Americans during WWII. It ends on a hopeful note, but sometimes I fear my country is intent on repeating past mistakes.

Addison_Reads I loved this book.💚 I do worry too though that we seem to not learn from the mistakes of our past. 2y
jillrhudy So beautifully done. 2y
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Classic Lines | Pittsburgh, PA (Bookstore)
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Thanks @batsy!

1. They Called Us Enemy
2. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (a ≠ the)
3. Found a cute book fan @ tagged.
4. Fahrenheit 451
5. The Prestige (Movie is waaaay better.)
6. The Foley Artist #nextup
7. Iono 🤷🏽
8. Bambi: A Life in the Woods (BRUTAL)
9. 60 books (9 books behind schedule 😭)
10. Couch w/ fuzzy blanket and kitties.
11. Bunnicula
12. @PMMREADS & @mollyrotondo WDYT? 📚

@Graciouswarriorprincess #quarantinereadschallenge

batsy I need to read that Calvino, for sure. Thanks for playing! 2y
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Thanks for the open invite @Mitch !

1. Important (tagged book)
2. Yes, 3 from one of my local bookshops.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome that you are supporting local businesses! 👍 Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Mehso-so

I've been taking sips of this short story collection over the last few days. The Hidden Order Of Things, Path Two, the reading order suggested by the author for those folks that "spent your childhood imagining that you could enter into other dimensions" didn't quite work for me. Those hand-picked stories didn't make much of an impression. I found I enjoyed this more once I stopped flipping around and just turned the pages as they came.

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Didn't need more books but ordered more books. 😖 Now I get to try a book subscription and help out a local independent bookstore! Kinda reminds me of blind-date-with-a-book. No idea what they'll send me. Also have no more room on my shelves but I'm feeling reckless. 😜

Link below in case anyone else would like to support and get some books shipped from Amazing Books in Pgh.

https://donorbox.org/book-love-in-the-time-of-covid-19-the-devine-deal

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I found a pretty pastel purple cover on the shelf. Thanks for the #ISpy tag @IamIamIam. I'm inviting @Sace , @Lindy , and @batsy to find a green book.

ju.ca.no What a lovely cover!! 2y
Sace Oooo! Fun! Giveena moment.... 😁 Thanks for the tag! 2y
batsy Thanks for the tag! I'm sure I do :) This cover is so lovely. 2y
Lindy Thanks for the tag. Green cover, coming right up. 2y
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Reading Challenge | Lesley Yates
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https://blog.getbookly.com/

I signed up! Link included above if anyone is interested in joining the readathon. One week, 25 hours. 📖

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There's "The Order of Things" (aka a table of contents) and then there's "The Hidden Order of Things." I'm going to try Path Two. It me.

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Sibling rivalry. Loyalty. Jealousy. Control. DEATH. This was exactly what I needed. Rapid fire chapters and dark humor. I was all in from the first line. 🔥

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Begging for It | Lilah Pace
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#Minnie tried to Jedi mind trick me into giving up my lunch. She has no shame. 😹

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Well I guess we're getting straight to it! 😮

BarbaraBB Enjoy! 2y
diovival @BarbaraBB it is the perfect distraction 😈 2y
Lindy I really enjoyed this and I hope you do too. Dark seems to fit our times. The reading that's held my interest in the past week has all been dark: children going missing in India, short stories about survivors of atomic bombs in Japan, poetry about the beauty in violence, and now I'm reading a memoir about breast cancer - 2y
diovival @Lindy Agree! I have a stack of library books I need to get through but feeling drawn to dark fiction too. I've been feeling more anxious lately. This has helped take my mind off my worries. 2y
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My library started a reading challenge. I love this. Read 3 bookish items each week (ie. books, chapters or hours on audio).There is an app and badges can even be earned by engaging with the library or city/federal services.

💕 📚 💕

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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George Washington Black. Coming of age across continents. Barbados. The Arctic. Nova Scotia. England. Morocco. This was a great read. Beware if you find loose endings upsetting.

Angitron Loved this one! 2y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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”You did not see me—you did not look at me, and see me. You wanted to, but you didn't, you failed. You saw, in the end, what every other white man saw when he looked at me."

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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"But here, finally, was a thing of my own making—the invention of a boy born for obliteration, for toil and death. What vindication, to think I might leave this mark."

Lindy I think you‘ve captured in this quote the most important point of this novel. 👍 2y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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"It was clear to me that both were intelligent, kind people, but careless with each other's feelings, and poles apart in temperament. I liked both immensely; I hated their way together."

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So many changes in a short period of time! The library is closing through the end of March. The museums are closing. Gov. Wolf announced schools will close statewide. My university department's operations have also been suspended through March 31st. For the first time, I'll be telecommuting most weekdays. COVID-19 has reached Western PA.

Take care of yourselves! Be a glutton for books but try to leave some toilet paper on the store shelves. 🧻

Hooked_on_books Man, that‘s awful. I‘m most worried about all the economic implications of this, especially considering most places aren‘t following WHO recommendations. I think this is going to reverberate for years and some individuals may never recover financially. What a mess. 2y
diovival @Hooked_on_books I have received several emails from businesses outlining how they are sanitizing their space and making adjustments to maximize social distance of patrons. This is going to be a difficult time for small businesses for sure. I know the restaurants near the Universities that closed must be hurting right now. 2y
diovival I am soooo glad I picked up the book I had on hold from the library yesterday! 2y
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Look Who's Here! | John MacDonagh
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*shouting from the rooftops* 📣: My good friend @PMMREADS has joined Litsy!

I am so hype that she's here y'all. Please give her a warm welcome. 🥳 🎊 🎉

AmyG Welcome! 🎉 2y
JamieArc Welcome welcome! 🎉🎉 2y
rubyslippersreads Welcome to Litsy, @PMMREADS 😊 2y
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Palimpsest Hello! 2y
PMMREADS Hello All 😀 2y
Pageturner1 Welcome!!! 😁😁 2y
Eggs @PMMREADS Welcome to Litsy 🥳👏🏻🥳 2y
xxjenadanxx Welcome to Litsy @PMMREADS , you're gonna love it here! 2y
Tera66 Welcome!!😊 2y
SW-T Welcome @PMMREADS 😊 2y
LeahBergen Hello, @PMMREADS ! 👋🏻 2y
IamIamIam YAY!! Welcome home, @PMMREADS 2y
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Bernardine Evaristo canceled her US tour. 😭 I won't get to see her speak on Monday due to COVID-19 concerns. Even my university has suspended in-person classes for the remainder of the Spring term. It's a wild time.

Silver lining: I have more than enough books to ride out this storm.

Tamra Ours cancelled on campus classes for next week, but I can‘t see one week will be sufficient. (edited) 2y
diovival @Tamra Was this a Spring Break extension for your campus? 2y
Tamra @diovival yes - an extension. Perhaps overall it will help with students having travelled over break, though my population doesn‘t really fit that demographic. 2y
Hooked_on_books I‘m so disappointed for you! I wouldn‘t want to miss hearing her speak. 2y
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Random book sale find of the day. Not on my list, but at $0.24 why the hell not?!

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Carnegie Hall Treasures | Tim Page, Carnegie Hall
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Carnegie Music Hall is beautiful.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Tonight's the night!!!

mollyrotondo Oh enjoy! Let us know how it is! 2y
diovival @mollyrotondo She has a very soothing voice. So soothing that I started to nod off during her lecture, lol. Learned some interesting things though. 2y
diovival @mollyrotondo She talked about Ed Dwight and also about the man that inspired her novel (tagged above), Andrew Bogle. 2y
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mollyrotondo @diovival oh I didn‘t realize that it was inspired by a real person. Did she talk about any upcoming books she is working on? 2y
diovival @mollyrotondo Me either! Her character Washington black was inspired by Andrew Bogle but their stories are very different. 2y
diovival @mollyrotondo the true story is wild. Life really is stranger than fiction sometimes. She mentioned this book is being adopted into a TV show for Hulu. She just got the script back and was looking over everything. 2y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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😥

mollyrotondo This book is waiting on my shelf to be read. Are you liking it? 2y
diovival @mollyrotondo Yes, very much. I am about halfway through the book. I predict a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 read. 2y
mollyrotondo @diovival so good to hear. A book club I‘m in read it the month I couldn‘t go lol but they all loved it. 2y
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