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Yes hullo, sign me up for this read-through, please.

https://www.tor.com/2019/10/09/introducing-the-great-c-s-lewis-reread

Clare-Dragonfly Wonderful! I‘ve just started a reread of Narnia (in the PROPER ORDER), and I‘ve never read any of his other books but ought to. Now, how do I make sure I see these posts? I didn‘t spot a newsletter signup or anything… 5d
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly They offer a newsletter, but I think it's sent out monthly. I follow the site through the rss feed. I haven't tested this, but I believe if you have an account there, you can make this blog series as a 'favorite' and be notified when a new entry is posted. https://www.tor.com/series/the-great-c-s-lewis-reread 4d
esurient I'll test this, because I'm curious. And 'make this' = 'mark this.' 4d
Clare-Dragonfly Hmm, I think I might have an account. Thanks! 4d
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Such ponderous writing!

esurient 1866 and not to my taste: 7d
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Heck yeah, circa 1904 narrator, fourth-wall break at me!

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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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Right. Nope. This is Ursula Vernon takes a Lovecraft idea, thinks 'that was wrong and stupid,' double subverts it, fixes it, and adds a dog.

I gotta go track down some original source material and read this again!

esurient (There are no tentacles. There is gibbering. There are bones and wire. And nests.) 2w
esurient Od Magic is getting bumped in favor of 2w
esurient Also added to the TBR list 2w
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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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This book is fucking creepy and I am so glad to be reading it in daytime.

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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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I'm following this read with Od Magic, I'm telling you now.

esurient A story where it's the stones on the mountain top that are not evil and it's the humans that need to negotiated around: 2w
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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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#releasedayyay!

Oh, I have been waiting for you.

How fortunate that I find myself unable to sleep at 3 in the morning.

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#pricedrop! Yes, I will buy you!

The illustrations in this series are always prettier in person (in the print editions), but I'll take what I can get.

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(Releases November 2019) I had adored the short story this novel is expanded from, but I'm apprehensive about the novel. Kritzer's opted to make it YA, and that's... not really my genre.

Still! The excerpt is very much in the voice of the AI character, which I had so much loved reading in the short story. So, I'm tentatively very interested in this?

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Toad Words | T. Kingfisher
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Title story "Toad Words," retelling of the Diamonds and Toads fairytale. (I think I first encountered that tale as The Talking Eggs.)

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"Let Pass the Horses Black," a Tam Lin retelling.

esurient Is it time for Halloween yet?! I'm ready! 3w
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Proper English | KJ Charles
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Mild pick. Loved the character interactions, and especially the on-page depiction of female support systems. Plot/romance is set at a cracking pace that was just too fast for me (I like me my slow burns), but this book was only a couple hundred pages so nobody had the chance to slow down.

Probably not a book I'll reread, but definitely an author I'll read again.

esurient (The climax would have been so much easier to resolve if the heroine had JUST listened in on the early blackmail conversation! ARGH.) 3w
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Proper English | KJ Charles
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No no no, bad heroine! Of course you eavesdrop on the blackmail conversation!

esurient I think I saw a review that mentioned Haworth gets murdered, and let me tell you that scene cannot take place soon enough. 3w
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Proper English | KJ Charles
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The library copy finally came in for me! Yay!

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I am intrigued by you, Kindle sample.

#steeplesfingers

AiBBot It is soo good. I have laughed at and been inspired by the spectacular sarcasm. 4w
esurient @AiBBot Yay, sarcasm! ❤ 4w
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Letters to Tiptree | Alexandra Pierce, Alisa Krasnostein
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Well, times change, and removing Tiptree's name from this award does not erase her work or influence, but I am heartbroken by this choice.

http://file770.com/tiptree-name-will-be-removed-from-award/

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Hither Page | Cat Sebastian
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Well heck, that was sweet, and I called one of the murderers. Huzzah!

I want more books in this series.

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Hither Page | Cat Sebastian
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Heh.

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Hither Page | Cat Sebastian
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...when the Kindle sample ends, but noooooo, you must read more.

#steeplesfingers

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Politics and Prose | Washington, DC (Bookstore)
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Succeeded in attending the RBG presentation! Two hours of waiting in line got us within 50 people of the cut-off. If we had wanted something fancy like a seat, we should have gotten there an hour earlier.

#2019NBF #nationalbookfestival

Reading list has been expanded thusly:

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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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In the name of Allah, the compassionating, the compassionate! (p. 10, 11)

I do believe the illustration depicts the lady as pious, but that looks like epic eye-roll to me.

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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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At last he turned upon them asking, "And what do you women call this article?" Whereto the damsel made answer, "The basil of the bridges," and the Proter cried thanks to Allah. (p. 58-59, 60)

Clare-Dragonfly Oh my. 2mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly That was my reaction too. 1mo
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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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And Shahrazad signalled to Dunyazad who said, "O my sister, recite to us some new story, delightsome and delectable. " (p. 38, 39)

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Browseabout Books | Rehoboth Beach, DE (Bookstore)
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ISBN 094134737 -- Gorgeous illustrations!

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Oh heck I need this.

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On sale! #pricedrop

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#pricedrop! My husband and his family are passionate fans of Hayes' Super Powereds series; I haven't tried him yet.

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Bride of the Rat God | Barbara Hambly
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I have heard some really good things about this one.

Also, this non-English edition has the best cover for this, hands down.

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Irish Red | Jim Kjelgaard
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1951 printing. So pretty; couldn't resist.

I read dozens of these Grosset & Dunlap books in their Famous Horse Stories line when I was a kid, but heck I like dogs too.

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Yay, I guessed right in the character identification!

And while I have minimal experience with trans culture and have done zero research on this novel's authenticity (although all signs point to positive), this scene with a seven-year-old using child-logic to explain to his siblings why he wants them to see him as male is super cute.

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#notthetaggedbook Why hallo, polyamorous fantasy standalone that I *need* based on title alone and that was before I learned that the princess works spellcraft through knitting, the prince is transgender (I think? reviews seem indicative), and the story genesis was a four-line tweet that the author snagged and ran with.

https://rowyn.dreamwidth.org/640862.html

esurient Cover is slightly weird though. Is that a team of fuzzed-out horses pulling a flower-strewn parade float upon which a princess and a dragon are riding? 2mo
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Good Hawk | Joseph Elliott
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I'm not sure I had realized, when I requested this ARC, that one of the perspectives in this braided narrative was from a girl with Down syndrome but HECK YES GIVE ME BOOKS LIKE THIS TO READ.

Albeit, I really appreciated that braided narrative here. The parts of the story in Agatha's voice was mesmerizing to me, but I think I needed the balance of Jaime's voice. I found it important for me...

esurient ...to see Agatha not just as she sees herself, but how others saw her (and many people saw her in very different ways). Highly recommended. And while this is the first of a projected trilogy, it ended on a strong-enough conclusion to almost function as a standalone. (edited) 2mo
esurient Release date January 2020. #disabilities (edited) 2mo
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The Queen's Bargain | Anne Bishop
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Holy shit I just read the blurb and I want to read this so bad.

Release date March 2020.

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Minor Mage | T Kingfisher
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Gosh I love Vernon's writing. Caveat that I did a, '*gasp* it ENDED' reaction -- I had really wanted a rounder conclusion with a post-quest confrontation with Hector, or for Oliver's mom to have a confrontation with Hector, or for Oliver's mom to just get in some speaking lines.

Vernon insists this is a middle-grade book. With the vividly described injuries and deaths and off-page child murder and on-page mob culture forcing...

esurient ...a twelve-year-old on a practically doomed quest, I have my doubts. Then again, I had poured over the gory illustrations in my dad's old D&D manuals starting around age six, so I don't know why I'm getting squeamish about this now. (edited) 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere I low-key love her books. The Clockwork Boys is the funniest fantasy I've read in a long time 2mo
esurient @Lucy_Anywhere Aha I loved that one! 2mo
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Minor Mage | T Kingfisher
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Fluency | Jennifer Foehner Wells
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Couldn't resist picking up this freebie. A first in a series about a linguist in space? #pricedrop

rabbitprincess Intriguing! Hope it's good 😄 3mo
NotCool A linguist in space? Hmm...Have you ever read any of CJ Cherryh‘s Foreigner Series? 3mo
esurient @notcool No! But I have read some of her Alliance-Union and Chanur novels, so I'll add them to my list. I have read Chiang's 'Story of Your Life', which has done a lot to spark my interest on this topic. 3mo
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#notthetaggedbook. Webcomic memoir, incomplete and ongoing. All I know going into it is that the memoirist is depicting her recovery from a relationship with an abuser.

(Scene context: a therapy session discussing writer's first book and writer's experience growing up with an autistic sibling.)

https://nancywerlin.tumblr.com/About

esurient (Yes, that first book would be the tagged book.) 3mo
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'Something Evil is Out There'.

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Stranded | Anne Bishop, James Alan Gardner, Anthony Francis
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I do ❤ a well-crafted ambiguous ending.

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Midnight Riot | Ben Aaronovitch
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Oh, hooked (page 4 of text).

NotCool The Rivers of London is such a fun series. I keep expecting it to be made into a BBC series. 3mo
NotCool Oh! Now I‘m excited and terrified. 3mo
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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This parody is possibly my very favorite strip XKCD has ever done.

Well, it's in the top ten anyway.

https://xkcd.com/472

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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Why hullo, promising beginning. (Author's dedication.)

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Bad for the Boss | Talia Hibbert
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Mehso-so

On a high from reading that Hibbert book and reviewing her backlist for other interesting titles, I sincerely accidentally one-clicked this title and rolled with it. It was... not entirely my cup of tea, and I should have investigated further before purchasing. I loved the idea of the heroine, a black woman described as very not thin who is never seen as anything other than beautiful and desirable by the hero, but...

esurient ...I disliked her too-perfect characterization: she's a technical virgin giving flawless romantic advise, just began her first-ever professional job and is a rising star, presented as a good girl wanting to cut loose but one poorly-plotted romance misunderstanding has her handed (free) drugs by a shady friend, but she only accepts the baggie because she's being socially polite. (edited) 3mo
esurient The plot was such a kitchen-sink collection of romance, trauma, blackmail, and attempted murder, which are all separate plot tangles that barely tangentially apply to each other. 3mo
esurient I like how this author is very upfront about giving plot descriptions and trigger warnings, but despite reading the warning about 'office relationships with power imbalance,' I was completely surprised to find a ripped-from-the-summery Fifty Shades of Grey echo, complete with a relationship (mild) BDSM contract, which the characters mostly treat as a funny joke, sweet-but-also-serious. (edited) 3mo
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esurient Albeit, this book is probably the healthiest and best-written presentation of those particular story elements. (edited) 3mo
esurient All in all, my feelings on this one were mixed to unhappy. I don't intend to continue with this trilogy, and I'm unlikely to purchase anything more of hers any time soon (...I do have a couple of her freebie titles...), but I will keep an eye out to see if the author writes a companion to that Huntress Halloween story. (edited) 3mo
esurient (I did really like how the hero's responses to the heroine's trauma(s) were to immediately present safe spaces and fling money at therapists.) 3mo
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Mating the Huntress | Talia Hibbert
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Heck yes, gory/romance erotica with a werewolf who'd like to focus on his art and run through the forest eating bunnies, and a black woman warrior with at least eight siblings who would really like to kill him as a rite of passage. I'm sad we only got to meet her side of the family.

llwheeler That's a great review 3mo
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Why hallo, character introduction. (lament #authorexistancefailure)

NotCool What I wouldn‘t give for more Kage Baker books set in the Anvil of World world. 😔 3mo
esurient @NotCool *wistful sigh* 3mo
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Good Hawk | Joseph Elliott
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Why hello, pretty ARC.

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Silver | Rhiannon Held
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Oh, this one held up. Especially loved the werewolf lore and politics, but note the plot is super heavy on building up broken characters. The heroine moved a bit fast for my taste from 'fleeing trama' to 'hello, interesting male,' but eh, there's only so much page space to move this along. Much larger emphasis on consent and responsibility than I had remembered, but some anvils need to be dropped.

esurient There's a whole rich slurge of worldbuilding here, and I can't wait to read more. 4mo
esurient Trigger warning: recovery from trama, if you want it done right do it yourself, backbone feminism, off-page death to children 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Backbone feminism? 4mo
esurient @clare-dragonfly mm. Underlyingly there and matches to real-world culture, but not heavy-handed in-your-face, at least inasmuch as a character outright repeatedly stating, 'heck no, I have a choice here.' Probably not so much a 'trigger' as a writing theme. (edited) 4mo
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Silver | Rhiannon Held
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Fighting off a headcold and finding it hard to settle in a new book. This one is a reread from ages past -- I had found it fantastic at first read, and werewolves are a hard sell for me, but the series was still being written and were not yet acquired.

Yeah, I'm fixing that.