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Joined March 2018

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The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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Indoor cat is shocked and appalled by being stuffed in a harness, but that's the only way he's allowed to join us reading outside.

#catsoflitsy

rabbitprincess I'm cat-sitting this weekend, and the cat seems to feel quite betrayed that his mum and dad have left him behind and that I am in his house. The reproachful eyes I've been getting...! 😅 9h
esurient @rabbitprincess It's true! Expressing total censure, without a single sound uttered. 9h
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Voyage of the Dogs | Greg van Eekhout
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Oh, so much a pick! The ending was pat and abrupt, but eh, it's middle grade. Loved the focus on team work, problem solving, independent action, and preserverance; and the dog characters were fantastic (the author owns dogs). I can't wait to make a gift of this.

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The Shadows Between Us | Tricia Levenseller
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Look. I am not a fan of YA. I generally loathe first-person narrative. Any protagonist wangsting over a love interest makes me throw the book against the wall.

But this? This excerpt sounds cool.

https://www.tor.com/2019/05/16/cover-reveal-excerpt-the-shadows-between-us

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Voyage of the Dogs | Greg van Eekhout
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Purchased as gift for a rising 9 y/o. Purchased very, extra early so-as I can read it first.

Huh, that accidentally looks like I'm being a responsible adult and screening a book before passing it on; I'm actually just really greedy and want to read this so bad, the premise is amazing.

Swe_Eva 😂 😂 😂 2w
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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#pricedrop! GIMME!

esurient $1.99 at Amazon and others. 2w
esurient The comments in the review linked below (no unreasonable spoilers) are just incredibly passionate and exciting. https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/jane-steele-lyndsay-faye 2w
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Midnight Radio | Iolanda Zanfardino
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Oh, this was a splurge, but I cannot wait to see the finished publication. #kickstarter #notthetaggedbook

http://www.elcomics.net/midnight-radio.html

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The Compass Rose | Gail Dayton
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Low pick, with caveats. Loved the complex marriages set along mostly polyamorous lines, and the amount of detail on them the author gave us. Was less thrilled with the soap-opera style romance(s) and poor-communication plotline(s), and the godstuck powers were awfully heavy-handed. The level of sex and the 'more powers as the plot demands' reminded me a lot of the Laurell K. Hamilton books.

But, plan to continue with reading the trilogy.

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Best of Apex Magazine | Jason Sizemore, Lesley Conner
llwheeler Wow, sad news. Thanks for sharing 3w
esurient @llwheeler I did see another post that said the web archive of stories will remain accessible (bar 2w
esurient @llwheeler ...(baring removal requests from rightsholders) and that they intend to continue to publish new short fiction in book anthologies, so the news isn't as terrible as it could have been, I suppose. 2w
llwheeler That's some good news, but still sad to see a pro market close. 2w
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Hah! This was fun! Cozy mystery, delightfully rotten cast of suspects, and any romantic elements very nicely constrained. I want a second book. (Maybe come fall?)

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So far, we have a dead body, a ghost (not the same person), an English rose widow, a POC detective, and two or maybe three meddling families, in interwar Britain. I think I've read a grand total of one other romance in a British setting with a brown hero, and I think that was a Milan.

rwmg In that case, may I recommend 3w
esurient @rwmg Oo, I haven't read any of Charles. Thanks! 3w
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#pricedrop! Oh, sales are so hard to resist.

esurient I really hope it's better than Murder at Maypole Maner: 3w
esurient So far there's a snarky ghost. Yay! 3w
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Celebrity Werewolf | ANDREW. WALLACE
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Oh shit, this is really good! Part classic horror, part libertarian culture wars, part tabloid media trail; dystopian future with solitary werewolf.

#vacationread No. 8, the return home.

esurient had a literary baby in an exaggerated version of today's political climate. 3w
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Chicken Tricks | Megan Lloyd
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Family visits mean there's always an excuse to come across old favorites in my mother's library.

#vacationread No. 6, memory lane.

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The Goblin Emperor | Katherine Addison
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Pick. #thisisareread #vacationread No. 7, the long days.

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Mehso-so

Cool veneer; lacking depth. This was an example of where the novella format totally did not work for me. It's a damned shame: I had been franticly excited for the senior-citizen protagonist with AWESOME OCTOPUS LEGS, but the story is all messy time travel handwaveyness and I'm back here like, ...oh.

#vacationread No. 5, proper relaxing.

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Strictly No Elephants | Lisa Mantchev
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Too cute! But rather too far on the 'grinds the moral into dust' side.

#vacationread No. 4, five minutes free time.

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A Man of Independent Mind, Vol 2 of the expanded series. #vacationread No. 3, some stolen moments.

Aaaaah, I adore this book. Zesty m/m romance featuring a beloved character from the series, now a middle-aged widower in mourning, and eventually developing a love with a pricklysharp bootstraps survivor, in what is rapidly becoming my favorite volume so far. (I keep squeeing over all their interactions.)

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Stealing Midnight | Tracy MacNish
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Ooo, I couldn't do it. Bailed at p. 125 of 328. There's far too much melodrama and not nearly enough resurrection men, an utter lacking in plot and entirely overboard with skeevy consent issues. Every time the heroine sets a reasonable boundary for the hero, she ruins it by getting all soppy-eyed and musing on what a gorgeous prince of a man he is.

#vacationread No. 2, hurry up and wait.

esurient I stopped just after a scene where I seriously thought the hero was going to rape the heroine, and thought 'Why am I doing this to myself? There are other books to read.' 1mo
esurient Examples of reasonable boundaries: come sit by the fire, you're naked and just woke from a coma; hello, I have just saved your life, don't order me around; you are smothering the fire, put the fuel on THIS way. 1mo
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Low pick. It oscillated between wildly charming parts and sometimes rather boring bits, but was delightfully light: 1960s madcap spy adventures, starring a sensible old lady. 'Red Russians! Red Chinese! Get the microfilm at all costs!'

#vacationread No. 1, train ride.

esurient And I was SURE she'd come home with that parrot. 1mo
rretzler I remember reading a lot of these from the Reader‘s Digest Condensed Books that my Mom, Aunt and Grandmother subscribed to. My preteen self thought they were lots of fun, but I‘m not sure 45+years later I would enjoy them as much. 1mo
esurient @rretzler Definitely a blast from the past. 1mo
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The Goblin Emperor | Katherine Addison
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vivastory Thanks for posting. I've been meaning to read this one for awhile. 1mo
esurient @vivastory I hope you enjoy it! It's one of my favorites 1mo
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CRY. CRY BUCKETS.

Section 'Had we never lov‘d sae kindly, we had ne‘er been broken-hearted' (8% into book).

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#releasedayyay!

Picks up 20+ years after Volume 12, Felicities Maximized.

...a lot has been happening...

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Ugh, this anthology is not at all suitably formatted to read on a phone. Blockquote is not a friend here. At least the stories themselves render okay.

esurient I'll port this to my ereader next. The table of contents promises an extremely strong showing, and I think I'll very much enjoy the editor's intros once they're more comfortably formatted. 2mo
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Stealing Midnight | Tracy MacNish
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#pricedrop hm, I'm tempted. The strongest negative review I'm seeing is one who thought it was a bit dark for a romance, with all the body-stealing and Frankenstein effects.

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Long List Anthology Volume 4: More Stories from the Hugo Award Nomination List | Mary Robinette Kowal, Naomi Kritzer, Tobias S Buckell

Dublin 2019 Hugo Finalists are announced! So many of these works are on my TBR list.

https://www.tor.com/2019/04/02/2019-hugo-award-finalists-announced

#notthetaggedbook

esurient I'm more up-to-date on short works. Especially love seeing "The Thing About Ghost Stories" get the nod... 2mo
esurient ...and to see the magazine Shimmer go out with such a bang. 2mo
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Dreamsnake | Vonda N. McIntyre
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And now for something completely different.

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The Hallowed Hunt | Lois McMaster Bujold
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The writing's not as deft as Bujold and the intro and outro are both a little clunky, but then I'm being overly particular because this one is oh, such fun in the middle, and the details are incredible.

https://archiveofourown.org/works/17056

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booklahoma @esurient I read the Vorkosigan books many, many years ago but was probably too young to truly appreciate anything more than the space battles. I haven't read any other Bujold, but even without any context I still enjoyed the fan story that you linked. 😀 (edited) 2mo
esurient @booklahoma I'm so very glad! It's a personal enjoyment of mine to find a fan writer skilled enough at their work that even those unfamiliar with the originating material can enjoy the result. This Chalion saga, loosely a series, is my favorite of Bujold's works. 2mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I am madly in love with the writing here. Jackson's characterizations were especially vivid and gorgeous -- every character was so individually, immediately alive the moment you found them on the page. But oh, poor Eleanor. I'm sorry you weren't in a different story.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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The moment when I paused the book to go make popcorn. Yess, anticipated character explosions are best enjoyed with popcorn.

emmalouise1 Loved this book I did it in a day as i couldn't put it down :) 2mo
esurient @emmalouise1 Ooo, lucky! It's taking me days to eke out the time here. 2mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Well that escalated quickly.

tpixie Right? Best friends, then instant jealousy and hate!! 2mo
tpixie when you‘re done with the book watch the Netflix movie!! it‘s totally different but there‘s some fun homages to the book. 2mo
esurient @tpixie It's like time is compressed in this house. And thanks! The show is added to my list! 2mo
tpixie ☺️ 2mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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....should've been reading this for Halloween...

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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This caps a 4-page scene where Eleanor, who paid for half this car, is denied the use of this car by her sister's family, who have no intention of using this car themselves.

Reader, I fist-pumped a few pages later when Eleanor sneaked out with the car.

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"No, I did not eat the plant. I promise. Now, pet me."

#culprit #catsoflitsy

TheSpineView 😂 2mo
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This remnant of mostly denuded stems is the reason I spent $60 to consult with a 24-hour pet poisoning hotline. The verdict? Not poisonous to cats.

Specifically, this plant, commercially marketed as 'shamrock', is Trifolium repens, white clover, a common yard plant.

Also commercially marketed as 'shamrock' is Oxalis montana, wood sorrel, which can be poisonous to cats.

Figuring out which was which took some doing. #catsoflitsy

esurient For even more specifics, wood sorrel is considered only mildly to moderately poisonous, causing mostly gastrointestinal distress, but, in large doses, can cause renal failure. How much counts as a 'large dose'? No idea. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Scary! I‘m glad you had the white clover! 2mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly Cats! Stop giving me more grey hairs. 2mo
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Silver Metal Lover | Tanith Lee
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Ahhhhh, Silver Metal Lover is on sale! Do I already own this one digitally?! I cannot remember!

#pricedrop

esurient I first read this book as a teenager and it fucking cured me of mopey teenage-y lovesickness. Love is work, and without any guarantees. 2mo
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Dreamsnake | Vonda N. McIntyre
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Context: fall from horse, spinal injury, paralysis.

I don't remember sobbing so much the last time I read this book.

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Dreamsnake | Vonda N. McIntyre
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It took me a bit to settle on starting a new book.

#thisisareread

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Artificial Condition just won the Stabby award, and I really need to finish reading that series. And also go magically convert my personality to 'writer' because I covet this award like whoa.

Clare-Dragonfly THAT IS AMAZING. 2mo
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Mehso-so

I have seldom been so disappointed at an ending to a book.

esurient Those many deaths? Why they're getting resurrected? HOW they're getting resurrected? What is going on? It is never explained! It's all handwaved! 'Woohoo, these dudes come back from the dead because I, the writer, need them to. The end.' 2mo
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Flash fiction isn't really my thing, but twisted fairy-tale retellings definitely are, so these were great fun.

esurient I did prefer the author's previous similar collection, where the stories had been more strongly tilted toward horror. 2mo
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Argh, couldn't resist. #pricedrop

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Troubled Waters | Sharon Shinn
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New trilogy forthcoming! I know next to nothing about them, but they look to be adult fantasy. Hmm, yes, you have my attention now, author.

#notthetaggedbook

llwheeler Yayyyy new Sharon Shinn! I didn't know about this, thanks for posting! 2mo
esurient @llwheeler Her website states the Audible version of Echo in Onyx released this month; text version to release in June. 2mo
llwheeler Guess I know what I'm buying in June! 😁 2mo
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Catwoman | Elizabeth Hand
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esurient This one is basically, 'Licensed DC writers are doing it wrong! THIS is what should happen.' ...and then, continues their fan version for the next 18 years. And counting. 2mo
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Farthing | Jo Walton
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Mehso-so

Is this half of a duology? Sure, the romance had a marriage climax, but none on the other plot threads resolved. I'm irked this wasn't marketed as such.

I'm irked about a bunch of stuff. This read like a shallow novella. The witchy heroine blurbed as just coming into her power? Yeah, the power's just there. Training was handwaved as happening, but between scenes. Author wrote funny bits, but frequent use of sentence fragments pinged my peeves.

esurient Bah. 2mo
esurient Confirmation; this is a duology. I don't think I'll bother trying to track down the second half. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Is the Litsy blurb different from the one you originally saw? It pretty explicitly says “this is a romance and the first half of a duology.” 2mo
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esurient @Clare-Dragonfly Yes. The library blurb was a sentence about werewolves, and the book's frontmatter made no mention. 2mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly In hindsight, the title of 'Lake Diablo colon' had been a clue. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I hate to say bad things about a library, but this one sounds more like a nuisance than anything! 2mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly Ha, yup, probably not an experience I'll aim to repeat! 2mo
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