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imyril

imyril

Joined November 2018

Reptile, bookwyrm, nasty woman, geek. Resolutely idealistic. Has dragons or space pirates? Will read. Long form reviews at http://onemore.org
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Meanwhile, on Sarn: SCREAMING INTENSIFIES

shanaqui Ahahaha, is all I have to say. 1d
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A satisfying end to the journey - bravo to Anna Stephens for winning me to her cause in spite of my lack of enthusiasm for grimdark. This is very grim, and very dark, but it also lights a lot of candles and gave me some unforgettable characters to care about. Expect me to see me reference Gilda regularly for years.

Full review (minor spoilers): https://onemore.org/2019/09/21/bloodchild-anna-stephens/

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The Bone Ships | RJ Barker

I am way more excited to read this than I should be (I was the oddity who didn‘t love Age of Assassins) but SHIPS CREWED BY CONVICTS and ARCHIPELAGOES and MAGIC and A MAP and SEA DRAAAAAAAGONS

(Why yes I love a fantasy map. More space opera should include star charts, fite me)

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Anyone for a read-along? @deargeekplace and I will be completing our journey through The Winnowing Flame starting mid September!

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/20304545

deargeekplace Yesssss!! 3w
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I adored this book. Audrey is distinct from the grandmother who overshadows her, and a delightful companion. Her adventures in linguistics fighting the politicisation of research are just as gripping as Isabella‘s journeys and feel very timely with their central questions of how the stories we tell about ourselves and others change our attitudes. Wonderful stuff, side by side with marvellous myth making.

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“I‘m not very good at friends. But I suppose it doesn‘t matter anymore”

😭💔😭💔😭

Oh, Cora

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I love love love that the conflict is academic and reputational, not romantic or sexual. And by the time Audrey says this, it‘s an absolutely stinging rebuke.

Just wonderful.

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“I didn‘t mean to start a riot”

...once a Camherst, always a Camherst

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Is it wrong that my immediate thought was ‘...when you took it off her‘?

Apparently I have instant ship for Audrey and Cora.

shanaqui I bet my sister will join you in that. 2mo
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Darksoul | Anna Stephens
Mehso-so

I don‘t do much grimdark these days, but I make an exception for Anna Stephens. Still, I spent much of Darksoul grimacing or flinching and really not enjoying myself. I feel like Darksoul worked harder and was more focused than Godblind, but was also more conventional / predictable; and I have Thoughts about the handling of Crys, Ash, Tara and Rillirin. Nonetheless, a solid second book if you have the stomach for it.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Quiet, cosy, meandering, sometimes melancholy, always charming. Another fine yarn from Diane Setterfield - a bit of a shaggy dog story, but the sort you can curl up with and enjoy on a wet afternoon by the fire.

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MURDER-CAKE WOMAN

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Mehso-so

I went into this with high expectations based on recommendations, but sadly it didn't really work for me. I found the first half pedestrian - the prose style kept me distanced from the characters and made the events seem reported (and not in a particularly interesting way) - so I found it rather frustrating. I became more engaged in the second half, but it never entirely won me over. Some really interesting thoughts on time travel tho!

shanaqui Aw no, this one had a pretty cover IIRC (embroidery patterns?). I was hoping for something good! 2mo
imyril @shanaqui it does have a pretty cover and honestly, your mileage may vary - lots of people I often overlap with absolutely loved it. But... meh? The psychology is interesting but the storytelling didn‘t work for me 2mo
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My cup is full and runneth over.

I saw a review that said this book shamelessly panders to a certain type of reader. I am happy to be that sort of reader. All my joy in space exploration, with diversity and burn the patriarchy. Also, Dr Nathaniel York is my favourite fictional since Jacob Camherst. Delightful.

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Just as good if not better on second reading. So many things are carefully seeded (I‘m terrible at spotting that first time out), and if the pace accelerates a little too fast in the final act the emotional rollercoaster had me in its claws so I don‘t really care.

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Shadows of the Short Days | Alexander Dan Vilhjlmsson
Bailedbailed

I am disappoint. I was looking forward to this enormously. As hoped it IS a uniquely Icelandic urban fantasy, so the world building is fab - and one of the POVs is okay - but not compelling enough to offset how utterly abhorrent the other one is. Ugh. Bailed at the end of Part I (33%), wanting to set everything on fire.

imyril Specifics for quitting: Saemundur is so self interested that his main regret about breaking up with his girlfriend is that he didn‘t get ahead socially; he murders two women in a particularly nasty way to advance his knowledge / experiments; and then kills his cat. Because He Must Know Things. Fuck. Off. Even if he is being set up as the villain - and I‘m not sure he is - I don‘t want to spend more time in this guy‘s head. 2mo
shanaqui Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. 2mo
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Best late birthday present: books I‘ve been wanting to read for AAAAAGES! 💝

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This is a lovely little book, all teeth and sharp edges to its portrayal of love at war. Poetic, bursting with imagination, more hand waving and dreams than world building and science. A fantasy of time travel, rivalry and desire. Is it too neat? Predictable? A little. But it‘s very satisfying.

rabbitprincess This looks so good! 3mo
imyril @rabbitprincess I happily recommend it. It‘s seamless too - not one of those collaborations where you can tell who wrote what, it just flows. 3mo
shanaqui I am awaiting my preorder a liiiiiittle impatiently. 😁 3mo
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‘Even an immortal can only ride the Circle line so long.‘

Truth.

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84K | Claire North
Mehso-so

There‘s lots done well here, but it both worked too well (channelling my current anxieties about the world) and didn‘t work at all (didn‘t make me care) so this turned into a slog- especially as the literary timeslip / elliptical / vaguebooking soon got on my nerves. The message is timely tho.

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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What I really wanted at the end of All Systems Red was a heart-warming episodic serial with a little overarching metaplot and a focus on what ridiculous humans Murderbot was getting unreasonably attached to in spite of itself this week as it helped keep them safe. HEY GUESS WHAT? Artificial Condition was all this with a side serve of construct vs bot snark and a bored research AI being unexpectedly good at crime. Brilliant.

Quippe I really need to pick up the rest of this series. It‘s so good. 3mo
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells

“Can we hug you?” Maro let go of Tapan and faced me.

“Uh.” I didn‘t step back, but it must have been obvious the answer was no.

Maro nodded. “Okay. This is for you.” She wrapped her arms around herself and squeezed.

shanaqui This is a favourite moment. 3mo
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Semiosis | Sue Burke

It feels like forever since I wrote a full length review, but hey I did the long form word thing today!

https://onemore.org/2019/06/22/semiosis/

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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I knew going in that I don‘t enjoy Eurovision and I no longer enjoy Douglas Adams, so this was going to be a tough pitch. Hats off to Valente for imagination and prose powers - but ultimately, not my thing. I enjoyed the first third but by midway the over the top writing and emphasis on glam galaxy building over plot or character exhausted my interest and my patience.

...but if I loved Eurovision and comic SF? Genius, surely.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells

“It would be better if they could think of you as a person who is trying to help. Because that‘s how I think of you.”

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH 😭❤️😭❤️😭❤️

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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One of the great opening paragraphs 😍

UnidragonFrag This series is great! 3mo
imyril @UnidragonFrag been meaning to reread this for ages; Artificial Condition getting a Hugo nomination is my perfect excuse to finally revisit and continue the series! 3mo
UnidragonFrag @imyril I'm on Rogue Protocol right now 👍 3mo
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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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An unusual tale of first contact and an intriguing SFnal cultural history. Semiosis is episodic and ultimately a little underwhelming - it doesn‘t really have an arc, and just sort of decides it‘s had enough now thanks and stops - but I found it absorbing and enjoyed the nuances of cultural development.

UnidragonFrag Hm. I'm trying to read this now and am having trouble getting into it. 3mo
imyril @UnidragonFrag it‘s an odd sort of narrative! I didn‘t particularly like any of the characters (I didn‘t dislike them either); I was just curious about everything. It never went anywhere I expected, which I rather liked. Altho I could have done without the unexpected rape in the second POV. 3mo
UnidragonFrag @imyril that doesn't sound appealing to me, honestly. I've been trying to read it for a book club, but I'm thinking I'm bailing 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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imyril @UnidragonFrag life‘s too short and books to many to read books you‘re not enjoying :) I think this is s great book club book for provoking discussion but I bet a few people DNF! 3mo
UnidragonFrag @imyril since joining this app, I've been able to quit books when they're no longer entertaining. It's pretty freeing, I think. Too many books, not enough time, right? 😊 3mo
imyril @UnidragonFrag hooray for Litsy! 3mo
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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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...I‘m not loving this book, but I could love this philosophy. Shine on, baby.

shanaqui God, I loathed this book. 3mo
imyril @shanaqui I‘m finding it easier to read than Radiance, but I think it‘ll end up as a Palimpsest: about three quarters through I‘ll realise I‘ve lost track of who is who, what they want and why I should care because the nuance all got drowned in the torrent of adjectives 3mo
shanaqui I've been known to enjoy Valente's other books -- I think I quite liked Radiance, actually -- but this one. No. 3mo
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84K | Claire North
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Am ded

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84K | Claire North
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It feels like some kind of post Brexit hell

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Every Day | David Levithan
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Am I supposed to like A? Because I find them stalkery, selfish and demanding. I think Rhiannon should get rid of both her beaux and find someone less self absorbed.

bhmurray Agreed! 2mo
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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab
Mehso-so

I think I preferred Vicious. And just like Vicious, I‘m more interested in the secondary characters (Syd, June, Mitch) than the Marcella and Stell storylines. I still like how Schwab embraces that her protagonists are villains - Victor makes terrible, selfish choices here - but I couldn‘t wait for someone to finally deal with the would be mob queen. I‘m just not very good at stories about mobsters or Supers ;)

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Just as much fun (and just as creepy) on second reading. I love these characters so much.

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This is one of those weird ones where I‘m glad I‘ve read the book, I‘m so excited it exists, but I didn‘t get a whole lot of joy from it and probably won‘t read the sequel. Don‘t get me wrong: I love the world, the culture, the heroine. But it plays hard with some tropes that sit badly with me and right now I‘m just not enjoying bleak reads. I may try a reread when I‘m in a more resilient place.

imyril Specific things that switched me right off: fridging as character development and motivation; fridging as an explicit tactic by the villain to force that development and motivation (woah way to double down); and I never trusted Kai so the romance left me stone cold, slow burn or not. Also, I was happy for Neizghani to die in a fire from the start, so I think I missed on some intended shock value. Total creep. 4mo
imyril Thing I really liked: that Maggie‘s arc is about learning that you can recover from harm, make emotional connections and forge new bonds. The opening had me worried, but I like how her position was challenged and she learned to aspire for more. 4mo
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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Vicious is the sort of fast, fun read I expect from Ms Schwab, giving super villains the back story and the spotlight they probably don‘t deserve. And they ARE villains: it‘s hard to objectively root for either (altho of course I picked a side). Entertaining enough that I‘ll read the sequel but my (not very) dark secret is that I find the supporting cast way more interesting than the protagonists. Oops.

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His shaven head was tattooed with a sprawling octopus, one of its tentacles curling around his ear.

😍

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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab

Wow. I don‘t particularly like Victor but at least he‘s an honest villain. Eli gives me the absolute creeps.

imyril Ha can‘t believe I tagged this to the wrong book, heh 4mo
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Age of Assassins | RJ Barker
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This was 100% Not My Thing but also required reading, so I had to finish it. This hasn't made me more positive about it.

I found this book rather more by the numbers than its reputation had led me to expect, and the most original aspect of its world-building introduced a new checkbox in my list of Things I Do Not Wish To Read About.

Don't get me wrong - it's not a bad book. I see why other people like it. But I hated it.

Lucy_Anywhere I found it a bit meh. I mean, it wasn't terrible but I've read a lot better... Have you read Assassin's Apprentice? 4mo
imyril @Lucy_Anywhere I have. Thinking about it, I hated that too so maybe I just don't like books about assassins 😂 4mo
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Yep, head over heels for Vintage tbh 😍😂🦇🔥

Lucy_Anywhere The banter between Vintage and Tor ❤ 5mo
imyril @Lucy_Anywhere I love the way she just darlings him into everything and doesn‘t bat an eyelid at his sulking! ...and the bit where he damages his coat and flounces 😂🤣😂 5mo
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“I‘ll be honest with you, there‘s a pile of books on the dining-room table that I can‘t be bothered to find a home for right at this moment.”

There are many reasons I love Vintage but this her love of books and history are huge parts of it

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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First impressions: Navajo Noir

Hell yes.

#WyrdAndWonder read-along

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Aaaaaah #WyrdAndWonder starts next Wednesday and I‘m so excited! A month of flailing happily about fantasy with reviews, 2 read-alongs, photo tags and prompt posts - feel free to join the party if you fancy it :) https://onemore.org/category/special-events/wyrd-and-wonder/

BookwormAHN I'm in 🐉 5mo
imyril @BookwormAHN eexxxxcellent 🧞‍♀️🧙‍♀️🧝🏽‍♂️🐲🦄 5mo
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The Unbound Empire | Melissa Caruso
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What a brilliant ending to one of my favourite fantasy trilogies. Heart stopping, heart breaking, pulse racing, breath taking - and hilarious. Kathe and Zaira are wonderful, Amalia is my forever darling, and La Contessa is the queen of my heart. Already looking forward to a reread.

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The Defiant Heir | Melissa Caruso
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥

imyril Why yes, yes I am incoherent in my love for this series 🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️ 5mo
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The Defiant Heir | Melissa Caruso
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Given my inability to walk without tripping over a perfectly flat surface, I guess I won‘t get to court any Vaskandran Witch Lords.

Mixed blessings, mind.

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The Defiant Heir | Melissa Caruso
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AAAAAAAH I‘d somehow forgotten Melissa Caruso wrote me an awesome message (I won my copy in an author giveaway). I love this series so much, and still finding I can have MOAR FEELINGS about it

🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥

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The Tethered Mage | Melissa Caruso

“It‘s easy to say you can‘t change the world.” Zaira shook a finger at him. “But people do change it. I don‘t know much history, but I know that. Don‘t say it can‘t be done if you really mean you‘re too lazy to try.”

❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️

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The Tethered Mage | Melissa Caruso
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A book that knows it‘s bookworms:

“[He] asked if he could borrow it sometime, and I said of course. Possibly he thought I meant ‘now‘ instead of ‘maybe in a few months, when I‘m done reading it seven times and gazing lovingly at it and petting it occasionally‘l

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Planning ahead: it‘s #WyrdAndWonder next month, and if you‘d care to join in with a month of enthusing about fantasy books we‘d love to have you!

We have another epic set of prompts this year for anyone who fancies a photo tag! A photo a day keeps the dragons friendly, right?

More info: https://onemore.org/2019/04/07/the-wyrd-and-wonder-challenge/

imyril Feel free to repost, please tag me :D 6mo
Lucy_Anywhere Oooh sounds good! I've never done a photo challenge before so I might give it a go 6mo
imyril @Lucy_Anywhere excellent! We‘re an easygoing bunch, so don‘t feel pressured to do every day if it gets too much :D 6mo
Vinjii I've already downloaded the image, ready for May. 5mo
imyril @Vinjii marvellous :) I might try and get a head start this weekend as work is so full on. I can see it being mid May before I post otherwise ;) 5mo
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The Tethered Mage | Melissa Caruso
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A pure, cold anger graced her features. It wasn‘t the look of a woman who was done.

YAAAAAAAS