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jhstack

jhstack

Joined September 2016

Way too many books, so little time.
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Pet Sematary by Stephen King
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Three A.M. by Steven John
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Captured (UK) by Neil Cross
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Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale by Herman Melville
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Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
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The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
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How Music Works by David Byrne
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So, Anyway... by John Cleese
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Clash of Kings by George R R Martin
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From the Dead by Warren Ellis
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Captain Marvel, Volume 2: Stay Fly by Kelly Sue DeConnick
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Player Piano by Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
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Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
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High-Rise by J. G. Ballard
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Untitled by Anonymous
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Borne: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer
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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
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Magic City: Recent Spells by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Holly Black, Charles de Lint, Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn
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Silver Surfer, Volume 1: New Dawn by Dan Slott, Michael Allred
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Black Widow Volume 2: The Tightly Tangled Web by Nathan Edmondson, Marvel Comics
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Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin
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Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel
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Zone One: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
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Fangirl: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell
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Rocket Raccon, Volume 1: A Chasing Tale by Marvel Comics, Skottie Young
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Hawkeye vs. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan
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The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 by Karen Joy Fowler, John Joseph Adams
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Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
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After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun
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Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
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Paper Girls Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan
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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
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The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente
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From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) by Meg Cabot, Nnedi Okorafor, Renée Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, John Jackson Miller
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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment by Barbara A. Radnofsky
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Once Crowded Sky by Tom King
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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One of the first book club selections this year, and I liked it but found the pacing to be slow and the characters to be frustrating.

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Also mixed on this other book club selection, partly because of the lighter/superficial writing style, some predictable elements, and the narration/tense choices.

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Mixed on this novel (it was selected for one of two book clubs I'm in), mostly because of the unreliability of the narrator(s) and the pacing/detail/predictable elements. And the characters need help. Serious help. All of them.

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Death of Stalin | Fabien Nury
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'The Death of Stalin' graphic novel is a good companion to the Iannucci satire and worth a quick read.

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The New Voices of Fantasy | Ursula Vernon, Maria Dahvana Headley, Usman T. Malik, Ben Loory, Sofia Samatar, Max Gladstone, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alyssa Wong, JY Yang, Amal El-Mohtar, E. Lily Yu, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Pinsker, Brooke Bolander, Eugene Fisher, Adam Ehrlich Sachs, Kelly Sandoval, A. C. Wise, Chris Tarry
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A great collection of newer established & diverse fantasy writers.

greeniezona WHAT IS THIS, THE COVER IS SO GREAT! 7mo
jhstack It's a fantasy short story collection of up-and-coming authors. 7mo
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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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Unfortunately, 'Refrigerator Monologues' was my first Cat Valente work. Fortunately, it was a very good choice, full of comic trope exploration from the POV of familiar yet (sometimes) dead female characters.

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Slipping | Lauren Beukes
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Lauren Beukes' 'Slipping' collection is a good mix of bleeding edge urban futuristic short stories, personal essays, and more that's well worth a read, especially if you're a fan of her novels.

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If you like horror and short stories, you'll find some things to enjoy in 'Doctor Strange' & 'Sinister' writer C. Robert Cargill's 'We Are Where The Nightmares Go' collection.

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Brief Cases | Jim Butcher
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Catching up on some backlogged Litsy posts from recent months. If you're a fan of Harry Dresden, you'll enjoy the Brief Cases collection.

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Popped into a Hudson Books to snap this pic because I finished up 'The Outsider' (Stephen King's latest) in e-book form last night. Solid page-turner, but there's a little something else I would have wanted from the novel conclusion-wise. If you like King, you'll like his latest.

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Chew Vol. 12 | John Layman
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Finally finished the last 3 Chew graphic novels, and thoroughly enjoyed how everything was wrapped up, but damn, those feels ...

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Wytches Vol. 1 | Scott Snyder
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Finally got to reading Wytches from cover to cover earlier this week and liked it but would have wanted a little more of the supernatural and a bit more of a conclusion. #fridayreads

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Plenty of music, ass-kicking, and great writing from Fletcher, artwork from Wu & Guerra, and colors from Loughridge.

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First proper experience reading Black Bolt solo and Saladin Ahmed. Cristian Ward's artwork really makes the graphic novel and works with Ahmed's writing to humanize and give voice to the normally silent Inhuman king.

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The Prey of Gods | Nicky Drayden
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Finally started Nicky Drayden's 'The Prey of Gods' last Wednesday and finished it yesterday. Not quite sure how to describe it, but it has demigoddesses, diverse characters (as it's set in a not-too-far-off South Africa), abilities, and an AI/bot uprising. If that doesn't sell you ...

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And finished Volume 6 of Hawkeye (Hawkeyes) the other day. Still liking how Perez is continuing with Aja's character designs, but Lemire's story isn't as compelling for me versus the more personal/building arc of Fraction & Aja's run.

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Finished 'Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda' in time to review the movie (which I'd seen two months prior), so my expectations were a little colored/biased toward the adaptation. I definitely liked the book, but not quite as much on the movie, which improved on character development overall.

CoffeeNBooks This was such a great book! 1y
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Next up is Brooke Bolander's 'The Only Great Harmless Thing', which is a brilliant little novella centered around radium girls, elephants, and Coney Island. I wanted a bit more from the three plot lines, but I was happy with what I got.

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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Next up is 'A Wrinkle in Time', which I liked aspects of but hoped for more description and less abstract concepts. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I read it as a kid.

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Doing some Litsy catch-up, starting with Zoe Quinn's 'Crash Override', a great but short look into her Gamergate experience, what she learned from it, and how she's helping others.

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From the author of Adulting comes Gracious, which is an amusing and worthwhile read, but I was hoping for a little more from it.

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Chugging through the rest of Keatinge's Shutter trades. I still want to learn more about the alternate world through the characters, but the focus is staying solidly on the main characters.

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Shadowed Souls | Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes
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Catching up on some of my TBR/in progress/need to return soon pile from the ... year. Goodlection of urban fantasy short stories, at least half of which felt like they were excerpts from continuing series. Some were easier to follow along with, others took a little getting used to (more so the narrative structure).

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If Carmen Maria Machado isn't on your reading list, correct that ASAP. This collection is full of diverse, human, and complex female characters and a creepy narrative style that fits so well.

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Strange Weather | Joe Hill
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Finished this seasonal read yesterday. A solid short novel collection from Joe Hill with touches from some of his dad's ouevre. "Loaded” may have been the scariest, just because of the prevalence of mass shootings.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Everything I didn't know I wanted in a fantasy novel - diverse complex PoC and gender-fluid characters, post-post-post-pre-apocalyptic setting ... A choice read!

Bambolina_81 Sounds great! I've just started it tonight 😊 2y
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1984 | George Orwell
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Finally finished '1984', having not read it in middle or high school. Strong core about rebelling in a totalitarian dystopia with the capabilities of a panopticon. Winston and Julia could have been a little more compelling/believable, though.

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Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham | Mike Mignola, Richard Pace
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How did I not know that Mike Mignola did a Batman Elseworlds tale until now? It's well worth checking out for Mignola's 1920s style (he co-wrote & did the covers) mashed up with classic Batman rogues. #FridayReads

GothamGal Gotham by Gaslight is my favorite Elseworlds, but giving this one a try. 2y
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Good starter to a new take on Doctor Strange. Felt like something was missing; some backstory? Heft, maybe? Worth checking out, though.

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Also finished Ta-Nehisi Coates' first Black Panther volume. Only 4 new issues, which left me feeling a little gipped. On the bright side, Coates starts to delve into the nation of Wakanda as a character with centuries of history through T'Challa's new crisis of leadership.

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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A mid-life memoir-ish book with an interesting construction/form and a unique texting component.

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Never did I think I'd find the science behind military operations interesting, but by now, I should know not to underestimate Mary Roach. The science is more common than you'd think, from surgery and (penile) implants to simulation training to flies to diarrhea to sleep deprivation and more!