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lorannen

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Joined February 2016

Librarian at #LibraryThing (https://www.librarything.com/profile/lorannen), cat mom, Boggle expert. Reads mostly sci-fi & fantasy.
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Jade City by Fonda Lee
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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
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The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
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Babylon's Ashes by James S A Corey
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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
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Ada's Technical Books | Seattle, WA (Bookstore)
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A visit to my favorite book/coffee shop resulted in a few purchases! Plus lavender orange grey tea. #bookandabeverage

rretzler Great choices! 1w
lorannen @rretzler Thank you! Mostly stuff that's been on my wishlist for a while (or, in the one case, continuation of a series I'm enjoying. 🙂 5d
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Jade City | Fonda Lee
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Now that yoga's done (no thanks to the layabout pictured here), I can finally get on with my #bookclub pick for this month! I've just barely started, but so far it's full of mafia-esque intrigue.

Not pictured: my OTHER cat also on the yoga mat, just out of frame.

rretzler 😻 1w
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Night Watch | Terry Pratchett
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One thing I miss about living in Chicago is that the lilac blooms were timed perfectly for an annual re-read. Here they bloom a whole month too early! #discworld

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I think they know what I'm reading... #catsoflitsy

umbrellagirl Your kitty is giant! 3w
lorannen @umbrellagirl She is definitely one large floof! Though I think her position in the foreground exaggerates her size a bit, too. 3w
rubyslippersreads My cats laughed hysterically when they saw this title. 😹 16h
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It was nice to get Mokoya's perspective in this second installment. I liked it a lot. Differently paced from its predecessor. Yang continues to be really great at efficient world-building. Interestingly, a number of folks in my book club read the first 2 books in reverse order, which apparently didn't ruin things? I hadn't thought of these as being standalones, but apparently, they work well that way, too. 🐲

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Ninefox Gambit | Yoon Ha Lee

This is great sci-fi—even better if you like your fiction with an extra dose of math.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin

Finally my book club is reading some Jemisin and I couldn't be more excited!

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Definitely the first time I've prepared for #bookclub by candlelight

Anton I'm waiting for book 4 to come out so I can do a re-read of the whole series! 2mo
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It doesn't have to be one or the other."

lorannen This is the quintessential quote that encompasses both books I've read so far. 2mo
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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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I think perhaps Valente's work just isn't for me (though Radiance is the only other book of hers I've read). The prose was very... intense in tone, and it felt exhausting to read. I enjoyed a couple of scenes, but the plot felt beside the point sometimes. I appreciate what she was trying to do, but the execution was overall not enjoyable. As I said to a friend: "like if reading Douglas Adams were instead a dental procedure."

Heatherfeather Hahaha! I think I got one chapter into one of her books and couldn't go any further. I felt like it was more about how fancy she could make the prose as opposed to how well she could tell a good story. 3mo
lorannen @Heatherfeather Exactly! I like a well-written paragraph as much as any reader, I think, but the whole thing needs to hang together. I stuck it out (almost) until the very end, because it was a book club pick. Definitely wouldn't have made it that far otherwise. I had similar issues with Radiance, where the prose seemed more the point than the story being told. 3mo
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Abaddon's Gate | James S.A. Corey

Sure, they were all trapped in orbit around an alien space station that periodically changed the rules of physics and had killed a bunch of them, but now they‘d decided to start shooting each other too.

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Cats on Instagram | @Cats_of_instagram
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Cat meets snow.

Tadams4 Nice shot! Beautiful cat! 3mo
lorannen @Tadams4 Thank you! She's a very pretty floof. 3mo
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Testing | Joelle Charbonneau
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And one with an image. Can I update the text?

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The Earth changes only gradually, until it doesn‘t. And when it fights back, it does so decisively.

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged...

sprainedbrain You may be testing something, but this still made me smile. ❤️ 3mo
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Cats on Instagram | @Cats_of_instagram
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Momo loves boxes (second only to food). #catinabox

Bookzombie 💕🐱 3mo
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Testing | Joelle Charbonneau
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Another test! Promise I'll make actual posts again someday soon. #testing

tournevis I see you 3mo
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Testing | Joelle Charbonneau

Moar testing! To be deleted. #allthetesting

LT_Kirsten Probably @TimSpalding shouldn‘t be able to see this 3mo
Soubhiville 👋 3mo
RaimeyGallant Test away! 3mo
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Avanders 👋🏽 3mo
lorannen Once more. (edited) 3mo
lorannen Hello from the other browser. 3mo
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Testing | Joelle Charbonneau

@TimSpalding For how often I tag this book, I wonder how many of us have read it! #testing

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente

The galaxy nearly roasted itself to ashes over the question of which species were and were not sentient... And quite frankly, Mr. Rogers notwithstanding, you're a mess.

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Bulletin of the American Library Association | American Library Association
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Any Littens at #alamw19? We're having a LibraryThing meetup at 5 today, at the Sheraton Grand. Details: https://www.librarything.com/topic/302879

I'll also be in the exhibit hall today and tomorrow.

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I'd love to hear what other folks who've read/are reading this one think about our protagonist Toby. I'm impressed with French's unreliable narrator game here (even without the head injury angle) and come down pretty solidly on the "he's a smug little shit" side of things, but I'm entering the last 100-page stretch and can't decide if I want him to be the guilty party or not!

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This is made me chuckle, having spent the holidays around kids. Going out on a limb and saying Tana French has met her share of small children, too.

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CrossTalk | Connie Willis
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Oof, this was difficult. A book about and around social media by someone who admittedly neither likes nor engages with it. These always turn out to be pretty dull reads (reminded me of The Circle, which is not good).

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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Holy cow that was a sprint for the finish. I stayed up late and read the last 150 pages in one sitting. Incredibly well done. CW for gendered and sexual violence (especially but not only against women/NB folks). It's a mournful, haunting (and haunted, as the title implies) book, that somehow manages not to kill all its hope, despite the bleak setting and plotlines.

TimSpalding Teating 6mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon

If she'd had pearls, she'd be clutching them.

RaimeyGallant Great quote. Hey, do you know what the price of those Litsy mugs will be? I'd like to post something about them, which might give you an idea of how many to order. I'm thinking of a big #LitsyCheers day, where we all post pics with our mugs. Thoughts? 6mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon

Boy, this one was worth the wait!

sprainedbrain This looks so good! 9mo
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Walkaway | Cory Doctorow

You're just meat following rules.

lorannen It took me a while to get into this one (my first Doctorow novel, actually). I'm not sure I'm terribly fond of his writing, but I do enjoy the ideas we're exploring. At least we've left Mr. 20 Names behind. 10mo
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Walkaway | Cory Doctorow

Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza was too old to be at a Communist party.

lorannen Well this book club pick is off to an interesting start... #firstlines 10mo
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman

What even does a "face like a bag of frogs" mean??? #litsymovienight

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman

(movie) Tristan is both somehow less hapless and more useless than (book) Tristran. #litsymovienight

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman

The totally invented for the movie Humphrey character is weird, but am enjoying blonde Henry Cavill. #litsymovienight

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman

Almost #litsymovienight time! Looking forward to an excuse to see an old favorite.

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1) Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop
2) Nope
3) I don't know! I don't follow any too closely. Open to suggestions. 😉
4) blackberry jam + vanilla ice cream

#ManicMonday @JoScho

Pamwurtzler #4 sounds delicious and not remotely weird! 11mo
lorannen @Pamwurtzler I agree entirely! Perhaps a better answer: grilled cheese with bacon, tomato, & pickles! 11mo
Pamwurtzler The pickles are what puts that sandwich over the line - the rest of it is delicious! 11mo
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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Break out the popcorn! #litsymovienight🍿📽️ Reposting from @litsy

tournevis FYI, Stardust is not available on Netflix in Canada, not on Amazon Prime video. I can't tell if it's on CraveTV. 11mo
lorannen @tournevis Thanks for the heads-up! Other avenues you might check: Hulu, Apple, Google. I'm based in the US (like most LT staff), so it can be difficult for me to verify availability elsewhere. 11mo
tournevis @lorannen I looked and in Canada, it can be viewed on Google and Apple only. 11mo
tracey38 How fun. I really liked this movie. 11mo
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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Just started Stardust for our #OLOB group read! See @Litsy for more details!

I'm trying the unillustrated edition, this time around. I first read my illustrated copy about 10 years ago! #reread

esanderson What does OLOB stand for? 11mo
lorannen @esanderson It started from One LibraryThing, One Book, a periodic group read we launched few years ago. Here it's One Litsy, One Book! 11mo
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CrossTalk | Connie Willis
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Just home from the bookstore! Now I can finally get going on my book club read for this month. It's my first Connie Willis too, so I'm excited.

lorannen @ablachly yeah, I've heard good things about that & 12mo
LectricSheep I thought Crosstalk was fun— I hope you enjoy it! I preferred The Doomsday Book, since it was a bit more serious, but I can‘t wait to read more Connie Willis. She‘s awesome. ☺️ 12mo
lorannen @LectricSheep thanks for the recommendation & the encouragement! Didnt get as much reading done this weekend as I'd hoped (per usual), but I'm liking the first few chapters ! 11mo
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A re-read for book club this month! This one made my top five list for the year in 2016 - we'll see if it does it again!

kgriffith I‘ve been meaning to read this since my first time seeing Arrival, glad it gets your seal of approval 🤓 13mo
2BR02B One of my all-time favorite short story collections. Ted Chiang needs to write more! 13mo
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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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If you like your sci-fi with a healthy serving of Feelings, this is the book for you (it certainly worked well for me)! Ostensibly about a crew prepping for a manned mission to Mars, it's also about their interpersonal relationships, their families, and how well do we really know ourselves, anyway? Made me want to call my mom a lot, in (mostly) a good way.

Cinfhen Great review! It‘s been on my TBR watchlist for a long time 😉 13mo
shahn77 I really liked this one! 13mo
lorannen @Cinfhen Thank you! I'm not terribly great about writing reviews, generally, but I liked this one so much! I hope you enjoy it once you get around to it. 13mo
RaimeyGallant Enjoyed State of the Thing, and I'm going to look into this early reviewers program. :) 13mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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It's finally here! Happy bookday to Madeline Miller. Can't wait to start reading this follow up to Song of Achilles.

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Reposted from @Jess7. Some steps that might help anyome still experiencing problems with Litsy. Email us at litsy@librarything.com or tag @litsy if you need help! #LitsyNews

Jess7 Thanks!!! 14mo
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Bailedbailed

I just could not get into this one. It's not bad, but reading the first 30 pages felt more like a chore than anything else. I'll try to give it another chance sometime -- I'm not convinced it's a bad book. Maybe I just need to be in the right mood to enjoy it.

kgriffith I love having the “bailed” option here for all the books I post in the Nancy Pearl Talk thread in the 75-ers group. 14mo
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1. Grew up in a tiny town (< 3k pop), moved to the big city
2. Rock
3. Literary fiction
4. No thanks. I'll eat the pineapple, but hold the pizza
5. Darcy
#thisorthat @readherwriteher

saresmoore Amen to pineapple! Pizza is not my friend and there are no hard feelings between us. 1y
aarchamb Small town/rock/both!/no thanks to the 🍍/hmmm... That's a tough one... Today I'm feeling Rhett Butler but who knows about tomorrow!!😉 1y
readherwriteher @lorannen Pineapple is delicious on its own. 🍍 1y
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readherwriteher @aarchamb I think once I read Pride and Prejudice my choice may change. People seem to adore Mr. Darcy. 1y
lorannen @readherwriteher I feel like maybe if I'd *read* GWTW instead of just having seen the movie, maybe I'd have more of an attachment to Butler. As it is, though, no contest. 🙂 1y
aarchamb Sorry! I just realized there is a whole discussion to post to & I probably shouldn't have posted my response in the comments...oops! #litsynewbie 1y
lorannen @aarchamb No worries! Welcome aboard! 1y
Dianeham @lorannen I think I sent you a librarything xmas card! 14mo
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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#bookclub discussion helped crystallize my feelings about this one. It was such a *good* book, but it had the potential to be a *great* book easily within its grasp & it let me down. Major missed opportunities in a book about gender that completely glosses over trans & non-cis folks. Where it could have waded into fascinating depths, it stayed safely in the shallow end. Well-written, but more & more frustrating the more I think about it.

kgriffith Oh boo. Unstacking this one 😕 1y
lorannen @kgriffith yeah, I really hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but it was so well written in the small world, intimate moments, & the biggest disappointment in the large scale. I wanted to love it, but I'm honestly judging it so much harsher than the more obviously mediocre stuff I read. 1y
kgriffith @lorannen I think that‘s fair though, especially if we want to hold those artists accountable who OUGHT to be drawn into the larger conversations so they can do justice to the big picture, human condition type subjects. 1y
lorannen @kgriffith It definitely brings out my Tyra Banks "we were all rooting for you!" feelings. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m about to post a very similar review, including the book club judgement. I wanted so much more from this book, because humans are infinitely more complicated than Alderman writes them. 1y
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As part of #LibraryThing staff and a loyal Litten for the last couple years, I'm excited to be a part of this! Read more about Litsy joining the LibraryThing world: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2018/03/litsy-newsletter

4thhouseontheleft I‘m excited about the news! 1y
speljamr I've been a lifetime member of LibraryThing since very early in it's existence. Can't wait to see this means 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m so excited to see Litsy‘s evolution. ♥️ 1y
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DebinHawaii Still cautiously optimistic about it--excited for a better book database but hoping the Litsy feel & spirit remains intact. 🤞🏻 1y
ApoptyGina69 Looking forward to the future. I‘ve been a lifetime member of LT since 2005. 👍 1y
Megabooks Very interested to see where Litsy is headed! Is there a way to participate in the discussion/make suggestions if you‘re not on Facebook? (edited) 1y
tpixie @Booksandcooks you could tell @lorannen here on Litsy, or @TimSpalding , or @kgriffith 1y
Megabooks @tpixie Thanks! And I started participating in the #LitsyonLT discussions. 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
tpixie @Booksandcooks yes!! I found that hashtag also. Glad you did! 1y
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The SPL book sale was good to me today! Can't wait to crack open one of these beauties this weekend.

kgriffith I‘m here for all your Waking Gods thoughts! 1y
shahn77 Wow! Excellent book haul. I am headed to a new library book sale in a couple of hours. I hope they have a great selection today! 1y
lorannen @shahn77 good luck! Let us know what you find! 1y
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The Boy on the Bridge | M. R. Carey

There's been a lot of me muttering "oh nooooo" softly to myself as I read the second half of this one. I'm apprehensive, in a way I wasn't about Melanie's fate in the previous book.

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Some accept their fate. Swallow their pride, forget the real truth, embrace the falsehood for all they're worth - because, they decide, they cannot be worth much. If a whole society has dedicated itself to their subjugation, after all, then surely they deserve it? Even if they don't, fighting back is too painful, too impossible.

lorannen Due to Litsy's character limit, I had to cut this down a lot! The full quote: "There are stages to the process of being betrayed by your society. One is jolted from a place of complacency by the discovery of difference, by hypocrisy, by inexplicable or incongruous ill treatment. What follows is a time of confusion - unlearning what one thought to be the truth. Immersing oneself in the new truth. And then a decision must be made. Some accept their fate. Swallow their pride, forget the real truth, embrace the falsehood for all they're worth - because, they decide, they cannot be worth much. If a whole society has dedicated itself to their subjugation, after all, then surely they deserve it? Even if they don't, fighting back is too painful, too impossible." 1y
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Here's my #topfive books read in 2017! You can see my list along with my LibraryThing colleagues' picks here: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2017/12/top-five-2017/

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Leave it to me to leave the white elephant gift exchange with the only book gift under the tree...