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majkia

majkia

Joined October 2016

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“Books! Best weapon in the world!“ - The Doctor
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The Starless Crown by James Rollins
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Salzburg Connection by Helen Macinnes
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What a horrible book. Apparently the lesson is that women should remain poor because money teaches them to stand up for themselves, and we can't very well have that.

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Darn it! This book follows the money, as they say, looking for bombers and assassins, and didn't check back in on the Moon and Miles and DeRicci at all. Now gotta hurry and read the next one too.

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Lady Audley's Secret | Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Hmm. Some jarring dialogue based on the times, but at least a pretty good mystery, even if seeing how women were treated then is a bit painful, not to mention downright scary in a few instances.
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I love this series. So good on the psychological effects of shell shock, and the economic and cultural changes right after WWI.
Great mysteries and great characters.

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Lady Audley's Secret | Mary E Braddon
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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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Anniversary Day | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Wow. I really enjoy this series. Lots of atmosphere, great characters, and impressive world-building - in this case, world-destroying. Eager for the next book.

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Why attempting to help her friend, Belinda, our heroine gets ordered by the queen to go to a meeting in Italy to check up on her errant son and Wallace Simson. Needless to say, murder and mayhem ensue.

A fun series, which often makes me laugh out loud.

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Powerful book.

Very well done alternate reality where women are being held down because there were witches in the world. But three sisters find the ways and the words and decide to bring back the magic and free their sisters from men who beat and control them.

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Dance Hall of the Dead | Tony Hillerman

Very interesting with lots of Navajo and Zuni cultural, religious and psychological details.

Interestingly, I was also reading Once and Future Witches, so I was reading two books with culturally diverse ideas about witches.

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Redemption Ark | Alastair Reynolds

Reynolds can weave a complex story with far future imaginings. Advances in medicine, and longevity, genetic uplift of non-humans (in this case monkeys and pigs), and alien tech no one can really figure out - either how it works, or what it's for.

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He Who Fears the Wolf | Karin Fossum, Felicity David

Very interesting murder mystery, with the focus on the criminals rather than the detectives or their investigation. Psychological and complex. Thoughtful,

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“Once you‘ve got wings, you‘re having too much fun to bother with sentience.”
Werst nodded thoughtfully. “That explains most of the pilots I know.”

Excellent wrap up to the series. I'll miss Gunny Sergeant Torin and Craig and the gang. Especially Alamber.

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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Kammbia1 Anniversary Day is a solid novel and a part of my favorite series, The Retrieval Artist Series. 1mo
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Wow. Took a couple of chapters to get my head out of the Rainwilds and back to FitzChivalry, but once I did.... And... she's still awfully good at torturing the poor guy.

Complex and wonderful characters, twists and turns, and terrifically written story.

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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Lots of fun YA series, with a well drawn world, and characters you care about. And, bonus, not a lot of romance.

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Did Not Finish. Odd. I generally love books from this time period, but I found the women characters so annoying and entitled, I couldn't keep reading it.

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The Darkness | Ragnar Jonasson

Very atmospheric, with a complex mystery with twists and surprises galor. And the ending... Sort of saw it coming but still...

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Hmmm. I'm a hard science fan, and particularly of AI and trans humans, but I found the plot hard to follow and the unreliable narrators making it harder to follow along.

Fascinating ideas though.

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A Study in Silks | Emma Jane Holloway

A refreshing change up to Sherlockian pastiche. A bit steampunk, but not a lot, great characters, very good writing, and a plot that moves along quite spiffily.

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A Place of Hiding | Elizabeth George

This was a surprise. Simon and Deborah are the stars as Lynley is merely a voice on a phone. Interesting locations, complex mystery, as usual.

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A Study in Silks | Emma Jane Holloway
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Duplicate Effort | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

One of the few scifi series that deals with the social implications of aliens and humans attempting to live together. Really enjoying it.

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Pretty good mil sci fi. Nothing ground breaking but a fun read nonetheless.

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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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Buffy, our 4 month old Standard Poodle, is helping me read.

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Slow Horses | Mick Herron

Interesting and quite different spy story. Now I'll have to watch it on AppleTV 🤓

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Invincible | Jack Campbell

I had to laugh when at one point the main characters were making fun of their publicity when they get home and how the pictures would show Black Jack Geary dressed in a space suit carrying a huge gun (which is exactly the cover picture) although Geary has neither gone off ship in a space suit or touched a weapon through the whole series.

Great though for me. I love the tactics and logistics details.

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A Peace Divided | Tanya Huff

Better late than never, eh? I've been sick most of February so my reading has taken a hit. But I finally got through this one, which was, as usual, very good, if a bit more complex to follow.

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Termination Shock | NEAL. STEPHENSON

A bit late with this one. Interesting and thought provoking.

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A Place of Hiding | Elizabeth George
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Aunt Dimity and the Duke | Nancy Atherton

That was a very fun read. Best cozy I've read in awhile. I really liked the characters, the mystery was twisty, and the setting was great.

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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Blood of Dragons | Robin Hobb

Still a wonderful series, with a great writer. Three more to go.

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What a fabulously upbeat story. Lots of science!!!! Science!!!!! Rocky! And Engineering!!!!!

The sun is dying with an infection of some sort, and all Earth is activated to figure out what the heck is going on and stop it. And it ends up that a high school science teacher, who doesn't want to go off to space to save the world, is the one true Earth hero.

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Sheepfarmer's Daughter | Elizabeth Moon

Lots of slogging through mud going on (well, she's infantry) but still loving Paks and her Duke. Lots of character development, realistic vision of warfare. strong women and men who accept that.

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Hmmm. Fascinating concept, which I thought got muddled a few times, but good and interesting and well written book nonetheless.

I loved the characters and especially Bad. :)

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A Peace Divided | Tanya Huff
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tokorowilliamwallace Interesting theme here. 5mo
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Dreadnaught | Jack Campbell

I don't know what exactly it is about this series, but when I start one of these I just can't put it down. Logistics! Battleship maneuvers! Political shenanigans, treachery, aliens! What's not to like?

tokorowilliamwallace You should be in publication marketing. This reminds of all those old classic Hollywood trailers and 60s novels in-book ads and blurbs. So fun. Do you review on Goodreads? 5mo
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Closed Circles | Viveca Sten

This is a pretty interesting series, set on a resort island in Sweden. Interesting mysteries, and nicely drawn characters. Setting is used well also.

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Doggone Dogs! | Karen Beaumont
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My new reading buddy. Buffy is 11 weeks old.

MadelineMcCrae Adorable🥰 5mo
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The Blessing Way | Tony Hillerman

Interesting with lots of local color and Navajo background. Surprised at how little Leaphorn appeared in the story.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman

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This was fun. What do retired folks do to entertain themselves. Well, solving murders sounds like a great way to stay active.

Nicely written, lots of humor and just a touch of melancholy.

AbigailJaneBlog Ahh you've got a lot further down the list than me! I'm glad you liked it though, definitely check out the sequel if you enjoyed 🎉 5mo
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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett

I listened to the Audio version read, very ably, by Alma Cuervo

What is reality? Something solid and independent of us? Or created by what we believe, and how we think it is? Can we make the world change by merely creating a shared reality that we all agree to live within? And if so, how can that be altered? Can it be?

Terrific read. A strong female protagonist, a complex plot, world-building that was deep and elaborate and well-planned.

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Inspector French's Greatest Case | Freeman Wills Crofts

Lots of travel for the good detective as he attempts to solve a diamond robbery and murder. Not much in the way of suspense, just a concentration on detecting.

I enjoyed it, especially somebody running around London and getting anywhere he wished to be in a matter of minutes!

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This Immortal | Roger Zelazny

Hmm.. Not my favorite Zelazny. Not much of a plot, llthough parts of the story were very good. The mythology mainly.
#TBRDeckofCards - Jack of Spades: dystopian
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Excellent as usual. The City of Dragons is found in ruins. But, will it awake for the dragons? Meanwhile, once they learn of it, the traders will hurry to pull it to pieces to sell off everything. How to stop them...

Hobb is so very good at mixing plot lines and creating such complex characters.

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Closed Circles | Viveca Sten
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swynn Ooh, you're in for a good one. I love the Divine Cities trilogy. 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace I'm intrigued by the translated work here. Looking forward to see your commentary. 6mo
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Dying to Sin | Stephen Booth

This series uses the intriguing setting, weather and people of the Peak District to set the mood and heighten suspense and confusion. Such an interesting series.