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speljamr

Joined September 2016

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Termination Shock | NEAL. STEPHENSON
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I got an advanced reader copy of this one. It tackles a huge concept: geoengineering. The technical details are good, but when it came to the actual characters I had a hard time getting attached to them.

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The Atrocities | Jeremy Shipp
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I really enjoyed this quick novella with is very strange, Lovecraftian feel. It's a great read if you want a fast horror for the season.

#horror

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Got a couple of fun things from my local game store for free roleplaying game day.

#roleplaying #games

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Monstress, Volume 6 | Marjorie Liu
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Got this in the mail the other day and I've already finished it. Can't believe how good this series is. How long do I have to wait for volume 7?

#comics #fantasy

Tianarose Ooohhh! Exciting. I need to get this ASAP! Too bad my bank account currently doesn‘t agree. 😟 2mo
nikirtehsuxlol My friend gave me the first of this series, I just haven‘t gotten around to it yet! 2mo
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The Eyes of Heisenberg | Frank Herbert
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One of Frank Herbert's early novellas, this one based on what happens when human genetic/cybernetic alterations are pushed to the extreme. It's a bit dated at this point, but the concept is still good.

#sciencefiction #scifi

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Finally got around to starting this series. I wanted to get the first book done before the TV show starts in November.

Wow. Seriously. Why did it take me this long to finally get around to this?

#fantasy

Graywacke Wot mania is a thing. Enjoy. 4mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm YAY!!!! I‘m so excited for you! This is my all-time favorite series EVER! Enjoy! 🥰 4mo
Jsuttonmorse I‘m re-reading the series and while I can‘t call it good, the scenes that I‘m a sucker for are absolutely exactly what I want to be reading 4mo
TugstenDragon Lol I am doing the same thing! 50 pages till the end and I‘m loving it! 4mo
BarbaraJean This is my husband‘s absolute favorite series, and we‘re both really looking forward to the series! The books have their issues (seriously, count the number of times a woman is described as crossing her arms underneath her breasts), but man, Jordan was a fantastic world builder, and Egwene has one of the best, most well-developed character arcs I‘ve read in fantasy. 4mo
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Good book. Lots of science. The only thing that didn't thrill me was that it was like reading the Martian, but for the moon. It would be nice to see him vary his stile a bit while keeping that great science in there.

#sciencefiction #scifi

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This second book in the Mongoliad series is better than the first and really starts moving the story along.

#historicalfiction

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My first introduction to Ian M. Banks Culture novels, this was a solid 4 ⭐ for me. There was one horrorish scene in the book that I thought was pointless to the story which is why it's not getting 5 stars. I'll be continuing to go through all the Culture novels over the next couple of years.

#scifi #sciencefiction

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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A satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. Can't wait to see how they handle the rest of the story in the Netflix show.

#fantasy

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Gods of Risk | James S. A. Corey
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A short novella about Bobby Draper and her nephew. The story here did make it's way into the TV show as well, though with some significant changes. But, it's cool to see that they really worked with all the material available to them.

#scifi #sciencefiction

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Burning Roses | S. L. Huang
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This was an awesome little novella mixing together western and eastern fairy tails.

#fantasy

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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The 2nd book in the Shadow &Bone series, I found this one to be a bit better than the first book. Seemed to move a bit faster as well.

#fantasy

driftylew As someone that judges a book by its cover, I find this cover horrible. My brain can‘t read that title. But I have heard good things about the Bone and Ash series so I will@read it anyway. 5mo
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Ark | Veronica Roth
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This is the last book in this short story series I read. This one was really good. While not every story in the Forward series was a 5 star book, it's well worth reading them

#scifi #sciencefiction

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What a fantastic exploration of so much research that has been done trying to prove the infamous male and female brain. As expected, it's still a bunch of wishful patriarchal thinking when it all comes down to it. It's a slow read with a lot of details, but I highly recommend it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#science #gender #feminism

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This had to be the most disappointing book of this short story series. I just could not get into this one; it lost me very early on.

#scifi #sciencefiction

ChaoticMissAdventures I have not read this series but over and over I am seeing people disappointed by authors I love 😔. Short stories can be so hard to pull together well. 5mo
speljamr @ChaoticMissAdventures I'm sure it's just the story itself. Just didn't grab me. Other stories in this short story series are excellent. But I'm sure this is not a reflection on the author's other works either. 5mo
Eliza-beta Oh no. What a bummer. I love his other books. 5mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I was unimpressed by this one, too. 5mo
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A good read about some of the various scientific explorations and level of knowledge during the middle ages. Despite being called the dark ages there was a surprisingly good amount of science done, though not quite with the same level of methodology introduced during the enlightenment period. Good context read for some of my other medieval studies.

#history #science

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Randomize | Andy Weir
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This short story was a bit underwhelming next to the full novels by Andy Weir. It was an already much used trope involving quantum computing.

#scifi #sciencefiction

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Just recently picked up this new 5th edition conversion of one of my absolute favorite classic D&D adventure modules.

#roleplaying #dungeonsanddragons #dnd

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Recently read this one prior to watching the show. I found it enjoyable, but it pales next to some of the more recent books in this universe.

#fantasy

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Remote Control | Nnedi Okorafor
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Another great novella from Nnedi Okorafor! Can't wait for her next book.

#scifi #sciencefiction

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Someone else with a few Star Wars figurines guarding their books, I approve! 5mo
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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars | Christopher Paolini
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Wow, this book absolutely sucked me in. There were a few parts of the plot that could have been improved, and some of the names for things made me think he forgot this was an adult level novel instead of his previous young adult. But overall, really good.

I really enjoyed the recent interview he did with the scientist who helped with the FTL concept. Absolutely fascinating.

#scifi #sciencefiction

tracey38 I have this book on my shelves and really want to get to it sooner rather than later. I admit it intimidates me a bit by how big it is though! 6mo
Gissy I‘m glad to hear something positive about this book. I only have heard bad reviews and I have the book and I want to read it🤗 6mo
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Codex Amberger is a collection of long missing illustrated plates from a medieval fight book. There are only a handful of illustrations in the found book, but they appear to lineup with other illustrations from the time period where we get treatise collected together by Paulus Hector Mair. By itself it's not much information, but as part of my growing fight book collection it adds to the overall history.

#history #HEMA #fencing #swordsmanship

LindaLaforgeAuthor Looks like a well designed and considered publication. 6mo
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Summer Frost | Blake Crouch
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I've been away from litsy for a while, but I'm back now. I have a bunch of read books to post, but I'll start with this one I just finished while sitting by the fire. This book in the Amazon forward collection is an AI story that is down right terrifying in the end. This one definitely rates a 5 ⭐ review. Highly recommend it.

#scifi #sciencefiction

LindaLaforgeAuthor Terrifying, as too close for comfort with recent world developments and the hype around AI? 6mo
speljamr @LindaLaforgeAuthor Yeah, kind of along those lines, but in a horror scifi way. I've seen enough arguments on how AI becoming like us is still a pipe dream, enough to think the hype isn't all that. But it sure makes for a good story. 6mo
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2312: A Novel | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Enter here for a chance to win this stack of books in Orbit Loot's monthly contest:

https://swee.ps/quJVR_cwehszd

ShelleyBooksie Thanks for sharing! I've been wanting to read Kings for ages 10mo
MsLeah8417 Rosewater! 10mo
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New Burgundian Poleaxe book and practice polearm delivered today! Can't wait to start digging into this!

#HEMA #polearm #poleaxe #history #medieval

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First book finished in the new year: another psychedelic whirlwind of a Jerry Cornelius adventure. Two more main books to go in this tetralogy, and then several other compiled stories. I'll be working through more of them later this year.

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My final counts on the 2020 year in books.

Gissy Great!!!📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏🎉🎊🎉🎊 11mo
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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"The time might be July 31st 1970."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Blood of Empire | Brian McClellan
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Blood of Empire, by Brian McClellan

#fridayfunwith451 @451Degrees

MsMelissa Nice pick! I‘m actually using this one today for #12booksin2020 I really hope McClellan has something new coming out soon. I wish he got more love on Litsy. His books are fantastic! 11mo
451Degrees This sounds pretty epic! Have to check out the first two books too! Thanks for the tag! 11mo
LindaLaforgeAuthor The Tatooist of Auschwitz was a beautifully harrowing read, and inspiring in troubled times. 6mo
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The last book of 2020 was the Final Programme, by Michael Moorcock. The first book in 2021 will be A Cure for Cancer, by Michael Moorcock, the second book of the Jerry Cornelius series.

#lastfirst @BookNAround

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The Last Conversation | Paul Tremblay
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Another one I read last month and forgot to post here. This is the second of this short story series I've read and I'll be finishing the last three this year. This one is a disturbing combination of scifi and horror and the consent to be cloned.

#scifi #sciencefiction

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A quick short story about the development of the Fred Johnson character in the Expanse novels. I read this last month but forgot to post it here. I'm going to try and catch up more on the Expanse novels and novellas this coming year.

#scifi #sciencefiction

Traci1 Hopefully the next book will come out this year. 🤞 11mo
speljamr @Traci1 Thankfully I still have a few of the previous ones to catch up on. 11mo
SaraFair Me too! This having only one show each Wednesday is making me want to start the books for sure. 11mo
Traci1 @SaraFair you should! The books are fantastic. 11mo
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Wow. This is a book that feels like I should be reading it while taking a hit of acid. It's fast paced and a pretty wild ride. I also noted a couple references and scenes that tie this into the multiverse of the Elric Saga I read prior to this. Very different books and stories, but there are subtle connections if you're paying attention.

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Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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And got it done right close to the end. Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge complete!

MsMelissa Nicely done 👍🏻 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin Well done!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 11mo
Librarianaut Congrats!!! 11mo
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Cortg Yay! 11mo
Reggie Way to go!🥳 11mo
Karkar Congratulations 11mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 11mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Very nice, congratulations! 👍 11mo
Kdgordon88 Congrats! 11mo
Crazeedi Congrats!🎉🎉 11mo
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BookishBelle Congratulations!! 🎉 11mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
Nebklvr Yeah! 2020 didn‘t throw you off your game! 11mo
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The Elric Saga | Michael Moorcock
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Over the time of the COVID pandemic I've been collecting all the Michael Moorcock books. This is the second one I've dived into. Elric is the antihero most other scifi/fantasy antiheroes are based on. A servant of Chaos, but destined to keep the balance between Law and Chaos. This is only the beginning of my journey into the Moorcock multiverse.

Bookwomble I re-read Elric a few years ago - Great trip down memory lane! How're you looking it? I'm thinking of queuing up Hawkmoon for 2021 re-read. 11mo
speljamr @Bookwomble I'm planning on eventually getting through all of the Moorcock books. I got two down for this year. Queueing up Jerry Cornelius in The Final Program next. It'll take me a few years to get through everything, but I'll probably try to squeeze in 4ish Moorcock books each year. 11mo
Therewillbebooks Where's a good place to start with the Elric books? I've actually only read The War Amongst the Angels as far as Moorcock goes. 11mo
speljamr This is the first volume of Elric, so this is the place to start with him. Keep in mind Moorcock's books are mostly all set in his multiverse and many of the primary characters are variations on his Eternal Champion who must balance Chaos and Law. Elric of Melniboné is the first story in the linked volume. The War Amongst the Angels is actually the 3rd book in another trilogy that starts with Blood: a Southern Fantasy 11mo
speljamr @Therewillbebooks ^ I forgot to tag your name in the reply. 11mo
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An absolutely solid look at what it took to combat the 1918 epidemic, the scientific institution and scientists involved, the affect of being in the middle of a war, and what it was like for the average citizen. There are many lessons here for what we are dealing with in 2020 and clearly shows that there are many we failed to learn from. I strongly recommend this if you want to see what the worst can really be like. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

#history #science

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Nemesis Games | James S.A. Corey
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Just finished up book 5 of the Expanse series in anticipation of the upcoming TV season on Amazon. These books are just some of the best sci-fi story telling I've read in a long time. Every time I pick up the next book I have trouble putting it down.

#scifi #sciencefiction

bookishbitch I have book 1 staring at me from my tbr pile. Glad to hear these are good. I have already watched a lot of the show. 12mo
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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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Simply one of the best fantasy horror books I've ever read, and might be the best new release this year. In addition to being a fantastic story it is a clear commentary on our current issue of racism. I can't recommend this one enough!

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CoffeeK8 I just finished this, amazing book! His novellas are wonderful too! 13mo
speljamr @CoffeeK8 Yep. I read and have those as well. He has a full length novel coming with the Egyptian characters from the one novella. 13mo
CoffeeK8 @speljamr oh good to know! 13mo
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KathyWheeler @speljamr The characters from A Dead Djinn in Cairo? If so, yay! I‘ve been so wanting a novel from Clark with those characters. I have loved everything I‘ve read by him. 13mo
speljamr @KathyWheeler Yes, those characters. And I have never read a bad book from him. 13mo
KathyWheeler @speljamr I have Ring Shout but haven‘t read it yet. I may move it up. 13mo
Cathythoughts Great picture 👍🏻 13mo
daisyheadmaesie Wow! That's some serious praise. :) 13mo
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Errata: A Tor.Com Original | Jeff VanderMeer
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This was a rather odd short story featuring the author himself as the main character. It's definitely some weird fiction.

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At this point all I can really say is you should really read this series. You're not? What's wrong with you???

#comics

Sungirl79 Such a good series!! 14mo
phantomx @speljamr I really need to catch up on this series 14mo
Tianarose Just finished last night! Love this series so much 13mo
Gezemice Just finished it! Loving it. The only comic book series I own. I normally get them from the library but this one I actually re-read! 13mo
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Mister B. Gone | Clive Barker
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Fun read, but a bit too goofy in parts to be serious horror. And I thought the ending dragged out a bit more than was needed.

#horror

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This newest volume from Allie Brosh includes both the expected comical delights, as well as some serious moments of reflection, on this complicated and messy experience we call life.

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I like this concept of taking traditional dialogues, frequently used to explore ideas in philosophy and science, and coupling it together with a comic. Adding the imagery gave it an extra dimension in exploring some difficult physics and cosmology topics.

#science #comics

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A concise take on Epictetus' Enchiridion, but given a modern spin bringing the philosophy of Stoicism into the 21st century. I find most of the changes the author made to the original refreshing and fitting for our age. Any philosophy should be a living, breathing, changing thing.

#stoic #stoicism #philosophy

sleepy.ash87 "Any philosophy should be a living, breathing, changing thing." --- Yes, just like the human who constructed it. Postmodernism! 1y
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Woken Furies | Richard K. Morgan
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This is the 3rd book in the Takeshi Kovacs books the spawned the Altered Carbon Netflix series. It's a better book than the middle second one and the main inspiration behind the 2nd season of the Netflix show. One more trilogy completed for me.

#sciencefiction #scifi

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Woken Furies | Richard K. Morgan
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A little Sunday afternoon reading time.

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Emergency Skin | N.K. Jemisin
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Awesome short story from N.K. Jemisin. And timely for the state of our current world.

#sciencefiction #scifi

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This is a must read book if you want to understand how dictatorships fall into place, with particular focus on a single local community.

#history

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Yet another great TOR novella story. This one is about an empress who out-schemes her master. There will be a follow-up book to this in December.

#fantasy

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