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Old 01-10-2019, 11:20 AM
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Didn't finish it. Got bored with it and moved on
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:46 PM
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This reading year is sucking so far. 11 days into the new year and I've already DNF'd two books. I think I'm getting pickier in my old age. Anyway, I'm going to give a real solid commitment this time to reading Ron Chernow's biography on Washington
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:44 PM
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These holidays I indulged in reading a lot, and I've found that young adult lesbian romance is becoming a guilty pleasure of mine. I've read almost half a dozen of these, but the ones who have impacted me the most are Annie On My Mind and Just Juliet.

"Annie" is as beautiful as it's heartwrenching. I can't believe people used to *burn* this book just because it's a romance between two girls. The main obstacle presented mid-book is telegraphed well in advance, yet when it happens it is pulled off with such mastery that I had to put the book down for a few hours to gather the strength to keep reading because it hurt as hell. Good stuff.

"Just Juliet" has serious pacing issues (heck, a major plot twist is presented at the very end and then quickly wrapped up in a 20 page epilogue in a way that could have feeded two other novels) but I really liked the characters starring this one. It's the book equivalent of a warm cup of chocolate - sweet and comforting, even though it's nutritious value it's questionable. Still, I really recommend it.
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The Arm of the Sphinx was a wild thematic departure from the first book in the series, Senlin Ascends, but seeing as how it was a fast paced, relentlessly entertaining steampunk air-pirate adventure story, I was 1000% on board with it despite that. Sort of story where I started dreading the dwindling page count because I did not want the story to be over. At least partly because much of the back half of the story felt like set up for the third (and final?) book. Which, fortunately, is out in, like, a week, so I donít have long to wait.

Strong Recommendation for Steampunk Pirate Escapades, maybe not for lovers of weeny teachers flummoxed by bizarretowers full of hubris.

Anyway, Iíve also discovered that Famously Reclusive Simpsonís writer John Schwartzwelder also wrote a series of detective stories, so I picked one up at random and started reading that.

I would tell before I finished the first page that I made an extremely good decision.
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i started reading Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of the most famous chinese fantasy novels of the modern era, and it's fantastic. It's a wuxia film in a book, about kung fu heroes fighting against the mongols, and because it was published as a serialized novel in newspapers, it moves really fast and keeps the hype going at a steady pace.

Just a great change of pace.
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The Arm of the Sphinx was a wild thematic departure from the first book in the series, Senlin Ascends, but seeing as how it was a fast paced, relentlessly entertaining steampunk air-pirate adventure story, I was 1000% on board with it despite that. Sort of story where I started dreading the dwindling page count because I did not want the story to be over. At least partly because much of the back half of the story felt like set up for the third (and final?) book. Which, fortunately, is out in, like, a week, so I donít have long to wait.

Strong Recommendation for Steampunk Pirate Escapades, maybe not for lovers of weeny teachers flummoxed by bizarretowers full of hubris.

Anyway, Iíve also discovered that Famously Reclusive Simpsonís writer John Schwartzwelder also wrote a series of detective stories, so I picked one up at random and started reading that.

I would tell before I finished the first page that I made an extremely good decision.
Senlin Ascends also gets the Octo seal of approval, though? I read the sample chapter but havenít pulled the trigger yet. Seemed interesting.
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The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. I know I'll be committed to this book because I really enjoyed the first two books. I'm confident that this book will "stick the landing" as it were
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Senlin Ascends also gets the Octo seal of approval, though? I read the sample chapter but havenít pulled the trigger yet. Seemed interesting.
Both Very Absolutely get that, theyíre just in very different genres
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i started reading Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of the most famous chinese fantasy novels of the modern era, and it's fantastic. It's a wuxia film in a book, about kung fu heroes fighting against the mongols, and because it was published as a serialized novel in newspapers, it moves really fast and keeps the hype going at a steady pace.

Just a great change of pace.
Sounds interesting. Are you reading the still-ongoing Anna Holmwood translation?
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I am really enjoying The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth. The book is an alternative history of the US where Charles Lindberg wins the 1940 Republican nomination for president and defeats FDR. The story is told by a young Jewish boy from New Jersey and while the story is interesting what I find most compelling is Roth's ability to create for his reader's the constant tension of being Jewish, of being in the United States while somehow not being of it.

These are things I know exist. But as with all good fiction Roth makes me feel that it exists.

I'm not even halfway through but I recommend it
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