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I think you can safely assume that I will stop by once in a while, Amanda. xx
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Hi, Amanda. Just stopping by to drop a star. The Space Merchants is going on my list - love a good dystopian book!
>20 PaulCranswick: "Hated" is a bit strong in this case; there were some parts that were actually pretty good, but the dialogue inspired a lot of eye-rolling.
>20 PaulCranswick: Amanda I am a bit prone to hyperbole and exaggeration as you may have noticed!
How did you like Voices from Chernobyl, Amanda? I started reading it last year but didn't get very far into it, and I want to revisit it later this year or next year.
I'm glad that you liked The Ballad of Black Tom, Amanda. I bought it last year, and will move it higher on my TBR list.
11. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
This is one of those books that is disappointing because it should have been so much better than it is. The world Wilson created is interesting but the first 2/3 of the book just drag on, there are pointless and distracting footnotes, and lines like "every night the brazen sphere dissolves in a molten line, compelling the gaze westward when the sky's dark otherwise" that induce severe eye rolling.
12. Survivor by Octavia E. Butler
I was surprised to find that my local library had a copy of this long out of print entry in Butler's Patternist series. I was even more surprised to find that, despite the author's dislike of it, it's a really good book. It sits uncomfartably with the rest of the series as it takes place on another planet and barely mentions the psionics that dominate the other books, but it's still a great story.
A baker's dozen read already, Amanda. Going at a book a day so far.
Have a great weekend and don't get eye strain!
>39 PaulCranswick: We've had a lot of rain recently so I've had little to do but read...of course, now that the rain has stopped I'll be ignoring all the things I should be doing and reading instead!
Enjoy your weekend.
>40 amanda4242: I will go and pray for rain then so I can catch up my own reading a bit!
>47 amanda4242: mistaking suffering for profundity.
I like that, Amanda.
Have a great weekend.
Amanda, the BAC thread is up:
Thanks for offering to deputise. xx
>53 PaulCranswick: No problem. You have a lot going on this year so do let me know if you need a hand.
23. The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett
A collection of some of his earliest works, written in his late teens and early twenties for a newspaper's children section. The stories aren't particularly sophisticated, but they're charming and silly and made me smile. I especially liked the stories of Llandanffwnfafegettupagogo, the wildest town in the wildest west of all wests: Wales.
24. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
A year after her dramatic arrival at university, Binti is struggling to find a place among her peers, is living with PTSD from witnessing the massacre aboard her transport ship, and feels guilty over leaving her home and family. She decides to return home to attempt to heal and reconnect with her family, taking her friend Okwu with her as the first Meduse to visit Earth in peace. While initially glad to see Binti home, it's not long before the recriminations start and dangerous tensions rise over her bringing a Meduse with her.
I found myself enjoying Binti: Home far more than I did its predecessor, which I thought was a little weak in the world-building; in this volume Okorafor does a better job in showing what it is Binti does and what it means to be a "harmonizer." That being said, it is still Binti and her journey of self-discovery that makes me want to read more.
I would give this novella four stars but I have to ding it a bit out of spite for the cliffhanger ending.
25. Strata by Terry Pratchett
I feel as if I've been given a peak down the other leg of the Trousers of Time into a world where Sir Terry decided Discworld should be science fiction rather than fantasy. Strata is a hodgepodge of various science fiction tropes mixed together with a generous helping of irreverence. Set mainly on a disc world*, the story is basically about a planet builder traveling around this impossible planet trying to figure out how the hell it works. Truth be told, it's not a terribly good book**, but it has so much in it that obviously was recycled into the Discworld series that I can't help but feel a deep affection for it.
*But not theDiscworld
**Although I've read far worse
26. There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
An excellent reminder that love stories don't have to be about romance or have happy endings.
Hi, Amanda. I saw your post over on the BAC thread and was led to your reviews. I enjoyed them and distributed a few thumbs. I love a succinct, witty review.
29. Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 5 - The Twist by George Mann
Two rollicking good Twelfth Doctor adventures made all the better, imho, for not having Clara in them.
The first story finds the Doctor attending a rock concert on a space station where he meets Hattie, the band's bass player and his companion for the book. Soon the two of them are trying to solve a murder and uncover the hidden secrets of the station. Story two has the Doctor and Hattie trying to help a family with a house that has suddenly become bigger on the inside...
I enjoyed this one much more than I have the previous Twelfth Doctor graphic novels--and not just because it is Clara-free. The first story has the Doctor fighting to protect non-humans from humans, something that isn't seen often enough; the second story, while hardly mind-blowing, is a well told tale with characters who actually do more than sit around and let the Doctor save them. Hattie is an intelligent and thoughtful companion whom I wouldn't mind seeing again. And on top of all that, the art is fantastic.
>60 amanda4242: Next week will see my first attempt at reading Terry Pratchett.
The Discworld books of Terry Pratchett
Are a habit but I've yet to catch it;
Next week is my first try
And I'll know by and by
Where, verily I need to bury the hatchet.
Have a lovely weekend.
Well I am almost finished with my first Discworld book, Amanda and it won't be the last.
I am almost through my first Discworld book, Amanda and it won't be the last one.
>74 amanda4242: Don't know about you, Amanda, but I was a little disappointed with Palin's book. It seemed to lack either the insight or humour I would have expected of him.
Have a great weekend.
>75 PaulCranswick: I liked it as a companion to the series, but consider on its own it's not the best.
47. Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the House of the Night of Dread Desire by Neil Gaiman
A graphic novel adaptation of one of my favorite Gaiman stories. The art is fantastic, with a kind of Cabinet of Dr. Caligari vibe to it.
>93 amanda4242: So I make that 4 duds and 3 goods this month so far, Amanda on the BAC which is much better after a dodgy start.
>98 PaulCranswick: Not too bad, and I'll probably find a couple more I'll enjoy.
>99 amanda4242: I really ought to go back and check what is the most BAC books you have read in a month is!
52. The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
When I started this book I thought, "Oh god, another one with an unmarried woman getting pregnant", but I soon found myself warming-up to Miss Jane Graham when she informed her doctor that he should confirm a pregnancy before offering an abortion. I was so pleased that Banks didn't have Jane wallow in misery or spend all her time trying to secure a husband; she created a character who has many flaws, but is generally sensible and who learns and grows.
Despite my affection for the main character, I was sadden by the casual racism and homophobia in the book. I found an interview Banks gave in 2000 saying she was embarrassed by that aspect of the book.
In summary, painfully dated in some ways, but still worth reading.
>101 amanda4242: Your ability to dredge up such information is impressive, Amanda!
>105 PaulCranswick: In this case all I did was look at the links at the bottom of the book's Wikipedia page.
>107 amanda4242: I hope your next read is better for you, Amanda!
Happy weekend :)
16 of your 57 books to date have been B.A.C. books which is mightily impressive. 11 this month so far ties your best ever - a number 12 this month?
>115 PaulCranswick: I'm actually at 19 for the year since I skipped ahead and read a few by Neil Gaiman, a December author. As for this month, while I've read 11 of this month's titles, I finished a few of them in February so my total BAC reads in March is actually 9. I have a few more March titles on hand so I may yet beat my own record!
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