mythopoetica , to 3goodthings avatar

for a sleepy Saturday night

  1. Hanging out with a friend, officially my first social Saturday in years (though we've hung out on weekdays before). Trifecta of great convo with a fellow introvert, great food and bookstore met.
  2. Top-notch instant ramen and buffalo wings for dinner while watching DS9 s3, "The House of Quark" which had me laughing so loud.
  3. The fact that it's a Saturday Night and I'm about to crawl into bed with a book.


CindySue , to bookstodon avatar

We will make mistakes. We will forget that we belong to one another, and then we will remember again, make amends, and move forward. This is all part of the process.

Kaitlin B. Curtice- Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day


Jennifer , to bookstodon avatar

I use Chirp Books to buy and listen to audiobooks. They're having a great sale right now on some series, I got a couple that sound interesting. Two books in the Glass Librarian series and five books in a steampunk Sherlock Holmes series. @bookstodon

Background is a gorgeous library. A woman is standing in the middle, ee can see her back. Shes wearing a black dress and she has long blond hair. The text is in ornate lettering. At the top it says the Glass Library #2, the Librarian of Crooked Lane. At the bottom it says CJ Archer

RanaldClouston , to bookstodon avatar

my first foray into 18th century literature, although I doubt much of the rest of it reads like this, with its twisted structure, absurd digressions, and typographical jokes. Some of it is incredibly quotable, fresh, and fun; other parts border on incomprehensible as the centuries render the jokes obscure. @bookstodon

A page from Tristram Shandy, in which the author describes the progress of the story in various chapters diagrammatically, with meandering looping lines

dbsalk , to bookstodon avatar

The blurb on the Barnes & Noble website states "Taut, propulsive, and impossible to look away from, Emma Cline’s The Guest is a spellbinding literary achievement." I'm not sure I'd go that far. It's good, but I'm almost 2/3 of the way through and still waiting to see how the protagonist got in the situation she's in. I'm sure (I hope) there's a big reveal coming, but I don't get why Cline felt the need to be coy. Seems unnecessary. @bookstodon

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  • eharlitzkern , to bookstodon avatar

    This week on The Boomerang. My review of Rebecca Renner's stellar non-fiction debut, GATOR COUNTRY.

    "Gator Country takes seriously what Floridians already know, and few people outside the state understand, that living in Florida is living on the edge–of the swamp, of the North American continent, of life. "

    NickEast , to bookbubble avatar
    DelilahTech , avatar

    I'm on my third reread of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine in audio

    Considering that I have reread it a couple of times, I think it's a good book and one I'd recommend to any science fiction fan who likes political intrigue with a little slow-burn romance

    @reading @bookstodon @bookbubble @books

    NerdsofaFeather , to bookstodon avatar

    Microreview: Dragons of Deepwood Fen by Bradley P. Beaulieu

    Introducing a new fantasy world, filled with the intrigues of an empire, its unwilling vassal state, a grasping church, and oh yes, dragons.

    @Princejvstin has the friday review at the NOAF blog:


    DejahEntendu , to bookstodon avatar

    Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis

    First contact! Conspiracies, government agents, conspiracy theories, warring alien factions - this book has them all in spades. And yet, the story almost seems languid for much of it. This was not a drawback for me. I liked the slow burn for much of the novel, with the reveals coming slowly.



    DejahEntendu OP , avatar

    The main focus was on how completely disparate life forms and societies would interact. Where would we understand each other, and where would we be horrified. Quite nicely done.

    The narrator was mostly quite good, but overdid it a few times.


    ninsiana0 , to bookstodon avatar

    Books 1-6 read in 2024

    "You Just Need to Lose Weight": And 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey Gordon


    Your Driver Is Waiting by Priya Guns


    Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton


    Brothersong by TJ Klune


    System Collapse by Martha Wells


    Starling House by Alix E. Harrow



    CultureDesk , to bookstodon avatar

    "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is a classic movie, but it was nearly a disaster. In a new book, “Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage and the Making of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,’” Philip Gefter captures what happened behind the scenes. The East Bay Times talked to Gefter about Elizabeth Taylor's behavior, marriage, and why the film continues to resonate.


    CindySue , to bookstodon avatar

    My library holds came in! First up is Poetry As Spellcasting: Poems, Essays, and Prompts for Manifesting Liberation and Reclaiming Power by Tamiko Beyer, Destiny Hemphill, and Lisbeth White. Looking forward to diving in further.


    WhiskeyintheJar , to romancebooks avatar

    Looking to buddy read in March and April?
    Just put these up in the buddy read group on GRs

    March - Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory

    April - After Hours by Cara McKenna

    @romancelandia @romancebooks @bookstodon

    CindySue , to bookstodon avatar

    Fairy tales and myths, anyone? I am enjoying Beneath the Moon: Fairy Tales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World by Yoshi Yoshitani. I am finding that I know some of these stories, but not all. And some of them I know different versions of. This book would be fun to share with the kiddos before bed.


    NerdsofaFeather , to bookstodon avatar

    Microreview: The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi, by Shannon Chakraborty

    The gang is reunited to buckle some swashes, but they sure took their time getting to the good bits says Clara on her NOAF review


    LincolnRamirez , to bookstodon avatar

    Undecided as to what to read next...

    Narrowed it down to these 4. What would you recommend?


    infinitesoleil , to bookstodon avatar

    Also Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


    bookworks , avatar

    @infinitesoleil @bookstodon Oh wow. I forgot about this one. Amazing account of the war. We know so little here in the states. This is reminding me how very much books and reading are a way to know others’ lives and worlds.

    WhiskeyintheJar , to romancebooks avatar


    February's Theme: Furry Friends

    I read about aggressively horny shapeshifters!

    Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston

    @romancelandia @romancebooks

    zkrisher , to bookstodon avatar

    I've finished: City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    Readers of Shadow of the Apt will find familiar themes here: A fascist modernizing empire, the waning magic of the old world that can still pack a punch. Ancient curses.

    But the emphasis is on different areas. Everything happens in one occupied city. The endless continental war and emphasis on grand strategy of Shadows of the Apt is not present. We get more characters and factions and their motivations.

    My favorite characters are the god of healing and his priest. They are both satire and comic relief. Holding up a pacifist option that finds no takers.

    Tchaikovsky has grown as an author and City of Last Chances is better suited to my taste at 49 than the military fantasy of Shadow of the Apt.


    heroineinabook , to bookstodon

    Issue 30 of is now out! This week I talk about plotting books usisFreemail=false&r=1ep55, how book plots change, and perseverance. You can read here:

    @bookstodon @romancelandia

    bibliolater , to random avatar

    🧵 : this the first in a series of that will eventually be stitched together into a related to 📚 and 📘. (1)

    bibliolater OP , avatar

    "Most of the papers in this volume originated as presentations at the conference Biblical Hebrew and Rabbinic Hebrew: New Perspectives in Philology and Linguistics, which was held at the University of Cambridge, 8–10th July, 2019. The aim of the conference was to build bridges between various strands of research in the field of Hebrew language studies that rarely meet, namely philologists working on Biblical Hebrew, philologists working on Rabbinic Hebrew and theoretical linguists."

    Hornkohl, A.D. and Khan, G. (2021) 'New perspectives in Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew,' in Semitic languages and cultures. @linguistics @bookstodon (76)

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