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fskornia

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Public Digital Librarian. Don't join dangerous cults. Practice safe sects.
Other interests include SF/F/H, gaming, quilting, and astronomy
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fskornia , to bookstodon
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What are the books that have /stuck/ with you?
I mean the books that you find yourself thinking about at random moments long after you have read them.

One for me is 'Great Circle' by Maggie Shipstead. I find it hard to define exactly what gripped me so much about this book, but it still rattles around my brain.

Another is Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'. I read the last 2/3 of this book in a 4 hour sprint and when I was done it was like waking from a dream.

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@CindySue @bookstodon I haven't read it, but checking the synopsis, I absolutely must now.

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@lunalein @bookstodon Yeah, I was completely dazed when I finished that book.

fskornia OP ,
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@bookstodon Thinking some more, another book that has stuck with me for years was Erin Morgenstern's 'The Night Circus'. I reread it a couple of years ago and was instantly enchanted by the book again.
I actually think her 'The Starless Sea' is a better book overall, but it did not have the melancholic impact on me that 'Night Circus' does

sinabhfuil , to bookstodon
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I'm absolutely loving Cahokia Jazz, Francis Spufford's novel about an alternative 1920s in an America where the Native Americans were never wiped out by smallpox - the city of Cahokia has three populations: the Native Americans - the boss class; the blacks, and the poor whites. But I'm puzzled by one thing: there is a Ku Klux Klan, but so far no history of slavery - where's all the Klannish race hate coming from? @bookstodon

fskornia ,
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@peet @ddrake @sinabhfuil @bookstodon 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union' by Michael Chabon

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon
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@bookstodon What's your favorite book title, whether you've read it or not?

Mine is EVERYONE ON THE MOON IS ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, by Julian K. Jarboe, which I have not yet read, followed closely by THEY DON'T MAKE PLUS SIZE SPACESUITS, by Ali Thompson, which I have read.

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon I don't read them so I don't have a favorite, but I adore the titles of cozy mysteries. Reading a good punny title will make my day everytime.

CultureDesk , to bookstodon
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Peter Benchley's bestselling novel, "Jaws," came out 50 years ago; the Steven Spielberg movie followed just a year later. Both were phenomenally successful and spawned the idea that sharks were malevolent creatures that preyed on unsuspecting swimmers. According to Gavin Naylor, Director of Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida, the book and film also inspired a generation of scientists. Here's his story for @TheConversationUS.

https://flip.it/LM.GUa

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@mikej @CultureDesk @TheConversationUS @bookstodon Yup. Also 'The Shawshank Redemption'. Darabont elevated a solid but mediocre King novella into a film that is still the number 1 rated film on IMDB

KitMuse , to bookstodon
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I need your help . One of the classes I'm taking at the graduate level this semester is Religion & Science Fiction. I read more fantasy, and would like to do my research paper on something that's not obvious (like ST/BS5/Matrix/etc.) & I'd love to use more modern sf rather than the golden age classics.

Anyone have any interesting ideas for my research paper on regarding the intersection of religion and science fiction?

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fskornia ,
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@KitMuse @bookstodon Highly recommend checking out "The Sparrow" and "Children of God" by Mary Doria Russell
I haven't read them, but Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos have religious aspects to them
Frank Herbert's 'Destination Void' and 'The Jesus Incident' are probably too old for what you're looking for, but they might help provide a foundation. Same with Le Guin's 'Left Hand of Darkness'
Neal Stephenson's 'Anathem' is based around a quasi-religious order of mathematician-philosophers

BeAware , to random
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New to Mastodon and confused about why you don't see anything on your home feed and nobody interacts with your posts?

  1. Follow people. Fedi has no algorithm beyond the "explore" tab. It works completely by follow relationships. The more people you follow with similar interests, the more likely they'll follow you back. Not to mention your home feed will be filled by their toots.

  2. Hashtags. Full indexed search is EXTREMELY new and some instances haven't upgraded yet. Even then, some users don't want EVERY toot of theirs to be discoverable so they turn that feature off. However, Hashtags are always searchable for public toots. Litter your posts with relevant hashtags so people can find your toots!

fskornia ,
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@ppb1701 @BeAware And you can follow hashtags the same way you would follow an account or a list.
It's a great way to get toots of interest in your feed from people that you may not have found organically

fskornia , to bookstadon
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I finished reading 'Generation Ship' by Michael Mammay this morning.
It was a 5-star read right up to the ending. Unfortunately it falls into the increasingly common group of books that just have lousy endings where they just stop with very little resolved or even hints of resolution.
I've starting to believe that there is a whole current generation of writers that do not know how to write endings.
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AndyPaciorekArt , to bookstodon
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Now ...
2024 looks like it'll be a continuation of morbid, dark and gallows humour for me. 💀📚

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fskornia ,
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@AndyPaciorekArt This is a good book. I hope you enjoy! @bookstodon

fskornia , to bookstadon
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Just finished my final book of 2023: 'Christmas and Other Horrors: A Winter Solstice Anthology'
It was a great collection of stories by some of the best horror writers in the business focused on the whole range of winter holidays.
I highly recommend it for your seasonal reading.
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weirdwriter , to bookstodon

I cannot believe that this is already a proposal, advertisements in e-books! I was making an offhand prediction from a college essay I did years ago, but then, someone actually replied with this. This is a literal nightmare come true! US20120084150A1 - Ebook advertising and related techniques - Google Patents https://patents.google.com/patent/US20120084150A1/en @bookstodon

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@weirdwriter @bookstodon I remember discussions about ads inserted into ebooks way back when Amazon launched the first Kindle in 2007 (there were previous ereaders and ebooks, but that was really the first mass interest in the format). Concern grew when Amazon introduced Kindles that were subsidized by ads on the home screen and the screensaver.
Considering Amazon's move with ads in Prime Video starting next month, I think there is a reasonably good chance we'll be hearing about ebook ads soon

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon
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@bookstodon This book release week in the U.S. is too abbreviated for a list.

So, I will turn things around and ask you all to tell us about a great book released in 2023 that you loved. ❤📚❤

(Or if you didn't read any 2023 releases, any one book you keep recommending to everyone!)

fskornia ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon
Favorite 2023 Releases:
HOUSE OF ODYSSEUS by Claire North
THE MIMICKING OF KNOWN SUCCESSES by Malka Older
SILVER NITRATE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
TRANSLATION STATE by Ann Leckie

It was a very good year for reading.

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon
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@bookstodon As we approach the end of 2023, I would love to know about the very best books you read this year. (They don't have to have been published in 2023 for your "best of" list.)

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon
House of Odysseus by Claire North
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This is How Your Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
Translation State by Ann Leckie
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Circe by Madeline Miller
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz
The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older
Babel by RF Kuang

fskornia ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
The World We Make by NK Jemisin

CultureDesk , to bookstodon
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A debut author has lost her book deal after she admitted to "review bombing" competitors on Goodreads, largely targeting women of color. In a letter posted to X, Cait Corrain blamed her behavior on mental-health struggles and addiction. Here's more from the Mary Sue.

https://flip.it/AQ9gCG

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fskornia ,
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@tutwilly @CultureDesk @bookstodon A big part of this was that she was submitting one-star reviews before the books were published and in some cases before advanced reader copies were sent out to reviewers. So there would be no other reviews tempering the low ratings.
These ratings can feed into the selection systems that bookstores and libraries use and then could affect preorders.

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon
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@bookstodon Just out of curiosity, how close are you to your reading goal for the year? I need to read 12 more books to meet the goal I set for myself. 📚📚📚📚

Not everyone works the same way, of course. We've discussed before that reading goals are counterproductive for many. Having a goal really helps me, but it doesn't work for everyone. Just like reading for pleasure and reading to write a review are very different processes.

fskornia ,
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@thatkruegergirl @kimlockhartga @bookstodon I'm 21 over my goal too and just as surprised. I don't feel like I did more reading this year, but I guess I have.

fskornia , to bookstadon
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This week we have our discussion for the last work-obligated reading I need to do for the rest of the year.
So it's time to binge on the 2023 releases I may have missed.
Was there any fantasy & science fiction books this year that blew you away? Or were just a generally good read?
I know I could look myself, but often the wisdom of the crowd unveils hidden gems.
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Helen50 , to bookstodon
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when do you abandon a book?
I'm not very good at it, but I might be about to do it again.
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fskornia ,
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@Helen50 @bookstodon I used to be bad about abandoning books, but there is always too much to read to spend on something I'm not enjoying. I'll usually give it 50-100 pages. If I'm not motivated to continue, I'll move on to something else.

fskornia , to random
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I'm looking for a fantasy title to feature for my November book discussion. I can figure out one on my own, but it is a good topic to crowdsource.
My current criteria is that it should be somewhat entry-level to the genre and friendly to non-fans, but still "fantasy". It should be at least a few years old, so that I can reliably get paperbacks. Not too long (book groups don't tend to like long books).

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@katmckatniss Huh. I've never heard of 'Strange the Dreamer'. It looks interesting. Is it YA? This is for an adult book discussion.
I think I will do some Pratchett at some point (I've never read him personally), but it might be a little early right now.

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@heroineinabook @katmckatniss I'm not a big fan of comedy, and his books tend to lean more towards the silly side of the spectrum that I have never really enjoyed

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon
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@bookstodon Now that it's October, let's do a Five Fave Modern Horror book list.
My contemporary spooky reads top five:

  1. The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones

  2. The Library at Mount Char, Scott Hawkins

  3. Slade House, David Mitchell

  4. The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell, Bryan Evenson

  5. Sorrowland, Rivers Solomon

fskornia ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon My favorite 5 from my years of doing Spooky Reads (in no particular order):

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

The Cipher Kathe Koja

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias

fskornia ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon There has been so much good stuff in horror lately. Your list and the responses is going to be full of so many different titles and everyone is going to be correct.

fskornia , to bookstadon
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I spent my morning finishing 'From Below' by Darcy Coates and I thought it was a great read that was settled nicely in my sweet spot for horror.
It had atmosphere and dread, some from the environment and some from the characters' interactions and did this two fold over 2 different time periods.
It also ended surprisingly upbeat for a horror novel.
I highly recommend if you like haunted house tales and I'm looking forward to reading more from the author.
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owlislost , to bookstodon
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Hellooo and happy Friday! What are you ? I'm mostly in textbook-land these days but I am listening to Daisy Jones & the Six, which is great as an audiobook. I'm weighing either starting Stradal's The Lager Queen of Minnesota or The Horse by Geraldine Brooks. https://geraldinebrooks.com/horse/ @bookstodon

fskornia ,
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@owlislost @bookstodon I loved the Daisy Jones audiobook. I listened to it after watching the show and I adored both versions (I still annoy my GF by raving about it to her and we watched it together)
I'm currently read 'From Below' by Darcy Coates and listening to 'The Hollow Places' by T. Kingfisher

jillrhudy , to bookstodon

I'm in a reading slump! I had a long weekend and couldn't get any book to "catch." I need ideas! Something that grabs the reader from paragraph one but isn't a thriller. @bookstodon

fskornia ,
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@jillrhudy @bookstodon Not sure how you are on historical fiction, but I absolutely adored 'Great Circle' by Maggie Shipstead when I read it last year.

fskornia ,
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@dbsalk @jillrhudy @bookstodon The Daisy Jones audio was fantastic. Although it was hard to tell at times which guy was speaking. Except for Benjamin Bratt who has a great audiobook voice

rabbit_fighter , to bookstodon
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@bookstodon I'm looking for book recommendations for an 11yo who reads at a much more advanced level. He likes sci-fi. He has read the Hitchhiker's Guide series and loved them. I think he would enjoy some more 'hard' sci-fi as well. He needs something challenging but without subject matter that is too mature. Thanks for any help!

fskornia ,
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@rabbit_fighter @bookstodon He might like Vernor Vinge's 'A Fire Upon the Deep'
The first Expanse novel, 'Leviathan Wakes' by James SA Corey might also be a good choice
'Children of Time' by Adrian Tchaikovsky
If you want to dip into fantasy- look at Le Guin's Earthsea series, Robin McKinley's Damar series and for a next step, Robin Hobb's 'Assassin's Apprentice'

jillrhudy , to tech

This librarian tried to help a senior guest recover his Outlook email after his dog threw his phone in the bathtub, and Microsoft asked for three subject lines from his emails in his Outlook email account. He pointed out, correctly, that if he knew that information he would be in his email already. This was after we gave them a ream of his personal info, replied to a security question and sent them a code from his Gmail. @librarians

fskornia ,
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@jillrhudy @librarians I have access to my email and a good memory and I doubt that I could accurately remember 3 subject lines in any of my email inboxes.

KaraLG84 , to bookstodon
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I wonder if any of you lovely people can help me remember the title and author of a sci-fi book I read when I was a teenager.
It was a novel about a bloke who I think had a life threatening accident and ends up waking up years in the future. He had someone helping him acclimatise to it all, and one of the things they showed him was these wings you could strap to your back and fly with. I remember wishing I could do that. They also had tiny chips that could hold a terabyte of data, which blew my mind in the late 90s/early 00s when I read it.
There was some evil plan he had to thwart because of course there was.
Other things I can remember is that there was a part were he was floating through Jupiter, which had sheep-like lifeforms swimming through it. Also he was on Europa for some reason, probably because it was where the evil plan was to take place.
I can't remember much else, but I'd love to read it again to see if it's held up. it probably hasn't.
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fskornia ,
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@KaraLG84 @bookstodon Perhaps 'A World Out of Time' by Larry Niven?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_World_Out_of_Time

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@skaeth @bookstodon Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series is great rich low fantasy.
Ellen Kushner's "Swordspoint' is also great.
Guy Gabriel Kay writes some of the best very low-magic historic fantasies (they're mostly history in an analogue world, but there are hints of magic here and there)

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@bananasmug
'All the Birds in the Sky' and 'The City in the Middle of the Night' by Charlie Jane Anders
'The Terraformers' and 'Autonomous' by Annalee Newitz
'Even Though I Knew the End', 'The Midnight Bargain', and the 'Kingston Cycle' series by CL Polk
'The Echo Wife' by Sarah Gailey
'The Monsters We Defy' by Leslye Penelope
'The Stardust Thief' by Chelsea Abdullah
'The Chosen and the Beautiful' and 'Siren Queen' by Nghi Vo
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fskornia ,
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@jillrhudy @librarians I've lost count of how many times that has been an absolute obstacle to helping a patron that just wants to read an ebook.

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fskornia ,
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@KaraLG84 @bookstodon On the fantasy side, I could recommend 'Legends & Latte's by Travis Baldree and 'The Goblin Emperor' by Katherine Addison.
For SF, 'Light from Uncommon Stars' by Ryoka Aoki hits the cozy vibes well.

fskornia ,
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@KaraLG84 @bookstodon Ooh! And 'The Mimicking of Known Successes' by Malka Older is also great SF.

fskornia ,
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@hollie @KaraLG84 @bookstodon They're not as cozy as Chambers' books. As Kara pointed out in the first post, she really has created a niche for herself, but other books are approaching the same vibe and I hope we see more of it.
It's nice reading SF or fantasy where the fate of a world or galaxy is always at stake. Sometimes it's just people having meaningful conversations with each other in a cool unusual future society.

skyekilaen , to bookstodon
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Anybody have recs for single-author science fiction and/or fantasy/paranormal short story collections? I'm especially interested in marginalized authors.

My faves so far:

  • 'Nathan Burgoine's Of Echoes Born (paranormal)
  • Zen Cho's Spirits Abroad (fantasy/paranormal)
  • Iona Datt Sharma's Not For Use In Navigation (mix of science fiction and fantasy)

Self-recs are cool, too!

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fskornia ,
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@skyekilaen @bookstodon @lgbtqbookstodon I highly recommend 'How Long til Black Future Month' by NK Jemisin.
Also 'The Hidden Girl and Other Stories' by Ken Liu, who I think it is one of the best short fiction writers in SFF

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