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human. #solarpunk. always anti-fascist. secular #homeschooling. I like winter, books, birds, & tech. #vegan. parent.

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shom , to random
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Does anyone have sci-fi book suggestions that are more sci-fi utopia and world building?

I have grown up on sci-fi dystopia and I love it but since we're currently living in one I want to read something uplifting. Collection of short stories would be awesome too!

Please and thank you!

meshell ,
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@leapingwoman @shom @bookstodon I absolutely love Arboreality!

meshell , to bookstadon
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I finished Cursed Cocktails by S.L. Rowland last night and it was a nice mostly low-stress akin to the style of Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree.

The style of the warrior finding community after war/adventure, set in a magical land of elves and humans and dwarves.

Not in a bad way - it's still a fresh angle, you've got a blood mage, and monsters, and friends and conviviality. @bookstadon

meshell OP ,
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@bookstadon I read A Fellowship of Bakers & Magic by J. Penner and it was a vastly different cozy fantasy than the Baldree books, but still mostly low stress cozy high fantasy.

I realize this style of book is not for everyone, but I wonder if anyone has any other recommendations in the vicinity of these books?

meshell OP ,
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@moss @bookstadon That book has been on my TBR for nearly four years but I finally picked it up today thanks to your comment. 😅 thanks!

seanbala , to bookstodon
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Craft Project! I have a beloved Kobo Libra H2O. It has a proprietary case covered in a blue fake leather that began to flake. I took it off and for a while went with the cloth underneath. But that was beginning to fray and so I decided to fix it with my ninja bookmaking skills. Probably should have used a thinner cloth for the magnet but it looks beautiful!

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A red ebook cover opened up on its back with a vintage pattern laid flat on a cutting mat with grid lines.
A dirty closed fabric-covered ereader case on a textured fabric surface.
An open fabric ereader cover.

meshell ,
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@seanbala @bookstodon this looks fantastic!

meshell , to bookstodon
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Finished The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei tonight.

I felt like there were parts of this book I endured, and parts I enjoyed.

I don’t hate that there were shitty imperfect people in the story, and that the main character was so uncertain and eager to please that it was both secondhand embarrassing and painfully relatable. I also liked the over arching premise of the story.

Did I need to read another book about the dismal future of the planet? Probably not - but I did it anyway. @bookstodon

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Book jackets should say less.
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meshell ,
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@jillrhudy @bookstodon I honestly try to avoid detailed reviews and book jackets when a book catches my eye, they really say too much!!!

meshell , to bookstadon
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I read a phenomenal remix of Pride and Prejudice this week: Most Ardently by Gabe Cole Novoa, audiobook narrated by Harrison Knights.

It's a trans and queer remix of the classic tale, and I thought it was very well executed.

I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice retellings, remixes, and reimaginings - and while there are a fair bit out there (many of which I have read!) I don't always find them exceptional, but I think this is one of my favourites.


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templetongate , to bookstodon
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FWIW, here are my favorite SFFH books of the year, in the order I read them, not by preference:

Novels:
The Terraformers - Annalee Newitz
Furious Heaven - Kate Elliott
Lone Women - Victor LaValle
Dual Memory - Sue Burke
The Water Outlaws - S. L. Huang
Exit Ghost - Jennifer R. Donohue

Novellas:
Lost in the Moment and Found - Seanan McGuire
The Mimicking of Known Successes - Malka Older
Rose/House - Arkady Martine
Mammoths at the Gates - Premee Mohamed

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meshell ,
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I really enjoyed the terraformers, furious heaven, the mimicking of known successes and Lost in the Moment and Found.

I was curious about Rose/House. And now I've got a few more to add to my reading list thanks to you!

meshell , to bookstodon
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I think I need to pick up some 500 pagers to round out the year.

Any doorstopper suggestions? @bookstodon

meshell OP ,
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Thank you! I'm going to add these to my list. Thankfully, my library has The Third Person!

I definitely enjoyed Wayward and Wanderers.

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Tell me a good book you’ve read this year that you’d recommend.

I’ll start: Crow Mary by Kathleen Grissom
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meshell ,
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@stonebear @Likewise @bookstodon I enjoyed it, just a fun lil read.

meshell , to bookstadon
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Happy New Day to all who observe. I preordered it on libro so it was waiting for me when I woke up this morning and I got to listen to a bit of it. Excited to finish the rest later today :)

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meshell , to bookstadon
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Introduced the child to The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.

Review “it was fine.” (Which is high praise, he’s a tough critic.)

For me, I enjoyed it, I had not read any Terry Pratchett before, but I expect we’ll be checking out some of the other books in the Discworld Series.

Starting with finishing the rest of the Tiffany Aching books. 😄 @bookstadon

Omom4075 , to bookstodon
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I really enjoyed the book. An android with human-like features is nothing new in sci-fi, but I really liked this version. The main character android is very likeable.

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meshell ,
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@Omom4075 @bookstodon I think it’s got a bunch of well executed and unique takes on a lot of old sci-fi tropes. The rest of the series is worth reading.

meshell , to bookstodon
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A thing I like to do is pre-order books months in advance and then completely forget I did that.
Then I have a happy little surprise delivery of one of my favourite things. Thanks Past Me!

The only problem is sometimes the forgetting is so successful that I buy another copy of the same book by accident.

Usually only if I happen to walk into a store around the time of the release date. Or if there is a launch event, but still. It's a little silly.

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meshell , to bookstadon
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Dear @bookstadon Can I see or read about how you store your books?

meshell , to bookstadon
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I have enjoyed many fantastic Pride and Prejudice retellings this year.

Most recently (i.e. yesterday)

A fantasy Pride and Prejudice world with Fae, magic, scandal, twists and turns, action, villains, grand loves, and all the yearning you could want. Absolutely loved it.

I also loved how long it was - I finish books so quickly and this had a story I could really sink my teeth into.

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meshell OP ,
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I also finished Dear Nameless Stranger by Jeannie Peneaux last night.

Which was a partially epistolary variation and I was actually rather delighted by the whole thing.

Felt like a fairly fresh take, and I liked that other sisters got a chance to exist and become real full people, but everything still felt true to character.

meshell OP ,
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@AbigailReynolds @bookstadon I look forward reading it! Pride and Prejudice fantasy variations are becoming a major favourite!

meshell , to bookstodon
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I'm at the re-reading the series stage of the year. Very excited for the next book! @bookstodon

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