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text 2020-05-26 20:47
Book Club Choice
The Island of Sea Women - Lisa See

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

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text 2020-05-20 23:14
The Mystery Book Club went well

There were maybe 5 attendees besides me and the host. The structure really is just "each person takes turns talking about the book they read, and maybe folks ask questions while they're deciding whether they want to add it to their TBR or not." The "asking questions" part was a little hard via Zoom, what with lag and all. One person hadn't read any mysteries but was perfectly comfortable with talking about the history books they'd recently read.


I could see this working at my own library, if I could get approval for something that isn't necessarily directly related to student academic studies. A book club like this would rely heavily on at least a few of the attendees being talkative and willing to go into detail about their books, the good and/or the bad, but the host could start off being the talkative one if necessary.


There's another one happening next month. I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to carve out the time to go. They'll be doing a theme, mysteries by British authors.

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text 2020-05-20 00:29
Free from publisher TOR
Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton

Hurry and you can download this free from publisher TOR here.


Publisher page for more book details here.


There's also a bookclub for these Tor freebies here.

Source: ebookclub.tor.com
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text 2020-05-19 01:40
Book Club Options

It's my turn to choose for my book club again! Here are the options I subjected the others too: 


1. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

2. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty 

3. Illuminae by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff


My group tends to choose literary fiction or non-fiction, so I really wanted to shake it up with some Scifi and horror. What do y'all think of the options?

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review 2020-05-13 20:50
Book Review: You Are Not Alone
You Are Not Alone - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Shay Miller walks through life alone. She is in love with a man who doesn't love her back, the people in her life are acquaintances at best and her job is unfulfilling. All that ends when she witnesses an apparent suicide in a New York subway station.


The synopsis of this book was compelling. I don't usually share synopses my reviews because I assume you want to read my thoughts on the book rather than someone else's description but in this case, I'm going to make an exception because it is what drew me to the book and ultimately, it steered me wrong:


You probably know someone like Shay Miller.
She wants to find love, but it eludes her.
She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.
She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.


You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.
They have an unbreakable circle of friends.
They live the most glamorous life.
They always get what they desire.


Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers!


Holy crap! Sounds ominous and creepy.......sadly, it's not. This isn't a bad book. The pages turn but at the end, I realized that I just didn't care enough about the characters to feel indignant on their behalf when they tripped through plot holes as large as an ocean (or at least as large as a really big lake).


I'm okay with the occasional "convenient coincidence" that helps move a plot forward but this story was based almost exclusively on convenient coincidences, to the point where it took me out of the story. I also wanted the Moore sisters to either be (a) super scary and smart murder-bots or (b) women doing bad things but who are doing them for a noble cause (the whole anti-hero concept). I got neither of these things. They weren't scary, they weren't smart and their cause was at best, meh.


By the time a few of the interesting twists were revealed (and there are a few good ones that I did not predict), I no longer cared.


This is my first book by this author duo and now I'm a bit nervous to try any of their other books. Anyone have any thoughts? Should I try something else from these authors? They seem to be well-loved by many but maybe their books are just not for me.

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