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text 2018-01-18 20:56
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

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This is not the book for me I think. It's just so dry and I could be intrigued (is that the word) by this book if the telling of everything was not a full march to the minutiae Olympics. The time jumping all over the place is confusing the ever loving mess out of me. 

The main character Breq (I misspelled that name like 10 damn times) is not doing a thing for me. I feel like I am reading about Odd Thomas here, though in science fiction, and now gender swapped. 


I also like that Leckie did something cool with regards to gender by having the way people use words telling you that is the way you can figure out someone's gender. But after the first ten times, I don't need it repeated. I get it, you have to be careful how you use words. 


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Not really, that 50 Shades review will be though. I don't see me giving this above 2 stars max at this point. 

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text 2018-01-17 21:34
Reading progress update: I've read 33% of page 140
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

I am still confused. Not really enjoying this one yet. Since so many of you like this I am going to keep sticking with it. But warning you now if I don't like it, prepare for me to read the next book in the 50 Shades of Grey series and live update/rage at you all day in the future. 



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text 2018-01-16 22:00
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Is there a book before this one??? Cause I am totally lost right now. I know I need a good space opera right now, but I am just getting facts/feelings/things thrown at my head and nothing is making sense right now. 



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text 2017-08-14 17:20
My life in books
Headlong Flight - Dayton Ward
Rewinder - Brett Battles
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Night Comes Early - Burt Gabot
Superman Unchained - Scott Snyder

Reading has been my past time in a long time. Growing up in the province my access to reading materials when I was a kid is very limited but I was contented with reading the short stories in my English and Filipino textbooks. In high school, I now have access to fiction books from the school library. Most of the books in the library are the classics and literary novels. These were required reading and we have to make book reports so reading them became a chore and not enjoyable. Until I found out about the Choose Your Own Adventure Books. I pretty much enjoyed those books. In college I may have forgotten reading for pleasure. Even if I had time to read, the college library does not carry fiction novels. The only time I enjoyed reading is from reading the comics collection of a friend. I remember reading issues of X-Men, X-Factor, Superman, and D.P. 7.


My interest in reading returned when I chanced upon a battered book when I already started working. It does not have a cover and the story is set on a world where technology is based on organic materials and not on metals. The story intrigued me and I kept on reading the book during my down time. Too bad I can’t remember the title of the story or who wrote it. This book showed me that my genre of choice is science fiction (or speculative fiction in general).


Since I am already working (meaning I have the means) and staying in the city (meaning I have the access), I can now buy my own reading materials. The bookstore is like a candy store! Too many books to choose from. The bookstore also introduced me to Star Trek original novels and media tie-in books in general. This is also the time that I started buying comic books, mostly from the X-Men line. And then I discovered used books stores. The books are dirt cheap. Then I started hording. I also branched to magazines by this point.


It came to a point that I acquire 5 but only finishing 2 then acquiring a new batch again. I realized that this a problem when I moved apartments more than 3 times now. I now have a book buying ban: buy one paperback book at most in a month. I am now shifting to electronic books and digital comics. Also a recent development, listening to audio books. I am pretty much becoming format agnostic as long as I like the story. In the next few months, I will try to unload my paperback books. (Cue Elsa, “let it go, let it go...”)


I have a bad habit of starting a book but not finishing it or reading multiple books at a time. Also when I read a book, I pretty much jump to another book immediately. I do not give myself enough time to reflect on the book I read. When someone asks me how I see the book, all I can say is “I liked it” or “not liked it” with no further elaboration. I would like to change that. Well, I tried it before but the only word that can describes my attempt to write reviews is “terse”. Most actually fits as a tweet.


How should I do it? I asked myself. I need a structure. So I made one that I hope I can follow (I might also use these guide questions as section headings).

1. Why did you pick this up?
2. What is it?
3. What is it all about? (for non-fiction)/What happened? (for fiction)
4. Did you liked it?
5. Would you recommend it?

There you go, a book review for at least 5 sentences!


I will also do a status update on the first 10% placing my initial impression of the book. And on the 20% mark or after 50 pages (whichever comes first), I will evaluate if I need to proceed reading. If I will DNF the book (short for did-not-finish), I will post a status update as to why and if I there is chance that I might revisit the book in the near future.


I now have a plan for this book blog. I hope I can stick with it. Crossing fingers.



Wow, I write more than 700 words this time! Nice!

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text 2016-10-04 19:41
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Reread–I noticed this time through how much of this book is about surviving after trauma. “Choose my aim, take one step and then the next. It had never been anything else.” And obviously Breq’s particular trauma is VERY particular, but, yeah. (We also see it in Sevendai, in Skaaiat, even in the altar server. Different reactions, different lives, different roads.)

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