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review 2018-12-17 04:28
The Philosopher's Flight
The Philosopher's Flight - Tom Miller

Ok, I admit, I look for opportunities to relive the excitement of reading that first Harry Potter book, and I was already a grownup when I read it. This title seems deliberately designed to evoke that image, so yes, I wanted to love it before I read the first page. And, I did love it, for the most part. The premise is terrific, especially since, unlike Potter's world, even I could master Sigilry if I just put enough effort into it. Yay, I can fly, finally! Miller gives us an alternative history, one where magic (empirical philosophy) is used to fight wars, and to get us places in a hurry. I enjoyed most of the characters, but because there was so much groundwork to cover, I didn't feel like they were developed thoroughly enough. Many were described in broad strokes and Miller left you to fill in their stereotypical traits. I remember when Harry Potter came out and some people disparaged it, saying that Rowling just described English boarding school in clever terms for people who knew nothing about it; I felt a little like that reading this book, as Miller tries to parallel US history and current events, rather than create an entirely new world. I will say that I am wary these days when a "women can do anything" idea is taken to such an extreme that it seems incredible (note the genre, fantasy), and even heavy-handed. Trying not to end the year on a cynical note, but all of this reverse engineering of reality seems a bit like pandering to me. There are some very clever concepts here, so I wouldn't count this series out. I'll be interested to see what's planned for the next installment.

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review 2018-12-09 19:58
Circe
Circe - Madeline Miller

I had to check this out several times before I finally finished it. Madeline Miller has a way of writing that makes me forget I'm reading. Circe is really beautiful prose without becoming too much. This one just never got as compelling as The Song of Achilles (hence the multiple check outs to finish it... I'm still bitter we never got bestseller copies of this so it took me even longer to finish because I had to keep putting it on hold). 

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text 2018-12-03 23:48
Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 328 pages.
Blackfish City: A Novel - Sam J. Miller

Qaanaaq is a fascinating floating freezing fictional setting. well, maybe not so freezing, as long as the heat’s kept on...but at least one character dreams of ending that. not sure yet where the overall story is going yet, but links are forming between characters, trouble is brewing, and the polar bear woman could change everything...

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text 2018-12-03 17:11
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 328 pages.
Blackfish City: A Novel - Sam J. Miller

okay. I need something other than a Crime novel...maybe a Spy novel, no, not yet...you know what? I feel like an SF novel, well-reviewed would be nice, and set...hmmm...set in...the Arctic! a floating city in the Arctic. but, I probably don’t have...ah! ah-hah!

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text 2018-12-01 17:00
December To-Read: The Final Push of the Year
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James
Ghosted - Rosie Walsh
Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik
Red Clocks: A Novel - Leni Zumas
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
Circe - Madeline Miller

I didn't read very much of my November TBR. I was in a slump and just read whatever I wanted to keep myself moving. I did read 4 books....or was it 5? I can't remember. Anyway....

 

This month I will mostly dedicate myself to my Book of the Month pile, with the exception of Children of Blood and Bone which I am so excited to get to. I am waiting on an audiobook of Spinning Silver to drop from Libby. And there are more BOM books than I have listed here, but they aren't coming up in the BL database. The Lies We Told, The Air You Breathe, and Small Country. I'm hoping to make a big final push this year like I did last December. We shall see.

 

Also, yesterday was my birthday! I got a bread maker. And some money from my dad so I ordered a 23andme kit to finally put my ancestry to rest. Plus I preordered Soul of the Dragon which we Power Ranger fans call Old Man Tommy. Then I took my son to our neighborhood diner for Catfish Friday. And I got myself a birthday cake.

 

 

Anyway, on to the holidays! 

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