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text 2019-09-25 22:25
Gaaaaah....

The last thing I needed after a day at work that was filled with a lot of stupidity was some random person leaving a idiotic comment on a review on GR. 

 

Why on earth did I even check...

 

I'm burying my head inside a book. Maybe with some wine on the side. 

See ya'll tomorrow.

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text 2019-03-14 03:33
Reading progress update: I've listened 660 out of 901 minutes.
Fathomless - Greig Beck,Sean Mangan

 

I'm really enjoying this book, but there is one thing that is driving me crazy:

 

Every time I hear the narrator say the word "leant" instead of "leaned." I get that this is the word the author used, but I just don't understand why. I'm not sure if the word is used more often than usual in this book or if I'm just attuned to it. But every time I hear it, I just cringe (and think "leaned" in my head). It was driving me so nuts that I looked online to see if there is a reason to use "leant" instead of "leaned." There isn't. "Leant" is an older form of the word "leaned" and isn't used much in modern language. Modern grammar rules say either word works, but "leaned" is the more appropriate choice unless the book is a period piece and the author is trying to match the language with the time period.

 

So, I ask you Mr. Beck, "WHY???" 

 

The book takes place in modern times - there is no reason to use the word "leant." At least if I was reading instead of listening, I could change the word in my head.

 

Oh, and just now, he used the word leaned - why the change?? I was hoping it would continue for the rest of the book, but it seems like it was a one-time thing. :(

 

Btw, even spell check hates that word, it keeps asking me to correct it to leaned. *rolls eyes*

 

Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant. 

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review 2018-08-19 01:01
1066 Graphic Novel
1066: Guillaume Le Conquérant - Patrick Weber,Emanuele Tenderini

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

 

                In terms of history, this is spot on.  It would help if you are familiar with the general events surrounding the 1066 invasion as well as the politics leading up to it. 

                I mean, Weber remembers the women.  So, you have Harold, Edward, and William.  But you have Edith and Mathilda among others. 

                The one problem is that too many of the men are drawn too much alike, so I had to flip back and forth a couple times.  Still, this is a good, solid comic history of the events.  In particular, while it does have nudity and blood (quite a bit of blood), it would be a fitting read for a younger student of history. 

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text 2018-06-21 05:47

The weirdest thing happened to me today. I was on my book twitter and I tweeted that I finished a debut novel by one author and then was gonna read a debut novel by another author. Decided to tag both authors. Lo and behold not just a few seconds later, I was blocked on Twitter by the author whose book I was going to read next. I had been scrolling through her profile right before I tweeted (to double check if I spelled her book's title correctly) and was not blocked. Less than ten seconds (my tweet had a "9s" timestamp on it on my feed) I was blocked.

 

What the flying fuck? It's your debut novel and you're blocking someone who wants to give you money and read your book. 

 

I thought maybe she was one of the authors who hates fan tagging but she has retweeted other people saying they were reading/had read her book. So nope.

 

I thought maybe there was something she didn't like about my account. Nothing offensive, my last tweets were about cancelling Kindle Unlimited, my profile info just said I was into books and true crime podcasts. So... I don't think so?

 

My last thought is that she had a beef with the other author I tagged (who did not respond and did not block me).

 

But still. What the ever loving fuck. I'm definitely not buying her book now. Screw that noise.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-18 16:30
The Genius Plague
The Genius Plague - David Walton

I was not impressed with the protagonist at first. Actually, I didn't like him at all throughout the story. I am biased against first person POV to begin with and it doesn't help that the protagonist is even called out by secondary characters for being a bit of a jerk, yet this adds to his charm overall, just like oh yeah, I speak a foreign a language and I grew up BFFs with politically strategic figures in this suddenly plot relevant country but, uh, I didn't think that was important enough to mention conversations happen at just the right moment.

 

Sometimes I read a book and know that it would make a great summer movie starring a famous white actor. And I would totally go see it because it would be thrilling and action-packed.

 

But in written form - it hurt to read sometimes. Not that the science bits weren't interesting, and I did appreciate that the author remembered his characters have to eat at some point to stay alive, but it still felt like a cliche fest. A well-written cliche fest, to be fair.

 

YMMV.

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