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review 2018-06-15 06:01
Six Wakes: A locked door mystery in space, where no one (including the murderer) knows whodunit
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty

I love the idea of a locked door mystery in space, where no one knows whether or not they are the murderer. I love stories about cloning, and how that influences a culture and morality. I love weird weird near-science speculation, like 3D printing an entire pig. I dig stories with amnesia, and paranoia, and unreliable narrators. I quite like page turners. So all that said this book checked a lot of boxes for me. The pacing was fast, the story quirky, and the world building, while lightly drawn, interesting. I really enjoyed reading this book.

 

There is a flip side to this book though in that I don't think it is particularly well written. The characters all have a core background schtick, and that stands in for a personality. The dialogue is pretty cringe worthy. The pacing is a bit uneven, and certain twists or turns are either poorly explained, or don't track well with previous information. Also: Bad science? You betcha! There are even numerous typos and grammar errors, which I don't expect to run into at such volume in a finished book. It honestly felt like it needed more editing and a tighter re-write.

 

Luckily, this is one of those books that hit me at the right time and in the right mood, so I was willing to let a lot of things slide that might have ordinarily driven me nuts. I was having enough fun that I could forgive the flaws and just enjoy the ride. Sitting with the book some time later those flaws start to stand out a bit more, which is why I can't give it a higher rating. If you're looking for fun pulpy sci-fi this one fits the bill and should keep you entertained. If you're looking for stunning prose or deep philosophical explorations this one will likely miss the mark.

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text 2018-06-12 19:46
Good Western!
Doc - Mary Doria Russell

I'm about half way through this one.  It was my pick for the June read in my local book club.  We haven't read a western in quite a while, and this is a GOOD one, if I do say so myself!  Really enjoying it.  

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review 2018-06-02 19:02
Little Women (DNF) ★☆☆☆☆
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott,C.M. Hebert

I’ve been enjoying the episodes of the Canonballz podcast covering classic books that I’m already familiar with so much that I decided to try reading a new one. I know how loved this book is, but had never read it or seen any of the TV/movie adaptations, so decided this might be a good place to start.

 

Or not. I’ve listened to a full hour of the story and cannot keep my mind on it. The characters are boring, their pious concern over being well-behaved and having nice attitudes is boring, and the style of writing is boring, even for middle grade fiction. Maybe the pace picks up later. Maybe the characters get more interesting. But I’ll never find out, because I just can’t face another 18 hours of listening to this.  

 

DNF at 5%. Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. C.M. Hebert does a fine job with the reading, but it was still a yawn-fest.

 

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6/2/18 - 5%

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text 2018-06-02 17:51
Little Women - 4%
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott,C.M. Hebert

Reading this for a project, but not sure I'll finish. 40 minutes in, and the pious domesticity is super boring. 

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text 2018-06-01 22:18
Book club
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines - Judith Newman

I miss the book club I was part of before I moved to my current town. I've known for a while that there's a book club at the local public library, but I've always found out about their current reads way too late, only a day or two prior to their next meeting. Also, they have a tendency to choose books I wouldn't in a million years pick for myself.

But I'd love to go to book club meetings again. So I sent the public library a message, asking about the book club's next book. They have, unfortunately, chosen To Siri With Love by Judith Newman for their August meeting. Do I want to read a book in which the author states her wish to sterilize her autistic son when he turns 18? Not particularly. But I requested it via interlibrary loan anyway and will probably be giving it a go. ::sigh::

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