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Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin
" Note to anyone reading this review: it isn't nearly this simplistic. Memer actually vows violent revenge on the oppressors, is not nearly that articul ...more "
Nikki and 9 other people liked Cait Grace's review of Freedom Ride:
Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson
"Despite being suffocatingly boring, I swallowed this book in one gulp. The writing was wonderfully easy to get just rooooolled past my eyes. It definitely gives off the lazy, sweaty, summer vibe, which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately t..." Read more of this review »
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Dumplin' by Julie   Murphy
"Well, WOW, that was a breath of fresh air. I was freakishly worried about this book because I loathed Side Effects May Vary. But you know what? Dumplin' was INCREDIBLE. There were a few things I was pretty squinty about (basically the romance) but..." Read more of this review »
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The Secrets We Keep by Stephanie Butland
"At first this seems straightforward enough: it's a story about a grieving widow trying to regain her footing in an unfamiliar world. That doesn't do it justice, though, because it captures the visceral pain of loss, the feeling that an entire side..." Read more of this review »
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Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
"Will I ever get tired of stories like this? I assume it'll happen one day, but... not yet. Wylding Hall is a very entertaining ghost story about a folk band who decamp to a crumbling, miles-from-anywhere country house (the only kind there is) to r..." Read more of this review »
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
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This is really cute, and made me do this embarrassing grin and clap thing that I probably last did over David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy or Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl or Attachments. The email exchange and the way they finally meet, the way they talk to ...more
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Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel
Cities and Thrones (Recoletta, #2)
by Carrie Patel (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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Cities and Thrones is a solid follow-up to The Buried Life, expanding the world and giving us a glimpse of the politics at work both in the other cities and the things that motivate the key players of Recoletta. We get a few more glimpses into the Li ...more
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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
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I practically raced through my reread of this. I’m excited to read the third book, and I’ve also been spoilered a bit for some of the contents, so I spent a lot of time reading very attentively, looking for the hints. It’s not an easy book to read, b ...more
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The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
The Supernatural Enhancements
by Edgar Cantero (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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I don’t actually know why I requested this on Netgalley, but since I did, I presume something caught my interest. It didn’t display very well on my ereader, so I waited and grabbed the book when I saw it in the library. The format basically reminds m ...more
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
" I juuust read the sequel. It's got a very different focus, so prepare for that! "
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Guy Gavriel Kay
“My youngest brother had a wonderful schtick from some time in high school, through to graduating medicine. He had a card in his wallet that read, ‘If I am found with amnesia, please give me the following books to read …’ And it listed half a dozen books where he longed to recapture that first glorious sense of needing to find out ‘what happens next’ … the feeling that keeps you up half the night. The feeling that comes before the plot’s been learned.”
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Michael Marshall Smith
“You love because you want to need someone the way you did when you were a child, and have them need you too. You eat well because the intensity of taste reminds you of a need satisfied, a pain relieved. The finest paintings are nothing more than the red head of a flower, nodding in the breeze, when you were two years old; the most exciting film is just the way everything was, back in the days when you stared goggle-eyed at the whirling chaos all around you. All these things do is get the adult to shut up for a while, to open for just a moment a tiny sliding window in the cell deep inside, letting the pallid child peep hungrily out and drink the world in before darkness falls again.”
Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward

Philip Pullman
“Lord, if I thought you were listening, I'd pray for this above all: that any church set up in your name should remain poor, and powerless, and modest. That it should wield no authority except that of love. That it should never cast anyone out. That it should own no property and make no laws. That it should not condemn, but only forgive. That it should be not like a palace with marble walls and polished floors, and guards standing at the door, but like a tree with its roots deep in the soil, that shelters every kind of bird and beast and gives blossom in the spring and shade in the hot sun and fruit in the season, and in time gives up its good sound wood for the carpenter; but that sheds many thousands of seeds so that new trees can grow in its place. Does the tree say to the sparrow, 'Get out, you don't belong here?' Does the tree say to the hungry man, 'This fruit is not for you?' Does the tree test the loyalty of the beasts before it allows them into the shade?”
Philip Pullman, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Frances Hardinge
“Yes, I know,’ she said in answer to the unasked, for there was no time for explanations. ‘Yes. My face is spoilt.’

Grandible’s jowl wobbled and creased. Then, for the first time that Neverfell could remember, he changed to a Face she had never seen before, a frown more ferocious and alarming than either of the others.

‘Who the shambles told you that?’ he barked. ‘Spoilt? I’ll spoil them.’ He took hold of her chin and examined her. ‘A bit sadder, maybe. A bit wiser. But nothing rotten. You’re just growing yourself a rind at last. Still a good cheese.”
Frances Hardinge, A Face Like Glass

Jo Walton
“It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.”
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Lesson (Horror)
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Description: "She is unaware of any danger." A bit of experimentation with a dark narrator.
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