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The Living Blood
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Karen liked that Tabitha recommended The Septavalent Stone to Karen
The Septavalent Stone by J.O.  Jones
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Karen liked that Sarah recommended Never Let Me Go to Karen
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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"Michael wrote: "Great review. I see the word "magicians" in their and I see almost 50% fantasy in people's shelf labels. Would you consider this sci-f...more "
Karen and 5 other people liked ester's review of Bad Feminist: Essays:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
" I took this collection to a nail salon and read it while getting a pedicure. Though she confesses in an epilogue that her favorite color is pink, I went with a sparkly, jewel-red shade called “Scarlett O’Hara,” because O’Hara is a character made f... " Read more of this review »
Karen and 4 other people liked Nicky's review of Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands:
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
" I received this book from a first reads giveaway. I was looking forward to it because I had read "Midwives" years ago and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this book was somewhat of a disappointment.
The story is told by teenage Emily, who has been... " Read more of this review »
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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
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Disclosure: I got this book as a prepub at ALA, but ended up not reading the print version. Instead, I listened to the audio book from my library. Spoilers throughout!

So, I admit that I grabbed this one on the basis of a quick skim of its back matter...more
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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Girl with All the Gifts
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The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley
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This was a great book to listen to--well-read by the Audible narrator and there's nothing like light social science about disasters to hold my attention.

Apart from a few quibbles with the author's terminology (she uses the term "evolve" unfortunatel...more
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Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
Ten Thousand Saints
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Ghost Lights by Lydia Millet
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Michael Chabon
“The problem, if anything, was precisely the opposite. I had too much to write:

too many fine and miserable buildings to construct and streets to name and clock towers to set chiming,

too many characters to raise up from the dirt like flowers whose petals I peeled down to the intricate frail organs within,

too many terrible genetic and fiduciary secrets to dig up and bury and dig up again,

too many divorces to grant,

heirs to disinherit,

trysts to arrange,

letters to misdirect into evil hands,

innocent children to slay with rheumatic fever,

women to leave unfulfilled and hopeless,

men to drive to adultery and theft,

fires to ignite at the hearts of ancient houses. ”
Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys

Charles Bukowski
“the writing of some
is like a vast bridge
that carries you
the many things
that claw and tear.

The Wine of Forever”
Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

Oscar Wilde
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Michael Cunningham
“One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.”
Michael Cunningham

Isaac Asimov
“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.”
Isaac Asimov

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This book group was established for those interested in participating in The Morning News's Tournament of Books. Please do not feel the need to finish...more
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A place to discuss and recommend feminist science fiction and fantasy. Please, authors, no self-promotion in this group.
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