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Miriam Joy

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Ahoy there. I'm Miriam Joy, also known as Finn. I'm a writer, booknerd, and Irish dancer, based in SE London. I'm agender and use they/them pronouns.

I read a lot of books, mostly YA and SF/Fantasy, and I have a soft spot for anything with LGBTQ+ and disabled characters. I have a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and a lot of strong feelings about medieval stuff as a result.

I review books at Miriam Joy Reads (http://miriamjoyreads.wordpress.com) and write about life, writing, and whatever else takes my fancy at Miriam Joy Writes (http://miriamjoywrites.com).

Average rating: 3.7 · 84 ratings · 21 reviews · 5 distinct works
St. Mallory's Forever!

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3.74 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Fleeting Ink

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2014
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Broken Body Fragile Heart

4.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Crossroads Poetry

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I should probably stop calling myself a blogger, shouldn’t I? Maybe I should opt for a more truthful title: “bookworm and writer who occasionally posts updates on their blog, roughly once a month”. It’s like… once it’s been a couple of weeks, it’s hard to know what’s worth breaking your silence for, and so it just stretches on and on.

Also, it’s been busy! I’ve got a bunch of news to share with...

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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
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Oh man, I don't even know how to articulate my feelings about this one. The first 100 pages were just pain. Like honestly, I cried several times before page 75. All the emotional fallout from the end of LoS just gets slammed straight into you. But th ...more
Miriam Joy is on page 682 of 880 of Queen of Air and Darkness: Oh I'm so glad Cristina took that option instead of the "starting a war" option, it makes her the only person in the series with any sense. Emma called it and she was, as ever, right.
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Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
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I enjoyed this a lot more than The Hanging Tree (which I've read three times and still don't really remember). Partly because Peter continues to be the most relatable person ever, especially while reading the Silmarillion. Partly because it takes an ...more
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Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
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Enjoyed this a lot, particularly the genderweirds. Still questioning why all 'literary' novels like this seem to be allergic to speech marks, though. What is it about not using traditional dialogue tags??
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Living our beliefs by Graham Ralph
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Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts, #3)
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I was gonna give a well-reasoned and detailed review of this book but it turned out to contain a ship that hit a lot of my personal spots so now I'm just distracted by that. Although I can't tell you which spots they are, because spoilers. But they'r ...more
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What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli
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Oh, I enjoyed this a lot! Possibly more than I expected to, tbh. And I kind of like how it ended, and how despite being about romance, platonic friendship was a HUGE part of it.
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Marked by Benedict Jacka
Marked (Alex Verus, #9)
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I do really enjoy the plots of this series, and the worldbuilding -- that's what keeps me reading. But there are a few stylistic things that really bug me, such as the constant repetition of markers like, "It was the next day," and after nine books t ...more
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The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
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I read this twice before, and reviewed it twice before, and then Goodreads ate my reviews. So, thanks for that, Goodreads.

Anyway, fun fact: I ended up stopping on page 219 on literally all three reads. Clearly the end of that chapter is a very natur
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“But nobody writes fairy tales
about the ugly and poems
are not there for the broken
and I will never find myself
in the words of a hymn
nor will any whispered prayer
ever say my name
(which name, which me
am I looking for?)
because I am shouting
at a cross splintered into pieces
by my angry fists, and crying
at the stained glass falling
like killing rain around me.”
Miriam Joy, Broken Body Fragile Heart

“In the darkness and the snow, the street is empty
and it is just the night, the ice and me.”
Miriam Joy, Crossroads Poetry

“I want her sinful arms wrapped around me,
bloodied and angry and triumphant in shame.”
Miriam Joy, Broken Body Fragile Heart

“Some writers, notably Anton Chekov, argue that all characters must be admirable, because once we've looked at anyone deeply enough and understood their motivation we must identify with them rather than judge them.”
Scarlett Thomas, Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories

“... this stray little thought released in him some echo of the past, a solitary trembling note whose sound rose higher and higher in his chest, awakening inarticulate longings and, inseparable from them, a piercing, unfamiliar sorrow.”
Olga Grushin, The Dream Life of Sukhanov

“Anyone who would wear all white like that clearly had issues. Just looking at him made her wish she had a paintball gun, but hell, you couldn’t pack for every eventuality.”
Laini Taylor, Days of Blood & Starlight

“When it was time to write, and he took his pen in his hand, he never thought of consequences; he thought of style. I wonder why I ever bothered with sex, he thought; there's nothing in this breathing world so gratifying as an artfully placed semicolon.”
Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety

“Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.”
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